Leadership on Point

How are those New Year’s Resolutions going?!

April 29, 2015 Jim Desrosiers

Goals
ED Note: This article was originally published and written for TempNet.

It’s check-in time! The year is moving quickly. It seems like only yesterday we made promises to our companies and ourselves that this year things would be the best they’ve ever been. Do you remember what those resolutions were? How are you doing?

If you have fallen off or didn’t have time to make goals at all, you aren’t alone. Most people are so “busy” with phone calls, emails, texts, cancellations, workers calling in sick, clients calling with emergencies, too much work, etc. Here is some advice on how to become more “productive” in such a “busy” atmosphere.

There are four keys to achieving extraordinary success.

The first is GOAL IDENTIFICATION. Pick a goal for the week. Sales and Service people could commit to contacting five past clients per day that haven’t utilized your services in the last 90 days. Sales people could commit to gathering 50 business cards from new prospects. Owners could meet with one staff person per day for twenty minutes to gain feedback on ways to improve the business. Receptionists (if they’re still called that!) could call ten existing clients per day to simply say “thank you”. The idea is to identify one high priority task that would make a positive impact to the company’s bottom line. If everyone did that, what would the result be in total?

The second key in goal setting is to GET COMMITTED.

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How To Handle A Crisis

April 23, 2015 Barry Wanger - Guest Author

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Hardly a day goes by without the leaders of some company or nonprofit organization wondering how to handle the latest crisis. A product recall; an evironmental disaster; a sexual harassment lawsuit; an unexpected scandal. The list goes on and on.

What is shocking to me is how often the crisis is handled ineptly. The most common mistakes:

· Not having a crisis plan in place

· Hoping the media won’t find out about the crisis

· More concerned about potential liability than doing the right thing

· Stonewalling

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Are You A Spectator In Your Own Life?

June 21, 2013 John Dowd Jr. - Guest Author

Richard Levin & Associates

At 50 years old, I got maybe the best gift anyone could ever get… I got fired.

Of course, at the moment it didn’t seem like a gift.  After a wonderful 30-year broadcast career, I found myself at a new chapter in my life with a burning question: What next?

The next logical step that my “mind” told me was to get another radio manager job, which would have been my TENTH.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m very grateful to have had a wonderful career.  But, I felt that the meaning in my life was no longer there.  While I did my best to help others, the corporate world had me focused less on people and more on profits.

Should I get a new job and feel like I was a spectator of my life and not living it? Or should I stop and try to finish a book that I had started a few years before, on positive thinking and well-being?  How wonderful to think about this project of slowing down and doing something that brought true meaning into both my life and the lives of others.

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No Man Is An Island

September 20, 2011 Anne Etra - Guest Author

The ten-year anniversary of 9/11 has come and gone.

We watched the ceremonies, listened to tearful remembrances from loved ones, considered the fearless, fallen heroes who died trying to help their fellow humans.  We were outraged all over again by the pure hatred of those who carried out this heinous, cowardly act.

Hopefully, we also felt our hearts.

Sadness and anger are exhausting, and they sometimes bring us to a place of quietude, of reflection and stillness.  To achieve a counterpoint to the madness we go within, examining ourselves, our family friends and colleagues, and our place in the sun.

In business – as in other areas of our existence – it’s all about relationships.

Human interactions count – whether dealing with clients, co-workers, staff, suppliers, your audience, or the guy on the corner where you buy your daily coffee.   We rarely act completely alone, and are all in some way intertwined as the world turns.  To achieve our objectives to get through the day or to meet this month’s profit projections we depend on each other.  Yes, at times we must be tough, but a little gentleness and understanding go a long way.

And that includes being gentle with yourself.

In the spirit of cooperation, and operating on the theory that every act of generosity puts a powerful plus against the war on terror,

I offer this free download of 50 Fitness Food and Relaxation Tips

These small gems you can do in the morning, at work, while you eat, food-shop and relax at home will help strengthen your body, sharpen your mind, and calm you down.  This in turn allows you to feel better, and generate the positive energy to successfully play your role in the rich and beautiful interconnected world we live in.

Share them with a friend.

 

 

Written by Anne Etra, President of ETRAwords.com, fitness professional and consultant.  She can be reached at anne@etrawords.com.

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Immediate Opportunities To Improve Your Business

July 12, 2011 Jim Desrosiers

As a business consultant in many different industries, I noticed a pattern that has resulted in companies struggling to survive or do well in today’s economic environment.  Here’s GROWTHco’s Top 5 List of Immediate Improvement Opportunities.

These don’t include operational, infrastructure, or technological improvements that may take longer to implement.  These are people and process improvements that have made immediate impacts on the bottom line of our clients.  Ask your team if any of the following pertain to your company:

1)  Commitment to a predetermined vision: Although major business schools are telling business leaders to ‘throw away your business plan’, the #1 concern I have with businesses today is their lack of commitment to a specific outcome.  Know exactly what products and services you provide.  Know who needs your offerings AND has the ability to pay for them.  Identify the best strategy to penetrate your unique market. Don’t let every outside opportunity and potential partnership take away from your vision.  Sure, there is a time and place to identify and explore new opportunities, but not at the expense of your current strategy.  Some companies are now adopting a R&D (Research & Development) person or team whose primary role is to explore new opportunities and keep key personnel laser focused on the existing path to success.

