18 April 2014

ABCs of 2014: Always Be ZANY

Today's ABCs of 2014 is: ALWAYS BE ZANY.
A for Always, B for Be, and C for cZany (the C is silent).

Last piece of advice for the ABCs of 2014 is to ALWAYS BE ZANY.

That's right! Be Zany.

As a leader, you expect people to take you seriously and you know you have to take yourself seriously.

However, you don't have to be so serious that you start to lose touch with the little things in life. Don't be so serious that you forget how to have fun.

Schedule time to do something amusingly unconventional and idiosyncratic, something zany. Yes! make being zany part of your weekly (better yet, daily) calendar. 

Take a break and do something unexpected and fun. Do that and people will recognize you as a well-rounded individual and leader. That is a very good thing.

NOTE: we're done with the ABCs of 2014 but I am NOT done with pursuing leadership one step at a time. I am not done. Not by a long shot!


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Dave Guerra

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17 April 2014

LEADING DISPERSED TEAMS | A Tuesday night with Lolly Daskal (April 15, 2014)

Every Tuesday evening from 8pm to 9pm EST, I participate in a Tweetchat with Consultant, Coach, Speaker, Founder of #LeadFromWithin, and Author of  "Thoughts Spoken From The Heart" Lolly Daskal.

The #LeadFromWithin Tweetchats are insightful, thought provoking, and generate genuine conversation. Hundreds, if not thousands, of Twitter members join the conversation every Tuesday night. You should join us and if you are already following the #LeadFromWithin tweetchats then you know.

Each week, it is a different topic. Over the course of the hour our host, Lolly Daskal, will post 10 questions related to the topic. Every question ends with the hashtag #LeadFromWithin.

Every tweetchat participant is encouraged to respond to each of the questions. The responses are UNIQUE, INSIGHTFUL, and INSPIRING!  You have to read them (well, as many as you can) as they go flying by on your Twitter feed.

I invite you to join us every Tuesday evening for the tweetchat and throughout the week be on the lookout for the Twitter hashtag #LeadFromWithin

On the evening of Tuesday, April 15, 2014, the topic was “Leading Dispersed Teams”

Here are the Questions and my Answers. Enjoy!

Q1. What is a dispersed team? #leadfromwithin
A1. Group of individuals with same objective operating together but from various locations (down the hall/across the planet) #leadfromwithin
COMMENTS: A dispersed team does not have to be across the country to be dispersed. They could be down the hall or two buildings away. No matter the distance, the issue is that the team members are part of a team and must work to achieve that common goal.

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Q2. What are the challenges with a dispersed team? #leadfromwithin
A2. Lack of crystal clear communication. Misinterpretations and Miscommunication can run rampant #leadfromwithin
COMMENTS: The biggest challenge is also the easiest to overcome. The ability to communicate clearly and effectively is a must for not just the leader but every member of the team.

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Q3. Identify some strategies for managing dispersed teams? #leadfromwithin
A3. Site visits (works for Starbucks), secret shoppers, on-demand video conferencing (open door policy) #leadfromwithin
COMMENTS: The leader needs to show up where the team members are. Yes, it means travel and yes it means taking the time to shake their hand. Yes, this strategy is worth it. If you have an open door policy in the office, then shouldn't that same opportunity apply to the remote team members? Have a web cam attached to your PC to have those desktop-to-desktop video conferences. Think outside the box if you have to but ensure that they know you are there for them no matter where they are.

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Q4. What elements do team members have to have in a dispersed team? #leadfromwithin
A4. Able to deal with "last to know" syndrome and able to stay on task with minimal supervision #leadfromwithin
COMMENTS: Team members have to be flexible in all aspects of working as part of a dispersed team. They also have to accept the fact that there will be some inherent difficulties with being part of a dispersed team. These difficulties can be overcome but not before they become an inconvenience before those issues can be addressed.

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Q5. Why is team’s purpose important for dispersed teams? #leadfromwithin
A5. It helps keep all team working on the “same sheet of music” #leadfromwithin
COMMENTS: Keeping the focus of the mission and vision of the team is essential to achieving the goals of the team no matter where they are. Therefore, as the leader it behooves you to ensure that those you lead are completely aware of the vision and mission of the team.

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Q6. How does trust play into dispersed teams? #leadfromwithin
A6. It is all about trust. If there is no trust then why bother creating dispersed teams #leadfromwithin
COMMENTS: There can be no doubt that you trust your people. There can be no misunderstanding as to the amount of trust you place in the people you are dealing with. Lastly, if the trust is broken you might have to rebuild that trust from scratch. So never let the trust falter.

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Q7. If Feedback is important how should feedback be articulated in a dispersed team? #leadfromwithin
A7. The articulation of feedback should be done with pulling absolutely no punches. No sugar coating as well. #leadfromwithin
COMMENTS: Feedback has to be honest and genuine. Distance should never be an excuse for half-assing the comments, feedback, or concern. Distance is a factor only by those that want to make it a factor.

