Showing posts from February, 2009

10 Laws of Leadership

Yesterday, as part of the 15-day online boot camp, I received this list in my email box: 10 Laws of Leadership: 1. The Leader must have a dream larger than those he/she leads. 2. The Leader must have an attitude superior to those he/she leads. 3. The Leader is responsible and admits when he/she has made a mistake. 4. The Leader is a decision maker. 5. The Leader puts those he/she leads first. 6. The Leader sets the example by being in the front of the pack. 7. The Leader displays a commitment to integrity and character. 8. The Leader strives for excellence in all things. 9. The Leader displays a commitment to personal growth. 10. The Leader has the highest level of persistence and determination. The action item to go along with this list, was to write it down on a piece of paper, and rate myself on a scale of 1 to 10 in each area. Then over the coming weeks and months, I'll periodically re-evaluate myself, and update the ratings. My goal is to honestly become a "10" in ea

Whats Good About This?

If there was ever such a thing as a "magic question" I suspect this may be it. I've been accused from time to time of being too optimistic. lol, my glass is usually 3/4 full. Even if optimism doesn't come quite that naturally to you, it is possible to find something of a silver lining in almost any situation in which you find yourself. It's not necessarily "easy", but it is "simple" (wow, how many things in life does that describe?). Here's how it works ... Next time you find yourself angry, upset, worried, stressed out, etc., Stop and Take a Deep Breath; then ask yourself " what's good about this? " Don't worry if nothing comes to you at first. Keep asking the question " what's good about this ?", until you come up with something workable. I guarantee you, no matter how bad the situation may seem, if you ask this question enough times, you Will find something "good" to take away your experience.

Reverse Fate

I have kind of a funny way of looking at "fate" ... I don't believe that any of our futures are predetermined, or destined to be. Each day, we make literally millions of little decisions that each have an impact on what our future will bring, and the next set of choices we will be presented. In short, whether we realize it or not, we do have control of our imminent destiny. But, here's where my view of things gets a little more interesting ... I also absolutely believe that everything that has happened to us in the past ... whether 10 seconds, or 10 years ago ... has happened for a reason . Once it's done, we couldn't have changed it if we wanted to. However, we can (and should) use our past (even Very recent) to guide our future decision making. Two main "truths" I (try to) take away from my theory: 1) Nothing ever "happens to" us . One way or another we made a decision (or more likely many decisions) that put in a each and every situ