So I got some feedback on my post yesterday, about being in service to others. Not so much in comments on WordPress, but in my personal relationships. Today, I will clarify.
As a leader, you will have times where everyone wants something from you. It will seem like the questions never end, the requests get bigger and the time required to respond to these needs takes away from your “personal time”. You may say to your self, “I can’t get a break” or “I need some time alone” or “I just want to do what I want to do”. The truth is, the more you are entrusted with leadership duties, the more you will be called on by others to fulfill their needs. There is, however, a way to do this without losing your mind.
As a leader, there will come a day when you have to fire someone. It’s not pretty and certainly isn’t something that many people are comfortable doing. Unfortunately, I’ve had to do this several times and it never gets easier. Mostly it’s because we’re human and inherently, a lot of us want to see the good in everyone. We also don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings. Yet, people underperform, everyday and people get fired, everyday. I’ll offer 5 ways to ease the process.
I’m hearing all over the news today about Oprah Winfrey possibly running for President. Really? I guess anybody can try this job. Haven’t we learned anything? Isn’t it time to take this job seriously again? It’s no secret that Trump is having a rough go. I mean c’mon. President of the United States, no experience needed, just a desire to do it and money. What other organization can a person run without any experience, better than a qualified person with experience? McDonalds? Nope. Trash Man? Nope …
As we prepare for 2018 to roll in, I wanted to take a look at the concept of resolutions. There are folks that make them every year, swearing that “this is the year I’ll do blah blah blah”. Some keep the resolutions, while most fail to do so.
Others don’t waste their time. The thought being that they will break the resolution or that making a promise to do something worthwhile, like eating healthy and exercise, should be lifestyle changes totally detached from a “time of year”. They don’t want to make empty promises to themselves.
So what’s a leader to do?
Everyone has an internal mindset. Some people are positive and some are negative. Some live from a position of fear, while others exist in a state of constant power. A question leaders often ask is, “How do I transform a person or group’s mindset, into one that can be beneficial to the desired result? In other words, how do I motivate and influence others toward an expected end?
If you can’t lead yourself, how can you expect others to follow you? There’s nothing worse than following a leader who has no idea where they are going.
I have good news for people who want more. You have the ability to make ‘right now’ your moment. Step one, go get a mirror. Step two, ask yourself the following questions. You’re going to find out some interesting things.
Jesus has haters. From before he was born, all the way to now, his haters are all around us. He reminds us that while living for him, we will experience this fate as well. Seems like a shame, but there is value in understanding that not everyone is going to like you. Read on for three specific things haters can do for you. Continue reading “3 ways ‘haters’ can help you.”