Live it - Lead IT https://liveitleadit.com/ The brand new Podcast for Business Leaders, not only in IT. Tue, 23 Oct 2018 08:09:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://liveitleadit.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-LF-Icon-V31-3000-1-32x32.jpg Live it - Lead IT https://liveitleadit.com/ 32 32 for successful Business Leaders Olaf Kapinski, long time IT Leader, leadership fan. Ideas and inspirations for young leaders, thoughts on leadership and communication. clean episodic Olaf Kapinski, long time IT Leader, leadership fan. Ideas and inspirations for young leaders, thoughts on leadership and communication. olaf@liveitleadit.com olaf@liveitleadit.com (Olaf Kapinski, long time IT Leader, leadership fan. Ideas and inspirations for young leaders, thoughts on leadership and communication.) 2018, Olaf Kapinski Live it - Lead IT Live it - Lead IT https://liveitleadit.com/wp-content/uploads/LITv1-500.jpg https://liveitleadit.com/ Hannover, Budapest, Europe wöchentlich 040 Disney Strategy https://liveitleadit.com/blog/disney-strategy/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=disney-strategy Mon, 08 Oct 2018 03:00:44 +0000 https://liveitleadit.com/?p=7966 040 Disney Strategy

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040 Disney Strategy

In this episode of Live it, Lead IT! I am going to be talking you through the Disney Strategy, a straightforward, effective tool based on three distinct stages to help you realise your dreams.

The Dream Phase

Do you want an average life, or do you want to live your dream life? While it takes courage to reach for the stars, as soon as you start imagining what your ideal life looks like, you can work toward its’ realisation. To achieve that life, you have to start with visualisation – you cannot realise what you can’t imagine.

So how do you go about dreaming up an image of your ideal life? My best advice to you is to head out into nature, void of any gadgets or other distractions, and let your imagination run wild. Often, when thinking about life goals, people often believe that they are undeserving, or that their desires are unrealistic. Put all of these concerns to one side and imagine what you would love to be doing for the next five or ten years. Try to avoid overcompensation – where you only picture having those things that you don’t have now – say time to spend on a beach in an exotic location – ask yourself if it will really fulfil all your desires.

Once you have a clear picture in your head, create a vision board. Preferably using a large sheet of paper, collate images, whether you print them off the internet or cut them out of magazines, to create a visual representation of your dream. Keep it somewhere visible you can see it often.

The Realisation Phase

Now that you have created a clear image of your dream life, you will need to start planning how to get from where you are, to where you want to be. Treat this as a project plan and break down the steps you need to take you to realise your ideal life into smaller chunks. Don’t overcomplicate it and be sure to write it down.

The Consequences Stage

The third and final part of the strategy is to consider the consequences of realising your dream. You will need to ask yourself several questions to assess what the outcomes are of you living your ideal life. These include, ‘What will I have when I live my dream life’, these will include all the positives of you achieving your dream, which might include recognition in your industry or a larger wage; ‘What will I no longer when I live that dream life’, which might include for example a boss that you need to answer to on the positive side; and ‘What might I miss when I achieve my dream life’, which for example might include less time with friends or loved ones. This latter question asks us to focus on the positive things we have in our current life.

Final thoughts

The beauty of the Disney strategy is the simplicity of the three phases. Be sure to spend most of your time focusing on the dream phase and try to expand your horizons as much as possible to ensure you are not limiting your ability to dream. Try reading books, studying others, or other tactics to explore new options. Dedicate a quarter of your time to the realisation phase as this is where you will see how you can move closer to your dream. Finally, spend the rest of your time on the consequences, as the final stage. Use the Disney Strategy to take a massive step in your life in the right direction, and, if you can please share the results with me.

Happy dreaming till next time.

Yours,

Olaf Kapinski

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In this episode of Live it, Lead IT! I am going to be talking you through the Disney Strategy, a straightforward, effective tool based on three distinct stages to help you realise your dreams.The Dream PhaseDo you want an average life, or do you want to live your dream life? While it takes courage to reach for the stars, as soon as you start imagining what your ideal life looks like, you can work toward its’ realisation. To achieve that life, you have to start with visualisation – you cannot realise what you can’t imagine.So how do you go about dreaming up an image of your ideal life? My best advice to you is to head out into nature, void of any gadgets or other distractions, and let your imagination run wild. Often, when thinking about life goals, people often believe that they are undeserving, or that their desires are unrealistic. Put all of these concerns to one side and imagine what you would love to be doing for the next five or ten years. Try to avoid overcompensation – where you only picture having those things that you don’t have now – say time to spend on a beach in an exotic location – ask yourself if it will really fulfil all your desires.Once you have a clear picture in your head, create a vision board. Preferably using a large sheet of paper, collate images, whether you print them off the internet or cut them out of magazines, to create a visual representation of your dream. Keep it somewhere visible you can see it often.The Realisation PhaseNow that you have created a clear image of your dream life, you will need to start planning how to get from where you are, to where you want to be. Treat this as a project plan and break down the steps you need to take you to realise your ideal life into smaller chunks. Don’t overcomplicate it and be sure to write it down.The Consequences StageThe third and final part of the strategy is to consider the consequences of realising your dream. You will need to ask yourself several questions to assess what the outcomes are of you living your ideal life. These include, ‘What will I have when I live my dream life’, these will include all the positives of you achieving your dream, which might include recognition in your industry or a larger wage; ‘What will I no longer when I live that dream life’, which might include for example a boss that you need to answer to on the positive side; and ‘What might I miss when I achieve my dream life’, which for example might include less time with friends or loved ones. This latter question asks us to focus on the positive things we have in our current life.Final thoughtsThe beauty of the Disney strategy is the simplicity of the three phases. Be sure to spend most of your time focusing on the dream phase and try to expand your horizons as much as possible to ensure you are not limiting your ability to dream. Try reading books, studying others, or other tactics to explore new options. Dedicate a quarter of your time to the realisation phase as this is where you will see how you can move closer to your dream. Finally, spend the rest of your time on the consequences, as the final stage. Use the Disney Strategy to take a massive step in your life in the right direction, and, if you can please share the results with me.Happy dreaming till next time.Yours,Olaf Kapinski























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029 Distance to your employees https://liveitleadit.com/blog/distance-to-your-employees/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=distance-to-your-employees Mon, 23 Jul 2018 03:00:56 +0000 https://liveitleadit.com/?p=7944 029 Distance to your employees

Today I will be discussing how close you should, or shouldn’t be, with your employees. Ultimately there are two types of ways to define any relationship – formal and informal.

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029 Distance to your employees

This special edition of Live It, Lead IT! will be divided into two parts. In part one of this edition, I will be talking about work relationships and how best to foster them. Specifically,  I will be addressing the boundaries you should or shouldn’t maintain with your employees.

The second part of today’s show will be specifically for those working in the field of IT. If you are in this category listen on for I will be revealing a very special offer in the podcast for the IT leadership programme I run – The IT-YoungStars!

For foreigners I made an offer, you literly can’t resist. If you want to become successfull:

The two types

Today I will be discussing how close you should, or shouldn’t be, with your employees. Ultimately there are two types of ways to define any relationship – formal and informal. So which type should you maintain with your colleagues?

Earlier on in my career, I was unsure of how to handle relations between my employees and myself. Those from the old-school generation advocated maintaining distance from their employees. Today, many more have adopted a more relaxed approach, while still keeping the dynamics of the manager-employee. But about friendship? Can your employees be friends?

Can you be friends with your employees?

I’m not a big fan of maintaining too much distance. But on the other hand too much proximity can mean an overreliance on the employee in the relationship. This latter kind of dynamic often presents itself in relationships between couples. It’s therefore essential to maintain the boundaries between your business and personal life to ensure a positive working relationship. Fostering the relationship however is critical – you don’t want find yourself in a situation where your employees are alienated from, or even harbor negative emotions towards you. So how do you find the sweet spot?

The family approach

My take on it is to let your employees be as close to you as you think is reasonable and comfortable. Consider for example a family as your guide – everyone is connected by love yet there is still a hierarchy in any functioning family. The parent will always have the final say. Though they might not be liked at the moment they take an unpopular decision, the parent is still loved and respected.

Let’s have some fun

Developing closeness among your team will ultimately lead to more fun, and with fun being the biggest driver of workplace productivity and the delivery of winning results, I believe it is a priority. Trust is also critical. For a team to function well, there must be all round trust among the people within it. It’s easier to create a trusting relationship with an individual when you share elements of your private life. Sharing is a good thing – when I feel someone is hiding something from me that creates feelings of doubt.

So with trust in place what rules governing relations between managers and employees should be maintained? What’s important to bear in mind is that the rules of engagement in the office should continue to apply outside of it. For example, if you’re out socialising with your colleagues, be prepared to share the same information outside the office as within it.

Ultimately when you create a relaxed environment, you create harmonious relationships within your team. Allowing the development of less formal relations and fostering more closeness among your team members will mean that others can relate to one another better, including yourself, and create more positive emotions all-round. Of course, it doesn’t mean that you will always be popular, but it will certainly be conducive to a more outstanding environment for the delivery of fantastic results!

Yours,

Olaf Kapinski

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Today I will be discussing how close you should, or shouldn’t be, with your employees. Ultimately there are two types of ways to define any relationship – formal and informal.









This special edition of Live It, Lead IT! will be divided into two parts. In part one of this edition, I will be talking about work relationships and how best to foster them. Specifically,  I will be addressing the boundaries you should or shouldn’t maintain with your employees.
















The second part of today’s show will be specifically for those working in the field of IT. If you are in this category listen on for I will be revealing a very special offer in the podcast for the IT leadership programme I run – The IT-YoungStars!For foreigners I made an offer, you literly can’t resist. If you want to become successfull:










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The two typesToday I will be discussing how close you should, or shouldn’t be, with your employees. Ultimately there are two types of ways to define any relationship – formal and informal. So which type should you maintain with your colleagues?Earlier on in my career, I was unsure of how to handle relations between my employees and myself. Those from the old-school generation advocated maintaining distance from their employees. Today, many more have adopted a more relaxed approach, while still keeping the dynamics of the manager-employee. But about friendship? Can your employees be friends?Can you be friends with your employees?I’m not a big fan of maintaining too much distance. But on the other hand too much proximity can mean an overreliance on the employee in the relationship. This latter kind of dynamic often presents itself in relationships between couples. It’s therefore essential to maintain the boundaries between your business and personal life to ensure a positive working relationship. Fostering the relationship however is critical – you don’t want find yourself in a situation where your employees are alienated from, or even harbor negative emotions towards you. So how do you find the sweet spot?The family approachMy take on it is to let your employees be as close to you as you think is reasonable and comfortable. Consider for example a family as your guide – everyone is connected by love yet there is still a hierarchy in any functioning family. The parent will always have the final say. Though they might not be liked at the moment they take an unpopular decision, the parent is still loved and respected.Let’s have some funDeveloping closeness among your team will ultimately lead to more fun, and with fun being the biggest driver of workplace productivity and the delivery of winning results, I believe it is a priority. Trust is also critical. For a team to function well, there must be all round trust among the people within it. It’s easier to create a trusting relationship with an individual when you share elements of your private life. Sharing is a good thing – when I feel someone is hiding something from me that creates feelings of doubt.So with trust in place what rules governing relations between managers and employees should be maintained? What’s important to bear in mind is that the rules of engagement in the office should continue to apply outside of it. For example, if you’re out socialising with your colleagues, be prepared to share the same information outside the office as within it.]]>
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028 How to get promoted https://liveitleadit.com/blog/how-to-get-promoted/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=how-to-get-promoted Mon, 16 Jul 2018 03:00:19 +0000 https://liveitleadit.com/?p=7936 028 How to get promoted

This episode is all about how to get promoted - the Holy Grail of how to get promoted if you like. I will share with you in this show a list of effective strategies to help you climb the career ladder within your organisation!

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028 How to get promoted

This episode is all about how to get promoted – the Holy Grail of how to get promoted if you like. I will share with you in this show a list of effective strategies to help you climb the career ladder within your organisation. These tactics will be most relevant for mid-sized companies of around 100 people, but the core ideas will be of interest to even those within smaller organisations.

I will also be focusing on internal promotion in this show. Of course, getting promoted externally is usually the faster path, but this is based on selling yourself during the application process while getting promoted internally is based on being known for the best qualities within your team.

How to get promoted – Part 1

To get promoted in an organisation you need to have a certain degree of opportunism. The most important thing to understanding how to get promoted is to know your reason why. It’s about having a key driver – whatever that may be.

So tell me what you want?

Promotions all start with an individual decision. It may sound a bit odd, but unless you decide that you want to be promoted, it won’t happen. Setting an objective for example as becoming Team Lead in a year is a decision you need to take. If you cannot decide you will not have what it takes. Successful people make decisions. If you want to be promoted, you need to share this information with your boss. A decision, of course, is only a decision if there are consequences. So what do you do, what action do you take, if you are not promoted? You’ll need to think about this before and be prepared to act.

The decision makers

The second thing – you will not be promoted because you think you’re good. No body cares if you think you are good – your manager’s opinion of you is what is important within your organisation. They need to see that you can already fulfil the requirements of the job in the next senior role above yours to consider a promotion.

But what if after proving yourself, you company doesn’t want to promote you? If the organisation is running well and everything is working and you ask for a promotion, the pressure to reshuffle the team might discourage senior management from giving them out. In many cases however promotions are not only decided by direct line managers, but other units such as HR for example. So how do you get around this? The first question to ask is who promotes you? Yes your boss will have a strong influence in this process but for the most part in bigger companies others are involved in that decision making process. Make sure you engage with all the people who are responsible for your promotion, as well as in the development process in order to identify any gaps in your skill. When the next opportunity comes up, you will be more likely to be considered as among the best person for the job. So make sure you know in detail the organisational structure and who to approach – both formally and informally – to make sure you’re on that radar. Your direct boss is not the be all and end all in your promotion.

