Damian Gerke, providing leadership resources and leadership results

Leadership Resources To Equip Your Journey

It’s easy for leaders to feel isolated. Don’t let it happen to you!

It’s up to you to surround yourself with the right resources, tools and coaching to help guide and motivate you. In turn, you’ll be better equipped to motivate, delegate and lead.

Taking the Lead

What Riding a Bike Can Teach You About Leadership

Taking the Lead is designed to give you a full spectrum of leadership topics to maximize professional and personal development. It’s straightforward and simple—so new leaders can quickly grasp and begin applying the concepts—and also profound enough to challenge seasoned leaders to deepen their influence.

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To Get it Done You Have to Give it Away: Overcoming the Barriers to Phenomenal Delegation

Delegating is widely recognized as a positive leadership trait. (duh)

But there’s an elephant in the room: While we applaud delegation only a few of us actually do it well—even though everyone says they despise being micromanaged. You’d think being micromanaged would motivate us to excel at the primary behavior that prevents it.

But it doesn’t.

To Get it Done You Have to Give it Away gives you the tools to delegate productively, and uncovers some of the barriers, pitfalls and anxieties that will get in your way. A balance of hard skills and soft skills are required for leaders to delegate, motivate and empower their teams.

Let’s get it done!

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Let’s Talk About Leadership

Without Leadership, Nothing Happens

No, I mean it: Nothing.

Nothing of any significance in human history has happened without leadership. Without leadership, status quo rules.

A few people are called to extraordinary leadership opportunities. The rest of humanity is called to ordinary ones that—while never making the cover of Forbes—are still likely to motivate people and change people’s lives.

The question is: Whichever opportunity you’re called to, will you be ready when the call comes in? Prepare now. Open yourself up to personal development and self-improvement opportunities so when you are called upon, you’ll be prepared.

Remember, “Hope is not a plan” (Steve Adubato).

Leadership At It’s Best Is Not…

Power. For so long that’s what I thought leadership was about. The great leaders I saw were loud and provocative. They self-promoted. They owned the room with a commanding presence.

I credit John Maxwell for changing me forever when he painted leadership inside a different frame: influence.

Exercising influence makes you so much more agile and effective and provides so much more opportunity than exercising power. Exercising power may feel good in the moment and give the appearance of getting things done, but ultimately, trying to leverage power is more limiting—and far less gratifying—than leveraging your influence.

Why stop at power and control, when you could have influence instead?

Leadership’s Secret Sauce

There is so much leadership information available to us. Great information, in fact, that defines leadership excellence and inspires us to think differently about how to take our leadership to the next level.

But with all this available leadership education and knowledge, why don’t we see more great leaders? Why don’t we see more motivation in the workplace? Why do we see so much micromanaging?

It’s easy to think the problem is that we don’t know enough. But what if the real problem is that we don’t do enough with what we already know?

Want to know the secret to transforming your leadership effectiveness?

What I’m Reading

There’s good news when it comes to finding great leadership and personal development resources: There are so many titles to choose from.

The bad news, of course, is there are so many titles to choose from.

Everyone’s looking for the best books on leadership that provide insight into the most challenging parts of being a leader, like communication, leadership styles or how to delegate. We want books that inspire with leadership quotes or stories.

Here’s what I’m currently reading (or maybe re-reading) to “sharpen the saw.”

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

David Allen

I’m re-reading this book for the second time, and have come away with new insights and perspective on myself and how I stay productive. David has put together a revolutionary process on how to organize your “stuff” and keep a handle on everything that you have to do. It is a unique approach on how to frame your responsibilities, allowing you to focus your time and accomplish what you most need to accomplish. If you’ve been dissatisfied with how you monitor all that life and work throw at you, then you owe it to yourself to investigate what this book has to offer.

With Winning in Mind

Lanny Bassham

I have to say this book was outside of my usual reading interests, but I was introduced to the concept of visualization and mental rehearsal in Brandon Webb’s The Red Circle and was intrigued. The outcomes of mental rehearsal are hard to argue with and they make absolute sense—though they feel a little odd when you first start to apply them. Honestly, I’ve only begun to scratch the surface on applying this in my own life. I’ve realized I have decases of patterned mental habits and unproductive failure-oriented thoughts to overcome and change, but I’m optimistic that with more and regular practice it will pay big dividends. It’s definitely worth considering.

