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Week 28 Pull Up - Pull Out - Pull Down "Average is over" - either we understand that we become a lifelong learner or we can no longer be competitive or exist. The...

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Week 27 The Web and Your Company According to StatCounter, Dublin - 20% of web browsing is now conducted on mobile devices; compare that to 2009 when mobile...

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Week 28

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 09-06-2014

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Pull Up – Pull Out – Pull Down

“Average is over” – either we understand that we become a lifelong learner or we can no longer be competitive or exist. The way the world is operating is that we are being: pulled up – demanding more with higher standards; pulled out – expanding knowledge to keep up or lead as our competitors are doing the same or be pulled down – compete with low costs and a race to the bottom.  We better understand that we are now competing in a different world, our competitors are not one or two companies but millions of well educated people around the world that understand that Average is OVER.  Tom Friedman New York Times – Charlie Rose Show December 19th 2013 

Was there a moment when you fully understood that average was over and that the world had changed and that to be competitive you understood that what you did before no longer could be the way forward? What steps as a leader did you take so that your company, your team, and you changed the way you were doing things? What investments, what changes did you make? When you think of the comment “Pulled Up – Pulled Out – Pulled Down” what steps did you take to answer them – what did you to pull up – What did you do to pull out and what did you do to understand what pulling down could mean?

Week 27

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 02-06-2014

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The Web and Your Company

According to StatCounter, Dublin – 20% of web browsing is now conducted on mobile devices; compare that to 2009 when mobile browsing was just 1.1% (this was before Apples IPad was introduced). 80 % of web browsing is still done on desktop, but the world is changing and many experts say your company should create a mobile site and keep it simple. (INC. Laura Montini)

The world of attracting customers to your company is changing and the world of technology is impacting everything we do today.  Many of us have had to adjust to this new way of doing business. If you have set up a mobile site for your company what steps have you taken to address the needs of customers using your site?  Have you found it is a benefit to your bottom line?

Week 26

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 26-05-2014

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Fear and Failure

Do not judge me by my success. Judge me by how many times I fell down and got up – Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013

For leaders, sometimes fear of failure can  make us apprehensive but as Martin Luther King stated in his book, A Gift  of Love, fear of darkness led to the discovery of the secret of electricity , the fear of pain led to the marvellous advances of medical science, the fear of ignorance was the reason that man built great institutions of learning, the fear of war was one of the forces behind the birth of the United Nations.  As Angelo Patri once said “Education consists in being afraid at the right time, if man were to lose his capacity of fear he would be deprived of his capacity to grow and create.”

As a leader do you embrace fear and failure and do you agree that a sense of fear should be normal, necessary and creative in your own leadership journey? If this reflects your life, how do you deal with the fear factor and failure?  Many entrepreneurs have a hard time overcoming the fear of the unknown and the failures that come with running their own business. For many entrepreneurs this can be a moment that can make or break them.  What words of support can you share?

 

 

Week 25

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 19-05-2014

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Rise and Shine!

 

As the story goes, Condoleezza Rice, the former Secretary of State, had so much energy, focus and drive that she would only require 4 hours of sleep a night.  She was famous for getting up at 4:00am so she could exercise before starting her day. Condoleezza is definitely a gifted leader, but do most leaders start their day early?  According to a recent article in Inc. Magazine, many well known leaders rise early to get on with their day.  Some leaders start their day at the gym, some take the time to plan their day’s schedule and some take the time to reflect and review.  Many write e-mails but often suggest to park them and not to send them out until 7am or so.  According to an article in Inc. Magazine by Margaret Heffernan, “Great jobs make you want to get up and the better the job you do, the more exciting getting up early becomes!”

Early in my leadership journey, I heard a well known leader state that he was up every day before 5am because that’s what good leaders do. I tried it and found I had no energy, focus and all I wanted to do was go back to bed. You see, I love to work late into the night.

As a leader, do you think it’s true that all leaders should be up early and are you one of those early risers? When did you start the routine of getting up early? Have you always been an early riser, or did it happen as your roles and responsibilities increased?  Do you find that starting your day early gives you an edge as a leader? Condoleezza started her day at the gym and many leaders work out daily, is this also something you have committed to doing as part of your leadership routine? As a leader, do you find that starting your day early also helps you stay more disciplined?

Week 24

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 12-05-2014

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Answering The Tough Questions as a Leader

 

In 2004, Lee Cockerell, former Executive VP Operations at Walt Disney World, held a leadership conference to conduct a session called “The Top Ten Questions You Wish People Would Not Ask”.  Lee stated that the point was to help prepare future leaders for the kind of questions they will be called on to answer.  Here are a few of the questions that Lee addressed in his book Creating Magic:

  • How do you work with someone you don’t like or trust?
  • How can we retain quality employees in the face of our need to reduce expenditures?
  • Isn’t this latest initiative to streamline procedures really just an excuse to reduce head count?
                                                                                                                       

As leaders, please share the toughest question you have had to answer and how did you answer them honesty?  As a leader that comes from a large organization, how have you been able to answer a questions that may have created conflict in your own leadership principals but your position demanded you to defend or explain the policy? What is the one principal that you always use when answering the tough questions?  Lastly, review Lee’s three questions above and tell me how you would answer those questions.

