Monday, June 25, 2012

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



You can choose to benefit from every single event that transpires in your life,
no matter how negative, difficult, or unhealthy it appears at the time.
--- Anthony Silard

This is a revolutionary concept. It means that a life-threatening illness can give you the resolve you need to start taking care of your health and to go for what you really want in your life. The death of a loved one can motivate you to stop working your life away and spend more time caring for those who are still around. A spate of hostile insults directed toward you can ignite your desire to teach others how to get their points across without abandoning compassion.

The next time someone betrays your trust, cheats on you behind your back, treats you like yesterday’s meatloaf, or takes you to the cleaners financially or emotionally, remind yourself that you have the choice every day of your life to either give in to your suffering or to bring good out of it. Stagnation or positive action—which will you choose? This week, reflect on your relationship with your life’s challenging moments and what you stand to learn from them.

How do you relate to the more difficult moments in your life? Share your successes and challenges in this area with us in the comments.


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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, June 18, 2012

Smile, It's Monday: Your Weekly Wake-up Call to Make a Difference in the World


He does not believe 
who does not live according to his belief.
--- Sigmund Freud

The only ideas that will make any difference to anyone else in the world are those you act upon. The rest you will take with you unrealized to the grave. Even the man who spawned the largest stop-and-reflect-on-your-childhood movement in human history knew actions are the only way to make thoughts matter. People react to you based on your actions. The thoughts you do not translate into actions are exactly that—thoughts—and nothing more. A thought only becomes real when you act on it. Your actions are the only means at your disposal to manifest your thoughts in the physical world. This critical decision—determining which thoughts to empower into action—is where your power lies.

This week, make a commitment to something greater than yourself that you deeply believe in but have not been acting on. If you feel uneasy about the substandard education many children receive in low-income neighborhoods, or the lack of proper health care in many developing countries, or the loneliness of many elderly people relegated to nursing homes once they are no longer deemed “productive” in our society, and believe that something should be done about it, ask yourself how you will live according to your belief. Meditate on this question and then thank your thoughts for their wisdom, put them aside, and take action.

What have been the most rewarding moments in your life that involved helping others? What did you learn from them? Share them with us in the comments.


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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, June 11, 2012

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




Interact less with your employees at the transactional level 
and more at the transformational level.
--- Anthony Silard

Transformational dialogue inspires each of your employees to own their work, to see you as a critical partner in their success whom they feel comfortable approaching for advice, and to increase their confidence in their own leadership style; transactional conversations turn you into a watchdog your employees deal with out of obligation to protect their jobs, and turn them into obedient, obsequious yes-people who do what you say and are too timid to take on real responsibility. One of the most effective ways to make the shift from transactional to transformational interactions is to add the word “feel” to any question. The next time you are about to ask, “Did you finish the report you were working on?” instead try asking, “How did you feel about the report you were working on?” Why does this work? Because feelings enable us to make a heart connection—the precursor of transformation.

In every conversation you have with someone at work and at home this week—whether it’s an employee, your boss, your child, or your spouse—challenge yourself to ask at least one question about how they feel about something—anything—that interests them. The first person you will transform is yourself: your transformation will begin when they share their genuine feelings, and you connect with them from the heart.

What strategies have you discovered that help you empower the people with whom you work and live? Tell us about these strategies in the comments.

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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, June 4, 2012

Help Low-income Youth - Be a Panelist/Mentor in Our Young Leaders Program


Hi there,
I am writing you to ask for your participation on a panel of professional mentors to share their experiences in our Gallup Young Leaders Program - serving 35 low-income D.C. youth for an intensive full week at Gallup Corporation from June 25 – 29. We would like you to choose a session to join us for during which you engage in interactive activities with the youth. As you are aware, the economic situation - exacerbated by the current recession - is severe for the low-income residents of our city, most of whom are living in neighborhoods now experiencing over 40% unemployment. In short, this is our next generation and they need you to help them gain the leadership skills and networks to design their own exit strategies from poverty. This program really works - but only with your dedication and help!

Here's a summary of what happens in our Young Leaders Program, including the schedule.
We would love for you to be on a panel. Please read the description of our Panel Model and then download the PDF at the bottom of the page to see the questions panelists will be addressing on each panel. In summary, the four available panels are:

Monday June 25, 11 am – 12:30 pm: What does it mean to be a leader? Leadership Character Qualities: Passion, Empathy and Trust

Tuesday June 26, 11 am – 12:30 pm: Leadership Character Qualities: Self-Confidence, Resilience and Focus

Wednesday June 27, 11 am – 12:30 pm: Balancing School, Work and Life. Leadership Character Quality: Balance

Thursday June 28, 11 am – 12:30 pm: Race, Gender and Leadership. Leadership Character Quality: Authenticity 


Please email Kimberly Wong at kimberly.wong4@gmail.com to let her know which panel you would like to be on. Please include an alternate selection in case your first choice is already full. Kimberly will send you a confirmation email. 


All sessions will take place at Gallup Corporation at 901 F Street NW, near Metro Center on the red line.

We still need to raise 10 scholarships to enable 10 additional low-income D.C. youth to participate in the program. If you would like to help us make this program happen, please Make a Donation.

Thank you for joining us to help low-income youth in DC to take charge of their lives and become leaders in their careers and lives.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Warmly,
Anthony Silard

PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES WHO ARE EITHER SUCCESSFUL WASHINGTON D.C. METRO AREA PROFESSIONALS AND/OR WOULD CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION TO THE YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAM.

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


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You have no future.
--- Anthony Silard

“What do you mean I have no future?! What is this?!” you may be thinking. Let me now dispel one of our most common myths: The future does not exist. Any moment in which you arrive at what you consider the future, it will still be the present. Present moments and nothing more—today, tomorrow, in three weeks, always—the only moments you will ever experience in your entire life! While some planning for the future is prudent, most of us spend so much time focused on what’s coming next that we lose our capacity to enjoy what’s happening now.

Do a few things this week just because you feel like doing them, regardless of whether they fit with your preconceived plan or entrenched weekly rituals. Research some classes around town—in salsa, yoga, woodworking, art history, whatever—and attend one. Go see a movie just because you’re in the mood. Stop by a friend’s house unannounced with no agenda and just hang out. (Remember when you used to do that?) Pick up a guitar or saxophone and start playing. Go to a karaoke bar tonight and belt out a song. Write a card to a loved one. Do what you feel, and honor the vitality in your life that’s still inside you.

How do you balance planning for the future with enjoying the present? Are you able to break away from your routine and truly live each day—even in some small way? Share your successes and challenges in this area with us in the comments.


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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).