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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

9 Ways to Show More Confidence in Business

Many entrepreneurs share specific qualities that are vital for starting and growing a business. They are passionate, resilient, focused on opportunities and comfortable with risks. But the quality that might have the most influence over an entrepreneur’s success is confidence.
This post appeared on Entrepreneur

You’re much more likely to approach a stranger about your latest business idea or effectively pitch a new client if you feel self-assured. Most of the activities an entrepreneur participates in every day (product launches, critical business decisions, even board meetings) require some level of confidence.  
If you want to achieve great success, you must believe that you are worthy. Here are some helpful hints for boosting your confidence in yourself and your business.

1. Package yourself for success.

When you look the part, you’ll carry yourself with more confidence. Dressing well communicates to others that you are knowledgeable, powerful and competent. When choosing clothing, remember to dress for the occasion and your client’s emotional comfort. Before any meeting with an important client, research his company’s image, office environment and internal values.

2. Correct your posture.

If your work requires you to sit in front of a desk for most of the day, chances are your posture has suffered. Don’t slouch when meeting with clients, customers or colleagues. Poor posture may make you appear insecure, lazy or disinterested. Try to make a conscious effort to roll your shoulders back and elongate your spine. Keep your head in a neutral position with your chin slightly raised.  

3. Do your best and worry less.

Entrepreneurs who lack self-assurance often stress about what others might think about them. Negative self-talk can quickly make you feel as though others are evaluating every error and misstep you make. Focus on all the things you do well and hire other experts to take care of the rest.

4. Focus on the future.

If you find yourself being caught up in the minutiae of daily business, remind yourself to think about your dreams for the future. If you take a few minutes to focus on your goals, you’ll be able to refocus on what’s most important to you and your business.

5. Embrace positivity.

We’re bombarded with negativity all day, every day. To counteract the negative energy around you --from what's conveyed in the daily news to the comments of grumpy colleagues -- fill your mind with positive thoughts. Show gratitude for small acts of kindness and be appreciative of those around you. If you make it a habit to be positive and grateful, it will become second nature.

6. Let go of small mistakes.

Everyone makes mistakes so don’t expect to be perfect or you’ll drive yourself crazy. Try not to dwell on small errors. If you make a mistake with a client, don’t obsess over what you might have done wrong. Instead, take responsibility. Apologize, fix the mistake as soon as possible and move forward.

7. Continue to grow and improve.

A small accomplishment can help boost your confidence, even if it’s not entirely related to your business. Learn a new skill, take a class at a local university or read a book on a subject that interests you. If you’d like to excel at something specific such as playing golf or public speaking, invest in yourself and take lessons.

8. Schedule time to play.

If you put in 60 to 80 hours of work every week and never take time to rest, you’ll eventually push yourself toward burnout and sheer exhaustion. Make sure you set aside time to do the things you love in life. Escort your child or dog to the park, take walks during your lunch break or participate in an exercise class at a local gym. If you invest time in your hobbies, friends and family, you’ll feel rejuvenated and ready to conquer your next challenge.

9. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice.

Whenever you find yourself in an epic struggle against self-doubt, call a trusted friend, advisor or colleague and get his or her best advice. Often an objective opinion will help you look at life differently, overcome your challenges and transform your attitude.
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Friday, 26 September 2014

Power Girl Fitness - 20 Minute TOTAL BODY Fitness Workout for Girls Fun and effective, Doctor-Designed Fitness taught by girls for girls, featuring 10 year old, National Level competitive dancer Jessy Lipke. Recommended for girls 8 years of age and older, at all levels of fitness. Exercise in your own home. No experience or equipment required. Progress through 3 levels of difficulty (beginner, advanced, elite) as you get stronger.

These young girls are awesome. They it make it so easy and fun to follow along to achieve a great total fitness workout.

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

The Power of Positive Thinking

Question: Why would you acknowledge racism? When you acknowledge the obstacle you actually give it power. 

So why not walk through it. Walk over it. Walk around it. 

Make your preoccupation that you possess the responsibility of owning your individuality.

