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Monthly Archives: August 2012

LeaderShift – You Get What You Focus On

 

Nothing is either good or bad, but thinking makes it so

What we focus on is what we see, .

Or in the words of Shakespeare: “Nothing is either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

It’s tempting to think that something is ‘good’ or ‘bad’. But those qualities are just decisions based on where we put our focus. Losing a job could be ‘bad’. Or it could be the best thing that ever happened to you because you finally get to start your own business. A divorce could be ‘bad’. Or it could simply be best for everyone to start anew.

Whether conscious or not, where we focus our attention is where our energy goes too. So if you spend all your time thinking about how hard or bad something is, guess what? It will be. If, on the other hand, you focus on the idea that a great opportunity is right around the corner, you’ll begin to see opportunity everywhere.

Is your focus helping you… or is it time to refocus on something new? How can you change your focus to see opportunity instead of obstacles? What can you focus on to create new possibilities?

Where you focus determines your outcome, and thankfully, that is entirely up to you.

9 Ways to Lead Your Boss Effectively

Lead yourself exceptionally well
Lighten your leader’s load
Be willing to do what other’s won’t
Do more than manage. Lead!
Invest in relational chemistry
Be prepared every time you take your leader’s time
Know when to push and when to back off
Become a go-to player
Be better tomorrow than today

Video tutorials to helo you become a better leader

What’s Better Today – Motivation Direction

Motivation Direction
Many successful golf players (and business leaders) are motivated by their own dissatisfaction with their performance. It can be a very powerful motivator. You would expect someone who is thus motivated to improve their game to be similarly motivated in other aspects of their life.
Do you see a golf course as a series of obstacles to be avoided, or do you see the fairways and greens as the thing to hit. There are a few people who actually aim for the obstacles because they excel at the tricky shots – most, however, find themselves in the obstacles due to misfortune… or were they actually responsible?

For most people, the self-directed anger resulting from dissatisfaction is not a positive state to be in. If you condemn yourself for playing poorly and use self-talk phrase such as “I should have…”, or yelling (at yourself or outwardly) your self-disgust such as “useless idiot” and perhaps more colourful phrasing – you are doomed to repeat it. Not only will you repeat the ‘error’, you are physically hurting yourself – self-condemnation causes self-directed anger causes stress causes physical distress causes physical sickness and, for many, heart failure. It’s a little as if your heart decides that’s it’s had enough of your inward abuse and is desperately trying to communicate your need to stop doing it. If you’ve had a heart attack or stroke you’ve probably completely reassessed how you live your life – and sought more tranquility, less stressful behaviours – in some cases avoiding the major contributors to your previously high stress levels – work and/or golf.

Some people don’t realise that this is what they are like. The way you drive your car is often a good indicator […]

What’s Better Today? Leading up effectively – become a go-to player

Go-to players produce when the pressure is on

There are many different kinds of people in the workplace, and you can measure them according to what they do for the organization:

Never deliver – Detrimental (on the payroll but waste oxygen)
Sometimes deliver – Average (they delivered yesterday, great, today, nah… they’re average)
Always deliver when in their comfort zone – valuable
Always deliver regardless of the situation – Invaluable

Go-to players produce when the resources are few.
Go-to players produce when the momentum is low.

3 kinds of people when it comes to momentum.

Momentum Breakers – they can STOP it. Hey things are going well here, let me see if I can crash it.
Momentum Takers – they don’t stop momentum, they just suck all momentum out of the air.
Momentum Makers – and go-to players are momentum makers.

What’s Better Today? Leading up effectively – be better tomorrow than today

The key to personal development is to be more growth oriented than goal oriented.

The better you are, the greater your value today

If you’re looking back on yesterday and still thinking what a great job that was, then you aren’t adding much value today.

The better you are, the greater your potential for tomorrow.

I’m often asked by leaders who take our GAPPS3 assessment about their potential. Since we have a potentiality index, which we know is remarkably accurate. And especially if it’s a little low, or they’ve already reached it. And I ask them, what have you done today that makes you better than yesterday. Those with little more potential always say nothing, those with great potential can tell me the often many things they are doing better today than yesterday, and also they share what their plans are for tomorrow too.

The better you are, the greater the potential of others for tomorrow.

Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you are a leader, success is all about growing others. And the time to start that is today. Jack Welch

What’s Better Today? Leading up effectively – when to push and when to back off

When to push:

Do I know something my boss doesn’t, but needs to know.

This comes back to telling your boss what they need to hear rather than what they want to hear.

Is time running out.

The broken glass on the ground is from the window of opportunity that was slammed shut

Are my responsibilities at risk?

If you have been entrusted with a responsibility and are having difficulty, it is better that your boss knows about it and has the opportunity to help you rather than fail miserably alone.

When to back off

Am I promoting my own agenda?

If you’re promoting your own agenda. Doing your own thing. If you’ve said it a couple of times and they don’t seem to catch on… they probably don’t want to catch on…. Back off.

Have I already made my point?

“You do not lead people by hitting them over the head – that’s assault not leadership.” – Dwight Eisenhower

Does my request exceed my relationship?

