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Time Matters

We often hear people say there are just not enough hours in the day. Hey, you and I have said it! But my honest opinion is that the day was created perfectly with just enough time to fulfill destiny and purpose. The challenge is not a deficit of time in the day; the challenge is the ability to manage the time in a day.

Our time is broken down into days, weeks, and months and they are all connected. Our lives are driven by our sense of purpose, which breaks down into our thoughts, words, actions, and habits. To maximize our time, we have to be intentional about how we schedule our actions. Once we do that, every second, minute, and hour begins working to cause our purpose to materialize. This means we have to employ the tools we have to order our steps, and we discover that there is enough time!

When we approach every day with this knowledge, it helps us better manage our destinies. As a leader, when you begin to master time, your decision will have a ripple effect on your...

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It Begins With You

vision Mar 01, 2023

The work of strategy does not begin when we sit to map out our plans. It begins from the moment we craft our vision, the moment we take on the role of leadership. One of the larger burdens of leadership is reminding yourself and your organization that every task or plan has to align with the overarching goal of your organization. This is strategy. With every plan drawn up, and every move to be made, we have to think of how it aligns with the goals we set for the organization. 

As leaders, we do not have the luxury of only focusing on the current immediate reality, there is always a larger picture and we have the responsibility of seeing it. How do we keep seeing that picture?

  1. Understand your purpose and goals: While it seems obvious, understanding the vision for your organization is essential especially if you are not the founder. This involves annually reviewing and clarifying your mission and vision, identifying your key stakeholders, and understanding your core...
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Get Everyone on Board

emotional intelligence Feb 21, 2023

The work of emotional intelligence doesn't just benefit you but will blossom into a collective effort that will nurture a healthy organization. So how do we get started in this journey of leading your team to thrive emotionally and change the culture of our workplace? Let's start with the foundations of emotional intelligence.

Here are the four basic tenets:

  • Self-Awareness: Recognizing our shortcomings is a pivotal part of the leadership journey that sets the tone for a culture of emotional intelligence. When your team sees you accept your mistakes and make efforts to make things better, they will unconsciously begin to adopt the same approach while dealing with other members of the team.
  • Social Awareness: Social awareness can be summed up with one word, listening. Be willing to do the hard work of giving people your attention. When you listen, you learn and you are able to make the necessary changes based on what you have noticed. Again, your team will more than likely do what you...
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Check Not Checkers

emotional intelligence Feb 15, 2023

Leadership is a lifetime commitment that will require us to be around people a lot. We will have to nurture diverse kinds of relationships with people who have different backgrounds. However, if there is one thing I am certain we all have in common, it is a desire to feel valued. When we meet people in a professional setting, we can lose sight of who they are because we get so focused on the work that they do.

 

If we are to nurture the habit of emotional intelligence that is necessary for taking our leadership to the next level, we might have to put some extra effort into getting to know our team and other people we meet beyond the surface. Sometimes, a daily “how are you doing today?” can build the trust and loyalty needed for the relationship.

 

Other times, it can look like giving them the opportunity for leadership feedback. This might have to be done anonymously to ensure more people participate honestly. Giving people the opportunity to communicate with...

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Oh Say Can You See…

Hope your year is progressing and you are feeling positive. I’m sorry, I wasn’t trying to sing America’s national anthem, I was hoping to start a vision talk with you. Vision includes the ability of the leader to articulate the direction and persuade people to follow that direction. The other side of vision is found in my ability to see my own progress, success, failure, and struggles. The truth is that as the leader grows and develops, so does the organization. This week I started my degree at the University of Oxford and I spent very little time recognizing the faults of my team. I could not get passed the daily revelations of my own deficits. Whatever growth or change you want to see in others, begins with you.

 

As we navigate the often complicated path of emotional intelligence, I want you to begin developing a deeper self-awareness. One of the primary attributes of a leader with high emotional intelligence is self-awareness.

