Saturday, February 07, 2009

Leading in Tough Times

Times are tough, to be sure, but how tough are you being on yourself and thus those around you. Each and every thing you do and say rubs off on others or impacts others in some way, so what you do in your leadership is contagious! If you are being too tough on yourself in times that bring out the best and worst in us all, then maybe it's time to revisit that.

Give Yourself a Break - stress will slow down your productivity and it is human nature to freeze in the face of ambiguity. If that's where you are, it's normal. Not helpful, but normal.

Get Serious - the whole world is not going to end, the earth will not cease to spin or anything other extreme that you may be saying to yourself. You can what -if and worry yourself to death or you can get seriously focused on what you can do versus what you might have to do.

Get Out of Your Own Way - Contagious Leaders manage themselves well. In fact, you really have no business managing or leading others if you cannot first lead yourself. Are you doing that? Or are you letting everything other than what you should be doing, get in your way of doing what needs to be done for your office, your business or your life. Stop getting in your own way and get out there and get after it. (that's a lot of gets, heh! You get the idea.)

Stay Contagious and know that tough times allow us to appreicate when the living is easy...

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