Revised Poem: My Mission–Art of Purposeful Living

My Mission: Art of Purposeful Living by M.W.Hardwick

To be alive is to have a Mission to dream and do…

to let go of fears and criticism and still act

to see beyond the obvious and mean-spirited…

to give credit away…make others feel important

to anticipate and articulate my vision, mission

to be enthusiastic, passionate and on PURPOSE…

to focus…to flex and be authentic

to challenge, collaborate…produce results 

to confront in a caring way…respect differences

Above all to keep my promises

Even in an uncertain world I don’t control

I act on purpose by respecting, being responsive  .

TO APPRECIATE AND ACKNOWLEDGE … By listening

and say THANK YOU, thank you, thank you…

and  PLEASE ….more often …

and…and… and … remember

To not blame others and put them down

to know  my stregths and limits

By ENJOYING THE HERE AND NOW…

And as Picasso once said “Action is the foundational key to all success”

to use my inspiration to discover new adventures…

Think big ideas and achieve through small smart-steps …

All of us are here for a purpose… Dare to create it

And wake up to the Art of the Possible …

Start today to forge your path…

Your unique path…

Daily quote and Reflections: Work and Play tied to Personal Vision

Quote: “The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he’s always doing both.” Zen Buddhist

Reflection: The key idea in this quote for me is the notion of having a vision of excellence that guides your daily activities. Once you create and own a personal vision then your purpose and strategies for fulfillment fall into alignment. As Tom Peters, the management and leadership consultant once said a leader  ” allows people to become more than they’ve ever dreamed of being”.Tom Peters on Excellence

Action Assignment: What is your personal vision of excellence?

Case study on Creating a Vision, Purpose and Strategic Execution for an Organization

An inspiring vision is what motivates all of us. We want to know that we are working toward something that makes a difference and is meaningful. This organizational principle motivates and sustains  every  person within your organization, from the cleaning personnel to safety engineer and human resources staff and partners or CEO. That is the real job of an inspiring and effective leader — to offer a purpose, vision and execution plan that makes a difference. This alignment is not easy to achieve but it is the key difference between being a manager and a transformation and  empowering leader.  Organizations need selfless leaders who WALK  THE TALK about ethics, socially responsible business practices and humanistic values.

People also need to know that you, as a leader, are in touch with practical solutions and the reality of creating solutions to complex problems. One such organization over the last ten years under the direction of a transforming leader has been IBM. I recommend that you read about Sam Palmisano retired as CEO of IBM on Dec. 31, 2011. His tenure is a model of a pragmatic visionary who renewed  a floundering and stuck organization. Warren Buffett said one of the reasons he recently bought 10.7 billion of IBM stock is because Palamisano “delivers big time”.  See http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2011/11/18/sam-palmisano-ibm/

 

New Leadership Model for 21st Century–Get started now “Walk the The Talk” of Strategic Action

Strategic Action Leader–Risk Taker not just talker. 

“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes… Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action”.

Peter Drucker  Happiness is seeking a balance between pleasure, commitment and meaning – a sense of purpose in one’s life. Happy managers will find it useful to apply this thinking to themselves, and to the people they manage. This final quote again echoes this fundamental philosophy of “The Happy Manager”. Drucker argued that the critical question we should all ask ourselves is not:

“How can I achieve?” but “What can I contribute?”

Read more:http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/p/peter_drucker.html#ixzz1hNvBOJX6Peter Drucker

One thing you need to be as a leader is the ability to take strategic action with limited information. In other words you must be a risk taker. One of the most often overlooked aspects of leadership is the need for pursuit. Great leaders are never satisfied with traditional practice, static thinking, conventional wisdom, or common performance. In fact, the best leaders are simply uncomfortable with anything that embraces the status quo.  The new leader is always imaginative, focused on quality, truthful, and aware of what’s next, of what to do in times of rapid  change and how to produce value and results by being of service to others

So now let us examine –what it means to “walk the talk ” of leadership. I’ll examine the value of being a strategic action leader. Here’s the thing – pursuit leads to visible “walking the talk”. What you  act on will determine  your journey , the people you meet and connect with,, the character you display and ultimately, what your happiness and fulfillment in life. Having a mindset focused on strategic action is critical to leadership that lacking this one quality can be costly. The manner, method, and motivation behind any action is what sets truly great leaders apart from the masses. If you want to become a great leader, become a strategic action leader no matter what position you occupy in the organization.

