Posts Tagged ‘leadership’

Primary and Mid-Term Elections: What a privilege it is to vote as a citizen of the USA.

Since I turned 18, I do not remember an election I did not vote in regarding my community, state or nation.  History was never a subject I enjoyed in school but through life and work experiences I have learned to appreciate the value of voting.  To be a citizen is a great responsibility.  You have the ability to determine the vision of your community.

This is my first year to ever take an active role in politics.  Monthly I attend our small city’s council meeting to learn and ask questions.  I have found a candidate for governor that I believe in and trust he will move the State of Arkansas in the right direction.  The Constitution of the USA and personal responsibility are core principles that must be maintained for our nation to be what the founders meant for it to be.

There will never be a perfect candidate, but it is time we had representatives at all levels for the people and not for themselves.  I think that the light of accountability will be even stronger in the coming years.

 

Have you ever stopped and really listened to your customer?

usavballThis past fall I had the opportunity to train on human behavior for the USA Volleyball Board and Club Directors.  Though I knew the topic of my presentation and the content I would be training, it’s what I didn’t know prior to arriving in Denver, CO that made the difference.

Since I checked in the night before and wasn’t presenting until late morning, I asked to sit in on their meetings regarding some difficult policy changes and the implementation that needed to take place.  When you understand the model of human behavior and you listen during a meeting like this, every personality pops off the page.

  • The D (Dominant) personalities had the goals and targets established and the teams setup to start the implementation.
  • The I (Inspiring) personalities were up front sharing about the PowerPoints they already created and the excitement they have to share the message.
  • The S (Supportive) personalities were patiently waiting quietly to hear what the final outcome is and then they will do what is asked of them.
  • The C (Cautious) personalities waited to hear the facts of the policies and the strategy for implementation.  With an estimated 30 min. left in the meeting, they started asking excellent questions for next hour concerned about the liability of the new policies and if the proper processes had been followed.

For our organizations/companies to succeed, we need teams made up of the full model of human behavior so each of our strengths can be a benefit.

Finding the Balance to Reach Goals: Exercise and Eating Right

There is not a miracle cure, program or pill out there when it comes to achieving a healthy weight and fitness level.  Actually, their is simple math to the whole thing:  Burn more calories than you consume.   I have had doctors tell me that most people don’t understand that they can do more for themselves than a doctor or hospital can do for them.

I am the first to admit that now that I am closer to 50 than 40, eating right and staying physically fit have become a priority.  I am in a different season of life.  My eyesight has given in to reading glasses.  My pants’ waistline has attempted at times to go another size up.  I tend to want to sleep a little longer.  And on and on it goes as we get older.

I lived a very active life in my younger years of 35 and below.  Then I was in my corporate/work mode and lost my focus and desire to stay in shape.  So here we go again, setting goals and making a commitment to a healthier lifestyle.  Here’s what I have done to get reengaged:

1.  Started slow.  I heard about this one guy who had a plan for eating and exercise to kickstart my effort.  Go here and learn more.  http://www.fit2fat2fit.com/

2.  While I had initial success, life got in the way of my focus after 60 days.  It was then 6 months later that I restarted.  This time with quality stretching and daily jogging.  What started out as 1 mile without stopping has expanded to 3+ miles in 60 days.

3.   Now that my commitment level is back in line, I am going back to the fit2fat2fit game plan.  I needed to see myself exercising whether or not I had a program to follow.  If it was always about a program, then I wasn’t committing to myself.

4.  Working out in the early morning is my best method to stay committed.  Nothing interferes with my mornings.  I am talking about exercising for 30-50 min between 4:30 am – 6:30 am.  I believe in the philosophy that if I workout early, the burn lasts all day.

Get started, do something, sweat, drink water, change your diet little by little, find a partner, stretch well, push yourself, set goals, track your results.

