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Nothing Is Guaranteed

The UPwards Leader

The passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant has undoubtedly stunned many.

His relative youth (41 years) and focus on his post-basketball career seemed as promising as his athletic career.

While his passing is tragic, it serves as a sober reminder for us that nothing in life, not even life itself, is guaranteed.

All of our dreams, goals, plans and schemes can get derailed due to a myriad of unforeseen events.

And all that truly lives on after ourselves is our reputation for how we treated others.

As a leader, parent, spouse, or friend, we should remind ourselves every day what legacy we can make in others lives.

Do we give value to others, and esteem them better than ourselves?

Have we served to make people better, give them the encouragement they need in this life?

Have we told others how much we appreciate them?

Have we made sure we can…

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Don’t Abandon Your Core Values During A Crisis

The UPwards Leader

Fight or flight. The typical reactions during a time of crisis.

While in a personal survival context, we all understand the meaning of this phrase.

During dangerous times, certain species of chameleons change their colors to blend into their environment and avoid danger. They can then proceed to stay put, flee or move towards the danger to confront it.

This type of ability allows the reptile to choose its course of action. As many types of chameleons choose to avoid adverse situations or activity, they will generally choose to flee to safety under the guise of their new colors.

Unfortunately some leaders show their true colors during perilous times. This is shown by how they manifest what their true core values are in their “fight or flight” response.

In a leadership capacity, the term “fight or flight” can show how true a leader or group of leaders are when it…

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Are Your Employees Safe By You?

The UPwards Leader

In the last 2 weeks we have been witness to an incredible economic impact due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A large number of businesses have closed or had their sales drastically drop and multitudes of people have been terminated, laid off or simply have no work available, as businesses struggle to survive.

Many leaders such as small business owners are also struggling to survive as the business that is their livelihood is threatened as well.

And some leaders who have had to scale back their employees have opted to take a hit themselves by reducing their salaries significantly. And a handful are simply not taking a salary at all.

Here are a couple of examples of leaders who have taken that sacrifice to make their people feel secure:

Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle cuts own salary to $10K, retail employees receive regular pay

6 CEO’s Who Are Foregoing Salaries to…

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Where Are You Growing?

The UPwards Leader

Regardless of whether times are good or bad, there is always a charge for a leader to grow their business, audience, sales or position.

When times are good we want, or are asked to, make more, get more, increase more. During difficult times, the pressure often increases to not lose stock price, market share, or your position.

In both challenging and prosperous times, where do these charges leave a leader in their personal growth? It seems that almost always the pressure is so prevalent to perform to metrics that leaders many times forget to look to grow the most important thing, themselves.

Organizational priorities can divert focus away from where a leader should be developing the most – their whole self.

So where, and how, are we growing?

There are different focuses and areas that are unique to each individual and each person’s gifts, desires and needs will vary. While…

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Nothing Is Guaranteed

The UPwards Leader

The passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant has undoubtedly stunned many.

His relative youth (41 years) and focus on his post-basketball career seemed as promising as his athletic career.

While his passing is tragic, it serves as a sober reminder for us that nothing in life, not even life itself, is guaranteed.

All of our dreams, goals, plans and schemes can get derailed due to a myriad of unforeseen events.

And all that truly lives on after ourselves is our reputation for how we treated others.

As a leader, parent, spouse, or friend, we should remind ourselves every day what legacy we can make in others lives.

Do we give value to others, and esteem them better than ourselves?

Have we served to make people better, give them the encouragement they need in this life?

Have we told others how much we appreciate them?

Have we made sure we can…

View original post 51 more words

Crisis Leadership – Serving Others Through The Cycles

The UPwards Leader

With the advent of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, we are seeing an event unique in our lifetimes.

Our lives, professional and most definitely personally, are being impacted in a major way that will test our abilities to lead and serve those who place their trust and security in us.

So how can we assist and guide others through this crisis event?

First, it is essential to understand the facts in play during this crisis. Great leadership is a discerning leadership based on facts and not emotionally driven to fear or false hope.

There is a role to play in acknowledging fear and giving hope but not in fueling them to people’s detriment.

Second, understanding the cycles of behavior and emotional response will allow us to meet the needs of our employees, colleagues and family and friends as the crisis cycle deepens then eventually lessens and moves on.

SAMHSA, a…

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Are Your Employees Safe By You?

The UPwards Leader

In the last 2 weeks we have been witness to an incredible economic impact due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A large number of businesses have closed or had their sales drastically drop and multitudes of people have been terminated, laid off or simply have no work available, as businesses struggle to survive.

Many leaders such as small business owners are also struggling to survive as the business that is their livelihood is threatened as well.

And some leaders who have had to scale back their employees have opted to take a hit themselves by reducing their salaries significantly. And a handful are simply not taking a salary at all.

Here are a couple of examples of leaders who have taken that sacrifice to make their people feel secure:

Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle cuts own salary to $10K, retail employees receive regular pay

6 CEO’s Who Are Foregoing Salaries to…

View original post 359 more words

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