It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Research

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Research

Tracey Jones

This past week I moved one step closer to achieving one of my life goals; I completed my Prospectus hearing for my doctorate in leadership. This milestone includes the written front end of your dissertation and a briefing on your research problem and the methodology whereby you intend to go forth and gather data. My hearing was this past Wednesday and my readers and several faculty members who were with me since the beginning were in attendance.

Opportunity or Distraction?

Opportunity or Distraction?

Tracey Jones
All the glitters is not gold, and it is essential we learn to discern an opportunity from a distraction, so we don’t waste our precious time, talents, and talk.
Empowering or Enabling?

Empowering or Enabling?

Tracey Jones

Empowering is drawn out; enabling is dumped in. People who are willing to be developed need a hand up, not a handout. I'll do anything for anyone, but if you will not begin to pick up your own slack, I'm off to spend my resources on someone who'll use it to put their lives on a whole new trajectory. That’s genuine compassion and tremendous empowerment. Until the recipient owns their part of fixing life, the only thing they’ll want from you is more enabling. Give people the tools, and not just the solutions, and let them get to work. Invest in people wisely so you can help them and not hurt them.

The Privilege of Learning to be Thankful

The Privilege of Learning to be Thankful

Tracey Jones
A friend of mine recently shared she had been asked to conduct training in "Civility." Seems like this is the new “thing” every organization needs to emphasize and teach. We both chuckled because we know civility, like all the great truths and behaviors in life, isn’t taught, but instead caught, and it originates in a thankful heart. The heart is the wellspring where fountains of gratitude arise.
Moving From Leader to Leadership

Moving From Leader to Leadership

Tracey Jones

 

I hear a great deal about culture, and it seems to be this elusive wild animal that may be kind or may tear up your organization. I think it gets blamed or praised for a whole lot of the success and failures business owners and entrepreneurs experience. Individuals are what constitutes a culture. Each is responsible for the energy and behaviors he or she brings into the workplace. Each employee must continually ask themselves, "Am I here to make a difference for the organization or am I here to make a difference for myself?"

The Granddaughter Project

The Granddaughter Project

Tracey Jones
In the Spring of 2017, a successful business leader asked me to take his five granddaughters on a weekend retreat and provide professional development and mentorship in a private, relaxed, yet focused setting. There were two goals; first, help these young women unlock their inner greatness and second, help them stay away from the people who would derail them. Pretty much sums up the path to a tremendous life!
Bring on the Harvest

Bring on the Harvest

Tracey Jones
The Right People is about personnel. You can’t get it right without the right people and you can’t create chicken salad from chicken crap. All the laborers in the field have to be committed; otherwise, you're going to have waste. Assemble a team of great fellow laborers who are common people who produce uncommon results. The harvest is indeed plentiful, and you’ll need help to carry the load.
Ten Years Later…. Life is Still Tremendous by Gloria B. Jones

Ten Years Later…. Life is Still Tremendous by Gloria B. Jones

Tracey Jones
Through even the hard times and the changes we see with our families and everything around us, we still must be hopeful and go forward and take each day at a time. At ninety-one years of age, I have genuinely found that this is the path to living a tremendous life. Thank you to everyone for the continued support, encouragement, and prayers. Charles' vast network of speakers has meant the world to me. He and I shared many beautiful times with The Speakers Roundtable and the Veterans Speakers. Their love and support allow me to feel still so connected. May God richly bless you all!
The Abundance of Counselors

The Abundance of Counselors

Tracey Jones
This week I have the honor of addressing a group of emerging leaders. The topic is ‘Nuts and Bolts’ and why we need a network. When I was younger, I kept hearing about mentors, mentors, mentors. I have had countless individuals pour into me throughout the years, but when I hit my 30’s and 40’s, I figured I was a big girl now and could do it on my own. So of course, that's what I did. After all, isn't adversity and mistakes all part of the process? Well, the correct answer is yes, and no.
I Get How the Universe Works

I Get How the Universe Works

Tracey Jones
Be intentional in your words and deeds this week. Watch what you allow into your head and space and seek out those things that are true, and right, and kind. Be unattached to the future. We'll do the possible, but let God do the impossible. Soon you’ll come to the full realization that if someone or something doesn’t manifest in the way you’d hoped it does not detract from your glorious future in any way, shape, or form. Lastly, find ways this week to pour into others, whether in word, or deed, a phone call, or a visit. Your action could be the singular reason someone decides that life is worth living. Don’t let that opportunity to bless and be blessed pass you by.
Seeking an Organization that Turned Chaos into Opportunity

Seeking an Organization that Turned Chaos into Opportunity

Tracey Jones
Tremendous tribe, I need your help! I am searching for an organization that has successfully navigated its way through a challenge as part of my doctoral research on the perceptions of leader effectiveness in an organizational crisis. My goal is to conduct a case study on follower motivation and engagement as the crisis unfolded, and the team emerged on the other side. At the core of the proposed research is the study of leader perceptions in the follower's mind.
Driven to Win or Guided by Grace?

Driven to Win or Guided by Grace?

Tracey Jones
When we allow life to unfold before us —versus trying to wrestle it into a constructed box— our lives take a more relaxed and joyful form. There’s a difference between kicking down doors and allowing them to swing wide open when the time is right.
When the Information Superhighway Leads to Nowhere

When the Information Superhighway Leads to Nowhere

Tracey Jones
The information superhighway can lead you to a more evolved mind if you avoid lazy thinking, research your sources, and search out divergent opinions so you can fully understand the issue at hand. A closed mind is a dying mind and, in this day and age, there is no reason why we should not be getting bigger brains and traveling the super highway together on a tremendous road trip every single day.
The Tremendous Power of Staying Power

The Tremendous Power of Staying Power

Tracey Jones

Becoming the next version of tremendousness is simple: Spark your willpower; fuel your staying power; and watch your tremendous power become a reality. Write down what you want to do with your week, your month, your year, your life, then ask yourself the two follow-on questions. Once you can answer yes to both, add healthy doses of people, books, prayer, self-discipline, and self-belief, and you’ll be on the path to a tremendous transformation.



Lead Like a Tree

Lead Like a Tree

Tracey Jones

As leaders, we wear many hats. We are optimists, encouragers, ethicists, decision-makers, saviors, and sense-makers. So just like the mighty forests, we must do the same for ourselves and our organization. We need to be intentional about who we allow in our forest. After all, you cannot get it right without the right people. We need to stay nourished as well because leading others, although incredibly uplifting, can also be unbelievably draining. We must deal with bureaucracies, laws, budgets, attitudes, and global issues. To stay above the fray, we need to make sure our roots go deep; so deep that when the winds of change or fires of crisis come into our forest, we can not only survive, but thrive.

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