Archive for February, 2008

Attraction

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

You attract what comes
Focus on your passion first
You will manifest

Hidden Agendas

Monday, February 25th, 2008

I coached with a client today who is being hindered in getting her job done by the hidden agendas of her managers. If she knew what was going on, she could act accordingly. But all she sees is maneuvering. She’s a high producer, caught in a power play not of her own making. If you are a manager, it serves you to be aware of how others’ agendas affect the productivity of your employees. Minimize their effect as best you can, so that your employees can keep their productivity high

Talking Too Much: Celebrity Apprentice Episode Eight

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Marilu talking too much became a constant theme for the Trumps on this episode. Marilu was excited and passionate about selling their product on QVC and was acknowledged for this. But, it isn’t just about talking too much. I think that the issue underneath is that Marilu was not centered. She let her excitement and passion get out of control and it hurt her performance. Marilu provided quite a contrast to Trace. It was clear he was nervous before going on air. He kept his center and stayed present however, and was calm and cool. He pulled it off. Marilu said she was out of her comfort zone being new on her team. Trace was out of his comfort zone too, but he performed well. Enthusiasm, passion and excitement are great qualities, but more important is your ability to center and be fully present in the moment. That’s what creates excellence and the ability to respond effectively in challenging situations.

A note on Marilu’s firing. Piers is cagey. In the start of the episode he said to Trump that Marilu should be PM because she had not won money for her charity yet. Ouch. In the Boardroom, Piers superficially appeared to support Marilu by saying he thought she should have brought Carol back because Carol did not know QVC had easy-pay after working at QVC for five years. In doing this, he highlighted to Trump another failing by Marilu. And then she was gone.

Scattered

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

stone_key.jpgI’m finding myself scattered this week and am trying to get to the reason why. Is my mind playing games? Am I avoiding something? I need to reclaim my focus and intent. If not, I will create stress and be unproductive. I have to decide if I need a break or need to buckle down. It’s all about keeping balance, understanding my motivations and acting accordingly.

Is Experience Necessary for Good Leadership?

Monday, February 18th, 2008

I do not think so. Experience can be an enhancing factor of good leadership, but is not its essence. Leadership is a set of skills that can become evident at a young age. The belief that only those who have experience are leaders is dangerous. Experiencing things does not ensure wisdom. Nor does it ensure the development of the skills necessary to lead.