Daily Motivation: Doors

“The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.”

~Flora Whittemore

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The Push

Unleashing the Power of Encouragement

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Daily Quote: Within Us

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Found in the book:

Inspiration
365 Days a Year

Inspiration 365 Days A Year

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Daily Quote: Within Us

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Inspiration
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Inspiration 365 Days A Year

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Eat That Frog

One of my favorite books about priority management is Eat That Frog by noted expert Brian Tracy. In the introduction he gives us all a perspective about “frogs” that has been helpful to me and I hope it will be to you also:

The Truth About Frogs 

Mark Twain once said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.

When it comes to time and priority management, a “frog” is your biggest, most important task – the one you are most likely to procrastinate on. It is also the one activity that can have the greatest positive impact on your life and results at the moment – even though doing other things may be easier or more fun. The very best thing you can do: TAKE A BITE!
The first rule of frog eating is this:

If you have to eat two frogs,
eat the ugliest one first.
Lead Well … Lead Right,

 

Eat That Frog

21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

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Daily Quote: Capture it

“Any time a thought, sentence, or paragraph inspires you or opens up your thinking,
you need to capture it, like a butterfly in a net, and later release it into your own field of consciousness.”

~Steve Chandler

Found in the book:

Charging the Human Battery

Charging The Human Battery

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Be Sure to “Walk The Talk”

“Walking The Talk” is a requirement for today’s leaders. It’s just another way of saying … practice what you preach.

Here are a few “Walk The Talk” leadership behaviors from the bestseller 144 Ways to Walk The Talk that I particularly like:
1. Create a list of desired results (end states) when planning tasks and projects. By evaluating potential activities against the list, you’ll maintain focus and increase your chances of achieving the results you want.
2. Become a Continuous Learning Machine. Set a personal goal to learn something new about your job, about your organization, or about your professional discipline every week.
3. Work with team members to develop a common (shared) definition for “intelligent risk taking” – to be used as a guideline for future activities.
4. Remember with authority comes the responsibility to use it wisely, sparingly, and for the benefit of your entire team. The organization can bestow a leadership title, but it’s up to you to really earn it.
And remember … when you Walk The Talk you, your team and your organization get BIG results!
Today’s Leadership Solution is from:

144 Ways to Walk The Talk


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Demonstrate Leadership Courage

Effective leaders need the courage to do what needs to be done … to do what they know is the right thing. Courage is about having the guts, nerve, and heart to do things that foster and support progress. Here are a few strategies that every leader should focus on:

Accept Responsibility

Courageous leaders avoid the temptations to fix blame and focus on the past. They opt, instead, to focus their attention on the future … on ways to solve situations as they are. If you have the courage to take blame words out of your vocabulary and accept responsibility to move forward, there’s a good chance that your team will follow your lead. When that happens, everyone wins.

Create Positive Change

The changes you lead people through today may not have a dramatic effect on the history of humankind, but they can have positive impacts on the professional lives of your team members. It takes courage to move others out of their comfort zones and into uncharted waters. There can be resistance at every point in the process. Therefore, you have to stay at least one step ahead – always focused on the results to be achieved. Embrace change because when you stop changing, you stop improving.

Hire and Promote the Best

When you have an open position, look upon that challenge as a great opportunity. Surrounding yourself with extraordinary talent is not just an important part of your job – it’s also critical to your success! You have the ability to make a tremendous difference in the make-up and performance of your team. Have the courage to “hire tough so that you can manage easy” … and reap the other rewards that come with it.

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Leadership Courage

Leadership Strategies for Individual and Organization Success

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Taking a Positive Approach to Discipline

Each of us, as leaders, must occasionally address employee performance deficiencies. And how we view that process has a definite impact on the end result … and on everyone involved.

Rather than seeing discrepencies as problems caused by “misbehaving” employees, try viewing them as opportunities to ensure and enhance the success of your team and your organization. With this change in perspective, you are much more likely to then approach these challenging situations in a positive fashion.

You see, “discipline” isn’t an action that you – the person with authority – must take against employees for misbehavior. Instead, it is a process to help people make good choices about working together safely, ethically, and productively. By focusing on problem solving and treating employees as “responsible adults,” you can avoid much of the pain and negativity that typically exists in dealing with sub-standard performance. With a “positive discipline” approach there is less stress, and a better chance that tough problems will be resolved quickly and permanently.

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This Leadership Solution comes from the book:

Positive Discipline

How To Resolve Tough Performance Problems Quickly … and Permanently

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Use Recognition For Results

Probably one of the most powerful yet inexpensive tools in a Leader’s arsenal is recognition. Its application ranges from reinforcing the positive performance of your “Super Stars”, enhancing and developing your “Middle Stars” and encouraging improved performance by your “Falling Stars.”

Here are a few “Basics” of Recognition to remember and apply:

  • -Gimmicks, gadgets, and giveaways can make your recognition efforts fun and memorable. But nothing can replace a good, old-fashioned, sincere, look-‘em-in-the-eye-and-say   “thank you.”

 

  • -Looking for a really low-cost way to recognize others? Try listening to them! Listening is one of the most underutilized recognition activities in the world. (And one of the most  underdeveloped skills!) But it can have a big impact. Whether a person is a peer, a direct report, a boss, or a customer, listening to them sends the message that you care … and that they are important!

 

  • -Work with people to develop their talents and enhance their skills. When you put time, energy, and resources into others’ development, you not only recognize their potential, but you also “set them up” for future success.

 

Lead Well … Lead Right,

This Leadership Solution comes from the book:

180 Ways To Walk The Recognition Talk

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Daily Quote: Perspective

“Every hour of every day is an unspeakably perfect miracle.”

~Walt Whitman

Found in the book:

The Dash

Making a Difference with Your Life 

The Dash

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