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The Supervisor Lid Principle (SLP)

Have you ever heard the phrase “My Supervisor Is Holding Me Down!” or some variation of it? Most of us have either heard that phrase or uttered it ourselves. The reality is this phrase can definitely be a harsh reality and many times it’s unintentional.

I am a firm believer that an individual’s success within an organization is directly correlated to what their immediate supervisor thinks of them.  In other words, the supervisor can put a lid on, or take the lid off of an individuals success. Ultimately leaving an employee’s success in the hands of the perception/reality of their supervisor.

I call this the Supervisor Lid Principle (SLP) and I have seen it in full effect throughout my various careers and even within sports teams. This principle results in individuals failing, not performing and even faced with termination. These negative effects permeate until they’re placed under the tutelage of another supervisor, whom has a different set of lids or removes the lids altogether.

The most effective way to combat against (SLP) is to merely recognize that it exists. Once you recognize that it exists you can begin to identify methods, strategies and techniques to remove the lids that your supervisor may have either inaccurately or unintentionally placed on you. Overall, the removal of those Supervisor Imposed Lids will inevitably allow you to be more effective and free.

Supervisors need to be aware of the unintentional or inaccurate lids they place on their employees.  Both supervisors and employees need to recognize that (SLP) is real.  Dear Mr. or Mrs Supervisor, if you want an employee to fly, free up their wings or rather remove their lids. If you want your employees to struggle, fail, be tentative, second-guess themselves and not soar… keep putting your unnecessary, narcissistic and limiting lids on your people.

The organizations and supervisors that tend to “Hold Their People Down” must begin asking these questions:  Do I live with an abundance or scarcity mentality? Do I operate by freedom or control?  Am I secure or insecure? The answers to these questions and making the necessary adjustments is key to raising up a pot full of boiling leaders, that nobody can hold down. Let em’ Boil and Let em’ Fly!

“In any organization, you will only be as successful as your supervisor thinks you are or allows you to be.

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Video :: Dave Ramsey Talks About Leadership and Thoroughbreds

I had the opportunity to interview Dave Ramsey after his leadership talk at RightNow 2012. Dave talked about how to maintain a stable of thoroughbreds. A couple of nice quotes:

Thoroughbreds don’t run with donkeys. They run with other thoroughbreds.

Thoroughbreds make other thoroughbreds better and they run donkeys off.

I love what Dave Ramsey and Financial Peace University have done for my finances… the practical nature of his leadership principles from Entreleadership are awesome as well.

JD Greear – RightNow #RN12

JD Greear – Pastor Summit Church, in Raleigh-Durham @jdgreear

JD Stepped on stage and grabbed the crowd’s attention instantly. Great communicator, flows like a talented rapper.

  • If your church died will the people in your community weep?
  • Instead of “Lets build a big church.” We asked, God let us bless/equip our people to build a great city.
  • Sending has 2 become less abt ur name and the size of your church. It has to be abt God and the kingdom.
  • Do what you do well for the glory of God and do somewhere strategic for the mission of God.
  • Church growth is not nearly as important as growing the people inside of the church.
  • If you life was a party, who would it be thrown for? Is it to build your kingdom or is it to build God’s?
  • It’s not a matter of if God’s calling you… it’s a matter of what God’s calling you to.
  • Stop trying to find God’s call… it’s not lost.
  • The church shouldn’t be about surrounding the leader… the church should be a leadership factory.
  • Growing the church, has us overlooking the fact that our business leaders can get the Gospel in places we cant dream of.
  • 70% of those in the UK said they have no intention of every attending a church service.
  • Churches are growing by fighting over larger pieces of a shrinking pie… We need to grow the pie.
  • Church :: The week is more important than the weekend. Empower people and send them out.
  • The best ministry ideas are found in the congregation and not in the church offices.
  • Pushing out leaders, creates more leaders.
  • Leaders are attracted to places where they can grow as leaders… Be all they can be.
  • Give away your money and God multiplies it… Give away and send out leaders and He will multiply leaders.
  • Success shouldn’t be about “seating capacity” it should be about “sending capacity.”
  • Jesus can do more with 5 loaves and 2 fish in 5 minutes than Bill Gates can do in a lifetime.
  • 1) Everyone is called 2) We have to empower our people to become leaders
  • 3) Have the courage to send people out. 4) Motivation for mission comes from the Gospel
  • The death of 1 is a tragedy, the death of 1 million is a statistic. ~Joseph Stalin via ~@jdgreear#rn12 (1 makes it real)
  • When the gospel grips ur heart sending becomes as natural as a rose bush, it just comes out of who u are.
  • Church Leader, Preach The Gospel – Business Leaders, Embrace The Gospel. Together we’ll see the harvest.

JD did a splendid job of challenging us to send out leaders, to engage the business community, to make a difference and understand our responsibility of making disciples. I thought I talked fast… Uhh Not so fast my friend, JD was flowing like an auctioneer of the Good News. Great, powerful message.

