Resources for Leaders

The majority of these articles were originally published in a daily email newsletter called Upside Down Business. Upside Down Business is free and is written by Shaun Hair.

Stop Making Leadership Harder Than It Has To Be

Imagine being on the front row of a large stadium watching runners prepare for a long, grueling race. Completing the race will require great endurance and peak physical conditioning. One of the runners catches your eye. He is adding weights to his ankles, wrists, … Read More

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Leading Isn’t Directing

Leadership isn’t telling people what to do. Being in charge isn’t giving orders. Being the owner isn’t about bossing other people around.  If you see your position as only permission to direct those around you, then your leadership is tyranny.  … Read More

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Don’t Seek Dangerous Treasure

There is a gold that is poison. There is a success that destroys. A wise leader will identify its rotting presence and remove it immediately.  Not all treasure is good. Some of it will defeat you. And for some of … Read More

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The Second Kind Of Cowardice

Cowardice in leadership is failure to do the right thing out of fear.  Yesterday, we talked about how the fear of the loss of relational acceptance can make a leader ineffective. The second kind of cowardice is rooted in the … Read More

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Two Kinds of Cowardice (Part 1)

“What can I do better?” I asked one of my direct reports that question as I was sitting in my office during one of our regular weekly meetings.  He was one of the company’s top performers and one of my … Read More

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How To Guarantee You Won’t Get Results

Only a fool would fail to plant seeds and then expect a crop.  It would be a foolish farmer indeed to neglect tending the fields early in the year and then still expect a bounty in warmer weather. The wise … Read More

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Sometimes It’s Good Not To See: What A Leader Should Overlook

A leader knows it is more than her words that matter. Her actions, whether intended or not, will set an impactful example for the team. The king who wrote the Proverbs wanted his son, the heir to the throne, to … Read More

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A Leader Appreciates The Unique Gifts Of Team Members

A leader knows how to supervise people doing listed tasks. But a wise leader knows how to guide high-performers and attract top talent to his team.  The reason is simple but profound: A wise leader understands the best workers will make a … Read More

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You Can’t Be Born With The Greatest Advantage

To get the truest understanding of a message, you must look at its intended audience. In the case of the Proverbs, the intended audience was the son of the wise king.  If you think about a king’s son, the messages … Read More

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How a Smart Leader Ruins a Team

The excellent author and organizational thinker, Patrick Lencioni has said “The health of an organization is the multiplier of its intelligence.”  Expert speaker and viral TED star Simon Sinek became famous for his talk that argued “great leaders are someone … Read More

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Stupid Leaders Hate Pain

There are many necessary components to robust and authentic leadership. An unseasoned leader will flaunt the areas where she believes she is strong, but she will avoid dealing with those areas where she fears she is weak. A wise leader … Read More

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You Can’t Hide From Your Poor Leadership

Leaders lead. They are in the habit of giving directions and those directions being followed. Leaders are more accustomed to giving feedback than receiving it. And while a team member would be acting recklessly to ignore an evaluation from the … Read More

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Don’t Neglect The Most Important Thing

Sometimes we can forget the most important things.  We know we are supposed to be patient. But we forget.  We know we are supposed to be kind. But we forget.  We know we are supposed to be loving. But we … Read More

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The Power Of Storytelling When Discussing Goals

Love is one of the overarching themes of leadership. A proven fact is the most effective leaders love the people they lead. But for most leaders, that initial threshold is a hard one to pass. Unseasoned leaders want to lead … Read More

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The Kind Of Leader God Hates

Did you know there are people God hates?  The wise king who wrote Proverbs told his son about this kind of person. So if a leader fits that description, God hates him. That is an uncomfortable thought. And it should … Read More

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Three Enemies Of A Leader

When a well-known politician or celebrity travels in close proximity to large amounts of people, they often hire guards to keep them safe. Crowds bring increased risk. And increased risk means increased need for protection. The king who wrote the … Read More

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The Point Of No Return: When It’s Too Late To Be Diligent

Working hard is good.  Being thorough is wise. Carrying out tasks in a conscientious manner is praiseworthy.  These are the marks of a diligent leader. And being diligent is excellent.  But sadly, an arrogant or incompetent leader is often forced … Read More

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Who Should You Hire: A Framework For Success

Getting the right employees is a massively important task.   A great hire changes your company’s culture and bottom line, whereas a poor hire drags down the spirits of the entire team and is costly to the organization. So what are … Read More

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When The Cure Gives Way To The Disease: A Leader Gone Rotten

Leadership is an alluring destination.  You think you want it. But asking for it seems arrogant. You are happy when you have it. But discussing your position may show a lack of tact.  And while healthy confidence might open a … Read More

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Beware Of The Net: How To Spot The Trap Your Employees Are Setting

They say if you’re in business at all, then you are in the business of sales and marketing.  And if you are in the business of sales and marketing, you are trying to make good impressions.  And those good impressions … Read More

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