The other day, I bumped into my fellow author and speaker friend Paul Smith. We bumped into each other at the unlikely place of the post office. Unlikely because it was not the post office in my own town. I just happened to be over in that neighboring city when I saw Paul…and I am glad that I did.
As Paul and I were catching up, he shared with me that he had a new book out — “The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell.” I congratulated him and he said he would mail me a copy of the book. I just received my copy and it is fantastic. I know a book is good when I begin taking notes in it.
If you are a leader…then this is a must read for you. Get your copy now! Start reading, have a pen ready, and get ready to take notes!
Author of “Sales Success” with Zig Ziglar and “Some Gave It All” with Danny Lane
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Words to Live By
“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; Leadership is defined by results not attributes.”
Peter F. Drucker
Don’t you wish more leaders in your organization understood this? Don’t misunderstand Mr. Drucker—Leadership isn’t about being liked, but it also isn’t about being bossy. Leadership is about Influence and that comes by being a servant.
If you want your leaders trained in this way then give me a call.
In this book, we are going to delve into the story of Nehemiah and what his example can mean for us in this contemporary day. You see, I believe that the story of Nehemiah and his success can help us become better parents, better executives, better employees, better friends, better team members… better people. Why? Because the book of Nehemiah in the Old Testament is all about leadership. Leadership is the key to all success. When we become better leaders, we become better–at everything!
*Excerpted from “Nehemiah on Leadership” by Mark Bowser
“Leadership is the key to all success. When we become better leaders, we become better- at everything!” (Excerpted from ‘Nehemiah on Leadership’ by Mark Bowser
“Imagine that you work for the mayor of Los Angeles. It is a very impressive position. You are his executive assistant. You are by the mayor’s side most of the time, assisting him and guiding him in whatever he needs to be an effective leader of a major US city.
One day, a visitor to the mayor’s office happens to be from the same hometown as you, a medium- sized southern community on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. You are anxious for some news from home. How is everyone doing? Has the weather been good? Do they still have that little baseball field on the south side that you used to love to play at during those long, hot, sticky summer days?
The news the visitor gives you is unexpected at best. The visitor tells you that the weather has been horrendous. It has rained for days, and it is supposed to be an awful hurricane season. Experts estimate that 3- 5 hurricanes will hit the gulf coast this year. To make matters worse, because of economic woes the city has been experiencing the last few years, the city leaders have neglected to repair the old decrepit city levees. These levees are the only real defense the city has against these coming hurricanes.
As the visitor leaves your office, a hopeless feeling comes over you. What are you going to do? What can you do? Even though you haven’t been back to your hometown for years, the place still owns a very special part of your heart. After all, it is home…
That is very similar to what Nehemiah faced in the Old Testament in the Bible. Of course, it wasn’t a city on the coast in the Gulf of Mexico and the threat wasn’t hurricanes. But, I am sure the desperate, hopeless feeling was identical as well as the same desire to do something to make it better.
In this book, we are going to delve into the story of Nehemiah and what his example can mean for us in this contemporary day. You see, I believe that the story of Nehemiah and his success can help us become better parents, better executives, better employees, better friends, better team members…better people. Why? Because the book of Nehemiah in the Old Testament is all about leadership.
Leadership is the key to all success. When we become better leaders, we become better- at everything! (Excerpted from ‘Nehemiah on Leadership’ by Mark Bowser, http://amzn.to/1ruxFRs)
By Mark Bowser
Famed Disney Imagineer Marty Sklar shares a fascinating story in his book Dream It! Do It! of the graceful leadership expressed by Walt Disney. As the story goes, one day Walt walked out of the Disney Studio Animation Building into the bright California sunshine. As habit in those days, Walt pulled out his lighter to light his cigarette only to find that the lighter was defective and wouldn’t ignite.
Seeing Walt’s predicament, Ken Anderson promptly came to his boss’ rescue. Ken was one of Disney’s great story and character genius’ on the animation team. As he lit Walt’s cigarette with his own lighter, his lighter became too ambitious and Walt’s mustache caught on fire. If that wasn’t bad enough, a large portion of the animation staff had witnessed the fiery debacle.
As you can imagine, Ken didn’t sleep very well that night. He tossed and turned and could only imagine the worst. The next day around noon, Ken’s nightmare became reality when he was summoned to Walt’s office.
Ken knew his days were numbered at the Disney Studios. In his mind, he went through his resume thinking of who he could get a job with after Walt fired. When Ken arrived at Walt’s office, the legendary studio head was waiting for him. Walt said to Ken with a bright smile on his face, “Come on Ken –let’s go to lunch.” Walt then led Ken to the Disney commissary where they found a table and broke bread together.
Now, that is graceful leadership in action. By that time, Ken’s tragedy would have already spread like wild fire around the studio. Everyone knew about it. Walt understood this. Taking Ken out to lunch would have been nice…but taking him to lunch in the Disney cafeteria where everyone could see them and experience the forgiveness for themselves was priceless. Walt put back together Ken’s credibility with the animation staff. It also lifted up Walt’s leadership too. People knew that Walt could be demanding. That he expected quality and their absolute best. But, they also knew that they were loved and didn’t have to be perfect. Hmmm, just some food for thought.