What are you doing today to impact the future?

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Would You Pass the Leadership Test?

I’m re-reading, for probably the 4th time, Frank Pacetta’s book, Stop Whining – Start Winning.  In it, he has list of leadership fundamentals that every leader should engage in.  The list includes:

  • Take Action Now
  • Cut down barriers between your customers and your company
  • Create a vision for your team
  • Find your top performers now and embrace them
  • Get out in the field – Show them
  • “Care” about them
  • Demand that they “compete”
  • Live the vision
  • Ask for help
  • Over communicate
  • Build pride
  • Establish quick rewards and consequences
  • Cut out cynicism and under achievers
  • Be adaptable to change
  • Make people want to come to work

Where do you stand against this list?  For me, it’s a great reminder of where I sometimes fall short and where I need to return to the fundamentals of being a true, game-changing leader.

Thoughts?

3 Steps to Stop Being Busy and Start Being Productive

3 Steps to Stop Being Busy and Start Being Productive

This is a great article from Entrepreneur Magazine.  If you are feeling busier (and who among us isn’t?) and more stressed about what needs to get done, I recommend you check out this article.

Here’s a teaser…

Often you get to the end of the day and think, “I was busy all day, but what did I accomplish?”

Goals give us more than just a target to aim for — they help us change our behavior today. Do you get the work that is most important to you done? At the beginning of each day, there are three things you can do to ensure you’re going to gain momentum.

The three steps I’ve found most helpful to regain and maintain focus are:

Read more: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/229625#ixzz2jPupNbnu

Make Anything with 3D Technology

I continue to be impressed by all the ways the technology we represent is changing our world.

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Become a Thought Leader

The competitive nature of the marketplace, combined with the more intelligent, well-informed buyer, requires that your organization become known for the value you provide and not just your product or service.  In short you need to become known as the industry thought leader for your marketplace.

What is a thought leader?  Wikipedia’s definition says it best:

A thought leader is an individual or firm that is recognized as an authority in a specialized field and whose expertise is sought and often rewarded.

And how do you become known as a thought leader?  It requires some effort, but once you start the perpetual motion machine into action, it can have a dramatic affect on you and your business.

  • Be a resource of ideas.  You can accomplish this by simply sharing business or personal growth ideas through email, a blog, or many other methods.  Whether you pass along a link to an article from Inc Magazine’s website or connect someone to a blog post they might find valuable, you are proving yourself to be a resource of ideas.
  • Connect socially.  Whether you choose Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or any number of the options out there, try to get engaged in the social arena.  Of course, the key to being known as a thought leader is that you share ideas and engage in discourse with your followers.
  • Get out there and speak.  Schedule opportunities to speak to groups of people.  Share ideas through the power of networking and public speaking.  There are groups all over looking for speakers on a wide variety of topics.  Why not you?
How are you engaging and providing value in the form of ideas and conversation?  It’s a lot easier than you think but you have to get started and actually do it.
What works well for you?

Leading Dominant Growth

Achieving your business plan is nice, but is that what you really want?  At best, an attitude like that is mediocre and leads to mediocre results.  And in the end mediocrity fails.

On the other hand, leading your team or business into unchartered waters of dominant sales performance requires a new level of leadership.  It requires a determination to not merely settle but, instead, to rise above.

When you resolve to rise above and raise expectations, your people will respond.  This is how you experience 64%+ revenue growth year-over-year.  You burn the ships and leave no doubt about what can and will be achieved.

What kind of leader are you?  Do you settle for what you can get? Are you raising expectations?  Are you inspecting to ensure your people get it?  Mediocre leadership or dominant, results-driven leadership?

Which one describes you?

10 Traits of Courageous Leaders

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This is a “must read” article for everyone in leadership or aspiring to be a real leader.  We live and operate in a leadership vacuum, evidenced by Washington DC, so we need courageous leaders more now than ever.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/susantardanico/2013/01/15/10-traits-of-courageous-leaders/