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Paradigm

I can remember reading Steven Covey’s – 7 Habits of Highly Effective People back in the early 90s and coming across the word paradigm. I have to admit the word, paradigm, wasn’t in my vocabulary at the time. I looked it up in order to understand what it meant. A paradigm can be a new way of seeing something or the same thing in a new light. Might looking at situations from a different angle lead you to more successes?
If you could view your world with a new pair of eyes, what would you see? Would you see new possibilities? Try today to look at current challenges as new opportunities. Wipe the lenses of your current paradigm, and see what comes into focus.
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Freedom

As we celebrate Independence Day in the United States, let us take time to reflect on its significance. Over 241 years ago a young leader, one of our founding fathers wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Thomas Jefferson wasn’t an infallible man or a perfect leader, but his writing shows he was a perfect visionary.
As leaders, we must remember those we lead have a desire to pursue happiness and freedom. Never forget that you lead a whole person. When you meet the needs of those you lead, they will in turn help your organization attain success. Be a visionary leader that writes people into your organization’s equation.
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Success File

Do you have a place you file away your successes? I call it my success file. When you reach a goal or receive an accolade, file it away for a rainy day. Reading these affirmations in the future might be just what you need to work through a problem. When you find yourself stuck, pull out the file. This exercise of browsing through your successes and seeing the milestones you have completed can be very inspiring. It will confirm that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to doing.

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Boost Your Leadership

Being self-aware is essential to a leader’s success.  It is the building block to emotional intelligence. This first attribute of emotional intelligence is your ability to recognize how your emotions are affected by thoughts and behavior. Self reflection is a powerful tool.  Being aware of your strengths and weaknesses will boost your leadership confidence.

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Serve Don’t Sell

Sales does not give many of us a warm and fuzzy feeling. Selling is not something that most people enjoy doing. It may even give you a sick feeling to think about selling something to a prospective client. Do used car salespeople or pushy telemarketers pop in your mind as examples of negative sale’s techniques. Why is this? Is there another perspective?

Attempt to revision the way you see sales by relabeling “selling” to “serving” your customers. Doesn’t serving sound more pleasant and considerate? Recently, my coach asked me this very question, “How would it feel to you, if you reframed selling to serving your clients?”

It was like a light came on, and now I can see selling in a positive light as SERVING. Serve your clients and don’t sell them.

“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7

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No Superheroes Here

Being a leader doesn’t make you a “Superhero.” I would suggest not trying to act like one.  It is often thought that leaders are born and not made. The skill of leadership can be learned. With some effort this can be true for anyone to learn leadership skills. Employees are usually receptive to their leader’s efforts and thoughtful guidance just as leaders appreciate feedback from their associates. Since it is true that leaders aren’t Superheroes then it is also true that leadership isn’t about having power. Leaders must have more in their toolbox to lead with, not just power. Tools like persuasion, knowledge and influence are a few that will come in handy.

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Don’t be Ordinary

Veterans aren’t ordinary. Their selfless service makes them exceptional. Many have paid the ultimate sacrifice for us. Today in the United States we celebrate Memorial Day. It is a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered.

God has placed in you the ability to be outstanding. He has given you the choice and free will to make decisions. You can chose greatness, and I am not referring to the selfish sense of the word. You were created to be more than ordinary.

As we take time to remember those extraordinary individuals who have served our country, commit to reflecting their example by striving for your full potential.

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Inspiring Yourself and Others

You have to be inspired to inspire those you lead.   How do you inspire yourself?   You can’t inspire your team without effort. Actually, to inspire yourself you have to feed yourself with information that moves you forward. You have to read and listen to materials that are inspirational. Also, you must associate with like-minded leaders. Years ago people would listen to cassette tapes in the car as a method to learn or be inspired.   Now with podcasting there is an abundance of free stirring material at your fingertips. This information is available right on your smartphone.

One of my current favorites is the Live Inspired podcast with John O’leary.  This podcast is truly inspirational. I also love In The Loop with Andy Andrews. Andy is one of my favorite authors.  There are too many great podcast to list here.

How do you inspire others to action?  First, share your goal. By sharing and placing your confidence in your team, you will rally them to accomplish a desired goal. Lastly, don’t stop talking about your vision and what it will be like when it is reached. Plant the seed of inspiration!

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down but a good word makes him glad.” –Proverbs 12:25

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(photo credit to Ivan Snyder.  The Inspirational Climber is Seth Edens)

Professionalism Pays Dividends

 

Being professional shows co-workers what you represent. It can be a window for others to see your character or values. It is how you hold yourself in tense times. The attention you pay to your dress. The tone and words you use when speaking to your associates can reveal you are professional or not. If you are unprofessional workplace it will not be forgotten.

 

Always strive to elevate your professionalism in all aspects of your life. This is especially true in the workplace. In the long run it will pay dividends.

 

What are some other ways you show your professionalism? Please share your experience in the comments.