Monday, July 29, 2013

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).

Monday, July 22, 2013

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, July 15, 2013

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




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).

Monday, July 8, 2013

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




Imagine there are thousands of people standing on a pier, and dozens of ships heading out to sea. A leader is like the captain of one of these ships. If you want to become a leader, the question you need to answer is: “Why would anyone want to board my ship?”
--- Anthony Silard

The #1 feeling people look to their leaders to provide is security. Stability. Safety. The word “lead” comes from “to guide” or “to travel.” Consider an initiative you are trying to build that involves other people – such as a company, nonprofit, musical troupe or family. Whether it’s your employees, family members, musicians or customers, they all have three critical requirements you must fulfill if you want to lead them: first, that the ship is heading to where they want to go (you must inspire them with your passion for a Vision greater than yourself); second, that the captain – you – is trustworthy and capable of getting them there (you must be honest and act with integrity); and third, that you will treat them well during the journey (you must be empathetic to their needs). Which of these is your greatest challenge – passion, empathy or integrity? Come up with a few strategies you can practice this week to work on your challenge area and become a more effective leader.

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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, July 1, 2013

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




If you build it, they will come.

--- from the movie Field of Dreams

A friend of mine was looking for a new job, not an easy undertaking in a tough economy. Over dinner a few weeks ago, he said, “Tony, I know I’m in a dead-end job and I need to make a career change – for myself and for my family. I had an interview for a job I really want. I know I can do this job, and that it would be a great change for me. Yet the thing is, no matter what happens, I’m happy. I come home every evening to my wife and two kids, which is the most beautiful thing in the world. Everything else is extra. If I get this job – and I’m going to do my best to make it happen in this company or another one – great. Yet my happiness doesn’t depend on it.” Now I want you to imagine a man like this sitting across from you in an interview. Someone content in their own skin who radiates this inner stability. He is exactly the kind of person you want working for you, because he has the internal wherewithal to build positive momentum with the rest of your team and be loyal to your company. He called me a few days later to say he had been offered the position. To apply his way of thinking to your own life, consider what you want to attract into your life to feel successful. Now reflect on ways you can embrace and appreciate the beauty and love already filling your life, knowing that whatever you want that you don’t already have will be the beauty and love you already know, in another form. Remind yourself that what you seek you already have, in a different form, and use the feelings of power that emanate from these thoughts to unabashedly attract what you desire into 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).