Posts Tagged ‘leader’

Thank You Veterans, for Your Service and Example of Leadership

It’s Veterans Day, and I want to give a BIG thanks for all those who served. Service is the ultimate form of leadership. In the area I live, like much of rural America, there is a high percentage of Veterans.

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You are the Leader You Need

In the Northwoods, the leaves are all down and a few nights have dipped below freezing. Yet the weather overall has been great and these warm fall days seem so precious. With these final glorious days, I have taken a lot of time to work with horses.

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Living in Your Own Skin – Part II

Have you ever looked at someone else and then turned and judged yourself? Have you ever felt like you should be performing as they perform, looking like they look, living life as they live it? I sure have and it can be downright tough!

9-13-16As a social creatures, humans are predisposed to look to others in their social circle and try to be like them. This phenomena can be very helpful if you surround yourself with positive role models that help you strive to be a better person, but it can be very limiting too. You must be careful as you strive to become a better person that you don’t limit yourself by trying to do things exactly like those around you. You must go about things in your own way, so that you can be the best you possible.

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Communicate Effectively With Others

So last week we talked about being comfortable with who you are and living in your skin. The key is, people are different and you don’t have to be like everybody else. This week I promised to talk about communicating with people the way they liked to be communicated with.

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The key here, is that because people are different, they look for different things when they communicate. It is easy to assume everyone is just like us, but they are not.

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Two Important Principles Learned from Horses

By Rad Watkins

This month I have been focusing on lessons learned from horses. This is a big part of my life these days and I am actually working on a new book that will explore leadership lessons learned from horses. There are two lessons from horsemanship that have proven to be very helpful to me lately. The first has to do with requests we put on the horse and the second has to do with expected outcomes.

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Use Service to Increase Your Horsepower

By Rad Watkins

Horses so powerful yet so graceful, and non-threatening that almost anyone can hardly help but admire them. Although capable of inflicting great damage, usually a horse is gentle and supportive. Horses allow themselves to be put into a service role, and in fact, have served humans more than any other species in the history of the world. (more…)

Meet Stacy Westfall – A True Leader

 

Leadership is such a strange concept. There are so many ways that one can be a leader. You can be a leader by being outstanding in your field and being the type of person others are trying to catch up to. You can be a leader by helping others succeed. You can be a leader by having followers and creating a movement. Stacey Westfall is a leader in all of those ways.

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Life on Your Terms

Years ago someone asked me why with a master’s degree in ecology, I was interested in personal development? It didn’t take me long to reply “Because I need it.” There is a saying that we teach what we need most. That may or may not be true. I think we often teach what we are passionate about and we are passionate about what we pursue. For me I want to constantly be a better person. I want to live a full life of absorbing all the magic of the world and helping those around me have the best time we can together as they work to achieve their goals. That takes motivation, skills, and a certain amount of vision.

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A Vision of Leadership

After living this way, I realized that is what leadership is all about. It is about having a vision, building skills, motivating, walking the talk, following up, and keeping positive. It is really the same thing whether you are leading yourself or leading others, because leading is not about having followers, but engaged participants. (more…)