How to GET AHEAD in 2013?
We are each born with 18,000,000 brain cells.
So here is the question: How many are you going to use in 2013?
Trick question with a simple answer – more than you used in 2012.
At the time of this writing the news is blasting about “the fiscal cliff”. We just had a record number of Tornadoes on Christmas Day run from Texas to Alabama.
Desert Storm Commander Norman Schwarzkopf died last night. MY POINT: There are always going to be business interruptions. There are always going to be weather conditions to contend with. Something for you to consider is whether you are focusing on the negative news or looking for ways to stay focused on the positive?
So what does all of that have to do with succeeding in 2013? Remember earlier I said each of us is born with 18,000,000 brain cells. It is my opinion that in 2013 you had better be using more of them than you did in 2012. To me this will be one of three critical components to succeeding in 2013.
First critical element: Like it or not, technology is the way of the future. I was speaking with someone the other day and that asked me to relate technology years to human years. I questioned what they meant by that. They responded: “You know, dog years, if a dog is 10 years old in human years, they are 70 years old in “dog years”. So he again asked the question: “If your website was designed and last time it was updated was 5 years ago, how old would that be in human years?” I still had no clue. Finally he said 50. One year in human years is the equivalent to 10 years in technological years. POINT: You have to be reading, studying, and most importantly DOING things if you want to succeed in 2013. WHY – because the guy down the street might be, and if he is and you are not, you are going to be toast.
Second critical element: Teamwork and employee productivity. I read a Harvard Business Review last week titled: “What One Thing Your Team Wants You to Stop Doing.” What was one of the things one of the things they wanted their employers to stop doing? It was – Sugar coating things – tell me where I really stand. Another thing was I can deal with the truth so be honest with me.
From Patrick Lencioni’s book: “Not Finance. Not Strategy. Not Technology. It is TEAMWORK that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare.”
Third critical element: Leadership. If technology involves everyone – teamwork and productivity are critical, the only way to accomplish these is with effective Leadership.
In many businesses they struggle with the difference between management and leadership. In many businesses, they ASSUME their managers are BORN great leaders. John Maxwell is in my opinion one of the BEST Leadership trainers today. He starts many of his lessons with: “The Law of the LID because it helps people understand leadership. If you can get a handle on this law, you will see the incredible impact of leadership on every aspect of life.” LEADERSHIP ABILITY IS THE LID THAT DETERMINES A PERSON’S LEVEL OF EFFECTIVENESS. THE LOWER THE INDIVIDUAL’S ABILITY TO LEAD, THE LOWER THE LID ON HIS POTENTIAL. THE HIGHER THE LEADERSHIP – THE GREATER THE EFFECTIVENESS. EX: “If your leadership skills are rated at an 8, then your effectiveness can never be greater that a 7. If your leadership is rated only at a 4, then your effectiveness will be no higher than a 3. Your leadership effectiveness – for better or for worse – always determines your effectiveness and the potential impact on your organization.”
In a classic movie, “The Untouchables”, I love the line Sean Connery used. He kept of asking those he worked with: “So what are you going to do about that?” And that would be my question to you – “What are you going to do about things in 2013?”
Read the same amount you did in 2012. Study Leadership and Teamwork the same amount you did in 2012? Commit to technology the same as you did in 2012? OR – are you going to take some of those 18,000,000 brain cells and try to use more of them? That is my plan for 2013 – study more, read more, listen more, push myself more, help those around me more, share with others more.
Yesterday, I posted on Facebook an interview with the great Zig Ziglar that took place a couple days before he passed away and he shared one of his greatest messages: “You can have everything you want in life – EVERYTHING – if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”
May 2013 Be Your Best Year Ever.