Daily Quote: For the First Time

Look at everything as though you are seeing it for the first time,
with eyes of a child, fresh with wonder.
~Joseph Cornell
Found in the book:
The Power of Attitude

How To Be an Effective Mentor

While coaching and mentoring are growing in popularity, many people aren’t prepared to be effective mentors. They may be skillful in their field, but they’re not as confident of their ability to teach others.

And at the same time, many people would like to have a mentor but don’t know how to find one. They feel uncertain about asking someone to take on the responsibility, fearful of imposing on someone’s time. They want to grow but are unclear about how to ask for what they need.

Here are the 3 key aspects of mentoring outlined by author BJ Gallagher in her powerful handbook Making the Most of Mentoring.

  1. 1. Mentoring involves coaching. Coaching includes both teaching and motivating. Teaching focuses on content, while motivating attends to process. Teaching is about skills and lessons to learn; motivating is about enthusiasm, attitude, and commitment.
  2. 2. Mentoring is a two-way relationship.Mentoring is not a one-way street in which the mentor does all the talking and the mentee does all the listening. Mentoring is a relationship in which communication, ideas, questions, and answers flow both ways.
  3. 3. Mentoring includes mutual growth and fulfillment. Good mentoring pays off for both parties: the mentee gets new skills, accomplishments, and career growth; the mentor gets the satisfaction of helping another learn, grow, and achieve, as well as the pleasure of investing in the future of their organization.

Lead well … LEAD RIGHT


Daily Quote: Always Laugh

“Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.”

~ Lord Byron

The Essence of Leadership

The Essence of Leadership

Change Is Good … You Go First

As a leader, deciding to make changes is the easy part. Getting your people on board is much more difficult. Why is that? Quite simply, change is an emotional process. We are all creatures of habit who usually resist it and welcome routine. Uncharted waters are scary!

In the long run, however, sameness is the fast track to mediocrity. And, mediocre companies won’t survive.

Tuli Kupferberg said it best: “When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.” And, that is your challenge: to convince your team that the new world you are trying to create is better than the one you’re in. Is it easy? Of course not. It takes planning, commitment, patience and courage.

The truth, of course, is that change can be a wonderful gift. In fact, it is the key that unlocks the doors to growth and excitement in any organization. And, most importantly, without it, your competition will pass you by. A big part of success, as a leader, will be your ability to inspire your team to get out of their comfort zones; to assure them that even though they are on a new path, it’s the right path, for the right reasons.

That’s what this book is all about: ideas to inspire, to motivate, and to encourage your team to move forward and to embrace change.
I’d like to share one of the chapters titled:Inspire Personal Accountability. Enjoy!

Lead well … LEAD RIGHT,

Excerpted from Change Is Good … You Go First

Inspire Personal Accountability

Something magical happens when we accept personal responsibility for our behavior and our results. But, it’s not easy, because it’s human nature to “pass the buck”. I know there have been times in my life when my business was struggling where I found myself blaming others, blaming the economy, blaming this, blaming that! But as I’ve gotten older (and a little wiser) when things go wrong in my business, or my life, I can always find the culprit … in the mirror. In every instance, it always comes back to choices I’ve made in my life that put me exactly where I am today. I have to say, that this one “tweak” in my attitude may sound like a little thing, but it has made a big difference in my life.

What does all this have to do with change? Plenty! As a manager, one of the most important things you can do in times of change is to get your people to understand how taking personal responsibility and recognizing problems as opportunities will not only help the company, but will help them as individuals.

In other words, sell the idea of … what’s in it for them?

Authors B.J. Gallagher and Steve Ventura wrote a great little book about achieving success through personal accountability titled: Who Are “They” Anyway? I like their list showing how each individual in the company can benefit by adopting a “personal accountability attitude”:

  • You have more control over your destiny
  • You become an active contributor rather than a passive observer
  • Others look to you for leadership
  • You gain the reputation as a problem solver
  • You enhance your career opportunities
  • You enjoy the satisfaction that comes from getting things done … the power of positive doing
  • You experience less anger, frustration and helplessness – all leading to better physical health
  • You realize a positive spillover effect into your personal life at home

According to Gallagher and Ventura, the most important words of personal responsibility are as follows:

The 10 most important words:
I won’t wait for others to take the first step.

The 9 most important words:
If it is to be, it’s up to me.

The 8 most important words:
If not me, who? If not now, when?

The 7 most important words:
Let me take a shot at it.

The 6 most important words:
I will not pass the buck.

The 5 most important words:
You can count on me.

The 4 most important words:
It IS my job!

The 2 most important words:
I will.

The most important word:

Change Is Good … You Go First
21 Ways to Inspire Change

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May You Be Blessed

“We determine whether something will be a blessing or a curse by the way we choose to see it.” ~Kate Nowak
This spring, take the time to really think about the blessings in your life. Whether it be those first flowers you see in your yard or even the rain that often comes with the season, remember, you will determine whether something is a blessing or a curse by the way you choose to see it. Try to think of everything as a blessing this spring, because you never know when you will have a blessing in disguise.
Please enjoy today’s excerpt from Kate Nowak’s beautifully inspiring book: May You Be Blessed!

