Building A Team That Matters – Part 1

10 Critical Principles For Successful Teams

Team-building is a disruptive process for everyone involved. However, this does not mean that it should be a painful experience.

Building A Team That Matters - Part 1

Over the last few months, I have agonized over why I can’t seem to get up to speed with growing my business. Despite some good business prospects, growth feels stifled. The more I think about it, I realize that it is time to build a team. To grow, something has to shift.

I read this from a friend’s story: “Two guys were walking from the farm and one of them fell into a deep pit. His friend tried to help him to come out but he failed. ‘Let me quickly go and look for a rope,’ the friend said. As he was coming back, he saw his friend already out of the pit and staring into the pit. He asked him how he managed to come out. ‘A snake fell into the pit!’ he replied.”

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Living Your Life Alive

How to start living with focus

Life is precious. You want to make a mad grasp of every whiff of it that passes by you. But the hustle of everyday busyness gets in your way. Up and down you run, only to drop dead tired on your bed at the end of the day. And the cycle repeats itself the following day, and the next one, and another one.

A Life Alive

In public, you are morbidly ashamed that you have failed to pursue your life. For you know all too well that your discovery of that calling is explosive. However, your struggle is to kick off or to take that critical first step. Fear grips at you like a freezing icicle in the dead of winter. Your focus is how to handle that explosion.

Your life is as valuable as the depth of the knowledge of your calling. What is it? Where can it be found? Where do I start? These are the fundamental questions that freeze you in space. For the challenge lies in a precise exploration of your heart.

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The Pursuit of Purpose

Here are your first 3 key components

There they were… 220 expectant eyes. Like laser beams, they locked on us. “Who I’m I?” This was the topic my wife and I were to speak on. And we had less than two hours.

The Pursuit of Purpose

It was a meeting with young adults. Their anticipation was palpable. They all seemed keen to unveil their identity. After the talk, some held us back for one-on-one conversation with us. Yet, others sent us detailed email messages about their struggle with identity. All this transported me back to a treasured memory…

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Building Habit That Matters

5 essential components to hacking new habits

I am thrilled to bring you Michael Bungay Stanier’s guest article. He is the author of The Coaching Habit, a book that has added great value to my coaching practice. Michael is also the Senior Partner of Box of Crayons, a company that helps organizations do less Good Work and more Great Work.

Did you know that you may not be in charge of your waking up this morning? Your behavior is driven more by habit than your conscious mind!

Building Habit That Matters

It is less surprising when you realize that a Duke University study says that at least 45 percent of your waking is habitual.

There’s always been a lot of information out there on how to change the way you behave. Or more accurately, there’s a dense misinformation that grows particularly lush at the turn of each year, when resolutions are in the air.

Fortunately, there has been an increase in grounded findings, based on neuroscience and behavioral economics. These have helped establish a better, clear path over the last few years.

To build an effective new habit, you need five essential components: a reason, a trigger, a micro-habit, effective practice and a plan.

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Mentoring – The Good, Bad & Ugly

A reminder why mentoring should be more purposeful

Scary, refreshing, challenging and liberating. These are just a few terms that can be attributed to mentoring. It is not for the faint of heart.

Mentoring - The Good, Bad & Ugly

I thought crossing a road in Nairobi was dangerous. Most drivers consider traffic lights to be a suggestion. That was until I encountered the Romans! After a long day at a workshop, I was ready to hit the streets and discover Rome. At a pedestrian crossing, I started to cross the road when the pedestrian light went green.

However, my sixth sense screamed at me to stop. I heeded. A split second later, I heard a whining rumble. Vroom! A mean-looking Ducati motorbike whooshed past me. This was a different part of Europe! A week later, I felt like a bad case of whiplash had afflicted me. My neck hurt from the rapid side-to-side confirmation that every crossing was clear.

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How To Spot A Counterfeit Leader

The 3 signs you must look out for

Counterfeit goods are a flashy illusion of the real thing. They are cheap and affordable but hold no future. All they promise is a shadow of the reality. They hold no vision.

How To Spot A Counterfeit Leader

Where your treasure is, there your heart is also!

If you are like me, you may have found yourself in a dilemma. I am in a store running down my shopping list. Everything is going well until I turn into this isle. “Save 50%!” the banner screams at me.

It is on a DIY tool that I have always wanted to own. I pick the box, go through the specifications and they seem just right. Into my shopping trolley it goes. Not only have I saved 50% of its original cost, this model costs 25% of its high-end version. I am in business! Or so I think…

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3 Reasons Why Leaders Never Stand Alone

Leadership lessons from a farmer

There was a farmer who grew excellent quality corn. Every year he won the award for the best grown corn. He was a leader in his own right.

3 Reasons Why Leaders Can’t Stand Aloneh?

One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. What the reporter discovered was that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors.

“How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?” the reporter asked.

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Design Mind-shift

Take Charge of Your Designs Using Canva

Canva is an online tool I use to make designs for my blog posts, social media, etc. It saves me tons of design time.

During Jeff GoinsBlog Like a Pro 7-Day Challenge, a number of people showed interest in getting more out of Canva.

If you are looking to get better results for your design projects, then this is a handy tutorial. It is a simple ste-by-step and you don’t even have to be a designer to use it.

And here are some additional resources for you stock image needs:

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Unsettled – My Manifesto

Get busy living or get busy dying

Frustrated and unmotivated, I knew there was something greater my life had to offer.

Unsettled - My Manifesto

But I felt stuck, like trying to walk in a sea of thick mud. My life was like a square peg being hammered into round hole. I wanted to thrive but this animal-in-a-cage mentality held in a vice-grip. I ran fast, but to nowhere.

These three thoughts plagued my mind in the dead of the night. Waking up in a cold sweat, they resounded above the chirping crickets and barking dogs:

  • I need a break!
  • I desire joy.
  • I can’t merely exist.

Shackled between my ears

I had heard this many times, “When life gives you a lemon, make lemonade!” Well, I got fed up with the lemonade business. I felt an urgency to see a break in the ominous grey clouds that hang over my head.

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The Art Of Significance

4 areas to win at life and thrive at work

“We have always done it that way!” Does this statement sound familiar? These are the most expensive words you will face in pursuit of significance.

The Art Of Significance

They are an opportunity cost to anything you try to achieve. These seven words are intimately entwined with others like frustration, failure, mediocrity, and survival. In a nutshell, this is an environment that is devoid of hope.

Finding significance, however, seeks better engagement, new horizons and a learner’s mindset.

“Live full, die empty.” Les Brown

To be significant is to serve your life forward. Here are critical areas to help you win at life and thrive at work.

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