A failure to embrace opportunities and be action orientated is to a follower. A leader’s failure to act relegates you to the routine and status quo. Your failure to take initiative leaves you stuck  with the present situation.  Your failure to be action orientated  subjects you  to be marked as expendable and of little value to the organization. Let me put this as simply as I can – you cannot attain what you do not act on.

Smart leaders understand it’s not just enough to have a vision of where the organization is going, but action and risk must be a part of it. Action must be   consistent,  focused, assertive and thoughtful. You must take action on the right situation at the right time to the right people by weighing risks and upside potential.  Perhaps most of all, the best action is thoughtful and strategic. Agility and building coalitions to accomplish your goals are the cornerstones of leadership.  Leadership at the core is highly dependent on collaborative,  inclusiveness and transparency. The greatest strength of leaders is the ability to leverage resources and relationships.

I also want to caution you against trivial pursuits – don’t confuse leadership and strategic actions with tactics.  Outcomes are clearly important, but as a leader, it’s what happens after the outcome that you need to be in pursuit of. Pursue discovery, seek dissenting opinions, develop your ability unlearn what you have learned by embracing how much you don’t know, and find the kind of vision that truly does see around corners. Knowing what not to act on is just as important as knowing what to do and when to do it.

It’s important to keep in mind that nothing tells the world more about a leader than what they do. – that which you do not what you say is who you are as a leader.  If your message to your organization you value talent, but don’t treat people well and don’t spend time developing the talent and rewarding them, then I would suggest you are a hypocrite  Put simply, you can speak  all you like, but your actions will ultimately reveal what you truly value.

What’s been the best thing you’ve done as a leader of others’ this year? When and where have you “walked the talk” of an action leader either at work, in the community or with your family? Based on that personal evaluation what do you commit to differently in 2010?

Want to be creative like Steve Jobs?–Learn how to be Inner-directed and simplify execution.

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice”. Steve Jobs

Harvard did a six-year study on creative people. One of the big things they learned was that creative people do what’s called the Association Principle which means they associate and connect ideas from different fields and they apply those ideas to their field in simple and uncomplicated ways.

Steve Jobs was doing this his entire life. He once said  that a person who has a broad set of experiences can often see things that others miss. What he meant is he pursued a lot of interests that had nothing to do with computers or technology. For example, being happy leads to a more enrich life ground in purpose and creates impact music, films and design of Apple’s retail stores.

“There’s an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love. ‘I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.’ And we’ve always tried to do that at Apple. Since the very beginning. And we always will.” —Steve Jobs

Kick-start your creativity being an observer of life and learn to see ideas ( Law of Association) that can help you in your profession.

The reason why that came to him was that when he was 19, he dropped out of college and took courses he really wanted to take—like calligraphy. His parents were like, ‘Steve, we really want you to go to college.’ From what I understand, his parents were pretty upset about the decision [to drop out], but Steve said, ‘You know, I’m bored with these mandatory classes. I want to take classes that I’m interested in.’

This curiosity applies to everything—the way you live your life, the way you run your business. A lot of people forget that in 1997, when Steve Jobs returned to Apple, it was only a few months away from bankruptcy. The first thing he did was streamlined and simplified their product line. He said, ‘You have to put your A team on every product.’ You can’t put your A team on every product when you have 300 products. At the time, they had something like 300 products or 300 iterations of products.

