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Belated as it may be, here are a couple of hip pointers to leadersHIP.

Keepin’ it real

I’m preaching to the choir on this one. I suffer from OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) when it comes to organization. I often over organize and miss out on giving others and myself the opportunity to sit back and soak in the effects our action. Often times after I’ve organized a task or event myself and those who work with me are on to the next thing and do not take the time to enjoy the fruits of our labor. That’s not too hip.

For all the arrows that are shot toward the present and next generation, one attribute these generations share cannot be overlooked and that attribute is get-in-your-grill, John Wayne type honesty. People of these generations can spot a fake 20 miles away. They want us to be real and often times that means not over organizing. It means we have to ditch the daily walkthrough meet and greet.

I know this will seem too simple, but to put the HIP in leadership with these generations we must seek and take advantage of those opportunities when we are one on one people. Group recognition is great, but with these generations it’s more about being genuine and the best way to be genuine is to get in their grill with true and open leadership. Encourage them face-to-face, correct them face-to-face. If we’re too organized it dulls the shine of genuine leadership.

HIP action: Utilize the 30 second rule made famous by leadership expert John Maxwell. Folks, I know this works! Make it a habit to engage those whom you meet for the first time of any given day for at least 30 seconds. Ask them how their evening went, ask them about their game, family and upcoming weekend. 30 seconds isn’t along time especially when you’re asking from them 8 or more hours of personal sacrifice.


The road to success

I received this little poem from a good friend of mine who is a college football coach. All truth in the words below.

The road to success is not straight.
There is a curve called Failure,
a loop called Confusion,
speed bumps called Friends,
red lights called Enemies,
caution lights called Family.
You will have flats called Jobs.
But,if you have a spare called Determination,
an engine called Perseverance,
insurance called Faith,
a driver called Jesus,
you will make it to a place called Success.

Power of believing in someone

When I come across someone doing the extraordinary it is personally inspiring which is the very reason I can’t wait to share these people and their stories with you. One such person is Patrick Lawler of Memphis, Tennessee.
Patrick is the head of an organization that runs youth treatment center in six states. As CEO of Youth Villages, the nationally recognized nonprofit for emotionally and behaviorally challenged children, Lawler and staff accepts the kids nobody wants. The majority of the kids they receive have been physically or sexually abused; arrive with problems ranging from eating disorders to severe developmental delays.
Amazingly, 80 percent of children who receive treatment from Youth Villages are still living at home, going to school and doing well even two years after discharge. Government programs report 70 percent of children nationwide who have received treatment though their programs wind up returning to government care within one year of release.
A perfect example of what Lawler’s program can and has achieved is the story of Melanie Jackson. Melanie was a foster child who entered Youth Villages at the age of 12. Melanie now has a master’s degree in public administration, paid for by Youth Villages, and is helping troubled children today. As Melanie puts it, “People think that with so many odds against you, you will fall into the category of negative outcomes. Lawler looked at me as more than a foster child-as a young person who could have a bright future ahead of herself. For him to believe in me, it just kind of blew me away.”
Check out more information about Youth Villages and Patrick Lawler at

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