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Napoleon on the art of governing and leadership

Here are By George’s favourite 10 quotes of Napoleon Bonaparte on the subject of governing and effective leadership:

  1. The art of governing consists in not letting men grow old in their jobs.
  2. A leader is a dealer in hope.
  3. The heart of a statesman should be in his head.
  4. Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
  5. There are two levers for moving men – interest and fear.
  6. With audacity one can undertake anything.
  7. Ability is of little account without opportunity.
  8. The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.
  9. All celebrated people lose dignity on a close view.
  10. Victory belongs to the most persevering.

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A personal 360 for the Fall

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To help prepare for your challenges throughout the Fall, here is a series of instructive articles that have been compiled from the archives of By George. The posts provide instruction on strengthening your sense of direction, confidence and self-awareness, and providing techniques to increase your productivity and ultimately your success in meeting your goals. The articles are a great refresher for the workplace – and for your approach to life.

All the best as you dive into your Fall endeavors tomorrow!

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In Getting a Good Jump Start this Fall

Rejuvenate Yourself!

Tips for starting your week / your day

Techniques for being more efficient at your work

10 self-motivating thoughts

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Increasing your Productivity

5-sure-ways to get more out of your day

Tips on Productivity & A Dozen Productivity Tips

Your Checklist for Effective Meetings

20 FAV quotes on being productive

A Dozen Great Quotes on Managing Time

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Achieving Greater Self-awareness

Important Questions for the Self

Challenge Yourself

8 Essential Life Questions

10 Habits for Personal Success

3 “Must-Haves” for Success

Habits and ways of rich, successful people

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Presenting a More Confident You

Answering That Question about What You Do

5 Steps to Mastering Your Performance (Ericsson)

Rudy Giuliani’s thoughts on leadership

The art of listening

10 Simple Truths Smart People Will Forget

14 Habits of Exceptionally Likable People

Communicate More Effectively, More Persuasively (our e-book on becoming an effective communicator)

Three Parables for Management Training (humourous look at the workplace)

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With By George’s Twitter and Facebook threads this Fall, we hope and trust to provide the inspiration to drive and to achieve your goals. After today’s last hurrah of summer, it’s onward and upward!

 

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Coaching Success

John Eades reveals in a great Inc.com article the “7 Essential Leadership Lessons You Can Learn From Championship Coaches in 2017”.

 

Here are a few incredible takeaways from coaches who won championships in 2017:

 

  1. Bill Belichick (New England Patriots) — “Leadership means building a team that is exhaustively prepared, but being able to adjust in an instant. The only sign we have in the locker room is from the Art of War, ‘every battle is won before it’s faught'” — Key Takeaway: Preparation is critical for success; but, in today’s fast paced world, pivoting will be required and it’s only possible with great teamwork.

 

  1. Steve Kerr (Golden State Warriors) — Kerr’s leadership style is one of a true servant leader. After this year’s title he tried to avoid the microphone in order to give his players the chance to be in the spotlight. When he did finally speak, he used all of his time to give praise to his other coaches, players, and team ownership. Kerr knows he is just a spoke in the wheel, and it’s his job to push those around him to levels of which they didn’t even know they were capable. — Key Takeaway: It’s not about the leader, it’s about the team.

 

  1. Joe Madden (Chicago Cubs) — Madden didn’t shy away from making his expectations known from the beginning of the season. The players used terms like “Embrace the target” (world champions) and “Try not to suck.” — Key takeaway: Don’t shy away from high expectations, embrace them.

 

  1. Dabo Swinney (Clemson Tigers) — Swinney’s leadership style is one filled with purpose and positivity. In his post game interview right after winning the championship he said, “I told our players, the difference in this game was going to be love (for each other).” — Key Takeaway: Serve your people’s hearts and not their talents.

 

  1. Mike Sullivan (Pittsburgh Penguins) — “I think when we have focus–short-sighted focus on the task at hand, and we don’t get ahead of ourselves or we don’t dwell on what happen in the past–that’s when you have the best ability to reset that mindset, it always falls back to the leadership of the group.” — Key takeaway: If you are the only leader on your team you have no chance.

 

  1. Dawn Staley (South Carolina Gamecocks) — Staley lives by two mottos: ‘a disciplined person can do anything’ and ‘dare to do what you don’t want to do to get what you want.’ In a recent article from players tribune she said this about the secret to leadership: “If there were ever a secret to being a great coach, that’s it: the connection.” — Key takeaway: You are nothing as a leader without healthy relationships.

