REWARD More Than AWARD

Summond into the top editor’s office for the first time in years, the reporter’s  blood pressure rose and his heart began beating a bit faster. He thought it could only be bad news. He must have screwed up. Or worse: he was getting fired.

              Instead the editor reached into his desk before the reporter could sit down. The editor quickly tossed a small plastic bag toward the reporter who instinctively put up his right hand and snared it right out of the air.  For a second, he thought it might be a bag of pot that someone planted in his desk.

But then he gripped the bag and to his sheer relief it was anything but soft and powdery. No this was hard and gleaming with a golden flair. Then suddenly the booming voice of the editor cut through the tension. “Here, I am supposed to give you that,” harrumphed the editor.

The reporter opened his right hand and found himself holding a 5-year-service pin for his five years of experience working for that newspaper. The reporter sighed in relief as the editor took a phone call and dismissed the reporter with a wave of his hand.

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FLOWER POWER: BEE-ING A LEADER

Think of yourself as a bee pollinating flowers every morning when you make your Friendly Five rounds. That’s the way Walt Disney characterized his leadership style.

Disney compared himself to a bumble bee “going from one area in the studio to another to stimulate everybody.”

Pollinating the blossoming of others is an instructive metaphor for the essence of a loving leader.

No wonder the most effective leaders schedule no formal meetings for at least the first hour “in the office.”

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Loving Those Who Served

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Methodically and precisely the former fighter pilot in World War II steered his grocery-cart scooter into the checkout lane. He grimaced as he gripped the soup can in his cart. The pain shot through his frail 85-year-old hand like so many bullets. Wincing, he dropped the can of soup on the conveyor belt with a thud!

The sound caught the attention of the customer in front of him. The 40-year-old abruptly turned his attention from the cashier scanning his groceries to the elderly man behind him. The younger man seemed captivated both by the cap the octogenarian wore and the compelling message it bore:  WWII Veteran. Something stirred deep in the soul of the younger man.

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What Scares a 4-Star General?

The four-star general in the United States Army –all 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds of him – was scared. Not on the battlefield.  After all he led the US coalition of troops from 30 countries to victory in the Persian Gulf War in 1991. No, General Norman Schwarzkopf was even more scared of unarmed men who couldn’t or wouldn’t cry. “Frankly, any man who doesn’t cry scares me a little bit,” Schwarzkopf admitted to Barbara Walters on ABC television’s 20/20 program in March 1991. “I don’t think I would like a man who was incapable of enough emotion to get tears in his eyes every now and then. That person scares me; he’s not a human being.”

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The Leadership Mints Series

            LOVING Like a Leader, Featuring 77 More Leadership Mints, is the second book in the Leadership Mints Series designed to help busy leaders refresh and rejuvenate their leadership skills. Consumed like a breath mint –quick and on-the-go—a LEADERSHIP MINT is a short story that energizes leadership behaviors and personalizes leadership principles so they are more easily remembered, more readily acted upon and more fully applied. Like its candy counterpart, a LEADERSHIP MINT is easily spooned, quickly digested and immediately reinvigorating.

The first book in the Leadership Mints Series introduced the concept of the 5-Minute Leadership Mints Break that could be conducted as part of on-going staff meetings to provide professional development opportunities in a time-sensitive convenient program.

That book —Leadership Mints, 101 Bite-sized Ideas to Energize Yourself & Others, was updated, revised and relaunched in 2016 under a new  title that better focused on what readers appreciated most about the book: energizing them to take action in 16 different leadership principles. The new title: THINKING Like a Leader, Featuring 101 Leadership Mints. 

The intent of that first book in the Leadership Mints Series was to provide busy leaders a tool to fire themselves and others up. The intent of this second book in the Leadership Mints SeriesLOVING Like a Leader —is to help busy leaders keep from burning themselves and others out. Both books are available on Amazon.com.