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Leading Edge Journal

Dr. Joel Hoomans

Prior to working in academia, Joel spent 10 years working in the field of Human Resources for Wegmans Food Markets, eventually becoming the company’s first Manager of Leadership Development. Throughout various roles at Wegmans he was struck by the impact that a best in class organization can have on the growth and development of people when they are invested in and treated as renewable assets rather than expendable resources. In 2006 Roberts Wesleyan College afforded him the opportunity to return to his one-time alma mater and facilitate the advancement of service leadership, strategic agility and people development on a broader scale. In addition to his teaching and administration duties for the college, Joel also enjoys consulting across business, church, government and military sectors. He devotes a great deal of time practicing a lifestyle of faith, fun, family, friendship, servitude, learning, and human development and has a wide range of hobbies that range from board games to kayaking and playing disc golf.
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35,000 Decisions: The Great Choices of Strategic Leaders

Posted by Dr. Joel Hoomans on Mar 20, 2015 10:33:00 AM

As consumers Americans have come to expect an incredible variety of choices… And we’ve got them.  Every day we are faced with increasing numbers of choices:

  • Which of the thousands of cable channels do you watch?
  • How do you like your coffee? What drive-through do you get it from?
  • Do you cook for yourself or choose to become a valued customer at Mighty Taco

Then there are the more involved decisions like who we add as ‘friends’ on Facebook or follow on Twitter and the weighted decisions we make that have budget implications. 

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Topics: Leading Edge Journal, Lesson in Leadership

Prepare for Success: Critical Skill Sets of Today's Executives

Posted by Dr. Joel Hoomans on Feb 3, 2015 9:45:00 AM

Most of us began our careers either making widgets of some kind or selling widgets or delivering the services needed to make widgets work.  If our work with widgets was good enough, many of us got promoted into positions of management.   This created all kinds of issues in even the best organizations because widget making, widget selling and widget service delivery requires an entirely different skill set than management.

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Topics: Lesson in Leadership, leadership, management

Values Unlock Your Leadership

Posted by Dr. Joel Hoomans on Dec 10, 2014 4:11:00 PM

“It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.”  - Roy Disney

You can't lead others until you can lead yourself. You also can't motivate others unless you can first motivate yourself. The microcosm of the leader as an individual sets up the macro environment around them. Esteemed leadership author John Maxwell sees this fact as critical. In his book The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership,  law number one (of twenty-one) is the 'Law of the Lid'.  What it says is that the capacity of the organization and its people will be largely determined by the capability and motivations of the leader.

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Topics: Leading Edge Journal, Lesson in Leadership

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, marketing

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

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

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

Lessons in Leadership: Rest or Fail by Dr. Joel Hoomans

Posted by Dr. Joel Hoomans on Aug 4, 2014 1:04:00 PM

Originally published January 2008.

An Opening Analogy

Several years ago I recall hearing a manager tell an emotional employee to leave her “personal problems at home” – as if she could actually divorce the trauma of her personal experience from her work persona. I recall thinking how insensitive and ridiculous that request was. Of course it is impossible to segregate our emotions, conscience, thoughts, etc., simply by the locale of our physical being. These things stay with us no matter where we go. As human beings, we are a complex composite of physical capacities, perspectives, interests, talents, experiences, wounds, weaknesses, willfulness, values, and ethics which accompany us across our destinations and shape the way we act and interact.

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

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