Monday, December 20, 2010

Smile, It’s Monday: Your Weekly Wake-up Call to Build Meaningful Relationships




There is only love – all else is illusion. 
At every moment, in every conversation you have ever been in or ever will be in, 
you and the other person are each either seeking love or expressing love.
--- Anthony Silard

We seek love in many ways, such as shouting, belittling, attempting to guilt someone into doing what we want them to do, manipulating, giving the silent treatment. Arguments happen when two people are seeking love at the same time. Our most intimate, loving moments – including “lovemaking” – happen when two people are simultaneously expressing love. Here is the key to effective communication: When the other person is seeking love, listen. Show empathy. Try to understand their needs. When they are expressing love, it’s your opportunity to be assertive, to get your needs met. In fact, it’s the only time when you can get your needs met, because it’s the only time when they will actually listen to you. Identify a person who has been a thorn in your side lately. The next time they get on your nerves, remind yourself that they are seeking love in their own way, yet are pushing it further away from them because they haven’t learned healthier ways to get their needs met. How can you lighten your position just a little bit, and help them to get the love they desperately need? Try this strategy – it’s the first step to filling your life with more loving, meaningful relationships.

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Anthony Silard is the president of The Global Leadership Institute and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday each week in your inbox and a free copy of Anthony's new audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

How to Grow Your Organization in Hard Economic Times


This conference met my needs and exceeded my expectations. I cannot recall when another conference has addressed my needs/interests so well and provided so many inspiring and practical ideas.
-- Michi Gates, North Bay Regional Center

This conference influenced my outlook on how long I see myself continuing as a nonprofit director. I plan to stick it out and to pursue becoming a great leader… I would recommend this to other nonprofit directors without question. Great Content!
-- Rod Malloy, Mission Solano

Join us for the 2011 webinar series that is helping sustain and grow organizations during these hard economic times.

The Certificate of Transformational Nonprofit Leadership offers you access to the top trainers in the country in the areas of fundraising, social marketing, work-life balance and financial management. Including: Michael Maccoby (Professor, Oxford University’s Said School of Business), Tony Schwartz (Author, The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working) and Alan Andreasen (Professor, Georgetown Business School).

In this cutting-edge nonprofit leadership certificate program, you can expect to learn to:
 


1. Develop some innovative new fundraising strategies to leverage resources for your cause



2. Manage and inspire people with fewer resources 



3. Keep staff morale high in the face of cutbacks

4. Leverage financial resources and board involvement in a tough economy


And much more!

Space is limited to 20-25 participants as to provide an intimate learning experience. The series starts this February. For more information visit our website www.socialleaders.org or contact our Program Director, Hannah Kahl, 202-241-6721 / Hannah@socialleaders.org

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Anthony Silard is the president of The Global Leadership Institute and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday each week in your inbox and a free copy of Anthony's new audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).

Monday, December 13, 2010

Smile, It’s Monday: Your Weekly Wake-up Call to Become a More Effective Leader




Even a hunter cannot kill a bird which flies to him for refuge.

--- old Samurai saying

Leaders who act with integrity pay less attention to the latest political or economic calculus and instead focus on the human calculus. These leaders hail from all walks of life and hold positions ranging from CEO to service representative. Take Chiune Siguhara, the Japanese consul general in Kaunas, Lithuania in 1940. After the Nazi’s Blitzkrieg on Poland, Polish Jews fled to neighboring Lithuania. One of their only hopes for escape as the Nazis continued their takeover of Europe and closed in on Lithuania was to obtain transit visas to travel to Japan. Siguhara issued these visas despite many refugees not having passports or proper identification. Despite repeated orders from his superiors to stop, Siguhara issued over 5,000 transit visas. After he was fired from his position for insubordination by the Japanese government, he continued issuing transit visas until his last day, even handing the lifesaving documents from the window of his departing train. Meditate on the wisdom of the Samurai before moving forward on your next initiative. Instead of immediately pushing for what you want, ask yourself first, “What is the human calculus here?” Write down the effects of the various options on the human beings involved – your employees, customers, the people in your community – and then make your decision.

