Genuine leadership is defined by heart, integrity, honesty, courage, compassion and those many intangible qualities of being and creating the most authentic person and leader that resides within each one of us. It takes time, awareness, knowledge and purpose to build our inner leadership and leadership in others. And, it takes grit. It requires a willingness to be vulnerable and show our true selves to the world; strength to speak our mind clearly and with confidence; empathy and compassion for ourselves and others while staying strong and determined; and the focus, faith and belief to do what we know is right even when it is the most difficult thing to do. Its a fascinating journey and one I have traveled for decades. The further I go, the more I realize how much I still need to learn and experience. It seems like just when I reach a new level of self-awareness, something comes into my life that reminds me I still have much to learn and many more levels to ascend. Exciting? Yes.
A few weeks ago I had the fantastic opportunity to be interviewed by Peter Margaritis for his podcast, Improv Is No Joke. The interview was a blast, and we got into detail on some topics Im really passionate about: How The Leadership Challenge can transform cultures Why leadership needs love How i3 executive training develops exemplary leaders You can find my interview on any of the following: petermargaritis.com, Google Play, iTunes, or Stitcher. Comment below and let me know what you think. Happy listening!
Did you know that every human being has 0.2 mg of gold in their body? Every one of us. Most of this gold is within the heart. Having a heart of gold is more than just a saying its actually true. So how do we get to this inner gold? How do we use it? Why is it important? Could it bethatthis ancient, precious element that lies deep within our hearts is a key to a life of greater rewards, happiness,success, andfulfillment? And if it is, how do we mine it out? In my experience, there are three keys to mining and unleashing our inner gold: 1. Finding ourinspiration our passion our purpose our vision 2.Ignitingthat inspiration with a solid plan based on strategic thinking, clear and attainable goals and focused objectives 3. Making a profound and positiveimpacton the lives of others and our own by taking action and holding ourselves accountable. Inspire. Ignite. Impact. The three Is of success. I to the power of 3 What are you doing to truly unleash your inner gold - to inspire,
Have you ever noticed how life ebbs and flows like the waves in the ocean? They (if anyone can ever tell me who they are, it will solve one of the great mysteries of my life) say when it rains, it pours things happen in threes in or in bunches and so on. Its true. And I have been riding one of those waves lately. A tidal wave of gratitude. So many wonderful things have been happening in both my personal and professional life, I am in awe and deep appreciation of all of it! As I ride this wave, I am reminded once again of the power of intention and purpose. When we find our sweet spot in life; when we know we are doing our best work and living in each moment; when we start each morning with a quiet knowing that we will win the day; and when we have the confidence and strength to move beyond, through, around or over the obstacles that show up then we create a momentum driven by intention that is simply profound. What follows is clarity, FUN!, and the joy of living each day in gratitude
Have you ever done something that was scary, but also exhilarating? Forced you to let down your defenses and barriers? Put you at personal risk, tested your courage and ability to truly walk your talk? If you have, then you understand how personally fulfilling and life-changing it can be. And if you have not, I highly recommend that you put yourself out there and give it go. The experience can take many different forms and happen through different kinds of experiences the latest one for me has been to write a book. It is finished and about to be published. I am terrified, excited and thrilled all at the same time. How do you challenge yourself to be and to become your best self and to walk your talk? Its a life long journey and we do not always succeed, but its about the doing of it and the learning from it that matters. Through the experience of writing this book, Ive learned a great deal more about myself and others than I could have imagined. I am grateful for the new knowledge,
The only person in the world who can create your life, in your time and in your way is you. And that you must be your most authentic and genuine self, empowered by knowing and doing what only you can do best in the world. As you become more and more focused on the life and legacy you want to create and the person you want to become, you find clarity of purpose, renewed focus and energy and the motivation to re-invent to the next highest level of you. I found myself and my inner champion in three words - inspire, ignite and impact. I found my passion, my purpose my inspiration. I ignited it with a solid strategic plan aligned to my core values and authentic self. And then I took the action necessary to make the impact I dreamed of on my life and the lives of others. And I did it on my terms, in my way and in my time. Transformation and reinvention was the result, and i to the power of 3 was born. Its all about spending the time and effort to grow; learning through the failures and
