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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

Talk less, do more

We are all guilty of empty promises, talk that wasn’t followed by action and we all know that that will get us nowhere. As they say, talk is cheap, it’s the action that matters and it is what distinguishes those who achieve and accomplish their goals and those who don’t.

Additionally, please don’t wait for your environment to be perfect as that doesn’t exist. There are no perfect leaders, teams, perfect business plans, perfect funding, perfect strategies, perfect execution…you learn as you go, you adapt, iterate, get better and make progress. Go do!

Winners win, that’s what they do

Winners win, that’s what they do. They take change of their lives and their careers and they actively drive change and progress towards goals and ultimate success. On this journey, they don’t whine, complain or blame others for where they are, but rather take their responsibilities seriously and own their actions and decisions.

Live your life and stop conforming

This is your life, please live it your way. Stop following others without thinking about what your thoughts are on a particular topic, idea or a goal. Stand up and speak up for what you believe in, even if it challenges the norm or commonly accepted beliefs. Be true to your self in all aspects of life and career. Remember, we have one life…make it your own!

Is your job making you sick?

While most of us spend at least 40 hours/week working, many of us are spending a lot more than that, and as such, we should really consider the environment we work in and leadership we work for. Why do we tolerate workplaces that are making people sick, that are stressing people out? Why is this OK; why is this taken as a norm in today’s society across so many countries?

  • If you are unhappy every Sunday because Monday is coming, you need to leave
  • If you are living for a Friday afternoon, you need to leave
  • If you are lost at work due to lack of leadership and direction, you need to leave
  • If your organizational culture is unhealthy, you need to leave
  • If you are putting up with nonsense so that you can “enjoy” after retirement, you need to leave

The value of strategic partnerships

No matter how large your business might be, it can always benefit and see value from a select number of strategic partnerships. These partnerships are larger and deeper than simple vendor relationships and as such they should be formed and entered carefully, thoughtfully and with a mutually beneficial outcome in mind. Think about your future and your distant goals and surround yourself with people and businesses who can be supportive of that direction and strategy. Also, along this journey, make sure to provide value to others as well.

Give away your products and services

Give away your products and services to enter new markets or segments and establish your brand while sharing your knowledge and experience. Provide value BEFORE you ask or expect anything in return. When people are not familiar with what you can do and know, it is is up to you to build awareness and share freely without expectations or conditions.

3 types of employees who have to go

3 types of employees who have to go (for varying reasons and at various times):

1. “The superstar” – someone with a particular set of technical or functional skills who doesn’t play well with others and doesn’t respect the rest of the team members. Someone who causes issues, tension and problems. Remember, a rotten apple will spoil the entire basket. They have to go.

2. “The lifer” – someone who has been with the organization for decades and has stopped performing and contributing nearly that long ago. Longevity is a great thing, but finding loopholes and taking advantage of familiar environment is not. They have to go.

3. “Mr. Nice guy (or Mrs. Nice gal)” – someone who is nice to everyone which is wonderful, but yet it doesn’t do any actual work and doesn’t contribute to the overall business growth or success. I have met plenty of nice people, many of who I consider to be my friends today with whom I would gladly go out for lunch, dinner or drinks, but we don’t work together if they can’t carry their own weight. They have to go.

Once again, each of these individuals should be first given an opportunity to level up and meet you at the new level of performance, new standards and should be given an opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas in private. However, waiting for someone to “join” the team and contribute has a “date of expiration” and at that point in time, they have to go.

What’s the 4th or 5th type of employees who should go that I haven’t mentioned in this video?

What you should learn from your boss and why

Learn from those who are ahead of you on your professional journey. Take every opportunity you get to learn from their good and less than ideal decisions, actions and ideas.

Growth comes from being uncomfortable

Challenge yourself, try new things, seek new opportunities and get comfortable being uncomfortable. Furthermore, along this journey, it is important to be open to new ideas and be aware that what got you here may not be what gets you to the next place or level.