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How Leaders and Organizations Can Avoid Leadership Blind Spots

blind spotEven the greatest of leaders have blind spots. Often times leaders and organizations make a habit of looking forward towards their goals and they periodically look in their rearview mirror to see whats coming. The entire organization will follow this same pattern unless the leaders truly encourage otherwise.

By encouraging otherwise, I mean encouraging the challenging of the organization’s direction, decisions, culture, things that just aren’t quite right and pointing out the blind spots. More often than not leaders become comfortable as it relates to what they can challenge, what they can say, what’s sacred and what would be considered obvious blind spots become “things we don’t do, things our boss won’t allow or thing that won’t change”

Leaders should encourage new hires to actively point out blind spots during their 1st 90 days of employment. Those fresh eyes and fresh perspectives are invaluable to an organization. Organizations should consider changing up the executive leadership team from time to time. This one is tricky, because there is tremendous value in having a consistent leadership team; however there is also tremendous value in someone new at the leadership table that is more willing to point out the blind spots and bring a fresh new outlook.

Another great way that an organization can begin to see their blind spots is by bringing in a reputable 3rd party consultant or strategist, whose only agenda is to be objective and help the organization reach their desired goals. Lastly, have a blind spot meeting – a meeting where you invite some of the brightest, most critical, outspoken, futuristic, company Kool-aid drinking and play it safe people all in the same room to do nothing more than point out blind spots. (This is fun)

When organizations make it a point to actively point out blind spots the organization will not only drive with the mindset of looking ahead, and periodically looking in the rearview mirror. The organization can tap into the use of the various side mirrors and overhead perspectives to help them see their blind spots.

Blind spots: Every organization has them, only few are willing to point them out.

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Don’t Be A Servant Of Regret

regretLife is full of fears, thoughts and haunting decisions. Often times the most haunting of all decisions are the regretful ones. Regret is like the constant thumping of a drum, over and over and over and over. You ask yourself why, you tell yourself that you should have and wonder what would have happened if you would have.

The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits.

~Theodore Roosevelt

I think Theodore Roosevelt was on to something, unfortunately I think in this day and age even those 30-60 year olds are servants to regret. Regret cripples your ability to dream, slows down your ability to move and threatens your ability to succeed.

Whatever regret you have, let it go! Don’t even try to let it be something that fuels you. Regret is to powerful of a constant drum beat to beome your motivation, it will end up being a huge distraction (thump, thump, thump.)

Drop the past, focus on the future! Don’t Be A Servant Of Regret

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Your Success Is Found In The Tension

tensionWhen you are in a season of success, you are generally in a season of opportunities. When you find yourself in that season of opportunities you must manage the tension of keeping up with the existing success and managing the new opportunities.

Don’t shy away from the new opportunities, due to fear of hindering your current success.

The truth of the matter is that Your Success Is Found In The Tension, The Stretching, The Pursuing, The Creating, The Hunger and The Desire to succeed.

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Listening To The Wrong Voices

success8You problem isn’t the fact that you are unequipped to succeed, your problem is the fact that you are listening to the wrong voices. Stop listening to the naysayers, the haters, the Negative Nancy’s, the doubters and the little negative voice inside your head.

If you want to succeed, you must stop listening to the wrong voices and start listening to the right voices.

Learn to tune out the voices of doubt, discouragement and disappointment. Learn to tune in to the voices that speak to your success. You Can! You Will! and You Did!

Your success depends on your ability to tune into the proper frequencies frequently.

As you are tuning your dial, the 1st voice you need to learn to tune into, is the Voice Of God. He always believes in you and wants you to succeed.

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Twitter CEO Biz Stone The Future Of Marketing Is Philanthropy and Altruism

Brilliant video and insights from Twitter CEO Biz Stone. Fresh insights on marketing, how twitter started, the how and the why of reaching people. Shares inspiration of starting Twitter.

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The Evolution Of Hip Hop Dancing – Featuring Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon

Funny! Will Smith is forever cool and pretty funny, Jimmy Fallon is funny. This video is cool and funny.

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When You Limit Others You Limit Yourself

insecuritySometimes leaders are insecure. Their insecurity causes them to limit those that work around them and those that work for them. They will even limit the  type and quality of individuals they bring on their team. They find themselves hiring people to fit their program instead of hiring the best people.

If you hire the best people they may not exactly “fit” the program, but they will help the program, challenge the program and make the program better.

Sometimes leaders will limit the rise and success of others, for no other reason than the fact that they are insecure.

There is an old Bible proverb that talks about burying talent. If I remember correctly, burying and limiting the talent is not a good thing.

When You Limit Others You Limit Yourself.

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New Executive Pastor Position Opening – Colonial Church

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New Executive Pastor Position Opening. Brief details about this opportunity are below:

Church– Colonial Church

Location– Wichita Falls, TX

Cool Facts About Wichita Falls– Wichita Falls Texas is one of those cities that has the best of both worlds. It’s a mid-size Texas Town of well over 1000,000 that has all of the opportunities of a Big City. Wichita Falls is only a couple hour drive from Texas’ favorite Big City “Dallas” and also a couple hour drive from Oklahoma’s favorite Big City “Oklahoma City.” It’s the home of Sheppard Air Force Base, Mid-Western State University, Minor League Sports teams and lots of other cool opportunities. A couple of Quick Facts About Wichita Falls: People refer to it as “The Falls”, Elvis played there in 1956, It has the “World’s Littlest SkyScraper”, Dr. Phil lived there and attended Midwestern State University.

