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ARE YOU LEADING OR JUST TAKING A WALK?

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “It’s lonely at the top” associated with leadership. But is isolated leadership really effective? I don’t think so. In fact, I believe that, “He that thinketh he leadeth, and hath no one following, is only taking a walk.” If you’re all alone as a leader, are you really leading? Losing touch with your people is a huge leadership landmine. It will damage your credibility and destroy your influence. How do you avoid losing touch?

1. Recognize the landmine. Unfortunately, losing touch is an easy thing to do. A leader can be tempted to withdraw by both success (“I don’t need to see my people”) and failure (“I don’t want to see my people”). Understanding that it can happen is the first step to avoiding it.

2.Value people. All leadership is influence. And what is influence if it doesn’t involve other people? No matter what your organization produces or does, it needs people to function. YOU need people to lead. Leadership becomes effective when you acknowledge that people are your most appreciable asset, and treat them accordingly.

3. Avoid positional thinking. Your position or title shouldn’t define your leadership. That’s positional thinking, and it will cause you to disconnect as a leader. Again, leadership is influence. Nothing more, nothing less. I make it my goal to see the people I lead as teammates, not employees. We work together toward a common goal.

4. Love the people you lead. Do you see your people as cogs in the machinery of your organization, and yourself as the operator? They can tell if you don’t care about them. And I’ve said for a long time that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Loving your people makes the difference in their willingness to follow you into anything, no matter how hard the battle.

5. Understand the Law of Significance. This is from my book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. In it, I explain that one is too small a number to achieve greatness. Many years ago, I realized that I needed the help of other people to achieve what I felt called to do. I now believe that any dream worth dreaming will be bigger than the dreamer. If you can achieve your dream by yourself, your dream is too small!

The most effective leaders stay connected to their people. This gives them the greatest amount of influence, and allows the leader and the team to achieve their big-picture goals together. What about you? If you’re in a position of leadership, are your followers close at hand? Or have you allowed yourself to lose touch?

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What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?

What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1967)

On October 26, 1967, six months before he was assassinated, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia.

I want to ask you a question, and that is: What is your life’s blueprint?
Whenever a building is constructed, you usually have an architect who draws a blueprint, and that blueprint serves as the pattern, as the guide, and a building is not well erected without a good, solid blueprint.
Now each of you is in the process of building the structure of your lives, and the question is whether you have a proper, a solid and a sound blueprint.
I want to suggest some of the things that should begin your life’s blueprint. Number one in your life’s blueprint should be a deep belief in your own dignity, your worth and your own somebodiness. Don’t allow anybody to make you feel that you’re nobody. Always feel that you count. Always feel that you have worth, and always feel that your life has ultimate significance.
Secondly, in your life’s blueprint you must have as the basic principle the determination to achieve excellence in your various fields of endeavor. You’re going to be deciding as the days, as the years unfold what you will do in life — what your life’s work will be. Set out to do it well.
And I say to you, my young friends, doors are opening to you–doors of opportunities that were not open to your mothers and your fathers — and the great challenge facing you is to be ready to face these doors as they open.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great essayist, said in a lecture in 1871, “If a man can write a better book or preach a better sermon or make a better mousetrap than his neighbor, even if he builds his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.”
This hasn’t always been true — but it will become increasingly true, and so I would urge you to study hard, to burn the midnight oil; I would say to you, don’t drop out of school. I understand all the sociological reasons, but I urge you that in spite of your economic plight, in spite of the situation that you’re forced to live in — stay in school.
And when you discover what you will be in your life, set out to do it as if God Almighty called you at this particular moment in history to do it. don’t just set out to do a good job. Set out to do such a good job that the living, the dead or the unborn couldn’t do it any better.
If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well. If you can’t be a pine at the top of the hill, be a shrub in the valley. Be be the best little shrub on the side of the hill.
Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are!!!!

