The Recipe for Community

The recipe for community starts with one key ingredient…its people.  Without that ingredient, the recipe just doesn’t work. The end product is bland, lacking in flavor. A community is simply a group of people that exist together. In an ideal community, everyone in a leadership position desires to better others and the world they live in. They want the people in their communities to have a great quality of life and will do what it takes to provide it. Acworth, Georgia I write this very blog because of my lifetime of experiences growing up in what I feel is the best community in the world, Acworth, Georgia. The

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Gratitude List

Every Leader should have a gratitude list, comprising of the people and things we are grateful for. One of the key differentiators between ordinary and extraordinary leaders is gratitude. GREAT leaders are GRATEful. In Last week’s post (Giving Away of Oneself) , we talked about the giving part of Thanksgiving. This week we dive into the other portion, gratitude. For me, I desire to be a grateful person. That desire does not always lead to expression. I think we are all inherently grateful people, many times it just doesn’t make it outside of our hearts and minds. I strongly believe that in order to lead people well, leaders

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Giving Away of Oneself

Giving away of oneself is what great leaders do. Leadership is about bettering others and the world we live in. In order to lead well, giving away of oneself is a necessary function. Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching. The season makes me think of two things, one is gratitude, the other is giving. Today, we settle into the latter…giving. The Struggle I don’t know about you, but leadership can be extremely rewarding while at the same time downright exhausting. For me, the exhaustive part can be what I give away to others, my time, strength, love, and wisdom. I have read countless books on how to set boundaries and

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Making Regular Deposits

Making regular deposits into relationships is one of the most valuable investments a leader can make.  In the world of banking, there are two types of transactions that can be made, a deposit and a withdrawal.  The same is true for people transactions in leadership. Financial deposits need to be made on a regular basis in order to pay the bills.  For example, your paycheck is deposited on a regular basis.  Your home’s mortgage or your rent payment is withdrawn from your account once a month.  Without the regular deposits of your paycheck, the check will bounce. People deposits require the same, regular prioritization. Relationships are bonds that

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Leaders are Losers

Leaders are losers.  Odd concept, huh?  While it seems contrary to everything that we are taught about leadership, it’s true.  Leaders are fully capable of being losers.  In fact, it is a requirement of leadership. It is worth noting that this post is being written by one of the most competitive people you will ever meet.  I like to win, hate to lose, always have.  All my life I have participated in sports as a player or a coach.  Never, have I ever, wanted to be labeled a loser, until now.  So…bear with me for a minute, as I attempt to make sense of this concept!  Webster’s Dictionary

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Hidden Foundations

All building structures contain hidden foundations. Foundations are the base of anything that is built vertically. They bear the weight of keeping everything on top of it structurally sound while being out of site, out of mind. This past week, we said goodbye to our Chief Building Official at the City of Acworth. Loyd Fasselt retired after twenty-six years of faithful service to our organization. He made a career out of reviewing designs for and inspecting foundations for structures throughout our community. He operated in the shadows, out of the view of public recognition. Foundations are the same way, they are not visible once the structure is built,

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Crunch Time

Sometimes our best work can be accomplished in crunch time. It’s nothing more than a pressure filled opportunity to do something great! Crunch time separates ordinary people from extraordinary ones. Ninety-four weeks ago I wrote the first Leadership and Main post. After years of staring at a vision that was going nowhere, it was time to buckle down and start writing. Since then, every Monday morning at 7:15 a.m., the subscriber email has gone out on time, without missing a single Monday. Confession of Leader Generally, I have a topic formulated, written the post, edited it, and scheduled all social media posts by 10:00 p.m. the Sunday before

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You Can Count On Critics

You can count on critics all day, every day. They can be counted on to be consistent and relentless in their efforts. You always know where they stand…on the other side of whatever you do.  Critics are simply Haters. Critics can be found everywhere.  They can be found on the living room couches during college football season, the bleachers of any youth sports activity, in board rooms, in hallways, the backseats of vehicles, the editorial section of newspapers, and especially in the comments thread on a social media post.  Sometimes they can even lie withing oneself.        John Maxwell says that, “When you get kicked in the rear,

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That’s My Bad

“That’s my bad” can be commonly said when a person declares to others that they have made a mistake .  Being able to willingly admit that we made a mistake is a mark of a great leader. The National Football League and Major League Baseball are all in full swing right now. The guys who play these games are the elite of the elite in their professions. As you tune into the games, watch what happens when a defensive back blows an assignment or a short stop boots a ball. They generally follow it with the universal sign for ownership of a mistake, a series of pats on

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Lowering Your Level

Lowering your level is an effective form of leadership.  President Abraham Lincoln once said, “No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.”  This is such a powerful statement.  I have spent my entire adult life coaching youth sports.  Whenever I felt it was necessary to connect with a player from a communication standpoint, I would always physically get down on their level to deliver the message.  It was a strategy that was proven effective over and over.  So, how does this principal apply to communication in leadership?  In this week’s post, we dive into five ways lowering your level to meet your team

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