Sustaining Success
November 2012
Envision, Evolve, Achieve

Laurie Mrva

I know it's hard to believe, but the holidays are quickly approaching and with that brings a New Year.  What have you done to ensure you have a strong start in 2013?
Now is the time to asses your business, your priorities and your goals.  Make sure when you return to work after the holidays this season, you have a clear focus as to your  direction and the path to get you from where you are to where you'd really like to go.
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1. Congratulate yourself on what worked really well.
2. Acknowledge where you fell short of your goals.
3. Identify what impacted your results and focus on  improving the areas that you CAN control.
Let me know how I can help- you are not alone on this journey.  Be thankful this holiday season for all that you do have and the progress you've made since last year.  Find excitement in the unknown of tomorrow and act with confidence and faith.
I wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving.  I am grateful for the opportunity to know you and to serve the people in our community. 
Wishing you Much Success!!!

Laurie Mrva
Success Facillitator
Achieve Success LLC

Ideas & Innovation - The Engine and Fuel of Entrepreneurship      

We may be living in an unprecedented time. A time different from all other times. A time of times. A time when America is overwhelmed withAchieve Success Logo debt, emerging from a recession and generally questioning, whether or not, we, as a country, may have lost our "Mojo."

Realizing that jobs fuel the economy, and that a healthy U.S. economy brings about a healthy world economy, much attention is being paid to the value of the business start-up in this country.

For instance, the Kaufmann Foundation proposes that "all net new jobs" in this country, in the last decade, have come from business start-ups. Now that is pretty valuable.

All of this has brought about a rush from many to identify "secret traits" to be found among certain individuals that would indicate a propensity for Entrepreneurial success. They have not yet found them. However, there are two traits that I believe are essential to entrepreneurship and new business start-ups: They are Ideas and Innovation.

I cannot think of a single circumstance where a new business has been started without both. I call these two the engine and the fuel of entrepreneurship. To explore these two factors, let's call them the "I Factors." First, let's define both; Idea = a thought, a mental conception, an opinion or plan; Innovation = the process of introducing new methods. It is my belief that entrepreneurs and those that start new business are those that are capable of converting ideas into innovation.

The absolutely magnificent outcome of this analysis is that both idea generation and innovation application are learned skills. Yes, it is true, that many are capable of generating more ideas than others and many find it easier to see how a new idea can become a business than others, but more often than not, it is a learned skill. On that premise alone, I believe you, your neighbor and even I can become an entrepreneur simply by learning a new skill. It is also exciting to think that average people can be taught to become more Innovative and the value of an Innovative workforce increases the value of an organization exponentially.

If you agree with my premise, and even if you don't, I encourage you to build a culture in your organization that will foster new ideas and innovation and measure the difference in outcome after just one year. Here are seven things you can do to make your organization more innovative:

Building A Culture That Encourages Innovation

  1. Remember you are not the only source of new and innovative ideas. Hire people that want to change the world. Hire people that are inspired by finding a better way. You do not do that by accident, you do it by design.
  2. Make it OK to make mistakes but not OK to fail. You fail when you quit. Build a culture that never gives up.
  3. Expect and encourage change. Many still believe that tomorrow will look like today. Nothing ever stays the same. You and it are either getting better or becoming worse. Make sure it is the former. You are in control!
  4. Always maintain the highest expectations. We live in-side two boxes, one that limits us by what we believe of ourselves and the other that limits us only by our physical abilities. Make certain your self-image pushes your physical limits.
  5. Encourage initiative. Initiative is not only about doing the expected without being asked, it is about doing the unexpected and asking for more.
  6. Measure and reward creativity. Few things worthwhile ever happen without goals. Goals demand measurement and hunger for recognition. Create a tribe believing in themselves because they are change agents. Build a system that recognizes, and measures the value of ideas and innovation.
  7. Teach people to challenge all they do. Never stop looking for a better way.

