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November 11, 2013

Photo: Thanks to those who have and are serving our country!

Today we Celebrate the work our Veterans have done for us! THANK YOU!!!

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October 23, 2013

Do What You Love…Love What You Do

September 18, 2013

How to Live Like You Mean It

September 13, 2013

We posted an image this week to inspire you to Live Like You Mean It!

Are you just living your life day in and day out?  If you want to change and live life like you mean it, how do you do that? We gave it some thought and have a list of descriptions on how you Love Like You Mean It!

  • Be real.  Don’t be fake.  Don’t pretend.  Be authentic.
  • Be you, not somebody else.
  • Live with purpose.  That means that you have a reason for living live.  You have intention about living life.
  • Be determined about your life.  Make plans.  Don’t let life “just happen”.
  • Choose results that bring the life you want.  Our life is the sum of our choices.  To get different results you have to make different choices.
  • Have all the signs indicate that you are living, alive and well!
  • Your life needs significance to be able to meaning to it and in it.

What will you do to Live Like You Mean It?

Live Like You Mean It!

September 10, 2013

Consistency is Key to Success

July 31, 2013

You will not gain success over night. In order to achieve results, you have to maintain consistency. You must be intentional with little steps to achieve results. This means that you set out daily steps to achieve the goal. Nothing worth while is done in leaps and bounds. There are days you are going to think no progress has been made, but when you look back over the last month or year of effort, you will see that you have made progress. Consistency is key. You have to have a goal in mind. Once that goal is set, you need to set out what needs to happen to achieve the goal. Then you can be consistent at it. You must consistently take action. Do the things that will bring results. Don’t just sit there, keep moving.

What is one key thing you do to make sure you stay consistent?

Lessons Learned from Pool Maintenance

July 26, 2013

I bought a HUD Home February 2007.  After I moved in, it required some professionals to come in and get it repaired and in working order because the house had sat vacant for so long.  I had never been a pool owner before and so there was much to learn about what is required to keep a pool “up and running”.  I was determined to learn as much as I could myself to save the cost of this being maintained by a Pool Servicing Company.  From pool parts, to chemicals, to a routine, and how to balance the PH…there was so much to be learned!  At the beginning, it was very overwhelming and I felt I would never get it right.

One of my girlfriends has a pool [though hers is salt water and not chlorine like mine] and she kept telling me, you can get this.  It will just take time.  Before long, you will know what is wrong with your pool just by looking at it.  I stuck with it and 6 years later, I can tell you she is right!

The other morning I was out tending to my pool and I was reflecting on the fact that there are so many lessons that can be learned by pool maintenance.  If you have a pool, you will relate.  If you don’t, I think you still will relate!

