5 Tips on “How to Die Well!”

Todd Wright Legacy, Life 9 Comments

“It is a good day to die!” It seemed like a suicidal statement from the 33-year-old Lakota leader named Crazy Horse, as he prepared to go into battle with General Armstrong Custer at Little Big Horn, June 25, 1876. However, unlike Custer, Crazy Horse survived the battle to fight again. The famous statement, which illustrates the courage in which Crazy Horse faced death, can be un-nerving to contemporary mankind. However, it is evidence that we can face the end of our lives in this world with confidence. I have been inspired over the past year as I watched my father approach the end of his life, which finally came October …

Seven Essentials Leaders MUST Give Their Team Members

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If you lead a team, small or large, paid or volunteer, they need something from you. As the leader, there are actually seven things that you have to take responsibility to provide them, if you want a winning team. 1.    Credibility Every team member needs credibility in order to succeed, and until it can be earned through effective performance the team leader must provide it. 2.    Clear Direction Team members want to succeed, but they need clear direction and a description of what success looks like for them. Team leaders should never assume their team members know what to do or how to do it.

Conquering Conflict: An Essential Part of Leadership

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Leadership requires numerous people working together as a team, and such cases are likely to produce disagreement and conflict. Conflict is simply a fact of life, unless you’re the only person left on the planet. Even then, it’s likely you’d have an argument with yourself at some point! All conflict results from violated expectations, but it doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. It can serve as a tool to deepen our understanding of others and ourselves. The end result can add great strength and depth to the relationships involved. It’s worth the effort to resolve it. So when you find yourself in a conflict with someone, don’t be …

“Whose Back is the Monkey On?”: The MOST Valuable Management Principle I’ve Ever Learned!

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“Call (text, email, message) me this week and…” We respond, “Yeah, sure, I’ll give you a call.” This is a regular conversation for all leaders and managers. For some, it happens scores of times in a day. We have good intentions, but we often forget and never deliver the call we committed to. At that moment we loose credibility and are surprised to discover that our reputation is less than stellar! I remember it clearly. I was in my 20’s and found myself trying to manage the different compartments of a complex life in a struggling multi-dimensional organization. I played numerous roles and wore many hats! (Pastor, President, Change Strategist, …