We have all experienced the power of a word of encouragement. On good days and bad, someone taking the time to share how they appreciate you can make all the difference. Regardless of our circumstances, we all face life's challenges better when we feel appreciated.
A question leaders often get asked is "Who has influenced your life the most?" At a recent speaking engagement, I heard the company president answer this question in a unique way. Instead of listing off people who had influenced his life, he share the qualities of people who shaped his leadership.
Every day we make hundreds, if not thousands, of decisions. As a leader, your choices not only impact your business and life, but they also affect the lives of others. People are depending on you to make the best decisions!
It's the busiest time of the year! On top of the year-end demands at work, you have family to see, gifts to buy, and events to attend. As you think about the rest of your year, you may be excited for this season, overwhelmed by your to-do list, or even disappointed with how your year has gone. Wherever you are in that spectrum, these two words will completely change your perspective.
In basketball, players don't work hard for three quarters so they can take it easy in the final quarter. Any player or loyal fan knows there is a lot of game left to play in that fourth quarter. Most of us hope to spend the final quarter of our life in retirement. But too often we spend the first three quarters of life working hard in the hopes that one day, we can relax and enjoy life.
It is easy to get caught up in our to-do list as we work hard to achieve the goals we have set. But have you ever stopped to evaluate how you are spending your time? Are you chasing the things that matter the most? As you reflect on how you spend your day, your week, your year, and ultimately, your life, what impact are you making on those in your life?
If you have ever been to Disney, you have seen how their 'Cast Members' go above and beyond to provide excellent customer service. Their guest experience is proof that there is a difference between providing service and being a true service professional. Whether you are in customer service or not, there is much to learn from Disney's example.
We are not surprised that the seeds a farmer plants will determine what grows, but how often do we think about the seeds we are planting in our own life? Today's actions and investments will produce a harvest for the future. The future you want is determined by the decisions you make today.
We all have our favorite teams we love to cheer on. The recent World Cup proved how enthusiastic and even fanatic we can be when it comes to supporting our team. As fans, we feel the weight of every triumph and failure as if it were our own.