Whom Are You Here For

What do you want people to say when you’re dead and gone? The answer typically revolves around being a good friend, a loyal husband, someone who cared.

Each of these answers is telling. The answer isn’t about making more money, buying more big boy toys, or having a bigger house.

We are not here for ourselves

None of those things are truly important when the time comes.

People want to be remembered for the lives they touched.

If the first set of answers resonated with you, then the answer to the title of this blog post is: Not me. You’re not here for you. You’re here for others.

Whom You’re Here For

Our lives were never meant to be solely about ourselves. Our lives were meant for something more.

You were meant to positively touch the lives of those you’re around. Your parents, your spouse, your children, your team at work, and others.

The Correct Way To Build A Value-Driven Culture Within Your Organization

Values are an important part of any organization. Your values communicate what is important to the organization and what you believe in. Setting clear values will help not only you lead better but your team to do better work.

However, building a value-driven culture is difficult. It’s easy to get caught up in the wrong things when creating values and then communicating those values to the right people.

Values Matter. Show your team why

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Let’s take a look at 3 steps to build a culture that values values.

The Correct Way To Build A Value-Driven Culture Within Your Organization

1. Use phrases, not singular words:

It’s easy to fall into the trap of using a singular word when trying to communicate the values of your organization. You may want to say “We value respect” or “We value humility.” But what do those phrases really mean?

6 Things Leaders Should Be Thankful For Everyday

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Because of this, I wanted to reflect on 6 things leaders should be thankful for on Thanksgiving and every other day.

There’s a lot of pain that comes with leadership. Struggles no one else ever sees. Betrayals by coworkers and friends. Business failures. And so much more.

Be thankful as a leader

Yet there are also things leaders should be thankful for. Let’s take a look at these today.

6 Things Leaders Should Be Thankful For Everyday

1. Success:

Yes, be thankful for your successes. Your successes mean you’re having an impact on the world around you.

Don’t hide your successes. Celebrate your successes and be thankful for them.

2. Failure:

Hold up… You mean leaders should be thankful for failures? Oh yeah, leaders need to be thankful for failure.

3 More Reasons Your Leadership Is Ineffective

I’ve never met a leader who says he longs to be forgotten. He wants to be remembered. And what does he want to be remembered for? Every leader wants to be remembered for being effective.

Yet there are so many leaders who struggle with being effective.

They flounder trying to get their teams to follow them. They lack the ability to move their vision forward. And they never get anything done.

Catch yourself before you become an ineffective leader

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But what causes this leadership ineffectiveness? Previously, I’d shared 5 reasons your leadership is ineffective. Those 5 reasons were:

You fail to listen to your team

You fail to do what you say

You fail to cast a clear vision

You fail to influence

You fail to communicate clearly

These reasons are still valid for ineffective leadership. Lack of communication, listening, follow through, vision casting, and influence impacts leadership negatively. However, there are more reasons why your leadership is ineffective.

Why I Write On Leadership And Entertainment

Two things that don't seem to go together... But do

If you listen to conventional leadership wisdom, there’s two things that don’t go hand in hand. Those two things are leadership and entertainment.

So many of the big named personal development and leadership bloggers strongly discourage readers from partaking in watching TV, going to the movie theater, listening to music, and other forms of entertainment.

leadership and entertainment can go together

I bought into this for the longest time. I stopped watching TV, going to the movies, and listening to music. All of this was eschewed for the consumption of leadership and personal development materials.

But after years of consumption, I realized something wasn’t right. I was missing something from my life. The joy I previously had was gone…

Why I Write On Leadership And Entertainment

So, what’s the reason I write on leadership and entertainment? When I discovered what was missing from my life (small bursts of joy through the arts) I took a look at what was going on.