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Elevating your leadership | “I don’t care that they stole my idea…I care that they don’t have any of their own.” – Nikola Tesla

Lead by example


Dear leaders, you must lead by example and as such you should never ask anyone on your teams to do things you haven’t done in the past or anything you wouldn’t do today. While you may not be as good as others on your team in a particular area (out of practice), it is essential to demonstrate your willingness to do whatever it takes across your areas of responsibilities to ensure mutual respect and success.

Nothing should be beneath you, ever! If it is good enough for your people, it is good enough for you.

How to get promoted?


Promotion: how to get one? This is a great question, one that each of us have asked ourselves and our colleagues at least once in our careers.

First, you can always move to another organization that is better suited to your goals, ambitions, skills and capabilities. However, changing organizations is a challenging concept for so many people due to their time vested in their current company, their levels of comfort and their risk-averse nature. For those who want to grow within their current places of employment it is important to do the follow things:

  1. Vision, mission, strategy & business model: understand all of them & go all in
  2. Provide value in both strategy & operations (go beyond current responsibilities)
  3. Solve your boss’ problems (think about your CEO as well)

What else is missing from this list?

Don’t panic, lead people


Dear leaders, whether you like it or not, your entire organization looks at you for guidance on how to handle and address many things such as opportunities, challenges and stress.

Less meetings, more doing


Meeting fatigue is something we have all experienced at some point in our careers. Meeting after a meeting to no end and frequently to no purpose or value can become draining on individuals and teams as a whole. Each of our businesses would be much better off if we spent less time in repetitive meetings which frequently conclude without any relevant decisions or actionable items.

Furthermore, why are all meetings at least an hour? Why can’t some of them be 30 or 15 minutes where you get to the point, make a decision and move on. Additionally, only invite people needed for the meeting to take place; do all prep work BEFORE the meeting and insist on everyone’s engagement (those who don’t contribute shouldn’t be invited to meetings). Finally, and most importantly, have less of them! 😉

How to find a new job


How to find a new job? A question, we have all asked ourselves at some point and more importantly, we had to answer it. When it’s time to move on from your current position or place of employment it is essential to be strategic about your next move.

First, research the position and who it reports to. Your direct supervisor will have a great impact on your overall success (directly or indirectly) which is why it is important to “hire your boss” in a sense.

Second, look at the firm itself. Do your due diligence and research their financials, leadership, legal standing, market share, revenue, major products and services…research it all. Finding a great position working for a wonderful leader won’t be of much us if the business itself is not built on solid footing.

How to increase your influence


Being able to influence direction, strategy, attention and people is always a valuable skill and ability to have. One of proven ways to do this is by establishing your credibility in a particular space based on your knowledge, experience and how you treat people. Begin by providing value without expecting anything in return and your pay off with come your way in due time (often 10X).

Live your life today and every day


Life is precious, valuable and incredible so do all you can to live it to the fullest, filled with happiness, joy and purpose, surrounded by people you love.

Think for yourself, be yourself and don’t blindly follow the crowd. Enjoy each day and focus on what is important and what matters in life.

Write down your goals and make them visible


Write down your goals and make them visible. When I say this, I refer to your major 5-8 goals you want to accomplish this year. Once they are written down, make them visible everywhere, at home, at work, on your phone, laptop…everywhere. You want these consistent reminders of what your priorities are and that time shouldn’t be wasted.

Listen to your customers


Listen to your customers as they are among the greatest sources of information in order to continue to improve, expand and grow. On this improvement and growth process, listen to what folks are saying and engage with them across all avenues, in particular across social media. This focus on customer service and proactive approach is what distinguishes you from others.

Many companies can deliver a good product or a service, but the experience and how you make your customers feel is what stands out. Think Amazon as you do this and how they are known for this no questions asked, speed and customer focused approach. This is (among other things) what has enabled them to grow at tremendous speed and why they became one of the largest companies across the world.

We all make mistakes


Mistakes are part of life, part of business. There is no such thing as perfection so the sooner we realize that, the sooner we will be that much closer to progress, advancement and growth.

None of us are perfect and as such it is important NOT to point out every single mistake. When it comes to leaders, they should be actively involved and informed about their teams’ performance, but small errors which don’t have any significant negative impact shouldn’t be highlighted as that action provides no value to anyone. Repeat offenders and major issues must be addressed, but small issues should be (if at all) acknowledged in private (one-on-one) and left behind you as quickly as possible. This level of support for your colleagues will provide for safe environment to innovate, experiment and even fail which is crucial. Furthermore, that employee will never forget the day you made them feel safe and have supported them even when things didn’t go their way.