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We started paying it forward with our Dream Employee membership in January 2021. Orlena and I are partnering with a group out of Gulu, Uganda, Africa called Elephante Commons. This NGO is being run by our great friends Quinn and Brit Neely. Elephante Commons is a community development project in an impoverished, difficult area to live in. Quinn and Brit moved there seven years ago and began a community center. It has now grown to include a restaurant, small hotel, training and education center, and health care. Their heart and Brit’s big vision is for the people in Gulu to become self-sustaining in their whole life.

Paying It Forward

This year and going forward, we are going to pay a percentage of each Dream Employee membership that we sign up here in the States. We will be paying it forward and sponsoring a membership for one of the community members at Elephante Commons.

You can go to our website at confidencecoach.org and learn more about Elephante and all the amazing work that Quinn and Brit are doing. Everything from learning to be self sustaining to education to healthcare to faith to community care — the whole 10 yards!

Orlena and I have been to Uganda and spent time there. We know, trust and love this couple and their dream. Through paying it forward, we are going to take the Dream Employee membership to a whole new level. Not only will we be helping our business owners and employees achieve their own dreams and goals through the Dream Employee membership, but we will also be going a step further and paying it forward. This cause will reach out to the least, the last, the forgotten, the orphan, and the widow in Gulu, Uganda.

Learn About Elephante Commons

If you’d like to join us on this mission and want to talk about it with me or Orlena, please reach out to us and feel free to schedule a free appointment. If you want to learn more about Elephante Commons, you can go to confidencecoach.org, go to the bottom of the front page and click on the logo of the pink elephant. It will take you directly to their website where you can learn more about what they are doing. They do a great job of visually storytelling. Amazing work is being done and lives are being changed.

I’ll throw this thought out to you. If you’re looking for a way to not only care and support your people becoming a better version of themselves, but you want your dollar to go deeper and make a difference in the world, this is a phenomenal way of doing it. We’re excited about it. We know the difference that paying it forward is going to make.

We have some surprises coming up over this year that we’ll be bringing to you as our partnership grows with Elephante over the year and into the future. Check out Elephante here. 


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Today I just want to talk a little bit about and give you some tools as an owner or leader of how to connect, care and create an improved and better relationship with your employees.

These are soft skills that don’t often get talked about. They aren’t taught in school or in an MBA program nor are they focused on a lot anywhere else. But we’ve seen when they are used in the right way, they are powerful.

  1. Connect with Employees

The first tool that we use is “connect.” A lot of owners have told me over the years that they aren’t sure how to have a conversation with a new employee or somebody that they don’t seemingly have much in common with. I have a simple tool that I teach them how to have a five-minute conversation based on FORM. It’s an old insurance adage to get to know somebody. What FORM stands for is: Family, Occupation, Recreation, Message. Here’s some sample questions:  Do you have family? What was your job before you came here? What work were you doing before you came here? What do you like to do for fun? Then the message part can go something like this: “We’re so glad you’re here, and now that I know more about you, I’m excited to go deeper with that.” Use this simple “form” to connect with an employee. It’s very simple and only takes a couple of minutes.

  1. Care Through Listening

The best way for owners or leaders to connect with their managers or supervisors is to ask them a question and then listen deeply to their answer. Don’t interrupt, wait until they are done talking so they feel they are truly heard. When people feel like they’re heard, they feel like they’re connected to you and that you really care.

The second step to caring is to listen. This is almost a lost art in our society today. But listen, take a couple of minutes and really listen deeply to people in your organization.

  1. Create

The third step is to take the time to create an ongoing relationship with the people that work on our team as individuals. The fastest and simplest way to do this is find something that they care about. Maybe it’s something work related, it could be family, something they do for fun, or perhaps a hobby or an organization/cause that they care deeply about. Find a connection there and care about it also. Ask them questions about it or what’s happening around this situation, what progress are they making, is there some way you might support the thing they care most about. This is a great way to create a connection.

These are the three C’s that we use and teach about that are really effective connecting tools. Use “form”, care and listen deeply, and then create a connection around something they are care deeply about that you can also care about or talk with them about on an ongoing basis.