Within two years he streamlined that to 10 products. To this day you can actually take all of Apple’s products and put them on a small coffee table, which is pretty extraordinary for a huge and profitable company. ‘Innovation,’ he said, ‘is saying no to 1,000 things,’ so you can really focus on what matters. He already told us the secret to innovation. We don’t have to guess.

Our future depends on our ability to cultivate imagination, creativity and innovation, to foster social and economic growth, and improve our quality of life. So my question to you is–How can you become more creative in your business so as to simplify and make a difference with distinction like Steve Jobs did?

New Poem 0n Steve Jobs —Vision of a Leader…The heart of a Warrior. by M.W.Hardwick

Vision of a Leader…The heart of a Warrior by M.W.Hardwick

Steve Jobs was a special kind of person—a true visionary,

He saw the future and what we wanted before we knew

He show he cared …by never settling but always pushing for more…

Still so  much to do..then his body failed him

He choose to be the best he could be… always playing to win…Never settling

He was the voice for those …who march to their own drummer.

He had  the intuition to Believe…

He was bruised and battered…and always got Back Up

Failures…only Made him Stronger….

Always pushing him to the edge of New Beginnings

Music, movies and telephones…the modern day Thomas Edison…

Obstacles lie before him …others discouraged him but no one could stop him

Failures…and being fired only Make him Stronger..

He saw a better Future..he followed his heart..

Together we can do more…

He never gave-up… Never Gave In…

His voice…goes on..goes on …till it does not

Living his motto of  Stay Hungry…Stay foolish

Death makes room for the new by replacing the old.

He said –“Love what you do…

Live each day like it was your last…remember you are going to die is the best way to evaluate your life’s action

If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.

Our time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.

Don’t be trapped by dogma

Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”

He loved life and especially  Laurene and his children…

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.

Find what you love and love what you do. ..do great work…

If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.

Until you find it…”

We are all going to die so

“…live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.”

Keep hope alive and have the courage to change your ways……

Focus on your values and priorities…they help you make  the big choices in life.

Remembering that you are going to die is the way to avoid the trap of  playing not to lose.

“You are already naked. Already naked…

There is no reason not to follow your heart.

No one wants to die. But it is life’s change agent.

As we all today remember Steve I am sure his wish for us /article/700185500/Steve-Jobs-Commencement-speech-at-Stanford-University.html?s_cid=rss-34would be:

Stay Hungry…Stay foolish…

And don’t settle…push forward and make you own music….own music

Personal Development Project–Discovering Life through Daily Reflection

Personal Development and Change Process   Learn the Power of Reflection. Change  your thinking and change your life. Mark W. Hardwick, Ph.D. 

Process Mission and Objectives 

THE MISSION  : LIVE TO LEARN AND LEARN TO LIVE BY TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE THROUGH MEANINGFUL DAILY REFLECTION. 

Meaningful Constructive Living is 52 weeks of hope, daily reflection and inspiration. This once-a-week all year long opportunity for personal growth  is designed to give you the grounding you need to keep your heart focused on what matters your values and priorities –living in the “here and now”  truth of your own story. The aim of the Meaningful Constructive Living person change process is to engage and empower you to significantly increase your ability to live a more self-directed and reflect life. With all the stress and change coming at you in an ever increasing pace it is crucial to possess a ” recover process”  that keeps you balanced and grounded in what’s important to you in living a more fulfilled and meaningful life.  Based on the work and research of  Dr. Mark W.Hardwick, Meaningful Constructive Living is about creating the life you want to live.. This challenge is for anyone who desires to develop and nurture an openness and authenticity in living day to day your dreams and hopes. This process is a simple, clear model that fits into your daily living.

Process with Structure

You receive a quote and reflection direct to your inbox each Monday to set the tone for your week. Emotionally rich images from painter and author Todd Hardwick (son) accompany each weekly reflection. In addition to your daily quotes and  reflection from Dr. Mark’s teaching and Todd’s  dimensional drawings , you’ll receive a weekly wrap or action plan for change to help your thinking and actions to be in sync so as to create your Meaningful Constructive life.

