I suspended blogging a little over a year ago. There were several reasons, but I’ve decided to come back and begin again.
Over the next several weeks I’ll be blogging concerning team building.
Important subject? Definitely – it’s all about relationships. And that’s life, relationships.
We’ll be looking at it from a corporate perspective, but the principles will apply across borders. Are you married? You’re team building. Are you in a family? You’re team building. Do you work or go to school? You’re team building. Are you involved in a faith community? You’re team building. Do you have relationships? With Anybody? You’re team building.
So here’s the warning… I’m going to begin blogging again next week. I’ll be posting to Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. And as soon as I learn Instagram I’ll be posting pictures from events I’ve done.
I asked for your help, in liking, following, friending, etc. and especially in sharing.
Thanks so much,
Copyright 2017 LeadersBridge
I’m going to try something new. Little words but they can cause great fear if we’re honest. We tend to do what’s comfortable. I guess that’s why is called comfortable. The problem is what’s comfortable doesn’t always work; maybe it did once, but no longer. But it’s comfortable so we continue and in a moment of challenge we decide to stretch ourselves… usually by doing what’s comfortable at a faster pace, or with more emotion or passion. But it is still comfortable, or at least reasonably so.
I remember hearing a man tell of his baseball days. He was a good player and was a strong hitter. Problem was he would hit the cover off the ball, but only make it to first base. Finally a coach told him, “John, you can really hit the ball, the problem is you run too long in one place.”
It reminded me of the Road Runner/Coyote cartoons. The coyote would start to chase the bird and he would wind up his legs and then the circular motion on the cartoon would indicate his legs going at a fast and furious pace; it appeared his legs were going long before he went anywhere.
Great leaders can initiate change, they can get the motion started. Someone has to be able to evaluate the activities and make sure they are accomplishing. We cannot afford to hold on to activities and processes that fail to work. We need to evaluate and initiate change when we see that what is being done has lost its effectiveness and is simply continued because it is comfortable.
Business is moving faster than ever. Innovation is the call to action. Change is the one constant. Great leaders cannot risk running too long in one place.
Copyright 2015 LeadersBridge
I love paradox; things that seem to contradict themselves but are nonetheless true.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a great leader. But that leadership wasn’t built on ego, or self-aggrandizement. It wasn’t that he was seeking the spotlight, or asserted himself as leader, or promoted himself into leadership. He was a great leader because he served the people and a cause. He didn’t place himself above anyone; he didn’t ask anyone to do anything he would display as an example; He gave more of himself than he asked of others. He sacrificed for the mission.
The paradox was that his greatness and his continuing legacy were not sought after, nor his goal; but because rather because he served a cause and a people his leadership remains one of the best examples of possibilities.
Great leadership is based on mission and purpose. It’s more example that rhetoric. It’s recognized and heralded by others rather than self-announced. It humbly serves rather than asks for donation. It supports and encourages more than soliciting for support and encouragement.
Dr. King is remembered more for the demonstration of character that made him a great leader than for the leadership itself. Great leadership always begins with character.
Copyright 2014 LeadersBridge
“I am very lucky to be surrounded and guided by an incredible support team comprised of my family and agents.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
You are a part of any team you are contributing to. CSW
Copyright 2015 LeadersBridge
We had stopped by the grocery store. As we shopped we found ourselves behind two women on a mission.
They had taken a box from the church they attend with the instructions to buy certain items, place them in the box and return the box full of groceries to their church. The collected boxes would be distributed to provide a holiday dinner for families in need.
The two women felt they were doing a good deed to help others less fortunate, and they were. But they also demonstrated some things as important as giving.
First, they did it. They took the initiative to help. They weren’t obligated or forced into the situation, they made a choice and followed through. Great leaders do things that need to be done. They take action when action is needed.
Second, they didn’t announce or draw attention to their good deed. They went about their business and I only found out because I asked about their shopping list when I noticed it printed out on stationary. The two women were shopping together; each putting in their cart the same as the other as they read the needs off the list. But there were no signs or notices on the boxes. They didn’t draw attention to themselves or the cause they were fulfilling. Great leaders do what needs to be done and do not draw attention to themselves.
Third, they sacrificed for the need of others. They spent their own money to buy the grocery items that would be given away. Great leaders make sacrifices. They give selflessly for the sake of the team and those following.
Fourth, they set a great example. Every part of their actions were exemplary for others to follow. The great thing is they didn’t give it any thought. They didn’t say, “We’ll do this in this way and accomplish at least four remarkable things.” They chose a good deed to perform and the results were the display of their personal leadership. Anyone who observed and recognized their efforts could not have helped but be impressed.
Poor leaders often display poor self-leadership without knowing it; but great leaders display great self-leadership, not even being aware they are doing so. They simply recognize the right thing to do and do it in the right way.
Copyright 2014 LeadersBridge