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Ten Ways to Build Great Leadership in Turbulent Times

Ten Ways to Build Great Leadership in Turbulent Times
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10 Ways to Build Great Leadership in Turbulent Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know as much about change, turbulence and failure as I do about success.  I did not start my career aspiring to run a steel company, nor did I plan to be a rather relentless breaker of barriers in business and in the community at large. What I have studied, what I have learned, and what I have lived in my journey and through the journey of my clients has given me a perspective that is resoundingly counter-intuitive because it is not focused on playing to strengths, but on using strengths, changes, challenges, stressors (even failures) as a lever for our greatest potential and results.

 

Science confirms that our ability to inspire, empower and actualize our potential has never been greater; remember this, empower it, use it! Neuroscience confirms that we can rewrite default patterns of thinking, communicating and doing; we can build new emotional set-points that take us forward faster and better while also enhancing our ability to focus, ideate, learn and relearn.

 

Common sense tells us that we should be integrating this knowledge in the way we learn, teach, coach, mentor and work; but habits of thinking, communicating and doing that made us successful in the past are often our greatest barriers to the optimization of our potential in the present. Those who aspire to great leadership must recognize that achieving it means changing the set point resetting the individual and organizational GPS to fast forward in ways the inspire, empower and actualize the fire of human potential at a speed of change, challenges and opportunities that will continue to accelerate faster than ever before. McKinsey & Company research and client experience suggest that half of all efforts to transform organizational performance fail either because senior managers don’t act as role models for change or because people in the organization defend the status quo.

 

Here are 10 ways to reset the GPS, refocus, repurpose and reboot potential; ten ways to build great leadership in turbulent times:

Step 1.  Build YOUR 3Q Edge™ by drawing upon your strengths and transforming changes, challenges, stressors and failures into a lever for your greatest potential; start building three essential leadership strengths that GROW at the speed of change/challenges.

Q1:  IQ Enhanced ideation, focus, strategic thought, ability to learn-relearn.

Q2:  EQ Self-awareness, awareness of others, self-management, relationship management, communication, resiliency, risk tolerance.

Q3:  SQ Purpose, values, integrity-the timeless anchors of true leadership, sustainability and the grit to forge ahead when the going gets tough!

To quote Professor Charles O’Reilly, Stanford Graduate School of Business,  “Staying competitive, then, means changing what you’re doing.” Our ability to change what we are doing means developing the intellectual and emotional dexterity Q1 and Q2 that drive innovation while further developing Q3!

 

Step 2: Resolve to evolve and re-define winning. Purpose equals profit on a multiplicity of levels. Reset the internal and organizational GPS by championing purpose, integrity, values (Q3-SQ) that are the only consistent anchors of comfort and sustainability we have and will have.  Make purpose = profit your mantra, and the mantra of your organization.  “By encouraging employees to both seek and provide help, rewarding givers, and screening out takers, companies can reap significant and lasting benefits.”  Adam Grant, Mckinsey & Company April 2013

Step 3.  Do not wait for great ideas to collide, empower them. Create active, thriving spaces for positive change.  Celebrate diversity. Develop new ways, better ways to build creative hubs; ways for people to come together, ways that drive vertical and horizontal communication and collaboration. Create virtual and actual spaces where new ideas to be discussed and shared.

 

Step 4. Take one step every day that will invigorate the motivation of others.Perform a random act of kindness each day by reaching out to someone outside your team, outside your usual network and championing their work and potential.  Perform a random act of kindness by helping someone who but in their best effort and failed to fail forward by helping them find the solution amid the problem.

 

Step 5. Build NEW touch points. Get out of your box.  Building a strong executive team is critical, but so is visiting the front line.  Find front line champions with whom you can build relationships.  Model and develop resiliency, empathy, risk tolerance and grit.  Inspire your people to recognize and harvest their ability to fail forward by seeing changes, challenges, even failures in new ways that guide and empower them forward. Make your town hall meetings exciting, empowering. Unpack the knowledge by using stories of your people, examples of great thought, great commitment, great purpose and results that come from all levels in your organization.  Find active ways to not only share information, motivate and to end every town hall meeting with a challenge that you can throw out there for the most purposeful to catch and throw back.  Determine how you will use your next town hall meeting to cast a challenge that will drive innovative ideas and solutions.

 

Step 6.  Build enlightened self-interest.  Develop new ways to champion working better together because success means creating value for those you lead, work for and serveWhen people begin to understand that creating value for clients,  stakeholders, direct reports, colleagues and the communities you serve is the way forward, doing so becomes top of mind and drives results.  People are deeply motivated by their ability to contribute to a greater whole, a greater purpose.  This motivation often starts with first seeing how it benefits them.

 

Step 7. Embrace change as a lever for your potential and the potential of your people by focusing on the human side. Build blank time, happiness time, relaxation time, empowerment time into your schedule and the schedules of your people because it will help them flourish.  Create small important spaces of time that are critical to ideation, innovation, collaboration and wellness.

 

Step 8. Learn to connect the dots by building a better relationship with yourself and with others. Leadership begins with self-awareness, self-appreciation and a relentless desire to grow, evolve and contribute.  It is about embracing your strengths and using your challenges to take simple, purposeful, powerful steps that will help you evolve forward in ways that impact your life, your work, the people you serve and your sense of personal fulfillment and meaning.

 

Step 9.  Find new ways to unpack knowledge, transform complexity into simple, purposeful powerful steps that are understood and integrated outside our peer group, outside the personal or organizational silos is which we dwell because success is not achieved or sustained alone.  Develop actual and virtual communities of purpose that are learning, doing hubs where people exchange ideas, empower growth and learning in new ways that help them motivate and inspire each other.

 

Step 10.  Develop a leadership code of ethics that you can model and integrate in your organization.  Champion 7 leadership commitments that drive great leadership.  Make them visible, make them real, and make them grow!

1.  The commitment to lead at the speed of change, in the face of challenges and failures; the commitment to build YOUR 3Q Edge™

2. The commitment to the empowerment of self and others.

3. The commitment to purpose and vision

4. The commitment to communicating the vision and purpose.

5. The commitment to courage.

6. The commitment to integrity.

7. The commitment to action-ability.

 

Great leadership is about success, and success is not about taking, it is about serving. Those who lead will be those who serve by developing their ability to empower, inspire and actualize their potential and the potential of others by kindling the fire of courage, integrity and humanity that keeps them on track and fuels the determination and resiliency many lack because it is easier to manage than to lead. Great leadership is a 3Q equation supported by courage. Courage grows each time we align IQ (intellect), EQ (humanity), and SQ (integrity).   Carpe diem!

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How to Inspire and Enable Your Greatest Potential

How to Inspire and Enable Your Greatest Potential
At the speed of change and challenges? Yes!
12 Tips That Take 5 Minutes or Less

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How to Inspire and Enable Results

This post is for leaders, emerging leaders, and ALL people who want to find NEW ways, faster ways, better ways to feel, work, do and live better at a speed of change, challenges, opportunities and failures that will continue to accelerate.

 

What makes me an expert in optimizing potential and results in the face of change, challenges, failures? Building communication and leadership strengths that GROW?  Years of study, first hand experience, experience with clients and a fortunate or unfortunate history (depending on your point of view). First woman CEO of a steel company in Canada, a gal with a track history of excellence and success working in USA, Canada and Europe; I am also the survivor and thriver who has faced critical illness, poverty, racism, sexism and a litany of other challenges that would have perhaps broken many people.  The model I developed (3Q) is not simply a model for me, it is a passion, a mission to help others realize their greatest potential that punctuates my days, my weeks and my commitment to the integrity and value of my work.

What does not break YOU will only make you stronger and better if you take a counter-intuitive approach by developing a mind set and skill set that transforms changes, challenges, stressors, even failures into into a catalyst, a lever for your greatest potential; potential you can learn to access when the going gets tough.  You cannot light a fire with wet wood.  Tapping into your potential and helping others tap into theirs means getting inspired and empowered while developing a mindset and skill set that takes YOU forward!

 

Here are 12 ways to inspire and enable results in yourself and others; each tip can be accomplished in less than five minutes.  One tip, done consistently drives BIG results while helping you build one, two or three essential strengths that GROW at the speed of change, challenges and ambiguity (YOUR 3Q Edge™)

 

  1. Embrace the fact that YOU are not limited by your personality type or MBTI; do not let your personality type keep you stuck in a box. Neuroscience confirms that we can rewrite default patterns, and doing so begins with desire.  Will you be limited by a personality type or will you look at it in new ways that will help you optimize strengths and build areas of challenge? Step out of the box by determining the qualities you want to have and model.  Your ability to move past a personality type is real. Take every opportunity to build greater self awareness, while refusing to be limited by habits of thinking, communicating or doing YOU can change.  Don’t believe everything you believe!
  2. Make one small change in the way you think, feel or communicate.  Go ahead, embrace your ability to do so, because it is the quickest way you can start developing cognitive and emotional dexterity, and adaptability.  One small  change, done consistently is not difficult and no matter how small the change it will help you re-write default patterns that are no longer working and build new neural pathways.
  3. Embrace your ability to break through intellectual, organizational or personal silos; because doing so will inject new thoughts, ideas into your life and work. We are all partnered with our peer groups, and while it is important to have a community of purpose, breaking out of that community to refresh the blood is also critical.
  4. Build greater resiliency, risk tolerance and grit by building Q3 Spiritual Quotient-The values, purpose and intrinsic motivators that will sustain YOU when times are tough, and motivate you when others are deterred.
  5. Use YOUR story as a motivator for your potential.  Perspective is everything, and your perspective around your story, your journey, your strengths, triumphs and failures will either maximize or minimize your true potential.  Find a new way of looking at the pivot points in your story that empowers you forward.  See your story with new eyes.
  6. Find personal ways, strategies to inspire yourself because doing so is critical to the optimization of not only your potential but those you lead and work with. Neuroscience now confirms that we must prime our brains to be happy in order to fully optimize our cognitive capabilities.  Finding ways to be and get happier is not only critical to cognition, and to modelling positivity for others it is important for your health and longevity.
  7. Embrace enlightened self-interest as a catalyst for your potential and the potential of others.  Enlightened self-interest is doing what is good for persons other than yourself. Remember success will be determined by your ability to make others successful.
  8. Build at least one relationship of total trust and confidentiality with someone who does not have a personal or political agenda.. If you are an executive, CEO or business owner the imperative to find someone you can trust, speak to and consult is critical on a multiplicity of levels. If you are going through a life, career or leadership transition, having a trust partner will be extremely powerful and valuable in helping you move from now to HOW.
  9. Find one way a day to do good in less than 15 minutes;  share your thoughts, your mentorship, your kindness or just listen to someone who needs your earDeveloping your human side. Building empathy, reaching out and helping another person does not have to be a huge time commitment; it can be realized in small ways that do good and will make you feel good too.
  10. Give yourself permission to take time each day to just blank out-Joy time, happiness time, relaxation time.  Remember that a car cannot run without fuel.  Your body, your mind, your soul needs to re-charge and re-purpose!  Taking even five minutes every 90 minutes can have a big impact on your life, your work, your health.
  11. Learn to adapt your default communication style. The best communication is lost of you are speaking to another person who reacts badly to the way you communicate, or whose ears are not open.  Communication does not occur without trust, rapport and using language, body language that resonates with the receiver of your communication.
  12. Develop a personal mantra; a few words that inspire, engage, motivate you and set you on the right track when you are faced with a challenge.  Simple, cost free and it works.  Put an elastic band on your wrist, and gently snap yourself and say your mantra to yourself when you face a challenge.  Yes, it works!

Lastly, stop saying that change is difficult because each time you do you reinforce the neural pathway, you reinforce this thought and it is not one that will help you lead or succeed forward. Words make worlds. Use words when you talk to yourself and to others that help you communicate, ideate and lead forward.

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Get re-inspired by what you can achieve at the speed of change/challenges? Recharge, refocus, repurpose, repower?  Build 3Q leadership skills that GROW at the speed of change? Successfully negotiate a career transition? Optimize your talent and results? Communicate effectively with new constituents? Get an assessment, debrief and action plan that puts oyou on the right track?

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A Gentle/Important Rant: Surviving and Thriving

A Gentle/Important Rant: Surviving and Thriving
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A Gentle Rant

 

I did not start out the day expecting to write a rant. Firstly, I am not a ranter, but I  believe this topic merits a gentle rant because the way forward is different; it will not look like or be like what we have experienced in the past.

 

The way forward will be negotiated by those  who have the courage to lead forward around dark corners, where best practices are made in the now and evidence based knowledge may not be enough. The way forward demands a vertical and horizontal alignment of minds, purpose and potential; the development of communities of purpose that cross internal and external boundaries in new ways that expand our intellectual and emotional bandwidth.

 

1.  Three “silos” limit our individual and collective potential. 

Recognizing them and breaking through them is the way forward. There are iconoclasts among us who will say that they live at the edge of creativity and that they are not in their comfort zone.  Think again.  We all rest, sojourn and linger in our individual and collective comfort zones, the imperative to see them and break through them has never been greater.

Intellectual silos that champion the brilliant ideas and thoughts of members of an elite club, and do not translate complexity into simple, powerful ideas that will be actualized by other than peers, cannot truly inspire and drive positive change.  Unpacking the knowledge is critical and it means stepping out of the silo!

Organizational silos that impede vertical and horizontal communication, collaboration, empowerment and engagement will limit and/or erode the strongest and biggest corporations among us.  New ways of breaking through barriers, of developing vertical and horizontal communities of purpose must be championed and realized.

Personal silos
, adherence to strategies, beliefs, ideas that worked well in the past are the most insidious form of self-sabotage; sabotage that limits our incredible power to learn/relearn, optimize potential, actualize results…our ability to re-write neural pathways, re-set default patterns that no longer work.

The desire to create value is what drives innovation.  Competitive differentiation and success are about delivering this value.  Delivering this value means taking a bold, positive step out of  your comfort zone/silo; a step that will expand your ability to learn/relearn, empathize, collaborate and innovate!

 

2. Growth does not occur in a vacuum. 

Shuffle Your Deck.  Mix it UP! Change your environment.  Get out of your peer group, inject new and different blood into your arena.  Break through a silo!  I do it every day, I push myself to do it everyday  because I am passionate about building three essential strengths (3Q Edge™) that GROW at the speed of change, challenges and ambiguity, I am passionate about our individual and collective potential to learn-relearn, communicate, collaborate and LEAD forward faster and better than ever before.

 

3. Stop Taking Selfies-Start Empowering and Enabling Others

Empowering the potential of others is at best one of the noblest things you can do, at worst it is enlightened self interest that serves our individual and collective ability to survive and thrive. What does it take to notice the great work or talent of another person?  What does it take to reach out and help someone else grow, evolve?  It can take a lot of time OR it can take a few minutes a day.  In just a few minutes a day you can notice and applaud great work, and in so doing you are championing the potential of another human being; you are lighting a fire that will hopefully inspire them forward.  Why is this important?


Anything else?  YOU Betcha. The Best!
In 20 minutes a day YOU can take your potential and the potential of others forward in ways you perhaps never imagined

Will you get sidetracked by busyness, stressors and the myriad of challenges you face each hour, each day, each week?  Of course!  Change this pattern by taking five minute breaks every 90 minutes for down time; time when you do not think, do not stress.  Time when you just get into a personal zone of peace.  Try it.  If you continue to try it, you will be able to do it.  Identify an entrenched habit of thinking or communicating that NO LONGER WORKS, and find a small way to change it (then repeat this small step in a different way for the next 7 days).  Once a day, take a few minutes to connect/ learn from someone outside your silo and another few minutes to recognize or champion the work of another. Yes, in less than 20 minutes a day you can take simple powerful steps that will help you optimize your potential and the potential of others. Carpe diem!

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Are YOU Ready to…

Get re-inspired by what you can achieve at the speed of change/challenges? Recharge, refocus, repurpose, repower?  Develop leadership skills that GROW at the speed of change?

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Stepping into Leadership for the First Time

Stepping into Leadership for the First Time
A Guest Post by Marwa Hijazi, University Alliance
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Leadership

Excitement. Anxiety. Trepidation. Uncertainty. These feelings are perfectly natural when you are called into leadership for the first time. After all, there is a lot riding on you – and your team will be closely watching your every move. Naturally, you want to hit it out of the park and impress them, as well as your supervisors.


So, let’s review
what makes a great leader, and show you how to get there
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Great Leadership Improves the Workplace

It’s clear that every business relies on solid leadership in order to succeed. Staffers want to work for people they trust and admire. When they find a great leader, their productivity and morale improves. They are engaged in the company’s mission and inspired to help meet its objectives. They’re self-motivated to meet their deadlines and to come up with new ideas and solutions. They rarely miss a day of work and customer service improves.

The bottom line: great leadership means a more successful business, with higher sales, lower costs, less turnover and happier people.

Working Through Struggles

Every leader struggles at times. Here are some tips for working through difficult times:

  • Make the tough decisions: That’s exactly what people need you to do. Learn by watching leaders that you admire and keeping abreast of industry news. Don’t be afraid to change your mind when necessary.
  • Don’t worry about being liked: Your job is to do the right thing, not the most popular thing. Be respectful and fair, but willing to make difficult decisions.
  • It’s okay to be human: Remember that you’re working with people who have outside lives and stresses to deal with. Your team should be able to approach you and know they are appreciated.
  • Believe in what you’re doing: If you don’t believe in it, nobody else will. A faltering leader can be difficult to follow, so stay strong.

 

Simple Efforts That Make You a Better Leader

When you step into leadership, everything changes. You’re perceived differently. You may even walk a little taller!  But don’t make the mistake of resting on your laurels. Being a great leader means making a consistent effort to improve. Try these simple efforts that make a big difference:

  • Keep listening, but also observe: Listening is the number one attribute of great leaders. Just quiet your mind and truly hear what people are saying. And keep your eyes open to see what’s going on around you. Being observant can help you head off trouble before it begins.
  • Step out of your comfort zone: Try something new, like traveling to a new place. It’s a great way to expose yourself to learning opportunities. Take a new route to work, or try a different mode of transportation. Make an effort to talk to people you don’t usually interact with.
  • Take responsibility: You’ll earn the respect of your peers and team when you’re accountable for results, good or bad. Own mistakes, even if they aren’t your fault (but especially when they are). Then, move on.
  • Empower yourself: Recognize your own power, and stay above others’ opinions of you.

 

Lead Your Team – Don’t Control Them

Team members are motivated differently, but nobody likes to feel controlled. The workplace of the past might have been filled with overzealous bosses and disempowered employees, but that won’t fly today. Create a positive company culture and you’ll have happy, engaged and creative people who produce, sell and contribute to the bottom line.

Keep in mind these three guidelines for leading – not controlling – your team:

  1. Everyone is important: Recognize that every team member is contributing to the project. Give public praise for a job well done.
  2. Everyone is creative: Instill an entrepreneurial spirit in your team. Ask for ideas and encourage brainstorming.
  3. Everyone is heard: The importance of feeling heard cannot be overstated. Whether an idea is acted upon or not, appreciate the person and their effort.

Knowing What to Expect Will Help You Prepare for Leadership

The best time to prepare yourself to become a leader is before you are called into leadership. You can expect people to look to you for answers while watching your every move. Stay focused, keep listening and learn how to work through the struggles that every leader faces. You’ll be well on your way to becoming a trusted, respected leader.

Marwa Hijazi

AUTHOR BIO:  Marwa Hijazi | University Alliance | Notre Dame

Marwa Hijazi writes about leadership and negotiations
on behalf of University Alliance, a facilitator of
leadership and management programs online
,
and conflict resolution training.

 

 

 

 

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British FlagIf you are in the London/Bristol, UK area I hope you will join me for an Elysian Training Leadership Event and Presentation on How to Lead Through Turbulent Times

 

Are YOU Ready to…

Get re-inspired by what you can achieve at the speed of change/challenges? Recharge, refocus, repurpose, repower?  Develop leadership skills that GROW at the speed of change? Successfully negotiate a career or leadership transition?

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Leading and Succeeding in Disruptive Times – Part 4 of 4

Leading and Succeeding in Disruptive Times: Part 4
Series Conclusion-Connecting the Dots

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Leadership is a 3Q equation supported by courage. Courage grows each time we align intelligence (IQ)-humanity (EQ) + integrity (SQ).

 

A Gift for YOU

The conclusion to this series is a short, practical, free guidebook championing our ability to learn-relearn, lead and succeed in disruptive times by developing 3 essential strengths at GROW at the speed of change (your 3Q Edge™) I had every intention of  sharing what was supposed to be part 4 in this series, It’s All In Your Mind; a post simplifying what neuroscience confirms  about our capacity to optimize our brain power not only by strengthening cognition, but by re-writing default patters of thinking, communicating and doing that do not take us forward.

My intention did not go forward because of the  tremendous support of my interview on 3Q Leadership-Building Your 3Q Edge™ in Realizing Leadership Magazine yesterday and today from colleagues and friends whose integrity, intelligence and contributions to a better workplace and world I respect.  People who took time to support my article in Realizing Leadership on Twitter yesterday and today!  I realized the need to express my gratitude for this support, and upon reflection I believe the best way to conclude this series on Success in Disruptive Times is in extending thanks to colleagues/friends (innovators, change-makers), and by providing a guidebook/eBook that will help you connect the  3Q dots!

Innovation is fueled by the desire to create value.  Competitive differentiation and success are about delivering this value.   

Gratitude (in alphabetical order) Michael Ballard (@resilientmichae), Canadian Institute of Management (CIM_National) Elysian Training (@elysiantraining), Shashi Bellamkonda (@shashib), James Braunstein (@continuitycloud),  Bill Butler (@wiarbu), Lyn Boyer (@lyn_boyer), Bishop Bowden (@GPBCNYC), David Burkus (@davidburkus), Catherine Anne Clarke (@acelebrationofw) Ted Coine (@tedcoine),  Trevor B. Lee (@TBlepi) ,  LDRLB (@ldrlb), Barb Jemott (@skillsclick) Mike Howard (@mikehowardmsgs) Shawn Murphy (@shawmu), Karlene Petitt (@karlenepetitt) Deb Mills Scofield (@dscofield  @bluelobsternets), Switch and Shift (@switchandshift), Deb Scott (@greenskydeb), Tarak Rindani (@tarakrindani), Esta Singer (@sheconsulting), Jesse Lyn Stoner (@jesselynstoner),  James Strock (@servetolead), Cyndy Trivella (@cyndytrivella), Amit Verma (@amitv_tweets). (If inadvertently missed someone, or did not catch a tweet, please let me know so I can amend this list:-).

Why am I giving this book away as a conclusion to this series?  Because it is my gift to YOU.  A Practical, Purposeful Guidebook-A 3Q Edge™ Primer on Leading and Succeeding in Disruptive Times (←click link for eBook)

This ebook’s purpose is to challenge and inspire you to realize your power, power to develop a whole new relationship with changes, challenges, stressors (even failures) that takes you forward faster and better than before; a relationship that helps YOU build your 3Q Edge™.    I hope that you will take the time to browse the book…because, change is not the problem…our ability to change and adapt while enfranchising the values, the purpose, the courage that can lead us forward is the way forward. It is a simple book, because I believe that our ability to simplify and make the complex actionable, doable and real is critical! 

 

Enjoy it, select chapters to YOU. Check out my list of 3 minute 3Q tools/exercises you can do almost anywhere. Send me your comments.  My passion for championing our ability to build Q skills, to realize our ability to learn, re-learn, communicate, collaborate and LEAD forward at the speed of change, in the face of challenges, stressors, even chaos cannot be deterred because it is the heartbeat of my commitment to learn, share and contribute every day, in every way I can.  I hope that you enjoy the E-Book, and welcome your feedback! 

                        

More.  Yes! Thank you Laurie Wilhelm, CEO of Realizing Leadership Magazine for your important work and contribution to the leadership conversation!  Get a free 3 month subscription to Realizing Leadership Magazine, no strings, no automatic renewal.  YOU will be glad YOU did! 

 

More?  YOU Betcha!  Parts 1, 2 and 3 of this Series:
Part 1  |  What is the DNA of Business Success in Disruptive Times? 7 Insights
Part 2  |  Empowering and Actualizing Great Leadership
Part 3  |  From Now to HOW:  Efficiency to Effectiveness

 And…Excellent Compendiums of articles by a wide variety of experts that you can browse and to subscribe to for free (justcoachit on Pinterest!)

A Growing Collection of over 350 Articles | Great Leadership and 3Q Leadership
A Growing Collection of over 250 Articles  | Business at the Speed of Change
A Growing Collection of over 650 Articles  |  HR, Teamwork, Career, Talent Optimization

 

More? Almost done.  Just one more thing!
Delighted to be speaking in the UK October 3, 2014 

British FlagIf you are in the London/Bristol, UK area I hope you will join me for an Elysian Training Leadership Event and Presentation on How to Lead Through Turbulent Times

 

Are YOU Ready to…

Get re-inspired by what you can achieve at the speed of change/challenges? Recharge, refocus, repurpose, repower?  Develop leadership skills that GROW at the speed of change?

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Executive Coaching, Consulting, Training & Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™
Leadership Growth, Talent/Career Optimization, Business Development in Disruptive Times
Face to Face | By Telephone, Skype or Video Conferencing 
Twitter @justcoachit

 

Free Leadership Summit- Crack the Leadership Code & 1250 bonus articles/links

FREE Leadership Summit-Crack the Leadership Code & 1250 bonus articles (Scroll to the bottom of this page for article links & free subscription)

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Leadership WORDLEI never promote conferences or series on my blog-this is the exception because I am sharing a free valuable event you can attend  where you are!  Crack the Leadership Code hosted executive coach and organizational psychologist, Dr. Michelle Pizer, is a virtual event, a series of conversations with thought leaders is an exception because it is a valuable and FREE way to learn from leadership experts and thought leaders including : Jim Kouzes, Les McKeown, David Grossman, Kevin Eikenberry, Jodi Womack..  I am delighted to also be presenting at Crack the Leadership Code Summit, and thank Dr. Pizer for organizing this valuable initiative.

Here are just some of the important topics/takeaways from the summit running from July 21, 2014 for 21 days with 21 speakers!

        • Using change, challenges, stressors to optimize empowerment, engagement, potential and achieve results-Yes, I am speaking on building
          YOUR 3Q Edge™ (IQ-EQ-SQ)
        • Critical communication skills
        • How to build trust and credibility
        • Confidence and capability for rising women leaders
        • Work/life balance
        • Productivity and smart networking
        • Conversational intelligence
        • Finding your charisma and connecting with your audience
        • Executive style
        • How to cultivate talent in a changing business environment
        • Crafting the right story
        • How to cultivate talent in a changing business environment

Click here to reserve your seat! www.cracktheleadershipcode.com  I would welcome the opportunity to hear how you enjoyed the Summit through my blog or by email irene@justcoachit.com

 

More on Great Leadership in Disruptive Times?  YOU Betcha 1250 Bonus Links!  Excellent Compendiums of articles by a wide variety of experts that you can browse and to subscribe to for free (justcoachit on Pinterest!)

A Growing Collection of over 350 Articles | Great Leadership and 3Q Leadership
A Growing Collection of over 250 Articles  | Business at the Speed of Change
A Growing Collection of over 650 Articles  |  HR, Teamwork, Career, Talent Optimization

More?  Just one more thing!  Delighted to be speaking in the UK October 3, 2014 

British FlagIf you are in the London, UK area I hope you will join me for an Elysian Training Leadership Event and Presentation on How to Lead Through Turbulent Times

 

Are YOU Ready to…

Get re-inspired by what you can achieve at the speed of change/challenges? Recharge, refocus, repurpose, repower?  Develop leadership skills that GROW at the speed of change?

Irene Headshot

Irene Becker | Just Coach It | The 3Q Edge™ (IQ-EQ-SQ)
Executive Coaching, Consulting, Training & Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™
Leadership Growth, Talent/Career Optimization, Business Development in Disruptive Times
Face to Face | By Telephone, Skype or Video Conferencing 
Twitter @justcoachit

Now to How!

NOW to HOW! Efficiency to Effectiveness
The DNA of Business Success, Part 3
(Parts 1 and 2 of this series are included in the links at the end of this post)

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“There’s a new world struggling to be born. It’s a world of greater creativity, higher purpose, and deeper fulfillment.” Marty Neumeier, Metaskills

Now to How

Struggle is necessary to make us aware of what no longer works, but it is the determination, the conviction to build, evolve, grow and create that transforms struggle into empowerment, disengagement into motivation, challenges into solutions, failures into a new way to learn and lead forward while improving cognitive, emotional and social adaptability.  Smart and fast are no longer enough. Surviving and thriving means embracing our ability to use/transform changes, challenges, stressors (even failures) into the enhancement of three strengths that GROW at the speed of change; 3Q strengths that build cognitive, emotional, social adaptability while preserving the timeless anchor of  sustainability (Q3):

 

Q1 IQ  Enhanced focus-strategic thought-design thinking-ability to learn-relearn)
Q2 —EQ— (Enhanced emotional intelligence; emotional mastery-self management-relationship management-risk tolerance/resiliency, communication, collaboration)
Q3 —SQ— (Enhanced values alignment/positive purpose, integrity of thought communication and action; development of intrinsic motivators that keep us going when the going is tough)

 

Will you champion a better way forward or remain transfixed by the ambiguity, changes, challenges, chaos and opportunities that punctuate our lives, work and world?  Will you be fearful or fearless?  I believe the imperative to be fearless in the face of change is not simply the mark of leadership, but critical to those who recognize that the only way we can move past struggle is by using it as a guide post that takes us forward; a guidepost that speaks to the unbridled power of human ingenuity, humanity, courage and leadership at the speed of change.  “Whenever you “see” an issue or “understand” a concept, be conscious of the lens through which you’re viewing the subject. You should assume you’re introducing bias. The challenge remains to identify and let go of that bias or the assumptions you bring, and actively work to see and understand the subject anew.” Edward B. Burger, Michael Starbird, The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking, Princeton University Press, 2012.

How can you get past your own bias, your own filters, so that you can see the problem or challenge anew?  Start by recognizing that any habit of thinking, communicating and doing that leaves you entrenched and boxed in will not take you forward.  The power to move from now to HOW will not be found in bastions of great thought, because until we unpack the knowledge we have and make it real it remains shrouded and un-lived.  The power to move from now to HOW will not be found in struggling against change, because the way forward starts with seeing the changes, challenges, stressors and failures with new eyes that take us forward faster and better.

Start by making Now To HOW your mantra and use it to break down habits of thinking and communicating that no longer work. Many of us are working with a mindset that cannot help us move from Now to HOW. The Age of Industrialization and the Age of Information became a fulcrum for process driven systems, increased bureaucracy and adherence to one size fits all models of thinking and doing.  Quantitative results became our focus forward.  Meanwhile,a new Consumer Age an age where the more informed consumer, the realities of hyper competition and the David and Goliath Syndrome (small agile start-ups threatening established brands) is here and it is NOW. Embrace your ability to develop pragmatic optimism while fueling an avid curiosity for transforming challenges into solutions. The imperative to nurture ideas before you kill them, the ability to train our minds to be solution focused is the quickest way to a better way forward.

There is a new world being born.  You can struggle with it, or you can help to build it. The imperative to focus on effectiveness; to champion human ingenuity and collaboration is before us.  Will you see the challenges you face with new eyes?  In an era of massive change and challenges, we need to focus on human effectiveness as it relates to creativity, innovation, communication, collaboration and the purpose driven anchors that will help us negotiate ambiguity with vigor and confidence.   Is it time to recognize and embrace your strengths while transforming changes, challenges, stressors and failures into your 3Q Edge™? Carpe diem!

 

More on moving from Now to HOW?  You Betcha Stay tuned for the next Installment (The DNA of Business Success in Disruptive Times Part 4):  Competitive Differentiation

More Yes!

The DNA of Business Success, Part 1

The DNA of Business Success, Part 2

Over 300 Articles on Great Leadership and 3Q Leadership in Disruptive Times

The Collaboration Imperative by Carl Wiese and Ron Ricci

 

Are YOU Ready to…

Get re-inspired by what you can achieve at the speed of change/challenges? Recharge, refocus, repurpose, repower?  

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Irene Becker | Just Coach It | The 3Q Edge™
Executive Coaching, Consulting, Training & Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™
Leadership Growth, Talent/Career Optimization, Business Development in Disruptive Times
Face to Face | By Telephone, Skype or Video Conferencing 
Twitter @justcoachit 

Empowering and Actualizing Great Leadership NOW

Empowering and Actualizing Great Leadership NOW
The DNA of Business Success in Disruptive Times, Part II  (Part I)

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21st C Leadership and Success is NOT About Being Better

Good bosses, bad bosses, productive bosses can all learn to be better leaders, but the litmus test of 21st century leadership is not about learning to  lead better, it is about learning to think, communicate, collaborate and LEAD differently.

Best practices are made in the now. Leadership development that rests upon what worked in the past may be impotent tomorrow. The imperative to create NEW leaders and to champion new and better ways of developing leadership, learning and life skills that grow, expand in disruptive times is real and critical.  GREAT leadership is about using what is to create what can be in ourselves and in those we lead and serve.

Let’s take a brief look at where we have been and where we are heading, a quick review of what makes 2014 different, and what speaks to the need for the development of 3Q Leadership skills that grow at the speed of change, challenges and ambiguity. Leadership skills whose seeds are planted and harvested in our schools, colleges, universities and workplaces because the new reality is a reality where every individual must develop greater autonomy, resiliency and improved thinking, communicating and collaborating skills.

 

Age of Industrialization    Production drives success (process).  Mastering the mode of production becomes the success engine. Taylorism. Beginning of 9-5 workday/structured hours.

 

Age of Information            Organizational effectiveness and size drive success (people and process-emphasis on process, production. Growth of big enterprise, silos, bureaucracy).

 

Age of the Consumer        Bigger, more inclusive and competitive marketplace, outsourcing, cheaper access to products.  Client experience drives success–people, process &
perception of value.  Growing impact of women in the workplace and taking a larger role globally contributes to a purpose-centric viewpoint focused on creating value for all stakeholders and communities

20,000 human years to build first billion consumers
The past 20 years have created 2 billion consumers
The next 5 years will create 1 billion consumers (emerging nations leading the way)

Where we are now>>>    In transition between the age of the consumer and the age of innovation. A disruptive, uncomfortable place for many because ambiguity,
changes, challenges as well as opportunities fuzzy our focus and test our ability to be possibility thinkers and doers.

                                     

Age of Innovation             Human potential: Creativity, collaboration, innovation, adaptability and the ability to create value for shareholders, stakeholders, employees, communities (all constituents) determines success.  Project based teams become the quid pro quo in most organizations.  Traditional bricks and mortar schools are reinvented, as is the large enterprise as we know it is transformed from inside out.  Systems of thinking, doing and executing that expand creativity and innovation grow and evolve.

 

The human, social and business imperative to develop a new and different balance between process, production, people and value creation that drives possibility thinking and establishes new benchmarks for our best thoughts, communication and actions is critical. 21st century success rests in the thoughts, communication and actions of pioneers and trailblazers; real people, thoughtful, purpose driven people, great leaders who have the courage to challenge the status quo; people who recognize that what created success in the past will not and cannot take us forward smarter, faster and happier in a whole new world, workplace and marketplace where changes, challenges, opportunities and ambiguity will continue to grow and stretch us.   Will you embrace the changes and challenges you face as levers for your greatest potential build YOUR 3Q Edge™ (IQ-EQ-SQ)? Is it time to re-set the internal GPS in ways that empower possibility thinking and success in disruptive times of change, challenges & ambiguity?  Stay tuned for Part Three in this Series: From Now to HOW-It’s All in Your Mind


 

More on Leadership and Success in Disruptive Times?  YOU Betcha
First post in this series:  The DNA of Business Success in Disruptive Times
Building Ten Essential 3Q Skills that GROW in the Face of Change/Challenges
Over 300 posts on Great Leadership and 3Q Leadership at the Speed of Change
Failure:  The Secret to Success-7 Powerful, Practical Tips
The Thriving Organization:  Ten Power Steps Out of Jurassic Park
A Collection of Interesting Posts on Business at the Speed of Change
Women and Leadership:  Championing the Power of Women Leading Forward (229 posts and interviews)

Podcasts & Interviews
Podcast:  HR Leadership 3.0 Series-My interview with JoAnn Corley
The Linchpin to Your Company’s Success:  WEBTV interview by Ted Coine, Switch and Shift TV

 

Are YOU Ready to…

Get re-inspired by what you can achieve at the speed of change/challenges? Recharge, refocus, repurpose, repower?

 Build YOUR 3Q Leadership, Career or Talent Optimization Edge?

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Irene Becker | Just Coach It | The 3Q Edge™
Executive Coaching, Consulting, Training & Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™
Leadership Growth, Talent/Career Optimization, Business Development in Disruptive Times
Face to Face | By Telephone, Skype or Video Conferencing 
Twitter @justcoachit 

The Call to Serve, Lead and Live Greatly

The Call to Serve, Lead and Live Greatly Reflections on Optimizing Our Greatest Potential in Disruptive Times (Including 10 bonus links)

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results 3Q Leadership™ Blog- 41,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  

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determination

I used to sign all my emails, yours in service, because we are each our brother’s keeper; we are part of a greater soul, a greater whole. My decision to use a more conventional  salutation was the result of people not understanding what I meant.  Service is not servitude, service is the linchpin of growth, the fire of evolution, the foundation for great leadership.  Service is something that we can embrace and use every day to make a greater impact in our world, our work, our relationships.  It is the call to live greatly.

You count, your words and actions count.  How will you use them?  How will you change them to face a better day, to build a better future? How will you decide to serve today? We can talk about collaboration, we can speak about ethics, values and building flatter, better organizations.  We can talk about community, we can talk about sharing and caring. Speaking helps.  Speaking is important, but doing is better.

In “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team:  A Leadership Fable”, author Patrick M. Lencioni, speaks to five problems I believe deride not only teams but our individual power and ability to rise to the challenges before us. If you are not suffering from one of the following dysfunctions, someone you lead, work for, know or love is.

  • Absence of trust.
  • Fear of conflict
  • Lack of commitment
  • Avoidance of accountability
  • Inattention to objectives

The greatest hope before us lies not in burying our heads in the sand, but rather in facing these five dysfunctions with the knowledge that we can transform them, the conviction that we can rise to the challenges before us with courage, integrity and humanity.

What do I know about courage, integrity and humanity? I know that they are the building blocks, the foundation of all that is good, meaningful and sustainable.  I know that we each have the ability to cleave to our courage, embrace our integrity and push forward each day with humanity if we so choose.  I know that I have held on to my courage, integrity and humanity when there was nothing else before me and when the temptation to close my eyes to that which matters most would have been the most expedient course of action.

Great leadership starts with the fire of courage, integrity and humanity that is timeless because the call to serve is the call to lead.  If you listen, if you are still you will hear it. Great leadership is a 3Q equation that starts with courage.  Courage to optimize our intelligence/ideation (IQ), build our emotional capacity/strength/communication (EQ) and cleave to the purpose, integrity, humanity (SQ)  that can and will take us forward better and faster.

Some of us will use our courage  to build new organizations and discover solutions that serve constituents, stakeholders and communities in new and better ways.  Others will use their  courage to stand tall and stand strong in their lives, in their relationships, in their families when times are tough and the five dysfunctions of a hyper competitive, volatile world and workplace are before them.  All of us can use our courage, integrity and humanity to make a positive difference in whatever way we choose.

The secret to peace and prosperity is within our hearts, it is the echo of our deepest wisdom and it calls to us all.  Take a moment this day to harness your courage and use it to make one positive change in thought, action or communication that will help you serve more, serve better and lead forward!  Savor your power to make a difference and be the difference in whatever way you choose because the call to serve, the call to lead is also the call to live greatly.

Yours in service, Irene   More on building a better path forward?  More on embracing and optimizing our greatest potential?  YOU betcha The Secret to Peace and Prosperity:  A Short, Passionate, Purposeful Allegory What Does Leadership Really Mean? 3Q Leadership Benefits and Why I Have Dedicated My LIfe to This Work Our Greatest Hope Rising to the Challenges Before Us Against All Odds I Will NOT Be Broken-The Call to Build a Better Future Leaders-Be the Miracle or Miss the Miracle Podcasts/Interviews Extraordinary Women: Conquering Formidable Life and Leadership Challenges Webtv Interview by Shannon Skinner From Pain to Gain in Life and Career Radio Interview by Deborah Scott A Great Read-Great Book:  Serve to Lead by James Strock

 Are YOU Ready to…

Get re-inspired by what you can achieve at the speed of change/challenges? Recharge, refocus, repurpose, repower? Build YOUR 3Q Leadership, Career, Business Development or Talent Optimization Edge?

