Happiness is a how, not a what – a mindset, not a destination. Happiness is enjoying all the small things, while chasing after the big ones. Deep happiness cannot exist without slowing down to enjoy the joy.
I live in a culture that makes everything a contest. We take metaphors from sports and try to apply them to every activity of life. We live in a time when the language of athletics has become abbreviations to describe how we live.
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The leaders who inspire me do not lead to defeat anyone, including themselves. The leaders who inspire me lead from their deepest selves. They explore their true selves, and share what they discover with the people around them.
Do the best you can to smile. Be so busy loving your life and the people in it that you have no time left for hate, regret or unnecessary stress. In the end, loving your life is about trusting your intuition, taking chances, losing and finding happiness, cherishing the memories, and learning through experience. It’s a long-term journey.
Anybody who feels that far too many company reports and websites boast of a commitment to innovation will not be surprised to learn that this is the most cited value in a survey of how Standard and Poor’s 500 companies present their corporate culture. Innovation – mentioned by fully 80% of companies – was followed by those other staples, integrity, respect and teamwork.
Entrepreneur 10 Awesome Ways to Inspire Others Entrepreneur To realize the utmost potential and minimize wasted effort, identify exactly what you're going after and make sure your people do, too. Redundancies arise when communication falters.
Effective leaders must choose the right tactic for the right mission, no matter if it’s the boardroom or the battlefield. Inspiring others comes in myriad different forms. Here are 10 leadership guidelines to inspire others:
One of the most universally hated parts of high school is the pop quiz. I certainly remember the dread that overcame me every time Mr. Quintavalle, my freshman Latin teacher, would announce “Halfsheets, gentlemen,” regardless of how well prepared I was that day. So one can only imagine the emotional [...]
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A master class on leadership from Captain Sullenberger on the show floor at SAP’s recentSAPPHIRE NOW 2014 conference in Orlando.
The 21st century has brought much in the way of turmoil and change to the world of business. As a consequence, ways of doing business that were once universally accepted now seem outdated and inflexible in an age where knowledge drives economies and socially responsible corporate attitudes influence stakeholders and shareholders alike.
It’s critical to note that people who’ve made a real difference aren’t all privileged, advantaged or “special” by any stretch. Many come from disadvantaged families, crushing circumstances and initially limited capabilities, but have found ways to pick themselves up and rise above their circumstances (and their genes) to transform their own lives and those around them.
In the early stages of creativity, logic limits the panorama and possibilities. Logic is a filter. If you filter too soon, novel ideas will not make it onto the canvas. Great leaders don't fear the chaos of creativity. They filter later.
When leaders want to create an open culture where people are willing to speak up and challenge one another, they often start by listening. This is a good instinct. But listening with your ears will only take you so far. You also need to demonstrate with words that you truly want people to raise risky issues.
Constantly trying to justify yourself to everyone else forces you to miss out on the beauty of simply being yourself, with your own unique ideas, desires, and life experiences. If you are led through life only doing and being what you’ve come to believe is expected of you, then, in a way, you cease to live… you merely exist.
How do some companies evolve to "it company" status while others languish in relative obscurity? Whether you think of more mature companies like Google, Whole Foods, or Unilever, or early stage marvels like Warby Parker, Vendini, or RevZilla, the hottest companies on the planet understand it's not what they do [...]
Emotionally strong people know that happiness is a mindset of appreciation. In other words, happiness doesn’t start when “this, that or the other thing” is resolved. Happiness is what happens now when you appreciate what you have.
5 Important Leadership Lessons From Huffington Post While watching The Lion King recently, I couldn't help but think of Simon Sinek's quote, "There are leaders and then there those who lead." It's like the old leadership proverb, "He who thinks he...
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Keen insights from an unlikely source..."Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope." -Mufasa
If you feel like you’re stuck, or struggling to make progress, know that you are not alone. We are all in this together. However, there is also a good chance you’re holding on to something that’s holding you back. Which means you might be able to make things easier on yourself if you give this “something” up.
Five essential lessons for today's crop of young leaders.
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CEOs need to be resilient and have the courage to make difficult decisions. But some leaders can make the mistake of being “tough” not just on the problems facing their business, but also their people.
As leaders, some of the decisions we make are clear-cut. We get the best data available, do the analysis, and make the call. Done. But realistically, these moments of easy clarity and quick solutions are a luxury. Most of the time, we’re not so lucky. In truth, the majority of the decisions we have to make are deeply nuanced.
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