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100 Great Building Success Ideas

Book Description

In this latest addition to the highly successful 100 Great Ideas series, readers will find a comprehensive guide to building success across all areas of their lives – covering work, family and community. Author Dr Peter Shaw, who has written two other titles in this series, distils 100 learning points from his vast experience in business and government, and conveys them in a highly personable, easy-to-read style. This book provides prompts for thought on balancing priorities well, understanding the drivers of your ambition, addressing what might hold you back, generating forward momentum, handling setbacks with care, building your reputation, balancing the short term and the long term, sustaining the success, growing team success and engaging with the future. Inspiring case-studies of people who faced myriad challenges are presented, showing the ways in which they eventually surmounted their difficulties. No matter how you define success, 100 Great Building Success Ideas is an invaluable companion on your personal and professional life journey.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Acknowledgements
  6. Foreword
  7. Introduction
  8. Section A: Balance priorities well
    1. 1 What matters most to you in life?
    2. 2 What matters most to those who are closest to you?
    3. 3 What gives you most fulfilment?
    4. 4 When are you at your most effective?
    5. 5 What helps you balance your priorities?
    6. 6 What can derail your priorities?
    7. 7 How should your priorities be changing now?
    8. 8 How do you prepare for future priorities?
    9. 9 How ready are you to respond to the changing priorities of others?
    10. 10 How do you recover from misjudged priorities?
  9. Section B: Understand the drivers of your ambition
    1. 11 Family influences
    2. 12 Cultural expectations
    3. 13 The desire to make a difference
    4. 14 The financial incentive
    5. 15 The need for control
    6. 16 The example of role models
    7. 17 The relevance of a faith perspective
    8. 18 Your expectations and those of others
    9. 19 The effect of your own self-worth
    10. 20 The place of inner compulsiveness
  10. Section C: Address what might hold you back
    1. 21 Lack of confidence
    2. 22 Inexperience
    3. 23 Feeling you are an impostor
    4. 24 Fear of failure
    5. 25 Inhibitions
    6. 26 Glue
    7. 27 Inertia
    8. 28 Frustration
    9. 29 Regrets
    10. 30 Fear of success and its consequences
  11. Section D: Generate forward momentum
    1. 31 Focus on personal objectives
    2. 32 Demonstrate progress
    3. 33 Anticipate twists and turns
    4. 34 Keep your focus
    5. 35 Create alliances and partnerships
    6. 36 Use a coach well
    7. 37 Ensure personal support
    8. 38 Continue training
    9. 39 Pace your momentum carefully
    10. 40 Keep something in reserve
  12. Section E: Handle setbacks with care
    1. 41 See moments of failure as inevitable
    2. 42 Accept setbacks and prepare for them
    3. 43 Put setbacks into context
    4. 44 Don’t rush to critical judgements
    5. 45 Recognise your emotional reaction to setbacks
    6. 46 Recognise the personal damage from setbacks
    7. 47 Know how you will handle setbacks in the future
    8. 48 Be willing to reinvent yourself
    9. 49 Always look for the learning
    10. 50 Be open to changing direction
  13. Section F: Build your reputation
    1. 51 Understand your impact
    2. 52 Appreciate your supporters
    3. 53 Cultivate your champions
    4. 54 Be conscious of the gossip
    5. 55 Watch if you are about to lose your cool
    6. 56 Recognise the importance of win/win
    7. 57 Keep your values intact
    8. 58 Be honest when you make mistakes
    9. 59 Widen your reputation
    10. 60 Renew your profile
  14. Section G: Balance the short term and the long term
    1. 61 Be willing to handle the immediate
    2. 62 See a crisis as an opportunity
    3. 63 Know when to use the long screwdriver
    4. 64 Always be alert to consequences
    5. 65 Know what helps you to think long-term
    6. 66 Watch if the urgent drives out the important
    7. 67 Keep abreast of the thinking of others
    8. 68 Keep engaging with your peers
    9. 69 Avoid getting entrapped by the latest fashionable thinking 144
    10. 70 Be ready to hand over the short term to others
  15. Section H: Sustain the success
    1. 71 Ensuring sustained success
    2. 72 One layer of bricks at a time
    3. 73 Use resilient mortar
    4. 74 Ensure you build upwards
    5. 75 Watch for subsidence
    6. 76 Know when you need underpinning
    7. 77 Use a plumb line
    8. 78 Test the strength
    9. 79 Use quality materials
    10. 80 Be willing to demolish a building
    11. Section I: Grow team success
    12. 81 What are the expectations of others about the team? 170
    13. 82 What are your sources of influence?
    14. 83 What can be best done as a team?
    15. 84 When is it a team responsibility and not your responsibility alone?
    16. 85 When do you ensure the credit goes to others?
    17. 86 How do you keep a team fresh and alert?
    18. 87 How do you enable a team to handle conflict well? 182
    19. 88 How best do you invest in colleagues?
    20. 89 How do you keep up the momentum of a team?
    21. 90 How do you leave a team well?
  16. Section J: Engage with the future
    1. 91 Stand in future possibilities
    2. 92 Recognise what you can and cannot control about the future 193
    3. 93 Be entrepreneurial
    4. 94 Be both focused and philosophical
    5. 95 Trust your intuitive judgement
    6. 96 Don’t take yourself too seriously
    7. 97 Be ready to be surprised
    8. 98 Beware the blinkers
    9. 99 Know your sources of resilience
    10. 100 Enjoy the journey
  17. Books by Dr Peter Shaw
  18. About the Author