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5 Ways to Use Listening and Questions to be a More Agile Learner & Leader

5 Ways to Use Listening and Questions to be a More Agile Learner & Leader

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Wisdom from Coach John Wooden In this crazy time leaders are faced with increasing change. With the complexity and competition to thrive and move forward, they have to be agile learners. Leaders need to respond quickly to ever-changing environments to support their teams, organizations, businesses, churches, schools, and their own families. Indiana native, John Wooden, coached from at UCLA from 1959 to 1975. He ended his career with 664 wins and – 162 losses, collecting a total of ten National Championships. During Wooden's career he exemplified how organizations could learn, unlearn and relearn on the basketball court. Wooden who came from Indiana State University took over a faltering UCLA basketball program. Wooden coached in times of calm and social upheaval. The college campus of 1959 was vastly different than the…
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Present Listening

Present Listening

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A Critical Leadership Skill Leading a team in this uncertain and anxious time requires that leaders concentrate on their necessary leadership skills to serve best and lead. One vital leadership skill is present listening. Present listening is a set of intentional listening practices a leader can use, model for, and teach their team members. Honing this skill helps to enhance listening and communication by being entirely present to the speaker. Present listening is an exceptionally hard skill to learn for three reasons. First is that it is rarely directly taught in high schools and or colleges. Secondly, educational and business gauges success in speaking and answers. Finally, present listening skills are especially hard because of the way we are wired for communication. We speak at 140- 200words per minute; however,…
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Learning Agility:

Learning Agility:

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The #1 Leadership Skill What is the top leadership skill for leaders in this uncertain, ever-changing time of the pandemic, economic, and social unrest to survive and thrive? This question was posed to two Chief Executive Officers (CEOs)  during an interview with Gary Burnison of the Korn Ferry Institute. Korn Ferry is an international consulting and leadership development firm. They recently hosted a webinar with the aforementioned two Chief Executive Officers on the leadership skills they saw as crucial to their organization in the world today. The two guest CEOs came from vastly different businesses. One CEO, Carol Tome came from United Parcel Services (UPS). UPS, a delivery service, delivers 6% of the United States Gross Domestic Product a day. The other CEO, John Donahoe, came from the top sneaker…
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Leadership: Dealing with “COVID Fatigue”

Leadership: Dealing with “COVID Fatigue”

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We humans don't do well with uncertainty and change. We demonstrate this concern every time we enter a dark room. Upon entry we turn the light on to navigate our way through the room. Entering a room can be produce even further anxiety that room is inhabited by one of our kids. Children and spouses can leave all kinds of items on the floor to surprise you.  Have you ever stepped on a lego piece? Leading in this time of emerging and reinstating restrictions is like entering that dark room and avoiding those legs or other sharp objects.The challenge is also where is the light switch, and maybe it is a dimmer switch that doesn't work well. This uncertainty creates an anxiety that is accentuated by the length of the…
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Leadership Wisdom from  Dr. Melvin Maxwell

Leadership Wisdom from Dr. Melvin Maxwell

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Mentors significantly affect all of our lives. Their counsel and wisdom over time are a beacon of light to guide our personal development and growth as people and leaders. Dr. Melvin Maxwell was the father and mentor of Dr.John C. Maxwell, arguably the foremost leadership expert in the world. John Maxwell often quoted learnings from his father in his teachings. Dr. Melvin Maxwell was an accomplished leader.  He served in various phases of ministry for 75 years. Dr. Melvin Maxwell pastored in Michigan and Ohio and was responsible for overseeing 165 churches. He was also involved in starting 40 new churches. He was also the President of Ohio Christian University. 3 Principles on Serving & Leading People Dr Melvin Maxwell died on July 4th at age 98. John Maxwell, in eulogizing…
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4 Key Leadership Adjustments to Move Forward

4 Key Leadership Adjustments to Move Forward

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Are We There Yet? Remember summer road trips as a child and later as a parent? About twenty minutes away from home, someone from the back seat would ask: Are we there yet? When are we going to get there? How long will it take? What is it going to be like?. The longer the trip, the more often and anxious the questions became. This same road trip phenomenon is happening to leaders today. Leaders are getting the same questions from those they lead and serve in their work, school, family, or church setting. The significant differences are what those you serve and lead mean by being “there” and what“it” will look like. They are not asking about a resort/campground; it is their future. They want to know when we…
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The Intentional Leadership Practice of Reflection

The Intentional Leadership Practice of Reflection

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Learn, Unlearn, and Relearn as a Leader to Better Serve and Lead It is hard to believe, but it is already Labor day weekend. We are also well past halfway through with 2020. This Labor day has a special meaning as we look at blessings and many challenges as we start to enter different phases of reentry from this very challenging time of COVID 19, economic uncertainty, and social unrest. Change and disruption in the last seven months have dramatically affected the way our school, business, church, and dinner function.  Leaders have learned many lessons about their own and their organization's strengths and weaknesses. Leaders have seen what works, what doesn't, and in fact, many old-time beliefs about work have shown to be false. "The illiterate of the 21st century…
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The A.C.T. Model

The A.C.T. Model

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Providing Clarity to Build a New Better Normal Today is Monday for those of you who are confused about the days during mandated shutdowns. We are fast approaching another stage of reopening in many states, from businesses to schools & parks. We are facing economic issues and social injustice issues and uncertain times. The road ahead is not the one we knew just a few months ago. Leadership Mindset Leadership will be the key to how an organization makes its way. Many organizations are pondering how to start up again or how to return full operation. It could be very tempting for leaders to seek quick fixes or a silver bullet or even return to the old ways,  as we remerge. Dr. Bob Johansen, a futurist and the author of…
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Organizing, Managing, and Growing Your Business Successfully: AllProWebTools

Organizing, Managing, and Growing Your Business Successfully: AllProWebTools

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As a business owner and someone who works directly with dozens of businesses daily, I have found the key to efficiency in meeting the needs of my business and meeting the needs of my clients is organization!  Nothing keeps a business more organized than the platform AllProWebTools.  Read more about why our team loves this platform for business management below! Ask yourself: Does your business want more clients? Does your business want to keep your current client’s organized and happy? Do you want to be able to manage everything in one place and link all your current management operations to one platform to update concurrently?  If you answered yes to any or all these questions you could truly benefit from AllProWebTools.  Unlike many business operation management programs AllProWebTools meets all…
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Vision, Value, & Love:

Vision, Value, & Love:

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Leadership Qualities That Will Move Us to a New Better Normal It may feel like eternity however, it is actually a mere 5 months ago that our "normal" lives changed. Luckily, we are now starting to make progress and free ourselves from the ravages of a pandemic. As many parts of life are reopening, COVID-19 seems to be at the forefront, but we also need to address social injustice. The movement to a new better normal for all is a long term never-ending journey, which includes many facets not to be overshadowed by COVID-19. The goal is not to get to a stopping point but to continue to build a new better normal. As we move forward it is important to remember our founding fathers talked about a "more perfect…
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