Leadership 101

simple insights for those in leadership

Quote of the Day | 08.14.19

All people have injuries. They have stories. Their actions are often indicative of their stories. Knowing the story behind their actions will often alter your response to their actions.

  • Ron Edmondson

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Quote of the Day | 04.10.15

One of the most important lessons in life is to embrace difficulties and learn from them instead of just trying to get them fixed as soon as possible.

– Samuel R. Chand

April 10, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tuesday Thots :: 04.21.09

Saw this the other day and it is so very true.

Green Grass and Deep Crap

We have several patches of unusually green, extremely tall grass in our front yard.
We also have a problem with our septic system.  It leaks into the aforementioned part of the yard, where the grass grows tall and green.

There is a direct correlation:
The place where the crap runs the deepest
is the place where the grass grows the greenest.

Several applications can be made for leaders from this:

  1. If the grass is greener on the other side of the fence – beware.  So often we think that the next place will be better or easier.  Maybe it will be better but it could be a lot harder.  Or maybe it will be easier but it certainly won’t really be any better.  Maybe it’ll be niether.  Every new place has new problems, and often they aren’t even new, they just wear different masks.
  2. Sometimes we as leaders have to go through the stuff we don’t want to go through in order to grow.  Don’t run away from it.  Hold your breath and work your way through it.  Chances are it will grow you stronger than the normal every day stuff. 

April 21, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tuesday Thoughts :: 12.02.08

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing.  He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up.

Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. 

December 2, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day :: 03.19.08

Pain is temporary.  It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place.  If I quit, however, it lasts forever.

– Lance Armstrong

March 19, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment