Becoming a Motivational Leader

April 20, 2008

 Create a Big Vision

To become a motivational leader, you start with motivating yourself. You motivate yourself with a big vision, and as you move progressively toward its realization, you motivate and enthuse others to work with you to fulfill that vision.
Set High Standards

You exhibit absolute honesty and integrity with everyone in everything you do. You are the kind of person others admire and respect and want to be like. You set a standard that others aspire to. You live in truth with yourself and others so that they feel confident giving you their support and their commitment.
Face Your Fears

You demonstrate courage in everything you do by facing doubts and uncertainties and moving forward regardless. You put up a good front even when you feel anxious about the outcome. You don’t burden others with your fears and misgivings. You keep them to yourself. You constantly push yourself out of your comfort zone and in the direction of your goals. And no matter how bleak the situation might appear, you keep on keeping on with a smile.
Be Realistic About Your Situation

You are intensely realistic. You refuse to engage in mental games or self-delusion. You encourage others to be realistic and objective about their situations as well. You encourage them to realize and appreciate that there is a price to pay for everything they want. They have weaknesses that they will have to overcome, and they have standards that they will have to meet, if they want to survive and thrive in a competitive market.


Unlock Your Potential  

Accept Responsibility

You accept complete responsibility for results. You refuse to make excuses or blame others or hold grudges against people who you feel may have wronged you. You say, “If it’s to be, it’s up to me.” You repeat over and over the words, “I am responsible. I am responsible. I am responsible.”
Take Vigorous Action

Finally, you take action. You know that all mental preparation and character building is merely a prelude to action. It’s not what you say but what you do that counts. The mark of the true leader is that he or she leads the action. He or she is willing to go first. He or she sets the example and acts as the role model. He or she does what he or she expects others to do.
Strive For Excellence

You become a motivational leader by motivating yourself. And you motivate yourself by striving toward excellence, by committing yourself to becoming everything you are capable of becoming. You motivate yourself by throwing your whole heart into doing your job in an excellent fashion. You motivate yourself and others by continually looking for ways to help others to improve their lives and achieve their goals. You become a motivational leader by becoming the kind of person others want to get behind and support in every way.
Your main job is to take complete control of your personal evolution and become a leader in every area of your life. You could ask for nothing more, and you should settle for nothing less.

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The Richmond Group

March 8, 2008

I was fortunate enough to be invited to speak at the Richmond Group’s meeting at The Cobham Hilton on Saturday 8th March and shared my thoughts and experiences on “Business Benefits of Blogging and Social Networking” …

The Richmond Group is described as “the UK’s leading consortium of independent, certified management consultants whose members cover the full range of consultancy specialisations and work throughout both the public and private sectors.”  Further details available from the Richmond Group’s website.

I was asked to make the talk as “participative” as possible and I was delighted that the members did not hold back either with their questions or with their own valuable thoughts and insights into the topic being discussed. 

Here’s a quick summary of some key points which might be helpful as an aide memoire to those who attended:-

Business Blogging and the Benefits…

How do you start a Blog?

I use (and recommend using) http:/ for a simple yet feature-rich Blog which you can customise using a variety of templates.  Simply sign up and create a Blog and write your first Post.

I used “KayeNightingale” as the blog domain and “Kaye Nightingale” as the Blog Title.  Therefore, the URL for my Blog is

If you don’t like the idea of having as part of your blog domain then you can, instead, pay for a Blog account via to enable you to have the exact URL you’d like such as “”.  I will probably do this for my next Blog but this free account has served me very well thus far.  I would recommend a visit to the site for general knowledge prior to creating your first blog as it contains some very useful information.

How do you search for Blogs?

Google has a great feature which allows you to search specifically for Blogs rather than websites.  From look for BLOGS … you will probably find it under MORE …

I spent a lot of time researching other Blogs before I felt brave enough to get started and then realised that, actually, I didn’t need to research other people’s blogs before I was ready to get started because the whole point of a Blog is that it is a place where you should use your own voice to write about topics of interest to you (and hopefully your intended audience).  Having said that, I do regularly search Blogs whenever I want to research anything as I find blogs much more useful than searching in traditional websites. 

Should you leave comments?  Yes!

I enjoy the “communication” aspect of blogging and I enjoy reading certain people’s thoughts and opinions.  Naturally you have to be selective but once you have found a Blog that interests you I would suggest that you get involved.  Leave a comment if you found the Post interesting … include a URL in your COMMENT because readers of your comment might well then click to visit your website or blog if they were interested in your comment.  Search Engines love links so always include your own URL in every comment and always comment if you found the Post interesting … this way you will be raising your own profile.  One of the key differences between websites and blogs is that blogging is about “communication” and “communities” where active participation is invited.

When setting up your Blog you will be able to control the settings of comments received so that you can check all comments prior to them appearing on your Blog.  I receive an email when someone makes a comment showing me the name / email / URL of the person leaving the comment, with the option of accepting it / deleting it / spamming it, which gives me full control.

What is a Blogroll?

A Blogroll is simply a list (roll) of other Blogs which you are happy to be associated with.  You might include them so that you can easily go to them for your own benefit or you might include them to help your audience or you might include them to help drive traffic to an associate’s Blog.  Whatever the main reason, it is in your own interest to have a Blogroll because all LINKS are beneficial and aid your rankings with search engines.

Why should you use Categories?

When writing a Post always include at least one category. 

Categories will help your audience to easily search your entire Blog for topics belonging to a certain category of interest PLUS it will aid your rankings with search engines because it will help in the matching process (between the keywords typed in and the keywords / tags / categories used in your Blog).

Is there a good book about Blogging?

I thoroughly recommend “Clear Blogging” by Bob Walsh ….  See further details on my Website Reading List

Which Blogs (about Blogging) do I recommend?

I thoroughly recommend Better Business Blogging which contains lots of useful information.

Where can you get further advice and guidance?

It would be a pleasure to hear from anyone who attended the Richmond Group’s meeting if they need any further support, advice or guidance with regards blogging.  Feel free to either leave a comment here OR use the contact form on my website and I will get back to you as soon as possible.