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One of the areas where employees feel uncertain (which makes them not perform at their highest level) is when they lack clarity and a long-term vision from the owner or CEO. An effective way for you as the business owner to lead your team and employees is to share with them your vision for the future.

We’ve been helping our clients to have what we call a “clarity” talk. So, if you haven’t let your employees know your vision in the last six months — now’s the time.

Here’s how you can give a clarity talk. Get your group or team together. In about 15 or 20 minutes: give them the long vision of what you’re seeing and what your plans are; what the strategy is; where you’re going; what’s happening in the industry.

They need to hear this from you at least a couple of times a year. By doing this, you will find that all the uncertainty about the future and all the negativity that is coming at them (fear via social media, the news or maybe something happening in their own life), will be dispelled a little bit. They begin to realize that you’re actually thinking, planning, and strategizing about the long-term future of your company as it goes forward. This helps bring clarity to them. Which in turn brings confidence and courage; and a willingness to invest even deeper into the work that they’re doing in your business.

We suggest that you focus on giving a message of clarity that comes directly from you about the business and about their long-term future. A lot of your employees are looking at the company as their future vehicle to get them where they want to go. But if they don’t hear it from you on a consistent basis, their minds can wander. They can think that another company is a better opportunity because there’s more clarity about where they’re going, what they’re doing, why they’re doing it, and who’s doing what.

The “clarity” talk also works well in conjunction with The Dream Employee program where you invest in and help your employees achieve their hopes, dreams and aspirations. Your employees really feel cared for. They know where the company is going; and they also know that you want to help them achieve things in their life personally too. It’s a win-win situation!

So that’s our tip for today. Bring clarity and leadership to your company by giving them this clarity/vision talk on a regular basis. Once again, if you found this valuable, let us know. If you’d like to know more about how to prepare a clarity talk or how The Dream Employee program works, schedule a free consultation.


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Everybody’s looking for an edge in business. One way to have the advantage over everyone else is to find the “why” of your employees, team, managers, and leadership. Use this to show them how to connect the “why” for them personally to the “why” for the company. If you can do this, then you’ve really got something special! We call this an unfair advantage in the marketplace because your people are internally motivated; with their big “why” being the secret sauce. This is an advantage over your competitors.

Finding the “why” of your employees is critically important in order to get the most leverage out of your people’s talent and ability as they help grow the company. It doesn’t matter how many employees you have (10 or 10,000). You create an ecosystem that can provide you with long-term internally motivated employees by finding their why.

Most people come to work because they have goals and dreams in their life that they want to achieve. By finding the why and connecting their why with their job or work that they do in your company, you show them how one supports the other. This is just one of the things that we do when we introduce The Dream Employee into a company. As you help your employees to achieve their personal goals and aspirations, this creates a better work environment because they know you care about them. 

Why are they working at your company? Why are they doing the work that they’re doing? What is the purpose of their job? Are they clear about it being a vehicle for them to achieve the things that they want to achieve in their life? Have you helped them draw the connection between their job and their big “why”?

This is an area where you have to start asking these questions — even in the interviewing process when you’re on-boarding somebody. Why are you here? How do you see this job as a fit in achieving your personal goals in life? What part does it play? Do you understand how your job can help you achieve your hopes and dreams and the big “why” of your life? When you know their “why”, you can then support them in it.

So “why” is a simple question that can dramatically improve your employee engagement with all your employees. It’s a conversation that you’ll always find fruitful in managing, supporting and leading your team. If they understand their “why” then you can communicate better what the company’s “why” is and then you can correlate and connect the two of those together. When people get clear about their “why”, they gain confidence. They get committed to the task. They have a sense of courage that takes them to a new level of performance.

We look forward to hearing what you’re finding when you’re asking “why” questions. Let us know because we’d love to talk to you about it.


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Did you realize that your greatest untapped resource or asset in your business or organization is your employee? How are you taking care of them and letting them know that they matter and are of vital importance to your business? 

The Dream Employee program that we implement can be a benefit to your organization. It shows the employee how much you really care about them because it’s all about helping the employee to achieve their hopes, dreams and aspirations.

When an employee sees that you really care about what’s important to them outside of work, they begin to see the connection between the work that they’re doing and achieving their own dreams and goals. This is a way to help them understand that their job is a vehicle to achieve their own personal goals. By your encouraging and supporting them in achieving their goals, they come to work ready to go because they are in the process of achieving. They come to work with their batteries fully charged! There is connection and purpose between their work and their personal achievements. This is a win for the company and a win for them too.

So, the greatest untapped resource for pretty much every business is the employee. We go into companies and help them to see this and show them what role the company can play in helping their employees achieve their own personal dreams, goals and aspirations. This in turn, helps the company be successful going forward because you have happier and well-cared for employees.

If you’d like to talk about how we help people implement this into their business, reach out and schedule a free appointment today at Confidence Coach.


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When we do executive coaching, it’s clear that every CEO, business owner, or entrepreneur comes to us with the dream to build something. That’s the mission that drives companies from a kitchen table to a billion-dollar empire. Unfortunately, there’s one thing almost everyone forgets. It’s the reason why disengagement is up to 80% and turnover is the highest it’s been in decades. We forget that our companies are made up of people.

