Leadership

“When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can’t make them change if they don’t want to, just like when they do want to, you can’t stop them.” ~ Andy Warhol, via Nitch

“Motivation is so important.  In fact all human action can be seen in terms of movement, and the mover behind all actions is one’s motivation.  If you develop a pure and sincere motivation, if you are motivated by a wish to help on the basis of kindness, compassion, and respect, then you can carry on any kind of work, in any field, and function more effectively with less fear or worry, not being afraid of what others think or whether you ultimately will be successful in reaching your goal.  Even if you fail to achieve your goal, you can feel good about having made the effort.  But with a bad motivation, people can praise you or you can achieve goals, but you still will not be happy.” ~ Dalai Lama, The Art of Happiness

Talk Like TED [Book]

Book Overview: Ideas are the currency of the twenty-first century. In order to succeed, you need to be able to sell your ideas persuasively. This ability is the single greatest skill that will help you accomplish your dreams. TED Talks have redefined the elements of a successful presentation and become the gold standard for public speaking. TED―which stands for technology, entertainment, and design―brings together the world’s leading thinkers. These are the presentations that set the world on fire, and the techniques that top TED speakers use will make any presentation more dynamic, fire up any team, and give anyone the confidence to overcome their fear of public speaking.

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“When you deliver a presentation, your goal should not be to ‘deliver a presentation.’ It should be to inspire your audience, to move them, and to encourage them to dream bigger.  You cannot move people if they don’t think you’re real.  You’ll never convince your audience of anything if they don’t trust, admire, and genuinely like you.” ~ Carmine Gallo, Talk Like TED

Top 15 Quotes from Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck by Seth Godin

Top 15 Quotes from Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck by Seth Godin

‘Getting your ducks in a row is a fine thing to do. But deciding what you are going to do with that duck is a far more important issue.’

Type in ‘Seth’ to any search engine and you’ll find his blog.  Since he started blogging in the early 1990s, Seth Godin has written more than two million words and shaped the way we think about marketing, leadership, careers, inno­vation, creativity, and more.  Made for dipping into again and again, Whatcha Gonna Do with That Duck? brings together the very best of Seth Godin’s acclaimed blog and is a classic for fans both old and new.

Collected in his book are six years of his best, most entertaining, and most poignant blog posts, plus a few bonus ebooks.  Be ready though, because Godin writes to get under our skin. He wants us to stand up and do something remarkable, outside the standards of the industrial system that raised us – and he presents an incredibly persuasive case.  It’s time to stop waiting, delaying, and procrastinating and it’s time to start taking action and making change in the world – starting with the piece of the world that has become the stomping ground of your life. Continue reading

Do Nothing! [Book]

Book Overview:  According to J. Keith Murnighan, Great leaders don’t do any­thing—except think, make key decisions, help people do their jobs better, and add a touch of organizational control to make sure the final recipes come out okay. In sharp contrast, most leaders are too busy actually working to do these things—and their teams suffer as a result.  Do Nothing!’s practical strategies and true stories will show you how to set high expec­tations for your team and watch it rise to the challenge. It will help you establish a healthier culture by trusting people more than they expect to be trusted. And it will help you overcome your natural tendencies toward micromanagement so you can let people do their jobs—even when you know you could do their jobs better.

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Post(s) Inspired by this Book:

  1. Family First, Work Second. The Power of Family Values in Business.

 

Family First, Work Second. The Power of Family Values in Business.

Family first, work second.

The following is an excerpt from Do Nothing! by J. Keith Murnighan:

A few years ago I presented a workshop on negotiation and decision-making strategies to the members of one of the Australian divisions of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).  (This is a wonderful organization of young executives who can turn to one another for guidance, for advice, and sometimes just for an ear.  They are also completely committed to learning as much as they can about leadership.)  Several of the participants traveled from Western Australia to attend our sessions in Sydney, and I had several conversations with one of them.

He was a remarkably conscientious, self-aware leader, and our conversations touched on a variety of topics during the three days of the workshop.  At one point he mentioned that he only hired people who put their family before their jobs; he didn’t want people in his organization if they put their jobs first.  He felt strongly about this, saying that family-first people were the type of individuals he wanted to work with.  He seemed both sincere and enlightened.

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