In my former life as a psychotherapist and now, in my years of coaching, consulting and training, I’ve noticed something about positive behavior, positive change and transformation. What if we paid far more attention to what is going well (even if it seems small and sporadic) and give that our full attention? I am trying to get back into exercise so I am starting to walk before I eat breakfast because I want to clean up the mess from fixing breakfast which only makes me put off walking sometimes all together for I can always find other things that need clean. Betty, those are great examples of paying attention to anything we do that indicates progress.
This is a good reason to keep a journal and to take notes on the every day happenings of your life. Focusing on what you do that works not only leads to more success, it also leads to more enjoyment and fulfillment.
I think most people tend to do that, we have to shift toward what we did right, which can be difficult but its essential that we do. Sign up to receive my blog posts via e-mail and get a FREE copy of these two quote e-books: Success Quotes, Foundational Elements for Lasting Success AND Characteristics and Qualities of a Great Leader. While that does suffice for an official definition, I can truly say I’ve encountered many people confused by that definition. Leadership Is Not Selfish – Contrary to popular belief, leadership is not about the leader. Leadership Is Selfless – A true leader first understands that leadership is not about them.
Leadership Is Mentoring – A great leader understand that their team needs instruction on their job, and life as well. Leadership Is Socratic – Understanding that you as a leader are not the only one with great ideas is vital to winning at leadership. Calling an executive, manager, supervisor or coordinator a leader does not create a leader.
Leadership seems to be less hierarchical (as we often see it) and more concentric circles of relationship.
In part, I agree with some of your past statements that leadership is the ability to influence others. Btw, came across this as I was reading through Proverbs and it made me think of you and your Life Plan coaching as you help others understand themselves better.

If we want to avoid the New Definition of Insanity (Doing what works and failing to notice it, nurture it and keep it up.) we need to make a big deal out of the fact that we did something that worked and then do it again.
Okay, learn from them first; then keep the lessons and then forget to get upset about them.
I definitely tend to focus on what I need to improve, as opposed to what’s working well. I wonder how we can begin to reinforce positive behavior in more direct ways in education, instead of putting the focus on things students get wrong? I think unless we are intentional about cultivating a positive mindset and response to our own successful behaviours and achievements we won’t grow. Growing up, most of us learned to focus on what we did wrong, to focus on and work on our weaknesses and to feel conflicted about our successes.
Human being love change and seek it all the time and would do so more if they only remembered that small adjustments lead to big changes over time. However, I believe that we don’t challenge ourselves more because of the things I write about in this post. I often give my clients a coaching assignment of sending themselves a congratulations note or a card or letter saying what they would say if they were sending it to another person who has similar qualities or who had a similar achievement. Regarding gratitude, I encourage my clients to express gratitude to self, and not just to others and God.
This site is dedicated to sharing lessons and experiences along the Lean Journey in the Quest for True North.
People don’t follow dictators, they do what they say with only the required amount of energy to make it happen.
Without it they are dying. Great leaders keep their team focused on where they are going, not just where they are.
Entrepreneurs and leaders are great at finding people doing things wrong, but not so much on finding people doing things right.
Sometimes it’s your responsibility to push others out of their comfort zone and stretch them past their own belief in themselves. You should be taxing the collective intelligence of your team when you need input, and believe it or not, even when you don’t need input.
On this blog, you’ll learn my personal insights on leadership, managing people, and financial stewardship.

One method I’ve found very helpful in this respect is actually writing things down, taking an inventory of qualities, traits and achievements so that I can work deliberately and intentionally from a position of strength on developing further. It’s something that can become easier as we focus on the good or right choice we make.
But realizing our strengths allows us to leverage them – and it also gives us a lot of hope and encouragement.
I think a daily gratitude practice can help us be more mindful of the positive circumstances and our own positive actions we take each day.
The blog also serves as the source for learning and reflection which are critical elements in Lean Thinking.
In fact, one of the biggest mistakes I see businesses make is to take their greatest salesperson and make them the sales team leader. All the while, the screamer usually never takes the time to find out all the correct information, thus losing all credibility, and any respect or loyalty. And when the reason the team member(s) failed is leadership, I take responsibility instead of trying to blame shift.
If you want high quality team members, let them know when they’re being high quality team members.
Spending time getting to know each team member, their families, their hobbies, their strengths, their weaknesses, etc.
I have met leaders who had certain influence over people, however, they were horrible at leading themselves. Instead of minimizing what you did or forgetting that you did it, recognize and reward yourself and then remember what you did.
The very act of documenting a strength, progress or a good idea communicates to us that it is important enough to single out and document. Fostering this will cause them to think for themselves, which is a fantastic duplication process.

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  1. 04.02.2014 at 22:58:20

    And has some coaching attributes.

    Author: Simpoticniy_Tvar
  2. 04.02.2014 at 22:47:51

    Unusual that it made me sit contact.

    Author: NapaleoN