Readers are Leaders


Readers Are Leaders and Leaders Are Readers

by Bill Hansen, CEO Bill Hansen Luxury Catering and Event Production

As the CEO of South Florida top catering firm, I try to stay ahead of the competition by keeping up to date with my reading. One of my favorite weekend reads is the Harvard Business Review.

In a recent issue of HBR an ad for Heidi Grant Halvorson’s book, 9 Things Successful People do Differently caught my eye. The book is awesome and I’ll share the key points with you. If you like the teaser, then you might wish to purchase the book from Amazon.

# 1   Get specific SMART goals matter; meaning Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time Bound. “I want to lose weight is not good”. Good is, “I want to lose ten pounds by March 31!”

#2   Seize the moment. This means decide when and where you’re going to do what you wish to achieve. The author calls it If-Then planning. If it is 4 PM, then I will write the long-overdue menu updates. Another good one is, If I am getting too distract by colleagues, then I will stick to a five-minute chat limit and get back to work.

#3 Know exactly how far you have left to go. Study after study prove that you will be more likely to achieve your goal if you think in terms of I have 40% left to reach my goal rather than I have achieved 60% of my goal. This helps to sustain your motivation.

#4 Be a Realistic Optimist   At 70 years young, for me to be the starting center for the Miami Heat is absurd and far from realistic. A more realistic goal might be for me to go to the Triple A and root for the starting center. Realistic optimists plan on succeeding, but they know how hard it will be. I like to say, “If it were easy everyone would be doing it” If you want to read more about this, grab a copy of Relentless by Tim Grover…. There you will see how the Michael Jordan’s, and the Kobe Bryant’s of the world got to where they are today.

#5 Focus on getting better, rather than being good. The belief in fixed ability is wrong. Get better goals work better than Be Good goals. Getting better, step by step can result in being good. But small steps work better than thinking that you can go from a novice to an expert in a micro second.

#6   Have grit. I like to say “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Grit is the willingness to commit to long-term goals and to persist in the face of difficulty. As for me, I have to continually remind myself be patient. I have no problem hanging in there with the long-term goals, but I become incredibly frustrated when things don’t happen as quickly as I would like.

#7   Build your willpower muscle. This is doing things that you honestly do not want to do. Successful people seem to be more susceptible to temptation than others not as successful. Build your willpower by picking an activity or avoiding one that fits your goals. Simple things like avoiding sweets, refraining from cursing, or even brushing your teeth with the nondominant are simple steps to building up your willpower.

#8   Don’t tempt fate! Remember that your willpower is limited so trying to quit smoking and lose weight at the same time is doing just that. Or in catering building your sales team without having your culinary and operations ready for the boost in revenues is virtually suicidal. Do things in small does.

#9   Focus on what you will do, not what you won’t do. Don’t think about white bears will have you thinking about them. Or don’t throw the hitter a strike down the middle. There it goes, over the fence. The mind does not recognize the word don’t. Replacement plans replace a negative behavior with a positive one. If you feel like yelling at your chef, instead, take three deep breaths first. Then yell at him…no…just kidding…

I wish there was more time to share more, but time is running out.