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  • feedwordpress 09:00:05 on 2019/01/31 Permalink
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    8 Things Successful Leaders Do on Weekends 


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    Successful leaders have a passion for what they do, so they work hard and keep long hours. But as we all know, it’s difficult to keep up with that pace no matter how motivated you are. Every leader needs down time to avoid burning out. With the leaders I coach, I emphasize the weekends as the time to take a much-needed break and restore themselves so they’re ready to get the most out of the week ahead.

    Here are some of the top weekend habits from the leaders I coach around the world:

    1.They disconnect. For many leaders, the weekend is a time to shut down and turn everything off. In our hyperconnected world, we have to unplug to clear our head and find peace. On weekends, put away the phone and computer for a couple of hours. Disconnect from the world and reconnect with yourself.

    2. They read. Many great leaders are voracious readers, and the weekend is a great time to catch up on with some books and articles. As a bonus, try to find something that’s challenging and interesting but has nothing to do with your work. History and biographies can be especially compelling.

    3. They spend time with their loved ones. Lots of leaders use their weekends to connect with the important people in their lives. Make sure you take a weekly opportunity to carve out quality time with those who mean the most to you.

    4. They plan. Successful leaders devote at least part of their weekends to planning ahead. The weekend often provides the right mental space to be thoughtful about little details that might otherwise get lost in the hectic work week.

    5. They take on a hobby. Great leaders often use their spare time to cultivate an interest or a hobby. Hobbies and outside interests help keep you multidimensional and better able to relate to others.

    6. They exercise. Great leaders understand the importance of exercising. It’s not only healthy for the body but also a great way to clear your mind and thinking. Exercising in nature can be especially helpful in restoring mind, heart and soul, according to many of my clients.

    7. They recharge. We live in a competitive world, and every successful leader knows they always have to be at their best. Peak performance requires a lot of energy, so a weekend recharge is imperative to fuel the week ahead.

    8. They volunteer. Successful leaders use their weekends to give back to their communities. There are many charitable groups and organizations where you can spend your time making a meaningful contribution to a worthwhile cause.

    Lead from within: Everyone needs down time to relax, refresh and to recharge their mind, body and soul. Weekends offer that opportunity for successful leaders.

     


     

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    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 11:10:17 on 2019/01/28 Permalink
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    This How Leaders Boost Their Energy Throughout the Day 


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    Being a successful leader can be exhausting. It’s a role that often requires working around the clock, with a never-ending cycle of responsibility and accountability. If you don’t know how to manage your energy it’s easy to become exhausted or burned out.

    As a leadership coach, part of my job is helping my clients learn how to rev their engines and lead energetically, even with everything they have going on. Leadership requires a sharp focus and their careful attention, with no room for checking out.

    Here are some of the most powerful tricks and tools I share with my clients on keeping their energy level high even through the longest and most difficult days:

    Manage stress. Successful leaders have plenty of stress. Left unmanaged, it can create overwhelming feelings of anxiety, worry and tension, all of which take up huge amounts of energy and leave you feeling depleted. Instead of reacting to stress in the moment, look for patterns to find the things that stress you out the most and try out a variety of stress management practices (for example, exercise, meditation or breathing techniques) to discover what works best for you.

    Snack smart. When you’re feeling stressed, it’s tempting to grab a high-carb snack or sugary drink to for a quick lift, but the resulting insulin spike can soon leave you feeling sleepy and down. Fuel your body with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and protein, and drink lots of water to stay hydrated and sharp.

    Hang out with positive people. Be aware of how those around you may be influencing you. If you’re constantly feeling down when you hang out with certain people, maybe it’s time to find a more positive, upbeat group to spend time with.

    Get moving. If you’re feeling lethargic, get up and move around. Exercise will perk you up immediately and help you increase your focus and attention. Over the long run, it can improve your overall health by lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure. It can also boost your mood and help relieve mild depression.

    Take a breath. The simple act of taking a breath can shift the energy in the body. In stressful times, take a moment to focus on your breathing by inhaling deeply and slowly through your nose and then out through your mouth. Repeat for one to two minutes. Deep breathing can help lower your blood pressure and heart rate and increase your energy level.

    Take a walk. Leave your desk and walk around. Talk to people and make connections, and if time permits get outside for a moment. The simple act of leaving your office and connecting with people and nature will boost your energy and help put things back into focus.

    Turn off your screens. As much as technology helps us be more productive, sometimes it can add to stress. Take a tech break by turning off the phone and computer screen so you can regroup and refocus without interruption.

    Taka a mini-break. Sometimes you just need to take a break from stress long enough to disrupt the body’s stress response cycle. Take five or 10 minutes to phone a friend or family member, flip through a magazine or even close your eyes, then get back into the action.

