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How to Move from Positional to Permission-Based Leadership

July 7, 2012 in Business, Communication, Leadership, Project Management, Successful Living

Being a leader gives you great authority and power, but to truly lead, inspire excellence and voluntary engagement beyond a team member’s job description requires humility, tact and the ability to truly connect.

“No man is a leader until his appointment is ratified in the minds and the hearts of his men.”

Infantryman’s Journal (1954)

Throughout history we’ve seen leaders exercise power and authority purely from a positional perspective. And 90% of the time, it doesn’t end well for them. Using positional leadership only forces people to follow you as a leader within the stated boundary of the authority given by the position you hold.  It will not earn you the influence you need to realize your vision as a leader. This archaic style of leadership is at the heart of most of the revolutions that we have seen in the middle east and around the world (both in ancient and recent times).

As leaders, if we want to truly and whole heartedly engage our teams and followers, we need to rely on true influence which can only be earned.  And the only way to earn it is by addressing the top three Read the rest of this entry →

The John Maxwell Team: Making a difference through leadership!

June 14, 2012 in Business, Leadership, Personal Growth

As a Founding Partner, Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker with the John Maxwell Team, it's an honor to join forces with John and an excellent team of people all around the world on a mission to make the world a better place one leader at a time. Together we will surely make a difference!

"I want to make a difference with people who want to make a difference, doing something that makes a difference."
? John C. Maxwell

Let me know if you'd like to learn more about this team or how we can add value to you or something you're working on.

You can also visit www.johnmaxwellgroup.com/michaelcharles for more details on our products and services.

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The writing on the wall – Do you see it?

June 13, 2012 in Business, Communication, Leadership, Personal Growth, Successful Living

A couple months ago, I started working with JetBlue as a consultant/business partner in a Project Management position. On the first day I stepped through the door, the first thing that greeted me in the reception area was a wall of art with several words written on it. This same identical wall was also visible all throughout the building. By the end of the day, I realized that the five words on all of those walls are the same.  Those simple but meaningful words beautifully painted on the wall are: Safety, Caring, Integrity, Fun and Passion.

When I asked about the walls, I was told that they are the JetBlue values that everyone strive to live by as a JetBlue Crewmember. These values also drive many initiatives within the company from which the first project I worked on, a Reward and Recognition system, was birthed.

That same day it hit also me. Why don't most people define the values they want to live by and filter their decisions and actions through them?  Most of us have some fuzzy idea of what our values are and want them to be but we never really take the time get any clarity on them. Though I've thought of mine before, I've never really taken the time to write them down.  On that same day, I resolved to set some time the next morning to reflect on and clarify my values.

Now why is this exercise important?

Over the years, my values have led me to initiate several projects and allowed me to make many of my major decisions without any regret. Today, they serve as a filter and a guide when deciding what to invest my time in.  Since I know what values I want to live by I understand my priorities better and feel better making my decisions.

Do I falter and miss the mark some times? You bet!  But I strive every day to live by those values. In Michael Hyatt's article "12 Ways to Know you're a Leader", one of the characteristics he covered is "You Walk your talk [as a leader] - not perfectly but sincerely and intentionally". That's what I strive to do and I hope you join me in doing the same.

The writing on your wall cannot be fuzzy and unclear if you want to live and lead with intention. So today I ask you: What is the "writing on your wall"?
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I'm sure you're wondering what mines are.  I have four major ones. I want to keep it simple; so it's not a long list.
1. Integrity - Trust and Character
2. Continuous Growth and Improvement - Growing myself & others.
3. Passion - Enjoying what I do and why I do it.
4. Positivity - Keeping a healthy attitude in everything I do and all of my interactions.

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Fundamental Principles of Leadership – Webinar for 5/31 at 9pm EDT

May 24, 2012 in Business, Leadership, Motivation, Personal Growth, Project Management, Successful Living

In this new era of collaboration and constant change, more than ever before, our success at home, in the community or at work is largely determined by our ability to lead people.  Many times we find ourselves struggling to get results but cannot understand why the results we seek seem so distant and unreachable.  Consequently, we more often than not resort to manipulation techniques and scare tactics that often backfire.

This introduction to the fundamental principles of leadership presents you with an opportunity to learn the building blocks of sustainable leadership upon which you can build and achieve successes both in your private and professional life.

We will: 

  1. Explore 3 pillars/fundamental principles that will allow you to lead effectively
  2. Define true leadership
  3. Provide you with tools to help you to lift your leadership lid to new levels
  4. Underscore the importance of establishing a personal growth plan

Learn these principles and you’ll learn to lead. If you ignore them, then you're always going to struggle with leadership.

Join us on Thursday, May 31st at 9:00 PM EDT by calling (712) 432-0900 and entering 252039 # as the access code.

About the Presenter: 

Michael Charles is a Founding Partner and Certified Speaker, Trainer and Coach with the John Maxwell Team with a focus on leadership, team development and intentional living (Living on Purpose).  He has a passion for developing relationships and adding value to those around him. Michael is the founder and president of Light The World Foundation, a charity group he started in 2009 with a group of other professionals to educate children in Haiti as well as providing leadership training and coaching to youth and young professionals in the United States.

