Archive for January, 2013

Leadership, Life Balance and Leveraging LIttle DecisionsBack when disco music pulsed the airwaves and polyester prevailed, I became a serious student of human behavior, leadership, and workplace relationships. The survival of my fledgling enterprise depended on it. My virtual mentors at first were books and then expanded to become my “rolling university” instructors in my humble mini van with a cassette deck. I spent at least 10 hours a week behind the wheel listening intently to audio programs on motivation, persistence, and business during my 120 mile daily commute.

I had become an entrepreneur in response to what I perceived as the apparent lack of opportunity available to a person like me in a rural setting. After a humbling self assessment I believed that my skills were sewing, drawing and talking to complete strangers, so I did what anyone would do, I started stitching up some bibs and pillows and signed up for a craft show, right? Surprisingly, from this I created what turned out to be a very successful business for over 25 years. What, you might ask, does this have to do with anything?

Here is what I learned during those years of discovery. In truth, opportunity is all around us. Our genetics largely determine our abilities and our tendencies, be they ever so humble, but our decisions determine what we will do with them. We quite literally become what we believe. Every person’s birthright contains their own unique set of gifts but I maintain that we all can leverage them to a higher level, can become a better leader, and can become more charismatic through a structured application of choices. This can be learned.

Much has been written on choosing a path for a well-rounded and successful life. The subject matter runs the gamut from making the right choices, putting them in action, and seeing the benefits that will be achieved. Regardless of the author or the century, the wisdom is as old as man and the basics have remained unchanged.

I don’t know who said it first, but “it’s easy to do and it’s easy not to do.” One day of eating nothing but Twinkies will not make you fat and one day of lettuce alone and a mile on a treadmill will not get you trim and toned. It’s cumulative. It’s discipline. It is simple but it is not always easy.

I am excited to begin facilitating a program which will save years of study, frustration and trial and error in your journey to become the leader you aspire to be.  The program is called LEAP (Leadership Acceleration Program) and has been shown to be hands-down the most actionable and measurable  method of learning what it takes to become what we call a Prodigious Leader. Through years of exhaustive research, the Leadership paradigm has been broken down to very basic building blocks which can be learned.

LEAP participants are trained in methods to improve their skills through our tested education process which uses unique strategies and new tools to create correct behaviors.  This knowledge is then applied over the course of the curriculum.  Along the way, the changes are carefully observed along with the effects of what is happening because of the new skills.  The results speak for themselves. At the conclusion of the twelve month course, participants average 45% growth in their leadership confidence and competence.

Classes are forming in Omaha, Lincoln, and Kearney. If you would like to learn more, visit our website at http://www.ellisonpartners.com or call our office at 402.884.7300. Seating is limited so don’t delay, your spot is confirmed on receipt of your application and tuition payment.

Are you ready to LEAP?

Betty Streff is a Human Capital Expert and Leadership Coach with Ellison Partners.  She facilitates the LEAP™ leadership acceleration program and helps ensure leaders have the employee data necessary to effectively and profitably manage their workforce.

©Ellison Partners 2013.

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