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Making Every Day Pay Day

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

 Here’s an idea to leverage your leadership influence. Reading time: 3:11.

Robins in a nest

         Leaders get stronger by lifting others up.

          Maybe that’s why Albert Einstein said only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. And Winston Churchill said: “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what give.”

       Leaders give of themselves to make every day pay day. The more they give, the more they get, as author Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”

        Championing others a leader invariably unearths hidden resources, leverages differences,  fosters greater productivity and mines increased profitability.

       But in championing others,  leaders know only too well that their date book is as important as their checkbook;  their time as valued as their money. Continue reading

Playing the 19th Hole – With a Helping Hand

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to enhance your collaborative behavior in the midst of individual performance. Reading time: 2:07.

            The large photograph in the company president’s office looked about as out of place as a pants presser in a nudist colony. The photograph, festooned among the president’s framed diplomas and certificates, featured a turtle perched atop a fence post. Nothing more.

           The turtle was paralyzed in fear.  Unable to move. Nowhere to go (but down). And no one in sight to help the turtle get down.

         “We all need a helping hand every now and then,” said the company president, explaining his turtle on the fence-post photo. “ That turtle needed some help getting up there and now that turtle is going to need plenty of help staying up there or getting down from there. “

          That’s why hard charging leaders, driving their companies, with their individual vision, spirit and drive, never forget to reach out and collaborate with others.

            These leaders are like highly competitive golfers, chasing that elusive ball around the course with a personal passion requiring individual concentration for 18 holes. But they play the proverbial 19th hole, differently. Continue reading