Leadership Mints Series Sampler On Results-Driven Goal-Setting

Goals. The corporate executive scrawled the word—goals—quickly on the marker board. So quickly that the “a” and the “l” fused together to look like a “d”.

The word –goals – looked very much like the word –gods. That Freudian slip was not lost on these strategic planners attending a goal-setting business meeting.

Like religion, goals are often infused with a dogma and a fervor that inspires a martyr-like dedication to the hallowed script of goal-setting: the To Do list.

PETER JEFF
The Leadership Mints Guy

But effective goal-setting begins first with a more purposeful and purpose-filled DUE To list, long before you develop a To Do list.

A DUE TO list is comprised of long-range commitments that bring goals into a clearer, more realistic focus.

A DUE TO list keeps your goals on track: well connected to the Train of Thought and fully linked to the Engine of Purpose.

Like a train, effective goal-setting is a process of linking
not listing— linking a list of things To Do

to a clearer rationale
that is DUE TO a higher purpose. 

For example, DUE TO the value I place in hiking and swimming with my grandchildren each summer, I will lose 30 pounds in 30 weeks. The DUE TO (enjoying grandchildren) drives the To do action step (losing weight). And the power of purpose links the two and keeps your train of thought on track to reach your goal.

For more ideas on how you can more readily focus on your own due-to list and spark your goal achieving performance purchase a 296-page book now available on Amazon. com filled with 77 short stories (5-minute reads called Leadership Mints) of examples from business, sports and politics. It is titled THINKING LIKE A LEADER.

That book on thinking like a leader is the first of three books in The Leadership Mints Series designed to help leaders refresh their feeling for leading with short stories (called Leadership Mints) you can grab ‘n go  like a candy mint.The two others books focus on leading with empathy LOVING LIKE A LEADER and leading with civility SPEAKING LIKE A LEADER.

The 3-books
in The Leadership Mints Series
available on Amazon.com
in print and e-book

What is a Leadership Mint?

Consumed like a breadth mint — quick and on-the-go — a Leadership Mint is a short story that energizes leadership behaviors and personalizes leadership principles so they are more easily remembered, more readily acted upon and more fully applied.

Leadership Mints Series Sampler On the Pursuit of Happiness

Which of these two alternatives would you choose to gain a greater sense of your personal happiness: either a $30,000 boost in your income or habitually including a 30-minute walk in your daily routine.

PETER JEFF
The Leadership Mints Guy

The leader in you has already validated psychologist Daniel Gilbert’s research that daily exercise is a greater stimulant to your sense of happiness, albeit assuming your basic needs are being met where a “little money buys you a lot but a lot of money buys you little.”

     Leaders, literally walking their talk for 30 minutes a day, lose a lot more than a few pounds. They also lose their temptation to sit on the sidelines –or the couch. They reject that notion of purposeless and powerlessness that the Beatles lamented in their song Nowhere Man:

  “He’s a real nowhere man,
living in his nowhere land,
making all his nowhere plans for nobody.
Doesn’t have a point of view.
Knows not where he’s going to.
Isn’t he a bit like you and me?”

With a daily exercise they come to find a psychological plateau to stand on– psychological plateau that affords new more grandeur views on life. Now instead of being that Nowhere Man, exercising leaders more readily sees themselves on the run with a sense of conviction to reach a goal like the man in Stephen Crane’s poem The Black Riders:

I saw a man pursuing the horizon.
Round and Round they sped.
I was disturbed at this.
I accosted the man.
It is futile, I said.
“You can never.”
“You lie,” he cried. And ran on.

       So do leaders. They run on–exercising their leadership.

The 3-books
in The Leadership Mints Series
available on Amazon.com
in print and e-book

Consumed like a breadth mint — quick and on-the-go — a Leadership Mint is a short story that energizes leadership behaviors and personalizes leadership principles so they are more easily remembered, more readily acted upon and more fully applied.

Leadership Mints Series Sampler on Celebrating The Competition

You’re in a slump. You lost a major account this week.  Your competition is bearing down on you. What do you do?  Take a deep breath. Applaud your competition.

That’s what loving leaders do. Take it from Dennis Conner, America’s Cup yacht racing winner and the author of the book The Art of Winning:

“Keep an eye on the competition. Be glad they’re tough to beat.
Your toughest competitors are your biggest allies in the art of winning.
They’re the ones who make you work harder, move faster, and think smarter.”

Dennis Conner, The Art of Winning

With the competition breathing down your neck, you could become King or Queen of the Forest as celebrated in this poem on symbiotic power from that prolific author Mr. or Mrs. Anonymous:

The tree that never had to fight,
For sun and sky and air and light
That stood out in the open plain and
Always got its share of rain
Never became a forest king,

But lived and died a scrubby thing.

For more ideas on on celebrating the competition to enhance your performance consider purchasing a 300-page book now available on Amazon. com filled with 77 short stories (5-minute reads called Leadership Mints) on examples from business, sports and politics.

It’s titled:   LOVING Like a Leader with Empathy– one of three books in The Leadership Mints Series designed to help leaders refresh their feeling for leading. And as a bonus, the postscript titled– BUSINESS: A HUMAN EXPERIENCE — shares the impetus for this book on empathy impacting the bottom line.The two other books in The Leadership Mints Series -now available on Amazon.com — include THINKING Like a Leader with Clarity and SPEAKING Like a Leader with Civility

What ‘s a Leadership Mint?

