The Art Of the Start

art-89198_1280I love simplifying things in life and nothing makes that easier than To Do-lists. Not only are they great ways to reflect on – hence clarify – what´s really important but they are also fantastic tools to maximize your time. Time management at its best.

If you are about to start up your own business, or any other organization, it is even more important to be effective and clear on your “why´s”. In today´s article Guy Kawasaki talks about the best way to start off. You can read The Art Of The Start here.

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1-Minute Playbook: How To Create Great Goals

Goals StrategyHow do you make your dreams come true? You´re absolutely right, you must first have a goal-setting strategy!

Setting your life- or leadership goals is one of the most empowering, life-changing and inspirational thing you can do. Learn how to master this process as we let you know the basics needed to create great goals.

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1-Minute Playbook: Take Control Of Your Time

waiting-410328_1280Poor time management is simply a bad habit. You can learn to organize and control your time better by following some simple tips listed below:

– If a task takes less than five minutes, do it right away. If it takes longer, put it on a list. Keep a written to-do list and incorporate the “less than five minute” strategy.

– For a couple of days, take an inventory of how you spend your time to find out where and how you’re wasting time. Write down everything you do today and reflect – is there something you are wasting time on?

– Cut big jobs into small chunks. Order the chunks by importance. Work on one chunk at a time. Think of a large project or task you need to complete. Break it into small chunks. Does the project or task feel more manageable?

– If part of your day involves routine repetitive tasks, keep records of how long they take and then try to do them faster. Time one repetitive task you complete on a daily basis. Work on completing this task quicker each day.

– Learn to differentiate between the important and the urgent. What’s important is not always urgent. What’s urgent is not always important. On your written to do list, write an “I” next to important tasks, a “U” next to urgent tasks and a “I/U” next to important and urgent tasks. Now prioritize your list.

What other tips do you have for better time management? We’d love to hear about them!

 

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1-Minute Playbook: How To Reach Your Goals

archery-472932_1280Most individuals begin each day with goals in mind, only to have them be pushed aside when other tasks or issues present themselves. Allowing constant interruptions to take over can cause you to feel overwhelmed and unproductive.

Here are some tips to help you manage the many tasks that present themselves each day without losing focus of your goals:
– Make your first task of the day to prioritize your top three goals.
– Keep these goals at the forefront of your mind as you go through the day.
– When you are interrupted, stop and think about where this falls in your priorities for the day before abandoning your current task to take on a new one.

Reflect on three tasks that you would like to achieve today. Be sure to consider how you will still achieve your daily goals if you are interrupted.

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The Executive Program: Leading the Enterprise

It’s different at the top. We know.

Leading the Enterprise is a powerful — and humbling — experience. Top leaders play an enormous role in the success of organizations. And, they need to excel in new ways.

The challenges of leading at the top are far-reaching, complex and essential to get right. Based on extensive research, leaders at the top take on:
Business operations – the heart of all other challenges.
Strategic issues – setting and realizing vision, direction and goals.
Managing change – both in the day-to-day and in the long-term.
Boundary spanning – leading across levels, silos, cultures, backgrounds and interests.
Talent management – ensuring the current and future talent pipeline.
Individual impact – understanding and adjusting leadership style in effective ways.

“We understand – and know -that leading the enterprise gives you a different view and different responsibilities than any other role.”

Regardless of industry and context, leadership at the top requires different perspectives and skills. This program allows top executives to reflect on their leadership style, dissect their effectiveness and examine how to proceed. The Executive Program: Leading The Enterprise is a once-in-a-career opportunity to maximize personal leadership power to accelerate organizational commitment, alignment and results.

Delivered by highly qualified coaches, the Leading the Enterprise experience is dedicated to helping executives in the C-suite or on the senior executive team address the unique challenges experienced by those at the top of the organization. This program is best suited for a senior executive-level individual who is at a career and/or life stage in which an intensive review would be beneficial. They include very senior-level executives: CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CIOs, chairmen, board members, officers and ascending senior executives.

*To ensure participants have the optimum background to benefit from the program, pre-assessment and qualification are required for participation.


Why Leading the Enterprise?

Leading the Enterprise is an experience that allows top executives to maximize their personal leadership power and accelerate organizational goals.

  • A rigorous application process ensures participants are appropriately challenged and in the company of their peers.
  • Content is relevant and research-based, including comparative data and current research findings.
  • Individual leader development is placed in the context of advancing the business.
  • The experience is deeply personalized through assessments, dedicated coaching relationships and tailored activities.
  • Managing energy, fitness and health are addressed as components of effective leadership.
  • Coaches have extensive experience working as and with senior executives.

The program is tailored to the specific needs of each participant. This process begins weeks in advance of the program.

This program includes:

  • An exclusive five days long leadership retreat.
  • Highly relevant, research-based content to expand knowledge and address essential challenges.
  • Experiential activities to add depth to feedback and key ideas.
  • Media interview to assess executive image and presence.
  • Health and fitness assessment and daily activities to connect energy management to leader effectiveness.
  • A half-day, personal session with a Gusto Life Group executive coach to integrate the experience and plan next steps.
  • Twelve one-hour coaching sessions with your executive coach.
  • Extensive networking opportunities to provide connections, ideas and support.
  • Digital access to all materials, resources and personal information for easy reference.


