Thought of the Week- Getting Better

Oftentimes, as leaders, we spend a lot of our time insuring that the company is improving, that the team are getting better and anyone is pulling in unison and delivering results.

However, at times we are too focused on driving results that we miss the opportunity of an important element of leadership; personal development. My thought of the week is that as leaders we need to be asking our team what can we do to do better and how we can personally do a better job? Don’t let your title get in the way of believing you have all the answers. The feedback can make a real difference if we listen and then act to improve. The reality is that if you are not aware of your opportunity areas you can not improve them. Ask, evolve and get better.

Onwards!
Dh

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Thought of the Week- Mouthbreathers Should Be Set Free

There is simply too many mouth breathers and much negativity, anger, jealously and outright hatred in the world.

My thought of the week is that we need to set the mouth breathers free. Take a moment and review how you represent yourself? Are you positive, upbeat and encouraging in your daily interactions? And just as important if you have nothing positive to say, do you do just that.

Onwards!
Dh

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Thought of the Week- Elevate from Contender To Leader

There are lots of good companies out there. However, not so many great companies, the ones that lead a category.
We all work hard so why not work for a company that leads, that innovates and shapes the market.
My thought of the week is that you can not always start up your own company but you can help shape your company’s agenda. With that thought in mind how can you elevate your company from being a contender to a leader? What would you change? What would you develop? What would you modify or adapt and adopt? There are clearly other criteria for success but laying this out will get you one step closer to realizing your potential. Onwards! Dh

 

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Thought of the Week- Be Both!

Saw this sign while traveling this week “HumanKind, Be Both” – such a simple but powerful message.
My thought of the week is that in today’s fast paced, sometimes toxic, always busy, world in which we live, it would be great if we could practice being kind. It costs nothing but is priceless. We can all set an example for others to follow—it is our choice to decide if we want to be a positive force for good.
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Thought of the Week – Confidence and Humility

Confidence and humility are two traits that, when blended, effectively make for not only a powerful leader but a great person. Blended effectively is the key phrase here. We have all seen the consequences of overconfident people. They can achieve awesome short term results but success is usually not sustainable and building a winning team culture is even rarer. Often times they adopt a win at any cost approach that leads to burnout, organizational fatigue and a lack of trust.  Confidence will only get you so far and overconfidence will ultimately break you and negatively impact your team.
My thought of the week for those entering the workplace or working through the ranks is that confidence is an essential trait to develop and project. However, one’s effectiveness multiplies when you combine positive confidence with humility. Humility allows you to empower and to instill confidence in all those around you.  It will serve you well to recognize early in your career that you do not need to have all the answers.  It is okay to delegate, to not feel you are the only one capable of  getting the job done.  Most importantly, you must recognize that you can be vulnerable and actually ask for help. Search for ways to develop your humility and demonstrate confidence to maximize your effectiveness.
Onwards!
Dh
*Original posting on LinkedIn

Thought of the Week- Things Catch Up To You

At times we think we are invincible. We think we can take on the world and that if we just work harder, sleep less and drink more caffeine or worse we can simply push through and make things happen. Our guiding thought is that we can make things better.

My thought of the week is that we must recognize that things always catch up to you. I remember my grandmother telling me sternly that you can not burn both ends of the candle. I used to think she was just old; now I know she was just wise. The reality is you can only cut so many corners for so long before you make mistakes or worse allow your judgement to be impaired and really screw up. It is vital that you strive to balance your workload with your ability to function effectively. Make sure that you are not operating over your own red line and that you realize that nothing is important enough for you to lose focus and balance in your life. Your co workers, family and most importantly, you will thank you for it.

Onwards!
Dh

* original posting on LinkedIn

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