Each of those people has a dream, right? Everyone has hopes outside of work. But those hopes and dreams are often seen as liabilities to mitigate instead of assets to leverage. But think about this: If I could connect my job in accounting with my dream of learning to ski, how much more would I put into my job? If I knew my company was supportive of my dreams, how much more committed would I be to that company?

We work with business owners and help them implement a program called The Dream Employee that asks each employee the question: What are your dreams, goals and aspirations? 

It can make a huge impact in a company when employees know and are shown that you really care about them and what they care about. For example, when they run a marathon, maybe you make a fun video about it and send that out to customers and employees to celebrate their achievement. It’s so important to celebrate and acknowledge their wins with them as they achieve their dreams and goals. 

This isn’t just about being nice. When people are in the process of achieving their dreams, that’s where real productivity happens — that’s where growth and creativity and connection happens. A bonus can’t do that! A bonus can’t motivate your employees longer than a week. A bonus can’t drive connection amongst your team. As an employer, you can’t compete in this world anymore with just a paycheck. Employees want to live for a purpose, and if you can help give that to them, you’ll have the most motivated team of employees you could dream of. There’s nothing like purpose to drive your team towards real productivity and customer connection.

Everyone has to live and work in their own greatness. If you can harness and build that up, you can make a huge impact on your team. Together, you’ll have an even bigger impact on the world.

We’ve been talking about The Dream Employee quite a bit lately. If you want to know more and see how it would work in your company, just reach out to us and schedule a free consultation


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Have you ever thought about the fact that everyone at your company has dreams, goals and aspirations for their life; not just you — the business owner or CEO!

The Dream Employee

We work with companies who hire us to come in and implement a process with their team members called “The Dream Employee.” The Dream Employee is basically the concept of finding out for each one of your team members what their dreams, goals and/or aspirations are for their life. 

Wouldn’t it be great if you could help your team members see the connection between their job and the contribution they are making in your business with what they are after! By figuring out what really motivates them internally in their personal life and showing them the connection between their work and their goals, we find that we’re able to transform whole cultures. There is greater employee engagement and higher company morale. Your employees bring their best self to work.

Goodwill

When you know and start talking about the one, two or three things that your employees are motivated about personally, you’re depositing goodwill into them. In doing so, they come to work on Monday morning with their batteries fully charged! They come to work ready to go because they understand the connection, they feel your support, and they know that you care about what is really important to them in their life. This could be a myriad of different things — maybe it’s putting braces on their daughter’s teeth, it could be getting a second car, buying a house, a dream vacation to Italy, learning a new language, finishing a college degree, getting their GED, learning woodworking or painting, or maybe running their first half marathon. People’s dreams and goals are endless!!

If you invest time systematically into what’s important to them, they’ll start to see the connection between their life and their work. They know you care! So then when you speak about what’s important to you or what the vision or mission of the company is, they will respond in a much more positive and open way because you’ve built a relationship of caring and trust. 

The other benefit of this is when you need to have those difficult conversations (i.e. performance, attitude or maybe something went wrong and needs correcting), you have made positive deposits into their life by supporting their personal goals. This helps those difficult conversations go smoother and there’s a lot less negative pushback because they know that you care about them as a person, not just about the job.

Celebrate the Wins

This also creates a culture of amazing momentum. It’s a culture where people are achieving things personally so we all celebrate (just like when the company wins)! We celebrate them as individuals as they accomplish the goals that they have set. Doing so builds unity, collaboration and a winning attitude in your business.

It is such a joy for us to work with companies and see their team members achieving their dreams and goals. If you are interested in learning more about The Dream Employee, reach out to us today and schedule a free zoom call. We’d love to talk to you about it and show you how it could work in your company to bring your employee engagement to a whole new level.


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How do you change meetings from being basically the “death of a business” to something that people look forward to? It’s really simple – acknowledge the “wins” that people have in their lives.

Start your meetings with everybody in the group taking 30 seconds and sharing what they’re most excited about in their life right now.

For example, it could be about something at work, or something personal to do with themselves or their family, maybe it’s a recreational activity they are really excited about or something they are doing. Just be sure to give everybody a chance to share. What you’ll find is that by doing this, engagement will increase 10x just because they’re talking about something that they are truly passionate about. There’s energy around this. It will then transfer and carry into the meeting and work-related agenda items you need to speak with them about. They will be in a positive mood and much more ready to be engaged in the meeting items.

If you consistently do this at every meeting, people will come with the anticipation of sharing what they just did. Maybe someone will say, “Oh, I want to share with everyone that I just finished my first half marathon” or, “I just did this…” and they will say what they are excited about. This is how to change meetings from being a thing that people dread and a waste of time to making them productive, exciting and a great experience for everyone.

This also creates a culture that says you really care about your people and what they are doing. It helps your team build relationships as well. You might be surprised at what’s going on in their lives when you get to know them on a more personal level. This creates a new kind of synergy with your team when you acknowledge the wins.

