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Leadership Thoughts of the Week

MINDSET>>>

-I’m unhappy because it/they is/are not good enough

-I cannot fulfill my dream/job because of my/their limitations

OR

-I will make lemonade out of lemons

-I will celebrate where it/they is/are while challenging to move forward

I will see what could be instead of lamenting what is.

 

Some things are TAUGHT but vision, culture, and a Life-Giving mentality are CAUGHT.

 

Borrowed values have no power when the pressures on.

 

You are the chief culture creator.

        -What you do will be repeated.

       -What type of culture are you creating?

 

What type of leader are you>>>
     -Manages by vision and encouragement 

     -Manages by punishment

     -Manages by intimidation

 

At any given time almost ¾ (69%) of the people in any room are wired to resist change. (even if it’s for the best)

 

Leadership is the art of letting people down at a rate they can stand. (The reason is because you are trying to lead them where you want them to go not always where they are naturally inclined to go) -John Maxwell

 

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Leadership Thoughts of the Week

What is your personal growth plan?

 

What small changes (5%) to each area of your life to help you grow and become healthier in every way?
-Relationships
-Walk with God
-Productivity
-Health
-Leadership

 

If you are the smartest person in the room it’s time to change rooms. (Find someone who does what you do better and learn their process.)

 

When you die your life will be summed up into one sentence. Choose now what that sentence will be.

 

How to make stress your friend.

https://t.co/vxhjghyV6S

– What if the stress affects (heart pounding, etc) was actually your body’s way of preparing yourself to tackle something big.

 

People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

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Leadership Thoughts of the Week

“I would not fear an army of lions if they were led by a sheep. I would fear an army of sheep if they were led by a lion.” – Alexander the Great

 

I would rather live with scars than regrets.

 

“Don’t pray for promotion. Pray to become promotable.” – Peter Haas

 

Don’t despise the journey. That’s where God creates the character that will sustain   you down the road.

 

“The most important thing you can have is a vision or goal of want to become. You can’t just settle for being ‘better’. Must have a clearly defined goal. Then you know when you are making progress. You know when you are slipping. You stay motivated.” -Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Leadership Thoughts of The Week

I’ve always heard it said that,

“leaders are readers and readers are leaders.”

That statement has a lot of truth to it. However, I’ve learned something very ‘common sense’ lately. It doesn’t matter how much we read if it’s not applied. Mind blowing, right? Well for me, it is. I have a goal over the past few years of reading 50 books a year. While that’s a great goal, if the lessons hidden within each book isn’t applied, the time has been wasted. And, let’s be honest. Most books, no matter how great, can usually be summed up into a handful of bit-sized principles. (some less)

Therefore, I now keep a open app on my iphone and when something hits me, I type it in. Then over the following week, when there’s a free moment, I pull those thoughts out and pour over them. Sometimes they inspire a whole new line of thinking never before imagined. Sometimes they are great reminders of what I’ve already learned. Either way, it’s been helpful.

Therefore, as an act of accountability, I’m going to begin listing some of leadership thoughts that spoke to me over the past week  here. Hope they’re helpful:

A winning behavior will not thrive in a culture that does not support it.

-Your ToDon’t list is just as important as your ToDo list.

-Think steps not programs.

-If your habits don’t reflect your dreams and goals, you can either change your habits or change your dreams and goals.

-Do whatever you can to reinforce someone’s confidence by helping him to achieve small victories. So much of leadership comes down to knowing the people you are leading and providing them with what they need to succeed. It is also about making them confident to take risks and make changes.

-When things aren’t going right, the most important thing you can do is slow down, go deep, and figure out why.

-Leadership is more about trust you have earned than the authority you have been granted.

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Two Mantra’s I Live By

Someone recently asked me a great question:

“Brandon, what is a phrase you live by?”

What they wanted to know was if I had a personal mission statement or could I sum up my focus into one phrase.

That’s actually a great question. I know too many people who get up every morning without any idea of how they plan to “WIN” that day.

I told this young leader I have two:

PRAY FIRST

and

THE SPEED OF THE LEADER, THE SPEED OF THE PACK

The first one is the way I attack every situation. Before I do anything, I pray. Before I send that text message, I pray first.

Before I book that meeting, I pray first.

Before I tell my wife if I liked her cooking, I pray-pray-pray first. (It’s always excellent, by the way.)

It reminds me that our true strength only comes from above so I want His blessing and wisdom in every action of the day.

The second one is what keeps me motivated to do the RIGHT things.

It’s important to realize as a leader you cannot take anyone where you have not been. So, as a leader we must constantly be growing, expanding, and reaching higher. I don’t read veraciously because I always enjoy it. I do it because I’M THE PACK LEADER.

When I don’t feel like working any more, I do it anyway. Why? Because I’M THE PACK LEADER.

These are the two phrases that give me focus and determination. They also help me prioritize what’s important. They guide me in almost everything I do.

Question for you:

Do you have a personal mission statement or phrase that you live by?

Do you have a plan for how you are going to WIN today?

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