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Leadership Mental Health Personal Development

3 reasons why leaders fail

We are all born leaders in one way or another. If you are not leading people, at least you are responsible for the leadership of your life. You will agree with me that a good leader takes risks and sometimes fails, the distinguishing  factor is that an effective leader learns from  his failure and moves forward. It is an realistic to assume that all forms of leadership are a success. In this article I outline some of the reasons why leaders fail. There are many factors though but I feel that the ones outlined below are the major reasons.

  • Not sharing and understanding the Vision

A good leader will share his vision or plan. This will allow his followers to understand him and see how they can fit in his vision or plan. I have noticed that most of our leaders have no clear cut vision to share. I have noted with displeasure especially amongst our African politicians. They have a tendency of not having a clear cut vision for their people and hence end up failing when they are in government.

Sharing the vision of the company or any other venture is very important. For the young manager it is very important that you understand the vision of the company before you get into leadership positions. A leader who does not know or understand the company vision and goals will be leading a team without goals. I want to liken this to a sports team. The manager of a football team knows that the vision and objective of the game is to produce positive results in this case beat every opponent in order to lift the first prize. He will then prepare his team accordingly and imparting the vision to his team members, in order to achieve the set goals.

If you are a CEO of a company and the your company has no vision for the future. Please formulate one and pass it on to your team and see how they will take it. Most likely they will quickly realign themselves to fit it.

  • Do Not Listen

Real leadership requires that you spend time listening to your team members. I have worked with a CEO who does most talking than listening and I can tell you he was not an inspiring leader. We had a high labour turnover at work and even the ones he really thought would stay longer did not. Reason being he was always talking and not listening and taking in criticism.

Giving a deaf ear to your team members’ suggestions and observations is a very good recipe for failure. A good and progressive leader will encourage his team players to speak out and give them an opportunity to heard. By not listening and taking constructive criticism the leader will end up having to make wrong and catastrophic decisions. I want to believe that if you cannot listen then you are not a leader you are a boss. Only bosses make final decisions without listening to other people’s inputs.

Leaders who are successful over the period have mastered the art of listening and allowing all the stakeholders to candidly express their opinions.

  •  Do not widen the Circle of Involvement

My last observation for leaders failure is a luck of widening the circle of involvement. As a company grows a strong leader will realise that there is need for more players to get involved. This is not the case nowadays as most companies want to maximise on profits and spend less on the much needed team players. There is something that most people in leadership positions forget and that is that you are made successful by your team and not yourself. Your team is capable of making you succeed or indeed fail. Having a widened circle of participants is good for company growth.

Great leaders continuously engage and involve more people in their vision. This will bring about change and support will grow both naturally and organically. With support from most of your team members the sky is the limit.

Conclusion

Ultimately there is no formula for leadership success. You can only find suggestions and how you apply them entirely depends on the kind of organisation and team players your are handling. The situations at play are different at all times hence I would encourage you to read more on leadership. I truly hope you found this article of great use. Bye for now and always remember to “standout tall and be counted”.

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Mental Health Personal Development

4 Reasons why memory should be improved on

Surely there can never be personal growth without someone having a Memory. Perhaps one of the key physical ingredient to personal development is having a good memory. We use it in our daily lives but often we take it for granted. Imagine life without memory. You would not even remember your own family. Yet not many people realize the important function that memory has in our lives. But this should not be the case. Having a great memory is vital to our survival and personal growth. The ability to remember is what is called memory. This ability can either be improved or neglected.

Most of us are content with an average size memory. The little science I know tells me that the difference between being a smart student and and average one is the ability to quickly recall what has been learned when needed. Thus, it is important that you take steps to better your memory. Here are 4 reasons why you should:

Memory defines who we are
Our daily lives are made up of the things we do and the things we do are stored up in our memory. The memories in your lives define who you are. Try erasing all your memories and you will not have a sense of who you are. It is the experiences that we have in the past that will determine who will be in the future. Without a memory of the past, we will find it hard to go forward in the future. Most of the decisions we make today are based on our past experiences. Without which we will have to start building relationships again and have a sense of who we are like what we did when we were still growing up.

In all our entire lives we heavily depend on our memory. I cannot remember a day I never used my memory maybe you can. I say this to stress the point that our memory defines who we are. You are nothing without memory.

It helps us learn
We are continuously learning things in our everyday lives and we use our memory to learn new things and develop new skills. Without memory I can bet anyone they would not have been schools. It would have been impossible learn. Memory is actually important in school where we need to memorize a lot of information in order to pass our examinations. Memory is the one that we rely on when it comes to examinations and recitations. But memory is not just for memorizing. Knowledge is also acquired with the use of memory. We learn to do things because of our brain’s work.

As I said before learning is a continuous process that cannot be achieved without the aid of memory. The sharper your memory the quicker you will learn new things. It is therefore, very important that you improve on your memory for this purpose. Un improved memory is a get way to doing things better and faster.