 

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Emotional Intelligence: A Key Trait of Successful Leaders

Uncategorized Feb 01, 2023

Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to identify, understand, and manage one's own emotions, as well as those of others. It is a crucial aspect of leadership and plays a vital role in determining the success of a leader. Today, we'll explore why emotional intelligence is so important for leaders and how it can help them to be more effective in their roles.

 

First and foremost, leaders with high emotional intelligence are better equipped to handle the challenges and pressures of their role. They are able to stay calm and level-headed in the face of adversity and make thoughtful decisions rather than reacting impulsively. This allows them to be more resilient and adaptive to changing circumstances, which is essential for success in today's fast-paced business environment.

 

In addition, leaders with high emotional intelligence are able to build strong relationships with their team members and foster a positive and supportive work environment. They are able to...

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Make Change Your Friend!

Uncategorized Jan 24, 2023

Last week, we talked about keeping track of our productivity and tracking the actions that support our goals. We reminded you to review your progress at the end of every week, and check how much time you have studied, either through your notes or how much you have completed. You are not failing if you CONSISTENTLY manage a few hours of schoolwork. That action will help us to improve our consistency and make the needed adjustments quickly.

 

Don't fear identifying deficits or making changes to correct them. Concerning our goals, we know what to be consistent with and/or what to improve on. When you refer to your goals and check them against your progress, you may need to step back and reevaluate your goals. That's a huge victory and not a defeat. That just puts you one step closer to success.

 

This year I want you to approach your goals slightly differently and make room for change and necessary adjustments. My experiences have taught me that things will not always go...

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Keep Up the Check

Uncategorized Jan 17, 2023

Welcome back to an amazing new year and to some simple thoughts designed to jump-start your progress for this year. Hopefully, you have already experienced growth from seeing goals like rocks to be chipped away little by little.

 

Here is a simple thought that may help you get “unstuck” and moving forward. Learn to arrange your goals as action items with a completion date, responsible party, and any potential challenges to completion. One of the advantages of creating a checklist is being able to mark a task complete. It is a feeling of accomplishment that we can not fully express with words, but it’s one of the many reasons we set goals and break them into achievable tasks and reach our goals one task at a time.

 

If we don’t, our goals will often suffer. Additionally, it’s easy to lose track of progress and feel you haven’t accomplished anything when we don’t track the daily actions on our list. Then we have to address the...

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Developing Winning Habits

habits Jan 10, 2023

I hope you enjoyed last week’s reminder about revisiting priorities and putting people first! I would love to hear your stories about priority decisions you’ve made already.

 

Every new year comes with a renewed desire to improve and grow. We want to be better than we were in the past year. We want to achieve more and see the realization of our dreams. But do you ever feel like you know what to do to see things expand but struggle with maintaining consistency in execution? Well, I sure do! I can be the poster child at times for procrastination and inconsistency! But I have found a way to minimize those bad traits and maximize my success.

 

The way to win is by focusing on each day and the tasks that come with it. Too often, we are duped into obsessing about how huge and impossible our goals are. Instead, nurturing a winning habit begins with focusing on each day. I know it sounds a little counterintuitive but thinking too far ahead can stop you from working...

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Welcome to a New Year!

assessment Jan 04, 2023

If you’re anything like me, you want to see improvement this year. You want to be better, you want those you love to experience greater joy and peace, and you want the people you work with to be successful at a new level. I knew it! You are a LEADER! Leaders always long for growth, improvement, and increase.

The only sure way to experience that is to do things differently than last year, and I would like to suggest a good place to start. What if, right here in January, in the first few days of this new year, we made a decision that could change our lives, not just this year? Ready?

 

1) REEVALUATE YOUR PRIORITIES


I know, not profound at all, but this action can change everything. Too often, we have forgotten to put the first things first, and we may start in the right direction and veer off the path. Someone once told me, “Only a good thing can go bad!” The key is to evaluate what’s important, plan actions to improve and become accountable to the plan.

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