Bringing Your Values to Life

Bringing Your Values to Life

In Bud Bilanich’s book, Leading With Values, he gives us:

8 Common-Sense Leadership Strategies for
Bringing Organizational Values to Life

  1. Develop a personal understanding of your organization’s values
  2. Be a values role model for your employees
  3. Communicate values as job expectations
  4. Become a teacher by asking questions
  5. Remove obstacles to bringing values to life
  6. Reward those who live the values
  7. Redirect people who aren’t living the values
  8. Never give in or give up

Leading With Values

 
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Strategies For Dealing With Change

 
 
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Strategies For Dealing With Change

Laurie Calzada has put together a great compliment of tips and techniques for dealing with that big fat “change monster.” Here are a few of those “ways” for your consideration:

#1. FOCUS ON PAST RESULTS. Write down several benefits of change that you have experienced in the last year. Review your list periodically as a reminder of how change has been beneficial for you and the organization.

#71. STOP THE WHINING!  Nobody likes to hear a complainer. When change has become inevitable, complaining becomes wasted energy. Tell people to take that energy and channel it toward improving the situation.

#152. BE UPBEAT AND POSITIVE. You are your best cheerleader. “It isn’t if you win or lose, but it is how you play the game.” If your team is losing the game, you still have to cheer them on. If you stop cheering, your team just may stop trying.


180 Ways To Effectively Deal With Change

 
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Day 10 of The Ten Commandments of Leadership Blog Tour "Go Forth and Prosper"

 

Welcome to Day 10 of
The 10 Commandments of Leadership Blog Tour

“Go Forth and Prosper”

Today, we are wrapping up The 10 Commandments of Leadership Blog Tour.  For 10 days, 10 awesome blogs have highlighted and discussed each of The 10 Commandments of Leadership. If you have been following along…..thank you…. we hope you have enjoyed this project as much as we have. If you are just tuning in and want to see the other commandments, click here for the schedule.

Based on over sixty years of combined professional experience working with leaders in organizations of all types and sizes, The 10 Commandments of Leadership, written by Eric Harvey and Steve Ventura, provides a powerful collection of universal best-in-class leadership beliefs and behaviors.

EXCERPTED from Chapter 10
“Go Forth and Prosper”

This final leadership commandment addresses one of the most important and significant lessons we’ve gleaned over the years – one that encapsulates the content of this book and the messages within it:

Effective leaders promote and protect prosperity.

Exceptional leaders believe that and they behave it. They move people in a forward direction with emphasis on progress and improvement. They encourage magnificence rather than settling for mediocrity. They focus
on “means” (doing right) as well as “ends” (doing well). And they work on today’s tasks with an eye on tomorrow’s possibilities.

Building Upon Success
Without question, successes should be sources of pride and enjoyment. But equally important, they are achievements to build upon. How do you do that? By studying, analyzing, and dissecting them. By identifying the activities and behaviors that made them successful – and applying that knowledge to future endeavors.

To succeed is to prosper. And prosperity is a great path to additional prosperity. So celebrate your team’s successes. Recognize and reward them. Then, learn from them. Find out what’s working well and do more of it.

Building a Lasting Legacy
For most folks, the word “legacy” conjures up mental images of historical people – “bigger than life,” powerful, influential, and sometimes “saintly” individuals who have left indelible marks on the world around them. And in many cases, those people are no longer with us – living only in our memories. But while those images are accurate and valid, they represent only the tip of the legacy iceberg.

By its most basic definition, a legacy is how a person impacts others … how he or she is thought of and remembered … how conditions and circumstances are different (and hopefully better) because of his or her actions and influence. Anyone who interacts with and touches other people is creating a legacy of some kind. As a leader, you are building yours, right now; you’re adding to it with each action you take or don’t take … each behavior you demonstrate or fail to display … each thing you say or don’t say. Be the best leader you can be and your legacy will be positive and lasting.

Take Away … to Remember
The primary responsibility of those in leadership positions is to help their organizations, and the people that comprise them, be more successful. You are the guide … the pathfinder … the point-person on a journey to greater possibilities and achievement. Your job is to take those you lead – and those you serve – to heights they likely would have great difficulty reaching by themselves. That is why you are here; that is why you are so critically important.
This tenth and final leadership commandment is more than a guideline – it’s also an invitation … a rallying cry … a behavioral message for every-one on your team that says:

“Follow my lead and together we all will GO FORTH and PROSPER.”

QUESTION for Chapter 10
If you resigned, left, or retired tomorrow, how would you want your “team” members and colleagues to remember YOU? What sort of lasting leadership legacy would you HOPE to leave? THEN, are you there yet or do you still have work to do to get there?

CONTEST
Now is your chance to win! Here’s how!

