Shelf Help or Self Help?

It’s been said the biggest disparity in human-kind is between that which we know and that which we do.  I think that’s true.  There is know one more guilty of this than me.  If you could walk into my office you would be stunned at the amount of educational books, cd’s and dvd’s I have stuffing the shelves. In my dream-world I have read them all and applied all the wisdom from between their pages.  In fact, that is my goal!  cotton-tapestry-throw-cat-sleeping-bookshelf

If you aspire to be a high achiever start by recognizing that “a position” cannot make the leader.  The leader makes the position.  It’s not what you have; it’s who you are.  In order to truly succeed at the highest levels we must continually seek to increase our consciousness and improve our awareness.

Jim Rohn said: “Formal education gets you a job; self-education gets you rich!  Profits are better than wages.  Wages make you a living and that’s fine. But profits make you a fortune and that’s super-fine!”

These little gems of philosophy from the masters inspired me to become more in my own life.  I hope they do the same for you.  It’s really as simple as re-allocating your time and becoming intentional around implementing a personal education plan.

I have!  I hope you will too!

Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa

They Did; Can You?

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In todays “small business” climate so many people are living the fake it till you make it philosophy that it is often hard to gauge economic reality.  Only secure people can come out from behind their “image” and state the reality of their present position, share ideas and develop strategies to increase production volume and create a higher level of abundance.  comedy-mask-wearable

Today I met with a number of “secure people.”  What a privilege it was!  What progress we all enjoyed as we shared our struggles, our successes, our perceptions, our limiting beliefs, the realities of our current level of business development and the areas we are each working to grow in .

In the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin it is clear this practice of synergistic collaboration was common-place.  It brought about a greater level of success for all who participated.  What is it about our present day society that largely inhibits this type of growth?  Has striving for the “competitive advantage” become a disadvantage?

Secure leaders are able to share their knowledge, experience and strategies because they understand there is room for competition.  Some clients will resonate with their message and some clients will resonate with the message of another.  Secure leaders believe in Abundance.  In their world there really is enough for everyone.  Enough opportunity, enough work and enough money.

Once your level awareness grows to the point where you can “play” in this arena expect great things.  If you are not quite there yet you can aspire to it.  A good trick to start with is to increase your conscious awareness of when you start to feel fear.  Track those times and complete these questions:

1.  I just became fearful when _________.

2.  I felt fearful because ______________.

3.  I have a need for _________________.

Then replace them with:  In the future I will ___________________.

If synergistic collaboration worked for Benjamin Franklin, Napoleon Hill and Andrew Carnegie it will work for us!

Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa

These Shoes Are Made For Walking

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walkingshoesA strong thread running through the tapestry of every great leader is courage. It takes courage to walk away from relationships with people you care about when they begin acting in ways that compromise your integrity.  In the end if we are to be leaders and achieve any level of sustainable success that is exactly what we must do.

Abraham Lincoln said “Stand with anybody that stands right… and part with him when he goes wrong.” Simple concept but sometimes difficult to do.  How easy it can be for the lines to get blurred especially in cases of friendships where often deep emotions are felt.

In the ever-increasing rapidity of this world, it is easy to find ourselves squarely facing tough situations that require definite and sometimes immediate choices.  The key to making the right choice and escaping with your character and integrity in tact is preparation.  Be prepared.  Be prepared for everything!  Be prepared for the unexpected.  Be prepared for even the unimaginable.  Every living being knows right from wrong.  If it’s right do it; if it’s not, don’t!  That’s how you win!

Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa

Rate Yourself: 6 Traits of A Good Leader

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I have determined, there are no insignificant decisions in our lives.  Leadership is our opportunity; positive self leadership is our challenge.  Upon asking the number one leadership guru in the world, Dr. John C. Maxwell, “who is the hardest person to lead?”  He responded “I am!”  I think that’s true.  Don’t you?6_traits_leader

Developing positive character traits in the following areas will insure that you become (and remain) a successful leader:

1.  Become a person of faith.  Do you believe in your ability to achieve everything you set your mind on?  Do you believe in the potential of others?  Do you recognize and acknowledge the greatest force in the world (the power of God) working in and through all living things?  Can you and do you work cooperatively with the universal law of creation?

2.  Live a life of authenticity.  Are you really coming out from behind your guarded position and freely presenting an authentic expression of yourself?  Have you considered what your personal values are?  What do you really believe to be right and what do you really believe to be wrong?  Have you committed to those values and placed your actions in complete alignment with your personal value system?  The greatest gift you can give this world is an authentic expression of all your personal beauty, talents and potential.

3.  Do you work willing?  I once heard someone refer to Formula W.  “Work will win when wishy-washy wishing won’t!”  I like that!  Are you willing to work hard, to give all you’ve got and then give even more in the accomplishment of your vision and your goals?  Are you willing to be a shining example of an amazing work ethic?

4.  Lead with love.  Of all the cliché’ sayings, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” is among the most profound.  When I was in Florida during the certification process with the John Maxwell Team I was deeply moved.  This is what happened:   After we were certified, this man; the greatest leadership trainer in the world, stood to express the feelings of his heart with his new “Founding Partners.”  He had just given us a large portion of his life’s work and permission to take his name upon us in our companies.  As he spoke he expressed deep gratitude; saying he knew when he looked into our faces; he was looking into the face of his life’s legacy.  This man (worth millions) proceeded to list nearly 20 things that he promised us… Yes HE promised US!  As he ended speaking, tears streaming down his face, he gently said:  “I ask one thing of each of you… Love those whom you lead.  If you stop loving them, stop leading them.”  WOW!  It’s a moment I’ll never forget.

