Independence Day: 7 Ways to Defuse Conflict and Assert Your Freedom

Independence Day - 7 Ways to Defuse Conflict

Do our reflexive reactions cause unnecessary fireworks? Conflict is inevitable in any human enterprise; how we handle that conflict is where leadership comes in.  Too often we seem bound to react instinctively: voices rise, pressure grows, and soon it’s fireworks like the 4th of July. But to lead effectively requires us to cast off the […]

How to Communicate the Vision: Striking the Right Chord

Communicate the Vision

A while ago we talked about the importance of seeking to understand our leadership environment before we start trying to lead.  If we were taking good notes and paying attention, we should have a pretty good idea of the direction we want to take the team.  Now the question becomes, how do we get them […]

Book Notes: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen Covey

This is an all-time favorite of mine, and another one I find myself returning to reference time and time again.  Author Stephen R. Covey’s work outlines seven key habits that make people masters of themselves. Taking the approach that our character is essentially the result of the many habits we fall into every day, Dr. […]