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Motivation / Inspiration : The Right Attitude

Posted by kevinb on 3/21/17 (6494 reads)

Do You Want To Be More Successful? The Right Attitude is All You Need!

As we all know, one of the most important things that impacts personal and organizational results is the attitude of the people involved.

A famous quote says, "Your attitude today determines your success tomorrow." The most valuable asset you can possess is a positive attitude towards your life. Your attitude determines how much success you can achieve in all aspects of your life. Your attitude is also one of the first things people notice about you and impacts all the business and personal relationships you will have. Positive attitude is not a product of heredity; but with proper training, anyone can acquire this important trait.

If your attitude is not positive, then you can use some tools to do an "attitude tune-up."

1. Understand the power of your attitude. Your attitude is the most powerful tool for positive action that can help you become successful, so you will need to understand this before you can work on the following steps towards adjusting your attitude for the better. Your attitude impacts everything you do, the way you think, and your motivational levels. In order to turn your attitude around and get into action towards your goals, you need to be able to consistently fight any negative or pessimistic thoughts that you may get. You need to surround yourself with positive things and people, and you need to keep on your ultimate goal of achieving the success and wealth you want.

Personal Improvement : Creating Value as a Coach

Posted by kevinb on 3/7/17 (1190 reads)

Coaching is a powerful, highly-tuned process of communication and problem solving. The relationship between coach and client is "co-creative." It focuses entirely on the client's interests, challenges, and goals.

Coaches come in all "shapes and sizes"; there's no one ideal profile. A great many individuals have the blend of authenticity, integrity, skills, and business savvy necessary to become a successful coach.

It would be extremely challenging, however, to be a good coach without the experience, maturity, and acquired life skills of a journey already in progress. The best coaches are, in essence, guides along the path of life for those who wish to travel in a similar direction.

As a coach, I have the marvelous opportunity and privilege to create value in the life of another. When I do that, a surprising thing happens: I create value in my own life as well.

In 2011, when I was getting certified as a coach through the Resource Associates Coaching Academy, we discussed the key attributes and time-tested principles of "coaching that creates value." We learned how to implement them so that our coaching would be powerful, effective, and valuable. I thought I'd share these attributes and principles with you here.

Coaching that creates value is ...

Organizational Excellence : Creating a Culture of Accountability

Posted by kevinb on 2/28/17 (1648 reads)

I read this article written recently by Tom Loeblein, President/CEO of Healthcare Management Consultants, and it completely resonated with me. I see so many organizations that wrestle with the exact challenges regarding accountability that Tom discusses. And, I see business owners and managers struggle with (and complain about) low/non-performing employees, but take little corrective action.

These same leaders typically understand the negative impact that under-performing employees have on the organization, but often have myriad reasons and excuses why they allow the situation to exist. Essentially, they are willfully accepting lesser results -- as well as the negative impact that these situations have on their better-performing employees. So, I hope this article is the "kick in the pants" that those of you need who are allowing a lack of accountability to undermine your organization and your employees. As Tom note below: "Creating a culture of accountability isn't easy but it is absolutely critical for successful companies."

Identifying the Greatest Weakness in Your Organization

Leadership : Eating Last to Lead First

Posted by kevinb on 2/14/17 (1311 reads)

Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. This is not a crazy, idealized notion. Simon Sinek, author of Start with Why and more recently Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't, noticed in his travels around the world that great leaders create environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.

Some of these teams trust each other so deeply that they would literally put their lives on the line for each other. Far more common, unfortunately, are teams that seem doomed to infighting, fragmentation, and matter what incentives are offered. But why?

Leadership : The Key Traits that Separate CEOs from other Senior Executives

Posted by kevinb on 1/24/17 (2643 reads)

A recent article in Chief Executive Magazine caught my eye, partly because of the article's title and partly because some of the research cited utilized a psychometric instrument that I am very familiar with: the 16PF. I invite you to read-on, regarding a topic that focuses on CEOs but can be of interest and value regardless of your role at work.

There are two traits that stand out when it comes to the "essence" of the CEO personality: an ability to embrace appropriate risks and a bias toward acting and capitalizing on opportunities. In other words, a CEO is significantly less cautious and more likely to take action when compared to other senior executives.

What separates the merely good CEO from an outstanding performer? In today's world of digital disruption, with markets rapidly changing and companies being upended by startups, getting this question right has become more important than ever.

Personal Improvement : Learning to Say No

Posted by kevinb on 1/16/17 (1144 reads)

"No" is such a small word and yet so hard to say.