So, What Are You Reading?

I’d like to hear from you about the resources you’re reading to improve your leadership skills and personal development. Share your best leadership education resources. Click the button to go to my Facebook page to recommend a book or other resource.

There are two requirements:

  1. You must include a short description of not only why you liked it, but also how it’s changed you.
  2. You must join the Facebook page so I can follow up with you.

I’ll post one book or other resource per month.

My Favorites

Most of us have a list of books that have shaped us. You know what I mean…

  • They arrived at just the right time,  just when you needed them
  • They provided just the personal development and self improvement guidance you needed
  • The words entered your eyes and the ideas exploded in your mind, and new ways of thinking, living and leading were born

Here’s my list. They’re not necessarily the best sellers of all time, and some are a bit dated. But over the years they have profoundly impacted me and/or the people I’ve worked with.

Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization

Dave Logan, John King, Halee Fischer-Wright

This was the first book on organizational culture that made sense to me. It finds the sweet spot between overly simplistic and overly academic, and provides actionable ways to build strategy around values.

 

Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

Geoff Colvin

“Are leaders born or made?”

Don’t try to answer this question without reading this book. It will shape—if not redirect—your answer. The chapter on deliberate practice alone is worth the price of the book.

What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful

Marshall Goldsmith

This book is a wonderful tool for helping successful people realize their success is actually the major thing that’s blocking their growth and effectiveness. It’s such a challenge to get strong performers to realize the need to reinvent themselves and continue to improve. If you’re ready to remove the cap on your leadership effectiveness, effectiveness a great place to start.

 

Drive: The Surprising Truth Behind What Motivates Us

Daniel Pink

One of the most practical and applicable books on motivation I’ve read in a long time. There’s ever-evolving data on this field of study, but this will serve well as an introduction. If you’re new in a supervisory role and looking for a starting place on how to motivate the people you manage, this book is for you.

Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative

Scott Eblin

Scott Eblin has written a timely and effective book on a subject we all know to be true, but few of us are willing to admit we struggle with. But he doesn’t stop at just raising the topic, he actually gives you something you can do about it.

 

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Doris Kearns Goodwin

I read this book twice, and still feel like I could read it again and not fully capture the man who was our president during one of the most trying times in our history. If you want to see a picture leadership at its finest, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better historical example than Abraham Lincoln.

Brilliant or Blunder: 6 Ways Leaders Navigate Uncertainty, Opportunity and Complexity

Dr. Mary Lippitt

Mary Lippitt has hit on a gold mine. The book takes critical thinking to a whole new level and presents a framework for how to analyze and make sound decisions. Read this book when you’ve got some time to ponder on your own decision-making habits and are ready to make some changes.

The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter

Michael Watkins

This is an invaluable book for leaders who are coming into a new organization, transitioning to a new role or even those who are facing a significant change initiative. Many leaders have no awareness of what the situation requires of them and how to adapt their leadership approach to be most effective. This book will help get you ready.

Making Room for Life: Trading Chaotic Lifestyles for Connected Relationships

Randy Frazee

While is not a leadership book per se, it is about initiating in your home to create an atmosphere for deep connection in the most significant relationships in your life. Who among us (marketplace leaders or not) doesn’t want to reduce the chaos in our lives?

I often say there’s a leadership equivalent to “put on your own oxygen mask before helping others.” This book touches on both the spiritual and secular parts of life and will make you think of how both parts interact. Randy is also one of the most visionary and effective leaders I’ve known personally. So if you’re looking, you’ll see so many sound leadership principles.

The Bible

God

What is there to say? It’s the most compelling, formative and unique book in human history. It’s done more for me to understand identity, the human condition and personal and professional development – to say nothing of providing the definition of a great leader – than any other book I’ve ever read.

The link will take you to YouVersion, which provides a variety of ways to read the Bible online, as well as a number of helpful resources.

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