Author: jjones721

The Two Problems with the Strengths-Based Approach

Strengths-based leadership has been a popular topic for nearly two decades. I’ve had the opportunity to teach the concept and administer several strengths oriented assessments. While the strengths approach has great merit, there are a couple of problems that exist.   First, we have to make sure we don’t over-rotate toward developing our strengths and ignore Read More …

Power Words: Using Words to Move People

  One of the most powerful environmental influencers is a leader or authority’s language. I call the empowering words a leader uses, Power Words.    A parent, teacher, pastor, supervisor, manager, or leader’s use of words can have a major impact on the people they lead.   Numerous research studies have investigated the impact words have Read More …

Leadership vs. Management

Leadership is not management.   Many use the the words manager and leader synonymously, but a leader is not necessarily a manager and a manager is not always a leader.   So what’s the difference?   Warren Bennis makes several differentiations in his book “On Becoming a Leader.”   – The manager is a copy; Read More …

Be a Gainer, Not a Loser

Many people are thinking about losing weight this time of year. It’s by far the most popular new year’s resolutions.   My good friend Tim Nations recently blogged about his mindset shift related to his goal of losing weight every year.  His new plan, in 2014, is to focus on gaining, rather than losing. No, Read More …