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Archive for month: November, 2012

RIP Zig Ziglar–You Were An Inspiration

zig ziglarOver the past several months it seems we are on the continued path of losing one of our great thought leaders. Today, we learn of the passing of an icon in the world of motivation, Zig Ziglar.

Regardless of what type of business you are in, I’m sure you have had some type of encounter with Zig’s quotes, books, audios, or if you are lucky–a live workshop.

 

To pay our respects, I’ve gathered some of my favorite quotes from this great and inspirational man.

 

  • “Rich people have small TVs and big libraries, and poor people have small libraries and big TVs.”
  • “Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis.”
  • “Make today worth remembering.”
  • “Duty makes us do things well, but love makes us do them beautifully.”
  • “The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity.”
  • “A goal properly set is halfway reached.”
  • “If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.”
  • “Confidence is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking the tartar sauce with you.”
  • “You were born to win, but to be a winner you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”
  • “The greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because you think you can only do a little.”

Thank you Zig Ziglar for you impact on my life and the life of so many others. Your inspiration, humor, and authenticity were one of a kind. May you rest in peace.

An Inspiration, A Thought Leader: Zig Ziglar

 

Over the past several months it seems we are on the continued path of losing one of our great thought leaders. Today, we learn of the passing of an icon in the world of motivation, Zig Ziglar.

Regardless of what type of business you are in, I'm sure you have had some type of encounter with Zig's quotes, books, audios, or if you are lucky–a live workshop.

 

To pay our respects, I've gathered some of my favorite quotes from this great and inspirational man.

 

  • "Rich people have small TVs and big libraries, and poor people have small libraries and big TVs."
  • "Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis."
  • "Make today worth remembering."
  • "Duty makes us do things well, but love makes us do them beautifully."
  • "The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity."
  • "A goal properly set is halfway reached."
  • "If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want."
  • "Confidence is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking the tartar sauce with you."
  • "You were born to win, but to be a winner you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win."
  • "The greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because you think you can only do a little."

Thank you Zig Ziglar for you impact on my life and the life of so many others. Your inspiration, humor, and authenticity were one of a kind. May you rest in peace.

The Year Is Not Over Yet: 7 Tips to Ending the Year Strong

Is ending the year strong part of your plan?

If you live in the United States, you are coming off of a long holiday weekend. You are probably filled with turkey and may have indulged in a little Black Friday shopping to give you a head start on your holiday preparations.

For many business owners, the month between Thanksgiving and New Years is a time to slow down and unwind after a long year. However, is this the right way to approach the end of the year? Are you leaving opportunities on the table?

What you need to do to keep the momentum moving forward, even during the last month of the year:

 

1. Set goals. It is never too late to set goals and priorities. In fact, setting goals for the last month of the year is one of the most important parts in ending your year strong. Decide on goals you want to accomplish each week to help you stay focused and moving forward.

2. Chunk out your time. With holiday parties, family get-togethers, shopping, decking the halls, and any other type of personal activity, it is easy to get distracted and too busy for work. Before the holiday celebrations begin, take time to schedule your weeks. Add in personal and business items to your schedule, so you know when you are doing each activity.

3. Call customers and leads. This is a great time of year to contact prospects and current and past customers. However, be sure that you do this task early enough so that the call doesn't get lost in the holiday shuffle. Contact them to say happy holidays and to schedule a lunch or coffee for the new year.

4. Stay consistent. Although it is easy to slack off right now, make a commitment to stay consistent. You worked hard this year to get where you are. Keep doing what you've done all year long and the consistency will pay off.

5. Show appreciation. Be sure that you show your appreciation this time of year for your clients, customers, staff and other businesses. Take the extra time to write a note or pick up the phone to share your thanks.

6. Plan your 2013. As the year winds down the opportunity for reflection and planning occurs naturally. Schedule time to look back over your year and determine what worked and what didn't. With this information, plan your 2013 and the changes that need to occur.

7. Celebrate. Don't forget about celebrating. Not only is this a time to celebrate with family and friends, it is also a time of year to celebrate with yourself. Acknowledge your hard work, success, and even failures. Each one of them helped you get to where you are right now. 

Moving forward, even during the holidays, allows you to keep the momentum throughout the year. As you stay consistent, you will end this year strong and begin the new one with a jump start. Are you ready?

What helps you move forward during the holidays? Share your thoughts below and let's commit to ending the year strong together!

