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Seven Leadership Traits You Need to Be an Effective and Successful Leader

Thursday, October 30th, 2008
by Sck

By Jerry Heng

Are you feeling frustrated why your followers are not listening to you, no matter how hard you tried? Are you feeling down because you cannot lead your team to achieve the goals?

Have you ever wondered what is the leadership qualities that you lack? Are you just not cut out to be a leader?

Do not worry. You are not alone. In fact, I used to be a junior manager, and is innocent to the complex world of managing people. But I realized that leaders need the qualities in order to excel as an effective leader.

The good thing is, leadership skills are skills that can be nurtured over time.

Your leadership traits will tell the manner in which you will lead your followers. Effective leadership traits will make that company successful. Good leaders are able to convince voters and followers, and have the ability to lead the team to accomplish the goals together.

A good leader is not a bossy person. A good leader must be a person of good character. Your leadership should honestly perform the tasks and set an example for the followers. Goals should be defined clearly, and a good leader can lead his or her team, to achieve the goals, without violating any moral values.

You need to know that a good leader can motivate the followers to reach common goals. While working towards the goals, the followers feel energized in carrying out the tasks, and they will thus put in more effort to deliver better results.

Your leadership should instill a sense of responsibility among your followers. Your leadership should ensure that job to be done by the employees is well understood and supervised. Also, you need to ensure that you are not emotional, and is able to handle tough situations, without much criticism.

A good leader will listen to the followers patiently, if they have any feedback regarding the tasks being assigned. In addition, you need to be adaptive, so that you are open to any changes along the way.

A good leader should foster a good relationship with the followers. By looking out for the welfare of the followers and keeping them informed of updates, the staff will be able to build up the team spirit.

Of course, your leadership should at times be offensive, if there is any form of insubordination. At times, it should arouse emotions to unite the followers to achieve the common goal.

Jerry Heng is a Leadership Consultant who can help you to become a successful leader, by learning the secrets kept by successful leaders, and transform your staff into winners, and be the envy of your bosses. To learn more about his free Leadership and Management advice, visit his website at http://www.surefireleadership.com/leadershipskills

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Jerry_Heng

The Secret to Instant and Lasting Motivation

Thursday, September 4th, 2008
by Sck

Author: Justin Popovic

The Secret to Instant and Lasting Motivation By  Justin Popovic

Do you have a list of goals and desires that have yet to be fulfilled? Do you find yourself generating exciting new ideas only to find that you lose the motivation to complete them shortly after you get started? Perhaps you talk yourself out of that great new idea even before you even begin to pursue it.

The good news is that there is a very simple yet powerful technique that you can adopt immediately to help you commit to completion. The technique is called  decision . Proper decision making ability is a vital life skill that many people fail to develop at all. At first glance, this idea may seem trivial and possibly not useful but consider the context of this discussion. When I talk about  decision , I refer to someone’s personal commitment to the completion of a set objective.  For some people, the simple act of making a binding agreement with themselves is enough to get the job done. For the majority of people, however, a more bold approach to decision making can be applied for maximum effectiveness.

Consider the following personal example. Before I started my personal development company,  Ignite Your Essence , I had been interested in becoming a speaker and I was always studying and testing various ideas and techniques that I was learning about the personal development industry. I knew that I had an inner calling to follow this passion and teach people what I knew about these ideas and philosophies.

I attended an inspirational seminar where the speakers were talking about this very topic. The main message I received that day was that we are all 100% responsible for our results and we are capable of setting any goal we want for our life. I really took this to heart and started to contemplate the idea of becoming a platform speaker - teaching, inspiring and motivating audiences much like the people who I was watching that day. Because I was in a state of mind that allowed me to get emotionally involved with the idea, it grew beyond a daydream and I started thinking about how I could make this happen. I started studying personal development principles for many hours a day and taking note of which techniques I was already using in my current career while learning and applying new ideas in various areas of my life (family, fitness, financial as well as career). Eventually, the idea of starting a business as a speaker grew so heated that I knew I had to do something. For about a week, I played a mental chess match with  myself  thinking about all the reasons why I should pursue this dream while simultaneously thinking about all of the reasons why I couldn’t do it. As soon as I learned this lesson about decision, everything changed and my life has never been the same.

