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Review. Rest. Relaunch

Uncategorized Jun 22, 2022

It is never too late to start again or take a step back and restrategize concerning our Big Rocks, and there’s no better time than the present! Taking stock of your Big Rock journey is an opportunity to celebrate your wins, identify areas of improvement and reestablish your priorities.

 

Our attitude towards our big rocks can determine our chances of success no matter what happens in the course of the year. What carries your big rocks to fruition is committing to deliberately mapping out action steps for them by your given deadline.

 

Let’s make a few deliberate steps by changing the dates on your Big Rocks to reflect your new realistic deadlines. Perhaps you had planned to put certain structures in place to start a business, such as completing market research and securing the social media handles by the month of May. Maybe you could only secure the social media handles; the next step is to set a new realistic deadline for when you want to complete the market...

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The Key to Consistency During Setback

If you are reading this, you have probably taken the time to weigh your Big Rocks and see how you are doing as we are halfway through the year. If you haven’t yet, no problem, you can always go back to read the last letter and weigh your Big Rocks against some of the questions I shared.

 

After checking your 2022 Big Rocks progress, many of us might feel discouraged because we have not achieved what we planned by this time of year. Of course, this could be because of circumstances outside of our control. Still, we must remember that it is not over. Instead, it is an opportunity to nurture success from despair.

 

This is the essence of assessing our goals, taking a step back, and making corrections where necessary. Maybe you could not achieve your goals because of the people needed for your big rocks to take shape. Speak with them or find more people. Perhaps it was because you spent more time feeding distractions. Work towards managing your time better.

 

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Measuring Your Big Rocks

assessment evaluation Jun 08, 2022

Welcome to the month of June, the halfway mark of the year 2022. We have come a long way despite the many challenges of the year in our society and lives. You should be very proud of how far you have come.

 

June is one of my favorite months because it is the perfect time to sit back and take stock of how far you have come, especially concerning your Big Rocks (goals) for the year.

 

We started the year with our written-down goals and took things a step further by breaking them in detail about how we intend to nurture them to fruition. So, it is time to ask yourself:

 

  • How am I doing so far?
  • Am I closer to my goals than I was when I wrote out my big rocks?
  • Am I where I said I would be by this time of the year?

 

The beauty of setting goals is reaching them. However, we will not know how we are doing and what can be improved upon if we don’t conduct assessments on our goals. Take a moment, check your progress so far and begin to chart the course for...

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Leadership is a Muscle, Work It!

Uncategorized Jun 01, 2022

There is an age-long disagreement on whether leaders are born or made, with valid arguments on both sides on why they believe in either of the two. Personally, I have a different school of thought on leadership.

 

Whether leaders are born or made, leadership is a muscle that needs to be consistently improved upon. There is always more that can be better and always opportunities to be better leaders because new challenges will arise with the times, and how you handle them can define your growth trajectory.

 

So, how do we work our leadership muscles?

  1. Be introspective: Can you be honest with yourself? Are you able to assess your work performance, whether or not you're doing the things you ask of your team, and make improvements where necessary?
  2. Be willing to learn: Much of our lives, especially as leaders, are hinged on our commitment to learning and improving ourselves, reading the right rind of books, attending conferences, and receiving mentorship, among other things.
  3. ...
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Mentor and Be Mentored

mentorship May 25, 2022

It is often said that we learn more as we teach others. In my leadership experience, I have found that to be the truth; teaching is learning. A healthy mentor-mentee relationship can be a consistent wake-up call and source of motivation for you as a mentor.

 

It helps you see how far you have come and how much more you can do. It also cultivates a culture of self-reflection on both sides, ultimately leading to improved self-awareness. This renewed understanding of one’s strengths and weaknesses can significantly impact how both parties handle their day-to-day responsibilities.

 

Seeing your role and tasks through the eyes of someone genuinely interested in your work can be illuminating. There is a feeling of personal fulfillment that only nurturing others can give while elevating their credibility within your organization. It demonstrates confidence in your abilities and willingness to nurture others.

