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  • Learning from Success

    Usually, post-event debriefs are filled with accounts of what went wrong. While analyzing our need for improvement is good, we should actually be spending the majority of the time on what went right! What do you want to do again next time? Once you can pinpoint your successes, you can repeat them, and leverage them indefinitely. Ask yourself, “Where did we succeed?” Obsess with what is right, and you will go higher in life.

  • Playing Not to Lose

    Are you playing to win? Or are you playing not to lose? The difference is everything. When you’re playing to win, you’ll take risks: innovate. Be fearless. When you’re playing not to lose, you go on the defensive. Teams who are playing to win are actually winning against themselves—they strive to be better every game. So…which team are you on?

  • Giving and Receiving Feedback

    Something in us likes to receive good feedback; however, when feedback is constructive, we can balk and become defensive. In giving and receiving feedback, respect is key. Think about if you were on the receiving end of the feedback you’re giving. Understand that other’s opinions have value, as well. Feedback is not a one-time conversation; rather, it’s an ongoing process.

  • Lack of Self-Awareness

    As leaders, we’re very aware of everything outside of us—our companies, teams, finances, and so on. Being self-aware, though, is more difficult. It requires us to ask uncomfortable questions sometimes: “Why am I here? What’s my purpose? What would happen if I was gone?” It’s easy to get so busy that we lose this sense of self. Self-awareness, however, is the key to staying motivated, staying out of the ditches, and staying in a place of growth as a leader.

  • Exploiting Those Who Trust You

    Have you ever been betrayed by someone you trusted? Not only do you feel lied to, but you feel personally exploited—they were keeping something from you for an extended period of time! Don’t ever exploit anyone’s trust like this. Understand that, the higher you go, the more consequential your decisions become for everyone around you. While professional blunders can cost you money or momentum, personal decisions can cost you an entire legacy. Choose wisely.

  • Addressing Internal Conflict

    Internal conflict is often ignored; but it’s so easy to sense. What confuses me most is when lead leaders see, and refuse to acknowledge, conflicts within an organization. When we ignore internal conflicts, we’re setting ourselves up to fail. Conflict won’t vanish; it will eventually simmer and boil over into every aspect of operation. We cannot face external challenges until we are internally healthy. What do you need to do today to restore health and peace in your organization?

  • Integrity and Character

    All we have is our integrity and our character. At the end of the day, those are the only things that can’t be taken from you. However, you can give them away. Integrity is a word that implies the wholeness of your being—the marriage between your walk and your talk. Character is the decisions you make when no one else is watching. When you have integrity and character, you don’t have to remember what you said to whom, because your stories are always the same. They are free; but they are extremely expensive.

  • Taking Staff for Granted

    It can become easy to take your team for granted. But you must understand that your success depends on your team! If you want to succeed, you can’t take any of them for granted. Your team will sense if you respect and acknowledge them. They will also sense if you ignore and forget about them. Nobody wants to be taken for granted—not even you!

  • Implementing Your Decisions

    While decision-making happens in contained environments, decision implementation is organization-wide. Your decision to hire—or fire—someone, for instance, has consequences for your entire organization. Most leaders focus on decision-making; very few have a strategy for implementing those decisions. Forming this strategy will ensure that your decisions are viable, successful, and consequential.

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