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12 Ways To Win Through Personal Responsibility

What is personal responsibility?

It is taking conscious control of your responses to the events and circumstances in your life. You are responsible for yourself whether you like it or not. What you do with your life and what you have done already is up to you. “Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn once again to exercise his will – his personal responsibility.” Albert Einstein

The ancient Romans understood the concept of personal responsibility. It’s said that after a Roman arch was completed, the engineer who built it had to stand underneath it when the scaffolding was removed.

Like discipline, responsibility is one of those words you have probably heard so many times from authority figures that you’ve developed a bit of an allergy to it. Still, it’s one of the most important things to grow and to feel good about your life. Without it you will never develop the attributes of a leader. Read More

Achieving Excellence

The question of what it takes to excel — to reach genius-level acumen at any chosen endeavour — has occupied psychologists for decades and philosophers for centuries. Groundbreaking research has pointed to “grit” as a better predictor of success than ‘IQ’, while leaders have admonished their people against the dangers of slipping into ‘autopilot’ in the quest for skill improvement.  Conscious competence means just that, if you want to improve results.

A new paper, by Brooke Macnamara, David Hambrick, and Frederick Oswald, offers a meta-analysis of existing literature on performance and practice, looking at 88 papers covering all the major realms where the practice-performance link has been studied. It finds that many have greatly overstated the importance of practice.

Practice, they found, on average explains just 12 percent of skill mastery and subsequent success. Instead, the factor identified as the main predictor of success is deliberate practice. Persistent training to which you give your full concentration rather than just your time, and usually and at best guided by a skilled expert, coach, or mentor. It’s a qualitative difference in how you pay attention, not a quantitative measure of clocking in the hours that creates mastery.

Mastery of any task has another component that exponentially increases results. Read More

9 Tips For Successful Team Players

Are there benefits from working within a team?

Wikipedia states that a 2003 survey (HOW-FAR) revealed that Americans think that being a team player was the most important factor in getting ahead in the workplace, and in the community. In brief, a team of people can achieve far more than the sum of the total of the individuals skills alone.

The primary benefit of teamwork is that it allows any group of people to achieve something that an individual working alone cannot. The total value created by teamwork depends on the overall effectiveness of the team effort. Working in a team can be rewarding, but at times it can be difficult and downright frustrating. If there are poor communicators on your team, you may often feel left in the dark, confused or misunderstood.

If the leader is not clear in their direction, is not consistently showing the way, is not modelling what’s required, and is not educating, clarifying, reminding, supporting and encouraging those who are not participating fully, then the whole project fails. People want to be part of a team, but their self-esteem often gets in the way of them playing full out.  Read More

The ‘LIST’

To search for things beyond our grasp is fantasy,

When that which lies within our reach we see

Has not yet been completed, yet holds the key,

To that which through right action ours will be.

The simplest things in life will make us free.

Prof. Dr. Sir John Whitman Ray, from ‘Logic In Sequence. Book 1: Laws of Perfection.’

There is a great need for people to bring order into their lives, at home, at work, in their relationships and their thinking. Yet it seems such an uncertain world out there. Chaos reigns supreme, so they say.

Do you ever feel, “It all looks so bleak. Why should I even bother to try to move forward in life or my career? Why should I try to improve my circumstances when I don’t think it will lead to anywhere? Why should I try anything in this crazy, uncertain, unpredictable and difficult environment?” Read More