Leaders: Sometimes There Aren’t Enough Rocks

Being a child of the 60’s I love the movie “Forrest Gump”. It was on cable recently, cycling through the home spun wisdom of the south and reflecting on the troubling times of the age. There are many classic scenes throughout the movie. There is one that touches me every time I see it. Forrest and […]

Leaders: Are You Disturbed?

Disturbed leadership

The meeting had been going on for a few minutes, when a junior executive rushed in, late. The boss looked up and glared. The junior said “excuse me, I didn’t mean to disturb.” The executive grinned and said, “No problem, I’ve been disturbed for quite some time.” There were uncomfortable chuckles. What can you make […]

Get Your Leadershift in Gear

Get your shift together

Gen. Eisenhower

Leadership means different things to different people. Not all managers are good leaders, but good leaders usually manage well too. Management is about control. You can control quality, time, and money. Each one of these has a direct impact on the other two. It’s a delicate balancing act. For example, increased quality often requires more […]

Messages Can Be Lost by the Messenger

Messengers

Effective executive leadership requires a keen ability to communicate. Some of the best leaders rely upon story telling to convey their message. Messages take many shapes. They can be as grand as the “big idea”; the core vision for an organization. Or they can be as simple as daily instructions for small steps and easy tasks. […]

Independence Day

Overcoming a personal foe

independence day

Tomorrow is July 4th. In the U.S. we call it Independence Day. It is a good time to reflect on the real meaning of deep, personal independence. I love this picture showing the dawning of a new day. When we declare independence, there is a new day, a fresh beginning. Independence implies a freeing from […]

“Reforming Our View of Fatherhood”
by Doug Thorpe

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Reforming Our View of Fatherhood
June 18, 2017

Father’s Day June 18, 2017 I had the honor of delivering the sermon at First Baptist Church Richmond, TX. Listen to a message about fatherhood and the ways our view of our fathers here in this world can impact our understanding of our Heavenly Father.

Can I develop leadership qualities and skills through books and practice?

Growing Leadership

Being an executive coach puts me in front of audiences and the frequent inquiries from followers. This post is in reference to a simple question I received not long ago. Can I develop leadership qualities and skills through books and practice? My answer, absolutely! Books are a great place to start. Books can help increase the leadership […]

Are You Managing Your World or is Your World Managing You?

Simple ways to recalibrate

managing world

For everyone in leadership, you need to take a pause from time to time to make some key assessments. I like to call it recalibration. Let’s face it, the demands on your time and your life can get overwhelming. In today’s tumultuous market, we really never know from day to day what next may come.

Leadership: Play Silly Games, Win Silly Prizes

How to avoid gamesmanship at work

Once you are given management responsibility, you have to focus on the core principles of the unit. You have to learn the people and the mission. Your effectiveness as a manager hinges on being able to lead the team. If your style of leadership is, in any way about playing games with those you lead, you […]