Success and Goals: Great Quotes in Images

Today is just a collection of quotes on success and goals. I spent several hours this morning writing and editing a new workbook that will be available in January on personal productivity. I went surfing the internet for some good ideas. I hope you are inspired and motivated as I am by these thoughts.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International



Low Performers

You either hired them that way or you made them that way. 

W. Edwards Deming, one of the truly great leadership gurus, gave us those thoughts about "low performers."

There are some people who are just not productive. They are not productive because of ____________ (fill in the blank). There are many reasons why one person is not getting results. Deming says there are one of two reasons why you have low performers.

They were low performers when you hired them. Bad hiring - bad mistake on your part.

They were satisfactory or even good performers when you hired them, but through poor management, supervision and leadership, they have become low performers. Bad supervision - bad mistake on your part.

No Substitute for Results

there is no substitute for great results

There is no substitute for great results.


I am not saying that results are the ONLY thing that is important... although, if you don't want results - why are you doing what you do? 

And yet - it is striking how little we monitor progress toward results... and how little we work to make corrections so we can get results. We make the mistake of thinking, "I am busy, so that is good!" Not true. There is busy and then there is productive busy.

Being busy is not the goal. 
Being busy doing good things is not even the goal.
Getting the results that are important to your organization's mission - that is the goal.

Pursuing Greatness

you cannot pursue greatness and comfort at the same time, greatness quote

You cannot pursue greatness and comfort at the same time.   Todd Henry

There are two thoughts I have about this.

First, Todd Henry is right.
Greatness is never achieved by the comfortable. Greatness is achieved through hard work, discipline, sacrifice, struggle, failure (learning opportunity), diligence, persistence, resilience... sustained over time. Our "comfort oriented" culture will inevitably see a decline in greatness. We already do see such a decline. You will never stumble upon nor stroll into greatness.


Make a Daily "Success List"

To Motivate and Encourage Yourself
Here was a great idea I just read that will help personal productivity.

Use a daily list of what you have accomplished, your successes, your results and accomplishments for a few things.

First - some accountability to get results.

Second - to be encouraged by progress made.

Third - to celebrate the things you are doing that are important to you and your mission.

Leaders Get Results

Last week I had one of those serendipitous experiences.

I met with a friend for a morning cup of coffee. He is a young leader and already a really good leader. He is a life long learner. He thinks "hard" about leadership. He enjoys people. He has specific technical skills in his field. He has a great future ahead of him.

10 Suggestions for Setting Good BHAGs

reach for the starsGreat Leadership Lessons, Note 12
So Just How Big Are We Talking?
Big is one thing. Excessive is something else.
Audacious can be inspiring. Ridiculous is discouraging.

So just how big are we talking? How audacious? How beautiful? How challenging? How inspiring? How demanding? How much hard work is appropriate? 

And how do I know what is both realistic and also beyond what I can do on my own? How do I navigate living by confidence in knowing what I can do with some hard work and living by faith, trusting God to do more than what I can get done with my strength?

Nine Reasons Why Christians Resist BHAG Thinking and Living

Great Leadership Lessons, Note 11
I have asked this question many times as I work with leaders. Why do Christians "resist" the idea of BHAGs? When I get strong and negative reactions from Christians about BHAGs, I am no longer surpised. I thought I knew why Christians react the way they do, but I wanted to get a broader perspective. So I ask leaders their opinions about the resistance. Here is a summary of the answers that are offered most often.

ONE:  Pride.
As Christians we know pride is so easily a very bad thing. To talk about BHAGs seems to verge terribly close to that most deadly of sins. Best to avoid it altogether. Why put yourself in a situation where temptation to pride abou the great things you are doing and accomplishing will trouble you.

B.H.A.G. Level Results

Great Leadership Lessons, Note 10
Love It or Hate It, the idea of B.H.A.G. is now part of our leadership lexicon!

BHAG Big Hairy Audacious GoalsAnd it should be a part of our every day life! Even our Christian life.
Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals, or
Beautiful, Heavenly, Awesome Goals, or
Breath-taking, Heroic, Amazing Goals . . .

It is Always about RESULTS

Quote on getting results, All organizations are perfectly designed to get the results they are now getting.Great Leadership Lessons, Note 09
If there is one SIMPLE but yet VERY HARD leadership mindset you don't have it is this. You are not focused on results nearly as much as you need to. If you want to experience the power of great leadership, you will need to make this a major upgrade in how you lead.



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