How Do YOU Lead?

by blogadmin 4. February 2019 06:07

LEADERSHIP IN ACTION | LEADERSHIP EDITION | FEBRUARY 4, 2019

"Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another." ~John Maxwell

Leaders define success much differently than others within their respective organization. Some may define success as getting their reports done on time, staying within the budget, and meeting deadlines. These tasks are good accomplishments, but they do not meet the test for the INFLUENCE of leaders that spurs success. 

Strong leaders define success as creating influence around things that are important. They strive to change laws or environments, create  opportunities, and to change the power structure to benefit others. They seek to influence not as a benefit to themselves, but rather to assist those they serve. Their measure of success is all about how much they have influenced others for their good. A great calling for those who are not caught up in the trappings of artificial success. 

Personal Challenge:

Which team member do you know the least? When is the last time you took a moment to share your knowledge and expertise? In what new ways can you inspire others?

All The Best,

Rhoda 

Black Clouds With Silver Linings!

by blogadmin 2. January 2019 04:05

 

Rhoda Kreuzer| Leadership Edition | January 2, 2019

If you ask people how they learn, many would say by reading, studying for an exam, or going to workshops. These are traditional ways in which education and learning take place. However, while these tools are good, they provide us with knowledge, but not wisdom.

Knowledge is that process of learning information that could be useful to you. It contains facts, statistics, and maybe ideas. However, wisdom is built out of life experiences. Experiences force us to apply what we know to problems, task, and goals. Wisdom is often more difficult to obtain and is born out of the challenges we face.

Challenges cause us to ask questions, learn new tools, rediscover existing knowledge, and then apply that knowledge to successfully create new solutions. Few people love to think about difficulties they face, but in fact we should be thankful for those challenges. No, I'm not suggesting that you are thankful for the difficult things that happen to you. Rather, I'm suggesting that life's challenges are black clouds with silver linings. It is in times of challenge that we're focused to stretch beyond our comfort zone, to search for new answers, and to create new ideas.

What challenges have you avoided because they are uncomfortable? Embracing a challenge while anticipating growth will change your attitude and cause you to watch for the silver linings along the way!  

It's Mindset Over Matter.

by blogadmin 3. December 2018 06:58

  

  Rhoda Kreuzer | Leadership Edition | December 3, 2018

Not only are there more valuable questions to ask, there are mindsets that are powerful. The lens you use to view life and your work has a lot to do with the outcome. For example, if your mindset is one that is seeking opportunities to grow and succeed, you will have a different response to challenges.

One example of this was the last recession that occurred in 2008. It was a difficult time economically and many felt overwhelmed by those challenges. There were any number of businesses that closed during that time stating that the loss of business was just too great. Some businesses laid off workers and cut costs just hoping to keep their doors open.

To be sure, there are times when those strategies may be appropriate. But, notice the difference of those who decided to sell their way through the recession. Instead of having focus only on cutting expenses or giving up, they instead looked for other opportunities to gain market share during the down turn. They collaborated with staff to generate creative solutions so no one had to lose their job.

The path of least resistance is often to give up and close doors. However, the path to success is full of opportunities for us to seize new ideas, new solutions and move forward if our mindset is open and seeking new ideas. What mindset will you choose for yourself and your team? Join the many others in seeing the positive opportunities around us! 

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