Character

Posts with the ‘Character’ tag

The Difference Between An Excuse and A Reason

Making excuses is a favorite topic of mine when I speak to groups about leadership and character. I am often asked, “Aren’t there legitimate reasons for a failure? Shouldn’t that matter?” My reply: “Yes. It matters. As long as we know the difference between an excuse and a reason.”

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Staying Strong In A Crisis

Business crisis, family crisis, personal crisis – no matter who I am or how blessed a life I’ve led to this point, I will face a crisis sooner or later.   How I respond in a crisis says a lot about who I am as a person and a leader. Do I run from a challenge […]

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The Integrity Ripple Effect

Temptation hits me everyday.  I am tempted by a lot of things I wish I wasn’t:  French fries, Buffalo wings, the SI Swimsuit issue, naps, and sarcasm are just a few.  This is just a sub-set of a much larger list. But the most insidious temptation in my life is lying.  What I used to […]

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Character Development and Sports

There is no reason to have sports at a school if character is not being developed through athletic participation.   Sports provide the best labortory for teaching our kids about character.  But, just because our sons or daughters play a sport, does not mean they are learning the lessons of character sports can teach.

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Funny Everyday Integrity Fails

“Have you been flossing?” What was I going to say?  The truth was, “No.”  But, I was struggling admitting that. So I said, “Some.” We all face daily tests of our Integrity.  Each time we are tested we have a choice between choosing the harder right versus the easier wrong. So often we look at […]

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Eliminating the Blame Game

Problem finders are everywhere. It does not take a PhD, a MBA or even a GED to be a good problem finder. It takes no skill or advanced education to point fingers. Problem finders usually wallow at the lower levels in organizations and rarely make it past middle management. However, problem solvers are rare. Problem […]

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Exposing Your Weaknesses

I frequently see leaders who would rather eat a bug than admit to others they made a mistake or had a weakness. Exposing your own failures is not a sign of weakness. Hiding your failures is! There is not a single person we lead who believes we are perfect.  In fact, when we own up to […]

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Five Truths About A Leader’s Life

Leaders are needed!  People want to be led by leaders who live lives that are consistent with what they claim to be important. I am unashamedly part of the leadership development/consulting industry.  The industry was pioneered by gurus like Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Ken Blanchard and John Maxwell.  They have all provided invaluable tools and […]

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Bad Attitudes – Entitlement and A Cure

“I deserve more!” A lot of dysfunctional attitudes can be traced back to this one statement. It is another way of saying, “I am entitled.” When I am not happy with my day, my week or my life, I can usually trace it back to a feeling of entitlement. The belief that any of us […]

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What is a Leader of Character

“Character is higher than intellect.” ­­– Ralph Waldo Emerson Leadership speaker and author John Maxwell jump-started the trend of defining leadership as influence. I agree with him and the leadership experts (such as Oswald Sanders) whom Maxwell cites as his inspiration. But does that definition go far enough? Does just having influence make someone a […]

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