Business leaders face challenges and risks in good times and bad.
The ability to deal with challenges is what defines a leader. Leaders that respond to challenges with focus, resolve, and execution are most often successful in meeting them. Those that are slowed by unfavorable headwinds, demoralized by setbacks and get bogged down in activities that don’t create value are those that fail.
Today’s business climate is as challenging as any in recent memory. Continue reading
In Ancient oriental Philosophy, wood, fire, earth, metal, water are five basic substances in nature movements, all five elements of nature could be integrated into the contemporary leadership and management essential.
Five Elements of Nature to Define the Authentic Leadership
Wood – Means doing good things with elegance and personality. By nature, wood need grow and sprout in the Spring, Same as “Wood style” of leadership, blossom with innovation, inspiration and influence, to lead via nature, not via brute force.
In this article I will examine the subtle changes in what is good leadership that have occurred over the past few decades, and how the modern perception of good business management and leadership skills has warped over time.
The first change that I can discern is the principle of accountability and transparency. In the 1960s, people never knew how much their leader earned as a salary or in bonuses. All payroll information was top-secret, and salaries of the board members were sometimes not even known by other board members. Continue reading
All of us join professional organizations for a reason-a friend belongs, we need to for credibility, etc. Many times we let years slide by and we don’t stop and review those reasons. Unless something sets off a boundary–lack of funds, the organization runs itself into a ditch, or a leadership problem.
When doesn’t it fit any longer? Is there a pattern to you dropping a membership?
I know, as an accountant for 15 years, I joined organization after organization. Without knowing it, and after delegating it to my assistant, I realized that I belonged to 32 organizations. Yes, at one time. Yes, I know this is probably exceptional. Yes, I can blame it on my assistant or being too busy. But I’m not. It wasn’t until I began to take a complete review of those memberships that I realize many no longer fit.
During the review process, I learned to ask different questions. Let me share with you a 6-step process that I’ve used for the last 8 years that I know will help you: 1) choose more wisely in the future; (2) set your intention and expectations first; and (3) know what you want to give back.
This 10-minute exercise will save you time and money as well as make money and create time with smarter choices in the future. Continue reading
Most of us find ourselves in a position to help others achieve more of their potential than we realize. Sure, as leaders, supervisors, and parents we can see ourselves in that position; but the fact is that all of us are uniquely qualified to help at least one other person in our lives reach their potential. I believe it is part of our purpose in life to serve others in this way – to encourage and support people we care about in becoming their best selves.
Many books (some of which sit on my bookcases) have been written about coaching and helping people develop their skills. This article won’t be a definitive list, but it will share my perspective on the essential ingredients in helping others reach their potential. Continue reading