Leadership can be lonely. We'll fix that.
It's lonely at the top. Sure, you have good people working for you, but where do you turn to openly discuss employee, management, customer, regulatory or personal issues that can't be discussed with your team, board or family?
End that loneliness and give yourself a forum.
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Break away from this mold and you’ll display true leadership. I’ve defined the character trait opposite of aggression as deference. Deference allows you to lose while still maintaining an aura of leadership. It is the ability to listen without speaking, think before talking and make wise decisions deftly. Deference is the “whole” of the entrepreneurial law. How can you exhibit deference in your environment?
Evangelism is a noun that means missionary-like zeal, purpose or activity. Corporate evangelism was pioneered by Mike Murray, the director of marketing for Apple’s Macintosh division in 1983. Mike hired people to evangelize Apple to developers. One of those evangelists was Guy Kawasaki, who later wrote a book on the subject called Selling the Dream: How to Promote Your Product, Company, or Ideas--and Make a Difference--Using Everyday Evangelism.
To be a good CEO or employer, you need to demonstrate leadership. Leadership is propped supported by three pillars resting on a foundation of purpose. I call this icon the “Pillars of Leadership” primarily because I couldn’t think of anything more creative.
As life swirls around you, take time to remain quiet. Look on from where you are in the present. Be mindful of the events that cascade into your life. Not all events require a reaction. Many events will simply dissipate. Others God may move for you. By taking time to remain still in a storm, we can find peace.
At my last company, we applied for the Indiana Best Places to Work Award.
We didn't win. We came in fourth out of 36 finalists. Not a bad showing for our first time in the contest. The company secured the highest rank possible from its employees—100 percent– for every category but maintaining a healthy “work-life” balance.
This week I'm highlighting a great podcast hosted by Vistage on how Neuroscience is being applied to help teams achieve higher levels of professional growth, creativity and accountability.
The podcast features a friend of mine, Rebel Brown. She is a well-know consultant who has many claims to fame. Among them: Steve Jobs threw a glass coffee pot at her during a meeting.
Meetings with executives can go awry if the wrong language is used to extract necessary information. Here are a few tips on what to avoid and powerful questions that will help transform your meetings.
As I reflect on my own success with achieving the goals I've set (or not!), I find 5 behaviors that hold me back:
- Not having a clear enough vision for this goal – the “why” is not big enough. It sounds good to increase revenue by 15%, or lose 20 pounds, or “get more fit.” But what do those things actually mean? How will life be different if you accomplish (or don’t accomplish) the goal? Who will hold you accountable along the way? Who will be your partners? How will you celebrate if you achieve it?