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Season of Change

For most of us, the month of November usually provides for a change of seasons. As the leaves become dry and fall from our trees, the fragrance of something different is in the air. 

In this month, many around the United States, change their clock settings, as the switch to Daylight Savings Time takes place. And noticebly the grass is fading from green to brown. So many of the brilliant colors of summer are blowing away in the cool, brisk temperatures of fall.

Nature has a way of reminding us for a need to change.

Determination and Perseverance...Waymaker Essentials!

A few weeks ago I met Rudy Ruttiger, the real "Rudy"! He was enlightening, engaging, and truly an older version of the character played by Sean Astin in the movie by the same name. His inspiring story of a dreamer whose focus to play football at his beloved Notre Dame University draws a terrific picture of the life of a Waymaker. While his life after Notre Dame did not result in a pro football career, he continued to contribute. He became a parent, a salesman, and a committed citizen investing his life in others.

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?

The Eyes of a Focused Leader

The Coates Perspective for May 22, 2013
“Steering Organizations To New Horizons.”
 
The Eyes of a Focused Leader

I am savvy enough to know that the marketplace is unpredictable at times, filled with ups and downs. Sometimes, in order to go further, one needs to go backward in order to gain a clearer perspective. Like a new pair of eyeglasses, the corrective lenses of focused leadership help me see things at a distance, better.
 
There have been some leaders who have ridden the crest of “the latest, greatest idea” business wave only to wipe out when a bigger wave swallowed them.

Three Effective Ways To Manage Your Anger

The Coates Perspective for May 16, 2013
“Steering Organizations To New Horizons.”
 
Three Steps In Making A Good Decision When You Get Angry

Every now and then one’s temper can flare up during the workday. There are many things that can ignite one’s fuse. Truly, this area of any leaders life can and will be tested everyday. Be that what it may, there are three techniques I try to use when I become angry. Perhaps they will be useful to you too.

When I get angry . . .

1.     I try to be quick to listen to the other person before I say a word

Staying on Message

The Coates Perspective for May 8, 2013
“Steering Organizations To New Horizons.”
 
Staying on Message

There is a term called “white noise” which describes the way competitive noisy frequencies compete for our focused attention. It is possible to hear so many good thoughts, at the same time, which can dilute our hearing. The danger to an organization is that the urgent noises can replace the important ones.

The key challenge for the leader is to stay on message, in spite of the noise all around. How is it best done?

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.

The Great Value of Patience, Persistence, and Perspiration

The Coates Perspective for April 26, 2013
“Steering Organizations To New Horizons.”
 
The Great Value of Patience, Persistence, and Perspiration

From my experience in leadership training I’ve seen gifted leaders quit too early on a project or a relationship. For a variety of reasons, leaders can become discouraged and prematurely give up. I have learned that some things come easy; most do not. It was Napoleon Hill who asserted,“Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.
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