Fun is good. – Dr. Seuss
For all of the important and serious things that occupy a leaders day one thing worth mentioning is the need for fun. The price of leadership is great responsibility. And yet your temperament as a leader is important. It’s important not just for those around you but for yourself. Are you wound too tight? Would your colleagues agree? The decisions you make are serious but try not to take yourself too serious. Don’t forget to laugh. Remember that the troubles you have today are preparing you for better things tomorrow. Your ability to have fun along the way is just as necessary as any other decision you make. At the end of the day, whether good or bad, let it be said that you find it all most rewarding and fun. Life is just too short for you to be miserable as a leader…
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Fantastic post about the importance of engaging our employees, showing them that they are valuable, and we are in this together.
As we age as leaders, I hope we make the effort to share the wisdom we have gain through many hard lessons with the youth following behind us.
Companies prize young talent. And rightly so. In an era of instant communication, they need young, tech-savvy leaders who can help them to get things done faster.
Still, speed by itself doesn’t equate to business success. Sydney Finkelstein wrote about this in a recent BBC article. In it, he recalls the classic Aesop’s fable about the tortoise and the hare. It’s the plodding tortoise, and not the speedy hare, that crossed the finish line first.
Experience may not bring speed – but it does bring wisdom and other traits/abilities. Among them:
Perspective – Age brings a greater ability to reflect and put into context what is happening around you.
Deeper compassion – This extends to the people in your life, both at work and at home.
A dose of reality – The illusion of perfection has long gone.
Empathy – “Once you’ve live a little, it becomes harder to go…
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By Marga Dela Cruz
Quickly, we will be watching the first quarter of 2014 fading fast into becoming “yesterday.” As you soon bid a quick farewell to the 1st 3 months of the year, it is good to have a reality check: How did your company fair during the 1st quarter? Great if your company stays afloat on top of stiff competition. But what if you are a struggling entrepreneur? Or a serious business leader who really wants to make a change? If you fail from the 1st quarter, here are 3 vital areas you need to focus on:
Many who had been in small and medium business owners for quite some time now may think that they no longer need a strategy. Having this frame of mind is like having a free pass to “Doomsville.” Customers’ needs are always changing. Every month, there are new social and economic…
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True happiness comes from the things that cannot be taken away from you. Making the full effort to do the right thing can never be taken away from you. – John Wooden
In the arena of sports, John Wooden’s legacy is forever secure. But however successful he was, it was secondary to his faith, family, and the guiding principles that shaped the lives of so many people. At the end of the day, what is most important to you? Your legacy is the product of your leadership. But your legacy transcends your leadership. Where you place value it will be returned in like manner. Give your time, energy, and your very best to that which will give you greatest return and to that which will outlive you. After all, what can’t be taken away from you is that which will live on long after you are gone.