It’s okay to play favorites, as long as you pick the right ones; every business should be a meritocracy.
Month: September 2010
The remainder of this year there will three separate opportunities to particpate in a meeting, hear a speaker and interact with existing members. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301/624-5686 if you are someone you knowfits the criterian and is interested in learning more.
Very few things in lfe constitute a real crisis, strive to keep a balanced and proper perspective.
Always think in terms of scenarios/contingencies; things rarely turn out exactly as planned.
Take full responsibility for making your meetings effective and well worth the expenditure of resources, time and effort
When confronted with a contrary opinion, don’t be defensive, instead hear the other person out and stay focused on the issue not the person.
Stick to a regular reading schedule (not just non-fiction and including the classics); reading broadens your pespective, encourages self-reflection and disciplines your mind.
Micromanaging always does more harm than good in the long run; Hire the right people, give them clear direction, and then “trust” them.
Encourage others to challenge your own thinking; don’t ever think you “know it all” because you don’t
Allow time for daily planning and reflection
Build a network of advisors you can consult on all major decisions – no leader is an island
Learn from your failures, otherwise they come back to haunt you
If you don’t know the answer be honest about it and seek out help
Address your biggest challenges/opportunities today; Don’t procrastinate
Your role is what you make of it – there are no excuses when you are in charge
You set the tone, remain positive and keep crises to a minimum
When you are wrong, admit it, knowingly jumping off a cliff is rarely courageous, but always dangerous…
Push yourself to interact with people who make you (and each other) smarter
How you treat people, sets the standard for your organization (and children)
Avoid emotional extremes, they exhaust those around you and weaken your credibility
Keep score on the things that matter – don’t get bogged down in the unimportant