Monday, February 28, 2011

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



 
Peace if possible, but truth at any rate.
--- Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK hails from a long list of leaders – including John F. and Robert F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, and Gandhi – whose lives were taken from them for voicing their beliefs. This list goes back literally to the dawn of time: we count humanity’s years on earth from the birth of a man, Jesus Christ, who was crucified at the stake for what he believed. The world’s most famous philosopher, Socrates, was forced to drink poison for his views. Cicero, the Roman statesman and philosopher who laid the foundation for our political system of democracy, was decapitated for his beliefs, his head and hands placed on the speaker’s forum in Rome. What is the price of authenticity for you? While it’s most likely not your life, it may be the comfort of your job, or the patronage of your clients, or the existing patterns of your relationships. Do you stand for anything so strongly that you would be willing to risk losing this comfort? Ask yourself what you truly stand for, and start making time this week to actualize it so your life starts moving on a path now that you can be proud of later.

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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, February 23, 2011

If Your Car Were Out of Alignment You Would Take It to a Mechanic. What Do You Do When Your Life is Out of Alignment?


Think about what it feels like to drive a car that is not aligned… It is shaky and hard to control. Instead of a smooth, enjoyable ride it is a stressful one. If all the areas of your life are not aligned you experience a similar feeling. You feel jerky and out of control. Even if one area is going well you still feel stress in the other areas.

Full Alignment: A Practical Guide to Transforming Your Life Vision Into Action is the best resource to help you along the journey toward Alignment in all areas of your life.

In this landmark book, leadership guru Anthony Silard shows you how to bring your life to purpose by transforming your lofty dreams into concrete, deadline-driven goals and then choosing actions on a moment-to-moment basis that are congruent with your deepest values.

To purchase Full Alignment or for more information on our special bulk rate (for nonprofits and education institutions) 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, February 21, 2011

Smile, It’s Monday: Your Weekly Wake-up Call to Live the Life You Have Imagined



 
Persistence doesn’t mean insistence.
--- Anthony Silard

If you are returning home after work today and the road you usually take is closed, what will you do? Will you sleep on the street until your usual route is reopened? I don’t think so. You will find another way home. As the old saying goes, there are many roads to Rome. You can apply this same flexibility to how you achieve your personal and professional goals. Persistence is only a powerful tool when coupled with flexibility. To access its power, force yourself this week to see the writing on the wall, even if it’s not what you want to read. If you don’t get the results you want when you try to invent a new product, or work for social change, or improve a relationship, then change your approach. Not change meaning, “I will change what I’m trying to accomplish.” Change meaning: “I will change how I’m trying to accomplish it.” To access the power of persistence, launch a three-step process every time you come up short when trying to achieve a goal: first, stop to recognize why the strategy you tried didn’t work; second, apply this learning toward creating a new, innovative strategy; third, give the new strategy a shot. Note there is no step called “Feel Badly about Myself” or “Become Consumed with Self-Doubt.” To achieve your most important goals, persistence is necessary. Getting down on yourself is optional.

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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, February 14, 2011

Smile, It’s Monday (Valentine’s Day): Your Weekly Wake-up Call to Create the Intimate Relationship You Desire



 
I looked for love and it was nowhere.

I loved and it was everywhere.
--- Anthony Silard

When we look for love, we seek it in exactly the form we desire it in, and ignore it in the various forms in which it already appears in our lives. We ignore the love that is given to us from ourselves, our families, our friends, and become fixated on the one specific form we crave, e.g. “My father’s saying something supportive about my new career choice” or “My partner writing me a card, or bringing me flowers, or saying ‘I love you’ more often” or “Someone thinking I’m attractive and asking me out.” While we have absolutely no power over when and how and how much love is given to us, we have 100 percent power over how we give it to others. If you have a partner, Valentine’s Day is a reminder to give to them in a way that celebrates their uniqueness. If she or he loves opera, surprise her or him with two opera tickets, or an opera CD. Even better, take a piece of colored paper and some colored markers, draw a big red heart in the middle and fill it with what you love about them. There’s no material substitute for writing from the heart. If you have not yet met the right person, Valentine’s Day can feel like Celebrate Your Job Day for the unemployed. We can all get down on ourselves when we find ourselves single on Valentine’s Day; we just want to crawl into a hole and let this day hurry up and be over. Yet we have to remember: Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love. The more you recognize the love that already exists within and around you, the more you will attract it in the new form you desire it in.

Author’s Note: Just over a month ago, I walked to the top of Sagaing Hill, a very spiritual Buddhist temple just a short trishaw ride away from Mandalay in Burma. I meditated for an hour and came up with this year’s Valentine's Day quote for Smile, It's Monday. This quote has many layers of meaning. I hope you will discover its right meaning for you based on where you are in your life right now.

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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).

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Transform, Transformation, Transformational


Transform ideas into action


Transform fleeting passion into sustainable energy

Transform an overwhelmed staff and board into a motivated team

Transform your fundraising model into a ‘friend-raising’ model.

Transformation comes from hard work and a willingness to change. In 2011, decide what is working and what isn’t.

Join the Certificate of Transformational Nonprofit Leadership series in order to transform what’s not working.

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 15-25 participants in order to provide an intimate learning experience. The series starts this March. 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, February 7, 2011

Smile, It’s Monday: Your Weekly Wake-up Call to Start Exercising Again




No man is free who is not master of himself.

--- Epictetus

What is your long-term Vision for your physical and mental health? Exercise is not an end in itself, but a means to achieve your larger life goals. The question then, is what are your larger life goals with respect to your health? To help you figure them out, ask yourself these questions: “What do I want my body to look like ten years from now?” Even more importantly: “How do I want to feel about my body today and every day hereafter?” Also ask a few questions to determine the role of exercise in your life, such as “What are the effects of exercise, mediation, and yoga on my mind?”, “How do I feel about myself when I exercise regularly?” and “Am I here just to take care of others, or also to take care of myself?” In addition, think about the next generation by asking yourself these two questions: “What kind of example do I want to set for my present or future children with respect to how I take care of my physical and mental health?” and “How do I want them to view their health?” Your answers to some of these questions will help you craft your long-term Vision for the role exercise will play in your life. Once you have developed this Vision, design some concrete goals to put into place immediately to actualize it.

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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).