I was working with a Malaysian company and the Chairman’s son and daughter were in the ‘high-potential’ group I was coaching. And as is quite common when such situations occur, they had an air of superiority because of their relationship with the big boss. Quite often  they would both step beyond normal boundaries in their relationship with their direct bosses, which was inappropriate. Not only is it inappropriate in that they were trying to abuse a family relationship, but by stepping beyond the relationship level with their direct boss, they were actually antagonizing their own direct bosses who would often respond by deliberately undermining their power whenever they could. They were not making friends and influencing people, rather they were building a culture of nepotistic favour and would become […]

What’s Better Today? Leading up effectively – prepare every time you take your leader’s time

You show value when you value your leader’s time.Invest 10X the time you want to spend with your leader.So if you have a 10 minute meeting, that’s 100 minutes preparing.It’s a rule of thumb that works well. In fact invest 10X the time for every moment you take of another’s time.Teachers, trainers and coaches, we work on this basis. Or at least the better ones do. For every hour of workshop time, I invest 10 hours of preparation. The slight advantage for teachers and trainers is that we often repeat the same material several times.Don’t make your boss think for you.How leaders think when they are asked questions from leaders in the middle:If they ask questions because they can’t think – then we’re in troubleIf they ask questions because they are lazy – then they are in troubleIf they ask questions so that everyone can move faster – then we’re headed in the right directionBring something to the table.When you’re spending time with your leader, bring your idea or your thinking with you.Give a return on your leader’s investment.In my mentoring workshops for mentee’s I suggest that they prepare fully for every meeting with their mentor (who may or may not be their line manager, but usually is) And I suggest that they approach it like this:Here’s what you said last time we metHere’s what I learnedHere’s what I didDid I do right?Can I ask you more questions?  

What’s Better Today? Leading up effectively – prepare every time you take your leader’s time

You show value when you value your leader’s time.

Invest 10X the time you want to spend with your leader.

So if you have a 10 minute meeting, that’s 100 minutes preparing.
It’s a rule of thumb that works well. In fact invest 10X the time for every moment you take of another’s time.
Teachers, trainers and coaches, we work on this basis. Or at least the better ones do. For every hour of workshop time, I invest 10 hours of preparation. The slight advantage for teachers and trainers is that we often repeat the same material several times.

Don’t make your boss think for you.

How leaders think when they are asked questions from leaders in the middle:

If they ask questions because they can’t think – then we’re in trouble
If they ask questions because they are lazy – then they are in trouble
If they ask questions so that everyone can move faster – then we’re headed in the right direction

Bring something to the table.

When you’re spending time with your leader, bring your idea or your thinking with you.

Give a return on your leader’s investment.

In my mentoring workshops for mentee’s I suggest that they prepare fully for every meeting with their mentor (who may or may not be their line manager, but usually is) And I suggest that they approach it like this:

Here’s what you said last time we met
Here’s what I learned
Here’s what I did
Did I do right?
Can I ask you more questions?

 

 

LeaderShift – You Can Handle It

You can handle it!

At each stage in life, , challenges arise. And each of these challenges brings a lesson. You learn it, move on to your next challenge… and to your next lesson.

The thing is, as we go through life, the lessons get more complex. It’s as though each time you learn one lesson, you “graduate” to the next one. This process can feel like too much at times —even for Mother Theresa!

Before you throw in the towel, remind yourself of how you you have met all the challenges in your life so far (for better or worse). Surely you’ve learned some valuable things along the way, too. And all those challenges and lessons have prepared you perfectly for what you are facing now.

be ready for whatever challenge you face
Sure, it would be easier if we could just learn these lessons from a book. It would be more comfortable if we just stayed in bed all day, too… but that’s not how it works.

Because the truth is, you are ready for whatever challenge you face. In fact, there is no better preparation than your life experience—lumps, bumps, lessons and all. Know that God won’t give you anything you can’t handle, even if you wish, like Mother Theresa, that he didn’t trust you so much.

Confident communicator

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Bucketful of Joy

Bucket-full of Joy

There seems to be an increasing number of people who just do not appear to be motivated: They have, or at least show, no passion for what they are doing; there’s little joy in their heart and the driving force for doing anything is extrinsic. Is it just me, <<First Name>>, or are you finding the same?
Imagine that you have to collect water from a well several miles away from home. All you have to carry the water is one metal bucket. You walk to the well and join the queue to fill your bucket. Already tired from the long trek, you fill your bucket with fresh, clean and crystal clear water. Hauling the bucket out of the well you discover a hole in your bucket and your precious water is leaking out. Now you must run with the bucket to get it back home as quickly as possible, desperately trying to plug the hole with your hand, stemming but not stopping the flow.

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.Helen Keller

Plug the holes in your bucket!

Half way home, the water in your bucket is nearly gone and now you have a dilemma:

Continue and possibly reach home with nothing but an empty bucket?  It’s Ok your family will understand that it really isn’t your fault and they can last another hour or so without…
Find a welder to fix the bucket and start again? Now where is the welder…?
Return to the well and try again? If you run faster this time and hold the bucket just so…
Ditch the bucket, find and buy a new one with money that you […]