Michael Lukaszewski » Leadership

I enjoy the game of golf.   I don’t play often, but when I do, I have a great time.Years ago, I had a friend who was a golf pro.  He took me to the range and showed me a couple of tricks that really helped.  He helped me straighten my shot, and added about 20 yards in length.  It felt SO GOOD ...
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Let’s talk about bosses.Here are three things I know about the typical boss/employee relationship.It’s a pay for performance thing.  You are not on the payroll because you are nice; you get paid for services rendered.It’s a transactional relationship.  You do this - you get that.  And the ...
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Here is a list of a few things I clipped into Evernote, saved for later in Feedly, or favorited on Twitter.  It's the 27th edition of Stuff I Starred.Be brave enough to say 'no' to good things. - Alysa Bajenaru, @InspiredRD“If it’s ‘all about the weekend’ then maybe it’s all about the pas ...
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A little more than a year ago, I started working on a project.The process went something like this:  idea, notes, outline, rough draft, rewrite, reorganize, give up, start back, design, layout, rewrite some more, fix problems, proof, fix problems, proof again, tell people it’s coming fix a proble ...
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Have you ever sat through a meeting and thought, “Why am I here?”Do your meetings lead to a lot of talk and only a little action?If you sent an email to your team saying the next staff meeting was optional, how many people would attend?Most team meetings aren’t effective because they don't foc ...
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WhatsNext
Last Friday, I stepped down as CEO of The Rocket Company.  There were no arguments, no shenanigans, and nothing bad happened.  I know some people will there's something going on behind the scenes, but this really is a good thing.  Henry Cloud calls it a necessary ending.For three years, I’ve ...
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Here are five of my favorite tweets from the last week."If you chop your own wood, it will warm you twice." -Henry Ford via @BenArmentIf we are free from everything and everyone, then life has no ultimate meaning. Real Love is the greatest freedom-loss of all. - @timkellernycThere are 2 elements in ...
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Three Things Every Leader Must Have
I love helping leaders.  And I’m blessed to be able to work with so many great leaders.And it’s awesome to see leaders in so many areas of life - in the home, in the workplace and in the church.  Here are three things every leader needs.1.  PurposeMost organizations know what they do. ...
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Fear-of-failure
 There are some heroic characters in the Bible.Moses, the guy who parted the Red Sea and got Charlton Heston to play him in a movie.Peter, the man who has the most famous church in the world named after himDavid, the man after God’s own heart.But most of the people you admire in the Bible wer ...
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There’s only one nation on earth that can legitimately claim to be God’s chosen people.Sorry, it’s not the United States.It’s the nation of Israel.The land flowing with milk and honey.The promised land.A nation that began when an old man and his wife had a son - a nation that came into it ...
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dreams
Are you working to fulfill your own dream or someone else’s?Chances are, the work you are doing is helping someone else free up their time, increase their bank balance or follow their heart.  You’re a chess piece in their game.You’re doing the work.  They are reaping most of the blessings.Do ...
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It’s hard to tell the difference between the important and the urgent.Those urgent things seem to take all your time, leaving you little energy left to do what’s really important.  Managing this tension is one of the most important things you can do as a leader.The battle won’t be won with a ...
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Ever sat through a pointless staff meeting?You meet because a meeting is on the calendar.  You debate and discuss with no real outcomes.It doesn’t have to be that way.  You can step out of the ordinary and meet to work ON it.  Here are three staff meeting ideas for your next team meeting or off ...
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In this post, I talked about two ways businesses should act more like non-profits.  Today, I want to talk to those of you in the non-profit world.First of all, I love what you do.  You’re helping, serving and making a difference.  You’re focused on people and want to solve problems.  You get ...
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I've always loved business.Someone told me if you want to know what you're really passionate about, think back to what you did when you were younger, when budgets and expectations didn't limit your thinking.My young businesses included mowing lawns, creating neighborhood newspaper and selling subscr ...
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