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Be Honest About Which Goals Really Matter to You


Be honest about which goals really matter to you.

If you are like most people you have thoughts about different kinds of projects and goals you would like to accomplish. What I’ve noticed recently is that most people, including myself, don’t act on those dreams and visions as often as we would like.

To overcome this problem, you need to be honest about which goals really matter to you. I found this wonderful article  that sheds some light on why our ambition seems to diminish when it comes to things we say we think we want to do.

Be Honest About Which Goals Really Matter to You

I have been challenging myself a lot lately regarding my goals and dreams. I say I want to XYZ, but if I am honest, there are many signs that should tell me that I really don’t want to do this. It is a goal I want to want. Something that I think would be interesting to want. But I have to push myself to get enthused about it.


Here is an example. I have been saying for many years that I wanted to get my PhD. I even enrolled in a great program and was underway. It was a slog for all the usual reasons including that I was working full time and trying to have a life. I thought this was normal and it is to a point. But even if I had all the time in the world it would be a slog. And now I can be at peace and tell you I really don’t want a PhD. I wanted to want it.


Quitting the program hurt because I had already made an investment. But is it ever right to continue spending time and money when it’s no longer a goal? No, it is not (especially if you do not need the credential/outcome, which I don’t). Read the full article here…


I am pretty sure all of you have your own examples of times when you “wanted to want” a certain goal and may have even felt a twinge of guilt about not getting it done. Isn’t it time to  be honest about which goals really matter to you? It’s actually a  very good feeling to let go of those things you have no real ambition for and to embrace one thing that means the most to you. As you can see, understanding this concept is important for good leadership.

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The Importance of a Highly Adaptable and Anticipatory Mindset in a Great Leader

In our book on Enlightened Leadership, we highlighted 6 change-friendly principles and one of them was the importance of a highly adaptable and anticipatory mindset in a great leader. While in theory we tend write about Organizational Leadership, sometimes we see all too clearly how our principles translate into real world, life or death situations. In the article below, posted on Bloomberg Business Week, Alison Damast shares an inspiring story.

The Importance of a Highly Adaptable and Anticipatory Mindset in a Great Leader

Daniel Balcauski was leading a team of Kellogg School of Management MBAs through Patagonia, a wild, isolated region on the southern tip of South America, when he realized a blizzard was quickly approaching. The five students and their guide had just reached the top of a picturesque Andes mountain pass and ahead was what Balcauski dubbed the “granite slab of death,” a path that would be especially treacherous to go down as whiteout conditions and visibility worsened. Says Balcauski: “It was imperative to get off the mountain as soon as possible.”

As the appointed Leader of the Day, he helped the team find an alternative route off the mountain, backtracking up a cliff and eventually finding a spot in a river valley where his team, some of whom were in the early stages of hypothermia, could set up camp. For Balcauski, then a first-year MBA student, the most valuable part of the experience happened that evening, when his classmates, wrapped in blankets and sipping hot drinks, gave him their opinion on how he performed as a leader in a set of challenging conditions.

“I got immediate and direct feedback on my leadership style and performance that day, which was extremely valuable,” says Balcauski, now in the second year of his MBA program.

The importance of a highly adaptable and anticipatory mindset in a great leader is some times more than just making decisions that benefit an organization – sometimes it is a matter of life and death. Keep this story in mind when you feel resistance to change.


Leadership Skills of The World’s Most Influential Leaders

Have you ever been curious to know what leadership skills you may have shared with some of the world’s most influential leaders such as Ghandi, Mandela or say Lincoln?  To be honest, I have never actually imagined myself to be on their level in any way, so the answer to my very own question is no, or at least not until now.  I came across this interesting article written by Patrick Alain for Industry Leaders Magazine, that looks at the leadership skills of the worlds most influential leaders.  If you are curious, take a look at the article and see with which leader you most identify.


Leadership Skills of The World’s Most Influential Leaders

Leadership has been defined as a process through which a person influences and motivates others to get involved in accomplishment of a particular task. This single definition, although universally accepted, fails to define the particular paths and ways of people who are deemed as great leaders. All great leaders had something unique about them and yet they were bound by greatness that helped them to lead masses to innovation and new ideologies.

Here is a look at some of the greatest leaders of all time and what made them great…

Mahatma Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, better known as Mahatma Gandhi, was born an ordinary boy with a determination to excel at what he did.His main characteristics were resilience, knowledge, people-skills, motivational approach and leading by example.

