Lead With Passion

Here’s an excerpt I’ve found to be particularly important from one of my favorite leadership books, Leading With Passion:

Leading with passion is about courageously casting off fear, doubt and limiting beliefs and giving people a sense of hope, optimism and accomplishment. It is about bringing light into a world of uncertainty and inspiring others to do the same. This is what we call passion, the fire within.

PASSION IS A HEARTFELT ENERGY
THAT FLOWS THROUGH US,
NOT FROM US.

It fills our hearts when we allow it to and it inspires others when we share it. It is like sunlight flowing through a doorway that we have just opened. It was always there. It just needs to be accepted and embraced. Under the right conditions, this “flow” appears effortless, easy and graceful. It is doing what it is meant to do. It is reminding us that we are meant to be purposeful. We are meant to be positive. We are meant to be passionate. We feel this when we listen to and accept our calling in life.

And, when we accept these required responsibilities of leadership, leading with passion is at the top of the list.

Today’s Leadership Solution is from:

Leading With Passion
10 Essentials for Inspiring Others

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Daily Quote: Excellence is …

“We are what we repeatedly do.

Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

~Aristotle

Found in the book:

Pulling Together: 10 Rules for High Performance Teams

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Lessons From the Geese

“The greatest accomplishments in life are not achieved by individuals alone, but by proactive people pulling together for a common good.”
~John J. Murphy

It’s easy for organizations to say, “We value teamwork.” However, saying it versus committing to the principles to grow it can be two different things. And that’s what Pulling Together is all about! Author John Murphy presents the ten rules for high performance teams in a way that every person in your organization can understand. John is a highly recognized author, speaker and management consultant who has helped some of the world’s leading organizations create environments that value and reward teamwork. Today, I’d like to share an excerpt from Pulling Together called Lessons From the Geese. Enjoy!

Please pass this along to others so that they, too, can be inspired to create high performance teams.

To Your Success,

Eric Harvey
Eric Harvey
Founder and President
WalkTheTalk.com

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It’s easy for any organization to say….”we value teamwork.” However, saying it, versus committing to the principles to grow it, can be 2 different things. And that’s what Pulling Together is all about!

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Excerpted from Pulling Together: 10 Rules for High Performance Teamwork
by John J. Murphy
Lessons From the Geese

Consistent application of the 10 rules of high performance teamwork ultimately generates trust, respect, unity and power within any team. Conversely, consistent violation of any one rule destroys this bond. While the author of the following is unknown, “Lessons From the Geese” is a powerful illustration from nature of the rules of high performance teamwork. As you read about the natural unity that exists among this species remember — this same unity can exist in your organization!

As geese flap their wings, they create an uplift for the bird following. By flying in a V formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if any bird were to fly alone. If we share a common direction and a sense of community, we can get where we are going more quickly and easily because we are traveling on the thrust of one another!

Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone, and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front. If we have as much sense as geese, we will stay in formation with those who are headed where we want to go, and we will be willing to accept their help as well as give ours to others.

When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into formation and another goose flies at the point position. If we take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership as with the geese, we become interdependent with one another. The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. If we “honk,” we need to make sure it is positive and encouraging.

When a goose gets sick or wounded or is shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it is able to fly again or dies. They then launch out on their own, with another formation or catch up with the flock. If we have as much sense as geese, we too will stand by each other in difficult times, as well as when we are strong. Let us all try to fly in formation and remember to drop back to help those who might need it!

BEHOLD THE POWER OF TEAMWORK

The greatest accomplishments in life are not achieved by individuals alone, but by proactive people pulling together for a common good. Look behind every winner and you will find a great coach. Look out in front of every superstar and you will see a positive role model. Look alongside every great achiever and you will find caring people offering encouragement, support and able assistance. Rising to this level of interdependent thinking can be challenging and difficult. Looking beyond oneself, asking for help or accepting help can feel risky. But people are not given life to simply take from one another. We are here to give. Our mission in life is to offer our gifts to benefit one another, to create mutual gain in the world. This is called teamwork, a win/win mindset stemming from a genuine commitment to the rules that allow it to happen.

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