Your Daily Quote: Listen Closely

Let your heart be your guide on all things, but you have to listen closely because it speaks so softly.

~John St. Augustine

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Your Daily Quote: It Takes Courage

It takes courage to recognize that rigid habit inhibits. It takes courage to accept that the way you “have always been” does not determine the way you are. It takes courage to stand in a place you didn’t know existed … and learn from a view you previously couldn’t imagine.
~Mary Anne Radmacher

 

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Your Daily Quote: Compassion

The power of compassion is waiting inside you. Will you hear the call?

~Pamela Bloom

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What Leaders Can Learn From Teachers

What Leaders Can Learn From Teachers

As a parent of two wonderful daughters (now grown and gone), I, along with my wife, am extremely pleased they have grown to become responsible adults and outstanding citizens. We would love to take full credit for this outcome but, in reality, the teachers and role models that our daughters had over the years gave them the confidence and skills that strongly supported our parental responsibilities. Bottom line, teachers are critically important to the success of our children, our families, and our society in general.

Recently I had the good fortune of reading a new book entitled A+ Teaching: 180 Ways to Enhance Your Success as a Teacher. This resource is jam-packed with “How To” teaching techniques from over 90 educators, parents, and students. Here are some tips from the book that are also very applicable guidelines for leaders at all levels:

#22          Don’t play the “blame game.” When intervening in conflict situations, avoid questions like, “Who started this?” or “Who’s at fault here?” Such inquiries tend to produce defensiveness and increase tension. Keep everyone focused on finding solutions rather than pointing fingers.

#70          Disagree respectfully. Consider what you would want to hear and how you would want to hear it. You can respectfully disagree with others by saying something like, “I appreciate your insightfulness, but I think we see things differently. Can I count on you to listen to my viewpoint just as I have listened to yours?”

#117        Do not isolate yourself at work. Schedule times to chat with colleagues in person instead of emailing. Attend colleague social gatherings. Eat lunch with coworkers a few times a week. Such socialization provides a sense of acceptance and belonging which is important to your mental health.

Today’s Leadership Solution is from:

A+ Teaching

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Your Daily Quote: Self-Respect

The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.

 ~Joan Didion

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Your Daily Quote: Life's Moments

Life is made of millions of moments, but we live only one of these moments at a time.
As we begin to change this moment, we begin to change our lives.
~D. Trinidad Hunt

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Your Daily Quote: Life’s Moments

Life is made of millions of moments, but we live only one of these moments at a time.
As we begin to change this moment, we begin to change our lives.
~D. Trinidad Hunt

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Your Daily Quote: Laughter

Laughter is what spills over the edge of an inspired life. ~Mary Anne Radmacher

 

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How To Get Your Employees Fired Up To Achieve

How To Get Your Employees Fired Up To Achieve

Here are a few leadership techniques designed to help your team members achieve, contribute, and be part of something special:

  • Teach Business Literacy

One powerful way to get people motivated is to teach them the business of the business. The more people understand how a successful organization is run, the better they’ll be able to contribute to your overall mission and the bottom line…and feel like they truly are a part of your success.

  • Involve Them in Decision Making

Have an important decision to make? Let employees decide! Or at least ask for their ideas and suggestions. They are, after all, the ones who will feel the impact the most. Besides, you’ll probably end up with a better decision – one that your people will be inclined to support because they helped make it.

  • Let Your Employees Lead

Help others on your team develop by letting them take the lead on certain activities and projects. Most of us like “being in charge” – at least some of the time. It’s a great way to build skills, commitment, and responsibility.

  • Keep Them Informed

Hold regular “state of the business” meetings to keep everyone informed on what’s happening within the organization (future plans, new products or services, planned purchases, etc.). Make sure people do NOT feel “kept in the dark.”

Today’s Leadership Solution is from:

Nuts’nBolts Leadership

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Your Daily Quote: Your Strengths

Suspend whatever interest you may have in weakness and instead explore the intricate detail of your strengths.
~Marcus Buckingham

 

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