Lead Ahead: Week of November 18, 2013

An eclectic week of leadership insights. Various posts from the Dallas area range from baseball to feedback to compromise and more. The common thread may be this:  As leaders, we need to figure out how to always enhance what we do and how we do it. In each of these posts, there are suggestions and guidance in how to be a better leader.

Read, enjoy, learn, and grow! Good practices for all leaders.

8 Leadership Strategies from Baseball’s Manager of the Year by Patti Johnson. Key quote: “Leadership never takes a day off. You have to model leadership every single day. Actions matter a lot more than your words. Everyday repetition is critical.”

Inviting Feedback to Your Leadership Growth by Tal Shnall. Key quote: “The best leaders know that leadership is a life-long learning process and they become lifelong students. These leaders recognize the importance of showing their human side to the rest of the organization. These type of leaders take the lead in inviting feedback, others will follow and do the same.”

The Importance of Story by Jon Mertz. Key quote: “Our leadership and life story needs a giving component. We need to answer two questions: What are we giving to another, especially in the way we lead? How important of a role do we have for giving in our story?”

Leaders: Is Compromise a Strength or Weakness? on Lead Change. Key quote: “Leading is not kicking the can. Real leaders pick the can up, understand its’ content, and determine how – whatever is inside – it can be resolved or refreshed to make a larger community better off than they were before. And doing it sooner rather than later.”

Why Video Content Marketing is the Next Big Thing by Krista Kotrla. Key quote: “We’ve been working hard to build a valuable blog for two years now. Industry competitors are now copying our content. What they cannot steal and copy are our PEOPLE. So pictures and video are the new ways help us stand out as the more authentic leaders in the industry.”

Lead well in the week ahead!

Lead Ahead: Week of October 28, 2013

From Authentic Leadership Dallas and community writers, the focus is on culture, purpose, change, and trust. All are critical topics and elements to embrace as a leader. Enjoy reading what is front-and-center for these Dallas-area thought leaders.

What Does a Content Marketing Culture Really Look Like? by Krista Kotrla. Key quote: “The truth is, a content marketing culture isn’t all about marketing. It is actually about serving your customers better and finding new ways to make a bigger impact. It just happens to sound a lot like marketing.”

How Leaders Create a Culture of Purpose by Tal Shnall. Key quote: “Great leaders take the time on a daily basis to have conversations about the company values and beliefs. Leading a culture with purpose is about connecting the message and the messenger to the culture. People want to feel connected to the overall mission, values and sustain positive relationships with their customers.”

What’s Your Next Big Thing. 4 Hints from Watching Samsung by Patti Johnson. Key quote: “Our customers, clients and partners need to see that we have new ideas to make their lives better too. You can introduce countless wonderful, new tools, features or programs, but unless the user or customer sees why it matters, it will come up short.”

Trust Principles for Creativity and Innovation by Jon Mertz. Key quote: “Just as trust is central in all of those things, it is also needed in creativity and innovation. Trust takes on a new role of being self-centered and community-centered. By embracing trust in his manner, it removes barriers and enables extension across boundaries, especially generational ones.”

Lead well in the week ahead!