Archives for December 2014

5 Questions For Flourishing in 2015

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We’re here on the 29th of December. It’s just a couple of days away from 2015. Thank you for being with for another year of the Monday Morning Minute.

I want to share with you five questions, that if you ask yourself these questions today it will be a great way to start 2015. Here we go.

#1 In what area of your professional life last year did you experience the most growth? What part of last year do you want to make sure you capitalize on and take with you in 2015?

#2 In what area of you professional life were you challenged by the most last year? What was it about last year that was challenging and where do you need to experience the most growth?

#3 What areas of professional development excite you the most in 2015? What do you want to get really, really good at in 2015? So good that even your customers or employees would say, “Wow, you’ve really kicked butt in that area.”

#4 What specifically does your team look like in 2015; and more importantly, what do you need to do as a leader in order to make that happen?

#5 How does your mindset need to change in 2015? Do you need to move from a poverty mentality to an abundance mentality?

Ladies and gentleman, question number five is really important because your mindset motivates you as well as other people.

As a reminder, there’s a download on the teleconference page of my website from the Mastering Your Mindset teleconference. If you haven’t listened to it, you’ll want to download that and listen in 2015.

Ladies and gentleman, that is it, 2014 is under wraps, it is done, it is over with. Thank you for being with me again this year. I hope you have a fabulous, fabulous new year and I will see you in just a few days in 2015.

Thank you everyone. Have a fabulous week, and I’ll talk to you soon. Take care.

Happy Holidays

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This is a little bit of a deviation from a traditional Monday Morning Minute.

Today is the twenty second and it’s kind of a big week. On Wednesday, for my Jewish friends, Hanukkah comes to a close, and on Thursday it’s Christmas day. It can be a very stressful time for a lot of people. You can be in the middle of hectic crowds and you can feel the obligation to buy a lot of presents…so sometimes we miss the meaning of the season.

So, on this Monday Morning Minute, I want to say that I hope however you spend the season, however you celebrate the Holiday’s, that you experience the joy that the season is intended to create. And with so many wonderful things at this time of year to pay attention to, I hope you are paid attention to by the people who love you, and that you in turn pay attention to the people that you love. Love is the reason for the season and I hope you have the most joyous of seasons.

I want to also thank you for the support you have given me and the Monday Morning Minute over the course of the last year. It’s been a joy to have you here, and it’s especially been a joy to have you take part in the community that shares the Monday Morning minute.

So, with that said, have a fabulous, fabulous holiday season and I’ll talk to you again on the 29th. Thanks everyone. Take care.

Two Things You Should Say Everyday

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This week there are only two things you need to say to yourself every single day in order to have a great day. The two things are; I’m going to do this, and I’m going to kick butt when I do it. That’s right! I choose to do “this” and I’m going to do it exceptionally well. I’m going to kick butt doing it.

Imagine what that will do to your thinking when you say it. It transforms your thinking. It also starts to transform all those around you.

My challenge to you is for the next week say to yourself every single day…I’m going to do this and I’m going to kick butt. Notice how this positively impacts your work and personal life.

Now if you want a kick butt teleconference that’s going to position you for a fabulous 2015, do not forget to register for the Transformational Leadership Project teleconference, the link is below. The teleconference is this Wednesday, 9:00 am Pacific time. If you haven’t registered you will not be able to kick butt in 2015. You’ll be glad you registered because there’s going to be some great, great content.

That’s the Monday Morning Minute. I hope you have a fabulous week and I’ll see you next week. Take care.

Hugh’s Words of Wisdom Wednesday

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I have the distinct pleasure of working as a consultant and coach with some very inspiring and talented leaders. What I’ve come to see in all of these leaders is that they have five attributes that make them both effective as well as followed.

1. They exemplify the critical thinking skills that are more concerned with asking the right questions than with having the right answers.

2. They recognize their behavior does more to shape the hearts and minds of employees than well orchestrated speeches.

3. They have a deep commitment to cascading excellence throughout every nook and cranny of their team or organization.

4. They are a catalyst of high performance teams.

5. They are highly satisfied professionally and are passionate about living a legacy.

Which of these are you most comfortable with?

Which of these are you most uncomfortable with?

Which of the above do you believe will make you more effective?

Diffused Focus

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This week I want to talk about diffused focus. Yes it’s a contradiction because when you are focused you will not be defused. But there are times when people get diffused as to what they should focus on they are diffused for a variety of reasons. It could be because of fear of failure, it could be because of bad processes, it could be because of other employees. But, whatever the reason, if you’re diffused in your focus you’ll never achieve maximum performance.

I’m going to give you three suggestions this week I think can be really helpful in that regard.

#1 Get crystal clear about what your purpose is. What’s the one idea, hope, dream, or aspiration that has grabbed hold of you. Articulate it this week!

#2 Create the longest list possible of all the things that are holding you back. Choose one of them and commit to reduce this by at least twenty-five to fifty percent this week. Or, just kick it to the curb altogether.

#3 Create a list of why your purpose is important to you and what the payoff is for achieving it. Make the payoff so compelling ladies and gentleman that it dwarfs the list of what’s holding you back, because when the payoff list becomes compelling, it will dwarf the holding you back list.

If you do those three things this week you’re going to have a fabulous week and I hope you do. I’ll see you here next week. Take care.

Hugh’s Words of Wisdom Wednesday

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John F. Kennedy said, “to those whom much is given, much is expected.” I find the people who are the most generous are generous because they are grateful for what they’ve achieved, been given or experienced. Some are generous out of obligation or guilt, but for the most part generosity is fostered by gratitude.

There are implications for leaders and the world of work. If you are leading a team of two, a department of fifty or an organization of fifty thousand, gratitude is a catalyst for winning the hearts and minds of those you lead. With a deep rooted sense of gratitude we change how we interact with those around us. We become generous in our thinking, in our praise of others and in how we treat others. Grateful leaders share their best insights, wisdom and thinking and foster others to do the same.

Gratitude is skill that can be developed. For example, this last week I received some discouraging news. It shook my optimism and left me discouraged. Not one to wallow in bad news, I recognized I wanted to change my perspective and created the longest list I could of what I was grateful for and it changed my mood immediately.

Here’s a sample of what I’m grateful for.

1. A fabulously loving and supportive wife.
2. A remodeled home that is inviting, peaceful and aesthetically very pleasing to me.
3. Friends and family that love me.
4. A week of theatre, arts and concerts with Alyson.
5. A thriving business.
6. A flourishing spiritual life.
7. A view of the Cascade mountains from my living room that inspires me.
8. The blue heron that landed in a tree twenty-five feet away from me this morning, and the reminder of how magnificent our planet is.
9. The love of my 85 pound Giant Schnauzer. Man, what a loving boy he is.
10. An excellent sense of health and well-being.

After creating this list I found myself being more generous to my family and friends than I was before I created the list. I did so not out of obligation, but out of a sincere desire to enrich their lives.

I saw firsthand that by focusing on what I’m grateful for I was more generous with others. There are implications for all of us both personally and professionally. Whenever we make someones life better the same will happen for us in stunning and concrete ways. It starts though with being grateful.

What are you grateful for?