Sunday, December 6, 2009

Week 49 - Wake Up The Passionate Leader

One of your fellow subscribers sent me a link to an interview with Captain "Sully" Sullenburger (click), the US Airways pilot who landed safely in the Hudson River. I think you’ll find that he says an awful lot of things that make sense about training, coaching, being prepared, etc… that can apply to any job - not just flying a plane. When he talked about teaching pilots, he shares my philosophy of first trying to describe what a great pilot, or in our case, a great leader looks like. He used general questions (which were very consistent class to class). We use our assessments, behaviors, motivators, talents and values (which are very consistent even though we ask a diverse group to participate).

The defining factor was his passion to be a pilot from an early age. That being the case, including the passion to be a leader, we then need an honest look – both personally and from those we serve. Given what we discover, then develop (maximize) those areas where your strengths match the profile (strive for excellence) – and minimize those factors where you don’t match (strive for competence – just enough so it doesn’t become a career staller or stopper). Check out my free offer at the end of this blog.

Zig Ziglar’s Inspiration: 365 Days a Year

  • My favorite quote for the week of December 6th – 12th: “Not the time, place or circumstances, but in the person lies success.” Charles B. Rouss
    • I picked this one because we talk a lot about success and what it means to us. Defining and describing success is no easy path. It is indeed a moving target - as subjective as it is elusive.
    • The latest Simple Truths book: The Best of Success - A Treasury of Inspiration (click), looks at traits that many of those we consider successful seem to share. Why not buy this book or give it as a gift so that it can be a source of inspiration in your journey along the highway to success?

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  • Week Forty-Eight: Love Your Imperfections
    • I hope you have lightened up a bit on that imperfection you identified last week.
  • Week Forty-Nine: Intercepting Self-Sabotage
    • If you are not producing the results you want, look at how you may be sabotaging yourself by focusing on that imperfection. Self-sabotage is an indication that you are punishing yourself for something. Self-love is the antidote to self-sabotage.
    • When the thought of this imperfection comes around again, and you know it will, ask yourself “what am I punishing myself for?” Identify an action step you can take this week that will support you in forgiving yourself for that. Remind yourself about what you really, really, really, really want in this situation.

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