Leaders can always be BETTER Communicators and should be the BEST

hoavbThis past weekend, I was brought in for the Heart of America Volleyball Region meeting.  This was a meeting designed around discussing the latest rules changes and new policies coming down from the national association.  As you might expect, that could be a very long meeting.  I promise you, the first portion of the meeting had passion and energy as we did a full room breakout regarding the model of human behavior to discover the strengths and weaknesses to improve leadership and communication.  While it wasn’t a long session, all the attendees actively participated to fully understand how they could be more effective.

You Only Know what You Know, Usually Based on Your Experiences

42-movie-poster__spanMy wife and I just got home from seeing 42 the true story of Jackie Robinson. No, I cannot imagine what it was like in 1948, let alone the 60’s. I only know what I know from the short life I have lived at 46 yrs old.

I remember in 1989, right out college, working in sales in southern Arkansas. I visited a couple of very small towns to talk to the physicians. Some single doctor clinics still had two entry doors. It was understood within those communities that your skin color determined which door you entered to sit in a waiting room. I had never been exposed to accepted segregation prior to that experience. And still today, there are some who look at the color of skin and not the heart, words or actions to determine the character and quality of a person.

Because people are racist towards religion, skin color, political party affiliation, income level, etc., I am sure it will never truly go away. I guess the hope in the movie 42, is that there are some strong people who will have the character to stand strong and find a way to overcome those who hate. Be the person who stands up with these individuals and win the hearts of those who hold up the barriers.

Inspire Everyone, Especially Our Youth

I am grateful for every opportunity I have to connect with young people and provide them a vision for the potential in their life.  Everyone comes from a different background and their experiences mold who they are.  Sometimes it can be that person who doesn’t know their ever move that comes in and can help them capture the “who I can be” vs. “who I am”.  We held series of events to impact the education and family community of Rankin County School District in MS.  They are dedicated to offering programming to support the needs of their students, staff and families.

This first pic is after we spoke to a local group of high school students.

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As we talked about Family Engagement, a strong team from the community attended the lunch session.

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My son, Hunter, joined me to present “Diagnosis to Graduation” which is our family’s story about Hunter’s life on the Autism Spectrum.

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Engaging the Future Business Leaders of America

What do you do with a group of 700+ high school students in the same room?  Get them involved in the learning process by experiencing the model of human behavior in breakout groups.  This was a great bunch of students!

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Of course it helps to be an effective speaker while standing on a chair for a stage.

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Make sure your Local Market knows about YOU!

Famous Joke:  What’s the difference between a sales rep and a consultant?  A consultant travels for a couple of hours and carries a briefcase.

Because most of my presentations are out-of-state and with large organizations, I often feel like I am neglecting my opportunities to speak in my own backyard.  I thought I would do a little local advertising/marketing to smaller employers with our social media group nwaonline.com  and their promo NWA Deal Piggy.  Checkout my ad.

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Development: the act or process of developing; growth; progress

So often, I am one of a few professional presenters when I am brought in to a conference or convention. (Professional = someone who gets paid)  Recently, I had the opportunity to be part of a slate of presenters at an association’s convention.  Not only did this association provide quality information to train and develop their attendees, it gave us as speakers the ability to learn and observe our peers.

It is rare that we have the opportunity listen to other speakers.  When you are the training/consulting company, the road can be lonely at times.  You fly in fly out within 24 hours.  The destination may have been luxurious, but all you see is the inside of your hotel room the first night, the podium and sound booth in the morning and you present later that day.  Most likely you are catching a flight out that night to your next destination.

Take advantage of learning something new by listening to the audio recordings from this conference on the Soar with Eagles site.

Breakout Sessions

Keynotes

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Even a C, D, and F student can INSPIRE Education Administrators

Anna Hunt, Executive Director for the Mississippi Association of School Administrators (Annual Spring Conference)

“Scott, thank you for your time and energy to present our lunchtime keynote.  Your message to our administrative leadership of “Family and Education Is the Cure” was on target with our vision to meet our goals in education.  Keep getting the message out about the value of family in student’s lives.”

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