January 2010 Newsletter

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Happy New Year! Here is this month’s Leader HQ Newsletter. Feel free to contact us with your questions or comments.

Get SMART in 2010

The holidays are over and for most people it’s back to the old grind. This year, you can choose to be different from all of the rest.

Instead of starting this new year in the same old way, make 2010 your best year ever. Start 2010 by doing some planning and writing down afew goals for the year.

People make New Year’s resolutions and in many cases break them before Groundhog Day. By taking the time to develop some SMART goals, you increase the likelihood of achieving what you set out to accomplish. As an example, many people make a resolution to live a more healthy lifestyle in the new year. They would stand a better chance of keeping their resolution, if they took the time to write out their resolution in the SMART goals format.

SMART goals are:

S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attainable
R – Relevant
T- Time Bound

Compare the original weak resolution to “live a more healthy lifestyle” with the SMART goal of “I am going to eat less and exercise 30 minutes a day to lose 15 by March 1st”. Using the SMART goals format makes losing those holiday pounds actually seem likely.

This year, how can you use the SMART goals format to improve your performance or help your team achieve more at work?

Online Resource

Everyone has received an e-mail misfire. Sometimes they are quickly
forgetten, other times they are the spark that sets the whole forest ablaze. John Baldoni writes about how to recover when a business communication goes astray. Read his post here on the Harvard Business Review Online Blogs.

On the Bookshelf

If one of your goals is to do more business reading this year, a good
place to start is The 100 Best Business Books of All Time by Jack Covert and Todd Sattersten. Released in 2009, this book provides some
short and some longer summaries, as well as interesting factoids on the
books and various authors. You will see a lot of familiar covers here,
but many surprises as well, making this a great starting point for a
year of reading. You can see it here on Amazon.

Recipe For Success

Learning how to deliver effective feedback is just one of the ingredients for improving team performance. Call Leader HQ and let us help you create your Recipe for Success.

This month’s recipe is for Black Eyed Pea Salsa. Enjoy it with tortilla chips or as a healthy side dish to accompany pork or chicken.

Black Eyed Pea Salsa

2 large roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 (15 ounce) can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
1/2 medium green pepper, chopped
1/2 cup sliced green onion
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced or if available use a garlic press

Combine lemon juice, olive oil and minced garlic and mix well. Place remaining ingredients in a bowl and add the lemon juice mixture. Stir until all ingredients are mixed thoroughly. Cover and chill at least 3 hours before serving

In This Issue
Get SMART in 2010
Online Resource
On the Bookshelf
Recipe for Success – Black Eyed Pea Salsa
Free – Host a “Lunch & Learn”

Host a FREE “Lunch and Learn” at your company
You supply the lunch, we supply the learn.

If your business is a member of any of the 22 Triad Area Chambers of Commerce, call us at 336-917-9636 to make arrangements for a free Lunch and Learn session on Effective Goal Setting or Essential Skills for
Aspiring Leaders.

What is a “Lunch and Learn” ?

A Lunch and Learn is a training event usually lasting from 45 minutes to one hour and is scheduled during the lunch hour. Employees who attend bring their lunches and eat them during the training session. This type of training is generally informational and less formal than the standard classroom setting.

To set up your Lunch and Learn session, call us today for details.

Leader HQ is not the biggest Leadership & Organizational Development firm. Our mission won’t allow us to be huge. In business, big companies typically have large HR or Talent Development teams in house. Leader HQ is focused on small and mid-sized companies who recognize that developing Great Leaders is important, but don’t have internal resources to handle this important function. Staying small allows us to remain focused on serving your needs; not just one time, but for the long term. Visit our website atwww.LeaderHQ.com for more information on our programs and services.

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