Leadership is based on building relationships. This is a great reminder to really take a look at our approach to relationship development.
If you’re talking with your head, you’re going to speak to their heads. If you’re talking with your heart, you’re going to reach their hearts. If you talk with your life, you’re going to reach their lives. – Italo Magni
In many ways leadership is about making connections. It comes with the territory. But the depth of your connections is up to you. When you seek to only connect with others from an intellectual standpoint then your impact will be nominal. When you go a little deeper and lead with your heart then you can make a difference. Certainly your influence is increased. But when you lead with your life and connect on that more intimate level you can change the world. Do you desire to be a world-changing leader? Make the investment to lead with your life and then everything else will fall into place. It will not be…
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One of my three “Action” words for this year is “No”. If I’m going to accomplish what I want to accomplish then I need to say “No” to those things that will distract me and pull me away from doing what I need to do, to get to where I want to go. Now don’t get me wrong – I’m all in favor of paying it forward – however, I think there needs to be limits to the number of times I say yes. How about you? Are you accomplishing all that you want to accomplish – specially those things that are most important to you – or – are you saying no to yourself so you can say yes to someone else?
Worth Remembering … “How you manage your time is how you manage your life”
You have 168 hours in the course of a week. No more, or…
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What a great post to remind us how important it is to include and embrace individuals with varied and sometimes opposing points of view, Doug. When we have team unity we are able to give serious consideration to a variety of ideas and concerns while developing a plan of action. Once a plan is developed the entire team stands behind it and joins together in working towards its successful completion.
A house divided against itself cannot stand. – Abraham Lincoln
In leadership circles we hear a lot about teamwork and team building, but not as much about team unity. Unity of your team does not mean checking your individuality at the door and not having differing views and opinions. Team unity simply means that once all the views have been aired, differences expressed, and a consensus reached, then it’s time to move forward with a united front. Teams need diversity of thought, creative minds, and fresh eyes taking a look at things from every angle. Promoting team unity begins when the leader acknowledges and values everyone’s input. Unity breaks down when voices are squelched. Build unity by building relationships. Never underestimate the value that each person brings to the table.
We focus so much energy on developing a brand for our organization. What about our personal brand?
You might argue — but it is my opinion that you cannot expect to walk through the office door a virtuoso. Whether you are new to the workplace or simply changing direction, it takes a bit of time to establish your reputation and set yourself apart from the crowd. This is perfectly fine — as good things can come with patience. It’s not a sprint to climb the staircase of success , it is definitely a “steady and paced” endeavor.
Tom Peter’s classic article, The Brand Called You,emphasized the importance of developing your own career brand in our fast-paced world of work — and I fully agree with his premise. Standing out in a sea of competition can be daunting, and branding is a savvy option to consider. You are your own brand — and you alone have the control to develop that brand wisely.
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