Being Transparent

You want to make an improvement on how things are going, however, you hesitate because of your worry of how your suggestion is going to be perceived. You ask yourself: “will people get defensive or take it as a criticism of their working style?”

From my 30 years of working with different leaders, I find that transparent communication is the most effective. However, you need to ensure that you communicate in the most respectful manner without skirting the issue and ensure your feedback is aligned to the common goal.

If people see that you are coming from the right place and mean well, you will take the discussion to the next level. It does not mean that your feedback will be implemented totally. It means that you will have a healthy and transparent discussion leading to the best outcome.

The outcome may be what you suggested or what they come up or a third choice which is neither yours or theirs – but better than both your suggestions!

Prep & Luck!

Full readiness does not occur overnight. It transpires after years of preparation.

You know you’re ready when, one day, after years of preparation, you are able to capitalize on an opportunity that knocks on your door. This gain changes the direction of everything you do.

Now, many may categorize such an incident as luck or just being at the right place at the right time. However, although true that luck certainly plays a part – without investment in being ready, the odds of benefiting from such luck is slim to none.

So prepare every day. Nay, every hour, towards your chosen dream. Then, when Lady Luck arrives, you can welcome her with open arms, and thank her by fully seizing the opportunity she lays before you!

When prep, luck, and opportunity coincide you get the formula for success!

Replicate Mastery!

When you get a chance to perform at your best, reflect what made that happen. It’s never an accident. Many things have to align to create this performance.

By becoming aware of what makes that happen, you can replicate it in the future. Without this awareness, replication would be a hit and miss. You may need to journal the success factors which you can review before your future performances.

I spoke with one of the best in the world and I noticed after his performance he wrote a 15-page journal of the good, the bad and the indifferent of the event. Do you think this would help him with a better outcome the next time? You bet!

The world-class treat their craft with discipline and reverence. No wonder they are world-class!

Special friends

Special friends are rare. When you find one, go the extra mile to take your friendship to the next level.

These special friends can be family members – spouse, children, parents or business partners, work colleagues or community/volunteer connections.

The source is not important, however, the deep connection is.

You just know it when you connect with a special friend. They are usually unconditional, authentic and great givers! They get the best out of you and vice versa.

The One Thing

Rumi says:
“You can accomplish a hundred other things but if you do not accomplish the one thing for which you have been sent, it will be as if you have done nothing.”

Rumi is implying that we have a life purpose and if we do not accomplish this purpose, the other hundred things we do does not amount to much.

However, how do you find your purpose? There is no life manual available. Teachers and parents seldom talk about it and the religious establishments at best only skirt around the issue.

So most people grow up doing a hundred things instead of that one thing that means everything.

The one thing that you need to do is to apply your birth-day gift (the gift you are born with) to create a positive impact in the lives of others!

How about you? Will you dare to do the one thing that at the end of the day means everything?

To do or Not to do!

If you are like most executives, you probably have a lot of things on your plate at any given point in time including now.

How do you go about executing these “to-do” items? People take many approaches. Some are effective, others not so.

For me, the best one is to park the “To do” list and revisit my goals. Then recreate my new “To do” from my goals and prioritize. Then compare with the “To do” list and delete the duplications.

From what is left in my old “To Do” list, I review it to ask the question have I missed any item in there that aligns with my goals. If so, I add to my new list. If not, it gets either deleted (undo), delegated or goes into procrastination or unimportant/ file.

To do or not to do begins with your goals, not with your ‘To do’ list!

Planning & Execution!

Planning is time-consuming. However, not planning usually leads to duplication of effort thus more time-consuming.

Execution is good but without planning, you can end up executing the wrong things.

Jumbled priorities and executing the wrong things are a result of poor planning!