Ready to Make Waves?

Patti JohnsonFor our June lunch meeting, we are excited to have Patti Johnson, CEO of People Results and author of Make Waves, as our guest speaker and facilitator. During our leadership conversations, we will be exploring the topics of change, organizational culture, and the attributes of a Wave Maker.

Our June 24th Authentic Leadership Dallas lunch meeting, 11:45 am to 1:00 pm, will be hosted in the Prelude room, to the right of the restaurant at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel. Please RSVP on our Meetup page; you can find directions and details there.

Make Waves

If you have time, highlighted below are several articles by Patti Johnson. No required reading to engage in the conversation but feel free to explore to change and how you can Make Waves.

Resistance: Is No News Really Good News? “Understand the root cause. Consider why the resistance is there, so that you know what to do with it. Is it the topic, the way it was shared, or the person who shared it? Explore why the resistance exists.” (Patti B. Johnson blog)

DNA of Wave Makers™: The 4 Leadership Molecules that Everyone Wants. “Wave Makers generally start from an intention of positivity and trust. They have a bias for transparency and authenticity in how they work with others. They aren’t driven by ego as much as by a desire to work together toward a shared goal.” (Switch and Shift blog)

10 Easy Ways to Start Something Great. “Create an options matrix. On the left column list out all of your ‘must haves’. Across the top row write out all of the viable options you have developed for getting started. Rate each option against your ‘must haves’. While this won’t give you the answer, it will help you compare one against the other and rule out choices that just don’t get you where you want to go. Pick the one that is the best place to start and begin.” (SUCCESS blog)

10 Trends Change Leaders Can’t Ignore in 2014. “Meaning and purpose build a lasting commitment to change—not just compliance or reaching a metric. Meaning is defined as a commitment to something bigger than self. Today there is a growing emphasis on ‘what’s in it for us’ more than just ‘what’s in it for me’ which can have a very short shelf life.” (Switch and Shift blog)

To learn more about Make Waves, resources are available at the Patti B. Johnson website.


Our meeting agenda is:

  1. Opening remarks from Patti Johnson to frame our conversation and set the stage for change, culture, and Wave Makers. (20 minutes)
  2. Facilitated conversation to exchange experiences and perspectives on leadership and organizational change. (30 minutes)
  3. Wrap-up…. closing thoughts. (5 minutes)

We look forward to another engaging leadership conversation!

Are You Ready to Be a Leader Worth Following?

Leadercast 2014 issued a challenge to lead “Beyond You,” and Leadercast also calls on us to be “Leaders Worth Following.” In a recent post entitled The Longing, a call was issued for leaders to raise their hand and be a leader worth following. A video highlighting this call to lead well is below.

This needs to be more than a hand raised. This call needs to be leaders standing up and extending their hands to engage each other in meaningful ways.

A key question may be: Is all this just happy talk at a conference and then we go back to our workplaces and lead in the same ways? It is so easy to do.

As leaders, we need to rise up, define what it means to be a leader worth following, and then lead in that way. We may not get it right every time, but we are trying. In trying, we learn, and we get better. This sets the right leadership example.

So the question stands:  Are your ready to stand up and be a leader worth following? If so, when? If so, in what ways?

Join in because the people we work with deserve it and you have the stuff within to lead in this way. Tap into your best leadership capabilities and be a leader worthy following.



Boundaries and Leadership: Dr. Henry Cloud

One of the Leadercast speakers on May 9th is Dr. Henry Cloud. Dr. Cloud brings engaging insights on life and leadership. His books are very thought-provoking and leadership-changing. To gain some added insights from Dr. Cloud, the video below is a recent exchange with Dave Ramsey.

Boundaries is an interesting topic. Later in the interview, there is an exchange that includes this thought from Dr. Cloud:

“…someone should be responsible for what they can control and someone else should be responsible for what they can control. Things like our own feelings, our own attitudes, and our belief systems are choices. Behaviors I can only control are mine. You can only control yours. And when we each take responsibility, we have something called ‘relationship’ in love and freedom…”

Time is running out to join us for Leadercast. Learn more and join us on May 9th. Refresh your leadership. Engage in leadership conversations.