Often we don't want to say no, even when that's the right thing to do because we don't want to risk appearing unable, unappreciative, or disrespectful. We don't always act as we know we should. Many people place more value on what others think of them rather than on what they think of themselves. Their need to please others is so strong that, in pleasing others, they continue to diminish their own worth and the quality of their lives. If you, like many people, inadvertently are more concerned about pleasing others than pleasing yourself, it's time to change!

Goals / Purpose : 7 Steps to Achievable Goals

Posted by kevinb on 1/4/17 (1231 reads)

How many times have you heard that being successful is all about setting goals? But, it may come as no surprise to learn there is a lot more to success than just setting your goals.

Most of us, at some time, have been told that an essential part, if not the major part, of being successful is setting goals. If that was true, we would be much more successful at achieving our goals in life. In this article, we'll talk about why many people fail to achieve their goals and how you can be successful at achieving your goals...and your dreams.

1. What is a goal? A goal is a target that is achievable in measurable, attainable steps. It is more than just a desire or a need; it has an existence of its own. A desire or a wish is less tangible and is often fleeting. For example, who doesn't want to win the lottery with all its millions in prize money? Very few would not but, despite the widespread desire, it is not a goal. A goal is a desire, wish or need achievable by actions you can take. It is more than a mere wish or desire.

2. How should you set a goal? Setting a goal is a process which starts with an achievable wish, need, or desire. First you must decide on the following:

Personal Improvement : Anger and Emotional Hijacking

Posted by kevinb on 12/12/16 (1406 reads)

Have you ever wondered where anger comes from? Have you found yourself getting angrier than might later seem reasonable? Anger is one of two emotions that can cause the longest and most detrimental issues and concerns for many people (the other is fear).

Anger is a strong feeling of displeasure, wrath, belligerence or hostility. It can range from irritability to outright hostility. When you feel it, you know it! It can be a very uncomfortable and challenging emotion, in part because it sets off a series of physiological responses in our bodies. Anger, a form of emotional hijacking, happens to everyone because it's an innate physiological response.

Sooner or later; everyone feels angry at work. However, displaying anger can have devastating consequences in the workplace. One person's anger may cause those around them to feel fearful and it could be considered harassment. For this reason, anger in the workplace may sometimes have legal implications for the person who is angry and for their employer.

Experiencing anger sets off a series of physiological responses in our body which can interfere with getting along with people in our personal and professional lives.

Personal Improvement : 8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M.

Posted by kevinb on 12/2/16 (1829 reads)

I don't normally post articles here from national publications, but I decided to make an exception. This Inc. article was recently contributed by Benjamin P. Hardy and it addresses some aspects that I feel are very important to our overall health and well-being. At the end of the article, you can click to receive a call-to-action checklist entitled "Getting Out of Survival Mode - The Keys to a Perfect Morning." I did...and I plan to adopt some of the suggestions. So, enjoy this article and Good Luck with the cold showers!

Life is busy. It can feel impossible to move toward your dreams. If you have a full-time job and kids, it's even harder. How do you move forward?

If you don't purposefully carve out time every day to progress and improve, without question, your time will get lost in the vacuum of our increasingly crowded lives. Before you know it, you'll be old and withered, wondering where all that time went.

As professor Harold Hill has said, "You pile up enough tomorrows, and you'll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays."

Rethinking your life and getting out of survival mode

This article is intended to challenge you to rethink your entire approach to life. The purpose is to help you simplify and get back to the fundamentals.

Sadly, most people's lives are filled to the brim with the nonessential and trivial. They don't have time to build toward anything meaningful. They are in survival mode. Are you in survival mode?

Leadership : 10 Best Ways to Engage and Connect With Employees

Posted by kevinb on 11/14/16 (1451 reads)

I was speaking with a client recently and he was expressing the difficulty that his firm's leadership was having connecting with their Millennial employees. I mentioned that the challenge of how to connect with employees has always existed, but that possibly our beloved Millennials are forcing us to take it more seriously and to deal with it in new ways.

At some level, every employee wants to feel a part of the organization they work for - to belong. Unfortunately for leadership, there is no "one size fits all" answer to how to accomplish this.  

David Grossman of the Grossman Group says that "Great leaders don't just manage employees; they make sure employees are motivated, engaged and inspired when coming to work. Overlooking these principles can result in disengagement, loss of valuable employees, increased anxiety and poor decision making, among others.

By not engaging with your employees, you could be missing out on key benefits that can contribute to you and your employees' success."

David suggests 10 things you can do to create better relationships with your employees and increase engagement:

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