Leadership

The Perfectionist’s Dilemma: How to Get More Done in Less Time without Lowering Your Standards

I used to be proud of the study system I’d created to achieve mostly A’s in school. But later, I realized that this same thorough approach did not ensure success at work. This came to bear one day when my boss stopped by my desk about 15 minutes before a meeting. We’d been discussing one of my ideas earlier and he asked if I could mention it to our CEO when the meeting was over. With only a few minutes available, I quickly typed up a concise outline of my thought process so I could be clear, printed it – and ran to the meeting.

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How to Change a Negative Behavior Pattern

At Nahid Coaching & Mentoring, one key lesson we keep coming back to is around negative behavior patterns and how they are often driven by a deeper negative belief system. For example, procrastination might be the result of a set of beliefs ranging from, “I do my best work under deadline pressure” to “I don’t have what it takes to do a good job right now” or “other people are not allowing me the time I need to get this done”. On the surface these might sound like lame excuses, but a pattern of procrastination can be very hard to escape, creating a feeling of being trapped in the habit. Regardless of how lame the “excuses” may sound, they are often real enough to control one’s behavior.

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The Power of Humility in Leadership

What is the power of humility? Why is it important in leadership? And how do you develop the kind of humility that makes you a better leader? These are tougher questions than you might imagine because humility, like authenticity, is a characteristic. You probably already know someone who talks about authenticity a lot but doesn’t seem authentic at all. Humility is even harder. Well it was for me at least. First, the concept is pretty hard to get.  We know that confidence is actually one of the most important qualities of a leader, and on the surface humility seems to be almost the opposite of confidence.

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