Category: Personal Development

062: 5 Leadership Lessons Learned From A King [Podcast]

062: 5 Leadership Lessons Learned From A King [Podcast]

5-leadership-lessons-from-a-king-001The famous story of Daniel in the lion’s den yields many life lessons. But there is another key player in the story through which we can learn good and faithful leadership.


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King Darius. 

Leadership one…  His kingdom was too big for him to rule alone so he divided up his land and gave the oversight to 120 high officers.  Daniel 6:1

  • Disperse your leadership.

Leadership two… “The king also chose Daniel and two others as administrators to supervise the high officers and protect the king’s interests.” Daniel 6:2 

  • Allow others to lead.

Leadership three… Darius was watching for up and coming leaders to whom he could give greater responsibility.    “Daniel soon proved himself more capable than all the other administrators and high officers. Because of Daniel’s great ability, the king made plans to place him over the entire empire.” Daniel 6:3 

  • Look for up and coming leaders and make a plan to challenge them into leadership.

Leadership four… Even though it was painful, Darius stuck to his decision. Daniel 6:7

  • Be consistent in your leadership.

Leadership five… He executed swift consequences for those who were not team players and threatened the team.  “Then the king gave orders to arrest the men who had maliciously accused Daniel. He had them thrown into the lions’ den, along with their wives and children. The lions leaped on them and tore them apart before they even hit the floor of the den.” Daniel 6:24 

  • Don’t hesitate to do the right thing.

The only fault… Darius didn’t trust but verify…“We are all in agreement—we administrators, officials, high officers, advisers, and governors—that the king should make a law that will be strictly enforced. Give orders that for the next thirty days any person who prays to anyone, divine or human—except to you, Your Majesty—will be thrown into the den of lions.”  Daniel 6:7 


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041: CLOUT – A Success Necessity [Podcast]

041: CLOUT – A Success Necessity [Podcast]

influence-igniteflip-horizontalClout isn’t a word we use much anymore.  But understanding its meaning is critical in your leadership and personal success.  On this episode, I use the letters in ‘CLOUT’ as a checklist to develop influence in people around you.


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Quote for today: “Imperfect action is way better than perfect procrastination!”

There are many words in the English language that were common just a generation ago that we really don’t use anymore.

  • – Loathe – a feeling of intense dislike or even hatred toward someone or something.
  • – Groovy – this is more slang.
  • – Clout – influence or power that one has especially in politics or business.

I began thinking, “what does a person need to have clout, to exercise influence in business?

Clout is a good acronym to answer the question, “What personal traits can I develop in order to have influence?”

  • Character – beliefs and convictions that are central to personal and corporate success.  Character is both descriptive (characteristics of something) but also a quality of excellence.
  • Leadership – personal leadership and professionally leadership.
  • Optimism – the unwavering ability to confirm reality and declare successful outcomes.
  • Uniqueness – in this case, not unique for the purpose of selling something.  It is a personal style.  There is a confidence in that person.
  • Tenacity – another word we don’t use all that much but it is the quality of being persistent.  focused.

Do you have clout meaning, influence?  If not, use these as a checklist.

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You Need A Challenge And Here’s Why

You Need A Challenge And Here’s Why

okpit3.001Raise your mental hand if you have ever said ‘yes’ to something that sounded fun, realized that you were in over your head but then completely enjoyed the experience?

If you’re an ‘I’ on the DiSC personality assessment, most likely you’ll be the first to show your armpits.  We ‘i’s’ love anything that sounds fun, no matter how hard it may be.  Jump out of an airplane? I’m in.  Free-dive to an ocean depth of 150 feet? Show me my snorkel.  Play the banjo in a pit orchestra supporting a stellar high school cast performing Roger and Hammerstein’s musical, ‘Oklahoma’, when you have strummed the hummer in many moons?  I pick that! 

