10 Ways to Become a Drucker-Like Leader

[image source] “Peter Drucker is to management literature what J.R.R. Tolkien is to fantasy fiction. Drucker did it first. He did it best,” Leigh Buchanan states in her article “10 Traits of a Drucker-Like Leader” for Inc.com. Peter Drucker is known as the “Father of Modern Management” and his wisdom is mentioned many times throughout The Prosperous Leader. Buchanan provides us with 10 Drucker-like managerial traits, listed below: Make sure your own objectives and your team's objectives are in alignment with the company's overall mission. I stress the importance of a mission statement in Chapter 9: Detecting Your Mission in Life. “Centering our lives around people or things outside of oursel

4 Steps to Encourage Your Entrepreneurial Spirit in the Workplace

[image source] Being an entrepreneur does not have to stop when you are working within an established organization. In fact, maintaining your entrepreneurship will allow your business to grow and flourish in today’s business world. Len Schlesinger and Charlie Kiefer call these managers “entrepreneurs inside”, and explain this idea in detail in the article Act Like an Entrepreneur Inside Your Organization. The article mentioned above discusses four simple steps for “taking effective entrepreneurial action within an organization”: Desire. In order to achieve improvement, you must want to do it. “Without personal motivation to take any step into the unknown, no matter how small, there is no po

Skills Leaders Need at Every Level

[figure 1: source] “At different points in their development, potential leaders need to focus on excelling at different skills”, the article The Skills Leaders Needs at Every Level tells us. The article continues on to discredit this thought, or at least suggest that we should be focusing on a lot of the same skills throughout our careers; “we don’t apply [the focusing on different skills at different levels] in athletics; athletes continue to practice and develop the same skills throughout their careers”. So why is business so different? Are there certain skills that are necessary for leaders at certain levels of their organization? Or is there a set of skills that work for every level? Ja

Don't Try to Read Your Employees Minds

“A little learning is a dangerous thing.” -Alexander Pope [image source] Emotional Quotient (EQ), or the emotional equivalent of an IQ, is not a new concept to many leaders. It’s becoming a popular way to evaluate your employees, which is why I devote an entire chapter to it in The Prosperous Leader (Chapter 4: Emotion and Intelligence: Do they go together?). In the article “Don’t Try to Read Your Employees Minds”, Stephen Berglas explains that, “appreciating a powerful concept is not the same as understanding it well enough to use it productively”. He continues on to explain a phenomenon known as “behavior engulfing the field”, which is a short way to explain why we [as humans] try to expla

Leadership Lessons for Every Entrepreneur from Pope Francis

[image link] Minda Zetlin recently had an article published on Inc.com entitled “Why Pope Francis Is So Effective: 8 Lessons for Every Leader”. The article is based on a new book by Jeffrey A. Krames, Lead with Humility: 12 Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis. In his book, Krames examines Pope Francis’ approach from a leadership perspective and provides us with “lessons” we can learn from and utilize in our business approach. Jeffrey is my co-author in The Prosperous Leader. Below are 8 of those very important lessons: Reach out to non-customers. Peter Drucker famously noted that every organization has more non-customers than customers, and that you can learn more from the people who aren'

10 Lessons For Every Leader

[image link] An article I recently enjoyed reading from The Huffington Post, shares 10 Leadership Lessons from US Brigadier General John E. Michel. He is the Commanding General, NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan; NATO Training Mission/Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan; and Commander, 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, Kabul, Afghanistan. With a title like that, I was not surprised to learn one of his passions is to help others find the best version of themselves, which he addresses in his book, Mediocre Me. His leadership lessons can be translated very easily to the business world and I relate incredibly well to the information I provide my readers in The Prosperous Leader. Bel

Are You a Procrastinator or an Incubator? Take The Quiz!

[image source] In the article by Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener “Are You a Procrastinator or an Incubator?”, procrastination is explained expertly. “Procrastination is the result of having very little motivation for a boring or unpleasant activity and it is something everyone experiences. The real problem is that procrastination can sometimes overshadow a hidden strength,” Biswas-Diener states. This article fascinated me, as I’m a certified Postive Psychology Coach through Robert’s organization and a student of Dr. Diener, who incidentally is the son of Dr. Ed Diener, one of the founders of Positive Psychology. Time management is a huge issue in our personal lives, and certainly in the business se

