Journal

Quote by Mark Cuban

written by Michael Dauphinee on January 30th, 2015

“Work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take it away from you.” – Mark Cuban

The 3 Traits of Amazing Team Members

written by Michael Dauphinee on January 29th, 2015

Although you can’t avoid hiring individuals that just don’t work out on your team, there are those that you just can’t let go of! It seems that the best team members possess some combination of the following traits: doing whatever needs to be done for the company, always looking to improve personally and professionally, and they are ridiculously consistent. Of the three traits, we found that doing whatever needs to be done for the company ranks number one. Being part of the team, you want to have members that are go-getters, make quick decisions, and get the whole team on board.

To continue learning more on the other traits click here.

Quote by Jeff Bezos

written by Michael Dauphinee on January 28th, 2015

“If you never want to be criticized, for goodness’ sake don’t do anything new.” – Jeff Bezos

7 Secrets of Servant Leadership That Will Lead You to Success

written by Michael Dauphinee on January 27th, 2015

Have you ever thought of a leader as being the servant to his employees? Servant leadership is the foundation for leading others effectively because it helps others be their best selves in all environments, says S. Chris Edmonds. These servant leaders share two fundamental beliefs: 1. Every person has value and deserves civility, trust and respect and 2. People can accomplish much when inspired by purpose beyond themselves. Servant leaders also engage in five practices that put these beliefs into actions: 1. Clarify and reinforce the need for service to others, 2. Listen intently and observe closely, 3. Act as selfless mentors, 4. Demonstrate persistence, and 5. Lovingly hold themselves and others accountable for their commitments.

If you are a leader, why not take the approach of becoming a servant leader? To read more on becoming a servant leader, click here.

Quote by Mark Nepo

written by Michael Dauphinee on January 23rd, 2015

“Listening is being completely present to whatever is before us with all of who we are.” – Mark Nepo

10 Tips for Leadership When You’re Not the Boss

written by Michael Dauphinee on January 22nd, 2015

Wanting to move into leadership positions but currently in individual roles? You can exhibit leadership characteristics even if you’re not the boss. Suzanne Lucas has come up with 10 ideas on how to show off your leadership skills:

  1. Communicate clearly
  2. Learn flexibility
  3. Don’t be a doormat
  4. Help others
  5. Take responsibility for your mistake
  6. Listen to others’ ideas
  7. Take risks
  8. Remember to network
  9. Develop a thick skin
  10. Don’t ask for special treatment

With all these ideas, it’s no surprise that communication was at the top of the list. Don’t forget that it’s equally important to take risks, which will bring failure, and remember to network!

To get more information click here.

Quote by Steve Maraboli

written by Michael Dauphinee on January 21st, 2015

“When you are living the best version of yourself, you inspire others to live the best versions of themselves.” – Steve Maraboli

Prevent an “Executive Brownout”

written by Michael Dauphinee on January 20th, 2015

As the CEO of a company, you need to be careful not only of burnout but also of “brownout”. Michael Kibler, founder and CEO of holistic coaching and development firm Corporate Balance Concepts calls the dimming of a CEO’s passion “executive brownout”. Brownout is different from burnout in one key way – a brownout is hard to detect and is not characterized by a major crisis. Individuals suffering from brownout may be experiencing the following: “feeling of being drained from obligations, physical deterioration, tenuous relationships with immediate family, lack of close friendships with old friends, atrophy of personal interests and the inability to focus on non-business discussions with others”.

The solution to brownout isn’t more money but instead “active partnering”. Create supportive relationships, which in turn will “change the nature of your relationships and your advocacy for and loyalty to the team and organization”.

To read the complete article click here.