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8 Concepts for Leaders to Gain Focus & Get More Done Without Working 8 Days a Week

Getting focused, not to mention staying, focused is almost impossible these days.

Try one or all of these 8 Ideas to Get More Done Without Working 8 Days/Week

Weapons of Mass Distraction

Over time, you’ve probably seen a lot articles comparing orchestra conductors to leaders. It’s a great metaphor with a lot of embedded wisdom and insight. Michael Hyatt provides a nice summary in his podcast, Leadership Lessons from a Symphony Conductor. (For a slightly different take on this metaphor, take a look at a brief article I wrote many years ago, Leading by Listening? What a concept!)

How are orchestra conductors and pilots alike?

What about the intense focus that consumes a conductor during an orchestra concert?

Keep reading so you don’t miss the 8 Concepts to Gain More Focus & Get More Done

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7 Steps to Build Flexibility into Your Company’s DNA

If you can embed Flexibility into your company’s DNA, you’ll have the greatest possible chance to overcome the obstacles that bring companies to their knees. 

Too often we haven’t prepared for the unexpected. Here are 7 proven ways for leaders to make sure that Flexibility is embedded in your organization to help you conquer uncertainty and get the results you need.

You’ve probably seen some of the makeover shows over the years?

The 60 Minute MakeoverGet GorgeousHow Do I Look? … RemodeledStyle by Jury … it’s a pretty darn long list, and no, I haven’t seen any on this list. 

Then there’s the Ambush Makeover show that aired in 2004 – 2005. In that show, stylists descended upon an unsuspecting soul whose hairdo, clothing, fashion in general was a disaster they were determined to fix.

Extreme Makeover, Home Edition was probably one of the most popular at one point.

If you saw that one, you may have thought,

That’s kinda cool. I wish they’d come to my house. I’ve got some stuff I’d like them to do.

And, I’ll bet you didn’t give a moment’s thought to what it might cost.

Who cares? Those people are getting their makeover for “free”.

Mulligans are free. Do Overs? Not so much

Keep Reading to get the 7 Steps to Build Flexibility into Your Company’s DNA

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5 Powerful Leadership Lessons from the Indianapolis 500

Our leadership prowess is always on the line but nowhere more powerfully than on the starting line at the Indy 500.

You’re all in, 24/7 for 365 days … with victory in a 33 car lineup about 3 hours away. Do you understand the leadership requirements to achieve victory in such a short period of time?

 

Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades

On Sunday, May 24, 2015 … and with a spread of only .1046 seconds – yes, that’s about 1/10 of one second – Juan Pablo Montoya overtook Will Power – (yup, that’s his real name, a good one for this stuff, huh?) – to win the 4th closest race in Indy 500 history.

(Last year was the 2nd closest when Ryan Hunter-Reay overtook Helio Castroneves to become the first American to win it since 2006.)

I’ve been following this race for more than 50 years

For over 50+ years, I have listened to … and starting with the first live, same-day telecast in 1971 … watched the Indianapolis 500.

Every year.

Without fail.

What do I know about cars?

Nothing!

Really, I should say Absolutely Nothing!
Keep reading to learn the 5 Powerful Leadership Lessons from the Indy 500

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Are you a Successful Leader? Are you a Lifelong Learner? Pick Two!

When we’re in the Spotlight of Leadership, our behavior is always on display. What are these behaviors and where can we get Inspiration to be a Leader Worth Following?

As a leader, you don’t have the luxury of paying attention to just a few things, or only to what you most enjoy.

Knight in Shining Armor

There are simply too many issues that confront you as a leader working hard to build a successful organization:

  • How can I develop a world-class leadership team to make sure we’re growing in a competitive environment?
  • How can I build an accountable organization that collaborates to achieve the best results?
  • What will inspire my team to reach beyond themselves and dig deep to exceed their own expectations and advance their personal and professional goals?

Be a Leader Worth Following

Leadership is about a lot things …

Don’t miss these Key Leadership Behaviors & exciting news about Leadercast 2015

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What is Winston Churchill’s Productivity Secret?

Churchill Image: I am an optimist2“How did you get so much done?”

You’ve probably heard the question many times, asked of interview guests the world over …

“If you could interview anyone, living or not, who would it be?”

For me, that’s an easy question.

Winston Churchill.

What if I could only ask him one question?

I could ask him a million questions and talk with him for days, but if I’m only given one question, here’s the simple one I’d ask:

“How did you get so much done?”

Winston Churchill lived to the ripe age of 90

Today, Sunday, November 30, is the birthday of Winston Churchill.

