Leading Edge Journal

In the End Character Trumps Talent

Posted by Dr. Joel Hoomans on Nov 12, 2014 12:30:00 PM

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.  Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

When asked about how to build a winning team, former super bowl coach and champion NASCAR owner Joe Gibbs stated  “Character is first. If you can’t pass the character test, you’ve got a real problem.  And then it goes to smarts.  And then you go to talent.  Those first two, we’ve learned big lessons in the past.”  Across multiple sports, Joe Gibbs has built every winning team he has been part of with this formula.  So just how is it that character trumps talent and intellect?

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Topics: Lesson in Leadership, cooperation, collaboration, talent, character

The Branded Leader: Essential Marketing Habits of Distinguished Leaders

Posted by William H. Todd on Oct 28, 2014 12:45:00 PM

Oreo™ cookies!  What images, memories and associations immediately come to mind?  The writer’s children would say they remember their dad walking around with a stack of Oreos in one hand and a glass of milk in the other.  What do Oreo cookies have to do with leadership?  More than you might think.

Leadership and branding strategies have a lot in common.  A strong leader is like a memorable brand, and the success of any brand depends on its ability to stand out in the crowd. Branding is the main tool marketers use to distinguish their products from the competition. These same concepts can be used to build and distinguish a leader…a branded leader.  

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Topics: Next Generation Business Degree, Strategic Leadership, Lesson in Leadership, Graduate Business, branded leader

Time Lords & Lackeys: 3 Timely Habits of Great Leaders

Posted by Dr. Joel Hoomans on Oct 17, 2014 2:34:14 PM

“The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.”  - C. S. Lewis

Great and effective leaders know that time is the most precious commodity and resource they must manage and leverage.  This is because unlike money, energy and talent, time is not a renewable commodity or resource. You only get to spend it once and how time is spent determines the bulk of life’s most significant outcomes.  When leaders are good stewards of time, they are content with the present, benefit from their past and establish preferred futures.

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Topics: Leading Edge Journal, Lesson in Leadership, great leaders, workforce reneweal, time management

Leading with your Head, Heart and Hands

Posted by Donna McLaren on Oct 6, 2014 3:01:58 PM

4 Observations from Women in Leadership

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

We just celebrated the inauguration of the first female president here at Roberts Wesleyan College.  She’s dynamic, energetic, genuine and creating the vision for our future. It’s an exciting time here, and I think she is the type of leader who is going to “turn it up to 11!”

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Topics: Leading Edge Journal, Lesson in Leadership, women in leadership

Creating a Cross-Functional Team: Taking Meaningful Use Beyond Organizational Silos

Posted by Michael Blankenship on Sep 24, 2014 2:49:33 PM

Originally published in Journal of Healthcare Information Management, Fall 2012, Volume 26, Number 4

The healthcare landscape changes quickly and successful organizations must adapt quickly if they hope to be competitive and profitable. Unfortunately, larger, more complex organizations seem to have a hard time implementing change.

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Topics: Leading Edge Journal, Lesson in Leadership, leadership, goals, cross-functional team, health IT, cooperation, transformation, collaboration, Meaningful Use

Avoiding Burnout: Renewal Requires More than Rest

Posted by Dr. Joel Hoomans on Sep 15, 2014 10:06:00 AM

Amidst all kinds of interest these days in things like renewable energy sources and personal wellness, one has to wonder why we don't see more written in the popular press on the subject of renewing people.  It is a discussion that should be facilitated by leaders. Author Robert Greenleaf is credited with coining the term 'servant-leadership' and one of the ten characteristics that he deemed critical to servant-leadership is 'healing and serving.'  In defining this healing trait he went on to say that "...implicit in the compact between servant-leader and led [those he or she leads], is the understanding that the search for wholeness is something they share" (Greenleaf, 1991, p. 27).

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Topics: Leading Edge Journal, Lesson in Leadership, business, Graduate Business, pursuing wholeness, workforce reneweal

Lessons from Great Leaders for Inciting Success

Posted by Donna McLaren on Sep 5, 2014 1:20:20 PM

“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” – Isaac Newton

Great leaders make a tangible impact. I have worked for a few great leaders in my more than 20-years in business and marketing and I often reflect on what I’ve learned from them. In my times of reflection, I ask myself how I can apply those lessons to my current leadership role.  These leaders took on challenges and, just as often, acted as “challengers.” That effort and determination drove success. Looking back, I achieved so much professionally under their leadership. So here are a few thoughts that you can use:

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Topics: Leading Edge Journal, Lesson in Leadership, Graduate Business, great leaders

Historical Reflections on the Value of Followership by Dr. Joel Hoomans

Posted by Dr. Joel Hoomans on Aug 27, 2014 9:22:00 AM

Originally published March 2010.

Lessons from the Battle of Trafalgar

It’s a little celebrated fact here in the United States that 2005 marked the 200th anniversary of the naval Battle of Trafalgar – a naval battle in which the English fleet under the renowned leadership of Admiral Horatio Viscount Nelson soundly defeated a larger French and Spanish force under the leadership of French Admiral Pierre de Villeneuve.  More importantly, this battle, fought on October 21, 1805, was the most pivotal naval battle of the 19th Century because it ended Napoleon’s hopes of invading England – one of the few pieces of European real-estate that was not subject to his otherwise complete domination of the continent at the time (Wikipedia).  This critical engagement marks the beginning of Napoleon Bonaparte’s demise.  Despite the fact that the French commander had 33 ships committed to battle, while the English navy had just 27 ships, the English completely dominated the battle.  The allies lost 22 ships; the English did not lose a single vessel.

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Topics: Leading Edge Journal, Strategic Leadership, Lesson in Leadership, Graduate Business, followership

Ten Hallmarks of High Trust Organizations by Robert Whipple

Posted by Michael Blankenship on Aug 18, 2014 1:01:00 PM

Originally published April 2011.

The advantages of working in a high trust environment are evident to everyone from the CEO to the shop floor. Building and maintaining trust within any organization pays off with many tangible benefits.

This author has witnessed a doubling of productivity in a manufacturing unit in less than a year when the leadership changed from a command-and-control leader to one who built an environment of trust. Trust also improves loyalty and retention, as described by several CEOs of the 100 Best Places to Work in America, including Lauren Dixon (2010) of Dixon Schwabl Advertising Inc. She wrote:

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Topics: Leading Edge Journal, Strategic Leadership, Lesson in Leadership, Graduate Business

The Generous Servant Leader by David Fagan

Posted by Michael Blankenship on Aug 11, 2014 10:11:00 AM

Originally published April 2011.

Are You a Generous Servant Leader?

How often do you, as a leader, practice generosity? Do you use generosity as a tool with which to influence the actions of those whom you lead?  Do you perceive generosity as a means to improve your image among your constituents? Do you give in order to receive?

The concept of generosity in leadership is frequently the most difficult challenge for an aspiring servant leader to overcome. Becoming a giver instead of a taker, and becoming generous in leadership rather than self-serving requires discipline, practice, and perseverance. Many leaders either are consciously a selfish leader, or try to get by without putting forth the effort necessary to truly become a generous leader, so the notion of generosity in the heart of leaders is often left unaddressed.

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Topics: Leading Edge Journal, Strategic Leadership, Lesson in Leadership, leadership, Servant Leader

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