“A wise man ought always to follow the paths beaten by great men, and to imitate those who have been supreme, so that if his ability does not equal theirs, at least it will savour of it.” -Machiavelli, The Prince
If you consider yourself a leader, whether in business or as a public figure, you have to constantly engage in personal growth and change in order to be effective in overcoming obstacles and inspiring others to improve. You have be moving constantly in some direction to be successful at accomplishing the goals that you have set. I’ve often heard it put this way: “You can never stand still in life, you are either gaining ground or losing it.” So I ask you this question, who
As we know, there is almost nothing more embarrassing to an organization than a client mentioning a mistake on something that you present to them. The reasoning for concern is obvious, but many of us really mess up when it comes to solutions. In defense from running across embarrassing situations many managers will get a team of people together, lock themselves in a room, and brainstorm new rules and processes to prevent any future problems from occurring. After a consensus is reached, the management team will trudge out of their den and begin to impose the new regulations on the staff in the effort to keep “the machine” from ever having another hiccup.
We all have things we plan to accomplish. I have written down my goals for years because I had always heard that it’s how you get things done. My approach was simple:
Step 1: Write a list of goals.
Step 2: Execute the list (hopefully).
It took me a while to notice something was up, but one day I looked back and noticed
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
– Benjamin Franklin
Is it me or is our culture going absolutely nuts? I think that anyone who keeps up with the news would agree with me. Before you look at the paper (website, journalistic entity app, etc.) today let me tell you what it boils down to…
If you are one of those people who is always asking yourself: “Why didn’t I think of that?” this post is for you. How many thoughts do you think the human mind processes every minute? 5? 10 Maybe? The actual number is around 48.6 for the average human according the the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at the University of Southern California. That’s just under one per second or somewhere in between 60 and 80 THOUSAND PER DAY!!! Please set aside a few of these thoughts, and let me ask you a few questions.
Have you ever heard of the 5 P’s? I’m sure that you have. It goes something like this, “Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.” Over the last few years I’ve heard people from different parts of the U.S. and in multiple industries quote different renditions of this phrase. It is a powerful thought and works well when a manager is trying to enforce accuracy and perfection from his team or an individual is attempting to stick to their workout commitment. It is effective and safe for most normal tasks and jobs. The problem is that I’m really not too interested in being normal and if you’re reading this I suspect that you aren’t either. I wholeheartedly agree that planning is essential to the success of any goal or idea and there
Mark Cuban has made it known that he writes the word “Listen” at the top of his notepad as he watches investment pitches while filming Shark Tank. He does this with the idea that every time he looks at the page he is reminded to truly grasp the information that the presenter is revealing to him and the other Sharks. I would say that this particular trait has assisted Mr. Cuban even from the very beginning of his career. Just after college he noticed a niche that needed to be serviced and learned the skills necessary to fill it. This resulted in him building MicroSolutions and later selling it for $6 million and launching him into a high level and successful career. It can be tremendously easy to get lost staring at a screen for hours on end while working on a pet project or to take the same zombifying path through your city every day and pay no attention, but leaders need to be mindful of what is happening around them in order to be effective.
Here are Three Ways to Use Mindfulness to Your Advantage:
We all have our morning rituals. As a part of mine; every day after breakfast with my family and on my way out of the door I download the “Mad Money with Jim Cramer” podcast from the previous day’s show. One day, after my daily commute, I settled in at my desk and began listening to the show. I had no idea that on this day I would accidentally stumble upon something so uproariously funny that for just a moment I would actually have to question Jim Cramer’s credibility.
Many consider themselves a leader just because of their job title or the number of followers they have on social media sites, but when it comes time to gather a team to trudge through a tough situation they look back to see that there are no people behind them. It takes some exclusive characteristics to be able to inspire others to follow you through dire straits. Here is a list of 6 qualities that leaders need to develop to inspire other real people to follow them.
“He who fears he will suffer, already suffers because he fears.” –Michel de Montaigne
Fear- an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. (Defined by the Oxford English Dictionary)
I remember growing up how much my dad loved watching scary movies. He would seemingly wait until all light of day was lost to the night, and only then would he place a tape into the VCR. I recall playing safely in my room and bolting to his side out of sheer panic at the laugh of Chucky or the scrape of Freddy’s clawed glove against the steel pipes of his nightmare factory emitting from the living room. I would then sit with him in the glow of the T.V. and black all around us the rest of the night in horror of whatever scenes that the Hollywood dread-manufacturers could dream up to keep me awake for every night of the next month; but it was just recently that I realized something. When my ears heard whatever it was those nights to catalyze a sprint, I never ran away from the hazard. It was always toward the direction of the thing that brought on my fear that I scurried. Yes, I sat through an hour and a half of visual torture afterwards; but I endured it. I then lost some sleep and then lived the rest of my life up to now perfectly fine. I have grown up and am very happily married with a son, two dogs, and a house like many other people. I don’t really sit up all night afraid of boogeymen under the bed or in the closet very often. I faced some fear and came out of it without too much damage.