He was born 140 years ago in 1874 … and died 50 years ago next month … yet his talent and prodigious output remains striking to this day. He has always been one of my favorite historical characters … and for many reasons.
Continue reading to discover Churchill’s secret

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Do First Things First

One of our biggest battles these days is to keep our head above the water line … not drowning in the tsunami of endless inputs that flood our inbox.

Sure, we need a trusted system to manage it all … but we also need to spend enough time to focus on what really needs to get done.

What is your unique contribution? What is it that only you can do? What will move the needle and really make a difference?

Today, give it a try. Intensely focus on doing first things first. Just that process alone will do wonders.

If you do that, you’ll likely discover that no one will miss the parts you didn’t do at all.

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As a Leader, are you an Architect or just a Handyman?

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You need to develop a Delegation Mindset!

Yes, it’s sad but true.

If you’re a leader and you don’t develop a delegation mindset, you’ll never get enough done to extend your influence or grow in your organization.

Most importantly, you’ll be unable to accomplish the things that only YOU can do.

Do you really have a chance if you don’t delegate?

When you look over your shoulder, you probably see the flood waters rising behind … and somewhere deep in your subconscious, you’re reminded that you need help.

It’s dawning on you that as you seek and take on more responsibility, you’ll only have more to do … not less … and you’re going to drown if you can’t get some help.

Then, you start to notice there is a lot of potential help nearby … others are tapping into that talent pool … but you aren’t taking advantage of those resources.

What about only what YOU can do?

You also know that if you don’t make time for the things that only you can do, they won’t get done … by anyone … ever. Continue reading to get the Delegation Principles checklist

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Be a Leader Worth Following: Leadercast 2014

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Every year for the last 12 years, Leadercast has organized a ONE DAY ONLY event focused on Leadership. This year, you can join over 120,000 leaders from around the world at this exclusive event.

The theme varies every year. Last year, it was “Simply Lead”. This year, it is “Beyond You”.

“Our jobs ask much of us. And so do our lives. Employees, families, our boss. We have every reason to focus on our own success.

And yet, leadership calls us to more.

Leadership is beyond the confines of our daily tasks. Beyond the borders of our roles and responsibilities. Leadership asks us to look beyond the everyday and consider the larger community around us – our employees, colleagues, neighbors, and cities. We are asked to look not only inward, but also outward. Beyond ourselves.”

Another Great Roster of Speakers

This year’s speakers offer an exceptional array of experience, talent and insights … from Malcolm Gladwell to Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP, a $17 Billion Revenue company … and to Dr. Henry Cloud and Andy Stanley, two of the most heralded speakers from previous Leadercast events with more than 20 books to their credit. Learn more about the great lineup of speakers

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The 7 Qualities You Need to Get Your Company on the Medal Stand

What does it take to get on the Medal Stand and out of the Grandstands?

Jessica Long. One of the most decorated Paralympic athletes in history.

She’s won 17 Olympic medals. 12 of them are gold.

She holds 13 world records.

She’s been Sports Woman of the Year twice.

She’s obviously a remarkable swimmer.

She did all of it after having the lower part of both legs amputated when she was 18 months old.

Jessica Long’s drive, devotion and discipline are unquestioned.   Her determination is boundless. (NBC produced an in-depth look at her life you can find here.)

Is all of that enough? If you had each of those characteristics in immeasurable quantity, would it be enough to make you an Olympian?

Is drive, devotion and discipline enough?

Probably not.

Keep reading and download the 7 Olympic Qualities checklist …

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Leadership Insights | Do you really think you’re Resourceful?

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On a recent morning, I headed to a favorite place just down the street to fetch a couple of lattes for my wife and me.

Our forebearers would have awakened in woolen underwear, stepped in the dark onto a cold dirt floor, and stumbled outside to chop some wood to start a fire in the cook stove balanced on the rocks outside.

They would have tossed some coffee grounds into a beat-up metal pot … grounds that had already been used for several days … filled the pot with water, boiled it … and at some point, would finally get that first bitter cup of java.

No coffee house down the road, no car to get there, certainly no latte or cappuccino. Eat what you kill, literally. If you ain’t got it, you ain’t gonna get it.

Lots of resources but ….

The secret of success is constancy to purpose.” Benjamin Disraeli

In many ways, we’re much less resourceful than our forefathers.

While we may have expanded the definition of community in many positive ways, using our physical and social media “mobility” to create unimagined connections, we’ve also become more dependent on external resources to get through our day.

In some ways it’s probably better that we’re co-dependent. (more…)

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