Learn From Those Who Are Smarter Than Me

This season seems to always be about change. Through the magic of the “New Year” the calendar flips and we think forward about the better version of ourselves that we want to be. Though I am not a New Year’s resolution kind of guy, I love that this idea exists so that people can use it as a vehicle for change. I have read quite a few books on leadership, and each of them has great ideas on change. Here are five that I really love and hopefully these ideas will help you achieve your goals this year.

  1. Write Down Your Goals

This one will go unattributed to any one author as it is the single most pervasive idea in change worldwide. Writing down your goals makes it real. It is a crystallization of an idea into something tangible. There are many stats to support this, but we can all agree that writing down your goals greatly enhances your ability to achieve them. It serves as a road map and none of us would go somewhere we have never been without first mapping our journey. The bottom line is that writing down your goals is a non-negotiable must.

  1. “Live in Day Tight Compartments” – How To Stop Worrying And Start Living – Dale Carnegie

Mr. Carnegie was a true pioneer and many of his thoughts are cornerstones in the business leadership and self-improvement arena. Perhaps no thought better captures how simplicity is the foundation of change than how we must “Live in day tight compartments”. It is great to have long range goals because nothing worth achieving is easy. However, all comprehensive plans must be attacked day by day. Commitment to this idea allows for wins along the way where there will be inevitable losses as well. And most importantly, it fosters the spirit that every day is another chance to begin again.

  1. “First Things First” – First Things First – Stephen Covey

Dr. Covey is the father of time management and his bedrock idea of keeping “First Things First” allows us to keep our eyes on the prize. Through his research, Dr. Covey shows that most people lose sight of their goals when they get sucked into things that don’t really matter all that much. Before you trek out on your path to change, map out the areas where you are operating in the land of time wasters and unimportant tasks. This will help you keep your “First Things First”.

  1. “The Dipper and the Bucket” – How Full is Your Bucket – Tom Rath & Don Clifton

Okay, so I’m partial to this one as Tom Rath was a friend of mine in high school and once a Lincoln East Spartan always a Lincoln East Spartan, I say. In actuality, this book is phenomenal as it casts many thoughtful ideas on how to have great relationships not just at work but in life. The simple idea of the bucket and the dipper are a reminder that we really only have two options when communicating with people and ’tis way better to give than take. Any path to change can be enriched by becoming better at giving and loving.

  1. “Drivers and Passengers” – Monday Morning Leadership – David Cottrell

For anyone who is about to embark on self-evaluation and hard change in the workplace, this book is a must. It is also the most recent read of mine so the ideas in it are fresh in my head. The first of David’s eight ideas sets the tone for the book. To be a “Driver” you must charge yourself with total accountability. David teaches through an easy-to-read story format that no positive and intentional change can happen until you own everything. Becoming a “Driver” will put you in charge of your outcomes, even though some things are inevitably outside of your control. This allows you to stay focused on controlling the controllables, which are those things that become landmarks on the path to your goals.

These are just five ideas on change, however there are literally hundreds of others out there than can provide some fuel for your journey. These are just ideas though, and they can only provide the spark. The real work must be done by you.

Nate Elgert, CPC

Nate joined Aureus Group in 2006 and has exclusively been serving Nebraska customers all across the state. In his role as Sales Manager, Nate leads an elite team of recruiters and account managers who source accounting and finance talent within all industries. This talent ranges from technical individual contributors to executive finance leadership.

Nate has earned the prestigious “President’s Club” award three times, which puts him in upper echelon status among not only his Aureus Group peers, but also in the staffing and recruitment industry. He attributes his success to a transparent style of communication and a sincere belief in pairing the best interests of his clients with that of his candidates on every occasion.

Prior to his time at Aureus Group, Nate carved out his skills in the banking, advertising, and retail industries. These growth experiences led Nate from Kansas City to Des Moines to Phoenix and then back to his original home in Nebraska. Nate holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from The University of Missouri at Kansas City and is a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) through the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS).


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