News From LBD
January 2011 Volume 3 Issue 1

    New Year's always gets us thinking about all of the things we're going to change for next year. How many times have you or someone you know finished this sentence: "My New Year's Resolution is ... ." And how many possible answers are there to that question? Here's but a sampling.

"My New Year's Resolution is ...

... to go to the gym more."
... to keep my desk clean and organized."
... to spend more time with my family."
... to return all my calls right away."
... to keep up with my incoming emails."

And what does your list look like as an organizational leader?

... to make more sales."
... to go to more networking events."
... to manage my time more efficiently."
... to maximize employee production."
... to find an accountability partner."

    And what are the odds that any of that will actually get accomplished? If you are like most people...ZERO!!!! Unless you turn your resolution into a SMART goal and take action ... it will not go anywhere. It will remain elusive ... just out of reach ... a dream.

    Your only resolution this year should be: "I resolve to make my resolutions SMART ones and take the action necessary to achieve them." 
    Make your 2011 an "action packed" year and watch the magic happen.


What Leaders are Reading


The Dip by Seth Godin - Yet another easily digestible social marketplace commentary from the blogger/author who penned Purple Cow and Small is the New Big, Godin prescribes a cleverly counter-intuitive way to approach one's potential for success. Smart, honest, and refreshingly free of self-help posturing, this primer on winning-through-quitting is at once motivational and comically indifferent, making the lofty goal of "becoming the best in the world" an achievable proposition-all you need is to "start doing some quitting."

The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkerson Bestselling author Bruce Wilkinson shows how to identify and overcome the obstacles that keep millions from living the life they were created for. He begins with a compelling modern-day parable about Ordinary, who dares to leave the Land of Familiar to pursue his Big Dream. With the help of the Dream Giver, Ordinary begins the hardest and most rewarding journey of his life.

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Leadership Tip of The Month

Make your goals SMART goals. Then, take Action!

SMART goals are:
S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Attainable
R = Realistically High
T = Target Date

Many ingredients are included in recipes for success: perseverance, positive attitude, well-defined goals, confidence and motivation to name just a few.  However, without one ingredient, none of these will produce results. That ingredient is ACTION!
Neither the best idea nor the most well planned project will ever become reality without action.  Since action implies movement or momentum, transpose your SMART goals into written action steps making sure each step projects a sense of movement. They should tell you precisely what you are going to do.
Many leaders set goals.  Good leaders take action to achieve those goals. Great leaders also get others to set goals and take action steps needed to assure goal achievement.

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John Branstad
John Branstad

Quote of the Month

"What lies behind us and what lies in front of us pales in significance when compared to what lies within us."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
John Branstad