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dream employee; executive coaching

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 train business owners to ask the question: What are your hopes, dreams, and aspirations? Tell your employees, show them, that you actually care about this. It’s not about spending money, although if there’s budget for it that investment can go a long way — it’s about showing support. When they run that marathon, maybe you make a fun video about it and send that out to customers and employees to celebrate their accomplishment. Show them that you want to celebrate with them, because you care about their dreams.

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 — and together, you’ll have an even bigger impact on the world.

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leadership training

Last week, we talked about the Walkabout that we teach in our leadership training. For the introverted manager, talking with everyone in one day might seem overwhelming. But consider this: with training in the Walkabout, you’ll always know exactly what you’re going to say. You won’t have to stress about coming up with conversation topics, because it’s all about asking only two questions:  What’s going on in your life? And have you noticed or learned anything interesting that can help the company succeed? It’s interest — and feedback.

Introverts can also thrive in the one-on one nature of a Walkabout – these check-ins aren’t before a group of hot shots talking over each other. That defeats the purpose. This is ONE on ONE. It’s having a conversation individually, looking your employee in the eye, letting them know you care.

Most introverted managers, once they learn this, can finally rest — you don’t have to be everything to everyone, after all. It’s just about a little interest, and a little feedback. Once you practice this, it will become second nature; you’ll be starting each day in a way that’s respectful to other employees. You’ll be creating a culture of respect in your company. Once that happens, the product or service will be dramatically improved.

At the end of the day, every business is just a group of people trying to provide a product or service to the world. It’s not a thing you develop; it’s a group of people working together to create value in the marketplace today. If you can’t do that, you don’t have a business.

Are you an introverted manager? Schedule a free consultation with me to maximize your unique management strategies. 


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manager meetings, employee engagement

Consider adding this one habit to your day, and watch your employee engagement explode.

We call it the Walkabout. Make it a daily habit to go and individually connect with every single person on your team. Yes, every single day. Whether it’s over a video chat, or the more traditional ‘water cooler’ talk, make time to speak individually with every member of your team, every day. During this conversation, make sure to do two things: 1) Ask them something about their life outside of work. 3) Ask them if they have any feedback for the company, any ideas or issues they’ve come across in their work.

This is how we train our business leaders to start each day, and it’s essential. Your team needs to know you’re there for them; they need to feel known. Because, if you really think about it, who is your company’s most important customer? It’s not the one who’s paying with their dollars — it’s the people who are paying with their time. Your employees! They spend more time with your product or service, know more about your history and background, than any paying customer ever will. And yet, for some reason, most business owners give their employees the least amount of actual interaction. Most people don’t do the Walkabout regularly, and it’s an incredible untapped asset. Instead, we go to work and don’t think about anyone else. If Sally’s got her job in accounting, well, that doesn’t have anything to do with me! We forget they’re human. The number one need we have as humans is to be heard and be known; if you want engaged employees, you have to meet that need.

These check-ins don’t have to be an hour-long scheduled meeting; it’s a casual few minutes, a spur-of-the-moment conversation. It’s not about checking off a list, it’s about intentionally saying, “I care about you. I want to know what you know. I want to listen to you.” After all, isn’t that how you want these folks to treat your customers?  If we want to have great relationships with our customers, it has to start with our employees. Model the culture for how you want your clients to be treated.

This may sound simple, but it can have profound results.

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dreams, thanksgiving

Think about how different our government would be…

How different our country would be…

If our politicians said:

“What are the #dreams of the people who live in my community, my city, my state, my country, and how can we help them achieve them?

It would change everything.

Happy #Thanksgiving!!
Scott


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On a sunny day late one afternoon, two business owners who had graduated from the same university ran into each other. They had both been taught by the same professors on the ins and outs of running a #business. They were both filled with dreams of becoming rich by building a successful company that made a huge difference in the world.

Recently when these two guys ran into each other while on a break at a business building seminar, they realized they were still very much alike. Both were happily married. Both had young kids. And both, as it turned out, had started a business in the same industry.

BUT there was one difference!


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Finding a better path is all about thinking. Our mind does not control us; we control our mind.

Many people don’t realize that they are actually in control of the supercomputer in their head. They let their mind take them wherever it wants to go rather than consciously thinking and making #choices. And for most people, myself included, if we don’t consciously choose to do


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You always have a #choice.  You are always in control.  You can always consider:

How am I going to react to this?  

How am I going to process this?  

How am I going to think about this?  

How am I going to respond?  

That’s what it all comes down to:  MAKING A CHOICE!


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Establishing a #business can be easy but the real challenge lies in earning trust and a good reputation from your employees, partners, clients and customers. Regardless of the size of a business and the number of employees, owners need to develop strong leadership skills, interpersonal skills and a sense of responsibility. Always remember that one unhappy employee can affect the present and future relationship with clients.


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Would you like to be able to answer that question?

Well, I think I can help in this blog.  It is so important for you to know and live out your God-given mission.  Without this foundation, you will be tossed about by life and end up at the end asking what was the meaning of my life.


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So you want to make a difference in the world?  Well, we have found by being an encourager, you have the power to transform another person’s life.  The best outcome of this blog would be for you to be known as a person of encouragement.


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