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A short tale with profound implications
Autobiography in 5 short chapters, by Portia Nelson:
1) I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost… I am hopeless. It isn’t my fault. It takes forever to find a way out.
2) I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don’t see it. I fall in again. I can’t believe I’m in the same place. But it isn’t my fault. It still takes a long time to get out.
3) I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it is there. I still fall in… it’s a habit My eyes are open. I know where I am. It is my fault. I get out immediately.
4) I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.
5) I walk down another street.
Which street have you started walking down in 2013?
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Infographic: Crummy bosses aren't just a pain; they're bad for business. But how bad? We've found the stats--and it's not pretty.
In the past decade, there has been a lot of fascinating academic research conducted around habit formation and willpower.
Creating positive habits is one of the key skills in Managing Yourself.
From the article:
"Like throwing a pebble into a lake, the act of establishing one habit triggered a ripple effect that improved people's lives in a variety of ways."
"Typically, people who exercise, start eating better and becoming more productive at work. They smoke less and show more patience with colleagues and family. They use their credit cards less frequently and say they feel less stressed. Exercise is a keystone habit that triggers widespread change."
Opportunity is ugly. Opportunity is a door that feels like a wall, an open window that feels shut, or a ceiling that feels too low. Mud disguises, pain exposes, and fear illuminates opportunity.
Love the quote "You’re crushed from without when there’s nothing within"
Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. The process of making decisions comes from an accumulation of experiences. The most successful leaders are instinctual decision makers. They become immune to the pressure associated with decision making and extremely intuitive about the process of making the most strategic and best decisions. Here 15 things most successful leaders do automatically:1. Make Others Feel Safe to Speak Up2. Make Decisions3. Communicate Expectations4. Challenge People to Think5. Be Accountable to Others6. Lead by Example7. Measure & Reward Performance8. Provide Continuous Feedback9. Properly Allocate and Deploy Talent10. Ask Questions, Seek Counsel11. Problem Solve; Avoid Procrastination12. Positive Energy & Attitude13. Be a Great Teacher14. Invest in Relationships15. Genuinely Enjoy Responsibilities
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15 is a lot to hold in mind at one time. I suggest leaders focus on 4 key areas: Manage Themselves; Manage Relationships; Manage the Team; Manage the Business.
Each of the 15 will fit into one of these areas.
I hold no. 1 for very important. Often leaders are not able to give others the right feeling to speak up. Encouraging others, especially those who feel insecure about themselves, has to get our primary focus. Finding the right tone and sensitivity is very important. Leaders who show no empathy for others do not deserve to be titled a leader.
Funny how the first 'person' I thought of when thinking about what bosses hate is Homer.
Great article from Naomi. What is your pet hate?
Nearly three hundred years ago, Benjamin Franklin came up with an approach to changing habits that has yet to be surpassed.
Hone Your Leadership Skills TIME The tough economy of the last four years has made managing and leading a business a lot harder than it used to be, but a new book has some leadership lessons worth learning.
Answering the Call: Women in Leadership Stepping Up and Stepping Out Huffington Post (blog) "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch...
In the EQ research I've studied (Martyn Newman ECR) women score higher in Relationship & Empathy skills so Gina has a point. But let's also remember that all emotional intelligence (EQ) skills are learnable so even a man can learn to be more empathic!
My recent interview with Erik Qualman, author of Socialnomics and Digital Leaders. Erik shares many interesting tips, including the fact that multitasking affects your brain more than smoking weed does.
Here's the stat Erik quotes: "Trying to do two creative things at once (multitasking) such as writing an email while on a conference call will drop your IQ level by 10 points which is the equivalent of going 36 hours without sleep or twice as bad as smking weed!"
Some may call you a dreamer or a fool, but one thing is for sure … you are a natural-born entrepreneur and business leader.
For more visit our blog at www.insideinfluence.com Animation describing the Universal Principles of Persuasion based on the research of Dr. Robert Cialdini, ...
A great summary of Cialdini's persuasion principles.
Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer unleashed a firestorm of commentary throughout the business world with her recent announcement that remote working was off the table for the tech company’s staffers, who will now be expected to show up in the office every day.
Contains an interesting statistic about presenteeism -
"While managers are more likely (79 percent) to view employees who get to the office early and stay late as “hardworking,” employees don’t feel the same. Just 54 percent believe these individuals are hardworking."
Being present isn't the same as being productive!
What I see different is this:John feels everyone should have a growth plan. He believes you need to discover your strengths and grow them through a daily plan. "Don't take the time to focus on your weak areas, because all you will do is get to average," he warns. "And people don't pay for average." ► Overcoming our weaknesses is key nowadays ... in the spiritual age!► Only when we overcome our weaknesses we become true human beings and are able to lead best.
I agree with others who've commented on this; while you need to overcome weakness, sometimes that just adds up to normal. Be extraordinary, if you possibly can. Be astonishing. Focus on what makes you that - and sharpen it to a razor edge.
Well, it’s that time again—time to start rolling out the New Year’s resolutions. Some of us will vow to eat less, exercise more, live in the moment, be more grateful. But what abour your New Year's business resolutions?
Great list of resolutions. I love No 9 - resolve to be a creator. Ask 3 simple questions:
1) What is the outcome you want?
2) What stands in your way?
3) How do you overcome these obstacles?
Leadership as Craftsmanship: Three Ways to Practice It Forbes Craftsmanship is the operative principle in the manual arts.
...the conflict has been ongoing, stress has clearly altered productivity and results, and both parties have crashed against a communication barrier that seems insurmountable. If you find yourself in that same predicament, consider these tips for a straightforward conversation that helps you break through that wall of hard feelings and misunderstandings...
I am always noticing metaphors, symbols, patterns. For a long time I have noticed the powerful principles embodied in the design and structure of a tree as it relates to business. I hope it helps your business like it has helped ours...
Great metaphor highlighting some timeless business principles
"You can only do a few things great." - Recent interview with Businessweek offered a rare glimpse into Cook's life and philosophy as CEO of Apple.