Hope you find this helpful and useful today. Let us know at Confidence Coach if you’d like more information and suggestions on how to connect, care and create a great relationship with the people in your organization.

 


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Are you a battery charging station or are you a drain on the people that you work with?

Are people more energized, encouraged, lifted up, challenged or confident after they are with you?

Let’s step back and ask this question:  Who and how do your batteries get charged?

Here are some simple ways to start charging other people’s batteries:

  1. Encouraging words.
  2. A smile.
  3. A sincere compliment about something about the person.
  4. Listening100% to what they’re saying, how they’re saying it, and the words that they’re using.
  5. Look for times to give other people credit for a job well done.

Reach out today and schedule a free call if you’d like to talk more about this and learn other ways to change and improve your mindset and keep your batteries fully charged!!


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If you are looking for another great way to end a meeting on a positive note, I would suggest using the Circle of Encouragement. Since we talked before about starting a meeting with wins (sharing things that people are excited about), we wanted to give you this new strategy of how to end a meeting with a lasting impression.

It can be used after a long strategy meeting, a coaching session, or any team meeting you have on a regular basis. Using this will end a meeting on a high note and in a completely different way. Each time you use it, you will get amazing results. 

The Circle of Encouragement is also something we use with our clients when we work with them during The Dream Employee process. 

My wife and I even use a modified version of this when we celebrate family birthdays with our kids. The power of encouragement goes a long way and you can never have too much of it!

This may be a real stretch for you. But, I guarantee it will create great culture, collaboration, and unity within your company in a profound way.

Here’s how to create a Circle of Encouragement: 

  1. Have your team stand in a circle. (If you are doing this virtually, just give instruction as to who starts first.) 
  2. One person starts by turning to the person on their right. For 30 seconds they say all the things that they appreciate about that person in the work that they do within the company. This is a time to speak only words of encouragement (it may be something you admire about them personally or professionally).
  3. Then the person that just received the encouraging words turns to the person on their right and does the same thing. Speaking words of encouragement for 30 seconds.
  4. This process repeats itself and goes all the way around the circle. 
  5. When you get back to the person that started it, reverse the circle (speak to the person on your left) and go the other way and repeat the process.
  6. You are done when each person gets to speak and receive encouragement from the people on both sides of them.

I first learned how to do this when taking teams all over the world on mission trips to Africa, India and Haiti. After using this with about 30 different teams over the last 10 years, I’ve since adapted it to business. 

Seeing the impact words of encouragement have on people prompted us to use this process with our coaching clients at the end of a meeting or training session. 

What this really does is it brings unity, appreciation and respect. It creates a culture where positive things are verbalized and people get to hear about the things that they’re doing well. 

This creates unity within the team. 

It also helps people in the circle who don’t work together closely get to know one another better and understand what each person really brings to the team. It’s brings great value.

Do these negative comments sound familiar?  “I’m overwhelmed because I’ve got 15 new things I’ve got to do”; “I didn’t understand that”; or “That meeting didn’t go well”?

I guarantee you will get a different result if you use the Circle of Encouragement at the end of the meeting.

Begin your meetings with Wins and End them with Encouragement! 

Create a culture that is unstoppable and goes beyond just doing a job. You’ll be creating an atmosphere that is all about seeing the best in one another.

Everybody in this day and age needs encouragement! And so we actually put it in the meeting agenda. We teach it; we do it with people. It’s uncomfortable at first. The result is the whole culture will be transformed when people start receiving encouragement.

What we are all about at Confidence Coach is transforming cultures; making the workplace for employees and owners to be awesome. 

In order to be awesome, people have to feel encouraged and to feel like they’re winning. For it to make an impact, you have to do this on a regular and consistent basis..

Let us know if you’d like more information on how to do a Circle of Encouragement at your company. We’d be glad to come in and show you how to implement it either virtually or in person. Subscribe to our YouTube channel or check us out at confidencecoach.org

Schedule a free consultation if you’d like to talk about this area of employee engagement, employee retention, or how to improve the culture of your company. 

We love what we do and we’d love to help you!


