Positive or Negative: Do We Have A Choice?

Positive or Negative

 

If we had to choose — knee-jerk reaction — would we be positive or negative?

I want you to think about yourself for a moment before you keep reading. Where do you find your tendencies lie … in the positive or the negative?

This subject came up a few weeks ago when I was talking to someone about whether we were born positive or negative. Someone tried to argue the point that we are born negative and had to learn how to be positive. I thought, it couldn’t be true! (more…)

How to Create a Time Budget

Time Budget

 

I mentioned in my post from last week the importance of keeping a time budget.

This post will break down why time budgets are important and how to do that.

The essence of a time budget is deciding what’s important to you. We only have 168 hour in a week, 24 hours in a day. And once time is gone, it’s gone. So how will you choose to spend it?

The more successful you are, the more people want to be around you … and want things from you. If you’re being asked to speak or consult, people want your ideas, your time.

But it’s also important to make time for certain things you enjoy. Because doing things within your outside interests will make you better at what you do too. We just can’t let those things get out of control.

So, how do you decide how much time you want to allot for different priorities? You have to start by defining your priorities. Different categories can include: (more…)

Unexpected: Overcoming the Overwhelming

Unexpected

 

How do you manage unexpected circumstances or chaos without letting it all overwhelm you?

Things can move so quickly within an organization. And as leaders, it’s easy for us to take on more than we can manage. Maybe you’re in the middle of a big change within your organization, or you’re working on becoming more agile when it comes to the unexpected.

Regardless of your situation, how do you make sure the “overwhelm” doesn’t overcome you?

Here are four tips that help me and hopefully help you too: (more…)

The Best Leaders Are Also Teachers

Leaders are Teachers

 

What sets the best leaders apart from the rest? Being a great teacher.

And not just the kind of teaching that happens during a formal review. The kind of teaching that happens naturally, but intentionally, will leave you with a highly effective team.

The Harvard Business Review did a study on what sets some of the best leaders apart from the rest. They found that these “star managers” knew how important consistent, intentional one-on-one teaching to their direct reports.

They found that those types of leaders led some of the most high-functioning teams.

The author said, “… the exceptional leaders I studied were teachers through and through.”

These lessons are taught in the weeds — the day-to-day — of the employee’s lives. The Harvard Business Review recommends three different types of teaching in the workplace:

 

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Finding Your Finish – New Year’s Book Club Wrap-Up

Finish

 

This post is a part of our New Year’s Book Club! If you haven’t already, check out our introduction post to learn more about book club and download our free resources! You can purchase the book here.

 

“Starting is fun, but the future belongs to finishers.” – Jon Acuff

Here we are, at the end of our first-ever Invest Leadership book club! Maybe you’re just now joining us — in which case, I encourage you to start from our introduction post. Maybe you’ve been reading along but weren’t quite ready to purchase the book to follow along. Maybe you had every good intention of following through with the readings, but got caught up in all the other things in your to-do list.

Whatever your situation, it’s okay. The main takeaway of Jon Acuff’s book is simply this: Things are almost never going to turn out the way you originally planned them to. Nothing is ever going to be perfect. But that doesn’t mean you can’t cross the finish line. (more…)

Taking Perfectionism Out of Our Progress

Perfectionism

 

This post is a part of our New Year’s Book Club! If you haven’t already, check out our introduction post to learn more about book club and download our free resources! You can purchase the book here.

“At the core, perfectionism is a desperate attempt to live up to impossible standards.” – Jon Acuff

In this week’s readings, Jon equips us with some practical ways to take perfectionism out of our progress. I think Chapter 6 was one of the most powerful chapters we’ve read yet! If you’re a little behind on your readings, or are just now joining us, I suggest reading it this week no matter what. (more…)

This Week on Mythbusters: Does Fun Really Count?

Fun

 

This post is a part of our New Year’s Book Club! If you haven’t already, check out our introduction post to learn more about book club and download our free resources! You can purchase the book here.

What comes to mind when you hear the word “goal”?

Often times, we think goals that are fun don’t really count. We aren’t working hard enough, we aren’t suffering enough to make the work effective. (more…)

Start Dropping the Ball: “Supersize me.” – Your Goals

Goals

 

This post is a part of our New Year’s Book Club! If you haven’t already, check out our introduction post to learn more about book club and download our free resources! You can purchase the book here.

Have you ever read a leadership book that told you to start doing things badly?

Jon notes in this week’s reading the importance of “bombing” things. Often times, we overestimate our ability to take things on and do them really well. Perfectionism makes us believe we can do everything perfectly. Reality, however, reminds us that we absolutely cannot.

Perfectionism makes us believe we can do everything perfectly. Reality, however, reminds us that we absolutely cannot. Click To Tweet

But before he talked about dropping the ball on some things, he highlights something very practical and important: Cutting your goals in half. (more…)