The Law of Intentionality – First Law in 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth (John C. Maxwell) – Mind Map


Here is the gist of the first law from 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell. In this Law of Intentionality, author establishes “Personal Growth” is intentional & not accidental.

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The Law of Intentionality

The Law of Intentionality

What to copy from your Role Model?


In most of the Gym, I see posters of Arnold showing his well exercised muscles. By seeing these pictures, surely I get inspiration to develop my body something like this. Gyms also have mirrors in every corner for people to watch themselves – It creates enthusiasm, self-motivation & encouragement. Many followed Arnold as their role model for body building. Okay, do you think everyone built their body like Arnold? No!! but why?

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Most of us wants to copy Arnold in physique but we forget to follow the methods that he followed to build his body. Each activity has two ingredients – the way how it is carried out & the outcome. Most of the time, disciplined approach produces expected outcome. Whatever be the result of the execution, disciplined way of execution always creates credibility & respect.

We can copy behaviors from a Role model and not the act. Though problems looks similar, each one has unique situation which can produce different result even you apply same solution, so copying someone’s solution will not help us. At the same time, copying the behavior (example – determination, focused, calm, compose) it will surely help us in that situation.

Issue – Demystified


 

Every time when I encounter an issue – I think a lot about the issue, lose time, undergo lot of emotional change till I finish it. Once I move it out of my plate, I feel happy and wish not to get a issue like this in my life. But issues in life is not having any end to it and the cycle continues. Today I decided to write my thoughts about issue. Issue is something you feel disruptive when you expected to lead the life in defined routine.

Issue

An issue has a description, root cause, pattern, mindset, its time bound and have solution. Here is a single line explanation about each of those components.

  • For any issue clear description is the key. Well defined issue will get well defined solution
  • Issue is just an effect & every issue has a root cause for it
  • Patterns can be derived if the same issue occurs frequently. Pattern applies to solutions too
  • Size, complexity & situation depends on mindset and not in the issue itself
  • An issue is an issue only for a particular period of time which may diminish or vanish or resurface after sometime
  • Urgency & priority depends on time of the issue occurrence
  • Every issue has solution & there could be multiple solution options for single issue which may be suitable for different situation

Transformational Leadership in FB – Infographics


This is Infographics representation of one of my blog post “How do we practice transformational leadership in facebook?“. This is my first attempt in creating the Infographics format. I see Infographics uses some of the components of Mind Mapping for its attractiveness – more graphics with highlighted keywords.

Infographic-Transformational Leadership in facebook

Infographic-Transformational Leadership in FB

Leadership & Management Topics Tag Cloud


 

Here is the Management & Leadership topics list that I used to categorize & generate ideas. You can see all these topics in any Self-Help/ Management/ Leadership book.
If you take a closer look at the image Leadership Rubik’s cube which is the theme of this blog, I used 9 topics from the list to build it.

Here is what you can do with this list – Just take one (and only one) topic, generate at least 4 synonyms for each of those – think what idea you have about that particular item. Each one of us have general idea about each of the item listed. The more you dwell on one topic, you develop new ideas on those & you will become the master.

Situational Leadership Decision Making Quality
Excellence Standards Transformational Leadership
Transactional Leadership Authority Tasks
Priorities Style Productivity
“Just do it” Attitude Competency Collaboration
Communication
(Listening, Presenting, Reading)
Commitment Influence
Monitoring Result Oriented Budget
Problem Solving Trust Relation
Recognition Planning Awareness
Motivation Ideas Development
Growth Inspiration Helping
Effective Efficient Conflicts
Dream Big Authentic Stewardship
Servant Leadership Teamwork Accountability
Passion Measurable Action oriented
Purpose Empowerment Vision
Controlling Fun Distributed
Intelligence
(Emotional)
Coaching (Training, Mentoring) Time Management
Humility Culture Traits
Ethics Metrics Networking
Challenge Strategy Learning
High Performance Creativity Innovation
Change Management Knowledge Thinking
Service Skills Empathy
  Risks  

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Excellence in Leadership


Aristotle once said. "We are what we repeatedly do . . . Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."

If I post this question to you "Why are you working so hard in learning all things about your domain? What do you want to achieve in your domain?"

Most of you will say "I want to achieve Excellence in my area. That’s why I am putting so much effort."

Excellence

Yes. Everyone wants to achieve Excellence. Everyone feels ultimate fulfillment of performing an activity is achieving Excellence in that. Can I say "Excellence is th ultimate Goal? No. Excellence is a “way of life,” a “way of being” – not a steady state to be “achieved.”

