When Life Throws You A….Softball

I was revisiting some fun baseball shenanigans this morning and realized just how important it is to keep learning. Albert Pujols, one of baseball’s best hitters, was struck out by a softball pitcher, Jennie Finch, in a challenge a number of years ago: Is Albert Pujols good at baseball? Yes Is he a good batter? Yes So Read More …

The Currency of Leadership

Leaders often find themselves dealing with currency. Money does, after all, make the world go round. Even charitable organizations have a bottom line budget to meet. However, cash is not the most important currency that leaders deal with. The most important currency that a leader deals in is faith. You can call it trust or Read More …

The First Step to Team Accountability

Every leader wants to have a team who hold themselves and one another accountable. Such a team is easy to manage because in many ways they manage themselves. They take personal responsibility. More importantly, if given clear direction, the accountable team produces. The individuals take responsibility for themselves and keep one another on track. The Read More …

What Makes a Gr8 Leader?

Today’s guest blogger is Ana-Cristina Gonzalez. This will be the final blog of the What Makes a Gr8 Leader blog series. Thank you to all those that contributed! Ana-Cristina is the Chief Operations Officer for Saint William’s Catholic Church in Round Rock. She holds a BS in Human Development and Family Sciences from THE University of Texas and Read More …

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Part Five

This is the fifth post in my series on “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni.  I am discussing the fifth dysfunction. Read about the first four dysfunctions:  Absence of Trust, Fear of Conflict, Lack of Commitment, and Avoidance of Accountability. Inattention to Results is Patrick Lencioni’s fifth dysfunction. The fifth dysfunction builds upon Read More …

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Part Four

This is the fourth post in my series on “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni.  I am discussing the fourth dysfunction. Read about the first three dysfunctions:  Absence of Trust, Fear of Conflict and Lack of Commitment. Patrick Lencioni’s fourth dysfunction, Avoidance of Accountability, was my favorite to read about. I often think in Read More …

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Part Two

Last week I wrote about the first dysfunction, Absence of Trust, in Patrick Lencioni’s book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. This week, I am reviewing the second dysfunction, Fear of Conflict. Just as it sounds, this dysfunction addresses the all-too-familiar characteristic of teams in which people are purposely avoiding debate. Once a team has built Read More …

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Part One

This post is the first in a five part series about the book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. Before finishing my MBA I set a goal (more on my goals in a later post) to read two books a month after graduation. The first book I have read as part of Read More …