The following is an excerpt from Joe’s newest book, Extraordinary Results: Mastering the Art of Leading, Coaching & Influencing Others -Available April 2018. People have been studying, analyzing, and attempting to define what characteristics and attributes make a great leader for thousands of years.
So-cial – late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin socialis ‘allied,’ from socius ‘friend.’ Me-di-a – the means of communication that reaches large numbers of people. Facebook used to be a way to connect with your friends, a medium to find out what was going on in their lives and informing others of what was happening in yours.
This week we’re talking about success … After pondering the topic I had this realization, ideas are simply thoughts that when acted upon, materialize in the physical world and push us closer to success. The Empire State Building was just an idea that formed in someone’s mind. It took action and a whole lot of collaboration to bring it into existence and become the historical icon that it is today.
Have you ever received top-secret, exclusive, special offer because you are a very special person? No? That’s funny, I get them all the time, I must be more special than you! I received another offer from a publication because I am a “Professional” and that entitles me to the “Professional Rate!”
A while back, a friend of mind and I were discussing the topic of commitment. I was sharing a situation where I felt that I needed to be ‘all in’ or not. Sitting on a fence for too long can become uncomfortable. My friend was telling me about a television show he watched where they asked a guy if he knew how to swim. The guy replied, “Sure, I watched videos on the internet and practiced on the kitchen floor!”
At different times when I ask my clients if they believe they are achieving excellence, I often hear “No, I wouldn’t say excellence, but we’re better than we were X years ago!” My first response when I hear that is always, “Well what if you were mediocre 2 years ago? Congratulations, you’re now better than mediocre! Are you really okay with that?”
When you think about the great philosophers, who comes to mind? Aristotle, Socrates, Epicurus, Confucius, Contrera??? Wait a minute, hold the phone, stop the presses, kill the power!!!! Contrera??? What impact does his philosophy have on the world?
As your year starts to wind down, you might be coming to the realization that you didn’t accomplish everything that you had planned on this year. You might be asking yourself, “Why am I not getting what I really want in “X” area of my life?”
You know an arrogant leader … You’ve worked for an arrogant leader … You are an arrogant leader? God I hope not!! How would you know? 10 Things Arrogant Leaders Do:
Life continuously offers us opportunities to change and move forward in your growth and development. This may mean that you need let go of the past and embrace your present situation. It may mean that you need to view an old problem from a new perspective in order to find a solution. Or, it could mean that you need to attempt something difficult or different, something that pushes you past your fear and far beyond your comfort-zone.