Everyone reaches a point in which they feel like quitting something: a job, a relationship, a project, or a hobby. It’s inevitable.
It’s easy to conceptualize, to imagine and to dream of what might be. It’s difficult to do the work. Continue Reading…
Recently, I viewed Simon Sinek’s “Tedx Talks” video called Start with Why.
If you haven’t yet watched it, I highly recommend it!
Sinek observes that virtually everyone who works at a company knows what they do. Some know how they do it. But few know why they do it.
For example, here’s what that looks like at SEI:
Our Vision is to “work with our employees to help them achieve their personal, professional and financial goals.”
We accomplish our Vision by utilizing our SR5 performance measurement system.
United States Navy SEALS know better than most that the human body can endure an incredible amount of stress under the harshest conditions.
For SEALS, this lesson is hammered in during “Hell Week,” also known as The Suck.
The Suck is 5 days of constant motion, no sleep with physical, emotional and mental stress designed to literally break a person.
If there’s one thing that a majority of us can agree on, it’s not that one political party or another has failed us, but that too many politicians have failed to live up to their role as leaders.
It’s evident in their unwillingness to simply do their jobs by passing a budget and finding common ground with the debt ceiling.
If you want to fail as a leader, here are 6 surefire ways to do so, as demonstrated by some of our politicians.
Ineffective leaders learn what others want to hear then tell them it. Inevitably they lose credibility. Effective leaders consider what others have to say but are crystal clear in communicating a Vision, truth and expectations. Sometimes the truth is not easy to say and sometimes it’s even more difficult to hear. Continue Reading…
There is a cultural thought-pattern afoot that encourages us to evaluate our strengths and weaknesses, and to place our primary efforts on strengthening those areas where we find ourselves “deficient,” so as to become “well rounded” individuals. In many cases, it’s a theory that encourages mediocrity and it prevents individuals from becoming exceptional specialists.
Some context: Surgeons did not always specialize in specific areas of medicine as they do now. There was a time when they studied general medicine in order to be “well rounded” practitioners, that they may have a degree of knowledge for any affliction or malady that may present itself.
Then, the practice of specialization and hyper-specialization was introduced in hospitals. Today, surgeons begin their studies in general medicine and, as they mature in their profession and discover in which area of medicine their natural affinities lay, they focus and refine skills in a specific area in order to become specialists. For example, a cardiothoracic surgeon will abandon undeveloped skills in neurosurgery, and almost every other area of medicine unrelated to their specialty, in favor of multplying their skill in cardiothoracic medicine.
If you’re looking for a New Year resolution to integrate into your organization, department or team that will benefit culture, performance and revenue, you may consider resolving to become an intentional investor in employee engagement. Not only will it transform your team, it will begin to cultivate a culture of sustainable growth.
People don’t want to work for money alone, they want to work to become better, to receive recognition, and to be a part of something bigger than themselves. Who wouldn’t want to work for an organization that they can brag about because of what they’re able to contribute and how they’re treated?
Last year, I was invited to be a panelist at a couple of Inc/ Small Giants Leadership Forums alongside Bo Burlingham and Paul Spiegelman. In this clip, Bo, who is an Editor-at-Large for Inc Magazine and the author of the book Small Giants, asks me what it is that accounts for SEI’s tremendous growth. My answer may surprise you!
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As we head into the final weeks of 2014 and begin to plan for the new year ahead, here are 3 lists worth making to set yourself up for success in 2015.
If you want something you’ve never had, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done.
It can be easy to get stuck in a comfortable routine where we focus on the same things and we forget to take a step back and identify things that we should be doing that would have a big impact on our business and on others.
I often tell leaders at Service Express that “what got us here, won’t get us there.” In other words, we cannot be content to rest on our laurels, we must continually look for new opportunities that will cause us to grow and become better.
As the President of Service Express, I can’t focus on the same things today that I focused on 5 years ago. As our company has grown, so has the need for me to identify new areas that I must focus on to ensure that I’m having the greatest impact on our company.
Michael Hyatt illustrates this well by saying that just as we must put the big rocks into a vase first, and then add the smaller ones, so too should we prioritize our time so that we put our most impactful activities first. If we put the smaller ones in first, there won’t be room for the big ones.