Out with the Old? Not all of it!

The past month has been one of the most refreshing in recent memory.

I have spent time with friends and family, completed a major project, watched too many movies and football, celebrated a milestone birthday, and observed the real meaning of Christmas.

Like you, I am ready for a new year. However, before it cranks up I am taking time to reflect on 2014. While there are many things from the past year I am ready to leave, there are three words that defined much of my life and I am resolved to take them with me.

The first is COURAGE. I experienced massive personal change in 2014 as I made a career shift, leaving what was comfortable to take on the challenge of being more true to who I am in my work life. So far, so good. However, I’ll admit there have been scary days. When making the decision to transition, I never could find a place in Scripture where God commands me to be comfortable. Believe me, I looked. Yet, over and over I kept finding the words, “Be courageous.” My choice has created excitement, and has also reminded me that there is never regret when we live in obedience.

The second word I am bringing into the new year is FAITH. It’s funny how courage and faith go hand-in-hand. What kind of person quits his job with three kids in college and one soon to graduate high school? Maybe the word here should be crazy? Not wanting to admit I’m nuts, I’m calling it faith.The reality is, I really do believe my life is not about me. There is a larger story being written and I am simply a small part of it. After several decades and a few trips around the block, I am convinced more than ever you can’t get where I am from where I started … at least I can’t take any credit for it. I leave 2014 grateful to be to experiencing Grace. If you ask me, faith is a no-brainer for any leader.

Word number three is ENCOURAGEMENT. Rather than a surprise party for my birthday, my daughters collected letters of encouragement and gave them to me for the past several weeks. There were memories shared and positive words from former players, colleagues, neighbors, leaders, and students from all over the world. I was truly blown away by the power of affirmation. Being an encourager myself, it has renewed my desire to add value to others.

I am not a New Year’s resolution kind of guy. But I am resolved to live courageously, believe continuously, and encourage relentlessly in 2015. As you approach a the new year, I hope there are some things you will leave in the past. However, I’m guessing there are some things you need to bring with you too.

So pack your bags and let’s take on 2015. My prayer is that this will be your best year ever!

Leadership begins at home,

Randy

Is there something from 2014 that you are resolved to bring with you into the new year?

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Have You Found Your It?

Dr. Seuss once said, “You know you are in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

Leaders are a lot like lovers. Once they discover their “passion,” and make its pursuit their reality, it keeps them up late at night.

Do you have something that drives you? I’m not talking about a “high school crush” kind of leadership where you move from one exciting idea to the next. No, I am talking about something that burns at your core and never goes away.

You owe it to yourself and to those you lead to discover what “it” is. But beware. Once you find it, expect some late nights.

Leadership Begins at Home,

Randy

What keeps you up late at night?

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Is Misery Messing Up Your Company?

One of my favorite writers is Patrick Lencioni. His leadership fables have served to help form much of my philosophy of leadership in the workplace.

In Patrick’s book, Three Signs of a Miserable Job, he reveals that people shrivel up and die at work when they: 1 – Live in anonymity feeling like a number and not a person, 2 – Suspect that their work is irrelevant and doesn’t matter, and 3 – Have no idea if they are doing a good job because there is no measurement or feedback.

Lencioni says, “Spending eight hours a day feeling cynical, unhappy and frustrated can erode the self-confidence of even the strongest people, which in turn affects their spouses, children and friends in subtle but profound ways.”

In other words, being fulfilled and engaged at work matters and spills over into every other area of life.

As a leader, are you focused on the morale and the well-being of your team? If not, chances are you have lost them or will in the near future.

Lencioni teaches that the one person who is most able to create a work culture that is engaging and fulfilling is not the employee, rather the leader.

If you want to have a better team, perhaps you should focus on being more relational, valuing and affirming the work of others, and creating realistic and measurable expectations.

Leadership Begins at Home,

Randy

What is one specific thing you do to keep your team fully engaged?
 
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