Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers.
Be a warrior when it comes to delivering on your ambitions. And a saint when it comes to treating people with respect, modelling generosity, and showing up with outright love.
Leave your ego at the door every morning, and just do some truly great work. Few things will make you feel better than a job brilliantly done.
Greatness comes by doing a few small and smart things each and every day. Comes from taking little steps, consistently. Comes from a making a few small chips against everything in your professional and personal life that is ordinary, so that a day eventually arrives when all that’s left is The Extraordinary.
As you move outside of your comfort zone, what was once the unknown and frightening becomes your new normal?
Listening is a master skill for personal and professional greatness.
Hard work opens doors and shows the world that you are serious about being one of those rare – and special – human beings who use the fullness o their talents to do their very best.
Cell phones, mobile e-mail, and all the other cool and slick gadgets can cause massive losses in our creative output and overall productivity.
Leadership is not a popularity contest; it’s about leaving your ego at the door. The name of the game is to lead without a title.
The starting point of discovering, who you are, your gifts, your talents, your dreams, is being comfortable with yourself. Spend time alone. Write in a journal. Take long walks in the woods.
Basically, lead without a title is to derive your power within the organisation not from your position but form your competence, effectiveness, relationships, excellence, innovation and ethics.
Go for great. Own your game. Be kind. Get big things done.
The business of business is relationships; the business of life is human connection.
I take a massage each week. This isn’t an indulgence; it’s an investment in your full creative expression/productivity/passion and sustained good health.
Difficult times disrupt your conventional ways of thinking and push you to forge better habits of thought, performance and being.
If you’re tried everything possible to get an outcome, and it just hasn’t worked out as planned, stop trying so hard. Relax. Maybe the timing’s not right. Maybe it wasn’t in your best interests. Maybe while one door seems to be closing, another is opening.
A leadership culture is one where everyone thinks like an owner, a CEO or a managing director. It’s one where everyone is entrepreneurial and proactive.
My encouragement: delete the energy vampires form your life, clean out all complexity, build a team around you that frees you to fly remove anything toxic, and cherish simplicity. Because that’s where genius lives.
If we are paying attention to our lives, we’ll recognise those defining moments. The challenge for so many of us is that we are so deep into daily distractions and ‘being busy, busy’ that we miss out on those moments and opportunities that – if jumped on – would get our careers and personal lives to a whole new level of wow.
I’ve had some wins. And been knocked down with defeats. Glimpsed views from the top of the mountain. And walked through the darkest of valleys. But through this entire ride called ‘a life’ – I’ve refused to give up.
The little things amount to big things.