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The Leadership Challenge

  • It is amazing to me how many business owners view leadership as something that is important in large companies.  Effective leadership has an impact from a one person company to a large multi-national corporation.  However, the perception is that leadership is only for those people with lots of people to lead.

    Effective leadership begins with leadership of self.  Getting control of your time and attitude have a huge impact on the success of your endeavors.  I see many business leaders who use time as the excuse for not following through with things or failing to communicate expectations.  Poor time management is a big problem for many leaders.  They spend time on things that are not important or not productive.   A lack of focus impact our ability to get things done.

    Routines and Rhythms can really help in this area.  There are so many tools and techniques, they are almost like diets; which one is right?  The best process I have ever seen is one where you identify your top 5 priorities for the day, in priority order, determine the level of effort for each one, and then schedule on your calendar when you are going to do those things throughout the day, allocating enough time for each priority.  Also, you work on them in priority order.  In other words, you start on number one and you stay on number one, until you finish it.  Then you move on to number 2 and so on until you complete the list.  This absolutely works and will improve your productivity, if you do it consistently.

    Get in the habit of planning your day, every day.  Use a system or technology if you like, but a simple list on a piece of paper can be just as effective.

    Also, using affirmations at the beginning of the day, really helps with our attitudes and mindsets.  Decide before the day begins, how you are going to think about things.  Someone once said it is like setting the rudder of your ship.  Set the rudder of you mind and the ship will go that direction.

    Give it a try and see what happens.

    Have a great week.


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August 2015

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