Archive for May, 2012

Quotes

May 31, 2012

We cannot discover new oceans until we have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

– Muriel Chen

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Quotes

May 29, 2012

It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives.  It’s what we do consistently.
– Anthony Robbins

Quotes

May 24, 2012

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing.  The worst thing you can do is nothing.

– Theodore Roosevelt

Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2012…Patrick Lencioni

May 23, 2012

I attended the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2012 Event again this year via simulcast at Morning Chapel CME Church in Fort Worth on Friday, May 4th, 2012.  I really enjoyed the awesome speakers and of course, I always have my own takeaways, nuggets, and favorite quotes from speakers!  I am going to highlight these over the next few blog posts. The topic this year was on Choices.

Patrick Lencioni

Research shows people have to hear things 7 times before they believe it.

The single based improvement and competitive advantage in our organizations is an opportunity that is free, accessible and virtually untapped.  The things you do to build an organization most people think it’s beneath them.  They thinks it’s not sophisticated enough, not enough adrenaline, not able to quantify, not complex enough. If you ignore these things you will transform your organization.  You must be “smart” about finance/money, technology, marketing, business, and education…and “healthy” minimal politics and confusion, high degrees of morale and productivity and encouragement. Be a leader!  These [smart & healthy] must be 50-50%. Knowledge vs a healthy organization…better “smart” isn’t want is needed.  Build amazing culture and you will tap into your knowledge and make better decisions.  This is a rigorous process.

The Four Disciplines of a Healthy Organization

1 – Build a Cohesive Leadership Team

This is a must.  Be vulnerable.  Vulnerability based trust, not predictive trust…I need help. I don’t understand. I apologize…be butt naked with each other.  If a leader is not vulnerable first, then nobody else will.  Product and strategy may be problems but those are results of lack of trust in the executive team.  You can’t be too vulnerable.  The people we lead know what is going on – be the first to acknowledge it and respond.  Embrace vulnerability.  It’s liberating.  They’ll respond with loyalty and trust.

2 – Create Clarity

Have core values and be willing to be punished/stand up for them.  Agree on this stuff at the highest level.  Be intolerant of the things that don’t support your core values.  Go out and be who you are and over communicate the message.  Leaders can’t be tired of repeating themselves.  If your people can’t do an impression of you, you aren’t communicating it enough.  Put some structure in places around processes that involve people.  Simple structures.  Institutionalize your culture without bureaucracy.  Who are you?  What are your values?  Define that by 1 or 2 things.

3 – Over Communicate Clarity

Communicate.  Communicate.  Communicate.

4 – Reinforce Clarity

Institutionalize without commercializing your structure.  Create enough structure to reinforce this.  Not undefined structure. Great leaders are comfortable doing these things even if they are punished for it because that is how they make it real. Great leaders make it real eve if it hurts them.  Great leaders are humble and willing to do the things that lead their organization.  You will change your team, that will change their spouses, their kids, their families, their neighbors, their friends, and they will treat everyone else better.  None of us can look back and say that is beneath us!

 

Review of my top nuggets:

  • Build amazing culture [high degree of morale, productivity and encouragement].
  • Be vulnerable.
  • Have 1 or 2 core values.
  • None of us can say that this is beneath us!

 

I was the FIRST to register for the event so I got Patrick Lencioni’s book The Advantage!!!  I was very excited to get this as after his talk, I knew I wanted to purchase it!

A special Thank You to the host & team of the event…you did a great job!!!

Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2012…Sheeyna Iyengar

May 22, 2012

I attended the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2012 Event again this year via simulcast at Morning Chapel CME Church in Fort Worth on Friday, May 4th, 2012.  I really enjoyed the awesome speakers and of course, I always have my own takeaways, nuggets, and favorite quotes from speakers!  I am going to highlight these over the next few blog posts. The topic this year was on Choices.

Dr. Sheeyna Iyengar

What makes a leader?  The one who is at the top of the ladder?  The one with the big office and big salary?  The one who can get away with anything?  One who speaks softly?  One who speaks loudly?

