You, that title is about you.
When you wake up in the morning, what is the passion and adrenaline that fuels your journey for the day?
Are you filled with optimism, joy and pure curiosity on how great your day will be? Don’t you just vibrate with the anticipation of how your positive energy and genuine zest for life and business will create a positive and impactful ripple effect on all those people you will encounter today?
I’ll let you answer for yourself, however my instinct tells me some of you may wonder what planet I’m from and be questioning are those emotions felt by anyone that is actually breathing and working in the interesting times we live in.
Surprisingly enough, I am from planet earth and there are millions of others like me that are busting at the seams when we awake, wondering what incredible events will occur today and can’t wait to let the adventure begin in helping others excel!
Straight up, if you are in any kind of leadership position, you should currently be in ”Natural Born Thriller” mode or be making a strategic plan to shift into the zone.
The main reason many companies are not performing at their optimal levels is not just because the economy has shifted. One of the main reasons is the lack of internal inspiration, motivation and a genuine lack of love that many leaders have for their chosen position. It’s the love of the paycheck rather than the love of helping others, staff and clients that keep so many miscast in roles they should not be in, as diminishing returns, low morale and endless staff turnover become the norm.
Now here’s where it can get ugly pretty quick. If you’re from a time when you were taught it's dog eat dog out there and only the strong will survive, or believe in things like your employees are lucky to have a job, I’m here to tell you, a shift in mindset and an attitude adjustment may be exactly what your company may require to be a profit and happiness machine in the current world.
Never before have there been available so many great resources at your disposal to help you get your thrill on. Stop talking to your same old sources that keep telling you the same old stories of woe that you’ve heard way too many times.
Take some time to do some research. Just Google a few different things like - top business practices, engaging and exciting employees, modern management techniques, etc. You will be amazed at the wealth of current information at your finger tips.
You have the power not only to get back in the game, but actually enjoy playing the game again while helping others and increasing business profit and longevity.
Need an immediate resource to get some inspiration from? Read or watch anything that Richard Branson has said about management attitude and employee engagement and the relation the two have on business success.
The Tonight Show is a business just like any other; it requires people to buy into their programming to pay the bills. Just as the retailer, product or service provider requires their client base to keep purchasing and growing to keep their lights on.
This American late night talk show has certainly had its challenges and changes since its airing in 1954. From its birth with Steve Allen at the desk followed by Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, Conan O’brien, then back to Leno. Now Jimmy Fallon’s rapping the beat and dancing his feet to a new generation of late night viewers.
Fallon’s first week was nothing but spectacular. Moving the Late Night Show back to NYC from LA was a clear indication that things were going to be different and the bar was going to be set high by Fallon. The man delivered, attracting and giving the viewers and guests in attendance what they had been craving for so long - fresh, inspirational moxie, positive attitude and energy.
Jimmy Fallon’s approach is so genuine and energetic, in an instant you realize you are in the midst of not only someone that loves what they do but loves to share what they do with others in a very modern, finger on the pulse of what’s trending, type of way.
I could go on and on about all the talent he had by his side this past week and how much fun they had with him, but that’s not the focus of this parchment. The focus behind this story is; change is good.
Far too often in business we get caught up in what used to be. We follow the same outdated principles and the same old rules we’ve followed for way too long. It’s important now, more than ever, to let go and know when to go. The writing had been on the wall for some time at The Tonight Show. Jay Leno was not the right man for the job any longer. Nothing against Jay Leno, he has his own unique style and a huge fan base, but his fan base wasn’t representative enough of what today’s culture devours in the mainstream rapid pulse world we’re all sharing in the moment.
The Tonight Show’s longevity has been based on embracing change and knowing when to change. In this case, not only replacing its leader, but relocating the business to give the product a renewed energy and attitude.
Your personal business profitability and longevity is reliant on how you and your team lead and think in your market place. Its profitability and longevity also relies on your willingness to change and adapt, whether it be in leadership positions, locations of business or re-branding of product or services. Those that hold on to the past too tight and don’t allow the freshness of being new to shine through will have their ratings drop as consumers change channels to what suits their ever evolving minds. Be like Fallon to stop the sales falling.
