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Inspirational skills to greatness
If you take a look at successful great leaders in different professional areas be it business and industry, economics, politics, personal development, banking, catering, hospitality, facilities management you name it – and you will notice that they all share some crucial qualities that help them advance and achieve.
Do you want to achieve the next level?
If you are going to take your career or your business to a totally new level, you should consider polishing up these skills to equip yourself with reliable tools that will assist you on your way to success……..to greatness.
Great leaders... are great listeners. To make the best-grounded decision, they need to listen carefully to everything they are told.
2. Creative and critical thinking
Great leaders… think outside the box and come up with unconventional ways that other people consider too risky, crazy or just plain silly. They are also great critical thinkers. They quickly assess the situation and efficiently analyse the potential problems to solve.
3. Thirst for knowledge
Great leaders… have a thirst for knowledge – they generally read a lot. Reading is a crucially important habit for personal and professional success. As a rule, achievers are also avid readers, who can process large volumes of information from different sources. The key is to grasp the main ideas in whatever you read.
4. Constant upgrade
Great leaders… want to know what is happening in the business world and seek out business upgrades. They have the ability to adapt to the newest technologies, styles, methods and ideas that lead to success. This skill requires great self-confidence as well as utmost humbleness.
Great leaders… may not write often or a lot, but when they do, it is not perfunctory; instead their writing is clear, precise, and to the point.
Great leaders… can clearly articulate and communicate their ideas to any audience. Having good communication skills is one of the most important skills out there for any great leader. The best leaders are also excellent speakers.
Great leaders… are always superb motivators. They make a good use of their skills to create powerful goals that enthuse, motivate and inspire other people.
8. Making connections
Great leaders… are great at net-working and making connections. They have contacts, partners, and friends in many different areas to ask for help or collaborate on a new idea. They diligently cultivate and actively develop these connections.
Great leaders… and the most prosperous ones, are those who don’t try to do it all alone. They realize that they cannot effectively cope with all tasks by themselves. They delegate everything to their teams, except of course for the most important tasks.
Great leaders …use their judgement wisely. They know that appearances can be deceiving and that “judging” people does not define who they are, but instead actually defines who ‘you’ are.
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“Dumbing down” is not an inevitable consequence of recession.
Can it really be a year ago since the glorious London Olympics brought so much joy to the world whilst the ever cautious economists were telling us that we were heading into ‘a double dip recession’; bringing with it a sense of doom and gloom. With this in mind I started to observe businesses more closely.
I can still recall the words of my University lecturer who proclaimed that one should “never, ever, ever dumb down in a recession”.
Is airline business mentality right?
I have told myself we would make up the loss to the economy as the great British sun seeking public got into their stride seeking holidays during 2013. Or would we?
Would the airlines allow us to? It is not just the budget airlines affecting the economy; it is virtually ever airline, which appears to be falling into the same business inefficiency trap.
More and more travellers are opting to take on board ‘hand luggage’ in order to avoid increasing charges for luggage check-in. The era of the airline wheelie trolley has arrived! Many airlines when confronted with 90%+ of their passengers at the boarding gate clinging desperately to their beloved wheelie bags have now realized that the capacity of today’s cabin stowage cannot cope.
10% of something is better than 10% of nothing
When this happens, airlines have taken to offering free luggage check-in at the gate. Such precious revenue is surely too good to be given away. The real message here is that these airlines have forgotten of the old adage of 10% of something is better than 10% of nothing. In other words if airlines had not decided to “dumb down” their luggage check-in service and instead set their luggage check-in fees at a reasonable level then they would actually make more money!
Never, ever, ever dumb down in a recession
My lecturer was right that one should “never, ever, ever dumb down in a recession”. Whatever your belief there can be no doubt that some businesses are starting to “dumb-down”, which should not be a natural consequence of recession. Let us learn the lessons in that:
• Cutting services or quality of products in a service industry is suicidal; customers will go elsewhere for good service and quality products.
• There can be no doubt that ‘recruiting’ on the cheap is false economy.
• Making do with existing teams that have not received any training or talent development support will dumb down businesses automatically, and equally as bad the competition are more likely to steal your ground and market share.
In summary the sooner businesses that adopt this thinking recognise that “dumbing down” is not an inevitable consequence of recession and reverse the process, the more likely they are to survive this recession and the years ahead.
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