Week 23

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 05-05-2014

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Gratitude

A recent study found that only 10% of Americans thanked a colleague on any given day and 60% report they have never or rarely expressed gratitude at work. Scientists found that creating a culture of gratitude at your work place pays dividends all year round. The same survey found 93% of workers believe grateful bosses are more likely to succeed. Thank you’s at work have concluded that it boosts happiness, reduces stress and generally improves satisfaction. I would image it can’t hurt the bottom Line either. (INC
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What value do you put on gratitude as a leader? Do you find it important and can you share a personal story on how gratitude impacted someone in the past either in your personal life or professional life?  As a leader what steps have you taken to make sure your team members feel appreciated, valued and thanked? Does a happier place  to work impact your culture and bottom line?

 

 

Week 22

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 28-04-2014

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Leaders and Public Speaking

Recently I was reading about Tony Hsieh the CEO of Zappos.com Inc. Tony was reflecting about his early days when media coverage was increasing and he started getting more requests to speak and tell the story about the success of Zappos. Tony shared that he was a nervous wreck as he had not done much public speaking in his career.  He could not sleep the night before his speech and he stated that he didn’t really enjoy the whole experience but knew it was important to tell the story about Zappos as he knew it would help build the brand.  Tony learned the art of “Flow” it’s a type of happiness in which someone looses all sense of time, self consciousness.  What Tony learned was that when you speak from passion, tell personal stories, and be real and true to yourself, your message will impact your audience. (Delivering Happiness By Tony Hsieh)

As a leader that has to make public presentations and speeches how do you find your own “flow”?  How do you build a message that will help tell the story of your brand or company or organization? Can you share how you build a message and what your overall goal is in doing public presentations? Tony shared that the frame for any speeches always included; passion for what you do, sharing personal stories and most importantly being real.  Is this the same approach you take?  What other action do you take to align your overall message to help advance your brand?

 

 

 

Week 21

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 21-04-2014

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Lead by Example

Often the most powerful way to communicate a new direction is through behaviour. When the top five or fifty people all live the change vision, employees will usually grasp it better than if there had been a hundred stories in the in-house newsletter. When they see top management acting out the vision a whole set of troublesome questions about credibility and game playing tends to evaporate. (Leading Change by John Kotter)

So, as a leader, can you share an example of a change that you have put in to place and not only asked your people for buy in but “live in” as in leading by example? How did you live the change and how did your people live the change? Through this change how did you communicate to your leadership team the importance of leading by example? Did you get push back, and if so, how did you deal with the push back? Also as a leader, what did you find the hardest part of living out the example (length of time it took to see results?)?  Lastly, did you monitor your team and if so how did you monitor them?

 

Week 20

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 14-04-2014

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Innovation the DARPA Way

Over the past 50 years the Pentagon’s(DARPA) has been able to produce a number of breakthroughs that include Global Positioning Satellites. With an annual budget of $3 billion, 100 temporary, technical project managers and about 120 support staff it is amazing the speed and effectiveness DARPA has been able to innovate. Their approach is to attract talented performers from a wide array of disciplines, organizations and backgrounds.  Then, keep them intensely focused, set a finite term for the project (up to 5 years). Finally, they staff it with people working under contracts that last only as long as they perform and contribute to the overall goal. This is not a lifetime career position.

This is an interesting way of staying innovative and it has had a great deal of success. How do YOU attract talent to be a part of your team to help with innovation? Do you believe that innovation will be a big part of the success of your organization in the future and do you have a budget for innovation? Where do you find resources that help with new ideas (Kick Starter) or innovation?

Week 19

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 07-04-2014

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Difficult Days, Motivated Leaders

Many leaders find their motivation comes from difficult experiences in their lives. Imagine the hardship that Nelson Mandela faced, 27 years in prison doing hard labour and finally being released from prison in 1990 at age 71 – what did he say that he was going to do with his remaining days?  “I stand here before you not as a prophet as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.”  True North Authentic Leadership by Bill George

I know that Nelson Mandela is a very unique and amazing leader, as a matter of fact Leadership Author and Speaker – John Maxwell once said “I don’t know if I have that kind of forgiveness in me, that I would be able to forgive not only my jailers but also forgive the judge that sentenced him to so many years.”

So what can we learn from Mandela’s life?  What do you take away from his story and is it true that in many cases leaders find their motivation from difficult times.  I hope that you will be able to share how you as a leader have been able to use those hardships to help you.  What was the greatest lesson that we can learn from Nelson Mandela’s life?