Father’s Day Reflections


Another Father’s Day has come and gone and for some it was a grand time filled with celebration and excitement while for others it went by almost unnoticed. No matter how you spent the day, I hope you thought deeply about your relationship with your father. If you are an adult, living away from your … Continue reading

Understanding DISC #4, Communicating with the DISC styles


 In previous issues of “Understanding DISC” we have gone into some depth on the subject of the fundamental DISC styles. You can find the past issues here: http://motivationalkehl.blogspot.ca/. In this issue, we will discuss the best ways to communicate with each of the styles. Here is a brief and simplified recap of the basic DISC … Continue reading

Valentine’s Day Is For Lovers…Or Is It?


Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly known as Valentine’s Day, is an annual celebration held on February 14, celebrating love and affection between cherished lovers. The day is named after an early Christian leader and martyr named Saint Valentine, and was established by Pope Galasius I in 496 AD. Now, it is traditionally a day on which devoted … Continue reading

Ten Ways To Make Your Employees Adore You


Find out the best ways to engage your employees in this short video: http://motivationalkehl.blogspot.com/2011/10/ten-ways-to-make-your-employees-adore.html  

GENERATION “Y” IS GETTING A BUM RAP!


I am a man in his fifties who spent the majority of his career as a manager of people. During that time I have managed Boomers, Generation “X”, Generation “Y” and even a few Traditionals. (Traditionals are people now in their late sixties to early nineties). Of all the age or generation groups I had the privilege … Continue reading

How To Be A Bad Leader


My articles usually focus on how to be a good leader or a better leader. In fact, most leadership articles available on the internet or elsewhere focus on the positive elements of leading. Many leadership writers prefer to write about completely positive things and focus on what leaders should do to be recognized as the … Continue reading

Leadership Can Be An Unpopular Business


Watch this short video on how leaders must make unpopular decisions here: http://motivationalkehl.blogspot.com/2011/08/leadership-can-be-unpopular-business.html Throughout my career in leadership I had to accept this one major truth: I will not always make decisions that will make me universally popular.  When leading, we must always put our followers first; we must always do our best for our … Continue reading

What Is Leadership?


With a title like that you might think I bit off a little more than I can chew. You might be right, but because there are literally thousands of articles, blogs and websites dedicated to discussions of leadership, I wanted to offer a logical definition of it in a thousand words or less. Here goes… … Continue reading

The Value Of Honesty


As children, most of us had parents who tried to convince us that cheaters never prosper and liars will not go to heaven. The theory is of course a great one, but almost every day in the news I hear about business leaders being charged and convicted for a variety of commercial crimes.  Sadly, I … Continue reading

Stop Being Selfish! Find Happiness and True Success…


Click this link to watch a short video about the value of not being selfish: http://motivationalkehl.blogspot.com/2011/07/stop-being-selfish-find-happiness-and.html If you want to get along with more people start thinking about someone other than yourself. If you have problems with relationships it is probably largely to do with your own actions and the fact that you are thinking … Continue reading

How To Deal With Water Cooler Talk


 Water cooler talks are those nasty, backstabbing, grumble sessions that employees like to have from time to time at work. During those discussions negativity takes the lead and gossip rules the day. Nothing good ever comes from it and yet it is a very popular pastime in a lot of workplaces. “I like to refer … Continue reading

What makes a Superstar employee?


Find out here: http://www.ilstv.com/superstar-employees/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DailyNewsletter    

How To Lead Generation “Y”


The members of the demographic, commonly known as Generation “Y” were born between the years 1981 and 1994, which makes them ages 17 to 30 in year 2011. They are the young up-and-coming leaders of society. There are a lot of them, and since they will soon fill most of the jobs being given up by … Continue reading

Take Your Business Back!


I often hear from managers that employees have more power than their bosses. Studies have shown that the majority of workers in North America do not want to move into a management role. The current trend toward servant leadership and participative management has created a lot of very good results, but in many cases it has … Continue reading

Ego and Success


Winners, losers and survivors exist all around us. The world is full of people who become famous through excellent results alongside those who gain notoriety because of poor performance. Interestingly, mediocrity is much more common than success or failure in most areas of human endeavour. Most people get by, but seldom excel despite the fact … Continue reading

Are You A Servant Leader Or A Leadership Warrior?


I have called upon the leaders of the world to start a LEADERSHIP REVOLUTION. In order to make my dream become a reality, we need to employ some proactive, aggressive action right away. One of the most common terms used for good leadership these days is SERVANT LEADERSHIP. Although I am a proponent of that … Continue reading

Let’s Start A Leadership Revolution!


I have dedicated the last decade of my life to the proposition that there are no bad employees…just bad leaders. Because my words have fallen on a number of deaf ears in the world of executive boardrooms, I have decided to start a Leadership Revolution. The old, Traditional, Boomer ways of leading will not work … Continue reading

The Four Ageements


Check out the Four Agreements Here: http://www.ilstv.com/the-four-agreements-2/

Who Needs Wisdom?


This is my favourite definition of wisdom: “Good sense; the ability to make sensible decisions and judgments based on personal knowledge and experience.”   Note that good sense requires personal knowledge and experience in order to be effective. Wisdom cannot grow and flourish in isolation. When one operates with poor or potentially harmful personal knowledge or … Continue reading

What’s Up With Generation “Y”?


Have a listen to this short video on Generation “Y” http://www.ilstv.com/generation-y/

Social Media Etiquette?


