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  • feedwordpress 08:00:34 on 2018/10/15 Permalink
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    Successful Leaders Aren’t Afraid to Do This One Thing 

    There’s a common thread in top leadership that will surprises most people—and in some cases makes them rethink what they know about leadership.

    When you think of successful leaders you probably think of people who are decisive. The ability to make a decision quickly and without waffling is one of the keystones of leadership.

    But leaders change their minds every day, even at the risk of being branded indecisive or a waffler. Here’s the difference: They don’t back off a decision just because they have second thoughts. They understand when a change of plan is warranted. And sometimes they take decisive action by reversing their earlier decision.

    Here are some of the top circumstances where successful leaders aren’t afraid to reconsider a decision:

    New information emerges. Sometimes new information shows up that changes the context of a decision entirely. It may be something that was impossible to foresee, or it may be something you or your team failed to pick up on. When that happens, don’t think in terms of blame but take the new information and integrate it into the decision-making process. Later you can revisit ways to make sure your research is thorough.

    The situation becomes unpredictable or unstable. In today’s uncertain marketplace and political climate , situations can go from stable to chaotic in the blink of an eye. When that happens, it’s wise to reassess decisions that are influenced by the instability and change position if need be. There’s no virtue in steadfastly sticking to a position when everything around you has changed.

    Feedback suggests it. A bold decision may be theoretically sound, but sometimes in the light of day it turns out to be unworkable in practice. If early feedback suggests that a plan isn’t working—for whatever reason—it’s wise to listen and make changes where necessary. Always listen to those who know best: those who are out in the field every day, whether team members or clients.

    It’s time to wait. Once you’re into the thick of something, the clear choice may be to do nothing at all for now. It’s not a matter of reversing a decision in this case, but of delaying its implementation until conditions improve or the surrounding issues become clearer. Despite the pressure leaders feel to be bold and act decisively, doing nothing is preferable to making a disastrous choice. If waiting can give you an edge, wait.

    Let’s honor those leaders who are forward-thinking enough to correct their course, pivot or wait even though they risk their reputations by having people think they are indecisive. Sometimes you need to change your mind, and that’s OK.

    Lead from within: Successful leaders are able to make shifts in their thinking because they never stop looking for ways to improve the end result.

     


     

    N A T I O N A L   B E S T S E L L E R
    The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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  • feedwordpress 08:00:25 on 2018/10/11 Permalink
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    Is Your Body Language Revealing More Than You Want it To 

    Body language is revealing—sometimes more revealing than we’d like for it to be. Studies find that up to 80 percent of what we understand In a conversation is read through the body, not the words. Especially for people in leadership, it’s important to make sure your body language isn’t undermining your message when you face your colleagues, board members, or the public. Here are some of the most common issues:

    Speech and body language out of sync. If your mind is saying no and your words are saying yes, that conflict will be revealed in your gestures, and there’s a better than average chance that anyone who’s listening is confused—even if they aren’t sure why. In almost any situation where you’re communicating with others, you’ll do best by keeping your body language open and accepting.

    Looking off instead of making eye contact. If you tend to glance away or lose eye contact as you’re addressing a meeting or audience, remember that facial expressions, especially the look in your eyes, can tell attentive listeners immediately what’s going on in your head. When  people are engaged in an interesting conversation, their eyes remain focused on the other person’s face about 80 percent of the time

    Tuning out when you should be tuned in. Do you have a hard time trying to be a good listener because you keep tuning out what’s being said? Especially when you’re in leadership, you need to stay attentive and at least give the appearance of being interested—no matter what.

    Lack of engagement. Even if you don’t know anything else about body language, you’ve probably heard that you appear closed off and unengaged when you lean away or cross your arms or legs.In general, when you arrange your body in this way, you signal that you’re mentally, emotionally, and physically closing yourself off from the other person.

    Nodding “yes” while signaling “stop talking.” Have you ever noticed that when you see someone nodding excessively, often everything else going on with them is signaling for you to stop speaking? Many of my clients are often taken aback at this revealing connection, which is clear as daylight once you become aware of it.

