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Clarifying Intent…What could that mean for your team?

Clarifying Intent…What could that mean for your team?

By on Sep 22, 2010 in Performance, Reflections in Leadership | 0 comments

“Have you ever been on the winning team?” For those that have, we know it is an experience of a lifetime. Yet as good as being a part of a great team can be; the team building experience can also be devastating. As a business development specialist with a MA in Marriage and Family counseling, my perspective might be somewhat unique. However I see many similarities between building a marriage and developing a team. The most valuable thing any couple considering marriage can do is to invest in pre-marital counseling. And similarly, if a leader takes the time and effort to clarify intent among the members of your developing team the process of reaching a real place of performance. “Why, and what does this mean for my business and my team?” you wonder. In building a team there are various stages of growth and development, and some of these stages aren’t all that fun. How and if a team moves through these will be determined by the skill of the leader. When leadership takes the time to discuss in the beginning the reasons the team has come together; when they clearly identify rules of engagement with a  commitment to the team members and purpose , and model communication and effective conflict resolution…teams move on to perform incredible feats. Share this:ShareFacebookLinkedInPinterestTwitterEmailGoogleLike this:Like...

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A Leader…with seeds of greatness.

By on Sep 21, 2009 in Reflections in Leadership | 0 comments

Leadership is not a job or a role that you play, but a lifestyle…an expression of who you are. When you plant words of life, you reap rapport and relationship. Rapport and relationship positions you for influence and influence can position you for almost anything. However influence and leadership is not cheap. There is a price to pay. A price of accountability and of responsibility to those you lead, to those over whom you have influence. Good leadership doesn’t make decisions based on today or even just tomorrow. Seeds of greatness lie within each individual. For many, those seeds will remain just that, seeds of unrealized potential and possibility. From others greatness will emerge. Lives will be changed and the world impacted as their choices ripple outward. What makes the difference between those that become and those that don’t?   They have a vision for something that is bigger than just them and extends beyond just today. It is a dream fueled by passion and connected to action.  They deal with the uncomfortable, awkward and negative issues, situations and relationship challenges that arise. They know that simply waiting for it to go away could leave them waiting for the rest of their life and time is precious. They understand the power of consequence and so not make decisions solely on the comfort and convenience of today. They take action…EVERY DAY! They have accepted responsibility for the realization of their vision and move toward it step by step day by day. They don’t despise the small steps, but are thankful for even small increments of progress. They have not only defined what they like, BUT ALSO what they don’t like. They don’t focus on the “NO’s”. However by clearly defining what “NO” looks like, they are able to recognize what carries negative influences much sooner. They operate with grace. Because they choose to forgive, they are free to move forward and are not tied to the past. They know what it is to be a part of a team. They know their own strengths and weaknesses and are not threatened by others whose strengths and weaknesses are different from their own. They are able to ask for help when they...

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What type of family is your organization?

By on Sep 14, 2009 in Reflections in Leadership | 1 comment

One of the best lessons I learned about leadership…about team building…about sharing a vision, I learned from my mother. It was one of those “caught, not taught things” that took a number of years before I recognized its value. There are three types of families.  The first one invites you in to join them, but most of the seats are taken. You stand along the sidelines and are not really sure why they invited you.  The second family invites you to join them, and has a seat for you at the table. But the group goes on as before you arrived. Conversations and activities resume around you, and although you were welcomed to the table you do not feel welcome. The third family invites you to join them, shows you your seat at the table, and then asks “Could you put the napkins out?” The third family issues an invitation, physically welcomes you into their space and says your presence here is of value. They make room for you to contribute according to your gifts and talents. Something is missing if you are not present. Whether you are a group, organization, association, or club what type of family do you want to be? Share this:ShareFacebookLinkedInPinterestTwitterEmailGoogleLike this:Like...

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