How do they get the respect?  Are they naturally born with charisma?  Fate?  Chance?  Or is it a choice?  Those critical actions they decided to take at those critical moments.  Choice is the only thing that gives meaning in everything we say and do.  Choice puts control in your hands.  Choice is the most powerful tool in your hands to go from where you are today to tomorrow.  Ultimately you are the sum of all your choices.

We all don’t see choices the same, or to the same extent.  How many choices to have, how to make them, who should make them, what is a meaningful choice, why the choice is important, etc.  Culture and training affect our choices.  Give choices that inspire and motivate others.  Choices given are many times more attractive but not as effective [Jam demonstration example].  Effective leaders see choice through other people’s eyes.  Choices are comparing bundles of information.  We struggle when we are given more than 7.

Too much choice = delay, procrastinate, make worse choices, perform  worse, less satisfied, choice overload

Too much choice makes people ask: What If?

CEO’s make decisions over 50% of the time, in 9 minutes or less; 38% in 9 minutes to 1 hour; and only 12% of those decisions take an hour or more; 5 times as many choices as tasks in a given week.  Be proactive vs reactive in your decisions and choices.  Spend time on the choices that matter most.  Be choosy about choosing.

http://sheenaiyengar.com/all/choosingexercise/

Make a Choice: Choosing is an art.  It does not look the same to all eyes, nor do we all agree on its purpose.  Though we can learn from other people, there is no simple formula.  We do not experience the same results.  In order to do it well [choose] it requires you to face yourself, you must rummage within yourself, etc.  We don’t all look at the choices the same way.

A great leader must question choices and look for new ways to achieve the goals.  Choices have limitations; you must be willing to relinquish it in order to appreciate its true power.

Face reality of hard work and humility.  Recognize the worth of something even if you have more than you need.  You loose the value of that which is free if you don’t appreciate it.

A leader is someone who can live with nothing, yet have everything.  A dreamer with a plan.

Write your own story, choose with wisdom and compassion.  You are mastering the art of choosing.

Review of my top nuggets:

  • Choice is the most powerful tool in your hands.
  • Spend time on the choices that matter most.
  • Be choosy about choosing.
  • Question choices.

Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2012…Roland Fryer

May 21, 2012

I attended the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2012 Event again this year via simulcast at Morning Chapel CME Church in Fort Worth on Friday, May 4th, 2012.  I really enjoyed the awesome speakers and of course, I always have my own takeaways, nuggets, and favorite quotes from speakers!  I am going to highlight these over the next few blog posts. The topic this year was on Choices.

Dr. Roland Fryer

You can’t eat prestige.

8th Grade test scores show us a lot about education and skills when you compare them when they are 40.  Current teachers are now more educated, have masters, make double the income, have less the number of students and flat achievement results.

Teach us…tell us how we can fix it.  Watch and hang out so you can get the recipe.  Make them feel like superstars.  Test to see what you don’t know and teach what you don’t know or need to know more of.  Do small group training.  One on one coaching.  High expectations.  No excuses.  People live up or down to our expectations.  Do the work.  We know the work.  If it’s so obvious, then why don’t we do it?  Educate the most vulnerable.

Personal Responsibility.  You must develop yourself so that you can develop others.  Our talk is more sophisticated but the situation is the same.  Elevate the conversation to a purpose, for a solution, the arguments have gone on long enough, show me the data on how it works.  Hold our leaders accountable.  Show people what is possible to get them past the feeling that it can’t be done.  They have to be encouraged.

Tough love.  Let them know that you understand the situation but that they must keep on.  We need to know in real-time where you are.  Keep evaluating.  Take the test.  Grow.  Learn.  Change.

Do we have what it takes to make these changes?  We are going to have to figure out how to educate the most vulnerable.

Review of my top nuggets:

  • Watch and hang out so you can get the recipe.
  • Educate the most vulnerable.
  • You must develop yourself so you can develop others.
  • Evaluate. Test. Grow. Learn. Change.