It is also key to understand what your company is looking for in those roles more senior to you. What do they want to see in a prospect to hire them for that role? If project management is a key skill for example in a leadership role in your organisation, it is something you will need to prove yourself in. Or maybe it’s budget management skills that your senior management is looking for. Do your homework, so you understand their expectations. Understand what the requirements are and show them you are capable.

For more insider tips listen on to the episode to ensure that promotion for your future!

Yours,

Olaf Kapinski

 

 

 

 

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This episode is all about how to get promoted - the Holy Grail of how to get promoted if you like. I will share with you in this show a list of effective strategies to help you climb the career ladder within your organisation! I will also be focusing on internal promotion in this show. Of course, getting promoted externally is usually the faster path, but this is based on selling yourself during the application process while getting promoted internally is based on being known for the best qualities within your team.

How to get promoted – Part 1
To get promoted in an organisation you need to have a certain degree of opportunism. The most important thing to understanding how to get promoted is to know your reason why. It’s about having a key driver – whatever that may be.
So tell me what you want?
Promotions all start with an individual decision. It may sound a bit odd, but unless you decide that you want to be promoted, it won’t happen. Setting an objective for example as becoming Team Lead in a year is a decision you need to take. If you cannot decide you will not have what it takes. Successful people make decisions. If you want to be promoted, you need to share this information with your boss. A decision, of course, is only a decision if there are consequences. So what do you do, what action do you take, if you are not promoted? You’ll need to think about this before and be prepared to act.
The decision makers
The second thing – you will not be promoted because you think you’re good. No body cares if you think you are good – your manager’s opinion of you is what is important within your organisation. They need to see that you can already fulfil the requirements of the job in the next senior role above yours to consider a promotion.
But what if after proving yourself, you company doesn’t want to promote you? If the organisation is running well and everything is working and you ask for a promotion, the pressure to reshuffle the team might discourage senior management from giving them out. In many cases however promotions are not only decided by direct line managers, but other units such as HR for example. So how do you get around this? The first question to ask is who promotes you? Yes your boss will have a strong influence in this process but for the most part in bigger companies others are involved in that decision making process. Make sure you engage with all the people who are responsible for your promotion, as well as in the development process in order to identify any gaps in your skill. When the next opportunity comes up, you will be more likely to be considered as among the best person for the job. So make sure you know in detail the organisational structure and who to approach – both formally and informally – to make sure you’re on that radar. Your direct boss is not the be all and end all in your promotion.
It is also key to understand what your company is looking for in those roles more senior to you. What do they want to see in a prospect to hire them for that role? If project management is a key skill for example in a leadership role in your organisation, it is something you will need to prove yourself in. Or maybe it’s budget management skills that your senior management is looking for. Do your homework, so you understand their expectations. Understand what the requirements are and show them you are capable.
For more insider tips listen on to the episode to ensure that promotion for your future!
Yours,
Olaf Kapinski
 
 
 
 
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027 Success doesn’t make you happy https://liveitleadit.com/blog/success-doesnt-make-you-happy/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=success-doesnt-make-you-happy Mon, 09 Jul 2018 03:00:10 +0000 https://liveitleadit.com/?p=7932 027 Success doesn’t make you happy

Most people will tell you that success makes people happy. In this episode, I will be turning this idea around on its head.

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027 Success doesn’t make you happy

Most people will tell you that success makes people happy. In this episode, I will be turning this idea around on its head. Ultimately it’s not the success that makes you happy, but happiness that breeds success. Read on and tune in to find out more in this edition of Live It, Lead IT!

Happiness breeds success

Successful people are usually those who can focus on their task at hand. What that essentially means is that they are not full of anxiety or fear. Rather they are happy, and happiness breeds success. In my mind, the common denominator of those people who are happy is that they can achieve their own goals. Of course, if you have no goals, you cannot be successful.

What is happiness?

Happiness in this context doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be successful in your company. There are many people out there who work an average job merely to pay the bills. They have a neutral feeling regarding their jobs and this is not their be all and end all. They have families, houses, they travel during their holidays and generall,y they have good experiences. When you ask them, they will tell you they have a good life. It is not necessary for success to be found in an organisation.

The importance of goals

The issue for most people and why they lack happiness is that they don’t have their goals at the forefront of their conscious mind. When you talk to people who are happy, you get a sense of their objectives very quickly. When you talk to people who are unhappy it can take a long time to get to their goals – because they haven’t thought about it. Life is not about finding yourself; it’s about creating yourself. If you have goals you know what why you are here on this planet. With your goals clearly in mind, it becomes much easier to move in the right direction, toward achieving them. For those people, they can see success day by day. Sometimes it might be a smaller success, sometimes a larger one. Either way, if you know why you are you here, you can tick boxes day by day. People with goals are generally happier.

In the organisational context

If you are working in an organisation, the same philosophy applies. If you are an achiever, you will have trained your brain from an early age to work on projects and see them through to the end. You will have conditioned your mind. People who are permanently successful are permanently happy because they achieve things. With such a mindset you will have developed your confidence. And in doing so, you will have fostered a happy state of mind. Happiness in such an organisational setting is key because when you’re happy, you are also calm. This is the kind of attitude you need on a workspace with others. With a calm state of mind, you are much more likely to be able to avoid anger and stress, restraining yourself from negative interactions with your colleagues. Combined with the attitude of achieving, you are on your way to success. People will be much more likely to want to be around you, and with the proof that you can provide value to your organisations in completing projects successfully, you’re much more likely to be promoted.

So success doesn’t make you happy. Happiness breeds success. Be an achiever and be happy!

 

Yours,

Olaf Kapinski  

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Most people will tell you that success makes people happy. In this episode, I will be turning this idea around on its head. Happiness breeds success
Successful people are usually those who can focus on their task at hand. What that essentially means is that they are not full of anxiety or fear. Rather they are happy, and happiness breeds success. In my mind, the common denominator of those people who are happy is that they can achieve their own goals. Of course, if you have no goals, you cannot be successful.
What is happiness?
Happiness in this context doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be successful in your company. There are many people out there who work an average job merely to pay the bills. They have a neutral feeling regarding their jobs and this is not their be all and end all. They have families, houses, they travel during their holidays and generall,y they have good experiences. When you ask them, they will tell you they have a good life. It is not necessary for success to be found in an organisation.
The importance of goals
The issue for most people and why they lack happiness is that they don’t have their goals at the forefront of their conscious mind. When you talk to people who are happy, you get a sense of their objectives very quickly. When you talk to people who are unhappy it can take a long time to get to their goals – because they haven’t thought about it. Life is not about finding yourself; it’s about creating yourself. If you have goals you know what why you are here on this planet. With your goals clearly in mind, it becomes much easier to move in the right direction, toward achieving them. For those people, they can see success day by day. Sometimes it might be a smaller success, sometimes a larger one. Either way, if you know why you are you here, you can tick boxes day by day. People with goals are generally happier.
In the organisational context
If you are working in an organisation, the same philosophy applies. If you are an achiever, you will have trained your brain from an early age to work on projects and see them through to the end. You will have conditioned your mind. People who are permanently successful are permanently happy because they achieve things. With such a mindset you will have developed your confidence. And in doing so, you will have fostered a happy state of mind. Happiness in such an organisational setting is key because when you’re happy, you are also calm. This is the kind of attitude you need on a workspace with others. With a calm state of mind, you are much more likely to be able to avoid anger and stress, restraining yourself from negative interactions with your colleagues. Combined with the attitude of achieving, you are on your way to success. People will be much more likely to want to be around you, and with the proof that you can provide value to your organisations in completing projects successfully, you’re much more likely to be promoted.
So success doesn’t make you happy. Happiness breeds success. Be an achiever and be happy!
 
Yours,
Olaf Kapinski  
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026 Companies loyalty shrink https://liveitleadit.com/blog/026-companies-loyalty-shrink/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=026-companies-loyalty-shrink Mon, 02 Jul 2018 03:00:05 +0000 https://liveitleadit.com/?p=7919 026 Companies loyalty shrink

Unlike the scenario 40 or 50 years ago, companies loyalty to their employees’ and vendors’ has all but declined, as cost efficiency is driving organisations to continually outsource whatever they can to make them smarter and more effective. But where is the employee in all of this? Today’s corporate working environment means that it is...

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026 Companies loyalty shrink

Unlike the scenario 40 or 50 years ago, companies loyalty to their employees’ and vendors’ has all but declined, as cost efficiency is driving organisations to continually outsource whatever they can to make them smarter and more effective. But where is the employee in all of this? Today’s corporate working environment means that it is paramount more than ever before to develop yourself leadership skills and ensure your continuing competitiveness in the market.

Bye-bye loyalty

Back in the day, loyalty was a key value in the relationships that companies once held. It was the norm back then for a person to join a company as soon as they became of working age, only to stay with the same organisation until retirement. Today we are facing a very different environment. Loyalty has all but shrunk as organisations have developed a big-picture view of how they operate, driving them to outsource more and more tasks to other vendors as they seek to streamline their businesses. IT and Marketing are the prime example of this trend, as companies seek cheaper running costs.

For larger manufacturing businesses, back a few decades ago the decision-making they were taking was centred around best to organise their factories – today that conversation has changed to where in the world shall I run my factory, as overseas options become more attractive for their low labour costs. Whole industries have increasingly scaled back their business divisions, relying on outsourced specialists to deliver their final product to the end-user. The automotive industry is a prime example of this, with almost all parts of a car produced by other manufacturers, elsewhere in the world, to be finally assembled and branded by the likes of a company such as Porsche. Increasingly as more and more companies provide specialised services, whole industries are scaling back entire teams, as company CEO’s drive efficiency as their primary aim.

Smaller businesses too are looking at how they can optimise their own resources, relying on the support of their business networks. If an entrepreneur is successful, then they have a team of people helping them.

So, what now?

So where does all this leave you? Well, the first is that as jobs are increasingly at risk, you need to be more competitive. The second is that to become more competitive, you need to become a leader.

So what is a leader?

To recap on the definition of a leader:

Employees’ do the work.

Managers work the work.

Leaders work the organization.

What’s in a leader?

Being a leader is synonymous with being a visionary. An individual who creatively disrupts entire industries. Elon Musk is a prime example of this with his electric car brand Tesla.

A leader seeks opportunities, changes, and loves disruption – making sure their company stays on its toes and creates more value today than yesterday. In turn, you need to be on your toes, because you too can be outsourced all too easily.

So what does a good leader do that sets him apart? How do you differentiate management from leadership? Listen on for this edition of Live It, Lead IT! to hone your leadership skills are leave your mark where it counts.

 

Yours,

Olaf Kapinski

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Unlike the scenario 40 or 50 years ago, companies loyalty to their employees’ and vendors’ has all but declined, as cost efficiency is driving organisations to continually outsource whatever they can to make them smarter and more effective.
Bye-bye loyalty
Back in the day, loyalty was a key value in the relationships that companies once held. It was the norm back then for a person to join a company as soon as they became of working age, only to stay with the same organisation until retirement. Today we are facing a very different environment. Loyalty has all but shrunk as organisations have developed a big-picture view of how they operate, driving them to outsource more and more tasks to other vendors as they seek to streamline their businesses. IT and Marketing are the prime example of this trend, as companies seek cheaper running costs.
For larger manufacturing businesses, back a few decades ago the decision-making they were taking was centred around best to organise their factories – today that conversation has changed to where in the world shall I run my factory, as overseas options become more attractive for their low labour costs. Whole industries have increasingly scaled back their business divisions, relying on outsourced specialists to deliver their final product to the end-user. The automotive industry is a prime example of this, with almost all parts of a car produced by other manufacturers, elsewhere in the world, to be finally assembled and branded by the likes of a company such as Porsche. Increasingly as more and more companies provide specialised services, whole industries are scaling back entire teams, as company CEO’s drive efficiency as their primary aim.
Smaller businesses too are looking at how they can optimise their own resources, relying on the support of their business networks. If an entrepreneur is successful, then they have a team of people helping them.
So, what now?
So where does all this leave you? Well, the first is that as jobs are increasingly at risk, you need to be more competitive. The second is that to become more competitive, you need to become a leader.
So what is a leader?
To recap on the definition of a leader:
Employees’ do the work.
Managers work the work.
Leaders work the organization.
What’s in a leader?
Being a leader is synonymous with being a visionary. An individual who creatively disrupts entire industries. Elon Musk is a prime example of this with his electric car brand Tesla.
A leader seeks opportunities, changes, and loves disruption – making sure their company stays on its toes and creates more value today than yesterday. In turn, you need to be on your toes, because you too can be outsourced all too easily.
So what does a good leader do that sets him apart? How do you differentiate management from leadership? Listen on for this edition of Live It, Lead IT! to hone your leadership skills are leave your mark where it counts.
 
Yours,
Olaf Kapinski
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022 that’s not a decision! https://liveitleadit.com/blog/thats-not-a-decision/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=thats-not-a-decision Mon, 04 Jun 2018 03:00:25 +0000 https://liveitleadit.com/?p=7880 022 that’s not a decision!

Fredmund Malik, the Grandfather of leadership once said that only those who take decisions are leaders.

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022 that’s not a decision!

Fredmund Malik, the Grandfather of leadership once said that only those who take decisions are leaders. In this week’s episode of Live It, Lead IT! I will be talking about what a decision is. Though it may come as a surprise to most, answering ‘Yes’, at least in the workplace is not a decision. Want to learn more… read on!