I woke up one morning and made a committed   decision to book my first public workshop. I picked a date about one month out, found a hall to host it and booked the hall with a down payment. I was locked in and committed to doing this! It was both a mental and physical move that made a world of difference. The ambivalence instantly disappeared and my mind moved into a much more creative mode. Instead of worrying about whether or not I could even accomplish this goal, I started asking myself a new set of questions. What topic do I run the workshop on? How do I advertise? Who do I market to?  Needless to say I completed that workshop a month later and so began the inception of my own personal development education company which I now run as a full time business (my dream realized).

The key point to be emphasized is that I made a committed decision and backed that decision with a tangible forcing function. Like the stories of the Renaissance explorers, I had arrived at a destination, “burned my ships”, and had no choice but to move forward and deliver the goods.

Can you think about a committed decision you could make today, RIGHT NOW, that could ultimately alter the entire direction of your life? Perhaps there is a trip you have been meaning to take that could open a new window of opportunity – call the travel agent now! If you have been struggling with your health and fitness, maybe you can find a competition to enter and pay the entry fee? Whatever it is, make the decision and lock yourself into the decision to ensure you have a solid forcing function. For me, if I did not put a down payment on the hall rental for my first workshop, I may very well have let the doubt and fear push me to cancel the entire event and ultimately abandon my dream. If the idea moves you in the direction of your dream or purpose, make the committed decision today!

Justin Popovic
Justin Popovic is the founder and key speaker for the personal development education company, Ignite Your Essence.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/motivational-articles/the-secret-to-instant-and-lasting-motivation-543079.html

About the Author:
Justin is a professional speaker and motivational trainer. He is the founder of  Ignite Your Essence

He has a passion for personal development and networking with like minded people who want to grow and expand themselves to achieve greatness in their life!

20 Months to One Million

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008
by Sck

Author: Justin Popovic

20 Months to One Million
By Justin Popovic

Being the owner of multiple businesses, I am always conscious of my money from both a personal and professional perspective. Our lives are very much intertwined and often controlled by our ability to manage, save and spend our money. I was recently reminded of a great concept that I learned about when I was a teenager.

If a person were to take one dollar, invest the dollar in an asset and then sell the asset for two dollars, they will have taken the first step in a 20 month process of accumulating a million dollars. The only habit that would need to be created is the habit of doubling the amount in hand every month for 20 months.  The final amount at the end of each month would be:

Start - $1
Month 1 - $2
Month 2 - $4
Month 3 - $8
Month 4 - $16
Month 5 - $32
Month 6 - $64
Month 7 - $128
Month 8 - $256
Month 9 - $512
Month 10 - $1024
Month 11 - $2048
Month 12 - $4096
Month 13 - $8192
Month 14 - $16384
Month 15 - $32768
Month 16 - $65536
Month 17 - $131072
Month 18 - $262144
Month 19 - $524288
Month 20 - $1048576

Obviously the model is very simple and the idea is basic enough for anyone to grasp, however, I would like to expand on the underlying psychology of this concept. Let’s imagine that we were going to make a committed decision to implement this model in our own personal financial lives and we could not skip any steps or take any shortcuts. By the end of the first year, we will have accumulated only $4096. This means that in the next 8 months, we will have to amass $995,904 more than we currently have to reach the one million dollar level.

At this point, this imaginary experiment becomes more of a fairy tale or daydream to the average person. But let’s think about our minds and the power of focus. For the first 12 months of the experiment, we were making a monthly habit of acquiring assets (likely devalued assets) and selling them at a higher price point. As each month went by, we were forced to become more creative and innovative with our investments as the challenge of each amount grew larger. Assuming we were successful for the first 12 months, the challenge on month 13 would be to double $4096 to $8192. After an entire year of practicing with small amounts and getting into this habit, the only real change required would be to adjust our perception of the size of the investment.  There are plenty of people in the world who have had success doubling large sums of money in short periods of time (business acquisitions, real estate and currency trading to name just a few). The average person may not understand how to do it but they most certainly could learn if they were to focus their mind and their attention on the task and do whatever it takes to learn the required skill.