Pierre Omidyar's empire eBay has amassed him over $14 billion in revenue making him one of the richest people in the world, but to him it's never been all about the wealth.
His smart and caring business practices and positive energy is something that is witnessed by his approximate 31,000+ employees daily. Pierre, while no longer involved in day to day operations, has created a culture of innovation and individualism that allows not only his employee base to shine at work but also in their personal lives.
The encouragement and passion he instills in his company has had a positive ripple effect felt throughout our world. Focusing personal energies on philanthropy, he has donated over $1 billion dollars to non-profits and for-profit organizations that he is passionate about.
That giving nature is something he believes in strongly and is a large part of his leadership style. Pierre believes if you empower others to do good, they will.
Another of his very successful leadership traits has been allowing his employees to bring their own skills and talents to the table. The idea of letting them leverage their personal strengths has added a whole new dimension to the quality of talent and endless ideas that flow through the company.
eBay's success is also greatly due to the fact Pierre has brought the power of an efficient marketplace to regular people. Regular people that are selling stuff to other regular people in a very seamless and clean environment.
His idea of creating an eBay feedback forum, where if you had a negative or positive experience with a transaction, has proved to be golden for buyers and sellers. This concept paved the way for so many other companies to take the initiative and allow clients to communicate through word of mouse rather than word of mouth.
The eBay culture that has been created believes in inspiring employees with a vision of where the company is headed and lets them translate that in their own terms. Believing inspiration is much more effective than delegation, each individual brings a unique perspective to the collective good.
Let's talk accountability. The eBay culture has never been afraid to say sorry. When its site crashed for almost a full day years ago, it was decided they would call their top 10,000 sellers and apologize. This showed the real human aspect of the business to so many.
The eBay culture has always tried to help people take ownership. They believe every human being is equally capable but some lack equal opportunity. Their philosophy is to expand opportunity to as many people as possible so they can reach their potential.
That's a small taste of life at eBay; just think how some of these positive business principles could work magic for you and your company. Who knows what could happen?
I like to think of all of you as billionaire philanthropists in training!
You read right, I love the smell of urethane in the morning.
We may all have our trademark likes or loves when we get up and start our days, yours may be the fresh air you breathe with the aroma of coffee in the air, or the smell of your puppies breath, or maybe it’s the scent of opportunity setting the pace? The fact is, mine is the smell of all of the above with the addition of skateboard wheels made of urethane.
Call me crazy if you will, I won’t take it personally, the fact of the matter is, if you haven’t had a passion for something that you live and breathe for that rocks your world when you wake up, you just can’t relate.
I was a boy from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and in my youth I picked up a skateboard at age 9, and in that moment fell in love with something that would change my life forever. From my first skateboard that was purchased from Simpson-Sears that had urethane wheels, to the boards I bought from skateboard shops throughout Canada and California, I have always loved the smell of urethane skateboard wheels.
From skateboarding at an amateur level to going pro, for over 40 years ago now, never missing a beat, from skating skate parks like Carlsbad, Uplands, Del Mar & The Big O in California back in the day. To loving the old school carve of The Richmond Skate Ranch in Richmond B.C. during its heyday. The smell of urethane wheels still gets my adrenaline running at my age of 49 as it did when I was nine.
My love for skateboarding has never diminished; I have never not hopped on one of my 40+ skateboards that I have in my quiver (collection) since that early age, I have never missed an opportunity to shred. Skateboards are in my office, on my walls and under my feet constantly. The smell of urethane and my passion for business success is something I live for breathing in every day.
I know, many of you will never understand the skateboard culture, or the joy it brings to so many. That’s not the point of this story. The point is – find your Urethane. If you don’t have something that really makes you feel alive – it’s never too late to change your wheels.
The smell of success is always in the air. Let’s roll!
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