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Leadership in Action: Outlook

leadership blog Apr 27, 2021

Leadership in Action: Outlook

Written by Ryan Warren | Instagram: @ryanwarren
 
 
Greater Than A Cliche
 
“The best is yet to come!”
 
It’s not just a line I say often, I choose to truly believe that. It really is. The best is coming. The solution to the temporary challenge, the resources, the newfound friend, the opportunity - the best is yet to come.
 
It’s greater than cliche. It’s foundational for progressive and authentic leadership.
 
No, I don’t avoid problems, and I certainly don’t pretend that uncomfortable things aren’t happening.
 
It’s a choice, really. It’s a choice that you, as a leader, can make as well. You can choose to attach yourself to the long-standing, long-lasting, proven declaration that the best is truly yet to come.
 
It’s not a cliche for us as leaders to only use here and there. It’s a determined commitment, a partnership, a resolution that...
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Leadership in Action: Expectations

leadership blog Apr 19, 2021

Leadership in Action: Expectations

Prepared by Ryan Warren
Instagram: @ryanwarren
 
Building Fences, Uniting Neighbors
The neighbor that lives behind us is getting quotes for the long stretch of fence that separates his property from ours.
 
He poked his head over the fence the other morning a la Wilson from Home Improvement and I did my best Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor impression. That’s when he told me he was getting the new fence planned out.
 
Ever built a fence? Ever paid for one? Ever done both? Fences are costly. Whether you choose to do one or the other or both.
 
Being a healthy leader means that you keep things like value as well as the associated expectations in clear view.
 
Here are a few ways I’ve experienced leaders modeling having healthy expectations of themselves and those they are responsible for. (All brought to you by my neighbor friend who recently retired and has an affection for property improvements.)
 
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Leadership in Action: Optimism & Opportunity

leadership blog Apr 12, 2021

Leadership in Action: Optimism & Opportunity

Written by Ryan Warren

Instagram: @ryanwarren
 
Winston Churchill said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
 
What could the environment look like for leaders if every single one of their difficulties were met head-on with healthy optimism?
 
“Ryan, that’s so utopian! Sure it’s ideal, but it’s not reality!”
 
Not with that attitude it’s not. Really, it’s ok, I’ve heard far worse rejections to the reality that optimism with opportunity makes a mighty difference.
 
So how can leaders grow in areas of optimism and opportunity?

Leaders Can Pay Attention To Challenges

Healthy views on optimism and opportunity do not at all require us to pretend that challenges and temporary problems do not exist. THAT is what sounds unreasonable. Denying that a problem exists always seems to come up short...
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Leadership in Action: Responsibility

leadership blog Apr 05, 2021

 

Leadership in Action: Responsibility

Prepared by Ryan Warren @ryanwarren

When I’m talking with a leader, one thing that is always communicated be that directly or indirectly, is the rules they adhere to. We all have them. One of my mentors even took it so far as to write a book titled The Three Rules by Michael Raynor. Worth mentioning that for him, the third rule is that “there are not other rules.”

I’d like to propose that the “rules” we each adhere to as leaders communicate our value for personal responsibility.


Responsibility Rule: 95% = 0%

Ever heard of the 95%=0% Rule when it comes to accountability and responsibility? It’s simple and quite powerful.

If a leader only accepts 95% responsibility in a situation under their area of influence, they really are accepting 0% of it. There are not partial claims, no halfway ownership when it comes to healthy leadership.

Leaders who have an ownership mentality show up and do so with the...

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Leadership in Action: Together

leadership blog Mar 29, 2021

Leadership in Action: Together

Prepared by Ryan Warren @ryanwarren

Together.

Eight letters that, together, create one powerful word.

People meet together. They talk together. They travel together. They work to solve problems together. They live together. People are endlessly invited into the experience of togetherness.

Over 7,500,000,000 people on the planet and you are in relationships with a select number of them. And yet, as human beings across the globe, we are all in a very real sense, together.


Why Togetherness Matters for Leaders

As leaders, we truly are better - together. Perhaps, as time goes on, genuinely making heart-to-heart connections with others is only increasing in difficulty. Even with the broad range of electronic tools, apps, and screen-related avenues to “talk” with people, connecting can elude us.

This is a reality, but it’s not one we as leaders should accept as a mandate to be fearful of innovational challenges and lessen the value of...

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Leadership in Action: Call to Action

leadership blog Mar 23, 2021

Leadership in Action: Call to Action

Prepared by Ryan Warren

It’s tangible. For leaders, that new opportunity, new venture, the new solution might as well be things we can taste and feel. Breakthrough so close you can smell it. It’s as though an invitation to explore new territory hits your inbox and you know, deep down, that it’s “go time.”

You put on your executive pioneering outfit complete with your explorer attitude, and so the adventure begins. As this mindset continues to develop and spread and strengthen your leadership, there are questions that await your response:

"Is exploring new territory, new relationships, new markets a solo act? Or, is claiming that new uncharted space a process that is better done together?"

If you are familiar with the Canadian entertainment company Cirque du Soleil (translated French: Circus of the Sun), then you are aware of their brilliant ability to take what is dreamed and conceptualize it on stage. Their...

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Stages of Winning

Prepared by Ryan Warren, Chief Relationship Officer

Which Stage of Winning Are We In: Ahead, Behind, or Tied?

Name any business. Any team. Any partnership. At any given moment someone within those communities will be up and progressing, and someone else will be down and challenged. How do you measure teams when they have both situations? Are teams celebrating successes when they happen? Are they also sticking by (and not sticking it to ) the person on their team that may have gotten into a slump?

At The Winning Network, we are attracted to every scoreline. What do we mean by that? It’s our ever-increasing mentality that whether someone is ahead and winning, feels like they are behind and playing catch up, or everything is on the line and the “score” is tied in their life - we want to see to it that you win.

We are not intimidated by any odds. We simply and stubbornly choose to believe that a way will open. A relationship will emerge. A resource will enter. We see...

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