What is Success?

What is Success?

Success is the accomplishment of a worthy aim or purpose.Success can mean almost anything, the “Worthy” part of the definition is what makes all the difference. It covers the beginner runner to the Olympic athlete. Even though there is a huge gap between them both, either can be successful in their endeavors because they are starting from different places.There are many ways people measure success. Success in wealth is probably the most commonly thought of and recognized, however, there are many other types of success a few other examples may be the success in health, work and family, and friendships. Robin Sharma has selected 8 forms of success that is a great place to start when defining what success means to you.So how do you pick the aim that is going to help you get the success you want?Why it is Important to Create Measurable GoalsWhen choosing a new aim, we are nearly always having to learn another new lesson or skill to allow us to achieve our desired goal. The difference between where we are now and where we want to be will dictate the size of the challenge ahead of us. Picking the correct focus area will substantially cut down the amount of time it takes for you to be successful. Planning your next step is a great use of your time and done correctly will substantially improve your success rate.Main Obstacles to Achieving SuccessIt’s Too EasyAlthough the comfort zone is cozy and convenient there are also so dangerous traps that can derail your progress towards your goals. People who stick in the comfort zone will be...
How To Develop Delegation Skills

How To Develop Delegation Skills

“The secret of success is not in doing your own work, but in recognising the right person to do it.”– Andrew CarnegieThe great American businessman and philanthropist died almost 100 year ago yet these powerful words still ring true today. The Art of Delegation is something that great leaders do well, yet so many of us waste such time and effort trying to complete countless tasks when the answer is usually right in front of us, find someone else who can complete the task, so you can get on with what you are supposed to be doing.Delegating TasksHave you heard the story of the airline pilot who could not delegate? One day he was flying a large Airbus from London to New York. Over 200 passengers and crew on board. Halfway through the flight he received a call from his senior cabin steward.  “We have a problem in the passenger toilets sir, they’re all backing up and over-flowing!” The pilot turned to his co-pilot, “Don’t touch anything!” he commanded.” I’ll be right back.”He jumped out of his seat and raced down the gangway of the plane towards the toilet, grabbing a plunger from the steward on the way. For 10 minutes the pilot was in the toilets, trying feverishly to unblock the toilet as three or four of the cabin staff stood around him watching, until one of them turned to the other and said “Who’s flying the plane?”The story of course is fictitious, but how many former or current managers or bosses can you identify as the pilot of that plane? And why do they find it so...
Daniel Goleman’s Leadership Styles – What is the Best Leadership Style?

Daniel Goleman’s Leadership Styles – What is the Best Leadership Style?

What Is The Best Leadership Style?Successful leaders can switch between styles as situations change to find the most effective style to overcome any new challenges. People stick to what they know, but overuse of leadership styles should be avoided especially the Commanding and Pacesetting leadership styles that if used incorrectly or repeatedly can have a negative effect on the environment.  What Is The Best Leadership Style?Successful leaders can switch between styles as situations change to find the most effective style to overcome any new challenges. People stick to what they know, but overuse of leadership styles should be avoided especially the Commanding and Pacesetting leadership styles that if used incorrectly or repeatedly can have a negative effect on the environment.Developing Leadership SkillsLeadership Styles are skills that can be developed, the more skilled you become in each Leadership Style the more opportunities you will have to lead in the way that you want to rather than being forced to use one particular leadership style because it is the only way you can deliver the result. Take time to review your skills regularly and focus on developing any weak areas you identify. Understanding the six leadership styles and the strengths and limitations of each will significantly improve your ability as a leader. As your awareness of when you are using what leadership style improves you will be able to identify what you are doing that works and what isn’t and switch to another more effective style for that situation. One of the biggest advantages you can give yourself and the people you work with is to also recognize when you have used the wrong leadership style.You can...
Daniel Goleman’s – Coaching Leadership Style

Daniel Goleman’s – Coaching Leadership Style

Coaching Leadership StyleThe coaching leadership style focuses on developing people for the future by joining the development of individuals goals with the long term goals of an organization’s success. The coaching leadership style develops people professionally working on identifying weaknesses and improving their skill sets. When used correctly this leadership style is very beneficial to both the organization and individuals being coached as both their success and the organization’s long term goals are aligned with the organization’s mission. Used Correctly Improve a particular skill in an individual or team⇒ Use with well-motivated people who want to improve⇒ Generally a great method for continuous long-term improvement  Work on developing your ability to assess a person’s capability using questions about their relevant experience to the new challenge. When you understand the gap between where they are and where they want to be you can break down this gap into smaller achievable goals. Once you have set these smaller goals you will need to follow-up and give feedback. The feedback tells people where they are going wrong so they can adjust, people need this feedback as without the benefit of your experience to help them to relate what has happened in a way they understand they may continue to make the same mistakes. Once you have identified a mistake follow this up with helpful points to help them improve.Top Tips Using the Coaching Leadership Style1. Identify the gap in skill, break this down into manageable steps for the individual or team relevant to their experience. 2. Set deadlines and timescales to follow up3. Give accurate honest feedback and steps to improveThe Coaching leadership style helps people trace the root cause of a problem and build a particular skill set, this cycle drives...
Daniel Goleman’s – Pacesetting Leadership Style

Daniel Goleman’s – Pacesetting Leadership Style

Pacesetting Leadership StyleThe Pacesetting leadership style is very results focused, it focuses on the end result more than the way the results are achieved. Leaders using the pacesetting leadership lifestyle expect excellent performance from their teams when results are below expectations the leader will often jump up to pick up the slack. Due to this “follow my lead” approach each individual is held accountable to the leader’s high standards. Used Correctly:This works well with a highly competent team that is well motivated and well trained.⇒ This style of leadership will not work well with an unconfident team who lack experience or motivation⇒Use when needing to improve performance to deliver short term goals How to Improve Pacesetting Style LeadershipPacesetting requires you to identify the low hanging fruit and the quick wins, you need to set targets correctly to deliver these short term results and monitor your performance closely and adjust your team’s course as required. How you process failure is also very important in keeping your team engaged if you have misjudged your people’s ability level and they fail then the failure is your responsibility and you need to take the correct action. The leader seeing the failure as their own means the correct action can be taken to fix the issue (the team needs a smaller challenge or more support and training) this stops the usual “being stuck in a loop of continuous failure” caused by blaming the team. Like most leadership styles Pacesetting leadership works best when people performing the task understand why there is a need for a change or to improve performance so take the time to explain why it is important. When people know why something is important they will be better motivated to complete...