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- Strategy: a plan of action prepared to achieve the major goals of an organization. In order to take strategy into consideration for your planning efforts, you must define your goals as they relate and support the Vision and Mission of the organization.
A Strategic Plan should answer the following:
~Where are we going as an organization?
~What is the environment? (external/internal, this is critical to the vision)
~How do we get there?
For strategic planning, I use the following definitions:
Vision - What do we want to become? (Aspirational)
Comedian-musician Tim Minchin addresses graduates at the University of Western Australia where he was presented with an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree. Mi...
Very interesting speech here from someone who has achieved success and has been blessed with the honor of influencing future leaders.
While I completely agree with his remarks about exercise, arts and sciences, and opinions, I have given careful thought to his comments about having pursuing my own dreams and the role luck plays.
This one has me thinking a lot...
Timely and relevant post here from from Elizabeth Stincelli, @infinitestin. I completely agree with her, especially on the following statement:
The evolution of work utilizes these social avenues to promote organizations, monitor public opinion, and stay connected to customers and colleagues. You must learn to be conscious of the impact your posts, status changes, pictures, likes, and shares have both personally and professionally. If you are going to be responsible for steering your own career path, you have to care about your digital footprint and your personal brand.
Check out the rest of the post at:
During this week's The Fitness Minute, I share the story of how I wasted hours of valuable gym time using the gym to further my negative feelings, anger and grudges towards some co-workers.
Check out the recording below to find out how I was hurting myself and wasting valuable energy at the gym by allowing my anger and resentment to drive my actions and focus.
The time we spend at the gym is precious and we should not waste a moment of it on anything other than our goals! Why let others rob us of the little time we have to work on what WE are can achieve?
While I am in favor of leveraging the gym to let out some steam, I could have helped my health and lead positive change by forgiving others!
Check out the #HealthyLeadership blogcast at: http://bit.ly/1qXWKU1
Do you dare to dream? - Excellent animated video about the power of imagination. Highly recommended!
Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
Wonderful share here via @Kenneth Mikkelsen.
I dared to dream a few years back and lately I am feeling like the character hanging from the tree limb who is about to fall and hanging on for dear life.
I will continue with my strategy and hope I can hang on.
Are you a skilled enough leader to design yourself out of a job? Read this post to learn how to steer the ship while everyone else keeps the ship moving in the direction you point them.
Great suggestion here via @kittengeorge.
I think Jeff Hoffman deserves a lot of respect. He has manage to do what many of us dream about doing. Here is my favorite section of this very good post:
That day I realized something important.
Your goal as a leader is to design yourself out of a job. To build a team that’s so good they don’t need you. And that doesn’t mean you have to go home or retire. It means you’re free again. To dream. To envision.
To plan the future of the company and steer the ship, while everyone else is keeping the ship moving in whatever direction you point them.
Great share here via The General, @John Michel. I totally agree with the first one:
Explore what YOU love, and own it. – If you spend your life trying to define yourself by what someone else loves, you’re going to be miserable.
Try things – try everything. Explore. See what makes you hear music inside and what makes your heart swell, and then go do it. Find out everything you can about it.
Find other people who love it too. If you waste time pretending to like something just because other people you think are “cool” like it, you’re going to end up with the wrong people and circumstances in your life. Love what you love and be yourself, and you will end up with a lifestyle and relationships that make you truly happy
|Suggested by Morgan Dix|
What is mindfulness? And do you know the benefits it can provide you? Here are 5 reasons why you should start practicing mindfulness right now.
Good content on a relevant topic.
I don't usually do this but I reacted quite strongly to the premise made in this video about three "new" ways of thinking that will shape leaders into the next century.
At best, the speaker has verified some classic themes that are covered in most if not all of the traditional leadership development programs that exist today.
Below are the 3 main "breakthroughs" that I heard from the speaker and my thoughts on how I have learned and practiced these "new" leadership themes.
1. Leaders see beyond the current situation and prepare for upcoming change... This is what scenario planning is ALL about.
* Scenario Planning accounts for many factors that may combine in complex ways to create surprising futures. This has been written about and practiced for DECADES.
2. A diverse network... Hummm... I think this is what most HR departments are trying to instill in their organizations.
Now, if the speaker had gotten into the immense difficulty of going from diverse to inclusive, I would have given her this one. But, no, just more talk about how we need to work and understand people who think differently than we think. Not new...
3. Courage to make a change and persistence to stay the course while others are telling you it is not going to work. Hummmm... Really? This is NOT covered in the current leadership development programs?
I usually scoop content that I feel is helpful, not this time. If you are new to leadership development, maybe this is worthwhile. If you are educated in leadership, take the 10 minutes and practice how to provide honoring feedback.
These promises can help us all lead at home, work and in our fitness efforts at the gym, field, or court.
Here are few that truly apply everywhere:
~ I promise to:
And, last but not least:
I promise to keep my promises, at home, work, or at my fitness efforts!
Good scoop here via @kittengeorge
The S.T.O.P. model is very interesting and the following guidelines are very helpful:
HE WAS a white man with Nazi tattoos. She was an 18-year-old black girl, protesting a Ku Klux Klan rally in her home town.
