The Challenge Change Power Couple

Challenges, in the form of obstacles, doubt, and more can be scary, frustrating, and intimidating. Yet they are precisely the raw material needed for advancement, developing new capabilities, and expanding your opportunities.

In important ways, challenge and change are a power couple that provide the motivation, tenacity, and resilience you need to achieve your goals and dreams.

So what challenge in front of you today is your ticket to greater success and happiness?

Have a great day,
Anita

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Leading Success

Are you ready to live your life to succeed by leveraging your hard skills along with your connected emotions? People who do, excel beyond their wildest dreams. Why not you?!?

Have a great day,
Anita

Become a Leader of Leaders

Leadership can mean many things. We can lead our own lives, projects, and teams. Yet many individuals aspire to more. So how does an individual become a leader of leaders? From my discussions with senior leaders in a variety of companies, here are three areas to start:

  • Check your ego at the door. Realize that up and coming individuals could surpass your own level of accomplishment – and this is both a testament to your and the other person.
  • Go all in. Share what you know generously and often. This will help you strengthen your own skills and talents while helping others do the same.
  • Set boundaries. While it’s wonderful to be a mentor, choose who you help, how, and how much.

Have a great day,
Anita

Being Important

I was listening to an audio book yesterday and the author was talking about how everyone wants to be important. Well, that’s not really the whole story. What most people want is to feel important – which cannot be done in a vacuum. It can only happen in the context of interacting with others.

So what does this mean for you? If you want to take this on, you can become a mirror to help others see their value. If they “forget” how important they are, just remind them. You will have fun and others will love you for it.

Have a great day,
Anita

Leading Success

I was chatting with a friend recently. His company has gone through a merger and the employees of the acquired company is (shall we say) less than cooperative. This man’s frustration is running high because of the lack of action by his new colleagues.

To his credit, my friend realizes that he has been negatively judging his new co-workers and has to stop. Instead, he is looking at places where his preconceived notions can be a pivot point to new and more productive relationships.

Have a great day,
Anita

Leading with Power

I have been conducting research about what are key things to lead from a powerful place – whether at home, work, or in your community. One of the most impactful characteristics of powerful leaders is appreciation. My definition of appreciation is gratitude and growth. While gratitude alone is cool, it’s a nice thing, makes individuals feel good about what they provided to you, it’s incomplete.

What makes leaders powerful is the growth or transformational aspect of appreciation. It’s taking challenging (sometimes REALLY challenging) situations and relationships and instead of complaining or blaming others – the person leading with power initiates the change from within. Turning an obstacle into something beneficial expands the person’s confidence, capacity, and credibility – and inspires others to do the same.

So lead a bit more with power and who knows how far you can go?

Best regards,
Anita

Pay It Forward To Really Win

I was chatting with someone today who was thrilled to pieces about landing a job at a company he only dreamed could happen. The competition to get into this company is so great that it took this man more than three years to land a position there. He had so many rejections that, at times, he wanted to give up – but he didn’t. In the end, he won.

Yet winning didn’t stop with him. As he was sharing his story, one thing really struck me – and that is this man’s commitment to helping others achieve their goals and dreams. He wants to pay it forward again and again and again.

What an awesome way to live.

Congrats, my friend.

Have a great day,
Anita

Leadership Success

Regardless of your interest in (and politics around) yesterday’s election in the U. S., one of the exit poll questions sent a really powerful message to leaders in any field and from any walk of life.

A paraphrase of the question is this: Who do you think cares about me / can empathize with my life? More than 80% of the people polled said, Barack Obama. This crossed party lines. One of the news commentators thought that the low number for Mitt Romney was due to his wealth. Another jumped in to give a list of wealthy men who became president.

So what was the difference?

The wealthy men like Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, and JFK had experienced hardships – from losing a mother and wife on the same day to suffering from polio to experiencing the tragedies of war. The shared experience of struggles and overcoming them to create a bond of sorts seemed to trump any differences on the financial side.

So my lesson from this is that leaders can become even more successful by experiencing challenges and demonstrating how they expanded their capacity, empathy, and humanity because of the them.

Have a wonderful Wednesday,
Anita

Where Are You Leading?

I have worked in a variety of environments over the years and I have been thinking about the best of each. While I didn’t work for my father, from the time I was a toddler I had the opportunity (sometimes when I didn’t even want it) to observe how a single-mindedly determined entrepreneur leads. His approach was – “I am charging ahead. Come along with me at my pace or good-bye.” For those up to the challenge, a great place to be and the ride was thrilling.

At the other end of the spectrum was the global bank I worked for right out of Chicago Booth. It was big, lots of layers, and many resources. There were “invisible” mentors all around that I didn’t even know I had. My manager, John, seemed very annoying at the time – pushing me into things that I wasn’t sure that I wanted to do (like presenting to the head of the U.S. division of the bank – really scary for me at 26) and being really picky about what I proposed. The environment gave me tons of experience in a short period of time and the safety net to succeed in the longer run even if I had setbacks along the way.

While my dad and John had two VERY different leadership styles – one thing they shared made them really good leaders and that was their commitment to push each person to stretch, transform, and advance and ultimately excel. To me they were both leading others toward success. Where are you leading?

Thanks,
Anita