“The Heart of a Leader”

Here is a powerful message from highly acclaimed leadership expert Ken Blanchard from in his best-selling book “The Heart of a Leader”:

In my travels, I’ve seen a lot of unmotivated people at work, but I’ve never seen an unmotivated person after work. When five o’clock rolls around, people race from the office to play golf or tennis, coach Little League, and pursue other pastimes. People are motivated to do things that provide them with feedback on results. Feedback is important to people. We all want to know how well we’re doing. That’s why it is essential for an effective performance review system to provide ongoing feedback.

Too often managers save up negative information and unload it all at once after a minor incident or during the annual performance review session. Others “whitewash” performance reviews and act like everything is OK when it really isn’t. When people are attacked or not dealt with truthfully, they lose respect for their organization and pride in their work.

I firmly believe that providing feedback is the most cost effective strategy for improving performance and instilling satisfaction. It can be done quickly, it costs nothing, and it can turn people around fast.

Lead Well … Lead Right,

 

The Heart of a Leader

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Continuous improvement

Continuous improvement is a wonderful objective, but it must be backed up with actions and behaviors. Here are three success tips from the “How To” Handbook 180 Ways to Ensure Your Success … And the Success of Your Organization:

1. Prioritize your work. Start with what’s important and urgent; then do what’s important, but not urgent; next do what’s not important, but urgent (meaning it has a deadline to act). What are left should be time-wasters that don’t require action at all.

2. Go beyond your defined job. If you are able to do more than is assigned or expected, take the plunge and get it done. This is a great way to expand your horizons and increase your value as a team member and employee.

 

3. Measure performance and analyze results. Look for patterns of success, and determine the contributing factors that can be replicated elsewhere. Be sure to include those involved with the areas being measured – and use this as an opportunity to celebrate their successes.

Lead Well … Lead Right,

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180 Ways to Ensure Your Success …
And the Success of Your Organization

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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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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.

Today’s Leadership Solution is from:

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Daily Quote: Walk In the Light

“If it weren’t for the dark days, we wouldn’t know what it is to walk in the light.”

~Earl Campbell

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Secrets of the World Class

Turning Mediocrity into Greatness

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Leadership Solution: BEHOLD THE POWER OF TEAMWORK

Peter Drucker, the legendary Management Consultant and Author says this about teamwork:

“The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say “I.” And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say “I.” They don’t think “I.” They think “we;” they think “team.” They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but “we” gets the credit … This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.”

The bottom line is that it’s easy for any organization 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 J. Murphy presents the 10 rules for high performance teams in a way that every person in your organization can understand. John is a highly recognized author of 7 books; 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!

Lead well … LEAD RIGHT,

An Excerpt from Pulling Together by John J. Murphy

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. These 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!

Today’s Leadership Solution is from the book: Pulling Together

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Daily Quote: It's Your Life

It’s your life. You are responsible for your results. It’s time to turn up the heat.
~Sam Parker

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Daily Quote: It’s Your Life

It’s your life. You are responsible for your results. It’s time to turn up the heat.
~Sam Parker

Found in the book:

212° THE EXTRA DEGREE

212° the extra degree

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The Essence of Leadership

Dear Friends …
In the bestseller The Essence of Leadership, Mac Anderson lists 9 leadership attitudes and behaviors that are critical components of effective leadership.

These are:
  • Walk the talk,
  • Keep it simple and keep it real,
  • Celebrate successes,
  • Know that courage matters,
  • Keep hope alive,
  • Take responsibility,
  • Develop a “service attitude,”
  • Aim for the heart, and …
  • Make a difference whenever and wherever you can.
This list is a good reminder for all of us who desire to become more effective and respected leaders.
The Essence of Leadership will inspire you to inspire others. It is loaded with stories, quotes, and “nuggets of wisdom” for any leader or aspiring leader.  Today, WalkTheTalk.com is offering The Essence of Leadership for only $12.00.  The regular price for this book is normally $15.95.
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