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Anthony Silard is the president of The Global Leadership Institute and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday each week in your inbox and a free copy of Anthony's new audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

When My Career is Going Well My Personal Life Suffers... When My Personal Life is Going Well My Work Suffers


I can’t talk to people in the office about all the stress in my personal life, but it affects my work or at least my overall well-being at work.

My friends and family can’t understand why I spend so much time at the office and get paid so little for it and/or get so little credit for it.

I often feel isolated and lonely in my mission to create change, to make a social impact or excel in my career.

If any of these three sentences made you nod your head or made you want to stop reading and ignore your initial reaction, keep reading!

Leadership guru and president of The Center for Social Leadership, Anthony Silard, has been working with individuals on these very issues for the last 15 years.

Life coaching and executive coaching is a way to bring balance, serenity and greater success into your life. Everything you need is already within you, but sometimes you need a trained guide to help you find it and apply it.

Tony really facilitated rather than trying to impose his ideas or beliefs. He led us through a very sequential process of coming up with the goals and objectives that we had in our minds already. Yet when we asked for suggestions and his opinion he was willing to give it and was very knowledgeable and experienced. 

Heidi, Former Executive Director of ROCK

To learn more about life coaching and executive coaching options with Anthony Silard visit our website www.socialleaders.org or contact our program director, Hannah Kahl, 202-241-6721 / Hannah@socialleaders.org

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Anthony Silard is the president of The Global Leadership Institute and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday each week in your inbox and a free copy of Anthony's new audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).

Monday, December 6, 2010

Smile, It’s Monday: Your Weekly Wake-up Call to Balance Work and Life



There is no point in living if you can’t feel your life.
--- Mexican proverb

Our deepest motivations do not come from the instrument we over-use in our technologically-driven society (the mind) but from the other vital organ – the heart – that will atrophy if we continue to ignore it in the name of efficiency. When we stop feeling, we stop enjoying our lives. Determine some changes you can make to your schedule to reclaim your heart every single day. Go to a concert. Stop work at 6 and take a yoga class. Watch the leaves change. Make love with your partner more often. Free up unstructured time in your daily schedule to just be. The more you access the messaging that emanates from your heart each day, the more you will accomplish in your life and, even more importantly, the more you will enjoy what you accomplish. If you don’t feel joy from what you achieve, after all, what’s the point of achieving it? Write down a few changes to your schedule that will enable you to make a heart connection with yourself and/or others this week.

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Anthony Silard is the president of
 The Global Leadership Institute and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday each week in your inbox and a free copy of Anthony's new audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).











Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Conference That Best Fits the Needs of YOUR Organization/Business


Tired of conferences that don’t speak specifically to your needs or the needs of your organization/business?

Tired of conferences that leave you more overwhelmed because of the time out of the office instead of rejuvenated and refueled?

Tired of presenters that speak at you instead of engaging you and creating opportunities for you to interact with other participants?

In these hard economic times, with the very limited resources that are available for staff development, you want to be sure you are getting your money’s worth!

Work with the Center for Social Leadership’s president and leadership guru, Anthony Silard, to create a conference that best fits the needs of your organization/business and your staff. Throughout Anthony’s fifteen years of teaching leadership he has developed many easy-to-implement techniques and strategies in all areas of nonprofit/for-profit development. Choose from over 30 leadership workshops, such as: Effective Communication for Managers, Balancing Success and Happiness, and Strategic Planning Made Easy.

To see a full list of workshops and conference models, please visit our website at www.socialleaders.org or contact program director, Hannah Kahl, 202-241-6721 / Hannah@socialleaders.org

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Anthony Silard is the president of The Global Leadership Institute and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday each week in your inbox and a free copy of Anthony's new audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).