Live Inspired,

Michelle Sedas

Host of the Inspired Living Cafe

Excerpted from May You Be Blessed by Kate Nowak

Even those experiences we deem calamitous can carry the seeds of a great blessing. It is often only in retrospect, however, that the benefit reveals itself. And whether or not it reveals itself and how quickly it does so, is dependent upon only one thing: our own individual perspective.
We determine whether something will be a blessing or a curse by the way we choose to see it.
Life is an ongoing process, and most of us meet something at almost every turn we wish were different. But just because something is not turning out the way we want, doesn’t mean it won’t. And when we insist on calling it good, when we make up our minds that no matter what, we’re going to see it as a blessing, then our minds start working overtime to prove us right. Magical things tend to happen and that which we labeled a blessing, more often than not, turns out to be one…
…You have a mind that always tries to be right about everything so you might as well use it to your advantage. Become a hunter of blessings, actively seeking them out in every experience and person you encounter. No matter how bad a situation or person might seem, say to yourself and mean it, “There’s a blessing in this, and I will find it!”
Your subconscious will accept this statement as a direct order and, if necessary, move heaven and earth to make certain the blessing is found. Follow this regimen for a while and you may very well discover that you’ve poked a hole in every problem and send every misery packing. Problems and miseries don’t tend to stay in an atmosphere of blessings for very long.
…So the next time a difficulty arises, don’t let yourself get tied up in knots. Take a deep breath and relax. You have nothing to worry about. That difficulty is nothing more than a signal that a blessing is on its way. And as you start looking for the blessing, everything else will fade away.
“Become a hunter of blessings, actively seeking them out in every experience and person you encounter.”

~Kate Nowak

Today’s Inspiration Comes From:

May You Be Blessed

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Daily Quote: You have the Power

“Whether you realize it or not, you have the power to be successful”
~David Cottrell
Found in the book:
The Manager's Coaching Handbook

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Daily Quote: Become a more effective, happy and positive person

“When you practice self-discipline and willpower in the acceptance of responsibility, you take complete control of your thoughts and feelings, and become a more effective, happy and positive person in everything you do.”

~Brian Tracy

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Finding Joy

“Joy is not in things; it is in us.”
~Richard Wagner
Today, I’d like to share the introduction to Finding Joy. Here’s hoping these words will put a smile in your heart! Finding Joy: Simple Secrets to a Happy Life reminds us that while life can be complicated, happiness is simple. With inspirational quotes and beautiful photography, this book is a true delight.
Live Inspired,
Michelle Sedas

Excerpted from
Finding Joy: Simple Secrets to a Happy Life by Mac Anderson
Life can be complicated, but happiness…is simple. Of course, we try our best to make it complicated, but if we look closely, it’s really very simple. And that’s what this little book is all about…Simple Secrets to a Happy Life!
My goal is to have you sit down in a quiet place, and to slowly soak up every single page. Don’t hurry, just take a deep breath, read each thought, and reflect on how it might apply to your life. Think about what is…and what could be, if your mind and heart is open to change.
But here is the real key to making this book all it can be…keep it close, and read it often. Because in a perfect world we read something once, record it in our brain, and never need to read it again.
Well, I don’t know about you, but my world is far from perfect. I have doubts, fears and disappointments in my life, and I need doses of inspiration to bring me back to where I should be…to re-direct me to what’s really important in life.
And this little book, if you’ll let it, can be that source of inspiration! In just a few minutes it can put a smile on your face and in your heart when you need it most.
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today’s Inspiration Comes From: Finding Joy Simple Secrets to a Happy Life

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Daily Quote: Put a Smile

“Put a smile in the path of a complaint…once daily.”

~Sam Parker

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Leadership Solution: Virtual Meeting Checklist

One of our business trends in the 21st century that is sure to continue and likely to escalate is having people and tasks being performed remotely, independently, and sometimes virtually. This reality not only matches today’s high technology world but also is a vehicle to attract and retain high quality performers.

This does, however, make it challenging to “lead from a distance” and requires new ways of thinking and, most importantly, new ways of functioning. In Debra Dinnocenzo’s best-seller How to Lead From a Distance she gives us some very powerful suggestions to help ensure that work is being effectively performed and business goals are being accomplished. Below I have outlined a checklist from this book on how to conduct an effective virtual meeting.

Lead Well … Lead Right!

From How to Lead From a Distance by Debra Dinnocenzo

Virtual Meeting Checklist
Before the meeting:

  • ~ Plan the agenda.
  • ~ Distribute the agenda and information in advance; confirm receipt.
  • ~ Clarify responsibilities (for note taking, timekeeping, meeting leadership, and technical support).
  • ~ Identify the appropriate/desired technology to be used. Confirm the availability/accessibility of the selected technology for all participants.
  • ~ Arrange for required equipment, information, and people to be involved.
  • ~ Test the technology. Make sure that things work ahead of time so you can minimize wasting people’s time with techno-glitches.

During the meeting:

  • ~ Encourage all participants to introduce themselves (or verbally “sign in”) at the beginning of the meeting and identify themselves whenever they speak (except for video/net conferencing or well-established teams whose voices are recognized by everyone).
  • ~ Establish expectations for involvement by all participants (periodically pause to summarize and ask for questions, discussion, clarification).
  • ~ Ensure that visual or graphic resources can be distributed “real-time” or in advance to everyone (via e-mail, fax, Internet, etc.).
  • ~ Remind everyone to speak slowly, clearly, and in the direction of microphones or speakerphones, and to request that something be repeated if not heard clearly.
  • ~ Suggest that participants use the “Mute” button on their phones to eliminate background noise that might be disruptive to a virtual meeting.
  • ~ Keep to the schedule.
After the meeting:
  • ~ Distribute the meeting summary in a timely manner, with details regarding agreements and follow-up actions.
  • ~ Schedule any follow-up meetings needed.
  • ~ Implement any action steps that were agreed to during the meeting.
  • ~ Solicit feedback from participants on how similar meetings in the future can be enhanced/improved.

Today’s Leadership Solution is from:

How to Lead From a Distance

Building Bridges in the Virtual Workplace

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