► It’s execution and results that count:
The pragmatic leader knows that he will be judged on results. Whether you run a large company or a small business, ultimately there is no substitute for results.
► Maintain flexibility:
Organizations and individuals must be prepared for an “uncertain tomorrow” and “asymmetrical threats.” Be ready for the unexpected, maintain the flexibility to take on all contingencies rather that getting locked into a vision that “seems probable today, but which may very well not be probable at all.”
► Avoid false forecasts:
Beware of the unrealistic forecast or plan. Resist developing a “hockey-stick” mentality: the forecasting of one down year to be succeeded by a happy string of up years. Be realistic, and plan realistically.
► Know when to cut your losses:
Know when you don’t have the resources or when your opponent holds all the good cards. Live to fight another day.
For a change to the same mundane workout routine day-in and day-out, try Reverse Training to help produce an ergogenic effect for your muscles. All you do is start with a refining movement instead of a multi-joint compound movement on your next workout. For example, say you're starting with chest…instead of heading right over to the bench press to grind out a series of heavy sets, begin with a light superset (4 sets each) of cable fly's and BOSU (half-ball) push-ups. When you perform this type of superset cold, you’re going to feel a lactic acid burn almost immediately. This is a pre-exhaustion technique and it’s guaranteed to kick up the intensity for the remainder of your workout. Sure you may not be as strong for subsequent compound movements, but the name of the game is muscle tissue stimulation and hypertrophy. Reverse Training will absolutely trigger that.
Three areas that are the hallmarks of an authentic leader that will define your credibility and influence as a leader:
► Lead with vision:
§ Articulate your vision often and in advance of or before actual implementation is feasible. This sets the tone for ensuring those that will be communicating, along with those that are the decision makers and those that execute will have buy-in and the right perspective to ensure all roads lead to your vision’s outcome.
► Define and reinforce the mission:
§ Especially during a time of crisis it is imperative to communicate the mission as soon as possible, and communicate it often. Address every audience to which you have access; your teams, the press, corporate staff, members of the board, and the public. Hammer home the key points time and again in the opening days, weeks, months of the crisis. This will focus everyone on the priorities to resolving the issues, and head off gossip, rumors, ambiguities, and mis-communications.
► Get the troops to execute:
§ It is imperative for the leader to understand their role is to build the morale of the troops. Make several trips to stand side by side with those who have been called upon to carry out the vision and mission that you have set forth. Be available, be visible, setting the example of positive energy and optimism. The leader must be engaged and involved in the goings on concerning their teams, set the tone of “let’s take this hill together!”
Whether you are an entrepreneur developing a new start-up, or a corporate executive beginning anew with a different organization, there are some timely steps to consider to during your transition:
► To consolidate power in an organization, put the right people in the right places:
§ Put people in whom you have confidence in key positions. The network you create greatly increases your influence and effectiveness-
► Don’t always insist on complete control:
§ Sometimes the best way to gain power is to demonstrate that you are willing to share it.
► Identify key allies early on and know what they can do for you:
§ One of the keys to building a broad-based coalition for your ability to transition and win is figuring out exactly which individuals or departments are needed and exactly what each would be able to contribute. Some may take a visible role; others could maintain a low profile, both are needed to advancing your agenda.
This is one of those great antioxidants that play a critical role in energy production within every cell of your body. Benefits include heart health, immune support, lowering LDL cholesterol, reducing hypertension, and protection against free-radical damage. Be sure to look for the newer bioactive version of CoQ10 called ubiquinol. (The regular one is called ubiquinone.) Studies are showing that the ubiquinol version is up to 8 times more powerful and effective than conventional CoQ10.
I always take a liquid gel-capsule of CoQ10 because I feel the absorption is better in the liquid form rather than the dry form I take 50 mg's a day, but have taken up to 100 mg's a day. It's not cheap, so you may want to opt for the lower milligram gel capsule as I do. More is not always better!
Imagination allows us to break out of the prison of precedence and free our minds to recognize patterns and options that we’ve never been able to see before. It’s how we discover, it’s how we invent, it’s how we innovate, and ultimately, it’s how we adapt.
Cognitive science confirms that humor and imagination are indelibly linked. Humor is the fertile field where the seeds of imagination are planted, grown, and harvested into imaginative and insightful solutions.
Use outrageousness to develop breakthrough ideas. Outrageous thoughts are barrier busters. By permitting oneself to laugh at the world, and think outside the boundaries of ordinary normal thought, brilliant new solutions can arise.