What Are Your Leadership Best Practices?

What are your leadership best practices?

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.  (Andrew Carnegie) Leader. Manager. Task master.  How do you define yourself?  There are a multitude of definitions of leaders and leadership.  Ultimately, it's not about the title or designation but on the impact you make.  Personal character is critical to effective leadership.  In their book The Extraordinary Leader--Turning Good Managers into Great Leaders--John H. Zenger and Joseph R. Folkman offer some suggestions as to how character is defined in leaders: Making decisions with the organization paramount in their mind, versus allowing a personal agenda to influence decisions Keeping commitments that are made Practicing self-development; constantly learning Being receptive…

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I can't believe it's June!  Where does the time go?  If you're goal driven--whether it's a list of New Year's resolutions, work or business deliverables, or some other form of "just do it" list, June is a good time to review your progress. So, how would you rate your progress?  Are you on track or have you misplaced your list?  Wherever you are in your progress, mid-year is a good time to reevaluate your goals and objectives for 2017.  Here are some questions to get you started: How do I rate my progress on my 2017 goals? Where am I off track and, more importantly, WHY am I off track?  (Some ideas:  your list of goals is unrealistic, you don't…

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Do You Control Your Money Or Is It Controlling You?

Do you control your money or is it controlling you?

Quick question:  Does money drive your choices or does it support the life you want to live?  If you were on more solid financial footing, what opportunities would be open to you? Our financial situation is often the first thing that comes to mind when we start ticking off the reasons why we can't do something.  And far too many of us use money mindlessly.  We just keep spending and accumulating without giving any thought to how our large and small financial decisions affect our present and future life options. Here are 10 pivotal money questions to ask yourself: How would you rate your current financial situation? Do you know exactly how much debt you have?  If you carry a balance,…

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Are You Moving Toward Or Away From?

Are you moving toward or away from?

Do you often wake up in the middle of the night and wonder whether your life makes sense or where you're headed? If you feel as if you're just wandering along on your life's path with no real sense of direction, it can be difficult to know what course correction(s) you need to make to make sure you don't find yourself at the end of the road only to realize that you're nowhere near where you thought you would be. If you want more clarity, imagine yourself on the winding path shown above.  Now, without thinking about it too much, ask yourself where you're headed.  Are you moving toward something GREAT?  Is your direction purposeful and well-thought through?  Is it…

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Just Do It

Just Do it

If you find that your work days seem to get away from you, make it a habit--starting TODAY-- to refocus your priorities on a DAILY basis. The keys to staying on track are to review your progress DAILY and to ask more questions before jumping in.  Here are some that can help you get and stay on track. Nurture the habit to start and end  your day going through each of them.  These questions will help you focus your day and bring you back to center if you end up off track.  Used consistently, you will accomplish more and reduce your stress and anxiety. Bonus tip:  If you oversee other employees, share these questions with them.  It's a great way…

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Make Time To Smell The….Tulips

Make Time to Smell the….Tulips

Crazy busy.  Time crunched.  Too much to do.  We wear our busyness like a badge of honor.  Listen to a group of coworkers or department heads and it's a constant stream of "one upmanship" about who's the busiest. Be honest with yourself.  If there are things you want to do but never get to, stop using "busy" as your catchall excuse for not making time for what really matters.  Of course, the first step in making time for the important stuff in your life is to KNOW what matters to you.  To get focused, create a list of the top 10 things you would like to do more of and, for each item, ask yourself if you're REALLY too busy…

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10+ Ways To Revitalize Your Career NOW

10+ Ways to Revitalize Your Career NOW

Is your career advancement at a standstill?  Not sure what to do next?  Here are 10 ways to get your career moving in a positive direction: Forget job titles and focus on skills and achievements.  What have you learned in the last 12 months?  What projects have you implemented?  Any new responsibilities?  Any new clients or new offerings?  Have you broadened your network or increased your visibility? Initiate greater responsibility.  What new skills or responsibilities would add to your skill set and position you for a jump up the career ladder? Create a one-page action plan to make it happen.  Think win-win.  How does the added responsibility improve your role or that of the department or your boss?  Assure your…

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The Thursday Project–A Workable Strategy To Gain Traction On Big Goals

The Thursday Project–A Workable Strategy to Gain Traction on Big Goals

Do you have a big, bold, scary, secret, wild, bodacious goal you're trying to tackle?  Are the days, weeks and months slipping away and you can't seem to gain traction? You need to make it a project.  Nobody knows better than I do that mid-career transitions can be time-consuming.  And if you're really unhappy in your current situation, the last thing you need or want is to have your project drag on into infinity.  It's a sure way of driving your goal into the ground. I called mine The Thursday Project.  Having been in my job for several years, I was feeling underutilized, undervalued and under the weather too much of the time.  I'd danced around the edges of self-employment a…

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Craving Greater Life Balance?  Identify And Eliminate Your Top 10 Time Wasters

Craving greater life balance? Identify and eliminate your top 10 time wasters

You arrive to work early most days and leave late.  You carry work home at least mentally, if not physically.  The deadlines never seem to end. If you want to be more effective and have your team be more effective, challenge yourself to identify all of the ways you're wasting time.  Once you have that list, challenge yourself to eliminate as many of them as you can. Here are some suggestions to get you started: Failing to identify your highest impact tasks, projects or conversations. Failing to create and/or use a meaningful "to do" list. Not communicating effectively or efficiently. Failing to ask enough questions BEFORE you start the project. Not hiring the right people. Failing to adequately train your…

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10+ Fast Fixes To Help You Re-energize Your Life

10+ Fast Fixes to Help you Re-energize Your Life

When life is feeling out of control, trying to figure out how to get some quick relief can feel just as overwhelming.  Here are some quick tips to get yourself on more solid footing. Stop saying "yes" when you should be saying "no." Stop saying "no" when you should be saying "hell, yes." Do it NOW, not tomorrow. Be kind to yourself. Be kind to others. Focus on adding value, not being right. Commit to playing to your strengths whenever and as much as possible. Find a way. Forgive someone because it helps YOU feel better. Unplug.  You need a place of quiet to hear yourself think.  Otherwise, you'll blink and 10 more years will have passed you by. Use…

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