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A Question to Those Who Have Been Working For Awhile

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This weekend I finshed one of my new favorite books, “Leaving Microsoft to Change the World”, by John Wood, founder of Room to Read. I loved the book because it has lessons for everyone in it, could be a perfect book for a collegiate entrepreneurship class. It also reminded me of the guys over at Pursue The Passion, because John Wood did exactly that.

There was one quote that kind of worried me about my current work situation. John writes, “As the company got bigger, there was less correlation between efforts and outcome.”

Is this really true working for bigger companies, or is this something not experienced at every big company?

If you have any thoughts about the quote I would love to hear your thoughts. You can post here or email me at organicleadership@gmail.com.

There were so many lessons I learned in this book and plan to have another post soon inspired from the book.

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I Would Love to Work For This Manager

This morning I came across a great article about a boss who donated his kidney to his office assistant after he found out she needed one to live. You do not have to give a body organ to be a great leader, but it is refreshing to see a leader look out for others.

Can It Be Learned? Part 2 Discovery

As I was thinking about what it took to discover what is in your heart I came across two great articles about what I was thinking. Steve over at All Things Workplace talks about his experience away from his normal routine to listen to what his body, soul, and mind. He starts off saying:

Sometimes it pays to just stop.

Why?

Because we’re not made to “go” all the time.

Steve is right. We feel we are called to go, go, go. We think our job promotion depends on more time, but what we neglect is time to discover your heart. Margaret Wheatleygoes on and gives some ways to find peace, which is key to discovering your heart.

Start your day off peacefully. I’ve raised a large family, so I laugh as I state this. But I’ve learned that I can’t expect to find peace at work. However peaceful I am as I enter the office, that’s probably my peak peaceful experience of the day. So I have a strong motivation to find peace before work. There are many ways to cultivate peace at the start of your day. You can drive to work in silence. Or listen to a particularly soothing piece of music. You can reflect on a spiritual phrase or parable. You can take a few minutes to just sit, either meditating or focusing on a lovely object. You can look for something beautiful outside your window. As your day grows crazier, it helps to know what peace feels like. Sometimes you can even recall that feeling in the midst of very great turmoil.

Both Steve and Margaret point out that it takes silence in order to discover what your heart is. Silence can be scary because truth finds it way out during silence and through the truth you can discover who you are and what your heart desires. The challenge is to stop taking the giant steps and stop. Then find time and a place to be by yourself and see what is in your heart.

A leader is not a leader all the time

I love watching reality telivision shows where they form teams to compete against each other. It always seems like it comes down two things when the losing team is choosing who to eliminate, competency and likability.

Everyone wants to be the leader, but not everyone can be the leader at every moment. At times we see people try to rise to leadership because they feel they know what they are doing, and they might have a heart of a leader, but when it come to push and shove, they are not as competent as they think they are.

Their low competence leaves the leader unsure where to lead his team. He has a harder time seeing the big picture a comptetent leader would see. Because of the lack of direction, it leads to a lack of trust and people trying to take over because of the fear losing. Eventually the leader sees his team collapse in front of him, which leads to him being on the elimination table.

One of the challenges of being a leader is to know when not to lead. We are not called to lead every moment, because we are not fully competent at every situation. At times when we might not be knowledgable about situation, take the opportunity to help a young leader develop.

9th Edition of The Carnival of Leadership Growth

Welcome to the 8th edition of carnival of leadership growth. This edition has a lot of great posts and I hope you enjoy. Thank you for stopping by and thank you bloggers for taking time to write such great thoughts. The next edition will be posted July 1.

GP presents The Way of The Grasshopper posted at Fish Creek House – INNside Innkeeping, saying, “As an innkeeper, lessons learned from everything and everyone… and my horses.. open mind, open heart”

Jim Stroup presents The paper they’re written on posted at Managing Leadership, saying, “Hi Billy!

Contracts are really only a starting point – and often turn out to be a false start – for a project. Ongoing and frank conversations between all parties help keep disappointment at bay, and execution on track.

Bill Sheridan presents Little Lie—Big Dilemma posted at The Freestyle Entrepreneur.

Vahid Chaychi presents Tens of Different Ways to Make Money from Home and through the Internet and Your Personal Computer posted at Internet and Search Engine Marketing, saying, “To start working from home, you really don’t need to join any home business program and probably get scammed. You can easily start your home business through selling ClickBank digital products, blogging, stock exchange, Forex, eBay, accounting and … .”

Brandon Peele presents Psychology vs. Philosophy posted at GT.

Patti Blevins presents Work At Home Challenges posted at pattiblevins.com, saying, “Discover How YOU Can Explode Your Home Based Business Opportunity And Work At Home”

Sagar Satapathy presents Business Fund.com » How To: Bootstrap It (27 Tips) posted at Business Fund.com.

CA presents Similarities – B-2-B posted at Atlantic Canada’s Small Business Blog, saying, ““Running a business is like bringing up a baby.” No doubt you may have heard this analogy. You really do not realize its significance until you have a baby AND have entrepreneurship experience. It has to be both as I am finding out. Our baby is less than a month old and we are overwhelmed. I remember going through the exact same feeling with my previous venture seven years ago.”

Ed Rivis presents The 3 Secrets of Exponential Growth. posted at Ed Rivis.

Christopher J. Brunner presents Common Advertising Mistakes posted at GreatFX Business Cards, saying, “Common advertising mistakes that you should avoid.”