PlanetShakers – Limitless (Official Music Video)

Check out this awesome new Music Video and Film Clip from the amazing PlanetShakers ministry out of Australia. This video of the title track “Limitless” is from their new album that releases in January, 2013.

These guys do an outstanding job of connecting to the hearts of people through their church, music and conferences. Forming for the first Planetshakers Conference in 1997, Australian Christian Worship band, Planetshakers is passionate to see generations worldwide unite together to worship God. Their heart is to see people encounter God, be transformed by his presence and empowered to make a difference in their world. They will be hosting their first US conference in San Diego – Jan. 17-19. It’s going to be a great time for leaders, pastors, worship leaders and anyone who wants to have an encounter with God. The great thing is the conference is only $75.

Hailing originally from Adelaide, the Planetshakers Band is now based in Melbourne at Planetshakers City Church, under the leadership of Senior Pastors Russell and Sam Evans.

With over 20 internationally acclaimed albums, the band tour annually to the USA, UK, Europe, South Africa, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Since 1997, the band has grown substantially with two teams now traveling the globe regularly.

Watch the video, share your thoughts and please share the video with your friends…

Leadership Lessons From Jerry Jones and The Dallas Cowboys

If you watch NFL or at-least watch the news you are familiar with America’s Team… The Dallas Cowboys. More importantly you are familiar with the Owner/General Manager of the Cowboys Mr. Jerry Jones. Jerry Jones is the Leader, General Manager, Operator and Part-Time Coach of the Dallas Cowboys. He has always been known for being on the sidelines, being overly engaged, not always knowing what he’s doing and having lots of ca$h to throw around. He has so much cash that he spent $1.3 billion on the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium.

Unfortunately, the Cowboys have gotten off to another rough start this year. They have been plagued with injuries, inconsistent QB play from Tony Romo and what appears to be ineptness of controversial hire, Head Coach Jason Garrett. Needless to say the Cowboys are 3-5 and the Leader of it all, “Mr. Jerry Jones” isn’t happy.

The term “Leader” carries a great deal of responsibility. Once a person obtains the title of Leader, they also get the bonus baggage of “The bucks stops with me!”  No matter how you slice, sugarcoat, twist, manipulate or make excuses for organizational outcomes; the bottom line is that “It’s All Your Fault!”

Leaders are generally comfortable carrying the “It’s All Your Fault” tag when their team, area or organization is experiencing success, their team is winning and people are patting them on the back about how nice their stadium is. When things take a turn for the worse, wins are hard to come by and “Big Mo” has left the building; the excuses will begin to roll like the Alabama Crimson Tide. Speaking of Crimson Time, they could probably beat the Dallas Cowboys and Nick Saban could definitely out-coach Jason Garett. Saban might be on the short list of phone calls Jerry Jones will make at the end of the season.  Stop with the excuses, stop blaming your team and look in the mirror, because “It’s All Your Fault!”

Sometimes it may not seem fair for the leader to take all of the blame, as they don’t have control over every decision that others make. There are simply too many variables that are out of their control. Leadership is not about fairness, and the responsibility nature of it is just part of the game. Jerry Jones is responsible, your boss is responsible, your pastor is responsible, Steve Jobs was responsible… the leader is responsible — win or lose, it’s their fault.

I remember having a conversation with a leader who had dotted line responsibility for one of the team leaders under my tutelage. They asked me the following question about this particular team leader, “Is so-and-so’s area successful because of their leadership or in spite of their leadership?” My answer was, absolutely because of that particular leader and not in spite of. If things were failing and falling apart it wouldn’t be in spite of that particular leader. It’s a two-way street.

Dear Leaders, if your organization is failing, people are leaving, people are not being developed, people are not growing, people are unhappy, leaders are not rising to the top, momentum is long gone and you can’t seem to spell suczcess. “It’s All Your Fault!” If things are great and success is happening, enjoy the season because “It’s All Your Fault!”

There is no need to complain about the outcomes, just embrace the reality.  Next time your boss starts complaining and making excuses, simply look them in the eyes and say “It’s All Your Fault!” Keep in mind, just because it’s their fault doesn’t mean they won’t pull a Donald Trump on you and look you in the eyes and say, “You’re Fired!”

Speaking of being fired, Jerry Jones the Owner was asked the question about would he fire Jerry Jones the Manager and he said yes. He also recognized the difficulty of being the man that makes all of the decisions. In an interview Jones said, “I have always worked for myself and you can’t do that. You basically have to straighten that guy out in the mirror when you work for yourself. But certainly, if I’d had the discretion, I’ve done it with coaches and certainly I would have changed a general manager.”

The person who complains about the way the ball bounces, is likely the one who dropped it. ~Lou Holtz

A leadership lesson from Jerry Jones is this… It’s Your Fault!

What do you think? Share your thoughts and experiences.

Your Temper Is A Knife and You Hold The Blade

Temper, Temper, Temper, Temper…

I am inspired to write a post this morning about the affects of a bad temper after my son’s football game last night. It was an amazing 2 hr. and 10 minute, triple overtime epic battle 9 year old’s that resulted in a loss for our team. During the 3rd overtime one of our players that is known to have a temper, totally lost his temper. The result was him being rejected from the game.