 

Still, make no mistake, mentorship requires that you do a...

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Build the Right Team

communication team teamwork May 12, 2022

Your value as a leader is often defined by the people on your team. Building the right team goes beyond finding a group of people with the right mix of professional skills; it is about developing a sense of teamwork and commitment to the organization’s vision.

 

The process can begin with a decision to value your team’s members as individuals. You want your team to function as one unit but with many unique perspectives. You build a healthy team environment when individuals of diverse backgrounds and strengths are equally respected for their ability to contribute toward your common goal.

 

When you establish the safe space required for your team to thrive, communication becomes a necessity. As much as possible, keep your team aware of highs and lows within the organization and how they can be managed. Consistently ask: Are my colleagues happy with my work? What can I improve on? If they sense you’re frustrated, without proper communication, it can lead to...

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Leadership Solutions: Being the Best Leader You Can Be

strategies value May 04, 2022

 

What does it mean to be a world-class leader? How do you excel in your leadership? I have shared that leadership is a journey with ups and downs and challenges and rewards. So how do we get the most out of this journey?

This May, we highlight strategies for becoming the best leader you can be. This means mapping out an effective leadership strategy that can help you get ahead of problems before they become problems. Because leadership is often dependent on you and a host of other people, establishing quality systems to help manage crises is vital. This begins with checking your value systems, starting with how you value people.

The best leaders are those who can build and nurture genuine relationships with a diverse group of people; women and men who can laugh and learn from mistakes and who welcome all good ideas no matter who they come from.

Valuing others can be as simple as making eye contact, remembering a person’s name, and giving them your undivided attention....

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People Motivate People

motivation Apr 27, 2022

We were not created to navigate life on our own. Especially as leaders, we miss opportunities to develop relationships when we try to do this alone. You cannot nurture people, come up with ideas, and implement them without the camaraderie of community. In our quest to be part of a community, we must be intentional about connecting ourselves to people who nurture our mission, vision, and purpose.

 

Surrounding yourself with motivation, whether you need it immediately or not, is a meaningful way to cultivate a healthy culture of growth that can improve how you handle your leadership responsibilities. When you surround yourself with positivity, you adopt healthy beliefs and see life as happening for you instead of to you. It is important to remember that inspiration and motivation can come from all types of people!

 

Look for certain characteristics you want to have on your side:

 

  • Genuine/Positive People: People who have a genuine love for other people and a desire to...
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Winning the Fight Against Discouragement

If life has taught me anything, I have learned things seldom go according to plan. Big Rocks will seem to take forever, people don’t always come through, and our goals may seem to elude us. At times discouragement will use the times of waiting, realignment, and revision to attack our joy and peace as leaders. We will have our moments when we question our ability and even our leadership purpose, but the key is to take action that keeps us from remaining in the valley of questioning.

All leaders go through these periods but what defines successful leaders and gets them back on the mountain is what they do while they are in the valley:

  1. Declare Victory: One of the most challenging steps to take is to look negative circumstances in the eye and still proclaim, “We can do this!” When you hear your voice reaffirm the next steps you, your team, or your business needs to take, it will push discouragement back on its heeled!

  2. Remember why you started: Focus on your long-term...
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Staying Motivated: A Balancing Art

motivation Apr 13, 2022

As we approach the Easter holiday and the feeling of Spring is all around, I am excited about the new things that are coming alive! You may not have accomplished all you planned, but you’ve made a valiant start, and you have months ahead to see more progress. Leading and leading well requires us to see the best in ourselves and others. Leading successfully means celebrating the good things and bouncing back from the not-so-good things!

Decide right now to stay motivated even when there are days that challenge your commitment to lead well and lead with joy. Cultivating motivation often begins with knowing when to step back from the struggle and celebrate the great things you’ve been a part of. Establishing a healthy balance between your analysis of your weaknesses and your celebration of your victories is a skill you must master.

I often wonder how Jesus managed to stay motivated, knowing He was on His way to a hideous death on the cross. Somehow, He managed to remain...

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