Speaking of Goals/Resolutions. . .

My last post was about New Year’s resolutions, and personal and organizational goal-setting.  And how they may be, to some extent, the same things.  Today’s post expands upon that.

Today’s post also honors Nelson Mandela, who died last month, as you know.  Perhaps coincidentally, the recent highly acclaimed film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is now, as they say “in theaters everywhere.”  I saw it recently, and like this film reviewer, I now want to read the book.

President Bill Clinton with Nelson Mandela, Ju...

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And now perhaps you’re wondering how I’m going to tie these two themes together.  Easy: by referring you to this post from Leading Blog about Mandela, and more specifically about leadership lessons from Mandela’s life.  I can think of no better resolutions/goals for 2014 than these:

  1. Courage is not the absence of fear — it’s inspiring others to move beyond it.
  2. Lead from the front — but don’t leave your base behind.
  3. Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.
  4. Know your enemy — and learn about his favorite sport.
  5. Keep your friends close — and your rivals even closer.
  6. Appearances matter — and remember to smile.
  7. Nothing is black or white.
  8. Quitting is leading too.

Thank you for these lessons, Madiba!

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