Click here to listen to a short video on social media etiquette:  http://www.ilstv.com/electronic-hit-and-run-2/

All Good Things Must Come To An End


Click for a video on the value of living in the present: http://www.ilstv.com/all-good-things-must-end/

Positive Passion Leads To Success


  “Genuine leaders never pursue or expect adulation or “star” status. When they receive it, they accept it graciously and move on to the next challenge. Leadership is not about personal victory. It is about winning through teamwork and positive energy by and for every member of the team.”                         ∞Wayne Kehl∞ My book, “A … Continue reading

Easter Is For Leaders


Easter is a holiday celebrated each spring in many countries throughout the world. It is essentially a Christian religious celebration based on the scriptures which indicate that Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. Each year we celebrate the resurrection on Easter Sunday. Interestingly, Easter can be considered a moveable feast … Continue reading

Harassment…A Leadership Dilemma


The world of business and industry has improved dramatically for women over the past two decades but we are still hearing a lot about male chauvinism, glass ceilings and gender discrimination. Despite the positive efforts of business leaders, I personally believe that there is a diminished but definite level of unfair and unfounded gender discrimination … Continue reading

If Babies Ruled The World


On April 2, 2011 my daughter gave birth to a bouncing baby girl. I put a photo of the little darling on my Facebook page with the caption, “This is my new granddaughter. Cute Huh?”  Within seconds the comments and “likes” started coming in. Within 24 hours I received dozens of complimentary messages from old … Continue reading

What Makes A Superstar Employee?


The secret to success that all great employers have discovered is as simple as, “right person-right job.” When people are placed into jobs they can excel in every time, miracles can happen.  Think about the following questions:   Have you ever noticed how managers, supervisors and leaders of all kinds often expect everyone to perform at … Continue reading

Leaders Need Followers To Be Successful!


Have you ever noticed that some employees will stay in jobs that they do not really enjoy, or are not really suited to for long periods of time? Have you met people who stay in a lower paying job even though they have been offered more money somewhere else? A business needs long-term employees in … Continue reading

It’s A Dog’s Life


As I travel through my life, I have often noticed that dogs have some interesting effects on people. In the presence of a dog, even the gruffest, most hardened human beings can become soft and caring. I also notice that in the past few decades, more and more people are adopting dogs than ever before. In … Continue reading

Lighten Up Or Heavy Up…The Choice Is Yours


Have you ever noticed that a lot of people tend to take themselves too seriously? You know who I mean: Those folks who huff and puff with righteous indignation whenever they are challenged. Those people who glare and stare whenever someone says something they believe is inappropriate. Those individuals who seem to believe that it … Continue reading

“Getting Along With People Is Easy!” (Selfishness)


This is an except from my book: “Getting Along With People Is Easy  !” EIGHTH COMMANDMENT   DO NOT BE SELFISH   If you want to get along with people think about someone other than yourself. If you are not getting along with people it is probably largely to do with your own actions and the … Continue reading

You Never Miss The Water Until the Well Runs Dry


This old proverb shines a very bright light on the theory that you never know what you have until it is gone. If everything in your life is going well right now, think about the dynamics around you that help to make it great. If your life is challenging at this moment because you have … Continue reading

The Butterfly Effect


The Butterfly Effect The Butterfly Effect is a scientific theory that essentially says that a small change at one place in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere. Originally part of the Chaos Theory, numerous scientists throughout modern history have concluded that this happens even though these systems are deterministic, meaning that their future … Continue reading

Lead By Example


Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbours, and let every New Year find you a better man or woman.   Benjamin Franklin  Oh, if we could all just follow Benjamin Franklin’s advice, what a wonderful world it would be. Why must we all find fault with each other while carrying anger and … Continue reading

Christmas All Year Long


I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”  ~ Charles Dickens (1812-1870), English author. From ‘A Christmas Carol’.   I was quite taken by this quote from Charles Dickens. This line from “A Christmas Carol” reminds us of the fact that for most people, the true spirit of kindness … Continue reading

Pessimism Is The Enemy Of Ambition And The Killer of Dreams


Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.   – Helen Keller Helen Keller lived from 1880 to 1968…an incredible 88 years. Although she was blind and deaf from childhood, she played a big part in changing our world for the better. She was a university graduate, … Continue reading

Think Before You Speak!


Wise men talk because they have something to say… fools, because they have to say something.  – Plato  Plato lived from 428 BC to 348 BC and even then, one of the largest human problems that philosophers of the day grappled with was a lack of open, honest communication. Nothing has changed in over two … Continue reading

Are You Willing To Risk Your Life?


On Remembrance Day and Veteran’s Day it is important for us all to reflect on the sacrifice and devotion to duty shown by so many of our brave men and women all over the world. But, what does the observation of past and present wars mean to you?   November 11th is not about poppies, … Continue reading

You Only Have One Life to Live!


“Good Times; Bad Times; You know I had my share…”  Led Zeppelin 1968  The above line from Led Zeppelin was written by the famous rockers 42 years ago and yet, it still has meaning today. I am a fan of Led Zeppelin partly because of my age and my love of screaming guitars, but chiefly … Continue reading

Anger is a killer but happiness can save your life!


I am pleased to report that people with high levels of happiness tend to catch colds and influenza less often and present less significant symptoms, (than angry or depressed people) when they do get sick. Happy people generally have lower levels of stress hormones in their blood stream and lower blood pressure. Interestingly, recent studies have shown that listening to pleasing music can improve blood vessel and heart health…probably because it releases relaxing endorphins into the blood stream

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