Poll: Did you go to College?

May 18, 2012

We would like your participation in a Poll that we are doing.  If you wish to participate, please email me.

Did you take any College courses following High School?  If so, what type of courses?  How long were your courses?  Did you complete the term?  If you were at the same spot in life as you were then, making that decision to take additional schooling, would take the course again given what you know now?  Are you in the field you went to school for?  If so, how long have you been?

We would appreciate your participation in this questionnaire!  If you would like to email us your story, we will publish it on our blog.

Quotes

May 17, 2012

Focus your messages on the results you expect, not on the methods for doing the job.

– Marty Brounstein, communications trainer

Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2012…Soledad O’Brien

May 16, 2012

I attended the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2012 Event again this year via simulcast at Morning Chapel CME Church in Fort Worth on Friday, May 4th, 2012.  I really enjoyed the awesome speakers and of course, I always have my own takeaways, nuggets, and favorite quotes from speakers!  I am going to highlight these over the next few blog posts. The topic this year was on Choices.

Soledad O’Brien

As a journalist, I wrote stories about events, people, and issues that were “stuck”…interviewed people [famous and not so famous] learning most from the regular people…documentaries…conversations…

True leadership happens in conversations.  Often by people who feel their stories are ignored.

There is bravery when you recognize that people don’t mean what they say.  Move through life with dignity and people will follow your lead.

Be present when the moment calls.  Be steady.  Don’t run.  Analyze how people rise up and when people fall down.  Set out to do with all the power you have.

Decide to lead.  Decide to have a voice to stand up.  Take a stand for justice, even if others do not agree.

True leadership is having to take a very different path.  True leadership is going off script.  True leadership is about blunt conversations.  True leadership is not about change that comes tomorrow or the next day – real history making change takes time, but it comes.

Supporting the culture and affirming the change…trust…listen to others…have opinions about right and wrong…share and build connections with those that you disagree with, to build peace and civility.

Conscience must ask the question: Is it right?

 

Review of my top nuggets:

  • Be steady. Don’t run.
  • Decide to lead.
  • True leadership is going off script.
  • Change takes time.

 

Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2012…John Maxwell

May 15, 2012

I attended the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2012 Event again this year via simulcast at Morning Chapel CME Church in Fort Worth on Friday, May 4th, 2012.  I really enjoyed the awesome speakers and of course, I always have my own takeaways, nuggets, and favorite quotes from speakers!  I am going to highlight these over the next few blog posts. The topic this year was on Choices.

John Maxwell

The choices we make dictate the lives we live.  You must have your own personal growth plan. Transformation must start in the life of the leader.  We make a decision that is important and then we manage it the rest of your life.  Growth is not automatic, it’s intentional.  You grow on purpose.  Your life can be changed!

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership work because they are laws.  Laws don’t care.  They don’t ask if you will buy in.

New Book: The 15 Laws of Personal Growth (this book is coming out in October 2012).

The Law of Intentionality = Growth doesn’t just happen. Grow on purpose.  You have to make a choice to grow.  There is a choice you have to make in everything you do…in the end, the choice you make, makes you. Put your money where your values are.  You want to change your challenges, difficulties, problems, everything around us, but you don’t want to change yourself.  Leadership is a process of intentionality…Do It Everyday!  The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda!  Be intentional everyday.  You either are repairing or preparing.  Have a Simple Plan.  Basic Plan.  Practical Plan. Applicable Plan.  Do it now, now what I should do or gonna do.  Current Plan.  You plan is uphill all the way.

The Law of Diminishing Return = By putting off what you should do, you’ll never do it.  The longer you don’t do it, the higher the chance we won’t do it.

The Law of Awareness = You must know yourself to grow yourself.  Invest in yourself…why should someone else invest in you if you don’t invest in yourself?

Requirement: What is expected or required of me?

Return: What gives me a return?  What do I do well?  Put your effort and energy, and growth to your strengths!  Weak becomes average after effort.

