Posts - Success

Effective Leadership: The Power of Choice

Each choice we make, however small, impacts our path through life. Some decisions are cut-and-dry, but many are complex and have big implications. Do we take time to fully grasp the more strategic ramifications of each decision? Too often, we make expedient decisions to fix the immediate issue facing us, but don’t “stop, reflect and choose,” assessing longer-term impacts and thinking through a better response.

In our recent blog, co-founder and managing partner Susan Robertson explores the value of being mindful, taking a few seconds to reflect and consciously choose a course of action. She also offer tips you can take to rewire your brain to naturally “respond” rather than “react.”

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Success and Leadership Involves Helping

By Susan Robertson

Think about success.  How do you define success?  What does it mean to you?  Each person has a unique definition, guided by his or her purpose and values.  It can include financial rewards, healthy relationships, career advancement and many other achievements.

Whatever your definition, there are a few key ingredients that people use when creating a successful life and becoming a successful leader.   One of these key ingredients is learning how to ask for help.

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Putting Ourselves Even

By Susan and Barry Robertson

In the last post we offered a few tips to increase the odds of following through on personal goals, including New Year’s resolutions.  Today we focus on what may be the most important element of our inner world that either supports or detracts from achieving our goals.  That key element is our sense of self-worth.

Most experts agree that self-worth is malleable.  This is good news, because many of us could use a boost thanks to one key recurring behavioral pattern that we call “putting ourselves last.”  This self-destructive pattern hinders our self-worth and makes it tougher for us to do good things for ourselves, like following through on commitments and resolutions.  To put it another way, putting ourselves last means that we put everyone and everything else ahead of our own needs.

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New Year’s Vows

By Susan and Barry Robertson

As we embark on the New Year, many of us make personal resolutions or vows to change behavior.  In January, most health and fitness centers are nearly full with people doing their best to kick-off a commitment to get in better shape.  By February the crowds have diminished, as people drop out in spite of their good intentions.  Folks like to grow and develop, to improve in some way to achieve higher levels of personal satisfaction, but most drop their resolutions long before they get the rewards.

Self-leadership is an important aspect of personal and professional change.  Self-leadership means understanding what we need to do to create a desirable outcome for ourselves.  Self-discipline is applying personal accountability for behaving in a manner that is aligned with our intentions for improvement.  As we grow our self-discipline and act on our goals, we reinforce awareness of the value of delayed gratification as a powerful tool in achieving goals and long-term happiness.

If you have challenged yourself with New Year’s Resolutions, here are some tips to increase your chances of success.

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Investing In Your People

By Barry and Susan Robertson

Sometimes it’s hard to know when to invest in your people and teams, and when not to. While most leaders know that organizational success depends on the productivity of people, team and people development is often cut during times when it is needed the most—tough economic times. Leaders can succumb to fear as easily as their employees.

During times of economic uncertainty, fear and stress ramp up. Performance is hindered when people are stuck in fear and the accompanying survival mode. Unless action is taken to address this, productivity and profits will contract.

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Each person on our team returned with renewed insight and inspiration. HILS has improved communication, developed stronger relationships in the workplace, and helped us to retain key leadership positions.

Connie Hodges

President and CEO
United Way of Northeast Florida