Archive - September, 2013

How Leadership Is Like Riding A Bike

bikeAlthough there are thousands of leadership books and leadership gurus, leadership isn’t something you can simply read about… you have to do it. It’s not rocket science, it’s a simple science.

Leadership is just like riding a bike — you can’t just read about riding a bike, you have to get on the bike, have someone help steady you, or maybe use training wheels, try to keep your balance and start pedaling. At first you will be a little wobbly and you may even crash a few times.

If you learn from your mistakes and stay after it, you will definitely get better. Although you may become a proficient bike rider, you must be mindful of the fact that there are plenty of new bike tricks to learn and different levels of bikes to ride.

Leadership is the exact same way, you have to get on the leadership bike, have someone help you get started, start pedaling, crash a few times, learn from your mistakes and continue to grow.

Leadership Is Like Riding a Bike and boils down to these Simple Things:

  • Believe In Yourself
  • Believe In Others
  • Point The Direction
  • Provide An Environment For Growth
  • Inspire and Motivate Others
  • Move People From Here To There
  • dream BIG. think BIGGER.

Often times people make leadership more difficult than it has to be. Leadership is about trust, influence and relationships. Leadership Is Like Riding A Bike, Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu says it this way, “When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally.” Simply put, it was simple.

“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” ~Ernest Hemingway

Is leadership like riding a bike? Is leadership really that simple? Share your thoughts and experiences with leadership being made more difficult than it had to be.

The Leader That Can’t Let Go

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There is nothing more frustrating than a leader that can’t let go.

  • They can’t let go of the past mistakes that a team member made.
  • They can’t let go of their foolish pride.
  • They can’t let go of their “this is how we’ve always done it” mentality.
  • They can’t let go of yesterday’s successes.
  • They can’t let go of their “kissing-up” behavior.
  • They can’t let go of the details and micromanage their team to death.
  • They can’t let go of their team members – (as if they were theirs to hold onto in the first place).

“The more you hold onto, the less you can grab ahold of.”

If a leader wants to be truly successful, they must learn to let go. If you want to be a leader, you must learn to let go.

Inside The Eyes Of A Great Leader

vision1One quality that great leaders all seem to have in common is having great vision. Great vision not simply from the standpoint of casting great vision, but the uncanny ability to see the things that matter and see the things that contribute to success. Below are 10 things great leaders can see.

“If you want to be a great leader, you must develop great vision.”

  • Great Leaders are able to see what’s coming.
  • Great Leaders are able to see the best in others.
  • Great Leaders are able to see pitfalls.
  • Great Leaders are able to spot leadership potential in others.
  • Great Leaders are able to look in the mirror and be honest with themselves.
  • Great Leaders are able to see the writing on the wall.
  • Great Leaders are able to see successors for themselves and others.
  • Great Leaders are able to see the story behind the story.
  • Great Leaders are able to see The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
  • Great Leaders are able to see things a little sooner and a little more clearly than others.

“You must be able to see the invisible in order to receive the impossible.”

Share your thoughts on any of these 10… Please add additional things to the list.

10 Types Of Black Preachers

Have you experienced any of these 10? Which one was the funniest to you?

The Surprise Wedding

Check out this surprise wedding from my man @RyanLeak it is absolutely awesome… I don’t think I’ve ever watched a 30 min. YouTube video from start to finish besides Kony, that was until this video. It’s crazy to see this come together as I remember having conversations with Ryan as he was planning an entire wedding, all by his lonesome. (Crazy and Awesome at the same time)

Check this video out, let it inspire you, encourage you and just make you smile as you watch a true love story unfold on the screen

5 Ways Being Selective Will Lead To Your Success

doorsIf you want to be successful, you must learn to be selective.

All doors lead somewhere… your ability to be selective with the doors that you open is a major contributor to the successful situations that you find yourself walking into.

Additionally, it’s important to remember that all great doors are not opened by you and you alone. The most successful doors are often opened by the most unlikely people. Be selective in the doors that you open and the doors that you allow to be opened for you.

Here are 5 Ways Being Selective Will Lead To Your Success.

  • 1. Selective Hearing – You must learn how to be selective about who and what you listen to. If you want to be successful, you must learn to listen and receive the meat while selectively spitting out the bones.
  • 2. Selective Relationships – We’ve all heard the old sayings, “You lie down with dogs you get fleas, if you play with fire you get burned, bad company corrupts good character…” The bottom line is this – If you want to be successful you must you must be selective in your relationships.
  • 3. Selective Exits – There is always a time to stop and a time to go, unfortunately people can’t seem to find the appropriate rhythm of when to stop and when to go. If you want to be successful you must understand the appropriate red and green lights of life, also be prepared to take a detour, make a u-turn and most importantly take an exit.
  • 4. Selective Memory – In sports they refer to a major attribute of a successful athlete is the ability to forget the last play, especially if it was a mistake. The same is true in everyday life, if you want to be successful, you must let go of the fears, forget about the mistakes, lose the memories of failure and selectively focus on your successes, your wins and your God-given potential.
  • 5. Selective Choices – This sums it all up, if you want to be successful, be selective and make wise choices. The End!

Listen to God’s whispers and you will find yourself choosing the right door, after the right door, after the right door… and more importantly God will open doors that no one can shut.

3 Non-Fundamentals Of Leadership

non leadershipLeadership, Leadership, Leadership…  it seems to be the point of discussion no matter what the subject is. If you turn on SportsCenter you might hear about Nick Saban, Tom Brady or LeBron James’ Leadership. If you turn on any national news station you might hear about the leadership or lack there of from Congress and the White House. If you look in your social media streams you will see many people sharing a leadership quotes and recommending leadership books and blogs.