Decisions make leaders

Decision-making is a big topic and more often than not within organizations, the issue most people face, and employees suffer from, is that they are not being made. As per Fredmund Maliks’ insight on decision-making, being a leader is not about how many people you lead, but whether you are making reasonable decisions for your organization. Some cynics say good companies survive despite their leaders and indeed many companies unfortunately operate this way.

Many leaders within an organization have no issue when it comes to making decisions outside of the workplace, say when it comes to family life. They deal with a big wish list from their family, from renovations to new bikes, make a list and prioritise following a conversation with the family, and create some kind of structure in order to make the necessary decisions. They follow a sequence.

Those very same people when they find themselves back in their company, in those decision-making meetings, sadly don’t follow the same logic. For example, if their attending a project board meeting where the IT team is asked to support on a new project, those supposed decision-makers agree despite being busy. Their responses are always ‘yes’, ‘yes’ and ‘yes’, despite a work overload that will prevent them from delivering what they have promised. Saying yes to everything that comes along is simply not decision-making. So in that case, what is a decision?

What’s in a decision?

It might come as a surprise for me to tell you that ‘no’ is a decision.

If someone comes to you and asks you for something and the only option you have is to say ‘yes’, you are not a decision maker. To make decisions one must understand what is at stake, what the alternatives are, and what the consequences might be. Alternatives always exist. Successful decisions start with no – we are not doing that. If you are a company and you’re internal IT provider delivers something – a product or service to customers, your organization is likely maxed out. If a new task crops up, or a new customer wants something delivered by next Monday, and approval of that has consequences for another projects, you need to discuss it. Simply saying yes is not a decision.

Don’t say no!

My recommendation is don’t say no. But rather something along the lines of “I understand your project makes sense, I completely agree to it. Sadly however my resources have been given away to X,Y and Z, Since project Z is your own, if you can reduce its priority I can allocate those resources to your new project. OR, I connect you with the people on projects X and Y and you can discuss the resources with them.” This is what works.

Mr. Warren Buffet says the difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say no to nearly everything. For more on this insight in order to become a better leader, listen on to the podcast, and then practice saying ‘no’ more often.

 

Yours,

Olaf Kapinski

 

 

 

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Fredmund Malik, the Grandfather of leadership once said that only those who take decisions are leaders. Fredmund Malik, the Grandfather of leadership once said that only those who take decisions are leaders. In this week’s episode of Live It, Lead IT! I will be talking about what a decision is. Though it may come as a surprise to most, answering ‘Yes’, at least in the workplace is not a decision. Want to learn more… read on!

Decisions make leaders
Decision-making is a big topic and more often than not within organizations, the issue most people face, and employees suffer from, is that they are not being made. As per Fredmund Maliks’ insight on decision-making, being a leader is not about how many people you lead, but whether you are making reasonable decisions for your organization. Some cynics say good companies survive despite their leaders and indeed many companies unfortunately operate this way.
Many leaders within an organization have no issue when it comes to making decisions outside of the workplace, say when it comes to family life. They deal with a big wish list from their family, from renovations to new bikes, make a list and prioritise following a conversation with the family, and create some kind of structure in order to make the necessary decisions. They follow a sequence.
Those very same people when they find themselves back in their company, in those decision-making meetings, sadly don’t follow the same logic. For example, if their attending a project board meeting where the IT team is asked to support on a new project, those supposed decision-makers agree despite being busy. Their responses are always ‘yes’, ‘yes’ and ‘yes’, despite a work overload that will prevent them from delivering what they have promised. Saying yes to everything that comes along is simply not decision-making. So in that case, what is a decision?
What’s in a decision?
It might come as a surprise for me to tell you that ‘no’ is a decision.
If someone comes to you and asks you for something and the only option you have is to say ‘yes’, you are not a decision maker. To make decisions one must understand what is at stake, what the alternatives are, and what the consequences might be. Alternatives always exist. Successful decisions start with no – we are not doing that. If you are a company and you’re internal IT provider delivers something – a product or service to customers, your organization is likely maxed out. If a new task crops up, or a new customer wants something delivered by next Monday, and approval of that has consequences for another projects, you need to discuss it. Simply saying yes is not a decision.
Don’t say no!
My recommendation is don’t say no. But rather something along the lines of “I understand your project makes sense, I completely agree to it. Sadly however my resources have been given away to X,Y and Z, Since project Z is your own, if you can reduce its priority I can allocate those resources to your new project. OR, I connect you with the people on projects X and Y and you can discuss the resources with them.” This is what works.
Mr. Warren Buffet says the difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say no to nearly everything. For more on this insight in order to become a better leader, listen on to the podcast, and then practice saying ‘no’ more often.
 
Yours,
Olaf Kapinski
 
 
 
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018 opportunities of self-employment https://liveitleadit.com/blog/opportunities-of-self-employment/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=opportunities-of-self-employment Fri, 11 May 2018 16:08:52 +0000 https://liveitleadit.com/?p=7878 018 opportunities of self-employment

What do you need to consider as an entrepreneur when setting up your own business? The answer comes here!

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018 opportunities of self-employment

What do you need to consider as an entrepreneur when setting up your own business? In this edition of Live It, Lead It! I will be talking about the essentials to think about when providing a product or service, along with which market to have your eye on to generate the leads you need to be successful!

Cost, lead time and quality. These are the three dimensions every company and entrepreneur that produces things for other people must consider when looking to improve a product or service. Ultimately you can never reduce all three elements, but you can usually reduce one or two. In this podcast, I’ll be discussing the three filters to ask yourself when looking at how to go about making your product or service better.

No.1 Eliminate it.

The first question you need to ask yourself is how you can streamline the work that goes on behind delivering your goods to your customers. Eliminating unnecessary processes behind your products without reducing quality is key. For example, maybe one of your products contains a function which is no longer utilised by your customers. Or perhaps you can improve the materials used in their production.

No. 2 Automate It.

Automation today is also a viable option for improving production processes, particularly as robots become cheaper and cheaper. 

No. 3. Delegate.

This is particularly key if you are an entrepreneur or are looking to become one.  Outsourcing should be considered, particularly if you can find cheaper labour costs abroad. Not only can it reduce your spend but it can also reduce complexity. Big companies that offer specialised products or services can usually provide them for cheaper. Or consider opening a service centre. However, labour costs will eventually go up, and other destinations can become cheaper. The key is to always have your eye on the ball – because sooner or later the work will move elsewhere.

The markets.

If you’re living in the EU, then it’s a great chance to take advantage of travelling within the Union which can be a fulfilling experience to learn and grow, as opposed to staying in your country of residence waiting for work to come to you. Living somewhere other than your home country is always good for your CV. Be sure to learn the language and familiarize yourself with the culture.

However, if that’s not an option consider how to pull work to you. This is the essence of what it means to be an entrepreneur. To stand yourself apart you need to decide on who is your perfect customer and what keeps them awake at night. What problem do they have that needs to be solved and how can you help them?

If you are working in a market other than your country of residence however then there are some critical points to consider. If you don’t speak the language of your customers, then you’ll need to learn the language. Understanding cultural difference is likewise essential. Take for example the Chinese that tried to sell automobiles in the German market. They completely ignored everything that Germans look for when they buy a car, and they got thrown out of the market. You will be much more successful when you speak the language of your customers and understand the social differences between you and them. Everything from what they wear to what interests them is key. Get closer to the society that you think will be your market. Understand your customer and reduce the effort required among your customers to trust you. Make it easy for them to understand the products and services you have. We are in the best time of mankind ever. Go and take advantage!

Yours,

Olaf Kapinski

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What do you need to consider as an entrepreneur when setting up your own business? The answer comes here!
Cost, lead time and quality. These are the three dimensions every company and entrepreneur that produces things for other people must consider when looking to improve a product or service. Ultimately you can never reduce all three elements, but you can usually reduce one or two. In this podcast, I’ll be discussing the three filters to ask yourself when looking at how to go about making your product or service better.
No.1 Eliminate it.
The first question you need to ask yourself is how you can streamline the work that goes on behind delivering your goods to your customers. Eliminating unnecessary processes behind your products without reducing quality is key. For example, maybe one of your products contains a function which is no longer utilised by your customers. Or perhaps you can improve the materials used in their production.
No. 2 Automate It.
Automation today is also a viable option for improving production processes, particularly as robots become cheaper and cheaper. 
No. 3. Delegate.
This is particularly key if you are an entrepreneur or are looking to become one.  Outsourcing should be considered, particularly if you can find cheaper labour costs abroad. Not only can it reduce your spend but it can also reduce complexity. Big companies that offer specialised products or services can usually provide them for cheaper. Or consider opening a service centre. However, labour costs will eventually go up, and other destinations can become cheaper. The key is to always have your eye on the ball – because sooner or later the work will move elsewhere.
The markets.
If you’re living in the EU, then it’s a great chance to take advantage of travelling within the Union which can be a fulfilling experience to learn and grow, as opposed to staying in your country of residence waiting for work to come to you. Living somewhere other than your home country is always good for your CV. Be sure to learn the language and familiarize yourself with the culture.
However, if that’s not an option consider how to pull work to you. This is the essence of what it means to be an entrepreneur. To stand yourself apart you need to decide on who is your perfect customer and what keeps them awake at night. What problem do they have that needs to be solved and how can you help them?
If you are working in a market other than your country of residence however then there are some critical points to consider. If you don’t speak the language of your customers, then you’ll need to learn the language. Understanding cultural difference is likewise essential. Take for example the Chinese that tried to sell automobiles in the German market. They completely ignored everything that Germans look for when they buy a car, and they got thrown out of the market. You will be much more successful when you speak the language of your customers and understand the social differences between you and them. Everything from what they wear to what interests them is key. Get closer to the society that you think will be your market. Understand your customer and reduce the effort required among your customers to trust you. Make it easy for them to understand the products and services you have. We are in the best time of mankind ever. Go and take advantage!
Yours,
Olaf Kapinski
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017 The future of work https://liveitleadit.com/blog/the-future-of-work/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=the-future-of-work Mon, 30 Apr 2018 03:00:01 +0000 https://liveitleadit.com/?p=7852 017 The future of work

Todays episode is part of the Kontist – Blogparade. I will be addressing the question of whether the future of work is being self-employed. Or not. With more and more jobs being automated in today’s day and age, there is no doubt that the world of work is changing, but what can we expect? I...

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017 The future of work

Todays episode is part of the Kontist – Blogparade. I will be addressing the question of whether the future of work is being self-employed. Or not.

With more and more jobs being automated in today’s day and age, there is no doubt that the world of work is changing, but what can we expect?
I discuss this question in the german Podcast LEBEN-FÜHREN, as well. check it out!

Recent trends

For 60 – 70 years or so now there has been a trend to shift work to those countries in which labour costs are cheaper. In Germany, this has been going on for just as long. Take the automobile industry for example, where welding jobs are long defunct, and manufacturing has been outsourced to namely the countries of Asia. The same can be said in IT where CPUs, for example, are no longer specialized, but standardized. Increasingly we will see manual work cease altogether.

Automation is similarly reducing the number of jobs out there. First, the internet saw customers increasingly do the work of employees. Take for instance bookstores. Once upon a time you would enter, have a chat with a sales staff to find your book and then pay out the checkout. Nowadays people go to Amazon. Or take self-check-out tills as another example. People now scan and pay for their items themselves instead of using a cashier. This is the direction work is heading– more will be optimised and rationalised as a greater number of standard jobs become obsolete.

Growing opportunities

I believe this gives tonnes of opportunities for the rest of the world. With labour moving to where it is cheapest, it will mean that these countries become wealthier. In the end, that means they become better customers. So as labour moves around the globe, what does that mean for business? Going after these opportunities in other parts of the word is of course challenging. Working in a new business environment means understanding local regulations, the legal and the tax system, not to mention the language. Of course, there are cultural differences too which I will address later in another episode! Countries that are smart enough to establish agencies for businesses wanting to enter a new market would be best positioned to attract investment to their countries.

for whom?

But what’s the likelihood of people taking advantage of these opportunities? Is being self-employed the future of work? The truth of the matter is that being self-employed is hard work. Most people don’t want the hassle. Full-time jobs pay the rent and put food on the table – they provide security. Being self-employed on the other hand is riskier.

Nonetheless, I believe more people in the future will create their own businesses. I think mankind has never lived in a world with so many opportunities for one person. The globe became a village. More and more people will, in turn, build very cool businesses. My hypothesis is that more and more people will reduce the amount of time they work in a fixed contract with a company, and participate increasingly in the opportunities available.

To find out more about the future of work listen on to this edition of Live It, Lead IT!

 

Yours,

Olaf Kapinski

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Todays episode is part of the Kontist – Blogparade. I will be addressing the question of whether the future of work is being self-employed. Or not. With more and more jobs being automated in today’s day and age, Kontist – Blogparade. I will be addressing the question of whether the future of work is being self-employed. Or not.
With more and more jobs being automated in today’s day and age, there is no doubt that the world of work is changing, but what can we expect?