This young man has played with my son on several other teams, so I had a relationship with him. I sat on the sidelines and talked to him about his temper and control. I encouraged him to use his “passion” in a positive manner, talked about alternative ways to behave and talked about how tempers generally hurt the person with the temper more than it does anyone else.

“Your temper is a knife that you hold by the blade.”

I don’t know how many leaders, bosses, husbands, wives, public figures, athletes, kids… that have been taken out because they are holding the blade of a nasty temper. We can try to point children in a different direction, call their behavior passion in order to find a positive spin and help them to get it under control. Adults on the other hand must take responsibility and put down the knife. If they don’t put the knife down now, it will only snowball into a huge machete that can no longer be hidden and it will cut them every time they turn around.

Your temper will take you out You are going to take yourself out if you don’t let go of your temper.

Share your thoughts, experiences and observations on the negative repercussions of a temper and your thoughts on the knife analogy.

James Harden, Sacrifice and Leadership

Once the dust settled I became a little more okay with the James Harden trade from my Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets. I basically had to settle on, “It is, what it is!” The trade created lots of great discussions for the City Of Oklahoma City, The Thunder, The NBA, Value and Leadership.

There were some one one side of the spectrum that thought Harden should have just conceded and took the deal that the Thunder offered ($53 million over 4 years). Harden and the Thunder were off about 1.25 million per year.  There were others on the other end of the spectrum that thought the Thunder should have just ponied up and gave Harden what he was asking for. You only get a few opportunities to make a run at an NBA Championship and Harden is the most popular visible figure on the Thunder roster second to Kevin Durant. Conclusion – The Thunder gave Harden hour to make a decision and the end result was a trade of Harden to the Houston Rockets.

Often times when it comes to leadership, roles, contributions and value organizations and leaders like to play the sacrifice card. Harden should sacrifice to be a part of a winning team. Harden should sacrifice, it’s just a few million dollars. Harden should sacrifice, look what Ginoboli did for the Spurs. Harden should sacrifice, he’s not even a starter. “You have to sacrifice, we sacrifice, sacrifice, sacrifice, sacrifice.” I’ve seen it in every type of organization that you can imagine.

Speaking of sacrifice, Harden kicked off his Debut with the Rockets last night and he went “Beast Mode” as the young folks say. With only two practices under his belt, The Bearded One dropped 37 points, 12 assists, six rebounds, four steals, and a block. Harden is only the 4th player in NBA history to do so. You might ask, “Who are the other 3?” Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Dwyane Wade… that’s some pretty good company in your debut as a starter.

When it comes to sacrifice, maybe the real sacrifice was James Harden gracefully coming in off the bench and contributing everything he had as the 6th man for the Thunder. Maybe the real sacrifice was Harden taking the 3rd role seat when clearly he’s a first role player. Maybe sacrifice was playing Robin’s little brother, when clearly he’s a Batman. Maybe sacrifice was playing for less money, when he clearly could have gotten more.

Check out the highlights from Harden’s debut game last night… they are very telling. James Harden is not only a Super Star; he’s a Super Star that makes his teammates better. Oh and Harden’s deal with the Houston Rockets $80 million over 5 year$. When you watch the highlight video, you will hear the announcers keep screaming that $80 million dollars is a value.

I agree, $80 million is a value and I believe we have to be careful when we throw around the word sacrifice because it’s really difficult to know what those around us are sacrificing and it’s also hard to truly assess someone’s value, worth, contribution and sacrifice to your organization and your team.

James Harden, Sacrifice and Leadership.

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Everyday Leadership Opportunities


It’s Time To Speak Up!

People don’t speak up because they are scared of what others will think. What if what they say is wrong or taken out of context? What if they let people know what they really think? Will they be ostracized? Will they be fired? Will they be viewed negatively?

People don’t speak up because they are scared… they are scared of themselves and others.

It’s Time To Speak Up! Say what’s on your mind!

Don’t be a know it all, ignorant or immature, but please speak up.

Speak up for what’s right, speak up for what’s necessary, speak up for what’s good and speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves. If you are unwilling to speak up for what’s right, you will eventually lose your right to be heard.

It’s Time To Speak Up!

Don’t Get Distracted

Distractions are the biggest inhibitors to reaching goals and a become great roadblocks on the road of success. The problem with distractions is they come in all shapes, forms and fashions. Unfortunately, distractions are generally self-imposed. Individuals constantly make decisions to allow these things to take them away from those things, which ultimately takes them away from the most important things.

Often times sin works the same way; it’s the result of a little distraction over here and next thing you know your decisions are way over there. Getting distracted is a choice and if you want to be successful and have a fruitful journey, you must learn to stay focused and choose not to get distracted.

This African Proverb says it best:

“The lion does not turn around when a small dog barks.” ~African Proverb

You are a lion, you are on a mission, don’t get distracted when the small dog aka “Distractions” bark.

Thoughts? Do you find yourself getting distracted? Have distractions inhibited your success?

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