Everyone is always talking about leadership, many people are writing about leadership and everyone wants to be a better leader. Leadership expert and author John Maxwell has written countless leadership books and has sold over 19 million copies – a concrete example that people desire to become better leaders.

It doesn’t matter how many leadership books you read, how much leadership intellect you have or if you have obtained an awesome leadership role. There are 3 Non-Fundamentals Of Leadership, those non-fundamentals are this:

  • 1. If your actions don’t inspire those around you to be more, do more and believe in themselves more; there is a good chance that you are not leading.
  • 2. If you are more focused on how you’re perceived than you are developing others and helping those around you win; you’re not leading.
  • 3. If you are unwilling to change or lead from the “my way or the highway” standpoint; you’re not leading, that’s called dictating.

Delusive leadership gets delusive results. Keep it real, care about your people and help others win. The end result will be better team members, a better organization and an overall better product for the consumer.

Share your thoughts, opinions or experiences with these Non-Fundamentals Of Leadership?

Win A FREE Copy Of MichaelJrComedy’s “Laughing On Purpose” DVD

The trailer above is just a short clip of the comedy special that my man @MichaelJrComedy filmed at Gateway Church. Let me first say this, Michael, last name Jr. is a friend of mine, he’s the real deal, a great man of God and he just happens to be hilarious. Secondly, let me say that his comedy makes my entire family laugh, my kids were 8 and 12 when they saw him for the 1st time and not only were they cracking up but the content was perfect for them.

That’s what makes him so great is his unique ability to connect with the entire family, any race, any background, any situation and make them laugh, all while keeping it clean. Recently my 5th grade son Jayden was telling me about an interaction that he had with a girl that he has a mutual liking with at school, He said “She looked at me and gave me the lizard look face.” LOL If you don’t know what the “Lizard Look Face” is, you will have to get a copy of Michael Jr’s “Laughing On Purpose” DVD Special.

MichaelJr’s “Laughing On Purpose” DVD is rightfully titled, because it’s comedy with a purpose. The major bonus to anything that MichaelJr does is the fact that there is always a message, a purpose and something meaningful to walk away with. MichaelJr has a comedic gift and he freely gives it away to people in homeless shelters, prisons, youth facilities and countless under-served groups.

“A gift isn’t a gift until you give it away.” ~@MichaelJrComedy

With multiple appearances on late night television, such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central, Willow Creek Leadership Sumit, Bishop TD Jakes MegaFest and almost every large comedian church or event in the country, my man Michael Jr. has definitely made a name for himself. His family-focused, laid-back style is pure comic genius, and “Laughing On Purpose” first solo comedy special on DVD.

“Laughing On Purpose” is an outstanding comedy concert was filmed at Gateway Church in Southlake, TX. Michael’s brilliant comedy is matched by high production values, with a project that was filmed in an excellent venue with a warmly appreciative, engaged audience. It’s now available for purchase at Wal-Mart. (that’s when you know that you are big-time) If you buy it at Wal-Mart go through the self-checkout line because those other lines are way too long. (Wal-Mart hire some more cashiers, now, please)

WIN A FREE COPY OF “LAUGHING ON PURPOSE”

I have 3 Copies of “Laughing on Purpose” that I will be giving away randomly and winning is very simple, as a matter of fact it’s as easy as 1-2-3:

Winning is easy as 1 – 2 – 3

  • 1. Follow @MichaelJrComedy on Twitter (If you are already following him, thanks for being an over-achiever)
  • 2. Go to @MichaelJrComedy’s Facebook page here and like it. (If you already like his page, thanks you’re an over-achiever
  • 3. Re-Tweet my tweet about winning a copy of the “Laughing On Purpose” DVD (BTW- I’m @scottwilliams).  Here is the tweet to copy and paste, or you can simply find @scottwilliams on twitter and re-tweet it.  “Win A FREE Copy of @MichaelJrComedy’s “Laughing On Purpose” DVD http://bitn.us/MjrLaugh  (you can add a little flavor to your tweet, or re-tweet just make sure I’m copied and it has the above info.)
  • Note: Winners will be selected from random tweets and those who complete steps 1-2-3

Thanks and if you don’t win go buy it at Wal-Mart, good luck on finding a short check-out line.

 

Don’t Confuse Great Performance With Great Leadership

time leadershipLeadership can sometimes be tricky, by tricky I mean difficult to evaluate the true impact of one’s leadership. Some leaders push people really hard, create an environment where individuals can’t ask questions or challenge the king and results are more important than anything else.

These leaders and leadership environments may produce results for a season, but in the long-run, morale will be negatively affected. Those employees will do just enough to meet the performance expectations and they will begin to plan their exit from that environment when the 1st lateral or better opportunity comes available.

Don’t confuse great performance with great leadership. There are plenty or organizations, environments and teams that have great performance, while the implications of the leadership is devastating to the employees. These teams are generally over-worked, under-valued, under-appreciated, stressed out, carry their work problems home and are flat out unhealthy. Great leadership produces healthy teams.

The best way to evaluate the effectiveness of leadership is to get true and honest feedback from the team. If this feedback is filtered through an independent 3-party it’s even better.

Don’t measure success from performance alone, dig a little deeper and answer this question: “Are my team members happy, healthy, satisfied and excited to come to work everyday?”

Healthy teams are comprised of healthy people. Ultimately, it’s the responsibility of the leader to create an environment that fosters health.

Don’t Confuse Great Performance With Great Leadership.

The Hypocrite

THE HYPOCRITE from People's Church on Vimeo.

Here is a teaser video for the final week of the LifeSuckers Series @peopleschurchtv. This series was great and this video was hilarious.

Do you know any hypocrites?

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