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I recently asked a client a question to help him find his purpose, stimulate his thinking, create value and to help bring transformation to him as a business owner. 

(Think of your own business and put yourself in his shoes with these same questions.)

What’s One Activity that Keeps You Interested?

The questions that I asked him was:  “What’s the one activity in your business that if you could do it everyday would keep you curious, passionate, interested, and it would also be something that you could do for the long term?” He told me what he really loves to do best is solve problems.

After he gave me his answer, I then asked him what percentage of his time is he actually doing this activity in his business. 

He then realized the amount of time was not nearly as much as he would like it to be!

Does this sound like you too?

What’s in the Way?

My next questions to him were:   

  • What’s in the way?
  • What are the things that are pulling you away from that one thing that really excites you about what you do in the business?

Take Inventory

We then had a discussion about all the things that were a distraction and keeping him away from what he loved to do. We listed all these things out and then looked at seeing who else in his company could do these jobs or tasks. This way he would have more time to really solve problems for their best customers.

Delegate What You Can

We put together a delegation plan and he’s implementing that now. It’s amazing, when you compound it over a week, month, year, or even the next three years, he’ll be able to buy back time. This will not only move the company 10x forward, but it will also increase his internal motivations and excitement. This also helps him not to feel tired and burned out because he’s doing what he’s passionate about; doing what he loves to do and being the best at in his business.

Go Full Circle – Back to the Beginning

After all, that’s why we start a business. We find something we love or some activity that we are passionate about. For our client, we just took it full circle back to the beginning to a really exciting time. This created transformation and better results by changing his thinking and attitude. It gave him a way of looking at a bigger future for himself and the company.

You can do this too! If you want help, reach out to us at confidencecoach.org or go to our website and schedule free a coaching appointment. We’d love to show you some of the breakthrough processes that we have. Let us help you get your true purpose back!


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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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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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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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I want to talk about something that you may not think about from a business standpoint as an entrepreneur, business leader or CEO, and that’s HOPE.

You can lose almost anything in your business or your personal life but if you lose this you’re sunk! For example, you can go through bankruptcy, experience a bad partnership, downturn in sales, layoffs, slow economy, but if you just keep going forward, you will have a bigger future.

The one thing you can’t lose is the Hope that it’s going to be better tomorrow and in the future.

Because if you do, it’s almost impossible to get it back.

So what are you doing today?

What are you doing in your life personally and in your business to protect the hope that you have for today and for the future?

Think about it.

We spend time with our clients protecting their hope. We are there to encourage and help them.

It’s a mindset and it’s a resilience that you have to continually work on and build on.

A foundation of hope is really what’s going to see you through the down times so that you can have the high times, the better times, the bigger future.

Let us know how you’re protecting the most valuable asset in your business — “Hope”.


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Thought for the day:  Your biggest failure in business or personally is your ticket to your biggest success. In other words, you can turn any failure around and transform it into a Win!

If you think back to the beginning of your business, for a lot of us, we can attribute our greatest success to a failure, mistake or something that didn’t work well. And what we did to combat that failure was we took action to turn it around 180 degrees and make it a Win instead!

So identify your failure, figure out what the opposite of your failure is, and then create Success out of it.

Send us your overcoming success story. We’d love to be inspired by you!!!


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We like to take our clients from the very beginning of our relationship and have them focus on the future.

Because we know that all the “Good Stuff” in our life is in the future — this is what we need to focus on in our minds, in our hearts and in our souls.

All of our mistakes, failures, and setbacks are in the past.

So today I want you to focus on what the future is.

What’s positive that’s out in front of you?

What can you do, how can you live, and how can you operate your business when you are focused on the positive in the future?

What is out in front of you and positive is always the best future for you and your business.

Feel free to schedule a free catalytic conversation so we can help you create your best future today.


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Well, we are way into 2019 and I want to talk to you about the goals that you set for 2019 for your business and your personal life. I want to throw a challenge out to you.

Think about your goals that you set for this year. Hopefully you don’t just have them rattling around in your head but you wrote them down either before 2018 ended or at the beginning of 2019.  

I want you to do a little re-evaluation on your goals and think about setting them much higher for 2019 than you had first thought about. Why I say this is because of the theory that if we shoot for the stars and we miss them, we still accomplish a pretty amazing thing!

