Want to be a millionaire? A Good Leader? Manage Your Time First

Want to be a good leader? How about a millionaire? Manage yourself and your time first.   What does it take to think like a millionaire? In reading The Millionaire Mind, I was struck by what seemed to first be a contradiction. Based on the study of almost 1000 millionaires, it was obvious these individuals as a group managed their expenses just as wisely, if not more, than their revenue generation. Most bought at discount retailers and had very small or non-existent mortgages by buying older homes that retained or appreciated in value.   Keeping costs low is a priority

Decisions for Failure

The worst thing you can do while in high school is act without regard of what the consequences will be. Shortcuts and bad decisions are going to catch up with you eventually. If you take the easiest classes offered, college courses are going to be next to impossible to pass. Sneaking around doing things that you know you are not suppose to be doing are going to be hard to control when you are on your own and everyone else is doing the same thing. When choosing easier classes, you are only procrastinating what you eventually will have to learn.

All Leaders Need to Develop Others

Tactical leadership coaching should be customized based on the person being coached and his or her development needs. You waste your time trying to focus on areas that are not critical to the person’s success or aren’t about maximizing strengths or minimizing weaknesses when you cover the same topics for the same person regardless of the situation. This is why assessment and feedback seeking is so important, and it is also why, oftentimes, one-on-one coaching is more value-added than group training. All that being said, though, a leaders’ primary role is to make more leaders. It doesn’t matter what industry a

High School Advice

With only a few months left in my high school career, I look back on my decisions and feel like I am college ready. In the past weeks, I have broken down how to be college ready for freshmen, sophomores,juniors, and seniors. Sadly this isn’t the case with all of my graduating class. Even though most of them will be accepted into college, most of them will not be able to keep up with the responsibilities of college. If you plan on going to college, take AP courses. They will challenge you and your grades might not be as good,

The Top 10, Wait 9, Leadership Coaching Needs

What would you guess to be the Top 10 most common topics covered in leadership coaching? Maybe we can get Letterman to do a Top 10 list on leadership coaching needs (oh, what humor we could probably find, it wouldn’t take much creativity), but in all seriousness, by reviewing many, many 360° leadership evaluations and coaching individuals on maximizing and improving their performance, here is my list- and I could only get to nine: Developing Others Time Management Delegation Thinking Strategically Managing Upwards Communication Planning/Organizing Managing Conflict Empowering/Motivating Others I’d love to hear what would be in your Top 10

Playing the ACT/SAT “Game”

There is a lot of fuss about college admissions testing and a lot of money (it’s a multi-billion dollar industry) spent on test prep services. In fact, Press coverage last week regarding standardized college entrance exams was all a buzz with the announcement of changes being made to the SAT. Why is there so much focus on these tests? Because if you want to get in to the school of your choice and if you want to get scholarship money, your ACT/SAT score is the number one determinate. We’ve even been focusing on the ACT prep here at Horizon Point

6 Steps for Maximizing Feedback Through Feedforward

Described by Marshall Goldsmith in his book What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, feedforward is a process to solicit help in improving your performance once you’ve gotten feedback on what you need to improve upon. In our coaching process, and in many others, this is done through a 360° feedback assessment. (If you want other tips on how to solicit feedback yourself, Goldsmith’s book has a methods you can employ, or you can read ideas we recommend here.   How to do it: Once you get feedback, you then follow the feedforward process as Goldsmith describes by: What

ACT!

As a high school student who has taken the ACT nine times, I understand how hopeless you can feel after taking your first ACT. My first one I received a 17 and was devastated. It made me sick to hear about students who took the test the first time and made a 32. I had to realize that my mind was not made like that; the ACT was not something I could breeze through. I had to buckle down and put hours into practicing and tutoring.   Studying for the ACT can be overwhelming, but learning how the test works

3 Ways to Seek Feedback as a Leader

In leadership coaching and training, there are several key areas where people seek help for maximizing their performance. Over the next few weeks, we’ll focus on one a week and provide you with some tools and tips to help you if the area is one in which you seek to develop as a leader. Last week we pointed to feedforward and feedback as one of the steps in our coaching process. We often find, however, that this topic is also a tactical approach for improving performance. Many people in leadership roles, don’t seek feedback for themselves and do not provide