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Is it Time to Say it Differently?

Do you ever feel like no one is listening? Like you are Charlie Brown’s teacher, wah, wah, wah, wah?
It might be time to imagine you are a baseball pitcher and change things up.
In their book, Made to Stick, Authors Chip and Dan Heath say, “The most basic way to get someone’s attention is this: Break a pattern.”
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Is there a message in your organization that feels tired and worn? If so, today is the day to say it in a new way.
Randy
What message do you need to change up in your organization?
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My First Periscope Experience

Periscope provides the platform for instant access to a global audience. How will this latest new technology impact your leadership? If you haven’t thought about it seriously, today is a great day to start.

Today's Challenge: Huh?

Have you ever been confused by a message you received from a leader? Have you ever received mixed messages from leaders in your organization? If your organization has at least two leaders, I’m confident the answer is “yes!’ Today’s Challenge: How do you avoid sending mixed messages throughout your organization?

Today's Challenge: Clarity

Have you ever had the feeling that something in your head or heart was so clear you were convinced it must be clear to others? Only to realize you had deceived yourself, what was crystal clear to you was NOT clear to others. That is the context for today’s question: How do you achieve clarity with your team regarding what’s most important?

Performance Goes up When Praise is Present

My favorite leaders are positive leaders.  They understand the value of affirmation.

“Negative” and “critical” words are rarely associated with respected leaders.

If you want to be a great leader, work on being a great encourager.

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Why not make it your goal today to say at least one positive comment in every conversation you have?

Leadership Begins at Home,

Randy

When is the last time you saw performance affected by encouragement?

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Daily Dose of Vision

Vision leaks. This is one of many leadership lessons Bill Hybels has taught me over the years. Tragically, many leaders miss this elemental truth. I guess the mistake is explainable, but not excusable. The logic goes something like this: Since the vision is still burning white hot in our spirit, we make the fatal assumption it is still vibrant in the hearts and minds of those we are attempting to lead. Wrong!

If You Can't Communicate, You Can't Lead (Part 1)

The longer I lead the more I’m convinced, communication is perhaps the most difficult aspect of leadership. I know this may seem strange. Even as I write this, I am asking myself, “Can this be right?” It seems like vision, strategy, competition, even people, would all top the list of what makes leadership challenging.

Have You Ever Said Something Because You Really Didn’t Know What Else to Say?

There are times when you should just keep your mouth shut. Don’t believe me? Just ask a guy named Peter from the Bible.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Peter, his story that proves the point is found in the book of Mark, Chapter 9.

Jesus had just taken three guys up to the mountains for some down time. Peter was one of the guys.

During the getaway there was definitely a “mountaintop” moment and the appearance of Jesus was “transformed,” according to the Scriptures.

Upon seeing this happen, Peter ‘exclaimed’ … (Fancy way of saying he got a little too excited) … “It is wonderful for us to be here! Let’s make 3 shelters as memorials – one for you (Jesus), one for Moses, and one for Elijah.

We are told, “He said this because he really didn’t know what else to say . . .”

Have you ever said something because you “really didn’t know what else to say?” I know, I have.

Good leaders know when to speak and when to stay silent. They understand the importance of listening and watching.

Your job as a leader is not to solve every problem. Your job is to discover solutions.

Chances are, there is a solution waiting to be discovered by listening to a teammate … By seeking to collaborate … By brainstorming instead of bulldozing.

The Bible also says, “Be slow to speak and quick to listen.”

Heed those words and you might find that others are more interested in what YOU have to say.

Leadership Begins at Home,

Randy

Do you think it is more natural to be a talker or a listener?  What are the keys to being a good listener?

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