In Hollywood’s attempt to throw back to yesteryear, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. released.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was originally a TV series that ran from 1964-1968. The show was a silly mix of spy life and international intrigue.

You got more of the same from the movie.

quotes and leadership lessons from the man from U.N.C.L.E.

While not packed with quite as many leadership lessons as other recent movies, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. packed quite a punch in the leadership department.

Warning: Contains spoilers from The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Leadership Lessons From The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

1. Sanders

Report to duty at 9 AM sharp… And with a better attitude.

Our attitude determines where we go. Those with poor attitudes typically have a harder time leading.

No one wants to follow someone who’s difficult and cranky all the time. Come ready to lead with a better attitude.

Tend To Your Own Garden

August 14, 2015 — 2 Comments

You see the church down the street bursting out the doors and needing a new facility. You see the organization across town booming with business.

And then there’s you. Yeah, you…

Your garden matters

Image by Holly Lay

Your church isn’t teeming with life. People seem to be fleeing from the church rather than running towards it.

Your organization can’t seem to keep volunteers. No one wants to be a part of what you’re doing.

You can’t understand why.

But there might be a simple reason you’re not seeing people come in the doors and you can’t hold onto people.

You’ve forgotten to tend your own garden…

You’re Distracted

Whether it’s your church or your business, you’ve grown distracted from what you’ve started. You no longer see what’s happening right in front of you.

Rather, you’re looking across the street or on the other side of town.

Social media is a great tool, one that I love dearly. Who doesn’t, right?

It’s great to be able to catch up with old high school friends on Facebook. It’s great to see the constant flow of information on Twitter. It’s even great to see all of the amazing pictures people share on Pinterest.

Destroy or build your influence using social media

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While there’s a good side to social media, there’s also a dark side many people get caught up in.

The Dark Side Of Social Media

By using social media in the wrong way, you can begin to destroy your influence. Amazingly, many people forget that social media is a very public form of communication.

Your employers can see what you post on social media. Your employees can see what you post on social media. Your friends and family can see what you post on social media.

I’ve been excited to see the new Fantastic Four movie for quite some time. When you break down their story, it’s one of leadership, through and through.

Reed Richards and crew have a vision. They execute on the vision. The vision doesn’t go as planned. They have to run with the consequences.

Perfect parallels for leadership, if you ask me.

Fantastic Four teaches us leadership lessons

However, as the movie approached its release date, the reviews were not promising. Rotten Tomatos reviewers rated the movie at 8%. Critics ripped Fantastic Four apart.

The movie didn’t seem to hold much promise of entertaining. But I went anyways.

I wanted to see what leadership lessons I could find in the Fantastic Four. So, here they are…

CAUTION: Contains Fantastic Four spoilers.

Leadership Lessons And Quotes From Fantastic Four

1. People will laugh at your vision – Reed Richards, the leader of the Fantastic Four, always dreamed big. So big that people laughed at him.

Find A Pain Partner

August 7, 2015 — 2 Comments

In my interview with former pastor Sam Chand, we talked about finding a pain partner to walk through life with.

Ever since this interview, this idea has really intrigued me.

What Is A Pain Partner?

You’ve got to settle on your own definition of what a pain partner is. It’s unique to every person and how they want to live out their lives.

For me, my pain partner will:

Be willing to listen to me when I hurt

Be someone I can open up to about difficult situations in life

Be a person I can call day or night

Be understanding that we all fail at one point or another

Be able to listen without judgement

Your pain partner needs to be someone you can trust and someone you can contact at any time.