Monday, June 17, 2013

Ladder to Success

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.

Leadership Basics

·         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