    Drink plenty of water. Our bodies are made up of about 60 percent water. When you don’t drink enough water, dehydration can leave you feeling fatigued and drained. Drinking water throughout the day will help with brain function and keep you feeling more awake and alert.

    Take in the sun. Too much time indoors under artificial lights can keep you from functioning at your best. A lack of exposure to sun or natural daylight can have an effect on your mood and energy level. If you repeatedly find yourself feeling down or stressed—especially in the winter—try to get outside and soak up some sunlight. Spending a few minutes in bright, natural light can re-energize you for the rest of the day.

    Lead from within: The most successful leaders know to manage their energy to be the most productive and effective.

     


     

    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 09:00:01 on 2019/01/24 Permalink
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    The Top 10 Mistakes Successful Leaders Never Make Twice 


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    We all make mistakes. And if we’re smart, we’re able to turn those mistakes into insight and their consequences into wisdom. But some mistakes are so disastrous that the most important lesson they impart is “Never do that again!” Here are some of the biggest mistakes that successful leaders make—but only once.

    1. Playing safe. It’s ironic that when a leader plays it safe they’re actually making one of the biggest mistakes in the book. When you stop taking risks, you stop being bold, and great leadership needs courage and boldness to succeed.

    2. Taking shortcuts. There can be no cutting corners when it comes to your leadership or your business. Trying to do something faster and cheaper instead of better and more innovative will end up costing you greatly. It’s a hard mistake to come back from, even once.

    3. Overpromising and underdelivering. One of the golden rules for any business is to underpromise and overdeliver. When you cross those wires, the results are usually  catastrophic and long-lasting enough to be an effective deterrent against a repeat. Make a commitment only when you’re certain you can meet expectations.

    4. Not asking tough questions. Being a successful leader means you have to ask the tough questions. When you fail to do so, you’re underprepared for whatever situation you walk into—plus you have a reputation for being either unconcerned or timid.

    5. Losing sight of the big picture. It’s easy to lose sight of what you are trying to achieve when times are hectic and everything feels frantic, but as a successful leader you have to quickly correct perspectives and keep everyone’s eyes on your mission. Holding your goals at the forefront of everything you do will take you far.

    6. Blaming others. Assigning blame when something goes wrong is one of the most destructive actions you can take, something that costs you greatly in respect and trust. Successful people earn respect by being personally accountable. And when something goes wrong, they focus on solving the problem instead of finding someone to take the fall.

    7. Being deceitful. Lies tend to multiply quickly, and they’re incredibly hard to maintain. Once you’ve been caught deceitful, your personal reputation suffers grave harm, and your entire leadership is damaged.

    8. Not asking for help. No one ever became successful without the support and assistance of others, but we often make the mistake of thinking we have to do it all on our own. We all need a helping hand, and we all need to be willing to help others as well.

    9. Leading with perfectionism. No matter how many times you tell a person that there’s no such thing as perfection, it’s still built into the nature of many people to aim for it. When you lead with perfectionism, you miss the chance to model for those people the essence of achievement—the importance of striving for excellence, not perfection, for meaning, not flawlessness.

    10. Trying to please everyone. We all want to be well liked. But successful people learn early on that it’s impossible to make everyone happy. Everyone has an opinion, and some people will never be pleased no matter how hard you try. Successful people know that trying to please everyone makes them less effective—which means making more people unhappy.

    Lead from within: It’s not the mistake but what we learn from it that ends up defining us.


     

    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 09:00:38 on 2019/01/17 Permalink
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    10 Powerful Ways to Humanize Your Workplace 


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    I hear many people complain that people are so busy getting the work done that their workplace has lost the human essence. When people work behind closed doors, when they keep to themselves, when they hardly have time to connect, it becomes a mechanized workplace.

    For a workplace to thrive, it has to be humanized, because a successful organization is an organism whose parts are all connected. Here are 10 powerful principles to use in humanizing your workplace:

    1. The workplace isn’t just a place for work but a place to do something meaningful. When a team is energized around a purpose, the work is more meaningful and the days go by faster. When everyone understands that they’re part of a group of people creating something bigger than themselves, great things happen.

    2. The workplace isn’t just a place for work but a place to build connections. As human beings, we require connections. Most humans don’t thrive in isolation, so humanizing a company, a team, or a culture means encouraging employees to be compassionate and supportive and considerate toward one another, working on relationships as well get getting stuff done.

    3. The workplace isn’t about creating rules but trusting one another to do their part. Think about all the dumb rules your company has and ask whether they’re helping your culture, people and organization thrive. Do you need to become more human by trusting one another and doing away with procedures and policies that keep that trust and confidence from growing?