To your success
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Saturday, 20 September 2014

How To Unleash The Power Within Event Tour - Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins seminars have a reputation for being exciting, life-transforming, engaging, and something that every person interested in his/her personal development must experience at least once. However, is this all hype or can a Tony Robbins seminar really make a significant difference to the result you experience in your life?

The fact is that the information presented by Tony Robbins is always first class and state of the art. He prides himself on learning from the very best and presenting the same to his seminar audiences. In this respect, Robbins is a heavy proponent of Modeling, i.e. learning the precise way that someone outstanding in the field goes about his/her specific discipline, turning this into a precise system or receipt, and then teaching it to others.

The teachings that Tony Robbins presents do work and have worked for countless people the world over. They are based on timeless principles.

A Tony Robbins seminar can definitely work for you if you are prepared to do the work it takes!

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

A "Feel Good" Short Video To Start Your Day

The Don't Quit Poem, feel motivated, inspired and feel good.

In today's busy world, all of us needs a reminder of what is truly important in our lives.

If you found this video inspiring it would be great if you could share it and join me on my mission to empower and inspire millions of people around the globe.

Together as one we can spread words of Encouragement, Inspiration & Empowerment .

Do you agree that our world could use a little more "Positivity" these days!  I believe it does.

So Together we CAN make a difference...

Truly Caring For Your Success!

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Monday, 15 September 2014

6 Tricks To Becoming A More Positive Thinker


"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." -- William Shakespeare
When something goes horribly wrong, our emotions hardly feel like a choice. It's logical to feel upset, angry or guilty about a negative situation, so it only makes sense to react accordingly, right?
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Not entirely. Research suggests that our happiness is more of a choice than purely influenced by circumstance. And as the Shakespeare quote above implies, the nature of our situations may just be determined by how we categorize them. In other words, a negative attitude may appear to be the logical reaction, but that doesn't mean we have to adopt one.
It isn't hard to be one of those people who looks on the bright side of life, but it might take some practice. In honor of Positive Thinking Day, below are six tips for becoming a more glass-half-full kind of thinker.
Don't be a Pollyanna.
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Despite popular belief, positive thinkers don't always see the world through rose-colored glasses. Part of effectively adopting this mindset is training yourself to become a realistic optimist, says positivity expert Joffrey Suprina, Ph.D., dean of the College of Behavioral Sciences at Argosy University.
"Many people think that positive thinkers only look at the good side and ignore everything else," he tells The Huffington Post. "But if you go too much in that direction, there's a potential for harm as well. Positive thinkers really are individuals who recognize both the bright side and the negative, but they choose to focus their energy and time on the side that's going to promote the most positive outcome."
Practice awareness.

The difference between those who see the positive over the negative also lies in their observations. Suprina says positive-minded individuals squash the ANTs, or automatic negative thoughts, as soon as they start to appear.
"Most negative thoughts aren't conscious, we're not even aware of them," he explains. "Positive thinkers are aware of those messages they're telling themselves and the direction they're taking them. They don't go down that rabbit hole of negativity -- they catch it and reverse it around."
Avoid labeling your thoughts.
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"In order to achieve this type of thought process, we also need to let go of judgment," says Suprina. "In our society we have this tendency to label something as either good or wrong [so quickly]."
One way to do this is through mindfulness. By engaging in the practice, you gain more recognition over what goes through your mind, and as a result, you're more capable of addressing it. "The work for anyone struggling with perpetual negative thinking is to recognize that these thoughts are just that -- thoughts, and not facts," licensed psychotherapist Courtney Gregory writes over at Greatist. "Then, it's time to challenge these automatic patterns of thinking. This is where mindfulness meditation comes in." Need some tips on how to start practicing mindfulness meditation? Try using this guide.
Feed your positivity.
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The only way to expand any skill set is to build habits that reinforce that behavior -- and that goes for positive thinking as well, Suprina says. In order to become a more positive person, he suggests doing activities that can help cultivate those emotions. Studies have shown that practices like meditation and journaling, as well as spending time with your friends and family, all have the ability to increase positive feelings. And positive feelings = positive thoughts.
Engage in uplifting conversations with yourself.

