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  • feedwordpress 09:00:04 on 2022/11/29 Permalink
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    7 Easy Morning Rituals To Jump Start Your Day 


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    Among other traits, it takes strength and stamina to be a great leader. Some days can be difficult, and sometimes you have to work hard to find motivation. To make sure you’re up for whatever the day brings, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to make your morning a strong start. Set yourself up for a productive day by adopting some (or all!) of these simple, but effective morning habits:

    Get up early. Research shows that early risers are more successful and productive, plan more effectively, and better anticipate challenges and problems. Waking up early gives you more time to plan and get ready for the day without rushing.

    Eat something healthy. The old adage is true: you are what you eat. Starting the morning with something that’s tasty and good for you will power you up for whatever lies ahead. To be your best, eat your best.

    Work in a workout. There’s lots of evidence that morning is the best time to work out. A morning workout forces you to wake up early, and it gives you a natural mood booster and increased energy all day.

    Boost your intrinsic motivation. It’s hard to get excited about getting out of bed in the mornings when you are not totally sold on what you’re getting up for. And even if you love everything about your job, the daily grind can make it hard to keep going. That’s why you need to work on your inner motivation—which powers you from within—to keep yourself going. Extrinsic motivation like money, recognition, or praise, can only take you so far. But when you tap into your personal source of motivation, there can be no stopping you.

    Do something that inspires you. Whether it’s reading a chapter from a favorite book, spending a bit of time on a creative project, a run, or having breakfast with family or friends, do something that nurtures and inspires you. Then watch how it sets you up for the day.

    Spend some time with your journal. When you start your day journaling, you can clear your mind, focus your thinking for the day, and empower change in yourself. You’re more in tune with the patterns of your day and life.

    Meditate or pray. Even a few quiet moments of meditation or prayer can give you a boost as you take on the day. Performed regularly, it can reduce stress and negative self-talk, and it keeps you aligned with your values. A moment of calm in the morning resonates all day.

    When it comes to kick-starting your day, make sure you have morning rituals that give your mind and body what they need to be refreshed and newly motivated.

    Lead From Within: A good morning ritual gives you a clean slate every day, and you have a chance each day to build it up to be what you want.

     


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    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 09:00:23 on 2022/11/08 Permalink
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    4 Big Obstacles That Are Standing In The Way Of Your Team’s Greatness 


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    As I coach leaders around the world and in all kinds of industries, I always find it fascinating to gather as much data as I can. One question I often ask my clients is “What are the obstacles you encounter in working to create a great team?” Here are the four barriers that are cited most often:

    Corporate bureaucracy. Having to work around bureaucracy is one of the top issues I hear about from clients. Why does everything have to be so complicated? While many companies are turning to more flexible models, far too many are still being run as old-fashioned bureaucracies. It’s a structure that stifles creativity, innovation and motivation. It foster blind spots and dehumanizes an organization’s culture. Building a strong team in a bureaucracy is an uphill battle. Any time you’re able to advocate for adopting a more modern structure, give it your all. Meanwhile, you’ll have lots of opportunities to practice patience.

    Lack of resources and talent. Many companies can’t properly manage their resources or their people. They don’t know which assets are available or best suited to the task at hand. As a result, resources and talent are spread too thin, causing projects to be understaffed and underequipped. The result? A system of inefficiencies that forces teams to put in longer hours to meet project goals, leading to burnout and frustration. Do what you can within your own team to make sure resources and people are well managed.

    Lack of clear direction. Without clear direction and priorities, people don’t know what they should be doing. They aren’t sure what’s urgent or important, and without a big-picture view they end up jumping from one task and one crisis to another. As the leader of your team, you need clear direction from those above you so you can pass it along. If that isn’t happening, provide as much structure and information to your people as you can. A direction that energizes, orients, and engages them will be the foundation of their best work. Teams can’t be inspired if they don’t know what they’re working toward.

    External market factors. Effective leaders know how to minimize discouragement and promote positive dynamics. But even the best can’t control market factors and other external issues. There will always be outside factors that impact your team’s work, but by working to build effective controls and a strategic approach you can empower them to bring their best in any situation.

    At the bottom line, building a great team requires strategy. With careful planning, you can set the right direction, allocate the right resources and talent, and work as effectively as possible around the corporate and external factors you can’t control. Whatever the situation, your strong leadership can drive your team to deliver impactful success.

    Lead from within: If you want a great team, eliminate the obstacles that get in their way, so they can stand in their greatness.

     


    #1 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

     


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  • feedwordpress 08:00:36 on 2022/10/04 Permalink
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    The Best Way To Break A Bad Leadership Habit Quickly And Permanently 


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    Anyone who’s tried to break a bad habit knows how hard it is. And the older we get and the longer our habits persist, the harder it gets.

    Most of us in leadership have at least one bad professional habit. Maybe you check your messages constantly. Or you might be known for being 10 minutes late to every meeting. Maybe you work through every weekend, hold negative thoughts, or mix too much personal business into the workday. Whatever your bad habit, putting an end to it will greatly improve your life and your leadership.

    As an executive coach I have helped countless leaders eliminate their bad habits. Here’s how we do it:

    Identify and prioritize. Decide what habit you want to break. If you have more than one, prioritize them and choose what to tackle first. Once you’ve decided, work to stay aware of your habit. Note when it occurs and how it plays out. Then begin thinking about how it started and why it persists. Ask yourself what needs to change.

    Recognize your scripts. Habits come with a cognitive script—the unconscious automatic thoughts we have in certain situations. Those scripts are rooted in past experiences and become so ingrained that we don’t even think about them. Pay close attention to your scripts and think about alternatives.

