Category: Leadership

Engine Check in 300 Miles: Taking Time for Your Strategy

By Roxanne Kaufman Elliot
April 15, 2015 Category: Leadership, Strategy

So often, business leaders become entrenched and focused on the day-to-day responsibilities of running the organization and the vision, goals and strategic direction of the business can get put on a back burner. Is it time for a pause for an engine check? Take time to review your strategic plan and your business plan to make sure youre aligned with both as you continue your efforts to build your business. Remember both plans are essential to your success and that of your business. All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved. Sun Tzu Take a look at your strategy and its overarching, comprehensive vision for your business dust off those dreams, shake them up and bring them back to life. Are your vision, mission, values, principals and goals still in alignment? Do they make sense TODAY and as drivers of your on-going success? Are you energized and excited by your strategy? You should be and if you are not

Are Leaders Born? Or Made?

By Roxanne Kaufman Elliot
March 15, 2015 Category: Leadership

Are leaders born or made? Take a moment to paint a mental picture of someone you hold in esteem as a leader. Focus on appearance, actions, habits and lifestyle. Then ask yourself these two questions: What specific personality traits does this person possess? How does this person relate to others, professionally and personally? This person, among other things, is probably a good communicator, motivator, mentor and coach; and someone who is decisive, courageous, determined and succeeds in achieving goals. Now, ask yourself one more question: Was this leader born with these well-developed leadership traits? Emphatically, No! The characteristics of leadership are developed they are all qualities and skills that can be learned, improved and honed. Expect the very best from yourself, for the degree to which you succeed in all aspects of your life lies in your hands. You are the pilot of your own ship and the architect of your future. Your ability to lead both yourself and others will enhance

The 3 Keys to Happiness and Success: Leadership in our Lives

By Roxanne Kaufman Elliot
March 09, 2015 Category: Leadership

Long ago in an ancient time, humankind was so abusive of the keys to happiness and success that the great elders and wise women of the time decided to take the keys away and hide them where no one could ever find them again. But where? The Leader of the Wise Women decided to call a meeting of the Council of Elders to discuss the hiding place. When they were all together she put the question to the group and asked for ideas and suggestions. One of the more senior elders raised her hand and said, Oh, Wise Leader, we should take the keys of happiness and success and bury them in the deepest, darkest depths of the Earth. No one would think to look there and if they did, it would be much too difficult to dig down and find them. The Wise Leader thought about this for a moment and then said, thank you, but no, I dont think they would remain hidden there. Human kind is very resourceful and will find a way to uncover them. Another of the council members raised her hand and said, I know! Lets

Focus on the Future - The Vision of High-Potential Leaders

By Roxanne Kaufman Elliot
February 18, 2015 Category: Leadership

The magic is inside you. There aint no crystal ball. Dolly Parton But there is crystal ball thinking thats the magic inside. As weve said countless times, leadership is different things to different people in many different ways and at different times. But there is one single quality that consistently differentiates high-potential leaders in an organization Its their ability to be forward-looking and to see , envision and focus on the future. We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know the path which has led to the present. Adlai E. Stevenson After researching thousands of people on ideal leadership qualities, two of my favorite leadership gurus Barry Posner and Jim Kouzes found that the ability to look forward is second only to honesty as the most admired leadership trait. According to Posner and Kouzes, on average, 70 percent of workers worldwide select forward-looking as a key leadership competency. So, think about the leaders you have or do follow and admire

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