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Weekend Love, November Seventh

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Here are some of the great nuggets that I’ve found on the web recently. This handful of links takes you to tools or insightful content. Occasionally I’ll include one from my “save” file if it fits the mood.

Some days, I tell myself this.  Please read Frank Sonnenberg’s article, Failing Doesn’t Make You a Failure.

Dan Rockwell makes some really insightful lists on Leadership (which is to be expected since his blog is titled, Leadership Freak.) Here is one of them on 10 Ways to Seize Leadership’s Greatest Opportunity.

As I sit here planning a quick getaway, this article from Rachel Henke really resonates well with me.  She raises some ideas worth contemplating when she writes about Designing Your Freedom Solution.

The question we often want answered: How to stay calm when you know you’ll be stressed.  Daniel Levitin talks about this on TED.  Click here if the video isn’t showing.

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Weekend Love, October Twentyfourth

iStock_000059747146Here are some of the great nuggets that I’ve found on the web recently. This handful of links takes you to tools or insightful content. Occasionally I’ll include one from my “save” file if it fits the mood.

Leaders think differently from other people.  Eric McNulty identifies three key was in his article, Thinking Like a Leader: Three Big Shifts.

Want to change a habit?  Having trouble?  Robert Middleton provides so simple steps in his article, How to Develop New Success Habits – Part 2 .

Are you starting to dream about being wildly successful next year?  Got a plan?  Dan McCarthy has a powerful overview in 7 Elements of a Strategic Plan.

I sometimes find it hard to describe coaching without the dump truck answer to a question.  The International Coach Federation is helping with their new microsite, becomea.coach .  If you are interested in adding more coaching to your leadership style, give it a whirl.

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Do What I Do

do what you tellI have had the opportunity to observe many leaders in business. When I think back, there are a couple of people who commanded leadership through their person, not their position.  One of them is Gaylin Olson.  I always considered him as an authentic leader.  He understood people. He cast vision.  He built alignment to goals. He was, and still is a fun loving, humble man.

Authentic leadership begins with doing the things that you ask others to do.  I’m sure you’ve heard the old expression, “Do what I say, not what I do.”  That won’t get you very far.

If you don’t do what you tell others to do, then you appear to be a hypocrite, arrogant, or inauthentic.  You’ll lose respect and with it your credibility to attract and keep people on your team.

What can you do?  Here’s how to get started.

Be on time.  While you may think your activities are more important, that doesn’t cut it with your team.  Look through their eyes.  When you are late, you are saying (with your actions) that they are less important than you.  If you are going to be late, let them know.  Be respectful.

Keep your commitments or change them. If you promise to follow up, do it. Or change your commitment by asking the person to follow up with you.  If you commit to sending material, doing a meeting, keep that commitment or change it.

Be professional.  Do you really want to be known for your tantrums?  How about getting a reputation as having a short fuse and explosive temper?

  • Don’t swear
  • Don’t raise your voice
  • Be polite. Say please, thank you, and hold doors for people.
  • Correct in private. When I first started in direct sales, I was given some advice that I’ve tried to follow religiously.  You praise in public and fix in private.  No one likes to be demeaned in front of the group.

Take responsibility.  If something goes wrong under your direction, admit your mistake. There’s some very good research to indicate that accepting responsibility is the first step to improvement.  It also let’s your team know that it’s okay to make mistakes and that you’ll work to fix things.  Don’t be afraid to apologize.  Saving the relationship may be more important that refusing responsibility for failure.

Share the successes.  Really, you didn’t do it all on your own.  When the accolades come, you need to share them.  Catch your team doing things right and tell them that.  Share the glory in both public and private.

You may be the leader.  When you act like one, your people will keep you there.

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Four Tiny Habits for Successful People

tiny habitsOne of the old clichés that we’ve all heard is that “The devil is in the details.”  That is really true when it comes to the habits of successful people.  You might think the differences between successful and unsuccessful people have to do with large chunks of their lives.  On the contrary, success is generated from little things that are built into habits.  Here are four of the important ones.

Successful people plan.  Successful people might not have a to-do list, but you can bet on them creating a top priorities list before they go to bed or very soon after they get up.  Setting goals and accomplishing tasks is a daily activity.  While they may have several items to “work on” they will have 2-3 top prorities to accomplish every day.

Successful people focus. They don’t multitask.  If anything, the opposite is true.  They compartmentalize.  Work is on one thing at a time.  There is a focus on the task-at-hand.

Success people read.  Reading is a habit that forces you to step away from doing and become mental (in a good way).  Reading gives you new ideas and connects old ones in new permutations.  Listen to someone you consider successful on YouTube or live.  You will hear several references to what they are reading or have recently read.

Successful people spend time away from work.  They unplug.  No one on their death bed says, “I wish I had spent that free weekend at the office.”  Successful people know that.  They spend time with loved ones in leisure activities.  When work is demanding, leisure may come in small bites, but it is there.

