Archive for Performance
“Alice came to a fork in the road. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked.‘Where do you want to go?’ responded the Cheshire Cat.’I don’t know,’ Alice answered.‘Then,’ said the Cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Success is something most of us would like to achieve – in everything we do! But the road to success is not an easy path to follow. It is full of twists and turns, potholes and ruts, false signs and impediments. Decisions have to be made all along that road and the decisions we make are up to us.We are responsible for the decisions we make -100 % of the decisions – 100% of the time.It is up to us!
We must learn from the mistakes we make, and carry on. The road is passable! Conventional wisdom indicates that the road to success involves a vision, a plan and action. Dr. Robert Schuller has said, that “If you can conceive it in your brain, and believe it in your heart, then you can achieve it.” Inscape Publishing Company, in their Everything DiSC® Work of Leaders’ assessment, uses a framework of Vision, Alignment and Execution to help in understanding leadership behaviors, and how they impact effectiveness.
Fast Company: Lessons In Teamwork From The Treacherous Sydney To Hobart Ocean Race
Dennis N.T. Perkins is the author of Into the Storm, a new book about the crew of the AFR Midnight Rambler during the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race, a 628 nautical mile challenge is often called the “Everest” of offshore ocean racing. But in 1998, conditions were extraordinarily dangerous. This article is an excerpt from the book, and focuses on the exceptional quality of the captain and the exceptional leadership that not only led to a win, but surviving the vicious seas during a brutal storm that resulted in the largest search-and-rescue operation in the history of Australia.
Inc.: Servant First, Leader Second
We love the Battlefield to Boardroom series by Inc.! This is a terrific article about really understanding what servant leadership is and having the humility to practice it.
Inc.: 4 Signs You Will Fail as a Leader
Outwardly, you appear effective, dependable, on top of things. But look closer. Are you in danger of destructive behaviors?
Inc.: Dries Buytaert: 3 Crazy Ways to Really Motivate Employees
This short video features Drupal founder Dries Buytaert explaining how he encourages his team to meet hugely ambitious goals.
Inc.: The Wrath of a Great Leader
We really appreciated this article detailing how Martin Luther King, Jr. wrestled with anger and what you can learn from his example. Often times, great leaders are built into myths, we really appreciated how this article outlined MLK’s very human side.
Fast Company: 4 Tips For Hiring Long-Term Talent On A Very Tight Budget
Early-stage founders and solo entrepreneurs have to get creative to hire a team within their cash flow. This post outlines a few ways to do just that–and the ups and downs of each.
In a survey conducted by Inscape Publishing’s research department 5,945 training participants were asked about the types of courses that would greatly increase their effectiveness at work.
The results: 56% of the respondents chose leadership skills as their top choice. In second place was dealing with conflict or difficult people. Technical knowledge related to the job came in as number 3 with 47% of the respondents choosing this topic. Communication skills were chosen by 42% of the respondents.
What does all of this mean? It indicates that from the learners’ perspective, balancing cognitive based skills with interpersonal capability remains an important requirement for success. And this is what the Everything DiSC®Application Library is intended to cover.
Are you having problems coming up with good and substantive goals for 2013? Are you confused by all the options that appear to be available to you? Are you tired of hearing the admonition – “We have all been given gifts, you should resolve to develop yours.”
Yes, we have all been given gifts, but they are all different! And how do you even identify them, yet alone develop them? Well, one of the best tools for this purpose was developed by Albert Humphrey in the latter half of the 20th century. It is called the “SWOT Model”, and is worthwhile reviewing as you ponder your vision for the New Year.
- Develop a vision that will clarify what you want, and where you wish to go;
- Then develop a plan that will focus your attention on how you will get there;
- Then put your plan in action – that will lead to the achievement of your vision.
Fast Company: Mission Leadership: 4 Principles For Creating Corporate Commandos
An absolutely fantastic article on mission command leadership, where everyone is closely aligned to the mission, trained to make appropriate decisions, and given the trust and support from leadership to follow through. The mission dictates what is to be done, but the how is, to a greater extent, in the hands of those tasked with execution.
Inc: 7 Traits of Extraordinary Bosses
Great bosses understand what employees truly need and then provide it to them. The article spells out the seven traits that employees want to see the most in the people for whom they work, including honesty, humility, and fairness.