I discuss this question in the german Podcast LEBEN-FÜHREN, as well. check it out!
Recent trends
For 60 – 70 years or so now there has been a trend to shift work to those countries in which labour costs are cheaper. In Germany, this has been going on for just as long. Take the automobile industry for example, where welding jobs are long defunct, and manufacturing has been outsourced to namely the countries of Asia. The same can be said in IT where CPUs, for example, are no longer specialized, but standardized. Increasingly we will see manual work cease altogether.
Automation is similarly reducing the number of jobs out there. First, the internet saw customers increasingly do the work of employees. Take for instance bookstores. Once upon a time you would enter, have a chat with a sales staff to find your book and then pay out the checkout. Nowadays people go to Amazon. Or take self-check-out tills as another example. People now scan and pay for their items themselves instead of using a cashier. This is the direction work is heading– more will be optimised and rationalised as a greater number of standard jobs become obsolete.
Growing opportunities
I believe this gives tonnes of opportunities for the rest of the world. With labour moving to where it is cheapest, it will mean that these countries become wealthier. In the end, that means they become better customers. So as labour moves around the globe, what does that mean for business? Going after these opportunities in other parts of the word is of course challenging. Working in a new business environment means understanding local regulations, the legal and the tax system, not to mention the language. Of course, there are cultural differences too which I will address later in another episode! Countries that are smart enough to establish agencies for businesses wanting to enter a new market would be best positioned to attract investment to their countries.
for whom?
But what’s the likelihood of people taking advantage of these opportunities? Is being self-employed the future of work? The truth of the matter is that being self-employed is hard work. Most people don’t want the hassle. Full-time jobs pay the rent and put food on the table – they provide security. Being self-employed on the other hand is riskier.
Nonetheless, I believe more people in the future will create their own businesses. I think mankind has never lived in a world with so many opportunities for one person. The globe became a village. More and more people will, in turn, build very cool businesses. My hypothesis is that more and more people will reduce the amount of time they work in a fixed contract with a company, and participate increasingly in the opportunities available.
To find out more about the future of work listen on to this edition of Live It, Lead IT!
 
Yours,
Olaf Kapinski
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014 True professionals master their tools https://liveitleadit.com/blog/true-professionals-master-their-tools/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=true-professionals-master-their-tools Thu, 19 Apr 2018 03:00:20 +0000 https://liveitleadit.com/?p=7805 014 True professionals master their tools

As a professional, have you mastered the tools at hand for your job? And, do you even know what tools are available to you? Do professionals master their tools? I’m focusing here on the corporate world tools.

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014 True professionals master their tools

 

A Master of the Arts

In 1508, Michelangelo would begin his work on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, which he completed in 1512. The masterpiece was created by the hands of the Renaissance painter, who is said to have sketched the whole image out singlehandedly. He created them with micro-tools – brushes, spatulas and the like, tools which he mastered. You want to do some riddles? Check this page www.susannealbers.de

Know your tools!

As a professional, have you mastered the tools at hand for your job? And, do you even know what tools are available to you? Do professionals master their tools? I’m focusing here on the corporate world tools. As such, the most powerful tool I have is my smartphone. The smartphone is one of the most used tools. It holds your calendar. You can do fundamental work with it on the go. It provides you with the worldwide web at your fingertips. (I know lots of people who load social network apps onto their phones, but I’d avoid this with a professional device as you will only burn time with them.) Other fundamental tools include your laptop and the suite of apps you use in your office environment, whether Windows Office or the Apple equivalent.

Being proficient in the use of these devices is critical for anyone in a leadership role. If your staff come to attend a meeting and everyone is waiting while the image is uploading onto the big screen, it doesn’t provide a good example to your employees of being well prepared and organised.

Also, if you’re a leader, you’ll be needing how to develop strong presentation skills, from developing the content to delivering it in person. You get the drift.

So unless you want to be perceived as an old silverback ape, not only must you know your tools but you must master them. Gone are the days when one could hide behind an aversion to technology. It’s your decision, but think about how you want to be perceived by those around you? And what kind of example you want to set as a leader.

The Secret of Success

So, do you want to be successful? Well for those of you who do, I have a little secret to share with you, that all us successful people of the world try to hide from the world. The secret is, read manuals! As ridiculous as it might sound if you want to master the tools you use in the corporate world, that is my advice. Whether to get the most out of your smartphone, or find out about the latest updates on Microsoft Office, keeping up to date with the latest developments pays.

Listen on for the episode to find out more little gems of knowledge that will help you become the leader you want to be by mastering your tools. Remember, no matter how good you are, there’s always room for improvement. Never stop learning!

 

Yours,

Olaf Kapinski

 

 

 

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As a professional, have you mastered the tools at hand for your job? And, do you even know what tools are available to you? Do professionals master their tools? I’m focusing here on the corporate world tools. A Master of the Arts
In 1508, Michelangelo would begin his work on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, which he completed in 1512. The masterpiece was created by the hands of the Renaissance painter, who is said to have sketched the whole image out singlehandedly. He created them with micro-tools – brushes, spatulas and the like, tools which he mastered. You want to do some riddles? Check this page www.susannealbers.de
Know your tools!
As a professional, have you mastered the tools at hand for your job? And, do you even know what tools are available to you? Do professionals master their tools? I’m focusing here on the corporate world tools. As such, the most powerful tool I have is my smartphone. The smartphone is one of the most used tools. It holds your calendar. You can do fundamental work with it on the go. It provides you with the worldwide web at your fingertips. (I know lots of people who load social network apps onto their phones, but I’d avoid this with a professional device as you will only burn time with them.) Other fundamental tools include your laptop and the suite of apps you use in your office environment, whether Windows Office or the Apple equivalent.
Being proficient in the use of these devices is critical for anyone in a leadership role. If your staff come to attend a meeting and everyone is waiting while the image is uploading onto the big screen, it doesn’t provide a good example to your employees of being well prepared and organised.
Also, if you’re a leader, you’ll be needing how to develop strong presentation skills, from developing the content to delivering it in person. You get the drift.
So unless you want to be perceived as an old silverback ape, not only must you know your tools but you must master them. Gone are the days when one could hide behind an aversion to technology. It’s your decision, but think about how you want to be perceived by those around you? And what kind of example you want to set as a leader.
The Secret of Success
So, do you want to be successful? Well for those of you who do, I have a little secret to share with you, that all us successful people of the world try to hide from the world. The secret is, read manuals! As ridiculous as it might sound if you want to master the tools you use in the corporate world, that is my advice. Whether to get the most out of your smartphone, or find out about the latest updates on Microsoft Office, keeping up to date with the latest developments pays.
Listen on for the episode to find out more little gems of knowledge that will help you become the leader you want to be by mastering your tools. Remember, no matter how good you are, there’s always room for improvement. Never stop learning!
 
Yours,
Olaf Kapinski
 
 
 
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013 Are you a leader? https://liveitleadit.com/blog/are-you-a-leader/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=are-you-a-leader Mon, 16 Apr 2018 03:00:39 +0000 https://liveitleadit.com/?p=7801 013 Are you a leader?

In this episode, I’m going to be discussing what it means to be a leader and how to become one. So whether you are an aspiring leader, or are already in a leadership role but want to improve your skills, this is for you!

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013 Are you a leader?

What’s in a leader?

The grandfather of leadership thinking in Germany – Fredmund Malik – used to say that leadership is about transferring resources into results. In this episode, I’m going to be discussing what it means to be a leader and how to become one. So whether you are an aspiring leader, or are already in a leadership role but want to improve your skills, this is for you!

Leadership basics

Imagine you are with a group of friends out in the wilderness and you have to get from A to B. What’s the first thing that needs to happen? Every group needs a leader, and someone will assume the role whether by nomination or by actively taking charge. In either case, one can only become a leader if the others in the group believe in your capabilities enough to entrust you with the role. The group must actively choose to follow their leader; a leader cannot force others to follow.

Unnavigated waters

Now, applying this scenario to the corporate world – you can only successfully lead people if they follow you. People choose to follow others because of their ideas and personality. When leading an organisation, you will have to at times face navigating it through unknown circumstances to you. Imagine what was going on the minds of Nokia employees when they were faced with the first Apple iPhone? They had no clue how to react. And what happens when you find your competitors offering their service at cheaper rates than you? As a leader, you will need to orientate your company through troubled waters.

Let’s think about the pyramids for a second. The architectural achievement would not have been possible if not for the considerable organisation that went into their building. Separating workers into various professions based on skill set, three organisational layers enabled their construction. Employees who worked the job, such as those cutting and carrying the stones. Managers to work on the job, managing the people. And leaders to work on the organisation, setting the vision.

What’s in a day?

Back in the corporate world, the average person who is supposed to be leading sometimes finds themselves managing. Do you know what you are doing with your day? Whether you are managing or leading? Do you know what you achieve each day? If you want to become a leader or a better leader, these are the things you need to know, to make the changes that you need. Start keeping a record and look back on it at the end of the week over the period of a few months. This can help you identify how much of your day you are dedicating to leading – you may find that you are not doing nearly as much of it as you ought to.

If however you’re not a leader yet but want to be, I have a little secret for you. All it takes for you to become a leader is to decide that you are going to lead. Everyone has opportunities in their role to take the initiative within their corporation. It’s not until you step up to the plate that people will start recognising you for your leadership skills.

Listen on to the full episode for my full thoughts on the subject!

 

Yours,

Olaf Kapinski

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In this episode, I’m going to be discussing what it means to be a leader and how to become one. So whether you are an aspiring leader, or are already in a leadership role but want to improve your skills, this is for you! The grandfather of leadership thinking in Germany – Fredmund Malik – used to say that leadership is about transferring resources into results. In this episode, I’m going to be discussing what it means to be a leader and how to become one. So whether you are an aspiring leader, or are already in a leadership role but want to improve your skills, this is for you!


Leadership basics
Imagine you are with a group of friends out in the wilderness and you have to get from A to B. What’s the first thing that needs to happen? Every group needs a leader, and someone will assume the role whether by nomination or by actively taking charge. In either case, one can only become a leader if the others in the group believe in your capabilities enough to entrust you with the role. The group must actively choose to follow their leader; a leader cannot force others to follow.
Unnavigated waters
Now, applying this scenario to the corporate world – you can only successfully lead people if they follow you. People choose to follow others because of their ideas and personality. When leading an organisation, you will have to at times face navigating it through unknown circumstances to you. Imagine what was going on the minds of Nokia employees when they were faced with the first Apple iPhone? They had no clue how to react. And what happens when you find your competitors offering their service at cheaper rates than you? As a leader, you will need to orientate your company through troubled waters.
Let’s think about the pyramids for a second. The architectural achievement would not have been possible if not for the considerable organisation that went into their building. Separating workers into various professions based on skill set, three organisational layers enabled their construction. Employees who worked the job, such as those cutting and carrying the stones. Managers to work on the job, managing the people. And leaders to work on the organisation, setting the vision.
What’s in a day?
Back in the corporate world, the average person who is supposed to be leading sometimes finds themselves managing. Do you know what you are doing with your day? Whether you are managing or leading? Do you know what you achieve each day? If you want to become a leader or a better leader, these are the things you need to know, to make the changes that you need. Start keeping a record and look back on it at the end of the week over the period of a few months. This can help you identify how much of your day you are dedicating to leading – you may find that you are not doing nearly as much of it as you ought to.
If however you’re not a leader yet but want to be, I have a little secret for you. All it takes for you to become a leader is to decide that you are going to lead. Everyone has opportunities in their role to take the initiative within their corporation. It’s not until you step up to the plate that people will start recognising you for your leadership skills.
Listen on to the full episode for my full thoughts on the subject!
 
Yours,
Olaf Kapinski
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012 Better Goals don’t work https://liveitleadit.com/blog/better-goals-dont-work/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=better-goals-dont-work Thu, 12 Apr 2018 03:00:29 +0000 https://liveitleadit.com/?p=7789 012 Better Goals don’t work

The interesting thing about the term ‘attractive’ however is that while everyone understands the meaning of the term, no one can agree on what it means.

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012 Better Goals don’t work

If you consider for a moment what you find attractive in a person, you likely have quite a precise idea in your mind. The interesting thing about the term ‘attractive’ however is that while everyone understands the meaning of the term, no one can agree on what it means. The person sat next to you is likely to have a very different picture in their mind. Much like the term ‘attractive’, ‘better’ faces the same fate. As such it should never find its way into your organisational goals unless it is not accurately defined. Listen on to this episode of Live It, Lead IT!, for more on the subject!

Just as everyone has a different idea of what is attractive, so everyone understands the words ‘best’ and ‘better’ differently. Take for example your favourite movie. Ask your partner about their favourite and discuss the reasons behind your choices. You’ll soon see both of you have very different criteria for defining quality. Now let us look at how the term becomes problematic in an organisational setting.

 

The job of a leader is to ensure objectives are precise. If X is the starting point and Y is the end point, it creates a much clearer picture of the task that is ahead and how to achieve it. Everyone knows what they need to work on. “Make this process better,” is not an instruction you can give your employees. Your employees will each interpret this differently. The word ‘better’ when only works when you compare it to something in the setting of organisational goals. I’ll give you one example.

 

In my last company, we knew we wanted to be better, but we didn’t know how. We had X amount of calls coming in, and we had some tension on the customer side, so the question came up, ‘How do you increase customer satisfaction’? First, we took a look at the numbers and decided as a first step we wanted to improve satisfaction levels up from last year. But measuring customer satisfaction over the phones was a challenge. However, I did know that I was getting complaints from various heads of departments every couple of weeks. So I defined the objective as the reduction of complaints coming through on a weekly basis. This was the best that I could measure, but it still gave us something concrete by which we could assess our performance.

 

So, always remember, ‘Better’ is not a word for objectives, and if you are going to use it make sure it’s precise and measurable.

 

Yours,

 

Olaf Kapinski

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The interesting thing about the term ‘attractive’ however is that while everyone understands the meaning of the term, no one can agree on what it means.
Just as everyone has a different idea of what is attractive, so everyone understands the words ‘best’ and ‘better’ differently. Take for example your favourite movie. Ask your partner about their favourite and discuss the reasons behind your choices. You’ll soon see both of you have very different criteria for defining quality. Now let us look at how the term becomes problematic in an organisational setting.
 