It helps us with our jobs
Although we will not be answering examination questions when we are on the job, we need memory to help keep up with our schedules and the meetings that we have had with people. There are professionals who rely a lot on excellent memory. You need it as a secretary when you have to be on top of your boss’ schedules. You need it when you are a journalist especially in remembering statements that your interviewees have made. You even need it as the owner of the company. You need to remember all the products that you are manufacturing, the capital that you used and the income that you get for the second quarter of the year etc.

You need it especially of you are like me who deals with figures every day. I always have to answer questions from the top of my head in meetings. I cannot imagine what it would be like if I lost my memory today. I would definitely find it very difficult to work. Even as I write this blog I am heavily relying on my memory.

It helps build relationships
People who easily remember the names of people are seen as much warmer and more intelligent than those who can’t remember names even on the same night. This is why personal relations employees are trained to remember names on an instant as this shows respect and appreciation for others. When people remember our names, we feel a sense of importance and we in turn forward those feelings of good will to that person.

Having an excellent memory also helps people remember birthdays. This is especially true with men who usually forget dates of anniversaries and birthdays especially for their spouses. People who remember special dates come across as more thoughtful and more caring as opposed to those who forget all the time. Even if remembering birthdays are not really a sign of love or a measure of love, people still see it that way.

Memory is actually a reflection of our mental processes. Having excellent memory usually means that you have great brain power. Thus, when you are making an effort to better your memory, you are also improving the way you think. And with that, you don’t really need so many reasons.

Conclusion
We must always keep our memory in excellent condition as it forms an integral part of our personal development. No single person I know can achieve their personal goals without having an excellent memory. Our memory defines what we are, what decisions to make and who we want to associate with. Always remember to “standout tall and be counted” and commit what you have read today to memory.

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Business Marketing

Six reasons why you should start an internet business

As you read these words, there are millions of people making a living out of the internet. Some of them part time and still many of them on a full time basis. Whoever is earning an income on the internet sets out their own working hours. I have an internet business that I have been running for over 1 year on a part time basis and the results are fairly good.

Here are six reasons why I think you have an internet business.

It is relatively cheap

Un like business in the real world start up costs on the internet are very low. I joined my SFI affiliate marketing program for free and spent less than us$35 to get started. This included web hosting fees and domain registration. Believe me I could not have managed to do any meaningful business with the same kind of money.

The monthly expenses are also very minimal. I currently spend about US$30 per month as running costs. This amount also includes monthly hosting fees. Compare this to a real world business say a marketing business.

You set your own working hours

The beauty with an internet business is the flexibility it offers. With the internet business you do not have to wake up early in the morning to prepare and get to work at 8am or 9am if you are full time. I set my working time for my internet business in the evening. I intend to quit my regular job when my earnings from the internet business can fully sustain my living at the moment I work on a part time basis.

I cannot imagine and wait to start running my internet business on a full time scale. I currently run my business from home and during lunch time when am free.

You work from home

Running an internet business gives you the luxury of working from the comfort of your living room. Imagine how much time you can save by avoiding being in traffic for say two hours a day to get to and from your office for 30 days. That’s an incredible 60hrs saved and can be used to improve your internet business wow.

I know that there are pro and cons for working from home but I think the pros outweigh the cons. Working from home is far cheaper and saves time. Remember where you put your computer is where your office is.

The world is your market

There is no any other business that offers you the world for your market. With internet business you have the world as your market. By sitting in from of your computer you have the world market within three feet 24/7. You leverage on your free or low cost software and hardware and internet infrastructure, all of which when combined will give you leveraging power that far exceeds any conventional business, allowing you to achieve more and more with less and less work.

Let’s face it the only major work you do is at the beginning of your business or during the setup process. Once you are done with the initial setup the rest is more or less easy and can be automated.

Spend more time with family

If you are a parent you will agree with me that you spend less time with your siblings and spouse because of your work. Owning an internet business gives you the privilege to spend more time with your family and watch them grow. I have known that the most regret people have is spending less time with the people the love most.

You can have more than one business

Since the cost of setting up and running an internet business are so low and most operations can be automated, it gives you the advantage of owning more than one business. The more time you have at your disposal the more you can spend it on setting and running another enterprise. This will mean off course added income. There is so much wealth to be accumulated in this world that no one should be poor.

I currently run more than one online business. Like I said before my intention is to increase my revenue base and ensure that the online businesses can fully support my day to day needs. I foresee, myself quitting my regular job in the nearest future.

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Conclusion

I thank God for the internet. It has really changed the way things are done and if fully utilized, can benefit and can lift you to greater heights. For more on what products or businesses I run check out my recommended products for more information. You can also check my product reviews for even more insight. Like wise always remember to “standout tall and be counted”.

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