What do Excellence mean?

Excellence is a talent or quality which is unusually good and so surpasses ordinary standards. It is also used as a standard of performance.[1]

How to achieve excellence?

Studies have shown that the most important way to achieve excellent performance in fields such as sport, music, professions and scholarship is to practice. Achievement of excellence in such fields commonly requires approximately 10 years of dedication, comprising about 10,000 hours of effort.

But in the contrary, asked how long it took to achieve Excellence, IBM’s legendary boss Tom Watson is said to have answered more or less as follows: “A minute. You ‘achieve’ Excellence by promising yourself right now that you’ll never again knowingly do anything that’s not Excellent – regardless of any pressure to do otherwise by any boss or situation.” [3]

Here is the straight forward crispier quotes on Excellence

Excellence can be obtained if you:
"…care more than others think is wise;
…risk more than others think is safe;
…dream more than others think is practical;
…expect more than others think is possible.”

                                        – Claude Bissell

"When the country is in kiosk, everyone has a plan to fix it, but it takes a leader of real understanding to straighten things out" [4]. Because Leaders possess Excellence – talent in understanding the problem & provides solution that brings out a country from the issues. Leaders have vision – they dream more than others think is practical.

Success is a by-product of Excellence, not the means to its own end. So.. Pursue Excellence.. Ignore Success.

Reference:

1. Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Excellence

2. The Little Big Things: 163 Ways to Pursue EXCELLENCE – Tom Peters (2012)

3. The road to excellence: the acquisition of expert performance in the arts and sciences, sports, tacos and games – Karl Anders Ericsson (1996)

4. John Maxwell Law of Leadership Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70skQqbGtPs

Book Reading & Agile Scrum Method = An Analogy


Learning is easy when you develop an analogy with known & easy to remember items.Here is an analogy that you will remember for life about Agile methods.

Agile is like reading your school text-book. Yes! Let us go back to your school days.

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Start of the year, Teacher provides you a text-book (say Science subject) that have 12 chapters totaling 400 pages!!! If teacher ask you to study the whole text-book and write exam at the end of the year how do you feel? You may feel it will be very difficult, boring & you keep the book always in hand but don’t think you studied all content.

Take this way – Teacher says ‘Each chapter is around 35 pages long. I am going to cover one chapter for every 15 days. End of each chapter, I will test you with questions taken only from that one chapter. We will follow this method till we complete all 12 chapters.” Will it not give you entirely different feel?

One clever student asked “Pages for each chapter differs in that case what do we do madam?” Teacher told “You are right. Okay. Based on chapter size, we will make it 10 (for small chapter), 15 (for average chapter) and 20 (for big chapter) days.

Suppose she goes ahead and say ” We are not going to go in same chapter order. I will cover all important chapters first and then we cover other chapters.”  That make your reading even more interesting. Right? So, after 6 months time, where you will be? You are done with reading & understanding the entire text-book content!!!

Agile is methodology that is based an iterative, incremental software development processes. A group of methods implements Agile principles out of which one is called Scrum. Let me restrict my analogy to Scrum method. Book reading explained above is also an iterative, incremental process where we are performing study of whole book in given time period.

Here is the terminology match between text-book reading & Scrum:

  1. Entire Text Book with chapters ordered based on importance Product Backlog (A prioritized list of high-level requirements for a product)
  2. Each Chapter Sprint Backlog (A prioritized list of tasks to be completed during the sprint)
  3. Each subtopics in Chapter User Stories (an independent, negotiable, valuable, estimable, small, testable requirement (“INVEST”))
  4. Chapter Completion Time Sprint (A time period (typically 1–4 weeks) in which development occurs on a set of backlog items that the team has committed to)
  5. Test after each chapter Sprint deliverables (all features/deliverables completed in the sprint)
  6. Evaluation of test output Sprint Retrospective (Meeting with team to find out – what went well during the sprint? and What could be improved in the next sprint?)
  7. Pages finished & to yet complete in current chapter (goes down to 0 as we complete each page) Sprint Burndown Chart (Chart that shows daily progress for a Sprint  over the sprint’s length – remaining work in the sprint backlog)
  8. Pages finished & to complete the whole book (goes down to 0 as we complete each chapter)Release Burndown Chart (amount of work left to complete the target commitment for a Product Release)
  9. Rate at which each chapter is completed Veolocity (The total effort a team is capable of in a sprint)

With this analogy I hope you get fair idea about Scrum terms & its usage.