Viktor E. Frankl Helps Us Understand the Meaning of Life

[image link] "The meaning of your life is to help others find the meaning of theirs." -Viktor E. Frankl, 1905-1997 “Viktor Emil Frankl, MD, PhD was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor. His best-selling book chronicles his experiences as a concentration camp inmate which led him to discover the importance of finding meaning in all forms of existence, even the most sordid ones, and thus a reason to continue living,” -Harold S. Kushner I mention Viktor E. Frankl and his teachings throughout The Prosperous Leader. His descriptions of purpose, meaning and possibility inspire many today, including myself. You can find great collection of his best quotes and wri

How to Build Resilience in Your Business and Yourself

re·sil·ience // riˈzilyəns/ the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens [merriam webster] [image source] Throughout this podcast, Seligman speaks about the most recent adaptation of the Resiliency Program for the US Army and the amazing results that have been achieved there. He mentions the importance of learning what post-traumatic growth is, and explains how this idea can alter the reactions of individuals who find themselves in life-altering situations. As the “Father of Positive Psychology”, his work with the Penn Resiliency Program is aimed at helping these individuals suffering traumatic events find the strength to look beyond their tough tim

Why Succession Planning Will Grow Your Business

I recently read an article on succession planning in Forbes, and think it relates really well to the strategic planning I mention in The Prosperous Leader, Chapter 10: Use Smart Goals in Wise Planning. Creating successors is every manager’s job, no matter what the business. According to BusinessDictionary.com, succession planning can be defined as identification and development of potential successors for key positions within an organization. Succession Planning works for a few reasons: It’s less expensive to hire from within. You don’t need to worry about advertising or recruiter cost. You don’t waste time training a new employee. Your productivity is extremely lessened when employees are u

How to Build Resilience in Your Employees and Yourself

[image source] Throughout this podcast, Seligman speaks about the most recent adaptation of the Resilience program for the US Army and the amazing results that have been achieved there. He mentions the importance of learning what post-traumatic growth is, and explains how this idea can alter the reactions of individuals who find themselves in life-altering situations. As the “Father of Positive Psychology”, his work with the Penn Resiliency Program is aimed at helping these individuals suffering traumatic events find the strength to look beyond their tough times. The ideas help people realize that depression and anxiety are normal to some extent, and what you are able to alter is how you rea

How Does Emotional Intelligence Effect the Workplace?

[image source] Emotional Quotient, also referred to as Emotional Intelligence, or EQ, is just as important as IQ in terms of success; it has even be referred to as a predictor for success. I describe 4 attributes of EQ in The Prosperous Leader: Self Awareness Social Awareness Self Management Relationship Management In some ways, EQ’s importance surpasses IQ: it’s important for all aspects of your life, not just at work. Your EQ can even affect your mental and physical health! In her article titled “Manage a Difficult Conversation with Emotional Intelligence”, Susan David explains “…research suggests that suppressing your emotions – deciding not to say something when you’re upset – can lead t

Determine Your Employees Strengths (and Weaknesses) using the MBTI test

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) assessment was developed by psychiatrist Carl Jung and has been in use for over 50 years as a way to better understand individual differences. This test aids businesses in understanding the way their employees think, communicate, and interact. The MBTI test helps explain: How does one get energy? – Through Extraversion or Introversion How does one take in information? – Through Sensing or Intuition How does one make decisions? – Through Thinking or Feeling How does one view the world? – Through Judgment or Perceiving The Aligned Signs Blog wrote an entire article on the INTJ (Introversion, Intuition, Thinking and Judgment), probably in part because it

Adult ADHD Can HELP Your Business Grow!

[image source] In Chapter 8: Attention Disorders, The Creative Side of Business, I discuss many successful names in the business world who have ADHD or ADD, and why these often negatively viewed side effects can actually be a positive business characteristic. In this article from health.com, the symptoms of adult ADHD are presented in a clear-cut way to help determine if you may be undiagnosed, since adults don’t show to typical signs like children do: Do you have trouble with relationships? Are you a smoker? 40% of adults with ADHD (even undiagnosed) are smokers. Did you have academic problems as a child? Are you a procrastinator? Easily distracted? Disorganized? Do you have trouble with da

Accountability Works.

[image source] As an entrepreneur, accountability is a major part of your day-to-day. Being held accountable can cut out time-wasters and increase your productivity ten-fold. I recently read an article from the YSF Magazine about Martin Seligman, the “father of positive psychology”, and how accountability is something he leans upon in not just business, but for personal goals as well (such as walking 10,000 steps per day). In his article on accountability, Stephen Wiedner discusses a few reasons why Seligman’s accountability program works so well: It’s a simple daily task Its evaluation is objective (Did your pedometer reach 10,000 today: yes or no?) Seligman is part of a group of colleague

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