Follow Through by Jim Johnson

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A healthy habit of any leader is the ability to follow through.  Follow through on: 

– exceeding expectations
– getting results through their team
– developing their staff 
– returning emails & calls in a timely manner

Whether you like it or not, others are watching you. They observe your work ethic, your attitude, your sense of humor (or lack of it), and they know when you’ve followed through on something…or not.

I’ve encountered many folks who strongly desired to be a leader, but their ability to follow through was horrible. They talked a good game. They appeared to have  it altogether.  But as a friend of mine once said, “They’ve got the easy part done – the talkin’.”

As a leader, be sure your actions match your words. You gain so much by doing this:  respect. 

By all means, be known as a strong leader who gets things done.  Your personal  power and success comes when your actions support your reputation.

Marketing Your Team’s Purpose by Jim Johnson

Have ever wondered why we keep seeing Coke ads?  Does  anyone  think we’ve  forgotten what Coke is? 

Of course not. Coke advertises to keep its brand top of mind.

How often do you remind your team of its purpose?  Daily routines take over and people can forget the reason why your company  exists. They can easily get  side-tracked and lose sight of the purpose of your team.

As the leader, you need to constantly help your team put the “this is why we’re here” back into decision-making and follow-ups.  People can drift from the original vision of your company.

Market it to them. Remind them.  Keep your brand fresh with them. Put purpose back into their work.