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Team-building Toolkit for Disruptive Times

Team-building Tool Kit-25 Ways to Work Smarter Together in Disruptive Times
Empowerment + Engagement + Accountability=Results!
(Including 15 bonus links)

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3Q Leadership™ Blog- 41,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!
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Toolbuilding Toolkit

It was a pleasure to present on Effective Team-building at Project Management and Business Analyst World.  Given the importance of team-building and the growth of project based teams, I hope that this toolkit-a  of  team-building tips, REACH™, 3Q Edge™ and bonus links will be of service.

Project Manager or Leader?  Both! Here are 25 Team-building Tips for Working Smarter Together!

 

1. Have a clear mission. Start with the common anchor, the objectives and values you share.  Internalize them, mention them, and ignite them because they are the fuel for your greatest individual and collective potential.

 

2. Make sure that roles, responsibilities and accountability are clearly defined.  If you are working with an agile team/project team where roles change, this in itself is a new type of role that must be explained.  Clarity is king and buy-in from members is queen.

 

3. Develop a team charter.  Team members need a strong sense of belonging to the group that will build trust and commitment. This sense of commitment is reinforced when the team spends the time to develop team norms or relationship guidelines together.


4. Lead, don’t micro-manage.
Make sure that all team members feel that they are a critical part of the team’s success. Make sure roles, responsibilities and accountability are clear, but do not micro manage. If process helps execution, use it.  Process used as a substitute for poor leadership, lack of trust will ultimately impede or undermine that potential of the team. Get the right people on your team, empower them, engage them; help them with their professional/personal development and hold them accountable.

 

Align & Motivate Empathize
Delegate & Monitor Plan & Control

 

 5. Develop your ability to use care-frontation. Don’t shove problems or conflicts under the rug where they can fester, brew and explode in overt or covert ways.  Conflict is a healthy sign.  Use it to build connection.  Remember conflict that his not expressed, festers, brews and ultimately destroys everything in its path. Use shared values and objectives to break down barriers and to also help team members build strong intrinsic motivation so that they focus forward when times are tough.

 

6. Ready to react? Stuck in stasis?  Worried about driving in reverse?  Ready to go into fight or flight?  R-E-A-C-H™ reset default patterns of thinking, communicating and doing that are no longer working for you.  Yes, brain science confirms that our brains are neuro-plastic (we can rewrite default patterns).  Bonus, every time you R-E-A-C-H™, you are also building your 3Q Edge™/Advantage. Read more

Is Your Potential Engaged or Derailed? | Cheat Sheet and Self Test

5 ways to optimize your potential…AND a self-test to determine if your potential is engaged or derailed. (Including 10 Bonus Links)

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3Q Leadership™ Blog- 41,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!
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Chillies

  1. Reach.  Use tools, strategies that help you redirect focus, and focus faster in the face of change, challenges and opportunities. Focus is the mother of success and creativity is its kissing cousin. Like money or nuclear power focus can be used to optimize or derail potential.  Simple tools, geared to your personality, your learning style, your career or organizational objectives can help you focus faster, better on what really counts while helping you learn, ideate, communicate and collaborate faster and better. Build reach, focus on what will help you learn, collaborate and succeed forward.
  2. Empower. Ideation, communication and collaboration are the new anchors of success. Take control over your potential. Find a collaborative partner, an executive coach or advisor whose only agenda is your success; and whose skills and experience can help you not only get greater clarity around your potential while helping you also see the potential in people and ideas/opportunities around you. Develop new ways of thinking, communicating, doing and failing forward that will drive empowerment and engagement at the speed of change. Recognize that your power to learn and relearn is pivotal to your success and the success of those you lead. Teach-Learn-Do-Lead.
  3. Actualize potential by seeing the forest for the treesSee the bottom line. Potential is optimized by our ability to feel that we are contributing.  Understanding your own purpose, and helping those you lead see the purpose in their work, their skills their abilities is critical to leading forward both in terms of employee engagement, stakeholder engagement and the csr initiatives that will continue to become more important to successful organizations and their footprint in the marketplace and community. Remember that purpose = profit
  4. Communicate more effectively across competitive lines, cultural lines and in the face of conflict or challenges in communication and career. Put your money where your mouth is.  Your verbal, written and digital/social communication counts.  Learn how to best position your words in a way that empowers, engages others.  Start developing communication skills that will help you optimize your potential and the potential of others. Develop the communication skills and marketing collaterals that can help you move past career transition or other blips in the road, faster and better.  Use your self talk, your thoughts, your words to build better relationships, improved collaboration with yourself, your direct reports, colleagues, bosses, vendors, and stakeholders.  Use YOUR words to communicate, collaborate and LEAD forward
  5. Harvest your potential and the potential of others.  See your challenges, strengths, wins and failures with new eyes that optimize and catalyze your potential. Let go of anger, frustration, reactivity or stasis.  Embrace your ability to harvest the best in yourself and others.  Communicate, collaborate and LEAD forward by developing 3Q strengths that drive reach, resonance and results at a speed of change. Learn to use not only your strengths but challenges and failures to build three key strengths that you can actualize under stress:  Q1 IQ (Intellectual capacity-Ideation)  Q2 Emotional Intelligence (Perceiving, Reasoning, Understanding and Managing Emotions | Self Awareness and Awareness of Others) Q3 Spiritual Quotient- The alignment with and to your highest values, purpose and power. )

 

Quick Self-Test: Is Your Potential Derailed or Engaged?

Derailed Engaged
  • Easily fatigued or exhausted?
  • Working   in a messy or disorganized space or fashion?
  • Disinterested   or frustrated by our job?
  • Easily   stressed, angered or in a constant internal state of strife?
  • Frustrated   with your direct reports, and stymied by teambuilding problems, turf wars or   passive aggressive behaviors that derail team dynamics and results?
  • Stuck   in a negative rut, seeing no way to improve your performance or the   performance of others?
  • Easily   confused or frustrated by the actions of others?
  • Focused   on who is against you rather than how you can build collaboration,   cooperation and results?
  • Frantically   putting out fires and reacting to emergencies?
  • Disengaged   unable to think of ways to drive greater engagement and productivity?
  • Energized, motivated?
  • Working   in a neat organized space and with a modus operandi that maximizes results?
  • Engaged,   empowered and challenged by your work?
  • Using   challenges and strengths to learn, lead and communicate better and faster?
  • Helping   those you lead optimize, humanize and monetize results by finding new ways to   improve ideation, learning, communicating, collaborating…doing.
  • Constantly   looking for ways to use both strengths and challenges to improve the way you   learn, communicate and collaborate?
  • Focused,   energized and ready to meet goals and objectives?
  • Developing   the reach and resonance you need to succeed through verbal/inter-personal,   written/ digital -social communication?
  • Responding,   rather than reacting to challenges using them to develop new ways of   thinking, communicating and doing that help prevent emergency situations?
  • Do   you have good ideas for increasing engagement and productivity; ideas you   will build upon, use and execute?

If you answered yes to one or more of the derailment questions it is time to optimize your potential! Go back to the five steps, and find the most important step you can actualize now. The importance and imperative to see your strengths and challenges with new eyes that can help YOU optimize YOUR potential is real, doable and critical!

 

More on optimizing your potential in disruptive times?  YOU Betcha!

Remove the Wall to Your Greatest Potential
The Empowerment Compendium

The Purpose Equation
How to Build Better Communication NOW!
From Now to HOW:  Building Social, Virtual and Cross Generational Communication

Ten Ways to Lead and Succeed in Times of Complexity and Change

More?  Yes!
I Will NOT Be Broken-The Call to Build a Better Future (Intro to my forthcoming book)
Extraordinary Women  (Extraordinary Women TV-Shannon Skinner)
From Pain to Gain in Life and Career (The Best People We Know Radio Show-Deb Scott)
Against All Odds:  A True Story of Courage, Hope and Success 

 

Enough?  Almost!  If you are in Toronto, I hope you will join me for the following events.  If you are in London and NYC…stay tuned, coming to you later this year!

Effective Teambuilding in One Hour |  Project World,  June 10th  Metro Convention Centre

3Q Leadership | Canadian Institute of Management Symposium, June 13, Sheraton Four Points

 

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Guts, Gusto, Integrity

Guts, Gusto, Integrity | 3 qualities you need to succeed as a leader
New Edition: Over 350 bonus leadership links and one excellent podcast!

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Guts, Gusto, Integrity

After a 20+ year career that encompassed being the first woman CEO of a steel company in Canada and working in the USA, France, England and with clients across the globe, I developed a model for individual success in challenging times that I call the 3Q Leadership Model  correlated with guts, gusto and integrity.

The model reflects my learning after some incredibly challenging career and life events that took me from the mountain of success to starting again from ground zero.  The challenge became: how do you optimize strengths while also learning to use changes, challenges, stressors (even failures) to build critical strengths to help you grow at the speed of change today?

Here are three qualities you need to succeed as a leader, three qualities that speak to 3Q Leadership™.

Quality One:  Guts

Stay focused, positive and in a state of mind that drives ideation, innovation, communication, collaboration (the sticky stuff of 21st century business development success) by developing or evolving your own mantra. Use these three words in your self-talk, with your team and colleagues.  Imprint them in your mind so that when you face a new challenge and want to look at it in the same old way you do an automatic reset.

It takes guts to look at a situation with new eyes, but if you do not, you will be sucked into old ways of thinking, communicating and doing that may not take you forward.  It takes guts to decide to be relentlessly solution focused and to look at every problem as the conduit to a brilliant solution.  It takes guts to wait for the automatic fight or flight stress reaction to pass, so that you can focus on using the problem in a way that takes you forward.  The caveat remains, that each gutsy move, each time you circumvent fight or flight and think in a new way, you are developing improved focus, strategic thought, ideation, and upping your ability to learn and re-learn.

Quality Two:  Gusto

Do you have what it takes to develop business in a disruptive economy?  Business development is all about relationship building.  The heart of the client relationship, the heart of all the relationships that will help you succeed is made up of the gusto, the desire to build, repair and grow human relationships of trust and understanding. Relationships start with you; you are the MVP (most valuable player) in the sandbox.  Business development 101 tells us that the client relationship is the most important linchpin for success, and while this remains true, building the client relationship means developing a communication style that evokes reach and resonance with your team members and your clients. It means learning to hone your words, your body language your presentation skills to fit each person you are communicating with.

Start building a new set of soft skills by searching for what other people really want (rather than what you think they need to hear).  Come to the center of the table by finding the common denominator (values, objectives) that you share and can build upon.  Gusto is healthy.  Positive communication is contagious and will help you build a community of purpose (like-minded people with shared values), objectives, your success team of constituents, colleagues, clients, social and digital networks. Learning to communicate with gusto across social, digital, cross-generational or cross-culture boundaries is a skill you must and can grow and develop.

Quality Three: Integrity

Do you want to build new and better strategies that will help you play in a sandbox of quicksand that can just as easily pull you down and put you out? The secret to success is timeless; create value for others.  Creating value for others means offering a service or product that does exactly that.  It does not mean over selling, up selling, trying to manipulate.  It does mean understanding what your client/prospect needs, how he/she needs the information to be presented for it to resonate, and having a focus on building a relationship that will continue to grow and evolve and be a model of service, integrity, and value that will help you gain and keep traction in the sandbox.

Business development means having a mind-set, skill-set, and follow-up processes that fill your suspect and prospect pipeline while nurturing and growing relationships with existing clients).

Get bold. Build your 3Q Edge™. Move forward by learning to use your strengths and challenges to actualize:

 

  1. Q1-Guts: Improved ideation, strategic focus, the ability to learn-relearn and fail forward
  2. Q2-Gusto: Emotional intelligence, communication, collaboration, risk tolerance, resiliency
  3. Q3-Integrity: Integrity of purpose, communication and action that can start a contagion that will take you forward faster, smarter and better!

 

More on developing 3Q Leadership™skills that GROW at the speed of change?  YOU Betcha!

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Restore Your Roar

From Pain to Gain:  Ten 21st Century Leadership Lessons Learned
The Thriving Organization:  Ten Steps Out of Jurassic Park
The DNA of Business Success in Disruptive Times
The Individual and Organizational Imperative to Do Good in the World
Sneak Peak:  Intro to my forthcoming book!

More?  Yes!
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Enough?  Almost!  If you are in Toronto, I hope you will join me for the following events.  If you are in London and NYC…stay tuned, coming to you later this year!

Effective Teambuilding in One Hour |  Project World,  June 10th  Metro Convention Centre
3Q Leadership | Canadian Institute of Management Symposium, June 13, Sheraton Four Points

About Irene

 Irene Becker HeadshotIrene Becker helps smart people communicate, lead & succeed forward smarter, faster happier by building 3Q skills that GROW at the speed of change/challenges. Executive Coach, Consultant, Trainer, Speaker and Writer, Irene is a trailblazer whose unique R-E-A-C-H™ methodology and 3Q Edge™ focus have helped forward-thinking people and organizations in Canada, USA and Europe develop communication, leadership and career skills that grow at the speed of change and challenges.  First female CEO of a steel company in Canada, Irene Becker has a track record of accomplishments in business and in the community at large.  Her first book, I Will NOT Be Broken-The Call To Build a Better Future debuts later this year.


Guts, Gusto, Integrity 

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 Executive Coaching, Consulting, Training & Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™
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Actualize YOUR Greatest Potential NOW! Cheat Sheet of Practical, Powerful 3Q Tips

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Q2

Challenge the status quo, because ways of thinking, communicating and doing that worked so well in the past may be impotent.  Change is the greatest constant we face, and our ability to USE the changes we face to optimize our potential is real…and critical.  Success at the speed of change means embracing a mind-set and skill-set that can help YOU play to strengths, AND USE changes, challenges, stressors, even failures to ideate, communicate, collaborate, lead and succeed forward by building three essential strengths:

 

Q1 IQ (intelligence-focus-strategic thought-design thinking-ability to learn-relearn)
Q2 —EQ— (emotional mastery-self management-relationship management-risk tolerance/resiliency, communication)
Q3 —SQ— (values alignment/positive purpose, integrity of thought communication and action)

STEP 1:. Embrace change, embrace your incredible ability to adapt, learn and relearn.  See change with new eyes, eyes that help you reset default thinking patterns thinking.  Recognize that change is not a problem; it is our greatest opportunity to adapt, learn, re-learn, evolve and lead forward. Our intrinsic or automatic response is to fear change, react to change, balk at change.  So what?  When we recognize that while this pattern served us well in the caves but will not take us forward today, we can embrace change with positivity.  Push yourself to make a positive change in thinking, doing in a routine action every day.  A small change made consistently is powerful and leads to BIG changes.

 

STEP 2.  Refuse to be a victim or a victimizer.  Victims cannot recognize their own power;  victimizers feel truly powerless and can only get empowered by abusing others.  Our ability to be a victim or victimizer is the easiest course of action, the default pattern that arises when we are confronted by fear, stress or challenges.  Resetting this default pattern is doable for most people. We all slip into the victim or victimizer role at times, because it is perhaps an automatic default, a need or desire to have someone give us all the answers, or to quell our own fear about not being able to by in total control of our lives.  Realizing we are slipping, and make a thought course correction that allows us to become free of the victim or victimizer role is transformational.


STEP 3.  Turn failure, challenges and stressors around by making everything a learning and growing experience. Change your head space, think counter-intuitively because success is often born of failure or challenges.  Develop an attitude for gratitude, not only for what you have but for the very challenges you face.  Human history tells us that our greatest inventions were the results of our greatest challenges.  Personal history tells us that more often than not our greatest learning, our most important personal evolution occurs when we have faced an incredible struggle or challenge and come out the other side with our head, heart and values intact. Cultivate the art of failing forward!  Model failing forward, use it to transform failures into positive learning experiences.

 

STEP 4. You are your thoughts.  Use them carefully to live, learn and lead forward.  Get provocative with your thoughts by turning them around! Refocus, repurpose.   See challenges and strengths with NEW eyes.  Learn how to R-E-A-C-H™ (Redirect focus-Empower Confidence-Optimize Potential-Harvest Results) Understand that your world is your thoughts; your consciousness creates your world.  Most of us have the ability to control our thoughts, to develop our minds and give orders to our brain that help us live, communicate and lead forward smarter, faster and happier.  Neuroscience is teaching us that neuroplasticity; the ability to rewrite our brains is real.  Neurogenesis has been located in the hippocampus and we are at the cusp of discovering new ways of tapping into the incredible ability of our minds to help our brains optimize their potential.

 

STEP 5. Drown out the noise and refocus on what is truly important.  What is your end game?  What do you really want from your life, your relationships, your job/your career?  Dig deeper in order to get clarity on YOUR purpose.  Find it, embrace it and use it to lead forward.  We each have a unique purpose that drives our best thoughts, best actions and best outcomes. Every purpose is important to our individual and collective success and happiness.  Take time to reflect upon what you really want.  I believe that what we all truly want is love and a sense that we have something important to contribute.  Find out what love really means to you, and remember that your true purpose is a purpose that is founded in sustainability, in the ability to do something that creates value for yourself and others.  The value you contribute can be as simple a smile and empathy for others that contribute to a happy home or workplace or as complex and challenging as leading an organization or country.  What remains critical is finding your true purpose and recognizing it in your daily thoughts and actions.


STEP 6. Get happier and more fulfilled by taking your ego out of the equation and getting rid of toxic inputs, environments and people.  By ego, I mean that sense of having to be validated by external things and people. Servant leaders serve the greatest good, and leave footprints that will be followed by others are not driven by ego, but by greatest good. If you are a servant leader, lead forward by finding new ways to inspire and engage the best in others.  If you are not a servant leader, find a leader whose work resonates with your heart and fill your thoughts with the thoughts of an actual or historical leader whose words speak to your highest power and greatest good.  Start focusing on the words of people whose highest values and words resonate with your truest purpose, your highest values.  Focus forward, and you will start to discover and get rid of toxicity in your thoughts, environment and relationships. Brain science now tells us that we have to prime our brains to be happy in order to optimize our potential; common sense tells us that this is also the path to improved health, happiness and wellbeing!

 

STEP 7.  Develop a community of purpose.  In a social world, in the new age of innovation success is achieved through and with the collaboration of others.  Whether you want to do well at your job, build your career, department, business unit, organization, community or country you are impotent without the collaboration of those you can trust and those who share your values and objectives.  On a personal level we all need a community of purpose, a core group of friends and advisors in who share our values, understand and applaud our objectives and will be there to add the critical human touch, the human heart to our daily lives. We all need a community of refuge where we can tell our truth, share our wins and challenges in total candor, knowing that we will be accepted with the confidentiality and empathy we need to lead forward.  On a macro level communities of purpose represent employees, constituents and stakeholders who share our values and objectives; people who will help us champion the cause and lead forward.

 

STEP 8. Celebrate your ability to be the difference and make a difference, nothing is more important. Building a better self, better team, better business unit, better organization and a better world starts with YOU.   We each have a critical role to play in our best life, best work environment and best world.  A role that starts when we decide to win the race with the wolves that are chasing us, one positive purposeful step at a time.  A role that is solidified when we decide to become part of the solution by living, learning and leading forward every day in every way!  Yes we can!

Try one of the following steps.  Integrate it slowly, consistently in small ways that will lead to BIG Results! 


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Remove the Wall to Your Greatest Potential
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Leadership Means Developing a Community of Purpose
The Empowerment Compendium

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Enough?  Almost!  If you are in Toronto, I hope you will join me for the following events.  If you are in London and NYC…stay tuned, coming to you later this year!

Effective Teambuilding in One Hour |  Project World,  June 10th  Metro Convention Centre
3Q Leadership | Canadian Institute of Management Symposium, June 13, Sheraton Four Points

 

Are you ready to actualize your greatest potential?

 Get re-inspired by what you can achieve at the speed of change/challenges? Recharge, refocus, repurpose, repower?
Build YOUR 3Q Leadership, Career, Business Development or Talent Optimization Edge?

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Practical Guidelines for Communicating Ethically at Work

Practical Guidelines for Communicating Ethically at Work

Guest Post by Author, Coach, Career/Professional Development Expert,  Dr. Laura Hills, President, Blue Pencil Institute

 

 Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
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Practicing ethical communication at work isn’t always easy. Often, you’ll find it easier to say nothing rather than to tell the truth. However, ethical communication means being truthful and upfront and saying what needs to be said, even when that’s difficult. Fabricating false information is clearly unethical, but so, too, is exaggerating or omitting important information that others need to know.

Ethical communication expresses care and respect for others. Everyone in your workplace deserves to be respected, regardless of the individual’s job, socioeconomic status, gender, race, or age. Communicating ethically means that you speak, write, and behave in ways that demonstrate that respect. It also means that you don’t tolerate communication from others that degrades individuals and humanity through the expression of intolerance and hatred – even if that communication is intended to be humorous.

Career professionals who practice ethical communication also support others as they share information, opinions, and feelings. A person who communicates ethically supports diversity of perspective and freedom of expression in the workplace. He or she believes wholeheartedly that unethical communication threatens the well-being of others and the integrity of all communication. Therefore, an ethical communicator is a thoughtful listener who keeps an open mind.

Badmouthing or gossiping about your employer or colleagues is unethical communication. Even after work hours, you need to be very careful about what you say about your employer, colleagues, and customers, and to whom. Avoid negative communication about your workplace in a public place where your conversation may be overheard. The most ethical behavior is to keep your thoughts to yourself and to address important matters directly with the individuals involved, at appropriate times, in an appropriate place, and in appropriate ways.

Finally, a career professional who communicates ethically maintains confidentiality. Once you’ve agreed to work in your profession or your place of business, you’ve also agreed to abide by certain policies and procedures for maintaining confidentiality. Breaching these rules, except with prior and appropriate permission and under very special circumstances, is unethical communication that carries with it severe consequences. You have an ethical duty not only to keep things confidential by not sharing them wrongfully, but also, to safeguard confidentiality by making sure you’re not overheard and by keeping documents from wandering eyes.  Be careful when handling confidential documents or computer files to ensure that others without need don’t have access to the information. Close doors, keep your voice low, and do whatever else you must do to ensure confidentiality.

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Dr. Laura Hills is an author, speaker, trainer, and coach who specializes in personal and professional development for career professionals.
She is the president of Blue Pencil Institute, www.bluepencilinstitute.com.
Join her mailing list for updates about her latest books, articles, and programs at: http://eepurl.com/Owd55.

 

 

 


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Enough?  Almost!  If you are in Toronto, I hope you will join me for the following events.  If you are in London and NYC…stay tuned, coming to you later this year!

Effective Teambuilding in One Hour |  Project World,  June 10th  Metro Convention Centre
3Q Leadership | Canadian Institute of Management Symposium, June 13, Sheraton Four Points

 

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Success in Disruptive Times: Ten Ways to Restore Your Roar and Optimize Results

Success in Disruptive Times:
Ten Ways to Restore Your Roar and Optimize Results
Bonus-Links to 1174 articles/infographics

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Restore the Roar

[pullquote align=”right” textalign=”center” width=”30%”]If you have lost your roar, you are not alone.[/pullquote]  Rampant disengagement and the astronomical rise of stress related challenges impact us all. The World Health Organization forecasts that stress will be the major cause of physical disability in the world by 2030.  The individual, collective and organizational imperative to restore the roar is critical!

[pullquote align=”center” textalign=”center” width=”30%”]Achieving success in disruptive times means finding new ways to roar[/pullquote]; new ways to optimize, humanize and catalyze human purpose, passion, potential and results at the speed of change.

 

Creative destruction (The process of industrial mutation that incessantly revolutionizes the economic structure from within, incessantly destroying the old one, incessantly creating a new one.” Joseph Schumpeter, 1942)  is here to stay, and it can be applied to almost any aspect of our lives, work and organizations. Financial squeeze, market squeeze, increase in social/digital business, big data technology, increasing distrust in big institutions, more people in the marketplace due to lower price of entry, increasing competition, information overload (info-besity and increasing difficult to be heard/seen), manic/hyper cycle of wins and challenges.

[pullquote align=”center” textalign=”center” width=”30%”]Opportunity lies in having the courage to develop a NEW relationship with change, challenges, stressors and failures that puts YOU ahead of the pack[/pullquote] and helps you USE these factors to optimize, humanize and realize your greatest potential and the potential of your people. Words become worlds.  Thoughts ignite our imagination and transform the way we think, communicate and execute.  The need to think new thoughts, see our talent/strengths with new eyes AND use the changes, challenges, stressors and failures we face in NEW ways that drive our potential is critical.

 

[pullquote align=”center” textalign=”center” width=”30%”]Here are ten thoughts/steps/ways to restore your roar, and build your 3Q Edge™/Advantage at the speed of change! [/pullquote]

(click on blue links for corresponding articles)

 

The greatest opportunities lie in looking at things the way no one else does.

Champion the DNA of business success. Sift through complexity and focus on what will create ideation, innovation, traction, business development and growth.

Shed  habits of thinking, doing and communicating that may have worked well in the past, but will not take you/ your people forward in the future.

Retrain your brain.  Put it in the KNOW and go forward.

Learn how to use it to catalyze mindfulness, whole brain thinking and the power of reflection.

Develop habits of thought that will help shift your perspective and discover new options.

Start using changes, challenges, stressors, even failures to build YOUR greatest potential.

Leadership starts with your ability to imagine, inspire, innovate and communicate forward.

Build new and better strategies that help you play in a sandbox of quicksand.

Get empowered, re-inspired and use this momentum to inspire others because the traditionally male model of leadership is not working.

 

[pullquote align=”center” textalign=”center” width=”30%”]Will the changes YOU face open the door to a better future, or become an anchor to the past that limits your potential?[/pullquote] Are you ready to restore the roar in yourself, your people and your organization? Will you see the creative destruction before you as an opportunity to optimize your talent or allow it to limit or crush your potential? Only you can decide, but the imperative to EVOLVE or DEVOLVE is real .  Evolving means taking a stretch out of your comfort zone, but it may very well be the most important and valuable stretch you can take!  Every small and consistent step forward is a giant leap because it helps you reset the internal GPS, rewrite neural pathways be discarding what no longer works and embracing habits of thinking-feeling-doing that take you forward faster and better.

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Enough?  Almost!  If you are in Toronto, I hope you will join me for the following events.  If you are in London and NYC…stay tuned, coming to you later this year!

Project Manager’s Success Summit | April 25-27 (Virtual, Free Event with PDU’s)
Effective Teambuilding in One Hour |  Project World,  June 10th  Metro Convention Centre
3Q Leadership | Canadian Institute of Management Symposium, June 13, Sheraton Four Points

 

Time to restore the ROAR?

 Get re-inspired by what you can achieve at the speed of change/challenges? Recharge, refocus, repurpose, repower?
Build YOUR 3Q Leadership, Career, Business Development or Talent Optimization Edge?

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Executive Coaching, Consulting, Training & Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™
Face to Face | By Telephone, Skype or Video Conferencing
Twitter @justcoachit Tel: (1) 416-671-4726
Skype: beckerirene

 

Unforgettable | Exceptional | Remarkable

Unforgettable | Exceptional | Remarkable
21st Century Success Markers
With 308 bonus links!

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
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Unforgettable-Exceptional-Remarkable

The imperative to be unforgettable, exceptional and remarkable is clear, and doing so takes guts, gusto and integrityIt takes the courage of a lion, the heart of a servant and the values of a champion to thrive in a marketplace where info-besity,  competition, challenges, chaos AND opportunities reign supreme. You are YOUR brand and the solution starts with YOU.

Will you be shaped by the environment before you, or use what you have to create a new internal environment that drives your greatest potential? Is  it time to inject new blood, new ways of thinking, doing, communicating and executing that help you raise the bar, up the game, champion and realize the best in yourself and your people?

 Q1

Be unforgettable.  Build Q1: IQ (Ideation, Innovative Thought, Strategic Thought, Focus on What Counts)  Change the way you think, become an abductive thinker who can use challenges to see solutions, create new ideas, drive collaboration in new ways that take you and others (those you serve)  forward faster and better.  Get gutsy. Transform the way you think, transform the results you achieve.

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Q2Be Exceptional:   Build Q2:  EQ (Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, Communication, Collaboration, Resiliency, Risk Tolerance) Use changes, challenges, stressors and failures to grow EQ/EI. Develop a new relationship with typical stressors and frustrations that ignites your ability to grow, evolve, lead and live better at the speed of change.   Stretch and grow with gusto.  Expect a bit of discomfort that will translate into emotional strength and capacity that will transform stress into greater success.

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Q3Be Remarkable:  Build Q3: SQ (Values, integrity of purpose, communication, action while growing intrinsic motivators that will LEAD your forward when times are tough!).  The timeless anchor for sustainability is creating value for others; doing so means guarding your values, your integrity of purpose, action and communication.  Build Q1 and Q2-optimize your intelligence and your emotional power, increase creativity, adaptability, communication, collaboration. Champion integrity.  Embrace and actualize the values and purpose that creates value for all constituents and the communities you serve.

Will being unforgettable, exceptional and remarkable become your mantra?  Lead forward with guts, gusto and integrity? Plant seeds that drive new ways of thinking, seeing, communicating and acting that break through barriers, empower engagement, vitalize creativity, drive human centric  business results?  Growth does not happen in the comfort zone, so get out of it and champion the opportunity before you to learn/relearn, grow, expand and lead forward. You can be shaped by the environment before you, or you can decide to shape your environment and build your future by optimizing your greatest potential. 


The greatest opportunities lie in looking at things the way no one else does
Will you see the present and future with new eyes that help you develop the organization of tomorrow, build a better career path, empower the best in those you lead and serve, or be stuck in a mindset that may have worked in the past but cannot help you empower, engage and achieve your greatest potential? Carpe diem.  Each day is a new opportunity to learn, share and contribute.  Start building  3Q success skills that grow at the speed of change.  Use them, share them and watch them grow!

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From Pain to Gain:  Ten 21st Century Leadership Lessons Learned
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The Individual and Organizational Imperative to Do Good in the World
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More?  Yes!
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Enough?  Almost!  If you are in Toronto, I hope you will join me for the following events.  If you are in London and NYC…stay tuned, coming to you later this year!

Project Manager’s Success Summit | April 25-27 (Virtual, Free Event with PDU’s)
Effective Teambuilding in One Hour |  Project World,  June 10th  Metro Convention Centre
3Q Leadership | Canadian Institute of Management Symposium, June 13, Sheraton Four Points

 

Are you ready to go from Now to HOW?

 Get re-inspired by what you can achieve at the speed of change/challenges? Recharge, refocus, repurpose, repower? Build YOUR 3Q Leadership, Career, Business Development or Talent Optimization Edge?

Irene Headshot

Irene Becker | Just Coach It | The 3Q Edge™
Executive Coaching, Consulting, Training & Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™
Face to Face | By Telephone, Skype or Video Conferencing
Twitter @justcoachit Tel: (1) 416-671-4726
Skype: beckerirene

18 Ways to UP YOUR Conference/Networking ROI

18 Ways to UP YOUR Conference/Networking ROI
3Q Business Development-Networking Best Practices

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Let’s face it, even the most experience business people and networkers often DO NOT optimize conference/networking ROI.  Here are some practical, actionable tips from my toolkit and from a book called Conference Crushing by Tyler Wagner.

 

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1. Know who  YOU are!  Know the skills, talents, and knowledge you bring to the table.

2. Focus on YOUR objectives for this conference-collectively and individually.

3. Get strategic.  The more you know about everyone attending and sponsoring the conference  the better you will be. Do your research. Research the coordinator( s), influential speakers,   influential attendees. Track any commonalities you have.

4. Focus on maximum three goals for the conference or networking event.

5.  Develop your before, during and after strategy Conference Smart Goals/ Follow Up   (see  # 6) 

 

6. Conference (Smart) Goals and Follow Up!

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Steps
Desired
Outcome
Next
Step(s)
People
I Met
How I
Can Help
Them
How They
Can Help
Me
Follow
Up
Method

Source:  Conference Crushing Wagner, Tyler (2014-03-11)

7.  Connect with the speaker (s).  Send an email to the speaker showing appreciation for their work, and mention that you hope to meet him/her at the conference.  Mention how their work has  helped you.  Open the door to building a relationship.

 

 8.  visualize success and use personal tools that put you in the groove! If you do not have a personal tool kit of visualization and personal tools, start building one!

 

 9.  Don’t get cold feet-don’t be a barrier to your potential. Cold feet can be warmed!  Knowing that you can improve your communication and business development skills can make even the coldest feet warm.

 

10. Really listen.  When you talk use similar language, cadence and body language.Listen                 reversed spells “silent”. Give the other person your undivided attention.

 

11.   Get them to talk about their work, career, interests,  opinions.  People tend to remember
a conversation as a good one if they get to talk about  themselves.

 

 12.   Understand what NOT to do!

·Don’t let fear keep you from talking to other people.

·Don’t focus on quantity when networking, be strategic!

·Don’t be distracted by food or drink.

·Don’t hand business cards to people you haven’t had a conversation
with yet.

·Don’t ask yes or no questions.

·Don’t ask only work related questions.

·Don’t forget to keep track of people you intend on following up with.

· Don’t waste time on your phone or computer.

·Don’t gossip about others at the event.

13.  Stay focused, don’t zone out.  
Your MVP (most valuable player) is the person you are
interacting with.  Each individual knows at least another 300 people.  Every time
you interact you are representing yourself, your career and your organization.
Every conversation is an opportunity to build a relationship that can positively
impact your career and organization.

 

14.  Get out of your comfort zone, it’s the only way to grow! You will not improve your communication, networking; your business development skills in YOUR comfort

·Grow your 3Q Edge™ expand your skills, by seeing challenges with new eyes!

·Communi-great!  If you feel nervous, pretend you are acting the role of a confident,
expert  connector and networker.  Fake it till you make it!

 

15. Give added value, because building and maintaining a relationship is all about creating           value  for others.

·Validate the other person.

·Do/say something helpful

·Focus on them; listen, connect and show them you are interested and care about what they have to say.

·Use the right communication style that opens their ears, resonates with them.

·Be authentic because it builds trust.

 

16.  Check out the vendors. There is a lot that can be learned from visiting vendor booths.  It also
provides an additional way to network.

 

17.  Don’t just collect business cards. Follow UP. Pick the right way to follow-up, select what/how   you will follow-up and do it the next morning.

 

18.  Book a pre AND  post conference meeting and de-brief with team members.

·Discuss your goals, how you will share the room pre conference/networking event.

·Hold a post conference meeting to share what you have learned, connections
you have made, business development  ideas that sprung up as a results of the
conference.

More?  You Betcha.  Sharing a handy list of links on communication-one of your key business, career and life success anchors!

Communicating for Success | A Collection of More Than 80 Articles
Build Better Communication NOW!
The DNA of Business Success in Disruptive Times-7 Insights
Business/Sales Development at the Speed of Change

 

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The Ultimate Fact Finding Guide

The Ultimate Fact Finding Guide by Ripenn

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Do you want to get in the know?  Find stats from authoritative sources?  Enjoy a great guide to interesting statistics from authorative sources, complied by the great team at Ripenn.  Zowie, this is an excellent guide/resource that content marketers, writers, learn-aholic geeks and non-geeks will enjoy!

 

The Ultimate Fact Finding Guide

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Humane Society – How many cats and dogs are kept as pets in the United States? Check out these pet ownership statistics and if you want to shed a few tears, there is also information on animal euthanasia

The Animal Genome Database – If you are willing to get down and dirty with some scientific vocabulary, this site will unlock loads of information about animal species.

National Geographic Animal Facts – Want to know more about the Eastern Gray Kangaroo? No problem – Nat Geo has got you covered. You’ll love all of the rich media available here on hundreds of animal species.

Database Sports – Don’t let the early 1990′s web design throw you off. This site gives great historical data across a variety of major sports.

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Compete – Although Compete is primarily a paid service, there are plenty of free reports for download. Check out the marketing optimization reports to get a better taste of what you can grab for free.

Census.gov: Business – U.S government reported statistics regarding business and industry. Drill down by sector (e.g. “retail”) or browse current trends like the status of the residential real estate market.

Nielsen –  Another mix of paid and free resources. Start by checking out the reports section.

Forbes Lists – How many billionaires are there in the world? Which dead celebrities make the most money today? The sky is the limit for what you can create from these lists.

 

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Census.gov: People – The government census publishes free data on your fellow citizens. Dive deep into the 2010 census results to find more information on people and households in the United States.

Geohive –  A comprehensive view of global  population growth statistics. Updated frequently with growth forecasts and historical trends.

Internet World Stats – Take a look at global internet usage and population statistics.

 

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OECD – Records the inflows and outflows of Foreign Direct Investment (“FDI”). Find out which countries are receiving the most investment.

NCVA – The National Venture Capital Association records quarterly data for all things related to VC investments. Want to know how many venture backed start-ups were acquired last year?

Scottrade Market Statistics – Scottrade provides an excellent resource that records performance across each major stock exchange. There is also loads of charts and data visualization to help make sense of everything.

Yahoo Finance – Beyond data and stats, Yahoo Finance provides a good roundup of the latest financial news, which often leads to helpful primary sources.

 

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Statistic Brain: Television Consumption – These guys pull from a variety of primary sources. Check out their stats on TV consumption.

MPAA: Industry Reports – You know the MPAA as the guys who rate movies (rated “R”). But they also put out some awesome data on the financial and social impact of the movie industry. Check out their industry reports.

ESA: Industry Facts – Everything you ever wanted to know about video gaming. Check out the economic impact, average gamer age, and even information about the parents of gamers.

 

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America’s Health Rankings – Health stats for the U.S. Helpful maps that drill down by state.

World Cancer Fun International –  Worldwide cancer statistics. Also facts and figures for related topics like  lifestyle factors that are associated with cancer.

Texting & Driving Stats –  All things related to the dangers of texting while driving. In their words, LOL leads to TTYL.

 

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Statistic Brain: Fast Food – All the dirty details about fast food consumption in the U.S.

USDA – The United States Department of Agriculture has more than a few things to say about food in the U.S. We like the quick stats tool that lets you browse facts and figures by category (e.g. commodity type).

FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has worldwide stats available for online viewing or PDF download. Did you know that there are 840 million people living on earth who are undernourished? A good place to start browsing is the statistical yearbook.

 

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National Center for Education Statistics – A Federal source for facts on education in the U.S. Use the quick reference tool to uncover facts and figures.

Education Bug – Get details on school districts, public/private schools, and universities within the U.S.

StatsAmerica: Education – Which states are wicked smaht and which ones are…well, not inclined to read…or write? Find out educational attainment levels and college enrollment stats by state.

College Stats –  Take a deep dive into the world of colleges, both online and in-person. Use the links in the right side navigation menu to browse colleges by size, cost, demographics and accreditation.

 

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StatsAmerica: Economy –  Get GDP, household income, and much more. Use the drop down menu at the top of the page to drill down by state.

Bureau of Economic Analysis – A federal source for key economic indicators. Break out the stats by industry or take a look at the figures which impact international trade.

The World Bank – Global economic development stats and key indicators.

Bureau of Labor Statistics – How many of us are working here in the U.S, what are we getting paid, and are things getting better or worse?

International Monetary Fund –  Find figures on IMF lending, exchange rates and other key indicators.

 

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Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) – The go-to official source for industry reports, piracy impact studies and economic contributions.

GrabStats – Wow. Lots here about the music industry. Everything from illegal downloading stats to worldwide industry revenue

IFPI – Check out the certification awards – i.e who went platinum this year? Or check out the digital music report to measure the impact of downloads and other types of purchases online.

Sports

SportsStats.com – More than 50,000 standings covering 9 major sports.

NCAA Official Stats – The name says it all. Get official stats across 15 different college sports, yes, even Rifle and Women’s Ice Hockey.

 

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Bureau of Transportation Statistics – Absolutely everything you could ever want to know about transportation. For example, find quarterly fare data from airlines since 1995. We recommend starting at Data & Statistics > By Mode.

 

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Census.gov tools list –  Census.gov put together a roundup of their favorite tools using census data. This is a great place for inspiration. For example, check out the data visualization gallery to see how others have creatively presented things like employment stats and demographic data.

Google Trends – What are the hot topics that people have been searching for around the world? Google trends gives you fantastic “top” charts to find the most popular topics in every major category. Spoiler alert: Miley Cyrus was the most searched individual in 2013.

Facebook Advertising – Need to pull some highly niche stats? Facebook has got you covered. With a billion users and counting, they’ve given you a significant sample size of roughly 1/7 the world’s  population. Not bad.  All you have to do is start creating an ad. When you select targeting parameters for the ad  (likes, age, location, language), Facebook will give you an estimated audience count. Want to know how many men in New York between the ages of 18-24 like poodles? Me neither.

