Tag: development

The World is a Classroom – Are You Paying Attention?

Are You Paying Attention?I never used to pay attention in school. I would get good grades, but my head would always be way out in left field. I’d either be doing the homework for my next class or playing a video game on my TI-83 graphing calculator. This was a bad way to learn.

A lot of us are living our lives this way.

People, places, and experiences are flashing by with each waking moment. Thanks to the rise of the smart phone, we’ve stopped paying attention. We are surrounded by and immersed in a world that begs to teach us so much, but our heads are down and we’re simply not listening.

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6 Ways to Take Advantage of Others' Leadership Experience

leadership trainingIf you read yesterday’s post, you’re already on your way to reading more and developing your leadership IQ. That’s fantastic, but I’m sorry to say that its not enough. Book knowledge is great, but the real development comes when you get out and learn from other leaders who have gone before you.

Here are some ways to develop your leadership skills by gleaning from others:

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Leaders are Readers: How to Develop a Reading Plan

Leaders are Readers

I used to hate reading. I avoided it like the plague. I felt like my time could be better spent elsewhere. Over the course of my first year post-college, I did not read one book from cover to cover. It was pathetic.

The average American reads 3-6 books a year. That same average American will also watch about 35 hours of television… this week! That’s 35 hours that could’ve been invested into your own development and growth.

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Waking The Leader Within

Leadership DevelopmentIn my younger years, I was attracted to positions of leadership. I was usually the captain in sports or the president of some after-school club. This carried on to my military years, as I would usually find myself in positions of leadership amongst my peers.

When I got into music, however, I turned inward and spent most of my time in isolation. For 5 years, I didn’t spend too much time with groups of people. My leadership skills went into atrophy. I had been neglecting a large segment of my skill-set. It took a pastor to remind me who I was. (more…)