Preview From an interview I did with Leadership VIP (Part 3)
Leadership for me is about leading by example. Showing others how things are done and collaborating with them. My leadership philosophy is, "If I can't do something, I don't really expect those that I'm leading to do it, but I will ask them to try."
It's always one of those things I say, "Be willing to step outside of your comfort zone. Be willing to push a little bit further than you've never pushed before."
If you can convince people to get outside of their comfort zone, I think that’s a true leader. Someone who is always learning, someone who can lead by example, but someone who can help people become faster, better, and more efficient. Those are some of my keys for being an effective leader.
What is your Definition?
Is there anything that you do as part of your morning routine that you think helps you to live with this level of energy?
Preview From an interview I did with Leadership VIP (Part 2)
A lot of it is getting up early. Every day, I'm up at 4:30 or 5 o'clock. I'll get up and read something inspirational for half an hour. Then, I'll do a quick core workout down in my basement to get the blood flowing. And then it's on!
My kids are getting up. I'm making lunches. I’m getting everyone ready for school and getting them out the door. So, I think the keys are to get the mind prepared, to get the body moving a bit, and then you're ready to tackle the day.
What do you do?
By Paul Tollefson
Let's face it, you're not growing your food. In fact, less than 1% of the population supplies 100% of our food. So, what's this article about? Who is today's Urban Farmer?
If you are in business, you are today's Urban Farmer. You are constantly cultivating new crops of customers to move the GDP in a direction that keeps "food on your table". You are affected by your business climate as is the farmer. When you are not caring for your crop the effects can be devastating. Your words are the water to the farmers soil.
As a young man I dreamed of being a farmer. I grew up with a farming background and was actively involved with the Future Farmers of America organization. The organization provided the foundation for leadership skills that went way beyond the field. Our Ag adviser, Rob Horn, taught us parliamentary procedure, public speaking, Roberts Rules of Order along with our agricultural studies. He was a stand for our achievement within the organization and is arguably responsible for legions of young leaders from my youth, including my classmate, Brigadier General Tammy Smith.
Preview From an interview I did with Leadership VIP (Part 1)
What do you think are the keys to having success in so many different realms of life?
I think a lot of it comes down to balance, constant learning, and time management. Some of the keys for me is I don't waste time doing things that aren't really propelling me forward in the right direction. Many times, many people get stuck in the entertainment world. "Let's watch a sports game," or "Let's just watch TV," or "Let's listen to the radio in the car." One of the things that I'm always doing is always looking to learn. I’m trying to learn from the best that are out there, from athletes, to business leaders, or people doing cool stuff. Another thing is knowing how to come back from minor setbacks. Those are some of things that I'm always focused on, every day, we have setbacks, and how you overcome those setbacks are the keys. But, I think it comes down to balance, constant learning, and time management.