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Q8. To make a dispersed team feel like a connected team you need to? #leadfromwithin
A8. A connected team needs only one thing: to feel that they belong. #leadfromwithin
COMMENTS: Every team member, no matter where or who they are, must know that they are valued and that they belong with the team. This is an unfortunate by-product of a dispersed team. They start to doubt that they are being kept in the loop. So go out of your way to ensure that all members know and understand just how much they are valued and most certainly belong on the team.

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Q9. How is leading a dispersed team different from leading a team where all members in the same location? #leadfromwithin
A9. There should be no difference, aside from travel to site(s). Treat them the same and hold accountable the same way. #leadfromwithin
COMMENTS: Leading a dispersed team should never be different than when you lead a team in the same building. Changing the way you do business with dispersed teams will mean that you have to run two different teams and that is NOT a good thing. You have to stay focused on one operation; one cohesive and informed operation.

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Q10. What kind of leader do you need to be in a dispersed team? #leadfromwithin
A10. Just Be A Leader. That's the kind of leader you need to be to lead a dispersed team. #leadfromwithin
COMMENTS: There should never be any fancy tricks, no smoke and mirrors when it comes to leading a dispersed team. Just be yourself, be a leader and the rest will take care of itself.

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Thank you,
Dave Guerra

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ABCs of 2014: Always Be YEARNING

Today's ABCs of 2014 is: ALWAYS BE YEARNING.
A for Always, B for Be, and C for Yearning (the C is silent).

Always Be Yearning for more. Expect More. Demand More. Give More. Get More.

You must have that yearning deep inside of you. If you don't then you are doing something wrong or being a leader isn't for you.

Remember, about being the best? Being the best leader you can be. Well, you can't be the best if all you do is think about being the best.

To be the best you have act on it.

You have to want it so bad that your every waking moment you are acting on it. Then when you get it you want more of it. You get greedy for you it. Then you are going to want it even more. That is the kind of yearning I am talking about.

Staying Focused + Staying Motivated + Staying Hungry = Always Be Yearning

Thank you,
Dave Guerra

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16 April 2014

ABCs of 2014: Always Be XCELLING

Today's ABCs of 2014 is: ALWAYS BE XCELLING.
A for Always, B for Be, and C for eXcelling (the C is silent).

Remember Winning?

You can only achieve the win by being the best, by always excelling. Taking the time to commit to being the best. To go one step faster and further than everybody else.

If you don't do what it takes to excel past everyone else then why bother? If you are not working to excel then why even start? Why bother?

Seriously, people want to know that you are constantly striving to be the best or to beat the best to become the best.

The only way to be the best is to always be EXCELLING at everything you do. No Shortcuts, Just Excellence!

Thank you,
Dave Guerra

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14 April 2014

ABCs of 2014: Always Be WINNING

Today's ABCs of 2014 is: ALWAYS BE WINNING.
A for Always, B for Be, and C for Winning (the C is silent).

That's right, Charlie Sheen was on to something. Winning!

Seriously, there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to win and doing everything you can to win all the time, every time.

Your staff, your peers, and anyone you encounter will want to know and expect to be working for or working with a WINNER!

So Always Be Winning!

Thank you,
Dave Guerra

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12 April 2014

GROW AND DEVELOP IN YOUR LEADERSHIP CHALLENGES | A Tuesday night with Lolly Daskal (April 8, 2014)

Every Tuesday evening from 8pm to 9pm EST, I participate in a Tweetchat with Consultant, Coach, Speaker, Founder of #LeadFromWithin, and Author of  "Thoughts Spoken From The Heart" Lolly Daskal.

The #LeadFromWithin Tweetchats are insightful, thought provoking, and generate genuine conversation. Hundreds, if not thousands, of Twitter members join the conversation every Tuesday night. You should join us and if you are already following the #LeadFromWithin tweetchats then you know.

Each week, it is a different topic. Over the course of the hour our host, Lolly Daskal, will post 10 questions related to the topic. Every question ends with the hashtag #LeadFromWithin.

Every tweetchat participant is encouraged to respond to each of the questions. The responses are UNIQUE, INSIGHTFUL, and INSPIRING!  You have to read them (well, as many as you can) as they go flying by on your Twitter feed.

I invite you to join us every Tuesday evening for the tweetchat and throughout the week be on the lookout for the Twitter hashtag #LeadFromWithin

On the evening of Tuesday, April 8, 2014, the topic was “Grow and Develop in your Leadership Challenges”

Here are the Questions and my Answers. Enjoy!


Q1. DEFINE challenges? #leadfromwithin
A1. Challenges are those things we see as obstacles that must be overcome. #LeadFromWithin
COMMENTS: Life is a challenge. Everything in life is here to challenge us. We have to either accept those challenges head on or we can roll over and let life pass us by. You can only take that step in the positive direction. You can only accept your challenge or deny it.

