Best of the Best …

Best of LWG 2016

Yes, it’s that time of the month again …


Lead With Giants is one of the most active and valuable online communities for those interested in leadership and personal development.  Among many other activities across several major online platforms, this group provides us with a monthly compilation of some of the best leadership and personal development thinking going.

… and just like when I was a child, the big kids let me play with them:). 

Click the image above or GO HERE to read the posts for February and get to know some of these folks.


LWG visionUsing my experience over the past several years participating in the LWG group in various ways, I have determined three reasons why I can comfortably sing the praises of Lead With Giants:

Active Practitioners:

The authors are mostly folks who actively work in leadership development every day, stopping now and then to write books, speak to groups, and do other awareness-spreading activities.

Everyday Leadership:

The topics are mostly about aspects of leadership you can use now wherever you are.   While some posts focus on the 30,000 foot view of corporate leadership, the majority are about how people relate to and influence other people.  The ideas, concepts, and techniques are scalable to the personal level.

Approachable People:

While many of these folks are known internationally, are successful in their fields, and some have even written books about what they do, I have found them approachable, warm, and welcoming.   You can reach out to any of this tribe without fear or concern.

A perfect example of this is the leadership force behind Lead With Giants:  Dan V. Forbes (Click to visit Dan’s LinkedIn profile).  Dan is simply one of the good guys and a true evangelist for leadership and community.


One other way to learn more about this community is to engage in one of our weekly Tweetchats (generic – click link to learn more). 

LWG Tweetchats are fast-paced and fascinating learning and sharing events where some very thoughtful people get together online to share their experiences and perceptions around important leadership topics.

Oh, by the way … there’s one tonight:)

image not displayedHere’s the basic information:  #LeadWithGiants Tweetchat Monday, Feb 1 at 7:00pm ET Leading Innovation with host @ZacharyJeans and @WBCG_Ruth

Use the hashtag #LeadWithGiants to find the Tweetchat.

I’ll be there, on a platform also called Tweetchat (application) which greatly simplifies following and participating in the discussion.

Join us … you should find value, openness, and connection.

Getting ready to learn at the speed of the Internet in the Heartland ….







“We Are Who We Hang Out With …”

LeadershipMany groups across the virtual and physical landscapes claim to support solid leadership development … many fail to live up to their promises.

I seek alignment with others who are serious about promoting effective and authentic leadership practices.  

The communities which seem to best do this share some combination of these traits:

1)  Strong leadership is clear at the top …

The Bell Curve concept holds true, even when you collect only the best and brightest into a group.  In any group, a general distribution will occur.  The majority clump into the middle and some folks fall at either end of the continuum.  

This is not an indictment of those who rank lower, but just an observation.  After all, even the lowest ranking graduate from medical school has still earned the title “Doctor“.

Strong leadership is clearly in place, through strong and clearly articulated visions, innovative practices, commitment to inclusion, and consistent focus on doing it better next time.  Continue reading

Giving Tuesday 2014 …

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A day to give, and not take . . .

A day to spend without shopping . . .

A day where sharing outweighs getting . . .  

What a concept:)

Giving Tuesday exists to promote giving to organizations that matter in people’s lives.   This is a distinctly personal thing, so here are three of my favorites – feel free to click on each title to learn more and to give:


Using social media and technology to connect people when it really matters, during times of illness and end of life.  CaringBridge helps families create websites to help people share their concern and love for each other without regard to geographical separation.  Double your donation today.


Political and social action in support of LGBT issues and concerns in Missouri.  A visible sign of support for equality and fair treatment for all Missourians in housing, employment, and everyday life.

Public Religion Research Institute(PRRI)

A privately funded research group which focuses on “onprofit, nonpartisan research and education organizations providing valuable information about religion, values, and American public life”.

Many other worthy organizations exist,  in my life and no doubt also in yours. Give to the organization of your choice today and be rewarded with that glow which comes from doing a good thing.

Finally feeling the holiday mood hit in the Heartland ….


One Billion Dollars Pledged …

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Yeah … We are talking about another of those whimsically named online programs that sometimes come and go with dizzying speed.

Kickstarter is different …  

As they say where I’m from, this one has legs.  Here are some reasons I like and support Kickstarter:

The donations can be quite small.  It’s not all about going after the big money … it’s about how much different your few dollars make when combined with many other’s few dollars.

People can vote their passions.  You  support ideas or activities that speak to your heart … this puts power into the hands of many instead of the hands of a few.

Creativity is rewarded.  Not through massive album sales or packed stadium concerts, but where it actually resides … with individuals and small groups who decide to do something exciting and different.

The power of the Internet is shown.  People connect with other people to do good regardless of location … your investment might be on the far side of the world or right down the street.

Read more about where that one billion dollars is coming from at:

 The Top 10 Countries by Money Pledged on Kickstarter   

When you visit Kickstarter, and you will …You might just find something worthwhile to donate a few dollars to and help some folks who you do not know exist … yet.

Wondering who to invest in next in the Heartland ….


The Framework …


Here’s the primary structure from which The Secret of Teams by Mark Miller begins a journey which will teach you more about people and teams than a graduate course at any university.

A team …

“… a small group of people working together toward a common goal … characterized by trust and mutual accountability .. . achieve more together than they could working as individuals.”

A high-performance team …

“… results far exceeded what would be expected… enabled leaders to increase effectiveness … fostered significant growth among individual team members.”

The secret of high-performance teams …

High performance teams focus on three critical factors …

Talent … “… people who are a good fit …”

Skills … “… set of behaviors that can be taught and learned.”

Community … “ … a place where people know each other deeply, serve each other willingly, and care for one another genuinely.”

I could elaborate on this excellent consideration of teams and how they work well, but I believe that the author’s words are more powerful than any I could add.

Reflecting on what this all means for my leadership of teams in the Heartland ….


Mark Miller, well known business leader, best-selling author, and communicator, is excited about sharing The Secret of Teams: What Great Teams Know and Do with those who are ready to grow. You can find it on Amazon and in bookstores everywhere.

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book for review.   Since I could easily justify the cost of buying at least one, if not several copies, I  am ahead of the game.  If you buy the book, you will be too … promise.

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