LA 025: The Three Step Secret to Your Success

Let me start by telling you that I have found the secret to success is not a 20 step process. It’s not even a ten-step journey. No, not even seven steps to success. It’s three steps. Seriously. After all this time and experience I’ve stumbled upon the secret to success, and it is a three […]

LA 018: How Great Leaders Build Trust and Increase Engagement

A few weeks ago I recorded a podcast about the Power of Trust to Succeed and many people wrote and asked why it is that you can do something with the very best intentions but find that it backfires. It seems that it is very easy to lose someone’s trust but oh so difficult to […]

Unfailure! How to be sure of your future success.

We’re all aware that there are no shortcuts to success. But, have you noticed that success seems to come more easily to some people and not so easily to you? It’s OK, you’re not alone. In fact, everyone sees it this way. Even that eejit in your class at school. You know, the one in the […]

LA 010: Aptitude + Attitude = Altitude

Technical Aptitude alone is insufficient Jimmy Connors, winner of 109 professional singles tennis titles says, “There’s a thin line between being #1 or #100, and mostly it’s mental.” In his well-researched book, Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman shows that it’s our attitude more than our aptitude that determines our altitude. While our society lauds intellectual giants and power, Goleman’s […]

LA 009: Sunday Drive Leadership

I’ve been prompted this week in my own development about setting goals rather than drifting along and hoping for the best and I wanted to share this with you. When I was a very young kid, I remember that we had an old black Austin Wolseley. I remember the leather seats and the ‘horse’ in […]

“How to Find your Talent, Practice it and Achieve Greatness”
by Dr John Kenworthy

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How to find your talent, practice it and achieve greatnessIt was 4.30 on a cold and wet morning and I was choking on the stench of thick layers of years old grease behind the deep fat fryer and I was ecstatically happy as I scrubbed and cleaned the once white tiles back to their original gleaming brightness.

It was my first day on my first proper job and I would soon be delegating this filthy work to some other poor sap who similarly wanted to become a chef de cuisine. In the meantime, my job was to scrub, peel, haul, carry, chop, clear and clean it all up again.

The head cook (for in the mid 1970’s we had few “Chef’s” as that was far too French and suggestive of “haute cuisine”) had agreed to take me under her wing and teach me how to prepare the only famous dish to come from England and clogged the arteries of its working classes: The Great British Breakfast.

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LA 006: 7 Steps to your new goal

When you aim for the right target, your goal becomes more possible You already know that you need to have a clear goal in your personal development as a leader. Without a goal, you don’t know where you are going. And that’s exactly where you will end up… drifting somewhere… maybe it’ll be great, maybe it’ll be a […]

“How Great Leaders Build Trust and Increase Engagement”
by Dr John Kenworthy

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How Great Leaders Build Trust and Increase Engagement

 

A few weeks ago I recorded a podcast about the Power of Trust to Succeed and many people wrote and asked why it is that you can do something with the very best intentions but find that it backfires.
It seems that it is very easy to lose someone’s trust but oh so difficult to gain it back.

Think of trust as a wallet full of cash.

I know that it’s rare to have such a thing, but imagine, OK?

Say I have a couple of thousand bucks in various bills in my trust wallet. Every time I do or say something that causes you to lose faith in me, to lose your trust, for whatever reason, is like asking you to take whatever amount of cash out of my wallet.

Of course, being a normal human being, you’ll take the 100 dollar bills first.

If, foolishly I hurt you in some way again, you’ll take another chunk from my wallet. A third time and you’ll probably take the wallet and empty it.

Now I have no trust with you. Is there any way I can influence you if you don’t trust me? Of course not.

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“Unfailure! How to be sure of your future success.”
by Dr John Kenworthy

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Our real problem isn’t the failure, it’s in assigning blame.

We’re all aware that there are no shortcuts to success. But, have you noticed that success seems to come more easily to some people and not so easily to you?

It’s OK, you’re not alone. In fact, everyone sees it this way. Even that eejit in your class at school. You know, the one in the big house, with the wealthy parents. They got given a swanky BMW for their 18th birthday. Yes, even they look at others and believe that success came more easily to them. And you know what. They probably even look at you and say how ‘lucky’ you are to have so easily been successful.

“Me?” you say.

Yes, you. Because you are successful in so many ways. Perhaps not yet in the specific way you think you would like, but you have a remarkable number of successes under your belt already.

And you know how you achieved those successes?

You failed. Yeap. You heard me right. You failed. Sometimes, you failed miserably, other times you just failed. But you failed nonetheless. And from that failure, you learned to succeed.

This week I’m going to share with you some insights on failure and why it carries such a stigma. Then we’ll look at the positive role of failure and lastly, learn how to embrace failure… or something I’m going to call: Unfailure.”

“7 Steps to your new goal”
by Dr John Kenworthy

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AdvantEdge Podcast
11/06/2015
A goal worth achieving makes you place yourself in the crosshairs

When you aim for the right target, your goal becomes more possible

You already know that you need to have a clear goal in your personal development as a leader. Without a goal, you don’t know where you are going. And that’s exactly where you will end up… drifting somewhere… maybe it’ll be great, maybe it’ll be a waste of your time. Here are the seven steps to your new leadership development goal:

  1. Who is in your Inner Circle?
    • The people closest to you can raise you up or tear you down. Take a long hard look at those who are in your inner circle and fill it, if necessary with people who build you up.
  2. Develop SMART goals in each area of your life.
    • Know specifically what your goal is, know how you will measure it, make sure that you can attain it (with the help of your inner circle). Make sure your goal is realistic (if someone else has done it, it is!) And put your stake in the ground for time. When will you achieve this goal? Can it change, sure it can… you can move the goal posts any time you like.
  3. Breakdown your bigger, longer term goals into smaller, shorter term chunks.
    • Any goal worth having is going to take time to reach. Breaking it down into smaller steps makes it much more manageable. I recommend that you “think week’ – after all you can pretty well predict a week ahead. But a month… that’s tough, all sorts of things could happen in a month. For example, establish steps that you will have completed by Friday each week (time to celebrate at the weekend!)
  4. Work with an accountability partner. Check with your inner circle regularly to review your progress.
    • Wouldn’t it be nice if you could trust yourself to have the self-discipline to do this alone? Sure… but believe me, you wouldn’t be reading this if you were that self-disciplined. Work with someone in your inner circle who will support you, cajole you, nag you… whatever it takes. You already know what works for you, so invite them to do so and return the favour.
  5. Celebrate your conquering of each milestone.
    • Don’t wait till the end result. Constantly promising yourself that one day you will celebrate. No, choose to celebrate every milestone. My wife and I have a stupid little dance we do… in private I might add because it really isn’t something you would like to see… but we have fun and it’s our shared symbol of an achievement worth celebrating.
  6. When you reach the goal, choose to stretch yourself to new heights.
    • So you’ve developed yourself well and achieved the goal you set. Well that just proves that you are a lot more capable than even you thought. Now let’s raise your game and set new standards to achieve.
  7. Remember – leadership develops daily, not in a day. Keep on keeping on.
    • It won’t happen tomorrow. You don’t absorb new competencies or character traits by simply exposing yourself to them. No, you need to put your development into practice each and every day. Repeat what works, learn from what doesn’t. Adapt, change and keep on keeping on. Eventually, it’ll come ‘naturally’ and you may even forget that previously you weren’t this good.

No-one, who ever achieved anything great truly, did it alone. Build you inner circle, set clear SMART goals and plan each of the smaller steps necessary to achieve them – this is all part of successful personal development. I look forward to hearing about your celebrations.

Which of the 7 steps do you do best and which worst?