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Mon, 26 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0400Each of us, at one time or another, have made an excuse about a deadline we missed; work not done; or some other task that fell short of what we promised we would do. Some of us are so good at making excuses that it happens almost automatically or unconsciously as we attempt to avoid any responsibility for why something did not go well. This article explains how constantly making excuses will put your courage, confidence, self respect and reputation at risk.
Sun, 04 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0400Some people achieve great things in their life, why not you? And why not now? - Bruce Kidson. Do you long to shine? To be the best you, you can be? Yes. Great let's start discovering your possibilities. We each have six main areas of our lives, Health, Spiritual, Relationships, Mental improvement, Social, and financial and career. A great place to start discovering your possibilities was when you were little. Remember when you were small say between six and eight years old what did you want to be, do and have then in each of those areas of life.
Tue, 23 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0400You are your business and your business is you. But, the real question is - Is that a good thing? Trust me; you need to know the answer to this question - now. Let's look at some indicators that will help you answer the question. If you answer 'yes' to at least two of these questions, then you can describe your professional life (and maybe even your personal life) in the following way - 'the bad news is you're lost but the worse news is you're making great time'.
Tue, 23 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0400If you're like me, you recognize that becoming an effective leader demands hard work and commitment. It requires more than just reading but actual "doing" and learning from your experiences. Sometimes when we are in the "doing" mode we forget some of what we have read and then realize after the dust settles that there was a different or additional technique that you should have tried. At times like this, I wish that I had a "pocket reminder" so that when it gets confusing I would have a simple guide to help me.
Tue, 23 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0400From my own business experiences, I have learned that one of the most important tools a leader has at their disposal is trust. Without it, you're not leading; you're just going for a walk in the park. Think about it, if your team doesn't trust you, why would they follow you or even listen to you? As a professional keynote speaker, I often explain that without their trust, a team will not respond to even the simplest request from their leader, let alone the hard ones. The fate of a business can be tied to the level of trust a team has in its leader.
Tue, 09 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0400Over the course of my corporate career, as well as my career as a leadership keynote speaker, I have had the opportunity to observe, work for and learn from some great business leaders. From my experiences with the "best leaders" I have known, I have compiled what I believe is a list of some of the most important leadership characteristics that make for an effective leader.
Tue, 17 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0400Those that are successful at any career have several characteristics in common. Most people strive to be a leader in their company. This article will teach you the skills and mindset to make this goal a possibility. First, every top performer displays a genuinely positive attitude.
Tue, 11 May 2010 00:00:00 -0400Inspire confidence in others to command respect and loyalty. Developing the self belief and confidence needed to be a leader. One of the best ways to measure success is to look at ourselves through the eyes of others. Are we looked up to? Are we respected? Some of us are leaders, others are followers. The higher levels of success come from becoming a good leader. To get to the top we need the respect of others to perform our will. No one has ever reached the top solely by relying on themselves. That is why we need to look carefully about the type of relationship we decide to form with others. We need to inspire confidence.
Mon, 26 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0400These days, knowing what makes a good team leader is very important. There is a higher demand for people with effective leadership traits. But not all leaders are born that way. Many of them have had to work at themselves before they became shining examples of leadership. If you want to know what makes a good team leader, read on!
Mon, 12 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0400You must take action to achieve anything in life. Simple concept, yes; but not always easy. This leadership and learning expert suggests five approaches to being more proactive.
Mon, 12 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0400Gratitude is a positive emotion and studies have shown it creates a more positive attitude, reduces stress and provides many other benefits. But, c`mon, we don`t really need studies to tell us this, do we? You know how it feels when you are grateful. This article won`t restate the obvious (more than I already have). Instead, it explores the fundamentals of how leaders can transform genuine gratitude into a positive force for change and success for those you lead and in your organization in general.
