News From LBD
 June 2009 Vol 1 Issue 4

   A leader creates his or her own future and drives the success of an organization.

   Unfortunately, there is an over abundance of managers and a huge lack of leaders today. This situation clearly has a negative impact on an organization's ability to grow and compete.

   A leader combines the vision and curiosity of a dreamer with the practical engineering of a builder.  Leadership, among other things, is the process of providing organizational, team and self direction, and then accomplishing the necessary objectives.  A leader is goal directed, looking forward to the attainment of measurable outcomes. Setting and achieving goals give an effective leader meaningful purpose and serve as a continuous source of motivation in pursuit of organizational and individual success.

   While many books have been written about leadership, it remains for many a misunderstood and elusive quality. The capacity for leadership exists in everyone, but most people, most organizations, never take the time to develop it.

   An organization's most valuable resource is its people. Are you maximizing your leadership potential and the leadership potential of your people?


Reward Systems, Does Yours Measure Up? (Memo to the CEO) by Steve Kerr

  It's one of the thorniest management problems around: dealing with unmotivated, low-performing employees. It's easy to point the finger of blame at them. But in most companies, it's the reward system, not the workforce, that's causing poor attitudes and performance: many reward systems actually discourage desired behaviors while rewarding the very actions that drive executives crazy. In this book, Steve Kerr describes the steps you must take to create an effective reward system.

The Bible, Philippians 2:1-16

  In this letter to the people of Philippi, Paul and Timothy offer encouragement that is applicable to leaders today; specifically how when dealing with others a servant attitude will "help you shine like stars."
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   Two critical questions that are often asked by  organizations are; "How do we know that our resources are being properly utilized, and how can we better develop the resources we have?"

   A third party look at your Leadership Development needs can be fresh and "results oriented." Make sure it is a structured, open-ended and pragmatic approach to your leadership growth needs. At LBD our processes are designed to help individuals develop the attitudes, skills, and qualities necessary for personal and organizational leadership.

   Contact us today for a courtesy leadership needs assessment.

John Branstad
John Branstad


"You cannot build character and courage by taking away initiative and independence."

Abraham Lincoln

John Branstad