If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true were really true, there would be little hope of…
Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and do that. Because what the world needs is…
Life is defined by lack of attention, whether it be to cleaning windows or trying to write a masterpiece. – Nadia Boulanger …
Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives. – William James I…
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We can be sure that the greatest hope for maintaining equilibrium in the face of any situation rests within ourselves. – Francis J. Braceland
Plan your work, and then work your plan. It might be a commonly repeated statement. It’s repeated because it is true.
Plan your work. Plan your planning and study time. Plan your recreation time. Plan ahead.
TIP: Plan tomorrow’s activities today. If you wait until tomorrow – the planning time will escape more times than not.
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. – Epictetus
Developing effective systems is crucial to leadership success. Know how to run an effective meeting.
Hugh’s rule #1 for Conducting Effective Meetings:
Purpose – Don’t hold a meeting if you do not have a defined purpose for the meeting. Know what you want to achieve and state those outcomes for the participants.
TIP: Define the meeting outcomes first, and then plan how to achieve those outcomes.
Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success. – Henry Ford
Leadership skills you employ in this area are important to the transformation of staff or volunteers into workers, critics into advocates, and detractors into supporters. Learn to define, recruit, delegate, support, nurture, and facilitate. The Transformational Leadership model enables leaders to get the right people, tell them what is needed, let people complete their tasks, and celebrate the results. After all, professional leaders lead. If we did everything, we would be called professional doers. Leaders lead. This means getting out of the way.
TIP: If you have lots of staff or volunteers, then learn to limit your time with those who are not as productive and give more to those who produce. Here’s a chance to use the 80/20 rule. Spend 80% of your volunteer support time with the 20% of the people who produce 80% of the results. Gather the remaining 80% of the volunteers who produce 20% of the results into groups. Support them as a group, not individually. This will give you a major bounce on your results and free up enormous amounts of time. (This is the “Pareto Principle” named after the nineteenth-century economist who developed the 80/20 rule for business.)
Your goal should be out of reach
but not out of sight. – Anita DeFrantz
Your foundation is first your values, then your goals. Goals are crucial to success. Goals in your mind are not goals, but only dreams.
Write your goal. Print out the goal. Punch the goal sheet. Put it into your planning notebook. Read your goal daily.
Develop a positive affirmation that will focus on the BENEFIT of accomplishing your goal.
TIP: The specificity of your goal is important. Write your goal describing the future accomplishment in present tense.