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Q2. What is the connection between challenges and development? #leadfromwithin
A2. Like the saying goes “what doesn’t kill us only serves to make us stronger” overcoming or trying to overcome challenges makes us better #LeadFromWithin
COMMENTS: You can only learn from what life hands you. You cannot give up because things have become difficult or the situation seems hopeless. You have to take all that live gives you and you process it and learn from it. Good or Bad it does not matter. What does matter is that you learn and grow from all that has happened to you and what will happen.

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Q3: How do you know when its time to let go or to continue holding on? #leadfromwithin
A3. We can let go when we stop expecting a different outcome after trying the same thing numerous times. #LeadFromWithin

COMMENTS: Like a moth to light bulb, you will eventually get burned. As humans we know better and eventually give up trying not to get burned and move on to a different situation. All through our lives we will keep trying to change the outcome of almost impossible situations. That's OK, so long as we don't get hung up on changing what cannot be changed or refuses to change.

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Q4. If we learn from mistakes why are we so afraid of making mistakes #leadfromwithin
A4. It is the fear of the unknown that makes us afraid of making mistakes. It is when we make them that we determine they weren’t so bad #LeadFromWithin
COMMENTS: Mistakes are part of growing up. By growing up, I mean we never truly stop growing up. So we will always make mistakes. So keep making mistakes but do your darnedest to not make the same mistake twice.

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Q5. What does one need in time of challenge? #leadfromwithin
A5. Permission to execute and attempt to overcome the challenge. Permission can come from others but most importantly from self. #LeadFromWithin
COMMENTS: You have to let yourself know that you expect yourself to step up and face the challenge. You have to tell yourself that running away or putting your head in the sand is not the way to go.

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Q6. What kind of support should we seek in times of challenge? #leadfromwithin
A6. Support should come from as many that can provide 360 degree coverage of the support (cover all bases) #LeadFromWithin

COMMENTS: If we can set up a cohesive and well-rounded support network of people you know and trust then there is no challenge that can stop you. Yes, it is that simple.

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Q7. Based on your current daily actions and routines where do you expect to be in five years?
A7. Having created so many more leaders than followers. #LeadFromWithin
COMMENTS: I expect to have been either fully or partially responsible for creating more leaders than I will have made followers. That is a tall order but if everything that I have written, said, and did helps to create just one leader then it was all worth it.

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Q8. How does one keep balance in times of challenge? #leadfromwithin
A8. We find those that matter most and seek their ear, heart, mind and guidance. #LeadFromWithin
COMMENTS: Keeping and staying in balance is something that we must constantly work on. By having a supportive network of individuals that matter the most to us we can not only stay balanced but can get back in balance should we ever appear to be leaning to the left or right.

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Q9 Life is too short to tolerate _______?
A9. Life is too short to tolerate those situations, people, and things that make us uncomfortable #LeadFromWithin
COMMENTS: Seriously, if you are uncomfortable you cannot fully commit to the what you are dealing with or have to deal with: LIFE. State your case and move on. You do not have tolerate something (or anything) that is uncomfortable. Sure we have to deal with some discomfort in life but we do NOT have to tolerate it in the long term.

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Q10. What big lesson could people learn from your life? #leadfromwithin
A10. The biggest lesson I could offer is to be accepting and tolerant of others #LeadFromWithin
COMMENTS: I know it sounds a little contradictory but when it comes to dealing with people (especially new contacts) you have to go into the new relationship with openness and tolerance. However, when others show you different it is at that point that you must decide what is the best course of action to take. You can try to continue taking their nonsense or you could put  a stop your acceptance of their behavior and move on.


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Thank you,
Dave Guerra

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11 April 2014

ABCs of 2014: Always Be VERSED

Today's ABCs of 2014 is: ALWAYS BE VERSED.
A for Always, B for Be, and C for Versed (the C is silent).

It is the experienced leader that is always experienced or skilled in; knowledgeable about themselves, their organization, their employees, their own leaders, their peers, their family, their everything.

At some point in your career you will become the expert in the field. You worked hard to get there so stay there.

To Be The Man You Must Be Well Versed!
Sorry folks, there is absolutely no short cut to being a well-versed individual. Try taking the short and you will most certainly pay the price.

Don't lose focus when you are on this long journey. You will get there and when you do the reward will be well worth the effort.


Thank you,
Dave Guerra

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10 April 2014

ABCs of 2014: Always Be UNDERSTANDING

Today's ABCs of 2014 is: ALWAYS BE UNDERSTANDING.
A for Always, B for Be, and C for Understanding (the C is silent).

One of the greatest leadership traits is to be understanding. However, do not be understanding to a fault. Showing empathy is expected of any leader. Be warned, don't let that empathy become sympathy.

Sympathy will make even the greatest leaders make terrible mistakes. I am NOT saying that you have to be cold and heartless. What I am saying is that while you have a business to run you also have people that look up to you and go to you when they need something.

Give them a reason to continue doing so but also give them reason to not abuse it. Be Smart about it.


Thank you,
Dave Guerra

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