How well are you giving thanks?

Are you giving thanks to others?

 

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, it is an opportunity to check in with yourself on how you give thanks. Applying the simple words: "Thank you" can change your life and the life of others.

Enjoy! And Thank You for all of your kindness and support.

Don’t Get Sucked Into the Overworking Trap

It happens all the time: executives, professionals, and business owners stuck in the trap of overworking.

Maybe it’s because of our (mostly unproven) belief we have that the more we work the more successful we will become? Maybe it’s because (we think) our competition is working 10 hour days, so we need to keep up?

Whatever the reason, more and more executives and leaders are struggling with working long hours, which often leads to being overwhelmed and exhausted. And, who needs that?
If this sounds like you, you may feel like you are hanging on by a thread trying to keep up with work, family, and other pressing demands. You may even feel as though nothing is receiving your true attention.

The good news is, you can make the change and get out of the overworking trap. It’s your choice and it’s under your control! With some well-focused, sincere intentions and goals in place, you can take back the control. It starts with you setting your boundaries.

Three Steps to Setting Up Boundaries that Work

1. Decide when you will not be working. As a professional, it is almost impossible to work a traditional 9 to 5 day. However, you can decide the days and times that you absolutely will not be working. Whether you decide that after 8 you don't work or that Sunday's are a day-off, make the commitment to yourself and to stick with it.

2. Build a support system. There is no way that you can do everything. Whether it is at home or at the office, you need help. And, that’s okay. The key to finding help is building a support system and team you can rely on when needed. Learn to delegate tasks to this team and to give up the control for the small things so that you can focus on what’s really important.

3. Create time for self-care. A struggle for many business owners and executives is finding the time for self-care. Be sure to build this time into your daily schedule. Make time in your busy day for rest, relaxation and exercise. You need down time for your health and well being. Even if it’s just a five minute, step-away-from-your-desk—it’s YOUR time to take care of yourself.

Keep in mind as you are taking these steps that they are non-negotiable. When you put you time in your schedule, it must stay there. When you decide on non-working hours, keep them non-working. When you delegate a task, really hand it over to someone else. (The first few times are the hardest, but after that—you may decide that you really like that!)

Each step allows you to break free from the overworking trap and become more focused in your life and your work.

3 Essentials of Leadership Development

Looking for the tools you need for leadership development?

Creating a successful business or team often starts with you, the leader. But really, what is leadership? What characteristics do great leaders really have?

As a leader, you may find yourself searching for the best information to enhance your development. You may also find that there is plenty of information available to use as resources.

So how do you know what is right for you and your success?

Throughout my years as an executive and leadership coach, I've stumbled across all kinds of advice and suggestions for leadership development.

If you are currently seeking that "Holy Grail" of leadership, listen in to my interview on Blog Talk Radio with Doug Dickerson and discover why you need to implement leadership into your development, no matter what your style.

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Strategy For Growth: How to Stop the Phone Tag Nonsense

Playing tag is for kids–Not a strategy for growth!

How much time do you spend playing phone tag? You’re trying to reach someone, or return a call, and get voice mail. You leave a message, and that person gets your voicemail…and then it happens again! 

Here are some techniques to help you avoid playing phone tag:

• When you’re requesting a call or responding to a request for one (maybe through email), always let the other person know the best times to reach you and find out when they’re available. If you do get voicemail on your first try, give them a “best time to reach me is” time slot, so their time will also be well-spent in returning your call.

• If you’ve tried several times and are transferred to a person’s voice mail repeatedly, push the # sign to get out, and then 0 for an attendant. (This works with most voice mail systems.) Once you hear a real voice, you can ask if your person is really in the office. Sometimes, you’ll discover that the person you’re trying so hard to reach is on vacation for two weeks. At least, you know when to try again!

Another problem that makes calling too complex, is that many of us have several numbers–office, cell, home, some other “just for specific projects” numbers? Which one to use? 

Here’s a technique that is not only courteous, but it will also encourage others to respond in the same way—and then you all win:

• Whenever you ask someone to call by email, or instant messaging, or a (hopefully, private!) message sent through social media, include your phone number—every time. The person you want to hear from will not have to look up your number, won’t have to decide which one to call, and the likelihood of your hearing back when you want to, is substantially increased. Let your fingers become conditioned to type in your number, right after, “Give me a call?” It’s courteous, it’s efficient and everyone wins!