    Allowing discomfort to win out over confidence. When people close off their gestures while they’re speaking, the root cause is often self-consciousness. Communicating with clarity and confidence is an important leadership skill. Being confident in conversation with others helps you get what you want and need and stand up for yourself and your values.

    Lead from within: Effective communication is 20 percent what you know and 80 percent how you feel about what you know.

     


     

    N A T I O N A L   B E S T S E L L E R
    The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

    buy now

     


    Additional Reading you might enjoy:

     

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  • feedwordpress 08:00:31 on 2018/10/09 Permalink
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    This is How Leaders Improve Their Self Confidence 

    Self-confidence is an essential part of leadership. A leader with self-confidence thinks positively about the future and is willing to take the risks necessary to achieve their personal and professional goals.

     A leader who lacks self-confidence, on the other hand, is less likely to feel that they can achieve their goals, with a negative perspective about themselves and what they hope to gain in life—attitudes that are destructive to leadership and success.

     The good news is that self-confidence is something you can improve and build. Not every leader is born with natural self-confidence. Here are some of the techniques they use to boost it:

    Address your self-doubt. Everyone has self-doubt, but if you don’t address it, it doesn’t go away. Your inner voice of self-doubt is never helpful and will hold you back. Identify it, work to understand its origins, and resolve to tune it out entirely.

    Learn to leverage your self-doubt into confidence. My latest book, The Leadership Gap, includes a whole chapter on how to leverage your self-doubt. The simple version is this: when in doubt, concentrate on what you know, what you know how to do and how well you do it, and put all the self-doubt aside. If you focus on your competence and capabilities you’ll find the confidence you need.

    Eliminate triggers. Avoid negative thinking or spending time around things that can make you feel bad about yourself. These triggers may be people or places or situations—anything that leaves you thinking you’re not good enough.

    Recognize your talents. Spend some time recognizing and reconnecting with your strongest talents to stay focused on your strengths. Look inward instead of outward to avoid comparing yourself to others and falling into the trap of imposter syndrome (“nobody knows what an unqualified loser I really am”). Give yourself permission to take pride in what you do well and to express yourself in your talents and strengths.

    Bounce back from your mistakes. Remember that no one is perfect. Even the most confident people have insecurities, and there’s no one alive who hasn’t made a mistake. Don’t let one wrong turn, or even a few of them, make you think you don’t have what it takes to achieve your goals and reach your success.

    Surround yourself with people who believe in you. Nothing is as powerful as people who think you’re great, who believe you can do the impossible, and who have all the confidence in the world in you. Surround yourself with those people and be intentional about maintaining those connections. Stick with the people who lift your perspective and avoid (or at least tune out) those who make you feel bad or doubt yourself.

    Take pride in yourself. Many people think that taking pride in yourself negates humility. But you can be proud of yourself without sacrificing humility. Pride feeds the soul; it helps you recognize and appreciate who you are and what you can accomplish. Sometimes it’s the motivation we need when things get tough.

    Lead from within: Confidence is as important to leadership as oxygen is to breathing. If you’re lacking in confidence, we are lacking in influence.

     


     

    N A T I O N A L   B E S T S E L L E R
    The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

    buy now

     


    Additional Reading you might enjoy:

     

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  • feedwordpress 08:00:57 on 2018/10/08 Permalink
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    How the Most Successful People Spend Their Mornings 

    I believe that morning habits are especially important. If you want to be successful, a set of good morning rituals that you follow faithfully can make a big difference. The probability of your success may well depend on the choices you make about how to spend those critical hours before your workday gets under way.

    Here are some elements of the morning habits of some of the most successful leaders, that I coach, do on a daily bases. Implement them yourself and watch your effectiveness increase.

    They start strong and start early. Successful people tend to be up and going strong while the rest of the world is still asleep. However you choose to use it, find some quiet time to prepare for the day—ideally before anyone else is up so there are no distractions. How well you start your day determines how well you live your day.

    They carve out time for reflection. Set aside time for journaling, reflection, reading, or meditation. Time spent on reflection is never wasted time—we spend most of the day transfixed by all the ways we can reflect ourselves out to the world, and it feeds the spirit to spend some time looking back within ourselves.

