Envision, Evolve, Achieve
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.
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.
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.
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
Wishing you Much Success!!!
Achieve Success LLC
Ideas & Innovation - The Engine and Fuel of Entrepreneurship
may be living in an unprecedented time. A time different from all other
times. A time of times. A time when America is overwhelmed with debt, emerging from a recession and generally questioning, whether or not, we, as a country, may have lost our "Mojo."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Building A Culture That Encourages Innovation
- 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.
- Make it OK to make mistakes but not OK to fail. You fail when you quit. Build a culture that never gives up.
- 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!
- 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.
- Encourage initiative. Initiative is not only about doing the expected without being asked, it is about doing the unexpected and asking for more.
- 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.
- Teach people to challenge all they do. Never stop looking for a better way.
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 Leader
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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Want To Make Your Company More Successful?
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
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
~ Copyright protected worldwide. Gary Sorrell - Marketing & branding expert.
"One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency."
~ Arnold Glasow
thinking is not a talent, it is a skill that can be learnt. It empowers
people by adding strength to their natural abilities which improves
teamwork, productivity and where appropriate profits."
~ Edward de Bono