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How to Keep Going after Failure

Resilience is very different than being numb. Resilience means you experience, you feel, you fail, you hurt. You fall. But, you keep going. – Yasmin Mogahed

When you fail and hurt, it sure seems hard to get back up. Yet, isn’t failure simply part of the game of life?

Sometimes we fail forward, sometimes we fail backward. It actually shows that you are engaged in your life and willing to put yourself out there.  When you’re feeling like the failure is getting the best of you, here are some steps to keep in mind that might help you get back on track:

  1. Ask yourself, what caused you to fail? Get to the root of the problem. Understand this part and make a plan to overcome this roadblock the next time.
  2. Seek guidance and support. Ask experts in the field, read books, search the internet, talk about your experience with your closest friends/people you can trust. Have an open conversation and be willing to listen. If your ears are closed off, you won’t set yourself up for success.
  3. Write out your goals and post them for you to see every single day. You can even break these large goals into smaller goals and smaller goals into step by steps. This will help you keep your mind focused and not wander off the path.
  4. Check in with yourself daily. Ask yourself how are you doing? Do you envision success or do you envision being stuck? Your mind can rob you of negative thoughts if you allow it. Keep going! You can achieve most anything you put your mind to.

Now is your chance to rebuild, start new, and refresh. We learn as we go and that doesn’t make us any less valuable than the day before. Instead that makes us even more valuable because we have learned more about ourselves.

When you know yourself even better, you can use your strengths to be the best person you can be.

Schedule a complimentary chat with Joy to help you get back on track!

Back to the Basics: Handwritten Notes

Take the time to slow down and think about who has been on your mind lately. We are use to communicating with others by sharing url’s, browsing through social media, and reading texts and emails.

However, those communications come and go.

As you’ll see on the image, this is a part of my office wall. It is filled with notes from people who have been meaningful to me over the years. I still reflect on the notes and the relationship with that person.

As another way to reach out, consider writing a handwritten note to the person you are thinking about. This doesn’t have to be difficult. Take in account the following tips when writing.

  • Schedule time to write in your calendar so it happens consistently.
  • Write or type your message. Get out your thoughts and edit your message. This way, when you write the message on the actual card you’re sending, you won’t waste 10 cards in the process.
  • Write with your favorite notecard and pen. This will help you to slow down and think about your handwriting itself. Think about how your writing looks as you go. I’m better off writing notes in the afternoon when my hand has warmed up!  We want others to be able to read it!
  • This may seem obvious, yet make sure you spell the person’s name correctly. It is often easy to forget how to spell somebody’s name without it being in front of you. This could diminish the effort you put into writing your note.
  • Let the person know you genuinely care about them and you are thinking about them.
  • Check out this link for notecards you may enjoy:

Think about these tips as you write your handwritten message. Take your time and have fun with it! Set a goal of 3-5 notes per week and notice what happens!

We would love to hear how this supports you and your relationships. Feel free to comment below.

Together Series: Creating Together

Most likely you’re reading this on your mobile or tablet, so we’d like you to consider now the genuine power that you’re viewing as one avenue of togetherness: Creating.

Here’s a Prime Example of Creating Together

Let’s review a simple case study in creating together: Apple. The year is 2007, there is plenty of hype, hunger, and hope with what could very well be the greatest technological advancement by many estimations. The iPhone is unveiled and it is, in an instant, widely produced, promoted, and purchased. In the first two days alone, 250,000 were sold. Some three years later, we were shown the iPad.

Each app is not created, produced, and offered by Apple. No, there are creators and contributors across the world who have chosen to accept the Creative Party invitation Apple sent out to the world. A decade ago, the App Store had more than 300,000 applications. A study done in September of last year revealed there are now over 2 Million apps in the App Store. That number, is of course as you can imagine, growing steadily.

As even this Apple product user would agree that life has changed quite a bit due to the functionality and friendliness of their products, what is far more impressive is these thousands upon thousands of apps available to us. This is the power of togetherness.

Why is this? It’s certainly not because experts are keen on inventing more and more software. As lucrative as that may be, it doesn’t reveal the almost magical reason why there are various app offerings. I’d like to propose to you it’s because Apple is making it very welcome to create together.

