Have you ever heard a successful person describe their path to success in terms of taking the safe route? I don’t know about you, but I haven’t.
Now that your NCAA Final Four Bracket is busted – thank you University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers! – we can start talking baseball. You don’t have to be a baseball fan to appreciate the lessons that can be found in baseball. I was not much of a baseball player growing up, but I did make the thirteen-year-old "All Star" Babe Ruth team (I didn’t make it because of skill – there were barely enough 13-year olds in my region to field a team).
I've seen too many leaders work so hard they sacrifice their health, which is unfortunate because they are not strong when those who depend on them are in need.
At the dawn of every new year, we vow to become better people in the year ahead of us. We set goals to work out more, to eat better, and to be more productive. But after a few weeks of hitting the gym, eating broccoli, and getting up early, we slowly fade back to our old habits.
In the last blog, I shared 5 tips on becoming more assertive. Here are 5 more keys to assist you on your journey to being a more assertive leader.
We all have the ability to devise innovative, world-changing ideas. But without the right place in which to develop and nurture these ideas, they remain nothing more than a far-off dream. If you want to bring your team's most innovative ideas to life, follow these 7 actionable tips for creating an inspiring and encouraging team environment.
I have come to believe that the reason most people don't reach their goals is because of the person that greets them every morning, staring back at them in the mirror. People who don't stay on track with their goals somehow get in their own way.
Now that the hype has died down, the Olympics (and Paralympics) seem like a distant memory. Imagine making the medal podium and a few weeks later hardly anyone remembers your name. Was the 15 minutes of fame worth it? Most Olympians have trained from a very young age to reach that pinnacle in their sport — talk about Watering The Bamboo!
I have been fortunate to work with a lot of great leaders and teams over the years; I have also witnessed my share of challenging teams.
When a person or a team sets a goal to do something extraordinary (aka your Bamboo Dream), whether that goal is to go to the moon, win a gold medal, or change an entire industry, critics, killjoys, and naysayers come out of the woodwork saying things such as: You are crazy. That will never work. Why are you wasting your time? What makes you think you are so special?
How many bricks does it take to complete a patio? The same amount it takes to start building a patio. Answer: ONE! This is the approach I took when I wrote my book Water The Bamboo — "one page at a time" — besides, you can only water one bucket at a time. You must focus on one brick at a time to finish. However, if you are like most people, you start more patios than you finish. I think it's okay to not finish from time to time but one should address this if it becomes a pattern.
I am a firm believer that it is the most unreasonable person that has the most success. Think about a person you think is successful and I guarantee you are thinking about someone who is or was unreasonable.
As the great American “philosopher” Mike Tyson once said after he was told that a boxing challenger had a plan to defeat him, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.” I am not a Mike Tyson fan but no matter what you think about him, he had at least one moment of genius.
Besides speaking at events and conferences, I spend a lot of time coaching business leaders and teams on how to be more innovative and how to transform. However, I believe most people could coach themselves if they were willing to ask the right questions.
Once you have planted your bamboo (your vision), your focus must be on the watering and nurturing. Of course everyone wants the bamboo to grow right away but it is really about the nurturing.
Here are 10 surefire ways to make sure your bamboo dries up.