In a world consumed with busyness, it is easy to become overextended. Simplicity must to be an intentional exercise of the body, mind and spirit to develop a well-balanced life.
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Jayson Teagle, Executive Director at Leadercast shares the importance of going through seasons of change in leadership and within an organization. Use these best practices to enjoy your leadership season and prepare for seasons ahead.
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When you put on a play, regardless of whether it’s a cute, elementary-school production or a full Broadway musical, you practice. You practice for weeks and weeks learning lines, choreography, blocking, and so many intricate details that make the show everything that it is billed to be. Rehearsals go late into the evening, tempers flare, and people get tired.
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Imagine a world without the visionary leaders who created innovations such as the computer, mobile phone or airplane. Not only would these inventions fail to exist, but our lives would be entirely different because of our current necessity on these conveniences in our daily lives.
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There is, and probably will always be a significant amount of hand-wringing over the topic of “having it all”, especially when it comes to women. To paraphrase one of my favorite observational comedians, Steven Wright, “if you had it all, where would you put it?”
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I recently finished reading Good to Great by Jim Collins, a cornerstone book in the business world when it comes to growing not only a good company into a great company but discovering what great leaders do. One of the concepts that stuck with me was the metaphor of “getting the right people on the bus” Collins uses.
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Ask any manager and they will tell with you that delegating tasks and responsibilities is vital to your success as a leader. For most high-performing employees, however, it’s not that easy. Most high-performers are driven by performance. They have honed their skills, know exactly what they want, how they want it, and honestly, it’s just easier to do it themselves. Delegation becomes a time-consuming chore, when you consider the time it takes to train or explain how you would like a job done.
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“Conflict builds character. Crisis defines it.” says Steven V. Thulon, the Band Superintendent of the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America. Leaders experience a range of complexity in the workplace, from skyrocketing victory to complete and utter defeat. Nothing in life will solidify your viability as a leader than your response in the face of challenge.
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Bringing clarity to the complex is one of the most influential qualities of a leader. Clarity can be achieved when a leader has an authentic vision to share with the world. However, a challenge can often arise when making the leap from vision to reality.
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Intuition is not luck- it is noticing clues and patterns to make decisions and predict future outcomes. In other words, it is our subconscious mind combing through information that our conscious mind has still not processed. We trust this intuition, sometimes over what seems to be the most reasonable decision.
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