It's December. The last month of the year. The holidays are upon us. If you are like me, you comment on how quickly the year has flown by and start reminiscing about its good and bad points. Then your focus turns to 2014.
Trust is the foundation of effective and authentic leadership. Without trust, leaders lose teams through attrition, or dangerously low engagement. Among the many qualities of trusted leaders, clarity is key: People trust the clear and mistrust the ambiguous. So, leaders who earn employee trust provide transparency around goals, plans, and expectations.
In most workplaces, the move toward the busiest holiday season of the year is marked less by the change in décor and more by the change in productivity. Read on for seven tips to keep your employees happily on task through the holidays without seeming like a killjoy.
Success requires a process of excellence. You can never be successful just by saying, "I'm going to succeed." Instead, you are successful when you set out to improve in every area, to study your strengths and weaknesses and pursue excellence in each aspect.
In the world of business, so many industry terms get thrown around that it can be hard to keep up. "Time horizon" is a term with which many accountants and business owners are or should be familiar. It refers to any goal with a specific expected ending time.
My problem is that so-called "data from customers" is rarely truth. Data gathering is plagued with problems of research design, random lists, skewed questions, half truth and innuendo disguised as data.
In a recent issue of Dixie "Dynamite" Gillaspie's terrific Daily Dose of Dynamite she brilliantly wrote: "Any success that does not allow you to be fully yourself is not sustainable."
While I agree with Ben Franklin's idea, "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail," countless companies have wasted time and money on strategic plans that are collecting dust. People spend lots of time planning but very little time turning those plans into daily actionable tasks. Some suggest that putting your goal in the mirror so you see it every day will make it come true.
It's never the wrong time to de-clutter and simplify. Just as you should bring fresh air into a stuffy house, you can also breathe life into a company to achieve an improved state of success.
It's hard to get a running start on the day without a plan. You don't want to waste your creative morning time wondering what you should do today. If you want to attack your day instead of having it attack you, use this solid strategy.