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Monday, February 27, 2012

Credibility Rests on Daily Behavior

Here is the Jefferson Smith weekly tip on everyday practices on good leadership. It's worth sharing:

Get out of the office. A friend remembers a day thirty years ago when the CEO stopped by his desk and asked how he was. The CEO. Thirty years ago. You cannot lead from the corner office.

Get to know your people. Where are they from? How are their families? What do they like about the company? What would they change? (And when you adopt their suggestions, give them credit: “This was Shirley’s idea.”)

Keep your word. Never, ever lie. It’s that simple. If you’re asked a question you can’t answer, say, “I’m sorry, but I can’t answer that question.”

Keep your promises. If circumstances change, explain what’s happened: “I promised to get you that book on process improvement. It’s on back order. I didn’t want you to think I’d forgotten about you.”

Watch out for your people before you watch out for yourself. Eat last at the company picnic. (Better yet, serve at the company picnic.) Treat your people fairly.

Your leadership and your credibility rest on your daily behavior.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Everything Is A Choice

My brother-in-law posted this quote on his Facebook wall. It's a good one...definitely worth sharing:

"Everything is a choice. Health is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Prosperity is a choice. Integrity, honesty, honor, work ethic . . . all choices. Put enough good choices together and you end up with a pretty good life. String enough bad choices together and you’re screwed. Success is also a choice. Just like being fit, happy and financially secure are all choices. But none of these things are one single choice. Instead they are made up of millions of tiny choices."
-Larry Winget

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Gaining Trust

I came across some good advice the other day...thought it was worth sharing:

Stephen M. R. Covey, in The Speed of Trust, identifies four principles for gaining trust as a leader:

Integrity. Are we who we say we are? Do we keep our word? “’Integrity’ comes from the same Latin root as the words ‘integrated’ and ‘integer.’ A person has integrity when there is no gap between intent and behavior, when he or she is whole, seamless, the same—inside and out.”

Intent. What’s our agenda? Our motive? Do we care about those we serve or do we see them only as tools for advancement?

Capability. This is often referred to as competence. Do we have the skills to accomplish what we need to do? And, if we don’t have the skills, do we know how to learn them?

Results. What have we done to demonstrate our capability? Our competence? In short, can we show we've walked the talk?