Rewarding: What is rewarding to me?  We migrate to what we like to do!  It brings life to me.  These bring passion = the phenomenal energy.

The Law of Environment = Growth thrives in conducive surroundings…one that is conducive to our challenge of growth.  To create a growth environment: Where others are ahead of me; A place where I am continually challenged; Where my focus is continually forward; A place where the atmosphere is affirming; A place where I’m out of my comfort zone [but never out of your gift zone]; Where you wake up excited; Failure is not my enemy; Where other people are growing; Where people desire [wanting & willing to change] change and they can only grow with change; Where growth is modeled, encouraged and required!

You can’t lock out greatness!  Become the person you want to become…with the keys to personal growth, unlock the door and walk out of that cell!

Review of my top nuggets:

  • The choices we make dictate the lives we live.
  • There is a choice you have to make in everything you do…in the end, the choice you make, makes you.
  • You must know yourself to grow yourself.
  • Growth thrives in conducive surroundings.  Create a growth environment.

Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2012…Marcus Buckingham

May 14, 2012

I attended the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2012 Event again this year via simulcast at Morning Chapel CME Church in Fort Worth on Friday, May 4th, 2012.  I really enjoyed the awesome speakers and of course, I always have my own takeaways, nuggets, and favorite quotes from speakers!  I am going to highlight these over the next few blog posts. The topic this year was on Choices.

Marcus Buckingham

Be authentic.  It’s your most precious and most important commodity.  Who are you?  Be you!  Most people believe that there is a perfect way to lead and if you meet enough of these attributes then you’re the best leader (referring to competency models).  What is authentic with one leader looks forced with another.

Study leaders.  Transfer concepts.  Catch excellence and reflect it back.  Most people miss the concepts and go to the technique.  The techniques of one leader are hard to transfer to another.  Leadership is not easily transferred.  It must be individualized.

What is your leadership algorithm?  What is your edge [comparative advantage and techniques], to stand out?  The Stand Out Assessment will measure you on 9 strengths…you will have and be defined by the top 2 you are the strongest on.

Stand Out Assessment Strength Roles:

Advisor – Practical, concrete thinker, problem solver, pragmatic

Connector – Points out and brings out the best in each of you

Creator – What do I understand?  I’m thinking.  Need time.

Equalizer – What is the right thing to do?  Moral commitments.  You have responsibilities to one another.  You want accountability and responsibility.  You do consistently what you say you will do and you create consistency.

Influencer – Each conversation is a sale and you have an agenda, move to act, you do it through charm

Pioneer – What’s new?  What’s next? Let’s go.  It’s a friendly place.

Provider – Are you okay? Create an environment about care, well-being, creativity, innovation.

Stimulator – Create energy, influence the rest, you’re an emotional giver, you give strength and energy.

Teacher – You ask how can I learn? You see everyone as a work in progress to you no one is ever finished.

What would you do?  Is how other people see you by what you do accidentally or deliberately.  Every leader is different. What is between your ears is what needs to be shared.  There is no perfect leadership profile.  You need practices and information to HELP you!!! They [your practices] are not the best, they just are…you are you [the same person] but you just get better.  Come back better!  Be the most sophisticated user of yourself that is possible.

Don’t bless yourself with uniqueness – make it useful.  How do you take what is unique about yourself and make it useful?  The challenge and choice as a leader, is to make what is unique about you useful.

 

Review of my top nuggets:

  • Be authentic.
  • Catch excellence and reflect it back.
  • Other people see you by what you do accidentally or deliberately.
  • Don’t bless yourself with uniqueness – make it useful.

Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2012…Angela Ahrendts

May 11, 2012

I attended the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2012 Event again this year via simulcast at Morning Chapel CME Church in Fort Worth on Friday, May 4th, 2012.  I really enjoyed the awesome speakers and of course, I always have my own takeaways, nuggets, and favorite quotes from speakers!  I am going to highlight these over the next few blog posts. The topic this year was on Choices.

