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Think Long-Term

Posted Posted by jenny on July 29th, 2015 in Articles     Comments No comments
Jul
29

image1Recently my Dad asked me to join him in a meeting with an insurance executive. Dad has been an insurance salesperson for over 35 years and has been very successful. With the recent changes in health care, he is exploring his options; hence the reason for the insurance executive’s recruitment.

After his spill, the insurance executive said to my Dad, “If you commit within the next two weeks, we will discount a few hundred dollars on the setup.” The next few moments are ones I may never forget. My Dad said, “I am not worried about a few hundred dollars, I want to make sure I can do this. I am not thinking short-term, but LONG-TERM!” My Dad is almost 81 years old, and he is thinking long-term. When I grow up, I want to be like my Dad.

Most people who reach fifty years old are thinking short-term or how much longer until retirement. They have called it quits even though they have not retired.

A Few Tips for Thinking Long-Term

  1. Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

A Fixed Mindset:

  • Avoid challenges
  • Not open to change
  • Quits easily
  • Ignores feedback

A Growth Mindset:

  • Embraces challenges
  • Sees change as opportunity
  • Persists despite obstacles
  • Learns from criticism
  1. You do not reach your potential in the short-term but rather in the long-term.

  • It is the “Compound Effect.” Growth takes time.
  • You learn by evaluating your experiences, and that does not work unless you have a long-term horizon.
  1. Focus on doing things that give you “gain.”

    • It has been said we spend most of our time on things that prevent pain (short-term).
    • Long-term gain benefits us in the future. Read a book, learn something new, or invest in a new relationship.

Think long-term, just ask my Dad!

 

What Does It Mean To Be An Authentic Leader? – Part 2

Posted Posted by jenny on July 16th, 2015 in Articles     Comments No comments
Jul
16

scotty sanders

 

You cannot be an authentic leader unless you are your own person. I have known other leaders who were too responsive to the wishes of others. They had a hard time making difficult decisions for fear of offending. The advice I have given to thousands of leaders is to be you.

 

 

 

  •  Being an authentic leader means you lead with your heart. Some leaders behave as if they have no compassion for anyone. It is your life experience that opens up your heart to have compassion for the most difficult challenges people have along life’s journey.
  •  The capacity to develop close and genuine relationships is one mark of an authentic leader. Many leaders believe their job is to create the vision strategy and organizations structure. They have a detached style of leadership. If you cannot or will not connect with the people you lead, you will find it hard to be effective.
  •  Self-Discipline is a critical quality of an authentic leader. Without it you cannot gain respect of the people you lead. If a leader has good values but not the self-discipline to put them into action, they lose trust. Also, know that none of us are perfect so when we fall short it is important to admit our mistakes.

To be an authentic leader you must practice consistency and self-discipline. Learn how to handle the pressure of leading.

Becoming an authentic leader requires many years of hard work, some pain and suffering, and the wisdom that comes from experiencing life at its fullest.

Mother Theresa was a compelling example of an authentic leader. Many think of her as simply a woman who reached out to the poor yet by 1990 she had created an organization of 4,000 missionaries operating in a hundred countries. Not only did she have a purpose, clear values, and a heart filled with compassion, but she also had a very close relationship with people and exercised self-discipline. She was a great example of authentic leadership.

What Does It Mean To Be An Authentic Leader? (Part 1)

Posted Posted by scotty on July 14th, 2015 in Articles     Comments No comments
Jul
14

scotty sanders

 

 

You cannot be an authentic leader unless you are your own person. I have known other leaders who were too responsive to the wishes of others. They had a hard time making difficult decisions for fear of offending. The advice I have given to thousands of leaders is to be you.

 

 

 

Being an Authentic Leader

  • Develop your own unique leadership style. Be consistent to your own personality. My wife and I have two very different styles of leadership and we both have had success in leading large groups of people.
  • Understanding your purpose is essential in order to be an authentic leader. If you lack purpose and direction in leading, why would anyone want to follow you? In order to find your purpose you must first understand yourself. What are you passionate about? Are there any underlying motivations? What stirs your soul?
  • An authentic leader is defined by their values and character. Integrity is the one value that is required in every authentic leader. If people cannot trust you, why would they follow you? There will be situations in which your values are challenged and you must make tough decisions in the context of your values.

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