Articles Tagged ‘Business advice’

Collaboration is King!

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Collaboration: To work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor.

It is safe to say that most jobs involve collaborating with peers. I have a friend that works in a national sports organization managing their partnerships. Her job consists of collaborating with all departments in the organization to fulfill the contractual obligations of the partnerships. Without the ability to collaborate with team members, she would fail and the company would lose all of its partners. Needless to say, she practices such skills on a regular basis and is reliant on her peers to do the same.

One of the common themes to my coaching and team building events is helping my clients fine-tune their collaboration skills and give them the tools they need to be intentional and purposeful when doing so. It is easy to see the power of team work when the group comes together in a team building activity; the same holds true in the workplace.

That begs the question: when it comes to collaboration, where do you begin?

1. SHIFT – shift your team’s mindset. A way to cultivate a mindset directed toward collaboration and continuous improvement is to simply ask, “How can I make this better?” When a company truly collaborates and provides the best product or service by improving the processes that produce them, they create efficiencies in producing the desired end result and organizations are more effective.

2. OWN IT – own your stake in the project and overall goal. Don’t rely on others to change the process; start the process and always seek opportunities to improve it. It is a team effort and by encouraging people to collaborate, efficiencies are created for the group and all involved can work smarter, harder, and have better results. Take ownership and know that your contribution has an effect on the bottom line.

“Being in a band is always a compromise. Provided that the balance is good, what you lose in compromise, you gain by collaboration” – Mike Rutherford

Happy collaborating!

Deseri Garcia
Vida Aventura
317-362-4898
www.vidaaventura.net

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Capacity

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

I’d like to fashion myself as an expert in human productivity. By that I mean, I think I am beginning to get my arms around what it takes to get the most out of my clients, my prospects and most importantly – myself.

As with the engine in a car or the hard drive on a computer, every person has certain amount of capacity. We can only work so many hours, schedule so many meetings and respond to so many emails.

Despite this truth, most people think that the key to their success is pushing beyond their capacity. We tell ourselves that the more we work, the more we will achieve, and thus the greater happiness we will experience.

But, deep down we know that it really doesn’t work like that.

Think about it.

Do you remember the first year you hit the BIG number in sales and income? Up to that point, you’d convinced yourself that as soon as you make “X” you will be happy.

How’s that number look to you today? What’s your new target?

Does the number really matter?

Maybe reaching and even pushing past your maximum capacity shouldn’t be the end goal.

What if instead you focused your time on a worthy objective that filled you with joy and purpose?

C.J. McClanahan
Reachmore Strategies
317-576-8492
cjm@goreachmore.com

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Love Conquers All Even Mike Tyson

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Early in Mike Tyson’s incredible career he was the most dominant boxer in history. Many thought he was unstoppable. When Buster Douglas was slated to fight Mike Tyson, it was only supposed to be a warm up for the apparent “real” show down between Tyson and Holyfield.

Buster had someone on his side—his mom. He was his mother’s pride and joy. She was telling everyone at the beauty shop that her baby was going to knock out Mike Tyson. Buster had to have been thinking his mom was crazy. He probably even told her so as many of us do when our parents “gush” over us.

Just a couple of days before the fight Buster’s mom died. He promised his mother that he would knock out the “toughest man on the planet.” When the big day arrived Buster did two significant things that seemed impossible.

He got up when Mike Tyson knocked him out (something no one else had done).
He knocked out Mike Tyson.
Love conquered Mike Tyson. It gave an average boxer the ability to withstand incredible pain and injury. It gave fuel to a human who accomplished the unthinkable; superhero feats. Something no one else had done before. It gave a man the ability to conquer his greatest foe.

If the gushing of a mother can make an average fighter the toughest man on earth—who can you gush over? Who can you lovingly encourage to conquer their biggest fears, their greatest foes?

Tony Scelzo
Rainmakers Marketing Group
317-216-6345
Tony@gorainmakers.com

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The Teacher and The Student and the story of James and AJ

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

ScottManning

Every week, right here, I attempt to give you some inspiration, some business insight, some personal experience that I believe will be helpful for you. Really, the point is to nudge you, push you, encourage you, hold your hand, pick you up, and, yes, my favorite, to kick in you in the rear, and help you find some THING that will drive you to want more, do more, be more, achieve more in your business and life this week, today, right now.

Based on the feedback I get, I accomplish my mission, in some way, for some people, each and every time I sit down to write. This is, after all, the only thing that makes it worth it…for me.

There are many reasons why we reconvene here as we do and share thoughts with each
other and stimulate and motivate one another to fight the good fight and keep going.
I’m not sure what yours are and I certainly never know what or when you’ll find
that trigger point in your life, in what I say, or in what you encounter anywhere
else from anyone else.

I just know that ‘triggers’ do happen as long as you are looking for them, as long
as you are desirous of them.

I must tell you, I’ve come to realize that one saying that I’ve found more truth in
than most other ‘opinions’ that are spouted out like law all the time by
everybody…that saying is:

“When the student is ready the teacher will appear.”

Okay, well, not so fast, because there are some missing pieces to that.
Kind of what I said a few sentences ago…you have to be looking for the teacher,
committed to finding the teacher, and willing to listen when you find the teacher.

If those things are true, then yes, when you are ready, as if it just “appears”,
magic will happen…kind of like luck, ‘magic’ will be orchestrated, worked for,
strategized about, and then realized.

Where am I going with all of this…

Well, let me tell you. It’s never everything around you, rather it’s YOU, that ends
up being the difference. You know, that famous song by Moonwalking Michael…”The
Man In The Mirror”.

I want to quickly tell you a story about some dear friends of mine and long time
Mastermind and Coaching members James and AJ Clingerman, who just so happened to be
featured on the live full day Dan Kennedy broadcast last Friday hosted by Joe Polish
in San Diego.

They deserve a huge round of applause, a pat on the back, heck, maybe even a little
vacation. Of course, now, they can afford to go on vacations, take some time off,
get out of their business once in a while.

What landed James and AJ in San Diego was not some overnight success, rather many
dominoes falling in their favor because of exactly what I describe above. They were
looking for triggers in their life, they had enough of ‘not having enough’, and
wanted more.

Three years later, they have liberation and control and are working their way towards financial freedom.

I remember the very first day they walked into the Chapter Event, of course, a much
smaller group than we have now, and I could see the hunger in their eyes, their
determination, and, their resilience.
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