The job of a leader is to ensure objectives are precise. If X is the starting point and Y is the end point, it creates a much clearer picture of the task that is ahead and how to achieve it. Everyone knows what they need to work on. “Make this process better,” is not an instruction you can give your employees. Your employees will each interpret this differently. The word ‘better’ when only works when you compare it to something in the setting of organisational goals. I’ll give you one example.
 
In my last company, we knew we wanted to be better, but we didn’t know how. We had X amount of calls coming in, and we had some tension on the customer side, so the question came up, ‘How do you increase customer satisfaction’? First, we took a look at the numbers and decided as a first step we wanted to improve satisfaction levels up from last year. But measuring customer satisfaction over the phones was a challenge. However, I did know that I was getting complaints from various heads of departments every couple of weeks. So I defined the objective as the reduction of complaints coming through on a weekly basis. This was the best that I could measure, but it still gave us something concrete by which we could assess our performance.
 
So, always remember, ‘Better’ is not a word for objectives, and if you are going to use it make sure it’s precise and measurable.
 
Yours,
 
Olaf Kapinski
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011 11½ points for inspiring goals https://liveitleadit.com/blog/11%c2%bd-points-for-inspiring-goals/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=11%25c2%25bd-points-for-inspiring-goals Mon, 09 Apr 2018 03:00:12 +0000 https://liveitleadit.com/?post_type=podcast&p=7739 011 11½ points for inspiring goals

For those listeners out there that might be new to this podcast, this series is for all those out there aspiring to be great business leaders. I will share with you my experience, techniques, and inspiration, to help you live your life successfully.

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011 11½ points for inspiring goals

For those listeners out there that might be new to this podcast, this series is for all those out there aspiring to be great business leaders. I will share with you my experience, techniques, and inspiration, to help you live your life successfully, With a background in professional coaching and a career in IT leadership, it is my firm belief that only once you can lead your own successful life, can you become successful at leading others.

 

In this episode of Live It, Lead IT! I will be sharing with you 11 and a half easy to digest points that, should you follow successfully, will enable you to motivate your employees to deliver and achieve their goals, which means you achieve your goals.

Additionally I will introduce myself to you, even on video:

So here goes…

For those listeners out there that might be new to this podcast, this series is for all those out there aspiring to be great business leaders. I will share with you my experience, techniques, and inspiration, to help you live your life successfully, With a background in professional coaching and a career in IT leadership, it is my firm belief that only once you can lead your own successful life, can you become successful at leading others.

In this episode of Live It, Lead IT! I will be sharing with you 11 and a half easy to digest points that, should you follow successfully, will enable you to motivate your employees to deliver and achieve their goals, which means you achieve your goals.

So here goes…

  1. Describe goals positively.

When you share your goals with your employees, don’t tell them what they can’t do. When you say to a child not to do something, it doesn’t work. Instead, tell them what you want them to achieve. This will make the goal more inspirational.

  1. Describe the goal as an end state.

Rather than relaying goals as a process, focus on delivering them in terms of their desired outcome. Avoid statements such as ‘We want to be a better company’. Rather make a bold statement. ‘We are a better company.’ This will help better visualise the outcome.

  1. Keep your employee’s core values front of mind.

Your employees are people, human beings, with their own core values and personal goals. The last episode we spoke about how to get to know your staff better, so you can get the best out of them. If you can master this art, then you will be able to delegate the right tasks to the right people, making for a much more productive workforce.

  1. Be clear on available resources

Make clear what resources your employees can use to achieve their goals. You have to give them resources and time. Make it clear how much time they will have available to them to complete their tasks accordingly.

  1. What are the drivers?

Give your goal context. What are the real drivers behind the goals you set for your employees? For some employees having this kind of background is crucial and enable them to understand the bigger picture. In some instances, it could be that they align the business objectives with their own core values. Be prepared to communicate the wider strategy with those staff that need to hear it.

  1. It’s your job to execute

As a business leader, it will be your job at times to ensure your team delivers on objectives that you might not personally believe are ideal. As part of your role you will need to share these objectives with them nonetheless, but translate them in a way that will still inspire them to complete the job at hand.

  1. Always talk about your objectives.

By doing so, you keep them on the radar. This is essential to long-term planning on the bigger organisational goals.

  1. Allow questions and feedback

It’s critical that you listen to your employees and give them the chance to share their thoughts with you. The best thing that can happen is that they might find a weak spot in your goal definition. This is gold – to uncover these kinds of issues early on will be critical to the success of your project. Ask for their feedback and give them the chance to share their ideas.

  1. Ask for regular updates

Status reports are critical to keeping an eye on the deliverables. Ask for permanent reports. Take an annual objective for example. If you set the target in January, be sure to set aside a half an hour for a status report in your calendar each month to stay on top. You’ll need to show your employees that importance of achieving the tasks at hand by doing so.

  1. Minimize the number of goals

Limit the number of broader objectives you set your employees, ideally between one and three, but make them laser precision in focus. Having too many objectives does not work.

  1. Give them a specific and positive goal

Be sure not to set a process, but a specific objective. Losing weight is the most obvious example among them – people always say that they wish to lose weight. They are always going to fail. It’s not positive. It’s not a process. Instead, set a specific target such as I will weigh 60KG by X time.

11.5 The so-called consequences – the positive and negative.

Some companies are still in the mindset of giving employees bonuses for achieving their objectives. This is completely wrong. Connecting the objectives with a monetary value render their achievement meaningless outside of its financial implications.

We’ll cover this more on this in the next podcast, and that’s why this episode ends on a half note. Happy listening folks.

Yours,

Olaf Kapinski

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For those listeners out there that might be new to this podcast, this series is for all those out there aspiring to be great business leaders. I will share with you my experience, techniques, and inspiration, to help you live your life successfully.









For those listeners out there that might be new to this podcast, this series is for all those out there aspiring to be great business leaders. I will share with you my experience, techniques, and inspiration, to help you live your life successfully, With a background in professional coaching and a career in IT leadership, it is my firm belief that only once you can lead your own successful life, can you become successful at leading others. 
















In this episode of Live It, Lead IT! I will be sharing with you 11 and a half easy to digest points that, should you follow successfully, will enable you to motivate your employees to deliver and achieve their goals, which means you achieve your goals.Additionally I will introduce myself to you, even on video:




























So here goes…For those listeners out there that might be new to this podcast, this series is for all those out there aspiring to be great business leaders. I will share with you my experience, techniques, and inspiration, to help you live your life successfully, With a background in professional coaching and a career in IT leadership, it is my firm belief that only once you can lead your own successful life, can you become successful at leading others.In this episode of Live It, Lead IT! I will be sharing with you 11 and a half easy to digest points that, should you follow successfully, will enable you to motivate your employees to deliver and achieve their goals, which means you achieve your goals.So here goes…* Describe goals positively.When you share your goals with your employees, don’t tell them what they can’t do. When you say to a child not to do something, it doesn’t work. Instead, tell them what you want them to achieve. This will make the goal more inspirational.* Describe the goal as an end state.Rather than relaying goals as a process, focus on delivering them in terms of their desired outcome. Avoid statements such as ‘We want to be a better company’. Rather make a bold statement. ‘We are a better company.’ This will help better visualise the outcome.* Keep your employee’s core values front of mind.Your employees are people, human beings, with their own core values and personal goals. The last episode we spoke about how to get to know your staff better, so you can get the best out of them. If you can master this art, then you will be able to delegate the right tasks to the right people, making for a much more productive workforce.* Be clear on available resourcesMake clear what resources your employees can use to achieve their goals. You have to give them resources and time. Make it clear how much time they will have available to them to complete their tasks accordingly.* What are the drivers?Give your goal context. What are the real drivers behind the goals you set for your employees? For some employees having this kind of background is crucial and enable them to understand the bigger picture. In some instances, it could be that they align the business objectives with their own core values. Be prepared to communicate the wider strategy with those staff that need to hear it.* It’s your job to executeAs a business leader, it will be your job at times to ensure your team delivers on objectives that you might not personally believe are ideal. As part of your role you will need to share these objectives with them nonetheless,]]>
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010 Goals for your employees https://liveitleadit.com/blog/goals-for-your-employees/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=goals-for-your-employees Thu, 05 Apr 2018 03:00:46 +0000 https://liveitleadit.com/?post_type=podcast&p=7565 010 Goals for your employees

As a standard rule of thumb, most goals set in a business context have a terrible reputation. When an employee receives a new ‘objective,’ they immediately think of it as a bureaucratic nightmare devoid of any meaning to them.

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010 Goals for your employees

Goals for your employees

As a standard rule of thumb, most goals set in a business context have a terrible reputation. When an employee receives a new ‘objective,’ they immediately think of it as a bureaucratic nightmare devoid of any meaning to them. In this episode of Live It, Lead IT!, the third and final installment of this mini-series on achieving your goals, we’ll cover the foundations to ensuring your success as a business leader by your ability to build a successful and motivated team to support you.

Another item on my ‘to-do’ list

When I observe the objectives that I was given throughout my career, there were always some among them that were in some way meaningful and inspiring to me, and they were a joy to work with. Why was this the case? Well recapping on the previous episode, they were the ones that were in line with my core values. I still completed the other tasks – it was necessary to prove my worth as a leader – but the others I took over as my own.

Now that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t complete those objectives which are not in line with your values. What makes you wanted by an organisation is your ability to goals. What gives you value is your ability to solve problems creatively. But what our concern is here is a question of energy. We have to understand what makes us tick. We all have preferences – we’re all good at some stuff and not so good at others – but the things that we’re good at we will invest with much more of our energy.

Fun, fun, fun!

With my core belief in the need to have fun at work, I believe that we should be doing the things that we like, because then not only are we having a good time, but I believe the tasks will get executed better. Ultimately I think that fun is the best path to success. So it’s up to you as a leader to ensure the right environment for your team.

Lend an ear

So how do you get your team to take on board organisational goals, delivering them in a way that creates value and meaning enough to inspire them into achieving them? Well, I will tell you ahead of the time that the solution is a very simple one! All you need to do is listen to your employees. Listen with intent. Listen and get to know them. If you are a real leader, then you are a people person, and this means taking time out to give the rightful attention to your team. Once you get to know your employees more personally, this can allow you to deliver goals in a language that they can understand, internalize and even, where possible, in line with their values. At its core, it’s about getting the best out of the people around you, and for that you’ve got to know what floats their boat!

Olaf Kapinski

 

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As a standard rule of thumb, most goals set in a business context have a terrible reputation. When an employee receives a new ‘objective,’ they immediately think of it as a bureaucratic nightmare devoid of any meaning to them. As a standard rule of thumb, most goals set in a business context have a terrible reputation. When an employee receives a new ‘objective,’ they immediately think of it as a bureaucratic nightmare devoid of any meaning to them. In this episode of Live It, Lead IT!, the third and final installment of this mini-series on achieving your goals, we’ll cover the foundations to ensuring your success as a business leader by your ability to build a successful and motivated team to support you.

Another item on my ‘to-do’ list
When I observe the objectives that I was given throughout my career, there were always some among them that were in some way meaningful and inspiring to me, and they were a joy to work with. Why was this the case? Well recapping on the previous episode, they were the ones that were in line with my core values. I still completed the other tasks – it was necessary to prove my worth as a leader – but the others I took over as my own.
Now that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t complete those objectives which are not in line with your values. What makes you wanted by an organisation is your ability to goals. What gives you value is your ability to solve problems creatively. But what our concern is here is a question of energy. We have to understand what makes us tick. We all have preferences – we’re all good at some stuff and not so good at others – but the things that we’re good at we will invest with much more of our energy.
Fun, fun, fun!
With my core belief in the need to have fun at work, I believe that we should be doing the things that we like, because then not only are we having a good time, but I believe the tasks will get executed better. Ultimately I think that fun is the best path to success. So it’s up to you as a leader to ensure the right environment for your team.
Lend an ear
So how do you get your team to take on board organisational goals, delivering them in a way that creates value and meaning enough to inspire them into achieving them? Well, I will tell you ahead of the time that the solution is a very simple one! All you need to do is listen to your employees. Listen with intent. Listen and get to know them. If you are a real leader, then you are a people person, and this means taking time out to give the rightful attention to your team. Once you get to know your employees more personally, this can allow you to deliver goals in a language that they can understand, internalize and even, where possible, in line with their values. At its core, it’s about getting the best out of the people around you, and for that you’ve got to know what floats their boat!
Olaf Kapinski
 
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009 The foundation of your goals https://liveitleadit.com/blog/the-foundation-of-your-goals/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=the-foundation-of-your-goals Mon, 02 Apr 2018 03:00:42 +0000 https://liveitleadit.com/?post_type=podcast&p=7563 009 The foundation of your goals

In today's edition of Live it - Lead IT! I'll be discussing how to uncover your core values - which I believe is one of the most crucial jigsaw pieces in the puzzle of achieving what you want to.

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009 The foundation of your goals

Uncovering your core values for more attainable goals

In today’s edition of Live it – Lead IT! I’ll be discussing how to uncover your core values – which I believe is one of the most crucial jigsaw pieces in the puzzle of achieving what you want to. Too often many of us are not aware of our core values so that when we set out to achieve our goals, we fail to determine whether it is really in line with our belief system. With some simple, practical tips however you can ensure you have the right foundation necessary to live the life you wish.

Linking your core values to your goals

Many people I come across that are failing to achieve their goals, do not understand why. If your goals are not in line with your core values, then you are bound to fail. Take for example Henry Honest – try as he might become an online scammer overnight, his core values won’t allow him to succeed. A simple example for sure, but hopefully it paints a clear picture. The beauty is that once you can align your values and goals, a feedback mechanism will emerge facilitating positive feelings. And conversely, when we do things that are not in line with your core values, we’ll end up feeling bad about ourselves.

