Leadership: What Is it?

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We are leaders in some way. Google Defines leadership as the action of leading a group of people or an organization. 

With such a generic definition it leads me to think of the following questions about leadership.

Is leadership the courage to do what is difficult?

Is leadership engaging when we don't feel like it?

Is leadership innovating? Motivating? 

Is leadership guiding those around us?

Is it something else entirely?

It takes character to be a quality leader. Quality leaders are more important now than ever. Now is the time for us to step up to the leadership plate in our families, work and communities.

What is leadership to you?

March 5th 2014: Best Content of The Last Week

Latest blog post: Blind Visionary Seeking Vision | Question of the week

I am currently reading The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino.

Cait's Latest Blog Post: The Split (link no longer active)

Here is the best content I consumed this past week...

Best In Faith

"Time To Go" By Boyd Bailey

"It is time to go when God says so, even though you are not sure where you are going."

Best in Relationships

"This Infographic Reveals the Secrets of the Happiest Couples"

Best In Marriage

"Surprising Secret #7: Mutually Reconnect" By Shaunti Feldhahn

"Secret #7: When you and your mate experience hurt feelings and conflict, it is important to mutually reconnect by sharing a private signal that says 'We’re okay.'"

Best In Funny

Video: Netflix Introduces “Browse Endlessly” Plan

Blind Visionary Seeking Vision

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Have you ever experienced a time in your life where the gifts and abilities you have, malfunctioned? I am in a season where a gift I was so familiar with now seems too far from me.
 
I am a visionary. I see into the future. I am able to forecast how things can play out as well as the conclusions of certain pathways. I am able to see what is likely to result.
 
It was a gift, but without understanding, it could distract me from being present. I had a hard time being in the moment. 
 
And then, this gift of vision seemed as if it was gone. For whatever reason I couldn't see forward. On the road to Damascus, the Apostle Paul lost his vision when he met Jesus Christ. From that point on, his life transformed. He spent three days blind before God restored his vision. Being still and praying was Paul's only option. 
 
He had to wait. I had to wait. As I waited I realized what had contributed to losing my vision. 
 
There is an Ipad game called Zombie Highway. The intent in the game is to drive as far as possible without crashing or having our vehicle flip. Our car can crash by running into debris in the road or, it can flip over when there are too many zombies on our car.
 
To be successful, it requires us to look forward instead of at the zombies. Their presence is distracting and it causes us to focus on them instead of the road. In most cases, the zombies never hurt us or flip us over, they just distract us and cause us to crash.
 
There are a lot of zombies on my car now. There are too many for me to handle on my own. I need help. 
 
My help has given me glimpses of the vision I have temporarily lost. Others tell me what is ahead, when I can't see it. My community has acted as a make shift set of eyeballs for this blind visionary. Where I can't see, they can. Where I can't direct, they do.
 
They push me forward with encouragement, direction and counsel. They help me to steer and knock zombies off my car.
 
We can't do this journey alone. In many seasons of our life, we need others to help carry our burdens. 
 
In this season of life, are you being helped by someone or helping others?

February 26th 2014: Best Content Of The Last Week

Our last post was on Hills & Valleys, Click here to read it.

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I am currently reading The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino.

Here is the best content I consumed this past week...

Best In Faith

Is Your Ability to See God Blinded? By Oswald Chambers

"The people of God in Isaiah’s time had blinded their minds’ ability to see God by looking on the face of idols. But Isaiah made them look up at the heavens; that is, he made them begin to use their power to think and to visualize correctly."

Best In Working Smart

The Inefficiency of Long Hours, by Freakonomics

"The perplexing thing about the cult of overwork is that, as we’ve known for a while, long hours diminish both productivity and quality."

Best In Leadership

A Challenge To Lead, By Keith Eigel

"My hope for all of us is when we find ourselves in the midst of challenges that contradict our current understanding, we will chose to lean into them in ways that give us a new clarity—a self-authored understanding of who we want to be. That’s what the growth that increases our effectiveness is all about."

Best In Thought Provoking

Uninformed or ignorant? By Seth Godin

"The more I think about this, the more I'm aware of just how ignorant I've chosen to be. Not a happy thought, but a useful wake-up call."

Hills and Valleys

The Hills & Valleys Have Taught Me A New Type of Faith

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” - Psalm 23:4

Right now, I feel like God is far from me. 

Last year I went through a season of, I would describe as, being on the mountaintop with God. Once I got to the top, I took another step, and I fell off and into the valley of darkness. 

This is the valley I am walking in now. I am grateful, I have not had to walk it alone. 

I keep moving, and I keep walking. 

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February 19th 2014: Best Content Of The Last Week

In case you missed it, my last post was on fighting, Click here to read it...

I just finished reading Start by Jon Acuff. I am now reading The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino.

Here is the best content I consumed this past week...

Best in Sales & Marketing

The Justice of Price Premiums

"When you neglect to provide options, the client goes in search of something against which to compare your offering and its price point. It might be past experience, similar services from other firms or a host of other comparison points. By offering options, you move the question from “how do I know this is good value?” to “which of these is the better value?” The latter question is the one the brain is equipped to answer; the one you should be enabling your client to answer. (If the enormity of this point hasn’t hit you, you had better read these three paragraphs again.)"

Best in Decision Making

Deciding Not to Decide by Pete Wilson

"Making all of the decisions does nothing to help develop other leaders or make them feel like they’re an important part of the process and furthermore it continues to feed your self deception that you’re actually the smartest person in the room."

Best in Giving

Video: What would you do with $25,000?

Best in Wedding Proposals

Video: She thought they were making a fun video... Instead he proposed

 

 

Fighting On Different Hills

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The other day I was watching our two oldest children, Madison and David. Madison decided to stake claim to the fact, the Ipad was her toy and she was playing with it. 

"It's my toy." She proclaimed.

Apparently, her announcement made David think she was talking about the toy train he was holding, so he responded. "No, it's my toy!"

They proceeded to go back and forth saying to each other, "No, it's my toy!"

This unraveled as they both became angry with each other. It was as if they thought the other was staking claim to their toy when, in reality, they were talking about two different things. At this point they were so distraught, they seemed to fear the other taking their toy away.

Have you ever been in a fight with a team member, spouse or a friend just to realize at the end you were talking about different things? Were you operating with different definitions of the same word? How many of these arguments and fights would be prevented if we sought clarity before we started? 

I remember several years ago debating with my father-in-law for hours only to realize at the end we agreed on what we were arguing about. It turned out we were arguing because we had a few misunderstandings early on in the dialog. Afterwards, I felt like we had wasted so much time. All this effort and energy expended only to realize we were fighting on different hills. 

As I have learned many times over, it is important to seek clarity and seek it early. When we do this, we have a better foundation for our relationships and interactions.

Where do you need to seek clarity to prevent unnecessary discord?

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