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Leadership 13

Starting from a blank canvas

One of the great skill to learn in the 21st century is the ability to start from a blank canvas. Meaning, doing your own thinking. Every great innovations during the last 15 years were born from completely new ideas which disrupted the status quo.

Leaders of the 21st century are those with the ability to construct new ideas from emerging technologies and connections.

Make it a habit of exploring and developing your own ideas. Sure, look around for inspiration but start from a blank slate.

To practice your creativity, instead of reading blog posts of top 6 rules for happiness or 8 ways to lose weight. Make up your own lists. You'll be surprise to often end up with better lists than the ones you find on the web.

May 16, 2017 | comment Comment

Reacting to positive feedback

Small gestures get recognize. When someone around you does a little something special for you, I sure hope you thank them for their attention and service.

Other times you do those little things for others and receive that little praise. Bizarrely, we often don't know how to respond to that kind of positive feedback.

A lot of times we end up brushing it off with statements like...

"Ah, don't worry about it, it was nothing."

or

"Bah. You'd do the same."

or even worst...

"No worries, I was going to do it anyway."

What a way to tell the other they're not important and that their nice comment don't really matter to us. I know what you're thinking... I don't want to brag or sound arrogant. It's fine to be modest but brushing away positive comments like this will make the other person feel a bit disappointed.

There's one simple way to respond and that's by saying...

"Thank you."

That's all. If you feel inspired you can even go the extra mile with...

"Thanks, it was a pleasure."

There's no need for further explanations. This simple responds let them know you're thankful that they noticed your effort and that you appreciate their positive feedback.

Now go do someone a favor so that you can practice this little trick.

May 11, 2017 | comment Comment

Your narrative is up to you

The story other people tell about you is none of your business. It's never going to be a true story because no one knows you like you do. But...

It's your responsibility to guide that narrative towards the story you want others to remember.

Become aware of the actions you take consistently and how people perceive the way you interact with them. Are you always on time? Do you always respond quickly? Do you always pay attention to details? Or are you careless, unreliable and inconsistent?

The key is to be consistent in your action.

What are the key things do you want others to say about you?

The first step is to know how you want to be perceived and then you need to adapt your actions accordingly.

The collateral benefit of doing this is that the clearer your actions are the better you will feel about yourself. The more consistent you are in your actions the less stressed you'll become because you'll develop a clarity in your daily actions.

May 4, 2017 | comment Comment

Attack the problem, not the symptom

Things go wrong all the time. We see it around us, at work, at home, everywhere. Life would be boring without problems. Fixing them is fun and rewarding but...

Apr 25, 2017 | comment Comment

What you don't do matters

We focus on doing.

When asked the things we're proud of we often respond with all things we did.

But the things we didn't do are often of greater help to our happiness than the things we did.

Apr 3, 2017 | comment Comment

You First

f you love those around you, take care of yourself.

How best can you serve them other than by being the best person you can possibly be?

Apr 1, 2017 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 16 - Moving Others - Productivity - Health Tips

It's been a very busy week for me, I admit the tricks in the double your productivity video helped me to not become overwhelmed. I found some neat health tricks from Dr. Mehmet Oz in my journal. And I'm loving the little bit of info I found on Instagram, I think I'm going to print it and display it somewhere.

Dec 17, 2016 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 15 - No Excuses - 21st Century - Ideas

All gems from this week can be used in many ways to make 2017 a better year. With 2016 coming to an end soon, it's time to start pondering on how we want to shape our next year. It's important to start thinking about that and not let another year to simply pass by.

Dec 9, 2016 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 12 - Jim Carrey - Visualization - Success - Today

Hall of fame coach, John Wooden, is front page of the Success magazine for the month of November, his life philosophy is one of the best you'll find based on passion, harmony, wisdom and love. I've seen a lot on him in the past weeks and like what I'm hearing. I particularly love his definition of success, which you can read below, because it's personal to each individual and doesn't include any reference to wealth or status. His definition of success is applicable to anyone, no matter the circumstance.

Nov 18, 2016 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 11 - Obama - Leadership - Compassion - Dedication

Sometimes I get articles and videos from what people share on social media. But this week all people shared were comments on the US election. Nevertheless, within all the generalization, amateur analysis and political venting one thing stood out for me.

Nov 11, 2016 | comment Comment

Weekly Gems 5 - Wishing - Personal Brand - Beer - Notes

I hope you're pumped for the weekend! From what I've uncovered this week, you'll won't be wishing for a great weekend but be ready to have it. Plus you'll see the benefit of paying attention to what you do, what you wear and how you talk just to name a few things. Have a super weekend!!!

Oct 4, 2016 | comment Comment

My Top Book Summaries of 2015

I can say that 2015 has been a very rich year in terms of reading for me. I had the chance to read many books which positively changed my life. Some others which didn’t, but I'm going to focus on the good ones.

Jan 11, 2016 | comment Comment

Jim Rohn An Inspiration

I want to share one of the most inspiring person I know. Jim Rohn. I honestly don't know a lot about him and his life journey. Only that he was broke at age 25 and rich at age 31 and then went on a journey to share his philosophy of success. But one thing I know for sure is that his life philosophy really resonate with me.

Oct 15, 2015 | comment Comment