I'm a sucker for juicy words, particularly words that sum up a great thought in a simple and clever way. Oftentimes the best words, are not in our mother-tongue...enter Ganbatte!
I've heard it tossed into conversations among my Japanese friends, peppering notices of big projects, promotions, life events, etc. When someone has something big going on, their friends tell them 'Ganbatte'! Go for it, do your best!
We don't really have an equivalent expression in English, certainly not one that punctuates news of an upcoming challenge with support and encouragement.
As an employer or leader, this is particularly true. A key component of productive leadership is the sincere commitment to creating an atmosphere where your staff or organization can excel, innovate, shine, and succeed. That doesn't mean all leaders have to be touchy-feely, self-help...
Are there places in your life where you know that you are 'just going through the motions'?
You will never find your edge, you will just keep 'doing a good job'.
We want to bust through the boundary of 'good', and we can only do that by being intentional, by focusing, by being thoughtful.
When you are good, when you are confident, when you are a high functioning indiviudal who has enjoyed some modicum of success...there is also a high risk that you will become complacent. Whe you are 'so good' at doing what you do, there is also a signficant risk that you will become equally good at skating by. Maybe 'skating' for you, is someone else's stretch. Good for you. But that means you are leaving a lot on the table!
When you don't challenge yourself, you are shortchanging yourself and you are denying to world the real impact of your gifts and skills.
"Readiness happens in action, not in contemplation" -Brendon Burchard
No doubt you've noticed...the world feels a bit like it's taken a trip with Alice through the Looking Glass.
The negativity in the air is thick, the vitriol we are all exposed to on a daily basis is both toxic, and nearly unavoidable.
The world is desperately calling for leaders. Calling for leadership.
And yet....all but crickets on the leadership front.
To be fair, there are amazing beacons of light out there. Individuals who are rising to the challenges of our day, making themselves servants to the movements and efforts that need them. There are people who have the courage to face this tsunami of hostility with thoughtfulness and innovation. Though not as many as we need.
So, what will it take to be a leader in this new world order? What skills are required? What traits will support success?
I believe that becoming a High Impact Leader is something we should all be thinking about.
If you are successful in work and in life. If you are an achiever, a doer, a thinker, a giver; then...
The end of 2017 is fast approaching, and many of you have likely been working on budgets, year-end reports and other tracking information at work. Indeed, it seems that everyone wants data, plans and analysis in the final hours of the calendar year, all aimed at setting the table for a productive and profitable new year.
Just as a business tracks its annual outputs and progress, so too should you take some time to consider what you have accomplished, what you could do differently, what you didn’t quite get around to in this current year.
Imagine each year is a new mountain that you are setting out to climb. In the spirit of making sure you leave no stone (or opportunity) un-turned, you load your proverbial backpack full of everything you...
"Courage is resistance to fear, the mastery of fear, not the absence of fear"
– Mark Twain
What would you do in your life if you weren’t scared?
I don’t mean ‘fear for your life’ scared. I’m talking about the kind of ‘scared’ that makes you feel intimidated to pitch a new idea at work. I’m talking about worry you feel about telling your spouse what you really, truly need from them. I’m talking about the daily decisions you make that prevent you from fully being the leader, the spouse, the parent or person you fundamentally dream of.
Here’s a few questions to get you thinking about your own level of courage:
These are some of the questions that Brendon Burchard’s team asked in...
I’m consistently amazed at how serious people are.
Or maybe I should say, at how ‘seriously they take themselves’ and their work.
Somehow humor and levity seem to have been sucked out of our homes and the workplace. The world seems to have an air of heaviness and thickness that permeates pretty much everything.
Who doesn’t want to feel good? Who doesn’t enjoy a laugh? I’m not talking about being the class clown. I’m not talking about ill-placed and poorly times pranks. I’m talking about allowing yourself and those around you to enjoy the humor that is frankly everywhere in life.
The best way I have seen this manifest in the workplace is through self-deprecating humor. One of my favorite people that I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with is a man named John. John is an incredibly accomplished individual, a jack of all...
We are preparing for a Hurricane here in Florida. A big one. Now, I'm a mountain girl, and the whole concept of preparing for an act of God to potentially wipe you off the map is slightly intimidating to me. In fact it's absolutely terrifying! There is a pervasive feeling in the air, as ethereal and icky as a spiderweb that you accidentally stepped into, or an itch you can't scratch: Fear.
We don't typically get many opportunities to experience real 'fear' in our first world lives (thankfully). However, when we do, those experiences have a lot they can teach us (yes, I'm trying to shift my mind to think about Irma as a 'teaching moment', and not Armageddon!)
Fear is just a state of mind where you allow your uncertainty to paralyze you. And the only one who can control your 'fear response' is you!
You can't typically change the circumstances around the...
We look to leaders to drive results, to set the tone for an organization's culture, to think strategically, and use high levels of discernment and judgment to ensure they are setting and maintaining the best possible path forward. Cultivating high performance habits, and demonstrating the discipline of leadership throughout one's career is no small feat. However, even those high standards do not quite capture what we can, and should expect of our leaders. Nor do they capture the scope of what they should expect of themselves.
Leadership today does not exist in a vacuum. On the contrary, leaders need to understand situations and circumstances as holistic and integrated systems. Being a successful leader is more than increasing profits or achieving strategic outcomes. Being a leader in today's world means having an eye for the bigger prize, the larger impact; the way in which your leadership can impact society and humanity as a whole.
Leaders have an obligation not only to their...
Are you afraid?
Maybe you don’t call it fear, maybe you call it something else.
How about this…
What are you missing out on?
Is the fear of missing out drowning you?
Fear is the ultimate paralyzer. And even the most high achieving person you’ve ever met has experienced its affects at some point in their personal and professional lives.
As parents, we are fearful that we aren’t exposing our kids to the right experiences, that we are spoiling them, that we are not teaching them the ‘right’ things, that they will not grow up to be the adults we hope they will be.
As spouses and partners, we fear that our relationship has lost its luster, that our partners don’t see any magic in us anymore, that romance is a thing of the past, that we may be missing out on real romance or excitement.
In our careers we fear that others are getting farther, getting there faster than us. We fear that others know things we don’t and have help we...
Diving into the actions that will lead you to your 'dream life' can be incredibly daunting. As much as we may aspire to live more fully, to push ourselves to bigger, bolder things, we may also have an equal amount of fear and hesitation tethering us to the status quo. We may doubt ourselves. We may doubt our resources, our abilities, our support, our commitment.
Change is hard. There is no doubt about it.
And pursuing an unknown future at the possible expense of current comfort does not improve our desire to tackle change, even if it is likely to bring us good things!
The whole 'nothing ventured, nothing gained' adage is timeless and true. Uncertainty and fear of the unknown are a given.
But what will you do to overcome them?
I find that whether I'm coaching someone on their career, or their personal lives, there inevitably comes a point where their dreams and aspirations are asking more of them than their fear and trepidation are comfortable allowing. Meaning, we reach a place...
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