All good things must come to an end. The seasons do change and as leaders we have to be prepared to lead the charge in shifting gears and moving on to the next challenge/opportunity. Finishing strong is critical. Doing so brings peace and encourages closure. One thing about all the little doo-dads and knick-knacks from Christmas is that they are all fragile. In order to enjoy them again next year we must carefully pack them away so that they are not damaged or crushed. I remember my mother, when I was little, carefully and tenderly, individually wrapping her most delicate Christmas ornaments to ensure that they would be protected. We enjoyed those ornaments on the tree year after year due to her care and concern for them. People too, are fragile, like ornaments. When its time for a team to shift gears we must be careful with what is fragile. Perhaps the make up of the team is changing. Some people are being cycled off the project while others are being added on. Be careful how you discharge a person from their duties. You may have to add them back in on another project. Be considerate of feelings and sensitivities as you shift to a new phase. The next time you need them they’ll be whole and not broken.
ENNA A. BACHELOR
Try to be like the turtle- at ease in your own shell. – Bill Copeland
One of the finer points of successful leadership is learning how to be comfortable in your own skin. With so many demands and expectations it can be cumbersome at times to say the least. But an earmark of authentic leadership comes from authenticity and self-awareness. Finding your place of contentment and solitude can give you an advantage on many levels. When you are at ease it causes others to be at ease around you. Find your place of solitude and ease. You will be the better for it. So will others.
The holidays provide us with a natural hiatus to stop, reflect and press the ‘reset’ button.
It’s a great time to set our intentions for the coming year.
For the past three years I have set aside a few hours over the Christmas break period to review the year retrospectively and set some goals for the year ahead.
I used to be somewhat derisive of this reflection/goal setting lark. Until I noticed it was a habit practiced by the most successful (and happiest) people I knew.
Without a speck of exaggeration, my goal attainment, balance in my life and yes, even my happiness, has improved dramatically in direct correlation to practicing this simple exercise.
Today’s post is part one of a three part series, where I will share with you simple tips to help you achieve your goals.
Set aside 30 minutes to an hour and find a quiet space…
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I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them. – Pablo Picasso
This is an important leadership characteristic. What you think, the attitudes you have, tend to become your reality. We have to carefully guard those thoughts. Our preconceived views can be wrong. Our judgments and perceptions can fall short. But just as Picasso would paint objects as he would see them, so too, can we better create if we have an open mind. Be willing to withhold judgment until you learn more; be creative in your approach with others for a more desirable outcome. Think thoughts that are good, positive, and productive. The outcome will be much nicer.