Developing A Philosophy Of Failure (Part 2)

In Part One of this article I explained why it was important to develop a philosophy around the ways we approach, handle, and learn from failure. In this second part, I will offer six questions to aid in the process of developing our own philosophy of failure. I wish we talked about failure more than we do in student leadership …

Developing A Philosophy Of Failure (Part 1)

The most effective leadership development processes give people the opportunity to learn to lead by leading. Even if you spend an enormous amount of time preparing students for leadership, you’ll never know what kind of leader they will be until they start leading. And like most things, they won’t get it perfect on their first try (or their second…or third…). …

For The Good Of Others

Leadership starts with taking responsibility, first for oneself, then, for the good of others. In other words, leadership starts with you but it’s not about you. It’s about working for the good of others. Imagine the following scenario: You walk into your house and your mom or dad is standing over a broken lamp on the floor. They look at the lamp and then …

The Power Of Trust (Book Excerpt)

The following is an excerpt from the book, The Age of the Customer, by Jim Blasingame. Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him and to let him know that you trust him. — Booker T. Washington Thousands of years ago, when Og instinctively held up his open palm for the first time to reveal to Gog …

The “Leadership Is Not About You” Reviews

One of the best parts of launching a book is making new friends. Someone once told me that “a book is a business card that people don’t throw away.” I’d have to agree. Writing a book creates all kinds of opportunities for conversations. I’ve already begun communicating with people about the book on three different continents other than my own. …

It’s Not About Me

Today is the first day of the ten day launch of my newest book, Leadership Is Not About You. Can I tell you something? It’s exciting to launch a book. It’s such a great feeling to see all of your words spread out on a bunch of pages with a nicely printed cover. It felt like Christmas when the first …

New Book: Leadership Is Not About You

You elected or selected students in your school, church, or organization to be leaders. You even call them student leaders. But now they’re doing everything by themselves. They are working hard, but they’re not leading…anyone…else. I’ve just released my latest book, Leadership Is Not About You. It’s the follow-up book to Leadership Starts With You. I put this book in …

“Your Resolution” Starts With Y

It’s that time of year. The end of one. The start of another. And I know you are tempted to do what you always do. You want to make a resolution. Stop! Don’t do it. You made a resolution last year. Remember? Look how long that lasted. I believe there’s a time and a place for a person to make …