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A step into the Unknown

There are many key points in life. Graduating from High School, getting your driver’s license, getting your first full time job, moving out, the list goes on.

Each event is significant because each is a new experience . . . a venture into the unknown. Venturing into the unknown comes with uncertainty—getting out of your comfort zone.

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Taking on the Challenge

754px-The_Wright_Brothers_First_Heavier-than-air_Flight_-_GPN-2002-000128-1494867208What does it mean when you say yes or no to something?

I want you to think of something that you were asked to do recently that just seemed out of reach—impossible to get done.

Chances are that when it was given to you it came across like this, ‘What do you think you . . .’ or ‘Do you think you could . . .’ where whoever asked the question truly would have expected a Yes or No answer.

What you’re remembering or thinking of, hold it for later. Continue reading

Are you qualified?

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The question can also be—Are you still qualified to do your job? Harsh question right? After all who am I to ask you out there whether you’re qualified to do the work you do? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean to offend, but I found myself pondering the legitimacy of the question. Continue reading

Someone is always looking.

news1Of all of the things you may ever have to do as a leader, or any person in a leadership position—nothing is more time consuming than what it means to keep an eye on people, and most specifically yourself. Looking inwards, being self-critical at all times can sometimes be mentally exhausting.

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Don’t Cut Corners – Maintain Standards

downloadQuantity or Quality? Speed or Accuracy? Performance or Reliability? Questions where the answer can be situation dependent but one thing that can be considered each time is ‘What are you willing to accept?’

What standards are you going to apply before you give yourself an answer? Because whatever you’re faced with, the question truly becomes—What is right?

Because after all a standard is by definition ‘the minimum level of what can be accepted.’

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Stick to the Plan

Time can only be used once & hind sight is always 20/20. It’s easy to look back on something that went wrong, and after forensically examining the wreckage—knowing what went wrong and why. The point is you [individually or collectively] took away a major learning experience. Continue reading

The Hardest thing you can do.

Despite what you may think—it has nothing to do with that. This isn’t about dealing with the ‘wrong person’ or anything like that.

No, the hardest thing that you can do as a leader is to put yourself first. That’s right. Above all else, putting yourself first.Not the company, not the mission—but strategically yourself first! And that can mean time out! Continue reading

You must have Common Vision

Sounds a bit fluffy right? Or maybe it sounds a bit vague, a bit . . . Abstract, but having a common vision is something that you need to have with your team, both up and down. In the military this is called the commanders intent, and as mentioned previously the vision and the belief that goes with it are one of the most important aspects to being a leader. Continue reading

Are you ready to be a leader?

Before we look at the initial answer, if you’ve never been put into a position of leadership the answer will most likely be no! The first time—no one is ready, no one is prepared. Chances are you probably just stepped in to get something done or thought you could do it better. At the very least that’s a start. Continue reading