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By: Beth Flynn, Tuesday, May 12th, 2020
  1. "Thinking Differently, Thinking Big
  2. The Vulnerability Decision
  3. Having a Mindset of Entitlement versus a Mindset of Duty
  4. Leveraging Your Gifts and Addressing Your Gaps
  5. Having the Courage to Execute with Pride, Passion, and Precision
  6. Staying Present and Being Vigilant
  7. Course Correction (p. 86)."

From:  Mattone, J (2020). The intelligent leader: unlocking the 7 secrets to leading others and leaving your legacy. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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By: Beth Flynn, Tuesday, May 05th, 2020
  1. "Everybody can lead, because anyone can serve.
  2. The most valuable resource of any enterprise is its people.
  3. We are in transition from a transaction-based world to a relationship-based world.
  4. Leadership is a relationship between empowered, consenting adults.
  5. Leadership is a dynamic relationship.
  6. There is no universal leadership style.
  7. Leadership roles are converging.
  8. A leader's unique task is to imagine and advance a vision.
  9. Love is the highest level of leadership relationship.
  10. Character is a competitive advantage (p.67-68)."

From:  Strock, J. (2019).  Serve to lead 2.0: 21st century leaders manual.  Serve to Lead Grouphttps://servetolead.org​​​​​​​

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By: Beth Flynn, Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

"Not just as leaders but as human beings, fostering empathy is important because it inspires one of the most powerful motivations we have: compassion, or acting with the intention to help reduce the pain of others. Empathy is a potent way to develop inner strength. If we don't see the pain of others, or we refuse to acknowledge it, we won't act to help them. This squanders our power, or our ability to transform the world. With compassion, we can do the opposite. We can use our power for good works.

One question I'm regularly asked to clarify the difference between empathy and compassion. Empathy is feeling another's feelings and distinguishing their feelings from our own. The second portion of the definition, distinguishing their feelings, is important. Without this distinction, the result is emotional contagion. We go beyond feeling and instead identify with another's feelings.

Compassion has three components: (1) empathy, or feeling another's feelings; (2) understanding, or the aspiration to understand another's feelings and experience; and (3) motivation, or the aspiration to relieve the other person's suffering (p. 204-205)."

From: Lesser, M. (2019).  Seven practices of a mindful leader.  Novato, CA: New World Library 

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By: Beth Flynn, Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

"This question is vital - and often unsettling. It has several aspects.

Most importantly, are you making a unique contribution, serving better than anyone else?

When you ask individuals if they, or their company, or their team can serve better than anyone else, more than a few become noticeably uncomfortable. Some are concerned that they cannot meet such a standard. Others regard it immodest to make such a claim.

It's only immodest if you're thinking of it from an inside-out, rather than outside-in. The ultimate answer to the question will not come from you, but who you are serving - to demand the best available service.

This is not to be confused with regarding yourself 'indispensable.' Charles de Gaulle sardonically observed, 'The cemeteries of the world are full of indispensable men.' To think of yourself in this way would be a symptom of pride, entitlement - the antithesis of service.

It is about making a unique contribution. If you don't believe with all your heart and mind that you can serve better than anyone else, you need to take a hard look at how you can best serve. It's time to update and revise your priorities (p. 87-88)."

From: Strock, J. (2019).  Serve to lead 2.0: 21st century leaders manual.  Serve to Lead Grouphttps://servetolead.org

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By: Beth Flynn, Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

"A leader serves by inspiring those she serves with a vision of the future which is compelling, achievable and provides a context for understanding their ongoing experiences. Such a vision connects the employees and customers.

In addition to a vision - which may be enterprise-wide - there is clarity of mission. Mission is the down-to-earth linchpin fusing individuals' daily work into enterprise accomplishment.

If vision is the sine qua non of a leader, mission is the fundamental focus of the manager.

The most effective leaders are also effective managers. The most effective managers are also effective leaders.

The mission to implement the vision can itself be inspiring. These would include the 'big hairy audacious goals' identified by Jim Collins in organizations going 'from good to great." Audacity itself can unleash formidable force. Collins says, "A true BHAG is clear and compelling, serves as a unifying focal point of effort, and acts as a clear catalyst for team spirit. It has a clear finish line, so the organization can know when it has achieved the goal' (p. 161-162)."

