Secret Tips

No secrets about this signature.

No secrets about this signature.

How much are you willing to pay to find out the secret to success?

I’ll admit. I’ve spent a lot of money and so have others in order to receive training and education in their respective fields. It’s great to learn and share and grow.

But there’s one thing in common that all of these seminars and workshops have.

They don’t have any secrets to success. As a matter of fact, the secret is, there is no secret.

“The big secret in life is there is no secret. Whatever your goal. You can get there if you’re willing to work.” Oprah Winfrey

One of the biggest success stories of the 20th century and beyond. Born into poverty, raised in inner-city Milwaukee, sexually abused and became a mom . . . all by the time she was 14.

Set goals. Work hard.

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It’s catching on

Looks like somebody is getting the message.

Looks like somebody is getting the message.

We were walking through the Georgia Dome back in November during a band competition. My son sees this sign and yells to me “Hey dad. They know you!”

Not yet son. Not yet.

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Bottom line

I wonder if they involve the world in their bottom line.

I wonder if they involve the world in their bottom line.

Businesses are always looking for ways to increase it. They either focus on increasing revenues or decreasing costs.

Instead of it being an either/or situation, how about giving your employees greater ownership in the company? I don’t mean making a new employee Chairman of the Board. Allow me to explain.

There is a strong correlation between a successful company and having an effective goal setting process, where each employee OWNS the goal setting process. Managers and executives should be helping each employee set goals. So by fully engaging your team and encouraging everyone to focus and achieve these goals together, you’ve set the stage for everyone to have a greater sense of loyalty and commitment to the company.

So, is it time for you to have strategic goals in place that allows your employees to use their talents without limitations?

The bottom line says this leads to greater job satisfaction, improved morale and employee retention because your organization is staffed with a workforce of people who are highly productive, skilled and committed to doing their very best.

Yes. It really can happen that way. What’s stopping you?

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Put me in coach

Are they there because their leader said so? Or do they want to be there?

Are they there because their leader said so? Or do they want to be there?

Recruitment. Where do you look for talent? Especially when it relates to strengthening your brand.

Do you have an endless supply of talented sales people who are clamoring to rise in your organization? Or are you pushing employees into upper management positions they won’t like?

In order to be successful, we should be recruiting the best people who have the right character for our business.

And recognize that those people become a part of your brand.  There’s really no secret to getting it done. Brand “you” is about creating a consistent message for your business and making sure it comes through whenever and wherever you interact with the public.

So go out there and be remarkable today!

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Don’t give up

Walt never saw this one off the paper but he could see it rising above the ground.

Walt never saw this one come to life off the paper but he could see it rising above the ground.

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to success is always to try just one more time.” Thomas Edison

Where would we be with:

  • 6 Up
  • Preparation G
  • The neighborhood wide web
  • The Fantastic 2.5
  • Walt Disney Acre
  • Route Sixty something

I think you get the idea.

Don’t stop. Don’t give up. Learn a new way to get it done. :)

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Leadership update

imageHave you been excited about being a volunteer?

The picture above was taken at Leadercast 2013. I just applied to work as a volunteer again and I can’t wait for the opportunity to serve.

And I’m talking about the kind of excitement where you wish you could invite everyone to participate with you. It’s crazy long hours the day before the event doing whatever needs to be done. And I mean whatever. I tried to get it across that I was volunteering and that whatever they needed me to do, I was their guy.

And in a weird way, they couldn’t believe I was serious. They asked and before they could explain what needed to be done in detail I said yes. Always.

Now, let me apologize. This isn’t just about me. This is for all of us. We should all have a desire to volunteer where we can. And to that, here are some guidelines that might help you decide when and how much to volunteer.

  1. Don’t volunteer just to gain bragging rights.
  2. Consider helping for seasonal opportunities (Thanksgiving, back-to-school, etc.) if your time is short.
  3. If you are in charge of volunteers, thank them regularly.
  4. Be wary of any group that asks for money for you to volunteer. If that’s the case, it’s not a true volunteer opportunity. Look elsewhere.

Don’t be bullied into volunteering. Coercion is not a proper way to get someone to volunteer. This is service that should come from the heart. There are going to be times when you have to and should say no to a volunteer opportunity. Weigh your immediate demands against the benefits of the chance to volunteer.

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Vacation

Fill your every day life with fireworks!

Fill your every day life with fireworks! (Photo by E. Balentine)

Words of wisdom:

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” – Seth Godin

This is not to say that if you get things just right you’ll no longer need a vacation.

Tell me if this sounds like you.

You work a typical 40-hour-a-week job but due to you being gone, you have to put in extra hours on Friday. You get home late and begin to pack, trying to remember that thing you told yourself not to forget after the last vacation. Exhausted, you get to bed after 2 am knowing that if you just get a few hours of sleep you’ll be fine to hit the road at 5 am to get a head of traffic. Once you get out-of-town, there is an accident in the road construction section of the highway, reminding you that you should have taken the bathroom/lunch break when you had the chance. You arrive at your glamorous beach destination just in time for the afternoon rain showers to come in so your luggage and you get soaked by the time you get in your room. Cranky from the extra long trip, you decry that vacations just aren’t worth the hassle. You could have saved your money and stayed at home.

Plan. Prepare. Perform.

PS. You wake up at 3 am and realize what it was you forgot to pack. . . Underwear. :)

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