Submitted by Sal Silvester on December 21, 2011
Everything in life is a choice.
How do you make your choices? What are they based on?
When we are clear about what is most important to us, we can make choices that are aligned with what we want in our lives. Guiding principles help keep us focused throughout the year and give us a foundation to determine the choices we make every day. It is through those daily choices that we build our lives.
Here's a quick visualization exercise you can try to help you create your guiding principles. Journal about the following:
Submitted by Sal Silvester on December 19, 2011
I wanted to share a quote from a book called The Rythm of Life by Matthew Kelly.
"Everything is a Choice. This is life’s greatest truth and its hardest lesson. It is a great truth because it reminds us of our power. Not power over others, but the often untapped power to be ourselves and to live the life we have imagined.”
He goes on to say that it’s a hard lesson because it causes us to realize that we have chosen the life we are living right now.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on November 23, 2011
I wanted to wish you all a very healthy and happy Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving for me is a time of reflection and a time to come back to the present. It is a time for me to be grateful for all of the wonderful things in my life- most importantly my wife, my family, and my family of friends.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on September 7, 2011
Collaboration trumps time management...every time.
We often seek to do things faster and better and as a result look for "time management" techniques for the answer.
The problem is that time management often results in us asking the wrong question - "How do we do what we are currently doing more efficiently?"
Instead...focus on working more effectively with others and you'll find yourself answering these types of questions:
Submitted by Sal Silvester on September 6, 2011
When people don't communicate what they need, it results in a lose-lose for themselves and others around them.
I recently experienced this in my personal life. I'd been traveling (mostly for fun and personal time off) several weeks in a row and my wife and I were invited on an out-of-town trip to the mountains with friends. I immediately said yes, because spending time with friends and family is one of my core guiding principles.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on August 10, 2011
Another common and costly leader mistake that can result in a loss of credibility and trust.
MISTAKE: Leading with answers instead of questions.
Jim Collins said it best in Good to Great:
Submitted by Sal Silvester on August 3, 2011
What is your team's purpose?
What is your team supposed to do that no other team does?
These are important questions for all teams - whether you belong to a management team, a functional team, a project team, or other.
The challenge in most organizations is that teams don't have clarity about their purpose. They brush it off as something too fluffy to consider. Or, for other teams, their purpose ends up on a pretty poster in a conference room and does nothing but take up wall space.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on July 28, 2011
Another common and costly leader mistake that can result in a loss of credibility and trust...
MISTAKE: Leading by email (or by texting, project management tools, online chat, or other technology) instead of Leading by Example.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on July 26, 2011
A common and costly leader mistake that can result in a loss of credibility and trust...
MISTAKE: Getting caught up in the Popeye Syndrome – “I am what I am.”
The implied message here is: “I am the way I am and if you don’t like it, who cares?”
Leaders often exhibit this behavior when doing things like conducting meetings without involving team members, and when resolving team member issues without asking for input or engaging them in the problem-solving process.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on June 22, 2011
There are two common and costly mistakes leaders make that can result in a loss of credibility and trust.
MISTAKE 1: Getting caught up in the Popeye Syndrome – “I am what I am.”
The implied message here is “I am the way I am and if you don’t like it, who cares?”