Registration is only $ 30 dollars and is open for enrollment any time.

After payment, you must confirm your subscription by clicking on the link you’ll receive via email.

Revisiting Self-Renewal –Smart-Steps and Renewal of Mental Maps

 

“Exploration of the full range of our own potentialities is not something that we can safely leave to the chances of life. It is something to be pursued avidly to the end of our days. We should look forward to an endless and unpredictable dialogue between our own potentialities and the claims of life — not only the claims we encounter, but the claims we invent. And by potentialities I mean not just skills, but the full range of our capacities for sensing, wondering, learning, understanding, loving, and aspiring…Change is the essence of a great civilization and self-renewal and community are the drivers for it.”  John Gardner  

Self-Renewal: Smart-Steps personal change process is about attention and acceptance. Focus, attention, acceptance and deliberate decision making and problem solving are the cornerstones of living a purposeful life. Smart-steps personal change process is not about instant change and magically thinking. It’s about being fully engaged in the “here and now” and being aware of why you are living the way you are, and knowing that life is about choices you have made. SSPC is about designing our lives to align our values, beliefs and daily action on a purposeful life mission.

4th of July Challenge–Let Us Build a Strategy of Peace not War.

When a man’s way[s] please the Lord,” the Scriptures tell us, “He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.” And is not peace, in the last analysis, basically a matter of human rights: the right to live out our lives without fear of devastation; the right to breathe air as nature provided it; the right of future generations to a healthy existence?  JFK

Let us on this day of celebration of freedom renew the words of JFK  and begin as he said in our daily lives  seek peace before it is to late for all of us.  As JFK said at the Commencement address at American University June 10, 1963 “Wherever we are, we must all, in our daily lives, live up to the age-old faith that peace and freedom walk together. In too many of our cities today, the peace is not secure because freedom is incomplete. It is the responsibility of the executive branch at all levels of government — local, State, and National — to provide and protect that freedom for all of our citizens by all means within our authority. It is the responsibility of the legislative branch at all levels, wherever the authority is not now adequate, to make it adequate. And it is the responsibility of all citizens in all sections of this country to respect the rights of others and respect the law of the land…we shall also do our part to build a world of peace where the weak are safe and the strong are just. We are not helpless before that task or hopeless of its success. Confident and unafraid, we must labor on–not towards a strategy of annihilation but towards a strategy of peace.

Truly, as it was written long ago: “The wicked flee when no man pursueth.”


Looking for Energy and Engagement in Life? Try this exercise…

Quote and Reflection:  “A mission could be defined as an image of a desire state that you want to get to. Once fully seen it will inspire you to act, fuel your imagination and determine your behavior.”  Charles Garfield, author Peak Performance 

Reflection: My reaction to Garfield’s point of view is that a person must begin with self-awareness and then translate that understanding into a positive picture of the future. Then the vision needs to be translated into a concrete goal and then the person needs to summon the courage to work hard and execute concrete actions that support your vision of the future. In this competitive world of the twenty-first century, continuing to hang-on to the “status quo” and blocking change may seem like a reasonable short-term goal because of all the energy and personal benefits you may now have but on the other hand resistance to change is in many ways a sure way to put what you have now at risk because you are seen as an obstructionist and not a team player. So it is my belief that when things start to change you are better off being engaged because through engagement you gain status and the opportunity to create a new future.  If you are worried about the risks involved during changing times you will feel less vulnerable and increase your potential power to influence if you have crafted a strong vision and purpose statement. Try the exercise below to help you establish a strong purpose statement it will serve you well in times of change and crisis.

Directions: Look around. Review your life experiences, core values and strengths, then create your mission statement for a living a meaningful and purposeful life. In the next 24 hours, create your purpose and share it with a friend. Complete the following sentence completion stem to get started.

My purpose in life is ___________________________________________________.

