3 for the week: Inspirational quotes to get you through the week – 4th August 2014

MOTIVATION: “What really matters is what you do with what you have.” – Shirley Lord

SUCCESS: “Most successful men have not achieved their distinction by having some new talent or opportunity presented to them. They have developed the opportunity that was at hand.” – Bruce Barton

LIFE & WISDOM: “I believe the greater the handicap, the greater the triumph.” – John H. Johnson

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3 for the week: Inspirational quotes to get you through the week – 28th July 2014

MOTIVATION: “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drowned your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

SUCCESS: “The people who succeed the most are the people who have failed the most, because they are people who have tried the most.” – Anonymous

LIFE & WISDOM: “If you live your life without goals and plans to reach them, you will drift like a ship without a rudder and never reach a happy destination.” – Jerry Bruckner

5 things I learnt from the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the lessons they have for business

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup recently concluded and despite on and off the pitch controversies, and much public anger at the cost of the Brazilian Government’s spending on infrastructure, the tournament was one of the most successful and memorable in living memory. Here are five things I learnt from watching the tournament and the resonance they have in business:

ONE – There is no substitute for team work and attitude:

Teams such as Costa Rica and USA were a prime example of team work and attitude. They didn’t have the household names and match winning players of other teams but they proved that getting basics right, having a nothing to lose mentality and punching above their weight together with helping other team members out when they were out of position made them a force. This propelled them to the highest level of performance any team can desire at a major tournament.

Business Lesson: Go beyond your job description and keep things simple. Believing in yourself and your team members will create a positive team environment. More importantly, understand what the common goal is and be realistic in your expectations.

TWO – Don’t be afraid to take a risk:

Netherlands coach Louie Van Gall embodied this in abundance. During the Quarter Final match against Costa Rica, Van Gaal substituted his first choice goalkeeper Cillisen and replaced him with Krul when the match went to penalties. The outcome of this was that Krul saved two penalties and this put the Netherlands through to the semi finals. His greater height and reach were sighted by Van Gaal as the rationale behind the substitution.

Business Lesson: Don’t be afraid to experiment. As a Manager, next time you have a project – put an untested team member on the project. Know your teams’ individual strengths and skills to get the best out of the team.

THREE – Have a plan B:

In each of the games Netherlands played, the team adapted their style and tactics to their opponents and that proved valuable as Netherlands progressed through the tournament. Van Gaal was a thinking coach who constantly studied the oppositions every move before executing his strategy.

Business Lesson: In business, it’s important to know what you will do in a clutch situation. Something might not work as you would expect. Have something prepared that you can revert to in times of need – a toolkit etc.

FOUR – Stick with the norm and you run the risk of failure:

By the time we got the Semi Finals when Brazil played Columbia, signs were evident that Brazil was not up to the standard of other teams. When Brazil played Germany, their weaknesses were laid bare and they imploded before the eyes of their country. In the aftermath of Brazil’s disastrous exit, it was apparent that coach Scolari was heavily reliant on Neymar and Tiago Silva who were the spine of the team. Scolari kept faith with the same team as he picked in the first match to deliver but as that turned out that was blind faith. Brazil were predictable, relied on the same tactics and never had a plan B.

Business Lessons: Don’t be afraid of mixing things up and when it comes to recruiting a team; do not be averse to individuals of unconventional backgrounds whose CVs may not read great on paper. Resist having similar styles of people in the same team and instead select individuals who would complement each other and a particular function and/or department. Above all, give indivuals time and autonomy and let them flourish.

FIVE – Feeling valued elevated a player:

Suarez, Neymar, Neuer, Messi, Robben, Rodriguez were all talisman to their team. Their talent is undeniable but what was even more important was that they had the support of their team, coaching staff, and when these players performed they had a domino effect on the rest of their team.

Business Lesson: Feedback and engagement are two of the most critical elements in business. Get either wrong, and you end up with a disenfranchised and de – motived workforce. To get it right, work out what truly drives your workforce and what puts them off. Move forward then by making a commitment to driving out the practices that create unhappiness in the workplace.

 

 

 

3 for the week: Inspirational quotes to get you through the week – 7th July 2014

MOTIVATION: “Why always, “not yet”? Do flowers in spring say, “not yet”?” – Norman Douglas, (1868-1952, British author)

SUCCESS: “The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra

LIFE & WISDOM: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe, American professional tennis player

Insightful Leadership and Management Quotes: Volume 7

“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” – Vince Lombardi

“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” – Jim Rohn

“The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and the self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“My father had a simple test that helps me measure my own leadership quotient: When you are out of the office he once asked me, does you staff carry on remarkable well without you?” – Martha Peak

‘Effective planning is about what to leave out” – John Jantsch

“Most skills can be learned, but it is difficult to train people on their personality.” – Sir Richard Branson

“Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.” – Stephen Covey

“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” – Arnold Glasow, American businessman and writer

“The leadership instinct you were born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it.” – Elaine Agather

 

3 for the week: Inspirational quotes to get you through the week – 30th June 2014

MOTIVATION: “Don’t dream it, be it.” – Tim Curry, British actor, from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”

SUCCESS: “The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.” – Tony Robbins

LIFE & WISDOM: “Not admitting a mistake is a bigger mistake.” – Robert Half, American businessman

3 for the week: Inspirational quotes to get you through the week – 23rd June 2014

MOTIVATION: “There is always the need to carry on.” – Marjory Stoneman Douglas, American journalist and environmentalist

SUCCESS: “The best way to succeed in this world is to act on the advice you give to others.” – Unknown

LIFE & WISDOM: “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” – Henry Ford