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Muscat resident publishes management guide


Living and working in some of Europe’s busiest cities has given Susan Bagyura, an American writer now residing in Oman, a unique insight into the way businesses are run and why they fail. Susan came to Muscat six months ago with her husband Stefan, a diplomat attached to the Austrian embassy, and launched her new management guide, The Visionary Leader (Life Success Publishing), at Turtle’s in Jawharat a’ Shatti last week.


International experience in sales marketing and the corporate world has given Susan an understanding of the way people interact with one another in a hierarchy. “I was working with a lot of small- and medium- size businesses in London and many of these had problems based on a lack of leadership skills,” she told TheWeek. “I saw the same type of problems in Vienna, so I decided to write a guide.”


The hardback volume, which contains almost 300 pages, shows potential leaders and readers alike how they can ‘inspire success from the top down’ and avoid mistakes detrimental to their business.


“One of the most important tips I can give is that people make sure they know their purpose. The best thing is to take a weekend and shut everything off and work out what it is that you want to bring to an organisation and then get their feedback. When a leader does that, he’s not going to meet the resistance he would get if he barked down at people.”


The book is in 11 easy-to-read chapters, filled with examples, checklists, exercises and quotes from notable thinkers such as Deepak Chopra, Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison. Susan thinks that more leaders ought to take responsibility for difficulties and setbacks in their institution and not ‘pass the buck’ downwards on to subordinates. Ultimate responsibility should rest with the boss.


“If an organisation has problems, the problem is with the leader. It’s a reflection on him/her. When the leader takes responsibility for what’s happening, and then tries to change him, he can change the organisation. But playing the blame game is shoving down any creative talents.”



Goals and more


It was morning coffee and interesting conversation for the American Women’s Group (AWG) with Susan Bagyura, author of “The Visionary Leader: How to Inspire Success From Top Down and Small Business Coach”. The talk was held at the Omani Women’s Association office on Janyuary 11…





It is all about the mindset


In an era where we are witnessing crashing of businesses, the new book “The Visionary Leader: how to inspire success from top down” by Susan Bagyura offers some solace to the wearied antrepreneurs. Susan has weaved a practical compendium directing business managers how to lead from the front in this era where business has become very competitive…





Success at the top


Often companies begin at the lower level when implementing performance-oriented strategies. Susan Bagyura, Leadership Coach and LifeSuccess Consultant, says it is critical to work from a higher level, not a lower. She shares more such insights and more from her book, The Visionary Leader.





Know your why


As a leadership coach, I am a firm believer that a person has to be able to lead himself before he can successfully lead another individual, a team or an organisation.


Where is the best place to start?

The first thing a great leader should do is to determine what his purpose is. This is his ‘why’. I don’t mean the fancy purpose or mission statements that you see hanging on walls that no one understands or pays any attention to. I mean the purpose, the guiding reason that the leader has for the business.


Why is he there? It has to be something beyond profits. I believe the best leaders are the ones who are focused on bringing out the best in their people – transforming lives. When someone has that as his purpose, the profits just naturally follow. From that standpoint, he can determine his vision for business, based on the guiding purpose.





Ways to Improve Your Success as a Leader


Have you ever wondered what you could do immediately to start improving your leadership skills? Here are six recommendations that will make a big difference as you start to implement them. It only takes 21 days to form a habit. Take one, form a habit and then move on to the next one.


  1. Know your purpose, vision and goals for the organisation: Clearly communicate them to everyone within the organisation. Don’t assume that every employee knows what he is. Once you are clear on your purpose, clearly understand what your employees’ purpose, vision and goals are.


    When there is a need for buy-in on the part of the members of your organisation, then changes meet far less resistance than those that are handed down through a memo without any regard as to the long-term effects of how employees will respond or not respond.


    Sharing your vision and your reason for doing things will involve others and they will feel like they are a part of the solution. By creating this type of environment, they will start using their creativity to respond to your requirements. Prepare to be surprised by the results.


