Thoughts for the Day

Thinking

Having an open mind is useful, using it well is better. The ability to think in a perceptive manner and use our minds and experiences for the good of others is what sets us apart from other animals. The ability to think and change your mind and continually express your curiosity drives your energy levels and exposes yourself to new experiences, causing you to think again.

leadership

plan and make decisions about resources

organise activities

motivate

initiate appropriate feedback mechanisms

Ageing

It happens to us all. As you get older physical decline is inevitable and managing your heath is important. What is even more important is that you manage your mental health. Stay sharp and focused, constantly educate your mind in new ways. Learn skills, being mentally receptive to change and new experiences reduces anxiety and insecurity.

delegates, supporters and followers

Things to consider

need for independence ( of thought)

readiness to make decisions

tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty

interest and curiosity levels

understanding of goal congruence and direction

skills, knowledge and experience

collaborative and cooperative willingness

Difficult people

Yep, we all come across them from time to time – here are some ideas:

Do nothing, wait until they are receptive to your thinking.

Change your perception – ask yourself why are they saying/doing what they are doing. Dismiss the notion that they are bonkers and try to see it their way.

Change the context – what is it that has triggered their dis-ease? Try reframing the context and see if their behaviour now makes sense.

Motivate them to change their behaviour. State the obvious – if you carry on like this, then X (bad) will happen; if you approach the matter differently the Y (good) will happen.

Above all, concentrate on the difficult behaviour, not the person. Try and understand why their behaviour is ‘difficult’.

Planning

Some people hate to plan for fear of failure.

If you have a plan you know where you are going. A bad plan is better than nothing as it will lead you to a better plan.

If you have a plan, you have a benchmark for your actions. Constant review and feedback will ensure you control events and measure against pre determined factors.

You may even decide to change a good plan into an even better one,

The worst plan is no plan at all, you will just drift.

Leadership

Ensure the right direction is clearly communicated.

Ensure the right resources are in place, including the right people.

Ensure that everybody, including you, behaves in a manner consistent with the above.

See Consistency.

Reciprocity

Doing something for others first is more likely to generate returns, but don’t expect instantaneous feedback. Rewards have a distinct habit of being delayed and the more you expect them, the more disappointed you will become if they don’t appear as you expected.

Equally when presenting a new idea, explain what is in it for other people, not just yourself.

Enthusiasm

Never curb the enthusiasm of others. Always take their ideas and adapt or adopt accordingly.

Remember that good ideas and enthusiam are infectious. Learn to soak up and reflect on other peoples energy levels.

This will rub off on you.

issue

don’t just raise the issue, true leaders take ownership of it.

It is no good complaining if you are not prepared to do something about it, otherwise you are just perpetuating a negative state. (in yourself)