Michael started his career in a Leadership and Management Training program at JP Morgan Chase in 2000 and has worked as a Management Consultant and a Project Manager for over 12 years.  Some of the companies Michael provided consulting services to include: Bank of New York Mellon, Teach For America, Educational Testing Services, Con Edison, Verizon, DOITT/New York City Office of the Mayor and JetBlue.

Michael is also contributing author to the Handbook of Business Strategy Series published in 2007 by Emerald.  He plays music as a hobby,  enjoys spending time with his family and shares insights on leadership and intentional living on his blog at www.leadingwithintent.com.

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Leading with your strengths: Virtual Seminar Call for April 26th

April 19, 2012 in Business, Leadership, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

As we move into our careers, many of us can at times lose sight of what we do best and which part of the work places us in our 'sweet spot' - that place where satisfaction and strength meet. On this month's call with my friend and fellow John Maxwell Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker Deb Ingino, we will cover the best method to help you intentionally move from just ‘having a job’ to positioning yourself as a ‘Strength Based Leader’.  This is the only way you will get the most return (monetary or something of material value) and reward (personal satisfaction) for your efforts.

Join us on Thursday, April 26th at 9:00 PM EST by calling (712) 432-0900 and entering 252039 # as the access code.

You will:

  1. Learn the advantages of leading with your strength
  2. Learn the 4 steps required to become a Strength Based Leader
  3. Hear real life examples of people who have made the shift and their successes

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About the presenter: Deb Ingino

Deb Ingino

As the Vice President of Global Brand Operations for a very successful Fashion Accessory Company headquartered in New York, Deb Ingino has enjoyed the kind of corporate job most people would envy-  traveling around the world, creating and developing teams that today service retailers in more than 80 countries. She has made substantial contributions to that organization facilitating the expansion from $50M enterprise to well over $500M in revenue. Her contributions have been recognized by LIBN as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in business as well as by her colleagues.

Deb attributes much of this incredible result to having successfully studied and executed a ground up leadership approach and by tapping into her strengths for the past twenty years. She has discovered that using the knowledge of each individual’s wired strengths provided her with the opportunity to develop and seed throughout the organization dozens of successful team members who today are flourishing while operating in their strength zones. Deb has executed successful organizational development programs in more than 14 countries in 7 languages all with the end result of people and organizations reaching their highest potential.

Today, as CEO of Strength Leader Development, Deb leads with her strength as a Coach and Speaker, helping businesses, organizations and individuals learn how to reach their potential by leading with their strengths.

To learn more about Deb's work and her company, visit www.StrengthLeaderMentor.com.

Join us on Thursday, April 26th at 9:00 PM EST by calling (712) 432-0900 and entering 252039 # as the access code.

Related Article:

  1. 4 Reasons You Should Strive to Be the Best at What You Do (leadingwithintent.com)
  2. Finding Your Leadership Strengths (gmj.gallup.com)

10 Questions for Courageous Decision Making – Lessons I learned from Dr. John C. Maxwell

July 29, 2011 in Business, Leadership, Personal Growth, Successful Living

I have been a student of John Maxwell's leadership materials for a number of years now.  One of the most useful lessons I learned from him is the thought process behind making good decisions.  In this post, my goal is to share with you 10 questions that will sharpen your decision-making skills and help to guide you through the difficult moments of making courageous decisions.

When faced with a situation that requires you to make a decision, addressing the questions below in context will guarantee you a greater chance of making the best possible decision.  You may not have all the facts, as usually is the case, but you will have considered enough of the data or facts as well as options to allow you to make a good decision. Just remember, you have to make a decision.  You can't stay on the fence or let analysis paralysis and the fear of the unknown stop you.

Below are the questions: Read the rest of this entry →

Freedom. It’s not what you think – wisdom from Scott Dinsmore

July 6, 2011 in Business, Communication, Leadership, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

Freedom is not what you think

For all the talk of "freedom" and "independence" going on this week, many are still not free.  The reason...?  There is a lack of willingness to dream and make some sacrifice to relentlessly pursue that dream.  Think of all the courage, sacrifice and willingness it took the fathers of this nation (USA) to fight until they achieved their dreams of freedom and were able to declare independence and for us to have and boast about this week.  They did something that mattered.

Today you don't need to sacrifice as much as they.  And so my question for you:

Are you willing to do the same to better your life and that of your neighbor?  What does Read the rest of this entry →

Intentional Living – What is it all about?

May 7, 2011 in Book Reviews, Business, Communication, Leadership, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

I started this blog with the sole purpose of sharing with you one of my passions - leadership development and personal growth. This blog is called "Intentional Living" because not being intentional about our daily activities and thoughts mean that we are placing a lid on our potential. By being intentional we are putting ourselves on a path that will take us to Read the rest of this entry →

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