Attitude Called Excellence

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I began writing on the leadership qualities I intend to develop as part of my goals for this year. I outlined three qualities in my last post and today I’ll focus on just one-an attitude called Excellence

In everything I do I’ve always strove to be the competent. I’ve always worked toward being the best. I realize that success comes as a result of two things working together-your hands and your heart. Thus, there is need for a balance of skill, competence and inward integrity. That explains why I am developing the attitude of excellence. I regard Excellence to be skill + competence + integrity + consistency. Excellence ensures credibility. This translates into buy-in from people around you. One sure way to become distinguished in everything you do is to become excellent in whatever you do.

How do I intend to achieve Excellence?

1. Henceforth I’ll make Excellence a watchword, a hallmark. I’ll value Excellence more.
2. I’ll learnt to pay attention to details, especially little, seemingly insignificant details.
3. Not settle for average, give 100 percent and give no excuse for complacency
4. Demonstrate capacity
5. Go the second mile
6. Never stop improving
7. Remain committed in what really matters

What other ways to develop Excellence do you know?

Leadership Qualities Am Working On

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As part of my goals for 2012 I set to develop some key leadership qualities in me and I am going to share them with you.
Some of there qualities I already have, some I’ll have to work on from ground up. In any case it is my desire that by the end of 2012 I’ll look back and see the better leader I’ve become.

1. CHARACTER
I realize that it takes character to win and maintain trust and a healthy relationship with people.Years ago some defined character to me as humble and honest. he couldn’t be far from the truth. I think the whole sum of a leader is explained in one word- Character. It defines leadership which is why I want to develop and cultivate positive character. So, how do I intend to achieve this?
a. Studying my Bible more often and with deeper purpose
b. Associate myself with people of reputable and sound character
c. Read at least 2 books on character development
d. Be accountable to 2 people

2. CHARISMA
This is the ability to make people believe in your cause and act appropriately; the ability to make people buy-in to your idea I possess this quality to a certain degree which I can qualify as ‘lot’. People naturally flock to people who make them feel good about themselves. Good thing about charisma is that it can be learnt though I think there are a couple of people who may simply be born with it. So, how do I go about developing charisma?

a. I will learn to love life and enjoy each day I grace. I ill complain less. I will exude more love and warmth.
b. Be more vulnerable, real, open and down-to-earth. Will share my heart, my thoughts, wisdom and experience more readily and often.
c. Expect the best out of people. I realize that not everyone can be trusted. But I hope to rely on God’s wisdom to know when to hold back and when to give someone the benefit of doubt
d. Improve my poise and be more optimistic. I will learn to establish connection with any audience
e. Be a good listener

3. COMMUNICATION SKILL
John C. Maxwell said a leader who cannot communicate his calling and vision will definitely have trouble getting anyone to buy-in into his leadership. The ability to communicate and get understood is very critical to success in any endeavor. By this I mean I will improve my speaking skill, my writing and my listening skill. How do I intend to achieve this?

a. Enroll for SCORRE to help improve my speaking
b. I’ll accept more speaking engagements this year so that I can practice what I have learnt
c. Enroll for an online course in fiction and non-fiction writing (am yet to decide on which. Suggestions are welcomed)

I still have more qualities which I will share in my subsequent posts.But before you leave, Kindly let me know your thoughts concerning these qualities.

4 Ways to Distinguish Yourself

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This morning I had an extended quiet time and I asked myself several questions. But one question that I pondered upon for quite sometime is: What does it take to distinguish oneself? Truth is we live in a very noisy world. Everyone is trying to get noticed. Competition is high. How do you rise above the clout? How do you find your voice and make it heard? I arrived at four ways to distinguish yourself.

1. Live ahead of your contemporaries
One way to achieve this is through extensive reading and then establish relationship with accomplished people. Last year I got myself two mentors and this year one of my goals is to get additional two. I cannot but only over emphasis the immense advantage these people have added to my life.
2. Live above your circumstances
Who lives this life without challenges? Nobody does! As such, challenges and struggles are the ‘norm’ in living successfully. But what guarantees you success in this regard? Your walk with God. Also, develop a healthy Positive Mental Attitude.

3. Live deeper than your calamities
Adversity will surely come but instead of trying to mourn them, draw lessons from them.

4. Live beyond your present capabilities
Improve! Improve!! Improve!!! Hone your skills. Breathe life to innate gifts. identify your talents and put them to use. Take your game to the next level. Train yourself. Discover new skill set and learn. Don’t just rely on your present level of know-how. Improve.

I believe in these four points because I see the way they played out last year. I hope to improve this year.

What other way would you add to the aforementioned?

Goodbye 2011… Welcome 2012

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This morning I woke up and lingered more in bed. Its been a long time i had a long personal devotion and reflection time like this. Consequently this post is a result of the time-out I had with myself and God. The days after Christmas leading to the New Year are usually the most unproductive for me. Its holiday and I get to rest and most times do the informal things I love doing. But these ‘unproductive’ days can be a launch pad for the New Year. I believe in planning, self appraisal and regular review of one’s life and that is exactly what I did this morning. I am sharing this to help someone out there who really wants to improve but doesn’t know where to start from.

I got a pen and my note pad ready and asked myself these questions:

1. What did I accomplish this year that I am most proud of? These can be in almost all areas of your life.
2. What disappointments and regrets did experience this past year?
3. What Major Life Lessons did I learn this year?
4. What was missing from this past year as I look back again?
5. If given a second chance what will I do differently?

I answered this questions as honest as I can and I tell you, I wouldn’t want anyone to read through my answers. Some lines are just too embarrassing to share with some other persons outside God and very close loved ones. Doing this has helped prepare me for my New Year resolutions( Yes, I still believe in them). I promise to share them with you. But until then, Why not find time, sit and ask yourself these five questions.

What other question will you ask yourself that will help you assess this outgoing year?