    When everyone is pulling in the same direction, the flow is easier which results in better productivity, better attendance and better profits. You can easily test this by assigning a task to two people. Give one an order to do something and then with the other person, involve them by sharing why you want this done. Compare the outcomes.

  3. Look for how you can serve others: Yesterday’s leaders sat in their big offices, barking orders and expecting people to serve them. Today it is about how the leader can serve the organisation, its employees and customers. By asking yourself each morning “what can I do today to better serve my organisation?” you will ignite your imagination in a powerful and positive way.

  5. Ask powerful questions: Like the question above, powerful questions are the ones that are creative and empowering.


    Too often, people shut down their imagination and other mental faculties by saying things such as “I can’t” or “It’s not possible”. Our possibilities are endless, but we need to learn how to ask questions that will tap into our creative power. I like the response an associate of mine has whenever confronted with a challenging situation. He immediately says, “That’s great!” and then looks for what is great about it. As Emerson said, “What we focus on must grow.”


  7. Be approachable and communicate with everyone: Successful leaders of today are not isolated and insulated; instead they are at the grassroots level, sharing their vision, understanding the people’s ‘whys’ and providing a path for everyone to win.


    Leaders need to know the ‘why’ for each employee, the ‘why’ for their customers, and the ‘why’ for their direction. It is people’s ‘why’ that will motivate them. Don’t assume that your employees and customers care about your ‘why’ if you haven’t bothered to know theirs.


    But if you help them to achieve what is important to them, they will help you along the way.


    You must be open to hear from others. Walk amongst your employees, speak with them on a personal level, listen to what they have to say and focus on them. This is about having constructive conversations without grumbling or complaining. Implement a programme where people can submit questions to the leader that are answered on a regular basis.


  9. Learn to take decisions: Napoleon Hill in his classic Think & Grow Rich stated that one of the major causes of failure is lack of decision and I am inclined to agree with him. In his analysis of the wealthiest and most successful leaders of the time, he found that every one of them had the habit of reaching decisions quickly and of changing these decisions slowly, if and when they were changed.


    I believe acquiring this habit is of paramount importance to top leaders. No one wants to follow someone who cannot make a decision and you will soon find that there is an informal leader in your organisation who others look to for direction.


    Many times people will use the excuse that they require more information before they can make a decision, but as Malcolm Gladwell proved in his book Blink – The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, when he said we think better and make better decisions when we have less information rather than more.


    He coined the term ‘thin-slicing’. He wrote, “And the truth is that our unconscious is really good at this, to the point where thin-slicing often delivers a better answer than more deliberate and exhaustive ways of thinking.” Learn to make decisions and learn to trust your judgment.


    There is only one question to ask when confronted with a decision. Don’t ask yourself if doing something is right or wrong. Ask yourself “If I do this, will it move me in the direction of my goal?” If the answer is yes, then do it. If it won’t, then leave it.


  11. Take responsibility for everything that is happening in your business: I find that people who refuse to accept responsibility for the life they have created also don’t make decisions. The two habits of refusing responsibilities and the fear of making a decision go hand in hand and must be overcome in order to be an effective leader.


    Resolve today to stop blaming or making excuses and instead accept responsibility. Then look for your next step to improve the situation. No one can improve anything if they are focused on blame or excuses. The creative faculty will shut down or be used negatively which is really going in the wrong direction unless it is focused properly. So by simply acknowledging responsibility and then asking questions such as “Now what is the best next step to take?” you can improve the situation.

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  • "This book is a clear, concise guide for leadership development. This is more than a book for business. I recommend it to anybody who wants to be of service to others as it is the right formula for creating inner motivation."

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  • "Success, happiness and fulfillment all hinge on our ability to lead. We must effectively lead ourselves and others while fostering creative, mental and spiritual growth. The question remains... "How do we grow our leadership skills so that we powerfully inspire our own life and the lives of others?" Susan Bagyura has the answers. The Visionary Leader is insightful, honest and solidly packed with the information you need to reach the heights you envision. In your hands is the answer you've been searching for."

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    Author of Live the Life You Love:
    Discover Your Purpose and Live It With Intention






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