 

 

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What is the DNA of Business Success in Disruptive Times? 7 Insights

What is the DNA of Business Success in Disruptive Times? 7 Insights (Bonus: Latest KPMG Report on Business Transformation, Harvard Business Review Article and Over 1,080 bonus links!)

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What is the DNA of business success in disruptive times?  How can you sift through complexity and focus on what will create ideation, innovation, traction, business development and growth? Develop a balance of engagement, empowerment and accountability that drives results?  Optimization of talent and potential at the speed of change is mirrored in my 3Q Leadership™ model, articles, work and the results my clients achieve.  I believe in the power of human being better, the power of building 3Q skills that GROW with every win, challenge, stressor and even failure.  Counter-intuitive?  You betcha, but the road forward is a new path.  Here  is an infographic and seven insights on business success in disruptive times.  

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Step 1.  Systematize!  Align your business strategy with objectives (KPMG Transformation Survey: Business Transformation and the Corporate Agenda ©2014) and make sure that your financial/business reporting systems AND the systems you use to monitor hiring/training/rehiring/talent optimization as well as suspect, prospect and strategic partnership pipelines are well oiled and working. Make empowerment, engagement, financial and business accountability real. Your horizon can change in a bleep, being prepared means an alignment of strategy, objectives and real time information; a 360 degree snapshot of each area of business importance!

Step 2.   Build Your 3Q Leadership Edge™-Essential skills that grow at the speed of change.

Build three critical areas of strength that are modeled by your leadership, honed by your management, taught to your employees and used to reach, engage and satisfy your clients, prospects and the communities you serve.  3Q Leadership™ Strengths built by optimizing talent/potential and learning how to USE changes, challenges, stressors and failures to build and optimize IDEATION Q1: Ideation, strategic thought, focus on what counts, ability to learn-relearn. EMOTION Q2: Emotional Intelligence: Communication, collaboration, resiliency, risk tolerance   INTEGRITY Q3:  Integrity of Purpose, Communication & Action:  Values, integrity and the using intrinsic motivators as anchors.  Optimize, humanize, monetize with ideation, emotion and integrity.

Step 3. Get the info YOU need, go to the source! (©2012 Harvard Business Review “Listen to Your Frontline Employees” by Anthony K. Tjan)   The  best sources of information are the employees who are at the front lines of your business actively dealing with your clients.  Do you get regular input from employees at the front line?  Have you established a great system of vertical and horizontal communication, of employee engagement and participation?  Do you have a system of surveying and engaging current clients, of reaching out to find out what they like, what they need and how you can help in a greater way. Do you have a social media program (internal, external or both) that is meeting your growing needs and objectives? The human bond, the human relationship whether planted and cared for person to person or through social media channels is the most important bond you have.

Step 4.  Develop a Community of Purpose:  Business sustainability and YOUR attractiveness factor rely upon shared values and objectives.  What are the values and business objectives that your company lives and breathes?   Are YOU using your values, your objectives, the integrity of your purpose and commitment to ALL constituents (employees, clients, prospects, strategic partners, stakeholders, the actual and virtual communities you serve) to build a strong community of purpose?

Step 5.  Don’t Just Train-Retain and GROW Skills!  The best training in the world helps, but it is not enough.  Training that sticks is training that is accompanied by coaching, or a form of follow-up to make the training stick.  Cookie cutter sells, but if you want to train and retain it is critical to find not only a high integrity, excellent provider who understands your needs, goals and objectives but a person or organization that will go the extra mile by providing the collateral support you need to make the training stick!

Step 6.  Engage with MBWA.  Peter Drucker coined the term: Management By Walking Around decades ago, and while command and control leaders often ascribe this to taking a stroll through the general office and peaking in cubes to make sure everyone is working; MBWA is an exercise is humanization, in reaching out to the people who work for you and developing rapport.  Success is a human factor, and it begins with the people you lead and manage.  Do they know you?  Do they like you?  Do they trust you?  If you can answer yes to all three questions, the imperative for MBWA is still critical because you need to maintain employee relationships in disruptive times where rampant disengagement is a workplace pandemic.

Step 7.  Do More Good Work.  Put your great company, products and services in the limelight. Give back in a way that differentiates your company.  Feed the souls of your people and your community.  Find a new way to involve more of your staff in a CSR initiative, or find a community project that a department or business unit can champion.  Pick a charity, cause or community development project and partner with them!  Show your community that you care and they will care back!

Yes, your business is all about creating value for others, and doing so in disruptive times means getting clear about what really matters. Corporate governance and financial management are bedrocks, but they will not generate business, they will not fill your pocketbook without a value proposition that hits the heart and soul of your clients, your prospects and furthermore engages new strategic partners and alliances as well as the community you serve, and the digital community that follows you.

 

 More on 3Q Business, Leadership Development and Talent Optimization?  YOU Betcha!

Great Leadership at the Speed of Change | A Collection of Over 300 Leadership and 3Q Leadership™ Articles

Business at the Speed of Change |  A Collection of  Over 200 Articles

Talent Optimization |  A Collection of Over 500 HR, Teamwork, Workplace and Career Articles

Communicating for Success | A Collection of Over 80 Communication Articles

 

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Leaders: Be The Miracle OR Miss The Miracle!

Leaders:  Be The Miracle OR Miss The Miracle!
(Including 11 bonus links and videos)

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“Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” Peter Drucker

Leadership WORDLE

Leaders, it is our duty to inspire, engage and empower the best in ourselves and our people by finding new ways, better ways to balance effective processes and systems with  skills that GROW at the speed of change (  3Q Skills>> Q1:  Ideation, Strategy Thought, Enhanced Ability to Learn-Re-learn   Q2:  Emotional Intelligence, Communication, Collaboration, Risk Tolerance, Resiliency    Q3:  Integrity of thought, purpose and action; intrinsic motivators that are the anchor for individual, collective and business sustainability) 


3Q Leadership™ Skills that grow at the speed of change start  with recognizing that we can either see our potential to learn, grow, contribute and evolve as a miracle, or miss the miracle completely. It is facile to get swept away by challenges, stressors and the contagion of negativity that infiltrates our minds, our workplaces and our world.  Mirror neurons pick up the emotions of others and they travel like viruses, impacting everything we do.  Developing a mind-set that appreciates the miracle of our individual and collective potential is critical to learning, communicating, leading and succeeding forward.

Do you want to build leadership skills that GROW at the speed of change? A recent article in Harvard Business review speaks loudly to what you see and its impact on what you get! Start by recognizing the miracle before you.  What do I know about miracles?   As much as I know about great success and equally great challenges.  Some might call me a survivor, but I prefer the term THRIVER! My journey has taken me from being first woman CEO of a steel company, to facing a myriad of substantial successes, challenges and failures; life, career and business lessons that have taught me that smart and fast ARE NOT enough.  Our ability to rise to the challenges before us, our ability to actualize our greatest intellectual, emotional, business and social potential all start with the mind-set we embrace.  

We are  hardwired to survive, but the primal responses that help us survive can hinder our ability to thrive in disruptive times. The caveat in a hormonal cocktail and neural pathways that are preset for fight or flight, is that we can retrain our brains to respond versus react.  We have the ability to rewrite default patterns of thinking, communicating and doing that served us well when we were living in caves surrounded by predators or when we were in a different time and place where command and control leadership worked well and was the quid pro quo for success.  21st Century leadership and success is a people-centric equation that demands leaders who can stretch, grow and evolve while tying a knot around the values, integrity and purpose that are the timeless anchor of business success and sustainability.  Best practices are made in the now, and those who will lead forward boldly and successfully will be courageous pioneers who rise to the challenges before us because they believe in the miracle of human ingenuity, potential and purpose at the speed of change.

Great leadership means embracing the miracles before you and stepping out of the comfort zone by shedding habits of thinking, doing and communicating that may have worked well in the past, but will not take you/ your people forward in the future.

Here are Three Simple Action Steps that reflect upon miracles in the natural world and can help you step boldly out of the comfort zone!

 

  1. The bumblebee-the insect who defies the laws of aerodynamics by flying.Action Step: Take ONE simple step today to defy the odds, one step out of the comfort zone to try a new way of thinking or doing that takes YOU forward!
  2. The caterpillar reaches maturity by shedding the skin that no longer fits.Action Step:  Mentor one member of your team by not simply empowering them, but helping them to use a perceived challenge or stumbling block to build their potential, enhance their 3Q Edge™.  Teach them, help them to see problems, challenges as important guideposts to skills development and solutions.
  3. The butterfly flapping its wings in Tokyo is scientifically recognized to have an impact on the weather patterns across the globe.Action Step:  Change the way you communicate.  Find a new way, a dynamic way to be more positive about a project, initiative or person and watch positivity grow.  Build one really positive human touchpoint today.

There is no time like the present to reset the GPS and flash forward in ways that drive your best thoughts, best actions, best communication, best collaboration….best results in disruptive times.  Ways that push you out of the comfort zone and also help you develop your 3Q Leadership Edge™ at the speed of change, in the face of challenges!  Great leadership starts with seeing the miracle.  Carpe diem.

More on seeing the miracle?  Actualizing great leadership in disruptive times?  Building your 3Q Leadership Edge™?  YOU Betcha!

Posts:
3Q Leadership Benefits and Why I Have Dedicated My Life to This Work
Leadership and Success in Disruptive Times (Top Ten posts 2013)
Ten Ways to Lead and Succeed in Times of Complexity and Change
Against All Odds:  A True Story of Hope, Courage and Leadership
Sneak Peak:  Intro to my forthcoming book |  I Will NOT Be Broken-The Call to Build a Better Future
Purpose:  Actualizing a Leadership and Management Must
Building Ten Essential Success Skills That GROW At the Speed of Change

Videos:
The LinchPin to Your Company’s Success ( Web tv interview with Ted Coine)
Extraordinary Woman Interview (Web TV interview by Shannon Skinner)
3Q Leadership and Enlightened Business (Interview by Dr. Amit Nagpal)

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A Collection of 300+ Articles on Great Leadership At the Speed of Change

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Purpose: Building/Actualizing A Leadership and Management Must

Purpose: Building/Actualizing A Leadership & Management Must

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Purpose-Building A Leadership And Management Must

The importance of meaningful work to you success and the success of you people cannot be minimized.  Old school: work=profit. New school: purpose=profit.  The information is clear, a whole new generation of employees will look for and ultimately demand meaningful work.  And, the shift and importance of meaningful work to all people is critical.  After our survival needs are met, meaning and purpose are the key drivers of potential, innovation, ideation…successful results.

Meaningful work is critical to agile and effective leadership & management. Finding meaning and purpose in your work is critical not only to the results you achieve, but to the attitude and the emotions that are picked up by your people.  Yes, brain science tells us that mirror neurons make what we are feeling contagious, viral.  Can YOU lead forward if you do not believe in what you are doing?  Can you inspire and empower the best in others if you do not feel that your work and theirs is important?  Will you be able to engage and retain your people? NO.

The importance of meaningful work to you success and the success of you people cannot be minimized.

What is the Secret to Meaningful Work?

I am going to share something that is counter-intuitive. Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too.  It is possible to find meaning and purpose in your work, and the caveat is not only improved focus, management and leadership but a feeling that will be shared with your colleagues, your direct reports, your clients…your people and constituents.  Finding meaning and purpose in your work starts with self awareness, with total candor and with a place to share your truth and use it to move forward. Yes, that’s right. The things you love about your work and the things that frustrate you can be used and transformed into personalized tools, simple strategies that help you reset or rewrite default patterns that no longer work.  Yes,  you can probably have your cake and eat it too!

Success Story: Having your Cake and Eating it too!

Executive comes to me disenchanted with new position, executive team etc.  We work on key areas of focus, determine meaning and purpose for the client as well as gaps, areas of improvement in communication, collaboration that could be built with the executive team, managers and in the organization as a whole.  Result, we use what is to create a new way of seeing and using challenges that not only reinvigorates meaning and purpose for the executive and causes a pivotal shift in the Executive Team and ultimately senior managers; a shift that creates momentum, empowerment, engagement, improved communication and an organizational spirit of motivation that infuses the leaders and managers with a NEW CAN DO attitude and emphasis.  Result:  An improved foundation, an important, vibrant seedbed for improved and agile management and leadership.

The things you love about your work and the things that frustrate you can be used and transformed into personalized tools, simple strategies that help you reset or rewrite default patterns that no longer work. Yes, you can probably have your cake and eat it too!

The cake is meaning, purpose-your true potential; eating it is the coachable moment.  A moment that is pivotal to turning challenges around and using them to communicate, lead and succeed forward forward! Ask YOURSELF… Is it time to find greater meaning and purpose in your work?  Do you want to inspire meaning and purpose in your executive team, your managers, your people?

Get in the Know & Start to Grow.

Think about having your cake and eating it too.  Making the decision to embrace the meaning and purpose of your work, finding new ways to do so can change your life and the lives of your people…yes, you can shift and LEAD forward!

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Go For The Gold! Eight Simple, Powerful, Success Tips

Go For The Gold! Eight Simple, Powerful Success Tips
Bonus 3Q Personal Leadership™ Insights and Personal Development Links!

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Go For The GOLD

The winter Olympics offers us a chance to be inspired by courageous men and women who embrace their dreams, purpose and potential.  Research has revealed that physical training can only take athletes so far before they reach a performance plateau. It is mental training that makes up 50% of the success solution in going for the GOLD.

Our ability to refocus our minds, retrain our brains in ways that take us forward faster, better and happier is real…and critical!  While few of us have the potential to become Olympic athlete but we all have the possibility to light the fire the empowers, enables and actualizes our greatest potential. 

 

Ready to ignite your flame?  Illuminate your olympic torch?  Go for the Gold? Here are 8 simple, powerful success tips:

1.  Set a specific short-term time line. Accomplish one personal and career goal today with excellence and enthusiasm.

2. Pick positive goals.  Goals that require you to pay attention to what your true intention is rather than what you need to avoid or eliminate.

3.  Increase your effort, persistence and the quality of your performance at home and at work today.

4.  Take a 24 hour break from success deterrents. Do not let flame breakers like anxiety, fear, doubt, frustration, judgement or envy enter your life today.  Refuse to compromise your positive focus, your ability to light your flame and champion your potential.

5.  Remember that your goals for today are stepping-stones to success.  Focus on maximum three goals that YOU must accomplish today.

6. Success and fulfillment are born of concentration, intentionality, consistency and commitment.  Focus, build your intention, take small consistent steps, embrace your commitment to achieving maximum three goals today that will take YOU forward.

7. When you have attained your goals for the day, share it with a colleague, a friend, a spouse, a child (someone you trust) and pass on the flame of purpose and passion.

8.  Make a commitment to develop your 3Q Leadership Edge™, your ability to develop a mindset and skill set that grows your potential at the speed of change by helping you build three areas that drive our best selves, best work, best organizations and ultimately our best life.

 

More?  You Betcha! 3Q Personal Leadership™ Insights-Success Steps to help you reach past your stuck spots and performance plateaus by not simply playing to strengths but USING changes, challenges, stressors and failures to drive 3Q results that grow and take us forward faster and better!  Results that help us grow Q1:  Ideation, Strategic Thought, Focus   Q2:  Emotional Intelligence-Resiliency-Risk Tolerance-Communication-Collaboration  Q3:  Values, Humanity,  Integrity, of Communication, Action and Purpose (intrinsic motivators and anchors of personal, business and organizational sustainability)

Take one simple step forward towards one important goal, or a number of important goals is your flame.  Sometimes our flame can be big, other times it is small, but it is always a critical pilot light that once illuminated and kindled can and will take us forward even if we have hit a performance plateau or rut.

Keep your flame going. By taking control of your thoughts and championing the possibility thinking and vision that speaks to you every day, in every way, if you choose to listen.  The ability to reset default patterns, to change our internal GPS so that we are not drawn in by the negative (our automatic human default) but are focused on our goals, objectives and seeing the solutions that will make them a reality is REAL.

Help your flame grow.  By focusing on your values, your objectives and how you will take them forward rather than falling into the hole of  complacency, mediocrity, negativity, judgement, criticism, complaint or simply live and work on overdrive, trying to do more, spinning your wheels faster than ever before with fewer results and less satisfaction.

Kindle your flame and the flame of others by taking the road less travelled. The strength of your flame is YOUR ability to commit to the joy of performance and accomplishment. Each one of us has the spark to ignite our dreams and the dreams of others, or to fall into the black hole of mediocrity, into an abyss judgement, criticism and complaint that will never take us forward.  Accepting mediocrity is a choice.  Pursuing the power of moving past a performance plateau by engaging our joy and purpose is a possibility and a positive commitment that we can all choose to make.

Life presents us all with  choices.  Carpe diem, take this moment to choose well. Get serendipitous, dance with your dreams, embrace a better vision and refocus on a few simple and important objectives you want to achieve today.  Dare to say no to mediocrity or complacency.  Dare to engage and train your heart and your mind  to focus on and accomplish what you truly want to achieve.  Life constantly tests our level of engagement and commitment, it also points us towards our greatest rewards if we are willing to go for the gold by igniting our flame!.

 

More?  YOU Betcha!  The time to get OLYMPIC about your potential is NOW!
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Guest Post: How Ordinary People Can Achieve Extraordinary Results

Guest Post
How Ordinary People can Achieve Extraordinary Results by Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha,
Author of Overcoming the Challenges of Life

 

 Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results 
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 30,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]

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Success is not money, cars, fame or material possessions but the lives you touched positively.
Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

Ifeayni Enoch Onuoha has touched my life and the lives of so many others because of the integrity and purpose in his mission.  At a time when the incredible scientific and technological advances have blessed our world, the inequities, need, greed and ego-the lack of humanity that can lead us to the darkest abyss is real.

As we stand on a glass cliff, facing the greatest renaissance humankind has known, or a decent into the abyss of need greed and ego, there are those of us who stand valiantly at the edge of this cliff crying out to the world…we can do better, we must do better; and, doing so means opening our hearts and minds to our individual and collective potential to learn, live and lead forward.

Sharing a beautiful article from a beautiful soul.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!  And, Ifeayni, I am touched and humbled by your mention at the end of this article. My goal, my purpose remains to serve by helping change-makers lead change.  Change that takes us forward towards our greatest potential.  Potential to build better lives, organizations and contribute to a better world!

How Ordinary People can Achieve Extraordinary Results by Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha, 

To achieve anything of value, you must be intentional about it. As
humans, we are unlimited; the only limitation we have is the one
created by our imagination. The truth is that: nothing is impossible
to them that believe
. Extraordinary people are those who do a little
extra than the ordinary folks do and extraordinary result manifests
when we go beyond what is ordinarily obtainable.

Since 2004, I consciously began to study the life of great
businessmen, inventors, leaders, activists and artists and I can
authoritatively tell you that they have common denominators –
qualities that set them apart from the crowd. In other not to bombard
you with information’s, I will be bringing to your knowledge four
of the many secrets I discovered in my study. Take a deep breath, and
let’s embark on this life-changing trip. Are you ready?

1. Self-mastery
It’s very funny that in life, many of us spend time to study and
become masters in things like rats, dogs, chemistry, mathematics,
religion, medicine, physics, biology but we have not taken time to
study and master ourselves. One who has not mastered self is not fit
to lead others. Self-mastery helps you know your strengths and
weaknesses. It’s makes you selfless and this is what helped great
souls like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mother Teresa
to live their dreams which are still influencing lives today. Now is
the best time to seat at the driver’s seat of your life, take charge of
your apple cart and be a master of your glorious being.

2. Innovative Mindset
Innovation is the ability to bring into existence something that has
not been. An innovative mind is what one needs to have an edge in this
competitive age. Innovative mindset helps you dream dreams, come up
with cutting edge ideas and see new ways of doing things. This is the
novelty spirit which helps you birth novel things.

3. Communication
This is one essential skill you must master if you truly want to
achieve great results. I know this guy, whom when you write a question or problem on
paper and give him, he will solve it but when you ask him to answer or
teach you using words, he can’t. One day while we were together, I asked
him, “Do you know you are very intelligent?” He was just steering at
me till I left the scene. The next day he met me in cafe and told me
that the problem is how to put those ideas into words rightly because
this is causing him to lose relationships and promotions. I have to
take him on a course of self-confidence and how to put ideas into words and
today this dude is enjoying a beautiful life, teaching people
mathematics and other sciences and can now talk to females and even
speak before a crowd. As a leader, mastering the art of communication
helps you in communicating visions and goals to your people. As an
inventor it helps you pass across the use of the device you invented
to your buyers and users. You need good communication skills to sell
yourself and your products right to the market. The essence of communication is for people to understand you.

4. Teamwork
Teamwork is the secret that makes common people achieve uncommon
result
. Successful people always work as a team, subordinating
personal prominence to the teams’ goal. Usain Bolt is the world’s
fastest man, yes! Do you think he achieves success alone? No! He has a
formidable team that consists of trainer, physician, dietician, life
coach, psychologist, PR manager and many more and these
people give their best for Bolt to emerge a winner. On studying about
Apple and Google’s innovative prowess, I found out that it’s their
team that causes their outstanding success and not an individual
effort. No one can achieve success alone. When you pass an
examination, you didn’t do it alone; someone thought you and someone
wrote the materials you studied. When you share an idea or dream with
a fellow great soul, the idea/dream becomes finer. Always be grateful!

These four secrets I shared with you are very simple but rewarding if
diligently applied in your life and living. Every great person I have
met online or offline embodies these qualities. These qualities
helped ordinary men like Moses, Aaron, Gideon, peter, Mathew etc., in
the Bible. These qualities made great souls like Abraham Lincoln, Barack
Obama, Isaac Newton, Michael Faraday, Bishop T. D. Jakes, Oprah
Winfrey, Obiageli Ezekwesili, Don Moen, John C. Maxwell, Steven R. Covey, Joel Osteen
Mathew Ashimolowo, Jeff Bezos, Michael Hyatt, Ambrose Ehirim, Jack Dorsey, Nelson Mandela, Ted Coine, Irene Becker and many more to be successful and am sure will help you too. Go to
work on them now!

© Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

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Ten Ways LEAD and SUCCEED In Times Of Complexity And Change-New Edition

Ten Ways To Lead And Succeed In Times Of Complexity And Change-New Edition (Including 30 Bonus Links)

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results 
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Last year, Ten Ways to Live and Lead Forward In Times of Complexity and Change had thousands of views on my blog, and I believe the steps I wrote a year ago are even more critical today.  In order to further address our ability to LEAD and SUCCEED  in times of complexity and change, this NEW edition includes a compendium additional links outlining practical, powerful ways to transform pain into gain, complexity and change into the optimization and actualization of potential; ways you can build YOUR 3Q Leadership Edge™ as it relates to your life, your career, your people, your business….YOUR ability to develop 3Q skills that GROW at the speed of change/challenges!

Ten Ways To Lead Forward In Times Of Complexity And Change

 It is time to realize that we must also use the changes we face to develop the solutions, optimize the potential, that can help us live and lead forward. Doing do is counter-intuitive, but it is NOT impossible.  It is real, it is doable, and it is accomplished in ten simple but powerful steps you can decide to take…or not.

 

1.  Cultivate the power of the present moment.

Do not be a victim of what was, or what is not.  Stay focused on this minute in time, and your ability to use whatever you are facing to embrace your best self, optimize your true potential by becoming relentlessly solution focused.  Our greatest individual and collective strides forward are always the by-product of our most difficult challenges.  Before you can use/transform a challenge, before you can develop a solution, you must become empowered by the present moment and its possibility.  We cannot see the possibilities before us when we are mired in stress.  The solutions we seek are buried in the challenges we face.  Finding solutions, optimizing our potential starts by learning to embrace the present moment as a window to possibility by embracing the NOW.

2.  Give yourself a 90 second window-3 minutes to optimize!

Learn how to use it to catalyze mindfulness, whole brain thinking and the power of reflection.  Developing what I would call a more androgynous brain, improving whole brain skills and really optimizing your potential means taking time to reflect, time to put your brain in an alpha state.  Doing so, whether my prayer, meditation, chanting, time to simply reflect and stop the clock for 2-3 minutes is critical. Take time each day to pause.  Here is a simple, but powerful technique, The Pause, that anyone can learn and incorporate.

3.  Refocus on what really counts.

Get rid of toxic thoughts & reconsider relationships with toxic people and team membersStop focusing on complexity.  Drown out extraneous noise.Start realizing that the anchors, the timeless wisdom that can help us translate complexity into simple powerful solutions is real. Retrain default patterns so that you can start using what is to create what can be. Our brains are automatically trained to focus on the negative (a vestige from our days in the cafe, when were surrounded by predators).  What really counts?  The sum total of your accomplishments can only be seen in light of your own personal happiness; and true happiness can only be found in what we contribute, not what we acquire. Learning to determine your purpose and engaging it means feeding your head, heart and soul with what counts.  Garbage in, garbage out. The negativity that saved us from predators when we were living in caves, will now hinder our potential.  Refocus on what YOU can do.  Get empowered forward.  Our ability to contribute, our ability to use both our strengths and our challenges to build a better self, better world is real.

4.  Put your brain in the KNOW & Go Forward.

Understand that YOU can re-train your brain!  There are many excellent books to read.  A recent GREAT READ is Super Brain by Deepak Chopra and Rudolph E Tanzi.  Spend a weekend reading this book and exploring ways that you can use your mind to optimize your brain.  Understand that the power to circumnavigate change and challenges is real.  We have only touched the surface of our individual and collective ability.  Living and leading forward means understanding the power of your mind to learn, relearn and develop new ways of seeing, doing and communicating that drive amazing results in your life and the lives of others.

 

5.  Stop searching for security in the same old places

Security cannot be found in what you acquire; it is a by-product of what you believe not simply what you achieve.  It is your ability to walk, talk and act in alignment with your highest power; the greatest good that is your ultimate goal and greatest triumph.  Purpose = profit on a multiplicity of levels from our own personal well-being to the survival of organizations and our society as a whole.  Need, greed and ego have destroyed every life, fiefdom and empire in recorded time.  History teaches us, life also teaches us that the only security we have is in taking the road less travelled, the road that will help us optimize our ability to realize our true purpose to live, learn and contribute.

 

6.  Use the changes you face to LEAD forward-Yes, use them to catalyze potential!

Develop coaching skills because they are a critical management, self management and leadership competency.  If you want to optimize your potential and the potential of others you need to develop R-E-A-C=H.  Learn how to redirect focus, empower confidence, actualize potential, communicate effectively and harvest results.  Embrace new ways, better ways to help you optimize your true talent and ability.  Invest in yourself, invest in your people because hope lies in the power of people living and leading forward; hope lies in our ability to innovate and create solutions that drive results.

 

7.  Build a Community of Purpose.

You need a community of purpose ( social, digital, person to person) to succeed.   A global marketplace demands real and virtual/digital/social communities that interact and collaboration together towards shared objectives.  Our individual survival amidst a sea of change, challenges that could make stress the number one worldwide source of disability means building strong relationships with kindred spirits, relationships with people whom we can trust and whose values and vision are in alignment with our own.  Leadership means building a community of purpose.

 

8.  Integrity, humanity, courage.  Say them, use them, and incorporate them in your life and work; use them to fail forward (a critical 21st Century Life and Leadership Skill!)

Leadership is a 3Q Equation.  Integrity, humanity, courage are the only fabric that will hold together our lives, our work, our organizations and our world. You can pay lip service to all three and manage; but you will never lead forward without making integrity-humanity and courage the mantra that guides your life and your work.

 

9.  Remember, going forward:  Purpose = profit.

Sustainability will only be achieved through our ability to know that success means creating value for others. Corporations will be forced to embrace corporate social responsibility, because our definition of success and the way in which we develop customer, client and constituent engagement and loyalty will be based on the purpose=profit equation.  Use it, embrace it.


10.  Traditional might does not make right, it often makes wrong.

The might we need now, more than ever before is not the might of brilliance, or the might of physical force; rather it is the might of a collective consciousness, an awareness that we can become victims to what has felled every great life and empire or we can make RIGHTEach day is a powerful opportunity to right the wrongs we face, because our ability to evolve, grow, learn, re-learn and collaborate forward is real..  The Secret to Peace and Prosperity is timeless.   We have a choice to reach past the victimization of need, ego, greed; we have the ability to stretch ourselves past complacency or reactivity to a new set point where Might=Purpose.  Purpose=Profit and Leadership=Creating Value for Others.  Each individual is part of a greater whole.  Your complacency, reactivity or stasis will make you part of the solution, or help you become complicit in the problems we face on an individual and collective basis.  One small positive step towards integrity, humanity and courage can make an august ripple in the world. Ripple forward!


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Inspiring, Insightful Leadership Quotes And Posts
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From Now to HOW:  Building Social, Digital And Cross Generational Communication/Leadership
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The Individual And Organizational Imperative To Do GOOD
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Building A Thriving Organization

3Q Talent Optimization and Team-Building
Evolve Or Devolve-Manage Performance OR Optimize It?
Ten Ways To Build Essential Success Skills That GROW At The Speed Of Change
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How To Build Better Communication NOW
Resolve To Evolve And Redefine Winning
Ten Ways To Build Employee Engagement
Words Make Worlds
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Meaningful Work
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I Will NOT Be Broken~The Call To Build A Better Future~And 20 Bonus Leadership Links!

I Will Not Be Broken-The Call To Build A Better Future: Introduction To My Forthcoming Book
A 3Q Leadership™ Guidebook for Success At The Speed Of Change And 20 BONUS Leadership Links

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results 
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 30,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]

 I believe in our power to rise to the challenges before us in new ways, better ways that optimize our individual and collective potential. I was honored when leadership author and expert,  James Strock, author of one of my favorite leadership books, Serve To Lead, shared this post (the introduction to my forthcoming book) on his blog.  I remained  humbled by his support of my 3Q Leadership model and work, and by 30.000+ social media followers who share my posts. I share the introduction to my book with you again…this time with 20 bonus links that I hope will inspire and challenge you to use what is to create what CAN BE!

  Success at the speed of change is the mantra of courageous pioneers, avid learners and doers, pragmatic optimists and change-makers, transformational catalysts…leaders and builders of a better way forward

I Will NOT Be Broken

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you see the cliff?  Look again, you will see it.

We are all standing on a glass cliff facing the greatest renaissance of humankind or a descent into the abyss of fear, ego, complacency, reactivity and destruction. The glass cliff impacts our lives, our workplaces and organizations every day in every way.  Look around you because, we are almost at the edge.

Will you be broken?

Will your organization be broken?

Or, will you realize YOUR ability “to use what is” to create what can be?

This book is about realizing YOUR ability “to use what is” to create what can be.  It is about an evolution of thought, communication action actualized in small, positive, purpose steps towards a greater goal. Steps that re-write neural pathways, avoiding patterns of thinking, doing and communicating that no longer work.  Steps that have helped me and, steps that have helped my clients empower, enable and actualize their potential at the speed of change.

This book is about our individual and collective power.  Power that speaks to “human-being better”, not simply working harder than ever before.  Power that speaks to our ability to choose a better future no matter what.   Power that speaks to our ability to use even the darkest moments to see a greater light.  Power that speaks to leadership in its truest form.  Power that says, I may be beaten, but I will not be broken; hope, faith, courage, humanity and integrity will lead me forward.   No one can take them; no one can steal them because they are the heartbeat of our greatest power, potential and purpose.  They are a timeless anchor of true leadership, of finding a better way forward in the face of change, challenges and the darkest of events.

This book is about the courage to see a better future, embrace a greater vision and develop the mindset and skill set that can help rebuild a life, a company, an organization. It is about the universal values that drive sustainability and our ability to apply them while developing new and better ways to adapt, grow and actualize our intellectual, emotional and leadership capacity.

This book is about building your 3Q Leadership Edge™, your ability to learn/relearn, communicate, lead and succeed forward in disruptive times.   It is a book that speaks to ten years of passionate study, ten years of application with clients and a life event that changed my present and future dramatically, and made my commitment to make 3Q Leadership™ my life’s work.  It is also a tribute to thought leaders whose work must be actualized and made real in our lives and organizations. It is a practical compendium of great thought, great theory and simple, practical 3Q Leadership™ condensed into reader/user friendly chapters and steps that I hope will empower, inspire and challenge you to optimize your greatest potential.

This book starts with a personal event of epic proportions; an event that changed the course of my life and career and my commitment to 3Q Leadership™; the purpose that drives my life and work.  While I had faced many challenges in life and career, this was a challenge, a tragedy that came as most do, when we least expect it.  May 18, 2010 I lost everything that was important to me.  Five minutes obliterated my world as I knew it. What is it like to lose everything that matters to you? How does one go forward when there is no light or hope and only the pain that everything you loved and cherished was taken from you in a 5 minute act that destroyed your family and your life as you knew it?

The greatest test of leadership occurs when our chips are down and we must carve out a better future. May 18, 2010 my chips were not down, they appeared to be lost. What remained were five values that had been my lifelong anchor: faith, hope, courage, humanity and integrity. My values, my anchors were eclipsed by the worst pain and loss I had ever felt. A stranger aided me and called for help. My ability to walk was limited to a few steps, but the physical pain was nothing in comparison with my heartbreak. I could not turn around and look back; I could not look back because everything I cherished was gone. Courage pushed me not to give up.  Humanity touched me in the kindness of friends who tried to help.  Integrity gave me a purpose greater than myself; a purpose to use my greatest challenge to find my greatest strength led me forward.  A little voice whispered to me, “I will not be broken.”  It was the same voice that whispered to me in different moments in my life and career when I faced and ultimately surmounted extraordinary challenges.  It is the voice that speaks to me every day; it is the call of our highest power, our greatest purpose, and our ability to use even the tracks of our tears to create a better tomorrow.

Will you be broken?

Will your organization be broken?

Or, will you realize YOUR ability “to use what is” to create what can be?

This book is about using challenges to empower and realize the human courage, character, integrity and ingenuity that can take us forward at the speed of change.  It is my hope that it will inspire, empower and challenge you to build your 3Q Leadership Edge™, because the call to lead greatly, the call to build a better future speaks to us all on an individual, collective and organizational level.

Success at the speed of change is the mantra of courageous pioneers, avid learners and doers, pragmatic optimists and change-makers, transformational catalysts…
leaders and builders of a better way forward

 

Do YOU hear the call to build a better future?  Stay tuned for the release of my forthcoming book later this year.   In the meantime, sharing some posts I hope you will inspire and challenge you to build your 3Q Edge/optimize your potential to use what is to create what can be!

Top Ten Posts 2013-Leadership And Success In Disruptive Times
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Mission Critical:  Championing, Empowering and Enabling Our Ability To WIN
What Does Leadership REALLY Mean?
Ten Ways To Build Essential Success Skills That GROW At The Speed Of Change
From Now To HOW (Building social, digital and cross generational communication/leadership)
Igniting The Fire Of Human Potential:  Developing A Purposeful Life And Career

 

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How To Build Better Communication NOW!

How to Build Better Communication NOW!
Four Steps AND  Five Tips You Can Integrate Immediately!
AND 10 Bonus Links!

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results 
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 30,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]

How To Build Your Communication Quotient

Time to turn conflict around,  re-establish trust, re-build and build stronger relationships? How well do you adapt to different listeners and audiences?  How well to you negotiate and resolve challenges, problems and conflicts?  Do you excel at building horizontal and vertical communication?

Communication is the linchpin for personal development, growth, organizational development, engagement, performance and sales growth; and today, building your communication quotient means learning how to develop a bridge between social, digital, cross generational and cross cultural divides.

Yes, 21st century success means building a new set of communication skills that help you leap forward, help you learn forward, and help you collaborate and lead forward with actual and virtual constituents.

A new set of communication skills that help you leap forward, help you learn forward, and help you collaborate and lead forward with actual and virtual constituents.

Step One:  Awareness

Stop thinking about what you want.  Refocus.  Who are you communicating with?  What are the common objectives and values you share?  What do THEY want from your communication?  I know this sounds simple, but when our emotions get involved (and they do), simple goes out the window and is replaced by the automatic fight or flight response that jeopardizes effective communication.  Pause, reflect and search for information, for clues that tell you what your audience/listener wants and of equal importance, the common objectives and values you share. The words you use and the statements you make count.  Trust, transparency and the ability to always underscore common objectives and values must punctuate whatever you say.

Step Two:  Interest

Listen more, talk less.  You cannot light a fire with wet wood.  Gaining the interest of your audience/listener means listening to what they are really saying by hearing, seeing and feeling. Make sure you mirror back what they say for confirmation, or alternatively, if addressing an audience, ask questions to evoke answers that not only peak interest but develop a relationship bridge – a common thread between your values/objectives and theirs.

Step Three:  Desire

As the communicator, one of your goals is to light a fire, a fire of desire; desire to build a relationship.  Nothing is achieved alone.  Effective communication is critical.  You can lead a horse to water, you can force someone to do what you are saying, pay lip service to what you are communicating, but the results you achieve will be short term gain and long term pain.  What is not built upon shared objectives and values will ultimately crash and burn.

Trust, transparency and the ability to always underscore common objectives and values must punctuate whatever you say.

Step Four:  Action

Action is not reaction, rather it is a thoughtful response that drives the relationship forward, or alternatively terminates a relationship where values and objectives are not aligned in the best way for all. Take control of your communication by focusing on what counts.  Do not let the plethora of information before you create communication corrosion.  Re-focus on the information that is critical to the realization of shared values and objectives. Your brain, our brains are idiot savants that seek out what our mind focuses them on.

Daily In-Office Tips To Build Communication

Tip OneDevelop Communication and Collaboration. Actively solicit input, build transparency of communication by seeking input from not only team members but employees at the front lines of your organization.  Find new ways, better ways to strengthen your presence, your brand – the shared objectives/values you and your people cherish by taking the time to get involved.

Tip Two: Empower Others. Validate.  Take time each day to notice and point out how your team members and employees are contributing to the overall plan, how there work, their input is critical to shared success.

Tip Three:  Don’t Run Away From Tough Questions or Conflict. Address tough questions rather than running or hiding from them. Tough questions and conflict need to be answered and addressed in a way that refocuses yourself and others on shared values and objectives, on your ability to turn challenges and problems into the focus and collaboration that drives solutions.

Leadership is a commitment to empower, enable and actualize the power of others

Tip Four:  Respond, do not react.  Build your 3Q Edge™ developmental skills like constructive discontent, so that you will not be influenced by the auto-matic fight or flight response that derides effective communication because you have learned to circumvent it.

Tip Five: Walk your talk.  Sustainable success is built upon shared values and objectives, is the end product of relationships of trust, demands leadership that can be trusted, and is modeled and counted upon during the good times and bad.

Leadership is a commitment to empower, enable and actualize the power of others; doing so means developing a communication playbook that opens the heads, hearts and minds of others.

This post was originally published as How To Build Your Communication Quotient  on Switch and Shift  Blog November 2013  |  Image Credit:  Jorganmac/123RF Stock Photo

 

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Words Make Worlds:  Opening The Door To A Better Present And Future

Ten Ways To Build Employee Engagement

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Lead Forward:  Seven Power Words-Seven Power Posts

Five Ways To Communicate And Lead Forward

Self Talk-7 Powerful Tips

Self Test Your Learning And Communication Style

Great Read Excerpt:  The Power Of Communication by Helio Fred Garcia

 

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The Power Of YOUR Story

 

The Power of YOUR Story
Including 15 bonus links and two radio/ web tv interviews

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 30,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]

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The stories we tell ourselves become our worlds.  Perspective is everything, consciousness drives our ability to evolve or devolve; and the desire to make sense of our personal story is something a task that our brain is hard-wired to perform.

The power of YOUR story must be mined because its power lies not in what you have accomplished or not accomplished, but  in the pivot points, the accomplishments that touch your heart, the wins that are milestone markers AND moments of challenge that (if properly used) can help you develop a new sense of self, a better view of your own potential.

From birth to death, the power of our own personal story follows us, and it’s ability to inspire our best self, our best work and help us build our best life is as real as it’s power to create disempowerment, underachievement, overachievement at any cost.

What is YOUR story?  How will you look upon your journey with eyes that will help you see your strengths with greater clarity, and use challenges, failures as a lever for your greatest potential? Q1: improved focus, ideation, innovative thought  Q2: improved resiliency, risk tolerance, empowerment, communication, collaboration  Q3: enhancement of the intrinsic motivators, the timeless values that drive sustainability-courage, integrity, purpose

The power of your story, is the fire that can light the power of your greatest potential.  Your ability to see your story with new eyes, eyes that build on three Q skills starts with your desire to look at your story and the story of others with eyes that search a meaning and purpose that aligns with the courage, integrity, purpose, humanity required to take us all forward as one people sharing one planet. In a world of constant change, challenges, competition; at a time of titanic paradox where our ability to develop technological, scientific advances that are REMARKABLE remain dimmed by social, economic, environmental, organizational problems...Your story, my story, our stories and the way we choose to see them can either enhance our reduce our ability to build better lives, better organizations and contribute to a better world.

