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Leaders Can Lighten Up

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on August 27th, 2009    No Comments

In the tough economic times we’ve all been experiencing, it’s easy to see why some leaders feel the need to “hunker down” to pull their company, manager, and teams out of this slump.  John Baldoni, leadership expert and established author, writes about how leaders need to “Lighten Up!” in his recent post on the Harvard Business Review blog.  He says leaders should relax their mood, create humor, and keep their door open to help establish an enjoyable, and therefore fun work environment for their organizations.  Read the full article here.

Our office recently took a half day off to hear Baldoni in person.  In a public exchange with him, he personally acknowledged The Leadership Trust®for allowing work associates to determine the nature of creating fun in the office.  Our Personalized Leadership Development Program can offer you support in creating the necessary leadership dynamics to enjoy the benefits that Baldoni covers in his blog post.  We can help you understand how you can go from great to greater for your team and help pull everyone through the economic crisis without the “shoulder to the wheel” approach.  See Graduate Videos and/or read some of our signature Graduate Testimonials to see what ROI takeaways they received from their experience with The Leadership Trust®.  We welcome the opportunity to exceed your expectations!  The Leadership Trust®: Impacting Relationships to Impact Bottom Line.

Leadership Begins at Home

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on August 25th, 2009    No Comments

Our philosophy is that home affects work and work affects home, as evidenced by how many of our signature testimonials speak to “better father”…” better husband”…”better wife”…”better mother.”  We therefore felt it would be a fitting topic to discuss leadership at home in terms of families and children.  As parents, you have the opportunity to help shape your children into wonderful leaders themselves.  Your influence begins at a young age.  This article reminds parents to think of the investment in their children as a long term investment.  With your guidance, your children can become better influences on their friends and family in their own right, and then later on, their positive influence can be made on co-workers.

Do you have parenting concerns regarding your children’s school and family relationships?  We can help you with that.  In our Personalized Leadership Development Program, we address the concerns YOU have about any of your own relationships going on in life.  Do you want to learn how to improve your communication with your teenager and thus your relationship?  How about your spouse?  Your parents?  Contact us, we’ll help meet you where you are and take you where you want to go.


Source: Leadership Now

5 Advantages of using external resources for a leadership development program

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on August 21st, 2009    1 Comment

Dan McCarthy is a great resource for leadership training.  In this article, Dan discusses the benefits of using external consultants and trainers for your organizational development needs.

1. Internal expertise may be missing.  External resources are sometimes needed when the required expertise is missing or in short supply within a company.

2. Innovation. An external resource can bring a fresh perspective and new ideas into a company.

3. Ability and willingness to take risks.  Some external trainers and consultants are more willing and able to challenge people and processes without fear of political consequences.  In other words, they can sometimes “get away” with something that an internal trainer wouldn’t dare try.  Participants are often more comfortable opening up to an outsider.

4. Better use of internal resources.  There is a cost to using internal subject matter experts and senior leaders – their time.  Taking one of your best sales managers out of the field to train means less time spent coaching sales reps and meeting with customers.

5. External resources are easier to “fire.” Let’s face it, if you’re a trainer manager, and you somehow end up with a mediocre trainer, you’re going to be spending a lot of time on coaching and performance management.  It’s much easier to replace an external resource.

Here at The Leadership Trust®, we specialize in customized consulting programs utilizing your specific input in order to benefit your organization.  We’ll discuss goals and takeaways with you and create a program designed to exceed your expectations.  Read more about What We Do and contact us today to address whatever your current organizational challenges.  You’ll discover how we consider it a privilege to serve you through a real collaboration in excellence.


Leadership Quotes

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on August 19th, 2009    1 Comment

“First you will have to understand yourself, because the hardest person you will ever have to lead is yourself.  Second, to be an effective leader, you must take responsibility for your own development.” True North, by Bill George (Buy it here)

How else can you learn about others if you don’t first know your self?  Of course, hightened knowledge of self comes from experiencing Self-Awareness.  Our signature Personalized Leadership Development Program embraces this Self-Awareness element by subsuming within it a 2 and 1/2 day Self-Awareness Workshop.  Our graduates will tell you that this is the piece that really helps them grasp their own leadership styles and really make that permanent positive change.  Read testimonials here.


Read more about Self-Awareness here and give us a call to learn more about how we can help you go to that next higher level by going to the next deeper level!

Leading from within

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on August 13th, 2009    No Comments

“Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult.” ~ Warren Bennis

Lance, author of Jungle of Life Blog, recently interviewed me for his blog.  The interview was atypical in the same way our workshops are, meaning there was plenty of room for personal “stuff” that subsequently can shape the good and the not-so-good in our later years- both at work and at home.  We shared a great conversation about my personal philosophy and how The Leadership Trust® helps leaders grow from the inside out.

Here is an excerpt from our interview:

Today I’m honored to share with you Dr. Holly Latty-Mann, president and co-founder of The Leadership Trust®.  The Leadership Trust is a training organization based in Durham, North Carolina.  Holly, along with the late Dr. Jim Farr, created this unique training organization in 1998. Of special note, is that Dr. Farr was the initial founding director of the Center for Creative Leadership, back in the late 1960s and sold his previous firm, Farr Associates, making The Leadership Trust his last leadership initiative.

