3. Got big dreams? Take really small steps to get there.
Most people have big dreams but fail to realize that hope is not a strategy. Many aspiring entrepreneurs and corner-office professionals have their eyes so fixed on their ultimate goal that they fail to take the small daily steps that create wins.
Years ago I hired a leader for one of my firms who spent three months creating an elaborate marketing strategy, yet in that three months, not one step was taken to execute against the first few things on that list. Ultimately, dream big but work small, with deliberate, measurable goals that create incremental success for you and for your organization.
4. The most important leadership moment begins after a big loss.
Progress and pain are the building blocks in my business education. An important attribute of high achievers is the ability to compartmentalize challenges and disappointments both personally and professionally and not let outside issues affect professional performance. Leader's motto: "No bad days."
It doesn't mean you are not human, but it does mean that adjusting to setbacks and delivering the win is the job. If a big deal is lost, what's the plan to regroup and ensure the team meets its numbers next quarter to manage the misstep versus the typical finger-pointing ritual in many firms? Essentially, the winning edge is based on how your leadership encourages your team to overcome obstacles, win under duress, and deliver with excellence in spite of the odds.
These habits and perspectives will help accelerate your next-level growth.
— By Donald Thompson, CEO OF Creative Allies, partner at Walk West, chairman of iCiDigital and a member of the CNBC-YPO Chief Executive Network
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