Leadership skills training & development for creating energy!

Leadership skills training development courses, programs, tool kits, books, seminars and workshops are great ways for creating, building and enriching energy in your life, your career and your organization! This "weblog" uses leadership skills-related quotes, articles, research, findings, practical examples and assessments to help you plan, organize, communicate and manage for growth through all your leadership skills training and development endeavors.

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Bill Thomas is Managing Principal of Mustard Seed Investments, Inc. He is also Publisher and Director of the Leadership-Toolkit[TM], Awesome Leaders![TM] and Innovative Leadership Seminars![TM]. He trains and coaches clients in over 75 countries on various business, organizational leadership, innovative business practices, strategy and technology issues. He also writes papers and consults and lectures on the new models, skills and resources required for wealth creation by knowledge professionals and executives in the Imagination Age.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Visionary Leadership Power Tools!

Visionary Leadership Power Tools, Books and Video Tutorial on CD-ROM

Why did we create a CD called "Visionary Leadership Power Tools"?


And no matter how dark, dire or desperate the circumstances
facing you, you MUST have a crystal-clear, uncompromising
picture of your desired future - here's a vision statement that
overcame the WORST adversity and went on to inspire the people
who won the Second World War!

"Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory
however long and hard the road may be: for without victory there
is no survival " - Sir Winston Churchill, May 13, 1940

"As you think in your heart [your mind, will and emotions], so are you"
- Proverbs 23:17

Take Control of Your Daily Challenges
Find Winning Solutions to Your Problems
Discover New, Life-Empowering Opportunities!

Learn How To Take A Vision-Quest, Extend Your Strategic Horizons, Set Your Leadership Priorities, Stay Focused on Your Goals, Eliminate Time-Wasters and Track Your Daily Progress!
Use the Tools in Your Power-Packed CD-ROM!

Effective leaders weave tapestries full of vision-based patterns colored by compelling themes, ideas and principles.

History's most successful leaders have used challenging, worthy and energetic visions.

"Where there is no vision, the people perish." - that's how wise King Solomon [in Proverbs 29:18] describes this most essential truth of the human condition.

We humans need to know where, why and how we are going to reach for a dream, goal or objective.

"There is no vision but by faith." Reverend Walter Chalmers Smith tells us that progress is achieved only when faith-filled works, sacrifices, and thoughts rule our actions.

In his ode we glimpse the broad scope of faith-filled leadership, viz., "Where sons of God yield up their breath; There is no gain except by loss; There is no life except by death; There is no vision but by faith."

The Salutation of the Dawn, from the Sanskrit, gives us a great way to lead, live and enjoy every single day:

"Listen to the exhortation of the Dawn!
Look to this day!
For it is Life, the very life of life.
In its brief course lie all the Verities
and Realities of your existence;
The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendor of beauty.
For Yesterday is but a dream,
and Tomorrow is only a vision;
but Today well-lived makes every
Yesterday a dream of happiness,
and every Tomorrow a vision of hope,
Look well therefore to this day!
Such is the Salutation of the Dawn."

Your "Visionary Leadership Power Tools!" CD-ROM contains:
  • 5 Knowledge-rich Handbooks and Executive Guides
  • 2 Software Programs & Tools (to create descriptive maps of your Vision-Quest and improve your leadership performance on a daily basis)
  • Video Tutorial (with written transcript) entitled: "Principles, Strategies & Concepts of the Empowered Envisioning System"
We can mail or ship your CD-ROM to 75 countries - when you order
your CD before Midnight, US-Eastern Time (New York City), June
30, you will save $10 and I'll send you a bonus copy of our
Executive Guide: "How To Totally Prepare Yourself for Awesome


God bless you and be well...

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Awesome Leadership Skills Training Programs Videos On YouTube

Awesome Leadership Skills Training Programs Preview Videos on YouTube

Being late to the party known as YouTube has me scrambling to bulk-up my video offerings, especially the free previews at least - but first, I have to record a bunch more for that YT crowd.

I took a few moments to record this all music, text and moving picture preview of our Awesome Leadership Training Programs - I even took the additional courageous step of allowing for comments, ratings and other critical possibilities of this video from all and sundry viewers (like you) - so have at it and let me know your thoughts, comments and reasons why you you will not "buy" our flagship leadership skills development program and courses!