Two years ago, I was challenged by the author of one of my favorite leadership books (Serve To Lead) James Strock to write my story.  It was a challenge that scared me, it was a challenge that took me weeks to accomplish.  And, it is a challenge I am grateful for because it not only helped open my eyes, and hopefully inspire others, but it became a great lesson in listening to the stories of others without judgment, without bias, with a simple focus on finding their “inner awesome”.  And, it became a story, and a great relationship with a great man who inspired me to write my forthcoming book; I Will Not Be Broken-The Call To Build A Better Future

What is your story?  How will you use it to empower your greatest potential?  How will you listen to the stories of those you lead, work for, befriend and love?  The challenge to see our own stories with new eyes and hear the stories of others with new ears calls to us all!  The call to build new ways of thinking, new ways of listening that take us forward is upon us!  Answering this call is a powerful step forward.

More On  Personal Development-Empowerment-Optimization of Potential?  YOU BETCHA!
Posts, Podcasts and Web TV Interviews!

Posts:
Introduction To My Forthcoming Book:  I Will Not Be Broken
Lighting The Fire Of Human Potential:  Developing A Purposeful Life And Career
Building Essential Success Skills That GROW At The Speed Of Change
Ten Ways To Lead Forward In Times Of Complexity And Change
Remove The Wall To Your Greatest Potential
Using Failure To SUCCEED-Practical Tips
The Secret To Personal Development And Growth
Constructive Discontent:  Building A Critical 3Q Life And Leadership Skill
Two Minute Tune Up For Over-Achievers And Under-Achievers
The Individual and Organizational Imperative For 3Q Leadership
The Purpose Equation
Happiness And Success In The Face Of Change/Challenges
Five Ways To Take Control Of Your Potential
Turning Negativity Around:  Resetting Your Internal GPS!
The Empowerment Compendium


Podcasts and Interviews
Radio Interview by Deb Scott:  From Pain To Gain In Life And Career
Web TV Interview by Shannon Skinner:  Extraordinary Women Leading In The Face Of Challenges

 

Are you ready to go from Now to HOW?  Get re-inspired by what you can achieve at the speed of change/challenges? Recharge, refocus, repurpose, repower? Build YOUR 3Q Leadership, Career, Business Development or Talent Optimization Edge?

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Inspiring Quotes: Leadership & Success At The Speed Of Change

Inspiring Quotes:  Leadership & Success At The Speed Of Change

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 30,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]

The imperative to get re-inspired by what we CAN do is critical. Sharing some inspiring  quotes/excerpts  from my Top Ten Posts of 2013.

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From Now To HowLeadership And Success In Disruptive Times
Success at the speed of change is the mantra of courageous pioneers, avid learners and doers, pragmatic optimists and change-makers, transformational catalysts…
leaders and builders of a better way forward.


From Pain To Gain-Ten 21st Century Lessons Learned
Leadership is a 3Q equation supported by courage.  Courage grows each time we align IQ (intelligence) EQ (humanity) SQ (integrity).


Ten Practical Ways To Build Essential Success Skills At The Speed Of Change
Embrace your ability to make a difference and be part of the difference by using your strengths and challenges to learn, communicate, collaborate and lead forward. 

 


3Q Leadership Benefits And Why I Have Dedicated My Life To This Work
Our ability to rise to the challenges before us means developing a mindset and skill set that takes us forward in ways that help us evolve and grow. A mindset and skill set that helps us build communities of purpose that thrive at the speed of change.  A mindset that helps us build and grow our 3Q Edge™.

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Ten Ways To Lead  Forward In Times Of Complexity And Change
A great man once said that we must become the change we seek.  It is time to realize that we must also use the changes we face to develop the solutions, optimize the potential that can help us live and lead forward.

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Women And Leadership: Ten Critical Steps Forward For Women And Men
The most important fire we can light is the fire of human potential, and I believe that women have a critical role to play.

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From Now To How: Building Social, Digital and Cross Generational Leadership
The need to go from NOW to HOW is critical. Leadership starts with our ability to imagine, inspire, innovate and communicate forward.

Hope lies in not simply playing to strengths, but to seizing every challenge, change, stressor and failure as an opportunity to grow, evolve and expand the power of our minds, the strength of our brains and the capacity of our hearts.

Courage lies in our ability develop a whole new mind set, skill set and heart set that optimizes the unbridled passion, purpose and potential of humans to do better, rather than simply living or working faster than ever before.

Strength lies in finding a common language, a common message that touches the heads, hearts and mind of many.

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Using Failure To Succeed: 7 Practical Powerful Tips
Learning to fail forward is not only the stepping stone of those who will lead greatly, it is the pivot point for everyone and anyone who wants to grow, evolve, adapt and succeed in the 21st century.

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Leadership & Success In Disruptive Times: Top Ten Posts 2013

 

Leadership & Success In Disruptive Times
Top Ten 2013 Posts 3Q Leadership™ Blog
Bonus Reading List-Great Books of 2013

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 30,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]

Success at the speed of change is the mantra of courageous pioneers, avid learners and doers, pragmatic optimists and change-makers, transformational catalysts…
leaders and builders of a better way forward.

Out Of The Box

Leadership and success in disruptive times is a 3Q Equation An equation that is different because it speaks to USING your strengths AND challenges, stressors, even failures to build:

Q1: Ideation, focus on what counts, ability to learn-relearn

Q2: Emotional intelligence; self-awareness, relationship building, resiliency, risk tolerance, communication, collaboration

Q3: Purpose, integrity, courage, humanity; intrinsic motivators that are the glue of great leadership and the linchpin of sustainability.

 

Are you ready to optimize your talent, your purpose, your potential by looking at the challenges and opportunities you face with new eyes? Eyes that take you forward faster and better.  Eyes that help you optimize your potential and the potential of others?  Will you remain entrenched in ways of thinking, doing and communicating that may have worked well in the past, but will not take you forward? 

I challenge you to see the titanic opportunity before you.  It is an opportunity that should not be missed, because our individual and collective ability to enfranchise the intrinsic motivators, the universal values that drive sustainability, while building NEW ways of thinking, communicating, leading is real and critical.  Will you build your 3Q Edge™?  Is time to optimize your potential?  Carpe diem!  May 2014 be a year of outstanding learning, living and leadership!

Top Ten Posts, Podcasts & Interviews 2013 :  Leadership & Success In Disruptive Times

From Pain To Gain-Ten 21st Century Leadership Lessons Learned

Ten Practical Ways To Build Essential Success Skills At The Speed Of Change

3Q Leadership Benefits AND Why I Have Dedicated My Life To This Work

10 Ways Lead Forward In Times Of Complexity & Change

Women & Leadership: Ten Critical Steps Forward (for women & men)

From Now to HOW:  Building Social, Digital and Cross Generational Leadership

Using Failure To Succeed: 7 Practical, Powerful Tips

Switch and Shift TV Interview The Linchpin To Your Company’s Success – by Ted Coine  http://bit.ly/1aKsCBe

A Podcast With Transformational Catalyst, Irene Becker by JoAnn Corley

Radio Interview by Deb Scott : From Pain To Gain In Life And Career http://bit.ly/18xhtUk


Top Ten Books: Leadership & Success In Disruptive Times
 ( A selection of my 2013 favorites)

The End Of Competitive Advantage by Rita Gunther McGrath

Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam M. Grant Ph.D

Flash Foresight by Daniel Burrus

Design Works: How to Tackle Your Toughest Innovation Challenges through Business Design (Rotman-UTP Publishing) by Heather Fraser

Focus by Daniel Goleman

Disrupt.  Think Epic.  Be Epic by Bill Jensen

The Myths Of Creativity By David Burkus

Personal Ecology by William Powell

The Influential Leader by Rebel Brown

Awaken Your Authentic Leadership by Tana Heminsley

Are you ready to go from Now to HOW?  Build Your 3Q Edge™? Get re-inspired by what you can achieve at the speed of change/challenges? Recharge, refocus, repurpose, repower?

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Great Leadership: The Call To Lead Greatly

Great Leadership:  The Call To Lead Greatly
It is time to get inspired by what we  can be, do and achieve.

 © Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
Building 3Q Skills That GROW At The Speed Of Change Is My Commitment To A Better Future
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 30, 000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]


“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson


Leadership CompassMy passion for leadership began with the epic speech, I Believe, by a great man, leader and Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Martin Luther King.  His words, I believe, still echo in my heart, because I think and feel that great leadership is the reflection of our deepest beliefs and commitment to a higher power, a great way forward, a better life, workplace and world.   Our beliefs inspires us to reach past what is and create what can be.   In writing about something I believe in with all my heart, Great Leadership,  I could not begin or continue without my own personal statement of belief.  I share it with you, because the call for Great Leadership has never been greater.

I believe in the power of great leadership.  Leadership that speaks to human purpose, potential at the speed of change, in the face of challenges and crises.  3Q Leadership that helps us champion the values that take us forward, while building new ways of seeing, doing and communicating the optimize our greatest potential.

 

I believe in using our strengths, challenges and failures to build three critical areas that drive great leadership at the speed of change.  Q1: IQ (ideation, strategic thought, focus)  Q2: EQ (self awareness, relationship management, communication, resiliency, risk tolerance)  Q3:  SQ (courage, integrity, purpose-the intrinsic motivators and timeless anchors for sustainability)
I believe in the power of human being better, not simply working harder than ever before because human potential and our ability to optimize it has personal and professional area of study, and has also been something reflected in the enormous challenges I have faced and overcome.  Challenges that helped me hone my courage, my commitment to the power of human being better.

 

I believe in the power of personal leadership, because our ability to use failures, challenges, even crises to optimize our greatest potential is real.  Our ability to adopt a new perspective, a new way of seeing what was in order to optimize our greatest purpose and potential is the fire that can illuminate and empower us in the face of our greatest challenges.

 

I believe in the power of communication that builds social digital and cross generational bridges, communication that speaks to the common goals, the common purpose that unites us all; building better selves, better families, better workplaces, better organizations one word, one sentence at a time.

 

I believe in the power of women and others who have been traditionally dis-enfranchised to let go of the yoke of what was, and work with those who hold the reigns of power to create what can be when we develop the evolution of spirit, thinking and doing that takes us forward together as one people sharing one planet.

 

I believe in the power of thriving organizations that champion a better way forward for shareholders, stakeholders, employees, clients, communities because I believe the purpose = profit, and the greatest purpose we have is creating value for others.  Value creation is litmus test of surviving and thriving in a bold new century where everything is changing faster than ever before.

 

I believe that great leadership speaks to every man and woman who hears the call, who feels the desire to contribute to a better future. Some of us with lead great organizations, some of us will lead great businesses, some of us will lead great personal relationships, families.  We all have important roles to play in a better future, and our ability to do so lives within our hearts, within our minds, within our desire to reach past what is so we can create what can be.

 

I believe we can meet the challenges before us, challenges that impact us all in different ways, by starting a New Year with one resolution; a resolution to evolve by seeing our strengths and our challenges with different eyes that take us forward faster, better and smarter, because our ability to align our heads and hearts in ways that create Me to WE solutions, ways that align our highest purpose with our greatest potential. The writing is on the walls of our lives, our workplaces, our organizations; it is time to lead greatly.

 

I believe it is time to get inspired by what we can be, do and accomplish.  

Very best wishes for a New Year of growth and success~

 

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3Q Leadership Benefits And Why I Have Dedicated My Life To This Work
A Growing Collection Of 328 Leadership and 3Q Leadership Posts
From Now To How:  Building Social, Digital and Cross Generational Communication/Leadership
What Does Leadership Really Mean?
Leadership Means Winning The Silent War
The Purpose Equation
The Leadership Equation
Our Greatest Hope
From Pain To Gain:  Ten 21st Leadership Lessons Learned
A Collection Of Heroic Women Changemakers
Against All Odds:  My story of courage, faith, hope leadership
Women and Leadership:  Ten Critical Steps Forward For Women And Men

 

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Business/Sales Development At The Speed Of Change

Business and Sales Development At The Speed Of Change The 3Q Edge™ |  Insights and Tips

 © Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
Building 3Q Skills That GROW At The Speed Of Change Is My Commitment To A Better Future
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 27,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]

“Thank you Irene for great sessions.  I recommend 3Q Leadership for Business Development-Brilliant!” Donya Germain, Director of Consumer Research ACCE International

Business Development and Growth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Business/Sales Development Playbook Has Changed.  
While sales and business development still revolve around the three P’s (Planning – Process – People) the arena in which we work has changed dramatically.  Yes, you still need to hunt, gather (info), plant and harvest, but the way you farm and harvest is different because challenges, erratic changes, opportunities, failures are the new reality.

Learning to adapt, innovate, build your 3Q Edge™ is critical to business/sales development and the engagement and retention of a healthy, empowered workforce. Client retention, development of new product/service lines, new strategic alliances, stronger communities of purpose depend upon your ability to optimize strengths while transforming challenges into 3Q Skills and solutions that can take you forward. Doing so means refusing to be daunted by what is, because you recognize that you have the ability to create, develop what can be.

[pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”] “Irene is a nearly unstoppable force for the Human Side of Business. Her 3Q and REACH™ models are nothing short of brilliant.” Ted Coine, Co-CEO Switch & Shift[/pullquote]

3Q Edge™ Recap: A counter-intuitive and critical coaching/training/mentoring focus that has helped my clients USE strengths AND changes, challenges, even failures to optimize three critical areas:

Q1: IQ > Ideation, Focus, Strategic & Innovative Thought, Ability to Learn-Relearn | Intellectual Potential                                               

Q2: EQ > Emotional Intelligence, Self Awareness, Awareness of Others,
Relationship Management, Communication, Resiliency, Risk Tolerance | Emotional Potential


Q3: SQ > Values, Purpose, Integrity of Thought, Communication-Action | Intrinsic Motivators that drive Q1 & Q2 when the going gets tough!


REACH™ Recap
:  A coaching/training/mentoring methodology that has helped my clients use strengths, changes, challenges, stressors, even failures to build their 3Q Edge™ while addressing specific leadership, communication, business development, sales development objectives and skills enhancement by

                                                Redirecting Focus
                                                Empowering Confidence and Engagement
                                                Actualizing Potential In High Stress, High Change Environments                                                               Communicating Effectively (socially, digitally, cross-generationally)
                                                Harvesting (and re-harvesting) Results

[pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”] “Sales has changed from a world of caveat emptor (buyer beware)  to caveat venditor.” (seller beware-you are responsible!) Dan Pink, To Sell Is Human    [/pullquote]

The New Business Development And Sales Playbook Contains Three Important Steps That Align With 3Q:

1. Sustainability of Purpose:  A relationship that is right on the outside must be right on the inside first. Purpose = profit.  Purpose demands an alignment of authenticity, integrity,  values and objectives.  Who are YOU?  Who is YOUR company?  How do your value propositions align?  Sustainability of purpose demands alignment!

2.  The Right Goals/Commitment And Skills: A great sales person needs three things:  A goal/commitment to understand and meet the needs of others, and the skills development to make this commitment real. Business and sales development are not about YOU/YOUR company, rather they are about your clients, employees, colleagues,  prospects and constituents.  You can have the greatest product or service in the world, but if what you say, what your clients read does not open their ears, does not resonate with their heads and hearts, you will not get the engagement, traction and results you seek?  You can be the sharpest pencil in the pencil case, but what happens if you cannot develop engagement, collaboration with employees or colleagues?

3.  A 21st Century Definition of Business Development/Sales.
 Business and sales development are about creating value for clients, employees, prospects, prospective strategic alliances, partners and constituents by developing communities of purpose; communities of shared values and objectives that drive reach, resonance and results! Learning how to communicate effectively, turn conflict into connection, refocus yourself and others when you hit a rut or wall is critical…and all are important 3Q skills.


The writing is on the walls of our lives, workplaces and organizations:  Change is not the problem, it is the solution.
 Our ability to build resiliency, risk tolerance, adaptability while guarding the values and integrity that drive sustainability are the litmus test of a better present and future.   We can talk about change being difficult, we can deepen the neural pathway and make change impossible, or we can make a critical shift forward and embrace our ability to think, learn, communicate, collaborate, grow and LEAD forward.

Make the critical shift forward.  Is it time to get empowered by how YOU can optimize strengths while also using changes, challenges, stressors, even failures to build your 3Q Edge™?  Pie in the sky?  Think again.
  My commitment to taking The 3Q Edge™ and REACH™ to as many people and organizations as possible is based on a decade of research, practical client experience and a personal and career journey that has taken me through the trenches from the mountain of success to the bottom of the abyss and back again.  I champion 3Q because our ability to lead forward, our ability to develop new ways of thinking, communicating, collaborating and succeeding is linchpin for success; the linchpin for building ME to WE cultures, organizations, collaboration in an age of rapid change, challenges, volatility and opportunity.  Carpe diem, make the critical shift forward!

More on 3Q Business and Sales Development?  You Betcha!

Back to Business Basics
From Now To How:  Building Social, Digital Cross Generational Communication/Leadership
Building The 3Q Leadership Skills You Need Now
The Linchpin To Your Company’s Success | Switch and Shift TV Interview by Ted Coine
How To Build Your Communication Quotient
Seven Ways To Turn Conflict/Communication Problems Around
Constructive Discontent-Building A Key 3Q Life and Leadership Skill

 

Author Bio:  Irene BeckerIrene Headshot
Executive Coach, Consultant, Trainer, Speaker and Writer, Irene is a trailblazer whose unique 3Q Edge™ model has helped forward-thinking people and organizations in Canada, USA and Europe develop communication, leadership and career skills that GROW at the speed of change and challenges.  First female CEO of a steel company in Canada, Irene has a track record of accomplishments in business and in the community at large. Passionate about the integrity of her work, Irene goes the distance for her clients face to face, by telephone, Skype or video conferencing

 

Are you ready to go from Now to HOW? Time to get re-inspired?
Build 3Q Skills That GROW At The Speed Of Change/Challenges?
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Coaching-Consulting-Training and Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™
I welcome the opportunity to discuss how I can be of service to you/your team! 
Call: (416) 671-4726 | Email 
irene@justcoachit.com  Skype: beckerirene

 

 

 

Resolve To Evolve And Re-Define Winning

Resolve To Evolve And Re-Define Winning
Building Success At The Speed Of Change/Challenges
(Including 12 bonus links/practical and inspiring tips!)

 © Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
Building 3Q Skills That GROW At The Speed Of Change Is My Commitment To A Better Future
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 27,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]

 

Is one of your people stuck in a box/rut/overdrive or stasis? Are you stuck in a box/rut/overdrive or stasis because YOU want to find a new way, better way to generate results at a speed of change, challenges, hyper-competition and opportunity that is accelerating?

In the Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You are not alone!  Statistics tell us that employee engagement and stress caused physical, emotional problems are at an all time high.  Is there an upside?  You betcha.  Resolve to evolve and re-define success. Starting building the Q skills that can take you/your people forward faster, better and happier by helping them optimize strengths while also using changes, challenges, stressors, even failures as a catalyst for their greatest potential.  (Happier?  Yes, neuroscience confirms that we need to prime our brains to be happy to optimize their potential. )

 

Resolve to Evolve

Do not get sidetracked by the symptoms of disengagement, frustration, stasis we face can take you off the beaten path, fighting symptoms rather than addressing the root cause of the problems you need to transform into effective solutions. Fighting the symptoms of what is not working may give you temporary satisfaction, but it will not help you ideate, communicate, collaborate and succeed forward.  The need to build a new mindset and skill set that helps us optimize talent and potential at the speed of change/challenges is real and critical!

 

Resolve to evolve.  Get the right people on your bus and help them to build essential skills, skills that grow at the speed of change and challenges by using strengths, changes, challenges, stressors and failures to build their 3Q Edge™:

Q1:  IQ Enhanced ideation, focus, strategic thought, ability to learn-relearn
Q2: 
EQ Self awareness, awareness of others, self management, relationship management, communication, resiliency, risk tolerance
Q3: 
SQ Purpose, values, integrity-the timeless anchors of true leadership, sustainability and the grit to forge ahead when the going gets tough!

Resolve to evolve. Take the automatic fear response out of change,  by focusing on the only thing that is sustainable and timeless…Q3  Reset the internal and organizational GPS focusing  on the purpose, integrity, values that are the only consistent, stable course of comfort and sustainability we have and will have.  Make purpose = profit your mantra, and the mantra of your organization.

Resolve to evolve. Stasis is a recipe for disaster, rigidity of thought, communication and action is a time bomb ready to explode and destroy your potential and the potential of your organization from inside out. Big organizations, SMEs, professional services providers, start-ups, entrepreneurs, solo-preneurs all face the critical imperative to re-examine and re-gig how they motivate, empower, optimize, recognize, optimize and realize talent and results.


Redefine Winning

WINNING means developing the business mindset and agility of a gazelle by developing face –face, virtual and digital teams that respond (not react) to changes and challenges in ways that nurture and drive innovative, collaborative solutions.

WINNING means building a Me To WE culture where traditional silos are disbanded and replaced with better ways that drive vertical and horizontal communication, engagement and results by recognizing and enabling communities of purpose/new ways of communicating and collaborating that take you and your people forward!

WINNING means replacing theory with practice and collaborative action because neurons that wire together, fire together and our ability to ideate, innovate, collaborate, communicate faster, better and happier is real and critical.

Most of all…

Winning means having the courage to recognize the pain we share and using to to transform pain into gain by using problems to generate the fire of human potential. Start using problems to drive  innovative solutions that take us forward individually and collectively. The problems that unite us in a new non-linear eco system, a new world and workplace where changes, challenges, stressors, complexity and opportunity will continue to accelerate faster than ever before are as great as our potential to USE them to LEARN-RELEARN, COMMUNICATE, COLLABORATE and SUCCEED Forward.

Resolving to evolve  means realizing your ability to ignite, engage and stoke the fire of human potential, because nothing could be more important!  Get the right people on your bus, and work with them to optimize, humanize, monetize in ways that take you forward. REACH Forward and the future will REACH back to YOU!  Is it time to build your Q strengths? Are you ready to use what is to create what can be?  Carpe Diem!

 

More On 3Q Leadership, Talent Optimization and Success At The Speed Of Change?  YOU Betcha!

3Q Leadership Benefits And Why I Have Dedicated My Life To This Work
From Pain To Gain:  Ten 21st Century Leadership Lessons Learned
Building Essential Success Skills That GROW At The Speed Of Change/Challenges
The Purpose Equation:  Intrinsic Motivation
From No To Go:  Success At The Speed Of Change
Evolve Or Devolve? Manage Performance OR Optimize It?
Organizational Development: The Thriving Organization>>Ten Power Steps Forward
The Fire Of Human Potential:  Developing a Purposeful Life and Career
The Individual and Organizational Imperative for 3Q Leadership
Women and Leadership:  Ten Critical Steps Forward for Women And Men
Disrupt the Status Quo:  Making The Critical Step Forward
Ten Ways To Build Employee Engagement

 

 

Author Bio:  Irene BeckerIrene Headshot
Executive Coach, Consultant, Trainer, Speaker and Writer, Irene is a trailblazer whose unique 3Q Edge™ model has helped forward-thinking people and organizations in Canada, USA and Europe develop communication, leadership and career skills that GROW at the speed of change and challenges.  First female CEO of a steel company in Canada, Irene has a track record of accomplishments in business and in the community at large.

Passionate about the integrity of her work, Irene goes the distance for her clients face to face, by telephone, Skype or video conferencing

 

Are you ready to go from Now to HOW? Time to get re-inspired?
Build 3Q Skills That GROW At The Speed Of Change/Challenges?
Irene Becker |  Just Coach It -The 3Q Edge™ (IQ-EQ-SQ)
Coaching-Consulting-Training and Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™
I welcome the opportunity to discuss how I can be of service to you/your team! 
Call: (416) 671-4726 | Email 
irene@justcoachit.com  Skype: beckerirene

 

 

The Happiness Course-7 Simple, Practical, Powerful Tips And More!

The Build Your Own Happiness Course:  7 Simple, Practical, Powerful Tips! Including 16 Bonus Links

 © Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
Building 3Q Skills That GROW At The Speed Of Change Is My Commitment To A Better Future
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 27,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]

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I appreciated by this video of Irene Becker, first female CEO of a steel company in Canada, where she shared her personal story of great achievements and losses. Her experience uniquely positions her as an expert on the topic of the relationship between happiness and success.”
Jesse Lyn Stoner

Brain science tells us that being positive is critical to success, health, optimization of talent/potential and longevity.  Common sense tells us that at a time when the World Health Organization forecasts stress will be the MAJOR cause of physically disability in the world by 2030, the imperative to find ways to get happy, ways to re-focus on the positive is critical.

Perspective is everything, it is essential the world we see and experience. Did you know that the human brain is automatically set to negative?  Yes, no matter how optimistic you are the automatic default is negative.  While being drawn to and focusing on the negative was essential when we lived in caves, surrounded by predators it is often our greatest impediment in a whole new eco-system where thriving and surviving means being relentlessly solution focused!

 Here Are Seven Simple, Practical, Powerful Tips And An Excellent Happiness Reading List To Help You Build Your Own Self Directed Happiness Course 

1.  Live With Gratitude And Love-Believe In Miracles And Watch Them Grow In Your Life. Know that every day is a miracle.  Make that miracle an expression of gratitude and love. Small  miracles happen all the time; noticing them is critical to living your best life.

2. Begin Again Now By Choosing Happiness.  A strong tree bends to a strong wind, but it never breaks. Choose happiness, find even the smallest spark of positivity in a difficult day and let it shine!

3. Learn To Love Your Mistakes And Use Them To Fail Forward.  Find ways to see your glass as always at least half full.  Recognize that the greatest lessons we can learn or those we find in our mistakes.  It is all good.  Sometimes it can even be great, because our greatest insights and ideas are often born of our greatest challenges or mistakes. Each time you fail forward, you strengthen your resiliency, enhance optimism, build a stronger solution focus and optimize your ability to find innovative solutions!

4.  Know What Really Makes You Happy.  Determine what really makes you feel happy and share this with someone you love. Let go of the “GOO” (“good opinion of others”) and focus on your inner voice, inner wisdom and joy.

5.  Dream Loudly.  Do not let your dreams gather dust.  Keep them alive.  Journal them, think about them; allow them to breath and grow

6.  Create Your Own Personal Happiness Mantra.  Use your mantra, use words that resonate with you to ignite your personal passion and joy.  They can be simple, silly or sentimental.  Choose words which make your heart, mind and soul sing with joy.  Repeat these words to yourself on a daily basis, or post them on a post-it note on your bathroom mirror.

7. Give And Share Something Every Day.  Relationships are the seedbed of our energy; they are the flowers of our personal and professional growth and success.  Fertilize and water your flowers daily.

8. Put On A Happy Face.  Yes, smiling (even forcing yourself to smile)  will automatically make you feel better.

9. Get Moving!  Yes, physical action/exercise is critical to a positive attitude. Integrate physical activity throughout your day.

10.  Set Your Daily Intention.  Setting your daily intention is as important as setting goals.  YOU are the master of your ship.  Start you day be leading forward, start you day by setting your intention and deciding what kind of cay you are going to have.

 There are no ordinary moments.  Life is a gift we chose to live or spend.  We can see each day as an opportunity to learn, share and contribute, or as a block of time, a marker in life that we use and cast away. Living our lives, making our greatest contribution starts with finding our happy spot; finding ways to get positive when the chips are down, falling or cannot be seen at all! It means using daily rituals that work for us to build our own personal happiness course.


More on Happiness?  YOU Betcha!

The Happiness Compendium
What Brain Science Tells Us, Guest Post for Jesse Lyn Stoner, Seapoint Center
Too Busy to Get Happy? Think Again. 4 Ways to Kickstart Happiness
True Happiness-Transformational Joy
Ten Steps to a Happier YOU
Get Energized, Empowered & Solution Focused-Three Steps
The Empowerment Compendium
A Collection of 75 Inspiring Posts, Podcasts and Videos
A Collection of  2000+ Inspiring Quotes and Posters

Great Reads On Happiness
What Happy People Know: How the New Science of Happiness by Dan Baker
Authentic Happiness by Martin E. P. Seligman
The Ultimate Happiness Prescription: by Deepak Chopra 

The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
Positivity:  by Barbara Fredrickson
Happier: Learn the Secrets by Tal Ben-Shahar

 

Author Bio:  Irene BeckerIrene Headshot
Executive Coach, Consultant, Trainer, Speaker and Writer, Irene is a trailblazer whose unique 3Q Edge™ model has helped forward-thinking people and organizations in Canada, USA and Europe develop communication, leadership and career skills that GROW at the speed of change and challenges.  First female CEO of a steel company in Canada, Irene Becker has a track record of accomplishments in business and in the community at large.

Passionate about the integrity of her work, Irene goes the distance for her clients face to face, by telephone, Skype or video conferencing

 

Are you ready to go from Now to HOW? Time to get re-inspired?
Build 3Q Skills That GROW At The Speed Of Change/Challenges?
Irene Becker |  Just Coach It -The 3Q Edge™ (IQ-EQ-SQ)
Building 3Q Skills That GROW At The Speed Of Change Is My Commitment To A Better Future
I welcome the opportunity to discuss how I can be of service to you/your team! 
Call: (416) 671-4726 | Email 
irene@justcoachit.com  Skype: beckerirene

 

Evolve Or Devolve: Manage Performance OR Optimize It?

Evolve or Devolve?
Manage Performance OR Optimize It?
Stay Stuck In The Past OR Build A Better Future?
(including 9 bonus posts, 4 interviews)

 © Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
Building 3Q Skills That GROW At The Speed Of Change Is My Commitment To A Better Future
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 27,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]

Evolve by Cassaw Creative

 

(Photo:  Cassaw Creative)

Dateline 2013:  Evolve or devolve!  The times are a changing, and the faster they change the more critical it comes to adopt new ways of seeing the challenges before us.  Ways that can help us, make the critical shift from Now to HOW.  A shift that means resetting default patterns of thinking and doing in order to not simply manage performance, but to optimize it.

Will your organization be insidiously eroded by disengagement, communication and collaboration challenges, inability to ideate, innovate and actualize new solutions that impact organizational development, management, leadership development, sales and business development?

Is it time to take a new look at getting up to speed by championing your ability to evolve forward?  A new look at raising the bar, championing the ability to empower, enable and actualize potential?  Will you grab the gauntlet and start optimizing performance rather than managing it?

What’s the big deal? Why is performance optimization critical?  Because a focus on post WW2 management, an optic of putting round pegs in round holes the same way we did it before will ultimately endanger the power of your people, the power of your employees to learn and relearn faster, develop better ways of transforming problems into solutions; ways that drive engagement, empowerment, innovation, communication and collaboration are REAL and CRITICAL.

Performance Optimization Means Changing Your Playbook in ways that take YOU forward faster, more creatively, smarter…and happier at a speed of change, challenges and opportunities that will continue to accelerate.  Ways that involve, engage, enable human purpose, potential and the actualization of improved communication and collaboration.  Ways that use what is to create what can be in your workplace, your management, your leadership~ways that help you build YOUR 3Q Edge™.

Here are Four Practical Steps!

Step One:  Get in touch with the fact that what worked in the past will not take you forward in the present or future.  Managing talent is not enough.  Optimizing talent means seeing your strengths and challenges with new eyes; eyes that take you forward faster, smarter…and yes, happier!  Neuroscience confirms that priming our brain to be happy and positive is critical to ideation.

Step Two:   Build YOUR 3Q Edge™-Start learning to use strengths and challenges, changes, stressors (and failures) to build three essential strengths:

Q1: Enhanced focus, ideation, ability to learn-relearn
Q2: Emotional Intelligence-Resiliency-Communication, Risk Tolerance
Q3:  Integrity, Values, Purpose-Critical Intrinsic Motivators Driving True Leadership.

Step Three:  Build Best Practices in the NOW.  Start developing and growing your ability to REACH™, reset the individual and organizational GPS from NOW to HOW by using a REACH™ focus to build your 3Q Edge™

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The choice is clear, the choice is critical.  Build a NEW performance optimization playbook.  You can continue to develop great systems (critical) while using the same training/coaching/learning styles that worked in the past and will become increasingly impotent in the present and future OR YOU can change the performance playbook by optimizing performance rather than simply managing it.  You can raise the bar, or wait for the next ax to fall, the next wave of competition, employee disengagement and the silent attrition of innovation, commitment, potential to creep through every nook and crevice of your organization.

Evolve or Devolve?  Manage performance or optimize it? Stay stuck in the past or build a better future?  There is no time like the present to champion your ability to build a new Performance Optimization Playbook.  What does it look like? Stay tuned for my next article, Building YOUR 3Q Performance Optimization Playbook ™

More On 3Q  Performance Optimization At The Speed of Change?  YOU Betcha

From No to GO!  Optimizing Potential, Results & Well-being At The Speed Of Change
The Thriving Organization-Ten Steps Out Of Jurassic Park
Winning The Race With Wolves:  (Part 1-Meet the Wolves)
Winning The Race With Wolves:  (Part 2-Solutions) 

Ten Practical Ways To Build Essential Success Skills At The Speed Of Change
Ten Steps To Building Employee Engagement
Winning The Silent War Destroying People and Organizations From Inside Out
Words Make Worlds-Opening The Door To A Better Present And Future
The Individual and Organizational Imperative for 3Q Leadership Development

Podcasts and Video Interviews

Building Your Leadership Capacity-21st Century Leadership Lessons Learned (Audio)
(Interview by JoAnn Corley, Leadership 3.0)
From Pain To Gain In Life And Career (Audio)
(Interview by Deb Scott-Blog Talk Radio)
The Linchpin To Your Company’s Success (Video) 
(Interview by Ted Coine, Switch and Shift TV)
First Woman CEO-Conquering Challenges
(Interview by Shannon Skinner, Extraordinary Women)

 

Author Bio:  Irene BeckerIrene Headshot
Executive Coach, Consultant, Trainer, Speaker and Writer, Irene is a trailblazer whose unique 3Q Edge™ model has helped forward-thinking people and organizations in Canada, USA and Europe develop communication, leadership and career skills that GROW at the speed of change and challenges.  First female CEO of a steel company in Canada, Irene Becker has a track record of accomplishments in business and in the community at large. Passionate about the integrity of her work, Irene goes the distance for her clients face to face, by telephone, Skype or video conferencing

 

Are you ready to go from Now to HOW? Time to get re-inspired?
Build 3Q Skills That GROW At The Speed Of Change/Challenges?
Irene Becker |  Just Coach It -The 3Q Edge™ (IQ-EQ-SQ)
Building 3Q Skills That GROW At The Speed Of Change Is My Commitment To A Better Future
I welcome the opportunity to discuss how I can be of service to you/your team! 
Call: (416) 671-4726 | Email 
irene@justcoachit.com  Skype: beckerirene

Using Failure To Succeed: 7 Practical, Powerful Tips

Using Failure To Succeed:  7 Practical, Powerful Tips
Ways To Build Your 3Q Edge™ (IQ-EQ-SQ)

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
Building 3Q Skills That GROW At The Speed Of Change Is My Commitment To A Better Future
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 27,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]

 

Using Failure To Succeed

What do I know about failure?  A great deal.  What do I know about failing forward?  A great deal more than most! The gamut of failures I have faced and used to grow, learn, innovate and extrapolate my own potential, the failures I have helped others use to understand and optimize their potential are written on the walls of my life and my career. I have failed in just about every successful area of my life and career.  Some of my failures have been spectacular, many of them have been the normal journey of skinning my knees, of falling down and doing something wrong so that I could learn how to do it right.

 

Today, one of the things I do best and most is help others recognize failures and use them as a lever for their greatest potential by building three essential Q strengths that grow at the speed of change

Q1: IQ-Learning and relearning faster, being able to think strategic and creatively in high stress arenas, using challenges as levers for solutions.

Q2: EQ-Building communication, collaboration, resiliency through emotional self awareness, awareness of the feelings of others, using/transforming what we feel into our ability to build communication, collaboration and resiliency.

Q3: SQ-The intrinsic motivation that holds together the fabric of our greatest potential:  Values, integrity and an alignment with the greatest good that defines true leadership and sustainable success.


Here are seven simple, powerful and practical ways to turn failure around.  Ways to use failures and challenges to grow, evolve and expand your potential to succeed!

Let Go Of Denial.  DO not deny, do not react, respond to a failure by refusing to chase your loses, refusing to beat yourself up or berate your ability.  Champion the failure by using it as a learning tool, a growth tool that can help you see your strengths and areas of challenge with new eyes.

Don’t try to get it right, focus on doing the right thing.  In the face of failure the greatest question we can asks is whether our decision, whether our state of mind and actions were in alignment with the values, integrity and purpose that are the underpinning of all sustainable success.  If your SQ was in alignment, it is time to take another look at the failure before you and decide if it is an acceptable loss or a learning tool that can help you grow your ability to ideation, think, solve and develop emotional power and resiliency in new ways, powerful ways that will help you optimize your true potential.

Reinterpret your loss or failure by training yourself to see the failure as a stepping stone to your personal growth and success. Every failure is an opportunity to reflect (rather than react), tame your ego (need of external validation), apply health self love and respect so that you can learn to adapt, grow and decide whether the idea you had, the decisions you made will help you evolve and move forward or get stuck on and with what you feel you cannot do and must deny.

Expose yourself to new ideas. Experiment, push yourself to try new ways of thinking and doing that can help you improve and enhance your ability to learn/relearn while keeping SQ (values, purpose, integrity firmly in place).

Remove toxic emotions from the equation.  Remove negative emotions that drain your self confidence, attack your self esteem. Use the perceived failure to become more self aware and make decisions around whether there is a new way of thinking, doing, learning, adapting that can catapult your success or you need to extrapolate the positive learning from this experience and move on.

Don’t get too attached to your plan, get attached to the SQ (values, integrity, purpose) behind your plan.  Attach yourself to the intrinsic motivators that can help you grow, adapt, evolve and decide how you are going to use the failure before you to either find a new and better way to succeed or to decide that you need to focus on a different horizon.

Self validate. Get empowered by who you really are, by your ability to survive and even thrive in the face of failure.  Focus  not on the failure, but on what you can learn, how you can grow and your ability to use each failure or challenge to build the intrinsic motivation the SQ (integrity, purpose, values) that will help you grow, evolve and adapt in ways that are purposeful and positive.

We cannot stop the wave of change, challenges, opportunity and competition before us, but we can learn to use challenges and failures as lever for our  greatest potentialLearning to fail forward is not only the stepping stone of those who will lead greatly, it is the pivot point for everyone and anyone who wants to grow, evolve, adapt and succeed in the 21st century. We are all touched by the wave, and learning to ride it means developing a new relationship with changes, challenges and failures that helps us reach past what is to create what can be.

Link to post  on Elysian Training Blog 

Irene Becker PhotoAuthor Bio:  Irene Becker
Executive Coach, Consultant, Trainer, Speaker and Writer, Irene is a trailblazer whose unique 3Q Edge™ model has helped forward-thinking people and organizations in Canada, USA and Europe develop communication, leadership and career skills that GROW at the speed of change and challenges.  First female CEO of a steel company in Canada, Irene Becker has a track record of accomplishments in business and in the community at large. Passionate about the integrity of her work, Irene goes the distance for her clients face to face, by telephone, Skype or video conferencing

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More on using change, challenges and failures to BUILD and OPTIMIZE Potential?  YOU betcha!