Yes, that has been my extra-work world for the past few weeks.  I was hoodwinked by my dear friend Jyl who needed my dusty talent to round out the sound and as an ‘i’, I took it.  I had no idea what I was doing and hadn’t played really since a kid in Shakey’s pizza parlor, but I lassoed the hard opportunity because I knew it would push me.

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That’s what hard opportunities do.  They push you — push you to grow, push you to discover, push you to be better.  Too many of us live in a comfort zone that God intended only for recovery, not for dwelling.  He designed your skills and capabilities not to be used to create a nest in which you hunker down and live ‘comfortably’.  Your unique wiring can light up the world and flood you with that illusive sense of purpose, meaning and contentment.  

When was the last time you did something that you knew was within you abilities but outside your comfort zone?  When was the last time you served in a role that matched your passion and challenged your fear?  When was the last time you said ‘yes’ to a hard opportunity because you had no idea what you were doing? 

Performance weekend is this weekend.  Our whole crew has jitters but we don’t care.  We are loving what we’re doing because we are all challenge and we are doing it together.    

Peace!

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007: One Secret To Breaking Procrastination

007: One Secret To Breaking Procrastination

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Show Notes: (Audio attached at the end of the post)


Procrastination means to put something off that you simply don’t want to do. All of us procrastinate but there is one simple secret to breaking procrastination — Cracking The Egg.

Why we procrastinate:
  • Twenty percent of people identify themselves as chronic procrastinators.
  • Procrastinators are made not born.  science suggests that the more creative a personality, the more likely you are to procrastinate.
  • finding much of it has to do your family upbringing. a hard disciplinarian is more likely to produce procrastination.
  • Procrastinators tell lies to themselves. Such as, “I’ll feel more like doing this tomorrow.” Or “I work best under pressure.” 
  • Procrastinators actively look for distractions, particularly ones that don’t take a lot of commitment on their part.  checking email (i do this…)  creative=i work on something that is more along my bent…  
  • Procrastinators can change their behavior.  we can learn tricks and tips to help us past our procrastination.
“Procrastination is like a credit card: it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill.”  Christopher Parker
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What Wisdom Can Do For You

What Wisdom Can Do For You

next_level_wisdom.001“What is Wisdom and why is it such a big deal?”


The music dribbles from the small black speakers that hide in the shadows of the exposed rafters of the coffee shop.  One young gal is in the corner, chewing on her pencil as she bounces from scanning the Chemistry 101 book in front of her to squinting at the screen that illuminates her fair-skinned cheeks.

There are several like her here.  Some studying out of duty.  Others seem to possess a deep thirst for mastery.  It forces me to ask, “Am I a learner?”

John Maxwell said that “All Leaders are Learners” and since I believe that everyone leads someone — even if it is only themselves — I hold firm that I must be on a constant hunt for wisdom.

Wisdom is greater than knowledge.  Wisdom takes facts and breathes life into them by adding experience.  Wisdom hides in the dry pages of books, film and local communal observation.  Wisdom is more precious than gold and understanding more desirous than silver (Proverbs 16:16).

So take knowledge, put it into action and wisdom is quick to follow.  Take advice, tips and learnings and apply them to life and understanding will soon appear.  Be a lifelong learner.  Learn, grow and give and wisdom is sure to take your life to the next level.

Peace!

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ROWING TOWARD ALIGNMENT

ROWING TOWARD ALIGNMENT

My kids taught me about alignment a few years ago. Jumping into a canoe for the first time, the three of them paddled out onto the lake. My son starting paddling one way, his sisters the other. What began as a leisurely float on the water turned into an epic battle of splashes and frustration. Misalignment ruled.

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The natural drift in your life is misalignment. Defined as elements not being in sync with each other, misalignment can cause a spinning in your business, organization and family.

How do you avoid misalignment?

1.Keeping setting your eyes forward. We get so bogged down in our daily details that we forget the bigger picture. Seeing where you are going gives you a north star toward which movement happens.

2. Verbalize what needs to happen. It takes constant communication of where you are headed to keep people focused.

Question: What areas in your life seem to get out of alignment quickly? Write a reply below …

Peace!