Every day, take at least 20 minutes to unplug. Get away from all distractions. Take a walk, meditate, exercise, whatever gets your mind away from distractions. Use the time to think. You will be surprised at the things your mind or your heart tells you when you take time to listen.Share with your social networks
If you want your organization to grow, you must be willing to hear opinions that are in opposition to your own.
Encourage your direct reports to disagree with you.
Of course, the ultimate decisions are yours. You must hire people that will express their opinions, then respect the decision.Share with your social networks
No, I am not running a contest.
Many people have dreams, big dreams, small dreams, and everything in-between. They think about their dream, mostly about the results of obtaining their dream. But, to get there requires planning and action. In order to reach your goal, you have to participate beyond the dream stage.
If you don’t participate, you will not reach the goal. Of course, participation is not everything. You may participate, and participate fully, but still not reach your goal. But, you will grow; you will learn.
To have any hope of reaching your goal – participate.
Enter to win.
“Your actions speak so loudly, I can not hear what you are saying.”
Keep your word.
Do what you say you will do.
Behave how you say others should behave.
Play nice.Share with your social networks
What is your big dream? That thing you really want to do. What is between where you are now and the accomplishment of that dream? How do you move from here to there? How do you really move from here to there?
Answer the questions above. Break down the steps. Turn the steps into goals, into milestones toward the bigger goal.
Go work on those steps. Work on them every day.
You likely make assumptions in your decision-making process. Have you ever thought that those assumptions could be incorrect?
To prove my point - why is it warmer in the summer? You probably answer that the earth is closer to the sun in the summer. If you did, your answer is the same as most people asked. And, your answer is wrong. Our home planet’s seasons are caused by its tilt on its axis.
The next time you have to make a decision, or are critiquing someone’s reaction to a decision, inspect your assumptions. Question the validity of those assumptions. You may find that your line of thinking is incorrect.Share with your social networks
I am a fan improvisational jazz. I am amazed at musicians composing in the moment, creating art from how they feel at the moment, and from input from their audience. They have to make decisions on-the-fly based on input from their surroundings. Good improv jazz players make it sound easy like they make this art without effort. But, in reality, jazz improvisation requires tremendous effort, preparation, and practice. Good players put many hours, days, and years learning their craft.
Leaders are often required to improvise. New situations arise and leaders must respond. Good leaders got good at improvisational thinking, making decisions on-the-fly, by practising. So, to improve your improvisational decision-making skills – practise. When you are in a situation that requires a decision, be the leader who steps up with a solution. Help drive the decision. Sure, you will make bad calls. But, those bad calls will help you grow your improvisational leadership skills.Share with your social networks
Leaders and aspiring leaders are busy. There is much to do. When there is “free” time, we feel that we must fill those gaps with something productive. Downtime is a waste of time, or so we think.
Being productive is important. Measurable accomplishment gives a sense of worth. However, growth and improvement require planning and thought. Abraham Lincoln said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Time for deep thought helps us grow; it helps us prepare for the future, and better understand past successes and learning experiences (failures cannot be learning experiences unless we analyse them).
Here are some questions, designed to facilitate thought, to ask yourself:
- Am I doing the right things?
- Am I spending my time with the right people?
- What are the most important things on which I should invest time?
- What are my strengths?
- How can I better use my strengths?
- What are my weaknesses?
- How can I improve on my weaknesses? (or delegate them to someone else)
These are just a few off the top of my head. If you can think of others, post them in the comments.Share with your social networks
Yes, you will fail. But, that’s OK, as long as you realize your failure, and grow from it. Improvement is just that, improvement. Strive to learn from your mistakes and grow from them.
So, go ahead and fake it. Make mistakes. Learn. Grow. Eventually you will find that you have made ‘it’ part of who you are.Share with your social networks
Are you failing at your New Year resolutions? Great!
I say great because, if you are trying and failing, you are stretching toward that goal (resolution). If you are failing to try, why? It is your goal. Don’t let yourself down.
Goals are not about comfort; they are about pushing beyond comfort. So, go ahead and fail. Push for incremental improvements with each attempt.Share with your social networks