Coaching your team well is a hallmark of leadership excellence. As a leader, you are responsible for equipping your people to think differently, meet great challenges, and ultimately succeed. However, their success will be a hollow victory if they never take ownership of their own development.
Recently, I was reflecting upon the perspectives I applied to my five different careers and how they resulted in growth, opportunity, and continued advancement. I advise you to adopt these attitudes and see the positive outcomes in your own life.
I’m finding less people excited about the trends that create opportunities right in front of them. Many are feeling overwhelmed by issues and some are slacking on their fundamentals. Once that happens you become like a boxer on the ropes – it’s just a matter of time before you get knocked out.
The process of planting seed can be exciting. During this time the vision is fresh, expectations are high, and energy levels are at their peak. However, planting seed is not the end of the process. Highly Productive People know it’s just the beginning. They understand the power of watering and waiting.
I can’t believe that I once bought into the idea that leaders are born. I was always pretty good at leading people, even from an early age, so it must be true. I couldn’t have been more wrong!
Research shows that people tend to quit their bosses, not their job. According to Gallup polls, managers almost single-handedly make or break employee engagement levels. Oftentimes we think that we have to make big monetary investments to show our employees that we value and appreciate them, but investing in your people in ways that speak to their intrinsic motivation pays bigger dividends.
At some point over the past few years, I realized that great visions aren’t developed, they are discovered. People don’t just come up with a great vision. This is true for individuals as well as teams. I realized that, for the most part, individuals and leaders of groups say they want others to buy in to their vision. After hearing this over and over, it dawned on me that, in many cases, that’s what they get. However, it isn’t necessarily what they want.
Sit for a moment and think about one or two people who have influenced you, your life, your ideals, your behaviors, more than anything or anyone else.
No one ever aims to be average. Whether it’s our career, marriage, health, parenting, finances or relationships, I don’t think anyone sets out hoping that their life turns out to be average. Yet too many of us end up there despite our best intentions. And sometimes we end up in places much worse than average. […]
I am so excited about 2016! As Building Champions celebrates our 20th anniversary, I am pleased to announce the release of my newest book Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want. I wrote it with my longtime client and friend Michael Hyatt, and my belief is that this […]
What do Fred Smith, Bill Gates and Walt Disney have in common? If you guessed they were great leaders, you guessed right.
Excellent leaders must be prepared to confront difficult situations.