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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

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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 …

Of Prophets and Profits | Part 3

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DANIEL MONTGOMERY Founder & CEO Leadership Reality This is the third in a series of 4 blog posts 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 today’s post navigates the relationship between market and mission. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matt 28:18-20 ESV) With these words, Jesus delivered what we usually call the Great Commission—i.e., the Church’s mission statement. This was a grand vision of how Jesus’ worldwide …

Leader Archetype #2 | The Helper

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SARAH BRAUD Contributor & CEO Braud Creative The Character of a Two By nature, the Two Archetype of a leader is warm, nonjudgmental, giving and kind. Beatrice Chestnut, a leadership expert, offers seven characteristics that define the Helper’s style of leadership — each one containing positives and the potential for negative when found in overabundance: Charm and warmth, empathy and emotional sensitivity. There is no better example of an unhealthy Two Leader than a stereotypical, overbearing mother. Other names for Two’s are The Servant or the Hostess. The mother in the television show Everybody loves Raymond or Howard’s mother, Mrs. Horowitz, from Big Bang Theory. These types of leaders want to be needed. They live to serve. While outwardly the service looks like generosity, the darker shadow is the part that requires something unspoken in return. It’s no accident that we don’t ever see Mrs. Horowitz in the show as …

Of Prophets and Profits | Part 2

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DANIEL MONTGOMERY Founder & CEO Leadership Reality This is the second in a series of 4 blog posts on what the Church and the business world can learn from one another about leadership. You can read the first post on action and reflection here. Did you know that 42% of the people who make customer service requests on social media expect a company to respond within one hour of contact? Anything more than that, and a brand will begin to see sharp drop-offs in both CSAT and NPS. That may not seem so bad at first, but if you’re a decent-sized organization playing in several different markets, it’s enough to keep your digital team up a night… literally. The Distance Between Patience and Urgency This is just one of the many ways in which our increasingly connected digital world has injected a heightened level of urgency into the marketplace. But …

Of Prophets and Profits | Part 1

Daniel Montgomery Reality

DANIEL MONTGOMERY Founder & CEO Leadership Reality This is the first in a series of 4 blog posts on what the Church and the business world can learn about from one another about leadership. When the Church Father Tertullian (c. 155-240 A.D.) asked, “what has Athens to do with Jerusalem,” he already had an answer in mind: not much. As far as Tertullian was concerned, speculative philosophy had very little—if anything—to say to the Church. In our day, I’ve noticed a similar tension between the Church and the business world: What has New York City to do with Jerusalem? With Tertullian, many would answer that question in the negative. “Not much,” they say as they seek to build a firewall between the “sacred” and the “secular.” Business lives out in that scary place called the world; surely, there’s nothing for us to learn out there. Business owners—Christian or not—believe the …

How to Fix Corporate America’s Leadership Crisis

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DANIEL MONTGOMERY Founder & CEO Leadership Reality On November 8, 2017, the Golden State Warriors had a problem.  After suffering a nasty thigh contusion a few days before, their superstar, Kevin Durant, was forced to sit out that night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.  For plenty of teams, this would be a disaster. But not for Golden State.  Omri Casspi, JaVale McGee, Patrick McCaw, Kevon Looney, Nick Young—names you wouldn’t recognize unless you were a hard-core Warriors fan—jumped in to score an unheard-of 57 points from the bench and propel the Warriors to a decisive victory. What does that have to do my business?  In a survey conducted by DDI, 84% of the respondents expected to fall short of their leadership needs within 5 years. And, while they recognized the need for leadership development, only 5% had implemented a holistic plan for making that happen. Even worse, 25% had a …