Leading Yourself First Starts With These Two Actions

Nobody wakes up one day with the exceptional ability and knack to for self-leadership. Just like everything else, it takes practice…and effort…and determination. You will grow and develop your self-leadership skills if you invest your energy on a daily basis into the following two actions:

 1. Preparation for the things that help you to be successful.
 2. Separation from the things that hurt your chances to be successful.

I’ve probably oversimplified it. But you are all smart people. You know what you should be doing and what you shouldn’t be doing. The trick isn’t in the knowing…it’s in the doing. These actions are only effective if actually do what will help you and don’t do what will hurt you. When that happens, you are on the path to leading yourself well.

Video: Got A Minute #6: Uncommon Through Common

The word common means “of frequent occurrence, usual, familiar.” Common is accessible to everyone.

With this in mind, I want to offer three, very common practices that can create uncommon results.

If you’ve got a minute, then hit play to find out this week’s tip to increase your influence.

Got A Minute? #6 – Uncommon Through Common

Got A Minute #6 from tim milburn on Vimeo.

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5 Tips To Help Your Team Be More Creative

//NOTE: The following is a guest post by Mark Miller, Co-author of Great Leaders Grow: Becoming a Leader for Life

In today’s challenging economic times, creative thinking is more valuable than ever. Not creative for creativity’s sake — creativity to solve real business problems. Many of the ideas of the past are no longer relevant. As a seasoned leader shared with me recently, “The half-life of ideas is decreasing rapidly.” So what’s our response? We need more and better ideas. The good news: creating new, value-added ideas is what teams do best. However, creativity in a team environment is not automatic.

There are some things that leaders can do to increase the creative output of their team. Here are a few ideas to get you started . . .

Expect it — When you establish the role of your team, be sure to highlight the expectation that the team will create fresh, new solutions to the problems you face.

Five Things To Accomplish In A Campaign Speech

In my previous post, I listed five things to AVOID in a campaign speech. In this post, I want to point out five things you need to accomplish throughout the course of your speech.

As you step to the front of the room, be it a classroom or an auditorium, your main goal in presenting your campaign speech is to leave an impression – a positive impression. The voters won’t remember every word you say, but they will remember how they felt when you are finished. Keep that in mind as you focus on what TO say.

1. Say your name.
When it comes time to vote, all that people will see on the ballot is your name. Make sure they remember what your name is. When you say your name, ask for their vote. Deliver a speech that reminds them of good things when they see your name. Your name is the only piece of publicity you have on the ballot.

Five Things To Avoid In A Campaign Speech

It’s election day. You have run your campaign and now it’s time to stand before your fellow students and explain why you are the best candidate for the position.

You get to give a speech.

I’m not going to tell you what to say in this post as much as I’m going to share some things that you shouldn’t say.

1. Don’t say “Umm.”
Most students use a lot of filler words when they talk. They’ll use “umm“, “like“, and “uhh.” Using these words occasionally won’t completely derail you. Yet a speech is a one shot proposition. Confidence is expressed by knowing what you’re going to say and saying it. This especially important when you first come to the microphone. Your first line should be captivating, exciting, and engaging. “Umm” is none of those things.

VIDEO: Got A Minute? #5: Extra Creates Extraordinary

“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak people wait for opportunities; strong people make them.”  – Orison Swett Marden

I’m posting this video on February 29, 2012. It’s LEAP DAY! Some people have waited a long time to celebrate their birthday today 🙂

Since we have an extra day, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about the power of “extra.”

If you’ve got a minute, then hit play to find out this week’s tip to increase your influence.

Got A Minute? #5 – Extra Creates Extraordinary

Got A Minute #5 from tim milburn on Vimeo.

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Book Review: Up, Down, Or Sideways

Mark Sanborn is a great speaker. One of the best. He’s also a great writer. That’s why I try to read everything he writes. If you want a sample of some of his insights, I encourage you to subscribe to his blog.

Reading through his latest book, Up, Down, Or Sideways is like sitting across the table from a dear friend who has nothing but your best interests at heart. Mark shares about a recent period in his life where it seemed that his difficulties compounded one on top of the other. He knows what it’s like to face crisis personally and professionally. Yet the beauty of this book is the simple reminders about the best ways we can respond in the midst of these difficult situations. He calls them, the “good shoulds.”

Is this book worth reading? Absolutely. I read the whole thing in one sitting. Yup…it’s that helpful.

Five Ways To Identify Your Next Student Leaders

We are entering the season of selection and election. It’s time to start filling the roles and responsibilities of next year’s student leadership team. This is such an important time. I encourage my current student leaders to take time to find and raise up the next generation of leaders. It will be part of their legacy (what they leave, when they leave). Finding the right kind of student leader requires looking for the right thing.

One of the first steps toward student leadership is involvement. Involvement shows everyone else that you want to be there, that you want to be a part of what’s going on. Look around for someone who is excited about being involved. It’s difficult to make the jump into leadership from the sidelines. I consider involvement to be the initiation into influence.