Personal Leadership: Lessons Learned in Tough and Good Times

Turning Downturns into Upturns

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Good times happen just as bad times do. Leaders need to navigate both. As important is what leaders learn from good and bad times. In our monthly leadership conversation, we will share experiences and lessons learned. When we learn from each other, we will have a better footing to do the right things in good times and understand how to lead through tough times.

Join us!

The April Authentic Leadership Dallas lunch meeting will focus on leadership lessons learned from good and bad times. We will meet on April 22, 11:45 am to 1:00 pm, at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel. Please RSVP on our Meetup page; you can find directions and other details there. We meet in the restaurant.

Background Reading

7 Ways Leaders Maintain Their Composure in Difficult Times. Key quote: “The 21st century leader sees adversity through the lens of opportunity.  Rather than panic, a leader with composure takes a step back and begins to connect the dots of opportunity within adverse circumstances.   These types of leaders quickly detect the causes of adversity and solve for them immediately.  They then enable the opportunities previously unseen that could have avoided the adversity to begin with.  Many times crisis results when composure is missing.”

How to Thrive During Tough Times. Key quote: “When leaders push emotional or professional challenges under the rug, those unaddressed feelings plant a seed of self doubt. That leads to low confidence, self-comparison, and diminished faith in your ability to handle future trials — a toxic combination. On the other hand, if those challenges are addressed, leaders begin to flourish. ‘Struggle and leadership are intertwined,’ Snyder says. ‘Challenges create the opportunity for leadership growth.’”

Leadership Lessons for Hard Times. Key quote: “A healthy company enjoys not only strong financials but also a culture and values that bind it together. Much of what our interviewees describe as important is driven by corporate culture—open communication or a focus on a company’s long-term health, for example. Several CEOs chose to highlight how a strong culture had helped them in hard times and how important it is not to sacrifice that culture when a company comes under pressure.”

Activity to Prepare

Draw a line down the middle of a page. Above the line – Think through your past experiences and jot down one or two good experiences and what you learned from them as a leader. In these situations, you could be the leader or team member. Either case will deliver lessons.

Below the line – Think through your past experiences and jot down one or two challenging experiences and what you learned from them as a leader.

Leading and Learning from Good and Bad Times


Our meeting agenda is:

  • Forty-five second introduction: What do you want people to remember about you after the meeting? (10 minutes)
  • Question 1:  In your challenging times, what leadership lesson did you learn? What leadership trait was strengthened? (20 minutes)
  • Question 2:  In you good times, what leadership lesson did you learn? What leadership trait was strengthened? (20 minutes)
  • Wrap-up: Leadercast updates and areas of assistance, May 9th.

If you haven’t registered for Leadercast on May 9th, please consider joining us to energize your leadership skills and spirit!

Special thanks to the great people at Vizwerx Group for providing the feature artwork for this post!

Leadercast: Join Lead Dallas on May 9th

Authentic Leadership Dallas is excited to be a host site for Leadercast in the north Dallas area on May 9, 2014! Specifically, our host location is in Plano, Texas, at Chase Oaks. Let’s begin with the details and then take a broader look at what Leadercast is all about.

Leadercast Lead DallasThe Leadercast Details for Lead Dallas

Date:  May 9, 2014, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

Location:  Chase Oaks, 281 Legacy Drive, Plano, TX 75023

Registration cost:  $67 per person (If register before March 9). $77 per person (if register after March 9). Processing fees will be added.

Other Logistics:  Light breakfast and lunch are included. Sessions will be live streamed into our host site.

Registration Resources and More:

  • Explore the Leadercast site to learn more about the speakers, organization, and our host site. Registration links are included.
  • If you want to skip straight to registration, our Eventbrite page has all the registration details. Pricing information is here, along with an early registration discount.
  • To learn more about Authentic Leadership Dallas, please explore our website here and visit our Meetup group.

If you have any questions or wish to sponsor our site, please contact us. We have a few, select sponsorship opportunities available.

Who will be speaking at Leadercast 2014?

