As we begin the countdown to Leadercast 2015, we get an inside look at a typical office meeting.
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I’m old enough to remember how awesome it was to have several female friends who would help me sneak into the girls’ dormitory after curfew.
It was a bit tricky to traipse though the bushes with a small flashlight to find the back door … you prayed none of the “dorm mothers” were hovering … but it was exhilarating when you found the door slightly ajar and no adult supervision in sight.
It was a risky gambit because you knew those dorm mothers were particularly vigilant and relished nothing more than trapping a male intruder and banishing him to the Dean’s office the next morning. It wasn’t a visit you wanted to make, particularly because the Dean’s first call would be to your Mom.
We persisted nonetheless.
I know what you’re thinking … what could be more exhilarating than a late night tryst? Lucky guys, you guys.
Creating goals that have meaning
“It’s just a goal.”
That’s a phrase I’ve heard too many times when a business leader engages in a performance review with an employee or when companies embark on a corporate planning effort.
Do they mean that a goal is more like a road sign, pointing the way without regard for whether you actually arrive?
Is it like the proverbial carrot dangled on the stick in front of us, with some motivational value but with no expectation that we will ever feast upon it?
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.
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
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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I never thought that Rory McIlroy, a PGA golfer, would be the subject any article I ever wrote, least of all 2 of them.
What a difference a few years makes!
When I wrote about the Magic of True Grit, Rory appeared in an ignominious way.
What do you do when you totally screw up?
In 2011, Rory entered the final day of the Masters Tournament with a 4 stroke lead … and watched it quickly evaporate as his game imploded.
He shot 80 on that final day, the worst score of anyone playing on Sunday. He finished 10 strokes behind the winner, a Masters rookie, Charl Schwartzel.
(The Masters tournament doesn’t like to talk about such crass subjects as money … but the one day cost of that catastrophe to Rory WAS OVER $1.3 MILLION!)
He was heartbroken over his performance that day, but held his head high with these words: Continue reading to see the Big Change …
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What does it take to get on the Medal Stand and out of the Grandstands?
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?