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Month: July 2021

Eat, Live, And Breathe Success

Eat, Live, And Breathe Success

Eating, living, and breathing success is what it takes to actually be successful. What this means is, your lifestyle needs to change in order to reach success.

The Reality Of Success

Many people don’t really care about their success in the way that they should. They aren’t actively looking for it. These are the people who talk about it when it’s convenient to them or when they have an audience. To be fair to some of those people, a couple of them could have plans for success but are never actioned. You need to do more than talk about success to make it happen, just like you need to create a game plan of how you’re going to reach your goal, and then follow it up with action in order to get anywhere.

Success In Different Aspects Of Life

Becoming successful and living a life that leads to success, is applicable to more than just work. Finding success is dependent on your goal and which part of your life you’re trying to improve. For example, outside of a work setting, if you wanted to be a more successful father, mother, brother, sister, your steps to reaching that goal would be different. You would need to allocate more time towards this goal, meaning your professional and personal lives might mix from time to time. Your game plan and actions will be up to you, but in order to be totally successful you would need to fully dedicate yourself and commit to this goal, this form of extreme ownership is what will push you to achieve your goals.

Success As A Lifestyle

Success is a full time gig. While it may be possible to chip away at the planning, the execution, and the possible hot fixes or recalibrations you might need to do along the way, while not fully investing yourself into it, you’ll always only be halfway in the door. 

The easiest way to explain this is with a work example. If you aspire to reach a certain job title, you have to be focused on that goal. Arm yourself with knowledge, read books, watch videos, anything that you can do to improve yourself and further your progress. If you took 2 different people, someone who devoted all their time towards self improvement and working towards their goals, no matter what day it is, and someone who only gave partial effort towards their goal, without luck involved, the person who wakes up everyday and busts their ass will get to their goal faster. 

While educating yourself or after, you should start actioning some of the things you learned. This step is critical because without action, success will never happen. This doesn’t mean you should slack when it comes to making plans, but don’t get hung up on overplanning. Inaction is the enemy of success and will hinder your progress.

So with the example of getting a promotion to a job you want, you have to plan it out and put in the work. Grind it out, if this means working weekends sometimes to get ahead of your goal, do it. Looking at it from a personal perspective, if your goal is to become healthier, grinding could mean working out when you don’t feel like it. Motivation is fleeting, so replace it with discipline. You’ll need the discipline to do what needs to be done even when you don’t want to, this goes for all goals but becomes more important with bigger, more complex goals.

The Wrap Up

If you want true success, you need to consider your actions on a daily basis. What do you need to succeed? Are you doing everything you can to improve yourself? Can you do anything to further your progress? Another note to think on, devoting all your effort to reaching success. If you really want to hit your goals and become successful, this is what you need to do, otherwise it just won’t happen.

The Purpose And Attributes Of Effective Management

The Purpose And Attributes Of Effective Management

The Purpose And Attributes Of Effective Management

Effective management isn’t about bossing people around or waving your fancy title around in people’s faces. Effective management gets things done. It can break a business if done poorly and is the sole reason any business entity is successful.

The Purpose of Management

The purpose of management is honestly quite simple, they are put in place to help achieve the bottom-line initiatives and goals of the company. Anything else that comes with the job is a bonus. Managers are hired to achieve things that others have difficulty achieving. They can rally their team to meet their initiatives, hit KPIs, and accomplish goals.

Taking Ownership

Extreme ownership has been mentioned before, and just to really drive a point home, here it is again. As a leader, you need to take ownership of everything. When your team succeeds it’s because of their hard work and your management, when you fail it’s on you as you’re the one who’s supposed to help them succeed. The failure could also be shifted to other people involved but your job as a leader with an extreme ownership mindset, is to absorb that failure and not go around pointing fingers. An added bonus of taking ownership is the ability to protect your team. Leading your team from the front and absorbing any failures or negative feedback is your job. Showing your team that you’re willing to step up and take a hit for them when things don’t go as planned is part of being a great leader. It also helps build a culture of taking ownership which leads to better the overall work culture.

Build Relationships

Build interpersonal relationships with your staff. Get to know them better, this type of interaction will strengthen their trust in you. In addition, knowing your teams’ strengths and weaknesses will allow you to properly delegate tasks when needed. Be the type of leader you wanted to have before you were a leader, show them that you care about them as people and not just as staff. You have to display actions that you want your staff to emulate, if you want your staff to start taking initiative and taking over tasks then you have to show them how to do so. Not to beat a dead horse here, but you need to lead from the front, be the change you want to see and others will follow.

Effective Communication

Communication works in two directions, you need to be able to listen/comprehend as well as successfully express yourself in order to be an effective communicator. Active listening is a skill you’ll have to get really comfortable with in order to communicate with your staff effectively. You need to be able to understand what your staff is trying to tell you. As you are in a position of power, sometimes certain staff will tip toe around a subject and you’ll need to be able to either decode the message or ask if they can tell you what’s wrong. Avoid seeming biased during talks with staff, being closed off from ideas will discourage any more ideas being shared. On the same note, being able to see things from other perspectives other than your own will make communication easier as well as seeing things through unbiased eyes. In line with building relationships, check in on your staff once in a while, it can be small talk for most people, though small talk isn’t really the best idea for any introvert staff you may have. Learning what to talk about with who is a part of building relationships and it happens organically over time. 

Being transparent with your team is part of communicating effectively. Being able to give clear direction to your staff is crucial in getting useful results. Explaining the “why” behind a task is also important when being transparent. It allows your staff to make connections and eliminates any mystery behind actions.

Delegation

Learning to properly assign tasks to individuals or teams is essential in being an effective manager. Knowing each of your staff members’ strengths and weaknesses plays a huge role in this as delegating a job to someone with the skills needed can expedite a task and delegating it to the wrong person can cause major problems. Give feedback after the task is complete in order to better your team. You can’t do everything, in fact, your job isn’t to be able to do everyone’s job better than them, it’s to make everyone do their job better than before.

Bringing It All Together

None of these actions matter by themselves, like in a team, the sum is greater than its parts. You need to have everything to be a good leader. Missing the purpose but having everything else would render that leader useless, they could have the happiest staff in the world but if they aren’t hitting goals or initiatives then they’re useless as a leader. Being a leader is difficult and honestly not for everyone. Those thrust into leadership positions have to adapt and be able to have their team running smoothly and efficiently all while furthering their companies initiatives and goals.