1. By 12 midnight (Eastern) tonight: Post your answer to the above question (as a comment) on this blog and your name will be entered into a drawing to receive a FREE copy of The 10 Commandments of Leadership. Your name will be entered into the drawing a second time if you send us a tweet by copying and pasting the following:  @Leader_Solution I commented on Day 10 of The 10 Commandments Blog Tourhttp://bit.ly/10Command

2. By 12 midnight (Eastern) on January 28: Post your answer to each day’s question (10 comments in total) for a chance to win a $100 Gift Certificate to WalkTheTalk.com.

Be sure to click here to learn more about the book and see the schedule for
The 10 Commandments of Leadership Blog Tour.

Day 10 of The Ten Commandments of Leadership Blog Tour “Go Forth and Prosper”

 

Welcome to Day 10 of
The 10 Commandments of Leadership Blog Tour

“Go Forth and Prosper”

Today, we are wrapping up The 10 Commandments of Leadership Blog Tour.  For 10 days, 10 awesome blogs have highlighted and discussed each of The 10 Commandments of Leadership. If you have been following along…..thank you…. we hope you have enjoyed this project as much as we have. If you are just tuning in and want to see the other commandments, click here for the schedule.

Based on over sixty years of combined professional experience working with leaders in organizations of all types and sizes, The 10 Commandments of Leadership, written by Eric Harvey and Steve Ventura, provides a powerful collection of universal best-in-class leadership beliefs and behaviors.

EXCERPTED from Chapter 10
“Go Forth and Prosper”

This final leadership commandment addresses one of the most important and significant lessons we’ve gleaned over the years – one that encapsulates the content of this book and the messages within it:

Effective leaders promote and protect prosperity.

Exceptional leaders believe that and they behave it. They move people in a forward direction with emphasis on progress and improvement. They encourage magnificence rather than settling for mediocrity. They focus
on “means” (doing right) as well as “ends” (doing well). And they work on today’s tasks with an eye on tomorrow’s possibilities.

Building Upon Success
Without question, successes should be sources of pride and enjoyment. But equally important, they are achievements to build upon. How do you do that? By studying, analyzing, and dissecting them. By identifying the activities and behaviors that made them successful – and applying that knowledge to future endeavors.

To succeed is to prosper. And prosperity is a great path to additional prosperity. So celebrate your team’s successes. Recognize and reward them. Then, learn from them. Find out what’s working well and do more of it.

Building a Lasting Legacy
For most folks, the word “legacy” conjures up mental images of historical people – “bigger than life,” powerful, influential, and sometimes “saintly” individuals who have left indelible marks on the world around them. And in many cases, those people are no longer with us – living only in our memories. But while those images are accurate and valid, they represent only the tip of the legacy iceberg.

By its most basic definition, a legacy is how a person impacts others … how he or she is thought of and remembered … how conditions and circumstances are different (and hopefully better) because of his or her actions and influence. Anyone who interacts with and touches other people is creating a legacy of some kind. As a leader, you are building yours, right now; you’re adding to it with each action you take or don’t take … each behavior you demonstrate or fail to display … each thing you say or don’t say. Be the best leader you can be and your legacy will be positive and lasting.

Take Away … to Remember
The primary responsibility of those in leadership positions is to help their organizations, and the people that comprise them, be more successful. You are the guide … the pathfinder … the point-person on a journey to greater possibilities and achievement. Your job is to take those you lead – and those you serve – to heights they likely would have great difficulty reaching by themselves. That is why you are here; that is why you are so critically important.
This tenth and final leadership commandment is more than a guideline – it’s also an invitation … a rallying cry … a behavioral message for every-one on your team that says:

“Follow my lead and together we all will GO FORTH and PROSPER.”

QUESTION for Chapter 10
If you resigned, left, or retired tomorrow, how would you want your “team” members and colleagues to remember YOU? What sort of lasting leadership legacy would you HOPE to leave? THEN, are you there yet or do you still have work to do to get there?

CONTEST
Now is your chance to win! Here’s how!

1. By 12 midnight (Eastern) tonight: Post your answer to the above question (as a comment) on this blog and your name will be entered into a drawing to receive a FREE copy of The 10 Commandments of Leadership. Your name will be entered into the drawing a second time if you send us a tweet by copying and pasting the following:  @Leader_Solution I commented on Day 10 of The 10 Commandments Blog Tourhttp://bit.ly/10Command

2. By 12 midnight (Eastern) on January 28: Post your answer to each day’s question (10 comments in total) for a chance to win a $100 Gift Certificate to WalkTheTalk.com.

Be sure to click here to learn more about the book and see the schedule for
The 10 Commandments of Leadership Blog Tour.

The ability to simplify

 
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The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.
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Twice as Much in Half the Time Today’s quote comes to you from: Twice as Much in Half the Time: Secrets to Simplifying Your Life

Is conflict always a matter of right vs. wrong?

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 Resolving Workplace Conflict

In the book, What to Do When Conflict Happens, we address some powerful misconceptions about conflict like:

Is conflict always a matter of right vs. wrong?