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Here’s an interesting thought by Byron Katie. She has an idea which takes the massive dreams, goals and aspirations we have for our business, our life, and our relationships and breaks it down to a very simple interesting thought which I have taken the challenge of, and I hope you will too. We can journey on this together because accomplishing your biggest hopes and dreams in your life and business are wrapped up in this statement. 

“You can have anything you want in life if you’re willing to ask 1,000 people.” 

Because of the experience with our clients and their employees using the Dream Employee program, I would change her saying a little bit. The second one that I came up with (and a lot of people have said this as well, maybe just a little differently) is:

“You can have all of your dreams and goals in your life if you’re willing to help 1,000 people achieve their dreams and goals in their life.” 

I think these two statements can reframe the big goals and dreams you have for the next 5, 10, 15, even 25 years into bite size steps you can take. 

How does that fit into you achieving your 10 year goal?

These two mindsets or ways of approaching goals, dreams and aspirations are incredibly powerful!

Let me challenge you to apply them as well. Send me an email with your thoughts and share your results. How are you going to apply these two mindsets to your life and your business going forward? Reach out today and schedule a free call if you’d like to talk. We are here to help you make progress towards your own goals and dreams.


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Over the past several years of working with companies we’ve developed a process called The Dream Employee. It’s 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, we help, support and encourage them to achieve their own personal goals and dreams. 

When you 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.

The Dream Employee is a benefit that you can give to your employees that is different from what other companies are doing. This gives you an advantage in the marketplace.

Reach out to us for a free consultation to learn more about what this could do for you and your company.


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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a business coach that you worked with? Well, I thought I would give you an idea of where we start and what our approach is and answer a few of the FAQ’s or most frequently asked questions.

Our real approach to coaching is a conversation. It’s a conversation around you, your past, what has happened, what’s worked, what hasn’t; your present, where you’re at now; and then the future of where you want to be 3 years from now. 

When I first speak with someone I ask a series of questions. With that conversation, I am really just trying to listen and to see where we might provide a breakthrough or an inspiration for you to have a better future — to get you where you want to go (both in your business and in your personal life). 

FAQ

I know a lot of people have concerns and questions around what does it mean to be coached? What does that feel like? What’s that like? But really at the beginning, it’s just a conversation. It’s just questions and finding out whether or not we’re a fit for you; you’re a fit for us; and whether or not you feel comfortable in the way we approach it. 

All this is done upfront and you are under no obligation and no fee whatsoever. It’s just a simple way to give you a taste of what we do. 

Our goal is to lead you to a breakthrough or an insight every time. This includes the first time. By helping you think about your thinking, we want you to realize that there’s a bigger future out there for you. We want to show and help you realize that you’re not alone. We’re here and we understand. We’ve been in your shoes, and we’ve run several different businesses of all different sizes. Our clients run anywhere from a solo entrepreneur to a Fortune 500 company. 

We come with a vast amount of experience, but our real value is believing in you and seeing what’s possible in the future. We help you remove the obstacles that you have so you can get to where you want to go, thus creating the life and business that you want. 

This is how we work. This is who we are. We’re just normal people like you, and we love what we get to do, and we have a real passion around it.

Reach out if you’d like to schedule a free consultation and go through some questions that will help you build a better future.


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Look back today and think about the power of your dream and goal and how much significance that had when you first started your company.

I’ve got an idea or thought for you that hopefully will unleash some new potential and new energy so you can build a bigger future for you and your company.

As you are looking back, think about the beginning when you first started your company or business.

What kind of odds were you up against?

According to statistics and the Small Business Association (SBA) 30% of new businesses fail during the first two years of being open, 50% during the first five years and 66% during the first 10. The SBA also states that only 25% make it to 15 years or more.

So, when you started, the odds of you still being in business today were stacked against you,

But here you are 5,10, 15, 20, 25, or perhaps even 30 years later, and you’re still in business! Congratulations! That’s amazing!!

As I said earlier, go back and think about the power of the motivation your goal gave you to start the business. Your goal was not only to start it — but to make it successful and profitable, to build a team, and to create value in the marketplace. Your goal gave you determination and focus that has carried you to where you are today. 

Now, here’s a question for you. Do you or don’t you believe that every person has some type of goal or dream for themselves in some way?