I believe that there are essentials to entrepreneurship. I believe that ideas are the engine and innovation is the fuel to entrepreneurship. I believe that you cannot be a successful entrepreneur without them both. But the good news is you can learn how to be an idea generator and an innovator. Maybe you will want to help your organization start today. t

~ Copyright permission granted to Sorrell Associates, LLC by author Stephen J. Blakesley, Managing Partner, GMS Talent LP

Leadership Development: How to Develop Yourself into a Great LeaderAchieve Success Logo    

As leaders of businesses, it is often hard to keep up with the times and mold yourself into a great leader. Many people look on to people who are great leaders like: Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and the late Steve Jobs to get inspiration. They mentor these people to see what they have done to make their businesses into international superstars. There are many leaders to pull on for inspiration. Finding the right niche to help you advance is an important factor to focus on. When you have the right motivation and niche to help you, you are ready to begin the process of becoming a great leader. It is going to be a long road full of difficulties and stress, but like so many leaders, it will be worth your time to invest. Here are a few suggestions to help you develop yourself into a great leader:

  1. Look to the past - Whether this is through mentors such as Roosevelt or Truman, focusing information from great leaders of the past and the traits they carried is a way of developing great leadership traits of your own. Leaders in the past had experiences that will help you learn from their mistakes. Granted, you are not running a country, but you are running something that is your livelihood. You can gain experiences when you listen to their counsel and utilize their strategies.
  2. Train like the rest - A great leader is also a great follower. By going to training with the rest of the followers, you can gain insight to where your employees are at in the company. You will be able to understand what they as employees know and the best way you can instruct each individual further. This also looks good to you as an owner or supervisor. A higher authority that puts oneself into that situation is looking for ways to improve themselves. Having an authority figure who is improving is a good place to be. Not to mention, you will have the best training session there is.
  3. Listen - This seems simple enough, but it's not. Listening to your employees is the most important step of all if you want to develop yourself into a great leader. This leadership development strategy is practiced simply by hearing and responding to what employees have to say. Listening to complaints, suggestions, and overall compliments is very important to your employees. A great leader trait is listening. When a leader wants to have a group that is efficient in their work duties, he listens to what they suggest to be done to make the process less strenuous.

It is very difficult to develop yourself into a great leader, but it can be done. Looking at the present great leaders of multi-billion dollar companies, you can see the many techniques they use. Have well-organized methods to help you develop yourself into that great leader you have always wanted. Keeping employees happy is how you can truly help yourself develop. This is through setting the example first. When you have employees who want to help your company grow, you will be able to become a great leader. The road will be rough. Don't give up and endure to the end. t

~ Written for us by our associate Gary Sorrell, Sorrell Associates, LLC Copyright protected worldwide. All rights reserved.

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Laurie helps organizations and professionals make positive changes to achieve their goals.  Achieve Success offers customized solutions to your business challenges including strategic planning, leadership development and employee assessment tools to assist with hiring, promoting and developing key skills to enhance success.   

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Ideas & Innovation - The Engine And Fuel Of Entrepreneurship
Leadership Development: How to Develop Yourself into a Great Leader
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Want To Make Your Company More Successful?

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Creativity is the key to keeping a business flourishing. And while creativity will help your business grow stronger, there are other tools and opportunities businesses should use to their advantage.

Here are some quick tips:

Make your business appear bigger than it may be. You might not have a huge warehouse or dozens of employees, but you can still give your business the professional appearance of one 10 times your size. First impressions are important. Start branding. Design a great logo for your company and put that logo on all of your media. Have a company newsletter with information that focuses on the reader. Utilize your Web site and blog, and see if you can get them linked to your community's Chamber of Commerce or city Web site. Join social networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn to broaden your network of people.

Focus on your X Factor. Recognize what you do and why you do it, and then research your competition. When you discover the factor that makes your business better and different from the competition, learn how to focus and multiply that "X Factor" to achieve success. t

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