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Leadership Required?

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Arguably leadership approaches may be different in good times versus challenging times. Many would likely agree that it is easier if the obstacles are fewer and the barriers are smaller. When you consider economic conditions, changing government regulations or even declining interest in a product or service, leadership may be required.

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People may take for granted the definition of leadership, they may make assumptions about the requirements, and they may not realize the tenacity required to perpetually move an organization forward. They may praise and publicize the good times and try to hide or minimize the bad.

Leadership has challenges and it is about navigating the calm and the stormy, the easy and the hard, but it is always about rising to the occasion. It seems that changing conditions will bring out doubters. Critics will appear when there is progress. Envy will show up when there is success, but nothing will appear when an organization is stuck.

When is leadership required?

Now.

– DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker, and coach that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is the author of the newly released book, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at DennisEGilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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Be More of You

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Soon, if not already, many people will start planning how they are going to turn things around, make a difference, and make things better for 2016. If this is you, or someone you know I want to share two things that could be worth considering.

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1) Failure is part of every success story. People who don’t take the risk of failing and never step out of their comfort zone grow very little, or not at all. The work that you do is almost always open for criticism and failure. Those who recognize failure is part of success will risk more and likely accomplish more.

2) Don’t change from criticism, change from success. Given enough opportunity and input there will always be someone who finds fault and disappointment with your work, your project, or even your style. The key is to focus on those who like and appreciate your efforts. Don’t do less of what is great about you in order to focus on someone’s negative critique.

So often people receive feedback and process the feedback by making changes in accordance with the dislikes they have received; to some small extent that may be ok. But, if you are really striving to become a better you, don’t change for the people who dislike your work, strive to do more of the work that people admire and appreciate. Build yourself up, not tear yourself down. If you sacrifice what is unique and great about you, you don’t build you, you build someone you’re not. 

Of course in any line of work or job, you may have to change, adapt, or adjust in order to conform to quality and job standards, outside of that, learn to be more of you.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker, and coach that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is the author of the newly released book, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at DennisEGilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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Backwards

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People tend to do what is easy. It takes a lot of energy to be a good listener, so you only listen partially. It takes a lot of energy to break a bad habit and replace it with a good one, so you stay stuck with the bad one. It takes a lot of energy to launch a major shift in your job or career, so you find reasons to stay put, stick with the same, or minimize the risk by doing little or nothing different.

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Your critics tell you what went wrong, what should have been different, and are experts at squashing your beliefs. They create scenarios that in your mind are so powerful, you begin to believe what the doubters say and worse, they win again because you start to doubt your own beliefs.

Maybe it is all backwards. Maybe you should use your energy to force change because without it, you’re stuck. Maybe you should start by focusing on the moments when somebody complimented you, thanked you for how you helped, or expressed how much you made a difference. Maybe you should re-live those moments when everything clicked, worked well, and just felt good.

I think maybe, sometimes, people have it backwards.

– DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a keynote speaker, corporate trainer, and consultant that specializes in helping businesses accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. Reach him through his website at http://DennisEGilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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