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6 Questions To Ask Yourself Each Day

In Eric Jacobson Leadership, Eric Jacobson On Leadership, Leadership on November 26, 2017 at 10:57 am

One of my favorite parts of Joe Sweeney‘s book, Moving the Needle, is the section where he recommends you ask yourself these six questions before you go to bed each night:

  1. What was the best thing that happened today?
  2. What am I most grateful for today?
  3. What did I do to live my ideal day today?
  4. What is one new thing I learned today?
  5. What did I do to meet my goals today?
  6. What am I most looking forward to tomorrow?

And, by jotting down your answers to these thoughtful and positive in nature questions sets you in the right frame of mind for waking up in the morning!

Today’s Leadership Quotes

In Eric Jacobson Leadership, Eric Jacobson On Corporate Culture, Eric Jacobson On Leadership, Leadership, Leadership Quotes on November 21, 2017 at 10:54 am

Some of my favorite quotes for leaders are:

  • A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit — Arnold H. Glasgow
  • I praise loudly, I blame softly — Catherine II of Russia
  • Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress — Mohandas Gandhi
  • A long dispute means that both parties are wrong — Voltaire
  • The least questioned assumptions are often the most questionable — Paul Broca

These and many more compelling quotes can be found in Susan H. Shearouse’s book, Conflict 101.

Goal For 2018: Find A Mentor

In Eric Jacobson Leadership, Leadership, Mentoring on November 18, 2017 at 10:54 am

Having a mentor is one of the best things you can do to advance your career as a leader. So, decide today to secure a mentor who will work with you during 2018. Make that one of your New Year’s resolutions.

A mentor can benefit leaders new to their leadership role and they can benefit experienced and seasoned leaders, as well.

A strong mentoring relationship allows the mentor and the mentee to develop new skills and talents, to build confidence, and to build self-awareness.

Proper mentoring takes a commitment from both parties and it takes time to develop and to reap the rewards of the relationship. Plan to work with your mentor for no less than three months, and ideally for six months or longer.

When seeking out a mentor, think about these questions:

1.  Will the relationship have good personal chemistry?

2.  Can this person guide me, particularly in the areas where I am weakest?

3.  Will this person take a genuine interest in me?

4.  Does this person have the traits and skills I want to develop?

5.  Is this a person I admire?

6.  Does this person have the time needed to properly mentor me? And, do I also have the time to devote to a mentoring relationship?

Most often, you’ll find your best mentors are not your supervisors, but instead are other individuals in your workplace, at other companies in your city, or are members of organizations to which you belong.

Before you start to search for your mentor for 2018, take some time to learn more about mentoring — how mentoring programs work most effectively and what to expect from a mentoring relationship.

One nice benefit of having mentoring as a New Year’s resolution is you’ll have a dedicated partner helping you to fulfill your resolution!

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