Cure for America’s Lack of Vision and Direction– New Leaders Needed…

“We must be silent before we can listen. We must listen before we can learn. We must learn before we can prepare. We must prepare before we can serve. We must serve before we can lead.” ~ by William Arthur Ward 

Starting and building a better America is all about leadership – a “flash of brilliance”, honing the idea, building an involved team and followers and developing strategic plans based on vision and experience. What have I missed on –Oh Yeah, creating an environment for growth and clearing a path over and through all negative objectors and real obstacles. Yet the image of leadership in government and business is at an all-time low, according to national leadership experts, considering the political debacles, record business bankruptcies, and executive fraud cases. For example read what James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner in their book on Leadership view credibility as the foundation of future leaders. They say “Leaders we admire do not place themselves at the center; they place others there. They do not seek the attention of people; they give it to others. They do not focus on satisfying their own aims and desires; they look for ways to respond to the needs and interests of their constituents. They are not self-centered; they concentrate on the constituent. . . Leaders serve a purpose and the people who have made it possible for them to lead . . . . In serving a purpose, leaders strengthen credibility by demonstrating that they are not in it for themselves; instead, they have the interests of the institution, department, or team and its constituents at heart. Being a servant may not be what many leaders had in mind when they choose to take responsibility for the vision and direction of their organization or team, but serving others is the most glorious and rewarding of all leadership tasks.” ~ by James Kouzes and Barry Posner in Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It.

If the country is to recover financially, politically, and emotionally new transformational leaders will have to emerge. It will take new leaders who understand that leadership is a about flexibility, serving people through participatory processes,  not power and commands. These leaders will identify the problems people want solved not made-up issues such as deficit spending during a time of joblessness and poor consumer confidence. These new leaders will be citzen-centered rather than self-centered, having the mental mindset of collaboration and flexibility, authenticity, innovation and focus on problem solving and results. They will have the required passion, perseverance, assertiveness and ethical character to do what is right to achieve shared goals.  For example, having everyone including the very rick 2% of Americans and big Corporations  pay their fair share to get America back on track. What these new leaders will focus on is developing relationships across party lines so as to find common ground in making America strong again.

Let’s examine the lack of leadership in our government. This Citzen-Ccentered leadership style will be  different from many media reports that  see leadership as position power and character driven. Leaders  before being elected will have to show proven track records for producing results through democratic processes and engagement with people. Here are some of the keys for succeeding as a leader in the 21st Century::

  • Communication skills of Active Listening and Empathy are the most important skills for a future leader. We need to pay attention to the words and actions of others while suspending judgment long enough to allow your thinking to catch up with your emotional instincts. Why? Because as leaders, if we speak too soon, we shut off communication and stifle innovation and problem solving.  When shut of communication we create divisiveness and encourage decreased involvement and participation. We create an environment of win-loss thinking and dictatorial mandates that do not gain the support of followers. Thus, creating a more tribal  and patrician approach to governance than pluralist involved electorate.
  • Leadership is a learned behavior, not a character trait. Good judgment, for example, is certainly a hallmark of exceptional leadership, but it isn’t something you are born with. “More than anything, good judgment comes from listening and learning how to cooperate and gain public or employee support for their vision and initiatives.
  • Communicating and storytelling. This is not a skill everyone is born with, but it’s a skill we can all develop. People on your team want to believe! They want to believe you know where we are going, that you keep your promises or you will get us there even if you are not  sure of the exact path at this moment. They want stories that inspire them and encourage their involvement in creating their own constructive solutions to problems.
  • MMFI Rule and Recognition for contribution for team success. This is necessary to sustain motivation during the hard times. It’s not hard to do and doesn’t require a lot of effort or expensive gifts. A thank-you note or peer recognition is enough most of the time.
  • Negotiation is a practical skill for every leader. Negotiation is often misunderstood to be the domain of clever deal makers. It’s actually really simple. Make very clear requests for a promise. Understand exactly what the promise is – what is being done, when, and what the standard of excellence is, and then check up on the status to make it happen.
  • Leadership for Others rather than focus on personal achievement and ambition. We need leaders who use power as a tool for inspiring others to create a better future for all not the select few , not as a tool for retaining their position or perks.
  • Assertiveness–Firm and decisive decisions that take courage and spine to make.  