Dream big

So how do we uncover our values? Here a few helpful questions can help shed light on the question. What have you, or would you, fight for? What situations made you feel bad? What would you do if you could do anything for one week? Or a month? Or even a year? Or, if you had three wishes from the fairy godmother, what would they be? Let yourself daydream and jot down what comes to mind.

Creating your list

Remember that this exercise if for you and you alone. There should be no judgement and only pure honesty. Keep your values precise and avoid one-word answers. ‘Love’ for example should be elaborated on – with whom? Of what kind? A meaningful concept should emerge. Now – make your list of values 50 long and then prioritise. Once you’ve completed your list, review it regularly over the course of three to four weeks, and amend it as you see fit, based on your mood. By the end of the process, you will have a solid list, with your top ten values prioritised.

This is the consequences check. You can only live a remarkable life is if you know your values. Now that you have your values in place, it will become easier to prioritise your tasks in light of your goals. How can this translate to the business leadership? Listen on for this edition to gain more examples of how uncovering your values can make a meaningful impact on your life and leadership skills.

Yours

Olaf Kapinski

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In today's edition of Live it - Lead IT! I'll be discussing how to uncover your core values - which I believe is one of the most crucial jigsaw pieces in the puzzle of achieving what you want to. In today’s edition of Live it – Lead IT! I’ll be discussing how to uncover your core values – which I believe is one of the most crucial jigsaw pieces in the puzzle of achieving what you want to. Too often many of us are not aware of our core values so that when we set out to achieve our goals, we fail to determine whether it is really in line with our belief system. With some simple, practical tips however you can ensure you have the right foundation necessary to live the life you wish.

Linking your core values to your goals
Many people I come across that are failing to achieve their goals, do not understand why. If your goals are not in line with your core values, then you are bound to fail. Take for example Henry Honest – try as he might become an online scammer overnight, his core values won’t allow him to succeed. A simple example for sure, but hopefully it paints a clear picture. The beauty is that once you can align your values and goals, a feedback mechanism will emerge facilitating positive feelings. And conversely, when we do things that are not in line with your core values, we’ll end up feeling bad about ourselves.
Dream big
So how do we uncover our values? Here a few helpful questions can help shed light on the question. What have you, or would you, fight for? What situations made you feel bad? What would you do if you could do anything for one week? Or a month? Or even a year? Or, if you had three wishes from the fairy godmother, what would they be? Let yourself daydream and jot down what comes to mind.
Creating your list
Remember that this exercise if for you and you alone. There should be no judgement and only pure honesty. Keep your values precise and avoid one-word answers. ‘Love’ for example should be elaborated on – with whom? Of what kind? A meaningful concept should emerge. Now – make your list of values 50 long and then prioritise. Once you’ve completed your list, review it regularly over the course of three to four weeks, and amend it as you see fit, based on your mood. By the end of the process, you will have a solid list, with your top ten values prioritised.
This is the consequences check. You can only live a remarkable life is if you know your values. Now that you have your values in place, it will become easier to prioritise your tasks in light of your goals. How can this translate to the business leadership? Listen on for this edition to gain more examples of how uncovering your values can make a meaningful impact on your life and leadership skills.
Yours
Olaf Kapinski
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008 How to achieve our own goals https://liveitleadit.com/blog/how-to-achieve-our-own-goals/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=how-to-achieve-our-own-goals Thu, 29 Mar 2018 03:00:29 +0000 https://liveitleadit.com/?post_type=podcast&p=7502 008 How to achieve our own goals

Today's episode of Live It, Lead IT! will be part of a three-episode micro-series on how to achieve your goals.

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008 How to achieve our own goals

Grabbing the bull by the horns – how to achieve your goals

Today’s episode of Live It, Lead IT! will be part of a three-episode micro-series on how to achieve your goals.

If you want to be a successful leader, you must first learn how to lead yourself. Seems simple enough but if you can’t achieve your own goals then how can you help others achieve theirs? Ultimately if you’re working in an organisation, you will need to attain certain business goals, or you can wave goodbye to your job.

The making of a millionaire

So what goal do you currently have in mind? I’m often faced with people who say that if I can help them achieve their goals, then they want to become a millionaire. Well – I can’t make one million Euros appear in your bank account overnight – I can, however, help you think and feel like a millionaire!

What does being a millionaire mean to you? It’s unlikely that you are obsessed with the idea of having a million coins in your bank account. More likely you desire the opportunity that money affords – what you could do or buy with that kind of money. Fundamentally it’s about attaining independence, safety and security. That’s what money can buy. You see – that’s not so difficult to achieve. If we translate that into practical terms – say for example – the ability to spend 100 Euros at the drop of a hat without the need to think twice – you’ve set yourself a threshold that will make you feel rich if you can achieve it.

Seven steps to achieving your goals

So how do we achieve our goals? Back to the practical stuff. It’s incredible to think that some people can achieve what others consider impossible. How do they do it? Well in the show I will delve into seven points that will help you on their way. Here’s a quick summary:

1) Think of what you want to achieve in an end state, not in a process. Losing weight, for example, is a process. If this is your starting point, you will inevitably fail. Rather than claiming you want to shed some pounds, create concrete actions in their present achieved state, such as “I will run the half marathon this year”.

2) Use positive statements. Do not say ‘I do not want to be a smoker’ but spin this into a positive – for example ‘I want to be a fresh air breather!’.

3) It has to be self-achievable. It cannot be based on other people’s activities.

4) Aim for big goals and represent them across all five senses! For example, if you’re working toward becoming a better husband, father, leader, visualise in every aspect what this looks like.

5) Make sure your goals are self-achievable and think about the outcome. What consequences are there to achieving your goal? Think about the positives and the negatives. Doing so will permit you to be prepared for everything your goal achieving entails.

6) If you’ve got this far then, it’s time to take the decision! Make a contract with yourself (literally) to ensure you remain committed to your goal.

7) And last but not least – it’s time to start with a plan of activities!

Listen on for more details on the seven steps where I’ll delve deeper into the process, helping you become the leader you strive to be!

Yours

Olaf Kapinski

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Today's episode of Live It, Lead IT! will be part of a three-episode micro-series on how to achieve your goals. Today’s episode of Live It, Lead IT! will be part of a three-episode micro-series on how to achieve your goals.
If you want to be a successful leader, you must first learn how to lead yourself. Seems simple enough but if you can’t achieve your own goals then how can you help others achieve theirs? Ultimately if you’re working in an organisation, you will need to attain certain business goals, or you can wave goodbye to your job.

The making of a millionaire
So what goal do you currently have in mind? I’m often faced with people who say that if I can help them achieve their goals, then they want to become a millionaire. Well – I can’t make one million Euros appear in your bank account overnight – I can, however, help you think and feel like a millionaire!
What does being a millionaire mean to you? It’s unlikely that you are obsessed with the idea of having a million coins in your bank account. More likely you desire the opportunity that money affords – what you could do or buy with that kind of money. Fundamentally it’s about attaining independence, safety and security. That’s what money can buy. You see – that’s not so difficult to achieve. If we translate that into practical terms – say for example – the ability to spend 100 Euros at the drop of a hat without the need to think twice – you’ve set yourself a threshold that will make you feel rich if you can achieve it.

Seven steps to achieving your goals
So how do we achieve our goals? Back to the practical stuff. It’s incredible to think that some people can achieve what others consider impossible. How do they do it? Well in the show I will delve into seven points that will help you on their way. Here’s a quick summary:
1) Think of what you want to achieve in an end state, not in a process. Losing weight, for example, is a process. If this is your starting point, you will inevitably fail. Rather than claiming you want to shed some pounds, create concrete actions in their present achieved state, such as “I will run the half marathon this year”.
2) Use positive statements. Do not say ‘I do not want to be a smoker’ but spin this into a positive – for example ‘I want to be a fresh air breather!’.
3) It has to be self-achievable. It cannot be based on other people’s activities.
4) Aim for big goals and represent them across all five senses! For example, if you’re working toward becoming a better husband, father, leader, visualise in every aspect what this looks like.
5) Make sure your goals are self-achievable and think about the outcome. What consequences are there to achieving your goal? Think about the positives and the negatives. Doing so will permit you to be prepared for everything your goal achieving entails.
6) If you’ve got this far then, it’s time to take the decision! Make a contract with yourself (literally) to ensure you remain committed to your goal.
7) And last but not least – it’s time to start with a plan of activities!
Listen on for more details on the seven steps where I’ll delve deeper into the process, helping you become the leader you strive to be!
Yours
Olaf Kapinski
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007 How far can we change? https://liveitleadit.com/blog/how-far-can-we-change/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=how-far-can-we-change Mon, 26 Mar 2018 03:00:24 +0000 https://liveitleadit.com/?post_type=podcast&p=7427 007 How far can we change?

If your reading this post, or listening to this edition of Live it - Lead IT!, it will come as no surprise to you that change is central to all manner of trainings (including this podcast), which are created with the objective of self-improvement.

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007 How far can we change?

Are there limits on our capacity to change?

If your reading this post, or listening to this edition of Live it – Lead IT!, it will come as no surprise to you that change is central to all manner of trainings (including this podcast), which are created with the objective of self-improvement. Change is essential to getting to where we want to be. In this edition I’ll be discussing how, drawing on the methodology of NLP practitioner Robert Dilts, and his six layered pyramid model, you can achieve your goal of becoming a better business leader.

What’s in a phobia?
How do you experience the world? It’s a basic premise that I work off of and you’ll hear me say it time and again – we all live in our own worlds. Our perceptions of the world are shaped by our own unique lenses – based on our individual make-up and experiences. Thus, how we see the same thing can drastically alter from one person to the next.

Take for example a phobia. The spider that someone suffering from arachnophobia see’s is not the same spider I see. I see a harmless small insect. The other person see’s something very different. Their mind plays a trick on them and the spider comes to represent a major threat – of course this phobia is nothing but a collection of thoughts.

This particular way of seeing the world that is unique to us is referred to in NLP as our ‘world map’. The thoughts that we hold in our minds make up this world view, so let us turn to the actual workings of how these thoughts arise.

Dilts’ six layer model
I find Dilts’ six layer model of NLP that gives structure to the different layers of thought in our brain particularly poignant. This consists of:

  1. Environment
  2. Thoughts concerning behaviours / how you act
  3. Capability layer
  4. Beliefs layer
  5. Identity
  6. Spirituality

Let’s take an example to bring the model to light. Consider someone who delivers an excellent speech on stage that really engaged their audience through their expertise and charisma. That person had to have had a belief system that they were able to do exactly that. An individual who on the other hand who considers themselves to be shy and does not hold the conviction that they are good at public speaking, would ultimate fail when put to the test. No amount of capability training could rectify the issue either, unless the ultimate conviction changed. Which brings us to Dilts’ most crucial insight when he created his model – which is that you cannot change the particular layer unless you change the underlying one first.

For new business leaders
This episode will be particularly for you if you’re a newly promoted leader. I’ll delve deeper into the model during this episode and talk about how the belief in your own identity will shape others’ perceptions of you, helping you become recognised for your authentic leadership skills. By fully comprehending the Dilts’ model you can affect as much change in your life as you so desire, giving you the key to achieving your goals.

Yours

Olaf Kapinski

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If your reading this post, or listening to this edition of Live it - Lead IT!, it will come as no surprise to you that change is central to all manner of trainings (including this podcast), which are created with the objective of self-improvement. If your reading this post, or listening to this edition of Live it – Lead IT!, it will come as no surprise to you that change is central to all manner of trainings (including this podcast), which are created with the objective of self-improvement. Change is essential to getting to where we want to be. In this edition I’ll be discussing how, drawing on the methodology of NLP practitioner Robert Dilts, and his six layered pyramid model, you can achieve your goal of becoming a better business leader.

What’s in a phobia?

How do you experience the world? It’s a basic premise that I work off of and you’ll hear me say it time and again – we all live in our own worlds. Our perceptions of the world are shaped by our own unique lenses – based on our individual make-up and experiences. Thus, how we see the same thing can drastically alter from one person to the next.
Take for example a phobia. The spider that someone suffering from arachnophobia see’s is not the same spider I see. I see a harmless small insect. The other person see’s something very different. Their mind plays a trick on them and the spider comes to represent a major threat – of course this phobia is nothing but a collection of thoughts.
This particular way of seeing the world that is unique to us is referred to in NLP as our ‘world map’. The thoughts that we hold in our minds make up this world view, so let us turn to the actual workings of how these thoughts arise.
Dilts’ six layer model

I find Dilts’ six layer model of NLP that gives structure to the different layers of thought in our brain particularly poignant. This consists of:

* Environment
* Thoughts concerning behaviours / how you act
* Capability layer
* Beliefs layer
* Identity
* Spirituality

Let’s take an example to bring the model to light. Consider someone who delivers an excellent speech on stage that really engaged their audience through their expertise and charisma. That person had to have had a belief system that they were able to do exactly that. An individual who on the other hand who considers themselves to be shy and does not hold the conviction that they are good at public speaking, would ultimate fail when put to the test. No amount of capability training could rectify the issue either, unless the ultimate conviction changed. Which brings us to Dilts’ most crucial insight when he created his model – which is that you cannot change the particular layer unless you change the underlying one first.
For new business leaders

This episode will be particularly for you if you’re a newly promoted leader. I’ll delve deeper into the model during this episode and talk about how the belief in your own identity will shape others’ perceptions of you, helping you become recognised for your authentic leadership skills. By fully comprehending the Dilts’ model you can affect as much change in your life as you so desire, giving you the key to achieving your goals.
Yours
Olaf Kapinski
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006 “Change is complicate!” https://liveitleadit.com/blog/change-is-complicate/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=change-is-complicate Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:00:30 +0000 https://liveitleadit.com/?post_type=podcast&p=7428 006 “Change is complicate!”

