Vision in Balance

Vision in Balance VISION IN BALANCE: Coaching for Successful Men: Executives, Business Owners and Professionals who want to take back the reigns and create a life with more passion, purpose and fun in all of your significant relationships.

08/09/2014

“ Leaders can let you fail and yet not let you be a failure.
- Stanley McChrystal

01/22/2014

You may have been hired for your skill set, but continued employment is based on your value to the company. Are you able to clearly state your value proposition to your current company?

Value can be built by learning new skills, by inquiring about other positions within the company/department or by helping others achieve their best. Employers value people who can identify problems and offer solutions.

By thinking 2 levels above your current position, you mentally prepare yourself for the next promotion/challenge.

12/30/2013

What will you do in 2014 that you previously thought was impossible? When you make that choice, write down what prices you are willing to pay in order to achieve that vision. Now you will be ready to start your journey.

12/11/2013

The most dangerous risk we take in our lives is not doing what we truly want on the hope that we can buy enough time to do it later. Unfortunately for most people, that time never comes. If this rings true and you want to "bust out" next year, visit my website and see if a personal coach might be the answer.

11/07/2013

When facing tough decisions, leaders may consider asking themselves the following questions:
1. Can I bring value to the situation?
2. Can I create a win-win situation?
3. Have I put aside any personal agenda?

If you have answered YES to these questions, then the decision you make will be a responsible one. Even if the news/decision is not favorable, the manner in which you have arrived at that decision will leave open the possibility that the other person can walk away with dignity and see beyond the present moment.

10/22/2013

Sometimes leading means following. I know this sounds counterintuitive, but good leaders know when to step aside and let someone else shine and take the lead. By knowing the right time to do this, you give the gift of letting another person develop their own skills and take a risk. Of course, being a good leader, you are always their to support and encourage them if they stumble. True leaders inspire and empower others to make decisive and responsible decisions. True leaders know it is not about them, but about mentoring and developing others.

10/08/2013

This is the last installment of this series. If you want to enjoy the entire list, read "The Leadership Challenge".

What do followers want from their leaders?

1. INTEGRITY.
2. VISION.
3. COMPETENCE
4. INSPIRATION
5. FRIENDSHIP

Followers want to know that their leader cares about them on a deeper level than what they produce at work. This does not mean you need to be best friends or even socialize with them. It means that you have taken some time to learn a little bit about their families, their interests or another talent they may have. True leaders know the value of connecting on a human level. So, invite someone to lunch or sit with them in the office and talk about anything except work. You may be surprised what you discover. When things get tough, it will be much more likely that someone who feels valued will willingly go the extra mile.

09/29/2013

What do followers want from their leaders?

1. INTEGRITY.
2. VISION.
3. COMPETENCE

Followers also want to be INSPIRED. According to the author Barry Posner, people are most often inspired by actions and example. So don't worry if you can't deliver a rousing, standing ovation type of speech. You don't need to bang the desk or even raise your voice to be inspirational. Consistently "walking the walk" will do more to inspire the troops than any public display or showy presentation. Think back to those in your past who greatly influenced you and I bet many of them could be described as "quiet leaders" who led by example. If you truly listen to others, act without an agenda, and do the right thing, you will certainly inspire.

09/23/2013

What do followers want from their leaders?

1. INTEGRITY.
2. VISION.

And checking in at #3 is COMPETENCE.

At the very least, one should possess a core competence of the job/task at hand. But according the "The Leadership Challenge", you do not have to be an expert on every aspect of your position. In most instances, that is an unrealistic expectation. What IS expected by followers, as much as core competence, is knowing that their leaders are actively pursuing professional and personal growth. By doing so, you set the tone for the entire team that the status quo is not acceptable. Sharing your resources and knowledge is also important. The next time you read an article/book/see a quote that you value..........share it with your colleagues.

09/15/2013

Last week I began the list of traits and qualities that followers want from leaders. At the top of the list was INTEGRITY. Next on the list is VISION. Followers want to know where they are going and what's in it for them. If you are in a leadership position, make sure you have a vision for your business, family, relationship etc. Once that is established, then as a leader, you must enroll each member of your team into the vision and help them see how their participation will be a benefit to them as well. So, as a leader, make sure you have a VISION and communicate it to the people who will help execute it.

Influence, not power, is the key to building dynamic relationships.  This is an interesting read from one of my favorite...
09/13/2013
How to get ahead: 5 questions for Joel Garfinkle | Daniel H. Pink

Influence, not power, is the key to building dynamic relationships. This is an interesting read from one of my favorite sources......Daniel Pink.

Not everyone craves the proverbial key to the executive washroom, but nearly everyone wants to have influence in their workplace, have others think well of

09/08/2013

For those that are in leadership positions or choose to adopt a leadership mentality in all phases of their life, you know what type of thinking and actions are required to get results. But it is also valuable to know what followers expect from a leader. In a study by Barry Posner (The Leadership Challenge) he asked just that question. The first expectation of a follower is......INTEGRITY. In fact, this study was repeated three times and integrity remained #1 every time. Integrity means that you do what you say you are going to do. If your followers do not experience you as a person of integrity, then everything else you do or say is perceived as suspect. Not being in integrity will make it much more difficult to get people solidly behind your vision. And in some cases, it will make it impossible.

08/28/2013

Sorry I have been gone for a couple of weeks. I have been processing some news that a good friend of mine is dying from brain cancer. He will leave behind 2 teenagers and a wife. This news prompts me to hasten my phone calls to those I care about to make sure that they know how much they mean to me. It prompts me to tell my step kids and Kara how much I love them. It prompts me to forgive those that I have not yet forgiven. Its prompts me enjoy the friendships, interactions and banter that I engage in everyday. In short..... tomorrow is promised to no one.......so do whatever you need to do to make the most of these moments.

