Tag Archive - Habits

3 Words That Prove I Own My Actions

Who Owns It!

Ownership or excuses.  One is the mark of a leader.  The other is a sign that I am bound for mediocrity and failure.  In the long run, people who make excuses stall out.

Making excuses is a habit.  I wrote about how West Point deals with this habit in West Point:  How Leaders Seize Accountability.  But what are the results for me if I habitually make excuses?

Previously posted in December 2012.

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Bad Character Habits Become Addictions

What am I addicted to?

Lying, cheating, and cowardice, are all habits that can become addictions in the same way smoking, drinking, pornography and drugs can become addictions.

I have often used the latter to explain how our character habits are formed.  But last week I heard Pete Hinojosa (www.petehinojosa.com) speak on leading and coaching people.  As he discussed a leader’s role in affecting the beliefs of his people he defined addiction:

An addiction is a compulsive belief or behavior that brings short-term benefit but creates long-term problems.  Continue Reading…

One Thing That Kills Trust

"It's my fault."

Who do I trust? And why do I trust them?  There are a lot of things that play a role in whom I trust.

Integrity, consistency, and reliability are just a few.  I trust people who display these attributes – most of the time.  However, even the most honest, consistent and reliable person will lose my trust if they are arrogant.

Humility inspires trust.  Arrogance creates doubt.

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A Mentor Attitude

Mentoring Attitude

Looking back, the eye rolling was inevitable.  Everyone on the leadership team knew the idea was unlikely to work.

Our boss had sparked the doubts. “We need to initiate a mentoring program.  The Human Resources department can work on developing a program we can roll out in the fourth quarter.”

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It’s Called Leadership!

It's Called Leadership - A List

“Why should I do that?”  she asked.

“It’s called leadership.”  I said trying to reassure her. “It’s what leaders do.”

Webster defines leadership.  College textbooks define leadership.  Leadership books define leadership.  I even define leadership. (Leadership:  Beyond the Dictionary Definition)

Sometimes those definitions are adequate and sometimes they are not.  Some are very academic, some are theoretical and some are practical.  But what does leadership look like?  Is there a list of actions that illustrate leadership?

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3 Disciplines For Being Productive Versus Busy

Busy Bee

“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates.  There is plenty of movement but you never know if it is going forward, backward or sideways.”

-H. Jackson Brown

Me:  “Hey Laura.  How are things going?”

Laura:  “It’s been a busy week Dave.  I’ve been running non-stop since Monday.”

I always want to surround myself with talented high-energy people.  These people energize me.  But, they can also wear me out.  Why?  Because many believe that doing a lot of STUFF makes a difference.

I am taking two weeks off with my family.  I will be reposting previous blogs during that time.  Have a blessed Christmas!

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3 Reasons People Don’t Change

Will You Change?

It had been almost five years since I had seen my West Point classmate.  I always enjoyed seeing him.  We have a common bond all academy graduates have.  But, after our first hour together, he said something that rocked my world.

“Dave, you haven’t changed a bit.”

I smiled and secretly hoped he was talking about my pant size.

I am taking two weeks off with to be with my family.  I will repost previous blogs during these two weeks.  Have a blessed Christmas!

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Who Is Going To Step Up And Lead?

Who's Going To Lead?

They just stood there.  It was funny.  It was sad.  It was telling.  When the captains left the court, none of the other players stepped forward to lead.  Communication broke down and chaos ensued.

I was watching a high school girls sporting event.  Unfortunately, I have seen this in the business world too.  When the leader is gone and nobody steps forward, a bump in the road can cause a relatively smooth running team to end up in a ditch.

This is a repost from April 2013

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Two Ways I Beat Procrastination

Maybe later...

I’ve been meaning to write this blog for a while…. (See what I did there?)

I am a world-class procrastinator.  I have years of experience under my belt in putting off things I do not like doing.  I have also spent a lot of time trying find ways to stop procrastinating.

I have read books.  I have bought planners.  I have hired people who I ask to remind me to do things.  All of these have helped.  But, I now realize I will never be rid of this trait.  Procrastination will always be there.  Continue Reading…

Leadership Video: Character Tests at West Point

In May, I had the opportunity to speak to 600+ people at the Chick Fil A Leadercast that was simulcasted into our local venue. A big thrill was following John Maxwell. I also spoke right before Coach K!

Here is the video of that presentation. The character tests cadets face at West Point builds leaders. That is the premise of this talk.

Question:

What character tests have prepared you for leadership?

 

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