If your answer was yes, then why haven’t you tapped into that or harnessed that in your own company?

Meaning, why haven’t you tapped into the power of the dream and goal that is inside every person’s inner self?

If everyone on your team had the same kind of focus, drive and effort that you had, you would have a great multiplier. You would have an ability and unfair advantage over all your competition in the marketplace today. 

Reach out to schedule a free consultation if you’d like help learning about how we can help everyone on your team find their own dreams and goals and how much better your culture will be.


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Let’s think about all the untapped potential in each one of your employees.

How can you start to unleash that in your business?

How do you know what will truly engage your employees?

Look at your own story of becoming a business owner. You had a Dream and a Goal. Think back to all the energy, drive, passion, work, sacrifice and creativity it took to achieve your Goal.

Well, all of your people have their own personal Dreams and Goals that they deeply care about too!

What kind of difference would it make in your business if you provided support, belief in and championed their success?

This would overwhelmingly transform their experience, thoughts, attitude and concern for your business because you cared about them.

I believe that by supporting your employees dreams and goals, they will in turn become much more engaged and focused in their own work and ultimately help you achieve your goals and dreams much faster.

Reach out and schedule a free consultation to learn more about The Dream Employee process and how it is changing cultures in businesses today.


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I’m sure you set goals for yourself and your company this year — but were they “SMARTER” goals?

Here’s what I mean by SMARTER:

S – Specific

M – Measurable

A – Actionable

R – Risky

T – Time keyed

E – Exciting

R – Relevant

Did you end up resetting some of last year’s goals again? If so, it could be because you did not use the “Smarter” acronym. 

We all know there are lots of areas that we can set goals in. Here are a few areas:  physical, spiritual, intellectual, relationships, social, vocational, financial and hobbies. 

If you are wondering how to write a “smarter” goal I will give you an example. Let’s pick a weight loss goal and write it out in a “Smarter” format. (The reason why I picked weight loss is because this was one of the number one goals made by people that we work with when we are doing The Dream Employee in organizations.)

Write your goal in detail, be specific and set a deadline.

Weight loss goal in the “Smarter” format: 

I will lose 20 lbs. by 6/1/20. I will go from weighing 165 to 145 lbs. by going to the gym 4 times a week, hiring a trainer, meal planning and eating healthier. The reason I want to lose weight is to be able to keep up with my grandkids, feel better about myself and look better in my clothes.

S – Specific – Your goal needs to be specific. It should provide you with clarity and a concise aim as to where you are headed. Write it out in as much detail as possible.

M – Measurable – Your goal needs to be measurable. Also, you need to set a benchmark for making progress. This way you can see if you are making progress and if you are going to be able to complete it within the timeline you have set. As you make progress, be sure and record your success and celebrate the progress you are making in achieving your goal.

A – Actionable – Your goal needs to be actionable. Make sure you write down the specific actions that you need to do to achieve your goal. For example, how many times are you going to the gym?

R – Risky – Your goal needs to be risky. By this I don’t mean dangerous, but it needs to stretch you out of your comfort zone. If it is too easy, you probably won’t do it. 

T – Time Keyed – Your goal needs to be time keyed. Be sure to put an end date on your goal of when you want to achieve it by. If you don’t, there is really no incentive to move on it.

E – Exciting – Your goal needs to be exciting. If your goal doesn’t really motivate you and cause you to get excited for what the end results will be, then maybe you need to pick another goal.

R – Relevant – Your goal needs to be relevant. It needs to relate to you and what really matters to you. Set a goal that will make you become the best you.

“Smarter” goals not only work for you and your business, but they will also work for your employees because everyone has a dream or goal.

We work with business owners and leaders to help them utilize a program called The Dream Employee. This program asks each employee the question: What are your dreams, goals and aspirations for your life? And then we deposit encouragement, support, collaboration, and celebrate each employee as they make progress and achieve their goals.

When people are in the process of achieving their goals and dreams, that’s where real productivity, energy and creative genius starts to grow; they bring more and more of this to work every day.

Reach out to us and schedule a free consultation if you’d like help in your goal setting this year or if you’d like to learn more about The Dream Employee program.


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