As some of you may know, back in 2014-2015 I hosted a weekly “live” Internet radio show on Voice America. What follows are some of the key learning highlights from these shows. The learnings then from my great guests are just as valuable now as they were then—read, learn and apply. Continue reading
Our founding fathers said it best when they wrote:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all
Men are created equal, that they are endowed
By their Creator with certain unalienable rights
that among these are Life, Liberty
and the pursuit of happiness.
While the Declaration of Independence does not guarantee happiness, it makes it very clear that it is our job to pursue our happiness. Only we can make ourselves happy, and only we can see our dream and only we can live it.
But how does one “pursue happiness?” Consider the following: Continue reading
The single most important factor that will determine the success of your company is the quality of your team. Specifically, how you select, develop, utilize and measure them. To me, these four functions represent one of a leader’s key strategic responsibilities. Yet, many business leaders/entrepreneurs seem to go out of their way to self-sabotage their people efforts. How do they do this? Well, consider the following: Continue reading
Most leaders “say” they want feedback. Yet, leaders today struggle with how to get others to provide it in an effective and constructive way.
Just in case you are wondering, no organization does the “feedback” thing perfectly. However, every company, including yours can do a better job at soliciting it and then deciding if and how to act on it.
Just because you’re in charge doesn’t mean you don’t want or need feedback from your team. If you are a trusted leader, they will willingly offer it in a professional and meaningful way. In fact, if you are a trusted leader, you are doing a good job of encouraging it. If you’re not sure how to ask, try this approach; ask periodically: Continue reading
Everyone should start their day by wanting to be great; not in an arrogant way but in a way that allows you to be your best and do your best. Many struggle with how to start building their path. Here are several actions that you can use to get started: Continue reading
We create our own competitive edge – each day – in the “7 inches between our ears,” i.e., our minds. It’s also the same place where we can derail our path to success. The mindset each of us brings to our work each day is a critical component of how our day goes.
One key aspect of our daily mindset is something I often refer to as “quiet confidence,”
Quiet confidence means that you believe in yourself 100% to the point where you know that success is the only option or outcome. In other words, you don’t talk about what you’re going to do, you let your actions and results speak for you. Individuals who possess quiet confidence know exactly what they have to do to achieve their goals.
It’s a fact that others are attracted to, want to be around, follow and buy from people who know “exactly what to do” to get the job done. Make no mistake, that’s a “competitive edge” for the person who possesses quiet confidence! Continue reading
Quiet confidence means that you believe in yourself 100% to the point where you know that success is the only option or outcome. In other words, you don’t talk about what you’re going to do, you let your actions and results speak for you. Individuals who possess quiet confidence know exactly what they must do to achieve their goals.
You have “quiet confidence” when: Continue reading
You’re at a great time in your life and it’s time to “get in the game”. Here are several points to keep in mind:
- Recognize that you alone are responsible for your life, career and future and that you can create situations where you are the master of your circumstances and not a victim.
- You can have whatever you want but recognize that you must work for it and earn it. Vince Lombardi once said, “The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.”
- Far too many make the voluntary choice to perform below their full capabilities because they think it may be too hard to do otherwise. Don’t be one of them.
- Regularly question the “status quo” and be open to finding or creating new opportunities
- See mistakes as an opportunity to learn something new so that you keep moving forward.
- Don’t run from fear – confront it. Learn to take smart risks. Remember, a turtle moves forward by learning to stick out his neck.
- Try to learn something every day – stay sharp and keep an open mind.
We’re challenged every day by distractions and issues so much so that we lose focus and allow ourselves to become the victim of our circumstances as opposed to the master of them.
When this happens, one of the easiest (and unfortunately most common) reactions is to complain about what is happening. When we allow complaining to be our “usual” response to problems, we start to lose sight of our ability to achieve our goals. If you make this a “habit,” you could find yourself in a downward spiral that you may not get out of.
You must work hard to gain back control and take charge of your destiny. But how? For starters, remember that we cannot control many of the outside forces or events that are impacting us – so focus on what you can control. Next, here are 5 simple actions you can take: Continue reading
Having a reputation as the “go-to person” puts many in a leadership role, often getting them stuck into thinking they have to do it all on their own. Chris describes how to get out of that trap.