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How to Engage Emerging Leaders

My two daughters are engaged in my businesses. They bring a different skill set and way of thinking to the table than I do. How do we engage emerging leaders…

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My two daughters are engaged in my businesses. They bring a different skill set and way of thinking to the table than I do. How do we engage emerging leaders and make use of their unique contributions? We must be willing to embrace their perspectives. All my life, I have been telling my daughters what to do; now, I must listen when they say, “Dad, let’s do it this way instead.” Otherwise, I will never engage with them. Engaging emerging leaders means making room for what they bring to you table: their contributions will take you where you want to go.

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Authenticity

Authentic means "this is it." I travel to different parts of the world and try to collect as many souvenirs as I can. Every one of you was born with…

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Authentic means “this is it.” I travel to different parts of the world and try to collect as many souvenirs as I can. Every one of you was born with a fake and authentic radar. I’m a leadership consultant and organizations call me in to do something you can already do yourself: listening to one’s radar. Authenticity is a key attribute that leaders should hold. Here is how it applies to you as a leader.

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Innovation

I know that "Innovation" is a tired word. There are many different definitions for it. I want to talk to you about when innovation happens. Innovation is a direct reflection…

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I know that “Innovation” is a tired word. There are many different definitions for it. I want to talk to you about when innovation happens. Innovation is a direct reflection of the values of your organization and happens in environments. As a leader, my question for you is, “How am I creating the environment in which innovation can take place?” Your task is to create an atmosphere. And this is why.

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Accelerate and Brake

Today I want to talk about two pedals in your car: the accelerator and brake. You need both. In every organization, there are accelerators and brakes. We fall in love…

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Today I want to talk about two pedals in your car: the accelerator and brake. You need both. In every organization, there are accelerators and brakes. We fall in love with the accelerators, but we do not typically value those who are brakes. Without brakes, you would not be able to think through different processes. You must value both. Here is why.

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Lifetime Student

Maybe you were not a good student like me. Instead, I want to talk to you about being a Lifetime Learner. Somewhere, we start thinking "I know it." Or we…

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Maybe you were not a good student like me. Instead, I want to talk to you about being a Lifetime Learner. Somewhere, we start thinking “I know it.” Or we continue to learn in a narrow field. Our educational system creates that funnel. We start at the top learning different subjects, but as we go into higher up education, the subjects become narrow. I want to tell you to learn and read widely. Here is why.

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Playing Not to Lose

Teams stop playing to win and begin playing not to lose. When players make it a goal not to lose, they are ahead in score. Though we know that we…

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Teams stop playing to win and begin playing not to lose. When players make it a goal not to lose, they are ahead in score. Though we know that we are winning, we begin to play defense. When you start playing defense, we lose our appetite to be risk takers. Teams that win do not look at the score, they look for improvement and growth. Here is how to be a winner in life.

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Poets & Engineers

Many leaders are poets who speak about ideological concepts and have philosophical beliefs. I want to discuss directional leadership. This form of leadership requires us to be poets and engineers.…

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Many leaders are poets who speak about ideological concepts and have philosophical beliefs. I want to discuss directional leadership. This form of leadership requires us to be poets and engineers. As a leader, we must be able to paint a big abstract picture and create the architectural constructs. Some of us tend to lead towards one or the other, but it is essential to have a balance of both. Here is how to become both a poet and an engineer.

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Fault Lines by Michael Pitts

I want to talk to you about fault lines: things that shake you and do not have to break you. Life is lived on levels and experienced in seasons. Managing…

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Michael Pitts

Guest Leader: Bishop at Cornerstone Church in Toledo, Ohio

I want to talk to you about fault lines: things that shake you and do not have to break you. Life is lived on levels and experienced in seasons. Managing the moment you are in and transitioning to the season that you’re going is upmost important. For three decades, I’ve assisted those with people experiencing those fault lines. Based on my experience, I want to share with you how to overcome turbulence you encounter in life.

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Disruptions

I have been in leadership for many years. I can tell you that no one wants disruptions. However, brilliant leaders create disruptions, do not run away from disruption, and understand…

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Michael Pitts

Guest Leader: Bishop at Cornerstone Church in Toledo, Ohio

I have been in leadership for many years. I can tell you that no one wants disruptions. However, brilliant leaders create disruptions, do not run away from disruption, and understand the truth. Your greatest moments of growth and expansion are moments of disruption. Disruption is not necessarily something you fix. Let me explain how disruptions translate to success.

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Giving and Receiving Feedback

Everybody wants feedback, but not everyone will listen. Good feedback will always be acknowledged. If feedback is corrective, we tend to be more defensive and try to block it out.…

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Everybody wants feedback, but not everyone will listen. Good feedback will always be acknowledged. If feedback is corrective, we tend to be more defensive and try to block it out. I want to talk to you about giving and receiving feedback. When giving feedback, do not expect an immediate response. Be respectful and give people time to understand the feedback. When receiving feedback, thank those who provide you with such and try to understand them. Feedback is not just a single event. Giving and receiving feedback is a process.

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