Eric Jacobson

Lead By Example

In General Leadership Skills, Leading By Example on November 8, 2009 at 8:59 am

There is nothing more powerful for a leader to do than to lead by setting a good example.

So, here are 15 things you can do to be an effective and successful leader:

1. Praise when compliments are earned.

2. Be decisive.

3. Say “Thank You” and sincerely mean it.

4. Communicate clearly.

5. Listen carefully.

6. Teach something new to your team members.

7. Word hard and lend a hand when deadlines are tight.

8. Show respect for everyone on your team.

9. Follow through when you promise to do something.

10. Allow learning to happen when mistakes are made.

11. Allow prudent autonomy.

12. Respond to questions quickly and fully.

13. Return e-mail and phone calls promptly.

14. Take an interest in your employees and their important personal milestone events.

15. Give credit where credit is due.

And, last but not least, be humble!

How To Assess Your Organization’s Risk

In Leadership, Organizational Risk on November 9, 2015 at 11:53 am

Within the first 100 days as a new leader in an organization, you’ll want to assess your organization’s risk.

Authors George Bradt, Jayme A. Clark and Jorge Pedraza, in their book, The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan (third edition), recommend you do your assessment using the 5Cs:

  1. Customers: First line, customer chain, end users, influencers
  2. Collaborators: Suppliers, allies, government/community leaders
  3. Capabilities: Human, operational, financial, technical, key assets
  4. Competitors: Direct, indirect, potential
  5. Conditions: Social/demographic, political/government/regulatory, economic, market

Use a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) as you examine each category if that helps.

How To Become A Serial Winner

In Leadership, Leadership Books on November 6, 2015 at 11:48 am

The Cycle of Winning has five parts: Decide, Overdo, Adjust, Finish, Keep Improving. These are the five actions that winners take to get on track and to help stay on tract. Theses actions create Serial Winners, explains Larry Weidel in his new book, Serial Winner.

“Serial Winners leverage a cycle of winning action to make progress,” says Weidel. “They do something every day that puts them on a course for the things they want in life.”

“As you read [the book], you’ll realize that you’re already doing some of these things. But one or more of them will jump out at you — the things you’re missing,” adds Weidel.

In the book, Weidel presents a step-by-step process that you can apply to your life, career and in your business.

Larry Weidel

For example, Weidel teaches:

  • Don’t Hesitate, Decide — Serial Winners make up their minds to being and then they keep moving. They know the clock is ticking and they need to continually make decisions and take action. If you don’t go for what you want, you’ll get whatever life hands you.
  • Don’t Just Do It, Overdo It — Serial Winners launch into every project with a mindset and plan to overdo it at the start. The extra momentum they build by overdoing helps them break through road blocks and allows them to handle bigger challenges over time.
  • Don’t Quit, Adjust — Serial Winners recognize that there’s more than just one second chance. People get chance after change — as long as they don’t quit. Everyone faces hurdles, obstacles, failures, tragedies, and disasters on the path to the things they really want. Serial Winners chose to continually  make adjustments and win anyway.
  • Don’t Just Start, Finish — Serial Winners earn the great things in life — trust, respect, loyalty, opportunity — not by trying but by finishing. Each time they finish, they become stronger, wiser, and more capable of winning in the future. And, they benefit from all of the new opportunities that appear. To win, and win again, you must persevere until you finish.
  • Don’t Settle, Keep Improving — Serial Winners capitalize on the momentum of success by constantly seeking improvement. The “Always Be Improving Principle” is the difference between wining occasionally and winning consistently. It defines Serial Winners. If you want an exciting, fulfilling life, you have to keep improving.

Thank you to the book publisher for sending an advance copy of the book.


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