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Anyone can become a better leader with the right information and guidance. Hugh Ballou shares his experience and knowledge from 31 years of leadership coaching and training in this concise leadership tutorial.

31 Days to Becoming a Better Leader Hugh Ballou

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Anyone can become a better leader with the right information and guidance. Hugh Ballou shares his experience and knowledge from 31 years of leadership coaching and training in this concise leadership tutorial.

    Leadership Challenges in Managing a Land Conservancy Nonprofit with David Perry

    Leadership Challenges in Managing a Land Conservancy Nonprofit with David Perry

    Leadership Challenges in Managing a Land Conservancy Nonprofit with David Perry DAVID PERRY, Executive Director is a Blacksburg native, has been with the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy since 2006, when he was hired as the land trust’s project manager. He became assistant director in 2011 and executive director in 2012. Dave is chairman of the City of Roanoke’s Mill Mountain Advisory Board and a member of the Roanoke Kiwanis Club.
    Dave has a master’s degree in park and resource management from Slippery Rock University and a bachelor’s degree in geography from James Madison University. Prior to coming to the land trust, he was employed with the Wicomico County Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism in Salisbury, MD and as a district executive with the East Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America in Kinston, NC. He, his wife and two sons live in southwest Roanoke

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    Becoming A Better Leader Monday Momentum 14

    Becoming A Better Leader Monday Momentum 14

    The Pillars for Success
    Strategy: Leadership without a strategic framework for an organization will compromise the results, overwork the leadership and teams, and waste time and money. A strategy is a Solution Map defining where the organization wants to be and how to get there. Here are the key elements:
    Vision & Mission Market  Unique Value Proposition (UVP) Goals
    Skills: Leadership, communications, and financial results are all grounded in effective relationships. Creating a culture of high performance starts with the first person (the leader) and is developed with intentionality with each addition to the board, the staff, the committees, the advisors, and the community advocates. Here’s the sequence:
    Lead Learn Grow Influence
    Team: Teams are essential to the work of any organization. Moving from traditional thinking to a culture of servant leaders will impact the results of the organization. Build the principles for the culture and the skills to lead the teams before inviting the first team member to join.
    Competency Role & Responsibility Culture Fit Expectations
    Finance: Create an operational budget in which each line item connects to a milestone in the strategy. Also, create a start-up budget from concept to launch. The missing element is the cash flow projection. Make notes on how to create each of these
    Start-Up Budget Operational Budget Cash Flow Projection
    Support: The best leaders, like the top sports figures, always have a coach. The leader’s job is to define and lead the work. Over 90% of the skills and systems are hidden from visionary leaders, especially start-up leaders and early stage organization leaders, however this need never ends. Always having an experienced coach is the essential step for accountability, sequence, skills, discernment, clarity, and referrals.
    Mentor or Coach Team Mastermind Group CFO/COO
     
    Keep the Momentum!

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    Becoming A Better Leader Monday Momentum 13

    Becoming A Better Leader Monday Momentum 12
    Becoming a Better Leader Monday Momentum Book Resources for Leaders  
    Quotes and Notes from Hugh’s book list:
     
    Today’s notes are on The Tao of Leadership, by John Heider
     
    This little book is full of useful and counter-intuitive ideas. It’s things we usually don’t consider. Many leaders are way too “hands on” with their leadership in attempting to make things happen, when they should be observing how things happen and guide when necessary.
     
    Many times leaders create problems that don’t exist until they intervene. Then we make things worse with our intervention.
     
    Keep this little book handy and just read a page or two at a time. Leave time to think.
     
    Thinking is good and mostly underrated.
     
    Quotes:
     
    The wise leader does not make a show of holiness or pass out grades for good performance. That would create a climate of success and failure. Competition and jealousy follow.
     
    Force and Conflict The leader who understands how process unfolds uses as little force as possible and runs the group without pressuring people. When force is used, conflict and argument follow. The group field degenerates. The climate is hostile, neither open nor nourishing. The wise leader runs the group without fighting to have things a certain way. The leader’s touch is light. The leader neither defends nor attacks. Remember that consciousness, not selfishness, is both the means of teaching and the teaching itself. Group members will challenge the ego of one who leads egocentrically. But one who leads selflessly and harmoniously will grow and endure.
     
    The Paradox of Pushing Too much force will backfire. Constant interventions and instigations will not make a good group. They will spoil a group. The best group process is delicate. It cannot be pushed around. It cannot be argued over or won in a fight. The leader who tries to control the group through force does not understand group process. Force will cost you the support of the members. Leaders who push think that they are facilitating process, when in fact they are blocking process. They think that they are building a good group field, when in fact they are destroying its coherence and creating factions. They think that their constant interventions are a measure of ability, when in fact such interventions are crude and inappropriate. They think that their leadership position gives them absolute authority, when in fact their behavior diminishes respect. The wise leader stays centered and grounded and uses the least force required to act effectively. The leader avoids egocentricity and emphasizes being rather than doing.
     
    The wise leader pays respectful attention to all behavior. Thus the group becomes open to more and more possibilities of behavior. People learn a great deal when they are open to everything and not just figuring out what pleases the teacher.
     
    How can a good reputation be a hindrance? A good reputation naturally arises from doing good work. But if you try to cherish your reputation, if you try to preserve it, you lose the freedom and honesty necessary for further development.


