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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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Journaling: Daily Cleansing

Posted by Dhea on July 20, 2009

Hi all

In recent months it seems that “journaling” is a must for business owners. I remember when I was a young child I loved keeping a diary (a locked one at that… tell me what would a 6 year old have to lock away!) and yes I still have them now… the diaries became log books as a young adult, which included travel logs, work plans , dreams  and when I look back upon reflection this entire process allowed me to “dump” all my daily mews into the pages. My daily cleansing allowed everything to come out of my head and into the journal, which cleared my head in readiness for sleep. This process allowed me to be really prepared for the next day as I was able to rest without the fear of forgetting anything.

Somewhere along my mid twenties and the birth of my first child ( two more followed)  this “journaling” stopped. No longer was I recording daily actions, ideas, thoughts anything. I wasn’t debriefing… nothing was being formally recorded and certainly not contained in one of my favourite leather bound notebook. Fast forward 15+ years and all business/health/life coaches are all suggesting we as adults keep journals . Celine Egan and Sue Henry of Accelerate Women have a great journal/system… all suggest we keep a journal to track our thoughts, actions and plans… here Jennifer Holloway explains how our minds, bodies and souls work best together well when we’re aware of our “self” and our personal development. This can be achieved by revisiting what is an old idea, that is keeping a journal.

Has anyone started journaling in recent times and would like to share their experiences.. ie clarifying goals ideas, concepts. Helps them to formulate decisions.

How has journaling helped you?

I for one am going to start it up again and try to go past the first page… What about you?

Dhea

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