What will I learn?

Leading the Enterprise focuses on the whole leader to meet the challenges of the enterprise. The program takes an inside-out approach to help top leaders meet the demands of the role and accelerate organizational goals.

Executives in the program concentrate on key leadership competencies: validating and articulating a vision, leading outwardly, communication, influence, self-awareness and executive image. They delve into their high-level challenges. They explore how managing energy, fitness and health are related to effective leadership.

Through the Leading the Enterprise experience, top leaders gain a clear view of their impact on the organization and:

  • Develop clear action plans around organizational challenges and priorities.
  • Validate or recast organizational vision.
  • Clarify their leadership effectiveness, within the organization and in comparison to other senior executives.
  • Improve external influence skills with boards, shareholders, partners and critical stakeholders.
  • Enhance executive image and communication skills.
  • Learn to balance and sustain energy for the work of leadership.


How does it work?

Leading the Enterprise is a six months long coaching program, starting off with five intense days on location.

During these five days, participants are immersed in their personal data, experiential activities and skill-building exercises. Led by a senior-level coaching team, typically composed of a male and female coach, the Leading the Enterprise retreat is a safe – but challenging – environment for learning, practice, reflection and goal setting.

Our exclusive groups of participants are kept small and confidential to ensure the best setting for a deep learning and growth experience.

The week includes:

  • Experiential activities and hands-on exercises for practice and deeper learning.
  • A half-day, personal session with a coach to clarify thinking and plan next steps.
  • Multiple feedback and goal-setting sessions
  • Peer learning groups to provide insight, suggestions and support.

    “Senior leaders apply and sustain their learning with a package of resources.”

When the Leading the Enterprise retreat experience ends, participants apply and sustain their learning by using the included ongoing support:

  • 12 one-hour phone coaching sessions with your coach.
  • Assessment to measure skills and behavior progress, completed three months after the program.
  • Optional, fee-based fitness coaching or media and executive presence coaching.
  • Optional, fee-based learning and support, such as extended coaching engagements, additional eCourses and/or ePrograms-packages and custom initiatives to connect individual development to organizational needs.

Length of program

Six months

Locations

Abisko/Kiruna, SWEDEN
Bangkok, THAILAND
Dallas, USA
Dubai, UAE
Hong Kong, HK (China)
Rättvik/Tällberg, SWEDEN

Tuition

For more information, contact us at gustolifegroup@gmail.com.

Improve your transparency skills with these easy tips

house-wall-113541_1280The skills of being transparent is the key to developing authentic relationships with your team – and with other people. Being transparent is about sincerity, honesty, grace and composure.

Transparent leaders are authentic and respected. They are true to themselves and know their team members well. They share of their knowledge and information, instilling trust and understanding amongst their associates.

Here are some easy tips on being transparent:

– Own up to mistakes.
The act of owning up to a mistake demonstrates humility and a genuine desire to do the right thing.

– Responsibility share true opinions and emotions.
Be responsible for the manner in which you share your opinions with others. For example, express your concern but without contempt.

– Ask for feedback on your own performance.
Ask those who you respect for feedback and accept it with an open mind.

– Communicate both good and bad news.
Do not sugarcoat bad news to make it sound better and don’t downplay good news. Simply tell the truth with a touch of compassion when necessary.

– Create meaningful connections with your team.
Don’t force an unnatural or uncomfortable bond with your employees. Instead, go out of your way to get to know each person on a real level.

How do you practice transparency in your organization and your life? Is there something you can do to improve even further and if so, in what way?

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10 Ways To Lead By Example

skydiving-658405_1280Good leaders must lead by example. Through their actions, which are aligned with what they say, they become a person others want to follow. When leaders say one thing but do another, they erode trust, a critical element of productive leadership.

Here are 10 of the dozens of ways to lead by example.

  1. Take responsibility. Blame costs you your credibility, keeps team members on the defensive and ultimately sabotages real growth.
  2. Be truthful. Inaccurate representation affects everyone. Show that honesty really IS the best policy.
  3. Be courageous. Walk through fire (a crisis) first. Take calculated risks that demonstrate commitment to a larger purpose.
  4. Acknowledge failure. It makes it OK for your team to do the same and defines failure as part of the process of becoming extraordinary.
  5. Be persistent. Try, try again. Go over, under or around any hurdles to show that obstacles don’t define your company or team.
  6. Create solutions. Don’t dwell on problems; instead be the first to offer solutions and then ask your team for more.
  7. Listen. Ask questions. Seek to understand. You’ll receive valuable insights and set a tone that encourages healthy dialogue.
  8. Delegate liberally. Encourage an atmosphere in which people can focus on their core strengths.
  9. Take care of yourself. Exercise, don’t overwork, take a break. A balanced team, mentally and physically, is a successful team. Model it, encourage it, support it!
  10. Roll up your sleeves. Like Alexander the Great leading his men into battle, you’ll inspire greatness in your company.

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