Leadership Mints Series Sampler: Becoming a Verdant Leader

Maybe we should call Servant leaders Verdant Leaders.

At least that would focus on growing others more than simply serving others.

After all, there still are some would-be leaders who cringe at the term Servant Leader.

To them, the word “servant” suggests menial tasks such as waiting on tables,  bed service at a fancy hotel (chocolate mint et al) or even gassing up your vehicle back in the day. Can you believe it? Gas stations used be called service stations where an attendant filled your car up with gas while washing your car’s windshield.

But Servant Leadership is not simply about feeding — or fueling — others to keep them on the go.

It’s about ful-filling their needs to help them grow and –in the process– grow your bottom line.

Servant Leadership is helping your employees spread their proverbial roots Continue reading “Leadership Mints Series Sampler: Becoming a Verdant Leader”

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Selling Tickets to Your Field of Dreams

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to differentiate managing and coaching. Reading time: 2:34.

         You’re a newly minted leader. Yet you still think of yourself as a manager and others regard you as a coach. You are confused—almost as confused as the professional sports world must be where nomenclature seems off track.  After all the title of head honcho in basketball and football (The Coach) is different from the head  honcho in baseball (The Manager).

       Let’s clear up the confusion and better focus your role as a manager, as a coach and as a leader.

       Dusting off the baseball history books we discover the origin for calling the on-the-field boss the “manager.” Turns out before there was a front office in the world of professional baseball, the on-the-field manager also conducted management duties from selling tickets to booking hotel rooms for players on the road.

      Meanwhile the baseball manager delegated the on the field team operations to an uniformed team captain. Continue reading “Selling Tickets to Your Field of Dreams”