When you think about interpersonal conflict between two people, what comes to mind? What can you conclude from your own experiences of friction with a coworker? Do you presume that there’s always an “instigator” who is in the wrong and a “victim” who has done nothing wrong – and therefore is right? Do you blame the “instigator” for the conflict and believe that he or she, alone, bears the responsibility for making a behavior change? If you answered yes to either (or both) of those last two questions, you might want to do some rethinking.

While it’s true that some conflicts are clearly issues of right vs. wrong, it’s not always the case. And assuming otherwise is a dangerous and counterproductive mindset to have. Why? Because, often, “right” and “wrong” are relative terms; they’re perceptual issues. And with few exceptions, people tend to believe that they are right most of the time. It’s usually “the other guy” who’s at fault. After all, “I’ve done nothing wrong, so there’s nothing I need to do about this. It’s all him…it’s all her!”

The problem is that “him” or “her” is thinking the exact same thing! As a result, neither party makes an effort to address and resolve their differences. And in the end, BOTH parties end up being at fault.

So, clearly, conflicts are not always a matter of right vs. wrong. Many times, they are about two competing wrongs…or even two competing rights. Either way, it takes two to tangle!

We want to hear from you! Does this post remind you of a time YOU were in a situation of “competing wrongs” or “competing rights”? How did you get through it?

 


What to Do When Conflict Happens

 
Today’s Leadership Solution comes from: What to Do When Conflict Happens : Every Employee’s Guide to Resolving Workplace Problems

Reach Your Goals by Linda Byars Swindling

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The Power of Inspiration
Hello Friends!

What goals have you set for yourself for this year? What ambitions do you wish obtain? What dreams do you want to reach? To help you make 2011 your best year yet, I’d like to share with you Reach Your Goals, which is part of our Passports to Success Travel Kit. In this creative, concise, and compact book, Linda Byars Swindling offers tactical and practical tips and strategies to help you reach your goals.

Today, make time to do the things which will lead you to your best self. Consider investing in your most important resource: you!


The Road to Happiness
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Live Inspired,

Michelle Sedas
Host of the Inspired Living Center

Excerpted from Reach Your Goals by Linda Byars Swindling
Set Goals
Successful goal setting starts with clarity about expectations and outcomes. Some questions to help determine the best goals to set are:

  • What specifically do I want?
  • Why? What are my compelling reasons?
  • What is the potential reward or impact?
  • Whom do the results matter to?
  • Which people need to be involved?
  • What am I willing to invest or sacrifice?
  • When would I stop pursuing or quit?

Guideline to set goals
Outlining a goal increases the probability it will be accomplished. Some guidelines are:

  • Focus on results and opportunities.
  • Use positive, meaningful language.
  • Personalize to your values and purpose.
  • Write it down with a deadline.
  • Use clear, simple and specific words.
  • Make it exciting or challenging.
  • Build in reminders and milestones.
  • Create a contract with yourself or others.
  • Craft a way to visualize the goal.
  • Set short and long-term objectives.
  • Analyze for problems and solutions.

Checkpoint: Write your goals in the present tense as if the results have already been obtained

 

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Engage your mind!

When the mind is engaged, the soul is most alive.
~M.A. Soupios, PhDLike Your Daily Inspiration: January 25, 2011 on Facebook

The Ten Golden Rules Today’s quote comes to you from: The Ten Golden Rules: Ancient Wisdom from the Greek Philosophers on Living the Good Life

How Small Changes Can Make A Big Difference

How Small Changes Can Make A Big Difference

In the best-selling book The Power of 10%, my friends Eric Harvey and Michelle Sedas gave me a reminder I’d like to share with you:

To improve ourselves, we do not need to tackle everything all at once. In fact, expecting a 100% total transformation is unrealistic and will set us up for failure. We will get much greater results by concentrating on small areas since all aspects of our lives are connected.

Just think how powerful these 10% changes could be if:

  • you spent 10% more time on your personal development?
  • you improved your golf score by 10%?
  • you did 10% more to go after your goals?

If we focus on making targeted 10% improvements, we will find that other areas in our lives will be positively impacted as well. It is this collective strength, this momentum, that underlies The Power of 10%.


The Power of 10$

 
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How Small Changes Can Make A BIG Difference

How to Achieve Success…Together

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How to Achieve Success…Together

Effective teams understand that teamwork is a behavioral issue. Team members recognize that their success is inextricably linked with one another, and they act accordingly. And so must you!

But there are effective teams and then there are “FIVE STAR” teams – the best of the best. What separates them? The answer is

Commitment.

More precisely, it’s five commitments. And they are:

  1. Be Committed to…EACH OTHER
  2. Be Committed to…THE MISSION
  3. Be Committed to…THE CUSTOMER
  4. Be Committed to…RESOLVING CONFLICTS
  5. Be Committed to…THE DETAILS

Five Star Teamwork

 
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