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Respond, Don't React, For Leadership Success

Respond, Don't React, For Leadership Success
As I work with entrepreneurs, small business owners, and sales leaders, I continue to see one main difference between very successful people and unsuccessful ones. That difference can be illustrated using a simple analogy: When one goes to the doctor with some ailment, the doctor will typically prescribe some treatment and ask for a follow-up visit.


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Reaction And Response

Reaction And Response

When someone reacts, it is often an emotionally negative response. When someone responds, it is a forward-thinking, progressive-acting answer.

Reacting is often an emotional response that drags you down. Be responsive, forward-thinking, and push yourself to be better as a leader.




Break Rules

Break Rules

Incorporate more risks into your business and work style. Think about how to change your core processes, do them faster and increase your sales.

Try borrowing from other industries' methods to change your model. Also, think about how to scale your business and how to change it to connect with more customers.



Have Vision

Have Vision

Incorporate an end vision for your business and shape tasks to achieve that vision -- every week and month. Turn those ideas into executable plans.

To get started, break up your objective into achievable and measurable milestones with deadline dates for each (and mark those dates in your electronic calendar). Then share those milestones with key accountability partners to drive personal accountability.



Create a Daily Routine

Create a Daily Routine

Try incorporating important elements like planning, daily workouts, personal study, and positive affirmations into your daily routine to see maximum results.

Get up at the same time every single day to start off your daily routine -- and make it your choice. Write down your short- and long-term goals every morning to set your workday on the right track.




Preventing Reactions

  • Am I reacting? Simply asking yourself that question can ground you and give you a quick mental break to perhaps choose differently.
  • You react when you think you don’...

How To Respond Rather Than React

  • When you think about how this specific situation fits into your overall goals and objectives it will be easier to respond.
  • The best decisions are informed by a proper balance of facts and emotions.
  • Mentally move into the future and look back to determine your best response to the current situation.

Acting In Emergency Situations

While responding seems like the prudent choice, in a crisis or emergency situation it may seem that you would logically need to react or operate in a split-second decision mode.

The reality is the best crisis managers are trained and practice a variety of scenarios precisely so they can respond rather than react. The difference is in preparation and thought.

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Jack Welch

“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive..."

Jack Welch


Great leaders have a clear, exciting idea of where they are going. They are excellent at strategic planning.

While a manager gets the job done, great leaders tap into the emotions of their employees.

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

“Courage is rightly considered the foremost of the virtues, for upon it, all others depend.”  

10 Success Lessons From Chris Gardner

  1. Assess yourself. We all have unique abilities and talents and however small we can do great things with them.
  2. Look to someone you admire
  3. Believe in your...