When I finally had the courage to apply for and accept a leadership position in a large company, I found that leading a team was deeply rewarding both personally and professionally. The responsibilities of leadership, like giving clear direction and motivating others, challenged me. The new capabilities I built through leading a team were exactly what I needed to overcome personal obstacles and progress in my career.
An action-oriented leader guides a vision forward with a team in order to reach objeectives and make progress. However, given a busy schedule, constant change, and a dynamic work environment, it’s challenging to make sure your team is actually making progress and reaching objectives. This system of seven leadership vitals is for making both individual and collective progress…
Have you experienced an awakening? Many times when we feel heavy resistance or when we’re at a loss for abundance or purpose, there is a transformation waiting. An intense feeling of emptiness or misalignment is often an awakening waiting to surface. These grand realizations and shifts are the most powerful periods of our lives that redirect our focus, purpose, experience, and impacts on the world. In this article, I will shed some light on how to identify, embrace, and experience these profound periods of transformation…
I often work with leaders that are frustrated by working with peers and team members that toss around problems for weeks or even months without a solution. Problems, questions, and requests become open wounds that hold the team or organization back from making progress. They turn into focus points that drain energy from other important projects and real forward progress…
A leader guides an initiative and a team forward. Great leaders often have a method to their magic. They are constantly making progress. Their teams are productive and enthusiastic. How do they do it? Even though their work is constantly changing as they move forward, they have some consistent practices that form the foundation for their progress.
In business and in life, we are most accustomed to setting goals. While goals enable forward progress and help us feel productive, advanced leaders that achieve truly impactful results begin with intentions. Advanced leaders understand the importance of intentions in business and in life.
Have you ever found it hard to identify what the main things really are? Have you had a shortage of time to spend on thing you feel are important things because you feel busy getting all of your basic tasks done and keeping things under control?
I wrote this post because many people have asked me how I accomplish so much yet still have so much time to write my books, my blog, and create other personal works. I have just as much time in one day as everyone else; I have just worked hard to carefully curate how I spend it by destroying things that don’t serve and adding things that do.
We can only truly have one point of focus at any given time. You could be working on multiple projects (we all have multiple things to manage as humans every day at work and in life, we have multiple priorities) but at any given time, you always must choose one focus even if just for an instant before shifting focus. Multi-tasking is a myth. Given this truth, it’s important to be able to prioritize as leaders to choose what to focus on at a given time.
Mind mapping is a powerful tool we can use as leaders to balance our logical thinking processes with expansive, innovative thinking about how to approach our work. We can also better understand and achieve our objectives with our teams. In this post, I will describe the benefits of mind mapping I have experienced, the key aspects of mind mapping that make it impactful, a how-to guide for getting started, and explained examples.
“An Awake leader can zoom in to understand detail and zoom out to see the big picture impacts.” – Awake Leadership