(A special excerpt from The Go-To Person’s Guide to Success)
In 1961, “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” opened on Broadway. During its run of 1,471 performances, the show won 7 Tony Awards and a New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award. The play (and subsequent movie) was great, despite the fact that nobody can succeed in business “without really trying.” Success in business (or anything else, for that matter) requires work – hard, focused, disciplined, and committed work. There are no shortcuts to success.
Success requires the proper use of certain knowledge and skills. Without the proper mental foundation, there’s no way your knowledge and skills will be used effectively. I refer to this foundation as “mental toughness.” Why? Because any level of success must be built upon it. Developing mental toughness is a choice.
Jack Welch, the famous CEO of General Electric, once said, “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own and live the vision and relentlessly drive it to completion through effective execution.” If you thought those were just “words”, when Welch retired in September 2000 and GE had a $402 billion market value.
Today GE – after going through several Welch relationships – has a market value of around $100 billion. They are a mere shadow of the Welch era.
Learning point #1: Regardless of the size or scope of your business, do you have a clear vision and are you “seriously” passionate and committed to making it a reality? Continue reading →
Effective leadership is not about managing your way through a maze of to-do tasks that do nothing but add to the misconception that you’re actually doing something important. In most cases, you’re not. You’re just getting good at busy work.
There are many of you who start out having good “intentions” about being an effective leader, but your actions result in you falling woefully short. These shortfalls turn into real barriers to your ability to lead effectively and achieve any meaningful level of success. The source of these barriers and their solution can be found in the same place: within you.
Many of you are unwilling to take ownership of these barriers. In fact, many are even unwilling to admit that these barriers exist. Continue reading →
The common link amongst successful leaders is the ability to make timely decisions even with incomplete information. They know that decisions lead to action. Taking too long to make a decision can be a business killer. Here’s how to eliminate procrastination and take action quickly.
I received some great feedback and comments from many of you regarding my last week wake-up call regarding the importance of saying “no” when appropriate.
During the week I had some subsequent conversations with clients about it and thought that it would be helpful to expand further on at least two areas where saying no is of critical importance to you, the development and the success of your company.
First, when you are working on something important to you and give in with a “yes” to the question “Do you have a minute?” you are basically giving up any control over your own destiny. Being a good leader doesn’t mean you are constantly available to everyone. It’s impossible to function effectively that way. Continue reading →
When you look in the mirror, what do you see? We are our single biggest asset, as well as our single biggest challenge. There are a number of factors as to what’s holding you back, but the single answer to start with is you.