"Hire for Attitude, Train for Aptitude"
You have probably heard this statement before but when push comes to shove, do you do it? Do you stick your neck out and offer the position to someone who has potential but will take more work initially and almost certainly get off to a slower start, or, do you go with the tried and tested who you know will be up and running quickly, even if they don’t always display the best attitude? In my experience, the answer for most organizations is the latter.
How many times have you heard someone say:
“You don’t have the experience that we need”, or,
“We need to see some testimonials from people that you have done this role for in the past”
It happens everywhere, maybe you have even been guilty of this yourself? As an employee this used to frustrate me because how do you get the “experience” if no one gives you a chance? It is also true that everyone starts somewhere so how did the person saying this to...
Many of us are caught in the "hamster wheel" of life. We go along "hoping" and "praying" that something will happen which will make us successful and happy. The thing is: hope and prayer are not strategies alone. Yes, we need to maintain hope but it needs to be backed with intentional actions that take us towards our destiny.
This begs the next question: What are you aiming for in life? Too many of us are not able to clearly articulate what we want, why, because we are taught to think small, to play safe, and not get ideas above our stations in life - Baloney!!
I want you to dream big, to shoot for the stars, to pursue significance in your life knowing that this will bring you happiness. Before you can do this you need to know WHY it is so important to you. What is it about this dream that generates emotions and feelings that are so strong you would run through a burning building to reach the destination?
Identify your purpose and then pursue it with a desire that becomes an all...
Here is the latest episode of my podcast where I expand on my origin story that I shared in episode 6.
When I make this statement, Leadership is Influence and Influence is Leadership, what do I mean? Well, I have experienced many conversations where people say things like, "I am not a leader", or "when I get a leadership position I will learn that". The challenge that I have with this mentality is that we are ALL leaders, whether we have leader in our title or not.
By definition, a leader is someone who has followers and the way you get followers is by influencing them. It is also true that we all influence other people, whether this be intentionally or not, and therefore we are all leaders. Influence is a powerful tool and it can be used positively or negatively. When you master the understanding of people and the positive impact that you can have on their life through your influence, it is powerful.
We grow up being influenced by our parents, teachers, friends, and role models. These people are not all "leaders" in the traditional definition but there is no doubt that they...
The more important question to ask yourself is "How am I going to make my life improve?"
Too many people spend all of their time getting ready to get ready and never actually take the first step. They are waiting for the "perfect" or "right" time - newsflash, that time is now! When you have a thought it is for a reason and it is your responsibility to act on that thought and manifest it into reality.
You have the choice about how you live your life. You are empowered to make the decision that will release your potential and allow you to live with freedom and significance.
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