Intimidated

Book: Extreme OwnershipAuthors: Jocko Willink and Leif BabinQuote: “A true leader is never intimidated when others step up and take charge.” This is the first blog of my new Book Highlights Series. In this series, I will be going back through many of the books I have read in the past few years and reflectingContinue reading “Intimidated”

I Can’t Stress Enough…

I was sitting and talking with a friend the other day, and I was perplexed to listen to her describe her interactions with her upper management. My friend has a fancy title and she tries hard to do what is needed for her team, but she has found it difficult to deal with some ofContinue reading “I Can’t Stress Enough…”

The Role of Management in Leadership

The dictionary defines management as, “the process of dealing with or controlling things or people.” I have to be honest, I find this definition to be the exact opposite of the true purpose of leadership. Management is a title and/or position. Leadership has nothing to do with titles or positions. Leadership is about service, whichContinue reading “The Role of Management in Leadership”

Leading With Conviction

The other day, I was watching the Detroit Tigers/Boston Red Sox game, and during the third inning, the announcers were talking with the Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Matt Manning. They asked Matt what he meant when he said that pitchers should pitch with conviction. Matt stated that pitchers need to “have confidence in their pitchesContinue reading “Leading With Conviction”

Hard Work AND Discipline

Out of all the life lessons I teach my children, there is one thing that I want to engrain in my children’s mindset – You can do and become anything you want with hard work and discipline. There is nothing that can stand in their way if they put in the hard work and haveContinue reading “Hard Work AND Discipline”

Influence (Part 2)

Ken Blanchard once said, “The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority.” Stan Toler wrote, “Good leaders know that more is accomplished by empowering others than by commanding them.” Chuck Swindoll stated, “Anyone who influences others is a leader.” Bottom line, all leaders are influencers, and since we all influence others, we are allContinue reading “Influence (Part 2)”

Ownership

Who’s to blame when things go wrong in your company, organization, relationship, marriage, life? Whose fault is it that your team failed? Who will you blame when profits decline, your team doesn’t meet expectations, your children resent you, your marriage fails? These are tough questions, but the answer is pretty simple. There is only oneContinue reading “Ownership”

Stop Wishing and DO!

Too often we find ourselves in the doldrums of “What if”. Too often we make excuses for why we never get things done. Too often we become slaves to apathy and excuses rather than “doers” and “go getters”. Too often we sit around wishing we would have done something, been something, or made something ofContinue reading “Stop Wishing and DO!”

Pride Comes Before the Fall

Pride. What an ugly word. Yet, nearly every one of us struggles with it. Pride is what puffs up the chest, strokes the ego, makes us think we are always right and rarely, if ever, wrong. Pride is what tells you that your way is better, your ideas are better, and that you’re the kingContinue reading “Pride Comes Before the Fall”

Get A Clue

There is a quote by Todd Whitaker that I absolutely love. It goes like this, “Everything is a result of leadership. When things go wrong, it’s the leader. When things go right, it’s the leader. Real leaders know it, acknowledge it and embrace it.” The point of this quote is to express the importance ofContinue reading “Get A Clue”