3Q Leadership Development

•  Winning The Silent War That Is Destroying People & Organizations From Inside Out

• Success At The Speed Of Change-Essential Strengths

• 3Q Leadership-Reach Benefits And Why I Have Dedicated My Life To This Work

• 10 Steps To Building The 3Q Leadership Skills You Need Now

• Ten Ways To Lead Forward In Times Of Complexity And Change

• Women And Leadership-Ten Powerful Steps Forward For Women And Men

• Constructive Discontent:  Building a critical leadership and life 3Q skill

• Why Smart And Fast Are Not Enough:  The Need For Higher EQ/EI


3Q Organizational Development:

•  Winning The Silent War That Is Destroying People & Organizations From Inside Out 

• The Thriving Organization-Ten Power Steps Out of Jurassic Park

• From Now to HOW:  Building Social, Digital and Cross-Generational Leadership

• The Individual and Organizational Imperative for 3Q Leadership

• The Leadership Compendium

• Leadership Means Developing a Community of Purpose

Ten Steps to Employee Engagement

3Q Personal Development
• Breaking Through A Performance Plateau

• Five Ways to Take Control of Your Potential

• From Victim to Victor

• The Empowerment Compendium

• The Happiness Compendium


Videos:

• Extraordinary Woman Interview

The Linch Pin To Your Company’s Success

• From Pain To Gain In Life And Career (Audio)

 

More?  You Betcha
•  Collection of 3Q Leadership and Leadership Articles

•  Collection of Great Read Books

•  Collection of Career-HR-Workplace Articles

•  Collection of Life-Success-Happiness Articles

AND

•  Collection of Inspiring Posters an Quotes because getting re-inspired is critical to our individual and organizational health, success and well-being!

 

Are you ready to go from Now to HOW? Time to get re-inspired?
Build 3Q Skills That GROW At The Speed Of Change/Challenges?
Irene Becker |  Just Coach It -The 3Q Edge™ (IQ-EQ-SQ)
Building 3Q Skills That GROW At The Speed Of Change Is My Commitment To A Better Future
I welcome the opportunity to discuss how I can be of service to you/your team! 
Call: (416) 671-4726 | Email 
irene@justcoachit.com  Skype: beckerirene

 

 

The Leadership Equation: Building Great Leadership At The Speed Of Change

The Leadership Equation:Building Great Leadership At The Speed of Change | Practical Tips and Insights 

(If you missed parts 1-4 in this series, scroll down to the bottom for links)

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 27,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]

 

 Leadership is a 3Q equation supported by courage. Courage grows each time we align intelligence (IQ) + humanity (EQ) + integrity (SQ)

The Leadership Equation by Irene BeckerLeadership equation is a 3Q equation that starts and grows with courage.

Leadership means having the courage to build the IQ (intelligence-strategic thought-ability to learn/relearn ) EQ (emotional strength-communication-resiliency) and SQ (values-purpose-integrity of vision/action) that can help us use what is to create what can be; better lives, better organizations…a better world.

 

What happens when we lose sight of what is truly important?  What happens when we detach ourselves from the SQ, the intrinsic motivators (Values-Purpose-Integrity of Vision/Action)?  Take a look around.  Could the USA government come to a halt without those in positions of power becoming inured to the intrinsic motivators the SQ (vision-values-purpose) that are the underpinning of true leadership?

What will happen if we remain entrenched by what worked in the past but may be impotent in the present or future? The need for great leadership abounds as does the reality that we struggle to develop leaders to can guide us out of the paradoxical morass we face, help us develop the mindset and skill set we need to transform the challenges and failures we face into innovative solutions that can take us forward.

We are living in times of paradox where the need to kindle the fire of human purpose and potential has never been greater.  We talk about leadership, we train leaders but we do not question who wants to lead and why? 
The need for each individual to develop personal leadership skills is obvious and critical, the reality that not everyone wants or aspires to be the captain of the ship is equally true.  It take courage, it takes vision, it take the relentless desire to serve the greatest good, to make difficult decisions and learn relentlessly from both the successes before us and our challenges and failures to lead.

Many are called, and the minority who hear the call will truly want to lead.  We do not need each individual to be a leader, we need people to develop personal leadership skills so that they can recognize the integrity of great leadership and play a part in helping great leaders take us from where we are to where we need to go.  Our ability to develop stronger personal leadership, better thinking, communicating and doing skills while recognizing those unique individuals who have the courage, intelligence and integrity to assume positions of leadership has never been greater.

The call for a new type of leader who can balance male and female intrinsic strengths with a more androgynous focus, a skill set that is not mired or limited by gender, ethnicity or past markers of power but thrives on the integrity, vision and value is critical. The new leader, the new generation of leadership must embrace a more androgynous focus that will build upon three critical pillars:


Pillar Number One:  The Purpose Equation
Optimizing, humanizing, monetizing our potential means making the purpose equation real in a new non-linear eco-system where change, challenges, competition and opportunities abound.
 

The Purpose Equation:                                 Purpose = Profit

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Success = Creating Value For Others

 

Our ability to use the changes, challenges, stressors, even failures we face to build 3Q Skills that stretch and grow at the speed of change is real; doing so starts with championing the purpose that can help us learn, live and lead forward.

 

 

Pillar Number Two: Building Our 3Q Edge™-Resetting The GPS
Resetting the individual and organizational GPS from NO TO GO by not simply playing to strengths, but by using changes, challenges, stressors, even failures to develop three essential power clusters, three essential skills that GROW in the face of change/challenges:
Q1-IQ (intelligence-focus-strategic thought-ability to learn-relearn)  Q2-EQ (emotional mastery-self management-relationship management-risk tolerance/resiliency, communication) Q3-SQ (values alignment/positive purpose, integrity of thought communication and action)

 

Pillar Number Three: A commitment to a better present and future by empowering, enabling and actualizing our individual and collective potential A commitment that begins with the words we choose to think, speak and share; words that build bridges across digital, social, cross generational/culture lines because they speak loudly and boldly to the values and objectives we share irrespective of gender, ethnicity or other differentiators.

 

Leadership starts in the hearts and minds of all men and women who push themselves to envisage a better present and future.  It starts with the heart beat of hope, faith, integrity, humanity and courage that can change one life and many lives. The leadership equation is a 3Q equation that starts and grows with courage. Leadership means having the courage to build the IQ (intelligence-strategic thought-ability to learn/relearn ) EQ (emotional strength-communication-resiliency) and SQ (values-purpose-integrity of vision/action) that can help us use what is to create what can be; better lives, better organizations…a better world.    It begins by taking responsibility for our life, our growth our ability to contribute to a greater whole in ways that will stretch us, test us and also help us to grow individually and collectively.  

Some of us will lead great ships, others will simply lead our lives more effectively by learning to re-inspire the best in ourselves and others. We all contribute in different ways to a leadership equation, a balance of power, talent and collaboration that can take us forward smarter, faster and better than before.  Each role is important, each person is an important spark in the foundation of new lives, new organizations and a better path forward.

More?  You Betcha…Parts 1-IV in this series, Success At The Speed of Change

Part 1:  The Success Ladder Is Gone
Part 2:  Words Make Worlds:  Opening The Door To A Better Present And Future
Part 3:  From No To GO:  Optimizing Potential, Well-being and Success
Part 4:  The Purpose Equation:  Building Intrinsic Motivation

More on Building 3Q Communication & Leadership Skills That Grow At The Speed of Change? YOU Betcha!
Benefits of 3Q Leadership And Why I Have Dedicated My Life To This Work
Winning The Silent War Destroying People And Organizations From Inside Out
From Now To How: Building Social, Digital and Cross Generational Communication/Leadership
Women and Leadership:  A Post For Women and Men
Building The 3Q Leadership Skills You Need NOW

 

Are you ready to go from Now to HOW?  Build Your 3Q Edge™? Get re-inspired?
Click for a list of 2013 Programs, Services, Professional Fees
I welcome the opportunity to discuss how I can be of service to you/your team! 
Call: (416) 671-4726 | Email 
irene@justcoachit.com  Skype: beckerirene 

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The Purpose Equation: Intrinsic Motivation

Leadership | The Purpose Equation: Intrinsic Motivation
Aligning Purpose With People, Passion and Potential
Success At The Speed Of Change Series,  Part IV/V

(If you missed parts 1-3 in this series, scroll down to the bottom for links)

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 27,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]

 “PURPOSE IS THE FOUNDATION LEADERS use to create vision, execute the mission, cultivate values that hold people accountable.”  John Baldoni, The Leader’s Pocket Guide

 

Success

What is the purpose equation?  Why is it critical to success at the speed of change? Why is it fundamental to effective leadership?

Why must the purpose equation  be entrenched in leadership development, management training and at every level in our lives and organizations?

Let’s take a closer look

 

 

The Purpose Equation:                               Purpose = Profit

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Success = Creating Value For Others

 

Intrinsic Motivation is a Key Success Factor. Purpose equals profit on a multiplicity of levels in our lives, our work, our organizations and our society. Once our need for food and shelter has been met, we each share the human need to contribute, to feel that we are part of a greater whole, a bigger purpose.  When we subtract purpose from the business equation during a period of change and challenges,  we get presenteeism, absenteeism, poor employee engagement and retention.  When we subtract purpose from our life equation we either work on overdrive, get stuck in stasis or in a rut that insidiously and often silently erodes our purpose, passion and potential.  We become cogs in a wheel, and whether we are rapidly turning, stuck in place or sliding backward, the grease that oils our ability is purpose; it is the intrinsic desire to contribute. Our ability to use the changes, challenges, stressors, even failures we face to build 3Q Skills that stretch and grow at the speed of change is real; doing so starts with championing the purpose that can help us learn, live and lead forward.


Leading Forward Means Packing A Purposeful Punch
: Are your employee objectives purpose driven?  Are your management objectives purpose driven?  Are your strategic and organizational objectives purpose driven?  Purpose speaks to the shared values and objectives that drive great leadership, great strategy, great teamwork, great innovation and collaboration, great communication.  Purpose is also the linchpin, the benchmark that builds happier more successful lives.  Great teams thrive when they have a shared purpose, great leaders lead because their vision and mission is purposeful, meaningful to their constituents, and great people use their greatest purpose, their most meaningful objective in life to transform changes, challenges, crises into opportunities to learn, grow and share.

Critical Success Factors Ensure The Success Of Organizations; Purpose is the lever that ignites success.  External motivators are important, but internal motivators are the pilot light that champions our ability to go the extra mile to optimize our potential and the potential of others.  Building emotional intelligence is critical to the self awareness and awareness of others that allows one to understand purpose in light of shared values and objectives.  If we cannot understand what is purposeful, meaningful to our employees, our clients, our organization and we are unable to align our self with the values and objectives implicit in this purpose, we are riding a broken train that will ultimately derail.

External Motivators are important, but they must be balanced with purpose, with intrinsic motivators that engage and drive people forward; intrinsic motivators that build a bridge between what is and what can be by aligning shared values and objectives. Goals, objectives, quantitative performance measures will not thrive in a non-linear eco system of constant change without a purpose driven anchor.  Empowering, enabling and actualizing our potential to use the strengths, changes, challenges, stressors and failures we face to optimize our potential, build new solutions, develop virtual and real teams of innovation and collaboration that take us forward cannot be sustained without a purpose that unites each team member and constituent.

The Present, Future AND The HOW will survive and thrive in alignment with the strength of their purpose, the fortitude of their ability to touch the heads and hearts of all constituents in ways that champion the integrity, humanity, courage and leadership that can take us forward individually and collectively.  Business success is predicated on creating value for others, and our ability to do so will be marginalized if our organization, our leaders, our managers, our employees do not buy into a purpose that makes their work, their contribution meaningful.

TEN Critical Success Factors At The Speed Of Change Are Purpose Driven

>Critical Success Factor – Executive and Employee Engagement; leadership, management, buy-in from staff; alignment of mission, vision, objectives that is purpose driven.

>Critical Success Factor – Talent Optimization:  Training, coaching, mentoring programs that build 3Q Skills that grow in the face of change, challenges, stressors and opportunities.

>Critical Success Factor – Internal & External  Communications; Person/Person, Virtual, digital, cross generational communication and the establishment of Communities of Purpose.

>Critical Success Factor – Collaboration and Alignment Of Purpose, Objectives, Strategies, Execution For Effective Project Management.

>Critical Success Factor – Process, systems that use technology as a tool to monitor, analyze and optimize purpose, objectives & results

>Critical Success Factor– Effective Sales Leadership and Sales Teams Creating Value For Clients And Constituents.

>Critical Success Factor – Championing and creating a living, learning, thriving culture of resiliency, responsiveness, innovation, collaboration.

>Critical Success Factor– Creating Value For Others; The alignment of purpose, values, objectives.

>Critical Success Factor– Corporate Social Responsibility-CSR; Reaching out to the community in ways that establish brand awareness, presence and commitment  to clients, employees and the community it serves.

Surviving and thriving in the new non-linear eco system means recognizing that purpose = profit.  Purpose that is unclear, purpose that is not aligned with individual and organizational values and objectives, purpose that does not speak to the human need to contribute, to make a difference, to be part of a greater whole will not be able to withstand the velocity of change, challenges, crises and opportunities we face and will continue to face as we move from the age of information to the age of innovation.

Success at the speed of change means building skills and strengths that expand with changes, challenges, opportunities…and yes, even, stressors and failures.  The writing is on the walls of our lives and organizations; being smart and fast are no longer enough, leading forward, communicating forward, learning forward means not only recognizing and actualizing our strengths, but using the changes, challenges, stressors and failures we face to build 3Q skills/strengths:

Q1-IQ (intelligence-focus-strategic thought-ability to learn-relearn)

Q2-EQ (emotional mastery-self management-relationship management-risk tolerance/resiliency, communication)

Q3-SQ (values alignment/positive purpose, integrity of thought communication and action)

Our ability to see our jobs, our careers, our lives with new eyes, eyes that help us recognize their purpose; eyes that help us build Communities of Purpose within our organizations is the way forward.  The formula for success is timeless; create value for others.  Creating value for others in a non-linear eco-system where change, challenges, competition and opportunities will increase means paying attention to and championing the purpose that drive our individual and collective commitment to success at the speed of change!

 

If you missed parts 1-3 of this series, here they are!
Part I: The Success Ladder Is Gone: Insights Into Succeeding In A Non-Linear Eco-System

Part II: Words Make Worlds: Opening The Door To A Better Present & Future

Part III: From No TO GO! Optimizing Potential, Results And Well-being At The Speed Of Change
Coming soon: Part V: The 3Q Leadership Equation


More?  YOU Betcha
From Pain To Gain:  Ten 21st Century Leadership Lessons Learned
Ten Practical Ways To Build Essential Success Skills At The Speed Of Change
Ten Steps To Building Employee Engagement
The Fire Of Human Potential:  Developing A Purposeful Life And Career
Meaningful Work: Building A Leadership And Management Must
The Empowerment Compendium
The Individual And Organizational Imperative To Do Good In The World
Extraordinary Woman Interview (Video)
Pain To Gain Interview (Audio) 

 

Are you ready to go from Now to HOW?  Build Your 3Q Edge™? Get re-inspired?
Click for a list of 2013 Programs, Services, Professional Fees
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From Pain To Gain-Ten 21st Century Leadership Lessons Learned

From Pain To Gain:  Ten 21st Century Leadership Lessons Learned >>>>A New Course Based On This Course Debuts Soon.  Enrollment Limited.  Contact Us for more details!

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 27,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]

 

Leadership is a 3Q equation supported by courage. Courage grows each time we align intelligence (IQ) + humanity (EQ) + integrity (SQ)

 

From Pain To Gain-Ten Leadership Lessons Learned

If you are a trailblazer  who wants to not simply optimize strengths but transform changes/challenges into a lever for your greatest ability; I hope this post will motivate you.

If you are a leader who aspires to building an organization where purpose, engagement,  innovation, communication, collaboration (the fire of human potential shines and grows); I hope this post will inspire you.

If you are working/living on over-drive, stuck in a rut/stasis or feeling lost;   I hope this post will motivate you to look within and reclaim your power.

If you are a  member of any ethnic group/gender that has traditionally be disenfranchised;  I hope you will recognize your ability, our ability to light a candle that can drive unity and strength among all people sharing this earth.
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Since writing my story,  Against All Odds, my journey has included some of the greatest challenges I have ever faced; I guess the pivot points in my journey were pain points that would have compelled most people to simply give up.  As a young child, on a journey that encompassed tragedy, abuse, pain and a myriad of  challenges I discovered that the greatest power we have is in the hope, faith, courage, integrity and humanity that lights a fire in our soul.  I learned that the values we cherish are the formula for our greatest success or a descent into an endless trajectory of ego driven illusions that never really help us achieve our greatest purpose. I learned that we each have a unique footprint, a unique gift/contribution to share in our lifetime; each positive step forward that is alignment with hope, faith, courage, integrity and humanity takes us all forward.

Success is a journey towards a greater goal; a courageous hike on a path replete with many challenges and failures.  
From Pain To Gain:  Ten Lessons Learned 

Lesson One:  Leadership is about thought and action; it is also about nurturing the greatness in others. We can all learn to lead forward in different ways, those who lead in a BIG way will be guided by a vision, a purpose and a commitment that is larger than themselves and speaks to the values/spiritual quotient that can guide us forward individually and collectively.

Lesson Two:  Those who abuse power, position to get ahead or dominate others may win in the short term, but their playbook will never give them the sense of fulfillment they truly desire. After our survival needs are met, we all seek to be loved.  Love is what drive us all.  We crave it, we need it, and those who abuse power will never truly find it.

Lesson Three:  Success is a me to we equation. Life, business and success are all human equations that rely upon the strength and integrity of the relationships we build and nurture. The global village that Marshall McCluhan spoke of in the 1970’s is now a reality, the social, digital and virtual landscape of our lives, our business and organizations is based on the relationships be develop.  Success is a me to we equation.

Lesson Four:  The best business idea is impotent without the business strategy, financial capital, human capital to transform what is into what can be. Building a business, an organization, a professional practice requires not only courage and tenacity but the knowledge, collaboration and focus that are the building blocks of success.

Lesson Five:  If you want to be a change-maker expect to be tested and challenged at every corner.  Every step of the journey will be challenged by those who see you as a threat to the status quo.  You will be unable to lead forward, to move forward without building a community of purpose, a constituency of those who share your values and objectives and will support your journey against the flow of what is.

Lesson Six: Bad things, terrible things, totally unfair things happen to good people; (great interview with a survivor and thriver, Resiliency Expert, Michael Ballard). It is our spiritual quotient, our belief in a greater power, a bigger picture and purpose we cannot see or understand that can take us through the most difficult of times.  If you are a survivor, you must become a thriver.  Those who thrive in the face of terrible adversity, illness, life/career challenges are those whose are purpose and values centered.  Their values and purpose are a pilot light that keeps their hope, faith and courage shining brightly in the darkest night.

Lesson Seven:  Hope must spring eternal, because without it we are lost.  When we lose hope we lose our power to make a difference, be a difference and to contribute to a better life, better organization and a better world. Keeping hope alive does not mean wearing rosy colored glasses, it means cleaving to the values, the spiritual quotient, the heartbeat of human innovation and potential that glows and grows from within.

Lesson Eight:  Purpose makes profit; what does not create value for ALL constituents will ultimately crash and burn.  The secret to success is simple and timeless; create value for others; the imperative to do so has never been greater.  Organizations who survive and thrive will be communities of purpose who align vision, values, purpose with the engagement of human potential. Our ability to communicate, collaborate and build solutions that take us forward is a group activity.  The members of your group, your team, your community of purpose must be shareholders in the values and objectives that transform me into we!

Lesson Nine: Adaptability-Resiliency-Creativity-Ingenuity rooted in courage, integrity, humanity are the strengths and values that will take us forward individually and collectively.  We must embrace change while guarding the values that are the anchor for a better present and future. The words we use, the thoughts we think impact our potential, optimizing our ability means embracing change and using it to build the adaptability, resiliency, creativity and ingenuity that turns problems into solutions.

Lesson Ten:  Perspective is everything.  What you focus on grows; your perspective is your reality.  Developing a perspective and honing the skills that can help us optimize strengths AND use changes, challenges, stressors, even failures to build IQ (intelligence, strategic thought, ability to learn-relearn faster)  EQ (self awareness, awareness of others, resiliency, social/communication skills)  SQ (values, integrity, purpose, leadership strengths-spiritual quotient) is CRITICAL.

More?  You Betcha!  The need to get re-inspired by what we CAN do is critical!  AND….a new course From Pain To Gain-Ten 21st Leadership Lessons is on its way.  Contact us to learn more.  Enrollment is limited!  irene@justcoachit.com 

My Story:  Against All Odds

A Collection of Leadership and 3Q Leadership Posts

A Collection of Inspiring Posts

A Collection of Inspiring Quotes and Posters

A Collection of Inspiring, Heroic Women/Changemakers

 

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What 3Q Leadership Means | Insights And Action Steps

What 3Q Leadership Means | Insights & Action Steps (Including 5 bonus posts, a reading list of 10 Leadership Great Reads and 2 inspiring videos)

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 27,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]

 

Leadership is a 3Q equation supported by courage. Courage grows each time we align intelligence (IQ) + humanity (EQ) + integrity (SQ)

 

3Q Leadership Insights And ActionI believe in our ability to lead forward, our ability to cleave to the noblest ideals, the highest values while learning new ways, better ways, faster ways to optimize our talent and potential that will take us forward towards a better present and future.

If you do not hear the call, listen.  The echo of our true potential is written on the walls of our communities, our organizations and imprinted on our souls.  Most people will bury their head in the sand, some will run and hide, but the minority of people who rise to the challenges before them form a lever that can change one life, many lives…and the world for the better.

 

Sharing leadership quotes and links to posts/practical advice on 3Q  Leadership that I hope you enjoy as well as five bonus posts, a reading list of great leadership books and 2 inspiring videos!

 

• Leadership means negotiating dark corners w/ the integrity-courage-humanity + wisdom to see thru + past the fog!     ( What Does Leadership Really Mean?  http://bit.ly/TqxT6e)

 

 Leadership means finding new ways, better ways, faster ways to build a learning organization, but a living, thriving organization where adaptive communication, management and leadership thrive.  ( The Thriving Organization:  Ten Power Steps Out Of Jurassic Park http://bit.ly/16RgPjM )
• Leadership means growing women leaders; developing new, faster better ways for women and men to draw upon/learn from each other  ( Women And Leadership:  Ten Power Steps Forward For Women And Men bit.ly/17L4kE7 )

 

 Leadership means great leadership development that empowers, enables and actualizes our ability to win.  (Mission Critical: Championing-Empowering-Enabling Our Individual and Organizational Ability to WIN  http://bit.ly/1400T0F ) 

 

• Leadership means building essential strengths that optimize potential and drive results at the speed of change  ( Ten Practical Ways To Build Essential Success Skills At The Speed of Change  http://bit.ly/145DUBw )

 

• Leadership means choosing to be part of the human solution by feeling your real power and using it empower the best in yourself and others.  (The Empowerment Compendium http://bit.ly/16RhbqA )

 

• Leadership means building the 3Q skills that can help you optimize resiliency, leadership, communication, collaboration, social responsibility, problem solving, creativity, and self-actualization.  (3Q Leadership and REACH Benefits-And Why I Have Dedicated My Life To This Work http://bit.ly/15BMwv8 )

  Leadership means failing forward by using failure to build resiliency, whole brain thinking, creativity, innovation & results  (The Secret to Success Is Failing Forward:  Mastering A Critical Life And Leadership Skill http://bit.ly/19q4rLV )

• Leadership means empowering, enabling, actualizing our greatest individual and organizational potential and results  in the face of change, challenges, crises. ( Leadership Means Winning The Silent War That Is Destroying People And Organizations From Inside Out  http://bit.ly/13ZXlLS   )

 

 Leadership means finding simple, practical and powerful ways to start moving from NO to GO, by resetting default patterns that perpetuate reaction vs response, stasis vs growth, slipping into reverse vs optimizing potential.  ( Leadership Means Moving From No to GO By Optimizing Potential, Results And Well-Being At The Speed Of Change : http://bit.ly/12IuGIg )

 

• Leadership means achieving success in a new, non-linear eco-system by recognizing, embracing and building our incredible ability to adapt, learn-relearn and grow. (The Success Ladder Is Gone:  Insights On Succeeding Without It In A Non-Linear Eco-System  http://bit.ly/13ZQTVh )

 

• Leadership means developing environments where meaningful work and engagement thrive has become critical on a multiplicity of levels that impact the business bottom line( Ten Steps To Building Employee Engagement http://bit.ly/13ZQP7T )

 

Leadership means integrity, humanity, courage; say these words, use them and incorporating them in your life and work because purpose = profit on a multiplicity of levels. ( Ten Ways To Lead Forward In Times Of Complexity And Change http://bit.ly/16Rihm7 )

 

 Leadership means understanding what emotional intelligence is and why it is critical to your life, your career and the optimization of human potential.  ( Smart And Fast Are Not Enough:  The Need For Better EQ http://bit.ly/16RgTQz )

 

  Leadership means building our ability to use strengths and challenges to R-E-A-C-H™:  Redirect focus, Enhance confidence, Actualize potential, Communicate effectively, Harvest results  ( Disrupt The Status Quo: Make The Critical Shift Forward: http://bit.ly/UdSn7y )

 

• Leadership means building a community of thought and action; a community of purpose because success is a me to WE equation.  ( Leadership Means Developing A Community Of Purpose  http://bit.ly/16RgHRj )

 

• Leadership means taking every opportunity to reinforce the foundation of your house by building a culture of integrity and engagement.  ( Ten Steps To Building Employee Engagement http://bit.ly/16RiINe ) 

• Leadership means understanding the secret to personal development and growth. ( The Secret To Personal Development And Growth  http://bit.ly/13ZQphV )

 

• Leadership means building social, digital and cross generational communication  ( From Now To How:  Building Social, Digital And Cross Generational Leadership  http://bit.ly/16NbEC6 )

•  Leadership means opening the door to a better present and future.  (Words Make Worlds: Opening The Door To A Better Present And Future http://buff.ly/13CfqPN )

 

More?  You Betcha.
Goodness To Greatness Leadership-7 Steps from Me To We
The New Leader
Against All Odds:  A True Story of Hope, Faith, Courage And Leadership
The Leadership Compendium:  Leading Forward In The Face Of Change, Complexity, Crisis
The Individual And Organizational Imperative To Do Good In The World

More?  Yes, some Great Leadership Reads From Leadership Experts!

HBR’s Ten Must Reads On Leadership
A Real Look at Real World Corporate Governance by David Larcker, Brian Tayan
The Esssential Bennis by Warren Bennis
The Essential Drucker
by Peter Drucker
The Leadership Engine by Noel Tichy
Building The Bridge As You Walk On It by Robert Quinn
Serve To Lead by James Strock
The Truth About Leadership By James Kouzes and Barry Posner
Primal Leadership by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Anne McGee
Servant Leadership by Robert Greenleaf

More?  Yes, Two Hopefully Inspiring Videos About Leading Forward In The Face Of Challenges!
Extraordinary Women Interview
Interview With Resiliency Expert Michael Ballard On Resiliency And Success

 

Are you ready to go from Now to HOW?  Build Your 3Q Edge™? Get re-inspired?
Click for a list of 2013 Programs, Services, Professional Fees
I welcome the opportunity to discuss how I can be of service to you/your team! 
Call: (416) 671-4726 | Email 
irene@justcoachit.com  Skype: beckerirene 

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From No to GO! Optimizing Potential, Results & Well-being At The Speed Of Change

From No To GO!  Optimizing Potential, Results and Well-being At The Speed Of Change (Including 26 bonus links, two videos and a list of great books)

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 27,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]

This post is part three of a five-part series on Success At The Speed Of Change; success in a new non-linear eco-system where best practices are made in the now, and our ability to empower, enable and actualize human potential is critical. Stay tuned for Parts 4 and 5 in this series; The Purpose Equation and The Leadership Equation.

From No to Go-Success At The Speed Of ChangeThe past two installments, The Ladder To Success Is Gone:  Insights On Succeeding Without It and Words Make World: Opening The Door To A Better Present And Future  set the background for a whole new world, workplace and market place where being smart and fast are no longer enough.  The imperative to build the Q skills that can take us forward is critical, because the velocity of change, challenges, competition and opportunities will continue to accelerate. Today’s topic is going from No to GO

Are YOU ready to move from NO to GO? Do you want to be a hostage of default patterns that do not optimize your potential/the potential of your team members? Is it time to find new ways, better ways to learn/relearn, communicate, collaborate and lead that take you/your team members forward smarter, faster and happier?

How important is recognizing the negative default and resetting the individual and organizational GPS from no to GO?  It may be one of the most critical enablers of our potential to survive and thrive in a non-linear eco system where best practices and made in the now, and the changes, challenges, competition and opportunities.

Here are ten simple, practical and powerful ways to start moving from NO to GO!  Ten ways to reset default patterns that perpetuate reaction vs response, stasis vs growth, slipping into reverse vs optimizing potential.

1.  Focus Forward.  Neuroscientists now believe that our brain only selects what is important to us for storage in our conscious or subconscious.  Yes, what you FOCUS on GROWS! Start your day the right way.  Get happy.  Yes, the way you start your day will infiltrate what you perceive, how you think, communicate all day long. Develop a quick, practical toolbox of simple things that can help you get happy, even if you wake up on the wrong side of the bed.

2. Set Your Intention. Setting daily goals is great, but you must also set your intention for the day.  Go ahead, set your personal intention and empower your team to also set an intention for their week, their day.  Making intentionality a regular success step and habit.

3. Build Resiliency and Divergent Thinking.  Start building“Constructive Discontent”.  Constructive discontent?  Yes, a core 3Q competency that will help you deal with discontent and stressors more effectively and see solutions you may have otherwise missed.  Caveat, building constructive discontent is a must have in your communication, relationship building and conflict management toolkit. Read this post for practical steps/tips on building Constructive Discontent

4.  Enhance Creativity, Innovation and Resiliency. Change a routine, a pattern at least once a day.  The pattern or routine you change, can be as small as brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand.  Find something to do differently every day. Take a one or two minute stretch out of the comfort zone.

5. Turn Negativity Around.  Re-empower and increase your ability to see solutions amid problems/challenges.  Reset default patterns by making a focused effort to seek out and find the positive.  Remember, most of us have an automatic negative default, learning to see the positive is important. It does not mean walking around with rosy glasses, but it does mean using your mind to search for positivity, because in so doing you will start to look for solutions.

6. Optimize your potential, enhance productivity, decrease toxic stress and negativity by scheduling blank time, alpha time and fun time into your day.  Yes, put them in your calendar.  Take a 5-10 minute break every 90 minutes for just blank time, take a 2 minute break three times a day to develop mindfulness and recharge by putting your brain in an alpha state AND make sure that fun time, laughter time is part of your daily routine.

7.  Find new ways, better ways to organize and optimize your time.  I am particularly fond of the Eisenhower graph, as are my clients. Find a way to organize and prioritize your time and let go of micro managing or being focused on details that may be irrelevant so that you can focus forward.

8.  Fail forward by using perceived failures as positive linchpins that can help you optimize your ability to learn-relearn, adapt and excel. Try it!  Here are some practical insights and tips

9.  Exercise your mind, body and spirit every day.  Do something physical, enjoy a puzzle or challenges that stretches your brain power, develop a routine that puts you in touch with your highest power and builds your SQ.

10. Build essential strengths for success at the speed of change; strengths that will help you lead and communicate forward smarter, faster and happier!  Start using strengths, changes, challenges, stressors, even failures to optimize your potential; potential to build your 3Q Edge™

Q1-IQ (intelligence-focus-strategic thought-ability to learn-relearn)

Q2-EQ (emotional mastery-self management-relationship management-risk tolerance/resiliency, communication)

Q3-SQ (values alignment/positive purpose, integrity of thought communication and action)


Practical, powerful steps?
  Yes!  And, if you go through the list  and pick one to try each week, and do so consistently you will see an optimization of your potential, your attitude and results that will help you reset default patterns and optimize your ability to move from No to GO in a positive, purposeful, powerful way!

Stay Tuned for Parts 4 and 5 in this series: 
Part 4: The Purpose Equation | Success At The Speed Of Change
Part 5: The 3Q Leadership Equation | Success At The Speed Of Change

More on Success At The Speed Of Change?  You Betcha!

3Q Personal/Career  Development
• The Success Ladder Is Gone: Insights On Succeeding Without It 

• Success At The Speed Of Change:  Essential  Strengths

• 10 Practical Ways To Build Essential Success Skills At The Speed Of Change 

• Picking The Golden Apple:  Happiness And Success At The Speed Of Change

• The Fire Of Human Potential:  Developing A Purposeful Life And Career

• Constructive Discontent:  Building A Critical Life And Leadership Skill

• Remove The Wall To Your Greatest Potential

• How Do YOU Spell Success?

• The 18 Word Success Formula

 

3Q Leadership Development
• Words Make Worlds: Opening The Door To A Better Present And Future 

• Winning The Silent War Destroying People and Organizations From Inside Out

• 3Q-REACH Benefits AND Why I Have Dedicated My Life To This Work

• Women and Leadership-10 Power Steps Forward (A Post for Women & Men)

• Constructive Discontent:  Building A Critical Life And Leadership Skill

• Men and Women Leading Forward: 10 Steps to 3Q Leadership

• The NEW Leader

• Disrupt The Status Quo:  Make The Critical Shift Forward

• The Agile Leadership And Management Toolbox


3Q Organizational Development
• Winning The Silent War Destroying People and Organizations From Inside Out

• The Individual and Organizational Imperative for 3Q Leadership

• Mission Critical:  Championing Our Individual and Organizational Imperative To Win

• Constructive Discontent:  Building A Critical Life And Leadership Skill

• From Now To HOW: Building Social, Digital and Cross-Generational Leadership

•Ten Steps To Building Employee Engagement

• Meaningful Work:  Building A Leadership And Management Must

• The Leadership Compendium

More?  Yes!  Two Videos I Hope You Enjoy!
• 
Extraordinary Women Interview:  Crashing Through Cement Ceilings!
• My Interview With Resiliency Expert Michael Ballard

More You Betcha!   Eight Great Reads on Motivation, Happiness, Brain Power, Success & Business Strategy At The Speed Of Change

• Mindset:  The New Psychology Of Success by Carol Dweck

• The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor

• Positivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the 3 to 1 Ratio That Will Change Your Life Barbara Fredrickson

• Super Brain by Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. Rudy Tanzi

• The End of Competitive Strategy by Rita Gunther Mcgrath

• The Spirit of Kaizen:  Creating Lasting Excellence One Small Step at a Time by Robert Maurer

 

 

Are you ready to go from Now to HOW?  Build Your 3Q Edge™? Get re-inspired?
Click for a list of 2013 Programs, Services, Professional Fees
I welcome the opportunity to discuss how I can be of service to you/your team! 
Call: (416) 671-4726 | Email 
irene@justcoachit.com  Skype: beckerirene 

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Words Make Worlds: Opening The Door To A Better Present And Future

Words Make Worlds: Opening The Door To A Better Present & Future
Inspiring Quotes-Practical Advice
(Part 2 In A Series of 5:  Success At The Speed Of Change
Including 22 bonus links and 2 videos)

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 27,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]

 

Success At The Speed Of Change Part 2

Leadership means different things to different people, but I believe that we can agree that for all people, leadership means building a better present and future.  Leadership, growing leaders, helping those who aspire to greater leadership in their lives, their work and organizations is not simply my work; rather it is a passion and dedication that resonates with every core of my being. I have held leadership positions, I have been extremely successful and I have also struggled with changes, challenges, career and life events that took me from the mountain of success to starting my life and work again from ground zero.  The desire to lead forward is a state of mind, a state of heart, a state of being that opens the door to our true potential.  It is a state of being that starts with the very words me use when we speak to our self (self talk) and the words we choose to share with others.

 

Every word you choose to think and speak impacts your present and future because it sets an important footprint for your brain, a pathway to picking up signals in the environment that will help you brain confirm your beliefs, your view of reality, your perception of what is.  The words we choose to think, the words we choose to speak are the most basic linchpins, the most critical levers for leadership.  We can choose to use our words to compel our best thoughts, greatest creativity, noblest ideals or to take us down a path of stress, frustration and negativity that

I believe that those who lead forward in the new world of work, the new market place and world will be pioneers who are not afraid of the new arena and embrace the new non-linear eco-system as a new launching point for human potential, purpose and results.  Pioneers who will remain undaunted by what is not because they know they can ideate, communicate, collaborate in ways that can take us forward exponentially.

Best practices are made in the NOW, and our ability to discover the critical path forward starts with recognizing that words create worlds. The ladder to success is gone, the typical iterations of a career, organizational development and lifespan will continue to change.  Our ability to recognize and harness our strengths while transforming changes, challenges, stressors, even failures into the apex of our greatest potential is the way forward.  It is a way forward that has guided my life, helped me develop my 3Q model and I believe can help many others use what is to create what can be.

Success starts, leadership starts with the individual commitment to empower, enable and actualize our potential.  A commitment that begins with the words we choose to think, speak and share. Success at the speed of change is leadership in the face of changes, challenges, stressors, failures and opportunities that will either compel our greatest potential or leave us running on overdrive, stuck in stasis or stumbling backwards reaching for solutions that worked in the past but are impotent to help us create a better present and future.

Sharing words, sound bytes and some practical advice to empower, enable and actualize the thoughts that drive meaning, purpose and results at the speed of change:

 
• Lead Forward! The call to climb the mountain has never been greater.If you listen you will hear it.  Listen because the call to climb your greatest mountain is the call that can open the door to your greatest purpose, passion and potential.

• Leadership means negotiating dark corners with the integrity, courage, humanity and wisdom to see through and past the fog.  It means harnessing our power to build a new and better future.  It starts in an alignment of head and heart, in an optimization of our true passion, purpose and potential. It starts by looking at the walls, the challenges, the hurdles we face with new eyes that take us forward faster, better and happier.  It means embracing the courage, faith, integrity and humanity, the Q strengths, that can help us use what is to create what can be in our life and the lives of others.

• You cannot light a fire with wet wood.  The future lies in the hands of those who can empower and enable the best in others. Leadership is a 3Q Equation:  (IQ) Intellect-Strategic Thought EQ (emotions-empathy-self & social mgmt) SQ (values-integrity-humanity).   It is a gender-less equation that must be enfranchised by those who have typically been disenfranchised.

• Purpose = profit.  A whole new world, workplace and marketplace will continue to show us that leading forward means harnessing the potential of human being better, not simply doing faster than ever before. Stop competing, start collaborating. Celebrate the biological differences that can make us stronger TOGETHER.

• It is time to celebrate and USE our differences and strengths as women and men to lead forward together. We will never accomplish this without women pushing forward in a positive way with a voice that must be heard.  The voice of reason, the voice of compassion, the voice of collaboration, the voice of a new type of leadership that can take both men and women forward together.

• Learning to Fail Forward it is the linchpin for 21st Century Life and Leadership. Whether your objective is building a successful small business, professional practice, team or enterprise that art of failing forward is more than the art of the start, it is the art that will drive sustainability, the art that will teach empowerment, engagement and resiliency.

• Success at the speed of change, success without a ladder,  begins by embracing and building our incredible ability to adapt, learn-relearn and grow faster and better than ever before.  We have the ability to adapt, learn, inspire, engage, collaborate and grow faster and better than ever before.  Our potential may be limitless, but optimizing this potential means recognizing that critical importance of adopting new ways of thinking, training, learning and doing that take us forward faster, smarter AND happier

• Our human need to contribute, to be purposeful, to feel that our lives, our work counts and makes a positive difference is a need we must acknowledge and fed.  Purpose equals profit on a multiplicity of levels.  We must do more than set goals, we must start each day with a purposeful intention that guides our thoughts forward.

• You are your thoughts.  Use them carefully to live, learn and lead forward.  Get provocative with your thoughts by turning them around! Refocus, repurpose.  See challenges and strengths with NEW eyes.  Learn how to R-E-A-C-H™ (Redirect focus-Empower Confidence-Optimize Potential-Harvest Results)

• Leadership requires courage, wisdom, integrity and a stoic resolve to use what is to create what can be.  Those who lead and succeed forward  with be pioneers; men and women who recognize our ability to optimize the power of human potential and results, by developing new mind-sets and skills sets that unlock our greatest potential.

• Drown out the noise and refocus on what is truly important.     What remains critical is finding your true purpose and recognizing it in your daily thoughts and actions. What is your end game?  What do you really want from your life, your relationships, your job/your career?  Dig deeper in order to get clarity on YOUR purpose.  Find it, embrace it and use it to lead forward.  We each have a unique purpose that drives our best thoughts, best actions and best outcomes. Every purpose is important to our individual and collective success and happiness.

• Success means enabling our ability to go from NOW to HOW by championing, empowering and enabling our greatest potential. Potential to do good work, potential to build good organizations, potential to build the optic and skills we need to work internally, externally, face to face and virtually across diverse constituencies, populations and cross- generationally.

• Change is not the obstacle, it is the answer.  Make the critical shift forward by embracing your ability to use words, think thoughts that champion positive change.  Change is NOT difficult, it is our greatest power and hope for a better future.  Change is what our bodies and minds so every second of the day.

