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Volume 5 Issue 4 ; Leadership Insight
2021 Leadership News
Leadership Insight from Chief Jim Schultz - McAllen, TX
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Leadership Perspectives
My Thoughts on Leadership

Leadership One-Liners  
Curtis Birt
Battalion Chief, Training | Fire 
City of Pearland (TX)

If you are like me, the way we remember a fun time, a great movie, significant event in our lives is by a saying or one-liner. One-Liners have been used by advertisers to create slogans or catch phrases that are meant to get your attention and to get you to remember something or a product forever. We all remember, even from our childhood, memorable one-liners, or slogans that when a topic comes up in a discussion, we all recite the one-liners in unison.

When my brothers and I are together, we talk in one-liners - from the movies we watched over and over, or the things our parents or family would say about us, as we did what boys do. Over the years I have used one-liners from books, courses, or mentors to remember important leadership points to live by, to help keep myself on the right track, or to start conversations or challenge others thinking when the opportunity arises.  

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Leadership in the News

Leadership: Helping or Hurting
— Lolly Daskal

In my work as a leadership coach, I see lots of leaders who are constantly in fixing mode—any time there’s a problem they jump in to take care of it. Their only thought is to help. But I always ask them, “Are you helping? Or are you unintentionally hurting the people you lead?”

Here are some ways you may be doing harm as you’re trying to help:

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SMART Goals are an Excuse to be Mediocre
— Mark Muphy

SMART goals have been a fixture in corporate life for more than 50 years, but you’ll rarely see successful CEOs use that approach. Chief executives typically eschew achievable and realistic goals in favor of BHAGs (big, hairy, audacious goals) or HARD goals (heartfelt, required, animated, and difficult).

Notwithstanding the ubiquity of specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-limited goals, SMART objectives have inspired far more mediocrity than prosperity. There’s little or no fulfillment, excitement, challenge, or growth in reaching a goal that’s achievable, realistic, and generally undemanding.

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Quote of the Month
Surround yourself with great people; delegate authority; get out of the way. - Ronald Reagan
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