Posts Tagged: leader

A Watery Lesson

DSN9118-2-MI was out of filters so I got out the Keurig; readied the water, the coffee, and was waiting for the water to pass through the k-cup. For that short moment of waiting I wondered how the water felt about the situation. The water, which is fine all by itself, is heated up, put under pressure and passed through another substance that transforms it into something completely different. Is the water okay with this process, or is it offended?

I have gone through, am going through, and will continue the process in the future- situations that change me. Each situation ordained by God to test me, and change me for His purpose and for use as an instrument for His Kingdom. Oftentimes I see with limited perspective and hate the situation, seeing it as an incident rather than His formula.

I enjoy coffee. Hot water? Not so much. For me the process of making coffee, using hot water is worth the effort and sacrificing the natural state of the water.

I pray that when I pass through situations that the filter brings me out pleasing to God.

Psalm 119:71 & 1 Peter 1:6-7 – may I understand He is trying to finish my brewing.

Copyright 2015 LeadersBridge


Idea Starters

“I am very lucky to be surrounded and guided by an incredible support team comprised of my family and agents.”
Karlie Kloss
If we take a serious look at our team, we’ll find it extends far beyond our first thoughts. CSW

“When you give a team life, give a team confidence, anything can happen in a Game 7.”
Paul Pierce
Teams persevere until they have completed the task; and ‘it ain’t over til it’s over’. CSW

“It’s a whole team of people working 24 hours around the clock to make me look like this.”
Clay Aiken
How important to regard and credit every area and every contribution of the team. CSW

“I’m part of a team that raises millions of dollars and raises awareness of HIV and AIDS all over the world.”
Linda Evangelista
The face of the team needs to realize they are still a part of something greater than themselves. CSW

“As a scientist, you feel a sense of team spirit for your country but you also have a sense of team spirit for the international community.”
Saul Perlmutter
You are a part of any team you are contributing to. CSW

Copyright 2015 LeadersBridge



Character Reproduction

DSN9158-2-LIt happened again. Working with an organization and getting to see how it operates and how its leadership operates is such an eye opener. I usually only get bits and pieces of an organization but sometime I get to see it from the top down.

In this instance I was able to work with the CEO down to lowest rung on the ladder. Here’s the problem… character matters. When the leader operates with a low level of integrity the effects trickle down. Personal integrity from the top will lead an organization in that direction. Low levels of integrity at the top will lead the organization in that direction.

In the case I dealt with recently the top leaders are basically moral people, but lack a character trait in integrity that filters down and can be observed at all levels. The problem is following through on commitment and demonstrating the character they expect from others. When the leader doesn’t display the qualities they expect from others the disconnect is plain and observable, and will be reproduced down the line.

When leadership is character driven and holds to the highest integrity then those attitudes will trickle down to others. A leader must demonstrate to the highest quality of what it expects from others. It is only the demonstration that will bring character and integrity reproduction within the organization.

The leader’s character matters because it reproduces.

Copyright 2015 LeadersBridge

Unanswerable Recognition

DSN9158-2-LMs. A contacted me about doing a team building event. Once all the preliminary decisions were made she turned it over to Ms. B, her assistant. Ms. B and I worked out most of the arrangements and we were underway except for a few details to be worked out as the event approached.

With a few of the minor details left I received a call from Ms. A. She had been asked by her assistant to call me and inform me of a few things. Ms. A and I had some other business to address and so she would make one call instead of Ms. A and Ms. B both having to call.

As we talked she informed me of the items Ms. B had asked her to communicate to. Each item brought a question from me. Each time Ms. A was unable to answer. After a couple questions, Ms. A would remark, “I should have been paying more attention.” This became her answer for about 5 of my questions. She finally said she would talk again to her assistant and pay more attention; get the answers and call me back.

You might think the point is that great leaders pay attention when they are talking with someone. This is true, but the real point is that great leaders recognize when they don’t have the answers, they don’t make excuses, but they do what they have to and get the information. In this case Ms. A had to apologize to her assistant, Ms. B, for not paying attention, causing a little more discussion and another phone call.

Great leaders pay attention, but they also fearlessly admit when they are wrong and make corrections.

Copyright 2014 LeadersBridge

Idea Starters

“NBC is working with a team of astrophysicists to create a new day of the week.”
Dave Foley
With the right team anything is possible. CSW

“I think that when people join clubs as simple as a sorority or a fraternity, a football team, a baseball team, it’s just – you want to be in a group. You want to be around people, you want to be with people.”
Theo Rossi
Joining a team is natural, building a team takes intentionality. CSW

“Investing in management means building communication systems, business processes, feedback, and routines that let you scale the business and team as efficiently as possible.”
Fred Wilson
Team work is team building. CSW

“One thing for me that modeling definitely did was that you go to do a different job every day, and you are working with a completely new team of people. You have to learn how to talk to people and how to creatively achieve the same goals. I think it just hones your people skills.”
Cat Deeley
What looks like individual effort or achievement is actually a team success. CSW

I have my team. Like if you see everyone around me – I have my hair and makeup girl, my assistant. They’re very calm, they’re all about positive energy. There’re no drama queens. Everyone wants everyone else to have a positive experience. There are no agendas. I think it creates a healthy environment and there are no boundaries to cross.
Great teams defeat boundaries and egos. CSW

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