Mon, 12 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0400Every good superhero has a superpower. You know, the thing that always helps them get out of a jam and save the day. Leaders may not be superheroes, but we do sometimes find ourselves in a tough or challenging situation. However, unlike like our superhero friends, we don`t always remember to use our superpowers. This article is about one of those powers - one that is too often overlooked or underappreciated.
Mon, 12 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0400As a leader you (hopefully) want people to reach their goals. And in order for any of us to reach goals, we must be able to maintain our focus on those goals. This leadership and learning expert believes that you do have the ability to help people find and maintain that focus!
Mon, 12 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0400Leaders often unknowingly erect walls between themselves and their team. This leadership and learning expert says when you begin the process of systematically tearing them down your efforts will be richly rewarded.
Tue, 06 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0400John was very excited to learn that the company had decided to promote him to a management position where he would be accountable for about half the store. There were many new responsibilities included leading several other employees. He felt he was ready for the challenge and looked forward to the leadership training he would receive in the company's training course.
Tue, 06 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0400Values. If you ask Google about values, you'll get over 270 million hits. Values must be a pretty interesting subject. If you ask "what are values" you'll get another 170 million plus hits. So, there are a lot of people talking about values. When I work with leaders, and especially when I help them build strategic plans, I emphasize values because they are vitally important. When a leader doesn't understand his or her values, they find it more difficult to lead, especially in difficult situations. Likewise, when an organization's values are not clearly defined, its members may find it difficult to perform in the way leadership expects. Defining values is one of the very first steps to success.
Tue, 06 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0400"Know thyself." This short quotation is credited to the Greek philosopher Plato who was writing the words of Socrates in "Charmides." He was actually referring to an inscription at the ancient city of Delphi. This often cited quote presents what are probably the two most important words of guidance for a leader. A leader who knows him or herself will always enjoy more success than one who doesn't.
Sat, 03 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0400The games we played as children taught us many simple, basic lessons of how to play with others, build relationships and navigate the rules of childhood. Simon Says will take you back to visit the core lessons of one of your favorite childhood games and how we are still playing those games even as adults.
Tue, 02 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0500The greatest leaders in history were the ones who had the ability to command the respect of the people who followed them. This is something that they earned. It was not blindly given to them. One can be given authority by simply being in a position. However, no position can garner respect. It is the actions of the individual that lead to others providing it.
Wed, 24 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0500Much has been written about leadership: rules, pointers, styles, and biographies of inspiring leaders throughout world history. But there are certain leadership ideas that we ourselves fail to recognize and realize in the course of reading books. Here is a short list of things you thought you knew about leadership.
Thu, 21 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0500This topic has been on my mind for quite some time. Reason being, I witness this every day. None of us are immune to the opinion of others. None of us can say that the viewpoint of a friend, colleague or loved one has not somewhat directed our paths away from our own instincts...possibly even in a completely different direction.
Wed, 06 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0500The Three Pedestals of Leadership: BE - KNOW - DO. Learn these principles of leadership that when applied will help you develop as a leader and build extraordinary teams, organizations and new leaders.
Wed, 06 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0500When you help people become more engaged in their work they are more effective. Your job as a leader is to create the environment and provide the support and tools to nurture greater individual engagement. Leadership and learning expert Kevin Eikenberry offers four tips for doing that every day.
Wed, 06 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0500Everyone I know loves the feeling that comes with being inspired. They like the mental lift, the energy, the attitude, the productivity, the satisfaction and even the way it makes them feel physically. And as wonderful and valuable as inspiration is, for most of us, it`s hard to capture, expand and make last. We want the eternal flame, but far too often settle for a spark as fleeting as the flame provided by a match.
Wed, 06 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0500From a fairly early stage in my career I have been involved in process improvement activities. While at Chevron in the early 1990`s, I served as a Quality Training Consultant teaching organizations, among other things, process improvement tools. The goal of the training and the efforts overall were to improve quality, reduce waste and take existing work processes and make them better.