Last month, our culture celebrated Valentine’s Day. I was struck by how busy the local flower stand was on my way home from work that Tuesday evening. It’s no surprise many people (mostly men) were scrambling, last minute to pick up a token of love for their significant other. Truth be told, I decided to pull in and join the masses, by picking up a few gifts for some of the special people in my life. As I shuffled my way around the maze of flowers, bumping into other desperate souls, I thought to myself, what makes this day so special? Why do we celebrate love this one day a year? How do we continually keep the passion alive for the things that we care about the most in our lives?
“Life is Difficult.” proclaimed best selling author, Scott Peck, in the opening line of his book, The Road Less Traveled. This concise statement, sums up the great journey of life, with simplicity and truth. In fact, any worthy journey is filled with setbacks, challenges, questions and doubts — particularly if you have a specific destination in mind. The great opportunity we have in this human experience is to confront these challenges with an authentic investigation of our ability to press on toward the prize, and our energy to continue on in the pursuit of our desired destination.
Spend any time with a child under 7 years of age and you are certain to experience the wonders and newness of life. The one fundamental truth about children, and all human beings who seek new challenges is that we are naturally curious about the world and the activities we engage in.
Leadership is one of the most important of aspects of successful business or thriving communities. Yet, the practice of leadership remains a mystery when it comes to clearly explaining what great leadership is. You know it when you see it, but what are the essential principles of great leaders in a 21st century knowledge workforce?
Ongoing Feedback and Recognition
It’s a new year with new goals for you, your team, and your organization. But that doesn’t mean that you should wait until the end of the year to check back in with those goals. In fact, ongoing feedback and recognition conversations about the progress, challenges, and triumphs of you and your team goals are critical to, not only the achievement of those goals but improving engagement and optimally motivating others toward the common objectives you’re striving for.
Organizations of all sizes and global locations, among diverse workplaces, across a wide variety of industries are wrestling with ways to improve the way they inspire, lead, and analyze performance. While new standards for Continuous Performance Management (CPM) are becoming more widely embraced and used in organizations today, some of the core practices of how to effectively lead and influence others toward performance excellence remain steady and true.
“Between the idea and the reality, between the motion and the act; falls the shadow.”
If someone asked you what your goals are for 2019, would you be able to list off a few or would you need time to actually sit down and set some goals? There are different types of goals you can set as an individual, with your team, or for your organization. Goals don’t have to be long-term only; you can have daily, weekly, agile bi-weekly, monthly, or quarterly goals.
Whether your goals are short-term or long-term, taking time to set and initiate them is the first step to achieving them, and will help you perform at a higher level, both professionally and personally. When it comes to practicing effective leadership, setting and initiating good goals is essential. An effective leadership plan consists of creating goals and collaborating with others to achieve them.
If you were asked about a person who made an impact on you professionally (or personally), you would probably choose someone who was inspiring. Maybe it was a teacher from high school, a sports coach or a previous manager at an old job. Their lessons and advice have stuck with you throughout your years and propelled your internal drive to succeed in life. The point is: they changed something in you. They helped make you, and the convictions that drive you, what you are today.
When preparing for leadership, it is important to consider and distinguish the components of your unique personality. In Drea Zigarmi’s Achieve Leadership Genius, these elements include your subconscious self, disposition, values and persona.
Leadership development has always been an important aspect in determining the success of any organization. Without properly trained leaders, companies fall victim to mismanagement, dissatisfied employees and ultimately lack in overall company growth. Leadership development begins with establishing techniques or practices that leaders can apply when coaching individuals towards a specific goal.