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Reframing Leadership

Readers of my blog, followers on social media, email subscribers, and event attendees have many things in common…we are all Social Entrepreneurs! We don’t work for large corporations and we are changing people’s lives. It’s hard work and more often than not, we are stuck. We are stuck with great ideas and great skills and not able to impact the people who needs us the most and are not able to attract the income we deserve. Am I correct?

Well, it’s time to change that picture. I’ve been blogging and podcasting for a while sharing my reverse paradigms on leadership and defining leadership as a pathway to profit. We profit from our actions. Others profit from our actions. Profit has many dimensions, however, making income is primary if we plan to fully achieve our mission and vision.

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Does This Describe You?
You are tired and frustrated because…
  • You are quite successful, however you have hit a glass ceiling of income and expansion…
  • You are quite successful, however you aren’t making the income you deserve…
  • You have great ideas, however you can’t figure out how to monetize those ideas…
  • You are working all the time and can’t get everything done…
I get it. I just finished a 20-city tour presenting my leadership and organizational content developed over the past 30+ years of working with charities and small businesses. I found out that in every city people expressed the same issues and presented the same problems to address. These were and still are:
1. Leadership Burnout!
Burnout is at a level that it effects everything…even our health!
2. Team Underfunctioning!
The leader is doing too much and their teams, boards, staff, etc. aren’t doing enough.
3. Lack of Sufficient Revenue!
There’s not enough profit (you know, the money left over after all expenses
are paid). There simply not enough profit to fully achieve the results we envision.

I'm Hugh Ballou, The Transformational Leadership Strategist™

I have created this blog portal for you with resources, now paradigms for thinking, and interviews with people who have cutting edge ideas and proven strategies for achieving more without wasting a lifetime trying to figure it out. I know you can most likely figure things out for yourself, however, why not shorten the process and make it easier on yourself.

I spent 40+ years as a musical conductor and have transposed the skills used every day by a musical conductor to organizational leadership so that boards, staff, and team members respond to the leader as a fine-tuned ensemble responds to every nuance of the conductor. Transformation begins with the leader, and then moves into the organization. Creating an ensemble of excellence is what Conducting Transformation is all about.

My 4 Leadership Principles are a manifestation of the context of leadership from the musical conductor’s point of view. It’s all about building a high functioning culture of excellence. This blog has multiple resource sections. Here’s the overview of those resource channels.

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Top Podcasts


What I Have Learned from Visionary Leaders: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Podcast 110: Running and Leadership – Accountability

Focus on Results

Podcast 109: Running and Leadership – Focus

Getting Fit

Podcast 108: Running and Leadership – Getting Fit


Podcast 107: Leadership and Running – Goals


Podcast 104 Reverse Paradigms – Script vs. Story

Podcast 103: Changing Self vs. Changing Others

Podcast 102: Leadership Skill of Discernment


Podcast 99: Reverse Paradigms, Controlling vs. Collaborating

Pro Active

Podcast 98: Reverse Paradigms, Responding vs. Reacting


Create Opportunities

Podcast 100: Reverse Paradigms, Obstacles vs Opportunities

Carmine Dinesco

Podcast 52: Interview with Carmine Dinesco on Products

Planning Schedule

Podcast 47: 5 Steps to Effective Follow Up


Podcast 45: Leadership Skills: Observation

Time Management

Podcast 41: Leadership Skills – Managing Our Use of Time


Do Less Be More

Podcast 101: Doing Less Gets More Done

Fish Jumping

Podcast 91: Leadership Paradigms – Balancing Life’s Critical Aspects

Work Life Balance

Podcast 63: Are You Taking Care of Yourself?

Leigh Anne Taylor

Podcast 44: “Balance or Not!” with Leigh Anne Taylor


Podcast 38: Leadership Skills, Being and Staying Centered




Business Coaching

Hugh accepts only a few personal coaching/mentoring clients. His client base is on 4 continents and all very series about personal improvement and achieving a vision for making a difference.

Hugh also manages a few mastermind groups as well. The groups are matched for discipline and stage of business or nonprofit development.

Personal Development Schedule a call with Hugh below to see if either of these options are a good fit for you.

The effective leader stays current with skills and systems by continuous improvement. Over the past years, I have developed online programs and live events offering learning opportunities appropriate for varying levels of experience, time available, budget, and urgency for progress.

Online self-guided learning programs

The Income Accelerator
A Comprehensive System for Building and Sustaining
a Profitable Enterprise in 5 Modules

The Leader Accelerator
The Fast Track to Transformational
Leadership Excellence in 4 Modules

Transform Your Staff
Into High Performance Teams…
in Just 21 Days!
5 Modules in 21 Days.

Hugh’s 5 Pillars of Success
A Mini Course for Finding the Missing
Elements for Success

The MasterClass for Breaking the
Barriers Holding Back Your Success

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