//NOTE: The following is excerpted from my latest book, Leadership Starts With You.
The hardest part of being self-disciplined is it’s so every day.
The key to self-discipline’s power is consistency. It’s doing what’s required over and over in a way that leads to depth, improvement, growth, and meaning. When you lead yourself well you make promises that have an effect on your everyday life. Doing the necessary work (discipline) on a daily basis requires consistency.
You can’t cram for self-discipline. When I was a student working on my undergrad degree in Communications I would often put off the big papers until the last minute. Two or three days before they were due, I would quarantine myself into the basement of the library with a small supply of snacks and copious amounts of caffeine, usually in the form of Mountain Dew. Then I would crank out the paper. Sometimes I would do well on the paper, sometimes not. While it’s possible to get a paper done this way, it’s not the best way.
You greet people everyday. You say “hi” in all sorts of ways.
In this edition of Got A Minute? I offer one strategy that can dramatically change the tone of your conversations – and it starts with your greeting.
Go ahead and hit play. It’s only a minute long. I bet you’ve got that much time to improve your influence.
Got A Minute? #2 – Compliment Before The Question
Got A Minute #2 from tim milburn on Vimeo.
We’re busy people. I get that. So I have one question for you…
Got a minute?
Most people do. Even if they don’t, they’ll often say, “I’ll get to it in a minute.” Everyone has a minute.
With that in mind, I want to introduce a new video series I will be producing and posting on this site called: Got a minute?
This one-minute video will offer a simple principle with a practical action step. I am going to give you tips and tools to increase your influence. This will help you to be a better leader.
Here is Got A Minute? #1. It’s called “Written Is Remembered”
I discovered P90X during the summer of 2010. It changed my life.
If you’re not familiar with P90X, here’s a brief overview from Wikipedia:
P90X, or Power 90 Extreme, is a home exercise system developed by Tony Horton in conjunction with Beachbody.com . It claims to significantly improve physical fitness in 90 days through a rigorous segmented training program combined with a nutrition and dietary supplement plan. P90X’s advertising emphasizes “muscle confusion”, a method of cross-training and periodization achieved through switching the order of exercises and incorporating new and varied movements. Muscle confusion supposedly prevents the body from adapting to exercises over time, resulting in continual improvement without plateaus.
Here’s my own personal, brief overview: It’s hard! It kicks your butt everyday!
I’m now in the process of completing P90X2. While it’s similar in format, the workouts are very different. Basically, it’s all about your core…and your arms and legs come along for the ride. I’ll complete my 90 days on March 25, 2011.
//NOTE: This is a guest post by Ken Blanchard, author of Great Leaders Grow: Becoming a Leader for Life
Today, I’m going to give a short, one-question quiz. Here’s the question: How do you rate as a leader?
I don’t ask this question flippantly. It is a question I’ve asked countless people at the leadership seminars we conduct.
As leaders, most people rank themselves as being very close to a minor deity or at least Mr. or Ms. Human Relations. Seldom do leaders give themselves low marks. Strangely enough, when the tables are turned and people are asked to rank their boss’s leadership style, we often find many supervisors graded as being adequate, merely OK, or at worst, office autocrats who depend heavily on the often-referenced “seagull management” technique as their sole line of attack — they leave their people alone until something goes wrong, and then they fly in, make a lot of noise, dump all over everyone, and fly out.
More often than not, we find that leaders lull themselves into thinking they are top-flight leaders because they think they use a supportive or coaching style, which someone told them are “good” leadership styles. Not too surprisingly, this isn’t the way they are seen by those in their department, office or store.
In just a few short weeks, we will begin the process of selecting and electing new student leaders. We have a variety of ways for students to get involved on our campus. But there are some students who want to do a little more. They don’t want to simply be involved, they want to be influential. They are already thinking about stepping in and stepping up for one of our student leadership positions.
I always have my eye out for potential leaders. The process is more of an art form than a science. I want to be able to identify those students who appear to rise to the top and exhibit some natural leadership abilities at the start. Potential is often hard to spot if you don’t know what you’re looking for. For some, it might be helpful to know what you’re NOT looking for. This might be as important as knowing what you ARE looking for.
Here are seven types of student leaders I try to avoid.
I wanted to call this post: Illumination Through Illustration. There is a powerful connection that takes place between speaker and audience when one can share the right illustration, at the right time, and for the right reason.
The right illustration adds value and meaning to your message. The wrong illustration will detract and distract from what you’re trying to say.
The right time allows the audience to connect with your illustration at both the heart and head level. Tell the right story at the wrong time and people are left scratching their heads.
The right reason affirms message you are trying to convey. It might be a great story, but if that’s the only reason you’re telling it, you’ll send a lot of mixed messages.
The type of illustrations I’m talking about are the anecdotal stories that come alongside and help to support the point you are trying to make. I have found a well-placed illustration helps an audience see your message in action. It is a picture of what your point looks like in real life. It helps people connect what you’re saying to their own lives.
If you want to illuminate your audience through the power of illustration, I encourage you to practice these seven tactics of illustration wisdom: