Principles

The 10 Principles of Life and Leadership

'Being on Mission' Actions Bring Consequences

Developing Leaders

The ’10 Principles of Life and Leadership’ is a leadership philosophy that has developed successful leaders in sports, business, and personal life. Based off of years of experience training, mentoring, and coaching in all aspects of life, Mark McGregor has created a principle based philosophy to empower anyone to become a leader. The philosophy focuses on an inside-out development, focused on personal growth of the reader. The reader will change how they react and respond to situations based on how the philosophies taught by Mark. Anyone can learn the principles, and the best part is they’re widely used and respected in all personal and professional facets of life.

Leadership Development is an Inside Out Process

Testimonials and Reviews

I finally finished reading your book last weekend and it was great to see how the book has developed since the first version I read quite some time ago. The booked helped me a lot to refresh some of the topics from the session our team and I had with you (“To know and not to do is really not to know”) and also brought back some good memories from the summer camp in Kenora. It’s really amazing to see how time flies – it will be 5 years this summer since I’ve been to your camp!

Stefan Buenemann

“‘Being on Mission’ encapsulates in a very readable story, how the simple messages and tools Mark has developed can really help anybody willing enough to develop, that leadership is a choice and that getting the right work / life balance builds from a set of strong values and a clear vision, both professionally and privately”.

Julian Whitehead EVP Finance, Airbus Defence and Space.

Reading the book was easy – this is a great story and this is so powerfully written that it kept me awake all nights till I finished it. And it goes on with the “where do I start” question – to start with doing the right things first. Thank you for that!

Cheers

Christophe

An Outline of the ’10 Principles of Life and Leadership’

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE 10 PRINCIPLES?

The 10 principles of leadership and life help readers life their lives more proactively, and change their lifestyle from the inside out. The principles help create successful leadership thinking in all aspects of life, from sports to business to personal life. The principles also help you become a better person. Teaching you to build long lasting relationships, create win-win situations, and live your life more proactively. The benefits to following the principles are endless, and anyone in any circumstance can apply them.

WHO CAN APPLY AND PRACTICE THE 10 PRINCIPLES?

My methods have been developed working with leaders in business and sports, but have been perfected by making them applicable by anyone. These principle will adjust your perception and have you making new “clicks” and paradigm shifts every day. It will be subtle but soon you’ll be noticing more and more of those “ah-ha!” moments when it comes to problems in your everyday life. The 10 principles apply as much to professional life as they do for personal life, and that makes it suitable for everyone.

PRINCIPLE 1: I AM RESPONSIBLE

‘If it’s going to be, it’s up to me”. This principle is all about taking initiative and feeling like the driver in our lives. This means taking responsibility for our attitude, actions and future. We are responsible for our course of actions through life. It’s important to break the word responsibility into two parts; response, and ability. Responsible people develop the ability to choose their response, making them more of a product of their values and decisions than their moods and conditions. As Tony Robbins says, “your past in not your future”

PRINCIPLE 2: I CLARIFY MY VALUES

Values are what matters most in your life, and you must use that clarity to make decisions and to determine your course of actions. What this means is that high performance leaders have taken time to reflect and think deeply about their lives. They listen to themselves. Your core values are like guidelines that help you be consistent and live with integrity.

PRINCIPLE 3: I HAVE A VISION

People without clear vision struggle to definite priorities. They don’t feel a sense of passion or a sense of purpose. Each day is ‘spent’ but not fully invested. Many people sell themselves short. Research shows that only 3-7% of people set written goals and they achieve approximately 70% of these goals. A clear vision motivates you, gets you out of bed early, and makes you feel a strong sense of passion.

PRINCIPLE 4: I LIVE MY MISSION

If principles 1, 2 and 3 are internalized and lived, then principle 4 – ‘living the mission’ – becomes automatic. It is also called the principle of personal discipline. Each of us gets a gift of 168 hours a week, and as we all know we can’t manage time. We can only manage ourselves, and our energy. The principle of personal management involves organizing and managing time and events according to the personal priorities identified in principles 2 and 3. Pareto’s law states that 80% of the desired results flow from a few (20%) ‘high leverage activities’. To ‘leverage’ our time, we should give less attention to activities that are urgent but unimportant and devote more time to those things that are important but not necessarily urgent.

PRINCIPLE 5: I STRIVE FOR LIFE BALANCE

Life Balance is an ongoing circle of energy. In order to live life to the fullest, we need a balance and we need to get energy from ourselves and others. Therefore, we have to concentrate on getting and keeping this balance – between our personal needs and the needs of others; between professional and private life; between the various relationships; between short and long term perspectives. As in Aesop’s fable, the Goose and the Golden Egg, the farmer in his attempt to be efficient became grossly ineffective; he destroyed his capability for getting desired results. This happens to many of my clients when they lose life balance.

PRINCIPLE 6: I GIVE AND TAKE

“I give and take” focuses on mutual respect and mutual benefit. The give and take mentality is the principle of interpersonal relationships. This is all about working for new solutions (cooperatively). It means that you have a commitment to explore all opportunities until a fair solution is reached or that you make no deal at all. It involves having high expectations for a good end-result for both parties. For sales people and negotiators it is critical to have this abundance mentality. How can we make the pie bigger for both of us?

PRINCIPLE 7: I FOCUS ON EMPATHY

The key to building any relationship is one-to-one communication and true understanding. Listening with empathy is the key-toll for top coaches, sales people, and leaders. Doctors diagnose before they prescribe; top sales people assess needs before they sell solutions; coaches seek to understand before they try to be understood. At that point of true understanding, professional coaches then help others to set goals and take actions. This trust will lead you to success. The greatest human need is to be understood. This coaching principle is the most powerful way to support and lead others. People need to articulate their situation. It helps people get clarity and take action. “Don’t be interesting – be interested” – Dutch banker.

PRINCIPLE 8: I BELIEVE IN INVOLVEMENT AND DIVERSITY

The essence of this principle is shown when a leader runs an excellent brainstorming/team-problem-solving session. It is an art and a science. The secret is to make the people identify and solve the problems. The team moves towards oneness with clarity and consensus. It takes hard work as people listen, reflect, respond, contribute, and cooperate. Through this involvement process, people take ownership, challenge each other and then commit. They ‘buy-in’ because they are fully involved. In the end, this principle helps to get results.

PRINCIPLE 9: I MAKE RELATIONSHIP DEPOSITS

Building relationships is all about spending one-to-one time with people and creating a feeling of trust. To gain true closeness and trust, we must work hard at small things that build relationships. We must live principle 6, and give and take. We must live principle 7, focusing on empathy. And we must live principle 8, focusing on involvement and diversity to show our respect. Living these principles help us make deposits in the relationship-account. To make the deposits, we need to do the small things for other people. We must believe that we can proactively improve any relationship.

PRINCIPLE 10: I RE-ENERGIZE WEEKLY

Without this personal discipline to re-energize or rechange, people definitely begin to lose vitality, focus, and commitment. Picture in your mind a blank flipchart page with a a long line going across from left to right. On the left side is the word death and on the right side the word vitality/optimal health. We all are located somewhere on this continuum. In my seminars I ask people what the world ‘healthy’ means. High performance people know that being healthy includes mental and physical activity. They take care of their bodies with exercise, and their mind with stimulation. Being healthy is being proactive, and being reactive isn’t.

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