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The Mindful Leader | Part 1

Daniel Montgomery Reality, self awareness

DANIEL MONTGOMERY Founder & CEO Leadership Reality Tell me if this sounds familiar: You’ve been heads down for hours working on a critical project. You finally come up for air, only to realize it’s 6 PM and you’re not even halfway done. Your back is in knots from an entire day spent hunched over a laptop. You’ve not seen any of your team members since the morning huddle, much less interacted with anyone outside the digital wasteland that is social media. You’re tired and dejected. You’ve been busy for hours, but you have no clear sense why. You wonder whether anything you’ve accomplished—this week, this month, this year—is of any real and lasting value. Oh, and you just realized you promised to pick up the kids from soccer at 5:30… Have you been here? I know I have. For business leaders, it seems like we’re always chasing after that mythical sweet …

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Leader Archetype #7 | The Enthusiast

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SARAH BRAUD Contributor & CEO Braud Creative Leadership Style of a Seven “I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.” – Steve Jobs A notorious leader, Steve Jobs is also listed in various enneagram articles as a Seven leader. This Enthusiast leadership archetype is known, much like Steve Jobs, for their innovation and imagination. Forward-looking planners who are constantly on the move for the next best thing, imagine all the creative possibilities connected to whatever interests them. Options make Sevens feel good, so don’t try to put constraints on them. They are quick, spontaneous and engaging storytellers, but rarely have the patience to get those stories down on paper; they are much to pre-occupied in collecting, living, and experiencing the next adventure. As leaders, they celebrate …

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Three Leadership Lessons from The World’s Greatest Leader

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LAUREN THARP COO Leadership Reality An Unlikely Pick Who do you think was the world’s greatest leader, according to Fortune in 2017? This is a question I often ask in our workshops. I get all kinds of answers. Who would you say is the top leader right now? Elon Musk. He thinks in 100-year increments and is changing the way we approach transportation and energy. Jeff Bezos. Does anyone buy things in stores now? Amazon has changed the way we shop. Melinda Gates. Her foundation paid out $37 billion in grants in 2015 alone. Oprah. The most impactful talk-show host ever, right? These are all great leaders. But not the top-rated. Do you want to know who is? Theo Epstein. Anyone ever heard of him? An Unlikely Approach Theo Epstein is the President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs, and he changed the face of Cubs baseball history. More importantly, his …

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Leader Archetype #6 | The Loyalist

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SARAH BRAUD Contributor & CEO Braud Creative Leadership Style of a Six It’s no secret that I am a Game of Thrones fangirl, because at some point you have to stop using all your examples from Lord of the Rings or Chronicles of Narnia, you know? Game of Thrones offers a veritable buffet of leaders to analyze, their lifelong transformational journeys are right there condensed into seven seasons (HBO just announced the final season 8 will be only 4 episodes to be released in 2019 – oh, the agony of the wait.) Although there are more than a few Sixes to choose from (Sir Davos, Gilly, Samwell Tarly, for starters), the most representative archetype of the Six can be seen in the institution of the Night’s Watch, a military order dedicated to standing guard at the wall that borders and protects the realms of men from what’s lurking beyond. The …

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Leader Archetype #5 | The Investigator

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SARAH BRAUD Contributor & CEO Braud Creative Leadership Style of a Five The leadership archetype of The Investigator is one of the mad scientist, expert, genius, the quiet specialist, the observer, detached mastermind. Five’s are driven by their need to get home before their energy runs out. They work totally independent of others, and measure how much everything will cost them. Safety and security in a future world is as important as not looking foolish or unknowledgeable. Curiosity may kill some cats, but Five’s come alive when their curiosity is piqued. “Why?” and “How?” are their favorite questions. These folks are conceptual thinkers and rarely have time for the direct implications of them. Rational versus relational, intellectualize versus romanticize, minimize versus maximize. These leaders rank the highest in competency. Fans of The Big Bang Theory will recognize Sheldon as a Five. The Problem with a Five Leader As part of …

