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Leadership- what does that even mean?

We have come to a point in society where consumers trust what a real person has to say about a product and service more than any shiny advertisement.  Trust is a key factor in the customers’/clients’ decision making process.  Reputation and credibility of a company can be improved by emphasizing ethical decisions, behaviors, boundaries and ideas. Using leadership skills to demonstrate appropriate business ethics can help build a teams’ culture within a business. In addition, it provides measurable benchmarks for employees to follow as they make independent decisions in their daily duties.

Traits of Leadership

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10 THINGS THAT TAKE ZERO TALENT BUT EARNS YOU 100% RESPECT

  1. BEING ON TIME
    • Showing up late is the greatest form of disrespect. You’re telling people that your time is more valuable than theirs.
  2. WORK ETHIC
    • Do what you say you will do, when you say you will do it!!
  3. EFFORT
    • “If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.”
  4. BODY LANGUAGE
    • Body language and tone of voice (not words) are our most powerful assessment tools. The body language you use tells a story.
  5. ENERGY
    • People want to be around individuals that give off positive energy. Positive energy is contagious.
  6. ATTITUDE
    • Take control of your attitude. Be solution-oriented not problem-focused. Avoid whiners and complainers. Be constructive, productive and positive; don’t criticize. Stay away from gossip.
  7. PASSION
    • “You can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus, and the support.”
  8. BEING COACHABLE
    • “If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can Stop you!”
  9. DOING EXTRA
    • Don’t lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your performance to exceed your expectations. Go the extra mile!
  10. BEING PREPARED
    • “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” You will be much more confident when you are prepared.
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POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE THINKING

by Jeff Saari

There are many people out there that think positive thinking is the holy grail.  There’s nothing wrong with that per se, but we can’t live up to the ideal of not thinking negatively can we?  We all have negative thoughts, judgments, and feelings from time to time; some more than others.  And then we have positive times.  Hopefully you have more of the former, but this isn’t the main event.  My mentor Robert Fritz once told us some years ago in a workshop that what actually matters is what you want to create.  The creator wants to create the creation just because it wants to be created.  I think there is a place for negativity and I am sometimes stricken by its hold.  There is great power in negativity because it is showing you that something is awry with what you are trying to create.  It helps us, or can help us, focus back on what it is we want and then keep the actions going to get it.  We never know if the creation will pan out or will be good or received well by others, but that is again not the main event.  Creating for creating’s sake is the name of the game.  So the next time you are betwixt with a negative (or positive) mindset, don’t overload it with some pithy ideal from The Secret, acknowledge your dismay and turn its eye onto what it’s telling you to bring into existence.  So talk to your challenging co-worker, clean out that office clutter, get to the gym.  Not because you have to, but because you want to.

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YOUR MANAGER SHOULD BE DOING THIS… By Jeff Saari

In a recent session with a middle manager we struck something pretty profound.  Now I get paid to listen to people, help them see their motivations, goals, and then support them to get what they want.  In this particular case I had gotten some feedback from his team that at times he can be defensive and talk too much.  I asked the crew if I could support the leader to look at these things, to which they agreed.  After all, potentially making a change in this behavior would reap great energetic rewards for his teammates.

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“Aspire to Inspire before you Expire” by Paula Mathews

This motto was posted a while ago in Facebook. It is attributed to Crystalline Starseed-Pleiadian or Eugene Bell, Jr. or Israelmore Ayivor, depending on whom you ask. This quote reminds me of teaching and why many people go into the teaching field.

There are so many different ways to inspire your employees, your family, and your friends.

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TAKE A CALCULATED PAUSE LIKE THIS MANAGER DOES…

by Jeff Saari

I am supporting a manager in a company currently who was on the rocks with his team.  He was even on the track to be fired until I was called in to facilitate a transformation in his leadership.  Now before I make it all about me, I tell you it takes two to make a transformation happen:  my support and his willingness.  Both were clearly there 100% out of the gate.  The shock of the initial feedback about his performance and attitude quickly gave way to an appetite for growth.  Over a couple months things began to turn around.

When meeting with him last week he said something truly profound, that he takes a ‘calculated pause’ now.  I was blown away.  This pause is so subtle yet so powerful.  Before I came into the picture he would react to his frustrations and anxieties by being negative.  He was part of the problem, which he didn’t see.  As we went through some of the feedback he received from a 360 degree report, as well as the feedback I was able to ascertain working with his team without him, he began to take a critical look at how his strong negative emotions were wreaking havoc in his team.  It goes without saying that this manager has done some pretty intense and amazing work in a short time to effect an almost complete turnaround.  Mastery takes time and I told him last week that I believe he is at the point where he won’t regress back to old behaviors because he is onto himself and he values being a supportive and engaged leader.

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