Mark Watson

Joyous Leadership

Joyous Leadership – Chapter 4

by on Sep.06, 2017, under Joyous Leadership

Today chapter 4 will go out to my review team after a little hiatus.  Today’s chapter is titled The High Achiever Dilemma which includes a story from working with an excellent consulting group out of the U.K.  In this story, they purposely put two teams together in a simulation where one was destined for success and the other was destined for failure. It was a great experience that helped me understand team and success dynamics.

Here is a sample for you to read if you aren’t on the review team: Chapter 4 High Achiever Dilemma

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Joyous Leadership – Chapter 3

by on Jul.03, 2017, under Joyous Leadership

Today chapter 3 will go out to my review team.  It may have been one of the more fun chapters to write thus far.  It is titled, “I’m Just Lazy Enough to Be Efficient.”  It is a chapter about my obsession with efficiency and how I stumbled to find ways of doing things better/faster.  One of the stories in this chapter is about my running friend Ethan Busby.  It is about how how his efficiency trumped my youth back in the day and how I learned from that.

Read a sample if you like.  It’s worth a chuckle.  Chapter 3 sample

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Joyous Leadership – Chapter 2

by on May.22, 2017, under Joyous Leadership

Chapter 2 has been emailed out to the book review team.  This chapter is titled “The Only Thing Worse Than a Bad Plan is Sticking to It.”

This chapter talks about my experience and the importance of strategic planning.  It also talks about the leaders who develop and execute those plans.  It was fun to write but very sobering as I reflect back on my own success and failures in planning.

Thanks again to the book review team and your critique of chapter 1.  I hope you will continue to work with me as we journey through this together.


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Easter Weekend

by on Apr.15, 2017, under Joyous Leadership

Sometimes you receive encouragement at the most bizarre times from people you least expect. A couple of weeks ago when I was really struggling, I received a devotional book in the mail called Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman. It is a 366 day devotional for individuals going through difficult times. What made this so special was that Brooks Evans sent this along with another book. She said that she and Phillip read it daily as they were going though his last days here on earth. Even though Phillip only passed away a short three months ago, Brooks is already ministering to others.  She followed that up with a text saying “Thankful for Easter more than ever this year.  I bet you are too.  Thankful He is and will continue to make all things new.”  Wow!  To have a faith like her and Phillip have.

Then yesterday I received Tony Dungy’s The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge from my cousin Karen.  The cool thing about this gift is that Tony Dungy is one of my all time favorite football coaches and human beings in general.  He has faced some dark and challenging times in his personal life and yet endured it only to become stronger.  I already own a couple of his books, so this was icing on the cake.

Let’s all remember our job on this earth is to care an encourage one another till we can make that final journey.

Happy Easter!

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Joyous Leadership – Chapter 1

by on Apr.01, 2017, under Joyous Leadership

Chapter 1 of Joyous Leadership has been sent to the book review team. It is titled “I Never Regretted Anything I Didn’t Say”. It is a chapter on attempting to control my tongue. It is a painfully funny chapter but has a lot of good experience and learning in it. I’m excited to see what the reviewers have to say and offering ways to improve it.

It’s not too late to sign up if you want to be a reviewer. All you have to do is send me an email ( and subscribe to the blog. Once I have that I will promptly get you a copy of the 1st chapter.

Also, if there are any artist out there that would like to attempt at designing a book cover, I would love to see what you would propose.

Thanks again!


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