Train, Train, Train

As I’m continuing to make my running comeback after COVID-19, the importance of training and training has been at the forefront of my mind.

COVID took me down as I saw growth in my running. My personal record for the half marathon happened days before I could not move for days. It took months before I felt confident to move my body as I had previously.

As I did, I began to realize that I had lost the progress I had made. I could no longer run an 8-minute mile (I know, some of you will say that’s not fast but it was fast for me). I struggled to run continuously.

Why did this happen? Part of my regression was due to COVID. The other part of the regression has come from a lack of training. It took me almost 3 months before I began to regularly train my body to run again.

5 Tips For Leading Through Trials

If you work in the professional world, you will face trials during your working life. If you’re fortunate, those trials will be short-lived, and you won’t have to deal with them more than once. If you’re unlucky, you’ll face one trial after another, and you will need to learn how to lead through those trials effectively.

Too often, we will repeat the same mistakes that made the trials arise in the first place. We need to overcome these mistakes. More importantly, we need to get through the trials so we can resolve the main issue.

Today, we will look at 5 tips to help you lead effectively through any trial.

5 Tips For Leading Through Trials

1. Be mentally tough:

Want to make it through the trials of leadership? You will have to be mentally tough.

9 Leadership Traits You Can Learn From Your Dog

Owning a dog can be one of the most rewarding jobs on the planet. They bring joy to our lives and teach us about friendship, loyalty, and love. But did you know dogs can also teach us important lessons about leadership?

Many of you have heard of my dog, Lok. He’s a Vizsla, one of the smallest pointer breeds of dogs. He’s my running companion, having trained with me for my multiple half marathons and the one full marathon I’ve run. There’s just something special about dogs.

A Vizsla dog (red colored) playing with a toy on a colorful rug.

Lok, our Vizsla

Through him, I’ve learned so much about leadership and the traits it takes to be a great leader. Today, we will look at what I’ve learned from my dog and nine leadership traits you can learn from your dog.

Public Praise

You may not like this fact, but your people need to be encouraged. They need to know that they’re doing a good job.

Encouraging and praising your team members is something we should all do. Especially in private.

According to a recent study, employee recognition is crucial to your employees.

The study showed:

  • Recognition was most important to 37% of employees
  • Recognition encourages retention (an employee is 63% more likely to stay at a job if you recognize them for their accomplishments)
  • 65% of employees feel they haven’t been praised or recognized

According to these studies, it appears leaders are not doing a great job at praising their people. As the leader you are, you can begin to change this fact. You can praise and encourage those you lead.

Who Is Accountable?

A significant problem in many businesses is trying to determine who is ultimately responsible for a project’s success. The problem isn’t in that there’s no accountability but in the realization that too many people are responsible for the results.

In their book What The Heck Is EOS?, Gino Wickman and Tom Bouwer explore the topic of accountability in one of the chapters.

In chapter 4 of the book, titled Who’s Doing What?, Wickman and Bouwer said:

If everyone is accountable, then no one is.

The Problem WIth Everyone Being Accountable

It sounds like a dream come true. Everyone on your team wants to be accountable for results. They believe they own every project they’re working on.

Truth be told, they don’t.

There’s an old saying that goes like this: There are too many cooks in the kitchen.