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Cultivating Heroic Leadership In The Millennial Generation.
Cultivating Heroic Leadership In The Millennial Generation.

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Paul was recently interviewed by the California Business Journal regarding The Callan Course. This article gives some great insight into how Paul started the course, how The Callan Course works, and why others enjoy it and find it so valuable.

You can read the whole article here: http://calbizjournal.com/thecallancourse/
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TODAY'S LEADERSHIP REFLECTION: HEROIC LEADERS KNOW HONOR IS WORTH MORE THAN GLORY

Heroic Leaders know that when honor is abandoned for personal glory, convenience, instant gratification, or self-gain, that loss of honor becomes a fatal wound, seriously diminishing the leaders trustworthiness. Conversely, Heroic Leaders know that when honor is upheld during trying times, that act is galvanizing and reinforcing of the leader’s trustworthiness.

Honor can be an inconvenient thin...g, as honor requires leaders to see beyond the moment, to reach beyond personal glory, to refuse the temptation of instant gratification, and avoid the well-worn path of convenience.

To remind ourselves of the value of personal honor, and the necessity of moral courage in upholding our honor, we should always remember these facts: (1) You won’t recognize honor if you don’t practice it; and (2) you can’t expect honor from others if you don’t model it yourself.

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TODAY'S LEADERSHIP REFLECTION: HEROIC LEADERS UNDERSTAND THE NECESSITY OF "NO"

Like the mythic Pandora, leaders often mistake success as saying “yes” to everything. And like Pandora, when leaders lift the lid of the box and say “yes” to everything, they unleash a torrent of unfocused tasks and misguided energy that results in chaos and confusion.

When leaders perceive busyness, they automatically correlate that busyness to production and effectiveness, which is often the opp...osite of what is actually achieved.

Heroic leaders must discipline themselves, and their organization, to focus on their ethos, their core strategy, and their ultimate end states, and say “no” to things that do not align with these core purposes. In this way, leaders foster a discipline for “no” and create healthy mechanisms for removal.

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TODAY'S LEADERSHIP REFLECTION: HEROIC LEADERS AVOID THE SLIPPERY SLOPE

Like Odysseus in Homer’s Odyssey, all leaders will occasionally be lured by the siren’s call to the shores of ignoble behavior. It is tempting to follow the siren’s call and step onto the slippery slope towards our lesser ambitions, and when we do, we end up crashing on the shore and shipwrecking our integrity, our honor, and our trustworthiness.

When leaders step on the slippery slope, they fall prey to ...these toxic mindsets and behaviors:
> Convenience
> Instant Gratification
> Victimization
> Cynicism
> Rights without Responsibility
> Entitlement without Sacrifice

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TODAY'S LEADERSHIP REFLECTION: HEROIC LEADERS EMBRACE PARADOX

Leadership is a master craft, and like all master crafts, gaining true excellence in leadership requires embracing paradox. Not everything about leadership is linear or simple. Heroic leaders, in mastering themselves and gaining true inner authority, have to accept and internalize leadership paradoxes such as these:
> To get, you must give
> To excel, you must release power...
> To speed up, you must slow down
> To lead others, you must master yourself
> To win, you must occasionally fail

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TODAY'S LEADERSHIP REFLECTION: WHY ETHOS IS THE KEY TO ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

Ethos is a Greek word meaning “the essential character or spirit of a group.” Ethos is the deep perennial knowledge and communal roots that define the spirit of a people.

When alive and thriving, ethos provides to the group answer to these three elementary question: Who are we? What do we do? What do we stand for? Ethos is akin to the underground root system of a tree, in that ethos is the life...-blood and wellspring of the organization’s enduring health, vitality, and resilience.

When ethos is built and sustained by leaders, ethos protects the organization from living solely in a present-tense culture, allowing the organization to feel its past in the wind while confidently looking forward towards the future.

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TODAY'S LEADERSHIP REFLECTION: HEROIC LEADERS FOCUS ON VIRTUES

I find it compelling (and telling) that Aesop’s Fables, written by an ancient Greek who lived in the 6th century BC, remain so relevant today. I believe Aesop’s Fables endure, even in our modern world, because Aesop wrote principally about virtues, not values.

There is nothing wrong with values, per se; however, values tend to be of thinner substance than virtues. Values can be situational, relative, and easily w...on or abandoned. Think of it: Anyone can have values, even criminals, gangs, and despots.

Virtues are sturdier because virtues require personal judgment; often require personal sacrifice and moral courage to uphold; take time to master and turn into habits; and point to timeless wisdom anchored in humanity’s most noble aspirations.

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TODAY'S LEADERSHIP REFLECTIONS: MANUFACTURING WINS & LEVERAGING SUCCESS

Great leaders create positive momentum for their teams. Be they in sports, business, or the local community, great leaders create opportunities for “small wins” and, once achieved, the leader publically celebrates these team achievements to create a centrifugal force of positive energy, optimism, and confidence.
 
When leaders manufacture wins and leverage success in this way, they create an organizationa...l affect we can think of as “patterns of achievement.” This is what in sports is often referred to as “learning how to win.” Once we master a pattern of success, we come to expect it, and we know how to achieve it.

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TODAY'S LEADERSHIP REFLECTION: HEROIC LEADERS SPEAK THE LANGUAGE OF LEADERSHIP

Communicating--deeply connecting to and resonating with others—is the key distinction between great leadership and basic management. Heroic Leaders understand they must first speak to hearts before they try to appeal to minds, and in connecting with hearts, leaders must provide answers to these three elementary questions: Who? What? and Why?

Armed with answers to those three questions, followers w...ill naturally activate their inner motivation, unleash their passion, and rally to noble purposes. The language of leadership has a unique style using basic conversational tones, an active voice, and a personal and clear delivery. The language of leadership avoids tech-speak and mind-numbing bureaucratic jargon.

Heroic leaders make extensive use of metaphors, parables, and stories to paint mental pictures and to portray galvanizing end states. The language of leadership gets us out of our heads and into our hearts—the source of all championship performance.

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TODAY'S LEADERSHIP REFLECTION: HEROIC LEADERS EMBRACE INTUITION

The acme of battlefield generalship, most often attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte, is the term "coup d’oeil", which means the “power of the glance.” A general with coup d’oeil can arrive at a battle, observe the emerging conditions and situation, and trusting his well-honed instincts, plan his strategy intuitively.

Modern Leaders must learn to hone and trust our intuitions too, because there is no such thing as certainty in leading. The only ex...act science is retrospect. Our modern world prizes complex analysis, as if complex analysis automatically equates to deep knowing. Too often, complex analysis results only in decision-making paralysis. So what is intuition? It is pattern recognition! Once a leader detects a pattern, he must trust his rapid cognition, and decide intuitively.

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