As even this Apple product user would agree that life has changed quite a bit due to the functionality and friendliness of their products, what is far more impressive is these thousands upon thousands of apps we can find in Apple’s App Store. This is the power of togetherness.

Amateurs and idea enthusiasts have found a safe place to explore their solutions and offer their findings. As leaders, we should be doing the same for those we have been assigned to.

A few helpful links:

Apple’s Inclusion and Diversity Web page :Click here

NY Times on App Store Content: Click here

How can we promote a more welcoming environment where people around us are empowered to take risks? What are some things we can say and do in each of our realms of influence to communicate I believe you have something to offer, be that a talent, a gift, an idea. I want to make sure your voice is heard and your ideas receive the validation they deserve.

As leaders, this is sometimes a challenge. If we think a person’s idea will overshadow our position as a leader, and we put up roadblocks for a person’s growth, then we really shouldn’t be leading in the first place. When we are leading, we must do all we can so that people become the absolute best version of themselves and have every available resource they need to do just that.

Let’s make the move. Deliver the truth. Set up others for success and, we might even find that our ability to create will become exponential when we do it: Together.

So, the question is, what are you willing to create in your community or culture that would require some bravery on your part? Have you been withholding any truth you want to declare to your people because, even in a small way, you think it would cause someone to shine brighter than you?

In the comments, would you be so bold as to share your greatest opportunity to build an environment that encourages creating together?

A Healthy Perspective on Wellness Programs

A Healthy Perspective on Wellness Programs

Over the last 5 years, the Affordable Care Act has made Americans and their employers more aware of their position as health care consumers than ever before.  Prior to 2011, health care premiums were growing at shocking double-digit increases. Since that time, the average monthly health care premium growth has slowed to 9% as more companies are taking proactive steps to control their health care costs.  One contributing factor is implementation of corporate wellness programs.

On a conscious level, we all know that a major factor impacting health care premiums is the level of health risk of the members of an insured group – about 70% of us on a national scale. As more information has become available, as a group, we’ve extended our life expectancies and learned that lifestyle choices have a huge influence on our short and long-term health.

How can companies help start to sway our national health stats and costs toward the positive? Let’s look at an example.

Katlyn proudly lands her first “real” job after college. She has a job description, her title in the signature line of her company emails, and health insurance. Her benefits don’t stop there.

Along with being able to afford to order from something other than the $1 menu at a fast food place, Katlyn’s company has a cafeteria with healthy food options and a healthy recipes exchange board. A few times per year the company sponsors organized runs which Katlyn decides to participate in. She gets a health screen once per year that let’s Katlyn bench mark her relevant health stats, something she never even thought to pay attention to before. Katlyn gets a discount on her insurance premiums for participating. At each screen, she is reminded to wear her seat beat, limit her alcohol consumption, and to take advantage of preventive health care like teeth cleanings and annual physicals which she does.

In time, Katlyn decides to use some of her new income to buy a house. The experience is pretty stressful on top of her new job. She attends a company sponsored ‘Lunch and Learn’ on coping with the stress and makes a commitment to attend yoga classes offered at her office 3 times a week.  She likes yoga so much she joins a gym; after all she gets reimbursed a portion of the membership cost.

When Katlyn’s father passes away, she is devastated. Her manager encourages her to leverage the company’s Employee Assistance Program. Katlyn is able to process her feelings with a counselor in a healthy way, something she might never have done if she’d had to find a counselor on her own and pay out-of-pocket. In full, Katlyn’s overall health gets a major boost from these great resources readily available to her throughout her career with her company.

This all sounds great, right? Yet what would all these great benefits end up costing Katlyn’s company? Statistically, these benefits would save Katlyn’s company 20-25% more on their health care costs than companies that do not offer comprehensive wellness programs. The company will also save with lower absenteeism, lower workers’ compensation and disabilities claims, and they will reduce their recruiting costs, making a wellness program a pretty good business decision.  Katlyn will also experience lower premiums year-over-year than her friends who work for companies that don’t have wellness programs.

It might seem daunting to get a program like the hypothetic company in my example off the ground, especially if your business is just getting started. Even starting small with employee health education can begin to build momentum that will start to significantly improve the health of your employees.