Nigel Griffiths presents What makes a successful leader? posted at The Enfys Acumen Blog.

Mike Harmon presents Accounting Ledger and How to Write Ledger posted at Basic Accounting.

Mike Harmon presents Every Business Organization Needs Data Entry Services posted at Basic Accounting.

Aaron Wakling presents A Credit Card For A Small Or New Business Can Be A Powerful Monetary Tool posted at The Credit & Credit Card Blog.

Paula presents Career & Money Part 8 – Making the Most of Your Career posted at Queercents, saying, “Whether you are an entrepreneur by trade or not, you need to take an entrepreneurial mindset if you want to make the most of your career. This is Paula’s advice in her latest edition of the Career & Money series at Queercents.”

Erek Ostrowski presents Building a Sustainable Infrastructure posted at Verve Coaching, saying, “Building a sustainable infrastructure means creating systems and procedures that can be followed consistently and reliably, and that require as little time, thought and energy as possible.”

Jack Yoest presents The Manager?s Mission posted at Yoest.com, saying, “The Mission Statement of the Managing Management Time(tm) series is:

To Control Events.

In order to control events, the manager must perform a number of tasks simultaneously on the job.

First, the manager must anticipate future events and their impact on the organization.

But attempting to forecast events is fraught with minefields, and it must be addressed — the future has three characteristics:”

Shamelle presents Escape From Your Comfort Zone To Bring Out The Best In You posted at Enhance Life.

Stacey Derbinshire presents Why You Would Be VERY Wise To Start A Business While You Still Have Your Day Job posted at Starting a Small Home Business.

Debra Moorhead presents 7 Ways to Simplify Your Daily Life posted at Debra Moorhead.com.

Tom Stanley presents How to Investigate a Business Franchise Opportunity posted at Tom’s Franchise Information Blog, saying, “Thinking of buying a Franchise business? Don’t make these common mistakes. My article tells you the mistakes people can make.”

Craig Harper presents The REAL SECRET of Success. posted at Renovate your life with Craig, saying, “But without doubt, the toughest ‘sale’ I ever have to make (and I make it daily) is the value (idea, notion, concept, whatever you want to call it) of discipline.

When I tell people that they don’t need a pill, powder, potion, product, gadget or gizmo… they simply need some discipline in their world, they are typically disappointed.
They really want someone or something to do it (whatever it is) for them.”

Jimson Lee presents How to build a winning team posted at Speedendurance.com, saying, “How do you build a great successful team? How do you become a great leader? Here are the 7 critcal steps.”

Ririan presents 19 Battlefield Tips to Survive Stress at Work posted at Ririan Project.

Sagar Satapathy presents Feeling Unfulfilled? 37 Tips to Enjoy Work More posted at HR Lowdown.

SpiKe presents What Influences Our Priorities In Life? » Advice on organized and productive living through lifehacks and GTD » Organize IT posted at Organize IT.

Jason Rakowski presents Cellular Retailers Must Greet Customers within 30 Seconds – Study posted at Learn Good Customer Service, saying, “This is a great case study to show how customer service can improve your business. Lean to make more money by serving you customers.”

Christopher J. Brunner presents Using Your Business to Serve the Community posted at GreatFX Business Cards, saying, “Taking community service a step further by giving more than just a donation to charity.”

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Can It Be Learned? Part 1

Today I was thinking what it takes to become a leader and if it can be learned. This came up because of the many leadership books and guides out there, but lack of actual leaders around now. I hear and read people screaming for real leadership, but at the core what are the screaming for? There is the heart aspect and head aspect of leadership and I see a lot of people that have mastered the head aspect, but fall short of the heart, which is what people are screaming for.

Key attributes of being a good leader I could think of were; visionary, strong communicator, willing to persevere, empowers others, risk taker, people developer, honest, inspirer, and servant. A lot of these can be learned, but not everything can. Everyone is capable to be all of these, but some need to be discovered instead of learned. If we could all learn how to become a leader then I believe there would be more out there.

Learning is an exercise of our mind, but discovery is an exercise of the heart. We can go to seminars and watch others to strengthen our mind, but discovery is the key to develop the complete leader.

In the next part of this post I will write about how we can go out and discover what is in our heart.

It Is Your Choice

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
~ J.K. Rowling

Everyone has the potential and talent to become a leader, but a lot of times it is our choices that hold us back from becoming the leader we could be.

Dare To Make a Difference

Change The World, the mantra every great leader should live by. A person becomes a leader, an agent of change, not by sitting there waiting for some else, but by thinking big to make a difference in other’s lives. Liz writes an amazing post about being scared to make a difference. She writes,

We make our ideas smaller by thinking we weren’t meant to do something. Other folks were meant to change things. We were meant to live with them.

There are a lot of people who have the potential to become great leaders, but they feel it was meant for other not themselves. Becoming a leader is a huge goal with huge responsibilities, but has a huge opportunity to make a difference in those around you. Because of the giant responsibility to others a leader has a lot feel it is easier for others to take that role. Liz goes on to quote Nelson Mandela ,

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

In the light of power, it is harder to hide, but in the darkness we can walk aimlessly with out being noticed. Like a lighthouse, the light is meant to lead to safety, but if the light fails others could be harmed. I believe we are scared to fail others. It is alright to fail ourselves because it does not hurt other, but with power and light we have the potential to hurt others. The bigger the risk, the greater the gain. Changing the world is a huge risk that not everyone will attempt, but attempt to change the lives around you is a bigger gain than failing in the dark.