Relaunching Yourself At 40

Dreading your 40th birthday? I did.  But I survived and even thrived because I practiced one of the most critical leadership skills:  framing the problem or issue so you can better cope with it, learn from it and grow because of it.

What if I saw myself at 40 stepping onto a launching pad rather than onto a guillotine?

A launching pad?  How absurd!

Tell that to Jules Verne, the visionary author who saw deep into the heavens (From the Earth to the Moon), deep into the sea (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea), deep into the center of the earth (Journey Into The Center of the Earth) and deep into the center of me. At least it seemed that way.

(This is adapted from Mint 3 in
THINKING Like a Leader,
Featuring 77 Leadership Mints).

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Plying & Playing in Your Sandbox

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to gain greater buy in for a leader’s vision. Reading time: 3:14.

     Think of the Sandbox on the playground the next time you’re rolling out your company vision for all employees to buy into.

    sandbox1 Encourage your employees to parlay the creative process in the Sandbox as long as it remains situated on the same playground (a.k.a. your company’s founding principles) you built years ago.

     The playground is your company’s playing field –where you compete in the marketplace, where your company’s principles and policies are deeply embedded and where your Sandbox is a fixture in your corporate culture.

     Your Sandbox is a DESIGNated area for creative endeavor where employees can exercise their creativity and unleash their imaginations with the Sandbox.

     In time, employers build their proverbial sand castles in a celebration of diversity in thought and action and an eruption of the collaboration of so many hands, hearts and heads working together.

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Leaders Are Borne Not Born

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy
Here’s an idea to help you respond in a crisis. Reading time 3:47.

     The more the winds of change blow, the higher the sails soar on your personal LeaderSHIP. That’s why leaders are borne –not born.

     Jumping  Leaders are borne on the winds of change, like a kite rising higher and higher BECAUSE of the prevailing winds.

       The higher the winds, the more the leader rises to the occasion.

       In fact it is because of the escalating winds –not despite those winds of change —that leaders do more than survive. They thrive.

     Greater the headwind greater the leader. At least that’s the way Abigail Adams observed the leadership winds of the presidency of the United States.

      From her unique position as the wife of the second president of the United States (John Adams) and mother to the sixth president of the United States (John Quncy Adams) observed: “Great necessities call forth great leaders. These are the hard times in which a genius would wish to live.”

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Becoming a SumBody

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to spur responsible problem solving. Reading time: 3:51

        When Charles Lindbergh became the first solo pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, a business executive smirked: “It would have been even more remarkable if he had done it with a committee. “

      a committeeAfter all, it takes a real leader with persistence to untie the red tape that is wrapped around most committees. It takes a real leader with conviction to sort through all the hidden agenda. It takes a real leader with purpose to fight off the prevailing  kick-the-can down the street syndrome that plagues most committees.

     Indeed, too many committees don’t commit. Too many committees spin their wheels in the sand of consensus. Too many committees drive to assumptions more than arrive at conclusions.

       But leaders do commit. They don’t hide behind committees or reports. They run after problems –not away from them. They weigh in rather than wait on.

       Leaders are always on a mission with a vision especially when the specter of a committee threatens to drive many a project into the proverbial ditch with  its powers of procrastination and indecision. No matter if those  committees are comprised with feckless people willing to let others assume responsibility like those in the story of Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody by that famous author Anonymous.

There was an important job to be done
and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it. But Nobody did it.

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Staying the Course 24/7

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to enhance your productivity. Reading time: 2:57

       You’ve been hustling for the last 33 hours, chasing down one detail after another. You’re exhausted yet relieved.

     success FINALLY! Your project is completed. On time and under budget.  And you’re ready to celebrate.

      Not so fast. There’s still work to do. At least to the most effective leaders.

       They’re too busy planting more proverbial fruit for tomorrow while TODAY everyone else is enjoying the fruits of their labor.

      At least that’s what Charles Lindbergh did when he completed his project –a grueling, history-making, solo trans-Atlantic flight in 33.5 hours. Lindbergh hadn’t slept in 61 hours. He hadn’t eaten in more than 30 hours.

     Yet his first words upon landing in Paris wasn’t how thrilled he was or even where’s the bathroom. No, Charles Lindbergh, was still Continue reading “Staying the Course 24/7”