176 results for tag: leadership


10 Ingenious Tricks for Appearing Smart in Meetings

Most people will dread the tyranny of meetings. It’s either painful, useless, or soul-crushing. But Sarah Cooper in her latest book “100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings,” shares hilarious and creative techniques on how to appear intelligent in much, much less time. 1. Draw a Venn diagram. Getting up and drawing a Venn Diagram is a great way to appear smart. It doesn’t necessary matter if the Venn diagram is precise. Even before you’ve put that marker down, your colleagues will be fighting about what the labels should be and how big the circles should be. 2. Translate percentage metrics into fractions. If someone says, “About ...

10 Myths of About Being A Visionary Leader

There's a lot of confusion around vision. Often mission is mistaken for vision. I could go on and spend the next hundred blog posts dismissing the myriad of myths that have emerged around this idea of vision. In "The Power of Vision," George Barna, highlights the ten most common myths and realities surrounding vision. Myth 1: Vision should be the result of a consensus among the organization's key leaders regarding future activity by the organization. Reality: Vision is not the result of consensus; it should be in consensus. Myth 2: Vision and mission are synonymous. Reality: While vision relates to specific actions, mission relates to ...

30 Surprising Life Lessons I Learned by Age 30

I never believed this day would come so fast. I turned 30 years old today. I can't help but ponder the significance of age 30. In the Bible, the number 30 can symbolize dedication to a particular task or calling. In Old Testament, priests were dedicated to serve at 30, in part because it was the age when a person reached both physical and mental maturity and could therefore handle major responsibilities. John the Baptist was age 30 when he came out from the wilderness to pave the way for the Messiah. Jesus officially began his public ministry at 30. So, here's my 30 life lessons I learned by age 30. 1. I cannot give what I don’t possess. As ...

The Daily Questions Ritual that Helps You Become Better at Anything

Every morning, Marshall Goldsmith, the world’s number one executive coach, gets a call from the same women. She sits pretty quiet – she’s there to listen as Goldsmith reads off a list of 32 questions and she answers with either a yes or no or a number between 1 to 10. In the evening, Goldsmith pays an associate to call him and ask a series of questions that force him to recap whether he has been true to his behavioral goals through the day’s events. The beauty with this process is that it ensures accountability. Goldsmith says there’s one overarching role: no negative feedback. No matter what the other person has done, don’t say ...

Hot New Releases Of Leadership Books in October 2016

1. Rock Bottom to Rock Star Author: Ryan Blair Release Date: October 4th, 2016 Amazon Rating:  Overview: In his first book, Blair shared the brutally honest story of how he went from an at-risk youth, sleeping on a mattress on the floor of a shack, to a self-made multimillionaire by his early twenties. As his story became a national sensation, fans started asking him how they too could become entrepreneurs, take their careers to the next level, and achieve financial freedom. Rock Bottom to Rock Star answers those questions. Much of his advice is counterintuitive, and definitely not what you would learn in business school. Here's one ...

What I Learned About Teamwork from the Team Who Built the Largest LEGO Model

Angela Watercutter writes in Wired Magazine about the largest Lego model ever. "The newest addition to the grand list of Coolest Things Ever was first unveiled in New York City in 2013: the Lego X-Wing, the largest Lego model ever built. The model of the classic Star Warsfighter has a wingspan of 44 feet and comes complete with R2-D2 and a full range of sound effects. It's a super-duper-sized version of Star Wars Lego starfighter set #9493 and was made with 5,335,200 Lego bricks. That, according to Lego, makes it the largest model ever built, eclipsing the Lego robot at the Mall of America by some 2 million bricks. The X-Wing was built at the ...

What Dying to Self Taught Me About Leadership

This is a guest post by Elisa Watson. Elisa is a mother to four smart, funny, kind and amazingly chill boys, and she is the other half to Showit CEO and Owner Todd Watson. She loves good storytelling of all sorts, from books to blogs to television to movies to music, and writing is her favorite way to process all that is hard and wonderful and absurd in life. Learn more at showit.co and elisajoyful.com My husband has asked me to wear less makeup, maybe even none. I don't wear a lot, but my life is very full and I sleep very little and I'm very tired, and I wear makeup mainly to hide the weariness that is usually evident on my face. He thinks I've ...

5 (Bad) Habits that Hold You Back from the Top

In Marshall Goldsmith's classic, "What Got You Here Won't Get You There," America's number one ranked executive coach writes about how the very characteristic that got you where you are may exactly be the very thing that is holding you back from going from good to great. On the back cover of the book, it writes: "Your hard work is paying off. You are doing well in your field. But there is something standing between you and the next level of achievement. That something may just be one of your annoying habits. Perhaps one small flaw - a behavior you barely even recognize - is the only thing that's keeping you from where you want to be." Goldsmith ...

50 Daily Affirmations for Every Christian Leader

Carol Dweck, the world’s leading psychologist, is right: The view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life. The need for daily affirmations for a leader is much like the need for daily vitamin intake. What is an affirmation? The act of affirming or the state of being affirmed; assertion. Something declared to be true; a positive statement or judgment. There are some things that I do that I “feel” like I do an okay job with – but sometimes to be confident of your talents and abilities, you just need to hear it from someone else day that you’re doing a good job. So when someone else comes along and ...

20 Tips to Mastering the Art of Self-Leadership

Self-leadership is the essence of leadership. It is based on the notion: Knowing yourself to lead yourself. Many great thinkers, including Thales ("Know thyself"), William Shakespeare ("To thine own self be true") to Gandhi ("You must be the change you wish to see in the world"), have exhorted us to look within ourselves to elicit our leadership potential. Richard Leider, the best-selling author of Repacking Your Bags: The Power of Purpose, shares twenty powerful tips on self-leadership from The Leader of the Future. 1. The quality and depth of our leadership reflects itself in our relationship with our colleagues and followers; we must be ...