Change is hard work. 'I don't want to change!', I hear you say. In this episode of Live it - Lead IT, I will provide you with the tools to demystify the process of change.

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006 “Change is complicate!”

Simplifying the process of change

Change is hard work. ‘I don’t want to change!’, I hear you say. In this episode of Live it – Lead IT, I will provide you with the tools to demystify the process of change. By installing new behaviours and rewiring your brain, you can learn to develop a new attitude toward change with little effort!

Treading the same old path

It’s a simple fact of life that the vast majority of us would much prefer carrying on the very same habits we were doing yesterday. It’s just how our brain is fixed. But how far will our lazy minds get us? If it were up to our brains, all we’d do is sit around all day eating carbs and scrolling Facebook. With a little bit of effort, however, we can overcome the desires of our idle brains.

Exercising the brain

Let’s start with the simple workings of our minds. This organ of ours consumes the largest amount of energy compared to any other in our body. As such, it doesn’t want to have its work cut out. If it were up to the brain, we’d follow the same patterns day in day out. Take the same route to work, eat the same lunch, leave at the same time, etc. etc. By doing so, we allow our subconscious to take over, minimising any effort our brains might need to make. Change, luckily for us however, can become a learnt behaviour. By pushing ourselves outside of our comfort zones, we can retrain the mind, so that change isn’t scary, but an ordinary part of our day to day lives.

Try this exercise out for yourself. Try changing as many habits as you can in a day. Change your routine up. Take a different route to work. Grab your coffee at a different location. Order a different lunch from what you usually have. Try out an alternative outfit. Taking these small practical steps can help you begin to develop a more positive attitude toward change. Once you have established this as a common practice in your life, you can level up to the more important goals you have your eyes set on.

Baby steps

While it may seem simple, and indeed it is, this is how people win marathons. No one starts out able to be an endurance runner. It takes time. With a small run around the block. All it takes to get started is to make the baby steps. And not before long, you’ll begin to see your progress.

Listen on to the episode for more on implementing the changes you need to become a bright business leader of the future. Or you just watch the episode:


Olaf Kapinski

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Change is hard work. 'I don't want to change!', I hear you say. In this episode of Live it - Lead IT, I will provide you with the tools to demystify the process of change.









Simplifying the process of changeChange is hard work. ‘I don’t want to change!’, I hear you say. In this episode of Live it – Lead IT, I will provide you with the tools to demystify the process of change. By installing new behaviours and rewiring your brain, you can learn to develop a new attitude toward change with little effort!Treading the same old pathIt’s a simple fact of life that the vast majority of us would much prefer carrying on the very same habits we were doing yesterday. It’s just how our brain is fixed. But how far will our lazy minds get us? If it were up to our brains, all we’d do is sit around all day eating carbs and scrolling Facebook. With a little bit of effort, however, we can overcome the desires of our idle brains.Exercising the brainLet’s start with the simple workings of our minds. This organ of ours consumes the largest amount of energy compared to any other in our body. As such, it doesn’t want to have its work cut out. If it were up to the brain, we’d follow the same patterns day in day out. Take the same route to work, eat the same lunch, leave at the same time, etc. etc. By doing so, we allow our subconscious to take over, minimising any effort our brains might need to make. Change, luckily for us however, can become a learnt behaviour. By pushing ourselves outside of our comfort zones, we can retrain the mind, so that change isn’t scary, but an ordinary part of our day to day lives.Try this exercise out for yourself. Try changing as many habits as you can in a day. Change your routine up. Take a different route to work. Grab your coffee at a different location. Order a different lunch from what you usually have. Try out an alternative outfit. Taking these small practical steps can help you begin to develop a more positive attitude toward change. Once you have established this as a common practice in your life, you can level up to the more important goals you have your eyes set on.Baby stepsWhile it may seem simple, and indeed it is, this is how people win marathons. No one starts out able to be an endurance runner. It takes time. With a small run around the block. All it takes to get started is to make the baby steps. And not before long, you’ll begin to see your progress.
















Listen on to the episode for more on implementing the changes you need to become a bright business leader of the future. Or you just watch the episode:
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005 Why do we want to change? https://liveitleadit.com/blog/why-do-we-want-to-change/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=why-do-we-want-to-change Mon, 19 Mar 2018 04:00:16 +0000 https://liveitleadit.com/?post_type=podcast&p=7419 005 Why do we want to change?

In this episode of 'Live It! Lead IT!' we'll be discussing change - how do you change the behaviour of others? How do you change your behaviour?

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005 Why do we want to change?

Getting a grip on behavioural change!

When was the last time someone tried to change your behaviour? Maybe it was a demand made by your spouse or your boss. I wonder, did their demands have the desired effect? Undoubtedly, the answer is no! In this episode of ‘Live It! Lead IT!’ we’ll be discussing change – how do you change the behaviour of others? How do you change your behaviour? With the insights into these questions, I guarantee you can make the changes you need to become a more effective business leader!

Stop that nagging already!

When behavioural demands are made of us, we have two possible options. We can do the minimum of what is required of us at the moment, with little consideration of what will occur the next time we are faced with the same situation, or we can genuinely seek to make the changes requested of us, understanding the negative implications of our on-going, habitual behaviour. It is little surprise however that if these demands are made of us in the form of nagging, the latter outcome will be all the more unlikely.

When applied to the office environment, employees will adopt the same set of attitudes. As a leader, shouting at your employees is unlikely to cause positive behavioural change. Under such circumstances, your team may simply be working in your presence out of fear, only to slack as soon as you are no longer in the building. So how do you motivate your team?

Change who? Change you!

It would be an error to think that you can change your employees. Accepting this fact is critical to becoming a good leader. However there is one person you can change, and that person would, of course, be you! Trying to change others is a waste of your time and effort.

Rewind quickly to episode number two, and if you listened, you’d recall that we spoke about understood and taken goals. Once you have your goals clearly in your mind, you can identify which behaviours you need to change to achieve your goals. Remember it’s just a simple switch in your brain – understand the purpose or need for the changes in your life and you’re on your way.

What about changing my team?

But what about your team? How does this affect your leadership skills? Well once you accept that you cannot change others, but you can change yourself, it’s all about adapting to each employee to bring out the best in them. Good leadership also means identifying the right people for the right job – identifying the strengths and weaknesses of your team members can help you maximise their capabilities. Understanding these dynamics and becoming better at how to deal with people, will enable you to get the best out of your team in the most effective way possible.

In today’s business climate, change is the order of the day. Indeed ‘innovation’ appears to be a buzz word across all organisations. Being change-ready is key! Listen on to unlock the secrets to understanding change to become an effective business leader!

Olaf Kapinski

 

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In this episode of 'Live It! Lead IT!' we'll be discussing change - how do you change the behaviour of others? How do you change your behaviour? When was the last time someone tried to change your behaviour? Maybe it was a demand made by your spouse or your boss. I wonder, did their demands have the desired effect? Undoubtedly, the answer is no! In this episode of ‘Live It! Lead IT!’ we’ll be discussing change – how do you change the behaviour of others? How do you change your behaviour? With the insights into these questions, I guarantee you can make the changes you need to become a more effective business leader!

Stop that nagging already!
When behavioural demands are made of us, we have two possible options. We can do the minimum of what is required of us at the moment, with little consideration of what will occur the next time we are faced with the same situation, or we can genuinely seek to make the changes requested of us, understanding the negative implications of our on-going, habitual behaviour. It is little surprise however that if these demands are made of us in the form of nagging, the latter outcome will be all the more unlikely.
When applied to the office environment, employees will adopt the same set of attitudes. As a leader, shouting at your employees is unlikely to cause positive behavioural change. Under such circumstances, your team may simply be working in your presence out of fear, only to slack as soon as you are no longer in the building. So how do you motivate your team?
Change who? Change you!
It would be an error to think that you can change your employees. Accepting this fact is critical to becoming a good leader. However there is one person you can change, and that person would, of course, be you! Trying to change others is a waste of your time and effort.
Rewind quickly to episode number two, and if you listened, you’d recall that we spoke about understood and taken goals. Once you have your goals clearly in your mind, you can identify which behaviours you need to change to achieve your goals. Remember it’s just a simple switch in your brain – understand the purpose or need for the changes in your life and you’re on your way.
What about changing my team?
But what about your team? How does this affect your leadership skills? Well once you accept that you cannot change others, but you can change yourself, it’s all about adapting to each employee to bring out the best in them. Good leadership also means identifying the right people for the right job – identifying the strengths and weaknesses of your team members can help you maximise their capabilities. Understanding these dynamics and becoming better at how to deal with people, will enable you to get the best out of your team in the most effective way possible.
In today’s business climate, change is the order of the day. Indeed ‘innovation’ appears to be a buzz word across all organisations. Being change-ready is key! Listen on to unlock the secrets to understanding change to become an effective business leader!
Olaf Kapinski
 
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004 What do we perceive? https://liveitleadit.com/blog/what-do-we-perceive/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=what-do-we-perceive Thu, 15 Mar 2018 04:00:23 +0000 https://liveitleadit.com/?post_type=podcast&p=7407 004 What do we perceive?

In this episode of Liveit - Lead IT, I will be drilling down into perception. What happens when we perceive? What do we see?

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004 What do we perceive?

The truth about perception and how we see the world

In this episode of Liveit – Lead IT, I will be drilling down into perception. What happens when we perceive? What do we see? And how should we react in turn? Drawing on lessons from the field of neuro-linguistic programming, I’ll be speaking about how individuals hold different maps of the world in their mind’s eye, and how appreciating this very fact can enable you to be a more effective leader.

Do you see what I see?

Take a look outside your window? What do you see? If you asked your partner, friend or flatmate, what they saw if they looked out the same window, do you think they would respond the same?

Chances are the answer is no. Your response will vary depending on what resonated more in your vision. While there is only one physical world outside, how we perceive that world differs, in some cases remarkably, from one individual to another.

I’ve said many a time before that everyone lives in their world – differences among us based on our backgrounds and experiences will alter what we see. We will, in turn, have different impressions of the world based on our filters  – none of them more or less valid than the other.

The impact of perception

So what happens when you perceive something? Well, perceptions can impact our emotions after having been filtered through the conscious mind. So, for example, I could receive a speeding ticket, the perception of which could send my blood boiling and heart racing, as I quicken to anger. Understanding, however, that emotions are manifested by the thoughts in your brain, can enable you to master your feelings – a theme that we began to explore in the last episode.

Since everything that happens in your brain is of your own making, a successful person will understand that they can adjust their minds, and in doing so can alter how they see things, and therefore manage their reactions. Ultimately we give the events in our lives meaning. Altering thinking patterns – known as reframing in NLP – is an excellent tool for mastering your feelings, and not giving things more attention than they deserve. By adopting such techniques, you can ensure that you keep your emotions in check, rather than losing your rag at the drop of a hat.

For mastering this fine art and honing these skills for effective business leadership, listen on to the full podcast. Happy listening!

Olaf Kapinski

 

 

 

 

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In this episode of Liveit - Lead IT, I will be drilling down into perception. What happens when we perceive? What do we see? In this episode of Liveit – Lead IT, I will be drilling down into perception. What happens when we perceive? What do we see? And how should we react in turn? Drawing on lessons from the field of neuro-linguistic programming, I’ll be speaking about how individuals hold different maps of the world in their mind’s eye, and how appreciating this very fact can enable you to be a more effective leader.

Do you see what I see?
Take a look outside your window? What do you see? If you asked your partner, friend or flatmate, what they saw if they looked out the same window, do you think they would respond the same?
Chances are the answer is no. Your response will vary depending on what resonated more in your vision. While there is only one physical world outside, how we perceive that world differs, in some cases remarkably, from one individual to another.
I’ve said many a time before that everyone lives in their world – differences among us based on our backgrounds and experiences will alter what we see. We will, in turn, have different impressions of the world based on our filters  – none of them more or less valid than the other.
The impact of perception
So what happens when you perceive something? Well, perceptions can impact our emotions after having been filtered through the conscious mind. So, for example, I could receive a speeding ticket, the perception of which could send my blood boiling and heart racing, as I quicken to anger. Understanding, however, that emotions are manifested by the thoughts in your brain, can enable you to master your feelings – a theme that we began to explore in the last episode.
Since everything that happens in your brain is of your own making, a successful person will understand that they can adjust their minds, and in doing so can alter how they see things, and therefore manage their reactions. Ultimately we give the events in our lives meaning. Altering thinking patterns – known as reframing in NLP – is an excellent tool for mastering your feelings, and not giving things more attention than they deserve. By adopting such techniques, you can ensure that you keep your emotions in check, rather than losing your rag at the drop of a hat.
For mastering this fine art and honing these skills for effective business leadership, listen on to the full podcast. Happy listening!
Olaf Kapinski
 
 
 
 
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003 Who lives the life? https://liveitleadit.com/blog/who-lives-the-life/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=who-lives-the-life Mon, 12 Mar 2018 04:00:50 +0000 https://liveitleadit.com/?post_type=podcast&p=7402 003 Who lives the life?

In this edition of Live It, Lead IT, I'm going to be discussing the million dollar question 'Why are we here?'. But not to worry - there won't be any religious overtones to the show!

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003 Who lives the life?

