A Little Book with Big Ideas

A review of Mark Miller’s book, Chess Not Checkers: Elevate Your Leadership Game I have been a fan of Mark Miller’s ever since I heard him speak at a workshop many years ago in Florida. When I first heard him, I wished that his insightful content was available in book form. I heard him speakContinue reading “A Little Book with Big Ideas”

Monday Quick Tip ~ Set the Pace

He who hesitates is lost.  Adapted from Joseph Addison’s play Cato (1712):”The woman that deliberates is lost.”  One of the most exhilarating experiences of my life was driving a race car around the Atlanta Motor Speedway in excess of 150 mph.  I was fortunate to take part in a morning session of the Richard Petty DrivingContinue reading “Monday Quick Tip ~ Set the Pace”

Monday Quick Tip ~ Don’t Be Fooled by Sunshine and Roses

Things are not always what they seem… – Phadeus, Roman poet I attended a gathering of leaders recently in which we were going around the room telling how things were going within our teams.  Each of us, except one, stated some good things that were happening as well as some things with which we wereContinue reading “Monday Quick Tip ~ Don’t Be Fooled by Sunshine and Roses”

Monday Quick Tip ~ Don’t Take the Blame

“A poor workman always blames his tools.” As leaders we are in the business of making others successful.  I had a boss at General Electric who used to say, “Your success is my success.” His words were backed up by a commitment to meet with me regularly, coach me, guide me and make sure IContinue reading “Monday Quick Tip ~ Don’t Take the Blame”

Monday Quick Tip ~ Focus on Mastery

“They are a Jack of all trades, but master of none.” This phrase has been used in a derogatory way to describe a person who is scattered and undisciplined.  We all know people who are so sidetracked they can’t get anything done.  Focus eludes them.  They are driven by distraction. We know others who are overworkedContinue reading “Monday Quick Tip ~ Focus on Mastery”

Monday Quick Tip ~ Admit When You Don’t Know it All

Experience keeps a dear school, yet fools learn in no other. – Benjamin Franklin In almost every leadership position we hold there is a honeymoon period that allows us to get settled in and learn the lay of the land.  Very soon reality sets in and we realize there are challenges that are rising toContinue reading “Monday Quick Tip ~ Admit When You Don’t Know it All”

Monday Quick Tip ~ We Are What We Think

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature. ~ Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor & Philosopher Our life is what our thoughts make it ~ Marcus Aurelius It’s true that garbage in leads to garbageContinue reading “Monday Quick Tip ~ We Are What We Think”

Monday Quick Tip ~ Silence is Golden

“Silence is golden and I want to be rich” was my teacher’s way of getting us 2nd graders to be quiet and listen.  The phrase, “silence is golden” has been around for centuries. Wise leaders know when to speak up and when to give their tongues a rest.  It is no secret that our mouthContinue reading “Monday Quick Tip ~ Silence is Golden”

Guard Your Heart

This is a guest post from Mark Miller.  Mark’s latest book is, The Heart of Leadership: Becoming a Leader People Want to Follow. Originally Posted on greatleadersserve.org on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 GUARD YOUR HEART! The Heart of Leadership is built upon a simple premise: unless your heart is right, no one cares about your skills.Continue reading “Guard Your Heart”

Monday Quick Tip ~ Read, Lead and Succeed

A Review of The Heart of Leadership: Becoming a Leader People Want to Follow,by Mark Miller Mark Miller’s latest book, The Heart of Leadership: Becoming a Leader People Want to Follow is a short, simple yet powerful read.  It continues the story of Blake from one of Mark’s earlier books, Great Leaders Grow.  But youContinue reading “Monday Quick Tip ~ Read, Lead and Succeed”

Monday Quick Tip ~ Find Your Song

Those who wish to sing, always find a song.  ~ Swedish Proverb As leaders we set the tone for the teams we lead.  If we have a negative, small, critical attitude, we will soon experience the same among our team members. A story I read years ago in Max Lucado’s book In the Eye ofContinue reading “Monday Quick Tip ~ Find Your Song”

Monday Quick Tip ~ You Can’t Have it Both Ways

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it” – Yogi Berra Life is a lot like the television show, “Let’s Make a Deal.” Life forces us to make choices.  We can trade the benefits of one thing for the greater benefits of another. The wise leader knows when to trade one thingContinue reading “Monday Quick Tip ~ You Can’t Have it Both Ways”

Monday Quick Tip ~ Don’t Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch

I believe in being cautiously optimistic.  Good expectations and positive visions of the future are part of our make up as leaders.  We imagine the projects we oversee as successful long before anyone else does. For the most part, it’s a strength. But as with any strength, this can also be a weakness. It becomesContinue reading “Monday Quick Tip ~ Don’t Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch”

Monday Quick Tip ~ Don’t Cross the Bridge Until You Come to It

As leaders we are people of responsibility. We plan. We worry. We take risks. We think ahead. We try to stay at least one step ahead of our followers. I’ve discovered that my “futuristic” strength (See Strengths Finder 2.0 and Strengths Based Leadership by Tom Rath) has a downside in that I can sometimes imagineContinue reading “Monday Quick Tip ~ Don’t Cross the Bridge Until You Come to It”