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Defining Moments


"When a defining moment comes, you define the moment or the moment defines you." This quote is from the movie "Tin Cup," with Kevin Costner playing the main character, Roy McAvoy.

While watching the movie "Tin Cup" this weekend, for what must be the 1000th time, I heard the above referenced quote differently than all the other times. Where was I before? The movie was filled with micro moments when the main character, Roy McAvoy is confronted with what are portrayed as "defining moments.

When the Going Gets Tough


The Coates Perspective for May 23, 2013
“Steering Organizations To New Horizons.”
 
Leading in Tough Times

In my many years of leadership consulting I’ve encountered good times and tough times. Often, circumstances like a struggling economy or having to deal with a less than committed customer have been out of my control.

Whether serving in the Army or working as a businessman this saying always rang true:“When the going gets tough the tough get going.”So, what are you to do when you face tough times?

Proactive vs. Reactive Leadership

The Coates Perspective for May 7, 2013
“Steering Organizations To New Horizons.”
 
The Proactive Leader

One of the most important attributes a leader can possess is to be proactive. Instead of the business coming to him or her, the proactive leader takes the initiative and goes and gets it. Instead waiting for a problem to fix itself, the proactive leader has the ability to cut to the chase and address the problem before it evolves into an even greater challenge. The proactive leader is on the cutting edge of self-leadership: he or she makes an intentional effort to lead one’s own self.

The Importance of Making Good Habits

The Coates Perspective for May 3, 2013
“Steering Organizations To New Horizons.”
 
Making Good Habits

There are two kinds of habits: the good ones and the bad ones. If we become enslaved to the bad ones, we will never taste success. On the other hand, if we become slaves of the good habits our potential for success is unlimited.

It was writer Steven Covey who wrote the game-changing bookThe Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. He helped many leaders to sharpen their leadership skills by learning to implement his seven habits.

Three Essential Principles For Fulfilling Your Potential (#3)

The Coates Perspective for March 29, 2013
“Steering Organizations To New Horizons.”
 
Fulfilling Your Potential By Making Good Choices 

There is a huge difference between the desire to make good choices and the reality of actually making them as a daily habit. Good leaders know that words are cheap. We are measured by not what we say but what we do. Why do some succeed and others fail in this critically important area of personal growth? The successful leader who fulfills their potential learns to implement this third principle.
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