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Weaknesses

Sep 19, 2018
"Narcissistic leaders deny their weaknesses. Humble leaders acknowledge their weaknesses. Great leaders strive to overcome their weaknesses." - Adam Grant

I believe that we all have weaknesses although I have a slightly different outlook on this as I believe that the way we overcome our weaknesses is to find other people to collaborate with who have these as their strengths.

There is only so much improvement that we can make in any area. If you imagine a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the maximum strength. It is only possible to improve 2-3 points on this scale and if you score below 4 in any area it is classed as a weakness. A strength is 8-10 and therefore the 5-7 range are your opportunities so these are the ones that can be worked on to turn them into potential strengths.

Be aware of where you need help and do not be afraid to ask for it.

 

What drives results?

Sep 18, 2018

When you want your employees to work harder what do you think they want? More money, better benefits, more vacation, or something else?

The truth is, research shows that the number one thing that employees are looking for is professional growth opportunities followed by flexible work schedules.

What process does your organization have in place that encourages professional growth? When I ask this question, common responses include:

  • We don’t have the time to allow non-essential training
  • We do not want to encourage our employees to leave

According to a 2012 Allied Workforce Mobility Survey, employers lose almost 25% of new-hires within a year of employment and another 33% do not reach their productivity targets. The reason cited for this is that most organizations have a non-existent, or underfunded on-boarding program with little or no ongoing training available.

What are you doing to intentionally doing to grow and develop yourself?

Be a cornerstone

Sep 17, 2018

What is a cornerstone?

This was originally used as a term for describing a stone representing the nominal starting place in the construction of a monumental building, usually carved with the date and laid with appropriate ceremonies.

In simple terms, it is something that is essential, indispensable, or basic. as someone who wants to develop their leadership and continue to be an influence to other people, you need to be seen as a cornerstone.

Are you seen as a cornerstone?

 

What makes a team great?

Sep 16, 2018

What makes a team great? Whether it is a team in a work environment or a sporting one there is one thing that is essential, and that is a team spirit.

So, what is a team spirit? This is when ALL members understand the purpose and but into achieving it. I have seen a number of teams that is full of talented individuals yet does not succeed. When I analyze why, it is normally because at east one of the members does not have this.

Another important aspect is to play to strengths. Each member has strengths and for a team to be successful these must be utilized. This seems obvious for a sports team and it is just as vital in a work environment. 

Are you using your strengths in your job?

Podcast

Sep 15, 2018

Adversity and learning

Sep 14, 2018

"Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and then become more extraordinary because of it" - Robertson Davies

How we handle adversity defines our character. Adversity causes pain and we have a choice as to how we deal with this. We can either let it take over us or we can learn from it and adapt for the future so that we are stronger.

Adversity should become your catalyst for learning as when it does, it will create advantages for you to use in the future. This does require a positive mindset and will be tough at times.

Adversity will teach you more than success and, let's face it,  you are almost guaranteed to will face adversity at some stage in your life, probably multiple times. As I said, this does require a deliberate intention to find the lesson in the loss and if we don't embrace these lessons we will end up with the scars and be none the wiser.

Encouraging feedback

Sep 13, 2018

Feedback is said to be a gift but how many of us actually feel that this is the case? When someone offers us positive feedback it is generally accepted as a gift but is this the same when the feedback is something that maybe we do not want to hear?

As someone who wants to continually grow it is essential to encourage others to speak into your life and provide honest and genuine feedback as this is truly the only way that we will learn and grow.

It can be hard to hear the truth and to remain teachable you need to surround yourself with people who are prepared to offer constructive feedback as and when required. You need to develop a strong relationship with your inner circle so that you can credibly ask them to speak in to your life.

Remember that, as Jim Rohn says, "you become the average of the five people that you spend most time with", so choose your inner circle wisely.

Understanding Purpose

Sep 13, 2018

I sincerely believe that we all need to understand our purpose so that we can use that to set a vision that will lead us to a life of freedom and happiness. This applies in our working lives in addition to our personal lives and is as relevant to businesses too.

I read a quote from Zig Ziglar today that I wanted to share with you: "Until you are happy with who you are, you will never be happy because of what you have"

I encourage you to practice the art of daily reflection as this will help you to be honest with yourself and identify what your purpose is. The process will take a while, and it won't always be pleasant, but I promise you that when you master this you will find a freedom that will feel amazing.

Reflection

Sep 11, 2018

Today is a time for reflection as we remember the atrocity of 9/11/2001. I recently visited to memorial to the event and it was a very humbling experience, although one that I believe every visitor to NYC should do in their lifetime.

The human race is always seems to pull together in the face of tragedy but why does it take this to unify the world? Why can't we find a way of existing in peace and harmony where goodwill to all men is the core value?

My thoughts go out to all those who lost their lives, lost loved ones, or were affected by this horrific event and my wish is that the world can find a way of co-existing in peace. I can change the world and I will do so, even if it means making a difference just one person at a time.

C Personalities

Sep 10, 2018

Today I am going to describe the last of the 4 personality/communication styles, the "C", or cautious style.

If you are a "C" you are calculating, competent, conscientious, and careful. Your blind spot is that because of these strengths other, non "C's" may see you as being cold. The truth is that you just like to be right, to know what is expected so that you can establish a pattern with clear instructions in an organized manner that allows you to finish what you started.

A "C" actually has 3 secret fuels: Quality answers, Value, and being correct. They are generally seen as the smartest people in the room.

Remember this quote: People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.