What Valentine’s Day Can Teach Us About Leadership

Let me be up-front. I’m not a very romantic guy. You can ask my wife… She’ll tell you that I’m not. I’m okay with that.

When I asked, okay, told her, we were getting married it was while we were sitting on a couch talking. I randomly brought up the notion of marriage. When she said she supposed we were going to get married one day, I told her to pick a date of arbitrary dates in December. That’s how our unofficial proposal went.

What can Valentine's Day teach us about leadership?

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I think I made it up to her when I took her to a local horse ranch for a sleigh ride. The coachman of the sleigh ride got off of the sleigh, asked if we’d like to have our picture taken (I’d of course forgotten to bring a camera!), and said he’d go check up ahead for any issues with the trail. As he walks away, my wife begins to worry the frail, old man would have trouble and fall into a hole.

How To Become An Innovative Leader

Business organizations are looking for the next breakthrough. As a leader, they’re looking to you to be an innovative leader.

The big question is: How do I become an innovative leader?

That’s what we’re going to look at today. We’re going to see where innovation comes from and how you can use innovation in your leadership.

Innovative leadership is great leadership

What Is Innovation?

At its core, innovation is a new method, idea, product, etc. Innovation is bringing something new to the table.

This means you’ve got to be thinking of new ways to do things. How can you look at the current methods of work and take a better approach to getting things done?

Now, innovative leadership doesn’t mean you have to think outside of the box. Innovative leadership means you’re always looking for ways to improve.

The Best Time To Plant A Tree

An ancient Chinese proverb tells us that the best time to plant a tree was 20 ago. The second best time to plant a tree is now.

Such wise words that have carried through time. Yet we disregard this piece of knowledge time and again.

It's never too late to learn

How many times have you said: Ughh… I should have studied harder in school? Or I wish I would have learned how to play guitar when I was younger?

We’ve all got hobbies we wish we would have pursued years ago. If we had, we might have become talented in our pursuit.

But we didn’t. We can’t go back in time and change the fact we didn’t pursue something we love. We can change something else…

How To Become A Catalyst Leader

The world is changing. And fast. That’s why we need catalyst leaders.

They take charge and get things done. Even when the world is in chaos around them.

You can be a catalyst leader

What Is A Catalyst Leader?

A catalyst leader is someone who’s leading change. They see what’s happening in the world and they jump in.

Catalyst leaders are those who are forward looking. Knowing you can’t lead without having a vision for something new.

They’re also leaders who are willing to push through resistance. They know they’ll experience a lot of pushback because of the new ideas they’re presenting.

How To Become A Catalyst Leader

Those who become a catalyst leader are a rare breed. Or maybe a dying breed.

We don’t see a lot of catalyst leaders out there. Yet we need them.

Their leadership is the only way we’re going to continue moving forward.

5 Leadership Lessons From A Comic-Con

Last weekend I got to experience something I’ve always longed to do: Attend a comic-con.

This one wasn’t a big convention like the San Diego or New York Comic-Con. It was a much smaller one that still packed a punch.

Mario Cosplay at Grand Rapids Comic-Con

While the Grand Rapids Comic-Con was smaller, walking the convention still took us 4 hours. As we walked the convention floors, I saw leadership lessons all around.

Leadership Lessons From A Comic Convention

1. You don’t have to be perfect to lead

If you know anything about the comic book world, there’s a lot of fans who love to show their adoration of the characters by dressing up in cosplay for conventions. This comic con was no different.

There were plenty of fans dressed up as their favorite characters. I remember seeing Captain America, the Ghostbusters, Winter Solider, and many more comic book and TV characters.