The speakers are:

Laura Bush:  First Lady of the United States (2001-2009)

One of the most beloved and admired American First Ladies. Who championed key issues in the fields of education, health care, and human rights. She authored the bestselling memoir, Spoken From the Heart.

Malcolm Gladwell:  Award-winning journalist and best-selling Author

Staff writer of the New Yorker magazine. In 2005 he was named one of Time Magazine‘s 100 Most Influential People. He is the author of The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Outliers: The Story of Success, What the Dog Saw, and his latest David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants.

Laura Schroff:  Former Time executive

New York Times best selling author, An Invisible Thread . Laura is a former advertising executive who helped launch three of the most successful start-ups in Time Inc. history: InStyle, Teen PEOPLE, and PEOPLE StyleWatch.

Bill McDermott:  CEO of SAP

Well-known as an active community leader and advocate for corporate social responsibility. McDermott has a “Beyond You” leadership style of investing in people and building great teams, which no doubt drives SAP’s success.

Andy Stanley:  Leadership Author and Communicator

A sought-after leadership communicator, author, pastor, and the founder of North Point Ministries, Inc. (NPM). Stanley’s books include The Next Generation Leader, Visioneering, Enemies of the Heart, and The Principle of the Path.

Dr. Henry Cloud:  Clinical Psychologist and Business Consultant

A leadership consultant and coach who brings a unique perspective to his speaking and writing. He specializes in coaching leaders, building teams, and developing organizational cultures. Author of over twenty books, including Necessary Endings, Integrity, and 9 Things A Leader Must Do.

Simon Sinek:  Author and Speaker

Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. His books include: Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, and Leaders Eat Last.

Randall Wallace:  Director, Producer, and Screenwriter

The Oscar-nominated creative force behind the epic storytelling box-office hits: Braveheart, We Were Soldiers, Pearl Harbor, and Secretariat. In addition to his work as a filmmaker, Wallace is the founder of Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity.

Desmond Tutu:  Nobel Laureate & Human Rights Activist

Archbishop Tutu is a world-renowned human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient. Beginning with his opposition to apartheid in South Africa, he has worked tirelessly to spread peace, justice, and democracy and to end racial divisions throughout the world. (broadcast)

Leadercast is a day filled with speakers who will put a spark in your leadership practices and thoughts and refresh you for the rest of the year ahead! 

Who is Leadercast?

When you go to the Leadercast site to explore, you will find what they believe. The statement is simply powerful:

“The world is missing out. We could all be learning more. Living out our purpose. Leading and being led by people who inspire and enlighten us, give us strength and allow us to grow. Leadercast was built on a belief that the world needs better leaders—leaders worth following.”

I hope you agree. The world needs better leaders and this begins with us.

Join us on May 9 and let’s learn and grow as leaders.


Time to Hone Your Leadership Skills?

Disorganized meetings are the worst. Add in the remote element and disorganized meetings escalate in cost and frustration. Bringing your attention, full participation, and creative insights are required. Bringing your best leadership abilities is also required.

How do your leadership skills stack-up in meetings? Is it time to refresh your leadership?

It may be time to attend Leadercast on May 9, 2014.

Lead Ahead: Week of January 13, 2014

Being energetic, successful, and fearless are all traits we want from leaders. Many of the highlights from the past week embrace these themes, and what we do is our choice. Being mindful in how we choose to lead is one of the key decisions to make. We need to make these leadership choices well in order to lead well.

How to Unleash the Energetic Leader Within? An interview between Tal Shnall and Achim Nowak, a performance coach. The topic is on four levels of connection and how we can become the energetic leader.

What to Do When Facing Unexpected Change by Patti Johnson for Success Blog. Key quote: “Change happens that was never part of the plan. We may face a job loss, a transfer, a new job or an illness that changes everything. These changes can make us feel like bystanders. Yet, in the midst of surprise, fear and disappointment, there are still choices.”

Leadership Development Carnival – January 2014. Many members from Lead Change participate and the carnival creates an engaging reading list to enhance your leadership skills.

Fearless Millennial Leader: Miki Agrawal on Thin Difference. Key quote: “Never, ever, ever, ever, ever give up. It’s true what they say, it takes 10 years to be an overnight success.”

Lead well in the week ahead!