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Leadership, Where do I start?

When it comes to the subject of leadership it can be hard to figure out where to start, especially if you’re new to the subject.


One of the best books I’ve ever read on the subject of leadership is RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE By Inc. Magazine’s top 20 leadership expert Orrin Woodward! In his book, Orrin discusses leadership through 13 resolutions divided into three phases.  The three phases of leadership build on each other; first, through private achievements then moving into public achievements and finally culminating with leadership achievements. In this post I’d like to discuss the first resolution as a foundation for the rest;  Resolution 1: Purpose.  Before I continue I want to inform you, the reader that I am not writing this as a person who has this totally figured out.  Rather, I am writing this because I am in the process of figuring these things out just like you.

Resolution 1: I resolve to discover my God-given purpose.  I know that when my potential, Passions, and Profits intersect, my purpose is revealed.

“Sadly, many will live their entire life without purpose, allowing life to lead them rather than leading their lives.” –Orrin Woodward  We must first find the place where potential and passions intersect with profits in order to find our purpose. God has placed within each person specific passions and potential to use those passions. When you can find or create an income (profits) to be able to do the things you’re passionate about; That is where your purpose can be found and accomplished.

WHY?  Why work on improving in my leadership skills.  Why go through all the tough trials to get better?  Why put myself (and potentially others) through the hardships I know I will face?   These are important questions that must be answered before one can move forward in his/her leadership journey.   These are foundational questions.

Without a purpose, a dream, a bigger driving force, there will be no reason to make the tough or even the small, daily decisions ahead.  There will be no overarching, higher purpose to propel you forward. Stephen Covey called it the “big rocks first” principle. Steve Jobs called it a “hedgehog” purpose/principle.  By aligning your decisions with your purpose you can make better decisions to propel you toward your purpose faster.  This also makes decision making much easier.  Orrin quotes Steven Covey in this chapter on purpose; “…If something is important, it contributes to your mission, your values, your high priority goals.”

Time Management is made easier by clearly understanding your own mission, values, and high priority goals.  One of the best time management tools I’ve ever used is described through a conversation between Charles Schwab of the Bethlehem Steel Company and Mr. Ivy Lee who is considered by most to be corporate America’s first public relations man in the early twentieth century.  Ivy Lee called on Schwab and through a 25 minute conversation tells him to write down at the end of every day the top five things that need to be done tomorrow, giving each a numbered priority.  Lee then tells Schwab to work on the most important thing on that list untill it is finished or nothing else can be done toward it.  Schwab is told to complete this pattern for each of the top 5 most important things each and every day.  Lee’s parting words to Schwab were “spend the last 5 minutes of every working day making out a “must-do” list for thge next day’s tasks. After you’ve convinced yourself of the worth of this method, have your people try it. Try it out as long as you wish and then send me a check for what YOU think it’s worth”  After 2 weeks of implementing this “top 5 to-do list” method, Schwab send Lee a check for $25, 000!  At $1,000 per hour, that’s a 25 minutes well invested, don’t you think?

Understanding your God-given purpose, your values, and your high priority goals will help you say “no” to the good so that you can say “yes” to the great.  It will help you replace the urgent with the important.  It will guide you through each and every day to help you live the life you’ve always wanted!

So begin today, take the next week if you must, and start asking yourself the important questions.  Figure out where your passion and potential intersect with profits and you will be well on your way toward living your life intentionally for excellence!

I hope and pray that what I’m learning can also help you on your leadership journey,

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Philip Brittain
PBO at LIFE Leadaership

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13 Resolutions For LIFE (Part 1)

Resolved-BookOne of the absolute BEST leadership books I have ever read is RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions For LIFE  by Orrin Woodward! Orrin Woodward is a NewYork Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Money Magazine, and Business Weekly best selling author! As a side note: He has a new book being released on April 16th titled LeaderShift Co-authored with Oliver DeMille.  Resolutions were commonplace in our culture during the time of the founding of our country.  Many factors have contributed to the decline in our practice of resolutions.  I want to encourage you join a growing number of people who are taking this idea seriously.  As a leader or someone who wants to be a bigger or better leader I cannot emphasize your need to read and implement the information in this book.  Let me briefly cover the resolutions.

