Learning and Leading

Life Coaching, Servant Leadership, Speaking Topics
My desire is to learn something from each person I come in contact with on a daily basis, whether for a few minutes or hours. A couple weeks ago I was engaging with another individual through one-on-one coaching, and I came away forever challenged with a statement this gentleman shared with me.   The question was simple: What is the difference between confidence and arrogance?  He sat up straight cleared his throat and, with a clear and confident voice, spoke these words: “Confidence is quiet and arrogance is loud.”  I will admit the initial statement was zipping through my mind at a high rate of speed, then everything slowed down. I began to process this simple phrase, and will continue to in the coming weeks.     As I process this…
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Guard the Unity

Life Coaching, Servant Leadership, Speaking Topics
Unity is a big deal- whether in a marriage, a coaching staff, or in any team. Unity keeps us on mission and helps us persevere to reach our goals. It values and validates the need for each team member and the significant role they play. It reminds us that results together go further than results alone. I’ve heard it said that individuals win trophies, but teams win championships. No matter what context, the concept stands true. Because unity is so valuable and a key to health and success, we would be wise to know how to protect it: Communication. Take time to communicate and answer as many questions as you can. What questions don’t get answered, the team will fill in the blanks with their own truth. Be proactive and…
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Internal and External Customers

Life Coaching, Servant Leadership, Speaking Topics
There are two types of customers, internal and external. By nature, we’ve typically been led to believe that the most important customers are the ones that walk through our doors and purchase our products. In reality, the most important customers we encounter by far are the internal ones we come into contact with on a daily basis: Our co-workers. With external customers, we do everything we can to treat them in a way so as to gain their trust and ultimately their repeat business. If I’m working with someone on a day-to-day, hour-to-hour basis and they’re not “buying what I’m selling,” it’s going to be an uphill battle. However, if I am trustworthy and therefore, worthy of their “repeat business,” the entire culture and organization will flourish beyond belief. If…
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Who Are You?

Life Coaching, Servant Leadership, Speaking Topics
Who are you? Seems like an innocent enough question. I am a product of the decisions I have made in the past and will be making in the future.  Scripture tells us who we are. . .  So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; Male and Female he created them. (Genesis 1:27) But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9)  1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! (1 John 3:1) Recently my son requested a new catcher’s mitt for Christmas. We…
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Leadership Huddles Provide a Place to Learn Together

Servant Leadership
The heartbeat behind Toward the Goal's Leadership Huddles is to provide a place of learning together. After hearing from leadership coaches, business and/or church leaders, those in attendance have an opportunity to discuss in small groups or "huddles," practical ways to implement and apply those leadership lessons in their various environments of leadership. Just as importantly, they have the opportunity to share ideas and learn from one another. Bruce Hamsher, founder of Toward the Goal Ministries and Leadership Coach at Provia shared at TTG's first Leadership Huddle in February about leading through change. Following are just a few of his highlights. One thing leadership requires is the ability to lead through change. Leading change is one of the most difficult, time-intensive tasks a leader must do. If  leaders don’t change, the organization will…
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“Have To” or “Get To”

Life Coaching, Mentoring, Servant Leadership
(Adapted from Jon Gordon article) Who knew that two simple words could change one’s mindset, perspective and approach to work and life? Just two words have the potential to enhance joy, productivity, performance and change a complaining voice to an appreciative heart. So often we say things like, “I have to take the kids to practice.” “I have to go to this meeting.” “I have to finish this project.” “I have to have the conversation to clear things up with them.” “I have to go to work today.” “I have to take care of this customer.” “I have to share these new ideas of change with my team.” We act as if we don’t have a choice. As if we are imprisoned by life, maybe a paycheck and the expectations…
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From One Generation to Another

Mentoring, Servant Leadership
As apostles of Christ…we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us….For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory. 1 Thessalonians 2:7-8, 11-12 “YOU CAN DO IT! KEEP GOING, GIRLS. WE’LL BE UP THIS HILL IN NO TIME. THIS IS WHY WE RUN- IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!” Sweat dripping down my face and short of breath, I focused on putting one foot in front of…
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The Encouraging Environment

Life Coaching, Mentoring, Servant Leadership, Speaking Topics
So much of who we become and how we behave as persons has to do with the environment we’re raised in. Over the years, we’ve observed that our first 10-12 years of life consistently serve as the foundation upon which the rest of our lives are built and established. In “The Encouraging Environment,” Bruce talks about how to intentionally create a climate in our home, life and workplace which builds, lifts up and provides the best conditions for healthy growth to occur.
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Servant Leadership: The Upside of Down

Servant Leadership, Speaking Topics
Servant leadership is both a leadership philosophy and a set of leadership practices. Unlike traditional leadership styles which come from the "top of the pyramid," the servant-leader models humility by putting the needs of others first and helping people develop and perform to their maximum potential. In this keynote address, Bruce shares illustrations, stories and real-life examples of what servant leadership looks like both at work and in all of life.
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