 

  1. Roy Williams (North Carolina Tarheels) — “Too many coaches lower their program’s standards and take talented players with questionable or poor character.” — Key Takeaway: Character matters and it always will.

 

This post comprises of excerpts from the original. Read Eades’s full article here…

Source:  https://www.inc.com/john-eades/7-leadership-lessons-from-bill-belichick-and-6-oth.html

 

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The wisdom of QB Tom Brady

Tom Brady did it again yesterday, leading his New England Patriots team to an amazing 4th quarter comeback Superbowl victory. Brady becomes the first QB with 5 NFL championship rings. So, to follow-up on this game-for-the-ages, By George compiled our 15 FAV observations of a truly great football quarterback – and a decent human being.

  • Football is unconditional love.
  • If you don’t play to win, don’t play at all.
  • You wanna know which ring is my favorite? The next one.
  • I didn’t come this far to only come this far, so we’ve still got further to go.
  • I think that at the start of a game, you’re always playing to win, and then maybe if you’re ahead late in the game, you start playing not to lose. The true competitors, though, are the ones who always play to win.
  • Mentally, the only players who survive in the pros are the ones able to manage all their responsibilities. Everybody struggles in different ways.
  • If you don’t believe in yourself why is anyone else going to believe in you?
  • A lot of times I find that people who are blessed with the most talent don’t ever develop that attitude, and the ones who aren’t blessed in that way are the most competitive and have the biggest heart.
  • I’m not a person who defends myself very often. I kind of let my actions speak for me.
  • To me, football is so much about mental toughness, it’s digging deep, it’s doing whatever you need to do to help a team win and that comes in a lot of shapes and forms.
  • You have to believe in your process. You have to believe in the things that you are doing to help the team win. I think you have to take the good with the bad.
  • Too often in life, something happens and we blame other people for us not being happy or satisfied or fulfilled. So the point is, we all have choices, and we make the choice to accept people or situations or to not accept situations.
  • We all have experiences in our lives that change us, and we all learn from people, like my dad, but at the end of the day, it’s only us. And we’re only responsible to make ourselves happy.
  • You know, watching Dan Marino and Steve Young get nominated to the Hall of Fame… those guys are unbelievable and they did it for so long. I’d love to play like those guys, but there’s still a long way to go and a lot of growing.
  • If I have something to say, I want it to be meaningful.

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William James quotes to start a day

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Here are five great William James quotes to start the day:

  • “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
  • “To change one’s life: 1. Start immediately. 2. Do it flamboyantly. 3. No exceptions.”
  • “Sow an action and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.”
  • “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.”
  • “Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.”

William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was a pioneering American psychologist and philosopher. He was the brother of novelist Henry James; his godfather was Ralph Waldo Emerson; and, during his lifetime, he befriended Bertrand Russell, John Dewey, Mark Twain, Horatio Alger and Sigmund Freud.

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(ed. – You may know By George Journal is on Twitter and, among other subject matter, is tweeting inspirational and motivational quotes.  So, By George Journal on Twitter with the handle none-other-than: @ByGeorgeJournal )

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Top 10 Ways to Motivate Yourself

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.” – Vince Lombardi

Let’s start this Monday off with a list of the top 10 ways to motivate yourself.

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1. Set a specific goal
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ~ Larry Elder

 

2.Give it a deadline
Setting an exact deadline gives you a time frame for accomplishing your goal.

 

3. Write it down and hang it up on the wall
By writing it down and hanging it on the wall, in plain sight, it becomes a constant reminder and part of your everyday life.

 

4. Surround yourself with motivation
Put up motivational quotes or signs all over your workspace and living space. Post our Fav Ali memes!

 

5. Break it down into small bite-size pieces
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” ~ Robert Collier

 

6. Exercise
In order to get your blood and creative juices flowing again try running in place, jumping jacks, push-ups or just dance! What is important is to get up out of your chair at least once an hour and move.

 

7. Pump yourself up
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
So, do some fist pumps, flex those muscles, jump up and down, be your own “cheerleader” – and get excited.

 

8. Don’t fear failure, just do it! 
Just keep swinging! “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” ~ Babe Ruth

 

9. Reward yourself
Set mini goals and reward yourself when you accomplish them.

 

10. Be present and have fun
Be in the present moment and enjoy what you are doing.

 

SOURCE:  We’re so Inspired

 

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Successful People and their Weekends

Here’s a synopsis of Forbes Magazine’s “How Successful People Spend Their Weekends.”

