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Archive for July, 2011

A Leaders Time for a Pit Stop?

In this manic business world we choose to live in there is a cost and consequences to the machismo. Having untaken holiday to “carry over to next year” is worn as a badge of pride. You foolishly believe others will buy your lie that “I am so important and irreplaceable!”

Wrong.

I recently watched the CEO of one of the worlds top firms move on after a public spat over his next role and successor. Despite having been at the helm for over 5 years, the day he left, people corporately forgot him. The attitude was “the king is dead; long live the king!”.

The new CEO was immediately everyone’s focus. Would they be good or bad? Could they curry favour or might they be removed for being too closely associated with the previous king?

The point is – we are quickly forgotten as leaders. The corporation has a very short memory. It forgets the late nights and weekends you worked. It discounts and ignore the holiday you never took with your family. It doesn’t reward you for having a complete unhealthy imbalance between work and life.

This summer I encourage you as leaders to leave your email and phone call worries behind with your deputy. Start delegating, trusting them and your assistant. Refresh, recharge and take a pit stop. Then you will be fully refilled after 2 weeks in the sun.

You will be of greater added value.
You WILL see the wood for the trees…..now.

That is just what I am going to do!

Warm regards as I prepare to head off to Cyprus
Jonathan

Happiness, Success or Both? You Choose

Success can be defined as ” getting what you want”, while happiness is defined as “wanting what you already have”.

Do you really appreciate what you already have? As an over-anxious over-achiever, I know I have frequently been guilty of not fully appreciating what I have already.

Do you fully appreciate the friendships and relationships that you have now?

Have you told people that you like, appreciate, or love them?

Having seen too many people die before their time, I know other’s biggest regret is that they never told them how much they mattered to others and the depth of their appreciation.

Do it today……….tomorrow sadly maybe a day too late.

Warm regards Jonathan

Are You an Imperfect Leader?

The search for perfection is a sad, lonely and frustrating road to take. As Winston Churchill said “perfection spells paralysis!”

How about accepting that we are not perfect leaders? I know I am not. Then people can see both your humanity and humility and appreciate that you are always prepared to ” do your best” for those you lead and you are at times flawed.

People respect and admire such authentic leadership.

Warm regards Jonathan

Swallowing Frogs

“if you have to swallow a frog, then don’t look at it for too long!” The saying relates to tackling your daily priorities (frogs).

Deal with the biggest frog first and swallow it. You will end up feeling so much better and becoming a more effective leader. Then handle No 2. Don’t procrastinate, just do it.

Good luck

Warm Regards
Jonathan

What is Your Leadership Shadow?

As a leader you are under observation 90% of the time. It’s hard to fake it consistently for such lengthy periods of time. That doesn’t stop many charlatans from trying!

It is far easier to be authentically yourself and remember people absorb HOW you are being with them, not WHAT you are saying to them. You “emotionally leak” unintentionally and that has a direct impact on your trustworthiness.

Brain research has shown that within 5 milliseconds of meeting another person you pick up their emotional mood and contagion. The shadow you cast a s a leader is a long one!

Best you make it a positive experience. Choose your thoughts, which directly effects your feelings and so in turn your behaviour and hence your destiny.

Warm regards. Jonathan