    4. The workplace isn’t about having power but being able to empower. Unfortunately, in many workplaces, people mistakenly think that the more power they have the more influential they will be. But the most admired leaders know that leadership isn’t about power—power dehumanizes cultures, companies, teams and people. Leaders who empower others have the healthiest cultures and the most successful workplaces.

    5. The workplace isn’t a place for holding pointless meetings but for creating opportunities to build community. Many workplaces hold meetings, but are your meetings helping you cultivate communities within your workplace? If not, rethink how you hold your meetings. Make every meeting an opportunity for establishing and developing teams whose members can learn from one another, think with one another and care for one another.

    6. The workplace isn’t just about you but about acknowledging others for their contributions. Humanizing your workplace starts with acknowledging the people you work with and do business with. It means taking every opportunity to recognize and praise those who contribute on a daily basis for their efforts and achievements. Remember that everyone there is a person first and a working person second.

    7. The workplace isn’t about taking proprietorship but serving others. At the end of the day, the people who are the most influential are those who serve others. Make it your business to ask those around you if there’s anything you can do to help, guide, mentor or assist. A true measure of successful humanity comes from the number of people you serve.

    8. The workplace isn’t for working within the status quo but a place to challenge yourself out of your comfort zone. If people are coasting at work, they’re not bringing the best parts of who they are. It may be uncomfortable to challenge the status quo, but that is part of being human. Encourage everyone—yourself included—to move beyond their comfort zone and dare themselves to try something new.

    9. The workplace isn’t about pushing your agenda but learning from others. If your culture is filled with individuals who are always pushing their agenda, maybe it’s time to humanize the way people think, act and communicate. Work to create a culture of leaders who are students—always curious, developing and growing, learning from each other instead of pushing their own ideas on others. Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other; make them the foundation of everything you do.

    10. The workplace isn’t about just getting by but bringing value to everything you do. People don’t get paid for an hour of their time but for the value they bring during that hour. Work to bring all of who you are to work, to give a little bit more of yourself than you normally would. When you do, you lead by example. Ask yourself every day, “How can I bring value to those I work with?” Don’t wait for others to humanize the culture but lead the charge yourself. Remember we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

    Lead from within: To deny a culture its humanity is to deprive a workplace of being human. Humanize your workplace to benefit those who are of service to the cause.

     


     

    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 10 Powerful Ways to Humanize Your Workplace appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
  • feedwordpress 09:00:00 on 2019/01/15 Permalink
    Tags: Adversity, , , Leadership Development, , , ,   

    How to Overcome Adversity in Your Leadership 


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    Leadership can be tough. The road is filled with twists and turns, and detours and potholes can throw anyone off their course. It’s easy to think of the deviations and challenges as problems, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You can learn to view them instead as opportunities to learn and grow.

    Here are some well-tested strategies for making the most of adversity:

    Define your priorities. In difficult times, minor setbacks and disappointments can quickly add up and become overwhelming. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by minor inconveniences and disappointments—instead, focus on overcoming the real obstacles that lie between you and your goals.

    Accept it and move on. While some people have an easier path than others, everyone will at some point suffer setbacks and difficulties. By accepting adversity as a normal part of your leadership, you’ll waste less time feeling stuck and overwhelmed.

    Consider the implications. Think of all the reasons for your disappointment. Could you have done something differently? Ask yourself in a problem-solving way, not a self-blaming way, and try to be as objective as you can. Think of the causes that led you to these circumstances and think about what you’d do if you could rewind the experience and have another run at it.

    Turn it inside out. To overcome adversity, you have to focus on the positive—whether that means the positive aspects of your situation or the positive results you’ll feel when you achieve what you want in the future. Turn your negatives into positives whenever you can.

    Listen to others. It can be hard to listen when things are tough, but that is exactly when you most need to get out of your head and listen to everyone who is offering advice. When you do, you may discover opportunities, lessons and wisdom that you couldn’t attain any other way.

    Don’t shut yourself off. Most people—especially leaders—believe they have to deal with everything by themselves when they hit a wall or go down the wrong path. Don’t isolate yourself in bad times. Let those you trust move close and help you overcome the difficulty you’re going through. Someday you’ll have the opportunity to return the favor or pay it forward.

    Try not to repeat yourself. Make it your policy never to make the same mistake twice. At the same time, recognize that you are only human, and like any other human you’ll make plenty of other mistakes in your time on earth.

    Focus on the future. Learn what you can from the past and quickly shift to applying those lessons to the future. You can’t change the past, and lingering on it may contribute to making the challenge seem even worse. The future, however, is always filled with possibilities and opportunities.

    Lead from within: Learn how to overcome your obstacles, because challenges and difficulties often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.

     


     

    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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