 

There is a new Stanford study that finds productivity per hour declines sharply when the workweek exceeds 50 hours.  And productivity drops off so much after 55 hours that there is no point in working any more. The study finds that people who work as much as 70 hours (or more) per week actually get the same amount done as people who work 55 hours. In other words. those extra hours are wasted.

 

So, when it comes to weekends, successful people do not sweat out more work. They prize their time away from the office knowing the importance of “shifting gears.”

 

Here are four ways successful people spend their weekends.

 

  1. They Wake Up at the Same Time

 

Having an inconsistent wake-up time disturbs your circadian rhythm. Your body cycles through an elaborate series of sleep phases in order for you to wake up rested and refreshed. One of these phases involves preparing your mind to be awake and alert… (Do not mess with your routine and take advantage of the extra hours on your weekend when others may be sleeping in.)

 

  1. They Designate Mornings as Me Time

 

It can be difficult to get time to yourself on the weekends, especially if you have family. Finding a way to engage in an activity you’re passionate about first thing in the morning can pay massive dividends in happiness and cleanliness of mind… Your mind achieves peak performance two-to-four hours after you wake up, so get up early…

 

  1. They Schedule Micro-Adventures

 

Buy tickets to a concert or play, or get reservations for that cool new hotel that just opened downtown. Instead of running on a treadmill, plan a hike. Try something you haven’t done before… Knowing that you have something interesting planned for Saturday will not only be fun come Saturday, but it will significantly improve your mood throughout the week.

 

  1. They Pursue a Passion

 

You might be surprised what happens when you pursue something you’re passionate about on weekends. Indulging your passions is a great way to escape stress and to open your mind to new ways of thinking.

 

To read the full article by Travis Bradberry, click to the on-line Forbes Magazine.

 

And, go ahead and enjoy your weekend.

 

 

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10 Lessons on Life shared by Billionaires

Forbes Magazine catalogues priceless words of wisdom and Forbes staff Keren Blankfeld has done a very great job in compiling a must-read list of life observations in her piece: Billionaires To Graduates: All-Time Best Advice From Their Commencement Speeches

The following list is the top 10 lessons successful business people have shared in commencement speeches to graduating classes:

 

  1. Life is short.

“As you graduate, can you ask yourselves to live as if you had eleven days left? I don’t mean blow everything off and party all the time— although tonight is an exception. I mean live with the understanding of how precious every single day would be. How precious every day actually is.” – Sheryl Sandberg, UC Berkeley 2016

 

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs, Stanford 2005

 

“Always remember that the moments we have with friends and family, the chances we have to do things that might make a big difference in the world, or even to make a small difference to someone you love — all those wonderful chances that life gives us, life also takes away. It can happen fast, and a whole lot sooner than you think.” – Larry Page, University of Michigan 2009

 

  1. Be present.

“Being present is smarter, funnier and undeniably more attractive. When you’re right here, right now, you notice things. You notice the nuance and expressions of the people around you. You notice the things that might make you a new friend or get you hired or even give you a chance of hooking up. You notice today and how wonderful it is. You noticed the people around you might not be as lucky as you are and the people who work their asses off to make sure you succeed.” – Chris Sacca, University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management 2011

 

  1. Be bold and take risks.

“I will hazard a prediction. When you are 80 years old, and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most compact and meaningful will be the series of choices you have made. In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story.” – Jeff Bezos, Princeton University 2010

 

  1. Embrace failure and learn from it.

“It doesn’t matter how far you might rise…. If you’re constantly pushing yourself higher, higher the law of averages not to mention the Myth of Icarus predicts that you will at some point fall. And when you do I want you to know this, remember this: there is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.” – Oprah Winfrey, Harvard University 2013

 

“I have always believed and I have taught my children and grandchildren that great success is not built on success. It is built on failure, frustration and sometimes even calamity.” – Sumner Redstone, Northwestern University 2002

 

  1. Be of service: make the world better.

“In the course of your lives, without any plan on your part, you’ll come to see suffering that will break your heart. When it happens, and it will, don’t turn away from it; turn toward it. That is the moment when change is born.” – Melinda Gates, Stanford 2014

 

  1. Use your imagination.

“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.” – J.K. Rowling, Harvard University 2008 (former billionaire)