These are the process and  leadership skills essential for 21 Century Leadership, inspiring excellence, and meeting followers needs. They are easily practiced, and serve as the foundation for successfully attracting funding, talent, making tough decisions and persevering in reach the vision that inspired us all in the beginning.

In this fashion the transformational leadership deficit is really an “opportunity” for selfless people to get involved and put us back on the path of freedom, caring and economic security.  So practice the leadership skills needed, and step in when you are ready. Now is your golden opportunity – let’s see how many of you are up to the challenge. We need you all.

Principle-Centered Leadership–How do you stack-up?

“In organizations, real power and energy is generated through relationships. The patterns of relationships and the capacities to form them are more important than tasks, functions, roles, and positions.” Margaret  J. Wheatley Leadership and the New Science

In the real world, the people who get Leadership right, again and again, are the ones that demonstrate in their actions the traits of Principle-Centered Leadership. Using these principles to guide everyday interactions and decisions will make you a  true leader of and for people, and it’s available to anyone who makes these principles  a top of the mind priority.

These principles are a powerful framework for being a Servant Leader. It gives you insight into your strengths and areas for improvement when setting the vision and mission for any organization and team you might be working with. More importantly, it sets up the opportunity for you to differentiate yourself from other less desirable traits of leaders, such as control, selfishness and command. In concrete ways it shows you care about people and their development not just results or profits.

Some leaders are followed out of fear or their ability to control others. But what about cresting followers by using these proven traits make a leader someone people admire and believe in? Top 8 Characteristics of Principle-Centered Leaders (Ch 1, Principle-Centered Leadership by Stephen Covey) On a 1 being low on the trait up to 10 always demonstrating this trait how do you stack up as Principle-Centered Leader. So your challenge is to check yourself on these traits and if you have the courage let the people who work with you rank your performance on these traits. Good Luck on this feedback activity and as always let us know how it went for you.

1. You are a curious person who is a life-long learner and seeker.
2. You are always looking to understand and be of service to others. (Empathy)
3. You model Positive Energy and Optimistic Thinking
4. You Believe in Other People (SFP)
5. You find a way to a Lead Balanced Life 
6. You see life as a Journey and an  Adventure
7. You are Synergistic (Thinking 1 +1 =3 More than just a Win-Win)
8. You practice Self-Discover through Reflection and Self-Renewal by setting Smart-Goals

Turn Your Dream into an Entrepreneurial Success through Optimism — The “Life is Good Story”

“Perseverance and Optimism can take you anywhere… If you don’t succeed at first–try,try and try again and “know who you are, and live it”.  Bert Jones


Original Jake drawing, July 1994 SEE: Life is Good Story


How it started–The Struggle

After six years of struggling the brothers went to a street fair, they printed up 48 Jake shirts for a local street fair in Cambridge, Massachusetts. They laid the shirts out on their rickety card table. By noontime, all 48 of those tees were gone. A star was born. Soon Jake was introduced to local retailers, and his simple message of optimism was embraced like nothing the brothers had ever seen. As demand for product soared, Jake’s team grew, and the Little Brand That Could began to spread across America.

“Know Who You Are and Live It”

The success mantra often repeated by Burt is “know who you are, and live it”. Now Bert’s no social media guru, nor is he making money from his insight (I believe he donates a lot of his speaking fees to charity – Of course hind site is 20-20. And this quiet, down to earth, and ordinary is simply trying to figure why their idea was a success. May be it is just luck and if you think or don’t know if you have a great idea or not  on other people will let you know if it is a flash or bust. His insight has helped him translate a feeling, an emotion, and a mission from his heart to employees and loving customers. Today, the New England based Life is Good brand stays close to its roots, with an emphasis on optimism, simplicity, and fun. Through Life is Good events, positive work environment  and creative products Life is Good team keeps the fun at work flowing.