BBD can help connect you with wellness experts who can work with you to develop a wellness program that suits your company’s needs; offering a step-by-step approach. Email and let us know what you would like to see your company include in your wellness program that would make the greatest impact to a culture of wellness.

The Leadership Gap – Building a Bridge

The Leadership Gap – Building a Bridge

Everyday more corporate leaders are retiring. In fact, the U.S. is facing the retirement of 33 million baby boomers by 2020, leaving a rather large and potentially threatening leadership gap for businesses to fill. The process of filling the leadership gap will not accommodate the time commitment needed for training the next generation of leaders.  Additional studies show that only 11% of employees are interested in pursuing C-level leadership positions critical to the success of an organization.

With these tough challenges, companies may need to take a “bamboo” approach to training. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world but only after it takes time to develop a robust root system. This system protects and supports the plant’s longevity, heartiness, and strength.  The bamboo becomes tough to uproot and the plant’s growth becomes explosive.

Companies can be like bamboo and develop a root system that will support them well into the future.Start by considering who the future leaders could be in your company. Who would shoot to higher levels of leadership with the right mentoring and training? Next, gather input throughout your organization, sister companies and trusted partners on the type, style, and execution of the training most relevant. Getting feedback lays the ground work to give a leadership training program that extra boost it needs to be successful. Consider how you might leverage mobile tools, personalization, and the ability to be flexible to help meet the user experience preferred by Millennials to drive engagement and follow through.

Once you have areas of growth identified, consider leveraging subject matter experts from in and outside of the organization to develop and deliver training materials. Keep the lines of feedback flowing and adapt as needed. Through this and other exploratory training and continued learning, your company can begin to tend to its next generation of leaders and grow them to become wonderful assets.

Most importantly, start your transition planning now. On an individual basis, consider how you can stretch your own mentoring skills and seek to teach potential prodigies to lead your organization in its next pursuits. Support them in growing deep strong roots as leaders in your company. If you’re a Millennial and are inspired to lead, seek out a mentor to help you identify your areas of strength and opportunities for growth.

Is your company ready to start a training program targeted to the future leaders in your organization? BBD is here to support you in understanding and executing training and coaching to help your business bridge the leadership gap.

Enhancing Give-Back Partnerships

Enhancing Give-Back Partnerships

Corporate responsibility has become a theme that more and more businesses are giving special attention. With proven bottom line benefits, philanthropy is now a part of corporate strategies to increase employee retention, morale and brand awareness.

As the trend towards give-back businesses and business programs rises, tools and resources to help businesses be as giving as they can be are also growing. Whether you are part of business that wants to ensure its philanthropic efforts are organized to make the biggest impact or you represent an organization that needs more corporate partners, new resources are available to help connect you to your goal.

When we are working to raise money for a worthy cause, there is always room for more donations. Amplify your efforts and impact by visiting This site can help you  increase the amount of money you raise from matching gift and volunteer grant programs. The group provides donors with the tool they need to get their match requests in the hand of corporate decision makers. Donors can easily access matching gift guidelines and forms to streamline the process. The site offers direct donation and custom match pages hosted through the Double the Donation page or on your own corporate page.

Many corporations also want to volunteer to support an important cause through their actions and non-profits need volunteers. Volunteer Match makes it easy for giving people and good causes to connect. With over 100,000 non-profit organizations registered and submitting volunteer opportunities and over 9 million volunteers matched to meet their needs, the service is growing daily. If you are a non-profit, post your story and get help incorporating more volunteers into your effort to make your impact even bigger.   If you’re a corporation, plan your next team building event to include a give-back project and you’ll see more smiles around the conference table.  If you are an individual with a giving heart, you can also get involved. Gather a group of helpful friends and make volunteering a pay-it-forward part of your social time.

Momentum begets more of the same. Don’t miss the opportunity to amplify your efforts to tackle important challenges with a few digital clicks. You may be surprised at what a difference connecting to like-minded groups can make in multiplying your impact.

What have you found that works well in connecting with non-profits or corporate donors and sponsors? Please share your comments below.

Green practices pay greenbacks

Green practices pay greenbacks

As of January of this year, an estimated 1,200 companies in the U.S. had B Corp status. A B Corp is a for-profit corporate entity that contributes positively to the community and environment through its products, services and operations. Even with the mounting increase of companies achieving B Corp status, CFOs still want confirmation that green practices and corporate responsibility will support the bottom line.  Luckily, consumer studies and handy new tech tools hold good news for sustainable companies.