Think about two of the most successful people that you know well.  What are the little things that they do often?  Spend a little time making a list that can become delightful details for success.

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Weekend Love, June Twentieth

DiSC MapHere are some of the great nuggets that I’ve found on the web recently. This handful of links takes you to tools or insightful content. Occasionally I’ll include one from my “save” file if it fits the mood.

Ever wonder how to sell to different DiSC styles?  Leslie Ye of Hubspot Marketing provides some core insights when she writes about How to Sell to 4 Different Personality Types.

If you are ever in a position where you have to rationalize a summer vacation, Fiona Moriarty provides you with five solid ideas when she writes about Five Reasons Why Smart Leaders Take Vacation.

For me, Naomi Dunford produces incredible insights when she writes.  This article about the difference between truth and the PR truths we tell ourselves is tough to ignore.  Understanding this may be The Greatest Leap Your Business Will Ever Take.

Not too long ago I wrote a blog about what you might say in a commencement address to a younger you.  Tiffany Sauder had a similar idea when she wrote Advice to My 24-Year-Old Self: 8 Career Lessons I Learned the Hard Way.  It’s solid advice.  In fact, it still fits me.

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Weekend Love, June Sixth

iStock_000017544995Here are some of the great nuggets that I’ve found on the web recently. This handful of links takes you to tools or insightful content. Occasionally I’ll include one from my “save” file if it fits the mood.

Randy Conley from the Ken Blanchard Companies makes a strong case for Your Success as a Leader Depends on This One Thing.  He even has a simple acronym to help you remember it.

I know this sounds strange, but a lot of leaders and wannabe leaders aren’t very good at working with people.  Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic gives four ideas for How to Work with People Who Aren’t Very Good at Working with People.

As someone who considers himself an introvert, this TED talk from Susan Cain has a lot of meaning.  It should for extroverts as well.

From the archives:  We’ve all heard this, but the details will make surer you never forget The True Cost of Multi-Tasking.  There are also seven  simple ideas of how to stop it.

 

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Weekend Love, May Thirty

reading for leadershipHere are some of the great nuggets that I’ve found on the web recently. This handful of links takes you to tools or insightful content. Occasionally I’ll include one from my “save” file if it fits the mood.

As a direct sales coach, I often have a discussion with clients about working with two companies at the same time.  Naomi Dunford provides a well thought out answer to that questions when she says to Never Look Back.

I’m a visual learner and I even like to read for relaxation.  Michael Hyatt thinks there are Five Ways Reading Makes You a Better Leader.  What can I do but agree?

Love (or compassion) is a key social skill for working well with others.  Didn’t your teachers tell you that?  Susan Cramm provides an update when she writes about What’s Love Got to Do with Business.

I loved the title, 12 Pieces of Advice for Giving Talks That Have Impact and thought it was going to be a video.  It turns out to be a quick summary of a TedWomen session hosted by Courtney E. Martin called “The 19th Minute.”   It’s great advice to look up before you have to step in front of a group.

 

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Weekend Love, April Eighteenth

In your headHere are some of the great nuggets that I’ve found on the web recently.  This handful of links takes you  to tools or great content.  Occasionally I’ll include one from my “save” file that hits my mood.

I saw an old bumper sticker the other day that said, “I just do what the voices in my head tell me.”  Peter Bregman thinks we need to manage those conversations more when he writes about Managing the Critical Voices Inside Your Head.

Stephen Covey referred to the last of the seven habits as “sharpening the saw.” Dan Rockwell has some great ideas along the same vein that he writes about in 12 Refueling Strategies That Work Today.

Pope Francis addressed the leaders of the Catholic Church before the holidays last year about the diseases of leadership.  Gary Hamel translates this into English business-speak.  We all need a check-up against The 15 Diseases of Leadership, According to Pope Francis.

From the archives:  What is it about 4:00 am?  Poet Rives shares his thoughts.  His 10 minute TED talk will give you some thoughts for your next visit to that time.

Click here if the video isn’t showing in your browser: http://www.ted.com/talks/rives_on_4_a_m#t-13119

 

 

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Weekend Love, February 7

Link loveHere are some of the great nuggets that I’ve found on the web recently.  Most will be a handful of links to tools or great content.  Occasionally I’ll include one from my “save” file that hits my mood.

Hubspot calls this, The Life of a Marketer: 15 Charts & Graphs on What We Really Do All Day but it really applies to any work at home entrepreneur.  I love all the charts and graphs on work and nonwork parts of the day.

I’ve been posting a lot of articles on listening lately, so I appreciated this one when I came across it.  The article from Sara Stibitz looks at great little pieces of your listening behavior to focus on in a work place environment.

There’s a tendency to look towards a particular “style” of people when you are looking for leaders.  Let’s face it, who can turn down the appeal of an extroverted alpha with a take-charge attitude?  Here are seven reasons to look for the introvert next time.

Can you get better at something just by thinking about it?  YES!  Watch this two minute video for more details.

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