Saturday, January 30, 2010

Remember The Acorn

Reaching our full potential as individuals involves us knowing who and what we are on the inside, determining the things we're suitable for and then taking the appropriate action based on what we've learned.

We all have the seed of something inside of us the same way an acorn is the beginning of an oak tree.

The responsibility falls on to us to nurture and grow that seed into something great.

Leaders can play a role in helping their followers figure this out by empowering them to make their own decisions and reach their own conclusions.

By empowering others, leaders are actually empowering themselves at the same time.

On the next episode of HCL Radio, I'll be joined by certified speaking professional, Jim Cathcart.

This Hall of Fame Speaker is a best selling author and has written 15 books including, The Acorn Principle.

Click here to listen to Jim explain what the Acorn Principle is all about.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

High Five

The positive benefits of acknowledging others and showing appreciation are huge and is something any of us can do regardless if we're in a leadership role or not.

It truly is one of the most important things a leader can do to inspire, motivate and empower others so long as its done so genuinely.

Former NBAer, Doug Christie once shared a story with me from his playing days in Toronto. It was during a timeout when his team mate, Damon Stoudamire publicly acknowledged the job he was doing on defence against a opposing player.

He went on further to describe the importance of this in helping to maintain a positive atmosphere and strengthen team cohesion.

To help further the discussion of acknowledgement is Mike Robbins. Mike is a professional speaker and author and talks to audiences about the importance of appreciation and recognizing the actions of others.

Here's what Mike said about appreciation and leadership.

Tune in to the next edition of HCL Radio to hear more from Mike.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

You First!

"The minute you get away from fundamentals – whether its proper technique, work ethic or mental preparation – the bottom can fall out of your game, your schoolwork, your job, whatever you’re doing."
— Michael Jordan

An often overlooked component in the leadership equation is the principle of self mastery.

This is when the "leader" takes the time to focus on themselves and has a clear identity of who they are, where they want to go and how they intend on getting there.

Leaders can only expect to be effective once they've demonstrated the ability to lead and manage themselves first.

On the next episode of HCL Radio, I'll be joined by long time leadership expert, Timothy Clark who discusses the principle of self mastery.

Listen to Tim here.

In his latest book, "The Leadership Test", Tim outlines five areas to help you know why you want to be a leader.

They are:

1. Fill your pack- are you willing to take on not only your load, but more than your share?

2. Sign your name- are you really willing to take responsibility for others?

3. Share the stage- are you willing to share the credit?

4. Take the oath- what’s your mission and what exactly are you signing on for? Do you have a commitment to honesty and integrity?

5. Pour your cup- can you take what you have and pour it into the lives of others? Mentoring and coaching is critical to leadership.

Tune in to HCL Radio - Where developing leaders is more than just a game!

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Excuses Are Over

While it's easy to come up with excuses why things don't work the way we planned - the biggest challenge for many is to stop coming up with the reasons why we missed our target, look at ourselves introspectively and make the necessary changes to be successful.

Accountability is one of the cornerstones of leadership.

By demonstrating that we're responsible for the things we do, we're creating a culture of accountability and displaying to others that we're focused on achieving our goals, on both a personal and professional level.

On the next episode of HCL Radio, leadership speaker and business growth expert, Sam Silverstein shares what happens when we lack accountability as leaders.

Here's what Sam said.

Sam will also share insights from his latest book, No More Excuses.

No More Excuses is a way of looking at the world—a standard to which we hold ourselves and others accountable. It’s a strategy for life and work that attracts others to us, because accountability is a universal trait of admired people.

When we lack accountability, we fall into the trap of making and accepting excuses.

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Follow To Lead

In our present age, a group that has been starting to get a bit more attention are followers.

There's so much attention paid to leaders that this very important group is overlooked and sometimes forgotten about.

This is rather remarkable considering that a leader that doesn't have any followers isn't much of a leader and to fixate on leaders at the expense of followers is to do so at our peril.

Meaning that followers have more power than people realize and their needs, concerns and fears should be paid attention to.

Barbara Kellerman is the author of the book Followership: How Followers Create Change and Change Leaders and is also a Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Barbara joins the next episode of HCL Radio to discuss this very important group and how they fit into the leadership equation.

As Barbara simply puts it, "You cannot teach people good leadership without simultaneously teaching them good followership."

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