• Reach for your highest common denominator by choosing to be part of the human solution. Feel your power and use it to empower the best in yourself and others.  Reclaim the power you have to validate the beauty, the bounty and the majesty of human life by touching another and yourself with words of validation.

• True leadership is not about being nice, nor is it about being intimidating; it is about serving the greatest good, and empowering the best in oneself and others so that we can climb the mountain.  It means taking hard decisions and making the sacrifices necessary to negotiate foggy corners and challenging terrain with hope, faith, courage, integrity and humanity.  The imperative to build and sustain purpose driven leadership, to inspire purpose driven work, to build purpose driven communication and collaboration has never been greater.

• Human doing is not enough. Human being better is the way forward.  Being a cog in a wheel, acting with complacency and blindly following the status quo will not work going forward. Put your head and heart to work.  Human relationships count.  Employee disengagement, presenteeism are rife in organizations, and they erode potential from inside out.

• Show those you lead and serve that you care, and help them care back. Make learning, growing and giving REAL. Find new ways to reach out and serve the community at large. Motivate and inspire not only those you employ but all constituents to be part of a greater goal that speaks to contribution and purpose.

 Success equals the reach and resonance of the human heart.  Know it, use it to choose words, thoughts and take actions that open the hearts and minds of others. Leadership means doing good in the world because what does not create value for others is ultimately destined to crash and burn.

More on Success At The Speed Of Change?  You Betcha!
Part One Of This Series: The Success Ladder is Gone-Insights On Suceeding Without It
Stay Tuned for Parts 3, 4 and 5 in this series: 
Part 3: From No To Go | Success At The Speed Of Change
Part 4: The Purpose Equation | Success At The Speed Of Change
Part 5: The 3Q Leadership Equation | Success At The Speed Of Change

3Q Personal Development
• Success At The Speed Of Change:  Essential Strengths

• 10 Practical Ways To Build Essential Success Skills At The Speed Of Change 

• Picking The Golden Apple:  Happiness And Success At The Speed Of Change

• The Fire Of Human Potential:  Developing A Purposeful Life And Career

• Constructive Discontent:  Building A Critical Life And Leadership Skill

• Remove The Wall To Your Greatest Potential

• How Do YOU Spell Success?

• The 18 Word Success Formula

3Q Leadership Development
• Winning The Silent War Destroying People and Organizations From Inside Out

• 3Q-REACH Benefits AND Why I Have Dedicated My Life To This Work

• Women and Leadership-10 Power Steps Forward (A Post for Women & Men)

• Constructive Discontent:  Building A Critical Life And Leadership Skill

• Men and Women Leading Forward: 10 Steps to 3Q Leadership

• The NEW Leader

• Disrupt The Status Quo:  Make The Critical Shift Forward

• The Agile Leadership And Management Toolbox


3Q Organizational Development
• Winning The Silent War Destroying People and Organizations From Inside Out

• The Individual and Organizational Imperative for 3Q Leadership

• Mission Critical:  Championing Our Individual and Organizational Imperative To Win

• Constructive Discontent:  Building A Critical Life And Leadership Skill

• From Now To HOW: Building Social, Digital and Cross-Generational Leadership

•Ten Steps To Building Employee Engagement

• Meaningful Work:  Building A Leadership And Management Must

• The Leadership Compendium

More?  Yes!  Two Videos I Hope You Enjoy!
• 
Extraordinary Women Interview:  Crashing Through Cement Ceilings!
• My Interview With Resiliency Expert Michael Ballard

 

Are you ready to go from Now to HOW? Time to get re-inspired?
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The Success Ladder Is Gone-Insights On Succeeding Without It!

The Success Ladder Is Gone-Insights on Succeeding Without It In The Non-Linear Eco-System! | Part 1 Of 5 In A Series About Success At The Speed Of Change 
(This post includes 21 bonus links and 2 videos!)

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 27,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]

 

shutterstock_114480370Are you trying to find or climb the ladder to success?  Look again.   Focus on the NOW because the ladder is gone.

Where did the ladder go?  Well, it was knocked down in the last decade by a velocity of change, challenges, access to info/communication, increasing competition, opportunities and the ongoing transformation of life, commerce and culture as we once knew it.

 

How can we rise to the challenges before us without a ladder? How do we succeed in a non-linear eco-system?  What do we need to adjust to see our lives and careers in a non-linear fashion while retaining the purpose, human creativity, initiative that can take us forward towards greater personal and organizational success? We must start at the beginning by looking at our definition of success.  Sustainable success has never had anything to do with ladders, but reflects a common human thread and need. Success is creating value for others, value that not only speaks to the human need to contribute, but  the commercial/business reality that if we are not creating value for others our success will be limited, curtailed, minimized and ultimately eroded.

Success at the speed of change, success without a ladder,  begins by embracing and building our incredible ability to adapt, learn-relearn and grow.  We have the ability to adapt, learn, inspire, engage, collaborate and grow faster and better than ever before.  Our potential may be limitless, but optimizing this potential means recognizing that critical importance of adopting new ways of thinking, training, learning and doing that take us forward faster, smarter AND happier.  The importance of faster, smarter results is obvious, and neuroscience now confirms that in order to optimizing our brain power we need to prime our brain to be positive/happy.

Success is a 3Q Equation that if applied can take us forward in a non linear world, workplace and marketplace. It is an equation focused not only optimizing our strengths, but using changes, challenges, even failures to build, enhance and align three essential strengths that drive ideation, communication, collaboration, leadership and success at the speed of change:

Q1-
IQ (intelligence-focus-strategic thought-ability to learn-relearn)

Q2-EQ (emotional mastery-self management-relationship management-risk tolerance/resiliency, communication)

Q3-SQ (values alignment/positive purpose, integrity of thought communication and action)

What are the benefits of developing YOUR 3Q Edge?  Read about the benefits and learn why I have dedicated my life to this work.  No smoke, and mirrors.  I am committed to helping as many faster forward thinking people and organizations build their 3Q Edge.

The success equation starts by changing our language and thoughts in a positive, purposeful way that helps engage all 3Q’s.  The more we say or think that change is difficult, the more we create a neural pathway, a mindset that will impede our ability to do exactly what is required to succeed.  Taking simple steps to embrace our ability to adapt, learn, re-learn and grow must become a commitment, because this commitment will help us reset the internal and organizational GPS in ways that open up new thoughts, new ideas, new paths, new potential….new ways to succeed in a non-linear eco-system.

Stay tuned for the next 4 installments of Success At The Speed of Change:

Part 2: Words Make Worlds | Success At The Speed Of Change
Part 3: From No To Go | Success At The Speed Of Change
Part 4: The Purpose Equation | Success At The Speed Of Change
Part 5: The 3Q Leadership Equation | Success At The Speed Of Change

More About Success At The Speed of Change AND Building 3Q Strengths? YOU BETCHA!

3Q Personal Development
• Success At The Speed Of Change:  Essential Strengths

• 10 Practical Ways To Build Essential Success Skills At The Speed Of Change 

• Picking The Golden Apple:  Happiness And Success At The Speed Of Change

• The Fire Of Human Potential:  Developing A Purposeful Life And Career

• Constructive Discontent:  Building A Critical Life And Leadership Skill

• Remove The Wall To Your Greatest Potential

• How Do YOU Spell Success?

• The 18 Word Success Formula

3Q Leadership Development
• Winning The Silent War Destroying People and Organizations From Inside Out

• 3Q-REACH Benefits AND Why I Have Dedicated My Life To This Work

• Women and Leadership-10 Power Steps Forward (A Post for Women & Men)

• Constructive Discontent:  Building A Critical Life And Leadership Skill

• Men and Women Leading Forward: 10 Steps to 3Q Leadership

• The NEW Leader

• Disrupt The Status Quo:  Make The Critical Shift Forward

• The Agile Leadership And Management Toolbox


3Q Organizational Development
• Winning The Silent War Destroying People and Organizations From Inside Out

• The Individual and Organizational Imperative for 3Q Leadership

• Mission Critical:  Championing Our Individual and Organizational Imperative To Win

• Constructive Discontent:  Building A Critical Life And Leadership Skill

• From Now To HOW: Building Social, Digital and Cross-Generational Leadership

•Ten Steps To Building Employee Engagement

• Meaningful Work:  Building A Leadership And Management Must

• The Leadership Compendium

More?  Yes!  Two Videos I Hope You Enjoy!
• 
Extraordinary Women Interview:  Crashing Through Cement Ceilings!
• My Interview With Resiliency Expert Michael Ballard

 

Are you ready to go from Now to HOW? Time to get re-inspired?
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Picking The Golden Apple: Happiness & Success In The Face of Change And Challenges

Picking The Golden Apple:  Happiness & Success In Times Of Change And Challenges (Including 18 Bonus Links)

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
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Picking The Golden Apple: Happiness And Success In Times Of Change And Challenge

We live in challenging times of relentless change and challenge.   If success is a golden apple, it is the apple that hangs at the very end of the tree branch; the most difficult fruit to touch and pick. It is the fruit that is farthest from our grasp. We cannot reach out and pick the golden apple because our vision is obscured and shrouded by a thick opaque fog.

Constant assaults on our time, our lives and livelihoods can dim our clarity of vision because our automatic response is one of fight or flight.  We become so caught up in what is not, that we are unable to see what can be.

The golden apple is before us, but we cannot grasp it until we can see it through the fog of change, challenges, stressors and opportunities that cloud our vision. The need, greed and ego have felled every empire, fiefdom and corporation in recorded history.  What does not create value for others is destined to crash, burn and die.  Purpose equals profit on a multiplicity of levels.  Our ability to connect with our best selves, do our best work, develop strong relationships, communities of purpose and collaboration is the way forward because success is a ME to WE equation.

Our human need to contribute, to be purposeful, to feel that our lives, our work counts and makes a positive difference is a need we must acknowledge and fed.  It is the timeless flame of human being better, the flame of humanity that burns brightly at times, and may also flicker and waver when we are confronted by changes, and challenges.  It is the magnet that attracts others and helps us develop communities of purpose, communities of shared values and objectives.  It is the fruit at the end of the tree branch that is closest to the golden apple.

Old models of how to live and work will be replaced.  The shift is happening every day.  We cannot survive and thrive the shift without the mindset and heart set that makes the golden apple real. The noblest of words can inspire us, but it is our ability to make these words real that is the fastest way through the fog.

The golden apple at the end of the tree is an apple of connection and contribution.  Picking the golden apple demands more than clarity of sight, it requires clarity of heart, intention and action. The most effective and advanced learning will not take us forward without the courage, faith, humanity and integrity that can help us make the important shift from ME to WE. The apple is before us, seeing it and reaching for it are the most important things we can do!

 

More?  You Betcha!
Our Greatest Hope
Success Equals The Reach And Resonance Of The Human Heart
How Do YOU Spell Success?
The 18 Word Success Formula
The Secret To Peace And Prosperity
Against All Odds-A True Story of Hope, Courage & Leadership
Extraordinary Woman Video Interview
What Does Leadership REALLY Mean?
Goodness to Greatness Leadership-7 Steps From Me to WE
Benefits of 3Q/Reach And Why I Have Dedicated My Life To This Work

 

Are you ready to go from Now to HOW? Time to get re-inspired?
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Leadership Means Winning The Silent War Destroying People & Organizations From Inside Out

Leadership Means Winning The Silent War Destroying People And Organizations From Inside Out

Including many bonus links and Three Special  Bonus Links To The Work Of Leadership Thought Leaders: Stew Friedman, Wharton-Rosabeth Kantor, Harvard-Bill George Harvard

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 27,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]

 

Winning The Silent War

Will we bury our heads in the sand, or die from a death of the obvious.  What we are doing is NOT working well enough.   

What is the economic cost of L & D, coaching and training initiatives that are expensive, and outdated and often have poor ROI because they are focused on what worked in the past? The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), the world’s largest professional association dedicated to training and development reports that $156 Billion + was spent by US organizations on L & D in 2012 and in excess of $170 Billion was spent on leadership development training initiatives and programs.

It is time to make the critical shift forward, or prepare to watch lives and organizations erode from inside out. Dateline 2013:  Best practices are made in the NOW.  The sheer velocity of change, challenges, complexity and opportunities surrounding us will continue to accelerate.  Our ability to optimize and actualize potential at the speed of change is REAL, but it requires the courage to make a critical shift forward.  A shift that starts by getting re-inspired by what WE can do and accomplish;a shift that continues by developing a new and important relationship with strengths, changes, challenges, even failures that helps us optimize, humanize and monetize potential by building our 3Q Edge™

The latest research and report from Stanford University is important because it speaks to the critical need for executive coaching and leadership development that helps leaders optimize their potential and the potential of others.  Do you want to stop the silent erosion of your greatest asset?  Is it time to win the silent war that is eroding people and organizations from inside out? Leadership requires courage, wisdom, integrity and a stoic resolve to use what is to create what can be.  Those who lead and succeed forward  with be pioneers; men and women who recognize our ability to optimize the power of human potential and results, by developing new mind-sets and skills sets that unlock our greatest potential.

Leadership requires more than courage, more than real experience in the field, at the front lines…it requires skills development that helps leaders optimize, humanize and monetize potential by developing the mind-set and skill set that enables and actualizes their potential and the potential of those they lead. It means recognizing and nurturing essential leadership and success skills, it means building YOUR 3Q Edge™

More On Leadership and Organizational Development At The Speed Of Change, Challenges & Complexity?  YOU Betcha!

3Q Leadership Development

Ten Practical Ways To Build Essential Success Skills At The Speed of Change & Complexity
• Success At The Speed Of Change-Essential Strengths
• 3Q Leadership-Reach Benefits And Why I Have Dedicated My Life To This Work
• Women And Leadership-Ten Powerful Steps Forward For Women And Men
• 10 Steps To Building The 3Q Leadership Skills You Need Now
• Ten Ways To Lead Forward In Times Of Complexity And Change
• Constructive Discontent:  Building a critical leadership and life 3Q skill
• Why Smart And Fast Are Not Enough:  The Need For Higher EQ/EI


3Q Organizational Development:
 The Thriving Organization-Ten Power Steps Out of Jurassic Park
• From Now to HOW:  Building Social, Digital and Cross-Generational Leadership
• The Individual and Organizational Imperative for 3Q Leadership
What Does Leadership Really Mean?
• Leadership Means Developing a Community of Purpose
•Ten Steps to Employee Engagement


Three Special Bonus Links:  Important Insights Of Leadership Thought Leaders!

Being A Better Leader (Video) by Professor Stew Friedman, Wharton
The Self Esteem of Leadership by Bill George
Surprises Are Normal-Resiliency Is The New Skill by Rosabeth Kantor

Are you ready to go from Now to HOW? Time to get re-inspired?
Click for a list of 2013 Programs, Services, Professional Fees
I welcome the opportunity to discuss how I can be of service to you/your team! 
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Ten Practical Ways To Build Essential Success Skills At The Speed Of Change

Ten Practical Ways To Build Essential Success Skills At The Speed Of Change
(Including 20 Bonus Links-Practical Tips, 3 Videos & More)

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 27,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]

 

Success At The Speed Of Change-10 StepsSuccess at the speed of change means embracing a mind-set and skill-set that can help YOU play to strengths, AND USE changes, challenges, stressors, even failures to ideate, communicate, collaborate, lead and succeed forward by building three essential strengths:

Q1-IQ (intelligence-focus-strategic thought-ability to learn-relearn)

Q2-EQ (emotional mastery-self management-relationship management-risk tolerance/resiliency, communication)

Q3-SQ (values alignment/positive purpose, integrity of thought communication and action)

Use not only strengths but changes, challenges, stressors, even failures to optimize potential? YES!  Here are ten ways, ten practical, powerful ways to start building your 3Q Edge™: 

STEP 1:Embrace change, embrace your incredible ability to adapt, learn and relearn.  See change with new eyes, eyes that help you reset default thinking patterns thinking.  Recognize that change is not a problem; it is our greatest opportunity to adapt, learn, re-learn, evolve and lead forward. Our intrinsic or automatic response is to fear change, react to change, balk at change.  So what?  When we recognize that while this pattern served us well in the caves but will not take us forward today, we can embrace change with positivity.  Push yourself to make a positive change in thinking, doing in a routine action every day.  A small change made consistently is powerful and leads to BIG changes.

STEP 2.  Refuse to be a victim or a victimizer.  Victims cannot recognize their own power; victimizers feel truly powerless and can only get empowered by abusing others.  Our ability to be a victim or victimizer is the easiest course of action, the default pattern that arises when we are confronted by fear, stress or challenges.  Resetting this default pattern is doable for most people. We all slip into the victim or victimizer role at times, because it is perhaps an automatic default, a need or desire to have someone give us all the answers, or to quell our own fear about not being able to by in total control of our lives.  Realizing me are slipping, and make a thought course correction that allows us to become free of the victim or victimizer role is transformational.

STEP 3.  Turn failure, challenges and stressors around by making everything a learning and growing experience. Change your headspace, think counter-intuitively because success is often born of failure or challenges.  Develop an attitude for gratitude, not only for what you have but for the very challenges you face.  Human history tells us that our greatest inventions were the results of our greatest challenges.  Personal history tells us that more often than not our greatest learning, our most important personal evolution occurs when we have faced an incredible struggle or challenge and come out the other side with our head, heart and values intact. Cultivate the art of failing forward!  Model failing forward, use it to transform failures into positive learning experiences.

STEP 4. You are your thoughts.  Use them carefully to live, learn and lead forward.  Get provocative with your thoughts by turning them around! Refocus, repurpose.   See challenges and strengths with NEW eyes.  Learn how to R-E-A-C-H™ (Redirect focus-Empower Confidence-Optimize Potential-Harvest Results) Understand that your world is your thoughts; your consciousness creates your world.  Most of us have the ability to control our thoughts, to develop our minds and give orders to our brain that help us live, communicate and lead forward smarter, faster and happier.  Neuroscience is teaching us that neuroplasticity; the ability to rewrite our brains is real.  Neurogenesis has been located in the hippocampus and we are at the cusp of discovering new ways of tapping into the incredible ability of our minds to help our brains optimize their potential.

STEP 5. Drown out the noise and refocus on what is truly important.  What is your end game?  What do you really want from your life, your relationships, your job/your career?  Dig deeper in order to get clarity on YOUR purpose.  Find it, embrace it and use it to lead forward.  We each have a unique purpose that drives our best thoughts, best actions and best outcomes. Every purpose is important to our individual and collective success and happiness.  Take time to reflect upon what you really want.  I believe that what we all truly want is love and a sense that we have something important to contribute.  Find out what love really means to you, and remember that your true purpose is a purpose that is founded in sustainability, in the ability to do something that creates value for yourself and others.  The value you contribute can be as simple a smile and empathy for others that contribute to a happy home or workplace or as complex and challenging as leading an organization or country.  What remains critical is finding your true purpose and recognizing it in your daily thoughts and actions.

STEP 6. Get happier and more fulfilled by taking your ego out of the equation and getting rid of toxic inputs, environments and people.  By ego, I mean that sense of having to be validated by external things and people. Servant leaders serve the greatest good, and leave footprints that will be followed by others are not driven by ego, but by greatest good. If you are a servant leader, lead forward by finding new ways to inspire and engage the best in others.  If you are not a servant leader, find a leader whose work resonates with your heart and fill your thoughts with the thoughts of an actual or historical leader whose words speak to your highest power and greatest good.  Start focusing on the words of people whose highest values and words resonate with your truest purpose, your highest values.  Focus forward, and you will start to discover and get rid of toxicity in your thoughts, environment and relationships.

STEP 7.  Develop a community of purpose.  In a social world, in the new age of innovation success is achieved through and with the collaboration of others.  Whether you want to do well at your job, build your career, department, business unit, organization, community or country you are impotent without the collaboration of those you can trust and those who share your values and objectives.  On a personal level we all need a community of purpose, a core group of friends and advisors in who share our values, understand and applaud our objectives and will be there to add the critical human touch, the human heart to our daily lives. We all need a community of refuge where we can tell our truth, share our wins and challenges in total candor, knowing that we will be accepted with the confidentiality and empathy we need to lead forward.  On a macro level communities of purpose represent employees, constituents and stakeholders who share our values and objectives; people who will help us champion the cause and lead forward.

STEP 8. Celebrate your ability to be the difference and make a difference, nothing is more important. Building a better self, better team, better business unit, better organization and a better world starts with YOU.   We each have a critical role to play in our best life, best work environment and best world.  A role that starts when we decide to win the race with the wolves that are chasing us, one positive purposeful step at a time.  A role that is solidified when we decide to become part of the solution by living, learning and leading forward every day in every way! Yes we can!

STEP 9.  Find and trust your positive purpose because purpose = profit, and profit can only be attained through trust. Trust in self builds our ability to learn and relearn faster and better.  Trust in self allows us to develop trust in other people, people who are trustworthy. When we understand our positive purpose, we are attracted and attract others who are on the same path.  When we develop enhanced EQ (emotional intelligence) we build stronger social intelligence. Stronger social intelligence leads to enhance engagement, ideation, collaboration. When we develop stronger social intelligence that is aligned with our highest purpose, we build stronger SQ and start to develop relationships with people who inspire us, people whom we inspire because we share values and objectives that take us forward together, and help us leap tall mountains and small mole hills of challenge that would otherwise break our spirit or determination.

STEP 10.  Build constructive discontent. Hone your ability to feel something difficult (even painful), while taking on the role of the participant observer. There is a body of research supporting the power of re-framing, but building constructive discontent is more than re-framing.  Constructive discontent is also learning to use what you are feeling and thinking to become the participant observer by witnessing what you are feeling but not being held hostage by the feelings.  Taking the role of the participant observer can help you step out of the immediate situation, watch the emotions, let them pass, and re-focus on your true goal or objective.  Learning to be the participant observer in your life, in your relationships and your career is a critical skill that can change your life.

Embrace your ability to make a difference and be part of the difference by using your strengths and challenges to learn, communicate, collaborate and lead forward.  Understand the power of women leading forward, and the imperative for men and women to LEAD forward together. Success is a team sport that requires a focus forward.  A focus that can help you get re-inspired by what YOU can do, be, create and contribute. If you get discouraged, remember that discouragement, and hardships are part of the human journey.  They are difficult parts, they are painful parts, but they are stepping stones that you can help you actualize your greatest purpose and potential.  Carpe diem!

More On Personal Development, Leadership Development and Organizational Development At the Speed Of Change?  You Betcha…

3Q Leadership Development

•  Winning The Silent War That Is Destroying People & Organizations From Inside Out

Success At The Speed Of Change-Essential Strengths

3Q Leadership-Reach Benefits And Why I Have Dedicated My Life To This Work

• 10 Steps To Building The 3Q Leadership Skills You Need Now

• Ten Ways To Lead Forward In Times Of Complexity And Change

• Women And Leadership-Ten Powerful Steps Forward For Women And Men

• Constructive Discontent:  Building a critical leadership and life 3Q skill

• Why Smart And Fast Are Not Enough:  The Need For Higher EQ/EI


3Q Organizational Development:

•  Winning The Silent War That Is Destroying People & Organizations From Inside Out 

• The Thriving Organization-Ten Power Steps Out of Jurassic Park

• From Now to HOW:  Building Social, Digital and Cross-Generational Leadership

• The Individual and Organizational Imperative for 3Q Leadership

• The Leadership Compendium

• Leadership Means Developing a Community of Purpose

Ten Steps to Employee Engagement

3Q Personal Development
• Breaking Through A Performance Plateau

• Five Ways to Take Control of Your Potential

• From Victim to Victor

• The Empowerment Compendium

• The Happiness Compendium


Videos:

• Extraordinary Woman Interview

• Successful Career Transition Interview

• Developing Reach | Leadership Training for PMP’s

 

More?  You Betcha
•  Collection of 3Q Leadership and Leadership Articles

•  Collection of Great Read Books

•  Collection of Career-HR-Workplace Articles

•  Collection of Life-Success-Happiness Articles

AND

•  Collection of Inspiring Posters an Quotes because getting re-inspired is critical to our individual and organizational health, success and well-being!

 

Are you ready to go from Now to HOW? Time to get re-inspired?
Click for a list of 2013 Programs, Services, Professional Fees
I welcome the opportunity to discuss how I can be of service to you/your team! 
Call: (416) 671-4726 | Email 
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Success At The Speed Of Change-Essential Strengths

Success At The Speed Of Change-Essential Strengths
(Including 15 Bonus Links-Practical Tips, 3 Videos & More)

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 27,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]

 

Golden EggDateline 2013. Best practices will be created in the now. Workplaces that are mired in a post industrial mindset of playing to strengths and developing rigid silos of talent and expertise will flounder and fall. C Suites that lack gender and ethnic diversity will not take us forward.

Purpose equals profit. Organizations that do not create value for ALL internal/external constituents (employees, clients and community) will wither and die.

 

Developing environments where meaningful work and engagement thrive has become critical on a multiplicity of levels that impact the business bottom line. Developing learning, living, healthy collaborative, creative work environments (workplace, from multi-locations and virtually) must be reflected in new ways of coaching, training, mentoring that take us forward, faster, smarter and happier. New ways of championing, enabling and actualizing our potential at the speed of change, in the face of challenges, opportunities and crises that will continue to abound.

Social media, transparency, a very informed consumer population, global marketplace,  and a new age of information and innovation
have  changed what it takes to achieve and sustain success. And, as we move into the age of innovation our own definitions of success will also change, because meaning, purpose and the ability to contribute to goals and objectives that fill both our pocketbooks and our souls will become increasingly important.

Employee engagement, customer engagement and the development of relationships that build a bridge of trust and value are the new building blocks of business success.  Business is a human equation, and our ability to optimize and catalyze human potential starts with building strong communities of purpose (actual, digital, social).

Stop.  Reflect.  How often to you read or say that change is hard?  How do you feel frustrated, challenged or stressed by what is?  How often do you feel truly engaged, purposeful and inspired by your work?

Stop.  Reflect.  What would happen if you could reset the internal GPS by enabling your ability to not simply play to strengths, but to use changes, challenges, stressors even failures as a positive lever for your potential and the potential of others?

Stop.  Reflect. Do you want to build a workplace environment where human purpose, potential, creativity, communication, collaboration and success thrive?  Is it time to champion the potential of human being better, not simply working faster than ever before?

Stop.  Reflect. Will you embrace your ability to adapt while championing the values and integrity that can help you LEAD forward?  Is it time to move from overdrive, stasis or complacency by developing the mind-set, skill set and heart set that can take you and those you lead forward?

Our ability to adapt, our potential to engage strengths and transform changes and challenges into a lever for our greatest potential is real.  Is it time to adapt, lead and evolve forward?  Are you ready to reset the individual and organizational GPS by using not only strengths but changes and challenges to REACH?  Is it time to go from NOW to HOW?

Redirect focus
E
mpower confidence and engagement
A
ctualize leadership potential
C
ommunicate effectively (socially, digitally, cross-generationally)
H
arvest results
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Build Your 3Q Edge:  Reset the GPS by USING strengths AND changes, challenges, stressors, even failures to build your greatest potential:  Q1: Enhanced focus, ideation, ability to learn-relearn  Q2: Emotional Intelligence-Resiliency-Communication  Q3:  Integrity, Values, Purpose.  Our ability to use what is to create what can be is real AND critical.
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Here are some practical insights and tips to help!

3Q Leadership Development

Ten Practical Ways To Build Essential Leadership and Success Skills In The Face Of Change, Challenges and Complexity

• The Real Deal: 7 Powerful Results

• 10 Steps To Building The 3Q Leadership Skills You Need Now

Ten Ways To Lead Forward In Times Of Complexity And Change

• Women And Leadership-Ten Powerful Steps Forward For Women And Men

Constructive Discontent:  Building a critical leadership and life 3Q skill

Why Smart And Fast Are Not Enough:  The Need For Higher EQ/EI


3Q Organizational Development:

• The Thriving Organization-Ten Power Steps Out of Jurassic Park

• The Individual and Organizational Imperative for 3Q Leadership

• The Leadership Compendium

• Leadership Means Developing a Community of Purpose

Ten Steps to Employee Engagement

3Q Personal Development

Breaking Through A Performance Plateau

• Five Ways to Take Control of Your Potential

From Victim to Victor

• The Empowerment Compendium

• The Happiness Compendium


Videos:

• Extraordinary Woman Interview

• Successful Career Transition Interview

• Developing Reach | Leadership Training for PMP’s

 

More?  You Betcha

 Collection of 3Q Leadership and Leadership Articles

•  Collection of Great Read Books

 Collection of Career-HR-Workplace Articles

•  Collection of Life-Success-Happiness Articles

AND

•  Collection of Inspiring Posters an Quotes because getting re-inspired is critical to our individual and organizational health, success and well-being!

 

Are you ready to go from Now to HOW?
Click for a list of 2013 Programs, Services, Professional Fees
I welcome the opportunity to discuss how I can be of service to you/your team! 
Call: (416) 671-4726 | Email 
irene@justcoachit.com  Skype: beckerirene

 

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100 Stress-busters

100 Stress-Busters, Ten Bonus Links and 1 Important Infographic (#18)

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 26,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]

 

100 StressbustersThe World Health Organization forecasts that STRESS will be the leading cause of physical disability in the world by 2020.  My take on stress management is somewhat counter-intuitive in that I do not believe we can simply manage stress.  The reality of a marketplace, workplace and personal environments/situations that will change and continue to change faster than ever before is real.  Learning to not only play to our strengths, but use changes, challenges, stressors and failures to optimize our individual and organizational potential is critical.  Impossible?  Think again, because that is what 3Q Personal Development, Leadership Development and Organizational Development are all about!

While you are thinking about the benefits of changing your relationship with strengths and challenges and using it to optimize YOUR greatest 3Q potential ( Q1:  IQ Enhanced focus, ideation and ability to learn/relearn  Q2:  EQ  Emotional Intelligence-Self Management-Relationship Management and Q3: SQ  Purpose, Integrity, Courage ) here are some quick stress-busters you can start using today!

1. Forgive yourself for every mistake you have ever made.
2. Forgive others for their offenses against you.
3. Do not obsess over things you can’t control.
4. Take breaks often to clear you mind.
5. Focus on one thing at a time.
6. Stop over analyzing and start doing what is really important.
7. Stop judging what others do or don’t do.
8. Learn to say no and really mean it.
9. Only add to your “to do” list after crossing 2 things off.
10. When you buy something new, get rid of something old.
11. Give yourself an old fashioned pat on the back.  Self approval is important
12. Stop being a perfectionist it is a recipe for heartache and stress. Be the best you can be in the moment!
13. Let go of trying to control everything, it does not and will never work
14. Don’t get emotionally invested in every little thing; pick your battles wisely
15. Quit agonizing over decisions you have made.  Focus on what you can do now.
16. Remember that almost everything is temporary.
17. Ask yourself: Will it matter in 3 years? If not, let it go.
18. Find reasons to laugh out loud several times a day. Take fun breaks because they not only give your brain a mini aerobic workout~they are good for your heart and soul! (CLICK for INFOGRAPHIC)
19. Stop taking things personally, because most of the time other people are reflecting their stuff, their issues and not yours.
20. Remember your brain and all our brains are set to automatic negative, start retraining your brain to be more positive.
21. Don’t compare yourself to others, measure yourself by the values you cherish and your alignment t these values.  If you are out of whack, re-adjust!
22. Smile often, it is an automatic mood elevator and also gives the brain an aerobic workout
23. Start every conversation with a positive thought.
24. Don’t worry about things that haven’t happened yet-Stay in the present moment!
25. Don’t catastrophize because not everything is an emergency
26. Exercise your head, heart, soul and body every day!
27. Don’t trade sleep for work.
28. Eat for nourishment not for comfort.
29. Express gratitude for the small things you appreciate, they are important!
30..Choose walking over driving whenever possible, and take quick walks to diffuse negative energy, stress!
31. Do things that connect you with the earth and nature they will feed your soul.
32. Take a musical or poetic moment every day.  Music and poetry are great for our heads, hearts and souls!
33. Don’t watch TV when you are eating.  Enjoy your meals, savor each bite.
34. Develop positive habits that promote mindfulness.  No time to meditate?  No problem, start by doing a 2 min Pause.  It works!
35. Take blank time breaks every 90 minutes at work, to recharge your brain and spirit.
36. Establish a positive routine before bed and when you get up in the morning.
37. Go to the beach or river and soak up the negative ions.
38. Do something nice just for you every single day.
39. Do something nice for someone else every single day.
40. Tell the people you love how you feel daily.
41. Keep a gratitude journal. Write in it daily before bed.
42. Eliminate unnecessary commitments because time is our most important declining asset.
43. Don’t allow others to make you feel pressured.
44. Remove toxic people and extraneous drama from your life.
45. Take 5 slow, deep breaths every hour on the hour.
46. Help others whenever it is within your power to do so.
47. Consciously relax every muscle in your body at bed time.
48. Turn off the “problem solver” 2 hours before bed time.
49. As soon as you wake up, do something that energizes you and puts you in a positive mood.|
50. Rekindle your inner child every day.
51. Laugh at yourself.
52. Be a bit early for everything so you don’t feel rushed.
53. Make peace of mind a high priority in your life.
54. Find ways to express your creativity regularly.
55. Do morning, mid day and before bed brain dump for 30 seconds. Let it all go.
56. Surround yourself with positive people and images.
57. Never complain. If something bothers you take action.
58. Use words that empower you because our words make our world.
59.  Wiggle your toes!  Go ahead.  Impossible to feel stressed when wiggling toes!
60. Maintain you energy levels and you will stress less.
61. Reduce spending and debt loads
62. Lighten your material load. More stuff = more stress!
63. Practice unplugging from the electronic world once a day.
64. Read for pleasure and relaxation.
65. Remember that laughter; funny movies boost the immune system!  Enjoy them.
66. Inhale calm, exhale tension.
67. Identify and eliminate energy drains.
68. Build relationships with people who energize and inspire you.
69. Actively interact with positive people as much as you can.
70. If it’s not your problem get out of the way (like tailgaters).
71. Get a hobby that completely captures your focus.
72. Never respond to or repeat gossip, it will backfire.
73. Only project positive thoughts into your future.
74. Be realistic with the demands you put on yourself.
75. Take care of your health and remember that 90% of illness is stress related.
76.  Set your intention every day.  Decide, choose what kind of day you will have!
77.  Set three major goals for  yourself each day and keep them!
78. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
79. Be reasonable about scheduling your time.
80. Accept that everything takes longer than you think.
81. Spend one hour a week to strategize your week.  Make it your power hour.
82. Stop trying to do everything yourself. Get help where you can.
83. Never argue with ignorance it will only frustrate you.
84. Adopt a stress free attitude because it’s all perception.
85. Embrace your ability to fail forward!  Change your attitude about failure and use it to empower you!
86. Counter stress with positive words, affirmations and actions.|
87. When you’re feeling down take time to help other people.
88. Get rid of things/people that make you miserable.
89. Learn to really listen to yourself and know what you really want.
90. Do something silly every day, and enjoy it.
91. Don’t stress out trying to get everyone to agree with you.
92. Minimize negativity in terms of what you read, music you listen to, people you socialize with.
93. Seize every opportunity to encourage yourself and others!
94. Live in the present.
95. Let go of stressors that are not really important.
96. Embrace your formidable ability to learn, relearn and grow!
97. Believe in yourself because YOU are awesome.
98. Learn to recognize and silence your inner critic.
99.  Don’t dumb down your emotions, learn to feel them but not be held hostage by them.  Build constructive discontent.
100. Remember each day is a unique gift that we can spend or use! Carpe diem.

More on Life, Happiness and Personal Development?  YOU Betcha!
Turn Negativity Around:  3 Powerful, Practical Ways to Reset the Internal GPS
From Victim or Victor | New Edition
The Empowerment Compendium
The Happiness Compendium
The Secret to Personal Development and Growth
True Happiness
Motivations for the Self Starter by William A. Butler
Failing Forward:  Developing a Critical Life and Leadership Skill
Building Constructive Discontent: A  Critical Life and Leadership Skill
Remove the Wall to Your Greatest Potential with R-E-A-C-H


Are you ready to go from Now to HOW?
I welcome the opportunity to discuss how I can be of service to you/your team! Contact me today to receive 2013 Programs, Services and Professional Fees
Call: (416) 671-4726| Email 
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Mission Critical: Championing-Empowering-Enabling Our Individual And Organizational Ability To Win

Mission Critical: Championing-Empowering-Enabling
Our Individual And Organizational Ability To Win
Including 18 bonus links/ practical tips/videos

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 26,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]

Mission Critical-Championing, Empowering, Enabling Our Ability To Win

Your most important battle is our most important battle.   The new battle we face is mirrored in every nook and crevice of our lives, workplaces and organizations.  It is a silent, insidious battle  that demands our individual and collective attention, as well as positive, purposeful steps to turn it around before the quality of our lives and our ability to  ideate, innovate, communicate, collaborate  AND excel in the marketplace is undermined. The best attempts at employee engagement, team-building will be thwarted by a battle that must be won.

What worked in the post WWII era of industrialization will not help us build and sustain healthier, more engaged, effective and productive lives, workplaces or organizations. Here are some facts you need to know.  The World Health Organization forecasts that by 2020 the leading cause of disability in the world will be stress; the imperative to champion, empower and enable our ability to WIN the battle for human purpose and potential is critical. The cost of stress related physical, emotional and family problems to American companies exceeds $300 million a year; and this  stress related epidemic is not an American phenomenon, but a global reality. . Medical journals and organizations cite stress as the cause of 60-90% of all illness, with job stress as a major contributor.   Up to 75% of Americans say their jobs are very stressful. Presenteeism, stress related problems, addictions, physical illness abounds in the most fortunate of countries and companies. If you are not suffering from a stress related problem, statistics tell us that someone you lead, work for, know or love is. Turning stress around, championing, empower and enabling the fire of human purpose and potential means more that trying to manage or mitigate stress.  

Positive, powerful and practical change starts with a small shift in a habit of thought, communication or action that strengthens three critical areas: Q1:  Ideation/focus – Creativity/Innovation- Learning/Relearning  Q2: Emotional Intelligence-Communication-Collaboration  Q3: Universal Values, Purpose, Integrity.

Solutions that start when we champion, empower and enable our greatest  potential.  Potential to not simply play to strengths, but to USE changes, challenges, stressors and failures to build and sustain the mind-set, skill set and heart set that can take us from NOW to HOW.   Potential to do good work, potential to build good organizations, potential to build the optic and skills we need to work internally, externally, face to face and virtually across diverse constituencies, populations and cross- generationally.

Change is not the obstacle, it is the answer.  Embracing our ability to champion positive change starts with a focus on the words we use.  Change is NOT difficult, it is our greatest power and hope for a better future.  Change is what our bodies and minds so every second of the day. Our ability to move out of Jurassic Park by developing our individual and organization potential is real.  It requires focus, courage, integrity and a relentless desire to be part of the solution rather than running on overdrive, getting stuck in stasis or burying one’s head in the sand or under the rock of complacency.

It is time for men and women to lead forward together. Why am I passionate about our ability to use the changes and challenges before us to humanize, optimize and monetize our  individual and collective potential? Because we can!  Seize this moment to reflect upon your ability to make a decision today to champion, empower and enable your potential by using strengths, changes and challenges to build a mindset, heartset and skill set that can take you forward faster, happier and better than before.

More on Championing, Empowering and Enabling Our Individual and  Organizational Ability to Win?   More on Building 3Q Leadership? YOU Betcha!

Leadership and Organizational Development:

The Real Deal: Seven Powerful Things You Can Do To Accelerate Results At The Speed of Change

• From Now to How. Building Social, Virtual and Cross Generational Leadership

• The Thriving Organization-Ten Power Steps Out of Jurassic Park

• The Individual and Organizational Imperative for 3Q Leadership

Our Greatest Hope: One Inspiring Post With 12 Powerful Tips On Leadership and Organizational Development|

• Women and Leadership:  Ten Steps Forward for Women and Men

• The Leadership Compendium

 

Communication (Verbal and Social/Digital)
Seven Ways to Turn Conflict/Communication Problems Around

Using Your Voice to Engage and Inspire

Blogging Success Tips

Five Ways to Communicate and Lead Forward

Communication:  5 Posts in One

Leadership Means Developing a Community of Purpose

 

 Career & Hr
5 Steps to Successful Career Transition

Five Ways to Lead Forward by Championing the Challenge

Ten Steps to Employee Engagement

Interview about Coaching/Training for Sticky Results

Building An Agile Self and Team

Leadership Means Developing a Community of Purpose

 

3Q Personal Development

Winning the New War

The Secret to Personal Development

Five Ways to Take Control of Your Potential

Success Means Failing Forward-Building a Critical Life and Leadership Skill

The Empowerment Compendium

The Happiness Compendium


Videos:

•Extraordinary Woman Interview

Successful Career Transition Interview

Developing Reach | Leadership Training for PMP’s

 

Are you ready to go from Now to HOW?
I welcome the opportunity to discuss how I can be of service to you/your team! Contact me today to receive 2013 Programs, Services and Professional Fees
Call: (416) 671-4726| Email 
irene@justcoachit.com  Skype: beckerirene

 

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3Q Leadership Benefits AND Why I Have Dedicated My Life To This Work

3Q Leadership Benefits AND Why I Have Dedicated My Life To This Work

What is The 3Q Edge?  Why Is It Important? What Can It Do For YOU/YOUR Organization? Why Am I Determined to Help?  Read this post and find out!

