Monthly Archives: March 2018

The Creative Cost

Some teams lack creativity because they are always pushed to the limit by the urgent and never get to think ahead. Part of the issue is that people are not thoughtful about ideas and do not spend time thinking things through. They walk through life reactive to things that could be anticipated and then make excuses for

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Consistent Mindfulness

We cannot mentor or develop our team if we don’t identify the weekly wins, the weekly opportunities to improve, and the resources needed to move the vision forward. Great leaders separate themselves from other leaders through intentional thinking that keeps them as proactive as possible.

Not That Obvious

Joy isn’t always obvious. Joy is not about being happy all of the time. Joy is often found in surprising places. It can be found in the small victories that no one else notices. Because joy can be so elusive, it makes sense that it goes unnoticed by the untrained eye. If someone doesn’t have joy, they

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Don’t Wing It

Time with people is great if it is thoughtful. People often overlook the importance of mindful attention toward their actions. It’s the combination of the mind and heart of a leader that determines the effectiveness of their actions. This is especially true of time spent alongside the people we lead regardless of the task. When we wing

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Telling the Story

I find it sad that trust is not freely given for the simple reason that we are lazy communicators. If a person is able to share more about victories and challenges, then they get to be known and know others that do the same. This “knowing” results in a rapport that is built around knowing what a

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Two Sides of the Trust Coin

People love to share information, but a certain measure of trust is necessary for information to be shared. Trust comes from consistency and fulfilled expectations. A lack of trust may be the result of broken promises. It could also be the result of unreasonable expectations that set the bar so high that no one can meet the

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Consequences of a Lazy Thought-life

When I take time to reflect and be mindful of my actions, I am much more likely to communicate. In fact, I believe consistent communication depends on reflection. The discipline of thinking is often overlooked and could be the indicator of a lack of communication. Human nature doesn’t hold on to information very well. When there is

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Reflection vs Reaction

I think people fail to communicate because they fail to truly reflect on what is important. I forget to communicate when I get in a mode of reactivity. It’s easier to walk through life reacting rather than reflecting. When I think things through, I can avoid the bumps in the road easier and can communicate and give

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When Dysfunction Becomes Obvious

Everything from marriages and families to defenses that fail to talk to each other as a receiver crosses from one zone to another give examples of how a little more communication can make all the difference in the world. So why don’t we communicate more? Often it is because we know that we are supposed to say

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Communication is vital. No one would disagree with that statement. Every relationship is dependent on honest, consistent and clear communication. If this is true, then why is a lack of communication one of the top reasons for dysfunction in every type of team situation you can think of?