Hey you can contact me by joining our mailing list at: http://www.awesome-leaders.com

Just send me a quick message and include my name (Bill Thomas) in your Subject Line, please.

Thank you and enjoy the show!

...Radio Show???

It's on its way and will appear at a web-based station in your vicinity, soon!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Leadership Training & Strategic Planning Go Together!

Strategic Planning Works Best With Leadership Training!

Leadership training is an essential ingredient of effective strategic planning sessions. The more I think about that statement, the more I realize it's true. Strategic planning requires an understanding of the organizational vision, mission and the prevailing winds and market trends.

We spoke about vision preceding strategy but since a strategy must be discussed, evaluated and then planned, it's incumbent on the enterprise's leaders to set aside time and invest the sweat equity into a strategy planning retreat, session or workshop.

Now, you might wish to use some free or really low cost template and I simply must warn you against relying on those types of materials - for two reasons:
  1. Because your plan will turn into a stale, static plan with little or no passionate to it
  2. Because you will fail to consider or place enough emphasis on the most urgent priorities of your strategy and vision
In both cases, your strategic plan will forget about the "outside" world (as most plans do!) and your plan will lack the personalized dynamism and personality of your unique organization.

If you followed my advice from my Visionary Leadership (announcing our newly released CD-ROM) posting on this 'blog, you'll see that your vision forms the emotional, philosophical and spiritual basis for your strategy. And visionary leadership requires professionals, managers, executives and entrepreneurs who are sufficiently grounded in the fundamentals of leadership skills and practice.

That's why I spoke about the longer-term visionary leadership skills training program in my earlier message to you. The more of your associates, colleagues and partners involved in your strategic planning endeavors the more successful your plan is likely to be!

I hope you can see how helpful leadership training can be in these areas. Use your training, coaching and consulting service providers to help you elevate your enterprise above the madding crowds, and get going today!

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Visionary Leadership Precedes Strategic Planning!

Visionary Leadership Precedes Strategic Planning!

Which comes first? The vision or the strategy?

The simple answer is "vision". The answer to "Why" is much more involved.

In a word, you use strategy to enable your ability to drive and make your approach towards objectives. Yet, you need your vision to see and recognize your objective when you get there.

In these troubling times - with natural disasters, complex economic dilemmas, a transitioning workforce, and competing paradigms challenging leaders on a daily (almost hourly) basis - you need to have, communicate and embrace the precepts of visionary leadership.

  1. How to quickly generate powerfully new, yet realistic ideas, hopes and dreams and then transform them into an energizing and attainable strategic vision;
  2. How to clearly communicate vivid images of your goals or objectives that enlighten the hearts, minds and hands of your associates, partners and key stakeholders;
  3. Techniques you can use to magnetically attract the ideals of growth, possibility and excellence to the strategic vision and all the activities your organization engages in;
  4. Use your strategic visioning skills to boost, amplify and magnify the efficacy of your leadership behaviors and meet all the challenging demands of leading your projects, operations, employees and providers;
  5. How creating your own comprehensive visionary leadership agenda cultivates and enriches the energies and power of your entrepreneurial, strategic, business development or market growth opportunities;
Our CD-ROM, entitled: "Visionary Leadership Power Tools! - How To Discover, Design and Drive Your Ideas From Visions to Successful Realities!" contains, eight (8) awesome tools, executive guides and a video tutorial to help you empower your visionary leadership skills!

This really powerful CD-ROM gives you our very effective toolset, including:
  • VisionQuest Mapper - this easy to use software tool helps you quickly identify, create, shape and build amazingly robust, realistic and resilient statements of your vision
  • My Leadership Performance Improvement Journal - this flexible yet totally functional progress-tracking software alerts you to potential gaps, shortfalls and roadblocks in your leadership which could prevent you from fully realizing the goals and objectives of your visionary strategies
On this CD-ROM, you will discover how these tools work together with the concepts and lessons described in the handbooks, guides and tutorial to transform you into that powerfully competent, visionary leader you were always meant to be!

Pick up your own copy of this practical CD-ROM today!

Visionary Leadership Power Tools on CD-ROM

Enroll in our 16-week (you get 4 Months of weekly Webinars, Tools, CD-ROMs, Handbooks and Guides, Articles and Videos! in our) Visionary Leadership Skills Training Program

Are you ready to become an Awesome Leader - if so, join us today!