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30 Seconds on Leadership….3 tips for Handling the Leftovers — October 24, 2013

30 Seconds on Leadership….3 tips for Handling the Leftovers

Each day brings with it a set of tasks, to-do’s, and assignments which demand our attention.  Invariably, at the close of the day there are things left undone, unfinished, not started, etc.,  these are the “leftovers.”  How we handle the leftovers can often affect our ability to catch up, keep up or get ahead of the game.  Don’t ignore the leftovers.  You know that bowl in the fridge that keeps getting pushed further and further to the back…so far back that you forget its there until you need the bowl again and can’t find it! Here are 3 tips to help you handle the leftovers:

1.  Give them away. (Delegate the task)

2.  Eat it. (Do it)

3.  Clean out the refrigerator (discard it)

Make it a point at regular intervals to clean out the refrigerator (you task list.)  If you don’t then you will have to suffer with the stench (unfinished business.)

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Who Owns This Question? —

Who Owns This Question?

The 16%

Different people on teams ask different “motivating questions”, and understanding who owns the question may provide your team with a huge breakthrough. Here’s why.

Some people most commonly ask the question, “When?” They are driven to action. They want to know, “When are we going to do something?” Others ask the question, “How?” They want to know, “How are we going to do this?” A third group basically focuses on the question, “Why?” Their concern is, “Why are we doing this?” Finally, the fourth group asks the question, “What?” They think often about possibilities and ask, “What if we tried something new?”

  • When?
  • How?
  • Why?
  • What?

Here’s my observation: to be an effective team player, you have to own your own question. Translated: You have to answer your own question!

Now, I want to distinguish between “fact-gathering questions” and “motivating questions”. Fact-gathering questions are questions that you cannot answer yourself…

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Leadership Minute: Don’t Be Difficult —

Leadership Minute: Don’t Be Difficult

Doug Dickerson on Leadership

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So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work. – Peter Drucker

One of the hallmarks of a good leader is that he or she can cut through the maze of red tape and bureaucracy and free up people to work and actually accomplish things. If you have frustrated team members bogged down in endless paperwork, reports and spreadsheets, etc. it can clog up the pipeline with busywork verses filling up the pipeline with prospects and opportunity. While there is validity and necessity to organizational details be careful not to let it consume you to the point of interfering with work. Don’t be difficult. Free your people to be their best.

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If you enjoy reading the Leadership Minute you will especially enjoy reading Doug’s books, Leaders Without Borders & Great Leaders Wanted! Visit Doug’s website to order your copies today.

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Motivational quote for October 24th 2013 —
Pokémon life advice —
Having the right work life balance is important —

Having the right work life balance is important

Hamilton Bradshaw

ADVANCES in technology have meant that the lines between work and life have become more blurred than ever before.

We have all had to get used to bringing work home with us and being constantly in touch with the office no matter where we are or what we happen to be doing.

There is nothing wrong with flexibility and it is a fact of life that we are now on duty pretty much most of the time. That is especially the case when you are running your own business, things can change very quickly and as a owner-manager you need to ready to deal with the unexpected at the drop of a hat.

Trying to hold back the march of progress is simply not an option and in this world of uncertainty only one thing is for sure – there will be more changes on the way. We are all…

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Making Compassion Work —
Leadership Minute: Buried Faults — October 23, 2013

Leadership Minute: Buried Faults

Doug Dickerson on Leadership

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Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends. – Henry Ward Beecher

What do you do with the faults of your friends? Do you hold on to them?  How about just letting go of them? The mark of a good leader and friend is found in your ability to let go of the faults of your friends and move on. Life is too short to hold grudges especially towards those closest to you. Learn the meaning and value of friendship that will bury faults and not friends. Learn to let go. Learn to forgive. By the measure you forgive others it will be measured back to you. Be generous with forgiveness.

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If you enjoy reading the Leadership Minute you will especially enjoy reading Doug’s books, Leaders Without Borders & Great Leaders Wanted! Visit Doug’s website to order your copies…

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If you can’t imagine a better future, you shouldn’t be in leadership —

If you can’t imagine a better future, you shouldn’t be in leadership

MINISTRY PRINCIPLES & PRAGMATICS

This really seems to be a basic requirement for leadership that I’ve rarely heard. Leaders lead somewhere. They aren’t called “Maintainers” or “Keepers”. They lead people towards a future they can imagine.
If you can’t imagine what the thing your leading could/should look like in the future–your need to ask yourself, “am I leading at all?”
If you can’t even imagine a better future, even if it’s what we’re doing next week, you need to work out whether you’re a leader or not. Imagine what could be — by Gods grace — in the weeks, months, years ahead. Leaders imagine and then invite people to that end.
(But, just because you can imagine a better future doesn’t mean you SHOULD be in leadership).

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If I had to… —