Business Success Secrets From Seven Top Leaders. Hello everyone, I hope you are well. In today’s post, I will be sharing Business Success Secrets From Seven Top Leaders. Fortune magazine published an article titled “The Best Advice I Ever Got” full of valuable insights on achieving success in the business world. The article featured wisdom and wit from diverse individuals, including coaches, consultants, professors, managers, executives, presidents, politicians, and religious leaders. These successful leaders shared advice that helped them become effective and prosperous in their respective fields. The article offered a great reminder that seeking advice and learning from others can be incredibly valuable for success.
Business Success Secrets From Seven Top Leaders
Leadership Is About Making Things Happen
Do it if you want to make something happen with your life, school, profession or community. Perceived obstacles crumble against persistent desire. John Baldoni, Author, Leadership Communication Consultant and Founder of Baldoni Consulting LLC, shared this advice from his father, a physician. He taught him the value of persistence. At the same time, his mother taught him compassion for others. Therefore, endurance for your cause should not be gained at the expense of others. Another bit of leadership wisdom!
Listen And Understand The Issue, Then Lead
Time and time again, we have all been told, “God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason”…or, as Stephen Covey said…”Seek to understand, rather than be understood.” As a leader, listening first to the issue, then trying to coach, has been the most valuable advice that Cordia Harrington, President and CEO of Tennessee Bun Company has been given. For this reason, learning how to run an Ask Me Anything session to learn what your employees truly think and want can be crucial in propelling your business to success.
Answer The Three Questions Everyone Within Your Organisation Wants Answers To
In any organization, the leader is responsible for providing direction and guiding the team towards achieving its goals. To do this effectively, the leader needs to provide solutions to three critical questions:
- Where are we going?
- How are we going to get there?
- And what is my role in this process?
According to Kevin Nolan, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Affinity Health Systems, Inc., the more clarity that can be added to each of these questions, the better the outcome. When the leader can clearly communicate the answers to these questions, it helps to create a sense of purpose and direction among the team, which can lead to better results and increased success.
Master The Goals That Will Allow You To Work Anywhere In Today’s Dynamic Business World
Debbe Kennedy, President, CEO and Founder of Global Dialogue Centre and Leadership Solutions Companies, and author of Action Dialogues and Breakthrough, once shared this advice instrumental in shaping her direction, future and achievements.
She was a young manager at IBM who had just been promoted to her first staff assignment in a regional marketing office. One of her colleagues, Bookie, called her into his office while visiting his location. He then began to offer unsolicited advice for reasons she can’t explain, but advice that now stays fresh in her mind. And mentioned that jobs, missions, titles, and organisations would come and go as the business is dynamic and constantly changing. He advised her not to focus her goals on any of these but to learn to master the skills that will allow her to work anywhere.
He Was Talking About Four Skills:
- The ability to develop an idea
- Effectively plan for its implementation
- Execute second-to-none
- Achieve superior results time after time
With this in mind, Kennedy advises readers to seek jobs and opportunities with this in mind. Forget what others do. Work to be known for delivering excellence. It speaks for itself, and it opens doors.
Curiosity is a prerequisite to continuous improvement and even excellence. The person who gave Mary Jean Thornton, Former Executive Vice President & CIO of The Travelers, urged her to study people, processes, and structures. He inspired her to be intellectually curious. He often reminded Thornton that making progress, in part, was based upon thinking. She has learned to apply this notion of intellectual curiosity by thinking about her organisation’s future, understanding the present, and knowing and challenging herself to creatively move the people and the organisation closer to its vision.
Listen To Both Sides Of The Argument
The most valuable advice Brian P. Lees, Massachusetts State Senator and Senate Minority Leader, ever received came from his mentor, United States Senator Edward W. Brooke III. He told him to listen to all different kinds of people and ideas. Listening only to those who share your background and opinions can be imprudent. It is essential to respect your neighbours’ rights to their views. Listening to and talking with various people, from professors to police officers, senior citizens to schoolchildren is essential to being a good business leader and a valuable community member.
Prepare, Prepare, Prepare
If you fail to prepare, you are preparing to fail. If one has genuinely designed and something goes wrong, the strength of the rest of what you’ve prepared for usually makes this easier to handle without crisis and panic. One of the best pieces of advice Dave Hixson, Men’s Varsity Basketball Coach at Amherst College, has ever received and continues to use and pass on is this anonymous quote, “Preparation is the science of winning.”
There are two expressions from Rick Pitino’s book Success is a Choice that speaks to preparation. Hixson asks his teams yearly: “Do you deserve to win?” and “Have you done the work?” This speaks to the importance of preparation for achieving your final goal. If you haven’t done the work (practice), the answer to the second question is an easy “no!”
Great advice comes from many sources: parents, other relatives, consultants, bosses, co-workers, mentors, teachers, coaches, and friends. The vital point to remember is staying open, listening to everyone, and developing your leadership style.
I hope you enjoyed that.