Overview: Get specific. Seize the moment to act on your goals. Know exactly how far you have left to go. Be a realistic optimist. Focus on getting better, rather than being good. Believing you have the ability to reach your goals is important, but so is believing you can get the ability. Have grit. Grit is a willingness to commit to long-term goals, and to persist in the face of difficulty. Build your willpower muscle. Your self-control “muscle” is just like the other muscles in your body — when it doesn’t get much exercise, it becomes weaker over time. Don’t tempt fate. No matter how strong your willpower muscle becomes, it’s important to always respect the fact that it is limited, and if you overtax it you will temporarily run out of steam. Focus on what you will do, not what you won’t do. Do you want to successfully lose weight, quit smoking, or put a lid on your bad temper? Then plan how you will replace bad habits with good ones, rather than focusing only on the bad habits themselves.
The term Gross Domestic Product is often talked about as if it were “handed down from god on tablets of stone.” But this concept was invented by an economist in the 1930s. We need a more effective measurement tool to match 21st century needs, says Michael Green: the Social Progress Index. With charm and wit, he shows how this tool measures societies across the three dimensions that actually matter. And reveals the dramatic reordering of nations that occurs when you use it.
Pavel Barta's insight:
"GDP tells us very little about happiness of individual people or the well being of a community. It also has very little to do with fairness and justice. We should measure different things in 21st century ... "
I caught up with Sir Richard Branson, as he was releasing his latest book, The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership. Branson is an international entrepreneur, adventurer, icon, and the founder of the Virgin Group. The Virgin Group is one of the world’s most recognized and respected brands, with over 400 [...]
Pavel Barta's insight:
"1. Listening is one of the most important skills that anyone can have. That’s a very Virgin trait. Listening enables us to learn from each other, from the marketplace, and from the mistake that must be made in order to get anywhere that is original and disruptive. I learn so much from guests and employees that way.
2. Learn: Learning and leadership go together. Too much credit goes to me for what we have achieved at Virgin but the successes happen from working and learning with some of the world’s most inspiring and inspired people.
3. Laughter: My number one rule in business, and in life, is to enjoy what you do. Running a business involves long hours and hard decisions; if you don’t have the passion to keep you going, your business will more than likely fail."
Transformational leaders are in demand more than ever. It is important to understand what specific benefits this particular style of leadership can bring to your organization, argues Brian Dozer, D. Mgt., MBA, adjunct professor at Brandman University’s School of Extended Education.
Sustainable Performance = Potential x Positive Intelligence; Potential = Ability x Motivation x Environment; Ability = Knowledge x Skills; Motivation = Priority / Interests; Knowledge = IQ x EI x SI x CI; Skills = any job relevant skills; Environment = Network / Resources / Moods; Positive Intelligence = ratio (your mind is your friend / is your enemy)
EI=Emotional intelligence, SI=Social Intelligence, CI= Cultural Intelligence