 

  1. When a great dream shows up, follow it.

“I dreamed of doing it and finally I achieved it and that is when I came to realize that fantasizing, projecting yourself into a successful situation is the most powerful means there is of achieving personal goals.” – Leonard Lauder, Connecticut College 1989

 

“Overall, I know it seems like the world is crumbling out there, but it is actually a great time in your life to get a little crazy, follow your curiosity, and be ambitious about it. Don’t give up on your dreams. The world needs you all!” – Larry Page, University of Michigan 2009

 

  1. Be flexible.

“You don’t need a grand plan. Whatever plan you do have is probably going to change 100 times before you’re 30. And you don’t need to be an expert in something to try it.” – Michael Bloomberg, University of North Carolina 2012

 

  1. Work hard and be irrepressible.

“Irrepressible is kind of tenacious, but with optimism. You just have it in you. You keep going and going. You could say, isn’t that the same as passion. It’s not. Passion is the ability to get excited about something. Irrepressibility and tenacity is about the ability to stay with it.” – Steve Ballmer, University of Southern California 2011

 

“It is the hard days — the times that challenge you to your very core — that will determine who you are.You will be defined not just by what you achieve, but by how you survive.” – Sheryl Sandberg, UC Berkeley 2016

 

  1. Don’t let money drive you.

“The truth is, I’ve never cared for money. I realize that sounds strange coming from a billionaire, and I recognize that many people do work for money, but I would wager that those who become extremely successful are more strongly motivated by the desire to achieve, by a commitment to excellence and by an obsessive drive to win.” – Sumner Redstone, Northwestern University 2002

 

Read the full Forbes article here:  Billionaires To Graduates: All-Time Best Advice From Their Commencement Speeches

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10 Habits for Personal Success

Here is a set of ten habits to adopt that can help take you to a more successful, fuller life.

  1. Set minimum goals for yourself. Exercise for an hour, review and organize one file, write one page of creative writing. Attempt to break your large projects into day-sized tasks.
  2. Waste less time. Life is composed of days, days of hours, hours of minutes. Think in smaller time periods and try to complete specific actions each period.
  3. Build strong friendships, and be kind to people. You can learn from everyone. Everyone has a potential to do good. By being kind and respectful and sharing with all those who you meet, you will increase your circles of influence and always have people to turn to.
  4. Learn to listen well and to ask questions. People love to talk about themselves. If you continue to ask the right questions, you will be recognized as a great conversationalist.
  5. Get yourself outdoors. Open your mind and allow yourself to breathe. Go for walks. Do some outdoor sport activity. Cognitive psychologists have shown that getting outside in natural elements can be a tool against depression and burnout.
  6. Make a point to talk to one stranger every day. With each stranger, there is a potential opportunity to learn something new, to make new friend, to get new ideas, to understand new perspectives, and much more.
  7. Spend time with old people (and also with children). Old people have been there, done that, and have lived to tell you the tale. Young children haven’t.
  8. Start meditating. Take time each day to close your eyes and focus on nothing at all. It trains your brain and your emotions coping measures to deal with the madness of this world, day in and day out.
  9. Save money. Pay yourself as you go and you will always have something for when you need it later. Just put a little bit away with each paycheck, and do it automatically so you don’t miss it.
  10. Diversify your experiences. Broaden your daily activities and get to know people who are different from you. The broader your range of experiences, the more creative your ideas and the better you can relate to people.

By George suggests that you pick one or two of these habits to perfect each week and, within a couple of months, you will propel yourself into a new direction.

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Vince Lombardi on winning / success

  • Winning isn’t everything, but the will to win is everything.
  • Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
  • Success demands singleness of purpose.
  • Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
  • It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.
  • The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
  • The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.
  • The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.
  • Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.
  • I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.

