The following is a guest piece by Mike Myatt.
It is my sincere hope that those who read my latest book, “Hacking Leadership”, will use it to as a tool to plow a path to significance, not merely success. Some would say that any discussion along this topic line is nothing more than a debate over semantics. However, it is my opinion that those who hold this view truly don’t understand the difference between the two, and are simply attempting to blur lines in order to feel better about themselves.
Harsh? Perhaps, but I’ll let you be the judge. In today’s post I’ll attempt to clearly lay out the differences between success and significance, and why you’ll be better off setting your sites on the latter and not the former…
I believe “success” can be a very dangerous thing in a vacuum…You see, success is in the eye of the beholder, whereas significance is a view of you that is held by others. Complicating matters further, I believe few successful people actually make the transition to significance, but every person of significance is successful. I want to frame my thoughts on the topic of significance by beginning with an excerpt from my first book “Leadership Matters…The CEO Survival Manual”: Click here to continue reading »”Leading Beyond Success Towards Creating Significance”
The following is a guest piece by Megan Totka.
When we talk about empowerment, we typically do so in a positive tone, as in giving someone the power to do something for themselves or to change themselves or something they are involved with for the better. Empowering others can be a great feeling when it comes to both your personal life and your business dealings. The ability to empower others can be a great leadership quality.
So is it possible to empower the others around us without losing a sense of power within ourselves? The good news is, these two things are not mutually exclusive. Empowering the people around you can in turn make you more successful. The more you surround yourself with positivity and people who feel confident in themselves and their decisions, the more successful everyone will be.
Here are some ways to encourage empowerment in both your personal life and your business: Click here to continue reading »”6 Steps To Empower Others And Yourself”
The following is a guest piece by David Burkus.
There’s always excitement around a new project. We’re excited about the possibilities, a little nervous about the outcome, and unhesitant to dive in and get started. That excitement doesn’t last forever. Instead, it typically comes to a predictable end when we hit something inevitable: constraints.
We’re told there isn’t enough time to implement what we first thought, or that the budget was slashed and now we have to produce the same outcome with less money. We run into constraints around people, the market, the interests of stakeholders, and more.
Just about every influence on our once new and exciting project also brings a constraint. It’s enough to pull all the energy and excitement right out of us. We can lose interest or become frustrated by our once shiny new project. We start to push back against the constraints, claiming we need more time or more budget money.
While trying to ease up on the constraints isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s important not to try to remove them entirely. Despite what our frustrated selves might believe, constraints are Click here to continue reading »”Why Creativity Thrives Under Constraints”
When it comes to leadership, there’s a common understanding that true leadership doesn’t require formal titles or roles. Rather, it involves our ability to inspire and rally those around us to commit their talents, creativity, and insights towards a shared purpose, and then doing whatever we can to help them to succeed in that effort.
It’s looking at leadership from that lens that’s compelled me to share these three important lessons – along with one of my own – from a most unlikely source of inspiration on what it takes to successfully lead others in today’s increasingly complex and fast-changing environment.
A few days ago, I watched an acceptance speech that actor Ashton Kutcher gave at a recent teen awards show. In accepting his award, Kutcher shared three lessons he’s learned in his work life that he wanted to share with the throngs of teens watching the show.
Although his message was meant to inspire the young viewers about their future work lives, some of the points he shared are equally important for leaders who want to ensure that they are providing the right environment to help those they lead to not only succeed, but thrive under their care. Click here to continue reading »”How To Succeed At Leadership – Inspiration From An Unlikely Source”