A 2014 global study was conducted by Nielsen surveyed consumers on their willingness to pay for products and services provided by companies’ actively practicing conscious capitalism. The study found that 55% of respondents were willing to pay more for products and services from companies that are making a positive social and environmental impact. Nearly as many consumers (52%) had made a prior sustainable product purchase in the past 6 months.

While consumer-reported past purchases and purchase intent is helpful, it may not be the best predictor of actual conversion to a product purchase. To get the rest of the story, a review of sustainable product retail sales was performed. The review showed a 2-5% increase in sales depending on the product marketing.  Companies which included corporate responsibility as a part of their marketing message and on product packaging saw the most success.

More recently, consumer commitment to spending their green on green products and services can be seen in the creation and usage of complementary sustainable shopping apps. More apps are being developed and downloaded that help consumers find green products. Some examples include:

  • GoodGuide— helping consumers find ethically made, green products quickly
  • Fooducate— giving shoppers a product grade level for each scanned product based on its healthfulness
  • Social Impact— allowing users to search socially conscious businesses near their location

The results of the Nielsen study and the growth of socially conscious consumer apps demonstrates that a growing percentage of consumers are:

  • motivated to spend on sustainable products made by socially conscious companies
  • willing to pay more for them
  • influenced to purchase by a sustainable marketing message.

Share with others how your company is communicating your green efforts to your target market.

Great Leaders; 7 Steps to Become One

Great Leaders in 7 Steps

great leadersYour leadership strengths may impact many areas of your life from the success of your business, to the size of your bank account, to your inner circle relationships, to physical wellness and more – leadership is critical to success – and basically impacts every area of your life.

Great leaders are developed.

As with most topics of interest, there are trends. Great leaders are not born, they are developed. Here are some business areas to focus on that may expand your specific leadership traits.

1. Great leaders hold the vision for themselves and for others.

  • It is imperative that you spend time focusing on where you’re going, and why.
  • It’s not your job to get caught up in the minutia, it is your job to be clear, focused and communicate in a way that allows others to support and create the vision with you.
  • A great leader puts their goals in writing. You cannot hit a goal that doesn’t exist. When you see your goal written out, you will be able to see it and to reach for it.
  • A great leader is someone who has a clear vision and can turn that vision into a vivid picture that others can see.

2. Great leaders are passionate about what they stand for.

  • Their passion inspires others to be their best and allows others to be great when challenges surface.
  • Let your passion for your vision shine through. Others will get excited by it and want to get on board with you.

3. Great leaders are decisive.

  • They have the ability to take all the facts and circumstances into account and make a decision that supports the vision. The thing about decision making, is that not making a decision…is also making a decision!
  • People count on you, as the leader, to be clear, decisive, communicate, and, most importantly, follow through.
  • You’re either raising the bar or lowering it, depending on leadership decisions you’re making.
  • Be the tower of strength and endurance that others can count on you for.

4. Great leaders guide, teach and mentor others.

  • Give your people both responsibility and authority, and be available when issues come up. Let others learn and grow through their own experiences.
  • A great leader knows how to inspire others to do their best.
  • Be invisible and take the road blocks out of everyone’s way so they can be great.

5. Great leaders strive for growth in their leadership role.

  • They stay sharp through ongoing education, involvement in leadership groups and utilizing personal mentors in their own life.
  • They seek wisdom and knowledge from every challenge and trial they go through.
  • A great leader is not lazy, they are willing to do whatever it takes to grow and become a better leader.

6. A great leader knows how to appreciate differences and understands the importance of having a variety of different styles on his team.

  • A great leader knows how to utilize different people’s strength and talent to strengthen the organization.
  • A quick and easy way to assess anyone’s style is by completing a behaviors and motivators assessment for leaders and team members. The report looks at the strengths and gaps of your style and outlines an action plan on what you can focus on for improvement.
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7. A great leader is humble and treats others with respect.

  • Treat others with respect and genuine appreciation.
  • Care about the interest of others and demonstrate compassion.
  • Support and recognize others.

When you apply the 7 Steps to Great Leadership, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a great leader surrounded by a great team!

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