1. Never communicate difficult messages via email. Deliver them in person, face-to-face – and if you really can’t do that then pick up the phone. It’s about integrity.

2. Our personal network is critical. Be intentional about developing, nurturing and protecting it. Your network is one of the best insurance policies you’ll ever have. (Thanks Simone Andersen)

3. Don’t treat others how you would like to be treated. Treat others how they would like to be treated.

4. Experiment, be prepared to fail but always remember the goal is to succeed in the long-run. When you do fail, pick yourself up quickly, learn the lessons and move on immediately. (Thanks Ross Aitken)

5. Focus on providing those that you serve (in any and every context) with amazing value.

6. The times when you think you don’t have the time to exercise are the times when you most need to exercise.

7. The single biggest thing standing in the way of your own success and happiness is usually your own thinking. Get out of your own way.

8. Run, sprint or charge towards the things that scare you the most.

9. If there are things on your to-do list that have been there for several months either take care of them right now or delete them. They will be draining your energy and clouding your focus.

10. In every aspect of your life, focus on the value and not the cost. (Thanks Robin Sharma)

11. Read or listen to one new book each month. There is always time – especially when you listen to audio books at twice the speed (Thanks Nick Looby)

12. Take 15 minutes out on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday to plan for the week ahead – you’ll wake up on Monday in a positive state and be ahead of those around you.

13. Always be on the front foot. Develop a robust system for looking several weeks ahead, allowing you to plan and prepare; instead of reacting and responding. Download the Weekly Planning Protocol here.

14. Have a growth mindset. Keep asking how you, your team, your department and your business can be better. Seek out the marginal gains in all that you do (Thanks Sir Clive Woodward and Sir Dave Brailsford)

15. Success can easily lead to complacency and complacency is one small step away from failure.

16. Be clear on your purpose – what are you working for and towards?

17. Be clear on your core values. What do you stand for and what will you take a stand on?

18. Don’t beat yourself up. We’re all human, we all make mistakes and we all miss some goals. Life’s a journey – enjoy it.

19. Look after every aspect of your health; physical and mental.

20. When things aren’t going as you’d like, ask yourself this; “What part am I playing in creating the situation that I say I do not want?”

21. Get at least seven and a half hours sleep every night. Any less and you’ll be performing way below your true potential. (Thanks Dr Greg Wells)

22. Drink more water – your body and brain will thank you.

23. Finally, and most importantly…be there for your family.

 

What about you?

I’d love to hear about your most valuable lessons in leadership and life…please add your own in the comments below and let’s start a conversation.

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