Friday, February 22

Growth = Change

A page from my mentor, Dr. Maxwell:

Just about anyone would agree that growing is a good thing, but relatively few people actually dedicate themselves to the process. Why? Because growth requires change, and change is hard for most people. But the truth is that without change, growth is impossible.

Most people fight against change, especially when it affects them personally. As novelist Leo Tolstoy said, "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." The ironic thing is that change is inevitable. Everybody has to deal with it in their lives. On the other hand, growth is optional. You can choose to grow or to fight it. But know this: people unwilling to grow will never reach their potential.

Making the change from being an occasional learner to someone dedicated to personal growth is tough. It goes against the grain of the way most people live. Most people celebrate when they receive their diploma or degree and say to themselves, "Thank goodness that's over. I'm done with studying." But that kind of thinking doesn't take you any higher than average.

From Your Road Map For Success by Dr. John Maxwell.

Gandhi once said that we must be the change we want to see in the world. In order to be the change, we must grow to change.

To lead is to serve,
Coach Carolyn

Sunday, February 3

Good Leaders are Good Listeners

As the leader of a team or an organization, you set the tone for communication. A leader's communication must be consistent, clear, and courteous. But leaders must also be good listeners. When leaders don't listen...

~ They stop gaining wisdom.
~ They stop "hearing" what isn't being said.
~ Team members stop communicating.
~ Their indifference begins to spread to other areas.
~ Ultimately, poor listening leads to hostility, miscommunication, and a breakdown of team cohesion.

How are your listening skills? Give yourself a 360-degree review. Ask for feedback concerning your ability and willingness to listen from your boss or mentor, your colleagues, and your subordinates. If you don't get good grades from all of them, then quiet down, listen up, and work to become a better communicator.

From The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork by Dr. John Maxwell.

To lead is to serve,
Coach Carolyn