10 Tips To Overcome Bad Thoughts


Do you ever find yourself thinking bad thoughts about someone else? Do you ever think bad thoughts about yourself? Here is an easier question: “Are You Human?” If your answer to this one is YES, then you can honestly answer YES to the first two questions. Bad thoughts are human but we should not let … Continue reading

A New Year’s Wish For Leaders


“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

Hey Leaders: “Life Is A Balancing Act”


Do you have some amazingly energetic, hard working, loyal employees who work long hours and never complain?  Do any of your staff members handle additional roles in the community, on non-profit boards, or with service clubs in addition to juggling work and family duties? Do you have some folks working for you who never want … Continue reading

Can A Woman Be A Great Leader Of Men?


If we are going to have an intelligent discussion about women in leadership positions firstly we must accept that women and men do not, and should not lead in the same fashion. Women think differently than men and their natural tendencies are driven by different motives than men. In short, women and men are different! … Continue reading

I Love My Levi’s And I Will Not Change!


When I was a teenager, I became very attached to Levi’s jeans. Most of my friends wore Levi’s Red Tab jeans and we all thought we looked pretty darned cool! In those days Levi’s were made of heavy, dark blue denim that eventually faded to a very pleasant lighter indigo hue. The pungent odour of the … Continue reading

Top Ten Ways To Be A Bad Leader – Video


Check out this video on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/hYeuH39U5bw

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

Ten Ways To Make Your Employees Adore You


Please do not confuse adoration with lovability or even likeability. Effective leaders have a mystique about them that sets them apart from other mortals. They have an ability to garner respect, admiration, reverence, and generally high regard wherever they go. Those are the elements of adoration that we will be dealing with in this article. No … Continue reading

It Takes A Hurricane


While watching the drama of Hurricane Irene unfold as she made her way up the east coast of North America, I was impressed by the good humour, co-operation, camaraderie, and overall humanity of the folks who reside in the path of the storm front. The media did a great job of televising scenes of people … 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

Are You Living An Authentic Life?


Wayne Kehl talks about living an authentic life in this short video message: http://motivationalkehl.blogspot.com/2011/08/are-you-living-authentic-life.html   There is nothing sadder than the death of someone who has never lived! Here is a quote from the late rocker, Jimi Hendrix: “I’m the one who’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me … 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    

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

Every Revolution Needs A Cause


How to start a Leadership Revolution Before we can begin to create a culture of effective and powerful leadership, we must have a cause that everyone can rally around. Throughout history, every revolution came about as a result of the failure of leaders to understand or empathize with what the people wanted. When it became … Continue reading

Find Out How Anger Can Harm You


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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/

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

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

Success Through People…Surviving Beyond a Down Economy


The key to more with less is with your current employees. Become an open, honest employer with a transparent management plan. Let your people in on what you are doing, where you are going, and where you stand right now. More than ever in the history of North American business, employees want inclusion and a say in how their workplace runs. Give it to them! Stop hanging on to the old ways of doing business and start giving your employees what they want, no matter how difficult letting go of your old principles might be.

A Big Ego is a Terrible Thing to Waste!


People with strong egos like a pat on the back. They need to be acknowledged for their good work. The feeling of satisfaction they derive from praise is like a drug to them…the more they get…the more they want. The more praise they receive, the more likely it is that they will perform at exponentially higher levels. However, if people with big egos are ignored or criticized for their work, they will no longer derive a sense of satisfaction from their work and performance will probably decrease in quality and quantity.

Getting Along With People Is Easy


 “Getting Along With People Is Easy” As I kneeled to thin out the dead stalks in the rose bushes near my back gate today, I felt a twinge in my back. As I stood up to shake off the twinge, I felt a pain in my right thigh and stiffness in both knees. At that moment, … Continue reading

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