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Category: Attitude

5 Reasons to ‘WHY’ say ‘NO’

Filed under: Attitude, Behavior in the Workplace, Communication, Decision Making

Are you over-stressed, over-scheduled and under-delivering be it at work or home? The reason is not you, but your attitude of saying ‘YES’ to everything that comes your way.

There are many read on how to gracefully say positive ‘NO’ but – ‘WHY’ say ‘NO’?

Former British prime minister, Tony Blair put it, “The art of leadership is not saying Yes, it’s saying No.”

Being an entrepreneur, it is really hard to say ‘NO’ to what comes your way. Especially if you are self funded and you are looking at means to earn for yourself or for the organization. While there may be dearth of qualified resources to delivery or may not be your competency, many of the opportunities you will feel are a natural extension of your business and can value add. You tend to get into unchartered territory (yours) and get boggled in it while your original business / vision / focus is suffering.

No is the key to defining your strategic focus and every important Yes therefore may require a thousand Nos.

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Urgency in the Millennial Workforce – Possible!

Filed under: Attitude, Professional Development, Social Impact, Societal Shifts

One of the great struggles leaders face is creating urgency in their followers to strive towards organizational goals. A problem that becomes quickly compounded when those followers are millennials and new to their career field. They are dipping their feet into the waters of the “real world” and generally far more committed to finding a job rather than selecting one they’re fully invested in. This creates a unique set of challenges for the leader trying to build urgency in their team. Here are some suggested techniques to implement:

1. Be Chatty – have frequent, consistent conversation with your millennial team members. They have come up in an age and culture where communication never ceases, so become part of it. Utilize different mediums until you learn their patterns and preferences, and be sure to make your conversations about more than just work. Having open lines of communication will allow you to check in on their progress toward goal achievement frequently and will stimulate proactive conversation from them. Knowing they will be talking to you daily will naturally increase the urgency to achieve progress.

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Why Being TOO Humble Is A Bad Thing

Filed under: Attitude, Behavior in the Workplace, Career Advice, Personality

No one likes a show-off. Arrogance can push people away and make it difficult for others to like you. Having confidence is important to have, but being cocky can definitely get beneath people’s skin.

So, we’re taught to be humble and let our actions do the talking. What you have been able to accomplish, and how you influence the people around you will always speak louder than words.

But, is it possible to be too humble?

Humility is a virtue, but can you have too much of it?

Based on my own personal experiences throughout not only my professional and college careers, but my life in general, I’ve learned that the following are reasons why being too humble is a bad thing:

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Don’t Give Up!

Filed under: Attitude, Focus, Goals, Persistence

Life is hard.

In fact, life can be extremely challenging, if not devastating for some. It brings a lot of great moments, but the hard moments can be overwhelming and put us in a mindset of giving up, folding, and becoming completely demotivated.

Some of you may be looking for a job.

Some are in the midst of a challenging financial time.

Some of you might be going through a difficult relationship.

Some of you might have a physical challenge.

Some are just tired of the tough time you’re having, in your job, right now.

You can choose to give up, or you can think of things that may remind you why giving up is the worst thing you can do…family, friends, coworkers…etc.

Life will not always be easy, but here are a few thoughts on why not to give up. 5 reasons why not to give up…

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Want to Be Successful? Get Angry

Filed under: Attitude, Professional Development, Rational Thought, Your Career

We’re human, every single one of us. We feel happy, and sometimes we feel smart. Other times we feel stupid. We enjoy feeling loved. We cringe when we feel hated. We all get angry for sure. Some handle it better than others. Sometimes in my life I’ve been quick to anger.

Throughout my entire career I’ve been told that I should never get angry. I’ve been advised that it’s a negative emotion that shouldn’t enter the workplace. However, when I look back at my biggest wins, my most impressive accomplishments have all started with the same common denominator.

I got angry.

I didn’t let it control me. I felt it. I tried to identify what it was that had pushed my buttons, and I went about solving that conflicting emotion. I find that getting angry (in a controlled sense) has helped me. I think it can help you too.

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How to Own Your Talent, Ambition, and Success

Filed under: Attitude, Branding, Career Advice, Quick Tips

You need to own your – fill in the blanks: success, authority, confidence, power, compassion, status, role, product, influence, etcetera. Yet every time you hear someone use the idea of owning something – your talent, skill, ambition, commitment – they always say it as though what you need to “own” is self-evident but with little or no indication as to how.

I am willing to bet that most people who tell you to “own it,” if you ask them “How?” they would fill the air with nothing that can actually tell you what to do as they navigate their way past that treacherous “How?” as fast as they can.

“You need to own your…” carries with it a serious burden because it sounds really good if not essential to do, but when you try and can’t because you have no process for accomplishing such ownership you end up feeling like there’s something wrong with you.

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Traits of a Motivated Leader

Filed under: Attitude, Insights, Leadership, Success

If there is one trait that virtually all effective leaders have, it is motivation – a variety of self-management whereby we mobilize our positive emotions to drive us toward our goals. Motivated leaders are driven to achieve beyond expectations – their own and everyone else’s. The key word here is achieve.

Plenty of people are motivated by external factors, such as a big salary or the status that comes from having an impressive title or being part of a prestigious company. By contrast, those with leadership potential are motivated by a deeply embedded desire to achieve for the sake of achievement.

If you are looking for leaders, how can you identify people who are motivated by the drive to achieve rather than by external rewards?

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