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2001-12-16 10:35:24 (UTC)

DEVELOPING A VISION FOR YOUR FUTURE ; Brian Tracy

IN THIS ISSUE:

What Only Leaders Can Do
Develop A Clear Vision
How To Motivate People
Be A Great Team Player
Keep Your Cool
Everyone Is Watching
Action Exercises
Brian Tracy Program Offer

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DEVELOPING A VISION FOR YOUR FUTURE

WHAT ONLY LEADERS CAN DO
The one quality that all leaders have in common is that
they have a clear and exciting vision for the future. This
is something that only the leader can do. Only the leader
can think about the future and plan for the future each
day.

DEVELOP A CLEAR VISION
Excellent leaders take the time to think through and
develop a clear picture of where they want the organization
to be in one, three and five years. Leaders have the
ability to communicate this vision in such a way that
others "buy in" and eventually see the vision as belonging
to them.

HOW TO MOTIVATE PEOPLE
It is the vision of the future possibilities, of what can
be, that arouses emotion and motivates people to give of
their best. The most powerful vision is always qualitative,
aimed at and described in terms of values and mission
rather than quantitative, described in terms of money. Of
course, money is important, but the decision and commitment
to "be the best in the business" is far more exciting.

BE A GREAT TEAM PLAYER
A study at Stanford Business School examined the qualities
that companies look for in promoting young managers toward
senior executive positions, especially the position of
Chief Executive Officer. The study concluded that there
were two important qualities required for great success in
leadership. The first is the ability to put together a team
and function as a good team player. Since all work is
ultimately done by teams, and the managers' output is the
output of the team, the ability to select team members, set
objectives, delegate responsibility and finally, get the
job done, was central to success in management.

KEEP YOUR COOL
The second quality required for rapid promotion was found
to be the ability to function well under pressure, and
especially in a crisis. Keeping your cool in a crisis means
to practice patience and self-control under difficult or
disappointing circumstances.

EVERYONE IS WATCHING
The character and quality of a leader is often demonstrated
in these critical moments under fire, when everyone is
watching, observing and privately taking notes. As Rudyard
Kipling once said, "If you can keep your head when all
around you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, then
the world is yours and all that's in it".

Your job as a leader is to have a clear vision of where you
want to go and then to keep your cool when things go wrong,
as they surely will.

ACTION EXERCISES
Here are two things you can do immediately to put these
ideas into action.

First, project forward 3-5 years and imagine your ideal
future vision. What does it look like? What steps can you
take immediately to begin turning your future vision into
your current reality?

Second, resolve in advance that, no matter what happens,
you will remain calm and cool. You will not become upset or
angry. You will take a deep breath and focus on the
solution rather than on the problem.


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