That being subtle and courteous doesn’t pay off if you want to drive a point intensely.
However, putting raw emotions on written arguments also doesn’t pay-off.
But at the end of the day, summarizing it, being decent and professional is still the whole point.
…Just a piece of thought after an emotionally-drained moment at work.
One of the most common obstacles to success is to cut corners. But short-cut never pays off in the long run. Let us try these valuable tips and insights:
1. Don’t give in to your mood or impulses, you need to change your approach to doing things.
2. Refrain from “fast-breaking,” because quality is sacrificed in the process.
3. Avoid cutting corners. It is really a sign of impatience and poor self-discipline.
4. Follow through… you can achieve a breakthrough.
5. Set up standard for yourself that require accountability.
6. Once you have standards in place, work according to them, not your moods.
7. Stay on track and keep focused. That will get you going in the right direction.
8. Self-discipline is a quality that is won through practice.
Remember, effort and time are wasted if you have to do things all over again
because you have not tried to do it right on the first time.
-From John C Maxwell’s “Failing Forward” and Katrina M’s Journal…..
To be “intentional” means working with purpose making every action count. Successful leaders are intentional. They know what they are doing and why they are doing it. To become more INTENTIONAL, do the following:
1. Have a purpose worth living for: “Some men have thousands of reasons why the cannot do what they want to, when all they need is ONE reason why they can”
2. Know your strengths and weaknesses: Playing to your strengths rekindles your passions and renews your energy.
3. Prioritize your responsibilities: Once you know the “why” of your life, it becomes much easier to figure out the “what” and “when”
4. Learn to say no: You can’t accomplish much without focus.If you try to do every good thing that comes your way, you won’t excel at what you were made to do.
5. Commit yourself to long-term achievement: Most victories in life are chieved through small incremental wins sustained over time.
— The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player by John Maxwell
Not everyone we influence will think the same way we do. We have to help them not only to believe that they can succeed, but also we have to show them that we want them to succeed…. So, how….
Expect it: People can sense the underlying attitude no matter what we say or do. Let them know you are expecting them to succeed.
Verbalize it: People need to hear it. Tell them to that you believe in them and want them to succeed. Become a positive prophet of their success.
Reinforce it: People need encouragement. Seeing that you care to know their progress will let them realize that is also important to you.
Pave the way: Give them opportunity to show their best. Give them challenge to harness their worth. Give the boost and helping hand.
Once people recognize and understand that you genuinely want them succeed and are committed to helping them, they will begin to believe that they can accomplish what you give to them.
Tips and Insights:
Our influence has less to do with our position or title than it does with the life we live. It’s not about POSITION, but production. It is not the education we get but the empowerment we give, that makes a DIFFERENCE to OTHERS.
The key word is CREDIBILITY. We gain credibility when our life matches our talk and when both add value to others.
How are you doing when it comes to credibility? To find out, answer the following vital questions….
Consistency: Are you the same person no matter who is with you?
Choices: Do you make decisions based on how they benefit you or others?
Credit: Are you quick to recognize others for their efforts when YOU succeed?
Character: Do you work harder at your image or your integrity?
Credibility: Have you recognized that credibility is a victory, not a gift?
– From Maxwell Bible
Colin Powell Leadership Insights:
1. Promote Clash of Ideas – Leaders has to give them the opportunity to speak their piece, without fear of retribution. “The day soldiers stop bringing you problems, is the day you stopped leading them.”
2. Don’t’ go looking for “NO” – you don’t know what you can get away with until you try. Don’t ask for permission, just do what needs to be done. Mediocre managers carried out orders and waited for a new one. While the best managers experimented with new techniques, tried out new things with their teams often without asking anyone’s permission, that is, without being irresponsible or insubordinate.
3. Challenge the Professionals – Keep looking below surface appearances. Don’t shrink from doing so just because you might not like what you find.
4. Don’t Forget the Execution – A plan is only as powerful as the zeal to execute. There is little essence in laying out a battle plan unless you are prepared to pursue it with complete commitment. Execution matters.
5. Pay Attention to Details – If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you have to develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is the prevailing attitude.
6. Let Situation Dictate Strategy – Have the precise understanding of the situation at hand. Methods require flexibility and imagination, and the willingness to embrace change.
7. Trust those in the Trenches– The people in the field is closest to the problem, closest to the situation. Therefore that is where the real wisdom is.
8. Be optimistic – don’t let adverse facts stand in a way of a good decision. Never step on enthusiasm. Great leaders inspire a sense of hope and confidence, even under the most trying circumstances, and that is why they are needed so badly.
Guys, we need you… Lead and make a difference….