It’s 99.99% likely you are reading this on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or the Internet. We are a networked planet, nearly globally. With such a diverse possibly of contacts, you are quite literally losing business if you are not engaged in some form of networking.
In researching this question, I came across this article from Dayna Steele, from Relate by Zendesk. She absolutely nails it when she writes, “The larger your network, the more opportunities, ideas, and answers come your way.”
I am a proponent of the basics. My to do list is nothing fancy. I use a small notebook where I make a note of the daily to dos (it’s sorted by date). Priority tasks get an (!) next to them. I am also a proponent of ToDoist.com. It’s straightforward project and task based team task management platform. I use this for larger projects and task delegation.
Effective task management is critical to the long term success of a business.
In our ever changing world, what really is a 21st century businesses’ greatest asset? I would submit for your consideration that it is as quoted above, the ability to learn and adapt and implement faster than the competition.
If this sounds familiar, it’s tied into the overarching goal of the OODA loop, too.
I was listening to the BiggerPockets podcast this morning and heard this advice from Erik Stark, a successful Florida real estate marketer. He has a number of nuggets of wisdom in the podcast and I would very much encourage you to listen (it’s #93).
I wanted to take a moment and dig into this quote today. What does Mr. Stark mean by this? In his business, he has found success in the follow up. He has developed a system that works for him, through which he is able to deliver sustained and systematic follow up to his clients.
Are you following up? Do you have a system to do so?
Being a good leader is not a byproduct of a pleasant personality. – Retired USAF MSgt John Mitchell
I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?
– Benjamin Disraeli
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.
– Margaret Mead
To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.
– Andre Malraux
It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.
– Adlai Stevenson
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
– Peter F. Drucker
I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself. – Robert E. Lee
I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. – Ralph Nader
I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men. – Lao Tzu
The day the soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership. – Retired General Colin Powell
Do not expect bad people to exempt you from their destructive ways.
– Marcus Aurelius
You do not lead by hitting people over the head — that’s assault, not leadership. – Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Refrain from imposing your feelings onto reality.
– Marcus Aurelius
Too many kings can ruin an army.
The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership. – Harvey S. Firestone
Our power lies in our small daily choices, one after another, to create eternal ripples of a life well lived. – Mollie Marti
A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit. – John Maxwell
No great manager or leader ever fell from heaven, its learned not inherited. – Tom Northup
As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
– Bill Gates
You manage things; you lead people.
– Real Admiral Grace Murray Hopper
What you do has far greater impact than what you say. – Stephen Covey
Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.
– Colin Powell