5.  Successful Leaders Prepare.  They are not like leafs on the wind, blowing which ever way the wind blows.  Successful leaders know the vision, they have taken time to study, to learn, to practice.  They have reflected with introspection on their lives, their values, their faith.  They are emotionally, physically, intellectually and spiritually prepared to meet the demands of their responsibilities.

6.  They get the job done and they lead others to do the same!  They are the master of every moment in their day.  They act upon circumstances and situations instead of reacting to them.  They see problems as opportunities.  They may not always feel confident and energetic but they choose to “show up” that way.  They keep their attitude in check.  They know they bring the momentum and that it is contagious.  They inspire confidence and motive the team never taking credit to themselves.

I hope you have scored yourself; and you have scored well.  If not; no worries.  Just print this page and set some goals around the areas you aspire to improve; then go to work!  It’s that easy!  Feel free to post your progress!

Onward & Upward My Friends,  Lisa

Madiba: The Gentle Giant

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nelsonmandelaMy interest in leadership developed during a difficult period in my life.  As I begin to consider my current reality and possibilities for my future, I developed an intense focus on positive self leadership.

This journey took me to a study of the lives of great men & women who have made amazing contributions to the world.  Thus far, the greatest I have found, barring the Lord Jesus Christ, just may be Mr. Nelson Mandela.

After enduring nearly three decades of imprisonment, (much of it at hard labor in a lime quarry,) Mr. Mandela emerged as a “gentle leader” who was elected (by the people) in 1994 South Africa’s first black president.  He is now 94 years old and remains a treasure in the hearts of many, including mine!

Mr. Mandela, (lovingly referred to in his native country as Madiba) is credited with changing race relations in South Africa and ending (non-violently) “the obnoxious system (known as apartheid) which gave white people huge socioeconomic and political advantages denied to blacks.”  I was utterly astounded when I recently read a story about a true event that took place in his life a few weeks after he took office.

Just a few weeks following his inauguration Mr. Mandela found himself in a meeting with his new staff.  (All of them white.)  After the initial small talk and complements, the staff finally and uncomfortably told him why they had called the meeting.  They wanted to know why he was torturing them!  They told him that obviously they would all have to be terminated, (they understood very well that he should have and would have to have his own people around him) and they didn’t understand why he hadn’t done it yet and why he was being silent.  This is what he did…

Excerpt from Leading like Madiba by Martin Kalungu-Banda:

“With a huge smile on his face, casting his eye on everybody in the room, the President said, “But you are my people.  Since I came into this office, everything has been managed extremely well.  I am pleased with the way you are all working.  Unless you do not want to work with me, all I can say is that I find you very supportive and competent in your role.  Maybe you would like me to request formally, “May I work with you?”

I just can’t help but to see greatness here.  After all the decades of whites wielding power over blacks and the nearly three decades of his imprisonment, after fighting and being willing to die for the cause of ending the evil objective of apartheid whose main objective was to keep power from the blacks and elevate the whites, he responds with such acceptance, such humility and such love.

He ends the meeting simply by saying (through the silent amazement of his subordinates) “Ladies and gentlemen, since we know that silence means consent, you will excuse me because I have to attend to my next appointment.”

Thank you God for a man such as this, for his life and his example.  May we all strive to become such.

Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa

Productivity Rule #10

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No matter what else we do; without perseverance it simply won’t have mattered in the end.  Eperserverenceach time I have had the opportunity to work with or interview individuals, who have succeeded at the highest levels in their professions, I always ask them one important question.  “What do you most attribute today’s success to?”  Without fail perseverance is among their top contributors.
Jim Rohn has been a great influence in my life.  Of the many words of wisdom he offers these are two I place great focus upon.  He says:
“The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you, will always be far greater value than what you get.”
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“Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom.”
“You are the only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life.”  If we have gone through the laborious work of the other 9 Productivity Rules to Spark our Engagement & Ignite our personal power then making perseverance our capstone will insure the realization of our deepest desires.
I will!  I hope you will too!
Onward & Upward My Friends,  Lisa

Productivity Rule #9

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Does anyone ever do anything great alone? The Law Of The Inner Circle, in The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, claims our potential is determined by those closest to us. As I reflect on any past successes I have enjoyed, truly they were because of the people who have come along side and helped me get there. Achieving greatness in your organization takes a village.  So how do you find your village?  You don’t!  You will have to create it!Networking

It is commonly known that we attract who we are.  “Birds of a feather flock together.”  So the first obvious thing to do is to take inventory of your life; make any course corrections you need to in order to become the type of person you desire to attract.  Many people see this as a process, I however, believe it can also be an event when and if you have the right “why” behind it.  (I call this “getting your mind right.”)

Once you have gotten your mind right, have a vision of who you are, what you do and who your target audience is just go out and make friends!  Show up everywhere your target audience will be.  Remember “birds of a feather…”

Seek to build relationships with those who add value to the lives of others.  They will also add value to you.  Seek to serve those whom you want to work with.  Look for ways you can add value to their lives and focus on follow-up.  If you make a committment, keep that committment.  It will say a lot about who you are.

Seek relationships also with people whose strengths are in areas of your weakness.  They will bring huge value to you and help you get where you desire to go so much faster and more efficiently than you ever imagined possible.  Chances are your strengths will add great value to them as well.

If you have taken the time to align your actions with your values, get clear on your message and have prepared to deliver a world-class product or service then get out there and network!  The opportunity is on its way!  Remember what they say:

“Luck = Opportunity & Preparation Meeting!”

Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa