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Sunday, February 17, 2008

A Transformational Leadership Question

"What's your dream?" That's the fundamental question I got from reading Matthew Kelly's newest book, The Dream Manager. As an executive coach, I look for powerful questions to ask my clients, and I find this question transformational. When you ask people what their dreams are, you reach into their very core--their purpose and drive for living. Unfortunately, dreams get buried in the business of doing life...commuting, working, taking care of the children, the house, and all the many things we do every day. But when you ask people "What's your dream?" you give permission to clear the cobwebs, and allow adults to become kids again to re-discover their dreams, their passions. And when a leader asks team members what their dreams are and helps them accomplish those dreams, there is nothing they won't do for that leader. The Dream Manager is well worth the read and sharing it with others, especially anyone with a dream--who may have forgotten it.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Lombardi on Leadership: "We Will Catch Excellence"

Bart Starr, former Green Bay Packers quarterback, recounted Vince Lombardi's first time addressing the team who had a dismal 1-in-12 record. Lombardi said: "Gentlemen, we are going to relentlessly chase perfection, knowing full well we will not catch it, because nothing is perfect. But we are going to relentlessly chase it, because in the process, we will catch excellence....I am not remotely interested in just being good."

(Source: Parade Magazine February 3, 2008 p. 8)

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