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Archive for December, 2013

Enjoy the good stuff…even in the midst of tough stuff.

This is a time of year when we may experience an interesting dichotomy of emotions. We might find ourselves thinking about all that we have to be grateful for—family, friends, our health, or just being alive. At the same time, our memories or expectations of holiday cheer may heighten our feelings of sadness over the changes in our lives—loss of loved ones, struggling elders, challenging family dynamics, a loved one’s ill-health, and/or career-related stress.

I thought it a great time to share what I’ve been reminding myself and my loved ones of lately. When we find ourselves feeling burdened by difficult circumstances, whether they be during the holidays or occurring in life in general, we can still choose to enjoy the good stuff. It may be as simple or momentary as a ray of sunshine warming your face through a window, or a few hours free of any immediate responsibilities, the thoughfulness of a friend, or an afternoon with family. Or, it may be that well-deserved vacation or the warmth of your own home or a lasting friendship.

Today, I offer my gratitude to my readers, clients, colleagues, friends and family with these wishes— Every happiness and success in the New Year and seize the opportunity to enjoy the good stuff, even when you find yourself in the midst of tough stuff.

Leadership calls for 3 Cs: Confidence, Courage, and Composure

If you often read leadership development articles or books, you may have heard various renditions of the 3 Cs or the 5 Cs of Leadership. Although there are many leadership attributes that have been referenced under this title, I find myself consistently reminded that these 3 Cs—Confidence, Courage, and Composure—are crucial to effective leadership. Together I believe they offer a great formula for success, as you lead in the workplace.

Keep in mind that part of my work is to assess how employees perceive the strengths and weaknesses of those that lead them. During these assessments, it’s remarkable just how often one or more of these 3 attributes are cited or referred to as a respected strength or as a great weakness.

Here are what I share as the 3 Cs of Leadership, each with a brief business case and covering a significant set of skills:

• Confidence—Our ability to genuinely feel and demonstrate our own belief in the direction we’re providing engages the belief and interest of others.

• Composure—Our ability to maintain and demonstrate a cool and confident demeanor helps to minimize anxiety in others and engage them in conversation that could generate significant results.

• Courage—Our ability to take calculated risks and make prompt decisions that boldly reach for excellence, builds trust in our leadership.

These 3 Cs are important to demonstrate especially during tough or changing times. When we possess and demonstrate confidence, composure, and courage, others are more likely to engage, trust, and follow.