Casting a great vision is required of any leader worth his salt. He has to be able to look forward and KNOW where the organization he is leading will go.
And that’s what we’re told. Great leaders look forward.
Unfortunately, this statement is often followed by bad wisdom. After someone tells us how every great leader looks to the future, we are told great leaders never look back.
I can agree with the first part of the statement. Leaders who get things done know they have to have an eye on the future. I take issue with the next part, that leaders can’t look to the past.
I know great leaders must look to the past. For there are many lessons to be learned there.
Why Great Leaders Look Back
George Santayana, a poet and philosopher, said “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Read more...
The guest for episode 29 of the Answers From Leadership podcast is Michael Teoh. Michael is a global speaker, consultant, and trainer whose passion is geared towards developing the human potential for success.
Michael founded Thriving Talents Pte. Ltd, co-curated TEDxKL and TEDxYouth from 2009-2014, and was appointed as a Global Advisor for Microsoft’s YouthSpark Initiative.
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What else would you like listeners to know about you?
I’ve been able to travel the world, doing what I love. I’m also the co-author of the Potential Matrix.
It looks like you’ve done quite a bit in your life so far…
Haha… Here’s what I’m going to say: People have always asked me what the secret to success is
As we inch closer and closer to success, you may notice things begin to change. I’ve seen it happen with friends of mine.
They start to act differently. They make different, sometimes unwise, choices. They look at life differently.
Then there are those who stay true to who they are. They walk the talk. They are the real deal.
Both are dealing with their success. Just not in the same way.
The Wrong Way To Deal With Success
My heart breaks when I think of people who are considered successful yet their lives are falling down around them.
Marriages are destroyed. Families are torn apart. Businesses that appear stable crumble and fall.
Lately, I’ve watched as successful people have cheated on their wives and failed to heed the advice of others. I’ve seen others spend their money until they’re broke. Read more...
You can’t keep driving a car without filling up the gas tank or charging the electric car’s battery. By continuing to drive without fueling up, the car will eventually leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere.
We can apply the same principle to our leadership. But instead of gas or electricity as our fuel, our fuel is motivation.
And sometimes we lose that motivation. We forget how to keep motivated…
What Is Motivation
We can only go so long before we run out of juice. Especially if we forget what our motivation is.
Motivation is our desire or willingness to do something.
I have to muster up the motivation to write on a daily basis. I have to find the motivation to record or edit a podcast.
For those of you who have children, you know there’s a special day every parent anticipates and dreads. It’s a day of great joy. It’s a day of great fear. That day? The day your child takes his or her first small step.
You sit back and cheer him on. You tell him he’s doing great. Just a little bit further. He only needs to take a baby step for you to have your world change.
What if I told you that you need to begin to take baby steps? Would that excite you like seeing your child take her first steps?
Probably not. You’d think tiny steps forward in business are not for you. They’re definitely not exciting.
Yet these small steps are what we need to be doing.
Why Small Steps Rock
You have lofty goals. I know you do. You’re the kind of leader who wants to change the world. Read more...