Ten Success Rules

On occasion, I’ll pull out Herbert N. Casson’s Ten Success Rules and give myself a reality check. I thought I’d share them with you:

Put success before amusement.

Learn something every day.

Cut free from routine.

Concentrate on net profits.

Make your services known.

Never worry about trifles.

Shape your decisions quickly.

Acquire skill and technique.

Deserve loyalty and co-operation.

Value character above all.

One can always argue that there should be more (or fewer) success rules, but let’s work with these.

My leadership tip this week is to ask you to measure yourself against these ten rules and make any necessary adjustments in your leadership to comply fully.

Use the grading scale below. If your total score is below 50 points, you’ve got some work to do.

Strength of Mine – 5 points

I’m Above Average – 4 points

I’m Competent – 3 points

I’m Below Average – 2 points

I Need Some Work – 1 point

The one success rule that may give you a little trouble is ‘Make Your Services Known’.

For me, making your services known is about mentoring, coaching, advising, sharing experiences, being available, listening, supporting, encouraging, giving recognition, showing appreciation, directing and the list can go on.

As a leader, the only way to make these services known is by actively doing them … and doing them well.

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National Mentorship Month

untitledYou may have heard that President Obama proclaimed January 2014 to be National Mentoring Month, if not, you can read his official proclamation here.

If you have heard me speak or have been following my leadership tips of the week, you have likely heard me talk about the importance and value of having a mentor and of being a mentor.

As leaders, we are charged with developing more leaders. Mentoring is one way we can help in the professional development of others.

In a recent construction industry survey we conducted with just under 100 different companies, we discovered that only 28% had a formal mentoring program. We need to do better.

My leadership tip for you this week is to carefully create a mentoring program for your organization. You may think this is too big of an assignment, so I don’t want you to feel pressured to complete it this month. However, recognize the importance and value of putting a program together.

A mentoring program can be established a number of different ways. We have clients who have a formal mentoring program and we have clients who have an informal program. As with many programs, the overall effectiveness comes down to design and execution.

The subject of mentor program design is too broad to cover here, but we do want to help you, so we will host a complimentary webinar on Thursday January 30th at 1:00 pm Eastern:

‘How to Create a Mentoring Program That’s Right For You’
You can learn more about our webinar and register here.

If we had a little more notice from Mr. Obama, we would have put this together for you sooner. I hope you can make it.

American cultural anthropologist, Margaret Mead once said; “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”

With the proper game plan and focus on mentoring, you can help our current and future leaders become better thinkers and how to make bigger contributors to our collective success.

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Listen For The Unlucky

34879374_thbHow are you feeling these days ?

Lucky or unlucky?

Rodney Dangerfield gets credit for this quote about luck: ‘My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying’.

I’m really not sure who gets credit for the following quote, but I’ll give it to my old boss because I heard it from him first: ‘The harder I work , the luckier I get’.
I believe in luck and I believe in making my own luck.

I also believe in the combination of working smart … and in working hard … and having fun in the process.

To me, working smart means thinking and planning on how to get the desired result. Whereas, working hard means putting in the time and effort to achieve the desired result.

You need both to make your own luck.

I listened to someone the other day who was down on their luck. They sounded like the Rodney Dangerfield quote above … but unfortunately I was not in a position to help them.

My leadership tip for you this week is listen for the ‘unlucky’… find them and help them.

Listen to them, teach them, boost their spirits, offer them some advice / guidance, find something they can look forward to. Mentor them on the relationship between luck and working hard / smart.

Listen for the unlucky … but be careful … as you could change someone’s life – which is exactly what exceptional leaders do.

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