I once heard T. Harv Eker use the extreme example that if there was a life or death situation and your life depended on you making a million dollars in one year, you could figure out a way to do it. I completely agree. The point I am trying to make is that I truly believe we are all capable of achieving a goal like this if the stakes are high enough. Why then, do so few people ever try to achieve such a major goal? Why do so many people reject the idea before giving any serious thought to it? There are probably a number of reasons, but from my perspective, the primary reason a person would never even attempt a goal like this is because in their heart, they don’t believe they can do it. If they did believe they could achieve the goal, would they not be actively working on it? Of course they would.

With that in mind we can begin to understand the powerful role that beliefs play in our lives. From the standpoint of our minds, a psychologist would say that a belief is nothing more than an idea that we have consciously accepted as true and ingrained as part of our subconscious conditioning. So if we are holding on to beliefs that limit us and keep us from taking action on a life changing idea, with the proper awareness, we can make the conscious decision to formulate a new belief that supports us in our big life goals.

I think it is both healthy and wise for every person to take time out regularly to examine their habits of thought. Since this article is centred around the idea of financial goals and money, I would encourage you to step back and review your personal thought processes when you were introduced to the idea of ’20 Months to One Million’. If you rejected the idea as something that was unrealistic or out of your level of capability, take some time to examine the belief you are holding that is causing you to reject the idea. What other limiting beliefs have crept into your mind that are no longer serving you? Can you replace those beliefs with a more empowering and gratifying thought pattern?

This concept always fascinates and excites me. If you would like to comment or share your thoughts, I would love to hear from you:  justin@igniteyouressence.com  or call me at 1-866-983-MIND.

Justin Popovic
Justin Popovic is the founder and key speaker for the personal development education company, Ignite Your Essence.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/motivational-articles/20-months-to-one-million-543084.html

About the Author:
Justin is a professional speaker and motivational trainer. He is the founder of  Ignite Your Essence

He has a passion for personal development and networking with like minded people who want to grow and expand themselves to achieve greatness in their life!

How a Taxi Driver Became a Bank President

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008
by Sck

Author: Bo Sanchez

It all started when my plane to Cebu was delayed by 5 hours.

While my fellow-passengers around were acting like enraged volcanoes spewing lava, cursing the catastrophe that befell upon us—I smiled and closed my eyes. Instantly, I felt peace. I whispered, “Lord, you have a special surprise in store for me.”

And in minutes, I discovered my gift.

That special surprise was Ray, a man who would bless me with his life. He also gave me key business ideas that would double my income.

He greeted me with a firm handshake and a friendly smile. “I watch you on TV,” he said, “and I text my family and friends to watch you.”

Like me, Ray’s flight to Mindanao was delayed for 8 hours. (All the flights that day were delayed. The airport looked like a refugee camp with people sitting on the floor and crowds begging for food from the airline personnel.)

I didn’t know why, but I sensed a connection with the man in front of me.

Later on, I discovered why.

As we found seats and ordered coffee, Ray shared with me the riveting story of his life. I was so swept away by his experience, I forgot all about my coffee.

“I went to Bible School and became a Pastor,” he said. “I pioneered a small church.” But after being a Pastor for 3 years, tragedy struck. His wife lost a baby boy in her pregnancy. The trial caused Ray to think about his family more.

“It’s lonely being a Pastor,” he explained. “The problems of my flock are all my problems. But my problems were only mine! So I asked my people to pastor their pastor too.” Slowly, he delegated his roles to his congregation as he felt a need to focus on his family—especially their financial needs.

