Lead Ahead: Week of February 4, 2014

If there is one certainty, it is change will always happen. What we do with the change determines how we will be viewed as a leader. In many ways, if leaders don’t embrace some change, they will become irrelevant. This past week’s leadership round-up is about change. Take a moment and read about the trends unfolding, ideas on how to lead forward, and an example of new leadership making a big difference.

10 Trends Change Leaders Can’t Ignore in 2014 by Patti Johnson for Switch and Shift. Key quote: “The hierarchy and the command-and-control environment in business are giving way to a culture with more flexible and collaborative leadership unrelated to title or years of experience. An organic, flexible change plan is essential.”

Three Ways Leaders Make Powerful Connections by Tal Shnall. Key quote: “Great leaders create a “connection economy” around them. The connection economy rewards value created by building relationships and fostering powerful connections.”

Do It All…Or Do It Well by Erin Schreyer. Key quote: “Unless you’ve set realistic goals (in terms of both the quantity and achievability,) you can’t do it all. In fact, I would encourage anyone to set a smaller number of goals that each go deeper.”

The Mirror Test by Tal Shnall for Lead Change. Key quote: “You have to be willing to change your behavior if you want different results. You have to be willing to take the necessary action to get what you want.”

Who Is Claudette Colvin? Courage. by Jon Mertz. Key quote: “And, just as Claudette Colvin, our name should embrace courage. In troubled times, we must find and exhibit our courage to right a wrong and stand up for a core belief. In good times, we must find and exemplify courage in the way we lead ahead in the way we need to grow and change.”

Inspiring Millennial Leaders: Food Recovery Network by Molly Page for Thin Difference. Key quote: “Still only in their second year, it’s a very exciting time for the Food Recovery Network. They currently have 52 chapters across the country and have recovered and donated more than 240,000 pounds of food. As they continue to build relationships with partners and expand to other Universities they’ve set a goal to have 75 national chapters by May of 2014.”

Lead with change in mind. Lead with change in your actions. Lead well in the week ahead!

Reading Behind to Lead Ahead: Week of September 2, 2013

Highlighted below are some leadership blog posts written in the past week. Most of these come from members of the Authentic Leadership Dallas community but there is a highlight on Dallas area submissions for SXSW. Enjoy!

Tell Them About the Dream by Tal Shnall. Key quote: “Leaders share their dreams with others. It’s a collective vision for a better future. It’s a strong faith and a call to action to make the world a better place.”

County Fairs and Leadership Thoughts by Jon Mertz for Lead Change. Key quote: “County fairs created an arena of appreciation. A satisfaction in the work done. A time to pause and be grateful.”

5 Ways to Improve Your Day (and Mood!) by Erin Schreyer. Key quote: “Whether it’s for a stranger or for someone you love, surprise them in some small way. Take action and do something that says, ‘I appreciate you’, ‘you are someone special’ or simply ‘I hope this makes your day brighter.'”

SXSW Interactive 2014 | Dallas-area Submissions by Rani Monson. Key quote: “Friends – let’s help each other out! Let’s all support our various entries for SXSW Interactive 2014… Last day to vote in the SXSW PanelPicker is Friday Sept. 6.”

Hope everyone had a time to take a break this Labor Day weekend and refresh a little for the new month and season ahead.

Lead well in the week ahead!