People ask me what the difference is between a leader and a Manager and I have two answers:
1: Leaders go first, in other words leaders lead from the front and pull their team with them whereas Managers tend to lead from the rear, pushing their team.
2: Leaders lead people where Managers manage processes.
It is possible for a great leader to become a great Manager but it is not always easy for a great Manager to be a leader, let alone a great one.
If you have ambitions to be a great leader remember that your success is determined by the performance of your team. By definition, you cannot be a leader, let alone a great leader, without followers and people will not follow you if they do not trust and respect you.
My thought for today was inspired by a sporting achievement that demonstrates it is possible to overcome adversity. When Tiger Woods won the Players Championship today it was the first tournament he has won in over 5 years.
Whether you follow golf or not, you are probably aware that Tiger was the world number one for around 16 years before he suffered injuries and personal challenges that would have destroyed most people. It wasn't long ago that he could barely walk and had numerous back surgeries. He wasn't expected to play golf again, let alone win a major tournament.
He was determined to succeed. He had a burning desire to get back to his best and so he kept going through his adversity, resulting in his win today.
Don't let anyone tell you that you cannot achieve something. If you want it badly enough you can work towards it. Will it be easy? No, but the result will be worth it when you prove the world wrong and live your dream.
Most companies have annual performance reviews that could determine your merit increase but how effective are these?
Do you conduct your own performance review, regardless of whether it is required by your employer?
Do you set your annual objectives in advance?
How do you monitor your progress?
These are questions that you need to be asking yourself and taking time to analyze and review your answers. You are in control of your destiny and therefore need to take responsibility for the actions that will take you there.
Look back at my suggestions for daily reflection as this is the first step in understanding where you are now and where you want to get to.
Change is the one constant in all of our lives, whether we like it or not. How do you identify when change is needed?
Daily reflection is a technique that I recommend as this will help you to understand what is happening in your life and take the appropriate action.
Schedule 30 minutes towards the end of your day to write down what has happened, what was good, what was not so good, and what are you grateful for each day.
As you consider what went well, think about what worked and how you can replicate that in other tasks. With the things that didn't go quite so well, ask yourself what went wrong and how you can overcome that in the future.
At the end of the week you can summarize your daily reflections and look for patterns. Do the same at the end of the month with your weekly summaries and then after 3 months, 6 months, and annually.
The important thing is to schedule the time and make sure that you do it - things will not change for the better on their own!
A topic that I would like to cover today is the main constant factor in everyone’s life, whether they want it or not, and that is change.
When I ask a group of people “Who wants change?” almost all of the hands go up. When I follow this question up with “Who wants to change?” almost all of the hands go down. So why is this?
I find that many people say that they want change but are not prepared to make the change in themselves to make this happen. There is an increasing sense of entitlement and a victim mentality in our society and this is one of the driving factors in creating my business to help people find themselves and grow.
What do you want your future to look like?
If you could design and create your ideal life, what would that look and feel like?
Now ask yourself, if I carry on with the actions and behaviors that I am living today, will I get this life that I dream about?
If the answer is yes, then I want to congratulate you as you are on the...
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.
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:
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?
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? 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?