It’s a seldom discussed fact that Christopher Columbus nearly missed his chance to make the history books in his 1492 discovery of the “New World.” Had his ship sailed on yet one day longer without sighting land, they would have turned around and headed back to Spain on the 12th of October. The truth is, he had a slight followership problem to contend with—and his own deception nearly cost him historical immortality. Along the way, his crew had grown unruly and restless, which prompted him to start “cooking the books” and keeping a separate set of records: one for his eyes only and the other he shared with his crew.… Read the rest
“Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.”
Benjamin Franklin said, “The only things certain in life are death and taxes”. I offer a third constant, and that is change. Either within your organization or within yourself, what you think is constant is always in transition. As Isaac Asimov mentioned in the title quote, the transition from one state to another can be difficult. If it were easy, we would not need leaders!
Leaders make their money charting a course through an ever-changing set of conditions. Just like a change in state for matter from solid to liquid to gas, each transition takes energy.… Read the rest
“Man was designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness”
One of the most challenging things to do in life is achieve a level of success that appears impossible. Whether it is reaching the pinnacle in business or becoming a world-class athlete, every person is capable of attaining greatness. The lack of a plan, short memory and self-discipline keep many from taking that first step on the road to excellence. However, to reach success in any area of life requires a vision, motivation and the desire to reject mediocrity.
Reaching success in personal finance is no different than the examples listed above. … Read the rest
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
Recently, my sweetie and I were out at Creve Coeur Lake in St. Louis County, Missouri.
There’s a paved path almost 4 miles long circling the lake and on any given day people are either walking, running, biking or blading on the path. At overlapping times, a large group of geese cross multiple sections of the same path, making their way between an adjacent meadow where they chill out, and the lake where they swim and fish. Occasionally – okay, regularly – they inconveniently leave droppings right in the middle of the path.… Read the rest
If you want to leave a legacy, invest in people, and encourage those you develop to pass on everything they learn from you to others who will do the same.
– John Maxwell
A leader owes it to his organization to lead in a way that will benefit the organization in the future. Though it is important for the organization to be successful during your tenure, leading in a way that benefits the organization in the future through relationships, strategic planning, and vision provides an enduring impact that will have a larger effect on people and the organization. Achieving this type of impact does not happen without focus.… Read the rest
“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.”
Harvey S. Firestone
Professional development is one of the most critical areas for an organizational leader to remain focused on. Education, training, and experience of the workforce are three key linchpins necessary to organizational success, sustainment, growth, and enduring succession.
Typically, we see organizations that have always done things a certain way and that has been good enough to keep them going. In the 21st century world, that most likely will not cut it for very long as the workforce is energized differently than past generations and some of their focus areas are personal growth, increased and diverse professional experience, being thoroughly and properly trained for the jobs they are expected to do as well as being prepared for challenging opportunities before they arise.… Read the rest
I remember as a child growing up, each weekend my family and I would listen to the radio as we drove down Route 301 to my grandparent’s home in Virginia. Every week, we would listen to American Top 40 Countdown with Casey Kasum. After he announced the #1 song in the land, he would faithfully sign off by saying, “Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars!” The sixth letter on our servant leadership journey is all about setting goals:
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Never set your goals too low…if you reach all your goals, there is a good chance they may be.