Leadership Transitions: What’s Ahead?

Leadership transitions happen often. Some are forced and others are voluntarily pursued. Authentic leaders know when to make certain transitions in their careers, the way they lead, and the changes they need to champion. They do this because they are attuned to their own inner voice along with what their markets, community, and colleagues are saying. With this said, the key question will be for our December Authentic Leadership Dallas is: What transitions are you planning in 2015? What signal is leading you toward this transition?

Please RSVP on our Meetup page. Although the details are there, the quick information is:

  • December 16, 11:45 am to 1:00 pm
  • Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel
  • 900 E. Lookout Drive, Richardson, TX

On a topic relating to transitions, the last part of our meeting will discuss next steps for Authentic Leadership Dallas. We have an engaging group that gathers each month, and the conversations are real and helpful. As we move forward, Tal Shnall, one of our active members, will be leading and facilitating this Meetup going forward. I will continue to participate, but time and other commitments will keep me from putting in the effort to take this group to the next level. As this transition happens, we want to hear your opinions as Tal moves the community forward.

Thank you for reading and, most importantly, thank you for engaging to become better leaders!

Lead well,



What Is Your Purpose?

Did you see the Secret Life of Walter Mitty with Ben Stiller? It was a great movie that made me think about my life and the purpose behind our CEO Peer Groups with Renaissance Executive Forums Dallas.

mitty purposeIn the movie, there is a scene where we see the Purpose Statement of Life Magazine on the wall and later we see that Walter Mitty was able to recite it with a passion;

“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life.”

As the leader of your company, you have the opportunity and responsibility to set a clear purpose that others can follow. The following questions may arise as you consider the role of purpose in your leadership, organization, and life:

  • Is there a value in having a purpose?
  • Do you have a purpose?
  • Does your leadership model your purpose?
  • Do your customers experience your purpose?
  • Does your team understand your purpose?

To dig deeper into each of these questions, read some of my additional thoughts on the topic of What Is Your Purpose?

About Robert Hunt

Robert J. HuntRobert Hunt is the Forum Leader and Business Partner for Renaissance Executive Forums Dallas. His role is to find the best members for CEO Peer Groups, then lead each meeting so members become Raving Fans. You can connect with me on LinkedIn,  Google+Twitter, and Facebook.

Leadercast Lead Dallas Tomorrow!

Leadercast happens tomorrow with one simple, powerful mission:  To Equip Leaders Worth Following. We are energized to be a host site for this one day event and look forward to learning from the speakers and engaging in conversations with over 150 leaders gathering in Plano, Texas. For those registered at the Leadercast Lead Dallas host site, we look forward to seeing you tomorrow morning at: Chase Oaks, 201 Legacy Drive, Plano, TX 75023. Check-in begins at 7:00 am and the speakers start at 8:00 am.

Authentic Leadership Dallas is a community of leaders who learn and grow through engaging conversations on various leadership topics. We meet monthly, the fourth Tuesday. We will continue the conversations after Leadercast and gain an extra bounce in our leadership steps. You are welcome to join us.

So, on to Leadercast tomorrow, Friday, May 9th. We look forward to engaging our leadership mind and spirit!

Leadercast Lead Dallas




Where Are the Dallas Leadercast Host Sites?

Leadercast is a one-day event that brings together a great line-up of speakers and a community of engaged leaders. On May 9th, starting at 8:00 am Central Time, all the preparation comes center stage, and everyone is ready to engage.

Leadercast Lead Dallas

Wherever you are, there is a location nearby. Just go to the Leadercast Events page and type in a zip code. The sites around the area will appear. Each will simulcast the live event in Atlanta.

So, highlighted below are a few site in the Dallas area:

Leadercast Dallas
3300 Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75205

Leadercast Irving
Calvary Church; 4401 State Hwy 161
Irving, TX 75038

Leadercast Flower Mound
6101 Morriss Road
Flower Mound, TX 75028

Leadercast Southlake
DPS North, 100 East Dove
Southlake, TX 76092

Leadercast Lead Dallas
201 Legacy Drive
Plano, TX 75023

Our host site is the last one, but we wanted to highlight all the host sites around the immediate Dallas area. No matter where you are, search the Leadercast site and find one that fits you best.

Join an engaged leadership community. Our goal is to deliver an experience that truly exemplifies “Building Leaders Worth Following.”

Thank you.


Leadercast: Insights from Select Speakers

Leadercast is fast approaching and we have been watching for recent interviews with the speakers or other articles written about them or by them. We highlight two now:  Desmond Tutu and Simon Sinek.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu: Resilience

Recently, Desmond Tutu was interviewed by Krista Tippett, host of On Being. Highlighted below is a key quote from the interview along with the video from the complete interview.

