Ten Ways To Shine As A Leader

ID-1002063901. Be your authentic self. This means no “shoulds” and being true to your values.

2. Get enough rest, so you can be at your best.

3. Treat all with respect and fairness.

4. Continuously sharpen your skills and know that the growing and learning never stops.

5. Do your best to live fully in the present moment.

6. Enjoy your work and encourage others to do the same.

7. Develop a positive relationship with time (See my previous blog post)

8. Use technology to create efficiencies.

9. Go to 10,000 feet every once in awhile, in order to see the bigger picture.

10. Acknowledge your accomplishments and those of others.

 

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Changing Course

ID-10041533When I was training as a coach, I took a class on Balance. In the class, many of us were surprised to hear the advice that sometimes we have to reshape, and possibly let go of, our commitments. I, for one, had always honored my commitments and sometimes, to my detriment, made sure I fulfilled each one of them.

Your life will change course. Commitments or plans you have made may lose their importance or be in conflict with your new direction. What do you do? My suggestion is to reevaluate and give yourself permission to make new ones. This is not about carelessly throwing out previous commitments or plans. Rather, it is about being fully in the present moment and acting from there. Consider your best interests and make decisions about which commitments and plans make sense for your new course and which do not. Once those decisions are made, stay true to your values and make the changes that are warranted.

You cannot change course if you hang on to the past.

 

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Everyone Is Texting

ID-100225423Do you find yourself looking down a lot – at your phone? There have been many changes in our business communication styles. How are you adjusting to them? Do they serve or hinder you as a manager?

You do have choice in how and when you communicate – exercise it. Communications styles do not have to be dictated to you. Choose the style of communication that allows you to be fully present in the moment and to communicate effectively. You may not be able to use your chosen style of communication, every time. However, you may be surprised how often you can, when you exercise your choice.

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What Is Your Best Skill?

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It always is advisable to know yourself well – your strong and weak points, preferences and aversions, style and talents. What is your best skill? Are you capitalizing on it? Does your current work demand the use of that skill? Is your skill recognized by others?

Your best skill should be showcased. It’s in your interest that it is.

 

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No Time!

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Do you find yourself saying you have no time? Sometimes, saying you have no time makes it so. It can be a way of throwing up your hands, in lieu of sorting through the demands on your time, deciding on priorities and getting out of overwhelm. What’s the reality for you? Is saying you have no time a way for you to stay in overwhelm or to avoid certain things? Or, are you willing to create a positive relationship with time and get things done?

 

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Ten Ways To End 2014 On Top Of It All

ID-1002012821. Assess your year. What were your resolutions for 2014? How far along are you?

2. Acknowledge your accomplishments, so far, in 2014.

3. Identify your biggest learnings in 2014.

4. Determine what you must get done by the end of the year in order to feel good about 2014.

5. Focus yourself, now, on getting these things done.

6. Identify what you can let go of, that no longer serves you, and let it go.

7. Tell someone what you plan to do, or find another means of staying accountable.

8. Do something to bring more balance and fun into your life, between now and the end of the year.

9. Pick one thing you can do that will create a fabulous end to 2014 and do it.

10. See yourself at the end of 2014 celebrating what a great year it has been.

 

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Oxygen

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What is your oxygen? What are the “must-haves” that you cannot live without? Good to know what they are. Here are some of my “must haves” – the “oxygen” I need to live and breathe.

• Balance – the ability to stay centered, as I face my day

• Challenge – opportunity to use my intellect and creativity

• Movement – a flow of energy through my life

• Basic Sustenance – so I can live

• Interaction – people I connect with, in a variety of ways

• Beauty – a source of my inspiration

• Purpose – meaning and direction for my life and work

What is your “oxygen”? Know what you need to live and manage well!

 

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Is Managing For You?

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Sometimes, we fail to ask ourselves the simplest questions. Circumstances lead us into situations and we ride along with them. In organizations, we can easily find ourselves managing people or projects, almost by default. There’s merit in asking, “Do I want to be a manager?” “Do I like what I am doing?”

Excelling at managing asks for a set of skills that may differ from why we chose our field in the first place. When we become a manager, all of a sudden, the core skills we have developed are not enough. We need to be adept at interpersonal communications, supervising, organizing data, project management, judging performance and spotting good talent, leading a team, and “managing up”.

Is managing for you? It’s a good question to ask yourself, if you want to be happy and fulfilled in your work and career.

 

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Really?!

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Sometimes, in the course of your day, you receive requests from others that have no basis in reality. Your first response may be incredulity, but then you realize they are serious. What do you do in the face of this?

Here are a few ideas:
• Ask them to repeat the request, just to ground it
• Ask them if they think the request can be done in the time they want or if there is a compelling reason why it must be done
• Ask them what help they can give you and tell them what you think is needed
• Tell them whether you think it can be done or not
• Tell them the extent to which you think you can be held accountable for getting it done, considering the circumstances

The purpose of these suggestions is to ask the question “Really?” in a thoughtful way and bring the conversation to a place of reality, rather than fantasy.

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A Circle Or A Line?

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When you think about managing, do you see your work as a circle or a line? A line is the distance between two points. A circle is continuous, with no end point and an equidistant center from all of its points. A line gets you from here to there. A circle is a process and flow. You know about circular and linear learning and left-brain and right-brain thinking. Try applying these concepts and assess your management style in relation to them. Ask yourself these questions and you may gain some insights on your approach to managing.

• Do you approach each of your tasks separately with a schedule and process for each one or see them as an interrelated whole?

• How do you respond when your progress is interrupted by something unexpected?

• Is logic of high importance in your managing?

• Do you go step-by-step as you manage or tend to flow with what comes?

• How do you comparatively value hierarchy and equality?

• Are you more task-oriented in your managing or more responsive to what happens along the way?

 

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