The First five resolutions cover personal or private achievements.  Each one builds upon the prior leading into the public achievements, resolutions six thru 9. The final four (No. I’m not talking about basketball) resolutions culminate to build your leadership achievements. These 13 resolutions are designed to be implemented one at a time for one week each, covering 13 weeks or about 90 days or 3 months!  Enter the 90 Day Mental Fitness Challenge (MFC).  This program takes the 13 resolutions and wraps a whole program around your own website with 360 degree feedback and so much more!   The MFC gives you measurable results in a reasonable amount of time!  It is truly life changing! Yes. I took the challenge myself and yes, it changed my life! OK back to the resolutions…


1) Resolved: I resolve to discover my God-given purpose  (Purpose)

“Sadly, many will live their entire life without purpose, allowing life to lead them rather than leading their lives.” -Orrin Woodward  We must first find the place where potential and passions intersect with profits in order to find our purpose. God has placed within each person specific passions and a potential to use those passions. When you can find or create an income (profits) to be able to do the things you’re passionate about; That is where your purpose can be found and accomplished.

2) Resolved: I resolve to choose character over reputation anytime they conflict  (Character)

“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” – Abraham Lincoln     John Wooden used three principles in his coaching that helped produce solid character in his players.  Those three principles are 1) Never lie.  2) Never cheat. 3) Never steal. The most simple way to start building your own character I found in a great example given in the book.  Start with you alarm clock.  Set it and when it starts buzzing (or playing music or whatever you use with today’s technology) in the morning, DON’T USE THE SNOOZE BUTTON! If you get up when you said you were going to get up without using the snooze button, you start to build character with yourself and you start your days feeling better. You perform better throughout the day as well.   Go ahead and try it…. I dare you!

3) Resolved: I resolve to have a positive attitude in all situations (Attitude)

You’ve heard it said that attitude is everything.  I disagree. It is almost everything but it must have a foundation of good character. You and I have each met people who have had great attitudes but end up in turmoil because of a character flaw. The good news is that a person can work on both at the same time and improve in both.  To help improve your attitude you will first want to turn down the negative voices around you and turn up the positive voices. This will get easier the more you do it. Reframing is a powerful tool one can use.  By looking at a situation and making a choice to find the positive within what may seem a negative situation.   You can choose how you respond to anything.  You may not be able to control what happens to you but you can always choose how you respond.  Quit reacting and start responding. Choose the right response often enough and you will start reacting properly.  Try using Coach Wooden’s rules 1) Never Whine 2) Never Complain and 3) Never make excuses!  If you’re like me you may be thinking that whining and complaining are the same. They are not.  This resolution goes into detail about the differences.

4) Resolved: I resolve to align my conscious (ant) with my subconscious (elephant) mind towards my vision (Programming the Elephant)

I’m going to quote directly from Orrin’s book here because he describes it so precisely. “Author Vince Poscente in The Ant and The Elephant, describes the difference between the conscious and subconscious mind, teaching that the conscious (ant) mind in one second of thinking  stimulates 2,000 neurons, while the sub-conscious (elephant) mind in a second of imagining stimulates four billion neurons.”  Think about this for a second… companies who advertize on tv will spend millions of dollars for a 30 second commercial. Then they play the same commercial over and over and over and over again.  Do you think they understand the power of the sub-conscious?  Of course they do.  Someone is programming your sub-conscious whether you know it or not.  well, now you know it. So, what are you going to do about it?  I would start by eliminating or at least limiting the amount of TV you watch and start picking up some good books, some positive audio recordings and start finding positive people to hang around and spend time with.  These three things; READ, LISTEN, and ASSOCIATE are the biggest game changers for your life and the primary reasons why the LIFE Business is exploding in growth!

5) Resolved: I resolve to develop and implement  a game plan in each area of my life (Game Plan and Do)

Orrin says in this chapter that “success never goes on sale.”  I whole-heartedly agree! “There are three simple, but not easy steps to success” he continues.   1) What do you want?    2) What is the price?  3) Pay it.   The PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Adjust) process he describes is vital to the success process.  In this Resolution, we focus on the Plan and Do steps.  It takes 10,000 deliberate, hours of practice and trying to get better at anything to become a master of the craft.  Using the PDCA process over those 10,000 hours through deliberate practice will get you to the goal.  There will be pain in the process.  No pain, No gain!  you’ve heard the term.  It’s true!  you can ease the pain by turning your work into a game.  You will find that by turning work into a game, it no longer seems like work and you are mentally able to work through a much higher level of pain.

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