Leadership is a word commonly used in reference to formal leadership corporate teams, individuals in positions of authority, and for those who guide, direct and well lead. But the word also refers to those who are not formal leaders those in community service, a leading contender, a mentor, a peer, someone leading a full life. The capacity for leadership exists within each one of us. But it is up to us to discover it and unleash it! So how do we do it? What is leadership when it is applied to so many different people, in so many different ways? The answer is found in knowing where leadership begins personal leadership leadership of self first. All formal leadership begins here. Personal leadership begins with knowing yourself and the direction you want your life to take. The ability to define what you want out of life and how youre going to get it is the first step in developing personal leadership. Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions. -Harold
I have been asked more and more lately how to help people become self-aware of their behavior and attitudes and the impact (both negative and positive) that they have on others. This is not an easy thing to address with another human, and it is usually not easy for them to hear. But if we are willing an open to growth and becoming the best of who we really are then we really should find ways to become more aware of ourselves. This intangible, yet powerful, impact we have on others is often referred to as bearing or presence. It incorporates a range of verbal and nonverbal patterns (ones appearance, posture, vocal quality, accents, tone, volume, body language and subtle movements)a whole collection of signals that others process into an evaluative impression of a person. So what, you may ask? Whats Presence got to do with anything? Lets imagine for a moment that someone in your company was recently promoted to a leadership position. This person successfully competed against other qualified
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because they want to do it. Dwight D. Eisenhower What is your level of personal power? Its a sign of authentic leadership and an important quality to develop in life and in business. There is a big difference between personal power and granted authority, however, many people have the tendency to use the words interchangeably. These words refer to two very different aspects of leadership. Power is the capacity or ability to influence the behavior of others. It does not depend upon title, rank, position or authority. It is simply the ability to motivate others to take specific actions because they want to. Authority is the right granted from a person or an organization to another to represent, or to act, in a specified way. For example, the CEO of a company is given the authority by the board of directors to run the company. In turn, the CEO places managers in positions of authority over the various divisions
What would your life be like if you were able to focus your attention on three priorities for a week? What if you were able to concentrate, focus and actually complete those activities, in spite of the usual distractions? In the final analysis, the quality of our life depends on our ability to consciously choose who and what we give our thoughts, interests moments and emotions to. Author Sam Horn, in Conzentrate: Get Focused and Pay Attention When Life Is Filled With Pressures, Distractions, and Multiple Priorities (2000). Concentration is becoming a lost art for me, too! It is such an important part of our lives yet we are losing sight of it. Life is all about what we pay attention to. If we are paying all of our attention on the trivial, meaningless things our lives will reflect exactly that the trivial and meaningless. If we put our attention and focus on meaningful, positive things, again, our lives will reflect that and well have a meaningful, positive life. This is profoundly
Do, or do not. There is no try. Yoda Leaders make big promises but how often does the organization actually deliver on those promises? Its all about accountability, action and results people doing what they are supposed to do. A Leadership Culture is a culture of execution with a specific set of behaviors and techniques that are taught and mastered in order to gain and sustain a competitive advantage. More than a tactic, execution is a discipline and a system. It is built into a companys strategy, goals, and culture, with the leaders of the organization deeply engaged. In a 10-year study of winning companies, professors William Joyce and Nitin Nohria found four primary management practices that directly correlate with superior corporate performance, as measured by total return to shareholders: execution, strategy, culture, and structure (What Really Works, 2003). However, more often than not, these core processes stand apart from one another like silos. What is needed is: Robust
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: Which wolf wins? The old Cherokee simply replied, The one you feed.
