Thursday, March 29, 2012

Anthony Silard on Social Media and Real Friendships----KMMT Radio Live Tonight at 9 pm

I'll be talking about real friendships and how social media is affecting them. It will be about 15 minutes. Go to www.kmmtradio.com and then click on 'KMMT' and 'Listen Live'. I just returned from meetings in Barcelona half an hour ago, but will do my best to be coherent. :)

Monday, March 26, 2012

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




All of us are something; none of us are everything.
--- Pascal

That you can “be yourself” and also become a leader contradicts conventional wisdom; the misguided media onslaught tells us a leader must be charismatic, outgoing, and passionate. That would help explain Bill Clinton, but not Bill Gates. Let’s consider the man who has influenced the way each of us writes, crunches numbers, and presents our knowledge, and has become one of the wealthiest people on the planet along the way. Bill Gates had a vision of creating something and achieved it beyond anyone’s expectations. Gates is a great example of a quiet leader: he’s methodical, systematic, visionary, but not the most passionate or charismatic human being you will ever come across. His success hinges on his self-awareness of his natural talents, and his ability to leverage his strengths and minimize his challenges. This awareness is reflected in his decision to hire Steve Ballmer as front man and CEO in 2000 to lead the charge to market Microsoft products while he continued to quietly develop them backstage—which, as we are all aware, yielded spectacular results. Your challenge in becoming a leader is to identify your natural talents and build on them while simultaneously finding others with the strengths you don’t have to complement you. This doesn’t mean you give up and let your challenge areas atrophy like useless limbs; rather, you develop those areas by learning from people who do them well. Take some time this week to reflect on your natural talents and also the areas that are not your strongest—nor the sources of your passion—in which you can find others to complement you as you build your company, organization, or initiative.

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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, March 19, 2012

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




Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.
--- Martin Luther King Jr.

Neglect your heart and your mind may take you in the wrong direction. The language of the heart understands what is not visible to the eye or perceptible to the mind. You would probably rather be accused of making a “mindless” comment than a “heartless” one. You’ve very likely heard someone called a “prisoner of her own mind,” but not a “prisoner of her own heart.” While no one wants to be considered “crazy” or “mad,” to be “crazy in love” or “mad about someone” are desirable qualities for a healthy relationship. For authentic communication, you “speak straight from the heart” and “take what is said to heart.” Substitute the word “mind” for “heart” in these popular expressions and they no longer sound authentic. Recall a moment in your life when you did much more than perceive—you knew. Have you ever met someone and left that first encounter completely transformed, thinking “I don’t know what will happen, but I’ve never felt like this before”? If you do not include your heart’s desires in the equation when you make key life decisions, you will live a life of “dis-ease” (a lack of internal ease that can easily lead to real sickness), rigid self-control, and adherence to a thought-based ideal that is not truly your own. Consider your most important relationships and ask yourself if you are integrating your heart’s desire into them. After reflecting on this for awhile, take stock of your career goals and ask yourself whether they emanate from your heart—what you feel you want to do—or stem from your mind—what you think you should do. Design some strategies this week in both your personal and professional spheres to make your heart once again present in your life.

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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).

Climbing Email Mountain


A good friend of mine, Carl Honore, author of In Praise of Slowness, coined this expression, which I think aptly describes what happens to most of us each and every day and results in one of the greatest losses of time in human history. How do you get down from Email Mountain once you've started your ascent? Check out this video for a few strategies to help you return to the fertile plains of real life.

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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, March 15, 2012

Is Social Networking Resulting in True Friendships?---Anthony Silard on The Dr. Pat Show, Voice of America


Dr. Pat is an excellent host and helped make this an excellent interview. Hope you enjoy 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).

Monday, March 12, 2012

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




If you want to inspire, you must first be inspired.
--- Anthony Silard

It’s my experience that people who are successful in their careers integrate regular recovery time—whether it’s throwing a ball around with their kids, or going to the spa or gym for a few hours, or taking the afternoon off to go fishing with their buddies—into their daily schedule. This is not to say I haven’t seen people achieve great things while ignoring themselves for a crunch period. Yet any individual I’ve ever coached who has consistently sustained their performance has discovered how to strike this balance and maintain themselves as a priority in their lives by taking the time to be with and do things for themselves. Think about the people you look up to for their long-term career achievements. Are they workaholics who emanate nothing but stress to others? I don’t think so. Are they unwilling to take time away from the grind to envision something greater than themselves? I doubt it. They take time for themselves because they know that if they want to inspire others, they must first be inspired. You always have the choice to either complain about your busy schedule or take a bold stand for yourself and make your self-time a priority. When you go hiking by yourself for the day, or go for a long run, or take off for a weekend retreat in the country, the message you’re sending others is not, “You’re not important to me.” Rather, it’s “I’m important to me. By giving to myself, I expand my capacity to give to you.” Come up with a few concrete “recovery strategies” to practice this week. Experiment with simple practices that fit the rhythm of your life, keep doing what works, and discard what doesn’t.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

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




You only suffer from what you care about.
--- Dan Frost 

It’s much more beneficial to acknowledge and embrace the suffering you’ve experienced in your life than to sweep it under the carpet. Why confront these difficult memories? Because your suffering is a window into your heart and what you deeply value. Just as important, what you haven’t experienced as suffering doesn’t affect you very much. To find the right…not job, not career, but calling, you have to discover what’s lodged deeply in your heart. If your parents were largely absent during your childhood, you may feel an inexplicable passion to provide children the presence and caring you always yearned for. If you felt a depth of pain in your heart when you saw the effects of the BP oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico and the people, animals, fish, and plants that live there, honor that pain, as it emanates from compassion, which is derived from the Latin words com (“with”) and patire (the root of the word passion, which means “to suffer”). Compassion doesn’t mean “to suffer with,” but “to be with someone in their suffering.” Once you come to terms with what has caused the suffering you’ve experienced in your life, what you value will soon become unsheathed and begin to crystallize. This is how your suffering becomes the gateway to your passion. Go for a long walk this weekend and have a dialogue with yourself about what has caused you the most pain in your life. Then ask yourself which values have sprung forth within you from that suffering. Create a plan this week to do something rooted in those values so you and others experience less of this suffering in the future.

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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).

Friday, March 2, 2012

Leadership Movie of the Month


My wife and I saw "A Separation" on Sunday night. What a wonderful film. Ironically, we saw it in a completely empty theater on Oscar night without knowing it was Oscar night (not sure I should admit that - hopefully we can be excused as we had returned from Mexico two days before), and I found out a few days later that it won the award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Why Leadership Movie of the Month? Have you ever been intimidated by someone? Lead actor Peyman Moadi does an amazing job of showing how to hold your ground in the face of fear and convey your message while keeping your cool. (Liam Neeson's "I'm terrified" line in "The Grey" is also an excellent example of how a leader can authentically convey fear while building rather than eroding support from his or her team.)

"A Separation" depicts characters wrestling not only with fear, but with guilt, remorse, divided allegiances and the perennial battle many of us face between integrity and self- or family-preservation. No one comes out a complete hero, which makes the film the more powerful by blanketing it in a sobering realism. The humanism of the characters shines through in every scene; those eager to cast Iran in the role of the United States' next bogeyman in a desperate attempt to perpetuate the largest
military industry in the world would do well to see this movie and be reminded of its humanity.

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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).