The basis behind the training that Holly and her group offer is that leadership is built from the inside out through a highly psychologically driven process.  Regarded as life-changing, nearly all past participants have called this the best training they’ve ever had – both personally and professionally.  And this is evidenced in the many video and written testimonials of their graduates, found at The Leadership Trust website.  I encourage you to check these out, even just for the inspiration they offer, given they do not fit the norm.  It is so worth reading/viewing some of these – just take a couple of minutes to really let this all soak in.

Holly has created a learning environment that truly promotes fundamental change, in a safe and caring environment.  With a rich history of alliances that include Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, their Coach K Center for Leadership and Ethics (COLE) as well as Wake Forest University’s Babcock Graduate School of Management, The Leadership Trust currently enjoys an informal partnership with NC State’s Organizational Behavior program where their collaboration has produced research findings on leadership behaviors that work and don’t work.

Please join me in welcoming Holly here today. 

1. Tell us a little bit about who “you” are (family, career, any special life experiences you’d like to share, etc.)
Lance, I notice you ask about family first before career in your question, and I say you have your priorities right!

While most people tend to offer positive spins when asked about specifics of who they are (family, special life experiences, etc.), I’ve found those sensational life events, including the ones where I made mistakes, have turned out to be wonderful training grounds for not only helping me become my best, but also helping others do the same.  So here are some special life experiences that molded and shaped me because of my responses to them: I lost my brother Michael when I was almost 3, and he was almost 9. Michael was my everything. My father was an alcoholic, albeit a successful business executive. That’s because his drinking started when he came home in the evenings.  I went steady with Billy Graham’s son for two years in high school, but he broke up with me because I was a “goody two-shoes,” and he had discovered “wild” girls during his prep school years at Stony Brook.  Years following my divorce at the age of 30, I saved myself from a second marriage. Don’t laugh when you hear my doctoral dissertation was on mate selection. After years of being married to my company, I’m now finally ready again. Continuing to speak to special life experiences, I’ve had one supernatural experience that has nurtured a metaphysical orientation to my faith. Another “supernatural” experience was my losing half of my hearing overnight in 1992 due to a virus. But most importantly as a result of working steadily on myself over time, I can say with gratitude in my heart that I am a happy, secure person who loves life and believes the best in humankind! No, I am not naïve. I have watched thousands of people go from anger, despair, insecurity, arrogance, and selfishness to happy and peaceful. I am a true believer that people change, and my passion is playing a role in supporting meaningful, lasting change in others.

You’ll learn from this link about my career, educational background, and what I do in the name of showing leaders how to inspire and motivate. It was only this past year that I asked all faculty members to add what they do for fun in the last paragraph.  As for me, that includes foreign travel (52 foreign countries so far), playing the piano, playing tennis, hiking, and most fun of all, biking! I feel like a free child as soon as I start to peddle!

Lance’s Commentary:  Holly, I love the approach you took with this question.  Life has bumps for all of us, and those bumps along our journey really can lead to lasting change.  You are doing wonderful things on all levels, and I’m sure that’s in part to what your past experiences have taught you. 

2. You are the president and co-founder of a pretty innovative organization.  Tell us briefly about “The Leadership Trust” and what it is? 
How about our mission statement for starters? The Leadership Trust® is an organization dedicated to support on a global basis the creation, development and implementation of highly effective, high integrity leadership serving the ultimate well-being of all persons everywhere.

3. What is the deeper purpose of your organization?
Our deeper purpose is to support the growth of the human spirit in order to contribute toward a kinder, gentler world.

Lance’s Commentary:  The human spirit – what a deeply meaningful purpose.  Holly, I think this answer alone speaks to just how “right” what you are doing is.  The more connected with our deeper self, the more we see life through the lens of humanity and what is possible!  What a great place to work toward, and you get to help others do this every day – how awesome!

To read the interview in full, please click here: Leading From Within

“You can only learn so much through books…”

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on August 11th, 2009    No Comments

Twitter CEO, Evan Williams, offers some of his own perspective on developing his leadership style over the years of his experience running various companies. 


“I read a lot of books, but you can only learn so much through books…” Evan Williams on Wall Street Journal website speaking about leadership.

Attending one of our Personalized Leadership Development Programs can help you develop your leadership skills because, for starters, our workshop is experiential.  We offer a way for you to learn and grow in a safe environment so that you can experience and develop your own true leadership style.  This is the same thing as saying that people discover their authentic selves with us.  Visit our website to learn more about our unique 5-day program.  We welcome the opportunity to speak with you further.

Great Leaders- Vote for your favorite Entrepreneurial Leaders of all time!

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on August 5th, 2009    No Comments

Vote Here!

Who had a greater impact on American business: Henry Ford or the Google guys? The founders of pioneering software companies, airlines, or retail chains? The answers to this question will tell us not only where we’ve been, but maybe where we’re going economically. So Inc. Magazine wants you to vote for the person you think is the greatest American entrepreneur of all time.

A list of the top 30 (thirty) entrepreneurs will be published in December. To keep tabs on the voting over the course of the next few months, check the tag clouds on the following pages. Profiles of the nominees will be added a few at a time, and you may vote as much as you want. Vote Here!

Attend on of our programs and help develop your own leadership styles to be the best leader you can be.  Who knows, one day you could see yourself on the list for best leader of all time?  Click here to learn more about The Leadership Trust and how we can help you go from great to greater!!