5 things leaders must do everytime.

IMG_0562There are a lot of ways to lead a team.  Usually leaders will develop a style that matches their own strengths, as they pursues goals.  Each goal reached is a victory used to catapult the team to another level.  By utilizing various techniques, good leaders influence their teams to expected ends.  There are 5 things leader must do everytime in order to maximize their effectiveness and be part of a winning team.

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I went vegan! (sort of)

IMG_0556I have been doing some research on the benefits of going vegan.  I have to be honest, it’s not about the animals or the environment, it’s all about my health.  So now, I’m trying it.  I’d love to do this until Thanksgiving, but I decided to do a two week test and see how I feel.  So far, I have had some shocking results. Read on for my thoughts, as I begin week 2.

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Recovering from mistakes – a series. Part 4. Have a main goal to shift back to.

IMG_0548I wrote an article here about recovering from mistakes. In it, I gave 5 ways to recover from your mistakes. In this series, I will look at each one a little deeper.

1. Accept the mistake.

2. Don’t beat yourself up.

3. Find value.

4. Have a main goal to shift back to.

5. Don’t take yourself too seriously.

Today we explore #4- Have a main goal to shift back to.

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Recovering from mistakes – a series. Part 3. Finding Value

IMG_0546.PNGI wrote an article here about recovering from mistakes. In it, I gave 5 ways to recover from your mistakes. In this series, I will look at each one a little deeper.

1. Accept the mistake.

2. Don’t beat yourself up.

3. Find value.

4. Have a main goal to shift back to.

5. Don’t take yourself too seriously.

Today we explore #3- Find value.

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Recovering from mistakes. A 5 part series.

IMG_0538I wrote an article here about recovering from mistakes.  In it, I gave 5 ways to recover from your mistakes.  In this series, I will look at each one a little deeper.

1. Accept the mistake.

2. Don’t beat yourself up.

3. Find value.

4. Have a main goal to shift back to.

5. Don’t take yourself too seriously.

Today, let’s start with #1.  Acceptance.

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High expectations can be bad. Ask my wife…

IMG_0523You ever hear people say, “keep your expectations low and you’ll never be disappointed”.  I’ve always thought that was a pretty simplistic worldview.  One that if abused, would lead to an average existence.  I’ve also heard people say, “keep your expectations high”, “keep pushing”, “never give up”, “your dreams will fail if you let them”, “sleep is for losers” and my personal favorite, “winners win and losers lose”.  On most days, I totally buy into this thought pattern.  However this mindset, when used cavalierly, can be detrimental as well.  The trick is timing and perspective.  Unfortunately, I learned this lesson the hard way.

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What’s better than being the best?

IMG_0518I just watched a series on HBO called “The Defiant Ones”.  I didn’t know what I was getting myself into.  I just thought it was a story about Dr. Dre and NWA’s rise to superstardom.  I can’t say I was a huge fan of the music, but I do like a good success story.  As always, I’m steadily looking for leadership lessons in everything and this documentary provided me with an unexpected epiphany.  And it didn’t have anything to do with Dr. Dre or NWA.

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Doing nothing, when nothing is required.

IMG_0516Everyone responds to fear, but it’s how you respond that makes the difference for a great leader.  Sometimes, we’re not supposed to do anything, but that can be tough.  Especially when we’re scared.

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