George Washington

What made Washington great was his foresight, vision, strategic planning and his ability to lead people to success.

Abraham Lincoln

The 16thpresident of the United States is also one of the most well known leaders of all time.  His greatest traits were his determination, persistence, beliefs and courage.

Adolf Hitler

Although despised through the world, Adolf Hitler was one of the greatest leaders of all time. After becoming the chancellor of Germany in 1933, he was responsible for one of the greatest economic and military expansions the world has ever seen.  His oratory skills, propaganda and planning made him a leader par excellence.


One of the greatest leaders of all time, Muhammad led to the spread of Islam in and around Arabia. His contribution to Islam was such that it has become the second largest and the fastest growing religion of the world today.  His greatest leadership qualities were his courage, leading by example, motivational approach, persistence and decision-making.

Mao Zedong

Because of him, China is a world power and a potent rival to the dominant United States of America.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela was the first South African president elected in fully democratic elections. Mandela was also the main player in the anti-apartheid movements in the country and served a lengthy prison sentence because of the same.  His main characteristics were his determination, persistence, focus and will.

Julius Caesar

He was also responsible for reforming the Roman government and thus laying the foundation to a great empire. His greatest traits were his decisiveness, boldness, eagerness, motivation, opportunism and strategic planning.

Fidel Castro

His traits of courage, strategy, hiring the right people and dissemination of duties made him the leader he was.

Winston Churchill

Churchill was known for his fearlessness, determination, unyielding perseverance and undying devotion to his goal.

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When considering this list of the leadership skills of the world’s most influential leaders, I was taken aback to see that Hitler made such a list.  I don’t consider dictators as serious influential leaders.  In fact, I have a hard time considering those who did so much harm and terrorized their own countries as a true leader at all.  Aside from that, I see myself most similar to Muhammad Ali.  What about you?


Lack Motivational Skills? No Problem, There is an Apple APP for That!

Lack motivational Skills?

They say there is nothing new under the sun-well whoever said that never imagined the powers of Steve Jobs and the Apple iPod/iPad.  They truly have come up with something extraordinary, remarkable, and new: a free application called “Task Current”.  Task Current goes beyond organizing your to-do list, it also teaches a variety of skills, including motivational skills.  So, if you lack motivational skills, no problem, there is an Apple APP for that!  It might be hard to believe at first,  but reading this article, published on lifehacker.com by Alan Henry, just might make a believer out of you.  

Lack Motivational Skills?  No Problem, There is an Apple APP for That!

Most to-do apps are full of things that we have to force ourselves to do, or things that we have to get done for one reason or another, but TaskCurrent is an iPhone and iPad app that turns your to-do list into a list of skills to learn, motivational tricks, productivity tips to work into your day-to-day life, and more. All in all, the app models itself after a to-do list, but it’s the kind you’ll actually want to use every day.

The app is completely free, and once installed you can browse the categories of “currents,” or essentially tutorial series and regular tips you can subscribe to and add to your personal list of currents. For example, if you’re interested in learning about new coffee drinks, the “Coffee Drinks Galore!” current is a weekly “to-do” that’s added to your list of new and unusual drinks to try at your favorite coffee shop or prepare at home. The productivity section even has a daily series of motivational tricks by Leo Babauta, author of the blog Zen Habits.

If you like, you can connect TaskCurrent to your Facebook account to share your new skills and what you’ve learned with your friends, but it’s not required.

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On second thought it was a bit premature to simply blurt, “lack motivational skills? No problem, there is an Apple App for that”.  Especially without trying the application first.  Then, once I can personally confirm that I have improved my motivational skills from it’s direct use, I will share the news with everyone!


Money is Not Always the Number One Motivator

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Money is not always the number one motivator, sometimes recognition and a thoughtful gift or extra time off is appreciated.

Money is not always the number one motivator, for your employees. Sure it’s nice to get cash bonuses, but a quick survey will reveal that money rarely gets used as a reward. Most bonus money gets used to pay expenses and bills, to try and get ahead.As I mentioned before, money is not always the number one motivator, find out how to reward your employees without paying them more or giving bonuses in this article from HRmadeEasy e-Newsletter

Money is Not Always the Number One Motivator

Recognition/Attention. When your employees accomplish something they have achieved something. Your recognition is appreciation for that achievement. I believe that most managers Continue reading