Don’t Lose Sight of the Big Picture

It is so easy to slip into a producer mode of head down, isolated activity during the holiday season. We panic (or is it just me?) over all the items that need to get done by December 25. With all the gifts to buy, dinners to attend, and parties to host, we can get so caught up in the hustle and bustle that we lose sight of the big picture.

For our family, the big picture of Christmas is being together to celebrate its purpose: the birth of Jesus Christ. Whenever I get bogged down in the day-to-day activities associated with the holidays, I adjust my focus towards the big picture. This helps me forge ahead with a better feel for the purpose of the season.

Business is no different. (more…)

I’ve said before that choosing gratefulness is our organization’s unofficial official theme for 2015. It’s a mindset that my family and I have been intentional about choosing in the aftermath of our loss. But, we shouldn’t wait for a life-altering event to occur before we focus on being grateful.

Gratefulness probably won’t appear on any ranking of “Top leadership traits of successful CEOs” (or COOs, or CFOs, or directors, or managers, or line workers, for that matter). But I’m finding that it is a highly overlooked and undervalued characteristic of successful leaders at every level. (more…)

Momentum… a leader’s best friend. There is no better feeling than having the big Mo behind you!  It’s hard to get started, but once you have it, it’s hard to shut down. When we have momentum, we’re excited, confident, and productive individually and as a team. Positive momentum gives you confidence. In fact, wise leaders with momentum have a unique humble, yet confident strut in their walk. Ha! I say wise leaders because they know to stay humble and to honor the power of momentum because when it goes away, (and it will if it’s not fed) it’s hard work getting it back.

So, how do we build and sustain the three stages of momentum? (more…)

“Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins.” – Charles Stanley

Earlier this week I wrote on the topic of confidence. It’s a powerful trait. Having confidence or not having it are both powerful conditions that can lead to defining, life-changing outcomes. Today, this quote caught my eye because fear is one of the biggest confidence busters. Fear can stifle our decisions and actions.

Fear causes us to become immobile.

We don’t adapt to the changing economy or market because we fear straying from what’s familiar. We don’t embrace new opportunities because we fear the uncertainty that they bring. (more…)

Hard work versus talent. Which one is more valuable? Which one do we reward? Who would you rather have on your team: hard workers, or workers with natural talent?

“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”

This quote has been attributed to many individuals, among them Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant as well as his mentor, Taras Brown. It’s powerful, both from the perspective of an athlete as well as that of a business leader. So how can we live this quote out? (more…)

If you’ve followed my blog for long, you know my passion for building great teams. A great team isn’t built overnight, so I guess that’s why I find team building so fulfilling.

My satisfaction comes from seeing the growth of each teammate. The return on your investment as a leader is that you get their best, and when you get their best the company benefits with high morale, momentum, and growth, not to mention it’s a fun place to work.

So how can you work toward getting the best out of your team? Here are six simple tips. (more…)

It was halftime at one of my daughter’s 8th grade basketball games, and to say things weren’t looking good would have been an understatement.

Truth be told, the first half was brutal. Our girls just couldn’t get it together. They missed their shots. They struggled to rebound. They couldn’t find their mojo! I hoped that after a quick pep talk and some strategic planning  in the locker room they’d return refreshed and re-inspired for the second half.

And they did. It didn’t take much. First it was a steal. Next, a layup and a foul shot. Before we knew it our girls found their mojo, and our team advanced to the next round of the tournament.

Momentum. Mojo. The Big Mo.

Whatever you call it, this funny yet powerful factor is a leader’s best friend. (more…)