Desmond Tutu:  “At no point will evil and injustice and oppression and all of the negative things have the last word. And, yes, I mean, there’s no question about the reality of evil, of injustice, of suffering, but at the center of this existence is a heart beating with love. You know, that you and I and all of us are incredible. I mean, we really are remarkable things that we are, as a matter of fact, made for goodness. And it’s not a smart aleck thing to say; it’s just a fact. Because all of us, even when we have degenerated, know that the wrong isn’t what we should be, isn’t what we should be doing. We’re fantastic. I mean, we really are amazing.”

Simon Sinek: Leadership is a choice

Simon SinekSimon Sinek recently spoke at TED 2014. Although there is no video yet, the quote below came from the TED blog in a post entitled “Leadership is about making others feel safe: Simon Sinek at TED2014.”

Simon Sinek:  “The ups and downs of the economy, the uncertainty of the stock market, the new technology that renders your business model obsolete overnight, the competition that is trying to kill you or at a minimum stop your growth and steal your customers—we have no control over these forces. They’re constant and they’re not going away. The only variable are the conditions inside the organization. That’s where leadership matters, because it’s the leader who sets the tone. When leaders make a choice to put the people first, remarkable things happen.”

Chip Cutter, Editor at LinkedIn, had this to add about Simon’s talk in a post entitled “Simon Sinek: Great Managers Don’t Lay Off Employees.” Here is a snapshot from Chip’s article:

“The advice seems to contradict both economic realities and the oft-quoted wisdom that managers should “hire slow and fire fast,” quickly jettisoning workers who can’t perform or don’t fit into a corporate culture. But Sinek says a different approach is necessary in the workplace. “Hire slow and fire never or almost never.”

The reason, he says, is that layoffs destroy culture. The best companies foster a sense of trust between employees so they can focus on achieving goals together, rather than fighting internal politics. The only way leaders can build what he calls a “circle of safety” is by protecting employees.”

To gain more insight on Simon Sinek’s leadership thoughts, highlighted below is a recent interview with CBS This Morning.

Get ready for Leadercast 2014!

Your leadership will be challenged anew and you will be energized! Join us for a day of insights and interaction.

Leadership is a choice, and leadership is continuing to learn and grow. Doing this, along with an open heart, will embolden our resiliency when time gets more challenging. Great insights from these two leaders and so much more to come with Leadercast on May 9th!


Leadercast 2014: A Snapshot

Authentic Leadership Dallas is hosting Leadercast on May 9th. In the video below, you will get a quick view into what Leadercast is all about and all the key speakers for an engaging, thought-provoking day.

Attend a Leadercast Live Host Site from Leadercast on Vimeo.

We hope you will join us. Our early registration ends on March 9th. Join us as we continue to energize our leadership skills in “Building Leaders Worth Following.”

We also created a Facebook community page for our host site — Just click on Like to join the conversation!

If you need more convincing, read Leading is Learning!

Thank you!

Lead Ahead: Week of February 17, 2014

Boot camps, leadership conversations, reinvention, mistakes and leadership, Millennial leaders, and pushing the product marketing envelope…. An interesting mix of leadership topics this past week. The lesson to pull forward is to be fully engaged in your community, your workplace, and in your development. Community and organizational cultures expect leaders to step up when changes unfold. Leaders step up to take action, to listen and interact, to change, and to learn and grow. How will you step up this week?

Revolutionary Impact Boot Camp by Mike Henry. Key quote: “If we are the type of person who elevates others and adds value, we begin to associate with others who elevate and add value. We find people we like who will eventually help us when we might be tempted to slack off.”

Why Leadership Conversations Matter? by Tal Shnall. Key quote: “Leadership conversation is also a process of self-discovery-where both leaders and followers will be touched. Something inspires them. Their relationship opens forward in a positive way.”

Matthew McConaughey and the Art of Reinventing Yourself by Patti Johnson. Key quote: “If you are due for a career reinvention, it is time to start learning, stretching and in McConaughey’s words, ‘shaking your floor’. But, rather than thinking about success and outcomes, it will take some faith, patience, and getting uncomfortable.”

How Good is Your Product? by Tim Gillette. Key quote: “One of the tricks of marketing a small business is to use a stunt to get the attention of your potential clients. You let this stunt out and people just come from miles around to watch. Think of the flash mob videos, imagine being in the place they happen, when they happen, and you’re not in on the gag. Well its a great fun idea that grabs attention.”

Missteps to Strengthen Culture and Leaders by Jon Mertz. Key quote: “Empathy is an essential leadership skill. When mistakes happen, empathy is a skill that enables us to listen for the reasons of why something did not happen in the desired way.”

Looking Forward With Millennial Leader David Burstein by Molly Page for Thin Difference. Key quote: “Millennial leaders will usher in bottom up empowerment and break down complex chains of command.”

Lead well in the week ahead!

Be sure to check out our special event on May 9th. We are a host site for Leadercast! Register soon to take advantage of the early rates.