Archive for November, 2011

See Failure as part of the Plan

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

When achievers fail, they see it as a momentary event, not a lifelong
epidemic. It’s not personal. If you want to succeed, treat failure as
part of the plan and don’t let it colour your view of yourself.

Keep your successes and failures in perspective as you move forward.

Power of Perspective

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

The educator George Washington Carver made the following observation;

“How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and
tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will
have been all of these.”

Our treatment of others results from our perspective of them.

Avoiding Victim

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Good leaders never embrace a victim mentality. They recognize that who
and where they are remain their own responsibility; they face whatever
is thrown at them and give it their best…

A Leader can delegate everything except responsibility.

Focus on Implementation

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Since implementation is often the most difficult part of any job, give
it greater attention. Consider how you can close the gap between
coming up with good ideas and putting them into practice. Get together
and explore how you can improve your execution process.

Bring exceptional focus to leading plan implementation.

Engage by Slowing

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

People who lead are, by definition, naturally fast. However, if you
want to lead, you might need to slow down. Individuals can move fast,
but to connect with others and really engage them, slow down and take
them with you. The long-term benefits will be significant.

Slow down to engage with others today.

Model the Desired Style of Leadership

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

According to noted medical missionary Albert Schweitzer, ” Example is
not the main thing in influencing others…it is the only thing.”

Ask no more of others than you are asking from yourself.

Faith In Others

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

As you work to build your personal influence, remember that your goal
is not to get people to think more highly of you; it is to get them to
think more highly of themselves. By showing faith in them, they will
begin to do just that.

Help someone with self doubt have faith in him/herself  today.

Understanding People

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

A key quality in the relational leader is the ability to understand
how people feel and think. As you consider your leadership approach it
is worth remembering that all people have some things in common:

– They like to feel valued, so appreciate their contribution;
– They want a better tomorrow, so show them hope;
– They desire clear direction, so help them navigate;
– They are selfish, so consider their needs first;
– They get low emotionally, so encourage them;
– They want to be successful, so help them win.

Adapt your leadership style to the personalities of your people.

Where is the Big Picture?

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Everything starts with vision, without vision you cannot have a real
team. A group of individuals without a goal can go nowhere. On the
other hand, if everyone in a group embraces the vision for achieving
the big picture, then they will have the potential to become an
effective team.

If you are the leader, your role is to do what only you can do: Paint
the big picture for your people.

Have you painted the big picture for your team?

Why, Not Who

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Ambitious people experience many failures. Next time you try and fail,
ask why you failed, not who was at fault. People who blame others for
their failures, never overcome them, they move from problem to
problem, and as a result, never experience real success. To reach your
potential, you must continually improve yourself by taking
responsibility for and learning from your mistakes.

Be the first to take responsibility when things go wrong for your team.