What you decide to focus your energy on is a choice. Even in the most difficult of situations there is a potential “silver lining” if you are looking hard enough.
Month: October 2010
Focus and discipline will beat IQ points every time. It’s not the most intelligent person who typically wins in business, but instead the individual who stays focused on and committed to their objectives despite the inevitable obstacles and other distractions that will appear.
You are the Chief Accountability Officer. If you are unhappy with the level of performance in your company, look in the mirror first. The culture of an organization almost always assumes the strongest characteristics of its leader (both good and bad).
It’s important to broaden not narrow your professional and social circles as you get older. New doesn’t always mean better, but it does mean different and different forces you to challenge your own conceits and avoid groupthink.
One of the key responsibilities of any leader is to cultivate a potential successor and promote this mindset throughout their organization. Dependence upon any one person is never a good thing.
Individual depth is never achieved through a strategy of situational breadth. Personal strength will always emanate from the core of your being and it’s critical you never lose sight of this fact.
How we finish is more important than how we start; strive to build consistent positive momentum and end with a flourish. Dig down deep and you will find reserves of strength, energy and perseverance you never knew you had in you. By all means, never give up when something is important to you or allow events to let you simply fade away…
Your own ego can be your biggest obstacle to success in a group context; don’t worry about who gets the credit or speaks the most, rather focus on generating the best ideas and getting results.
Leverage your emotional capacity to make critical points as needed – sometimes emotion IS called for…
Don’t declare victory too soon or get mired in defeat too long.
Always make non-work time for yourself, even if it’s in bits and pieces. Everyone should strive to be multidimensional and explore all aspects of who they are and what they enjoy. Both breadth and depth are important in the development of any leader.
On all important communication matters, message repetition is key. Studies have shown that people need to hear someting at least 7 times for it to register and 17 times for it to resonate.
It’s important not just to be a “taker” in life. Being a “giver” is more important in the long run. It’s also been proven that “giving” ultimately leads to higher levels of personal satisfaction and happiness.
Once you go public with an organizational deadline, make it happen don’t miss it; actions always speak louder than words.
Be a coach/mentor to your direct reports – seek out a coach/mentor; everyone needs a little guidance now and then and no one person has all the answers.
Work “on” not just “in” the organization; Leadership requires thinking not just doing.
Learn something new every day; your brain will atrophy like a muscle if it isn’t used on a daily basis.
Always strive to have a passion for something. However make sure your efforts in this regard are constructive for you and those around you, and it makes you a happier person.
It’s important to ask yourself the following question every once in awhile, ” Would you want to be your child, spouse, sibling or close friend?” These are the relationships that truly matter in life.