Angela Ahrendts

Trust is how we lead our company.  Reinforce your culture and lead by intuition, be connected, compassionate, intuitively lead, make choices. It is our job to put the right people in the right positions in order to win.  You have to trust their values and leadership…and must share the same values and vision, on all levels!  You have to use all expertise to execute but you can’t do this without trust.  You have to create a culture on what’s best for the company, the people, “the Brand”…it gets rid of self and the ego.  Intuition will empower people…we value feeling over knowledge. Leaders have to look forward.

Don’t ever forget where you come from…your heritage and your values.  Our vision is that the true measure of our success will be by the lives we have touched and their success.  Your culture touches other people.  intuition is the greatest output of trust and a strong culture.

Don’t get intimidated by how fast things are going.

Protect, explore and inspire. Use your instincts.  It will build trust in your team.  Trust empowers people.

Follow your instincts.  Reinforce your values.  Have a laser point of view.

 

Review of my top nuggets:

  • You must share the same values and vision.
  • Don’t ever forget where you came from…your heritage or your values.
  • Trust empowers people.
  • Follow your instincts. Reinforce your values. Have a laser point of view.

Quotes

May 10, 2012

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at its testing point.

– C.S. Lewis

Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2012…Tim Tebow

May 9, 2012

I attended the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2012 Event again this year via simulcast at Morning Chapel CME Church in Fort Worth on Friday, May 4th, 2012.  I really enjoyed the awesome speakers and of course, I always have my own takeaways, nuggets, and favorite quotes from speakers!  I am going to highlight these over the next few blog posts. The topic this year was on Choices.

Tim Tebow

People respect you when you put it all on the line.

A leader is someone you can influence.  Everyone can be a leader.

Consistently work hard.  Make the most of it.  Stand up!

At the end of the day…we have to know that it doesn’t matter whether we win or lose, or someone writes a bad article about me; I know whose I am.

Mission Statement:  Bring faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour.

People say:  I’m not a role model.  Yes you are, you just aren’t a very good one.  I want to be a role model for someone.  I want to invest in their lives.  Your platform can make a difference.

It is the wrong approach to have an attitude of you can’t wait to get this day done, get practice over, get done with workouts, get free time to go hang out and relax, get home, get to play, get off work, quit, get out of whatever. You need to wake up with the attitude on how you can improve yourself today and that you want to make an impact in someone else’s life today.  It will change your day and your life.

You have to love what you do.  You have to be passionate about what you do…a passion is not just motivation or have a hype about it.  Whether you feel good or bad you will still do it!  You have to be willing to sacrifice.

If someone’s watching you, then there is someone you can influence.

 

Review of my top nuggets:

  • People respect you when you put it all on the line.
  • Your platform can make a difference.
  • You have to be passionate about what you do…not just motivated or have a hype about it.
  • You have to be wiling to sacrifice.

Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2012…Urban Meyer

May 8, 2012

I attended the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2012 Event again this year via simulcast at Morning Chapel CME Church in Fort Worth on Friday, May 4th, 2012.  I really enjoyed the awesome speakers and of course, I always have my own takeaways, nuggets, and favorite quotes from speakers!  I am going to highlight these over the next few blog posts.  The topic this year was on Choices.

Urban Meyer

Many times we are face with choices that create conflict.  There is a way…you just have to be very disciplined and balanced in ALL areas of life.  Look inward and evaluate yourself.  Brighten someone else’s day.

Three characteristics of a great Leader:

1.  Selfless

2.  Worth Ethic

3.  Competitor

People get derailed by how other people feel about them.  Your faith and family are what will help you keep your focus.

Let the negative things go.  Focus on the things you can control.

Handle yourself right on the sidelines and you’ll be invited to the game that matters.

 

Review of my top nuggets:

  • There is a way…you just have to be very disciplined and balanced in ALL areas of life.
  • Brighten someone else’s day.
  • Let the negative things go.
  • Handle yourself right on the sidelines and you’ll be invited to the game that matters.

