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Growing up, we all heard that we had to be fair to others. This meant not getting an extra cookie in the lunch line. Or maybe being fair meant that everyone got the same sized treat. Still, fair could also have meant we all had to take turns singing a silly song in class.

We were taught by making everyone have the same treats or the same amount of time on the ball field or taking turns was the fair thing to do.

Knowing what I know now, I have to say I disagree. Much like I disagreed back then.

This fair mindset often seeps into our leadership. After all, it’s been ingrained into our minds that this is true fairness.

Only once everyone has what everyone else has can the world be fair. The playing field is leveled at this point.

Give Me A Reason

October 22, 2014 — 19 Comments

That’s what every member of your team is trying to tell you. Please, give me a reason!

Give me a reason to follow you. Give me a reason to believe in the organization. Give me a reason to keep pushing forward.

As a leader, are you giving your team a reason? If not, it’s time to begin giving reasons.

The reasons have to be encouraging to your team. The reasons have to inspire your team. The reasons have to have purpose behind them.

Reasons Worth Giving

Your team is longing for a reason to serve. Lets give the team a reason.

I believe these areas are key to giving your team reasons to stick around.

1. A Strong Vision: Many organizations lack a strong vision. It’s so sad when this happen.

The previews for Fury looked amazing. A World War 2 war movie about the Sherman tank named Fury and her crew, Fury looked like it could compete with Saving Private Ryan.

From the reactions of the Celebration Cinema staff and the chit-chat of movie goers as they left, Fury was the best movie since Saving Private Ryan. I can’t say as I don’t know if I ever watched Saving Private Ryan.

What I can say is that Fury is a gripping and gritty movie about war-time.

Leadership lessons from Fury movie with Brad Pitt

The cast was superb. Stars such as Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeou, and Logan Lerman (he was Percy Jackson in Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief) brought the thrilling action to life.

The special effects were more than enough to bring the drama and pain of war to life on the big screen. While I know no movie will ever be able to capture the true ugliness of war, Fury did a good job of helping us see it.

When was the last time you sat down and gave yourself an honest, in-depth self-evaluation? And if you go off to a great conference (like Catalyst), do you take time to intentionally cull through your notes and experiences and pull out action points? Do you come up with short-term and long-term practical applications? Do you convert your new-found knowledge into powerful life-change?

Benjamin Franklin famously said that “Genius without education is like silver in the mine.” The same could be said about intentional self-evaluation – especially after a great conference, project or event!

If you don’t evaluate, you’re leaving the harvest out in the field.
You’re leaving money on the table.
You’re forgetting to flush the toilet! (Geez, don’t do that!)

Self-evaluation brings out the best in us, maximizes our rewards for showing up, and cuts out the baggage and garbage that we hauling around.

Ever since I heard about runs like the Warrior Dash or Tough Mudder or The Spartan Race, I’ve longed to run in one. This year I was finally able to check this type of running event off of my list.

Throughout the run, I saw great examples of leadership. Things that peaked my interest and made me think.

That’s why I want to share what the Warrior Dash taught me about leadership in today’s post.

Leadership lessons from the Warrior Dash

For those of you that don’t know, the Warrior Dash is a 5K obstacle course that includes upwards of 12 obstacles. These obstacles are there to test your strength and endurance. They will test your resolve. And they’re make you wonder if you’re able to make it through.

And that’s where I want to start with the leadership lessons from the Warrior Dash.