Just saw this on a FB post and could not share it here fast enough.
If this isn't one of the most profound examples of self-less leadership, I don't know what is...
Many of us talk about leadership in the context of doing the right think when NOONE is looking. There are times when it is most difficult to do the right thing when EVERYONE is looking and doing the wrong thing!
Here is my favorite quote:
"Someone had to step out of the pack and say, 'This isn't right'."
When we allow conflict to bring the worse in us, we don't want to look in the mirror...
Another impactful post by Elizabeth Stincelli.
Like many leadership principles, leading positive change through conflict is easy to talk about, yet extremely hard to accomplish.
This section of the post deals with a specially difficult leadership challenge.
The most successful approach to resolving conflict is open, two-way communication. In order to communicate effectively you must learn to listen without passing judgment.
Each party to the communication will apply their own definitions and meanings; therefore, you can’t just listen to the facts. You have to ask probing questions and come to a consensus on the definition and meaning of the facts.
Also, don’t just listen to others to figure out how you can get them to agree with your point of view. Listen to really understand and appreciate their reality so you can understand where they are coming from.
Check out the rest of the post at: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20140917225342-49605822-resolving-conflict-it-s-not-about-winning
Integrating the country's educational system, employers, and job creators can reshape -- and reignite -- the American economy. An expert on education explains.
While I am happy to be working with teachers and students to help develop #FutureLeaders, the findings of this Gallup report are alarming.
Here are a few facts that tell the tale of our poor student engagement in schools and its relationship to our declining economy:
Great leadership is about putting other's needs above your own. I wonder how much risk this man took when he saved all these children.
It is so nice that he was recognized in such a significant manner!
|Rescooped by AlGonzalezinfo from Cat George Wildcard – Let's leave a positive dent in history|
The girl effect is about leveraging the unique potential of adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves, their families, their communities, their countrie...
This is one of my favorite vides. Thanks for posting this Cat George!
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ONE minute that is absolutely worth watching:
"You can fail at what you don't want, so you might as well take a chance at doing what you LOVE!"
Do you remember your 5th grade teachers? Would you say that any of your 5th grade teachers made a lifelong impression on your life?
Today’s guest is doing just that!
This week, #HealthyLeadership is all about how teachers can become leadership coaches for our younger set.
Teacher and consultant, Lydia Dolch joined me to discuss a #Futureleaders session we conducted with her 5th grade class.
During the interview we discussed how the students were able to apply leadership principles like conflict management, courage and forgiveness as they explored how to interact with others who see the world from a different perspective.
Checkout the blogcast at: http://bit.ly/1r5nRhZ
Our global people skills Twitter chat (#Peopleskills) today explored the topic of aggression. Voices from around the world contributed diverse views. Host: Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™ and co-host Dave Moore @Mooreconsortium on Twitter.
Great #Tweetchat recap here via @KateNasser. My favorite one is
"Anything War Can Do, Peace Can Do Better"!!!
Paying dues at work is a mindset that keeps you stuck. Choose to fully show up, engage and change to and start investing in your future.
Great post here via @AlliPolin on the choice of investing in our future instead of sleepwalking through our careers.
From the post:
"Instead of being a leader who’s focused on paying your dues at work, you can be a leader who intentionally creates a meaningful legacy through powerful present choices and a commitment to co-creating the future.
I invite you to shift your mindset and consider that every choice you make today is not predetermined and simply paying your dues, but actually investing in an unfolding adventure."
This week the #HealthyLeadership podcast is all about how parents can lead by setting the example and modeling the way.
Fitness expert and professional figure competitor Shannon Petralito, joined us to explore how leading by example and modeling the way for our children can help us instill upon them the values of accountability and self-respect.
Shannon’s inspirational story is a perfect example of how we can show our children that they can be passionate in life, have a vision and go for their dreams!
A shortage of testosterone can be a source of worry for many men, for many reasons, such as a loss of muscle mass, debilitating bone density over the years, a hindered sex drive (often resulting in erectile dysfunction) and, new research suggests, even the chances of developing prostate cancer and heart disease. It might seem […]
Excellent post here via @Fitazine. This is a tricky area that requires a bit of education and attention. Specially since there is A LOT of risks when taking testosterone boosters!
No matter how much you work out, or even compete, here is a section on a common issue that will always affect you:
The first step is an obvious one, you may not want to hear it but weight loss is a solid foundation upon which to build your testosterone levels.
An upsurge in body weight, particularly around the gut, can increase estrogen levels, whilst decreasing testosterone levels.
Checkout the rest at: http://fitazine.com/health/safe-methods-naturally-raising-testosterone-level
Leaders, fitness is key to wellness. Wellness is key to leading well.
My favorite stat:
When patients lost fat, the quality of life improved for 95% of them!
A little motivation and humor are good for business. We post leadership development quotes at the end of each week - end your week on a feel good note.
Wonderful graphic via @SSpanTolero. When we put in the effort to leave Basket A or what we are, and make the leap to Basket B, a net is there to catch us if we fall.