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My friend Kathy Wright has written an article entitled The 7 levels of leadership that is required reading for anyone who wants to understand what it takes to be an effective leader. I want to share the first two levels with you because you’ll learn what it takes to be an ineffective leader. Leaders at Level 1 typically work in crisis mode because they tend to attract and focus on problems. They have no real plan for where they are going and communication skills tend to be poor with no ability to inspire or motivate others. They tend to have… Read More
By Jim Whitt As this was our first trip to France we suffered from a perpetual state of directional disability. And that is how we met Michel. We wandered through the gate of a small cemetery not a stone’s throw from Omaha Beach in Normandy. Michel did not speak much English but fortunately, Suedy, a friend of ours from the U.S. spoke a little French. So, with much hand signaling, exaggerated facial expressions and a few exchanges of French and English we were able to communicate. It turned out to be a most fascinating conversation. Michel explained to us that… Read More
By Jim Whitt We’ve all seen the devastation of the fires that have swept across the Great Plains recently destroying lives and livelihoods. In its wake, however, we have seen an even more powerful force. People have come to the aid of ranchers and farmers donating money, food, feed for livestock and materials to rebuild fences and structures. Many have taken time from their own work and traveled many miles to assist in the rebuilding. This passage from The Transformational Power of Purpose is a reminder that times of tragedy serve as a catalyst that liberates the human spirit to… Read More
February 13th, 2016 by Purpose Unlimited The uncertainty and high tensions of our world and political landscape have made us emotionally raw. Everywhere you turn it feels like your fundamental beliefs are under attack and for some even your very existence as a human being. With that in mind, how do you have more effective conversations with friends, family and coworkers when argumentative and verbally aggressive statements are bound to happen? In a recent article by Dina Giovale, Content Specialist for TTI Success Insights, there are a few things that need to be considered, including… The “You vs. Me Debate”… Read More
February 9th, 2016 by Purpose Unlimited As you probably know, in life, there are givers and takers – and it’s no different in organizations either!At the end of the day, givers are generous with their time, and are willing to help. Takers are the exact opposite. They are often self-serving, suck energy out of the life of your organization and its team members, and they are willing to climb on the shoulders of others to keep them down to advance their own success. As a business owner or entrepreneur, it’s not difficult for you to determine which is better for… Read More