Thursday, November 13, 2014

Are you Image Building or Integrity Building?

As you look around our world, integrity is a quality that is becoming more rare. So many people are  worried about the image they portray, rather than doing what is right. The positive is that integrity is a quality that you can develop, though it may take time.  I am thankful to LIFE leadership because their products are helping to develop this quality in people.

I'm reading the book,  Developing the Leader Within You, by John Maxwell (a book from LIFE Leadership's product portfolio).  I came across these questions that determine if you are image building or integrity building. Image is what people think you are and Integrity is what we really are:

Consistency: Are you the same person no matter who you are with?

Choices: Do you make decisions that are best for others when another choice would benefit you? 

Credit:  Are you quick to recognize others for their efforts and contributions to your success?

My mentor, Orrin Woodward, recently ranked #20 on Inc. Magazine's top 50 Leadership and Management experts, has always taught me that your integrity is a huge part of your leadership ability.

How do you answer these questions?  I know I found something to work on.  What about you?

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Remember, Reflect, Honor

"Every now and then there comes a day where someplace, sometime, you simply have to plant your feet, stand firm and make a point about who you are and what you believe in." -Pat Riley

In reading Riley's book, Winner Within, part of the LIFE Leadership program; this quote struck me.  We live in a give-up culture. Standing firm is not high on the list of the average American.

We are going into a weekend that celebrates our soldiers-Americans who stood firm and made a point to protect the freedoms we have.  I saw an ad recently that asked each one of us to remember, reflect, and honor on Memorial Day.  I challenge each one of us to do that this weekend.

Remember that this Monday is not just a day off work or a time to relax, but a responsibility to remember what has been done by our fallen soldiers to allow this country to be free.

Reflect on what has been sacrificed for us that allows us to chase our dreams. Reflect upon what you stand firm on, what you believe in, and who you are.  Decide to stand firm in your convictions and be an agent of truth.

Honor those amazing people who have died for this country. They gave their lives and planted their feet and stood firm to protect our freedoms and they deserve our respect and honor.

Remember, Reflect, and Honor- I think it's a great way to spend this weekend.  What about you?