Adapted from Tim Ferriss's "5-Bullet Friday" concept, which I enjoy. I will present compelling bullet lists from the world of Leadership. With this format, you will be able to quickly digest an article to get the basic concept and be on your way, or dig deeper, its your choice. Its meant to be quick and easy, but hopefully plant a seed to get your mind thinking.


Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

  • Push your boundaries to discover where they lie, stretch your capabilities and IQ (this is not fixed)
  • Welcome and relish the challenge of venturing into the uncomfortable zone, knowing lessons will be learned
  • The ultimate goal is "permanent set", i.e., expand and reset a new normal
  • In time, it won't feel as uncomfortable, you will get comfortable with being uncomfortable
  • Wash, rinse, repeat...growth only happens when we continually push ourselves into these situations

- Ron Duren Jr


In Only Takes 6 Steps to Change Your Life

  • When you change your thinking, you change your beliefs
  • When you change your beliefs, you change your expectations
  • When you change your expectations, you change your attitude
  • When you change your attitude, you change your behavior
  • When you change your behavior, you change your performance
  • When you change your performance, you change your life

Adapted from It Only Takes 6 Steps to Change Your Life by John C. Maxwell


13 Characteristics of a Leader

  • Be yourself – Follow your way of doing things
  • Be committed to excellence – Focus must be on doing things at highest possible level of performance
  • Be positive – Spend more time on “Do” than “Don’t”
  • Be prepared – Prepare for all expected situations even undesirable ones
  • Be detail oriented – But don’t bury yourself into them
  • Be organized – great organization is a trademark of great organization
  • Be accountable
  • Be near sighted and far sighted
  • Be fair – to people
  • Be firm – on values and principles
  • Be flexible – to adjust to new situations and find their solutions
  • Believe in yourself – have self confidence
  • Be a leader – Demonstrate integrity, intelligence and team first attributes

Adapted from The Score Takes Care of Itself by Bill Walsh and Steve Jamison


9 Ways Senior Leaders Subconsciously Sabotage Innovation

  • Leaders say "be creative," but quickly quash new ideas
  • They don’t commit resources or create systems to properly evaluate innovative ideas
  • They push innovation through a top-down approach
  • Leaders don’t establish a healthy partnership between “creative types,” who may dislike structure, and executors who maintain the systems by which companies operate
  • They confine innovation to the R&D department or a small group of people
  • Innovation saboteurs criticize first
  • Leaders allow innovative ideas to be de-risked
  • They reject ambiguity
  • Leaders act as though they already have all the answers

Adapted from 9 Ways Senior Leaders Subconsciously Sabotage Innovation by Center for Creative Leadership


Employee Management Mistakes

  • Failure to provide clear direction
  • Not seeing employees as people
  • Lack of trust
  • Inability to actively listen
  • Not seeking input
  • Hypocritical behavior
  • Going for the quick fix

Adapted from The Biggest Employee Management Mistakes Every Bad Leader Makes by Chad Halvorson