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The Impact of Happy Leaders on their Organization’s Performance

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Happy leaders are a very difficult concept to define. However, many theorists have attempted to define happiness and have been fairly successful. Beginning with Aristotle, who theorized that it is the combination of what you experience at the moment (hedonia) and a reflection of those experiences (eudaimonia), the definition of happiness still continues to evolve (de Vries, 2016).

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3 Steps to Connect Deeply with Others

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Timothy’s Thought for Thursday

In the unlikeliest of all places, while picking up plans for my house, I had the pleasure of meeting a man of character. These type of men are hard to find nowadays but when you do, they are plain to see. This man had a presence, a gentleness, and depth about him. It was clear that he was a leader of himself and others. He earned my respect instantly and within a few minutes, we were talking the same talk and understood what makes each other tick.

I got to thinking, how did that happen? How can two people meet as complete strangers and in just a few minutes make a connection and understand what really matters to them?

Here is what I discovered:

  1. Be present, polite, and personable upfront.
  2. Be curious, ask questions, listen, find a common interest.
  3. Agree, give compliments, share what is important to you. (In this case, we agreed that happiness comes from being present and not in the coveting of material possessions.)

Are you able to stimulate a conversation with someone that follows the watercourse way? A conversation that runs to the depths of your being and theirs. How will this support you as a person, a leader or a parent? It is time to leave the surface; to the depths we must go! It is there that you will find what you are looking for.

Insight: 

“In the silence we dive deep, to the depths we must go, and return to find all is not as it once was.” ~ Timothy J. Carroll

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Tao Te Ching: Where to Find the Resources that You Need to Succeed

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Timothy’s Thought for Thursday

Inner Resources

To know how other people behave takes intelligence, but to know myself takes wisdom.
To manage other people’s life takes strength, but to manage my own life takes true power.

If I am content with what I have, I can live simply and enjoy both prosperity and free time.
If my goals are clear, I can achieve them without fuss.
If I am at peace with myself, I will not spend my life force in conflicts.
If I have learned to let go, I do not need to fear dying.

Source: The Tao of Leadership – Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching Adapted for a New Age by John Heider

Insight: 

“At the center of your being, you have the answer; you know who you are, and you know what you want.” ~ Lao Tzu

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A Study Showed that Presence Equals Performance

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I was reading in the Miami Herald on the weekend that a recent University of Miami study showed that mindfulness meditation for soldiers in the months leading up to deployment can shield them against mental lapses, loss of attention and a wandering mind. The study expands the body of evidence that one of the best ways to protect soldiers is by training their own minds to be still, present and alert.

Timothy Carroll Presence Equals Performance

The present moment is all you have. The rest are just figments of your mind and don’t exist.

If training to be present helps soldiers to perform then it can help everyone to perform to their best, stay calm, make better decisions, respond to situations creatively etc. The question is how to stay present and not get distracted? Building this mental muscle is the same as building the physical muscle; it requires consistent training. I suggest taking time everyday to just be, to sit in silence with your eyes closed for 20 minutes focusing on your breath. Be there fully with your full attention. Then take this into your day staying present with the people and places you meet along the way and notice the results you get.

Insight: 

“Life is available only in the present moment.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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Should Leaders Let Go & Trust or Control?

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It’s 28-24 to the Patriots, 30 seconds left in the Super Bowl, the Seahawks have the ball at the 1 yard line, and a touchdown wins them the game. They have the best running back in the League who has run 101 yards that evening. The offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell, calls the play, the ball is snapped, and the quarterback passes it low and hard into the in-zone … BOOM! Malcom Butler, from the Patriots, makes a spectacular interception winning them the Super Bowl.

What happened!? Why did the Seahawks choose to pass instead of running it in for a certain touchdown? The head coach decided the final play instead of Bevell. A fatal error under pressure, at a crunch moment, undermining Bevells’ position and judgement.

Don’t change what isn’t broken when it matters most.

Should Leaders Let Go and Trust or Control by Timothy Carroll

The Seahawks, defending Super Bowl Champions, had a winning formula which they changed at the last second. As Leaders, we need to trust the people we have, in the roles they are given, to make the right call at the right time. Undermining the staff by deciding for them is risky business, erodes their confidence and belief, and breaks the trust. The tendency is to want to control the outcome, but just like a 100 meter sprinter, you need to relax and let go to finish strong.

Insight: 

“As a leader your job is to do everything in your power to create the perfect conditions for success by benching your ego and inspiring your team to play the game the right way.” ~ Phil Jackson

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Do you have Joie de vivre – the Joy of Life?

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Sometimes we get so caught up in the pursuit of progress and the achievement of our goals that we forget to enjoy the moment. We lose ourselves and our playfulness, becoming too serious. When we are fully immersed in the moment and doing what we love, an inexplicable joy arises –Joie de vivre, the joy of life. Abraham Maslow described this as one of the by-products of a self-actualized person – a person achieving his/her potential. As Thich Nhat Hanh who is the most influential Zen Buddhist monk of our time so eloquently put…

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3 Steps to Transform & Perform

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Timothy’s Thought for Thursday

All of us struggle at times to manage a particular situation, circumstance, or person. The emotions arise within, we jump to conclusions, make rash decisions, and then wish we had bitten our tongue or acted differently. There is another way. A sure fire strategy that transforms these situations every time, solving problems and inspiring change.

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