Thursday, 20 December 2012
New Year's Plan of Accomplishment

Do you journal?   Its reported that most people who journal and reflect back on the pages they’ve written, often times see they have repeated areas they are well meaning to defeat and improve – but seem to continue repeating.   New Years Resolutions typically meet the same declining enthusiasm after a few months.  So why do us creatures of habit and comfort slide back?

  • When its just words versus a well thought out decision, our plans for improvement often fail. 
  • When we don’t make purposeful daily plans to practice our new outlook. 
  • When we don’t ask for support from those that care and wish to help.

As a leader, what have you promised to improve for your team?   Start now, planning areas of improvements and development.  Make a plan, talk to your team and set the stage for a remarkable New Year of leadership and team synergy.   Ask for their input, develop a plan, and lead toward the results.  When you look back into your journal you’ll see progress, results and sense of accomplishment.  

Give your words a heartbeat and start with a New Year’s Plan of Accomplishment.

Posted on 12/20/2012 10:02 AM by Janet Rives
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
Leader support learning

I attended day three of a five day customized leadership program that we are conducting for a local company. Our program VP, Mary Fink, told me that the class was going very well and she was seeing real positive change is many of the participants.

One of the key factors in the success was the support of the CEO who sat in each of the classes and participated as an equal in the process.  With his presence and his engagement the entire program took on additional importance for each of the sixteen executives in the group.

Leaders who show support for learning achieve much more form the investment. Leaders who encourage learning are most effective if they have attended the same course and studied the same material. And personal participation shows the maximum support.

Posted on 12/18/2012 10:00 AM by Joe Scarlett
Thursday, 13 December 2012
Learn in the New Year

Now is the time to take stock of your status in life.  How are you doing personally? How are you doing professionally? What is your plan in the new year to make your life better? Tough questions but once you answer them you can start to build your plan.

You can never go wrong with an educational plan for yourself. Any form of learning opens your mind to new horizons and often to new acquaintances.  When you know more you move forward faster and are more valuable to your company.  Plus you are naturally a more interesting person at work and probably also at home.

We here at the Scarlett Leadership Institute hope you include us in your leadership development plans for next year.  Visit us at Now is the time to ask your boss to enroll you in one of our programs.

Posted on 12/13/2012 8:50 AM by Joe Scarlett
Monday, 10 December 2012
It's the Little Things
I was recently with a client group and in the middle of the session the CEO asked one of the participants to come to the front of the room.  He went on to say that he had shared some really good news with a couple of groups he had met with over the past few weeks, and that people in both groups congratulated him and asked how he had accomplished that achievement.  He told them that he had not had anything to do with it, that his great staff had done it.  Then he realized that he hadn’t shared his thanks with that great staff.  So that was the reason for calling that individual up to the front of the group—to say thank you for an amazing achievement. 

It was one of those moments when everyone felt good about what happened, and it cost nothing and took maybe two minutes of the group’s time.  It was, however, huge in its impact.  The CEO modeled something that everyone can easily do, and the individual receiving the thanks was motivated to do even more in the future.  It’s a win for everyone!

Posted on 12/10/2012 8:48 AM by Mary Fink
Thursday, 6 December 2012
Always Learning

For thousands of years the world changed at an incredibly slow pace. Then in the early 1800s came the Industrial Revolution which put the world on a very fast growth path that continues to accelerate.

Everything around us is in a constant state of change and improvement. Every product and service faces competition which inevitably leads to new ideas and usually positive change.

The only way to keep up is to continually learn about everything we can. We all have to keep learning just to stay even, let alone get ahead. So I will ask a question that only you can answer:

                “What is your learning agenda?”

If you don’t have a learning agenda you will inevitably fall behind. If you have a good one you will keep up and if you have a strong commitment to the whole process you just might be on a path to career and personal growth.

Posted on 12/06/2012 2:36 PM by Joe Scarlett
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
You're a Leader Today because.....
…Another recognized talent and passion in you and gave you a chance

…You surrounded yourself with other leaders that accentuate your strengths and provided insight for areas of development

…You were inspired and want others to be inspired

…To you ”Can’t” is not an option

...Vision needs Movement – a Movement needs Agreement – Agreement needs People – People need a Leader – Together they build Culture – Culture builds Business

Posted on 12/04/2012 2:38 PM by Janet Rives
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