Age Is Just A Number

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There is no "right" time to start leading. Some leaders are born, others develop from their circumstances.

  • Do you decline to take the leads on projects because you feel you don't have enough experience
  • Do you often second guess yourself in the workplace because you are numerically younger than most of your co-workers? 
  • Are you constantly doubting whether or not you are ready to lead yet?

There is only one place you can ever start leading from: where you are right now. Start small, start big, start early, start later. Start NOW!

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Clearing Away Coffee Cups Can Lead to Great Things

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Want to start leading? Start small. Clearing away coffee cups after a work meeting (especially if it isn't part of your job description) will show your superiors that you are committed to helping the enterprise achieve common goals.

Don't worry about whether or not your efforts go unnoticed. No great leader leads because of potential praise; they lead because they want the enterprise to succeed.

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The Dreaded F Word

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Not many leadership books want to talk about that dreaded "F" word.  No, not that one. We are talking about FAILURE. 

Failure isn't fun nor is it particularly glamorous. It is, however, inevitable if you want to be a great leader.

Leaders Who Have Failed (Before They Succeeded)

1. Colonel Sanders' famous chicken recipe was rejected over 1000 times before a restaurant expressed interest. He didn't open the first KFC until he was 65 years old. 

2. Henry Ford's first two car companies weren't successful and left him financially unstable. He went on to found the Ford Motor Company, the first car company to implement assembly line manufacturing. 

3. Walt Disney was fired from his position as editor because "he lacked imagination and had no original ideas." The Disney empire now generate over $30 billion annually. 

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How to Deal With Failure (Yes, It's Inevitable)

There are four key phases when dealing with failure; anticipate, recognize, manage, learn. Because failure is inevitable (and also a key component within the leadership continuum), how you deal with each stage will determine how much success will come to your enterprise. 

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How to Anticipate Failure: 

1. Run a "red team exercise" 

2. Set markers

3. Build enforced accountability

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Image by Austin Neill, Unsplash.com

How to Recognize Failure: 

1. Don't cancel accountability meetings

2. Treat data as information

3. Get outside view

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How to Manage Failure:

1. Don't procrastinate

2. Separate yourself from 'it"

3. Apply triage principles

4. Make the decision: fix, finish, scrap

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Image by Paul Jarvis, Unsplash.com

How to Learn From Failure: 

1. Have constructive postmortems

2. Learn the lessons

3. Move on

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Managing Failure

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We have already established that failing is inevitable. So how are you supposed to deal with an initiative that is so obviously failing? 

Assuming you have already separated yourself from the issue and swiftly diagnosed the extent of the failure, there are three options available: 

1. Fix it,

2. Finish it,

or

3. Scrap it

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Leadership is a Continuum

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All great leaders know that failure is part of the leadership continuum. Not only do leaders anticipate failure, they know when it's happening, know how to manage others when it does, and learn from it once it's passed. 

Failure is an integral part of your leadership journey. Download the first chapter of Do Lead for free and get started leading today.


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Want to Build Effective Priority-Management Skills?

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To be an effective leader, it’s not enough just ‘doing things right’ – you also need to be ‘doing the right things’. So what are the 'right things'? Get an SPG!

What is an SPG? 

A single pre-eminent goal that is specific and concrete enough to enable the prioritization of your daily activities.

Can I have more than one? 

Sorry, you may only have one at a time.

Is my SPG the same as my mission? 

Not exactly, your SPG should sit directly under your mission, vision and values--and right above your individual strategies. 

How does my SPG affect my day-to-day routine? 

All of your daily activities should flow from your SPG. Is the meeting you're conducting on Tuesday conducive to achieving your SPG? If not,  perhaps you shouldn't waste your team's time. 

By figuring out what your SPG is you'll have a heightened awareness of what your real priorities are. Need help figuring out what your SPG is? Download the first chapter of Do Lead today. 


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4 Skills to Master In Order to Work Well With Others

In order to be an effective leader you must master two things: managing yourself and working well with others. In yesterday's blog post, we provided you with the skills needed to manage yourself better. Today, we are providing you with the 4 skills you should master in order to work well with others. 

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Image by Mario Calvo, Unsplash.com

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