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 26,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]

“If you’re interested in smart leadership, strategic thought and smart results, follow Irene Becker”  Professor Calestous Juma, Harvard University, Boston, USA

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What is the 3Q Edge?
Q1: IQ- Enhanced  focus, strategic thought, improved decision making and ability to learn-relearn   Q2: EQ- Emotional self management, relationship management, communication, resiliency  Q3: SQ- Values, purpose, integrity of thought and action.

What is REACH?  A coaching, training and mentoring model that builds 3Q strengths by helping people use strengths, changes, challenges (even failures) to
R: Redirect focus
E: Empower confidence and engagement
A: Actualize potential
C: Communicate Effectively
H: Harvest Results

 

3Q Leadership and R-E-A-C-H are coaching and training models that use both strengths AND changes/challenges/stressors to optimize potential.  Models I developed after a 20+ year career that encompasses being the first woman CEO of a steel company in Canada, working in the USA, France, England and with clients across the globe.  It also reflects some incredibly challenging career and life events that took me from the mountain of success to starting again from ground zero.

Just teach it. Just learn it. Just be the best.  Just Coach It-Irene Becker makes us all smarter and better.  John Nosta, Top Health and Technology Innovator 

Why is the 3Q Edge Important?  
Because the imperative to not simply play to strengths, but to use changes, challenges, stressors, even failures to optimize our potential is critical. (Potential that is reflected in whole brain thinking, enhanced ability to learn-relearn, improved strategic thinking, improved ability to take decisions, emotional intelligence,  risk tolerance, resiliency, improved communication, collaboration, teamwork, engagement and purpose) Leadership means building a community of purpose!  A community that innovate, collaborate and actualize potential.

“I heard Irene speak at the PMI Symposium. Her knowledge and passion on the subject of 3Q Edge and how it is key to business success was evident. She even got 300 PMPs to roar at the end of her Keynote…Fabulous!”  Adriana Girdler, PMP, President, Cornerstone Dynamics

 

What Can It Do For YOU/YOUR Team? Here Are 7 Practical, Powerful Results:

  1. Build Empowerment and Engagement: Help leaders and senior managers develop a greater ability to empower, engage and inspire themselves and others in the face of change, challenges, competition, complexity.
  2. Deliver Inspiring Communication For Reach, Resonance, Results : Help you build inspiring communication; sound bytes and word bytes that resonate with diverse internal and external audiences
  3. Create A Better, More Engaged Workplace Environment: Help you build what is recognized as a critical leadership and life competency, higher EQ/EI as well as assisting you in building two other critical Q Skills IQ + SQ
  4. Improve coaching and training results (personal development, leadership development, business development, organizational development)  with programs and services that are built to last because they are founded on using not only strengths but changes and challenges to fuel and sustain human purpose, potential and results.
  5. Help YOU or team members negotiate a career transition faster and better.  Career transition has typically represented about 20% of my work.  Helping senior managers, professionals, executives achieve results is something I do well on an individual and group basis.
  6. Provide Coaching, Training and Consulting When And Where You Need It.  Yes, Just Coach It 3Q Programs and Services range from one-off sessions, consulting, training, coaching programs, assessments-debriefs action plans to workshops, webinars that come to YOU/YOUR team when and were you need them face to face, by telephone, skype or video conferencing
  7. Inspire Your Team With Keynotes and Articles That Also Provide Practical Tips and Solutions.“You could never find a better advocate for yourself. It is difficult to imagine how there could be anywhere in the world a better success coach than Irene Becker. She is worth 14 therapists, and yet is not a therapist. She deals with your own raw talent and helps you focus it in the direction where it will be maximally effective.” Richard Rotman, Professor of Media Relations, Humber College, Founder, PR Writer Extraordinaire, Toronto, Canada

Purpose = Profit on a multiplicity of levels.  Our ability to rise to the challenges before us means developing a mindset and skill set that takes us forward in ways that help us evolve and grow. A mindset and skill set that helps us build communities of purpose that thrive at the speed of change.  A mindset that helps us build and grow our 3Q Edge™

Why Am I Determined To Help?
Because I walk my talk. 3Q and R-E-A-C-H are more than coaching and training models, they are my life’s work.  I believe in their ability to help smart, fast forward thinking people and organizations communicate and lead forward at a speed of change, challenges, complexity and opportunities that will only continue to accelerate.  I am determined to help take 3Q and R-E-A-C-H to as many people and organizations as possible because my goal is rooted in a commitment, a desire to serving the greatest good by helping change-makers lead change. Read my personal story, Against All Odds-the genesis of my 3Q Model

More?  YOU Betcha!  Here are some of the most popular posts/articles from 3Q Leadership Blog

Leadership and Organizational Development:

Success At The Speed Of Change:  Essential Strengths

From Now to How. Building Social, Virtual and Cross Generational Leadership

The Thriving Organization-Ten Power Steps Out of Jurassic Park

The Individual and Organizational Imperative for 3Q Leadership

Our Greatest Hope: One Inspiring Post With 12 Powerful Tips On Leadership and Organizational Development|

Women and Leadership:  Ten Steps Forward for Women and Men

The Leadership Compendium

Leadership Means Developing a Community of Purpose

 

Communication (Verbal and Social/Digital)
Seven Ways to Turn Conflict/Communication Problems Around

Using Your Voice to Engage and Inspire

Blogging Success Tips

Five Ways to Communicate and Lead Forward

Communication:  5 Posts in One

Leadership Means Developing a Community of Purpose

 

Career & Hr
5 Steps to Successful Career Transition

Five Ways to Lead Forward by Championing the Challenge

Ten Steps to Employee Engagement

Interview about Coaching/Training for Sticky Results

Building An Agile Self and Team

Leadership Means Developing a Community of Purpose

 

Personal Development|
Winning the New War

The Secret to Personal Development

Five Ways to Take Control of Your Potential

Success Means Failing Forward-Building a Critical Life and Leadership Skill

The Empowerment Compendium

The Happiness Compendium


Videos:

•Extraordinary Woman Interview

Successful Career Transition Interview

Developing Reach | Leadership Training for PMP’s

 

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Our Greatest Hope: New Edition

Our Greatest Hope | New Edition
With 12 Bonus Links/Practical Tips on Personal, Leadership and Organization Development at the Speed of Change

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 26,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]

The the fire of human potential, employee engagement and effectiveness,  agile teams, great management and leadership cannot be lit without the desire to rekindle and champion our greatest hope, our greatest power. Developing a purposeful life, career, team, organization and society rest upon our ability to redirect our thoughts and actions on a focus that ignites the integrity of our thoughts, actions and words.

Where do we start?  How do we build/rebuild our greatest hope, our greatest power in a world of increasing complexity, change, challenges?  We start right here, right now.  Impossible?  Think again.  We stand on a glass cliff, a place where we will see the greatest renaissance we have ever known, or a decline into the abyss of chaos, aggression and destruction.  A place where we will choose to be crippled by the need, greed, ego that has destroyed every empire and fiefdom in history OR elect to embrace our potential to use what is to create what can be in ourselves, our families, our organizations, our society…our world.

It is your ability, my ability, our ability to cleave to the  universal values, express  the humanity and moral courage that is our greatest hope for the future.  Courage that starts with service above self, with the desire to move from me to WE.  Power that grows with the empathy and human connection we build when show  kindness to a stranger, reach out and help a colleague of friend, mentor or share knowledge.  Leadership that grows when we focus not on what we can get, but rather on what we can contribute.  Humanity that is expressed in learning to treat our neighbors, our brothers and sisters as ourselves.  Happiness that is found in caring, sharing and contributing.

In a world of increasing complexity it is the simple things that often elude us. It is time to get simple and clear with the importance of tying a knot around our values, courage, integrity; for they are the greatest riches we have.  Love is the truth,  universal values are the motor, and human passion, purpose and potential are the engine that can drive us to an evolution of self, and of others that will take us into the age of innovation – an age of extraordinary possibilities; or push us into an abyss of  fear, despair, destruction, aggression and chaos.

Our greatest hope lies in a new balance of independence and interdependence that will take us forward together.   A new path  that is difficult, but worthwhile.  A path that requires courage and conviction.  A path that is oft forgotten, and begs to be remembered.  A path of redemption and renewal.  A path of human beings being  better not simply doing faster than ever before.  A path of faith, hope, courage, humanity and integrity that can change one life, many lives and ultimately our world.  A path that begins when we put down our emotional, political, social swords and replace them with the power of faith, hope, courage, integrity and humanity.  A path we each carve each moment of the day with the power of our thoughts, feelings and actions.

Lofty thoughts or practical powerful insights?  You decide. The greatest teacher we have is a human history that has been punctuated by the short term gain and long term pain of need, greed, ego and destruction.  Our ability to shift and lead forward, our ability to acknowledge the faith, hope, courage, integrity and humanity that can take us forward is written on the walls of our lives, our workplaces, our organizations…our world.

Is it time to do an individual or organizational reset and refocus on what cannot be eradicated or eroded by change, challenges or complexity? Will you start to think the thoughts, and use the language that empowers your greatest hope and inspires others to do the same.  Each thought is an opportunity to champion integrity, each thought is an opportunity to reset the automatic human negative default and refocus on that which can make us stronger, happier and more successful together. Carpe diem!

Written for my late father, Joseph Becker, my best friend, mentor and teacher.  A great soul whose light shines on.

More on empowering and engaging our greatest hope?  YOU betcha!  Lots of great links on 3Q personal development, leadership development and organizational development!

Personal Development
Turn Negativity Around:  Three Simple, Powerful, Purposeful Ways to Reset the Internal GPS
The Empowerment Compendium
The Secret to Personal Development and Growth
The Happiness Compendium
Success Equals the Reach and Resonance of the Human Heart

Leadership Development
From Now to How:  Building Social, Virtual and Cross Generational Leadership
Disrupt the Status Quo:  Make the Critical Shift Forward
Women and Leadership:  10 Powerful Steps Forward for Women and Men
The Leadership Compendium: Leading in the face of change, challenges, complexity
Rising to the Challenge Before Us:  Leading Forward

Organizational Development

The Thriving Organization-10 Powerful Steps Out of Jurassic Park
The Individual and Organizational Imperative for 3Q Leadership Development
From Now to How:  Building Social, Virtual and Cross Generational Leadership
Winning the New War 
Improving Your Corporate Culture by Adriana Girdler

 

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Turn Negativity Around: 3 Simple-Practical-Powerful Ways To Reset The Internal GPS

Turn Negativity Around: 3 Simple-Practical-Powerful Ways To Reset The Internal GPS (Including 13 Bonus Links)

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3Q Leadership™ Blog- 26,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]

 

Three Powerful, Practical Ways To Do A Human ResetThe mindset that took us forward in the past, will not lead us forward.  We are living in a whole new world, a brave new world where the best and brightest among us are pioneers facing a new frontier of unprecedented change, challenges, complexity and opportunity.  Best practices must be practices in the no, Skills  development must focus on whole brain thinking, enhancing our ability to learn and relearn, building critical human strengths that drive all 3Qs  ideation-empathy-purpose/values.

Is it time to get out of the box?  Turn negativity around?  Become energized, empowered and solution focused?  Here Are Three Simple, Practical And Powerful Ways To Reset The Internal GPS!

1. Delete:  Delete an  energy stealer or inertia builder that is undermining your ability to transform challenges into solutions. Start right now by deleting one negative thought  that is not taking you forward.

2. Reboot: Stop the blame game,  let go of who did what, of who has what.  Reboot a better perspective by letting go of one thought that is causing you more pain than gain.  Let go, reboot and refocus on  a positive goal and intention that takes you forward.

3. Upload:  Take 2 minutes a day three times a day to be positive, to let go of any negative thoughts and beliefs.  Here is a simple but powerful exercise you can do almost anywhere.  An exercise that will help you build greater mindfulness, enhanced focus, improved resilience, ideation.  Schedule your day with blank time, time between meetings, time between commitments where you can simply recharge.  Science has documented the powerful benefits of blank time to cognition, health.

Negativity is a box that traps our potential; escaping the negativity box is critical.  The imperative to be relentlessly solution focused is written on the walls of our lives, organizations and society.  Negativity traps us in pattern of thinking and feeling that can keep us stuck in ways we cannot even begin to imagine. We inherit negative beliefs, we are taught negative beliefs, we create negative beliefs, and sometimes we just pick up negative beliefs from the good opinion of others or the plethora of fear based negative news that surrounds us. Mirror neurons transmit our negative feelings to others and their feelings to us.  We get stuck in a negative mindset which appeals to our reptilian brain, our most primal instincts, and clouds our ability to see opportunities, develop solutions and build an important bridge between what is and what can be.

Science now tells us that our brains are set to automatic negative; a default pattern from our days fighting predators in the cave.  A default pattern we need to reset, as it will not take us forward. Negativity that puts a lid on our greatest potential and erodes our sense of happiness and well-being. Negativity is an emotional virus that traps our potential, erodes our communication and collaboration, destroys our relationships and impacts our ability to find opportunities and solutions.

The imperative to reset the individual and organizational GPS is critical. Start now by taking three simple steps that can help you escape the negativity box.  Delete-Reboot-Upload!

 

More on resetting the individual and organizational GPS?  YOU Betcha!  
Here are 13 bonus links on 3Q Personal, Leadership and Organizational Development:

Personal Development
The Empowerment Compendium
The Secret to Personal Development and Growth
From Victim to Victor
Disrupt the Status Quo:  Using Strengths and Challenges to R-E-A-C-H and lead forward!

Leadership Development
Women and Leadership:  Ten Critical Steps Forward for Women and Men
The Leadership Compendium | Leading Forward in the Face of Complexity and Change
Winning the Race With Five Hungry Wolves-Ten Steps
The New Leader

Organizational Development
The Thriving Organization-10 Powerful Steps Out of Jurassic Park
The Individual and Organizational Imperative for 3Q Leadership Development
From Now to How:  Building Social, Virtual and Cross Generational Leadership
Winning the New War 

And… The Pause:  A 2 minute way to recharge, refocus and repurpose

 

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The Secret To Peace And Prosperity | New Edition

 

The Secret to Peace and Prosperity | New Edition
With 18 Powerful, Insightful and Inspiring Bonus Links (scroll down for links!)

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 25,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]

Three wise men and one wise woman were walking in the woods, when they found a special box, a box unlike any other, hidden deep in the forest…
Secret to Peace and Prosperity

The three wise men approached the most incredible treasure, the secret to peace and prosperity…

 

The first wise man was too busy to see the treasure…

 

The second wise man was too stressed to see the treasure…

 

The third wise man fell to his knees and wept because the greatest treasure, the secret to peace and prosperity was emblazoned on a simple blade of grass that sat between the river of his greatest desires and his most hidden weaknesses and fear…

 

  • Live and lead with faith in your highest power and dedication to following the universal values that sustain your world, and you will discover the secret to building your best self, best thoughts, best emotions and best actions.

 

  • Live and lead with compassion and non-judgment towards yourself and your fellow human beings, and you will discover the secret to building humility, courage, tenacity and resiliency in the face of change and pain.

 

  • Live and lead with love in your heart for the great gift of life, and you will discover that the secret to peace and prosperity lies not in what you can command, control or acquire but in what you can give, receive and share.

The third wise man turned to the wise woman with whom he shared his story,  and continued to cry.

Because…

In reading what was written on that simple blade of grass between his greatest desires and his most hidden weaknesses and fears…

He had opened his head, heart and soul to that eternal flame that can transform all that is into all that can be…

Today, as you are reading these words and digesting this simple story; think about the purpose of your life, pause and reflect upon the reality that life and the accoutrements of success and comfort that you acquire on your journey are simply on loan to you.

When you leave this life, all that you have commanded, controlled and acquired disappears.

But, the faith, compassion and love that you have shared with others becomes a legacy, an eternal, timeless treasure that will remain in the hearts and minds of those whose lives you have touched. A gift that they can, in turn pass on to others who seek to realize their potential to make a difference in their world.

Seize this moment, this day to think about how you can build the faith, compassion and love that can help you take your life from good to great by simply starting to activate your potential to make a difference in the life of another. 

Because, all that we have, all that we are, is nothing in comparison with what we have the power to become when we choose to live and lead from goodness to greatness.

Yours in service,
Irene

More about Human Passion, Purpose and Potential?  YOU Betcha

Against All Odds:  A True Story of Hope, Courage and Leadership
From Victim to Victor
The Empowerment Compendium
Look Within-You Are The Secret
The Best And Worst Of Times
Our Greatest Hope
Rising to the Challenge Before Us
Success Equals The Reach And Resonance Of The Human Heart
The Secret To Personal Development And Growth
Be The Miracle
Rediscover Your Genius
The 18 Word Success Formula
True Happiness-Transformational Joy
The Happiness Compendium
Live And Lead Forward-Connect And Contribute
Goodness to Greatness Leadership
A Collection of Favorite Quotations
Great Read Excerpt and Review of Dare Dream Do by Whitney Johnson

 

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The Individual and Organizational Imperative for 3Q Leadership

The Individual & Organizational Imperative for 3Q Leadership
A Compendium of Practical and Powerful 3Q Leadership Insights and Strategies

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 25,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]

Leadership and great leadership development depend upon our ability to empower, engage, learn-relearn new ways to optimize the best in ourselves and others. “Even poor leaders can change their spots” Jack Zenger, Joseph Folkman Harvard Business Review

 

3Q Leadership

Aspiring to great leadership in our lives, our work and our organizations is critical.  We must rise to the challenge before us, or remain stuck in a place of stasis, complacency, rigidity or reactivity that fuels decline.

Not everyone wants to be a leader, but we must all  hone our leadership skills in order to become successful pioneers in a brave new world where change, challenge, complexity and opportunity will confront us every step of the way.

We need great leaders who champion us forward and guide us towards a better present and future. Great leadership is grown from refusing to be broken or defeated in the face of the greatest challenges and failures; but using them to develop new ways, better ways of thinking, communicating and doing that inspire the best in oneself and others.

 

Great leadership is mirrored in the thought and actions of those who lead forward!  Great leadership is championed and furthered by those who understand that it is our ability to work together to develop a better present and future that will guide us forward or take us to the abyss of decline and destruction.

Great leadership includes (to quote, McKinsey and Company) “motivating people means going beyond money“.Great leaders means more that strategic thought and the ability and experience to drive execution; it means honing one’s ability to empower others.

Great leadership is a 3Q equation supported by courage.  Courage grows each time we align intelligence (IQ) humanity (EQ) + integrity (SQ).  Results are achieved when not only play to strengths, but USE changes, challenges, stressors even failures to R-E-A-C-H (Redirect focus-Empower confidence-Actualize potential-Harvest results)

A Compendium Practical and Powerful 3Q Leadership Insights and Strategies:

Leadership and great leadership development depends upon our ability to empower, engage, learn-relearn new ways to optimize the best in ourselves and others. “Even poor leaders can change their spots” Jack Zenger, Joseph Folkman Harvard Business Review

 

More Compendiums?  YOU Betcha

The Leadership Compendium
The Agile Management And Leadership Tool Kit
The Empowerment Compendium
The Personal Development Compendium
The Career Transition Compendium
The Happiness Compendium

 

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Best Practice Business: New Edition

Best Practice Business: New Edition
Insights and Tips For Start-Ups, Senior Managers and Seasoned Executives Alike! ( Including 16 bonus links)

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 25,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing! 
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Sometimes it is good to just get back to basics!  This post starts with business plan basics and concludes with 16 best practice business insights, tips/links for executives, senior managers, startups/enterpreneurs alike!

Here are some basics for entrepreneurs and consultants who want to develop a business plan that is simple, relevant and understandable!  Your business plan should be made up of ten different areas that guide your forward:

  • Customers – Understanding the different types of customers we serve-customer segmentation
  • A Strong Value Proposition – Our formula for solving customer problems and satisfying needs with products/services
  • Marketing, Sales & Distribution Channels where we deliver our value proposition (product-services) to customers in the most effective way possible.
  • Relationship Development and Maintenance.  Developing strong relationships with are established and maintained with each customer segment
  • Revenue Streams from  goods-services sold to customers
  • Key Resources or Assets- The things, people required to effectively deliver our deliver products/services
  • Key Activities- What we must do to effectively deliver products/services
  • Key Partnerships alliances acquired outside the company to successfully deliver goods-services
  • Cost Structure-elements that make up and result in the cost of our services/products and profits.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of our Business Model to remain relevant in a high change,  highly competitive marketplace

A business plan that works will guide you forward, because it is:

1. Customer Centric.   It will define who you are serving by answering the following questions:

  • For whom are we creating value?
  • Who are our most important customers?  How will our customers be segmented?
  • What do they want and what are they willing to pay for?

2.  Compelling and relevant.  It has a strong value proposition that answers the following questions:

  • What bundle of products/services creates value for each specific customer segment?
  • What problem/customer want are we satisfying?
  • What benefits, features are we offering?
  • Is our value proposition innovative, new or disruptive?
  • What are the quantifiers (price, speed of service etc)
  • What are the qualifiers (design, customer experience)

3. Market Focused.  It shows us how we can market, sell and deliver our products/services by direct and/or indirect channels. It will answer the following questions:

  • How do we reach our customer segments and deliver our value proposition?
  • What is our company’s interface or touch points with customers?
  • How do we provide them with a unique customer experience?
  • How do we raise awareness for our products/services and deliver our value proposition?
  • How do we help clients evaluate and choose our value proposition?
  • How will we develop a strong brand?
  • How will we monitor and evaluate our value proposition
  • How will we delivery products/services to our clients (web, direct sales, alliances, stores and retail outlets, partners, distributors)
  • What is our after sales strategy to provide post purchase support, excellent service and value.

4. Relationship Centric.  It helps us build and maintain relationships.

A good business plan defines the types of relationships we establish with each customer segment (personal, automated, client acquisition, retention, up selling).  It also tells us how we will  maintain and grow/expand  customer relationships. 

5. Focused on Generation of Profit-Multiple Revenue Streams and answers the following questions:

  • What  do our customers want, and what will they be willing to pay for our services/products?
  • What is the value they are paying for-What are they getting?
  • What is our price structure (fixed pricing, bargaining, market dependent, volume dependent)
  • Are our  revenues streams one time purchases or recurring purchases?
  • How much does each revenue stream contribute to overall revenues? (Product/service sales, usage fees, subscription fees, lending-renting-leasing fees, licensing fees, brokerage fees)
  • What are our pricing mechanisms:  Fixed, dynamic, negotiation-bargaining, market dependent, volume dependent, yield dependent (dependent on our inventory at time of sale), customer segment depend

6.  Focused on Revenue Streams- Identification of Activities that Generate Profits

The most important things the business must do to make it work and generate profits.  The activities that help the company create and offer a strong value proposition, reach markets, maintain relationships, problem solve, earn revenues.

  • Production (designing, making and delivering products/services)
  • Problem Solving (solving customer problems, training, knowledge management)
  • A Strong Platform (services/products, technical network-digital-web that is managed, serviced and promoted).

 

7. Identifies Key Resources and Assets –  Owned, Leased or Shared. 

  • Physical Resources:  mfg facilities, buildings, vehicles, machines, sales systems, distribution networks.
  • Intellectual Resources:  Brands, proprietary knowledge, patents and copyrights, partnerships, customer databases
  • Human Resources:  People who bring knowledge, innovation, creativity, management, sales, marketing, administration, leadership to the company
  • Financial Resources:  Cash, lines of credit, loans, stock options

 

8. Identifies Partners and Suppliers

Success is not achieved alone, the development of partnerships is more critical than ever before because it will help us optimize resources and activities, reduce costs, reduce risk.

  •  Who are our key partners?
  •  Who are our key suppliers?
  •  What key resources are we getting from partners?
  •  What key activities do partners perform?  What Key activities do we perform?

 9.  Has a Good Cost Structure

Your cost structure must describe all costs incurred.  Costs for creating and delivering value, maintaining customer relationships, generating revenues must allow us to minimize expenses and achieve revenue targets and goals.  Cost Driven costs are costs incurred to minimize expenses.  Value Drive Costs are incurred to create value for our clients/business.

Categories of Costs-Fixed & Variable: Fixed costs remain the same despite volume, good or production (salaries, rent, and mfg costs). Variable Costs:  Variable costs change with the volume of goods or services produced.

Economies of Scale:  Cost Advantages as output increases in terms of lower purchasing costs, driving the cost of average unit of product/service down

Economies of Scope:
  Cost advantages due to a larger operation serving more clients and stronger marketing, sales, distribution challenges and multiple product/service lines.

10.  Includes Evaluation and Monitoring of the Plan:  It is critical to have a system that will allow you to measure, compare and evaluate business results on a regular and timely basis.  There are six steps in the evaluation and monitoring process:

Identify
Objectives
Identify Standards &
Criteria
 Collect
Evidence
Analyze
Data
Compare
Results
with
Objectives
Evaluate & Develop
Action Plan

 

More on Best Practice Business Basics as well as Business Startup Advice?  You Betcha!

Best Practice Business Insights and Tips:

Best Practice Business Start Up Insights and Tips

More?  Yes!  The Pause-A 3 Minute Tool That Works for Greater Resiliency, Focus, Mindlfulness

Even More?  Yes!  Your personal development, growth and happiness are critical!
The Empowerment Compendium
The Happiness Compendium
The Secret to Personal Growth and Development

 

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Executive Coaching, Consulting, Training and Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™ 

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From Victim To Victor | New Edition

From Victim to Victor | New Edition!
With 33 Inspiring Bonus Links & Tip Sheets

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 25,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing! 
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The secret is out of the box! We want life to be an easy path, but it is not.   Life is difficult; it is also challenging and exciting adventure, a treasured gift. How do we move past the wounds of the past that we all face? Words make worlds, thoughts create our perspective.  consciousness and perspective are everything.

 Every day, in every way, you choose to be either a victor or a victim of life.  

 

Victors choose the hard road, the path of personal power and positive change.  They chose to take  the road less traveled.  A road of life by design,  a path that reflects their values and their vision.  Victims choose the easier path and in so doing become prisoners of a life spent by default.  Victors live life with passion and purpose, victims just spend their life on autopilot, on a journey of default in which they dance to another man’s drummer and never find their true path.  Victims and victors come in all sizes, shapes, economic and social classes.  If you look closely you will see them in every station of life.  If you look closely, you will see that both under-achievers and over-achievers are victims of the same wound.  They both seek validation, in different ways.  But, the only true validation we have comes from inside out.  It is the validation and internal power we feel and live when we engage our truest faith, hope, courage, integrity and humanity.  It is the empowerment we feel when we recognize that we each have an important role to play, no matter how large or small in a greater purpose. 

If you are victor reach out this week and inspire a colleague, friend or loved one to seize the day with passion and purpose.  If you are a victim, do not despair.  Carpe diem.  You can change your thoughts, your beliefs, your habits to reflect your personal power and your ability to live life by design.  The first step starts with awareness and appreciation.  Each day, each moment holds the seed of possibility for positive change and growth.  What is your drummer?  What is your design?  What dreams and values do you hold dear to your heart that you need to express?   Are we impelled and propelled forward by values that speak to our true purpose, or by ego that will hold us in the embrace of false security and meaningless victories?

It is never too late to embrace self-love and self-worth from inside out!  You  can choose to walk the hero’s journey to the destination of our choice, to a life well spent.  The choice is now.  If you hear the call, take one small step today to move past fear, past habitual excuses, past negative self talk and self-criticism that holds you back. Tomorrow take another step towards a greater goal.  Hear the call.  Victory awaits you.

More on Personal Leadership and Empowerment?  YOU Betcha!

Great Read Book Review and Excerpt
Dare-Dream-Do by Whitney Johnson

 

I am committed to helping smart people and organizations use changes-challenges-strengths to optimize and catalyze their potential by building their 3Q Leadership Edge.
Use changes and challenges to improve  whole brain thinking, engagement, empowerment, communication, management, leadership…career success?
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Executive Coaching, Consulting, Training and Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™ 

Face to face and/or virtually by telephone, video conferencing or skype!
3Q Leadership Blog- 25,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing
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Tel: (1) 416-671-4726   Skype: beckerirene

From Now To How: Social, Virtual and Cross Generational Leadership

From Now To How: Social, Virtual and Cross Generational Leadership

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 25,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  [google-translator]

This article was first published, on a terrific blog of extraordinary thinkers, Switch and Shift! Thanks to Ted Coine and the Switch and Shift Team for sharing this post.

Leadership Balance

You can criticize, condemn and complain or imagine, inspire and innovate. Your choice will determine your destiny. – Deepak Chopra

The need to go from NOW to HOW is critical. Leadership starts with our ability to imagine, inspire, innovate and communicate forward.

Hope lies in not simply playing to strengths, but to seizing every challenge, change, stressor and failure as an opportunity to grow, evolve and expand the power of our minds, the strength of our brains and the capacity of our hearts.

Courage lies in our ability develop a whole new mind set, skill set and heart set that optimizes the unbridled passion, purpose and potential of humans to do better, rather than simply living or working faster than ever before.

Strength lies in finding a common language, a common message that touches the heads, hearts and mind of many. A message that transcends social, ethnic, virtual and cross generational lines because it speaks to the purpose that unites us all.

Leadership starts with our ability to imagine, inspire, innovate and communicate forward.

Leaders must be purpose driven because purpose equals profit on a multiplicity of levels. If your employees, your team, your constituents do not feel that the work they do, the contribution they make, is purposeful they will never optimize or maximize their potential.

If they do not feel that they are an integral part of a bigger picture, a larger goal or a greater team, the engagement, loyalty, transparency of communication and collaboration optimization of engagement and potential will not be achieved.

Similarly, if they do not have access to resources that help them learn new ways of thinking doing and communicating that enable their greatest potential in the face of change, challenges, complexity and opportunities they cannot lead forward.

Leaders must embrace their ability to go from NOW to HOW by not simply playing to strengths but also to using change, challenges, stressors, even failures to optimize all 3Q’s: IQ (intelligence-focus-ability to learn and re-learn faster and better); EQ (emotional intelligence; self awareness, self management, relationship management, social management, communication); and SQ (values, purpose, integrity).

3Q Leadership strengths are not for the faint of heart. They are instead for those who want to negotiate dark corners, build new bridges among diverse groups and develop communities of purpose and practice that survive and thrive by using strengths, changes and challenges to communicate and lead forward.

Leaders must be excellent listeners, learners and communicators who build bridges across diverse groups, internal and external constituencies. They must build and empower Communities of Purposewhere shared objectives, values, purpose and language empowers, engages and sustains actual, social/digital/virtual communication and collaboration.

They must have the courage to negotiate dark unknown corners with courage, hope, faith, integrity and humanity knowing that the differences that separate us are inconsequential in relation to the common human bond and purpose that unites us.

They must have the communication skills to find the message, the sound bite that opens the ears, heads, hearts and minds of all, irrespective of race, creed, gender or generational age. They must be leaders who learn, re-learn and fail forward faster and better than ever before by developing real and virtual/social communities of purpose.

Leaders must be excellent listeners, learners and communicators who build bridges across diverse groups, internal and external constituencies.

The need to go from NOW to HOW is critical. Leadership starts with our ability to imagine, inspire, innovate and communicate forward. It means embracing our ability to learn, re-learn, imagine, inspire and innovate by championing the mental, emotional agility and consistency of united purpose and integrity that can help us use what is to create what can be in ourselves, our people, our organizations…our world.

About the Author:

First woman CEO of a steel company in Canada, Irene Becker has a track record of trailblazing accomplishments in business and in the community at large. Irene is an inspiring executive coach, speaker and writer whose R-E-A-C-H methodology and 3Q focus has helped clients achieve breakthrough results in their careers, communication, leadership and lives. Passionate about the integrity of her work, Irene is dedicated to helping change-makers LEAD forward at the speed of change.
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Up Your Game | Insights, Tips & Tools

Up Your Game | Insights, Tips & Tools

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3Q Leadership™ Blog- 25,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!
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Satisficing will not lead us forward, nor will remaining entrenched in best practices that no longer work.The need to find new ways, faster ways and better ways to develop talent, optimize learning/relearning, enhance communication, collaboration and leadership is critical.

Change is NOT a threat, it is our greatest power. Words make worlds.  The more you say that change is difficult, the more difficult it will become.  Start thinking forward by using words that inspire and empower you to use the changes you face to R-E-A-C-H™ (Redirect focus – Empower Confidence – Communicate Effectively – Harvest Results) 

Start getting re-inspired by what YOU can DO in the face of change, challenges and complexity  Pie in the sky?  Think again.  I had the pleasure of listening to Irene speak at the PMI Symposium in March 2013. Irene’s energy was powerful. Her knowledge and passion on the subject of 3Q Edge and how it is key to business success was evident. She had many points that I resonated with. Her focus on the positive aspects of business was refreshing. She is endearing, knowledgeable and engaging. She even got 300 PMPs to roar at the end of her Keynote…Fabulous! Adriana Girdler CET, PMP  President, CornerStone Dynamics Inc.

There is no time like the present to take a new, fresh look at what YOU can do, what your people can do to  inspire, engage and empower the fire of human purpose, potential and results. Here are three articles, replete with practical tools and tips to help you disrupt the status quo, by using change and challenges to communicate, collaborate and LEAD forward!
From Now To How
The Thriving Organization: Ten Steps Out Of Jurassic Park
Win the Race with Wolves-Ten Steps to Living, Leading and Learning Forward

Ten Ways To Build Your 3Q Leadership Edge (IQ-EQ-SQ)
Women & Leadership:  Ten Steps Forward for Men and Women
The Pause:  A 3 Minute Mindfulness Tool  To Help you Re-charge and Re-power

More? YOU Betcha!   How To Improve Your Corporate Culture by Adriana Girdler

 

 

I am committed to helping smart people and organizations use changes-challenges-strengths to optimize and catalyze their potential to communicate & LEAD FORWARD.  Use changes and challenges to improve communication, management, leadership…career success?
Yes, the proof is in ten years of inspiring and outstanding results! 

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Irene Becker | Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ |  IQ-EQ-SQ for Reach-Resonance-Results
Executive Coaching, Consulting, Training and Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™ 

Face to face and/or virtually by telephone, video conferencing or skype!
3Q Leadership Blog- 25,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing
irene@justcoachit.com  Twitter @justcoachit
Tel: (1) 416-671-4726   Skype: beckerirene

Leadership Means Climbing The Mountain

Leadership Means Climbing The Mountain
(One Post & 21 Bonus Links)

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3Q Leadership™ Blog- 25,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!
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Lead Forward! The call to climb the mountain has never been greater.
If you listen, you will hear it. Our ability to climb it is REAL

Climb The Mountain-Lead Forward

Leadership is a trek around foggy corners, bluffs and terrain that challenges us beyond our wildest imagination; leading us where most people fear to tread. On good days, we move upward, forward and onward to new challenges, heights and accomplishments. On bad days, we may slip, fall, lose our balance and tumble backward.  On all days, leadership means learning, re-learning and failing forward with faith, hope, courage, integrity and humanity.  It means leading forward.

Leadership is not a tactic or a strategy; it is a commitment to climbing the mountain by honoring and empowering the best in our self and others.  It is a commitment to service above self rooted in love.  Love gives us the power to lead forward where others fear to tread. It is the fire that lights the indomitable power of our heart, mind and soul. Falling off the path, losing our grip and ability to negotiate difficult terrain and foggy corners occurs when we slip, slide or fall into fear based ego, hubris or arrogance.  It is corrected by self-awareness, humility and the conviction to embrace the love, the commitment to service above self that can take us forward.

True leadership is not about being nice, nor is it about being intimidating; it is about serving the greatest good, and empowering the best in oneself and others so that we can climb the mountain.  It means taking hard decisions and making the sacrifices necessary to negotiate foggy corners and challenging terrain with hope, faith, courage, integrity and humanity.  The imperative to build and sustain purpose driven leadership, to inspire purpose driven work, to build purpose driven communication and collaboration has never been greater.  Purpose equals profit on a multiplicity of levels, leadership is about tapping into our truest purpose and inspiring those we lead to do the same.

Leadership  is 3Q equation supported by courage that grows each time we align intelligence (IQ), humanity (EQ) and integrity (SQ); each time we use challenges, changes and strengths to  learn/re-learn, adapt and align best thoughts, best speech, best actions.   Leadership touches an emotional chord in others, as mirror neurons help us share our deepest emotions, our most heartfelt convictions.

Leadership means resetting the individual and organizational GPS,  by developing communities of purpose and a common language language rooted in the mutual objectives and shared values that create a bridge between cultural, personal and inter-generational differences.  It demands a relentless focus on climbing the mountain better and faster than ever before by using our minds, empowering our brains and aligning our hearts.  It means climbing the mountain by using  what is to create what can be; a better self, better teams, better organizations, better communities…a better world.

Lead Forward! The call to climb the mountain has never been greater.
If you listen you will hear it.

More on Leading Forward?  YOU Betcha!  Twenty Bonus Links:
Ten Practical Ways To Build Essential Success Skills At The Speed Of Change
The 3Q Leadership Skills You Need to Build NOW-10 Steps
Win the Race with Wolves:  Live, Learn and Lead Forward 10 Steps

An EQ Primer for  Effective Leadership-Management-Teambuilding
Top Leadership and Communication Posts 2012
The New Leader
Winning the New War
Women & Leadership :  Ten Critical Steps Forward for Women and Men
Building R-E-A-C-H™ (video:  3Q Leadership™ for Project Managers)
Rising to the Challenge Before Us (post and video)
Ten Ways to Lead Forward in Times of Complexity and Change
Leadership Means Developing a Community of Purpose 

More? YES…Great Guest Posts and Great Reads!

How to Improve Your Corporate Culture by Adriana Girdler
Lead Fwd with “Corporethics” by Pablo Fernandez & Yusuke Yamashita, PH.D
An Argument for Purpose-Driven Business by Carol Cone and Jackie Murphy
My Interview with Dr. Amit Nagpal on Enlightened Business and Leadership

Managing With A Conscience By Frank Sonnenberg
The Power of Communication by Helio Fred Garcia
The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge
Full Steam Ahead by Jesse Lyn Stoner and Ken Blanchard

I am committed to helping smart people and organizations use changes-challenges-strengths to optimize and catalyze their potential to communicate & LEAD FORWARD.  Use changes and challenges to improve communication, management, leadership…career success?
Yes, the proof is in ten years of inspiring and outstanding results! 

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Irene Becker | Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ |  IQ-EQ-SQ for Reach-Resonance-Results
Executive Coaching, Consulting, Training and Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™ 

Face to face and/or virtually by telephone, video conferencing or skype!
3Q Leadership Blog- 25,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing
irene@justcoachit.com  Twitter @justcoachit
Tel: (1) 416-671-4726   Skype: beckerirene

 

How To Improve Your Corporate Culture

How To Improve Your Corporate Culture

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Resolutions  allow us an opportunity to reflect on the past and decide what and how we’ll do things in the future. Yours could be losing those stubborn last 10 pounds, eating well or spending more time with family and friends. Ultimately, our resolutions are about improving the quality of our lives.

Resolutions aren’t just for individuals though. Companies can (and should) look at the quality of life of the organization. By reflecting on the past year activities, we should ask, “How is our corporate culture doing?”

Why focus on corporate culture?

A positive corporate culture lends to a more productive and happy workforce, resulting in increased efficiency in the office. Why is this important? Because increase efficiency leads to increase productivity, which ultimately improves the bottom line. Have you ever seen an organization where the culture is negative and the company is doing really well? I haven’t either.

Negativity breeds inefficiency.

When corporate culture is ignored, like a dripping faucet, it may not seem like a big deal at the moment. As time goes by, the drip becomes more annoying, particularly late at night when the dripping sound amplifies and makes it hard for you to sleep. You’re tired and cranky the next day, making it hard to function. All this from a simple little drip of the faucet.

The same can be said for corporate culture. Over time, the little things become bigger and can create a negative environment, which hurts morale. If your employee’s morale isn’t positive, productivity and efficiency are likely also missing.