08/06/2013

We hear a lot about responsibility. But what does that really mean and how do we know if we are truly acting responsible. The first thing to know is that being responsible is acting in a way that keeps future results and consequences clearly in mind. When one decides on a course of action, it is paramount to consider the future outcome of these actions. If there is a reasonable expectation that your actions will have a positive effect on you and others who will be involved, then you have made a responsible decision.

For example, if one decides to cheat, lie, steal or otherwise behave immorally, then it is irresponsible to engage in this behavior because there could be severe adverse consequences. Even if you do not get caught, the act is still irresponsible. It is also possible to get a bad outcome and still have acted responsibly. For example, if you decide to let your teen-ager get a drivers license at the earliest opportunity and they have an accident and total your car. That could be a responsible decision if you felt that your son/daughter was mature, had completed drivers training, and had demonstrated good driving skills. So, when assessing whether your actions are responsible, always seek to understand the potential future consequences. Once you know that answer, your coarse of action becomes clear.

07/28/2013
Vision in Balance

Vision in Balance

Are you hiding behind your "image"? Have you crafted a certain persona that fits everyone else's idea of who/what you should be. Are you a slave to the corporate culture or have become so totally defined by your job that you no longer appreciate the simple pleasures? So many of us fall into this trap and become afraid to express our true humanity. This facade is a huge burden to carry and prevents us from having real and meaningful experiences with others. The people that care about you WANT to see the unvarnished version of yourself. True friends know all of your warts and frailties and are still your friend. This week I challenge you to take time to talk to someone in your life not about your job.........but about something that matters to you. Dare to create a different dialogue. It will be the best part of your week.

07/28/2013

Are you hiding behind your "image"? Have you crafted a certain persona that fits everyone else's idea of who/what you should be. Are you a slave to the corporate culture or have become so totally defined by your job that you no longer appreciate the simple pleasures? So many of us fall into this trap and become afraid to express our true humanity. This facade is a huge burden to carry and prevents us from having real and meaningful experiences with others. The people that care about you WANT to see the unvarnished version of yourself. True friends know all of your warts and frailties and are still your friend. This week I challenge you to take time to talk to someone in your life not about your job.........but about something that matters to you. Dare to create a different dialogue. It will be the best part of your week.

07/21/2013
Vision in Balance

Vision in Balance

We all get "stuck" from time to time. Depending on the nature of the challenge, there are a variety of ways to move forward. This week, I will give you some easy and inexpensive ways to take the first step in your journey.

ASK for help.....there are many people who are willing to offer assistance and point you in the right direction. It is human nature to want to help others. Not only can you get help, but you give someone else the opportunity to be in service.

PARTNER with a buddy. Find a trusted friend that you can ask to hold you accountable for reaching your weekly goals. These calls/meetings should occur at least 2-3 times/week. By making yourself accountable to a buddy, you automatically program yourself for success.

SURROUND yourself with people who share your dreams and vision. It is easy to find "dream stealers" that will be happy to tell you what your cannot do. Those that support your aspirations keep you focused on your higher purpose, and will be there if you stumble. This may mean rearranging your "inner circle", but it will be worth the effort.

07/21/2013

We all get "stuck" from time to time. Depending on the nature of the challenge, there are a variety of ways to move forward. This week, I will give you some easy and inexpensive ways to take the first step in your journey.

ASK for help.....there are many people who are willing to offer assistance and point you in the right direction. It is human nature to want to help others. Not only can you get help, but you give someone else the opportunity to be in service.

PARTNER with a buddy. Find a trusted friend that you can ask to hold you accountable for reaching your weekly goals. These calls/meetings should occur at least 2-3 times/week. By making yourself accountable to a buddy, you automatically program yourself for success.

SURROUND yourself with people who share your dreams and vision. It is easy to find "dream stealers" that will be happy to tell you what your cannot do. Those that support your aspirations keep you focused on your higher purpose, and will be there if you stumble. This may mean rearranging your "inner circle", but it will be worth the effort.

07/16/2013
Vision in Balance

Vision in Balance

Dynamic Relationships are the new success. By being in tune with all of the relationships in your life, whether they be work,personal or just brief encounters with people you meet every day, you elevate the quality of everyone's life. Being in tune means being present with no agenda. Truly listening to someone, regardless of the length of time, is a gift that will be treasured because it happens so infrequently. By practicing the art of personal attunement, you naturally increase your level of influence and effectiveness in all facets of your life.

07/16/2013

Leadership is a mindset, not a title. In every position, you can choose to be a leader and excel where you are. If you are not creating the life you want, you are not being a leader. If you feel you are a victim of circumstance, you are not being a leader. If you are reactive, volatile, feeling offended by others… you are not being a leader. Are you ready to be a true leader at work and at home?

Leadership is being responsible. When making responsible decisions, leaders consider the future impact of their actions on others as well as themselves. If your decision is likely to create a win-win situation, then you have made a responsible decision.

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07/03/2013

Dynamic Relationships are the new success. By being in tune with all of the relationships in your life, whether they be work,personal or just brief encounters with people you meet every day, you elevate the quality of everyone's life. Being in tune means being present with no agenda. Truly listening to someone, regardless of the length of time, is a gift that will be treasured because it happens so infrequently. By practicing the art of personal attunement, you naturally increase your level of influence and effectiveness in all facets of your life.

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