Great Leaders Attract Great People

Great Leaders Attract Great People

Money alone will not attract and keep great employees. Drawing the right people for our organizations begins with our leadership and more specifically, our character. People will not follow and work with a person of poor character. I have found that the 48 Lodestar...
Trying to Decide? Make a List.

Trying to Decide? Make a List.

The best decision makers have a strategy and a procedure to follow. They ask great questions in order to get the right answers. When we find ourselves needing to make an important decision, we should make a list of steps that will allow us to identify priorities,...
Lead Like a Shepherd

Lead Like a Shepherd

Some years ago, I read a small leadership book, “The Way of the Shepherd” by Dr. Kevin Leman and William Pentak. It talks about the following basic leadership principles: 1. Know the condition of your flock: “Your People.” 2. Discover the shape of your sheep: “who...
Choose Hope

Choose Hope

Worry is doubting that we, the people we lead, or the God we serve are capable of bringing about good outcomes from bad situations. When we worry and fret, it zaps us of our creative and resourceful thinking, and we begin to lose hope. Worry is like sand in the gears,...
An Antidote for Fear

An Antidote for Fear

“In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth, or to step back into safety.” -Abraham Maslow During a Lodestar Character Connection group on Initiative, I was surprised to hear how many people in the group said that they were...
Investing in Your Team

Investing in Your Team

The Lodestar Character Connection groups are designed to provide a template for a culture that fosters compassion, empathy, and good, solid character. Taking time to speak into the lives of the people on your team shows that you value them. Teaching the 48 Lodestar...
Focus for a Fulfilling Life

Focus for a Fulfilling Life

Focus is an essential tool in life. The things we focus on influence how we grow and develop. Concentrating on many things causes busyness, over commitment, and chasing after things that do not help us reach our goals. We do this because we do not want to let others...
Empathy Opens Doors for Communication

Empathy Opens Doors for Communication

Communicating effectively with your team or your family requires developing relationships and personal connections. Communication is a two-way street, and when someone feels heard and understood, they are more likely to be authentic in their communication. Empathy is...
Leading Your Family

Leading Your Family

Our leadership as parents influences our children’s success in life. If we think of children’s lives as a football field, the strength of our leadership determines the position our children have on the field when it is time for them to make their own way. A family...
Diversity Creates Vibrancy

Diversity Creates Vibrancy

When leading a team, you will discover that each person has their own personality and skill set. Managing a group of unique people is both a challenge and an opportunity. The number one challenge is to truly know your people, and when you understand their strengths,...