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How To Find Courage

Greetings Leaders!

Are you facing some seemingly insurmountable obstacles in your life? Having problems at work? Is your boss abusive? Are you in a seemingly hopeless relationship? Finances keeping you down? Perhaps you are having difficulty with your kids or just finding your way through life. Whatever it may be, you can find the courage to deal with it. Your situation may not go change, but your outlook can.  Read the rest of this entry »

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I’ve been thinking about this for awhile as I watch the friends of my son and daughter enter their 20s and graduate from college. With all the uncertainty out there, what advice can I give to them as they begin their journey into adulthood? If you’re in your 20s or early 30s, or know someone who is, read on for some valuable tips. Read the rest of this entry »

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Every now and then I like to take an assessment of my leadership skills as a reminder of both my strengths and weaknesses. I recently took one at TeamTechnology and would highly recommend it to anyone who is searching for a new career or interested in leadership development. The assessment is based on Myers-Briggs and the Keirsey Temperament Sorter. The results are very in depth, AND the test is inexpensive and quickly obtained.

All the best!

John

How to gain respect

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One of my most popular posts has been on how to “get”other people’s respect. It may be a spouse, coworker or boss, but the question is the same. So is respect something you “get” or is it something you earn? A couple of things to think about…

1. Respect must be earned. If you have integrity, work hard and are diligent about what you do and how you behave, you will earn respect.

2. If you follow my advice and are still not respected, there are a few things to think about. First, this person you are trying to win over might be the problem, not you. Some people have unreasonable expectations. What can you do if this is the case? You either accept it or run for the door. The other question you may need to ask yourself is do YOU respect yourself? Is there something that you can’t forgive yourself for, or problems with your self-image? If you can’t respect yourself, why should anyone else?

If you find yourself here, don’t worry. Just keep asking the question and try to become better at living a life with honor and integrity. Learn to love yourself!

All the best!
All the time!

JT

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Ok – I’m plagiarising. But how can you change a classic? After 15 years, I’m rereading Dale Carnegie’s classic piece of work, How To Win Friends and Influence People. What can I learn from something first published in 1937? Well… a lot. If you haven’t read this, or if you read it a long time ago, I highly recommend you crack open the covers of the book, or turn on your e-reader, and dive in. It will change your life.

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So… it happened again. You’re at work, trying to make things happen, and your boss doesn’t listen. Or if she’s listening, she either ignores you or runs over you. You think you’re a good leader. You have a proven track record. You get results. Yet for some reason your boss just doesn’t acknowledge your capabilities. The result? You end up frustrated. Your boss ends up frustrated. At times you’re not even sure if you can show up for another day of work. What are  your options and what should you do?

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Last night I volunteered at a Career Coaching event at Bayside of Granite Bay. The event supported the Career Coaching program for those in transition, and there were 50+ job seekers there. For those in the Sacramento-Roseville-Rocklin area, I highly recommend it. They’ve successfully helped over 200 people find their next career. Although affiliated with the church, this is a non-evangelical event. Meaning you can walk in the door without getting preached to. The point is to help people in need get back on their feet.

I’ve done this before both at the church and other groups, and am always struck by the high caliber people who are for whatever reason unemployed. If you find yourself in this predicament, take heart, it is only temporary. Having said that – I do also come across those who I know will struggle to find their next job. If you’ve been unemployed for over 6 months, here are 5 things you need to consider.

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This is the 15th posting in the series The Path of the Honorable Leader.

Accountability. Holding others and self to be responsible for one’s actions. The Honorable Leader knows that there are no excuses. That whatever we do, we are responsible for the results. If we can take credit for the good, we should also be willing to take credit for the not so good, or sometimes, the bad. To hold people accountable means to love them enough to hold them responsible for their actions. Much like we teach our children the to be responsible for what they do, the Honorable Leader knows that this is something we should continue doing as adults. By holding others accountable, we build the framework for growth. That a lack of accountability leads to reckless actions, pain, setbacks, and a life of mediocrity.

Holding others accountable is hard. To tell someone they missed the mark, while encouraging them to do better, takes time and energy. It puts the leader in a vulnerable position as he must sometimes buck against the headwind. His may be the lone voice that calls for reasonableness and accountability. Too often, leaders fail to hold others accountable. That in their quest for power, prestige and profits, they sacrifice accountability. The Honorable Leader knows better. Accountability is a cornerstone for long term growth. Accountability, while sometimes painful, is the only way to sustained progress.

As an Honorable Leader, hold others, and yourself, accountable for your actions.

All the best!
All the time!
JT

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Greetings Leaders!

I was taking a walk during lunch the other day near downtown Sacramento. As I was walking, I looked up and saw… oranges! Later during my walk along the river, I looked down and saw turtles! Ok, some of you may think I’m losing my mind. But I was having a trying day and was in a sour mood. So, when these little things came along, they just lifted my spirits. I wasn’t expecting to find an orange tree in downtown Sacramento. I wasn’t expecting to see turtles basking in the sun. Then I started to think, why don’t I expect the unexpected in other areas of my life?

As I think about life, many of us expect… the expected. When things are tough, we expect them to get worse. We get in the habit of looking at the ordinary and get used to living in mediocrity. The oranges and the turtles reminded me that life can also throw beautiful things your way, when you least expect it. The thing is, you have to stop what you’re doing, and take a look around you. If I hadn’t looked up, I wouldn’t have seen the oranges. They were there all the time. I even walked by them on a walk the other day, and didn’t even notice them. I’ve also been down the river before, so I probably have walked by turtles basking in the sun before.

The point – if you’re having a bad day, or a bad time. Stop. Look up. Take a walk. Open your eyes. God gives us gifts every day – and we often overlook them.

All the best!
All the time!
JT

Greetings Leaders!

This is the 13th posting in The Path of the Honorable Leader series.

The honorable leader knows that he has chosen the path he treads. That while life happens around him, that he alone decided where to take his next step. He cannot blame anyone else for the path he has taken. No one forced him to put his foot down, where he didn’t want to. Not his spouse. Not his kids. Not his boss. Not the economy. Not his health. Circumstances arise, but the honorable leader knows, that he was responsible for the path he chose.

As he has chosen alone, he also knows, that he cannot regret the path that he has taken. He knows that some of his steps were perhaps misplaced. But that while misplaced, it provided him with a lesson. Without lessons, life is nothing but boring walk towards death. Lessons are what provide both the joy, and the pain, that we call life.

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