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Real Friends Don’t Let Drunk Friends Drive!

Posted: November 30th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

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Ok, so here’s the situation.  You’re staying in a hotel over night; you’re on a business trip.  You’re walking through the hotel and there is a friend you haven’t seen in a long, long time.  You greet each other; how are you?  How’s the family?  Come on lets have a drink and a chat.  You say yes-good idea; after all you’ve got nothing else to do this evening.  You sit down with your friend.  You spend a good evening together.  You’re drinking, having a bit more to drink.  And as the evening goes on, or as the time goes on together this person and yourself are feeling better for having enjoyed something to drink.  Suddenly it’s getting to that part of the evening where your friend says I think I better get off.  He’s had a bit more than you have and he’s not in as good a state as you are.  Not necessarily that you’re in the best state.  Now, this is it.  This is when you find out that he is planning to drive home.  What are you going to do? Read the rest of this entry »

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Getting the Focus Right

Posted: November 3rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

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So here’s the question, what’s more important to you, being right or getting it right?

There is a difference.  And that’s why this month’s Thoughts on Leadership is ‘Getting the Right Focus’.  You see, its what you are focusing on?  If you’re focusing on being right, in other words everything is going to make me look good, it’s about me being good, it’s about me being right.  Then you get down a line of having to win, then it has to be confrontational, and then it’s all about the winning.  See it’s all about me.  Which is very much different about getting it right.  When you get it right it’s not about me.  It’s about the contribution I make compared to what everybody else makes, which finally ends up with the right result.  They are two very, very different focuses.  One is very inward, one is widened out.  And there are people who just don’t understand that difference.  As a leader our job is to help people make sure they do understand that difference.  Help them appreciate that difference.  When somebody is about being right all the time then it’s going to affect the way they think.  It’s going to affect their mindset.  It’s going to affect the approach they have on things.  Whereas if they are about getting it right, then they are focusing on the problem, therefore it’s not about me anymore.

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