When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters — one represents danger and the other represents opportunity — John F. Kennedy
The beginning of the New Year is the time for reflection — reflection on what we accomplished (or failed to accomplish) during the past 12 months. More importantly, it is the time to strategize and re-dedicate ourselves to being more effective, ethical leaders. It is appropriate, therefore, that the editors of the free electronic edition of Leadership Guide Magazine (CLICK HERE) have selected “renewal” as its theme for the January edition.
Our first article entitled “ Guiding Words to a Successful 2010” (CLICK HERE) is written by Seth Godin. He is a remarkable and accomplished author and innovative thinker. For this article we have taken inspiration from one of his recent ideas called the “What Matters Now” project. In this project, Godin and 70 other top leaders and visionaries chose ONE word they thought would be most important for the New Year. They then wrote a page explaining why their word was so important. We think you will be inspired, like we were, by the key words that were chosen.
In the second article, “Snapshots of Proven Ways to Lead Ethically in the New Year” (CLICK HERE), we consider ways that effective, ethical leaders focus their organizations for success. “It is about having the right expectations, setting the right example, and not straying ethically,” says Gary Kelly, CEO of Southwest, one of several interesting leaders highlighted in the article.
Finally, in an effort to add one more dose of inspiration for the New Year, we have provided our 10 Favorite Ethics Quotations (CLICK HERE) for you to use as your “guideposts” for living an ethical life.
We hope you enjoy this interesting issue. Happy New Year!
INSPIRING LEADERSHIP QUOTES–by Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Ash Cosmetics:
• For every failure, there is an alternative course of action. You just have to find it.
• When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.
• Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist.