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Leaders who articulate hope

Tuesday April 10, 2012 #409

“Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances we know to be desperate.”

~G. K. Chesterton

In difficult situations, even ones which might simply be minor annoyances, we need leaders who articulate hope and a vision of a bright future when the current situation is past.  A leader who can maintain their cheerful disposition even when things are going poorly, based on a realistic view of a better tomorrow, will be followed to the ends of the earth.  Cheerfulness breeds cheerfulness.  Cheerful people have the hope, and therefore the desire, to move beyond problems to solutions.  Be cheerful no matter what.  Your team needs it from you!


May 13, 2012 Posted by | inspiration, leadership, Perspective, problem solving | , | Leave a comment

A spirit of approval

Thursday April 5, 2012 #408

 “I have yet to find the individual, however exalted his or her station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.”

~Charles Schwab

For years, management gurus have extolled the virtues of strengths-based leadership and the benefits of recognition and expressions of gratitude.  Why then does this seem to still be such a rare skill set among leaders?  I urge you to reflect on your own leadership style and that of leaders and team members who report to you.  What are you doing to ensure you consistently model these best leadership practices?  Are you also demanding the same from your team?

May 13, 2012 Posted by | Gratitude, leadership | , | Leave a comment

Celebrating uniqueness

Thursday March 29, 2012 #407

 “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is your unique talent?  Your unique interest?  Your unique humor?  For all of us, there are characteristics which are similar or even the same as many others.  And other characteristics which are ours alone – or at least not shared by many.  After all, with 7 billion people on the planet, there are certainly others who share one or more of your traits.  But literally no one else is completely you, except you.

I think it is important that we realize that as humans, we are really not so different from one another.  This allows us to accept differences in others and value those differences.  And it is important to realize that we are special – and uniquely qualified to pursue our dreams, to find happiness, and to contribute in our own way.

Celebrate your uniqueness today!

May 13, 2012 Posted by | Happiness, Talent | | Leave a comment

Elevating the soul

Tuesday March 27, 2012 #406

“Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.”

~Denis Diderot

A good career, a good relationship, and “good” results can be achieved with persistence and reasonable talent.  But to achieve greatness, one must approach the challenge with true passion.  Only you can determine what or who you are passionate about.  Take the time to reflect, to explore, and to learn the wondrous choices out there which may or may not invoke true passion within you.  When you can attach true passion to your activities and to your relationships, greatness is not only possible it is almost assured.

May 13, 2012 Posted by | achievement, Passion, Talent | , | Leave a comment

Be a problem poser vs. solver

Thursday March 22, 2012 #405

 “The best leaders are not problem solvers.  They are problem posers.  They pose the problem to be solved, and let the team chew on it, wrestle with options, and resolve it.  If you solve everything yourself, you might as well hire robots.”  

 ~Mike Basch, a founding officer of FedEx

I propose to you that courageous leadership is beyond having a vision and the conviction to stick to it.  More important than this is the courage to trust.  To trust, even though the team is unproven.  To trust, even though a subordinate has previously failed.  To trust, even though you “know” you could do it better.

So pose the problems and then be courageous.  Get out of their way.  Trust.   And though your trust may not always be rewarded with success, it almost always will be.

May 13, 2012 Posted by | courage, leadership, problem solving, Success | , | Leave a comment

You really are that amazing

Tuesday March 20, 2012 #404

 “The courage to change your life is a process, one step at a time. The wisdom required to take that action rests within all of us. With every step we take, our confidence increases and we realize the true power of the gift of life. In this process, we find that believing in ourselves unlocks so much magic that life takes on an entirely new glorious nature.”

~Eldon Taylor

This is perhaps the most difficult lesson to learn, internalize and implement:  To dramatically improve your chances for success in all things, the starting point is belief in your ability to succeed.  Without true belief in yourself, even if you have the courage to take actions your self-limiting beliefs will hinder your progress.

The good news is that simply by taking action – even if you don’t yet believe, your confidence and your belief and even faith in yourself will increase with each small success.  The key is to allow yourself that learning.  To allow yourself to realize that the success is in fact due to your amazing abilities and unique humanity.

Go ahead, give it a try. You really are that amazing.

May 13, 2012 Posted by | Belief, courage, learning, Success, Take Action | , | 1 Comment