Posts tagged "mindset"
Leaders lie to themselves. And they don’t even realize it.
I know this statement may sound harsh at first. I ask you to hold your judgment until after you’ve finished the article to understand why.
For example, when a company is stuck or has plateaued, I often hear reasons like …
- Our company did not grow because of the economy.
- We need more knowledge or technology to beat our competition.
- We have to seize every revenue opportunity as it comes our way or we won’t survive.
- The marketplace is an unfriendly place.
Do any of these sound familiar in your company?
The Finale Says It All.
As a leader, how often do you find yourself …
I’m guessing what you really want is to stop your perpetual busyness. You want to focus on the critical few. You want to navigate your company, amidst constant change, to its ultimate destination.
In my decades of working with leaders, I have found that the above are symptoms that a leader lacks the capacity to think strategically.
With the new year coming, I asked myself … what wisdom could I provide to help leaders change their game in 2014?
Most leaders’ looming questions during this time are …
• Where do we go from here?
• What can we do to get to the next level?
• What are we not being that we need to be?
• What are we not doing that we need to do?
While there are many classic leadership books that are still relevant today – like Good to Great and 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – and a flooded market of other business books, I wanted to share ….
… And The Secrets to Avoiding Them
One costly hiring mistake that I have observed with leaders is the unconscious avoidance, denial and/or toleration of under-performing employees.
Shocking costs of hiring mistakes
More commonly known as the cost of a mis-hire.
According to Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos, hiring mistakes have cost his company as much as $100 million! That’s alot of dollars immediately subtracted from the bottomline.
For many companies, that one mistake can make the difference between surviving and thriving, between mediocrity and high performance. Mis-hires and under-performing employees are the #1 profit leak in companies today.
Why Does This Issue Perpetuate Unknowingly in Many Companies?
Photo Credit: David Niblack
This final part of our accountable leader series addresses my top 10 leadership and culture practices for a strong accountability organization.
Keep in mind that the 6 internal drivers, addressed in parts 1 and parts 2, account for as much as 90% of your performance and results, including accountability. Practices by themselves, can’t drive accountability. They can only reinforce and support a healthy accountability mindset.
From Accountability to High Performance: Top 10 Leadership and Culture Practices To Make That Giant Leap
To build a high performance organization, a strong accountability mindset and practices must be embedded into your company’s DNA.
Are you a business leader who …
• Aspires to accomplish great things?
• Is always seeking to raise your bar higher?
• Continually searches for an edge in personal performance?
• Gets diminishing returns from your efforts?
• Is fired up to take things to the next level, but doesn’t know how?
For a moment, put aside the stresses of your day and shift your focus from what is to what can be. It’s time to enter a world of new possibilities for yourself and your future. It’s time to play a new Leadership Game.
Photo Credit: David Niblack
• You could be at the top of your mental game with volition
• Instantly elevate yourself into a peak emotional and mental state within minutes
• Fuel your confidence, passion and motivation on a daily basis that moves you to action
What would that do to your leadership performance, success and results in the future?
- Are your leaders struggling to get strong performance from your people?
- Are your leaders driving results through their own efforts, not their team?
- Is your company suffering from operational breakdowns, late deliveries, low employee motivation and more?
Today’s most successful companies all have one trait in common. Their high performance organizations are driven by a strong accountability culture. Yet despite many companies’ well-intentioned efforts to create strong accountability, leaders still struggle to make it a reality. Mediocrity, lack of execution and operational breakdowns are hallmarks of poor accountability and an out of control, under-performing organization.
The REAL Truth Why Your Leaders are Struggling with Accountability and Under-performing Teams:
- As a leader, you can’t develop strong results-driven accountability with your team unless you have strong personal accountability with YOURSELF.
Otherwise, They Will Run Your Business Into the Ground
Fear is activated in the most primitive part of the brain – the reptilian brain. It signals danger. In life and death situations, fear is an important survival mechanism to act quickly, mobilizing strength, courage and power we never thought we had.
In most situations, however, fear is a serious liability. When fear runs you, you can’t see its control over you. It impairs thinking, paralyzes decision-making and drives reactionary behavior.
To shift from fear to fearlessness, you must first get rigorously honest about how fear may be running you right now.