Archive for the ‘Bobbie’s Thoughts’ Category
“It can’t be about you… if you want to lead.” Bobbie Goheen
Leadership is the ability to define a common purpose and continually align people, resources, actions and behaviors to achieve the vision/goal. This is an easy statement to write and hard one to live out everyday. If you are in a [...]
“A problem well stated is a problem half solved.” – Charles Kettering
I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with effective leaders around the world. I notice many successful leaders have an innate ability to not solve a problem until it is well stated and understood. This is a difficult tension to [...]
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams
The greatness of any organization is built on the motivation and inspiration of it’s people to achieve the vision and goals. If there are no people there is no organization, company or [...]
“Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.” ~Alfred Adler
To be a leader is to trust change. This perhaps is one of the most critical attributes to learn that it is not about trusting others or yourself it is about trusting the nature of [...]
“Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.” Oprah
To be a good leader you have to be a good follower. The ability to “follow” your instincts is an innate skill that takes practice to know, hear, understand and “follow”.
Can it be taught…no. It must be discovered through life experience [...]
“The key elements in the art of working together are how to deal with change, how to deal with conflict, and how to reach our potential…the needs of the team are best met when we meet the needs of individuals persons.” Max Dupree
To lead teams in multi locations takes open-mindedness and clear goals. [...]
“We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.” Vince Lombardi
Vince was right and wrong at the same time.
As leaders we are presented everyday with situations that are described by others as “impossible” and yet we find a way through. What allows the impossible to [...]
“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” ~Elbert Hubbard, The Note Book, 1927
Leadership and life are a continual learning process. To learn is to engage in new situations and experiences. This ability to step into fresh experiences and learning keeps leaders strong, [...]
“Art begins with resistance – at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.” Andre Gide
The best ideas take hard work. That is why passion for an idea, concept, etc is so critical for it is the energy which fuels the work. To be [...]
In the book “Playing to Win” by Larry and Hersch Wilson they define the journey of growth as playing to win. To grow requires you to challenge your core maps and redefine them to align with your values and true sense of self. This is the epitaph they share:
“I took the risk.
I discovered [...]