Monthly Archives: October 2016

Fear is Fun for Halloween, but What about Leadership?

halloween_logoOne emotion related to the Halloween holiday is fear (all in fun, of course), but fear in leadership must be managed before it gets out of control. Fear will take us out of the battle and lead us to abandon our good intentions as leaders. It’s about adopting courage and honor as the guiding force for our daily decision-making.

To choose courage instead of fear in leadership, here are three things we can do to be more courageous –

  1.  Become more aware of your doubts and fears. Stop and reflect on the areas where you’re putting off making a decision or taking action. More than likely you need courage to move ahead.
  2. Sort it out and make a plan. If you don’t have clarity, check in with a teammate or someone you trust to get their perspective of the situation. They don’t have the same emotional investment or concerns you have, and they may be able to encourage you in your next steps.
  3. Lean into the pain of your doubts and fears to do what you know is right. You can’t go wrong doing right. Just start moving ahead with your plan. The Leading with Honor Courage Challenge card can be very helpful for coaching yourself in this area. Download or purchase a copy.

In hindsight, it’s amazing how often lies about ourselves and the situation are the source of our doubts and fears. Courage helps us disarm lies, discover truth, and ultimately deliver us more freedom. Please share your comments on this topic, too –

**You can read more about this topic in Lee Ellis’ latest book, Engage with Honor. Learn more, watch the trailer, and order your copies!

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Posted by on October 31, 2016 in Uncategorized


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On This Day in Leadership History for October 30, 2016

On this day in leadership history in 1938, Orson Welles’ “The War of the Worlds” aired on CBS radio. The belief that the realistic radio dramatization was a live news event about a Martian invasion caused panic among listeners.

The leadership lesson? Perception is not always reality! Step back and take a more strategic look at the issue at hand to gain a more balanced perspective before making a decision.

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War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast – Wikipedia

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Posted by on October 30, 2016 in Uncategorized


Leadership Courage, Accountability, and the Presidential Election – Lee Ellis Radio Interview

Lee Ellis was a recent guest on KID Radio discussing his strong thoughts on the topics of leadership courage, accountability, and the current Presidential Election. Please listen and share your comments too – thank you

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Posted by on October 29, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Leading with Honor Wisdom for Today, October 28, 2016


“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality [culture].” – Max De Pree

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Posted by on October 28, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Fireside Chat with AT&T Vice-Chairman, Ralph de la Vega on Leadership and Accountability

It was an honor to be hosted in a “Fireside Chat” by Ralph de la Vega, Vice Chairman of AT&T. We shared our common philosophy of leadership based on character, courage, and commitment with thousands of their Veteran Employees across the U.S. The centerpiece for our discussions were engaging with honor and courageous accountability. Thanks to Ralph and the veterans at AT&T.

Also, read about what AT&T is doing regarding Veterans Support and Hiring Initiatives



Lee Ellis and Ralph de la Vega, Vice Chairman of AT&T Inc. and CEO of AT&T Business Solutions and AT&T International and the Foreword author of Lee’s latest book, Engage with Honor.


Also pictured is JoHanna Martinez, Talent Acquisition Manager and leader of AT&T’s veteran hiring initiative. She is a veteran herself, serving in the USMC. JoHannah loves her job and is having great success in recruiting veterans. Thanks JoHannah for welcoming me to the Veterans event today.

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Posted by on October 27, 2016 in Uncategorized


Leadership Re-Training a Negative Mindset into a Positive Mindset

One of Lee Ellis’ Leading with Honor Lessons is to “Stay Positive”. One of the keys to staying positive is recognizing and changing negative thought patterns. Great advice from Dr Henry Cloud in the clip below on re-training your mind to support your desire for a positive mindset!

Please watch and share your comments – thank you

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Posted by on October 27, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Facing the great opportunity (and potential challenge) of nurturing young leaders in your work? Here’s the Positive Side

Facing the great opportunity (and potential challenge) of nurturing young leaders in your work? It takes time and money, but remember these immediate, short term benefits such as – 

  1.  Having a built-in system for instilling the values and leadership principles that are important to you.
  2. Building relationships in classes to enhance functional collaboration and break down silos.
  3. Gaining better trained leaders at every level.
  4. Creating higher morale and better retention among top performers.

Long term benefits are even more strategic because research shows that hiring from within is the way to go especially at higher levels.  Developing your own pool of leaders from which to choose managers, directors and executives reduces your risks in several ways –

  • You’re maximizing “the known” and minimizing the “unknown” of hiring. You know these folks and have seen them perform under stress.
  • They already know you and their working environment such as values and expectations and history.

Do you have any special leadership development suggestions for young leaders? Please share them here – thank you

You can also read the entire article on this topic.


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Posted by on October 26, 2016 in Uncategorized


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