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You, Inc.

9 Feb

The title of this week’s Housley Principled Leadership Program session is “You, Inc.”

We are identifying and sharing the qualities or attributes that we respect in others. These characteristics are most likely the building blocks of the person that we each aspire to be. Using the metaphor of a brand, we will explore the need to ensure consistency between our behaviors and the promise our personal brand represents.

In an effort to gain a better awareness of myself, I have been contemplating the list of characteristics I respect in others. This has been tremendously helpful in understanding my own reactions toward the people in my life. My short list of most admired qualities includes a tremendous work ethic, reliability, competency, fearlessness, and social engagement. I also like people that are funny, humble, adventurous, positive, curious, and respect themselves.

Each of these attributes has its own story and I can’t yet claim that they represent my personal brand promise, but I am proactively attempting to live up to these descriptions. My hope is that one day my colleagues will describe me using all of these words…even humble (but then, hey, almost nobody’s perfect.)

Abundance

2 Feb

Abundance is a great word and an even better mindset. Preparing for Session Two of the Stelos Alliance’s Housley Principled Leadership Program is providing me with the opportunity to relearn some timeless lessons and reassess my approach to leadership.

This session is titled, “The Attributes of Effective Leadership” and covers a lot of ground including proactivity, integrity, empathy, prioritization, interdependence, and understanding your personal mission. These are all important characteristics of a good leader; however, I believe that the most important is the attitude of abundance.

Those that believe that life is a zero-sum game are limiting not only their leadership effectiveness, but also their success. An abundance mentality creates a framework for human interaction. Seeking alternative solutions that create a “win” for all parties is hard work that requires both empathy and creativity.

This is not about being “nice” or compromising your principles. It is not about settling or giving in. It is about balancing courage and toughness with consideration and understanding. You can’t do that if you think that someone else has to lose in order for you to win. There is enough pie for everybody and by working together we can find a way to make it bigger…and it will probably taste better.

Crazy in Cuero

28 Jan

Jobs at Kalypso are often inherited.

My standard response to someone who is leaving the organization is that they have to hire their replacement before they can quit. The theory is that no one knows the demands of the position better than the person doing the job. This strategy has never failed to yield a superior result. One of those results is Kailey Slone.

I thought I knew Kailey. She was the little niece of my daughter’s first grade teacher. She was the bossy middle-school kid living in a travel trailer on the rodeo circuit. She was the smart, studious, if not a little too straight-laced, student leader with the really loud voice. But I didn’t know the real Kailey Slone.

I love this young lady very much. She is still bossy, but also fearless, competent, reliable, funny, optimistic, hopeful, and fun with an infectious personality and tanker truck loads of energy. Kailey’s job is to help all of us become better professionals and she does that job very well. She is one of my favorite Kalypso characters.

Probe a little deeper and see what you find in this week’s Character with Character profile of our crazy little friend from Cuero, Kailey Slone.

Know Thyself

27 Jan

Today we launched the second edition of the Stelos Alliance’s principled leadership program delivered in memory of our good friend Kevin Housley. The program is designed to give talented young people the opportunity to learn more about themselves and what it takes to influence others to action through principled leadership practices. The curriculum launches twenty-four super star students on a journey toward a life of consequence. Their goal is not just to lead, but to matter.

Session One is all about self-awareness. How many of us find ourselves well into adulthood without a true understanding of what motivates us, our attitude toward life, or how we are perceived by others? Human beings are terrible judges of what will make us happy and mild to moderate delusions help most of us get through our days of chasing elusive goals that are not really that important. The gift of honest introspection must be cultivated by the principled leader. If you have been to the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, then you know that this is ancient wisdom (you also know that it is one hell of a hike up). One of the inscriptions on the temple wall says simply, “Know Thyself.” Wise old Greeks.

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