BE A FINISHER

BE A FINISHER

FINISHING TAKES GUTS. FINISHING TAKES EFFORT BUT IT IS WELL WORTH IT.
YOU MAY HAVE QUESTIONED YOURSELF OR YOUR COMPETENCE.
YOU MIGHT HAVE EVEN STRUGGLED A LITTLE…OR A LOT.
YOU MAY NOT HAVE ACHIEVED ALL YOU SET OUT TO ACHIEVE THIS YEAR.
REGARDLESS OF ALL THESE, DO NOT QUIT!
IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO ACHIEVE THAT GOAL.
SEEK HELP IF YOU NEED TO.
FIND SUPPORT IF YOU HAVE TO.
DO SOMETHING EXCEPT QUIT.
MAKE UP YOUR MIND TO FINISH AND…FINISH!
RESIST THE TEMPTATION TO CAVE IN OR BACK DOWN.
RENEW YOUR MINDSET.
RE-POSITION YOURSELF.
RETAIN YOUR HONOUR.
BE A FINISHER!

Lead right and live light

Belinda

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Convenience

Convenience

Penguins are amazing creatures. They ‘bring forth’ in the harshest weather, in environments that are anything but convenient.
During this time, their goal is to produce and to keep it alive.
They embark on a journey of strength, focus and believe–in spite of the inconvenience.
On this journey of productivity, one guiding rule is key and this is it: Avoid loss and chaos!
It takes character and strength to finish outside of convenience. Your journey will not always be convenient but your ability to stay loyal and committed to who you are–as well as to your cause–in order for you to add value to someone else, is what really sets you apart and makes you exceptional.

Lead right and live light

Belinda

The Rise and Dip Leader (contd.)

The Rise and Dip Leader (contd.)

Hello everyone, last week we briefly looked at how you can lead from a place of authority (i.e. become a rise leader). Today I’ll be talking briefly about being a dip leader.

First, what do I mean by becoming a dip leader?

I mean to lead by example. I also mean for you to make a conscious and deliberate effort to ‘enter’ your team members’ world.

Leadership involves action and sacrifice which I interpret as: service.If you really want to see your team members perform and/or you really want to extend the longevity of your organisation, you need to: roll up your sleeves and get to work!

At this level, two key things are important.

a.) Spending valuable time with them: be careful not to discharge or dismiss every under-performance as gross incompetence or negligence. Take the time to find out if: the necessary resources are available, there is a conflict of values, there is an awareness and understanding of tasks that need to be carried out, etc. Also, be sure to clearly relay (or reiterate as the case may be) the vision, mission and values of your organisation from time to time—to make sure that you are all on the same ‘page’ and that you all are heading in the same direction.

b.) Be willing to listen: recognise that with your position, there is only so much you can notice or acknowledge. You are human and you have blind spots too. If you want to really bring your team into your world so that you can greatly influence them and lead them to success, you must be willing to take a trip into their own world. People are more tuned in to listen to you and do what you want, if they feel like they have been listened to. Remember this: they are making an investment in your organisation and they–consciously or unconsciously–expect a return on their investment (financially and psychologically). They also want to feel safe with the knowledge and assurance that no one is taking advantage of them.

The essence of being a rise and dip leader is so that you can greatly influence your team for success, by reaching out to them, so that you can then pull them up with you and lead them in the right direction towards: achieving set goals, steadily improving productivity and regularly increasing profits!

Lead right and live light

Belinda

The Rise and Dip Leader

The Rise and Dip Leader

A massive welcome and a heartfelt thanks to those who have recently joined us.

We looked at preservation last time and the systems that need to be put in place, in order for preservation to take its course.

Today, I’ll be talking about how to be the kind of leader who can create the right environment that will improve and extend the existence of an organisation (i.e. the kind of leader who facilitates preservation). The kind of leader who not only keeps an organisation in existence but also makes sure that it thrives during its existence. I’ll try as much as possible to make this as brief as I can because there is just so much to cover…let’s dive right in.

The key to becoming the kind of leader mentioned above is this: Become a ‘rise’ and ‘dip’ leader!

As a leader, you will do well to recognise that your leadership is made up of ‘rise’ and ‘dip’ moments and it is these moments that encapsulate your role as a leader. Your acknowledgement, understanding and use of these moments is vital for the very existence of your organisation and it also determines what kind of organisation you’ll have while it’s in existence.

So, what do I mean by a ‘rise’ and ‘dip’ leader?

A rise and dip leader is one who knows HOW and WHEN to:

Rise: lead from a place of authority by providing direction and taking control of organisational/group/business affairs. At this level, two key things are relevant.

a.) Identify and purge your team of harmful and undesirable practices (and maybe even carriers) that negatively affect your reputation and that of your organisation

b.) Empower your team by moving them from a place of limitation to a place of advantage.

We’ll continue from here next week, until then

Lead right and live light

Belinda

Get in line with your mission

Get in line with your mission

As a leader, your ultimate mission is to lead. That is a simple definition of what your ‘assignment’, ‘calling’ or mission is: to lead. One of the principal things you need all through your leadership journey is undoubtedly courage. Courage to start your journey,  courage to see your mistakes as an opportunity for growth and the courage to not give up when you have done all you know to do and things aren’t just going the way you want them. Courage is one thing you cannot do without as a leader, it’s the ‘steroid’ you need to keep you going (I’ll talk more in detail about courage in a future blog).

In order to get in line with your mission:

1. You have to work from where you are with what you have.

2. Do not eliminate yourself from opportunities because of a limitation.

3. Do not wait for your situation to line up with your mission because you might never get anything accomplished.

The 4 C’s that get you aligned with your mission:

1. Confidence: confidence is absolutely important for leadership. It is the first, middle and ongoing characteristic a leader should possess. ”Confidence is the soil upon which your tree of leadership is planted” – Me.

2. Contentment: you need to be content with where you are and what you have. Do not weigh yourself down by wishing you had someone else’s resources. It wastes time, It’s not productive, it encourages self-pity and it leaves you angry and bitter. If you have the  means to update yourself or get some resources then do so. If you don’t, then start from where you are. Don’t give the excuse of you not having what ‘A’ or ‘B’ has, that excuse will come back later to bite you in the rear.

3. Courage: courage takes discipline and sacrifice (two key words that we seem to have thrown out the window). You also need to say the right things while exhibiting courage, this is where positive self-talk and affirmations come into play. However without action and discipline, your positive self-talk will only be a feel good motion with zero results.

4. Concentration/Focus: focus produces energy. It builds strength and belief in your mission. It is necessary for direction and it guides your action. Focus drives you and lines up your thoughts and actions so that your mission is  fulfilled.

True and radical leaders work from where they are and are not intimidated by their present situation, state or condition. Instead, they make the situation better because of the way they move. The choice to be confident, content, courageous and focused is what makes this possible (i.e. the situation better). It is that choice that opens your eyes to opportunities and gives you the strength (mental and physical) to convert opportunities to success stories.