    Keep the momentum

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    Becoming A Better Leader Monday Momentum 12

    Becoming A Better Leader Monday Momentum 12

    Quotes and Notes from Hugh’s book list:
     
    Today’s notes are on Extraordinary Relationships: A New Way of Thinking About Human Interactions, by Roberta Gilbert
     
    This book is about the leadership methodology created by Psychiatrist, Murry Bowen, M.D. His colleague, Roberta Gilbert has taken the writings of Bowen and put them into systems for learning. I have worked with Roberta for about 10 years in seminars and private coaching. I find that this is the most effective and useful leadership methodology I have ever experienced.
     
    Before studying Bowen Systems with Roberta, I had developed my own leadership content, so I had trouble getting my head around something like this. Over time I embraced the systems thinking taught by Roberta and found that the two actually compliment each other in the following ways:
    Transformation Leadership as I teach it is a system based on a vision and not the autocratic thinking of the leader. The leader is, however the creator of that vision and the champion for that vision. The system is about high performing cultures with leaders on teams. Transformation of self comes first, then transformation of the culture and the organization is possible.
    Bowen Systems is about self awareness and discovery to manage self as a leader. In order to be effective the leaders must know self and manage self.
    These two methods work well together in the Transformational Leader must manage self to be the influencer for success. Too many times a leader blames others for situations of their own choosing.

     
    Quotes:
    Here are some quotes from Dr. Bowen:
    You have inherited a lifetime of tribulation. Everybody has inherited it. Take it over, make the most of it and when you have decided you know the right way, do the best you can with it.
     
    That which is created in a relationship can be fixed in a relationship.
     
    I consider rugged individualism to be an exaggerated pretend posture of a person struggling against emotional fusion. The differentiated person is always aware of others and the relationship system around him.
     
    The basic building block of any emotional system is the triangle.
     
    One of the most important aspects of family dysfunction is an equal degree of overfunction in another part of the family system. It is factual that dysfunctioning and overfunctioning exist together.
     
    Overfunctioning is irresponsible responsibility.
     
    It’s ok to have empathy, but one must get out of it quickly.
     
    The goal is to rise up out of the emotional togetherness that finds us all.
     
    In the history of calming down has anyone ever calmed down by being told to calm down.
     
    The human has been slow to learn about his own inner space within his own skull. Thus far we have hardly scratched the surface.
     
    All things being equal, the life course of people is determined by the amount of unresolved emotional attachment, the amount of anxiety that comes from it, and the way they deal with this anxiety.
     
    The goal... is to rise up out of the emotional togetherness that binds us all.
    Keep the momentum

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    Becoming A Better Leader Monday Momentum 11

    Leadership Book Quotes
    Quotes and Notes from Hugh’s book list.
    Today’s notes are on “As a Man Thinketh”by James Allen
    One of the three books Jim Rohn said everybody should have is, “As a Man Thinketh” along with “Think and Grow Rich” and the Bible. Each of these books is full of wisdom of the ages and is timeless.
    This little book is a short read. Each time I re-read it, I see different things and the things I saw before mean something different. It’s work reviewing monthly.
    Even though the book is short, it’s full of profound ideas. The quotes below are some of the passages I have marked.
    Quotes:
    You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.
     
    Circumstances do not make the man, they reveal him.
     
    Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
     
    A man has to learn that he cannot command things, but that he can command himself; that he cannot coerce the wills of others, but that he can mold and master his own will: and things serve him who serves Truth; people seek guidance of him who is master of himself.
     
    All that you accomplish or fail to accomplish with your life is the direct result of your thoughts.
     
    The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.
     
    Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power.
     
    The outer conditions of a person's life will always be found to be harmoniously related to his inner state...Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.
     
    As he thinks, so he is; as he continues to think, so he remains.
     
     
     
     
     

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    Becoming A Better Leader Monday Momentum 10

    Becoming a Better Leader Monday Momentum Book Resources for Leaders Leadership Resources: Books, Hugh's Notes and Quotes
     
    Quotes and Notes from Hugh’s book list.
     
    Today’s notes are on the 2 Napoleon Hill books on my list:
    Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill https://amzn.to/2IenAVY
    Napoleon Hill On the Air: The Five Foundations for Success, Napoleon Hill transcriptions https://amzn.to/2Z7YZsS
     
    Think and Grow Rich is a classic self-help book which is the basis of much of the teaching coming from self-help gurus in the last century, with Jim Rohn and Bob Proctor being two of the most visible and popular presenters on the wisdom of Hill. It in one of the top selling self-help books of all time. Many other books have been and are continuing to be published thanks to Don Green and the Napoleon Hill Foundation in Wise, Virginia.
     
    Hill directs his readers to read chapter 4 every night aloud and to underline passages that impress us to remember and activate his premises for success.
     
    Napoleon Hill On the Air is a set of radio interviews by Hill transcribed and also available on Audible. It’s great to hear Hill’s wisdom in his own voice. Hill expands and highlights the themes taught in Think and Grow Rich as well as his Laws of Success and other writings. 
     
    The combination of these 2 books gives insight into what Hill learned in his interviews of 500 successful business leaders of his time who were introduced to him by Andrew Carnegie. 
     
    Selected quotes from Hill:
    Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.
     
    Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.
     
    Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.
     
    Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
     
    First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.
     
    First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.
     
    What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
     
    Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.

     
    Every adversity brings with it the seed of an equivalent advantage.
     
     

    Keep the momentum.

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