minds have purpose, others have wishes."
I know I am probably "writing to
the choir" here, but perhaps we need to be reminded that our
'purpose' is the driving force in our life, our career, and in our
leadership within our community. I run into too many people
who, as you listen to their language, prove the truth of Washington
Irving's sage observation. They are living their lives on
wishes, not living on purpose.
Living on purpose
is like having a good compass to guide you and help you
make the course corrections needed to keep you focused, motivated,
and confidently moving forward. It helps you stay true to your
values and enhances your character in spite of any challenges and
detours you encounter.
- What is the purpose by which you
guide your life, your relationships, as well as your organization
- How do you ensure your purpose
remains foremost in your mind and evident in your decisions and
- Has it changed in the last year?
If so, how will it drive your actions this
Robert K. Greenleaf, founder of
the modern Servant leadership movement wrote, "Purpose and
laughter are the twins that must not separate. Each is empty without
Part of my life purpose
is to laugh, to love, and to lead by example. In fact, on our Ideaman
site I have my own personalized 'Robert's
Rules' of which the first is "The Rule of Fun!"
I find that having fun and allowing myself to see the humor in each
situation makes it easier for me to stay true to my life purpose.
Having fun allows me to better serve my audiences, readers and
It has been my purpose
to serve you each month during the past 5 years and I aim to
get better at that purpose over our next year together.
I also look forward to
some beach time as reflection, recharging, and recreation this
May 2011 be your most amazing and successful year
Let us know how
we can help. And please share this e-zine with your friends,
colleagues, and clients.
Bob 'Idea Man'
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The most important aspect of leadership success is
If you cannot effectively
take the active lead in your own life and responsibilities,
you cannot effectively lead a team with any degree of lasting
As a leader, personally
or positionally, you will encounter challenges which will provide
the options of making course corrections. When you make wise choices
and corrections as well as when you confidently move ahead, you
dramatically enhance your leadership potential and your eventual
Read my friend and fellow
leader, Brian Tracy's article and see where you can apply his ideas
and experience personally to enhance your own performance. If you
are in formal leadership, look at his ideas as a fulcrum to help
pivot your team on the path to their growth and
Make Continual Course
By Brian Tracy
Problems, difficulties, and setbacks are a normal,
natural, and unavoidable part of life and business. When you set a
new goal or launch toward a new destination, you will experience
challenges and difficulties that you never expected or anticipated.
By the true test of character is the inevitable and unavoidable
crisis. Your ability to solve problems is important, but your
ability to deal with a crisis largely determines your success or
failure in life.
a multi-year study conducted at Stanford University, researchers
examined the annual performance appraisals of hundreds of presidents
and chief executive officers of Fortune 1000 companies, some of the
most successful executives in every business or industry. This study
revealed that top executives had two dominant qualities in common.
The first was the ability to function well as a member of a team.
When they were starting out, they were good team players, making
valuable contributions to the teams they were on. As they were
promoted to more senior positions, they demonstrated the ability to
bring together winning teams of talented people and organize them to
accomplish important goals and results for their companies.
The Most Important Leadership
The second, and most important, quality that top
leaders had in common was the ability to function well in a crisis.
Top people in every field had demonstrated throughout their careers
that they were able to deal effectively with the inevitable crisis
when it came along. The ability to deal with a crisis could be
learned and demonstrated only in a real crisis, an unpredictable and
unexpected reversal or setback that had the potential to cause major
damage of some kind. During such a crisis, the true leader would
emerge to save the situation and resolve the problem.
How Leaders Perform in Crisis
years, I have worked with the presidents and chief executive
officers of many large companies. I have coached, counseled, and
consulted with millionaires, multimillionaires, and even
billionaires. I have been able to watch them up close and personal.
One quality that they all seemed to demonstrate was their ability to
remain calm and cool when faced with a major reversal or setback.
When they were confronted with a problem or crisis, they seemed to
be able to turn on a switch in their minds that enabled them to
become calm and completely in control.
Perform in Crisis
Harold Geneen, the past president of
IT&T, a 150 company conglomerate, once said that the most
important step in dealing with any business problem was to get the
facts. He said, "Get the real facts. Not the assumed facts, the
apparent facts, the obvious facts, or the hoped for facts. Keep
digging until you get the real facts. Facts don't lie." The more
information (the greater number of facts) he gathered about any
problem or crisis, the more obvious the correct solution or course
of action. The solution would seem to emerge as the result of
delving deeper and deeper into the problem.
The most valuable skill you bring to your life
and your work is your ability to think calmly and clearly. This
requires that you deliberately practice a form of detachment when
you are dealing with unexpected reversal. Next time you need to
solve a problem, imagine that you are a consultant who has been
brought in to analyze this problem or crisis and make
Brian Tracy has been empowering business
professionals by sharing his knowledge all over the world. His
techniques will allow you to reach your goals and achieve the
2010, Brian Tracy International. All Rights Reserved.
Last Minute News
This is Michael Burges, our soon to be
son-in-law, trying his hand at snowboarding in Jasper just after New
I have to admit he is a
very brave and skilled young man. More so, since until a week or so
back he had never been in the snow, seen real mountains or even been
out of Western Australia.
He is fully enjoying his
time here in Canada and taking each day with excitment and
Welcome to the family
Michael... you're doing better on the snow than I am.
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following Christmas this year. Alexa will be 4 months old about the
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One of the best gifts
I got this year for Christmas was this smile from my wife,
Her daughter Amanda
and fiancee, Michael are up from Australia for a visit and
were with us for Christmas eve. They are a real gift to our
Edmonton has moved their business development
workshops back to the 2nd Saturday of the month. Bob is taking
care of the programing for 2011 and will Emcee the January 8th
Lots to be
done in 2011.
New websites to launch,
website revamps, at least one new Pocket Wisdom book,
a series of ebooks, and of course continuing to travel
the world sharing my ideas of hope and encouragement.
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above: is one from Bob's photo session in Montreal at
the CAPS National convention by Dov
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groups of people dedicated to polishing their craft
and to better serving their clients and audiences.
Bob is the co-founder
and a past president of CAPS Vancouver, an honorary
founding member of CAPS Sask., an honorary member
of CAPS Halifax, as well as being an active member
of CAPS Edmonton. He served as CAPS National Director
He would be happy
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