We’re Only Human...

In the most recent LinkedIn article I published called If You Want It Done Right…, I shared a comment I heard John Maxwell make recently, “A leader who empowers their team isn’t someone who believes they have to do it all themselves for it to be done right.” While that’s not necessarily as easy as it may sound, it’s absolutely something we have to begin doing at some point if we have any hope at all of moving beyond that busy-ness we’ve kicked around over the last several messages to a place where we’re building a team that accomplishes what it’s really capable of!

I closed the last blog by challenging you to really think into how much it really matters when someone on our team makes certain mistakes. If it’s a true life or death scenario, we may need to stay in complete control of the situation. But let’s be brutally honest, those are few and far between! There are far more situations where a mistake here and there...

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How Much Does It Really Matter?

As we continue digging into the idea that all of us are going to make mistakes and that can’t be what completely stops us from delegating tasks to our team members, there’s one big thing we’ll need to be able to answer: How much does it really matter?

Before we get wrapped up in answering that question, let’s make sure we’re on the same page… Some mistakes come with a higher cost, and none are more expensive than the ones that are covered with excuses! Learning from a mistake is often part of the price of learning, but making an excuse rather than accepting responsibility and finding the lesson means there will never be the slightest chance to pull value from the mistake!

Whether it’s a team member who we’re developing as we begin providing them with new opportunities or a politician who’s “set up” by a salon owner, making excuses for this mistake limits (and sometimes completely removes) our chances of trusting them...

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WHEN a Mistake is Made, How Do You Handle It?

Know this: I was VERY intentional about the title of this message! I’ve often heard that there are only two certainties in life; death and taxes. Not true!!! We can easily add a third certainty to that list by simply admitting that we’re all going to make mistakes, and the vast majority of us will likely make at least one yet today… If someone suggests otherwise, they’d probably lie about other things too!

Before we take a look at a recent example of why it’s so much easier to accept responsibility for mistakes and move on than to make excuses justifying the mistake, please allow me to call your attention to the FIRST EVER live virtual LIVE2LEAD:Harrisonburg experience on Friday, October 9! In addition to the live content from John Maxwell, Kat Cole, Steve Harvey, Alan Mulally, and Craig Groeschel during the event you’ll get to circle back to all this for 72 hours following the event! You’ll also get access to bonus content from each of the...

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Busy Now or Busy Forever?

Before closing the loop on the busyness issue we’ve looked at through the last few messages, here’s a quick reminder that registration is now open for the LIVE virtual LIVE2LEAD:Harrisonburg experience on Friday, October 9. Not only will you get immediate access to some special material from the 2019 Live2Lead speakers, we will also be providing everyone who participates at any point in the 2020 LIVE2LEAD:Harrisonburg SEASON with a code for complimentary access to our digital course on Build a Reputation as a Servant Leader!

Now, on with the show!

We started down this path by looking how most of us are Busier Than We’ve Ever Been and I referenced the quote from Tim Ferris in The 4-Hour Workweek I had previously shared in a my LinkedIn article called Busy, Lazy, or Undisciplined? where Ferris stated that “being perpetually busy is akin to being sloppy with your time and is ultimately a form of laziness.” As I pointed out in the two...

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When I Did This, Everything Changed

It was a bit shocking to learn 95% of all people never take action on their intentions. And many of the remaining 5% that do take action, never take action on the things that will get them the results they're after!  I remember soberly thinking, that is nearly everyone.  Wait a minute...that is me!  There were plenty of things I was not taking action on that I knew would move me forward in life.  I was the person holding me back. 

When I (Cindy) learned there were simple step’s I could take to bridge the gap from good intentions to taking intentional action, my results started changing.  When I learned to identify the right actions to take that would give me the results I was after…I started seeing faster growth in areas that not only helped me accomplish my goals but first increased my awareness which grew me personally and professionally in the process.  When your awareness increases you grow in many ways! 

Remember the stat I...

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Doing It and Making Sure It’s Done Are Two Very Different Things!

