058: The language of leadership

058: The language of leadership

058: The language of leadership

Given the current political climate in the United States, political discourse, and the way politicians speak and act, has risen to the front of public consciousness. We seem to be at a loss of how to respond to this language of belittlement, alternate facts, and political visciousness. Are we to accept it as a new normal?

In this episode of The Spirit of Leading podcast I offer my take on the language of leadership—a way of speaking that addresses our better angels and invites us to elevate our discourse and reward those who do.

Watch the YouTube presentations of two past Presidents as they inspired and challenged us during their inaugral speeches.

056: A nation of laws—is it enough?

056: A nation of laws—is it enough?

056: A nation of laws—is it enough?

We pride ourselves in the United States as being a nation of laws. We are not an authoritarian state run by a strong man or a dictator. We do not settle our differences at the end of our fists or by shooting it out in the streets between waring factions. We do not subscrtibe to vigilante justice.

Yet, we have movements for social justice, criminal justice, racial equality, economic equality, business accountability to do the right thing.

In this episode of The Spirit of Leading podcast, I explore the notion that being a nation of laws might not be aspirational enough.

051: We the People

051: We the People

051: We the People

In this episode of the Spirit of Leading podcast, I comment on what I believe are the three most important words of the U.S. Constitution. They form the premise of why we have the constitution.

Our elected leaders, uniformed military, and naturalized citizens swear to defend the constitution. When we say the Pledge of Allegiance, we pledge allegiance “to the republic for which it stands.” The republic as defined and explained by the U.S. Constitution.

A constitution is the supreme law of the land. Yet according to research (see link below) a majority of Americans know little or nothing about how their government functions or any details about the articles and amendments of the U.S. Constitution. 

We talk about freedom and democracy and how much we “love” them. Then, when it comes to voting (actual participation in the democracy) we fail to show. American voters are more likely to vote in high profile presidential elections than in any other (about 60% in 2016). When it comes to local elections, participation drops to 20% or less (see article below).

America is great when individual citizens are informed and engaged. After all, we aspire to “liberty and justice for all.”

 

050: I’m a Progressicon

050: I’m a Progressicon

050: I’m a Progressicon

I am among the majority of Americans who are becoming increasingly more unsettled over the negative tone of political discourse. According to a Pew Research Center report (link below), 61% of Americans say respectful discourse is very important, but only 25% say the current discourse is appropriate.

We can do better if we want. In this episode of The Spirit of Leading podcast I declare myself, as a political independent, to also be, what I call, a PROGRESSICON. Listen to learn what that is and why I have coined the label and claim it for myself and others who believe as I do–that we must turn the corner on our incivility in political discourse. 

Related links

Article: Few Americans see national political debate as ‘respectful.’

049: A House of Possibilities speech to NextGen Under 30

049: A House of Possibilities speech to NextGen Under 30

049: A House of Possibilities speech to NextGen Under 30

The NextGen Under 30 Oklahoma movement continues to gather momentum across the state.

The eighth class gathered for a Day at the Capitol October 1, 2018. NextGen Under 30 founder, Don Swift, told the class that they were selected as the best of the best nominees from across fifteen business and organization categories. Swift said they even received an international nomination and had to tell the nominator that the honor was limited to residents of Oklahoma.

I have been privileged to be associated with this program since 2015 as a leadership consultant and as the coordinator of retreats and workshops. I have also interviewed several of the previous honorees on the Spirit of Leading Podcast.

This year I was asked to join a distinguished platform of speakers to address the gathering at the State Capitol. Governor Mary Fallin, Chancellor Glen D. Johnson of the State Regents for Higher Education, Dr. Marion Paden, Executive Director of Leadership Oklahoma, and Brenda Jones, CEO of Jones PR also greeted the honorees.

I chose the theme, “A House of Possibilities” to guide my comments. The capitol building is undergoing an extensive facelift, and the noise prevented a clean recording of my presentation, so I recorded the speech as close to the original remarks as I could remember.

I know from getting to know these talented young adults that Oklahoma is in good hands.

NextGen Under 30 Oklahoma class of 2018

What If wall, Ada workshop

What If wall, Statewide retreat

What If wall, Tulsa

015: My favorite heretic

015: My favorite heretic

015: My favorite heretic

Heretics are non-conformists. They are outside-the-box thinkers who rub authorities and protectors of the status quo the wrong way. And we need them.

In this episode of The Spirit of Leading I talk about some of the world’s better known heretics and the contributions they made.

I reveal my favorite heretic and what I take away from his example that will make for being a more INPowering leader. Listen, and hear what I mean.

Then, think about your favorite heretic. What are the qualities that person demonstrated in his or her experience and example?

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014: Are leaders born or made?

014: Are leaders born or made?

014: Are leaders born or made?

What exactly is . . . a born leader?

In this episode of The Spirit of Leading podcast, I  explore the question, “Are leaders born or made?” Is leadership something learned, something innate with which you are born, or some combination of both?

How does one become an INPowered Leader who INPowers other leaders?

Some people seem to be naturally talented with leadership abilities, but does that mean that those who do not seem to possess such natural ability are not cut out to be leaders?

I discuss innate talent and why it might not be enough to guarantee one will be an effective leader.

Furthermore, checking off long lists of leadership competencies might be missing the point of what it takes to be an INPowering Leader. In this podcast, I give you the five attributes I believe someone must possess to transform their leadership talents and abilities into an INPowering Leader. They probably are not what you think.

Transformation is the process of changing from one condition to another. Even if leadership does not come naturally for you, you can still transform yourself into an effective leader by addressing these five attributes.

Related links

Podcast 008 with Terry Catlett

Marcus Winn’s Moment of Truth leadership book

Lisa Haisha, psychologist and counselor, The Soul Blazer

“True Leaders are Born, Not Made,” Ranjit Singh Thind

Annie McKee speaks about resonant leadership at Google

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012: Why motivation is not what  you think

012: Why motivation is not what you think

012: Why motivation is not what you think

Many people talk about what motivates them, but no one explains what motivation actually is.

In this episode of the Spirit of Leading, I delve into the dynamics of motivation to understand how it works, and why. Some of the issues I discuss include:

  • Motivation is a natural force that manifests under the proper environmental conditions.
  • Motivation is a positive force. Its opposite force is coercion and fear.
  • Motivation and coercion affect and our health.
  • Fear as a motivational strategy is doomed to fail over time.
  • Motivation is not a gimmick.
  • INPowered leaders must learn to use the natural energy of motivation more effectively.

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