How We Raise Leaders

Over the next few weeks many moms (and a fair share of dads too) will wrestle with the pride, the heartache, and the gamut of other emotions that comes with their babies leaving the nest for college or any number of other paths they’ve chosen as their first stop on their journey into adulthood.

Although our parental influence with our kids will continue on, our role as the Chief Influencers in their lives will change. This reality – and the fact that I always tend to view every season of life through a leadership lens – causes me to pause and once again remember that we aren’t just raising kids. We’re raising leaders.

So, what are your children learning from you, their parents? (more…)

I had the opportunity to participate in a great meeting with some emerging leaders last week that my husband (and COO of Impact Performance Group) Keven was leading. He was coaching these growing leaders on the importance of developing their team, and why, and he used the 80/20 rule to illustrate his point.

The 80/20 rule breaks down the capabilities of the people on our team, and what they require of me, the leader. For example, if I have a person on my team who is 80 percent capable, then I have to fill that 20 percent gap where they’re not there yet.

If I have five 80/20 people on my team, then 100 percent of my time will be used to fill gaps, because I’ll be filling that 20 percent gap for all five people.

So, what’s the point? Well, there are a couple of them. (more…)