WHAT GETS FLAGGED GETS DONE

Where do you capture your ideas? Do you write them down in a journal? Random pieces of paper? Maybe some online tool? The way you capture your ideas doesn’t really matter. What matters is that you capture your ideas.

Now you have all your ideas down. There either on random pieces of paper, in your journal, or online. What happens now? You get busy with other projects, day to day activities, and you forget and loose your ideas in the clutter. Is this sounding familiar? This never happens to you right?

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Stop being ignorant

Some people believe that they never make mistakes. They are perfect. They know everything. The reality is everyone makes mistakes and this is just part of the journey that God has called us.

In the book Leadership Gold by John Maxwell he writes how he once told a man “you are making the mistake of thinking you won’t make any mistakes.” I think this is perfect because it is incredible to me how many people walk around thinking that they make no mistakes and even when they do they blame someone else.

Just yesterday I went riding dirt bikes with some friends for the first time this year. I jump on the bike, ride onto the track and right away I start pushing myself and then mistake, after mistake, after mistake. The reality is that I expected to make those mistakes because It was my first ride of the year. Every mistake is only an opportunity.  The goal is learning from those mistakes while also asking others what mistakes you are making.

The biggest mistake you can make is by not asking or learning from your mistakes. If you ever want to be a great leader you need to change and start expecting mistakes and asking what mistakes you are making. John Maxwell says, ” Everyone makes mistakes, large and small. To get maximum attention, make a big mistake. To cause maximum damage, fail to admit it. That will keep you from growing as a leader. When it comes to success, it’s not the number of mistakes you make; it’s the number of times you make the same mistake.”

John Maxwell also writes that there are five things if you want to fail successfully you can follow.

1. Admit your own mistakes and weaknesses. This is a huge problem for most because there egos are to large. They think, I do not want to let people know that I am weak or I make mistakes. Let me tell you if you want to earn trust and respect from people you lead you better start admitting your mistakes and weaknesses before they beat you to it and call you out. John writes, “you assume that your people don’t know your weaknesses?, trust me they do. When you admit your mistakes, it is not a surprise to them; it is reassurance. They’ll be able to look at each other and say, ‘whew! He knows. Now we do not have to keep pretending!”

2. Accept mistakes as the price of progress. I promise if you are interested in success you are going to have to learn to view failures as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the place you want to be. Realize now that nothing is perfect in this world not even you! Failures are something to get excited about. Why? Because you are one step closer to where you want to be. Get excited to fail.

3. Insist on learning from your mistakes. Stop being worthless and saying at the end of the day I made it through without any mistakes. Start looking at your day as an opportunity to learn from mistakes. Take some risks, try some new things. The point is growing right? There are two types of people. One who never takes any risks and stays in one place their whole life. The other takes lots of risks and continues growing and leading themselves to the top. I guess the question is where do you want to be?

4. Ask yourself and others “what are we missing?” Elizabeth Elliot says “all generalizations are false including this one, yet we keep making them. We create images -graven ones that can’t be changed; we dismiss or accept people, products, programs and propaganda according to the labels they come under; we know a little about something, and we treat it like we know everything.” If you want to be a leader you better be more discerning than that. If you want to be great and wise you need to understand this happens through failure. You will get very little wisdom and greatness from success. Start asking what are we missing?

5. Give the people around you permission to push back. The best leaders are the ones that genuinely invite the opinions of the people on their teams. People want to be heard, people want to help, people want to see others get better. Think about the kid running a race and he is trying so hard yet he can’t make it to the front. What does this make you think? Keep trying little buddy you can get there. This kid is probably the one winning the Olympics today. Have an open door policy and you will find that you can learn allot.

Thank you for taking the time today to read and please give me your thoughts and opinions as I would be more than honored to discuss.

Remember nothing great was ever accomplished without mistakes and failure.

Pick Your Battles

If you’ve spent any time on this earth, you know that life contains conflict. And there are times in the life of every leader when he or she needs to fight. But if you fight all the time, you can wear yourself out. That’s why it’s important to pick your battles.

To gain a better perspective on when to fight back and when to “let it go,” practice the following disciplines:

1. Spend time with people who are different from you. This helps you appreciate and understand how others think and work. You will be less inclined to judge or battle them.

2. In matters of personal preference or taste, give in. Keep the main thing the main thing. If you don’t save your energy for what really matters, you’ll wear yourself out and wear out your welcome with others.

3. Don’t take things too personally. In general, hurting people hurt people. And they’re also easily hurt by others. Keep that in mind when you’re on the receiving end of someone’s anger.

4. Practice the 101% Principle. Whenever possible in a difficult situation, find the 1% that you do agree on and give it 100% of your effort.

5. Be a servant leader. If your mindset is to serve rather than be served, you will be less likely to encounter resistance.

The best team doesn’t always win; it’s usually the team that gets along best.

Source: Adapted from Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork by. John Maxwell. http://johnmaxwellonleadership.com/

ARE YOU A TEAM PLAYER

Are you the king of the hill? Are you having trouble living out the purpose you have been called for? Well maybe now is the time to stop being the king of the hill and be the team that conquered the hill.

You will find that in leadership and in successful businesses they have accomplished great things not by being the king of the hill but by leading the following laws of teamwork built by a great man, John Maxwell.

To achieve great things, you need a team. Building a winning team requires understanding of these principles. Whatever your goal or project, you need to add value and invest in your team so the end product benefits from more ideas, energy, resources, and perspectives.

