2016 Vector Correctors
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Happy New Year and welcome to Vector Correctors 2016. As this year begins focus not on resolutions but have a vision of what can be. Then, with good advice and planning, press ahead. God will direct your path.
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Ask where the good way is, and walk in it and you will find rest and peace in your spirit. Our problem is we are too quickly influenced by the world around us and we often take the easy or popular way to live.
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In a recent reading on PATIENCE I was touched by four points:
1. Patience provides us a better end than the present.
2. Patience makes us a good example for others.
3. Patience helps to perfect our character.
4. Patience gives us hope.
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Bob Scott wrote, “Leadership is a journey.” If you get lost— reflect back on your values. Are service, compassion, conviction, consistency, integrity and love driving your values?
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Good words from President Lincoln: “Always let your subordinates know that the honor will be theirs if they succeed and the blame will be yours if they fail.” That mindset will encourage your team.
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“Courage is a special kind of knowledge: the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared,” from Isreali leader David Ben-Gurion.
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In matters of principle, stand like a rock. That conviction will be an example others can follow. No need to be politically correct. Be you.
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Do your best to be your best. Do your best to give your best to others. That is a good example of excellence in all you do.
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Simon Sinek wrote, ”Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge.” Human responsibility is a necessary quality of a leader.
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Have gratitude for your leadership team, but also for all who are on the team. Remember: the team is only as strong as its weakest member.
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Composure is normally an unspoken quality of a leader. Here is a thought you may apply: Always stop and think before you speak and always stop and think before you act.
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Tony Dungy said, “With people of integrity, you know what you are going to get because that person is the same all the time regardless of the situation.” Consistency!
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A wise man said, “Leadership isn’t about winning. It’s about bringing people with you to the finish line.” Teamwork, WORKS!
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Mark Twain had a gifted way with words. “We can’t all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.” Are you cheering your people onto success?
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Noted leadership author Ken Blanchard penned these words, “Your role as a leader is even more important than you might imagine. You have the power to help people become winners”.
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An employee is a success only when he/she does their best in service to the mission of the organization. Leaders encourage excellence in all team members.
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Mother Teresa said, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.” Guard your words so they encourage and empower.
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Courage isn’t having the strength to go on—it’s going on when you don’t have the strength. It is also doing the right thing because it is the right thing to do as a servant leader.
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Servant leadership is a major key to success. Marcus Rogers wrote, “If serving is beneath you, then leadership is beyond you.”
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A strong leader is a good listener. Listen to criticism not just praise. Constructive criticism will serve you well all the days of your life if well received.
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Leadership is seeing a need and taking the lead. Sounds simple but good application is essential. Be an example and train others, including your children, to do the same.
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Peyton Manning said at his retirement conference, “There’s a saying that goes, treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he could be and he will become what he should be.” That is how to develop ALL-Stars.
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If success is gained by those who work hard, laugh often and love a lot, then you are a triple winner and those around you will agree to be committed followers.
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The Chairman of Coca-Cola, Muhtar Kent said, “Great leaders have an uncanny ability to embrace new things and make them better.” That is called being a visionary leader. Do you fit that description?
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Three words, if applied, can be useful for any leader: PURPOSE, PERSPECTIVE AND PERSEVERANCE. When these watch words permeate the team and everyone is onboard, success will follow.
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Martin Luther KingJr.,, ”Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?” That is why servant leadership is the cornerstone for successful leaders.
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“I’m here to support you” are words that not only offer encouragement but also motivates the team to excel. That support from above will be rewarded because everyone knows they are better when working together.
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Aim for success. Expect success, then do everything you can do to DESERVE success.
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What are the values or code of conduct for your organization? The US Air Force lists SERVICE-INTEGRITY-EXCELLENCE. These are expectations of how all members/teammates will function. If your people don’t know what is expected, how can they meet the standard.
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Oswald Chambers had good words, “Crisis always reveals character. When we are put to the test the hidden resources of our character are revealed.” Can you apply them to your leadership?
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Trust! One of the most essential qualities a leader can possess. Trust is two ways. The leader is the highest example of trust. But all teammates need to be trusted if there is to be excellence in the operation. The leader sets the course.
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Chuck Swindoll said, “Do you know when you are veering off track? Is there someone who can get you on the right course?” Email or call me if you think I can help. email@example.com or 757-869-4339.
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Former President Reagan said, “Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere.” The leadership team’s strength of character and knowledge is essential.
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Key phrases for leaders people like to hear: “You never give up”: “You inspire me.”: “You make bad days better”; or “You give your best.” Now come up with your best encouraging words to keep the team together and motivated.
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Taking care of your people is the best investment you can make, that includes at home. The Return on Investment (ROI) will surprise you and be part of your legacy.
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In his remarks, former President Reagan said, “There are no easy answers but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what is morally right.” Are you a leader that exemplifies that statement?
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“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak: courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” — Words of wisdom from Sir Winston Churchill.
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Strategists look at the present, envision something new and develop a plan to make the vision a reality. That is thinking outside of the box and will energize the team.
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Pride comes before a fall some say. Terms others use to describe you can infect and cause a false sense of pride and self worth—like reading one’s clippings and believing them.
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Teamwork is essential to maximize success. Don’t claim we’ll work together unless you mean it. Remember being a servant leader is the cornerstone for leaders. It is never about you. As the leader you are part of the total.
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As a leader, don’t claim ,“We’ll work together,” unless you describe how we’ll work together as a team. There is no “I” in team. However, there is strength in working as a cohesive, dynamic team.
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A leader must be careful who influences his decisions even if it comes from family, friends or his/her executive circle…. input is essential. Be a good listener and get credible facts that will form the foundation of the future.
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Successful leaders are:
people of integrity
faithful lovers of people
How do you stack up and how would your people grade you?
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We need to understand that leadership is the rock bed of the legacy we leave behind. Whoever you meet everyday, starting in the home, will be part of your legacy. Awesome thought that should challenge all of us to be sure we leave a positive legacy.
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Coach George Allen said, “People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to.”
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One thing that matters to leaders is compassion, sensitivity, respect and all things that affect and infect people. Remember: leadership is ALL about people.
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Accent the positive and eliminate the negative [as much as you can]. This may be the title of an old song but it fits in well with leaders who are visionaries. Most folks react well when there is a positive atmosphere in the air.
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Rigid flexibility, I found, is a key to success. Always be prepared to adjust, adapt and improvise in order to overcome challenges along the way.
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Knowing each member of your team is essential. People, because we are all different, come from many backgrounds and have various goals in life. They need the sensitivity of their leader to help them reach their full potential. Good leaders should hone that skill.
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Before people want to hear what you have to say, they want to know that you care. Too often leaders/supervisors have a tendency to “blow folks off” which can lead to a wound that is really hard to heal.
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For all leaders including those with families: if you want to be remembered, then live a life with HONOR. That includes love, integrity, passion, kindness, humility, courage, appreciation and excellence. More could be added but a life well lived will reap blessing to all who know you.
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Another year is drawing to a close as we celebrate Christmas. This season is about people and a time to reflect on the Reason for the season — the birth of our Savior. We at LEADERSHIP IS ALL ABOUT PEOPLE, are honored to serve those who receive these weekly writings.