Excellence in All Things

The pendulum swing for all our actions ranges from no effort to a perfectionistic ideal which is impossible to achieve.  The medium point of the pendulum swing is “good enough.” Jim Collins wrote in his book “Good to Great” that “good is the enemy of great.” His point is that when we achieve good, most think that is “good enough.” I want to suggest there is a place beyond good that I’ve called Excellent.

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Social Media

If you do not have and use a social media outlet, such as Twitter or LinkedIn, for personal and professional purposes you are missing a huge opportunity to share your experience and knowledge as well as draw upon the experience and knowledge of others. Having such an outlet and using it increases your credibility and benefits a larger audience. Benefiting the larger audience is a key part of social media.

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Add Value to Everything You Do

The uppermost thought in your mind as you approach any task, position, or responsibility should be “How can I add value.”  This applies to every part of your life. You should always be asking yourself, “How can you take my skills, experience, education, resources and add value to the lines of others.”  Check out the short video below for more on this:

Leaders make decisions

In fact, that is one of the defining characteristics of a Leader: they make decisions. Leaders pull together information from a variety of sources and, based on their experience and education, they make a decision.  Sometimes the decisions made are good ones and other times not-so-good.  Typically if your good decisions outweigh your not-so-good decisions you are going the right direction.

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Defensive

When challenged, if your first thoughts and words are to defend your actions, to offer reasons or excuses, or find someone to blame…you are being defensive. When you respond defensively you effectively say that you are not qualified for leadership. If it happens often you might as well be saying “I’m not qualified for my position.” Phrases like “I was just…”or “But you don’t understand…” or “It’s not my fault” are defensive phrases.

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All of life can be reduced to relationships

This is a fundamental principle of life.  Everything comes down to relationships. How we interact with others, and the quality of our relationships, is more indicative of potential success than how smart you are. Those who recognize this and work to maintain positive relationships are more likely to succeed, be healthier, happier, and have less stress in their lives.

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Whose Fault Is It??

The word: “Whose Fault is it?” should rarely, if ever, come out of your mouth. Very little good comes from laying blame. Blame is the response of poor leadership.  It is indicative of someone who is more interested in self-validation and self-preservation, than success.  Instead of blame, focus on why the problem happened, what led up to it, and how it can be avoided in the future; or fixed so that it doesn’t happen again.

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Smile

Smiling at people will always, always, always have a better outcome than any other facial expression. Mother Teresa said: “I will never understand all the good that a simple smile can accomplish.”  Studies have shown that people who smile more had longer lasting marriages, better general well-being, lived longer, and were healthier.

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Attitudes are Contagious

Attitudes are contagious, especially yours as the leader.  Negativity will sink the morale of everyone around you. It can creep up on you so subtly that you may not even realize it has become a prominent part of your perspective.  Stop and check yourself daily, asking “am I displaying a negative attitude, a critical spirit, or constantly griping or whining about situations?”

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