Archive for May, 2011
Posted on31. May, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
You are not showing leadership if you have no interest in helping others achieve their goals and even their dreams. You may be an effective manager: reviewing reports, delegating work, starting projects, analyzing the market for trends, and so on. But these are not the concerns of leadership. Leadership is “other person focused.” It [...]
Posted on29. May, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
Leadership is shaped by our own journey in life, by life’s tests. What is experienced on the journey and the tests we endure color how we rise to the calling of leadership. Our experiences uniquely shape our perspective and understanding of the meaning of things in this world. And how each of us draws upon [...]
Posted on24. May, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
We are tenacious. In America, we love it when the underdog triumphs over adversity. In these situations success is a mash-up of frustrations, fear, sweat and determination to beat the odds. Tenaciousness is not limited to Americans. No, it’s part of the human spirit. Tenacity is but one response when we are tested to show [...]
Posted on23. May, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
What is your focus when at work? Is it the tools of your work: Spreadsheets? Phone calls? Meeting prep? Or is it the people: Relationships? Coaching? Touch points? Certainly both are important. The difference, however, is that “tools” merely push your work forward incrementally. The people, on the other hand, transform the work and how [...]
Posted on22. May, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
No matter where you lead, it’s time to take off the kid gloves. No more handling your leadership carefully, safely. You have people in your company who have forgotten what it feels like to be inspired at work. What it means to feel a sense of optimism. And you can be the one to bring [...]
Posted on19. May, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
What does it take to be great? That’s a loaded question, right? There is no one answer, no silver bullet. Greatness is a bit like happiness. How I define happiness will be different than how you define it. Same with greatness – it’s subjective. But we know it when we experience it. As leaders, we [...]
Posted on17. May, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
Make no mistake this is not about self-confidence. This is about leaders who believe they are superior towards others. This is about arrogance. Let’s get the two distinctions out of the way before I continue. Self-confidence manifests in the way you carry yourself in your interactions and actions. Self-confidence is something developed over time and [...]