7 Things the Best Leaders Never Fail to Do | Inc.com

How does a seemingly ordinary woman become a super-successful business leader? What qualities do you need to reach and then effectively fill a top leadership position? And what qualities or actions are likely to hold you back?

To find out, Kathy Hurley and Priscilla Shumway, who are themselves business leaders, interviewed 24 women holding leadership positions in a variety of industries to find out how they accounted for their own successes. The result is their new book Real Women, Real Leaders: Surviving and Succeeding in the Business World. It’s a close look at the building blocks of success for today’s executives and entrepreneurs — both male and female.

Hurley, who has spent 40 years as a senior executive in education at Pearson, IBM, and the Learning Company shared some of the most important advice she and Shumway gleaned from their interviews:

1. Never trash anybody.

“Never, ever say that you will not work for someone, because he or she may be your next boss,” Hurley warns. Leadership begins with knowing how to work for someone you wouldn’t normally choose, she adds. “Working for someone who is challenging or impolite takes its own set of leadership skills and qualities. If you can do so with success (and a little grace), your superiors will take note and likely reward you with opportunity.”

via 7 Things the Best Leaders Never Fail to Do | Inc.com.

4 Timeless Books You Must Read If You’re Going to Change The World, (Or Just Put Big Dent In It)

Some people learn entrepreneurship from their family business; others learn it by studying entrepreneurship in school. I did neither. Instead, I was enrolled in the “learn while you burn” program of entrepreneurship.

When my partner and I started our first two businesses we were clueless. All we had was the ambition to build a business and enough naive confidence to believe we could. It was pure baptism by fire. Looking back at just how much we had to learn I’m amazed we were able to get through the first year much less build a business that spanned five continents and ended up being acquired by a multibillion dollar corporation.

So, yes, I earned my stripes, but not without making more mistakes, enduring much more grief and embarrassment, and spending far more time and money than was needed.

But in the process I’ve built a curriculum of sorts that I use as my own bible of entrepreneurism. At its core are four books that have been incredibly influential in shaping my own thinking about building businesses that have significant potential.

Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” Be forewarned, these books are meant to stretch minds.

via 4 Timeless Books You Must Read If You’re Going to Change The World, (Or Just Put Big Dent In It).

Delivering outrageous value | The Values-Based Business

HIS WEEK I’VE BEEN PONDERING the concept of delivering outrageous value for my clients. This isn’t unique to coaches, of course – it’s something which can make any business stand out from the crowd.

For instance, I was speaking with the owner of an engineering product/services company. That’s a bit dear to my heart, actually, since I started my career that way.

This company has great products, of course – highly technical, as you’d expect. But that doesn’t really say much about the nature of the company. What’s special is that they’re smart, inventive, and responsive. You have a problem in their area of expertise? They’ll figure it out, no matter how complicated.

Now it’s one thing to claim that – many technical services companies might say the same thing through their marketing. But what does it mean to actually create this as the fundamental nature of your company?

You’ll hire some of the best talent in the entire field.

You’ll develop a rich patent portfolio for USEFUL products.

You’ll take on some real challenges that others are struggling with, and succeed.

via Delivering outrageous value | The Values-Based Business.

The money goals everyone should have

Jeff Rose does a great job of identifying key money goals that everyone should have.  If you go deeper into them, you will discover that his entire message is about financial responsibility.  I love the article.

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If you haven’t realized this yet, I’m kind of a goal setting freak.

Some people do New Year’s resolutions.

That’s great, but I think you need to revisit your goals on a more consistent basis.

For me, that’s every 90 days.

Other people don’t bother to set goals.

They choose – unconsciously at least – to rely on luck.

Let’s establish upfront that goals are something more substantial than dreams or wishes.

They can start with dreams or wishes, but they have an action plan behind them – something that spells out how we convert a desire into something real.

That’s especially important when it comes to financial goals.

Since they require regular investments of money and effort over a long period of time, you need to have workable plan to bring them to reality.

Start by setting some financial goals. If you’ve never thought much about this, here are 10 good financial goals that everyone should have.

The great thing about this goal is that anyone can do it, regardless of income or wealth level. And if you want to get the most out of your finances, it’s virtually a requirement that you get out of debt.

For the moment, let’s ignore the good-debt-versus-bad-debt debate. At some point in your life, all debt is bad debt and needs to be paid off. That includes the mortgage on your home. Although the purpose of that debt may be noble at the beginning, it’s no less a drag on your income than any other debt as time goes on.

There are more reasons to get out of debt than I can list here, but here are just a few of them:

  • Getting out of debt means that you’ll have full control over your income – and that’s an incredible feeling.
  • It will leave you with more money for savings and investing – and even more for spending.
  • It will remove the asterisk from your finances – I make $X,000 per month, but $X00 has to go to pay my debts.
  • It will make it easier to quit a job you don’t like.
  • It will free your mind of the worry and stress that come with debt.

via The money goals everyone should have – Business Insider.