Dec 4, 2013 / 5:00 am
I have always loved the art of conversation, the emotion, the words, and the body language. These are elements that simply can’t be truly expressed through email or text messages.
I hope as we continue to grow as individuals and business leaders we don’t forget the importance of keeping the human aspect of face to face communication in our lives. The great conversationalists of our time have created peace, ignited passion, and have expressed to us a vision of what our future is to look like.
I’ll now share with you some of my favorite business quotes I’ve heard throughout my years. Many are from one of my mentors Roy Williams, a true conversationalist and business aficionado. Perhaps one day you will share some of these face to face with someone you care about. Talk over text; it can make all the difference.
- Over choice is a constant temptation, but passion is a way of life. You can do two things half-heartedly or one thing whole-heartedly. Which do you choose?
- Too much has been written about financial goal setting in business, and too little about how we can measure success in more meaningful ways. So let me ask you: What are your milestones and dreams?
- Geniuses are just regular people, doing what they love. Do you love what you do?
- You are alive. You are here. Make the most of it.
- Do you realize that all the people you will see today are hoping to buy something from you? Please don’t disappoint them.
- Look around and care about what you see. Your dream will sprout soon enough, open your eyes and look around.
- Each morning as I open up my office door, I say to myself “Encourage the people around you, for you never know who they might become, or what tomorrow may bring.”
- Success is often the result of noticing what others have overlooked. What might you be overlooking now?
- Any investment in sales training is an investment in your own gross profits. The only thing more expensive than hiring a sales trainer is not hiring one.
- Getting people’s money is easy once you have persuaded them to give you their time. Win the time of the people and their money will follow.
- The fate of your company is in the hands of your people. Train them well.
- Always be quick to forgive the employee whose initiative causes you trouble; this person is golden.
- Successful companies don’t train their customers to wait for a sale. Do you?
- Can you make people feel good? More importantly, will you?
- Take a chance. Risk failure. Change something that needs changing.
- Never quit learning. Never quit becoming better.
Though these quotes may not be your typical water cooler gossip, shared with the right people you’ll be planting words of prosperity and purpose. Let’s give them something to talk about!
Nov 27, 2013 / 5:00 am
In the classic book Peter Pan, Peter had to remember to think happy thoughts before he was able to fly again.
I have formed a business spin out of this classic mantra creating “Think Thriving Thoughts”. By really thinking about what you are about to read, your team and business will surely fly closer to the abundance and prosperity our planet has to offer.
Be prepared for take off!
- Business is no different from a kindergarten playground. In order to progress along the monkey bars, you need to let go.
- Learn to dedicate a minimum one day a month to new idea generation.
- Action creates clarity.
- Customers feel a product is right for them, not when they pay the lowest possible price, but when they feel they received great value on all measures including service and understanding.
- Don’t make your product all about low price. Sooner or later, somebody or something is bound to come along and yank the price floor out from under your entire industry.
- Absolutely, positively sweat the small stuff. Running a profitable business today is all about detail.
- Kermit up! People want to be seen as green, and they want to work and buy from companies that they see as green, too.
- Think about this - eBay owns, stores and ships nothing. You don’t have to own everything to run your business successfully.
- Know that it is better to adapt to, rather than fight, global customer behavior and habits.
- A company will get nowhere if all the thinking is left to management. Allow and insist all employees contribute their minds.
- You have to learn to give space, resources and trust to your staff if you wish them to excel at their jobs.
- Change and adapt.
- We live in times of too much opportunity, rather than a time of not enough opportunity.
- You need to have a broad vision that compels you toward a better future.
- If you and your company learn to ride the wave of change, you stand to reap the windfalls.
- The ones who will come out on top will be those who act in spite of their fear.
- What knowledge or practices do you hold on to that are no longer empowering? What behaviors that once drove your success do you and your team need to unlearn?
- Make up your own mind.
- Is your organization working on projects so exciting that the best and brightest in your industry re banging the door down to come and work for you? If not, why not?