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Benjamin Franklin on improving thinking and writing

benfranklinAs we dig into our post-Labour Day realities, the scribes at CG&A COMM thought it best to review some advice from Benjamin Franklin – a very productive and prolific man. Here is this American genius on how to improve your own thinking and writing skills. Benjamin Franklin writes in his autobiography how he used news copy of current affairs:

About this time I met with an odd volume of the Spectator. … I thought the writing excellent and wished if possible to imitate it. With that view, I took some of the papers, and making short hints of the sentiment in each sentence, laid them by a few days, and then without looking at the book, tried to complete the papers again by expressing each hinted sentiment at length and as fully as it had been expressed before, in any suitable words that should occur to me. Then I compared my Spectator with the original, discovered some of my faults, and corrected them. … I also sometimes jumbled my collections of hints into confusion, and after some weeks endeavoured to reduce them into the best order before I began to form the full sentences and complete the paper. This was to teach me method in the arrangement of the thoughts. By comparing my work afterwards with the original, I discovered many faults and corrected them; but I sometimes had the pleasure of fancying that in certain particulars of small import I had been lucky enough to improve the method or the language, and this encourage me to think that I might possibly in time come to be a tolerable English writer, of which I was extremely ambitious.

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20 FAV quotes on being productive

To help get you through this Friday, here is some solid advice on getting ‘er done….

  • Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is specifically your own. – Bruce Lee
  • Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The Sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus. – Alexander Graham Bell
  • Think of many things; do one. – Portuguese proverb
  • If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we shall ere long be surprised to find how little remains that we cannot do. – Samuel Butler
  • Effective performance is preceded by painstaking preparation. – Brian Tracy
  • Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it. – Theodore Roosevelt
  • Sometimes the biggest gain in productive energy will come from cleaning the cobwebs, dealing with old business, and clearing the desks—cutting loose debris that’s impeding forward motion. – David Allen
  • Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you. – Oprah Winfrey
  • The more reasons you have for achieving your goal, the more determined you will become. – Brian Tracy
  • If you see a snake, just kill it. Don’t appoint a committee on snakes. – Henry Ross Perot

Observations about being productive:

  • In the end, you are measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplished. – Donald Trump
  • Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort. – Paul J. Meyer
  • If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done. – Bruce Lee
  • Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. – Stephen King
  • In trying to find who you are, be less destructive and more constructive. Look at art or whatever your passion is and be productive. – Nirrimi Joy Hakanson
  • It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste. – Henry Ford
  • Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest. – Leo Babauta
  • The way we measure productivity is flawed. People checking their Blackberry over dinner is not the measure of productivity. – Timothy Ferris
  • Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make. – Corita Kent
  • The enchanted day is only enchanted if we ourselves believe that anything is possible. – Mark O’Brien

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Tolstoy’s “10 Rules of Life”

In a person’s quest for success and happiness, literary giant Tolstoy wrote ten rules to follow. Interestingly, he wrote these rules when he was 18 years old. Through his life, he broke many of them. (ed. – I can’t help wondering what he would have written as rules in his later years?)

Tolstoy’s “10 Rules of Life”

  1. Get up early (five o’clock)
  2. Go to bed early (nine to ten o’clock)
  3. Eat little and avoid sweets
  4. Try to do everything by yourself
  5. Have a goal for your whole life, a goal for one section of your life, a goal for a shorter period and a goal for the year; a goal for every month, a goal for every week, a goal for every day, a goal for every hour and for every minute, and sacrifice the lesser goal to the greater
  6. Keep away from women
  7. Kill desire by work
  8. Be good, but try to let no one know it
  9. Always live less expensively than you might
  10. Change nothing in your style of living even if you become ten times richer

 

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Margaret Thatcher – on success

Margaret Thatcher’s musings have provided motivation for many around the world. Here’s a favourite on the topic of success:

 

What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.

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For more bons mots, click on the By George Journal tags of motivation and inspirational. Also, in Our E-Bookshelf, you can obtain Our 1000 FAV Quotes, a compilation of the best of the best FAV quotes.

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Definition of Success

RWEmerson1859One of the greatest thinkers this world has seen is Ralph Waldo Emerson. Here’s how he defined success.

 

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty,
To find the best in others,
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child,
A garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.

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Communicate More Effectively, More Persuasively

Becoming Better Communicators is a self-empowering handbook to improve your workplace and social exchanges.

Chris George, author, says the book is for anyone who wants to improve how they are received by others, “This book will help you express yourself clearer, present your ideas better and it will give you more confidence when communicating one-to-one.”

“The tips and checklists were first developed to assist senior executives become more effective within their workplaces. However, the handbook will prove helpful for anyone wishing to improve their relationships, whether it be with work colleagues, or with friends or loved ones. “

The e-book’s introduction provides direction for how best to use the handbook. Here is an excerpt:

   Becoming Better Communicators will help you convey your ideas and display your talents at work and in social settings. By accepting the suggestions, you will be nudged towards appreciating and honing your own unique style of communicating. This, in turn, will provide greater confidence and comfort in expressing your opinions, ideas and work.