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The Self-Led Person

April 27, 2011 Teri Sica

In a recent interview with my guest, Dr. Richard Schwartz, an internationally renowned psychologist and author, we talked about what it takes to be a self-led person and how the “true self” is finally able to emerge – not an easy process, considering  all of our inner layers and parts.

Ask yourself,  when do you get charged up emotionally?  What gets you activated?

Consider your relationship to your thoughts and emotions, how your inner parts interact with each other, how you relate to the parts of you that you dislike or don’t want others to see.  How do YOU talk to those parts of you?  Perhaps this is when your “internal critic”, “task master”, “perfectionist”, or “pessimistic” part (among others) step in, as Richard suggests in his book.

As I’ve learned from my work, most of us just want to be rid of these parts, wishing them away – but they won’t go away.  It’s about getting these parts of us to relax that allows the true self to emerge.

In my conversation with Richard, he talked about the importance of learning to be “curious” (like the innocent child) and “compassionate” to all of these parts of us.  Being curious, like the inquisitive child, and compassionate, versus being judgmental or harsh.  As you learn to step back, unburden and be compassionate to all of your internal parts, THIS is when the authentic, “true self”, has the opportunity to emerge and to lead.

Richard described the self-led person as having the following characteristics: Curiosity, Compassion, Confidence, Creativity, Calmness, Clarity, Courage and Connectedness.  No wonder we just intuitively FEEL the presence of a self-lead person!

I credit Dr. Richard Schwartz for his clarity and the applicable way in which he describes this complex process of working with our inner parts.

Remember  that leading with the “true self” offers you the opportunity to live a more joyful life, a life that is rich, full of meaning and passion.

A final message from Dr. Schwartz as we concluded the interview, “May the SELF be with you”.

Written by RLA Associate and radio personality Teri Sica. You can contact Teri at: terisica@comcast.net or tune in to her show on Saturday mornings at 10:30 on 95.9 WATD-FM.

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Can You Run the Boston Marathon?

April 18, 2011 Jim Desrosiers

Boston Marathon, Executive Coaching, Goals

Maybe not this week, but of course you can run the Boston Marathon…unless your attitude says you can’t.  If you think you can’t do something, you’re right.  If you think you can, you are also right.

Follow this formula:

Success comes from goals. Goals come from results. Results come from our daily behaviors. Our behaviors are driven by our attitudes.

Our attitudes are 100% in our control.  Many people let past conditioning, outside circumstances, or even other people get to their attitude.  Since our success starts with our attitude, challenge your feelings when you are telling yourself you can’t do something.  Remember, human beings are only limited by self-imposed limitations.  It’s amazing to me that two human beings in the same situation can have very different BELIEFS as to what their ultimate potential could be.  One runner believes her potential is to someday increase her time to 60-minutes on a treadmill while the next runner believes she will complete the Boston Marathon next April.  Attitude is what makes similar people achieve vastly different results.  Also, challenge your attitude when you catch yourself thinking, “I’m having a bad day” or “That person MAKES me mad!”   We choose our attitudes.  Is it really a “bad” day if it’s raining or snowing outside?  Do you have to become angry at the rude driver or can you choose to smile and wave at them?  I actually have fun doing that…knowing they are expecting an obscene gesture.  Sometimes, they even apologize to me.  You see, attitudes are also contagious.  Your attitude also stems from your prior experiences and conditioning.  Conditioning that can be changed.  Right now you have an attitude about this blog posting…is it positive or negative?…and why?

 


 

Written by RLA Associate, executive coach and acclaimed speaker Jim Desrosiers, M.M. For more information, please visit www.GROWTHco.com.

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Is Multi-Tasking Affecting Our Success and Failure at Work?

February 16, 2011 Jessica Levin - Guest Author

The art of multitasking, Richard Levin & Associates, executive coaching, coaches

There aren’t enough hours in the day. We’re constantly on the go, continuously worrying about the tasks we have to accomplish. A mother rushes to get her kids to school while talking on the phone in her car, changing the radio station, and eating a granola bar — all the while trying to focus on the road. A doctor spends five minutes with a patient, entering data into electronic medical records, taking notes, checking his blackberry and beeper for emergency notices, and hurries on to the next patient.

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I Choose To Love Snow

February 9, 2011 Jim Desrosiers

Executive Coaching, Richard Levin & Associates, Self-Improvement

Winter is here…and there’s still a long way to go…so choose to love it.

From previous blogs or our work together, you’ve learned how choosing to have a positive attitude is critical to your success and overall happiness.  Yes, you choose happiness.

Remember, your attitude will drive your actions, which produces your results.

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Achieve Your Goals in 2011

January 5, 2011 Jim Desrosiers

Wow!  2010 for most of us was pretty rough.  The economy bottomed out.  It started to rise off the floor…barely…and has stalled.  Sure, there’s business being done and money still to be made, but only for those who are “playing to win” instead of “playing not to lose“.  You can win in 2011…here’s how:

#1 – People have a poor attitude about current conditions.  Remember the saying, “If you think you’re going to win, you’re right.  If you think you’re going to lose, you are also right!”  I agree, business has not been easy.  However, we need to stay committed to our beliefs that we can win, we have a valuable product or service with a beneficial value proposition to our clients, and that we will win…no matter what.  Question 1:  Do you &/or your team have the proper attitude and belief system to succeed?

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