This means continuously learning more in those areas and making them even stronger.
2. Know your weaknesses and compensate for them.
Not by working on them but hiring others for whom they are strengths.
3. Maintain a healthy diet.
Foodwise? Absolutely! But for every other facet of your life too: friends, exercise, entertainment, reading, your office space, vacations, health care…………….
4. Maintain your sense of humour.
Laugh lots – with others, not at others. Cultivate a healthy disrespect for your own importance! The research tells us that laughter is a crucial component of stress control and much more.
5. Be familiar with your Needs and Values and those of your people.
Know too their importance in liberating the best performance you can deliver personally and draw from your people.
6. Always seek opportunities for your own self-improvement…
…and make them for your people.
7. Recognize that success is not just a process but a cycle.
There are very few innovations which will not wear out or become obsolete. One, which unlike the others is evergreen, is the corporate culture of success, The Sustainable Workplace(TM). Monitor and nurture it always!
8. Collect the stimuli that lead to breakthrough ideas.
Ensure your diet of experiences is rich and varied…and insist that your people do the same thing!
9. Manage your life to enable the harvesting of breakthrough ideas.
My research tells me that for most of us great ideas emerge not a work, but at the gym, walking the dog, driving or in the bathroom. Great stimuli are worthless unless the results of their synergy are allowed to surface. Ever wonder why the “john” was called the place of all great thought?
10. Practise enlightened management…
…This is the opposite of “command and control.”
© Martin Sawdon January,