Finding meaning in life – how to be more joyful

In this edition of Live It, Lead IT, I’m going to be discussing the million dollar question ‘Why are we here?’. But not to worry – there won’t be any religious overtones to the show! I’ll simply be helping you focus on what it means to ‘live it’, in the here and now. Understanding this will help you become not just a better leader, but better all-around.

So, life, what’s it all about?

Well first and foremost let’s start from the basic premise that we only live one life on this planet. If we can agree on this, I would make the bold statement that life is about having fun. Simple as it sounds, living a life full of joy is sadly not as common practice as it ought to be. However, it is an achievable goal. By first and foremost accepting that life is finite, you can take the first and most important step toward living a life of happiness.

Now you may be thinking that life is about more than having fun – that such a statement appears to trivialise why we are here. Consider all those people you know who have committed their life to serving others – the key driver behind their altruism is just the same as the rest of us. They essentially want to feel good about themselves. Whichever way you look at it, or however you want to phrase it, ultimately we want to live a life that makes us feel good. If we can agree on this statement, then we can look to how we can achieve our life’s meaning, with a few fundamental changes.

Managing our moods

Sadly, despite the very privileged lives the vast majority of us in the West lead, joy appears to be in thin supply. And why? Because individuals create their own living hell when, every day, they choose to react to events negatively. Take for instance road rage. You get angry at someone speeding, or a traffic light that seems to take forever to change, or any other occurrence that might happen on the roads that makes you see red.

An angry person is not only an unattractive person, but they are also unable to be an effective leader, since they won’t have their wits about them, preventing them from engaging with those around them in a positive way. With greater introspection we can acknowledge how the outside world is impacting our inner feelings, enabling us to assess our moods and choose how to react to the events that occur from day to day.

Instead of trying to understand why events are impacting us in a particular way, by recognising that there are in fact no connections between the outside world and our inner feelings that we don’t ourselves allow, we can begin to learn how to become a master of ones of own emotions.

Fostering a good and positive mood will enable you to be a better leader. Listen on for the full overview. Enjoy!

Your,

Olaf Kapinski

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In this edition of Live It, Lead IT, I'm going to be discussing the million dollar question 'Why are we here?'. But not to worry - there won't be any religious overtones to the show! In this edition of Live It, Lead IT, I’m going to be discussing the million dollar question ‘Why are we here?’. But not to worry – there won’t be any religious overtones to the show! I’ll simply be helping you focus on what it means to ‘live it’, in the here and now. Understanding this will help you become not just a better leader, but better all-around.

So, life, what’s it all about?
Well first and foremost let’s start from the basic premise that we only live one life on this planet. If we can agree on this, I would make the bold statement that life is about having fun. Simple as it sounds, living a life full of joy is sadly not as common practice as it ought to be. However, it is an achievable goal. By first and foremost accepting that life is finite, you can take the first and most important step toward living a life of happiness.
Now you may be thinking that life is about more than having fun – that such a statement appears to trivialise why we are here. Consider all those people you know who have committed their life to serving others – the key driver behind their altruism is just the same as the rest of us. They essentially want to feel good about themselves. Whichever way you look at it, or however you want to phrase it, ultimately we want to live a life that makes us feel good. If we can agree on this statement, then we can look to how we can achieve our life’s meaning, with a few fundamental changes.
Managing our moods
Sadly, despite the very privileged lives the vast majority of us in the West lead, joy appears to be in thin supply. And why? Because individuals create their own living hell when, every day, they choose to react to events negatively. Take for instance road rage. You get angry at someone speeding, or a traffic light that seems to take forever to change, or any other occurrence that might happen on the roads that makes you see red.
An angry person is not only an unattractive person, but they are also unable to be an effective leader, since they won’t have their wits about them, preventing them from engaging with those around them in a positive way. With greater introspection we can acknowledge how the outside world is impacting our inner feelings, enabling us to assess our moods and choose how to react to the events that occur from day to day.
Instead of trying to understand why events are impacting us in a particular way, by recognising that there are in fact no connections between the outside world and our inner feelings that we don’t ourselves allow, we can begin to learn how to become a master of ones of own emotions.
Fostering a good and positive mood will enable you to be a better leader. Listen on for the full overview. Enjoy!
Your,
Olaf Kapinski
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002 Understood and taken goals https://liveitleadit.com/blog/unstood-and-taken-goals/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=unstood-and-taken-goals Thu, 08 Mar 2018 04:00:50 +0000 https://liveitleadit.com/?post_type=podcast&p=7400 002 Understood and taken goals

Any successful business leader will need to be able to achieve their organisation's goals - but what does a goal look like, and how can you transform them into reality?

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002 Understood and taken goals

Any successful business leader will need to be able to achieve their organisation’s goals – but what does a goal look like, and how can you transform them into reality?

How to communicate company objectives as a successful business leader

 Central to being a successful leader is to not only to have a vision that drives you but to be able to communicate that vision with the team around you, inspiring them to help you achieve it.

In this edition of Live it – Lead IT, I’m going to be discussing the topic of goals. How can you internalise them and how can you get others around you to do the same? Undoubtedly there is a myriad of techniques out there on how to do just that, but the one that stands out the most starts not words, but with a picture.

The power of an image

 Whether you need the motivation to participate in Ironman, prep the garden for winter, or get your diploma, at the most basic level we, human beings, are inspired most by images. What drives us are big pictures of what we want to achieve.

With a powerful visual image, we can bring ourselves to undergo severe training to get the body we want or endure hours of classes we might not feel in the immediate moment motivated to participate in. A positive, colourful picture of our future can act as a major incentive in achieving your goals.

Equally, a non-attractive picture can deter you from achieving your goals or see you do things half-hearted. Doing something to avoid being nagged, for example, will see us unengaged and therefore not performing to the best of our ability. And herein lies the difference between a desire to reach a goal, and a desire to run away from responsibility.

The essentials of business leadership

So what does this mean when we translate this to the world of business?

Essentially what it means is that if you are, or want to become a successful business leader, you need to:

  1. Understand your purpose
  2. Understand your goals, and your company’s goals
  3. Understand how to translate these to your team to ensure these goals are achieved

More often than not, leaders fail on the final step. Many a time, employees are under pressure to achieve goals that mean nothing to them – like attaining an increase in shareholder value for example. This does not translate into anything meaningful for them; they’re left instead with a picture of an abstract graph in their head, hardly something that will see them leaping out of bed in the morning. And while your team may have obscure targets placed on them, they’re still without a clue as to the actual objectives – the real purpose behind why your organisation actually exists.

Bridging the gap

So – where does that leave you? Well a successful leader will be the bridge between the company vision and the team. A successful leader will know how to communicate this vision in a way that each can understand and internalise. A successful leader will understand the difference between ‘understood goals’ and ‘taken goals’ and how to deliver this into the heart and minds of their employees. Listen on for this edition to learn how to translate powerful images to your team, and achieve your desired success!

Yours

Olaf Kapinski

 

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Any successful business leader will need to be able to achieve their organisation's goals - but what does a goal look like, and how can you transform them into reality? How to communicate company objectives as a successful business leader
 Central to being a successful leader is to not only to have a vision that drives you but to be able to communicate that vision with the team around you, inspiring them to help you achieve it.
In this edition of Live it – Lead IT, I’m going to be discussing the topic of goals. How can you internalise them and how can you get others around you to do the same? Undoubtedly there is a myriad of techniques out there on how to do just that, but the one that stands out the most starts not words, but with a picture.
The power of an image
 Whether you need the motivation to participate in Ironman, prep the garden for winter, or get your diploma, at the most basic level we, human beings, are inspired most by images. What drives us are big pictures of what we want to achieve.
With a powerful visual image, we can bring ourselves to undergo severe training to get the body we want or endure hours of classes we might not feel in the immediate moment motivated to participate in. A positive, colourful picture of our future can act as a major incentive in achieving your goals.
Equally, a non-attractive picture can deter you from achieving your goals or see you do things half-hearted. Doing something to avoid being nagged, for example, will see us unengaged and therefore not performing to the best of our ability. And herein lies the difference between a desire to reach a goal, and a desire to run away from responsibility.
The essentials of business leadership
So what does this mean when we translate this to the world of business?
Essentially what it means is that if you are, or want to become a successful business leader, you need to:

* Understand your purpose
* Understand your goals, and your company’s goals
* Understand how to translate these to your team to ensure these goals are achieved

More often than not, leaders fail on the final step. Many a time, employees are under pressure to achieve goals that mean nothing to them – like attaining an increase in shareholder value for example. This does not translate into anything meaningful for them; they’re left instead with a picture of an abstract graph in their head, hardly something that will see them leaping out of bed in the morning. And while your team may have obscure targets placed on them, they’re still without a clue as to the actual objectives – the real purpose behind why your organisation actually exists.
Bridging the gap
So – where does that leave you? Well a successful leader will be the bridge between the company vision and the team. A successful leader will know how to communicate this vision in a way that each can understand and internalise. A successful leader will understand the difference between ‘understood goals’ and ‘taken goals’ and how to deliver this into the heart and minds of their employees. Listen on for this edition to learn how to translate powerful images to your team, and achieve your desired success!
Yours
Olaf Kapinski
 
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001 Are you successful? https://liveitleadit.com/blog/are-you-successful/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=are-you-successful Mon, 05 Mar 2018 04:00:12 +0000 https://liveitleadit.com/?post_type=podcast&p=7388 001 Are you successful?

Are you an aspiring business leader looking to improve your performance in the workplace? If you answered 'yes', then this podcast is for you!

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001 Are you successful?

Are you an aspiring business leader looking to improve your performance in the workplace? If you answered ‘yes’, then this podcast is for you!

Climbing the ladder of success – how to become a valued business leader

In this first episode of Live it – Lead IT, I will be discussing how it is possible for you to achieve success – for those among you that want to become better, more valuable, and achieve more in your role.

So what is success and what does it mean to you?

Success begins with having goals. If you achieve them, then you can count yourself among the successful!

Of course, we all want to be successful – it’s a common human trait. The vast majority of us today are working to achieve success and that warm feeling that comes with it – the confidence, strength and motivation. But if I were to ask you whether you are successful, how would you honestly reply?

The modest among you might be contemplating this question, hesitant in responding ‘yes’! And then there will be the others of you at the extreme ends of the spectrum.

If you answered no, then I’m afraid you have a long way to go. The first step on the path to success is to consider yourself successful – if you don’t, those around you will pick up on this, and it will be reflected in their vision of you. Success starts in the brain – you need to believe it, you need to feel it. Once you do, those around you will start believing it too!

If you replied positively, you are already over the biggest hurdle. But are you honestly successful? Many of you may have responded ‘yes’, but if you’re stagnant in your career, if you’ve been stuck in the same role for many years, and you’re not getting the recognition you deserve, it seems there may be some more work behind you before your response matches reality.

Many of you in this position may be laying the blame for a lack of recognition on your boss – it’s something I’ve heard many a time in my professional career and as a personal coach. You may think your ideas, contributions and efforts are going unacknowledged by those that matter most. But successful people do not blame others for their failure.

Gaining recognition

 Ultimately, if you’re not getting promoted, not achieving the leadership role that you seek, then really, you’re not reaching the success you could be. Until your boss regards you successful, you’ll remain relegated to the margins, remaining undervalued in your role.

So, how can you climb to the top of the career ladder, and achieve a position in which you can shine as a valuable business leader?

In this podcast I will give you tips on ensuring that you are visible among the essential decision makers in your organisation, ensuring you are one step closer to that promotion. So, listen on and unlock your potential within!

Yours

Olaf Kapinski

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Are you an aspiring business leader looking to improve your performance in the workplace? If you answered 'yes', then this podcast is for you! Climbing the ladder of success – how to become a valued business leader
In this first episode of Live it – Lead IT, I will be discussing how it is possible for you to achieve success – for those among you that want to become better, more valuable, and achieve more in your role.
So what is success and what does it mean to you?
Success begins with having goals. If you achieve them, then you can count yourself among the successful!
Of course, we all want to be successful – it’s a common human trait. The vast majority of us today are working to achieve success and that warm feeling that comes with it – the confidence, strength and motivation. But if I were to ask you whether you are successful, how would you honestly reply?
The modest among you might be contemplating this question, hesitant in responding ‘yes’! And then there will be the others of you at the extreme ends of the spectrum.
If you answered no, then I’m afraid you have a long way to go. The first step on the path to success is to consider yourself successful – if you don’t, those around you will pick up on this, and it will be reflected in their vision of you. Success starts in the brain – you need to believe it, you need to feel it. Once you do, those around you will start believing it too!
If you replied positively, you are already over the biggest hurdle. But are you honestly successful? Many of you may have responded ‘yes’, but if you’re stagnant in your career, if you’ve been stuck in the same role for many years, and you’re not getting the recognition you deserve, it seems there may be some more work behind you before your response matches reality.
Many of you in this position may be laying the blame for a lack of recognition on your boss – it’s something I’ve heard many a time in my professional career and as a personal coach. You may think your ideas, contributions and efforts are going unacknowledged by those that matter most. But successful people do not blame others for their failure.
Gaining recognition
 Ultimately, if you’re not getting promoted, not achieving the leadership role that you seek, then really, you’re not reaching the success you could be. Until your boss regards you successful, you’ll remain relegated to the margins, remaining undervalued in your role.
So, how can you climb to the top of the career ladder, and achieve a position in which you can shine as a valuable business leader?
In this podcast I will give you tips on ensuring that you are visible among the essential decision makers in your organisation, ensuring you are one step closer to that promotion. So, listen on and unlock your potential within!
Yours
Olaf Kapinski
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Olaf Kapinski, long time IT Leader, leadership fan. Ideas and inspirations for young leaders, thoughts on leadership and communication. clean 14:42