May 2010 Newsletter

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Leader HQ Newsletter

May 2010

We learn our first lessons in leadership while sitting on our mother’s lap. Say, “Please”. Say, “Thank You”. Say, “You’re Welcome”.

By the way, your Mom said that if you enjoyed this month’s Leader HQ
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Tell her I said, “Happy Mother’s Day!”

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How To Get Past “Moan-day”

There is something particularly cruel about Monday. There is something about the way that it seems to come back around so quickly, like an unwelcome guest or the pesky neighbor kid from next door. It’s the reason musicians as varied as The Bangles, Lou Rawls, The Boomtown Rats and Karen Carpenter* have recorded songs about the dread Monday. More heart attacks occur on Monday between 4 am and 10 am than in any other six hour period during the week. It’s enough to make most people want to sleep in.

Rather than let Monday get the best of you, here are three ways to get past Monday. Use one or all three to get the upper hand and start the week strong.

Start With Friday – It may seem counter-intuitive, but to make the most out of Monday, start on Friday. Most people can’t wait to get out of the office on Friday afternoon, but instead of running for the door, take a few minutes to get ready for next week. Spending 15 minutes before leaving can help you enjoy the weekend and be prepared for the next week.

If you have to work this weekend, take some time before you leave on Friday to decide exactly when you will do it. Are you going to get up before the kids on Saturday, skip the movies Saturday night, or go to the early Church service on Sunday and work all afternoon? Making an appointment to do the work will prevent it from hanging over your head all weekend and will allow you to enjoy your unscheduled free time. While you’re still at your desk, remember to check your calendar for Monday. Do you have an early meeting on Monday that slipped your mind? Before turning out the lights, look around and make sure that you have everything you need to be productive at home. Having to go back to the office because you forgot the flash drive with the presentation on your desk is a waste of precious weekend time.

Define Success For The Week – As you begin the day on Monday, take a few minutes to identify your one or two top goals for the week. These should be meaningful milestones and not just a simple to-do list. Any tasks associated with these goals will identify themselves naturally and more importantly, your goals will express a larger purpose. As a
leader, isn’t it more satisfying to “Help Tim make progress in developing his skills” instead of “Give Tim feedback tomorrow”? Even with these small weekly goals, remember to use the SMART goals method.

Do The Work You Love – To kick start a productive week begin with a task that you enjoy. Choose something that you can complete quickly to achieve your first success of the week. It could be organizing last weeks receipts for your expense report or preparing a schedule of sales calls for the coming week. Monday is also a good time to review last week’s results. You may see something that you can change easily and reap the benefit this week.

Mondays can also be a good day to work on developing your network. Set up a meeting with someone who can help you reach one of your goals, or with someone who could benefit from your expertise. However, don’t let networking become an excuse for procrastination. There’s still a long way until Friday.

*“Manic Monday”, “(They Call It) Stormy Monday”, “I Don’t Like Mondays”, “Rainy Days and Mondays”

Online Resource

Many people compare their working environment to a jungle. You may begin to see more similarities after reading a recent article from Harvard Business Review Online. Authors Jon R. Katzenbach and Zia Khan describe how “Fast Zebras” come out ahead in the workplace just as they do in the jungle. You can read their article How “Fast Zebras” Navigate Informal Networks here.

On the Bookshelf

If you’re looking to accelerate your understanding of teamwork, John C Maxwell’s Teamwork 101 may be what you are looking for. Maxwell has written numerous books with a great many on leadership, including the best-selling The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. In this book, Maxwell distills developing teams to its essence and packs a lot into 122 short pages.

Teamwork 101 provides a good overview of everything team. In part one, Maxwell gives a basic lesson on the benefits of teamwork. Many of the
stories and situations he tells are familiar, but with each of them he drives the message of how teamwork leads to accomplishments great and small. He closes the first half with principles for establishing a strong team, which almost every leader will benefit from reading.

The second half of the book provides some practical ways for leaders to
develop and managing your existing team. Answering questions such as
“What does it mean to be a team player?” and “How does a weak player
impact the team?” Maxwell acts as trusted mentor for those leaders who need a better understanding of the dynamics that cause teams to succeed or fail.

If you are specifically looking for a book that will help you in managing your team, or you have never read any of John C Maxwell’s books, Teamwork 101 is a great place to start. If you are an experienced leader, you will find this book a great addition to your library or a gift for someone that you mentor. You can find it here on Amazon.

Recipe for Success

It takes more than a pinch of salt, pepper and garlic to develop a
well-seasoned leader. Give us a call and let Leader HQ help you
create your own Recipe for Leadership Success.

Instead of serving garlic bread with your next pasta meal, treat your dinner guests to something different. This month’s recipe is for a simple bread dipping oil, which can be made quickly as your pasta begins to boil or prepared in advance for maximum flavor.

Bread Dipping Oil

1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried rosemary
1 tsp. coarse sea salt
1-1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
1-1/2 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
3 tbl. fresh chopped parsley
3 finely minced garlic cloves
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


Place chopped parsley and minced garlic in a small mixing bowl. Add all of the remaining ingredients except the oil into the bowl, and using the back of a spoon crush the parsley and garlic. Pour the oil into the bowl, and stir through. If you have time, allow the flavors to meld for an hour before serving. Serve in a shallow bowl with slices of crust bread.

Bonus: This dipping oil can also be used as a rub for basting an oven baked chicken.

In This Issue
How To Get Past “Moan-day
Online Resource
On the Bookshelf
Recipe for Success – Bread Dipping Oil
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