Cool Facts About Colonial Church- The current Sr. Pastor has been at the leadership helm for just about 18 months. He has brought a fresh new vision, leadership, creativity and passion for reaching people. In this short time, the church has experienced rapid growth (nearly doubling) and has an average weekly attendance of around 1,500. Colonial Church’s vision is helping people find and follow Jesus.

The Role: This Executive Pastor role will come alongside the Sr. Pastor/Leadership Team to provide overall leadership for the church. This person should have strong strategic abilities, great interpersonal skills, a Pastor’s heart and be an organizational developer.

If you are interested or any have questions, please contact NxtLevel Solutions and submit resume here. If you have any additional questions or would like to submit your information via email, please email Nicole nicole (at) Nxtlevel.net. All information and correspondence is held in confidence between you and NxtLevel Solutions. Should your church is interested in this type of search, feel free to contact me personally scott (at) NxtLevel.net or click here.

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3 Easy Steps To Move From Couch Potato To Entrepreneur

couch-potatoWhen you hear the term couch potato, often times you think of a lazy, slouchy individual who sits around on the couch watching television and eating potato chips. There may be some truth to that; however I tend to look at a couch potato as anyone who is sitting on the “couch” or “sidelines” of life and not reaching their potential.

As somewhat of a serial entrepreneur myself, I often end up in conversations with aspiring entrepreneurs. Often times their biggest frustration is getting started and an inability to reach their goals. More often than not, the biggest inhibitor of them reaching their entrepreneurial goals is not ability, it’s the fact that they are sitting on the couch and not willing to take a step. If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, here are 3 Easy Steps To Move From Couch Potato To Entrepreneur:

  • 1.) You must demonstrate initiative. (Think)
  • 2.) You must be willing to step out. (Start)
  • 3.) You must agree to take some risks. (Try)

                                      Think > Start > Try

By definition an en-tre-pre-neur: a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.

The definition of entrepreneur says it all. Entrepreneurs must demonstrate initiative and be willing to take some risks. Every successful entrepreneur story began with the decision to try and is laced with stories of failure and risk along the way. Many people have a desire to become a flourishing entrepreneur; however only a small percentage are successful. That large percent is sitting on the couch. If you want to move from Couch Potato to Entrepreneur your first step is to get off the couch. (Mentally and Physically)

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5 Powerful Life And Leadership Lessons From Whitney Houston

whitneyToday is the 2nd anniversary of the death of arguably one of the greatest vocalist to walk this earth. It’s crazy to think that it’s already been 24 months since Whitney Houston passed and the world had the opportunity to mourn the loss and witness her Homegoing/Celebration Of Life/Funeral Service. I’m a firm believer that you can find amazing life and leadership lessons in almost every situation and scenario. The good, bad and ugly are all opportunities to learn, if we will just be willing to open our eyes, ears and heart.

I’m reflecting back on some of the thoughts I had captured a couple of years ago during Whitney’s Funeral Service. My thoughts developed into some life and leadership lessons. These lessons echoed true then, today and will for years to come. Below are some lessons from the life of the one that we came to know as “The Voice.” Yes Whitney was called “The Voice” way before the singing competition was even envisioned.

5 Leadership & Life Lessons From Whitney Houston

  • 1. You Have What It Takes – Kevin Costner said that although Whitney Houston was hugely successful, she still asked this question, “Am I good enough, pretty enough & will they like me?”  His response was this, “You were great, beautiful & they loved you.”  You have what it takes, you must truly believe it deep down inside.
  • 2. God Does The Fixing – Whitney Houston was quoted saying these words, “Any way you fix me Lord, I’ll be satisfied.”  There is a lot of power and humility in that quote.  Lord I’m broken, I know I need fixed, not sure what fixed means, but I so desperately need whatever help you can give me.
  • 3. You Have To Step Out To Find Out – As Whitney Houston’s Musical Director Rickey Minor talked about his experience with Whitney Houston singing the Star Spangled Banner.  Rickey said they were trying to figure out how to make it special and they didn’t know what they were doing.  Rickey said you have to step out and he said it this way, “God said Go For It, Go Ahead… We did it and it changed my life.”  You have to step out to find out.
  • 4. Stop Ridiculing & Give Love – Whitney’s death showed how easy it is for people to ridicule instead of seeing the bright side of things.  Many people were quick to point out her challenges and shortcomings instead of the positives of her life.  Whitney’s funeral showed what happens when people point out the positive aspects of someone’s life – It Inspires! Whitney’s bodyguard Ray Watson talked about what performers like Whitney go through just to give people a little entertainment.  His final words were, “Stop Ridiculing & Give Love!”
  • 5. Your Life Can Be A Larger Impact Than You Know – Whitney will go down as one of the best vocalists in modern day history.  Whitney sold millions of records, in addition to making millions of people smile, laugh, sing and dance.  Although she made an impact on this world before she left this earth, it’s arguable that her funeral may have had the most eternal impact of any artist to date.  The world was watching as God’s orchestration of some of the most amazing communicators of the gospel.  During a moment that many thought was going to be a low or sad occasion, God used Whitney Houston’s Homegoing Celebration to lift the name of Jesus High.

We are naive at best if we don’t understand how much Whitney’s life and funeral impacted the world with the Gospel. Pastor Rick Warren said it best during the funeral service when he tweeted this“WhitneyHouston’s funeral shared the Gospel today with more people today than most of us ever will.”

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