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Ten Books to Read This Summer

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LAUREN THARP COO Leadership Reality Cultivating Curiosity “Good readers are good leaders.” I wish I had a nickel for every time my mom said this phrase to me as I would be rolling in cash. As a child, I was sure that my mom didn’t know what she was talking about (what mom does?). Reading has nothing to do with leading, right? But with age has brought wisdom — or maybe just the realization that other people had thought about the problems I faced and could help me be a more effective person. Curiosity and outside perspective are sometimes our best teachers. We — Leadership Reality — seek to cultivate curiosity in each area of our lives as we believe it will breed depth of learning and understanding. As the summertime begins — vacations, pools, lakes, warm nights on the porch — we encourage you to stay curious. Dive into …

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Leader Archetype #4 | The Individualist

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SARAH BRAUD Contributor & CEO Braud Creative Leadership Style of a Four Do you often wrestle with the questions of “Who am I?” “What am I here for?” “Why am I even doing this?” Do you have the gift of being present for those in pain? Are you uncomfortable with inauthenticity? Does leadership often make you feel like an imposter? If so, you might be a Four. The Leadership Archetype of a Four is called the Individualist, the Artist or the Romantic. Fours lead with visions for the future, grand ideas backed by layers of philosophical purpose, and a unique ability for creating beauty from the ashes. Fours are culture creators and meaning makers. Core values are not far from the surface, if any surface exists at all; fours are awful at small talk. This archetype leads with their emotions, then ruminates about their emotions, getting trapped in a feel/think …

What is Your PNR?

Daniel Montgomery Reality

LAUREN THARP COO Leadership Reality In the critically-acclaimed movie, Lady Bird, Lady Bird’s mother, a nurse, is constantly criticizing her daughter, born more out of the mother’s own anxieties regarding their finances than out of any desire to guide her daughter into adulthood. As Lady Bird complains about the fit of a dress she is trying on her mother says, “Well, I suggested you not have that second helping of pasta.” Then, “Honey, you seem upset about it, and I’m trying to help,” she adds as her daughter cries out in protest, “You’re giving me an eating disorder!” Finally, Lady Bird emerges from the dressing room in a pink, slightly sparkly number. “I love it,” she sighs. Her mother’s response: “Is it too pink?” While humorous on screen, the mother-daughter relationship is a wonderful mirror for the kind of leadership we can offer. One that is affirming and guiding, the …

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Leader Archetype #3 | The Achiever

Daniel Montgomery Reality

SARAH BRAUD Contributor & CEO Braud Creative Leadership Style of a Three In 2017, Tom Cruise made $43 million. He is not only a Type 3 in real life, he plays one on TV. Top Gun, Jerry Mcguire, The Color of Money, Rain Man, Days of Thunder. Don’t even get me started on the Mission Impossibles. The archetype of an #3 Achiever is the standard profile for the American charming CEO. These leaders are known for their drive, their short sleep cycles, and their raging need to win. Understanding Your Needs Our COO here at Leadership Reality, Lauren Tharp, is well aware of her drive to achieve and how it impacts her daily life. Understanding her enneagram number “has validated and solidified what I knew were my strengths, but also shone a light on areas I ignore or constraints that can undo me. Typically I do well with moving things …

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Of Prophets and Profits | Part 4

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DANIEL MONTGOMERY Founder & CEO Leadership Reality This is the final installment in a series on what the Church and the business world can learn from one another about leadership. The first post dealt with action and reflection, the second post looked at the relationship between patience and urgency, and the third brought together marketing and mission. “You get what you pay for.” Whether we’re talking about guitars, Cadillacs, or 360-degree leadership assessments, that maxim pretty much always holds true. Except for when it doesn’t. In today’s post, we’re going to talk about cost and value. More specifically, we’re going to look at how churches and businesses approach cost and value from different angles. In all—surprise, surprise—we’re going to see how each can help the other get a better handle on each for the sake of accomplishing their respective missions. Two Ways to Navigate Cost and Value The Cost of …