This is one of the things we share with people when we are working with them using The Dream Employee. If you’d like to know more about The Dream Employee and The Employee Maximizer, schedule a free consultation and we can explain in more detail how we can help increase your employee engagement and employee retention by helping your employees achieve their hopes, dreams and aspirations.

 


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I have a different thought for you today which I’d like you to implement on a daily routine.  Ask yourself these two questions about your business:  “What’s right and what’s working well?”

The question of “what’s working well” can be related to today, this quarter or even this year. Then, what if you carried it a step further and as you are interacting with your employees or department heads ask them the same questions. What’s right in the company? What’s working well? Then LISTEN to what they have to say.

The next step to take this even further would be when you go out to meet some of your customers ask for their opinion too. What’s right? What’s working well?

We all know that customers are really good at telling us what isn’t working well and employees do the same. But, this changes the paradigm to ask how we can build and improve on what we are already doing a good job at.

Ask yourself and your employees how can we scale the company and deliver what’s right and what’s well to our customers in a greater way?

I think you’ll find this will change your company culture, and hopefully yourself. Instead of focusing on the problem, you are expanding on a solution and creating greater value by looking at the positive.

Go ahead and start using these questions today and see what happens. Let us know how it affects your employees and your customers, as well as changing your own thought process about how you view your company. 

For more information please schedule a free consultation. I’d love to learn more about your business and the company culture you have.


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What is the biggest obstacle in the way for your business to deliver what you really need it to deliver?

Where are you stuck?

What is that one thing that you’ve been thinking about?

Are you strategizing about it?

Are you trying to turn that obstacle or barrier into something that will propel you forward or are you just stuck there?

Sometimes people like to process and think about their obstacle or barrier. Then again, other people just ignore it and push it back until it becomes a HUGE thing. Which camp are you in?

In our coaching, when a person gets to the point where they don’t want to deal with it, we call this “stuckedness.”

Stuckedness is a place where a lot of people reside for one reason or another.

They come to us and say they’ve been beating their head up against this barrier. For example, maybe it’s a certain level of revenue that’s been the same for the past 1, 2 or 3 years, and they just can’t seem to get past it.

When this happens, the first thing we do is say — let’s bring this obstacle or barrier out of the dark!

Let’s look at it, bring light to it and create a way for you to scale up or to get past that place that you’re stuck in.

If you’d like to have one of these conversations, let us know. There’s no commitment or cost to you — just schedule a free consultation.

We would like to show you how to move forward. Let us help you bring light to the obstacles that are in your way.


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Ask yourself this question today — What’s my limiting belief about my employees?

We’ve discovered that a majority of business owners and CEOs have limiting beliefs about what their employees are capable of doing, being, or creating in their business.

Is this something you struggle with too? 

Are You Limiting Your Employees?

Do you have limiting beliefs in any of these areas in regards to your employees?

  • what they can or can’t do; 
  • what their responsibilities are; or
  • what they can produce for your business.

If so, then these may be getting in the way of your business experiencing more profit, more growth, and actually more return on your payroll investment.

What do you believe about your employees on an individual basis, as a department or group?

Are you transferring your limiting belief to them?

Are you decreasing their ability to produce, collaborate, and deliver a better product or service to your customers?

If this idea shakes you a little bit, then I’d love to take you through the Engagement Multiplier. This is a process that we have to check where you’re at as far as your beliefs go about your employees.

You Set the Tone

As the leader you set the tone of the company. Along with that tone is a belief about what your employee is capable of doing; what they can accomplish; how good of a job they can do; how they show up to work. In order to set the right tone, you need to check in with yourself and be really honest. Ask yourself whether you have labeled and believed that your employee is only capable of certain things.

If you are limiting them by your beliefs of what you think they can do — you need to change! Stop your limiting beliefs around your employees, so that they can be set free to be more productive and do greater work. This in turn will give you more time and money from your business.

If you find this compelling and want to have an honest exchange about it, reach out to us and schedule a free consultation. Let’s change your limiting beliefs and empower your employees to do their very best.


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Today I want to talk to you about the third step in The Employee Maximizer. It’s a process that we have developed called The Dream Employee which you may recall I’ve talked about in another blog.

The Dream Employee is a great way to find out what motivates your employees. By going through a simple questioning process with each one of your team members at your company on a monthly basis, you can learn how to help, support and encourage them to achieve their own personal goals and dreams.

When you begin to know your employees on a personal level, it helps them to see the connection between their goal or dream and their work that they are doing in your company. It helps create collaboration and makes a connection to their job that helps with retention, motivation and engagement to the company’s vision.

People that are achieving their own personal goals or dreams are internally motivated so you don’t have to do all the motivating every day, every month or every quarter.

All you have to do is help them make the connection between their job and their own personal goals. Your company culture changes once they realize that you really care, and show them that their work is a vehicle that can help them achieve some of their goals and dreams.

Reach out to us and let us know if you’d like to talk about this. We’d love to share the idea with you in more detail.

 


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