2015 Vector Correctors 2018-01-28T20:26:58+00:00

2015 Vector Correctors

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As the new year begins, this quote from a successful leader should set the tone for 2015: “It is when we stop doing our best work that our enthusiasm for the job wanes. WE must motivate ourselves to do our very best and by example lead others to do their best as well.S. Truett Cathy, Chic-fil-A founder.

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Time flies. It is up to you as a leader to be the navigator and keep your people on course so you accomplish the mission. VECTOR CORRECTOR — stay on course, always.

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President Theodore Roosevelt said, “Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what is right.” As a leader you are accountable for everyone in your organization.

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Dr. Martin Luther King was and still is known for his speech, “I Have a Dream”. Oft quoted, its message is one of unity for all Americans. Don’t let the influences of society infect our organization. Unity/team, togetherness are where strength lies. Remember: any organization is only as strong as its weakest “link”.

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This meaningful statement from my friend is food for thought for all those climbing the ladder of success: “THE THINGS THAT TAKE YOU TO THE TOP ARE NOT THE THINGS YOU FIND AT THE TOP”. Remember: every step is a learning point in our journey.

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William Cowper said, “Knowledge is proud he has learned so much; wisdom is humble that he knows no more.” Are we humble servants influencing others?

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Inspired influence is one man’s definition of leadership. Remember: influence and inspiration come from the person, not from the position, title, rank, office location or parking place. The pure heart and strong, serving character of the leader will draw the team together.

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Do you want to be a successful leader? “Give people more of what motivates them and less of what irritates them,” according to Mark Rosenberger. Other attributes to consider: encouragement, compassion, empowerment and love. All can help make a difference.

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William Ward wrote a very useful and accurate thought we can all use at home and in our work venue, “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

 

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Visionary leaders seem to be more successful than those who live only in the past and present. Robert Louis Stevenson said, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but the seeds you plant.

 

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I don’t know about you, but I wrestle with patience every day. Oh, if fertilizer would make it grow, I would buy a truckload. Saint Francis de Sales said, “Have patience with all things, but chiefly with yourself.” Great wisdom in those words.

 

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Character still counts and always will. With a huge number of courses available on the subject, one would think our country would be overflowing with people of character. Sorry to say the reverse may be true. This statement may help all of us: “Leadership and followership cannot be separated. Our followership sets the pattern for our leadership.

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Never lower your standards just to fill a position. You will pay for it later. Leadership is all about people. Hiring is getting the right folks on the bus and then in the right seat. Successful leaders yearn to have a strong team with them.

 

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Servant leaders can make a profound difference. Those who have compassionate hearts and spirits possess a foundational quality that is essential as they serve their team. According to “Daily Bread”, COMPASSION is understanding the troubles of others, coupled with an urgent desire to help.

 

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Perseverance is a quality for those who seek success and are not deterred by “bumps in the road” that detract from reaching the goal. Keep on keeping on, no matter what. To persevere takes discipline. Do we have it?

 

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Character is who we really are and strong character of service, integrity, humility and excellence in all we do. Our lives are always in process with pressures coming in many forms.

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Visionary leaders know where their company is now but can visualize where it could be a year or two in the future. Planning is essential.  Plans fail for lack of counsel, however with many advisers the chance of success is greater.

 

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As a leader: learn to do the right thing, the right way, for the right reason; seek justice; be humble; and be a servant to those you lead and you will leave a lasting legacy.

 

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Knowledge today is as close as the computer. How often have we heard someone say, “Just google it”? William Cowper put the subject in the correct context when he stated, “KNOWLEDGE is proud that he has learned so much: WISDOM is humble that he knows no more.

 

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Peace in our hearts lowers the stress level. A statement by Reinhold Niebuhr can help all of us, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Peace be with you always.

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In order to have internal growth, strong leaders invest time, energy and experience in merging leaders into their organization. Stories of the janitor working his way up the ladder becoming the CEO are encouraging, but uncommon. Are you a leader who has that vision for your people?

 

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The President of High Point University, Nido Qubein, wrote, “When your life is possession-centered, the important thing is what you have; when it is principle-centered, the important thing is who and what you are.” Are you comfortable with who you are?

 

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Loyalty is an impacting ingredient of a leader. Loyalty up, down and sideways. Respect your superiors, care for your subordinates and honor your peers. You will reap benefits from having loyalty as a part of your character and instilling it in others.

 

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Don’t rock the boat” is sometimes the attitude of the pessimist. Optimistic leaders tend not to discuss difficulties except with their leadership team. By using the team approach a solution may be found.

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Most successful leaders know that being a positive example is essential in influencing others. One subset of example is attitude. If you want those around you to have a positive attitude live with the same mindset and you will see it makes a BIG difference. Do you have the right attitude or are you an “Eeyore”?