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From Poverty to the world’s  Wealthiest Female Billionaire 


Zhou Qunfei

What’s the rags to riches story that has led a young girl in poverty to become the World’s wealthiest self-made female billionaire?
There’s a good chance the mobile phone you’re using has a screen made by her: “The Touchscreen Queen”, Zhou Quinfei. How can her billion dollar journey help you on yours? Here’s her three big steps to success:
STEP ONE: BE RELENTLESS
Qunfei was born to a poor family in a tiny village in China. Her father was blinded in a factory accident, and her mum died when she was five. Determined to be successful, she quit school at 16 and went to live with her uncle in Shenzen, saying “I don’t want to die regretting what I didn’t do.”
She got a factory job making watch faces for $1 a day, and sent the money back to her father.
Bored with the job, after three months she quit, but was given a promotion instead. Guessing why, she said “Maybe it was because my resignation letter was well written and this attracted the attention of the factory supervisor”.
She kept being promoted up to management but then in 1993, at 22 years old, her factory shut down. So she decided to take her knowledge, connections and $3,000 in savings and begin her own watch face factory, which she started next doors to her old factory.
The early days weren’t easy: ”Twice I even had to sell my house in order to pay my employees salary. Much like climbing a mountain, it’s not your physical strength that will get you to the top, but your tenacity and persistence.”
Then, in 1997 the Asian financial crisis hit. This is when her persistence really paid off. She went to the watchmakers who owed her money and settled their debts in exchange for their equipment. So while other factories closed down, she gradually assembled an entire production suite for glass processing for next to nothing.
STEP TWO: BE OPEN TO CHANGE
Six years later, in 2003, she got a call from Motorola, who wanted a glass screen for their new Razr V3 mobile phone: “I got this call, and they said, ‘Just answer yes or no, and if the answer’s yes, we’ll help you set up the process. I said ‘yes’.”
Her success with Motorola led to HTC, Nokia and Samsung also calling. Then, in 2007, Apple launched the iPhone, and picked Qunfei’s company as the supplier.

 

Ten years late, Lens Technology has 32 factories in seven different locations and employs more than 90,000 staff. Their glass is used in over 50% of all smartphones in the world, and in all Apple iWatches.
A year ago, Quinfei listed her company on the stock market, making her the wealthiest self-made female billionaire in the world. Today she is worth $6.4 billion.
STEP THREE: KNOW YOU’RE UNIQUELY QUALIFIED TO BE YOU
Qunfei says when she was a child she would watch the rain falling on lotus leaves. That’s what later inspired her to create Lens Technology’s patented, scratch-resistant coating on smartphones.
‘Droplets of water would roll around the surface of a lotus leaf and not leave any trace,’ she said.
‘If it wasn’t for my primary school teacher reminding me to be observant I may not have had the inspiration to think of my invention.’
Ms. Zhou also credits her detailed-oriented approach to her childhood. “My father had lost his eyesight, so if we placed something somewhere, it had to be in the right spot, exactly, or something could go wrong,” she said. “That’s the attention to detail I demand at the workplace.”
How can you see every closed door as a new opportunity?

How open are you to new opportunities that could transform your own success?

How can you use your past experiences to support your future vision?
Use Qunfei’s story as an inspiration for your own journey.
As a self-taught expert in glass, she’s a living example of how, with persistence, every glass ceiling can be broken.

Source: Dr. Ben Carson’s fb page

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A New York based Nigerian teen has been accepted in all the Ivy League schools

A Long Island, N.Y., teen has a unique problem: Which Ivy League school should she attend next year?
That’s because Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna — who is Elmont Memorial Junior – Senior High School valedictorian and Intel Science Finalist — has been accepted into all eight Ivy League schools, reported News 12 Long Island. As a refresher, these schools are: Yale University, Brown University, Princeton University, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, Harvard University and Dartmouth College.
“My whole family is so excited,” said Uwamanzu-Nna in the interview with the TV station. “Attending any of these schools would be such a great honor.”
Oh, and in addition to those schools, she’s gotten in to four others, her school’s website notes: Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Uwamanzu-Nna is the daughter of Nigerian immigrants, reports local WRIC.com. She tells the local TV station, “Though I was born here in America, I visited Nigeria many times. And I’ve seen that my cousins don’t have the same opportunities that I have. So definitely, whatever I do, I want to make sure that it has an impact on Nigeria.”

http://youtu.be/o9U7-cjcD-Q

Source: www.college.usatoday.com

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A 19-year McDonald’s worker’s kind gesture

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The McDonald’s employee has been identified as a 19-year-old freshman at Meiho University who’s been working at the restaurant for about two years, according to Liberty Times Net. When he saw the customer that day, the student took his order and delivered the food to the patron. Upon giving the customer the meal, the worker noticed that the man was disabled and decided to help him eat.

“This guy did not discriminate against him because of his disability,” the post read, according to a HuffPost translation. “Instead, he fed him the burger with heart and patience.” This is more than customer service!!!

The humble 19-year-old told his company that “customers are our friends,” and he was merely doing what he was supposed to do, Liberty Times Net reported.