Consumed like a breath mint — quick and on-the-go — a Leadership Mint is a short story that energizes leadership behaviors and personalizes leadership principles so they are more easily remembered, more readily acted upon and more fully applied.

Leadership Mints Series Sampler On Speech-Writing Sign Posts

Sign posts will help your audience better follow you when you take off down the speech-writing road. 

Consider posting  these six signs in the following sequential order:

Attention Catcher

        Engage the audience emotionally. Share feelings more than facts. Exaggerate your opening with a loud or a very soft voice and/or energetic body language that involves the audience.

Listener Relevance

       Give your listeners a reason to listen.Define what’s in it for them. How will your speech help listeners enhance their quality of life, their sense of well being, their need for security and stability?

Thesis Statement

        Pause and then deliver the main theme of your speech in a single concise statement.The shorter, the better. Consider repeating this short statement, more slowly and deliberately, to reinforce the essence of your message.

Preview

          List 3 key points—in short headline form—that you will make in the speech that supports your thesis.

Content

        Develop each of your three key points with specific facts, stories and third-party references.   Summarize after the first two points and introduce your third point: “Now that we have discussed points A and B, let me tell you about C.”

Conclusion

        Summarize: Restate the Preview and then Repeat the Thesis. Do not end by saying “Thank you.”An accomplished  comedian leaves the audience laughing. An accomplished speaker leaves the audience thinking. Drive your point to a crescendo ending. Then pause. Look down. And begin walking back to your desk. The audience will know when to applaud.

To help you more fully map your next speech so that you will attain and retain the attention of your audience, consider purchasing a copy of SPEAKING Like a Leader.The 298-page book now available on Amazon.com.

SPEAKING Like a Leader is part of the Leadership Mints Series that also includes a book  on creativity —THINKING Like a Leader , a 284-page book filled with 77 Leadership Mints and a 300-page book on empathy filled with 77 more Leadership Mints-LOVING Like a Leader.

All three books in The Leadership Mints Series are designed for busy leaders seeking to refresh their feeling for leading in 5-minutes or less — the average reading of a Leadership Mint.

           What ‘s a Leadership Mint?

Consumed like a breath mint — quick and on-the-go — a Leadership Mint is a short story that energizes leadership behaviors and personalizes leadership principles so they are more easily remembered, more readily acted upon and more fully applied.

Leadership Mints Series Sampler on Reprimanding Idle Employees

Busy cashiers finally got a breather.The long lines of customers in the checkout lane finally disappeared. Two cashiers on adjacent lanes capitalized on the respite. They began chatting.

A third employee joined the conversation while both cashiers visually checked to be sure no customers needed to be served. All three were engaged in a business-related conversation during the lull. Until they weren’t.

“Hey is anybody here on break or what?” barked the supervisor who seemed to suddenly barge into their threesome with a force of a bowling ball.

All three employees stopped chatting. One noted that they were discussing an important business issue regarding  safety.

The supervisor shook his head from side to side and walked away as the three employees halted their hugfest and went back to their posts even though no customers were yet in line to be served.

The three employees felt devalued more than deflated, discarded more than simply discounted. And the business no longer could count on the three employees to do their best work. They settled for going through the motions. 

The supervisor had
won the battle and lost the war.

What would a loving leader have done in the same situation to be sure idle employees stay focused on the job even when they have no customers to serve?

A loving leader might consider the ACT intervention process to help their employees remember they are on the clock, getting paid to work together not chat together: ACT stands for Acknowledge, Clarify & Teach.

           Acknowledge

A is for Acknowledge: Acknowledge the situation from the employee’s point of view. “Nice to get a chance to visit with each other when business slows down like this,” the supervisor could have said.

            Clarify

C is for Clarify: Clarify how the situation looks from the customer perspective. “Customers get frustrated when they sense that we see them as an intrusion in our conversation,” the supervisor could have noted.

Teach

T is for Teach. Establish the perceived tension between the customer and the cashier and teach the value in a change in behavior that first and foremost meets the employee’s needs and secondarily supports the organization’s profitability.

Of course we all know the customer is our life-blood: fewer customers , fewer sales, fewer new hires which means more work for us,” the supervisor could have said. “Thanks for staying at your posts even in slow times so we keep those customers feeling like we want to serve them and we are more able to control how hard we have to work. Otherwise, we would have to do the same amount of work with fewer employees since we would stop hiring if it begins to look like business has slowed significantly.”

For more ideas on on celebrating the competition to enhance your performance consider purchasing a 300-page book now available on Amazon. com filled with 77 short stories (5-minute reads called Leadership Mints) on examples from business, sports and politics.

It’s titled:   LOVING Like a Leader with Empathy– one of three books in The Leadership Mints Series designed to help leaders refresh their feeling for leading. And as a bonus, the postscript titled– BUSINESS: A HUMAN EXPERIENCE — shares the impetus for this book on empathy impacting the bottom line.The two other books in The Leadership Mints Series -now available on Amazon.com — include THINKING Like a Leader with Clarity and SPEAKING Like a Leader with Civility

What ‘s a Leadership Mint?

Consumed like a breath mint — quick and on-the-go — a Leadership Mint is a short story that energizes leadership behaviors and personalizes leadership principles so they are more easily remembered, more readily acted upon and more fully applied.