 

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An AF Public Affairs colleague was known as an exceptional leader. He believed in people, knowing that leading isn’t about rank or position. It’s about inspiring and elevating the human spirit. Care about your people not just the mission. Spend time with and be available to  them. Remember you too are a teammate.

 

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I believe it’s true that a wise leader inspires and motivates, rather than intimidates and is manipulating. A key mindset: “IT IS NOT ABOUT YOU BUT ABOUT THOSE YOU SERVE.” Be a positive, encouraging and caring leader.

 

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Ralph Lauren, the noted clothes designer said, “A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.” A visionary leader is always looking ahead. In which direction are you looking?

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Introspective analysis is a needed way to stay on course. Looking at the mirror of our character can help us be the humble servant leader who has the greatest influence: humble, because it is never about us; servant, because our life goal should be investing in the lives of others. Who do you see in the mirror today?

                               

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Former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden said, “Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.” We seem to be in the entitlement mode, thinking only about ourselves and personal rights when in fact the opposite is true.

 

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A quote from former President Abe Lincoln continues to ring in my brain. “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Power can beget problems because our focus gets off the purpose and mission.

                               

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What is the DNA of your home and organization? DNA is what sets you apart because it is a non-repeatable marker that sets you apart  from other people and organizations — even homes. Let me help you focus on your DNA.

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George Braque, a French artist, wrote, “Truth exists; only falsehood has to be invented.” This is a hard-to-argue-with premise, though many try. The Book says, “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

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Anonymous comment: “Employer: I’m sorry. Things are tight now, and I have no work to keep you busy. Applicant: But you have no idea how little work it takes to keep me busy.” Team building: get the right people on the bus and get them in the right seat.

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A long time friend said, “Developing excellent communications skills is absolutely essential to effective leadership. The leader must be able to share knowledge and ideas to transmit a sense of urgency and enthusiasm to others. If a leader can’t get a message across clearly and motivate others to act on it, then having a message doesn’t even matter.” Wise counsel.

                                

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A tip for intentional living: be yourself. Always! Pretending is exhausting and ultimately frustrating. You have value as a child of God. Don’t forget that fact and never allow anyone to diminish it.

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Surround yourself with good people who bring the best out in you and who may even be gifted in greater ways than you. They will make you a better and more successful leader. It takes courage, conviction and confidence to hire the right people for your team.

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KNOW WHEN from Coach Frank DiCocco:

Know when to be patient

Know when to believe in yourself

Know when to be there for others

Know when to uphold your honor

Know when to be humble

Know when to appreciate all that you have

                                               

The list is endless. Why not fill your own “Know when” list? It will be personable for you.

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Mark  Twain said, “There are plenty of rules for attaining success, but none of them work unless you do.” How much are you willing to give, and, how much are you willing to give up to accomplish the mission?

       

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Live a life that matters

                                                                Live well and right

                                                                       You only live once

                                                But, if you live well  and you live right—

                                                                Then once is exactly enough.

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Good leaders provide opportunity to everyone on the team. Doing so builds confidence, encourages and equips the individuals to greater accomplishment. If your desire is to train up a successful team, empower them, challenge them and be persistence in goal attainment.

 

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John Marshal, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court wrote, “To listen well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as to talk well.” The most effective leaders I know are excellent listeners.

 

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W.C. Fields, an American actor and lifetime agnostic, was discovered reading a Bible on his deathbed. “I’m looking for a loophole,” he explained. It may have been too little too late. Be prepared, for only God knows when He will call you home. Help prepare others, too.

 

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The Triple-A formula for experiencing happiness begins by accepting the moment, appreciating it and adapting to its opportunities. Maintain a positive position of rigid flexibility.

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Share what you’ve learned with people who look to you for leadership at work, at home, in the community and at church. This is a team building technique that works.

 

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Effective leadership starts on the inside where your character resides. Are you the servant leader providing inspired influence and humility as you leave a legacy?

 

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Stand up for what you really believe in.  That is an example of your conviction which reflects your comfort in your own skin. Don’t try to mimic anyone else. Be who you really are.

 

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Change is a given. It will happen. Your organization will adapt or die. As a servant leader, you must identify which changes are necessary to implement your vision and then help the team to move in that direction.

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Charles Reade wrote, “Sow a thought, and you reap an act; sow an act, and you reap a habit; sow a habit, and you reap a character; sow a character, and you reap a destiny.” I like to call it a legacy.

 

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We invest in many things, but sometimes miss the most important one—the soul. Thomas Karkalas wrote, “The depth of our footprints is defined by our love.” Let’s leave a legacy of love that lasts for eternity.

 

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Christmas is a special time for leaders to be sensitive to their families as well as their teams. Flexibility of schedule and time spent with loved ones will pay great dividends.

 

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As 2015 winds down, may we look forward with hope to a New Year. May we have a Godly vision for 2016, living one day at a time.