In the last blog, I shared a story with you that still makes me squirm a bit. It seemed like every minute of every day was packed as full as I could possibly handle. From the time I walked in my office, usually around 6a, until I left for the evening around 6:30 or 7p, I ran as hard as I could and usually scarfed down some leftovers at my desk while catching up on voicemails or emails… It was nuts!

Clearing those time and attendance system exceptions weren’t necessarily my responsibility but addressing any given one of them was far faster than taking the time to fix what was essentially broken in the process. I’ll re-emphasize what I closed that last blog with: I didn’t discipline myself to invest enough time into fixing that process so I found myself losing exponentially more time each week patching it because I thought doing it right once would be more than I could handle. Ugh!!!

In that scenario, I didn’t have anyone else that I could pass any of...

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Are You Making the HARD Decisions?

You know those times where you’re trying to decide where you and your significant other are going for dinner? Yep, the ones where neither of you really care what place you go to but every suggestion the other person makes just isn’t appealing???

Those aren’t the HARD Decisions that I’m referring to here!

I’m talking about the HARD Decisions that really matter when you’re truly concerned about the end result you’re working toward and every minute of every day is already overloaded with tasks that needed to be done yesterday! If you’ve carried the weight of leadership responsibility for any length of time at all, you can probably FEEL what I’m describing…

From 2012 to 2014, I had responsibility for managing the electronic records for around 300 employees on a daily basis in a new (to the facility) time and attendance platform. In theory, that wasn’t a big deal. But when you consider that the large majority of those...

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Busier Than We’ve Ever Been!

Before we dive into a topic that I’m sure will resonate with anyone who invests the time to read this message and the few that follow, I have no choice but to share an update about the 2020 LIVE2LEAD:Harrisonburg SEASON!!! In addition to the in-person, Executive Summit format event we’ll be hosting at Blue Ridge Community College on Friday, October 23, we’ve added a LIVE virtual option on October 9 and a second virtual option on November 13. While the Oct 23 date is technically sold out until we can work with all of our partners and those who registered prior to COVID shutting down the world, both virtual options are available now at www.L2L-Harrisonburg.com along with some new info on speakers and other details about the special opportunities we can offer you and your team from Oct 9 through the end of Feb ‘21!

Now let’s get down to business!

I recently published an article on LinkedIn titled Busy, Lazy, or Undisciplined? At first glance, that...

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Do Better or Become Better?

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on August 21, 2020.

If we’re focused on winning a finite game, our objective will most likely be to do the absolute best we can within the given time frame so our results are better than whoever we’re competing against. And let me be VERY clear here: I love to win! My DRIVEN approach to life can turn nearly everything into a race. (You’re welcome to verify that with Cindy if necessary…)

But being able to differentiate which things require that finite approach where we’re competing to win from the things that are truly more infinite can make a world of difference in what we achieve over the course of time!

In his recent book LeaderSHIFT, John Maxwell shares a story of what changed how he approached his role in ministry and how that shift impacted the results he was able to achieve in every other area of his life from that point forward. I won’t hash out the entire story, you should really read the...

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LIVE2LEAD:Harrisonburg 2020 Announces Craig Greoschel, Founder of Life.Church

Craig and Amy Groeschel married in 1991 and have six children and three sons-in-law: Catie and her husband Andrew, Mandy and her husband James, Anna and her husband Luke, Sam, Stephen, and Joy. Craig and Amy are also proud grandparents of Cole and McKenna.

Craig and Amy started Life.Church in a two-car garage in Edmond, Oklahoma in January 1996. Since then, Life.Church has grown to include dozens of locations all over the United States but its mission statement remains the same: to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ. Life.Church has become known for its innovative use of technology to spread the Gospel, launching the first fully digital church experience in 2006 and the most downloaded mobile Bible app in history, YouVersion, in 2008.

Craig is a New York Times bestselling author of books on a wide variety of topics, including dating and marriage, social media, purpose, direction, church leadership, and more. His latest book, Dangerous Prayers, shows you how to...

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