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September 23, 2005

Habitual Leadership

Proven Success Habits!

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Volume III - September, 2005 Issue

Habitual Leadership
Proven Success Habits!

T A B L E   O F   C  O N T E N T S

  1. Lessons-in-Leadership
    • Habitual Leadership – Proven Success Habits of Great Leaders!
  2. Meeting for Results
    • Systematic Leadership – Life Management is Process!
  3. The Juice Bar
    • The Habit – Your Greatest Friend or Foe
  4. Reader Meter
    • Reader Feedback!
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    • Updates - and What's Coming Soon!

Lessons In Leadership

Habitual Leadership
Proven Success Habits of Great Leaders

"We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."

- Aristotle

Habitual Leadership – most people tend to use the term habitual to describe a negative, or even destructive, habit.

These negative habits come in many forms such as self-pity, fast food, gum chewing, blaming others, smoking, running late, disorganized, unpreparedness, over sleeping, laziness and indecision – just to name a few.

However, in terms of positive self-growth and leadership development, it’s important to remember that there are many time-tested habits that should certainly be encouraged.

Many success-oriented habits to invest time in developing include, but are not limited to:

(Punctuality, Honesty, Diligence, Order, Focus, Consistency, Optimism, Creativity, Goal Planning, Encouraging Others Self-Growth, Maintaining Balance between Work/Home, Being Physically Fit/Healthy, Growing Spiritually, Nurturing Relationships with Family/Friends, Creating Financial Stability)

Take away any one of the above habits and the person will undoubtedly experience a lesser degree of personal and professional fulfillment, as well as an increased level of stress in his/her life experience.

So you may be asking yourself just how in the world anyone could have the time to ensure that all of the above leadership habits are planned for and consistently maintained – after all, there really is only 24 hours in the day, right?

Excellent point! The truth is that in order to maximize a continuous state of habitual leadership and self-growth, there is one very important habit that must be adopted. This critically important habit is… the habit of Time/Life Management.

The science, and yes the habit, of time management is extremely important to the overall success of every aspiring leader. Make no mistake, if you are not managing your time, then your time is going to manage you – quite possibly into bankruptcy or a serious state of depression.

Certainly there are many good quality time management systems available on the market today. However, the proven system that we recommend is a product created by the Anthony Robbins organization called RPM (Rapid Planning Method). RPM can be quickly learned and implemented by following an outstanding 10-day training program aptly named Time Of Your Life.

Give the RPM and Time Of Your Life products your full consideration – you won’t regret it.

RPM is not just a successful and effective time management system, it’s also provides a certain/better way of approaching each and every day for maximum effectiveness.

RPM will assist you in identifying your life purpose, your ultimate goals – and it will keep these goals clearly in mind as you plan your week and as you work daily to accomplish key tasks. With the RPM system, you’ll never lose sight of what’s really important in your life.

RPM is not just an effective time management system; it’s a Life Management Tool.

Whatever system you decide to invest in, make certain you understand the real value of managing your time most effectively. In the next section, we will walk you through a quick exercise that you can introduce to your staff that will teach them the true value of time management as a critical success-habit.

"Motivation is what gets you started.
Habit is what keeps you going."

- Jim Rohn

Meeting for Results

Systematic Leadership – Life Management in Process!

"You can start right where you stand and apply the habit of going the extra mile by rendering more service and better service than you are now being paid for."
- Napoleon Hill

In your next staff meeting, engage your staff in a brief discussion on how they plan their day. Inquire as to how they self-organize and establish time targets for key tasks. How do they plan their week, the month, the quarter, the year - their life?

Next, ask people to share what more they might accomplish if you were to provide them each with a trusted assistant.

How much more could they achieve in productivity if you gave them an assistant to help them manage their day most effectively?

Listen intently to the answers. Notice the energy developing in the room at the prospect of receiving an assistant to help them manage their work flow. Observe the body language and pay special attention to those who become especially excited. These folks just may be the ones who can benefit from this exercise the most.

As the discussion comes to an end, make the point that an assistant would really be nothing more than one more additional resource – this "new hire" may or may not be effective in his/her ability to add value.

Make the point that while it’s not reasonable, due to cost constraints, to actually begin hiring new assistants for everyone – it does make sense to consider making an investment in a quality time-tested resource that will enable staff to manage their time most effectively. This new resource will be provided for persons committed to measurably increasing their bottom-line results.

Talk more with your team about why a time management system is a proven success-habit. Make some of the following points to support this claim:

Having a quality Time/Life Management System, such as Time Of Your Life will:

  • Rid the mind of unwarranted stress – no longer worried you might forget something important
  • Increase productivity as time is used for maximum advantage
  • Make your day more fulfilling with less anxiety about the unknown
  • Enable the mediocre to perform to a much higher standard
  • Provide balance to your work and home life
  • Create the habit of doing things on purpose, with focus – and to a finish!
  • Make you more agreeable as mental confusion and uncertainty are minimized
  • Eliminate worry, the most unproductive emotion known to mankind
  • Identify more time for leisure activities, recreation and outside interests
  • Increase your self-respect and hence, will increase others respect and confidence in you.

Never underestimate the productivity power of a surefire “process” or “system”.

Consider, for example, Henry Ford’s creation of the assembly line for mass producing automobiles, or Bill Gate’s system called Windows for helping the common person to leverage the power of the personal computer. Their success, in large part, was their “system”.

A quality Time/Life Management system will considerably shorten the road to any goal. In the process, it will also relieve the mind and body of a multitude of anxieties.

Isn’t it time – to invest some time – to better manage your time – to ensure a GREAT TIME?

Time Management – a leader’s best known success-habit.

"Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character."
- Stephen R. Covey

The Juice Bar

The Habit – Your Greatest Friend or Foe

"I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time."
- Charles Dickens

I recently came across this terrific poem that provides the perfect summary of the power of a positive habit. Enjoy!

I am your constant companion
I am your greatest helper or your heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am at your command.

Half of the tasks that you do, you might just as well
Turn over to me and I will do them quickly and correctly.

I am easily managed, you must merely be firm with me,
Show me exactly how you want something done;
After a few lessons I will do it automatically.

I am the servant of all great people and alas of all
Failures as well.
Those who are great I have made great,
Those who are failures I have made failures.

I am not a machine,
But I work with all the precision of a machine,
Plus the intelligence of a person.

Now, you may run me for profit or
You may run me for ruin.
It makes no difference to me.

Take me, train me, be firm with me,
And I will lay the world at your feet.
Be easy with me and I will destroy you.


- Author Unknown

"Great is the power of habit. It teaches us to bear fatigue and to despise wounds and pain."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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