What is Your Vision for 2014?

growth-out-of-wood-compressedThe greatest accomplishments in life are often born out of a vision that reflects of a seed, a person’s core reason for being. 

Such a seed resides in you.  Do you know your seed?

A vision, that is, a picture of the future reflecting what you are meant to bring into the world, develops from the seed.  Inc. Magazine just published a wonderful post called Vision is Greater than Sight.  Indeed.

Work is often our way of expressing this seed and vision, of creating and contributing something unique and important.

Leadership is taking responsibility for your seed and vision. [Read more…]

Is Leadership Born or Built?

VIEW OF B lue Ridge MountainsThis is the title of a recent article in the Washington Post by James Clawson.

He shared these opinions around this question of leadership:

 

 

Nigel Nicholson author of Executive’s Instinct suspects there may be ‘a leadership gene,’ that some people are simply born to ‘be in charge.’

Noel Tichy author of The Leadership Engine from the University of Michigan says leadership style and ability emerge from experience.

An unnamed former corporate executive says leadership is irrelevant.  A company’s performance is all about the proper employment contracts. [Read more…]

Eliminate Boring Meetings (pt 2): Skyrocket Performance

group thumbs upIn the last blog post I suggested it was possible to kill the deadly boring meeting and a great practice to begin the process.

This week let’s look at ways to lead successful meetings that are productive and meaningful for everyone involved and how to translate it into improved overall team performance.

As a meeting leader, the first question is: What is the purpose of the meeting are you leading? [Read more…]

Banish the Deadly Boring Meeting

energy being sucked out of a meetingOh, the dreaded meeting.

Many of us spend a lot of time there.

When I ask people why they don’t like meetings I hear:

•    They’re boring.
•    They waste lots of time and are too long.
•    They take away from what I should be doing!
•    There is too much tension, too much drama.

Badly run meetings create organizational inefficiencies, negatively affect everyone involved, and suck productivity right out of the company.  What can be done to shift this negative pattern?

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Have Enough Ideal Clients?

No?  Create a Flourishing Mind.

Want to learn more about the upcoming Training the Mind for Leadership program starting the week of September 16?  Click Here.

Tell me, what state of mind best supports your business?  What is your state of mind when you are at your best?

Know Your Mind – Transform Your Business

Creating a clear path compressedDon’t for one moment under-estimate the power of your mind to transform your business.  Our minds operate in a basic, yet deeply powerful way.

If the mind is clear – we are happy.  
If the mind is polluted – we suffer.  

Our external circumstances reflect the state of our minds.  This is very true of our business life.

Clear Mind = Business Success

What is clear?

New Webster’s Dictionary defines clear as ‘free from darkness, cloudiness, muddiness, indistinctness, confusion, uncertainty, obstruction, entanglement, obligation or liability’.

These qualities pollute the mind, and their absence creates clarity. [Read more…]

5 Ways to Instantly Improve Organizational Efficiency

close up of leaf compressedIn my last post, I shared ways to open communication between you and your team, especially when things are not going well.

Positive patterns of communication release the tension that naturally builds when individuals are working to achieve ambitious goals and the necessary connections between team members are not well established.  My free e-book will help you do this (look to the right).

This post focuses more broadly on how to support positive communication across the organization.  Patterns of communication are strongly correlated to organizational efficiency. [Read more…]

Wish you could Fire Your Staff and Start Over?

messy officeHave you ever taken a leadership position in  an organization that was in need of a major turnaround? 

Ever wanted to fire all your team members and start over?

Leaders in this position often have the highest expectations of effecting change—change that will turn a poorly functioning organization into a more successful one.

You took this job because you believe in the mission of the organization and feel compelled to lend your skills and talents to improving the way the organization operates.  [Read more…]

What 2 Key Personality Traits Help Leaders Manage Change?

Europeans have been studying what personality traits help business people manage change and generate higher profits.  Essentially they asked ‘what personality traits make a good manager?’.  Last year Professor Jan Ketil Arnulf at the BI Norwegian Business School published his findings on the subject after following 60 corporate managers over 3 years.*

It turns out almost all strongly held personality traits actually inhibit people from being able to work successCartoon that reads "What if we don't change at all....and something magical happens?fully with change.

The list of traits includes:

  • Warmth,
  • Dominance,
  • Openness to change,
  • Self-reliance,
  • Sensitivity,
  • Perfectionism, (and others) [Read more…]

Becoming a Leader of My Life with Christine Kane

A view of Raleigh as we take off for Atlanta

A view of Raleigh as we take off for Atlanta

Day 1: Saturday afternoon

My four day journey begins today from seat 17D on a flight from Raleigh, NC  to Atlanta for my third live event with the amazing Christine Kane of Uplevel Your Business.  This event is about growing your business, becoming a leader and everything required to make that happen. [Read more…]

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