In order improve your corporate culture, you’ll need to examine it and put plans in place to allow it to grow. Positive corporate culture doesn’t happen by itself.

So how can you create a positive corporate culture?

Make it a habit to review your corporate culture yearly. Every year organizations hold strategy and planning sessions for their products. They put a lot of time and attention to ensuring they’re promoting their services or products according to their strategy. Why not include reviewing the corporate culture at this time too?

Make corporate culture improvement initiative a priority. Companies say they’re improving the culture but ideas and projects for culture improvement get lost in the shuffle of day to day business. Don’t let this happen to you. For tips and tricks, read my blog on how to prioritize.

Change your mind set from “nice to have” to “need to have” regarding corporate culture. This can be hard to do, especially if your organization hasn’t examined its culture before. But everything is possible when you realize the benefits of having a positive corporate culture.

 

About the Author:

Adriana GirdlerAdriana Girdler is the President of CornerStone Dynamics Inc and an expert in business efficiency, helping leading corporations streamline internal processes to work smarter and improve productivity. Learn more about Adriana Girdler.  Connect with Ms. Girdler on twitter @adrianagirdler

More on Improving Corporate Culture?  YOU Betcha
The Individual and Organizational Imperative to DO Good
Meaningful Work:  Building a Management and Leadership Must
The Thriving Organization-Ten Powerful Steps
Ten Steps to Employee Engagement
Ten Ways to Lead Forward in Times of Complexity and Change
What is a Community of Purpose?
Leadership Means Building a Community of Purpose
7 Ways to Turn Conflict/Communication Problems Around
Good Business and Teambuilding | Our First Customers Are Our Staff and Teammembers
Three Toxic Team Members to Get Off Your Team
Optimize-Humanize-Monetize
The 3Q Leader-Building the 3Q Leadership Skills YOU Need Now

And, more…Great Read Excerpts and Reviews
Managing With A Conscience by Frank Sonnenberg
Business At The Speed Of Now by John M Bernard
The Power of Communication by Helio Fred Garcia
Full Steam Ahead by Jesse Lyn Stoner and Ken Blanchard

 

I am committed to helping smart people and organizations use changes-challenges-strengths to optimize and catalyze their potential to communicate & LEAD FORWARD.  Use changes and challenges to improve communication, management, leadership…career success?  Yes, the proof is in ten years of inspiring and outstanding results! 

Irene Headshot

Irene Becker | Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ |  IQ-EQ-SQ for Reach-Resonance-Results
Executive Coaching, Consulting, Training and Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™ 

Face to face and/or virtually by telephone, video conferencing or skype!
3Q Leadership Blog- 25,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing 

irene@justcoachit.com  Twitter @justcoachit
Tel: (1) 416-671-4726   Skype: beckerirene

Leadership Means Doing Good In the World

Leadership Means Doing Good in the World
The Individual & Organizational Imperative to DO GOOD
© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | Reach-Resonance-Results
3Q Leadership Blog
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The individual and organizational imperative to DO GOOD in the world is clear.
 The implicit value of leaders who seek to serve, and organizations focused on creating value for all constituents is the only path to a better future. Companies that do not create true value for their employees, stakeholders, clients and communities will eventually wither and die. The secret to individual and organization success hinges on our ability to do good. Doing good means creating value for others.  Doing good means developing the Q skills the can help us use change, challenges and strengths to optimize potential, while developing the adaptability, agility and collaboration we need to survive and thrive.  Doing good means learning to adapt, learn and relearn while protecting the integrity and values that are fundamental to sustainability.  

 

Purpose equals profit on a multiplicity of levels. Our ability to feel good and do good is broken when the human substance, the noblest values that hold our world together are compromised.   Food was meant to make our body strong.  Life is a gift to be lived to its fullest.  Millions of people spend their intimate moments with a computer embracing virtual intimacy that is devoid of true connection.  It is easy, it is fast, but is it better than real human contact or connection? Some of stay in jobs that compromise our value system or to not engage our purpose and potential  because it is easier to stay with the devil we know than to move on and find a position that is in better alignment with our integrity…is it better?  Most of us live in apartments or houses that our great grandparents would have considered the lap of luxury, and yet too many of us have no real community and do not even know our next door neighbor.  We have more material comforts, but lack the emotional connection and sense of community and contribution that fills our soul. Is it better?   Corporate cultures are ailing; many are slowly dying as the focus on satisficing and on layers of bureaucracy that dim the human spirit makes finding meaning, value and purpose at work difficult for far too many.

If we do not engage our best self, do our best work and live our best life by enshrining our greatest values, our noblest ideals,  we create a bubble that will ultimately burst and plummet to the ground. Engaging our best selves, doing our best work and living our best lives means resetting the individual and organizational GPS; it means learning to USE change, challenges and strengths to develop the whole brain strengths, creativity, empowerment, initiative, collaboration and processes that help us LEAD forward by using the very changes and challenges we face as levers for the fire of human potential, the power of human values, the promise of great leadership.

If we do not reset the GPS and lead forward, we will fall backwards.  The business/material  and/or social success we have acquired will not break our fall, because we have compromised the seedbed of our humanity by forgetting that success and leadership must be predicated on our ability to DO good and create value for others.  Every great empire, fiefdom and corporation in recorded history has been destroyed by need, greed and ego.  The dark side of human character must be replaced with leaders, managers and collaborators who are focused on doing good, because greatness is truly a coefficient of goodness.

We can throw ourselves into the quicksand of negativity, envy, jealousy by deciding to forget the power that we each possess to make a positive contribution, to do something of value. But at the other side of darkness there is always light.  Light to recapture our power to create value and do good.  Light to engage our best self, do our best work and live our best life.  Power to make positive, value centered, soul centered choices.  Choices that will clear the fog of all that is wrong or the hail of militant mediocrity, greed or ego dominated choices that stand in the way of our living our best lives, doing our best work, developing our best organizations and communities.

Each small positive change, each bit of energy focused on doing good creates a ripple of value and integrity that in turn forms an ocean of hope and power for our self, our society and the world. If a butterfly in Tokyo can change the weather patterns in Los Angeles, what can our small actions each day, every way, have on our society and our world?   What would our personal and professional landscape look like if just 50% of us started each day with the intention to engage our best self, do our best work and live our best life? What would organizations look like if we they were focused on moving from cultures of satisficing to building learning and living environments that grow the trust, collaboration and potential of their people and constituents?

Each individual possesses the unique ability to make a positive difference, and leaders possess a titanic ability and responsibility to build the social, economic and intellectual capital that drives positive change, that creates well in the world. The fire of individual and organizational growth and well-being is not something we can touch, it is something we must feel and focus on; it is something we must build from top down with a sincere commitment to do good in the world.  Our greatest challenge and greatest strength lie in our ability to USE what is to create what can be; better selves, better leadership, better organizations, better communities.

More on Goodness Leadership?  YOU Betcha

Goodness to Greatness Leadership-7 Steps from Me to We
The New Leader
The Thriving Organization
What Does Leadership Really Mean?
Rising to the Challenge Before Us (post and video)
Leadership Means Building a Community of Purpose
Meaningful Work-Building a Management and Leadership Must
Ten Ways to Lead Forward in Times of Complexity and Change
Our Greatest Hope
The Secret to Peace and Prosperity

Guest Posts on Doing Good?  You Betcha
The Argument for Purpose Driven Business
Corporethics
Managing With a Conscience (Great Read Excerpt & Review)

 

 

I am committed to helping smart people and organizations use changes and challenges to optimize and catalyze their potential to communicate & LEAD FORWARD.  Use changes and challenges to improve communication, management, leadership…career success?  Yes!
Helping my clients build their 3Q Edge™ and develop the R-E-A-C-H™ that helps them lead forward smarter, faster and happier is what I do best!

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Irene Becker | Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ | Reach-Resonance-Results
Executive Coaching, Consulting, Training and Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™ 

Face to face and/or virtually by telephone, video conferencing or skype! 
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Tel: (1) 416-671-4726   Skype: beckerirene

Guest Post: An Argument for Purpose-Driven Business by Carol Cone and Jackie Murphy

Guest Post: An Argument For Purpose-Driven Business
By Carole Cone, Global Chair, Edelman Business & Social Purpose and Jackie Murphy US Purpose Strategist, Edelman

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Purpose = Profit is an equation I have repeated many times in my posts, because I believe that the imperative for purpose driven business is implicit in employee engagement as well as the engagement of all constituents Purpose is a social and business anchor that will continue to gain strength and importance.  I am delighted and honored to host, An Argument for Purpose Driven Business by two key members of Edelman, a pr firm-a global constituency of “global idealists, strategy consultants and creative communicators whose purposeful values of quality, integrity, respect, entrepreneurial spiritual, mutual benefits and citizenship are mirrored in accolades from employees and client success stories and communities worldwide.  I want to thank Ms. Cone and Murphy for an excellent post, a great read  that I am honored to host on this blog!  Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ | Helping Smart People and Organizations Lead Forward Smarter, Faster and Happier! 

 

Despite a recent article in Ad Age purpose strategies are here to stay.

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While Rance Crain is correct that P&G is experiencing tumult and transition, its current challenges relate to the core of its business: developing products that are truly innovative and desired by consumers, whether in the developed or developing world.  Product innovation is what made P&G great. Creating products that perform and have a social purpose makes them more appealing to consumers, when aligned with performance attributes and personal needs.

Today, marketers are operating in the reality of a highly transparent and hyper-connected world. As well, the communications paradigm has been transformed, shifting power from the powerful few to the all-powerful many.

 

The question is: How do we navigate this new landscape?

We believe the answer is through engagement. And the reality is, for companies and brands to create sustained engagement with their stakeholders, they need to connect in relevant ways, often around social issues.

Relevant Engagement: New Reality for Marketers

Edelman’s Trust Barometer and goodpurpose research, as well as the research from firms like Globescan, all point to the same conclusion: that consumers are now “citizens” of the world and expect companies and brands to have active engagement in social and environmental issues.  From our goodpurpose study, 86 percent of global consumers expect business to place at least equal emphasis on social interests as on business interests.

A great case study of how the interests of society, consumers and business can align for mutual benefit comes from none other than P&G. Its Pampers brand grew exponentially when it moved from a features and benefits positioning to one that focused on becoming a partner with mothers in their child’s development, an education campaign coupled with a highly compelling cause marketing promotion: Pampers One-Pack One Vaccine with UNICEF. This purpose repositioning helped the brand grow 200 percent from its stagnant $3 billion base.

This example and many others (see: Yoplait Save Lids to Save LivesBrita Filter for Good Warby Parker] demonstrate that when purpose marketing strategies are authentic (to the company/brand) and relevant (to its audiences), they can and do drive sales.

A Purpose-Driven Enterprise

Beyond sales, becoming a purpose-driven enterprise is sound business and brand strategy. Mr. Crain is right that CMOs and CEOs are embracing higher purpose. In IBM’s global CMO survey last year, one of the three major findings was that CMOs believe an organization’s character – how it behaves – is as important as the products/services that it sells.

And, it’s true that leading global companies have recognized the role their organizations play in addressing our collective environmental and societal challenges. As Unilever’s Paul Polman states:

“This is a great time for brands which can provide a beacon of trust for consumers. These days, CEOs don’t just get judged by how well their share prices are doing, but by what impact they are having on society.”

But where Crain errs is in his assumption that this is driven purely by emotion, or reflects a misguided attempt to elevate marketing above selling product.

Placing Purpose in Business Strategy

Yes, a purpose must be clearly defined, authentic and aligned with business strategy. Yes, companies will err as they navigate the uncharted waters of aligning business and societal goals. Yes, there will be those that take shortcuts or fall prey to “cause-washing”, as we have often observed ourselves.  But these quibbles obfuscate the larger truth.

When strategically-divined and smartly-deployed:

  • Purpose enables meaningful engagement with all an organization’s stakeholders, from employees to consumers to communities (see: Starbucks, Chipotle, PNC Bank)
  • Purpose drives growth, demonstrated by Jim Stengel in his book GROW
  • Purpose inspires innovation, compellingly articulated by Michael Porter

And finally, becoming a purpose-driven company can fundamentally transform a business. For this, we only need to look at two of the foremost purpose-driven companies in the world: IBM, viaits Smarter Planet approach, and Unilever, via its Sustainable Living Plan. Both companies have developed and executed their purpose approaches in great depth and clarity. (In fact, Unilever’s Sustainable living Plan should be mandatory reading for anyone looking to understand the threads and challenges of pursuing sustainability in a resource constrained world.)

In the future, where business more than ever before will be conducted under intense scrutiny, winning brands and companies will be those that inspire and engage with their stakeholders.  At the end of the day, when we find brands and companies that align with our values and have a rich back story beyond features and benefits, we will support them.

As content explodes while attention spans grow increasingly finite, and word of mouse and mouth become the primary currency, a true and aligned purpose brand creates and inspires advocates and buyers that neither money nor advertising can buy.

About the Authors:

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The Business +Social practice at Edelman is comprised of a team of global idealists, strategy consultants and creative communicators helping organizations unleash the power of business for commercial success and societal impact. You Can reach the authors at carol.cone@edelman.Com @carolcone and Jaclyn Murphy at jaclyn.murphy@edelman.com @jaclynemurphy


 


More on Purposeful Business?  YOU Betcha!

Leadership Means Building a Community of Purpose
The Leadership Compendium: Leading Forward in the Face of Complexity and Change
Corporethics, A Guest Post by Pablo Fernandes and Dr. Yamashita
Meaningful Work

 

I am committed to helping smart people and organizations use changes and challenges to optimize and catalyze their potential to communicate & LEAD FORWARD.  Use changes and challenges to improve communication, management, leadership…career success?  Yes!
Helping my clients build their 3Q Edge™ and develop the R-E-A-C-H™ that helps them lead forward smarter, faster and happier is what I do best!

Irene Headshot

Irene Becker | Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ | Reach-Resonance-Results
Executive Coaching, Consulting, Training and Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™ 

Face to face and/or virtually by telephone, video conferencing or skype! 
irene@justcoachit.com  Twitter @justcoachit
Tel: (1) 416-671-4726   Skype: beckerirene

 

Women & Leadership: Ten Critical Steps Forward (for women & men)

Women & Leadership: Ten Critical Steps Forward

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A post for women and men who seek to empower stronger and better leadership in a world of unprecedented change, challenges and opportunities.  The future lies in the hands of those who can empower and enable others.  It is time for women and men to light the fire of human potential, of great leadership; doing so starts with women leading forward!  © Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ 

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When we embrace our true potential, and do so with humanity, humility and the desire to serve the greatest good, we rekindle the most important fire of all; the fire of human potential-the fire of leading forward together!  Leadership is a 3Q Equation:  (IQ) Intellect-Strategic Thought EQ (emotions-empathy-self & social mgmt) SQ (values-integrity-humanity).   It is a gender-less equation that must be enfranchised by those who have typically been disenfranchised.  

The writing is on the walls of our lives, our communities, our organizations and our world; it is time for women to lead forward. 
And it is time for men to champion their sisters, because our individual and collective hope for a better future lies in men and women collaborating and leading forward together. 

You cannot light a fire with wet wood.  The future lies in the hands of those who can empower and enable the best in others.  I am grateful to the sisters, the women before me who suffered for my human rights, and to those men who had the courage to stand alongside them.  As a woman, as a part of an ethnic minority, as a member of the human race I am grateful to those who suffered before me for the rights and freedoms I have now.

The most important fire we can light is the fire of human potential, and I believe that women have a critical role to play.  It is a role that takes courage, resiliency and the ability to stand tall.  It is the most important role we can play. Most of the world, and most of womankind goes to bed hungry, disadvantaged and beaten in one way or the other.  The strength of those who have a voice and their ability to use their voices to lead forward is critical.  The strength of those who have been enabled with learning to use their knowledge to help others is imperative.  The strength of those who refuse to let go of their faith, hope, humanity, integrity and courage is our hope for a better future.

1. Empowerment is both an internal and external journey that takes time. It is important to stand up, not down; it is important to R-E-A-C-H forward  When the external conditions enfranchise human rights and voice, those who have been disenfranchised must then reset their own internal GPS. We will not go from a mindset of being dominated, to finding freedom and empowerment without resetting our own internal GPS by celebrating the power, the positive contribution we can and will make. What became clear to me, as I grew, learned and evolved was that it takes time for those who have been disenfranchised to step up to the plate.  Laws and society must first welcome them, and then those who have been underdogs need to go through their own metamorphosis where the chains of disenfranchisement and victimhood no longer impeded their own sense of self esteem or abilities.

2. Stereotypes must be challenged, because the pull of the past is strong, and the past will not take us forward. Strong women scare weak men.  This does not mean that we must undervalue our strengths.  It means we must stand up and stand tall. Typically men are taught to overvalue their strengths, and women to undervalue theirs. Stop stereotyping yourself.  See your strengths for what they are, and use your challenges to enable your potential. I believe with all my head and heart that women are in the midst of an important reset, as are other groups who have suffered.  And, it is those who can rise above what was, and see their ability to build a bridge between sisters, brothers, diversity, constituencies…between the human divide before us that will be able to lead forward.

3.  Do not become a victim of your biology, rather the biological imperative that women have to help the world lead forward.  Men are typically wired to control and women to connect. Don’t hide your desire to build a better world under a bushel, celebrate it, ignite it and pass the torch forward.  The same inherent strengths that make most of us great nurturers are what the world needs now more than ever before. Will we survive and thrive with a winner takes all model of leadership?  Will we develop learning organizations, better societies, improved lives for all constituents by continuing models of leadership, governance that no longer work?  Is it not time to celebrate our difference as women, our ability to really champion building organizations that strive and drive collaboration, communication and results for all constituents according to their respective abilities and potential?

4. Purpose = profit.  A whole new world, workplace and marketplace will continue to show us that leading forward means harnessing the potential of human being better, not simply doing faster than ever before. The inequities before us are incredible, but so is our power to lead forward. If we are daunted by what is, we cannot begin to use the very challenges we face to create what can be.  We must stand up, and standing up means rally the full force of our courage and commitment to doing what is in alignment with the integrity, humanity and values that will sustain our world.

5.  Stop competing, start collaborating. Celebrate the biological differences that can make us stronger TOGETHER. The corpus callosum that separates left and right hemispheres in women is thicker than in men.  Yes, the biological imperative that helps most women be mothers, tend to multiple responsibilities also gives us an ability that is now critical to our individual and collective survival and prosperity. While we know now that we can all build new neural connections, and that men can learn to be more whole brained; women are hardwired to do so.  Women need to take the lead in modeling new and better ways of communicating, collaborating and building relationships and in helping our brothers develop these critical skills.  While there are many men who are great communicators, collaborators and relationship builders, many can benefit from growth in these areas just as women can benefit from learning more from men about positioning themselves in ways that help them to lead forward in a still male dominated world and mindset.

6.  Get empowered, re-inspired and use this momentum to inspire others because the traditionally male model of leadership is not working. It is time to develop a new androgynous model of leadership that must be championed by women and men.  The testosterone surge, the brute strength and desire to win above all that has taken us to where we are now, must be transformed.  Women and men are critical to this transformation, and the imperative to work together has never been more important.

7.  Celebrate organizations and male leaders who have the courage, vision and values to champion women leaders and the leadership of those men and women who have been traditionally disenfranchised.  Help men build skills and strengths that have been traditionally ascribed to women, help those who have been traditionally disenfranchised so that they can become 3Q Leaders who can optimize brain power, emotional power and the spiritual strength needed to lead forward with values, vision and action.

8.  Come out of the closet.  Too many women are relationship builders, nurturers, communicators and leaders who want to be part of developing a new way, a better way to lead forward together. We want to make a difference, but we can get stymied by ego, by societal definitions.  Remember…  Purpose = profit.  Celebrate your purpose as a woman to help heal the world.  Yes, I did say heal and I know this is a term that many might frown at…but, take a look around you.  We need to heal as women, heal as minorities because the quicker we can stop looking at what was and use the strengths we have now to build and rebuild what can be, the faster and better we will move and lead forward!

9.  Appreciate your ability to be empathetic and to become a WHOLE human being, a whole brained and whole heart leader.   Men typically have a much higher concentration of testosterone, which is great when aggressive action is needed. Women are typically better at building relationships, collaborating, solving problems and analyzing people problems. Recognize it as one of the greatest challenges AND strengths you have. The importance of understanding how people feel, and using this understanding to appreciate and motivate the best in others is critical.  Model, teach and mentor empathetic leadership and watch it grow.  

10.  It is time to celebrate and USE our differences and strengths as women and men to lead forward together. We will never accomplish this without women pushing forward in a positive way with a voice that must be heard.  The voice of reason, the voice of compassion, the voice of collaboration, the voice of a new type of leadership that can take both men and women forward togetherOur voice is not loud enough yet, but it is getting louder.  We cannot and must not relent in removing the internal and external barriers before us. Our ability, as women, to light a fire of passion, purpose and potential is exponential.  Every time we lead forward, we help others do the same.

The most important fire we can light is the fire of human potential, and I believe that women have a critical role to play.  It is a role that takes courage, resiliency and the ability to stand tall.  It is the most important role we can play. Most of the world and most of womankind goes to bed hungry, disadvantaged and beaten in one way or the other.  The strength of those who have a voice, to use their voices to lead forward is critical.  The strength of those who have been enabled with learning to use their knowledge to help others is imperative.  The strength of those who refuse to let go of their faith, hope, humanity, integrity and courage is our hope for a better future.

When we embrace our true potential, and do so with humanity, humility and the desire to serve the greatest good, we rekindle the most important fire of all; the fire of human potential-the fire of leading forward together!

More on Women?  More on Leadership?  YOU Betcha!

Women Leading Forward
Against All Odds
Extraordinary Women Interview
Great Read Excerpt and Review: Dare-Dream-Do

Leadership Tips & Tools
Winning the Race with Wolves
Men and Women Leading Forward:  Building 3Q Leadership™
The Leadership Compendium

 

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What Type of Leader Are YOU?

What Type of Leader Are You?
A guest post by Tyana Daley, University Alliance,
a Division of Bisk Education Inc.

 Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ | Reach-Resonance-Results
Helping smart people and organizations lead forward smarter, faster and happier.
Leadership, Communication and Career Solutions with a 3Q Edge™  [google-translator]

Understanding our intrinsic and learned leadership styles is critical to leadership training, growth and development.  Part of effective leadership is being able to adapt one’s style in alignment with one’s constituency and audience while keeping values, vision and mission in tact!  I am delighted to share this excellent post about Leadership Styles, by Tyana Daley! 


What Type of Leader Are YOU

Leaders of all kinds share many recognized and documented traits, such as decisiveness and good communication skills. Not as commonly acknowledged, however, are the countless distinctions among various types of leaders. Knowing exactly what kind of leader you are—and what kind of leader your workplace calls for—is vital, as it may make the difference between getting the job done well and barely getting by.

As many as nine different varieties of leaders exist, depending on the mode of categorization, from the hands-off delegative leader to the domineering autocratic leader. The primary means of distinction most psychological typologies employ is quality and frequency of engagement with team members.

Likewise, the most appropriate leadership style for any given project or profession is just as dependent on the team members’ needs and expectations as those of the leader. Although you may find that a certain style comes most naturally, integrating select features of other leadership styles into yours can help you excel in your position, as well as identify and work effectively with your team and other leaders.

Here are a few leadership styles and their respective traits. Consider your own leadership style and if incorporating any of the traits from another style might help you in your current position.

  • Autocratic: As the name suggests, autocratic leaders rule the roost with utmost control. Also called authoritarian or directive leadership, this particular style is characterized by unilateral decision-making and complete adherence to established protocol. A good fit for employees who flourish under ample supervision, the autocratic leadership style is ideally suited to high-stakes projects that must be accomplished quickly and with absolute precision. Military hierarchies are prime examples of autocratic leadership in action. 

Because autocratic leadership can transfer into simple bossiness or micromanagement if not carefully regulated, taking the time to educate and listen to employees is critical. If team members understand the need for a regimented workplace—perhaps there are safety or budgetary concerns that warrant strict policies—they’re much more likely to accept autocratic authority, while leaders who remain receptive to employees’ ideas and feedback, even if they can’t be implemented, can help offset any brewing resentment.

  • Consultative: A consultative leader retains the autocratic leader’s right to make autonomous decisions but, unlike the autocrat, draws on team members’ expertise and opinions before doing so. This leadership style is particularly useful in results-oriented processes; employee input is only valuable in so far as procedures are flexible.

 Challenges that merit creative group strategies are also prime opportunities to apply a consultative leadership style. Leaders who know how to distill great ideas from large amounts of team member feedback are consultative in nature, as are those who recognize each employee’s strengths and contributions publically.

  • Participative: The most egalitarian of all types, participative, or democratic leaders function as a fellow team member, often privileging employee ideas over their own. They tend to facilitate conversation and encourage collective decision-making, rather than deliver instructions and delegate tasks. Process-oriented work that requires innovation, creativity and synergistic team efforts can be accomplished via participative leadership; employees with complementary aptitudes and areas of expertise work well in teams helmed by participative leaders.

The erasure of the traditionally rigid distinction between supervisor and supervised is both the primary attraction and potential pitfall of participative leadership. Employees who are not personally invested in the company or project or who need direct supervision can undermine a participative leader’s efficacy, even unintentionally. Responsible, trustworthy and knowledgeable team members are critical to the success of this leadership style.

  • Delegative: Also known as a “laissez-faire” leader, the delegative type is the least engaged in the team’s routine functions. “Laissez-faire” roughly translates to “allow to do,” and that’s precisely the purpose that delegative leaders serve in the workplace. Team members are expected to draw on their own initiative and knowledge to accomplish tasks, solve problems, establish processes and produce quality results. The delegative leader’s role may, in fact, be as minimal as providing resources and remaining available for occasional consultation.

Only the most motivated and high-performing teams are suited to a more laissez-faire style of leadership. New or inexperienced employees tend to flounder without more engagement, and even the most competent workers may benefit from direction when undertaking new or high-value operations. Delegative leaders can eliminate any resentment over their absence by explaining its cause, particularly if it involves exemplary employee performances.

Great leaders of various types exist across all industries, and there are no hard and fast rules for selecting a leadership style. What comes naturally is important, but experimentation and adaptation are equally critical. Pay attention to your team’s performance under a variety of styles while developing your own, and don’t over-focus on yourself. Great leaders aren’t measured by their own achievements, but by those of the people they lead.

About the Author/Guest Blogger, Tyana Daley
Tyana Daley

Tyana Daley  writes about various career-related topics including organizational leadership for University Alliance, a division of Bisk Education Inc. Contact:  http://www.villanovau.com  

More Posts and Guest Posts on Leadership?  YOU Betcha AND some Great READ Book Reviews and Excerpts!

Guest Posts:
3 Reasons YOU Need a Real Leadership Program by Kyle Lagunas
Corpo-Ethics by Pablo Fernandez &  Dr. Y. Yamashita, 
When Leaders Get Out of the Way by Scott Mabry

 

Posts:

Winning the Race with Wolves:  Ten Steps to Stronger Personal and Business Leadership
The Leadership Compendium:  Leading Forward in the Face of Change & Complexity
Lead Forward Training:  Building the 3Q Leadership™ Skills YOU Need Now

Great Read Reviews & Book Excerpts!
Managing with a  Conscience by Frank Sonnenberg
The Power of Communication by Professor Helio Fred Garcia
Business at the Speed of NOW by John. M Bernard

 

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Remove the Wall to Your Greatest Potential

Remove the Wall to Your Greatest Potential
R-E-A-C-H™ Forward
One post and 13 bonus links

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™| Reach-Resonance-Results
Helping smart people and organizations lead forward smarter, faster and happier.
Leadership, Communication and Career Solutions with a 3Q Edge™ [google-translator]

A great man said that we must become the change we seek, but we all hit walls…

fist-through-the-wall

Yes, we all hit walls, but the imperative, the ability to break through the walls we face individually, collectively and organizationally is real.  It requires a new way of thinking and doing that helps us use what is to create what can be by resetting default patterns of thinking, communicating and doing that no longer work. It also means developing a NEW relationship with the changes we face that helps us optimize and catalyze our potential and the potential of others by building the Q skills that can take us forward smarter, faster and happier in the face of change, challenges, complexity and opportunity  Here is my story and the comments of others who have reached forward

Remove the Wall…

                                     Redirect focus
                                     Empower confidence
                                     Actualize potential
                                     Communicate effectively
                                     Harvest results 

Because, those who R-E-A-C-H™ forward
will LEAD forward! 

 

More on R-E-A-C-H™ and 3Q Leadership™?  You Betcha!

I am committed to helping smart people and organizations use changes and challenges to optimize and catalyze their potential to communicate & LEAD FORWARD.  Use changes and challenges to improve communication, management, leadership…career success?  Yes!
Helping my clients build their 3Q Edge™ and develop the R-E-A-C-H™ that helps them lead forward smarter, faster and happier is what I do best!

 

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Guest Post: Lead Fwd with "Corporethics" by Pablo Fernandez & Yusuke Yamashita

Lead Forward with….
Corporethics

 “Corpor-ethics” by Pablo Fernandez, Biologist, Sustainability Consultant &  Dr. Y. Yamashita,  Business Ethics Scholar, Komazawa University, Japan  [google-translator]
 I am honored to host this guest post by Pablo Fernandez and Yusuke Yamashita because true leadership is sustained by corporate ethics and responsibility. Now, more than ever before the reality of a simple equation, purpose-profit is written on the walls of our lives, organizations and institutions.  Purposeful, sustainable business must be grounded in corporate responsiblity and ethics “corporethics”.  We cannot lead forward without a baseline of “corporethics”, because to do so is to erode human potential,  engagement, ideation, performance, innovation and business results from inside out.
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Fig. 1. Corporethics “Balancing Model”. Under moderate institutionalization, Human

Resources (HR), Corporate and Society moral values influence business behaviour.

Ethics in business

In the last years ethics in business had become one of the top priority subjects for corporate policy makers. Actually, rather than just get benefits from added value of corporate image, heads companies progressively develop their business strategies more according to society values and new sustainability concerns. But how these ethical standards are implemented by institutionalization and which factors influence business behaviour is still under discussion.

Certainly this is not a minor subject. In the same period globalization has contributed to widespread new corporate methodologies, more human and environmentally centred, helping to change old business practices in coherence with the usually called “Morality of Business”. Therefore, companies compromises with society to respect ethical engagements and community values in their activities.

Of course, commitments to business conduct may largely differ across firms and countries, even locally. In those places with strong moral traditions ethics is “built by society” and hence adopted by corporate through institutionalization. On the other hand, under more flexible society moral values, ethical business practices are “created by companies” and then institutionalized, something we call Corporethics.

Corporethics is basically a process of “corporate ethical institutionalization” where firms defines and implement ethical behaviour rules to develop their business, according to stakeholders needs (society), shareholders objectives (corporate) and employees commitments (human resources). To implement successful Corporethics moderate institutionalization is required (Fig. 1).

 

Ethics institutionalization

The relationship between “moral and ethics as values” and “institutionalization” is very complex. Sometimes moral may not be strong enough at the society level to influence business behaviour, suggesting that ethics institutionalization and morality of business are not necessarily connected. In fact they seem to interact more in an agonist manner, that’s means they move in the same direction (Fig. 2). When companies grow respecting morality of business principles, ethical rules impose themselves and develop under institutionalization.

 

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Fig. 2. In business behaviour theories Ethics institutionalization and Morality of Business seem to be

connected (1). However, this interaction is not always accurate. New insights and CSR outcomes in developing countries suggest an independent interaction, an agonist relationship (2).

 

Nevertheless ethics institutionalization depends of several matters. Stakeholders by example can or cannot be take into account to define corporate behaviour. This is a key point if we considerer that individual or personal interest in corporate strategies may sometimes radically influence ethical guidelines. Consequently, companies implement ethics as a result of intricate interactions with different achievements and outcomes. Every actor contributes at different levels.

Furthermore, when we focus on ethics we realize that too strong institutionalization may interfere with its realization. This particular condition inhibits voluntary development of personal ethical values. The idea of ​​”we must follow the institutional rules, only” might born from within the employees, as a result of ethical rules embraced by the firm and not from society moral traditions. Successful companies implements Corporethics under moderate institutionalization.

 

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

In business behaviour CSR means “commitment” and “Social Contract”. Under moderate institutionalization corporate engagements may define and specify strategy lines including CSR programs. That means employees and managers must continue to achieve CSR and Ethics by sharing ethical values, contributing to develop company policy guidelines.

But it is truth that Ethics can be improved by CSR? The answer is yes. CSR accomplishmentsmay contribute to reinforce moral engagement of both, human resources and shareholders, regarding strategic management. Moreover, stakeholders also contribute as a third part to generate feedback between corporate and society. Consequently, CSR actions have more significant impact at the social and corporate level.

So even for strong or moderate institutionalization the “stakeholders factor” becomes relevant to build business ethics and CSR. However, we must to be careful. It is a matter of stakeholders might not be necessarily a “positive influence”. Sometimes managers and employees are wise than stakeholder of a part (ex: strong greed of institutional investor and shareholder). Anyhow, under good ethical guidelines all voices are represented at the decision-making stages.

Thus ethics success in corporate actions will be dependent of “ethics institutionalization” and commitment degrees throughout the organization (from shareholders to employees). Firms can be justified themselves by the legitimacy derived from ethical institutionalization, for and against some unethical stakeholders. This condition will allow ethical stakeholders to objectively assess these companies by measuring their levels of commitment. In this way, through rules between the firms and stakeholders, we can confirm the existence of “Social Contract”.

Definitely strong interactions can be decisive regarding CSR and business behaviour practices. What is important is to enhance the dialogue between company and stakeholders to create moderate institutionalization conditions to improve Corporethics. Relaxing too strong institutionalization may help to reinforce corporate ethical guidelines and share achievements transversally (Fig. 3). This process will be possible only under solid engagements (Fig. 4).

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Fig. 3. Strong interactions between society, stakeholders and

corporate can help to share achievements transversally.

 

 

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Fig. 4. The process of Corporethics: ethical engagement between society and company.

The Contributor Profiles

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Pablo Fernandez 

Biologist. Environmental Matters Consultant. Practice Development Consultant.
Advisory for CSR, strategy and project design and environmental outreach to businesses, foundations and public or private organizations.

(He has collaborated with organizations in countries such as Argentina, Costa Rica,Nicaragua, India and France.) in Paris, Mendoza, Santiago -World.

http://practicasdeldesarrollo.blogspot.com

image6 Yusuke Yamashita, Ph.D.(Doctor of Commerce)

Part-time Lecturer of Komazawa University, Faculty of Economics
Former Part-time Lecturer of Nihon University, Faculty of Commerce

(Next fiscal year) Part-time Lecturer of Komazawa University, Faculty of Business Administration

Kantian, Japan.

http://yamashitanoid.jimdo.com/

 

 
I am committed to helping smart people and organizations communicate & LEAD FORWARD smarter, faster and happier
because I believe in our power to use what is to create what can be in our lives, our people, our organizations…our world.

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Executive Coaching, Consulting & Training with a 3Q Edge™ | Reach-Resonance-Results
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Win the Race with Wolves: Live, Learn and Lead Forward 10 Steps

Lead Forward! Win the Race with Wolves:  Ten Powerful Steps & Bonus Links 

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™| Reach-Resonance-Results  [google-translator]
I am committed to helping smart people and organizations lead & communicate forward smarter, faster and happier because I believe in our power to use the challenges we face to build the 3Q strengths that  transform challenges into solutions that help us LEAD forward in our lives, our work, our organizations…our world.

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”  Abraham Lincoln


LionLiving, learning and leading forward means winning the race with five hungry wolves that are chasing the best and brightest among us:

  • Wolf 1. Financial (job, career, corporate challenges) that can keep in stasis, on hyperdrive, or travelling in reverse
  • Wolf 2. Communication breakdowns that crush or destroy our individual and collective potential
  • Wolf 3. Personal challenges that impede our true potential and erode confidence, engagement, empowerment
  • Wolf 4. Interpersonal conflict that destroys the personal relationships we need to succeed
  • Wolf 5. Health crisis; either mental or physical that has us stuck

Sadly too many of us are losing the race.  Clearly, it is time to turn this around! Will you be a success statistic or a stress statistic? Here are facts YOU need to know U.S. corporations spend in excess of $10 billion dollars a year on “executive” and $300 billion a year on “general workplace” stress related physical, emotional ailments, illnesses, addictions, absenteeism, discord, dis-engagement, presenteeism.  Meanwhile, the World Health Organization forecasts that stress will be the major cause of disability by the year 2020. The U.S. divorce rate has skyrocketed to 70% of marriages.  European and Canadian marriages have a 50% divorce rate. The challenges that we face individually and collectively are written on the windows of our lives, our communities, our workplaces, our governments and our world.  Learning to manage stress is critical, but it is no longer enough.  We need to learn to use the challenges, changes, stressors, even failures we face to optimize and catalyze our individual and collective potential.  Pie in the sky?  Think again. Sharing my story,  the genesis of my 3Q work.

YES, we can win the race with wolves; yes we can live, learn and lead forward….one person, one organization, one community at a time.  Each shift forward will take us from ME to WE, from a focus on our individuality to a new balance between independence and interdependence that drives our best selves, best work, best organizations…and ultimately our best world. Success is a 3Q equation, with three powerful components that draw strength/success from each other.  It is an alignment of enhanced IQ (intelligence)-EQ (emotional mastery) and SQ (values alignment/positive purpose or spiritual quotient.  These are my favorite steps because they are steps you can take and use in small ways.  Small consistent steps that create a BIG difference in your life, your work, your people, your organization…your world.

1.  Refuse to be a victim or a victimizer.  Victims cannot recognize their own power; victimizers feel truly powerless and can only get empowered by abusing others.  Our ability to be a victim or victimizer is the easiest course of action, the default pattern that arises when we are confronted by fear, stress or challenges.  Resetting this default pattern is doable for most people. We all slip into the victim or victimizer role at times, because it is perhaps an automatic default, a need or desire to have someone give us all the answers, or to quell our own fear about not being able to by in total control of our lives.  Realizing me are slipping, and make a thought course correction that allows us to become free of the victim or victimizer role is transformational.

2.  Turn failure, challenges and stressors around by making everything a learning and growing experience. Change your headspace, think counter-intuitively because success is often born of failure or challenges.  Develop an attitude for gratitude, not only for what you have but for the very challenges you face.  Human history tells us that our greatest inventions were the results of our greatest challenges.  Personal history tells us that more often than not our greatest learning, our most important personal evolution occurs when we have faced an incredible struggle or challenge and come out the other side with our head, heart and values intact. Cultivate the art of failing forward!  Model failing forward, use it to transform failures into positive learning experiences.

3. You are your thoughts.  Use them carefully to live, learn and lead forward.  Get provocative with your thoughts by turning them around! Refocus, repurpose.   See challenges and strength with NEW eyes.  Learn how to R-E-A-C-H™ (Redirect focus-Empower Confidence-Optimize Potential-Harvest Results) Understand that your world is your thoughts; your consciousness creates your world.  Most of us have the ability to control our thoughts, to develop our minds and give orders to our brain that help us live, communicate and lead forward smarter, faster and happier.  Neuroscience is teaching us that neuroplasticity; the ability to rewrite our brains is real.  Neurogenesis has been located in the hippocampus and we are at the cusp of discovering new ways of tapping into the incredible ability of our minds to help our brains optimize their potential.

4. Drown out the noise and refocus on what is truly important.  What is your end game?  What do you really want from your life, your relationships, your job/your career?  Dig deeper in order to get clarity on YOUR purpose.  Find it, embrace it and use it to lead forward.  We each have a unique purpose that drives our best thoughts, best actions and best outcomes. Every purpose is important to our individual and collective success and happiness.  Take time to reflect upon what you really want.  I believe that what we all truly want is love and a sense that we have something important to contribute.  Find out what love really means to you, and remember that your true purpose is a purpose that is founded in sustainability, in the ability to do something that creates value for yourself and others.  The value you contribute can be as simple a smile and empathy for others that contribute to a happy home or workplace or as complex and challenging as leading an organization or country.  What remains critical is finding your true purpose and recognizing it in your daily thoughts and actions.

5. Get happier and more fulfilled by taking your ego out of the equation and getting rid of toxic inputs, environments and people.  By ego, I mean that sense of having to be validated by external things and people. Servant leaders serve the greatest good, and leave footprints that will be followed by others are not driven by ego, but by greatest good. If you are a servant leader, lead forward by finding new ways to inspire and engage the best in others.  If you are not a servant le