  • No matter what you know in life, you will be faced with something at some point that you don’t know.  Don’t be afraid to ask the experts for help.  They know their stuff and they will teach you if you are willing to learn.  If you haven’t found someone willing to teach you, keep looking, keep searching – they are out there!
  • To learn anything new, you must have a desire to learn, you must be willing to spend the time it takes to learn, and you must be dedicated to the process, no matter how hard or how long it takes.
  • Taking care of your pool on a daily basis avoids issues developing with your PH levels, your equipment, and you are able to spot things quickly that need to be addressed.  Being disciplined to have a routine and stick to it will prevent long hours, money and extensive effort having to be applied later to get it back into shape after it has gotten out of control.  This is true about so many other areas in life including diet, exercise, a financial budget, projects, relationships, business development, and more!  Though at times it is hard to see the benefits of a routine when you only focus on it on a daily basis, when you step back and see the progress you see the results of sparkling bright clear water!
  • When life happens and distracts you from your routine, for instance you went out of town on vacation or a business trip and therefore your pool didn’t get tended to like it should have and now the water is showing signs of being ugly, you will have to spend the extra time beyond your normal routine, exert more effort to get it back on track and make up for lost time, so that you can resume your daily maintenance.  Don’t believe all is lost and that its a done deal.  Jump in and do what you can as quickly as you can so that the problem doesn’t get to a level of needing more help than even you can give it.  You can’t lose heart, you have to stay focused and realize that extreme measures will have to be taken to get things back on track.
  • If even after all the years of experience you get stuck and can’t get the PH levels to be what they need to be, remember that sometimes things are beyond your control and it requires the “big dogs” to come in and take over.  Know who to contact in case of an emergency so that when you need them you can call them to the rescue.
  • Just like pool maintenance takes work, relationships take work.  You have to put something into it to get something out of it.  But your hard effort does pay off and you can enjoy floating in the pool on a warm Texas afternoon, even if it takes time to get to that point!
  • Your pool will have its own characteristics based off of the number of swimmers each week, the amount of sun vs shade, the size of your pool, your water chemistry, etc.  You will have to be in tune with each of these elements in order to “learn” your pool to develop the ability to know what is wrong with it at a glance so that you will know what it needs.  Simply add a bit more chemicals?  Increased water levels?  Each of us can develop these skills with relationships too!  If you spend the time being in tune with what is going on with a person, you will know at a glance what is wrong and how you can be of help.  Sometimes not everything is seen at a glance, but with time, all things become exposed.
  • Once you have learned your pool, there is a risk to not keep learning.  New products come out, the environment changes, things erode slowly over time so you don’t even see what is happening on a daily basis.  We must be willing to continually learn and at times step back and look at it with a harder evaluation to make sure we aren’t missing something.
  • With a pool there are seasons when it requires more work than other times.  In the fall, the process of scooping out leaves is non stop.  In the winter, the PH levels change and you have to adjust your routine.  In the spring, the rains make the water consistency hard to keep balanced and pretty.  In the summer, the PH levels change again and you will be spending more time tending to it and putting chemicals in it, but you also spend more time enjoying it.  Just as with life, there are seasons to each phase.  Learn to make the most of today and enjoy them!  Don’t let a summer go by without making sure you are getting your pool time or in the winter you will wonder why you have it and regret ever buying a house with a pool!

Book Review: The Strangest Secret…by Earl Nightingale

July 5, 2013

Why does a person become the person he becomes?  Why do you grow up to become who you become?

Estimates are that we use 5% of our potential of our entire day.  Most people desire to succeed, but what is success?  Success is nothing more than a progressive realization of a worthy ideal.  Any person working towards a goal is a success…because he knows what he is doing and why.  If you don’t know what you are working towards, you are unsuccessful. 95% of people are not successful.  If everyone is doing it, you probably won’t make a mistake by not.  Check your references, are the people you following going where you want to go?  You are thinking, acting, talking like people around you, and assuming they know where they are going.  Even without trying to or actually thinking about it, you are trying to be someone else.

You need a checklist:
1. A Goal – a man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder
2. Attitude – our attitude toward our world toward all the people in it that will determine the worlds attitude and all the people’s attitude towards us.  People will react to us according to our attitude.
3. Think – Think deliberately and with a purpose.
4. The Law of Laws (by Emerson, Cause and Effects) – our rewards in life will be in exact proportion to our contribution and service.
5. Truth – if it’s not based on truth we are building on sand and you can’t stand
6. Research & Development – your future depends on this; something to make you better, love a little more, hate a little less, do a little better job than a year ago…what are you pumping back into yourself and your future?
7. The Strangest Secret – your genetic pool and environment have influence on you, but you become what you think about most of the time.  This is why thinking is so vital and a goal is so important.  You will become that.  You have to establish goals to achieve them.

A man’s environment will change as he changes.  You must never conform to the big group, be an individual.  Be choosy in whose steps you follow.  Remember to think…imagination is everything.  Put your heart into your work and you will get the supreme joy out of life.

Part 1 of 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajIRxdeCRZM only 6:35 minutes long
Part 2 of 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es7UjzlSRcU&feature=related only 8:34 minutes long
Part 3 of 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuPdzHd8idk&feature=related only 6:24minutes long

Are you trying to be a Winner?

