Every day you have an account with 1,440 minutes in it. If you’re getting the recommended amount of sleep per night, then you are using 480 of them on rest. Assuming you work a regular 8-hour job means that you just used another 480 on a workday. Taking away sleep and work right off the top and you’re already down to 480 minutes remaining in the day. It’s no wonder we can’t find time in the day to get things done.
Rudolph Giuliani is probably best known for being the mayor of New York during the attacks of 9/11, and his response during the events of 9/11 and the weeks that followed are an example of the leadership practices he put in place early on as mayor. Giuliani wrote in his book Leadership that one of the most important things a leader can do is learn the strengths of the people who work for him and then put people in a position where their strengths can be used to their fullest ability.
I was eavesdropping on a volunteer orientation recently, when I heard someone say, “We’re all just a paycheck or two away from being homeless ourselves.” Is that true, though?
I gathered my coat and briefcase, locked the door to my office, and walked out the front door of the building. I finished another day of work. The day wasn’t extraordinary. If anything, it was a normal day, but something happened that made me reconsider what a normal day at the office looks like.
Sometimes the only way to make sure it gets done right is to do it yourself. You have probably said that or even still believe it. You don’t pass off tasks to others because you need it done right the first time. But without properly delegating tasks, you’ll never succeed in business or in life for that matter.
December 21 is the Winter Solstice; it is the longest night of the year. From here forward, the nights get shorter and days get longer. The winter solstice marks the beginning of the solar calendar, and even without religious connotations, the day is celebrated across the globe in various ways.
I tell people that I work on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve to get out of attending family events. My family likes to have a Thanksgiving get together and my wife’s family does a big Christmas Eve event. An encounter this year, however, ruined that story, and I’m thrilled about it.
(Photo Credit: Chattanooga Community Kitchen).
When I was in college, one of my professors asked me if I would teach him how to shoot a gun. He had no experience with firearms, and he wanted to learn how to safely handle a weapon and use it proficiently. The request wasn’t too strange since we had developed a close acquaintance. I was a non-traditional student, and I was also already done taking the classes from his department I needed to graduate.
Ever had a boss who gave you the impression that you were there for them? Are you the kind of leader who thinks your followers are there for your benefit? People who fit have this mindset don’t understand the fundamentals of leadership.
When you were in high school or college you learned the SMART acronym for goal setting. Your goals are supposed to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable (or Agreed Upon), Realistic, and Time-bound. SMART goals are still taught in schools, seminars, and other places as the standard model for goal setting. The most innovation SMART goals have encountered in decades is where an extra ER was added to the back end to make SMARTER goals, which includes ethical and recorded.