Posts tagged 'Personal_Growth'

Your Leadership Potential

How to Unleash All Your Leadership Potential

There is a steady flow of information in the form of books, articles, white papers, and training all in the context of  "what is leadership" or "how to develop a leader?" In this article, I will avoid those two questions and write about two others that I believe might be on the minds of a lot of readers and they are:

Why does better leadership make a difference? and

How does better leadership achieve those differences?

Leadership is a highly unique form of human behavior that requires the integration of character, knowledge, and experience. What can you do if you step up and unleash your leadership potential? Change the world.

Your journey to unleashing your leadership potential begins with a greater understanding of self. Discover your personality traits and how they relate to leadership. When we know ourselves, we can maximize our positive traits and become aware of our weaker areas, which helps us to achieve our leadership potential. Once you understand and know yourself, next you must hone your communication skills. These are not limited to your public speaking skills either. This includes your writing style and your body language. Your ability to communicate effectively enhances your ability to improve interpersonal relationships. Another important skill is to learn how to learn. Examine different teaching methods and learning styles to identify how you and those you may lead learn best. This skill will greatly enhance your ability to make decisions and give clear instructions.

An exceptional leader recognizes the value of harnessing the skills and abilities of team members and leads them toward greater efficiency and effectiveness.

Leader is not a title, and leadership is not something you are born into. Leadership is something you develop.

This is what Dr. Ken Blanchard, had to say about good leaders in his book "The Heart of A Leader": "If you want to know why your people are not performing well, step up to the mirror and take a peek."

Acknowledgement: Resource Associates Corporation

Personal Growth  Leadership  Growth  Business Coach

03-20-2013 10:01:45

7 Steps to New Habits

Many people don’t give it much thought, but writing a successful blog is a commitment.  How successful this one will be remains to be seen, but it is nonetheless a commitment I made back at the beginning of summer.  Keeping up with that commitment is difficult because I had never kept a diary or journal and really never made it a habit to sit down and write.  I’ve been told by many that I am a good writer and that I should try to pen a book so writing a blog shouldn’t be that difficult, should it?

Writing a steady stream of riveting mini essays hasn’t turned out to be so easy.  The many challenges and shortcomings of companies these days provide an almost limitless supply of topics.  I should easily be able to regale followers with stories of my amazing feats and powerful insights without much effort, right?  The problem is that it hasn’t become a reliable habit yet and “stuff” has been getting in the way.  That got me to thinking (again) about the new habits that I help people develop through coaching.

I find that noted author and motivational speaker Brian Tracy’s approach to forming new habits works best:

First, make a decision.   Decide clearly that you are going to begin acting in a specific way 100% of the time, whenever that behavior is required.  For example, if you decide to arise early and exercise each morning, set your clock for a specific time, and when the alarm goes off, immediately get up, put on your exercise clothes and begin your exercise session.

Second, never allow an exception to your new habit pattern during the formative stages. Don’t make excuses or rationalizations.  Don’t let yourself off the hook.  If you resolve to get up at 6:00 AM each morning, discipline yourself to get up at 6:00 AM, every single morning until this becomes automatic.

Third, tell others that you are going to begin practicing a particular behavior.  It is amazing how much more disciplined and determined you will become when you know that others are watching you to see if you have the willpower to follow through on your resolution.

Fourth, visualize yourself performing or behaving in a particular way in a particular situation.  The more often you visualize and imagine yourself acting as if you already had the new habit, the more rapidly this new behavior will be accepted by your subconscious mind and become automatic.

Fifth, create an affirmation that you repeat over and over to yourself.  This repetition dramatically increases the speed at which you develop the new habit.  For example, you can say something like; “I get up and get going immediately at 6:00 AM each morning!”  Repeat these words the last thing before you fall asleep.  In most cases, you will automatically wake up minutes before the alarm clock goes off, and soon you will need no alarm clock at all.

Sixth, resolve to persist in the new behavior until it is so automatic and easy that you actually feel uncomfortable when you do not do what you have decided to do.

Seventh, and most important, give yourself a reward of some kind for practicing the new behavior.  Each time you reward yourself, you reaffirm and reinforce the behavior.  Soon you begin to associate, at an unconscious level, the pleasure of the reward with the behavior.  You set up your own force field of positive consequences that you unconsciously look forward to as the result of engaging in the behavior or habit that you have decided upon.

Since I haven’t been following my own advice, I’ll clearly need to work on this with my own coach next time we talk.  Having a coach means having someone in your corner that is committed to your success. Imagine a relationship, which by design, places total focus on you.  Imagine the benefit of regular conversations with a skilled professional.  Imagine a safe place to think, to dream, to clarify, and to achieve.  What will you discuss during your next call with your coach?

Personal Growth  Habits

11-30-2012 18:31:28

What's Standing In Your Way?

This is a favorite question of mine when meeting with potential clients after they express the inevitable frustration that comes with unmet goals or lackluster performance.  The answer is often “the economy.”

This reveals a particular blind spot amongst many entrepreneurs and executives.  When I delve deeper into their competitive situations, more often than not, I learn that the potential client has competitors who are doing rather well in spite of the economy.

The implication is that, if one or more competitors can thrive, the prospect should also have the ability to do better.  While it is true that the opportunity to thrive does exist, the ability to outpace the competition often boils down to the willingness of management to change.  This is where the blind spots are often revealed.   As a business coach, it is easy for me to see.  The challenge then becomes getting the client to recognize those blind spots.

You see, it is quite often the entrepreneur or executive him/herself who is standing in the way.  Or, more specifically, it is their failure to see beyond the obvious challenge and identify opportunities for them to gain market share or to improve margins.  Don’t get me wrong.   One can’t simply pretend the economy isn’t a huge challenge for Americans.  It is, but it doesn’t have to end there.

It is disturbing how many business people are simply hunkering down and waiting for customers to start spending again.  They don’t allow for the possibility that they can take proactive measures toward improved performance.  They know there is nothing more they can do!

I recently had a solo entrepreneur tell me that there was absolutely nothing under the sun that he could do differently to increase revenues.  He had been stagnant for three full years and was proud of his loyal customer base.  He didn’t allow for the possibility that he had overlooked opportunities to upsell to those customers and that his direct competitors had all increased their market share.  It wasn’t until we got deep into the discussion that it dawned on him that he had completely overlooked some key opportunities and that he had been standing in his own way!

If you have an uneasy feeling that you too might be standing in your own way, contact us now for a free initial consultation so that you can go beyond survival mode and actually thrive!

Success  Personal Growth  Executive Coach  Change  Business Coach

09-07-2012 21:35:37