blog

temp-post-image


You are the biggest roadblock to your success. When it comes to accomplishing your big goals, it is not specific situations, circumstances, or other people that primarily get in your way. It’s you. This brutally honest realization can also be your greatest motivation. The most powerful part about acknowledging your weaknesses is that you’ll realize while you can hold yourself back, you also have the ability to get out of your own way and unlock even greater potential for yourself and your business.

How do we get in our own way?

Lack of communication. Communication is the glue that holds your team together. Good communication helps your team feel heard and understood while creating a positive, encouraging and successful environment. Poor communication leads...

Read more
temp-post-image


You may have heard John C. Maxwell’s quote, “Leadership is influence.” The ability to motivate and inspire others to take action is the distinguishing factor between a leader and a manager. But how far can your influence reach? How can you, and your business, impact the world?

Read more

temp-post-image


We’ve all done business with enough companies to know there are distinguishing differences between a good business and a great business. Good businesses do the job they say they’ll do when they say they’ll do it. They answer the phone when a client calls and offer solutions when problems arise. They “check off all the boxes” of what it means to be successful, including a quality product or service offering, profitability, satisfactory customer service, productive employees, etc. However, success doesn’t always equal greatness.

Great businesses stay in touch with their customers and reach out regularly to provide solutions before problems arise. They ask their customers if they are satisfied with their s...

Read more
temp-post-image
Read more
temp-post-image


Instead of wishing for a better year in 2019 – in both your business and personal life – why not plan on it? December is a great time to reflect and analyze the past year while making commitments and goals for the upcoming year. However, a goal without a plan is just a wish. Your future success is determined by daily choices and actions. For a successful 2019, start now by define your long-term and short-term goals and identifying the actions needed to get you there.


It’s easy to let your job or your business dictate your life. This year, let your personal goals drive your business goals. Set a few goals revolving around your family, your faith, your health and fitness, or your personal finances, and accommodate your business goals around them. Prioritize your mental health and make time to travel somewhere new or take on a new hobby.


Goals, backed up with a clear action plan, can provide focus, direction and a sense of purpose for your whole organization. Here are a few tips to make the goal-setting process easier:


1. Think long-term first and work backwards:


Start the goal-setting process by dreaming about the future. Where do you want to see your business in 10 years? Create a clear vision of what you want to accomplish by 2029, and don’t be afraid to think big.


Next, break your 10-year goal down to what you want to accomplish in three years that will get you a quarter of your way to your big future goal. Lastly, break that 3-year goal down to what you need to accomplish in 2019 to stay on track. When looking at your 2019 goals, identify benchmarks you need to meet within each quarter that will lead you to success at the end of the year.


2. Make sure your goals are S.M.A.R.T (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, with a defined timeframe):


To properly execute your goals and priorities for the year, be sure they are S.M.A.R.T. Define critical dates and benchmarks each quarter (or even each month) to keep you and your team on track. Measure success by creating quarterly revenue, profit, margin, or new customer goals. Identify specific actions and timelines needed to complete your goals and designate specific individuals or teams in your organization who will “own” each action.


3. Write your goals on paper:


A study by Dominican University in California found that you become 42% more likely to achieve your goals and dreams simply by writing them down on a regular basis. The likelihood you’ll transform your desires into reality increases even further if you share your written goals with individuals who believe in your ability to succeed. Work with your team to develop individual and company-wide goals, and be sure to write them down and share them with one another. Review your goals weekly and monthly to ensure that you are on track with your actions.


Make 2019 an incredible year by thinking strategically and planning your success! If you need assistance, please contact me to learn how to create greater discipline in your business.

Read more
temp-post-image


It’s easy to think that “being influential” is only for the famous or people in high-profile positions, but that’s not true. By definition, every leader is a person of influence. Influence is simply the capacity to affect the behavior and opinions of others. And, regardless of your vocation or aspiration, by focusing on simple, insightful ways to interact more positively with others you can increase your impact on those around you.


If you’ve ever made a sale or comforted a crying child, you have exercised the power of influence. As a business owner or organizational leader, your opportunity to influence is even greater. Everything you do, say or think influences. And with persistent practice, it’s even possible to strengthen this ability and make an exponentially bigger difference in your life, your organization, and the world.


Improving your influence in the workplace can help increase engagement within your organization. According to a recent Gallup report, only 34% of U.S. employees are engaged at work, and 13% are actively disengaged. Read on to learn more about ways to positively drive influence within your organization, and learn more about my upcoming event on the topic.

Read more

temp-post-image


All good (and bad) things must come to an end – including 2018. As the leaves begin to change, it may serve as a reality check that there are less than 90 days left in the year. For those who are on track for meeting their annual goals, this last quarter may be met with excitement and positivity. For others, this time of year can bring upon anxiety and overwhelm due to mistakes and missed benchmarks.
With the holiday season soon approaching, it is tempting to glide through Q4 accepting the outcome that was achieved in quarters 1, 2, and 3. However, a strong finish to quarter 4 can not only improve your annual 2018 results but also give your team the morale push they need to start 2019 with momentum.


Doing your best today puts you in the best position for tomorrow.

Read more
temp-post-image
Read more
temp-post-image
Read more
temp-post-image
Read more