His joined corporate life. For 6 years, he worked for a big company as their Regional Manager for the entire Mindanao (Southern region of the Philippines). He was earning P50,000 a month (US$1000+), a big sum during that time. But at the end of the day, he was still broke. In fact, he was in debt to the tune of P1.2 Million (US$26,000+)—including a warrant of arrest.

To survive and feed his children, the former Regional Manager became a Taxi Driver. It was an incredibly humbling experience. But he learned important lessons that would change his life forever.

Rey was now only earning P350 a day—a far cry from what he was earning before. But it was here where he learned how to manage his money.

It was here where he learned how to live within his means.

It was here where he learned how to save.

Ray said, “People like to manage what they don’t have. That’s why they’re poor. By borrowing for stuff they can’t afford. During that year as a Taxi Driver, I learned to manage what I had. And I was actually better off earning P350 a day than earning P50,000 a month! Because now, I learned to manage my money.”

After one year of being a Taxi driver, he borrowed enough money to buy cabs and became a Taxi Operator. But that was only a transitional step to learn how to run a business. His real goal was to be in the “money” business.

Ray wanted to own a bank.

So his first step was to work in a Rural Bank—without asking for a salary. He simply wanted to learn. And 3 years later, when he learned enough, Ray built his own Rural Bank.

Today, his Rural Bank is going strong. So far, after 7 years, the bank has given micro-loans to over a thousand people in his city, providing them with capital for their small businesses. And with 97% repayment efficiency! Because of this, his bank is transforming the lives of the poor. He teaches them the habits of saving, investing, and entrepreneurship.

Ray explained, “I ask people, ‘Do you want to prosper? What do you have? You may not have money. But you have time. Not just time, but time to learn. So use that! Join an insurance company and be an agent. Or join a company and sell their product. The important thing is to learn—and from there, branch out. Don’t get a job to earn money. Get a job to learn! And don’t start a business to earn money. Get into a business to learn! The money will follow.”

He continued, “Some people start a business and want to earn right away. But that’s not wise. Starting a business is like a slingshot. You have to pull back. That means clearing the way. Take time pulling back. Because when it’s time to release, you’ll be surprised that your business will rapidly shoot towards the target.”

Ray is a Serial Entrepreneur. At the back of his calling card is a list of his other businesses: a construction company, a property management company, salons, restaurants—plus a few more.

“I never manage my businesses,” he said, “I pass it on to people who can do a better job. I make them part owners. That’s why I can own many businesses.”

As Ray spoke, it was though I was hearing myself preach.

We both have the same beliefs about money.

We’re both Preachers that address the practical needs of people.

We’re both Serial Entrepreneurs.

And we both are fighting poverty by teaching three things to the Filipino: (1) a practical spirituality, (2) a more positive financial mindset, and (3) financial literacy.

Oh, one last thing: We both love our families.

At the airport, I met Ray’s lovely wife and beautiful daughter with him.

I sensed the happiness in his family. It was refreshing.

That day, my catastrophe turned out to be a rich blessing.

Not only for me, but everyone who’s reading this blog right now.

Talking to Ray made me realize more than ever before that we should never tell ourselves, “I’m stuck where I am. My life will never change.”

Keep dreaming my friend.

God has a wonderful plan for your life.

Pursue it with passion.

May your dreams come true,

Bo Sanchez

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Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/motivational-articles/how-a-taxi-driver-became-a-bank-president-544360.html

About the Author:
“Bo Sanchez,
Inspiring You To Live A Fantastic Life
http://www.preacherinbluejeans.com  –>Daily Video Podcast”

Don’t Complain!

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008
by Sck

Author: Bo Sanchez

By Your Words And Thoughts,

You’ll Determine If You’ll Enjoy The Journey Or Not

I’m flying again.

On Wednesday, I’m starting a fast, blistering, non-stop 10-day trip to US and Canada. In those 10 days, I’ll be preaching in 10 cities. No joke. From Los  Angeles to San Francisco to Vancouver to New Jersey to Maryland… (invite your friends to join me. Click here for my complete itinerary.)

