What does leadership really mean? How are you making a difference in the world? Can leadership be taught? These are just a few of the important questions that a student leader needs to think about.
In this episode of the Ninja Leaders Podcast I interview leadership trainer Drew Dudley. Drew has spent his life in student leadership. He is one of Canada’s most sought after leadership speakers. In this interview he challenges students to re-define their values and their purpose.
Here are a few essential points we cover:
- How to elevate, not escalate
- Leading beyond the double sided sheet of paper
- Can leadership be taught?
- The importance of planning to matter
- You are the landlord of your head
- The five steps we all face
- The First Step
- The Next Step
- The Wrong Step
- The Step Back
- The Forward Step
To become more productive one of the most important things you can do is to set up a system for managing your tasks and projects. There is no one perfect system that works for everyone. It’s a continued process of refinement and figuring out what serves you best in your life.
Right now, I am experimenting with a new system. It has many of the same elements that I’ve used in the past but will hopefully allow me to focus more on important needle moving tasks and be more efficient with all the other need to get done tasks. I’ll be sharing the results of this experiment in the future.
But today, I want to focus on one piece that has been in my system for years with great results.
The WaitingFor List
Surrounding yourself with great people is essential. As a student leader the quality of the network you create these next few years will help determine the doors that open for you in the future. But often people struggle with how to approach networking effectively.
In this episode, I talk with Dave Delaney about how student leaders can best approach networking. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that networking isn’t for you. It is happen whether you realize it or not, so why not make it an intentional process.
“The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day.”
- Henry Ward Beecher
Yes, it’s YOUR fault.
That argument with your teammate. The bashing heads with your stubborn advisor. It’s on you.
That stings, but it’s the truth. Or at least it needs to be your truth.
This has nothing to do with whose to blame. Frankly, I don’t care whose to blame and neither should you. Blame it worthless and distracting at best. It’s about taking responsibility. It’s about taking control of what’s in your control. Because once you do, and only once you do, can you start moving towards a solution.
The only way to move forward is to accept the responsibility for your problems. By accepting responsibility you empower yourself. You go from letting life beat you up to actively influencing every aspect of it.
Today we are taking a break from specific tactics and tools to manage your to-do lists to look at a foundational concept to becoming the master of your life…. Discipline.
Discipline is something you need to build into your life. The gap between where you are and your goal can only be closed up with discipline.
It’s that special element. The one thing all successful people share. It facilitates growth and improvement over time.
But it doesn’t just happen. It is developed.
We fall into the trap of thinking that we are naturally disciplined or undisciplined, simply not true… discipline is not a personality trait, it’s a skill. Like any skill it is developed with practice. [Tweet This]
Productivity is more than to-do lists and calendars. Do you know what being productive really looks like? This week’s episode of the Ninja Leaders Podcast will dive into that.
To truly be productive you need to go beyond the to-do list. Erik Fisher does just that on a regular basis with his podcast Beyond The To-Do List. In this interview we don’t just talk tactics and tools we go into what productivity really looks like.
Here are a few essential points we cover:
- The most underestimated productivity tool
- Learn how to do good work well
- Discover what productivity is really about
- 1 quick way to re-focus and gain momentum when you find yourself off track
- An effective way to make major changes in your life
- A common misconception about productivity systems
- How to create your ideal morning
- How to stay productive with a social media life