His insight has helped him translate a feeling, an emotion, and a mission from his heart to employees and loving customers. For what ever reason luck, timing and great visually designed products the company has been a phenomenal success story. In 15 years , Life is Good has gone from nothing but a dream to a  $ 100 million dollar topline business. success.

In fact, there seems to be nothing Bert and John can’t do with Life is Good business — except articulate why they were successful. While they unquestionably put in the hard work went through the up’s and downs of an entrepreneurial venture , they’re quick to tell you that they were initially lucky and naive about what it would take to be a retail success.  Bert tells an engaging story about their boot-strapping beginning and how lucky they were to make it happen. The “it” is  still a mystery to the founders. Maybe we can hope that someday the details can be captured for the rest of us trying to get our dreams off the ground. The only think I have gleamed from their story is to pay attention to what you have and be responsive to what customers want and give it to them. Next  show patience, listen to others ideas, learn from your mistakes and keep taking risks as long as you can. In the final analysis their secret was to have faith and belief in themselves and be optimistic about their venture and how they lived their lives.

“Optimism focuses on what’s right with the world, rather than on what’s wrong,” says Bert. “It’s tremendously empowering.” While not an action in and of itself, it invites listening, collaboration and outreach. “It allows you to meet new people, learn new things,” he adds. “It’s the belief in the possibility of something —  because then there’s a chance of getting there.”

So what is stopping you from getting your dream job or starting your dream business?

Vision of a Leader–Poem by M.W. Hardwick

Vision of a Leader…by M.W.Hardwick

I  See the Needs of Followers

I care …I weep …So  much to do

I Choose to Compromise…Never Hammer

I am a Voice for those …less fortunate

I Have the Luxury to Reflect… Reflect …Reflect

I Have the Power to Believe…I Believe it

I Have the Hope and faith in the future

I get bruised and battered…I get Back Up

Failures…only Make Me Stronger

Today is always testing a New Beginning

Obstacles lie before me …Can’ t Stop me now

I get bruised and battered…I get Back Up

Failures…only Make Me Stronger

I see a better Future

Together we can do more…

I Never Give Up…I Never Give In…I never give in…

I am the Leader for all…

 

My voice…goes on..goes on …Till it doesn’t

Challenge for Obama’s Presidency: What went wrong and where to go from here?


Obama caves-in and gives the Party of No another astounding victory against the majority of Americans declared opposition to wealthy tax cuts, those of us who expected an assertive and pro-active President are puzzled by his inept style of negotiating with himself before confronting the Republicans failed policies of more tax cuts, greed and accumulation of more money for the wealthy.  Obama announced yesterday to continue to play “kick the can” with the Republicans at the expense of the middle class.  It seems to me this White House does not care to or want to fight for the 84% of the Democrats who said no more tax cuts for the wealthy and no more deficit spending. This was a moment of truth for this President in the war for the soul of our Representative  Republic. He failed by looking weak and incompetent.  We must try to save him from his own tragic and ill-advised strategy of “rope a dope.”  Maybe he just wants to be known as a nice guy. But really how many punches can you take before fighting back?


Continue reading “Challenge for Obama’s Presidency: What went wrong and where to go from here?”

Want to seen as a “sticky” and Effective Leader–Focus on Human side of organization

Want to be perceived as an effective leader?  Be open to all ideas and don’t be afraid to show your vulnerability. Vulnerability is all about trusting yourself and others. Surround yourself with team members who understand the importance of the human side of an organization. Executives need to have a great sensitivity for people issues and enjoy being on a winning team.

Tips to Lead by:

1. Give the credit away to your team

2. Make ours feel important–listen and ask questions

3. Show you care don’t just talk about it

4. Roll-up your sleeves and pitch in.

5. Focus on people and customers and the bottom line will take care of itself

6.  Be dependable and responsive.  Do what you say you will do!! (DWYSYWD)

7. Be assertive for your vision and involve others in the decisions and action to produce results