- Avoid regret – Ask yourself: What opportunities are open to me, my career, my life, my business that are potential if-onlys? What path of action do you think is worth taking now? Take it!
- Think thriving thoughts!
Welcome to the friendly skies! I hope you take many more flights to come, seize the sky!
Nov 20, 2013 / 5:00 am
Encourage, coach, support and empower your employees every single moment you have an opportunity to do so.
The people you employ are the backbone of your business. Whether you’re the president, owner, partner, team leader, manager or one of the many forms of leaders there may be in your company, it’s your duty to be there for your staff.
The most successful companies in North America and abroad have a vision and passion that set them apart from the pack. The level of support that is given to their staff is unparalleled. The top 100 companies to work for in North America put their people first 100% of the time.
The personal focus on the well being, encouragement and mentoring of these companies staff has a direct and undeniable positive and powerful effect on the consumer base they serve.
Staff job satisfaction is generally well above average in these companies, staff turnover is far less and morale is high. To truly support your team unconditionally is a win-win-win for you, your team and your clientele.
You just have to make the choice to be there. Be there for those people that rely on you for direction, guidance and support. Be there for those people that require your strength, your advice and encouragement.
When you decide to be there for your people, put down your corporate manual, cast aside old beliefs and prepare for the magic to occur. Increased staff pride and increased profit await you. So where do you begin? Here are a few hot tips to get you headed in the right direction.
- Praise your employees
- Coach them to excellence
- Let them get wide recognition
- Foster a climate of innovation
- Ask them for their ideas
- Help them grow
- Give them exciting work to do
- Tell them they make a difference
- Be sincere
- Ask them for feedback
- Keep your door open
- Remain accessible
- Be honest, tell them the real deal
- Foster a culture of innovation
- Give them exciting people to work with
- Remunerate them well
- Trust them
- Don’t micro-manage
- Let them learn from mistakes without living in fear
- Teach them
- Don’t assume
- Be happy around them, smile
- Celebrate victories and failures
- Allow their uniqueness to shine
- Support them
Well there you have it, a tiny sampling of the hundreds of ways you can empower your people. Just make the choice and do it. I can’t express enough on how the mentors I’ve had in my life have had such a powerful effect on me living life to the fullest in so many ways. If you pay forward the knowledge and caring nature you have been blessed with as a strong leader you will create a positive and supportive ripple effect in so many people’s lives you just can’t even imagine.
Nov 13, 2013 / 5:00 am
Know this word, use this word - no. If you were taught in business that “no” is a bad word, it is time to become re-educated. Know this - the reality is there is positive power in being a “no it all”.
- No more rules.
- No more following the pack - be the leader in your industry.
- No looking for the popular vote from others, be your unique self.
- Say no to doing things the same way as you always have.
- Say no to treating your staff all the same way. Give them personally what they require to succeed.
- No more judgement.
- No more harmful gossip.
- No more drama.
- Say no to your business partners, franchisees, or management team if something is not right. Have the guts to make a stand.
- Say no to having your employees work excessive hours. Allow a healthy balance to be achieved for themselves with their families.
- Say no if you can’t truly deliver what your customer is asking for.
- No more unrealistic sales quotas or competitions.
- No bad days.
- Say no to staff picking on and bullying other staff. Have the courage to terminate offenders.
- No more doing business the same old way. Allow the creativity from the great minds around you to share their ideas.
- No more dealing with suppliers or manufacturers that no longer suit you or your company’s vision, no matter how long you have done business with them.
- Know when to say "no" to your customers, they are not always right. Teach them with kindness why they may not be right in these situations.
- No more excuses, take action.
The positive nature of saying “no” has many benefits. Allow yourself to question and look at all the other possibilities of things you were taught in business and life in general and how simply shifting the context of them can have such a new effect. If you’re able and willing to open up your mind to the possibilities, you are on your way to adapting to the ever changing business world we live in, and to you I say congratulations, your future looks bright!
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