Some people tell me that my schedule isn’t fit for a human being.

But there’s nothing to it, really.

I’ve done this before, so I know the drill: Fly, preach, fly, preach, fly, preach… And inhale oxygen somewhere in between.

If I can also catch a small meal in between, praise God. If not, a banana will do. Now you know why I’m thin.

But I’m strong. I’ve been a semi-vegetarian for the past 14 years. I also exercise daily. And I live a happy life.

Everywhere I go, people ask me, “How can you do all that you do?” They say my calendar is torture.

No, it’s not. I love what I do.

So to me, my calendar is not torture but a thrilling adventure.

Warning: People Who Complain

Will Get More Of What They’re Complaining About

One day, I was standing in a long line in the airport.

In front of the X-Ray machines, metal detectors, and tired security personnel.

Behind me was a balding middle-aged man who had so much anger in his face, a rock would melt under his gaze. He cursed, “F_ck, I can’t stand waiting. This is driving me nuts. Don’t you just hate long lines?”

I smiled.

My silence was enough to tell him, “You have a choice to be happy or miserable.”

Because at that moment, I felt happy.

Because I chose to be happy.

I was at peace with God and myself and the entire universe.

I ride planes a hundred times a year and I’ve long decided never to complain about the long lines.

Complaining is useless.

Instead, I appreciate the special gifts that long lines give me.

Long lines force me to chat with a friend, to read a book, to plan for the next 50 years of my life, to pray, to be totally useless, and to do absolutely nothing. Oh what peace!

Don’t complain.

I know of some people who complain before the trip begins.

By doing so, they “create” the misery that they’ll experience. Because their complaints become self-fulfilling prophecies.

That’s just how life works.

Instead of Complaining,

Imagine How You Want Your Journey To Play Out

Before each trip, I already make a deliberate decision and declare, “I will enjoy this amazing trip.”

The Bible says, “Life and death are in the power of the tongue.” I believe that. So before leaving for a trip, I confess, “My journey will be very blessed!”

I also do something that I learned from Olympic champions: In my mind, I visualize what I want to happen.

Part of an Olympic athlete’s training is visualization. Each morning, before he even runs, a sprinter will imagine his 100-meter dash. He imagines everything. The sound of the gun. The leap from the starting block. The wind on his face. The cheer of the crowd. The finish line’s ribbon on his chest. The gold medal around his neck.

And if it’s good enough for Olympians, I guess it’s good enough for me too.

So before each trip, here’s what I imagine…

o In each talk I’ll give, I imagine how my audience will receive God’s love. People will be spiritually nourished. People will experience God as never before. They’ll feel so blessed; they’ll tell their friends about the experience. (Hint for Speakers: This is what I imagine before I give any talk. I don’t go to the stage without doing this.)

o In every human contact I’ll have, I imagine how I’ll learn from the fascinating people I’ll meet. I’ll be blessed by my friends, my hosts, and the organizers of each event. And I will bless them with my love and friendship too. (I enjoy meeting with KerygmaFamily members all around the world. If you’re not yet a member, sign up at www.kerygmafamliy.com and get my spiritual nourishment for FREE.)

o In lull times, whether standing in line or sitting on the plane, I’ll read and write and rest and pray. I imagine myself thoroughly enjoying my lull times of quiet and peace.

o I’ll come home rested, energized, and blessed!

My imagination is my prayer.

I’m claiming that all these will happen in Jesus name.

Life Is A Journey;

It’s Up To You If You’ll Enjoy The Trip Or Not.

Remember: Experience is not what happens to you. Experience is what you do to what happens to you.

Each day, you’re moving closer to your destination.

Your destination is God.

Yet God is not only a destination, He also is your path.

So enjoy this journey called life.

At every step of the way, God is there.

May your dreams come true,

Bo Sanchez

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Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/motivational-articles/dont-complain-544363.html

About the Author:
“Bo Sanchez,
Inspiring You To Live A Fantastic Life
http://www.preacherinbluejeans.com  –>Daily Video Podcast”

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