From: Gordon, J. (2017). The power of positive leadership: how and why positive leaders transform teams and organizations and change the world. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons.

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By: Beth Flynn, Tuesday, April 07th, 2020

"A big part of positive leadership and grit is knowing that you will fail along the way but you won't allow failure to define you or stop you. Failure is a big part of your path to success. It's not your enemy. It is your partner in growth. It doesn't define you; it refines you. If you didn't fail, you wouldn't build the character you need to succeed. When you have grit, you fail and you move forward. You see it as an event, not a definition. You leave the past and let it go. The path to greatness is never behind you. Just keep moving forward. Failure and challenges are just part of the journey. There's no accomplishment without struggle. No triumph without tests and failures along the way. There would be no stories of positive leaders changing the world if they didn't have to overcome adversity and failure in order to do so (p. 224-225)."

From: Gordon, J. (2017). The power of positive leadership: how and why positive leaders transform teams and organizations and change the world. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons.

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By: Beth Flynn, Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

From: Studer,Q. (2020). The busy leader's handbook: how to lead people and places that thrive. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons.

  • "Great mentors have done it and/or are doing it.
  • Great mentors are willing to share their knowledge, expertise, and skills.
  • They just don't give answers. Instead, they help the mentee arrive at the answers.
  • They focus on character at least as much as skill.
  • Great mentors aren't afraid to get personal. They know there is no sharp divide between work life and personal life.
  • Great mentors walk the walk.
  • They are honest about their shortcomings.
  • Great mentors know they are not finished products.
  • Great mentors care.
  • They are positive by nature.
  • They help the mentee hold up the mirror.
  • Great mentors teach from experience.
  • They demand accountability.
  • They also help the mentee find other mentors.
  • Great mentors tell the hard truths (but they do it with caring) (p.269-272)."
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By: Beth Flynn, Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

From: Gordon, J. (2017). The power of positive leadership: how and why positive leaders transform teams and organizations and change the world. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons.

"I'm sure you have heard of Murphy's Law, right? Whatever can go wrong will go wrong- and usually at the worst possible time. Unfortunately, Murphy's Law seems to play out all too often and, when a series of bad things happens, it can lead you to expect more bad things to happen. Instead of hoping for the best, you start to expect the worst and act accordingly. Football coach Gus Bradley, one of the most positive leaders I've ever met, told me about a great way he helps his team deal with negative events and avoid the victim mindset that can accompany them. Gus tells his team about this fictional guy named Murphy, who the law is named after. Murphy is a big jerk who wants to ruin their practice, games, and season. He says that Murphy often shows up at the worst possible time. But instead of being scared of Murphy when he shows up they are going to tackle him. They expect to see Murphy, and when they do they have an even greater expectation that they will defeat him. Life is filled with challenging circumstances, but you can rise above them. Life is hard, but you are strong. The struggle is real, but so is your ability to overcome it (p. 91-92)."

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By: Beth Flynn, Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

"Your purpose provides you with the overarching guide for every choice you make. Aligning with your purpose is key to maximizing fulfillment in your life. It's what brings meaning to you.

Think about it this way. Just as every business has a mission statement designed to guide the company's focus, your purpose acts to give you focus for your life.

Purpose is always tied to your passions, what Inspires you in your life. That is why you're here! When you connect to your passion, you can build it into your life plan so that you are intentionally embracing the best you can be in the world (p. 452)."

From: Kaplan, B. & Manchester, J. (2018). The power of vulnerability: how to create a team of leaders by shifting inward. Austin, TX: Greenleaf Press.

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By: Beth Flynn, Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

     In the interest of the safety of our customers and community, we will be transitioning all of our workshops, individual coaching, and group sessions online, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to provide high-quality leadership centered education and research through a digital format. 

     During this uncertain time, we hope to create connection and networking opportunities to strengthen our relationships and personally develop. Together, we will come out stronger.

     We would like to take this time to encourage you to join our mailing list, Leadership Moments. This is a weekly email that offers tips, tricks, and resources to be an efficient and effective leader. You are able to sign up by visiting our website. 

     Please continue to check in online and through our social media for the latest updates on upcoming events. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us. Beth Flynn, leadership consultant and trainer, is able to assist; Flynn.61@osu.edu

     Wash your hands and grow your leadership, 

     OSU Leadership Center Team 

 

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