Tag: wisdom

3 Little Lessons in Wisdom – A #OneWord2011 Progress Report

One Word 2011Back in January, I wrote a post about my one word for 2011; wisdom. The whole concept of ‘One Word‘ was dreamed up by Alece Ronzino to stand in place of those pesky New Year’s resolutions we all make, yet never keep.

I got an email from Alece last week asking everyone who participated to write a mid-year progress report. In all honesty, I don’t know how to faithfully report progress in such a subjective area as ‘wisdom.’

What I can share, however, are a few of the lessons that I’ve learned:

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5 Steps to Giving Great Advice

Giving Great Advice

As leaders, we get to fill the role of counselor in a lot of people’s lives. For good or bad, we have the honor and responsibility of providing these people with advice.

This is by no means an all-inclusive methodology, but its the process I use. I would love to hear all about how you approach these situations in the comments below.

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How to Give Really Bad Advice

Bad Advice

Have you ever found yourself sitting at a table, staring at two cups of coffee and someone looking for your advice? Welcome to my life. If you get serious about developing your leadership skills, this will become common for you too.

In this situation, I’ve found people to fall into one of three general categories.

  • The first is absolutely puzzled by the request and literally has nothing for you.
  • The second is humbled by the request and genuinely wishes to provide the best wisdom that they can muster.
  • The third is ready to give their unsolicited opinion before anyone even sits down at the table. Everyone loves this guy. He’s got all the answers.

Today, I’m going to talk about the third person’s potential thought process. If you identify with any of these steps, then please do come back tomorrow. Your friends will be immensely grateful.

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One Word 2011: WISDOM

One Word 2011 Wisdom

I’m not a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions. They don’t stick. If you need an arbitrary date in order to start working towards a goal, odds are that goal wasn’t very important to you.

If it was, you wouldn’t wait till January 1st to get cracking on it, would you?

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