September 4, 2012

I have been giving thoughts lately to what it means to be a winner.  What you have to do to win?  Why do some people seem to be winners and others aren’t?  What are the important qualities to be a winner?  Are some more important than others?  Why some people don’t lack the qualities to be a winner and others do?  How do you develop winners?  How do you achieve a winners attitude?  How do you influence people to become winners?

Watch this video here called What it takes to be Number One.  These are the qualities it lists:

  • Commitment
  • Truth
  • Excellence
  • Results
  • Passion
  • Habit
  • Mental Toughness
  • Discipline

What is a character you feel is needed to be a Winner?

I want to be a winner…even if I am not Number One.

The Extra Degree

August 28, 2012

The 212°: The Extra Degree concept is one definitely that is very powerful when you stop and think about it.

If you’re not familiar, here’s the idea:
At 211 degrees…water is hot.
At 212 degrees…it boils.
And with boiling water, comes steam.
And steam can power a locomotive.
And, it’s that one extra degree that…Makes all the difference.

So many times, in business, friendships, family, basically all areas in life, it’s that one extra degree of effort that separates the good from the great.  The 212° idea is one that you can use it to fit your own life, in so many ways. It may be 212° service that you’d like to reinforce, or 212° attitude, leadership, or quality you would like to expound on. Or maybe, you’ll choose to build your entire culture around the 212° concept…to differentiate you from your competition, your neighbor, your coworker.  Maybe its just a reminder of that little bit of extra effort will be just the motivation you need to do more to serve your Savior who gave more than 212° for you.  To reach out and encourage someone to have faith and believe, disregard the mediocre and replace it with excellence.

The real beauty of 212° is the simplicity of the idea. One Extra degree makes a difference.  It separates the good from the great.  In attitude…in kindness…in belief…in focus…in perseverance.  It reminds us that seemingly small things can make a tremendous difference.  Once explained…everybody gets it. And once you get it…it’s hard to forget.  The only aspect of forgetting would be to not implement it.

What is that one extra degree for you?  Please comment below…

Dealing with Change

July 25, 2012

Dealing with change? Ask the following questions:

  1. What can I learn from this?
  2. How can I improve?
  3. What do I want now?
  4. What actions do I need to take?

work willingly at whatever you do…

June 20, 2012

Do you have 10 Commandments of Business?

June 18, 2012

I follow several blogs, some business, some motivational, some spiritual, to continue to grow me as an Entrepreneur, an individual, and follower of Christ.  I particularly like the thoughts of one of the posts recently that was discussing the 10 commandments of doing business a different way. A way that is designed to lead to not just a great career that changed lives, but to the ability to love the work you do in the world, the business you aspire to build and the life you want to live.  You can read the complete post here.  Here are the 10 Commandments of Biz Jonathan Fields posted.

Differences between Bosses & Leaders

June 11, 2012

A Boss vs A Leader:

  • Drives Employees…Coaches them
  • Depends on Authority…Depends on Goodwill
  • Inspires fear…Generates enthusiasm
  • Says, “I”…Says, “We”
  • Places blame for the breakdown…Fixes the breakdown
  • Knows how it is done…Shows how it is done
  • Uses people…Develops people
  • Takes credit…Gives credit
  • Commands…Asks
  • Says, “Go”…Says, “Let’s Go”

Which one are you?  Which one are your growing yourself to be?

Opportunity for Work

June 6, 2012

Love Your People!

June 4, 2012

You can do 8 things to improve your business by loving people more:

1. Contribute – be part of the solution
2. Be Kind – have concern & respect for others
3. Be Patient – give others the time you’d like to be given
4. Be Honest – have truthful conversations
5. Encourage other People – give confidence & support freely
6. Apologize – say you’re sorry, because we all make mistakes
7. Forgive People – accept “I’m sorry”
8. Thank People – enjoy the work of others and show your gratitude

Love your people!

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.

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.

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