Several titles ran through my mind in opting for the name of my blog. “On point”, “Leadership Tips”, and many others were considered before I settled for “Winning Concept” which has now been updated to “Leadership GOT BORN” recently. The choice of “Winning Concept” must have been impressed on me as a result of the “WIN BIG” leadership concept that I propounded around 2013. “WIN BIG” is based on “Question and Answer Approach” to framing leadership direction. After-all, if a team must win, it’s a lot rewarding if the members do so in grand style – winning big! All lovers of sporting activities especially the round leader game know that counting points in a league system or group stage of a competition add colour to their game(s) in one way or the other.
The first (and the only) article written on my obsolete/extinct blog in October 2011 was titled – “The power in Power-point“. Hardly can anyone communicate publicly without the aid of this powerful visual presentation tool. However, its power is diminished when the presenter crowds the slide with “wordy” or textual excerpts and then reads the full texts out verbatim to the audience. My point here is that a powerful presentation holds the audience spellbound only when the presenter is “on point”. Similarly, a writer, author or blogger have the burden of being on point in delivery.
What’s the point if you are not on point? Answer to that question is the reason great communicators shape how they show up in conversations. It’s also the reason why actors/actresses and entertainers deliver exceptional acts to the delight of their audience. In fact, the question old sway in all ramifications of life and most especially in the school of leadership. In all your endeavours, “begin with the end in mind” so says Stephen Covey in “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”. When you do this, you give yourself fair chance(s) of being “on point” in what you do. The primary reward for being on point is internal satisfaction and the supplementary ones are special recognition(s), awards, accolades and monetary reward.
Aside aspiring to be on point in outlook, appearance or dressing, another important attribute to being on point is subscription to life-long learning. Brown Romano – a veteran of Process Automation and Control System and current director of Technology at Arthur G. Russell Company in Bristol – recently penned down an important advice on life-long learning. He says, “Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow……don’t forget about personal learning”. The essence of life-long learning is to keep you fresh, refreshed and ‘up-to-date’ with knowledge. In your leadership journey and as you subscribe to life-long learning, don’t dignify poor performance. Don’t celebrate mediocrity. Be on point always (at least strive to be).