Hiring people who are smarter than you are seems counterintuitive. It seems like, as leader, you should know more than those you employ, about every aspect of the job. That, however, would be wrong, especially in the current age in which we live. Hiring people smarter than you will be difficult if you think you are the smartest person in the room. However, if you can get over yourself, you will soon realize there are a lot of areas where you don’t know the answers. Smart leaders hire even smarter workers who can help the organization move forward.
You might not think it but when your parents told you to “sit up straight” and “quit slouching,” they were doing you a much bigger favor than you imagined. The reason for this is that we form opinions about people in the first three seconds of meeting them. Although not usually part of a conscious process, the awareness of a person’s posture, and general overall carriage is a strong factor in our first opinions. A person with an upright and erect posture is presenting themselves as someone who has a strong sense of personal worth and confidence.
St. Nicholas was noted for his generosity, and out of that grew the giving of gifts at Christmas. He did it as a response to God’s love that had been freely given to him. His generous spirit literally changed the world. How will you be remembered? As someone with a generous spirit, or as a scrooge? A spirit of generosity affects every area of our lives: our finances, our time, and our attitude, these being the major areas of application. In finance, take stock of how you respond in simple situations such as giving a tip to a server at a restaurant.
Whether in a group of three to five individuals, or simply one-on-one, the ability to engage in conversation is a crucial skill. I say crucial because this ability is the beginning step in forming a relationship. Almost all relationships have a communication component, verbal or otherwise. Relationships form the foundation of all meaningful human interaction. The best way to develop the skill of conversation is to start from a common point of reference, for instance, sports, the weather, home towns, cars, etc. Building on that, from a perspective of genuine interest, begin asking questions and sharing from your own experience.
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Pretty much everything comes with a price. That is a truth which is best learned early. Proverbs 21:25 states “Despite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin, for their hands refuse to work.” If you don’t work, you don’t earn wages, and without those wages, you can’t buy food or pay rent or a mortgage. Economics is all about supply and demand. Whatever you desire (demand) has to be met by a limited supply. The more limited the supply, the greater the cost.
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Jim Collins in his book, Good to Great talks about the importance of matching your skills and interests with your work. He uses the metaphor of a bus to illustrate the importance of aligning with the right organization and finding the right place within the organization. His metaphor has been used by many to talk about “getting on the right bus,” i.e. make sure you are aligned with an organization or institution which matches your values.
Jim Collins in his classic book “Good to Great,” states, “good is the enemy of great.” He goes on to explain that most people get to the level of “good” in almost any aspect of their personal or professional life, and then tend to slow down on their efforts to improve. There is a sense in some situations where “good enough” truly is good enough, and continued efforts can result in non-productive results.
Bob Whitsel in “Preparing for Change” states that there are not only leadership styles, there are also leadership types. These leadership types are much more a part of who you are and are less changeable than leadership styles. Although you likely have a default leadership style, you can change that style of leadership to fit the circumstances or the individuals, you are leading; but not so much your type of leadership. Below are the basic types.
First Timothy 5:1-2 states: “Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were you father. Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.” This passage resonates with the ramifications of “being created in the image of God.” We all hold this in common, regardless of race or creed. Treating any person in a way that demeans or disrespects them, damages our own personhood.
This seems to be a universal truth! Family members will irritate, annoy, and just generally rub you the wrong way – sometimes. Parents will nag, siblings will snipe, children will whine, all of it with some seemingly grand conspiracy to drive you crazy. For me that is a relatively short drive anyway. It isn’t just you or your family, it happens to all of us. But, and here is the important thing to keep in mind, at other times they support you, defend you, and encourage you.