So my challenge for you is to think about your goals. If you have them written down, revise them, set them higher, double them, triple them, 10x times them. And then see what that does for your thinking and creativity. See what that does for your inspiration as you look at 2019 as being the best year in your business, in your personal life, accomplishing more than you have ever accomplished. But in order to do this, you have to stretch yourself out there and reach for the stars and see where you end up.

Where you end up is going to surprise you, and it’s going to make 2019 an amazing year.

Share with us what some of your goals are for 2019!

Make it a great day.


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There is a cycle that I like to call “Learning or Winning.” If you keep repeating this cycle, you will always come out ahead and succeed as a business owner or entrepreneur.

If you recognize that something hasn’t worked in a particular situation, then you are already in the learning phase. You begin to try something else to see if you will have better results next time. This is called the learning stage.

You are learning from the past and then move on to try and implement something new so that you get a better result and this leads to the winning stage.

As it happens, even when you get to the winning stage, you sometimes have setbacks and find yourself back to the learning stage again.

This is the learning or winning process.

But it has to start with every day in every situation asking:

  • What went wrong?
  • What can we learn from this?
  • How can we get better to win bigger next time?

And then making those changes as fast as you can — and then doing it again and again and again.

To quote Nelson Mandela: “I never lose. I either win or learn.”

If everybody in your company applied this mindset of asking these three questions, it would make your business more valuable, you would serve your customers better, and you’d be creating a better future for everyone you come into contact with.

To learn more about what we do check us out at our website or schedule a free catalytic conversation


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Gratitude is something that I’ve been practicing for the better part of my life. A process called The Gratitude Experience is also something that we teach our clients.

I’ve found that gratitude is deeply important to me both in my business, personally, and also in my faith life. The practice of gratitude on a daily basis is something I started as a young child not even knowing what it was called then. I realized early on that gratitude could carry me through the most difficult situations and had great value in creating more of what I wanted out of life.

The things that we are grateful for grow as we become more aware of them, so that’s why we talk and teach about The Gratitude Experience. Here is a little simple formula that I follow and want to share with you so that you can practice gratitude too.

Record Daily 3 Things You are Grateful For – answer these questions for each thing that you write down:

  • WHAT am I grateful for?

  • WHY am I grateful for this?

  • What PERSONAL IMPACT does this have for me?

I’ll just talk you through three examples and let you see how I would answered in each scenario.

Question:  What am I grateful for?

Answer:  I’m grateful for my wife Orlena.

Question:  Why?

Answer:  I am grateful for her faithfulness and love that she’s expressed to me over the last 40 years.

Question:  What’s the personal impact?

Answer:  Her love and faithfulness give me confidence, peace, joy and love that only she could give me.

The second grateful statement might be I’m grateful today for my granddaughter Ellie. She is our first grandchild.

Question:  What am I grateful for?

Answer:  My granddaughter Ellie.

Question:  Why?

Answer:  She’s a gift from God that has come into our life when we thought that there may not be a possibility of a child – but she’s here now and a year and a half old.

Question:  What’s the personal impact?

Answer:  For me being a grandfather is a great joy for my life; more than I could have ever imagined or hoped for.

Maybe the third one would be work related.

Question:  What am I grateful for?

Answer:  I got a new coaching client.

Question:  Why?

Answer:  By coaching them I get to see their transformation and see them experience all the success that they want in their business and personal life.

Question:  What’s the personal impact?

Answer:  This is what I was made to do. This is where I get energy. It doesn’t feel like work; it just feels like something I want to get up and do every morning. I’m passionate about it. Coaching is my thing. It’s my God given ability, purpose, and mission in my life.

So these are just some quick examples of how to record the three things you are grateful for. We also have a course on gratitude. If you want to know more about it or if you’d like to implement this in your personal life, company or for your own business, just reach out to us and let us know.

By incorporating The Gratitude Experience at work, you’ll find it is also a great way to end a meeting, a week or a project that you’re working on. If you use the gratitude experience, you’ll not only see your attitude changing about things, but the attitude of all your employees and your customers will be impacted by practicing this on a daily basis.

The practice of gratitude is something that we believe is a lifetime thing. We believe it changes the quality and experience of your life in the most positive way. As you can see, we love to teach and talk about it!

The book that I wrote (The Biggest Disability is a Bad Attitude) actually has a whole chapter around The Gratitude Experience. I share the whole story of my coming into gratitude. If you’d like a free copy of my book, you can sign up on our website and we’ll send it to you at no cost or you can get it on Kindle or Audible.


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