Wake Up and Walk Up: Tips from Leaders on Their Toughest Days

Wake Up and Walk Up: Tips from Leaders on Their Toughest Days

Good leaders possess number of qualities. One that Jack Welch often talks about is having energy and the ability to energize others. As a leader, you have to be able to get your team pumped up and keep morale high. Your energy sets the mood for the day, so it better be good. But we all have bad days. Some days you feel tired, cranky, anxious, or just generally down. A trade-off of being a leader, however, is that an off day is not an option. Even for a day, a bad attitude around the office, especially from its leader, is toxic to morale, creativity, and productivity—not just because you set the tone for the office but also because your team is likely to read into your attitude. Does this mean numbers are down? Is someone going to get fired? Did that meeting with the client not go well? We’re all prone to worry, especially when our leader isn’t being themselves. In order to lead, you’ve got to be able to snap out of it, get yourself together, and move on. But how do you bring out your best self on your worst day? One trick is to have a walk-up song. It can be your mental jolt to bring you some needed focus and increase your energy.  Admitting, on occasion, I need a little intro to “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin before I leave the car to enter the office.  Baseball players select and change-up their walk-up song to get themselves ready to face 90 MPH fastballs and everyone watched Michael Phelps during the Olympics plugged into his headphones right...
Why Modern Leadership is So Hard?

Why Modern Leadership is So Hard?

Being a leader in today’s world, can feel almost impossible because it appears like you are being pulled in two broadly different directions. On one hand, many of the executives in the c-suite expect immediate results, i.e. short game. On the other hand, you have to play the long game, i.e. with your primary focus being the people whom you are leading. Not to mention you should cater to the wide-range of different generations and also display the leadership styles that each individual on the team needs to perform their best. It sometimes puts the modern professional leaders in a difficult situation and it’s hard to know which is the right way to follow. Lead How You Authentically Lead or Lead How You are Being Told to Lead  One of the recent survey showed that there are 2 Million new employees promoted into the leadership roles in each organizations every year.  However most of the 60% of them fail. Meaning that, 1.2M people fail every year at leadership roles. It’s astonishing to think about it and the effects are huge, which are: Loss of confidence Lack of work fulfilment Eroding workplace culture And the list could go on and on, so here are some of the suggestions you can do to avoid from becoming a statistic in the failure column: Learn From Others, but Be Authentic: SAP CEO, Bill McDermott on the Follow My Lead Podcast said something interesting. He said “At the end of the day, leaders should be authentic and the only way to do that is by learning from other great leaders and then learn lessons of your...
Leaders in a Crowd: Do not look for the average

Leaders in a Crowd: Do not look for the average

Settling for an average is like searching for that elusive balance, which is never there. Imagine that in this volatile world if we look for the average, we would be drowning in a river whose average could be anything but what will count is the actual depth and whether that is lower than the heights we possess. It is the absence of balance that moves the world. If every demand was met with a supply, there would not have been any innovation. It is that additional spurt for something new, something that is not currently present, that makes an innovator start with new assumptions. It could be new design that does not exist or a new element of application that need not be there in the existing product. Think of the financial world and you will see this unfold in a myriad of ways. The financial world is never in equilibrium, the monetary supply is trying to meet some balance of demand but that seems to be permanently in disarray. Think of the Central bankers in search of instruments that would make the dual mandate work, inflation targets met and unemployment rate low. They either achieve the first but not the second or achieve the second but not the first. Corporations run by leaders who are not going after finding the balance are more likely to succeed. These leaders run a bias for action that is not satiated by the desire to provide balance and harmony to what this world is made up of. The recent paper by Itzhak Ben-David, John Graham, Campbell Harvey, Managers are mis-calibrated, brings out some of the...
5 Common Reasons People Never Achieve the Success They Want (One of Them Is Super Common)

5 Common Reasons People Never Achieve the Success They Want (One of Them Is Super Common)

There are endless opportunities for success to be abundant, but it can be one of the most elusive things in life. Success is an inherent goal in everything we set out to achieve–no matter what we set out to do, we hope for positive results. Yet, so often we get stuck along the way. There are so many opportunities for success to be abundant, but it can actually be one of the most elusive things in your life. This can be extremely frustrating, especially if you think you are doing all the “right” things. But here’s one secret to success you might not realize: it has a lot to do with your mental resilience. The way you approach your goals internally can make or break your results. These “internal settings” take many forms. Here are 5 reasons most people never achieve the success they want: They listen to their negative mental chatter: Start to observe the negative mental chatter that occurs in your head, and notice how much of that is targeted towards yourself. What negative messages you are allowing yourself to experience? All of us have some level of negative mental chatter, but those that struggle to achieve success are often at the mercy of their own negative messages.What to do:Acknowledge that your negative mental chatter is partly a result of how your brain is wired. It focuses on the negative more than the positive. First realize that the messages are only one perspective–your own–and that they are most likely false. Create positive messages that feel realistic, and tell them to yourself to counterbalance the negative. Before long,...
How to embrace challenges and let victory chase you

How to embrace challenges and let victory chase you

It doesn’t matter where you began; what’s important is whether you’ve finalised the destination or not. In 1945, Sam Walton borrowed a sum of US$20,000 to pursue his business dreams with a small retail store in Newport, Arkansas. This amount might be considered meagre today and the store perhaps too small, but his dreams were amazingly big. Essentially, it was not the money or store that led him to establish the world’s largest organisation; it was the dream that converted the retired army man into a business champion. Now more than 20 years after Sam Walton’s death, Walt-Mart is still the top company in the world in terms of annual revenue and many great business leaders have followed in Walton’s footsteps. Business barrons such as Steve Jobs, Larry Page, and Mark Zuckerberg started their journeys from a small base. They were not born billionaires, but they were all born dreamers. Despite limited resources, they didn’t stop but rather surpassed all constraints and remained firm in their desire to convert dreams into big corporates. Today, these great business leaders are synonymous with success, growth, and achievement. They are the heroes, role models, and ideal champions of aspiring entrepreneurs. In economics, higher risks are often associated with higher profits. Business leaders who accept difficult challenges view every one of them as an opportunity. They make efforts to convert risks into potential business concepts while losers prefer to take a U-turn. Away from the conventional business approaches and strategies, smart leaders deliver strategic solutions to address every problem, big or small. Though many times these challenges take the form of a crisis,...