Moving Forward, One Step At A Time

by blogadmin 26. August 2019 02:44

 

 
 Leadership In Action | Leadership Edition

Have you thought one or more of the statements below?

 

  •        The economy is just too bad to succeed.
  •        The competition has an unfair advantage.
  •        I can’t find good help.
  •        I’m not lucky like others.
  •        I just can’t get a break when competing with larger companies.

Do many of them sound familiar? It is easy to have this mindset when times are tough. We all experience difficulties from time to time. Those difficulties may be in our personal lives, they could be economic or in the community. Wherever difficulties present themselves the real question is, what will you do about the situation?

There are a few key steps to our response to be aware of if we want to be successful.  First, check your attitude.  It is almost impossible to succeed if your attitude is down in the dumps.  Sure, we have challenges, but the key is to realize that there are more blessings in our lives than those challenges. Focusing on the positives in our lives gives us the strength to better identify the steps to the solutions.

Second, remember that if you focus on the solution you can rise to success.  We cannot change the circumstances we face, but we can focus on how to overcome them.  It may be an unexpected resignation by a key employee, or the loss of a client.  These can create opportunities to improve, grow and reshape your business.

Third, reach out.  You are not the first person to have these issues and there are others with wisdom that could assist you in identifying key strategies to overcome challenges.  It always helps to know that others care and have survived a crisis. Reach out to others in your network to gain perspective and insight to address the challenges you are facing.

 

Become successful one step at a time! 
 
 

How Perspective Changes Everything

by blogadmin 26. June 2019 00:53

Rhoda Kreuzer | Leadership In Action | Leadership Edition

"Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent of how I react to it." ~Charles Swindoll

Recently, a friend who was having some health challenges shared that he was in the doctor's office feeling blue. He was sitting in the waiting room when a young person walked by with an artificial leg. Soon after, a younger mother walking by with a very sick infant. Suddenly, his ailments seemed minor.

We all have days when challenges seem overwhelming. No one is making light of the issues we often face. However, the reality is that how I react to them will change the outcome. We can improve or worsen the results based on our attitude and the lens in which we view the circumstances.

If I view the challenges as opportunities to learn, to pull together with my team, and to stretch in new ways, the obstacles become easier to overcome. If I stay focused on feelings of frustration, the circumstances will surely become more daunting.

Personal Challenge:

-How will you view your challenges?

-How will you encourage others to rise above their frustrations?

 

Dear Change Leader, Change Yourself.

by blogadmin 3. June 2019 02:37

  

 Rhoda Kreuzer | Leadership In Action | Leadership Edition 

Why is change so difficult at work? Often, it's because leadership uses a logical approach to deal with the implementation of a new process, but ignores the emotional side of the equation. Put yourself in your others' desk chairs when it comes to change:

(1) It is unknown. We can't be sure if the change will be positive or if it will work.

(2) It requires us to change our pattern of behavior. Most people enjoy a routine pattern or a way of doing things. Change disrupts our routine. 

(3) It requires energy. Most of us would rather continue our current practice because it takes less work. We prefer autopilot mode.

(4) I am losing something of value. Most of us feel that with change we lose something important. Something we value about our status, our work, our relationships. We may even feel that we are out of control. 

You may think the ability to empathize and fully understand what's going on in a team member's head is easy, but today's leaders need to be REAL change leaders. Draw people into the story by making them active participants. The trick is to uitilize your soft skills and address the real concern of what's in it for them. Great change leaders make people see the positive side of change, show them how they will learn, grow, and improve, and make the status quo seem unappealing.

Personal Challenge:
With upcoming changes that need to be made, what can you do to improve your own soft skills? In what ways can you involve your team in the change process? How can you include them in the journey? Where can you demonstrate your enthusiasm and gratitude for their roles in making your company thrive and become even more successful?

Here's wishing you great success in all that you do! 

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