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Defining the present reality: where is your business?

Posted by Dhea on August 11, 2009

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. Max DuPree

Walk down this path of leadership. Your first role is to define the present reality. If you, and your employees or team members, do not know where you are, it is impossible to chart a course to where you want to go. It is like the little red dot on the map at a shopping mall, which is the most important spot on the map, it simply says, “You are here!” In business we often fail to stop and truly assess the situation and determine where we are on the map in relation to where we want to go. Define the present reality for yourself and for your people. Last is to say thank you. Do your employees or team members know that you appreciate their hard work, sacrifice, talent, wisdom, commitment and service to customers? When was the last time you told them? When was the last time you told them specifically as in, “Thank you for dealing with that difficult Jones account,” or “I love the way you are able to negotiate in our behalf,” or “You really nailed that proposal,” or “Thanks for the long hours, I don’t say it enough, but Thank You!” The more specific you are in giving thanks the better! Then, everything in between is being a servant. Leadership doesn’t come with a title, nor is it something you get with a piece of paper or your name on the door. Being a servant to all is the only path to true leadership. In what ways are you serving your people?

Define the reality first, give thanks last and serve like crazy in the middle – these are the true marks and tests of leadership in the 21st century.

In what ways can you serve them better?

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Establishing Business Priorities: What are yours?

Posted by Dhea on July 16, 2009

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. Stephen Covey

The two critical elements to being a powerful, effective and productive leader are: establishing priorities and areas of focus first, then having the discipline to execute and carry them out second. Both are vital to your success as an entrepreneur or business owner. Having just one of the two is a recipe for disaster.

Without putting first things first you may execute and check a number of projects off your list, but you may not be doing the right things, things which will build or grow your business. Without the discipline to execute and carry things out you may have a wonderful vision of where you would like to go or what you would like to achieve but never move any closer to actually getting it done.

Review both your priorities and discipline to execute. Checking your priorities should be a weekly, daily and sometimes hourly exercise. Evaluating your discipline and what you actually achieve or produce must also be an ongoing process. By combining the leadership of creating the right priorities and the management discipline of carrying them out, you will put your business on a path which leads to ongoing, sustainable success.

What do you put first?

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