What? How? And Definitely WHY?!

I closed the last blog by referencing something I heard John Maxwell share recently, “Not investing in your team is short-cutting yourself as a leader,” then I challenged you to think about what tasks you’re still hanging onto that could really be passed on to someone on your team AND would serve to empower them in the process.

Once we begin delegating with the intention of developing the people around us, we need to also consider what tools could help those same people most to truly master those assignments we’re handing them. While it’s not quite across the board, most companies tend to have solid systems in place for helping team members improve their technical skills. Those hard skills, as we often call them, apply directly to the task at hand and typically have an immediate and visible impact on the final product we’re working to produce.

But the higher the level of responsibility for leading a team, the more we’ll find ourselves...

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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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How Do You Play the Game?

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on August 11, 2020.

In the LinkedIn article I published yesterday, I referenced the origins of a quote I had already attributed to Vince Lombardi. We’ve likely all heard some type of reference to the idea of “it’s not whether we win or lose, but how we play the game” but I was clearly confused about where it originated. (I did find an entire web page dedicated to actual quotes by Lombardi so we’ll probably be circling back to that in this series sometime soon…) 

The actual quote I was thinking about was from Grantland Rice in 1927 but even he was paraphrasing something from a Greek historian that was written nearly 2,500 years earlier. Rice’s words were “For when the great scorer comes to write against your name, He marks not that you won or lost but how you played the game.” And that 5th century B.C. Greek historian wrote this in reference to Olympians of the time “Tis...

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An Entire Team of Opportunity Finders!

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 9, 2020.

Napoleon Hill once said, “I have also discovered that there comes with every experience of temporary defeat, and every failure and every form of adversity, the seed of an equivalent benefit. Mind you, I did not say the full blown flower of success, but the seed from which that flower may be made to germinate and grow!”

Just a few days ago, a friend of mine shared a post on social media that said something about everyone having the potential to brighten a room. Jokingly, I responded that there are always a few folks we run into who contribute to a delayed reaction; the room gets brighter when they leave… 

So all jokes aside, have you encountered the person who has an uncanny ability to find a problem in every solution rather than the opposite? Yep, that’s meant to be rhetorical! We’ve all seen it… For that matter, I’ll bet you’re picturing that person as you read...

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Do They Really Know How Much You Value Them?

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 8, 2020.

As leaders, we each work incredibly hard to earn belief and trust from each individual on our teams. But let me stop here and point out that I didn’t say “as managers” or “as executives” because the title alone has very little to do with leading!

Quite honestly, earning belief and trust with each of our team members is something we should be working to do on a daily basis. One of the ways we can do that is by being very intentional about showing how much we truly value the unique skill sets each of them provide our organizations.

In a recent Leading At The Next Level lesson called A MAJOR Underlying Issue, I touched on some of the issues we’re seeing across our great nation on what seems to be a daily basis. While it may or may not be quite as dramatic as the media paints it, there are some significant issues that need to be addressed. And in my opinion, it’s not a black or...

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What Are You Feeding Them?

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 7, 2020.

In a recent Leading At The Next Level lesson called Different Name, Same Challenge, we took a look at how easy it can really be for any of us to get overwhelmed by fears or concerns when everything we see and hear from the media points to the world spinning out of control. When I shared that lesson, we were just a few weeks into what became the global pandemic we all now refer to as COVID-19. The real intent of that lesson wasn’t to mock the threat that virus has been to so many people but to challenge your thinking with regards to how much control you allow fear to have over your daily routine. I also referenced some great work by Napoleon Hill that dug into where that fear is really coming from…

A few recent posts in A Daily Dose Of Leadership looked at how our actions as leaders ultimately impact the overall culture within our organizations. While we closed that loop by looking at how the example we set...

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Part of a Winning Team

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 31, 2020.

Have you ever noticed how quick folks tend to be to associate themselves with a sports team when that team is performing well but how those same folks can tend to distance themselves in the bad years. Phrases like We’re going to the playoffs can be fairly common during the good years, but those are often replaced with things like They’re just really bad this year when things aren’t looking so good. 

It’s not at all uncommon to hear both of those things said by the same person, about the same team, in back to back seasons! But why?

I believe each and every one of us have a deep desire to be part of something bigger than ourselves. According to Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the desire for community must be met before we can really begin to feel accomplished personally.

OK Wes, what does this have to do with the topics we’ve been working through over the last several blogs?...

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