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Archive for month: April, 2013

Listening with Our Ears and Eyes

Listening is the starting point in developing the leadership skills you’re seeking.

You cannot practice what you have not learned and you cannot learn what you have not listened to—with your ears and eyes.

No one person has all the answers to the challenges we face in life and in business. There are, of course, the obvious benefits of listening: gathering significant data and receiving different perspectives to resolve problems. However, related to the ability to lead, listening is a demonstration to others that you value their input, are carefully weighing all options, and as a consequence, you can be trusted to make the right decisions.

One of the simpler definitions among the 726,000 Google choices for leadership is, “Having followers.” We all want and need to be listened to.

A leader who provides the opportunity for us to be heard is the person we are apt to believe in and follow.

My conclusion, from my own experience and from observing and listening to others, is, “If we do not listen well, we will not lead well.”

Listening, with your ears and your eyes, is the key to your development into a superior leader. Complex leadership skill sets, with the willingness and ability to apply them, are unique to each individual. You can admire and try to emulate great leaders, but you cannot provide leadership in the exact way they do. You cannot do exactly the same things. You are not the same person.

Listen to others and then personalize, practice, and perfect your own skills. Learn to recognize and develop your personal characteristics of leadership—working with others toward a common goal.

Never walk with your head empty.

Listen—listen over and over and over again.

Learn How to Reignite Passion in Business

Learn How to Reignite Passion in Business

Have you lost your passion in business?

attitude is everythingAre you feeling burnt out and exhausted?

At one point or another, even the most passionate business owners feel some sort of disconnect from their excitement about business. Sometimes this may be attributed to working too much, not having the right support, or feeling stuck in a rut. Regardless of the reason, losing your passion for a business results in lost focus and motivation.

If this is where you are right now, here is a helpful article from Entrepreneur.com, titled, “5 Ways to Rekindle the Passion in Your Business,” written by Jane Porter. In her article she talks about how to bring back the excitement in your business and become re-energized.

Whether you are a business owner or not, her tips may provide you just what you need to bring back the joy in your career.

5 Tips to Bringing Back the Passion in Business

1. Discover the power of personal time. Regardless of how much you love and enjoy your business, you need to take time for you. Often business owners are working long hours and forget the importance of ‘me’ time. Spend time doing your favorite activities, even something as simple as reading a book or kayaking in your favorite location. If you can’t find the time, add it into your schedule, so you don’t have an excuse.

2. Build your support system. A great support system can help you through the ups and downs. Whether your hire a business coach or find a mentor, there is always someone out there that can help you in good and difficult times.

3. Delegate, delegate, delegate. It is easy to become overwhelmed or frustrated when you are trying to do everything on your own. Regardless of whether it is at work or at home, there are moments when delegating or outsourcing is your best friend. You don’t need to do it all. In fact, when you outsource your weaknesses, you can focus on what you enjoy.

4. Don’t hide from the people you love. Often times when you are feeling out of character in business, you are also feeling it in your personal life. This is one of the most important times to focus on all relationships, personal and professional. Friends, family, and partners are great motivation and support. Seek out the positive energy from those relationships to keep you motivated and passionate.

5. Change it up. Sometimes the reason for the disconnect is that it is time for a change. Maybe you need to innovate or change directions within your company? Maybe you are seeking a new career path altogether? Regardless of the decision, listen and pay attention to where you need to go from here. Often the most exciting things to do are creating something new. Maybe now is the time?

It happens to the best of us–the loss of motivation and passion in business. However, what you do with it when it strikes is up to you.

How about you? When is the last time you felt disconnected from your business? Tell us how you pushed through below. We’d love to hear.