 

Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2012…Andy Stanley

May 7, 2012

I attended the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2012 Event again this year via simulcast at Morning Chapel CME Church in Fort Worth on Friday, May 4th, 2012.  I really enjoyed the awesome speakers and of course, I always have my own takeaways, nuggets, and favorite quotes from speakers!  I am going to highlight these over the next few blog posts.  The topic this year was on Choices.

Andy Stanley

As a Leader, the following is true:

I may be in charge, but I don’t know what to do. I may be in charge, but I don’t have all the answers.  I’m not the smartest person around here, I’m just the Leader.

Open leadership is good for the soul.  Leaders are important because of the things we hate the most: Uncertainty.  Uncertainty is why people need Leaders.  It is what makes us who we are.  You will never have all the information you need…but you can’t be intimidated by uncertainty or its culture.  It’s not an indication of poor leadership.  Navigate uncertainty: The goal is to not eradicate uncertainty, but navigate it.

Process for making decisions:

What would my replacement do?

Why don’t we walk out and come back in and do what they would do?  Why are you stuck on the way you have always done it?  Your emotions?  Your memories?  Instead of the Mission and Vision.

What would a great Leader do?

It brings great power to encourage you to meet your struggles.  Not concerned about a bonus, reputation, what people will think, the way its already/always been done.  Don’t make it bigger…make it better!  You will get bigger if you do.  Ask a better question.  Be selfless.  Influence.  Be a Leader.  What’s in it for everyone else?  Be committed.  You will find significance.  You will find answers.  Better questions.  Beyond anything you ever would have considered.  Extraordinary opportunity.

What story do I want to tell?

Every decision you make in your life at some point is just a story.  Don’t make a choice that will make you a liar for life. Make decisions that you are proud to tell!  Your story is with you forever!  Every business decision you make becomes apart of you for life!  Honor God!  Honor your company and the people you work with.  Honor your friends!  Honor your Family!  So what story do you want to tell?  This is the legacy question.  Ask good questions! Be a Leader with a Vision for people to follow. Write a script that is a story you are proud to tell!

Make good choices & be a Leader worth following!

 

Review of my top nuggets:

  • We never have all the information we need!
  • Don’t make it bigger…make it better.
  • Your story is with you forever!
  • Be a leader with a vision for people to follow.

Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2012 Event

May 4, 2012

I attended the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2012 Event today [my 2nd time, last year was my 1st] via simulcast at Morning Chapel CME Church in Fort Worth today…I really enjoyed the awesome speakers and of course, I always have my own takeaways, nuggets, and favorite quotes from speakers!  I am going to highlight these over the next few blog posts to share with you my notes so that you may be inspired also!  The topic this year was on Choices.

The day was a packed one.  Full of speakers via the simulcast event and even a few speakers live for us from the local area.  This picture is the lady who greeted me at the door when I arrived.

Misty & Morning Chapel Volunteer

Morning Chapel Chick-Fil-A Leadercast Volunteer

All the team were very warm, friendly, helpful and full of smiles! I can’t wait for next year!!!

Morning Chapel Chick-Fil-A Leadercast Team

Morning Chapel Chick-Fil-A Leadercast Team

Quotes

May 3, 2012

Leadership is understanding people and involving them to help you do a job. That takes all of the good characteristics, like integrity, dedication of purpose, selflessness, knowledge, skill, implacability, as well as determination not to accept failure.

– Admiral Arleigh A. Burke

5 Key Components to your Commercial

May 2, 2012

Everyone of us have a commercial about our company.  Here are 4 Key Components you need to cover you yours:

  • Component 1: Your product name and category.
  • Component 2: The problem you are attempting to solve.
  • Component 3: Your proposed solution.
  • Component 4: The key benefit of your solution.
  • Component 5: The difference between your services and someone who offers services similar to yours.

How you cover these will be all in how you portray your Story.  Each of us have a Story…tell it to intrigue your audience and grab their attention.

 

Quotes

May 1, 2012
The highest form of success… comes… to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph.
– Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. president