    They fire up their own motivation: Motivation doesn’t last forever, so plan to replenish yours regularly. Highly successful people spend time every day nurturing their motivation by listening to podcasts, watching videos, reading—anything that keeps them inspired. Motivation gets you started, and habit keeps you  going.

    They burn some calories. Morning exercise is among the favorite daily rituals of successful leaders. Whether you have time for just a quick stretch, 15 minutes of cardio, or something more substantial, exercise will keep your body and mind at their best to help keep you productive and effective in the long day ahead.

    They plan. If you don’t take a few minutes of your morning to map out a direction for the day, how will you know if you’re headed in the right direction? Every successful leader I know takes at least 10 minutes of their morning to plan and strategize. They start with what they want to accomplish that day and they allocate their time according to the importance of each task. Having a plan helps make their day more manageable and less stressful.

    They ask themselves a simple question. There are many ways to make an impact, but if you truly want to leave a mark, ask yourself this simple question every day: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today?” Everybody wants to feel that what they do has meaning. When you ask this one question on a daily basis, you’ll find yourself prioritizing your day. Asking yourself what matters most and what really needs to be done that day is a great technique for moving beyond the day-to-day to create a future.

    Lead from within: A morning ritual can set the day, week, and month up for success. Don’t try to count how many habits you have; just make your habits matter.


     

    N A T I O N A L   B E S T S E L L E R
    The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

    buy now

     


    Additional Reading you might enjoy:

     

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

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  • feedwordpress 08:00:03 on 2018/10/04 Permalink
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    Successful Business People Do These 10 Things Best 

    The formula for achieving success can be complex, but when it comes down to it successful business people know where to focus their attention, what they need to do and how best to do it. Follow their lead and your own success won’t be far behind. Here are 10 of the top principles successful people follow:

    They consistently and continually work on self-awareness. The simple act of knowing who you are can be difficult to maintain when you’re building a successful business. Without it, though, you end up not only making short-sighted decisions and chasing the wrong goals but also damaging a lot of relationships in the process.

    They make things happen. There are people who make things happen, people who watch things happen, and people who wonder what happened. Successful people are a catalyst; they make things happen. Driven by passion and fueled by their dreams, they are determined to take action and make a difference.

    They don’t allow themselves to become paralyzed by analysis. The degree of study depends on the risk associated with the decision to be made. Successful people don’t get caught up in the tools of analysis but use them appropriately to support important decisions.

    They embrace change. Many people are fearful of change and the unknown, but successful people understand that as long as it’s heading in the right direction, change is a positive force.

    They have a strategic plan and measurable goals. Successful businesspeople are guided by strategy, not tactics. They avoid chasing anything that isn’t tied directly to their strategy.

    They focus 90 percent of their time on solutions and only 10 percent on problems. When you take charge of dealing with a problem, you can choose the best way to resolve it instead of stewing over it. This means you’re more likely to get the outcome you want as you influence events with your actions and choices.

    They understand that failure is a big part of success. Successful people know that failure is the training grounds for success and that the fear of failure is the only thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve.

    They work to build something they believe in. If you want to be a real success story, you have to build something you can put your heart and soul into. Any endeavor will have setbacks and mistakes, and it takes real commitment to fuel the stamina you need for the long haul.

    They make success a choice. The average person wishes for success, but successful people choose to succeed. The choice to be successful and follow their heart is backed by a firm conviction that they can do it. The choice to believe in something bigger than yourself is the beginning of every transformation.

    They go above and beyond. More than anyone else, successful people understand they can’t just wait around for opportunities to come their way. Instead, they create new opportunities by taking action, by pursuing excellence and refusing mediocrity. They stand out from the crowd because they refuse to be average and to simply go with the flow. They do more than expected and never make excuses. It’s as simple as that.

    Lead from within: Success does not come to your life by chance; you have to take action every day to achieve the success you want.

     


     

    N A T I O N A L   B E S T S E L L E R
    The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

    buy now

     


    Additional Reading you might enjoy:

     

    Photo Credit: iStockPhotos

    The post Successful Business People Do These 10 Things Best appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
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