   Your success with this handbook comes down to the degree you get to know yourself better. The challenge is to continually re-read the suggestions within, and make it a personal goal to take incremental steps towards self-improvement day-by-day, week-by-week. It takes effort to consciously change your communications habits. You must think about and reflect on your changes. Live with them. Take the time to think through how your altered approaches are being received by the different audiences you deal with each day — your colleagues, friends, and even your partner and family.

   By consciously following the suggestions within, systematically re-reading the handbook, and keeping your commitment to self-improvement, you will form new habits in expressing yourself, and you will become a better communicator.

Becoming Better Communicators is available for the low price of $5. To purchase this e-book today, visit the Our E-bookshelf.

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Chris George, providing reliable PR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

10 bons mots of Theodore Roosevelt

President_Theodore_Roosevelt,_1904American President Theodore Roosevelt was a great motivator with many inspirational insights into attaining a solid work ethic and a purposeful life. Here are ten of his most remarkable bons mots.

 

“Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.”

“Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.”

“The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight.”

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

“Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

“Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.”

“Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.”

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”

“The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.”

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

 

Chris George, providing reliable PR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer or experienced communicator? 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

Tips for starting your week / your day

So, you hit the office with a full cup of coffee, look at the desk and sigh. It’s a few minutes before 8:00, you have A LOT to do and no motivation to get started.

Here’s an effective way to start your week off… to start each day.

  1. Make a List – write down on a piece of paper everything you need to get done down (keep this list in front of you at all times).
  2. Pick the “low-hanging fruit.” Take the first 15 minutes and do the easiest, fastest things on your list (i.e. a quick e-mail or short v-mail). After 15 minutes, take a minute to refocus on your list, with all the completed items scratched off.
  3. Turn off all distractions. Switch off your phone, e-mail alert and close your door. Pick the item on your list that is the priority and put your head down to work for 45 – 60 minutes.
  4. Take a 10-minute break and repeat this process, re-evaluating your list about four times through the day. Before long you will feel better about the work before you and more comfortable knowing you are accomplishing what needs to be done.

 

Chris George, providing reliable PR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer or experienced communicator? 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

 

Tough-Minded Optimism

Recently, William C. Taylor, cofounder of Fast Company magazine, had a provocative piece in the Harvard Business Review entitled, “Why the Future Belongs to Tough-Minded Optimists

 

Taylor was not talking about wide-eyed optimism, but rather as American writer and civic reformer John Gardner has famously coined the perspective, a “tough-minded optimism” that is a mix of original ideas, deep convictions, and an ability to accept change.  Gardner’s most famous insight is that “The future is not shaped by people who don’t really believe in the future. It is created by highly motivated people, by enthusiasts, by men and women who want something very much or believe very much.”

 

So, Taylor has observed that successful people and leaders have often developed compelling answers to four questions that get to the heart of what lifts their spirits and heightens their performance, and what rallies others to help them succeed.

 

Here are Taylor’s four questions of tomorrow’s leaders, whether we are speaking of individuals, or companies, or organizations.

 

Do you have a definition of success for your business that allows you to stand for something special and that inspires others to stand with you?

The most successful companies don’t just sell competitive products and services; they stand for important ideas, ideas that shape the future direction of their fields, ideas that reshape the sense of what’s possible for customers, colleagues, and investors.

 

Do you and your colleagues work as distinctively as you compete?

The most successful leaders and organizations think differently from everyone else. But they also care more than everyone else — about customers, about colleagues, about how the whole organization conducts itself in a world with so many opportunities to cut corners and compromise on values. It’s good to be efficient and professional; it’s essential to be memorable and meaningful.

 

Are you as consistent as you are creative?

Management guru Jim Collins puts it this way: “The signature of mediocrity is not an unwillingness to change. The signature of mediocrity is chronic inconsistency.” If you want to be a tough-minded optimist, then your priorities have to stay consistent in good times and in bad.

 

Have you figured out how your company’s history can help to shape its future?

The most optimistic leaders don’t disavow what’s come before. Instead, they reinterpret what’s come before as a way to develop a line of sight into what comes next. Sometimes, the very act of rediscovering the past creates the confidence necessary to craft a game plan for the future.

 

To read the full article by William Taylor, click this link to take you to the Harvard Business Review

 

Chris George, providing reliable PR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? Call 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.