Most of us are familiar with the idea of using positive affirmations to further our growth, success and achievements, but few understand how or why affirmations really work, or actually use them in our lives on a regular basis. What is an affirmation? An affirmation is telling yourself in times of doubt that which you know to be true at other times. So how does it work? The human mind is different from those of other living creatures in that it has two unique parts the subconscious mind, and the conscious mind. These two minds work together to create our thoughts, behavior and actions. The subconscious mind encompasses the stuff of memories, conditioning, the nervous system, emotions, and your most basic underlying attitudes. It continuously sends these thoughts to your conscious mind, where this information is then used to consciously make decisions, determine goals, and gather knowledge for the purpose of taking some kind of action. The thing always happens that you really believe
The Art of Success The art of success is a continuing upward spiral of progress. It is perpetual growth. Success is to have the courage to meet failure without being defeated. It is refusing to let present loss interfere with your long range goal. Success is relative, individual and personal. It is your answer to the problem of making your years add up to a great life. It is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve. Art of Living, Wilfred A. Peterson Supreme Court Justice, Oliver Wendell Holmes, once said, I found the great thing in this world is, not where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We are constantly on the move, engaged in basically two forms of travel. The first is physical motion travel to work, social engagements and meetings. The second is our continuous journey through time moment to moment day to day year to year. But curiously, we approach these similar types of travel in very different ways. In most instances,
So often, business leaders become entrenched and focused on the day-to-day responsibilities of running the organization and the vision, goals and strategic direction of the business can get put on a back burner. Is it time for a pause for an engine check? Take time to review your strategic plan and your business plan to make sure youre aligned with both as you continue your efforts to build your business. Remember both plans are essential to your success and that of your business. All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved. Sun Tzu Take a look at your strategy and its overarching, comprehensive vision for your business dust off those dreams, shake them up and bring them back to life. Are your vision, mission, values, principals and goals still in alignment? Do they make sense TODAY and as drivers of your on-going success? Are you energized and excited by your strategy? You should be and if you are not
To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life. Baruch Spinoza Most of us have an excellent sense of our weaknesses, but a poor sense of our talents and strengths. Throughout our education and careers, we become acutely aware of our opportunities for development, limitations or challenges. Parents, teachers and managers generally mean well in pointing out our deficits, and indeed, some areas of learning, development and improvement are critical to our success. But we have become experts in our own weaknesses and spend our lives trying to repair our flaws, while our strengths lie dormant and neglected. So, why are we so reluctant to focus on our strengths and make them even stronger? Despite your achievements, you may wonder whether you are as talented as everyone thinks you are. You suspect that luck and circumstance may have played a big part in your getting to where you are today. Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest
What makes a king out of a slave? Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage! What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder? Courage! What makes the dawn come up like thunder? Courage! What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the ape in apricot? What have they got that I aint got? Courage! -The Cowardly Lion, The Wizard of Oz If fear is the greatest inhibitor of success, it follows that we should seek the opposite of fear in order to guarantee success. Websters dictionary describes the opposite of fear as courage. Sir Winston Churchill proclaimed that, Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all others. It is not a trait exhibited only by great heroes past and present. Courage is the quality that enables you to face the challenges of the day and overcome obstacles to achievement. Courage enables you to speak
You know all of those truisms we heard when we were growing up? Those old adages that told us to be cautious, not to risk too much, to believe (and prepare for) the worst that could happen? Ever wonder what life would look like if you flipped those statements around? This Ronald Wallace poem offers the following Blessings occur. Some days I find myself putting my foot in the same stream twice; leading a horse to water and making him drink. I have a clue. I can see the forest for the trees. All around me people are making silk purses out of sows ears, getting blood from turnips, building Rome in a day. There is a business like show business. There is something new under the sun. Some days misery no longer loves company; it puts itself out of its. There is rest for the weary. There is turning back. There are guarantees. I can be serious. I can mean that. You can quite put your finger on it. Really. Some days I know I am long for this world. I can go home again. And when I go, I can take
Your attitudes towards yourself and others are major factors in your success. They will either stimulate or stifle your creativity, your progress, and your ability to relate to other people. Your attitude is your advance person. It walks into a room before you do and is generally several feet in front of you. It shouts who and what you are louder than you know. What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say. Ralph Waldo Emerson But what is an attitude? An attitude is a tendency to characteristically react to people, situations or things in a certain way. You have feelings about how you think things should be, how you think people should act, and how you think situations should be handled. Youve thought this way for a long time. Its now a firm belief its the way you think its a habit of thought. These habits of thought attitudes set off a chain reaction that determine the outcome of all you do. What you think about a situation will cause you to adopt a certain