    Create a plan. Making any serious change requires a plan. Goals, roadmaps and rewards are all highly motivating. Decide in advance how you’ll maintain the self-discipline to stay on track.

    Set an end date. When you set a specific date for your official break, your plan begins to become real and you can work backward to prepare. Then when the day arrives, you’ll feel motivated, excited and ready to be successful.

    Replace your bad habit with a good habit. Decide on a specific behavior and thought pattern that will replace the habit you’re breaking. Be as consistent as you can, especially in the beginning. It takes an average of 66 days for a new habit to become permanent. But that means that in about two months, you can be enjoying the change you made.

    Reward yourself. Remember to reward yourself for every success. As much as you’re comfortable, involve others in your efforts. Other people automatically bring accountability, and they can help motivate you and keep you on track.

    Breaking a habit will never be easy. But if you can learn to recognize what you want to change, analyze its origins, and make a plan for change, you never have to feel limited by your bad habits.

    Lead from within: Especially for leaders, good habits are the key to success and bad habits open the door to problems and challenges.


    #1 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

     


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  • feedwordpress 08:00:55 on 2021/03/30 Permalink
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    Why You Should Make Personal Development Part Of Your Leadership 


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    Leaders often rely on the skills they trust the most—the things they know they do well. But if you speak to most successful leaders, you’ll discover that they’re constantly pushing themselves in new directions and learning new skills. They make personal development a priority—and if you aren’t doing the same, your leadership is not as effective as it could be.

    Think of it this way: if you only keep repeating what you know doing what you know how to do, eventually you’re not going to get the results you need. And with no other resources to turn to, you’ll be stuck.

    The only way to really get the best out of who you are and everything you have to offer is to make personal development an ongoing commitment. Make sure you are taking some positive action to improve yourself on a daily and weekly basis.

    Here are some of the most important areas you can focus on in your personal development plan:

    Keeping an open mind. I have heard leaders say “This is who I am, take it or leave it.” But the best leaders are open to new ideas and new ways of doing things. They’re constantly listening and learning.

    Investing in yourself. As a leader you invest in your business, your customers, your clients. So why not invest in yourself? After all, you’re an important asset. Treat your personal development not as a self-indulgence but as something you do for the good of yourself, your team and the organization.

    Embodying a positive attitude. The best way to evolve in your leadership is to maintain an attitude of positivity and possibility—to believe in yourself. If you know you can develop and change, you surely will. Attitude is one of the most important elements of growth and personal development.

    Accepting responsibility. Too many leaders want to hold everyone accountable but themselves. But passing the buck is poor leadership that leads to poor results and harms your team. If you want to lead successfully, you need to hold yourself accountable for your own choices and development.

    Acknowledging your weaknesses. Just as we all have strengths, we all have weaknesses. The better you can understand and acknowledge your own areas of weakness, finding ways to improve upon them and even leverage them into strengths, the better you will evolve as a leader and a person.

    Don’t make the mistake of treating personal development as a to-do item, a box to check off and be done with. Think of it instead as an ongoing process in which every encounter and experience offers you a chance to do something better. Every step you take will open new directions for your leadership.

    Lead from within: The only thing standing in the way of your becoming the best version of who you are and providing the best leadership you’re capable of is your own willingness and commitment. At the end of the day, the choice will always be yours.

     


    #1 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

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  • feedwordpress 09:00:57 on 2020/01/30 Permalink
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    Learn How the Best Leaders Know How to Read People 


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    Knowing how to read people is an important leadership skill. A big part of leadership is the ability to manage groups of diverse individuals, and the key to making that work is developing your ability to see differences in people so you can employ those differences for everyone’s benefit.

    Here are some of the techniques top leaders use in reading people:

    They start with understanding themselves. The best leaders know that to truly understand others, they have to first spend the time to understand themselves. They seek out feedback so they can discover their strengths and weaknesses, and they cultivate self-awareness by considering how their words and actions affect themselves and others.

    They learn about personalities. Top leaders make it a point to familiarize themselves with different personality types to help them understand people and their differences. Studying a personality system like Myers-Briggs or Enneagram can help you develop the knowledge and insight you need to understand people at a foundational level.

    They observe and listen. The best leaders are observant; they take the time to look and listen, which enables them to assess people at different levels in different situations. The more closely you observe someone, the more you know about them and the better you can read and understand them.

    They look below the surface. Most people judge others by what they say, but the best leaders assess them on what they do. They go a level deeper to see how the person truly functions and what makes them tick. They move past the surface and look for the essence of people.

    They look for difference. Top leaders look for the skills that make a difference—the skills that make up a person’s ability to bring a project to success. Finding people with those skills means being able to seek out difference.

    They watch for emotion. Research has found that people who are emotionally expressive are more reliable, capable and trustworthy than others. Talented leaders look for people who can connect with enthusiasm, passion and personal involvement.

    They think in terms of motivation. To truly read people, you need to know what motivates them. Only when you understand what drives someone can you begin to understand them on a meaningful level. It is the choices we all make that drive us to be who we are.

    Reading people—sizing them up, picking up on their signals, getting to know them on a deeper level—is an important skill for any of us, but it’s critical for leaders who aspire to greatness. People count on their leader, and to be effective in that role requires that you build a quick and accurate understanding of the people you’re leading so you can help them build success, both individually as a team.

    Lead from within: The best leaders are really good at reading people. They understand the people around them—sometimes even better than the people understand themselves.

     


    #1 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 Learn How the Best Leaders Know How to Read People appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
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