Do You Want to Be a Great Leader Who Inspires Action? Then Do This …

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If you want to find and channel your own internal motivation, then you need to find your why.

Makes sense, right? If you want to do or achieve something, then it makes sense to understand why you are doing it — especially if you are going to have to overcome obstacles to achieve that something.

Similarly, if we want to inspire others to do something, or to achieve something, then we have to articulate a why that people buy into.

In other words …

What’s their why?

We have to take pride in our ideas and example while maintaining the humility to understand that people won’t (and shouldn’t) simply do something because we say so.

People will be inspired to action only when we articulate a why that resonates with them.

This is the topic of one of the most famous TED talks of all-time, by Simon Sinek.

Here it is …

(Can’t see the video below? Click here to view it at Ted.com.)

As Mr. Sinek says at the end of this talk:

There are leaders and there are those who lead. Leaders hold a position of power or authority, but those who lead inspire us. Whether they’re individuals or organizations, we follow those who lead, not because we have to, but because we want to. We follow those who lead, not for them, but for ourselves. And it’s those who start with “why” that have the ability to inspire those around them or find others who inspire them.

Which type of leader are you: one who simply holds a position of power … or one who leads by articulating the why to inspire people who follow you?

Answer for yourself, and share below.

Flickr Creative Commons image via Marco Derksen.

How Much is Your Team’s Success Worth to You?

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Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.

As you know, those are the words of John Fitzgerald Kennedy — a name synonymous, for all of the wrong reasons, with the city I live in.

I was thinking about those words a few minutes ago while listening to my local sports radio station here in Dallas, as the yucksters on The Hardline provided the details of Dirk Nowitzki’s latest contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

Dirk is, of course, another name synonymous with the city I live in — but for all the right reasons.

The remarkable contract he just signed is only the latest example.

And it doesn’t take a sports fan to understand why. Continue Reading

A Helping of Primility (and Delicious BBQ) at the Peg Leg Porker in Nashville

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“best places to eat in Nashville”

That’s what I typed into the search bar on my phone this past Thursday at around 1:30 p.m.

I had just arrived in Nashville, Tennessee for the annual conference of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, where I would be speaking on Friday.

Hungry, and with my hotel room not yet ready for me and my small travel suitcase, I decided to set out on foot and take in some sights, sounds, and tastes of this famous music-loving city I was visiting for the first time.

After reading a few restaurant descriptions, I settled on Arnold’s. It sounded like an authentic Nashville experience. I enjoyed the half-hour-or-so walk to get there, but I ended up deciding that homestyle Southern cooking at a cafeteria-style restaurant wasn’t actually what I was in the mood for.

So I walked back out the door. That’s when serendipity grabbed my hand and implored me to follow. I acquiesced.

Little did I know a prime example of primility was in my immediate future … Continue Reading

The Problem With Pride and Humility

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Fundamental to our study and, more importantly, application of primility is how we define its two root words.

My personal definitions of each are as follow:

  • pride: a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.
  • humility: the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people.

The problem is that each word has such varying definitions depending on where you look. Continue Reading

Update: How Many Different Countries (Already!) Have Wristbands Been Sent To?

Wristband #42 (Fitzgerald, GA)

Wristband #42 (Fitzgerald, GA)

The goal is 10,000 … as you know.

And as of this post being published we are 0.5% of the way there.

Wait.

Scratch that sentence. What a silly way to look at it.

Let’s try that again …

As of this post being published, we’re 0.5% of the way there! Isn’t that remarkable? I think it is.

So far, 50 people (plus myself) have done all of the following … Continue Reading