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On Leaders and Accountability (Part 4): How Mentoring and Coaching Builds Trust

In part 3 on accountability, we talked about the importance of clarity–making sure people are clear about expectations and gaining alignment in everything including mission, vision, values, standards, your peculiar worldview, and the specific goals to be accomplished. In surveying more than 300 leaders from Fortune 500 companies, I learned that two of the attributes […]

April 3, 2013

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The Latest Leadership Book Recommendation from Lee – “One of the Most Gripping Biographies Ever Published”

Here’s the Latest Recommendation from Lee’s Bookshelf – “The Last Lion 2: Winston Spencer Churchill Alone, 1932-40”. Lee was really energized by this book on Churchill’s leadership during this critical era in world history. Discussion centers on the alarm he sounded about the terrible plot being hatched inside Hitler’s deranged mind. Other readers say that […]

March 27, 2013

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The Collision of Leadership and Assessing One’s Natural Strengths and Struggles – A Practical Next Step

The first lesson in Leading with Honor is entitled “Know Yourself”. Before the act of executing decisions in leadership and leading others, the foundational step in leadership is knowing who you are–your strengths, weaknesses, talents, and abilities that uniquely position you for fulfillment and success in life and work. Alternately, this means relieving the pressure […]

February 25, 2013

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Great advice on how leaders and visionaries can use technology to get ahead and focus on the future.

February 11, 2013

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On Leaders and Accountability (Part 2): Why It’s Crucial to Life and the Superbowl

We recently experienced Superbowl XLVII (that’s 47 for all of you that missed “old math” with Roman numerals). Thirty-two teams started the season (sixteen NFC and sixteen AFC with each conference having four divisions–North, South, East, and West–with four teams each). The goal for the season was the same for all teams—reach the Superbowl, but […]

February 4, 2013

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Dealing with Anger and Bitterness and Other Life/Leadership Lessons Learned

Lee had a great interview with Miami’s WIOD News Radio 610am with hosts Jimmy Cefalo & Manny Munoz recently. They talk life and leadership lessons learned, and the importance of overcoming emotions like anger, bitterness, and depression under difficult circumstances. They also talk about: – why Lee isn’t bitter now from the POW experience – […]

January 29, 2013

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How to Fight to Win in the New Year – Part 1

Life itself is a fight at virtually every turn. To win in sports, the athlete must fight against the limitations of the body and the efforts of the competition. To win the new job, the candidate must fight for the interview and for the offer. To win at home, the spouse or parent must fight […]

January 16, 2013

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Fox & Friends Interview – Four Primary Lessons Learned in the POW Camps

Here’s a clip of Lee’s recent interview with Fox & Friends on January 4th. Great interview with relevant wisdom and advice that anyone can use! The main points of interview were – (1) Know Yourself (2) Guard Your Character (3) Confront Your Doubts and Fears and (4) Bounce Back, and Be Resilient. These four principles […]

January 7, 2013

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On Leaders and Accountability: Notes from the Cliff

As we prepare to launch into the New Year, I’ve amazed at how the word “cliff” has dominated the news. We’re obviously not talking about the very dangerous physical sport of cliff diving which can be a thing of beauty and grace done by the professionals. No, it’s the political sport of dancing on the […]

January 2, 2013

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Christmas in the POW Camps and Perspective During Challenging Moments

During this special time of gift-giving, today’s extended post is an excerpt from the chapter on “Clarify Your Culture” in Leading with Honor. We wish you a peaceful and joyful Christmas season from Lee Ellis and FreedomStar Media – “The day I received my first package from home is a case in point. As the […]

December 20, 2012

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Leaders Dig Deep and Treasure Their Trials: A How-To Article

As we approach the end of the year, are you going (or have you been) through tough times? If so, it may be time to reflect on some who have been down that road before you. For the POWs in the Vietnam War, facing serious trials became a way of life.  In that bleak existence […]

December 3, 2012

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Another Recommendation – “The Six Fundamentals of Success” by Stuart Levine. Why is it a core book on Lee Ellis’ Bookshelf?

Here’s another Book Recommendation from leadership consultant, Lee Ellis’, Bookshelf – “The Six Fundamentals of Success” by Stuart R. Levine. One description of this book says – “Everyone has his or her own style at work. But if you look at the people who are successful, you’ll see similarities. They always do the most important […]

November 15, 2012

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Fight for Clarity

Much of success in life is about getting everyone on the same page—whether it’s personal or professional relationships. And inevitably someone has to choose to lead the charge in getting clarity.  As fighter pilots, we reviewed comm procedures during pre-flight briefing to ensure that everyone would be on the “same frequency”. In this case gaining […]

November 1, 2012

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