One day, a teenage Benjamin Franklin entered the Boston home of the renowned Reverend Cotton Mather. After their lengthy discussion, he walked Franklin through a tight doorway on the way out with a low beam as Mather told him, “Stoop, stoop!”. Not paying attention, Franklin bumped his head on the beam. The older, wiser Mather found a teachable moment: “You are young and have the world before you. Stoop as you go through it and you will miss many hard thumps”.
All his life, Franklin never forgot Mather’s immortal words.
2019 has produced many good things, and yet, it has been one of my worst years.
Can I be brutally honest, since you are my friends? I have taken quite a lot of shots this year, and am a bit beaten from the beams. Frankly I, like several others I have spoken to, am soooo ready for a new year! Now, this is NOT one of those downer letters that you read and feel sad after reading it.
The good news is yet to...
“You don't have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.” — Les Brown
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How do you engage professional development? Do you have a leadership development plan? On your job? With a professional course or business book? Do you have an onsite coach or leader helping you?
Question: What is THE best way to grow professionally?
Well, it begins with a foundation of at least these 5 essentials! What are they?
Well, I will share those with you momentarily!
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Have you ever felt you wanted a fresh start or a new beginning in life? (A mulligan, for you golfers!)
“It’s not too late to become who you want to be. I hope that you live a life that you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you find the strength to start over.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald, writer & author of The Great Gatsby
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
I know exactly how that feels!
In 2007, I started college for the first time…at the age of 44! (I know what you’re doing. You’re counting the years to see how YOUNG I am, aren’t you?! Lol!)
One of my favorite phrases I created is: In order to be your best, you must assess!
So let’s dive in to A New You 2.0!
Napoleon Hill, the iconic American motivational speaker and author, once said, “Everyone enjoys doing the kind of work for which he (or she) is best suited.”
“Employee engagement is the art and science of engaging people in authentic and recognized connections to strategy, roles, performance, organization, community, relationship, customers, development, energy, and happiness to leverage, sustain, and transform work into results.” - David Zinger, Let’s Co-Create an Employee Engagement Charter, The Employee Engagement Network
So, what do you absolutely need to do to maximize your engagement at work?
Let me propose a MASTER KEY to living out your fullest potential in the workspace from over 3 decades of interactions with thousands of people.
As a former senior corporate manager and trainer, I an the first to acknowledge that other factors play essential roles such as…
chemistry, competency, contribution, character,...
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Now back to some KEY insights...
Most people won’t do these things and YOU can capitalize on them for a huge breakthrough.
What is it?
Your PERSONAL POWER is multiplied and amplified when you:
-Truly accept and believe it…
-Grow and develop it…
-Use it to help others!
What exactly is your “personal power” anyway?
There are different definitions such as:
-Your integrity and ethics
-Your internal and external strengths
However Brian Tracy, one of the top sales trainers and motivational speakers in the world, has a Personal Power Formula…
YOU x Your Relationships=Your Personal Power
According to Tracy, your personal power grows by being “people-centered”. You have a tribe just waiting on you to influence their lives, hopes, and dreams! You just have to locate them through tribe tryouts.
Intentionally seek out those that welcome you, your message and your gifts.
Remember in our previous blog post that you have:
You have your own unique story, so learn to tell it powerfully and succinctly. Create an abbreviated...
Hello Friends and Strengths Advocates,
Have you ever thought…
I wonder if my personal story matters to anyone? Could it help others?
You have one, and someone out there is waiting to hear it! At times, we feel it pales in comparison to others' profound stories, but no matter what you have come through, it can help someone else out there.
“But it’s not one of those really horrific rip-your-heart-out transformational stories that only happen to other people!”
REMEMBER-Someone is always going through what you just went through, or what you’re going through.
What's you story?
Where did you come from and how did you get to where you are?
The 3 S’s” of YOUR Story:
You have your…
1.Unique story-Your Super-You Power
This is your unique life story. You should have both short and mid-length version of it to tell, depending on your time and setting.
Create a 2-minute and a 10-minute version.
Be ready to share it. Mine intro is…I should...
Do you have "insane courage"? Bold enough to crazily go after what your really want in life?
I am a doctor of personal strengths and teach people how to know where they fit and flow in their unique gifts and strengths; however, so many people do not have direction in their lives.
Frustration, indecision, and regret plague them.
I recently talked with several individuals that seemed to be waiting, wandering, or wondering in life.
Waiting…for something to happen.
Wandering…around in their lives, not living intentionally and on-purpose.
Wondering…if they will ever discover their true calling and start doing their dreams!
Have you ever felt like that? Does that resound a bit with you now?
Sometimes, we simply need crazy courage to make a decision-that one decision that creates a ripple effect of exponential outcomes in multiple dimensions in our life.
You need the courage of Benjamin Mee!
Matt Damon starred as Ben Mee in the movie, “We Bought a...
One seemingly, by-chance, catalytic event may change your destiny RIGHT NOW!
Sometimes, the connection seems so ordinary and mundane that it’s hard to believe…but BAM! A catalyst has just thrust you in a new job, a new career or a personal transformation that is nothing less than miraculous!
A young man taught himself carpentry skills to make ends meet while pursuing an acting career. He was frustrated that things were not going his way he thought, but he landed a gig in small-time film. It was a start and he was just a background actor to boot!
He had to keep doing his carpentry side job because acting career wasn’t supporting him like he had hoped. Years later, the same director “accidentally” bumped into the now 35-year old while do woodwork at a studio. He remembered how the young man had been in a small role in his previous movie and asked him to audition for his new show he expected to do well. He did…and the rest...
How to get the MOST out of yourself and your team (Part 2 of 2)
Last week I began a subject that I will complete today: How to get the MOST out of yourself and your team. This is part 2 of 2. So, if you didn’t read the email on part 1 I sent last week, open it first or read my blog last week on our website at www.thestrengthsacademy.com
You CAN know your strengths, and grow your strengths, whether as a team, business, volunteer service, or individually.
REMEMBER-To be your BEST, you must assess!
This analysis comes in several forms-evaluation, feedback, assessments, introspection, reflection, accountability, and several other identifiers.
No matter the methods, or possibly multiple approaches for that fact, challenge your team in discussion and dialogue moving forward in professional development.
NOTE TO LEADERS AND MANAGERS: Measure what matters.
Review from previous week:
The SWOT Analysis
(I have attached a LINK HERE to see the expanded version about how to...