Saturday, December 20, 2008

Leadership Consistency

When you are a leader consistency of behavior is important when it comes to building and maintaining high levels of trust in the team. Most challenges in leadership tend to be behavioral. Most people don't like surprises. They like to think they know where you are coming from. Don't you be a chameleon and change your approach every time. As a leader you are a role model for the team. Be consistent and act predictably!

Friday, December 19, 2008

People And Problem Solving

We have reflected on the fact that most times problems can not be solved on the same level they were created. Along the same lines of reasoning goes; the people who get you into trouble are not the ones to get you out of it. To solve issues created by one set of thinking you need a different set of thinking to take a fresh look at it from a different perspective. The team you gather around yourself as a leadership team is crucial. Make sure you get the right team on the bus!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Question For Understanding

People usually behave rationally. Ask questions of others when you don't understand what's going on. The better you understand the beliefs, actions, desires and wants of others, the more likely you are to make the right response. Also dare to ask similar questions of yourself. When you adapt and alter your own thinking where necessary, you generally become more successful.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Reproducing Results

It is pretty evident that plants and animals reproduce after their own kind, wouldn't you say? What is not that evident is the fact that so does behaviors and attitudes. Behaviors and attitudes reproduce after their own kind also. Being vague produces vague results. Being diligent produces diligent results and so on. What kind of behaviors and attitudes would you like to reproduce?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Preparedness And Opportunity

If you are ready for opportunity when it comes along you will be successful (however you choose to define success). Success always comes when preparation meets opportunity. The question to ask yourself is; Am I preparing sufficiently? You never graduate from the school of life. When you pay attention, there are lessons to be learned all the time. When opportunity comes, are you ready?

Monday, December 15, 2008

Culture Versus Strategy

What is more important between having a strong company culture or a great strategy? The truth of the matter is that culture is more important, in that a bad culture can not implement a good strategy. In a start up it is the same thing. Investors first look at and evaluate the key people and then they look at the strategy and the business plan. Good people can execute to a poor plan and still make it a success but bad people can never execute a great plan. Culture trumps strategy every time.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Keep A Sense Of Humor

Remember to keep everything in perspective. Maintain a healthy sense of humor and laugh when things get tough. Laugh at yourself but not at others. They have their issues to deal with and need not to be laughed at. There are at least two good reasons to look at the humorous side of things; it lessens tension an anxiety and from a physiological point of view releases endorphins and other feel-good hormones into your blood stream. It makes you a happier person!
About the Author

Urban Gavelin a native Swede with more than twenty five years of business experience. He has held positions as director of sales- marketing- and business development on Nordic, European and World Wide levels. Urban has lived and worked in Stockholm, London and New York, now works primarily with leadership development and sales training and is a credentialed coach. He has studied Executive Management at Lausanne Business School and Stockholm School of Economics.

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