1. The Law of Significance
People try to achieve great things by themselves mainly because of the size of their ego, their level of insecurity, or simple naiveté and temperament. One is too small a number to achieve greatness.

2.The Law of the Big Picture
The goal is more important than the role. Members must be willing to subordinate their roles and personal agendas to support the team vision. By seeing the big picture, effectively communicating the vision to the team, providing the needed resources, and hiring the right players, leaders can create a more unified team.

3. The Law of the Niche
All players have a place where they add the most value. Essentially, when the right team member is in the right place, everyone benefits. To be able to put people in their proper places and fully utilize their talents and maximize potential, you need to know your players and the team situation. Evaluate each person’s skills, discipline, strengths, emotions, and potential.

4. The Law of Mount Everest
As the challenge escalates, the need for teamwork elevates. Focus on the team and the dream should take care of itself. The type of challenge determines the type of team you require: A new challenge requires a creative team. An ever-changing challenge requires a 
fast, flexible team. An Everest-sized challenge requires an experienced team. See who needs direction, support, coaching, or more responsibility. Add members, change leaders to suit the challenge of the moment, and remove ineffective members.

5. The Law of the Chain
The strength of the team is impacted by its weakest link. When a weak link remains on the team the stronger members identify the weak one, end up having to help him, come to resent him, become less effective, and ultimately question their leader’s ability.

6. The Law of the Catalyst
Winning teams have players who make things happen. These are the catalysts, or the get-it-done-and-then-some people who are naturally intuitive, communicative, passionate, talented, creative people who take the initiative, are responsible, generous, and influential.

7. The Law of the Compass
A team that embraces a vision becomes focused, energized, and confident. It knows where it’s headed and why it’s going there. A team should examine its Moral, Intuitive, Historical, Directional, Strategic, and Visionary Compasses. Does the business practice with integrity? Do members stay? Does the team make positive use of anything contributed by previous teams in the organization? Does the strategy serve the vision? Is there a long-range vision to keep the team from being frustrated by short-range failures?

8. The Law of The Bad Apple
Rotten attitudes ruin a team. The first place to start is with your self. Do you think the team wouldn’t be able to get along without you? Do you secretly believe that recent team successes are attributable to your personal efforts, not the work of the whole 
team? Do you keep score when it comes to the praise and perks handed out to other team members? Do you have a hard time admitting you made a mistake? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to keep your attitude in check.

9. The Law of Countability
Teammates must be able to count on each other when it counts. Is your integrity unquestionable? Do you perform your work with excellence? Are you dedicated to the team’s success? Can people depend on you? Do your actions bring the team together or rip it apart?

10. The Law of the Price Tag
The team fails to reach its potential when it fails to pay the price. Sacrifice, time commitment, personal development, and unselfishness are part of the price we pay for team success.

11. The Law of the Scoreboard
The team can make adjustments when it knows where it stands. The scoreboard is essential to evaluating performance at any given time, and is vital to decision-making.

12. The Law of the Bench
Great teams have great depth. Any team that wants to excel must have 
good substitutes as well as starters. The key to making the most of the law of the bench is to continually improve the team.

13. The Law of Identity
Shared values define the team. The type of values you choose for the team will attract the type of members you need. Values give the team a unique identity to its members, potential recruits, clients, and the public. Values must be constantly stated and restated, practiced, and institutionalized.

14. The Law of Communication
Interaction fuels action. Effective teams have teammates who are constantly talking, and listening to each other. From leader to teammates, teammates to leader, and among teammates, there should be consistency, clarity and courtesy. People should be able to 
disagree openly but with respect. Between the team and the public, responsiveness and openness is key.

15. The Law of the Edge
The difference between two equally talented teams is leadership. A good leader can bring a team to success, provided values, work ethic and vision are in place. The Myth of the Head Table is the belief that on a team, one person is always in charge in every situation. Understand that in particular situations, maybe another person would be best suited for leading the team. The Myth of the Round Table is the belief that everyone is equal, which is not true. The person with greater skill, experience, and productivity in a given area is more important to the team in that area. Compensate where it is due.

16. The Law of High Morale
When you’re winning, nothing hurts. When a team has high morale, it can deal with whatever circumstances are thrown at it.

17. The Law of Dividends
Investing in the team compounds over time. Make the decision to build a team, and decide who among the team are worth developing. Gather the best team possible, pay the price to develop the team, do things together, delegate responsibility and authority, and 
give credit for success.

THE DAILY DOZEN

Let me tell you something I learned not to long ago that is helping me stay accountable in managing decisions I have made early in my life. I recently posted a quote by John Maxwell that says “successful people make decisions early in life and then manage those decisions the rest of their life.”

I thought to myself this is great, however how do I hold myself accountable to this and keep it in front of me? This is what we call the daily dozen. The daily dozen is 12 important decisions you have made in your life whether it be early in your life or today. Every person’s daily dozen is going to be different. My daily dozen consists of things like have a successful marriage, pray and keep the faith, have a positive winning attitude, communicate, etc.

Now the goal, after you have your daily dozen is to write these either on a flash card or a piece of paper and then place them next to your bed. Then each night before you go to bed, you go down the daily dozen list and say to yourself did I do something today to manage my (daily dozen) and am I better becasue of it?

The next morning when you get up, you read through your daily dozen list and begin the day managing the decisions you have made early in your life.

The goal is that you are managing decisions that you made early in your life to make you a better person or the person God created you to be.

Do you want to be successful in your life (this can be different for every person)? Then start making your daily dozen today, review it, manage it, and make a difference because of it.