Monday, June 17, 2013
In order to navigate the uncertainties of today’s economy and an increasingly competitive workforce environment there are skills you must learn before you get started. You will need to align lead employees with organization’s goals, culture and values. Clear conscience, verbal and written communications are essential to developing a focus for vision. Your ability to master objectives and out-comes to the employees directly impact how effectively you will lead, develop and keep your employee network open. Always have an open-door policy when it comes to communicating with the workforce. Know how to develop and implement management approaches for favorable outcomes. Leaders need to make solid business decisions; they have strength of character, project a powerful image and must put personal feelings aside. Develop your leadership skills, take risk and seek opportunities to demonstrate that you can take the lead and inspire others to follow.
Critical thinking starts with logic, which is the natural act of knowing which facts you are putting together to reach your conclusions and how. This is called strategic planning. Try to stay away from assumptions. Next time you are struggling with a problem, spend more time brain-storming your assumptions with an outside perspective. Then thoroughly go through each one. You may find that one changed assumption is the difference between doing good and doing great. Just remember that employees are our greatest assets. Understand the logic behind your decisions, identify your assumptions and check them, collect data that will support or disprove your assumptions, consider the situation consequences.
How many times have we set through a particularly senseless meeting and wondered what you were doing at the meeting or wrestled with a set of strategic choices? How we act when risks are over-whelming and what it means to be a successful human being. When useless goals and values are addressed, we can’t move forward and we won’t make intelligent decisions about what to do tomorrow morning, much less set strategy for a company. The more effective you are as a leader the more you will understand the human sense. Nothing is more practical than for leaders to deepen themselves, human depth makes good business logic. It is up to us to decide what it means to be a successful human being. That is the major task. Nothing happens unless you make it happen. As a leader, everything is your responsibility because you always have choices. Leaders feel pressure to meet even higher objectives in all areas of work and life styles and to thrive on that pressure in the process is the goal to achieve. It’s up to us to decide what it means to be a successful human being. A leader must not only guide an organization, but also wrestle with basic value questions.
· Have a Focus
· Have Goals
· Have a Mission
These basics are all needed to start you in the right direction. The visionary leader thinks big, thinks new, thinks ahead and most important sets and achieves goals. The real challenge of a leader is to develop the mission and follow through. Some leaders refuse to fulfill their potential. We limit how we lead so that we can limit the amount of stress that we have. We shut down the centers of creative thinking and in effect we slow down progress and growth. That is what we mean by transformation. You must gain control over the patterns that control your beliefs about what you deserve and what is possible. Greatness comes with recognizing that your potential is limited only by how you choose. Getting others to implement strategy and change is a main objective for the leader.
"Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.'
Stephen R. Covey
Posted by Robert Dahl at 10:53 AM
Thursday, January 31, 2013
You must demonstrate respect for others through your words and actions. Be proud of what you do and believe strongly in your organization and the services you offer. Focus on what can be accomplished with hard work and determination. Know that the work you do today will be the foundation for some ones future. This is the kind of loyalty that builds success.
Be confident that when you are called upon, you will control the outcome, knowing that by influencing others they will come up with the solution you already had in mind. Think through every situation and feel confident that you came up with the best solution for everyone involved.
Research and prepare every presentation as if each was your first. You will be amazed at how deeply embedded our perceptions are controlled by the way we see and behave. As a leader you have the ability to shape the world and interpret how the rest of the world looks at it. Where there is a will, there is always a way.
Plain honesty puts life into practice. Without honesty and integrity the challenges of life will surface and failure will impact our success. It is our character that powers the unforeseen influence of a person’s life, like who we really are and not just pretending to be. We all tend to see the world not as it is, but as we want it to be. For this reason we need to be open minded, and be more objective to how others view and perceive the world. It’s kind of like turning the light on. Whether it is a good or bad situation, it is a powerful source that alters how we see the world.
Posted by Robert Dahl at 6:51 PM
Monday, December 24, 2012
When our current goals are not being achieved and we come up against some barriers, we will need to change course and learn some new knowledge or skills to reach the goals. Taking responsibility means making the best of it rather than reactively complaining. Expect unexpected challenges and know your company’s static focus. This should be in alignment with your personal vision. These are the principles that we use to make our decisions to achieve our goals. We must set priorities in life that are driven by the principles and values. By identifying changes, we will realize positive results and fulfill our goals. Unexpected situations can be avoided by looking ahead with our personal vision. By visualizing and using creativity in setting goals to achieve where we want to be rather than allowing others to dictate where you will end up. Creativity in scripting and mental creation is the pre-step in achieving this. When we realize we have the ability to create our own destiny doors will open.
Posted by Robert Dahl at 2:35 PM
Monday, November 26, 2012
Time for Change
The best performers in the world of sports never outgrow their need for change and development. Professional players are constantly watched over from stands by their specialty coaches. They are analyzing mistakes and missed opportunities in the game, to improve the next performance.
Even years after they have established their greatness, professional golfers on the men’s and women’s teams go in search of coaches to help them achieve their goal of winning a golf tournament or the correction of a slice or hook that would take the professional out of the competition. This attention to detail and finding a coach when their game has lost something pays off handsomely in the game. In the past years, the difference between being number one and number fifty was more than a million dollars. Yet, the difference between the number one and number fifty was less than a few strokes per round over an entire season.
The difference between top performers in every field, including business, is in the details. Those top people need and depend on coaching to make them successful. Good coaching helps first-rate performers do their best every time they face a tough opponent, tricky sand trap or an upset customer. The need for good coaching is the same as the need for change, recognition and reward, is something the best players and trainers will never outgrow. Just the same can be said for a truly empowered, self-motivated employee who knows when it is time for a change. Not the one who is convinced they have nothing more to learn.
Robert J. Dahl
Posted by Robert Dahl at 2:34 PM
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Don’t Fall Under Pressure
Professional and personal pressures and the speed of modern-day business are placing severe ethical demands on young leaders. Often young people know the right thing to do, but instead cross that line to further their careers by bending the rules or engaging in morally questionable behavior. The immense pressure on professionals from novices to veterans in today’s market place is to meet bottom-line demands. Young leaders are developing in a different culture than their predecessors and have the complex task of learning to negotiate the often-competing demands of excellence, ethics, and integrity. They need to be reflective about the purpose of their work and proactive about the approaches they take. They must develop their own belief systems and rely on their own moral trust in guiding their behaviors. It is imperative to think about the consequences of your decisions not only for yourself, but also for the decisions that you make for other people. Periodically reflecting about making good decisions will increase the likelihood of making good ethical decisions. Even though young leaders have values such as honesty and integrity, they are willing to compromise these values in order to satisfy professional demand or gain peer recognition.
Posted by Robert Dahl at 8:50 AM
Monday, September 24, 2012
There Is No “I” in Team
Team definition is the sharing and co-operation of a group of people dedicated in achieving the same goals. For a company to remain successful in today’s world, they must depend upon the concept of teamwork. From the CEO to the entry level worker to get the job done, everyone must do his or her part. As a leader, it is your duty to create as well as maintain a friendly team environment. Building strong teams can be as easy as group lunch or a fun filled day of activities. The main idea is to bring people together, so they can bond and learn more about one another. The benefits including boosted morale, strong friendships between co-workers and increased appreciation for the company will all contribute to a more productive workplace. All of these ideas benefit not just the employees, but also the organization as a whole. The sky is virtually the limit when it comes to team-building. The main thing to remember is that. There is no I in team!
"The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual."
Posted by Robert Dahl at 1:59 PM