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Executive Presence and Work-Life Balance

We've all been hearing and reading about executive presence and how developing it can greatly increase your ability to be noticed for your "it" factor, and, ultimately, promoted on your job or elevated in your business or profession. But, there is more to executive presence than confidence and being well-dressed and well-spoken.  What about just being "WELL"?  It is so important for you to be healthy, happy and whole in your life. This has a powerful and direct impact on your executive presence.

The Five "P's" of Professionalism

Being a professional is not just about the education that you have and the skill with which you work.  It's really so much more than that. But, somewhere along the way modern society seems to have moved away from professionalism to the detriment of the people whom to be served. 

This could just be a reflection of the times in which we live, but the reality is that professionalism is valuable and timeless.  Those who truly master it are successful.  

This phenomenon about professionalism was recently brought to my attention by two people: first, a pilot sitting beside me on a flight back home from Atlanta and then a young man who is a physical trainer for the NFL and the son of a close family friend.

Avoid The Communication Crash!

 Over the past two months in various situations I have become even more aware of how crucial proper communication is between people for optimal results within a team, organization and even within families. Proper communication is fundamental not only to the viability, but to the sustainability of any group.   

If members of a team fail to follow the law of good communication they can expect, sooner or later, to be involved in what I call a "communication crash"!  But, have no fear.

Communicate Your Opinions

 By nature I am a people-pleaser.  The best part of that character trait is my ability and willingness to help people and to sacrifice my own needs and wants in favor of others. On the flip side, the thing that is dangerous about this same trait is that, at its worst, it has caused me in times past to suppress my own opinions, needs and desires for the wrong reasons, i.e. to be liked, accepted, approved, etc.  

That coupled with my desire for everyone to be at peace and just get along caused me to refrain from speaking up and communicating my opinions from things that were wrong with goods and services that I received to telling people what I really wanted in work situations.

You Must Take Risks To Succeed

 No one ever reached great levels of success by always playing it safe.  The people that you can think of who made great achievements were all dreamers...risk takers, but the outcome was well worth the risk.  

Why?  Because they took the time not only stretch their imaginations, but to assess how best to make their dream a reality.

Such success from great inventors like the Wright Brothers, political leaders such as Abraham Lincoln and Nelson Mandela and entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs comes from the mind and soul of someone who saw not only the value of their dreams, but carried the belief that their dreams could come true!