Anyone who isn’t embarrassed by who they were last year probably isn’t learning enough.
It’s easy to focus on our faults.
Most of us are aware of those areas in our life where it’s difficult to perform at our best—where we lack the innate skill or natural ability to easily achieve results.
While it’s important that we invest out time to develop those areas that are holding us back, I believe that we are better off investing in our strengths.
StrengthsFinder 2.0 (Gallup Press)
This is the strengths assessment tool that I use with my clients.
When you utilize your strengths, you are tapping into your natural talents, what gives you the opportunity to do what you do best … everyday!
Access to an assessment requires a unique code that can be obtained by purchasing a copy of the book StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.
This assessment will help you identify your top 5 talents from 34 different themes.
In addition, this book will give you a number of tips to help you understand and apply your natural talents.
Refer to this post on how to turn your talents into strengths.
Every Mindful Leader MUST have an area of expertise.
This is an area of knowledge where you are considered to be in the top 10% of your industry. A domain where you have put in the blood, sweat and tears to master.
This is why the very first principle of The 15 Principles of Mindful Leadership is called Depth.
Depth is the corner stone of becoming a Trusted Professional and lays the foundation for all of the remaining stages of The 5 Stages of Mindful Leadership.
My family and I love BBQ Ribs. When summer hits we have a tradition where we attend a number of the Rib Festivals (aka Rib Fest) in the area. We enjoy sampling the various recipes trying to find the perfect rib sauce.
Each vendor claims that their rib sauce is the best. Their goal during the festival is to win the coveted “Best Rib Sauce” trophy.
The recipes for these rib sauces are a closely guarded secret. The challenge is trying to figure out what the secret ingredients that are in the best rib sauces.
And just like rib sauce, there is a secret ingredient to Leadership.
The 7 habits changed my life, will it change yours?
I first read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey back in 1994. At the time it was already over 5 years old (it was published in 1989).
Up to that point in my career I had been reading either computer related books for work (I was a computer programmer) or on a personal level I was reading either fantasy or sci-fi.
I remember feeling stuck in my career and someone recommended that I read the 7 habits.
After reading this book I remember setting 3 main goals for myself.
1) Achieve a six-figure income.
2) Get into a leadership role.
3) And on a more personal level, land the ideal relationship
I had no idea how I was going to achieve this one. I was making $34K as computer programmer which was already more then the combined salary of my parents and being on the slightly introverted end of the scale, I wasn’t a big fan of stepping up and being a leader.
To make a long story short in 5 years I achieved these goals and more:
1) I was making over six-figures a year.
2) I was promoted to a management position.
3) I ended up marrying my high school sweet heart (ahhh).
To achieve these goals I applied the principles from the 7 habits into my life plus the insights from other great books.
There’s a reason why The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was named the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century and over 15 million copies sold.