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Transformational Leadership: Finding Your Unique Contribution

Transformational Leadership: Finding Your Unique Contribution

There are two aspects of personal leadership required in order to maximize your contribution. The first of these is to be fully present in each of your endeavors. I used to hear an old adage to "Bloom where you are planted". I greatly admire and respect the ability of people to make the most of any situation they engage. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it like this.

Make Your Move

Make Your Move
June is moving to a close, and as I write this, I am working through the last revisions and additions to Inspirational Presence. It is a great learning experience to sit down and express what is deeply important to me, and take the time to really focus on a key message. At this point, it is getting increasingly about details and integration. I am rereading things for the 3rd or 4th times, each time looking for something different, like proper references or style issues, or flow issues. We go to the publisher on July 3rd, so it is coming to the end of the line.

Creating Leadership

Creating Leadership

 This site is for ideas and tips for leaders who want to better understand how to create leadership that supports transformation among groups of people. My book on this subject, Inspirational Presence, covers the overall concepts and my approach to helping people develop the required skills.

Leading in Turbulent Times

Leading in Turbulent Times
I've been flying general aviation airplanes much of my adult life. Although no longer active, I still maintain my flight instructor certificate as one of those treasured accomplishments that has tremendous meaning for me. You learn things flying that are hard lessons to duplicate in other places. One of these has to do with flying in the clouds, or solely by reference to your instruments. You wind up in the clouds usually as a result of flying through weather systems, and sometimes they can be fairly peaceful, but at other times the clouds can be just downright ugly on the inside.

Leading Globally

Leading Globally

One of the key challenges we face today is the need for leaders who understand how to engage across cultural and political boundaries. One thing is very clear to anyone who has done this work. The bigger implications of global leadership lie in the cross-cultural nature of the work. We deal with people who have significantly different filters of the world.

Transformational Leadership: Exit With Integrity

Exit with Integrity
Letting Go Email has been an increasingly large part of my life in the past 20 years. It has changed the entire face of business and how many of us spend our time. I sometimes remember what work life was like prior to having this amazing technology. My inbox has been fairly active, so I have spent a great deal of time learning to manage it.

The result has been a number of automated processes that move and group my emails to allow me to only see the items that are most important first, and the other items can be dealt with on a different schedule.

Lessons from Obama

Lessons from Obama

What an historic occasion! Through the electoral process, we have elected the first person of color to the highest office in the United States. That, however, is only part of the story. While I am truly ecstatic about this, I am also excited for some other reasons. These relate to the possibilities that I see on the horizon. Barack is, above all else, an outstanding inspirational leader. He has tremendous presence, clarity, conviction, and superb skills.

Transformational Leadership: Prioritizing Ultra-Successful

Prioritizing Ultra-Successful
Prioritization for the Ultra Successful Once again California has been ravaged by wildfires, driven by the intense winds that come in this time of year. What a combination, hot dry weather, high winds, and tinderbox dry countryside. It has added up to some fairly devastating fires. We were close on the last Santa Barbara/Montecito fires. It was so fast.

Leadership for 2009: Supporting Others

Supporting Others
It is early January, and most western businesses are returning to activity after the lull of the holiday times. This marks a fresh start for many, with all of the typical new year's resolutions as well as fresh budgets, new business plans, and a set of year ending or year starting activities to handle. This is a good time to look at the support you will need for the first quarter, and a time to get your goals moving.

What a Leader Needs to Know About Change

What a Leader Needs to Know About Change
One of my friends recently asked me why anyone would want to hire someone to create change in their organization. His perspective was that a business would want to be stable and reliable, not in transition and change. There are the old adages of "why upset the apple cart" or "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". So, his question is quite valid. Why support change? Here's what I have learned about this.

Change, in itself, is just a process, and a natural one. When you think about larger systems, it is clear that change is actually a constant, and happens whether we want it or not.

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