It'd be hard to find someone who didn't have at least one piece of self-criticism, positive thinkers included. The difference, Suprina explains, is they turn those negative statements into something actionable.
"Positive thinkers are sometimes going to have those negative self-talk statements that flash through their heads, but the difference is they're going to be aware of it and do something [about it]," he says. "They counter those thoughts and refocus themselves."
Surround yourself with positive people.

Toxic situations are easily the biggest influencers on a negative mind. Research suggests that stress is indeed contagious -- and the more you surround yourself with it, the more likely you are to let it affect your thoughts.
On the flip side, studies show that happiness is also catching. In order to maintain their sunny disposition, positive thinkers only surround themselves with people and things that will help that attitude flourish, Suprina says. And as a result, their lives are a whole lot brighter.
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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Success Is Easy - T. Harv Eker

What is success or failure, really? Id argue that both are simply the inevitable result of a series of activities. One set of activities moves you toward achievement of your goals, and another set leaves you disappointed and empty-handed. 

It's the simple things done over long periods of time that will give you permanent and constant results.

Most of the time, if you simply did what you really needed to do and WHEN you needed to do it, success would be simple.
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Friday, 12 September 2014

How to Get A Millionaire Mindset

It's been awhile now since I've been looking for help in improving my career and life. For the past few months I've been unhappy with my professional life. My main issue is the state of my job. I spend too much time at work that affects time spent with my family and friends.

On top of that, my job duties have increased over time but my salary has not.  I felt mentally down and was struggling to think of ways I could improve the quality of my life. Something had to change.

When I came across The Millionaire's Brain, I was in two minds. While I felt that the book could help me in my present situation, I wasn't sure if I could get much help out of it as I would like.   

But The Millionaire's Brain seemed simple enough to digest and was more than  affordable- at least compared to the hundreds or even thousands you might fork out for some sort of "get rich quick" talks or schemes you see advertised everywhere.

And cut to present day after spending some time with The Millionaire's Brain,  I am relieved to review that it is well worth the purchase!

As a whole, The Millionaire Brain manual explores basic mind concepts that I have always found fascinating. Changing your actions, behaviors and thoughts might sound simple, but they are powerful tools to implement in your life.

I was particularly interested where they focus on training your brain to have a positive mindset towards money and wealth. Personally, money has always been hard to come by. And I realized that it was due to my negative feelings towards money. Fortunately, the book teaches you how to rewire your brain to have a positive mindset about money.

It really helps that the book explains the abilities of a person's brain and how it is programmed. I got to learn about neuroplasticity and how the brain can be changed and shaped throughout a person's life. Such information really instilled the confidence in me to make a list of goals and aim to achieve them.

Besides wealth, The Millionaire's brain also touches on other mental areas that is likely to affect you in life.

For instance, there is a chapter devoted to overcoming negativity and embracing positivity to overcome hardships. I'd like to point out that while such information might not be related to my main goal, I found it very helpful in evaluating myself  and my life choices so far.

Personally, I found myself re-reading the pointers on removing negative influence and adding more positivity to my life. I realized from reading these chapters that I needed to surround myself more with people who share similar goals and hobbies.

Initially, I was always focused on work and had no time for socializing which affected me emotionally. I now get that making positive changes is indeed just as important as working hard.

Another aspect I liked was the exercises present throughout the chapters that enabled me to understand the written content. They do not take up much of your time and at most, all you need is a pen and paper to get it done!

If you like to apply what you've learnt, The Millionaire's Brain also comes with a Brain Optimizer workbook for you to practice on yourself to get the most out of what you've been reading.

To be frank, I generally take a long time to learn things and get them right. I was not looking forward to opening the Brain Optimizer workbook! But I'm glad I eventually did as the exercises were not difficult. While I have not completed all of the exercises as of yet, I did the find the meditative techniques relaxing and emotionally satisfying.

The Money Code is another bonus content that comes with The Millionaire's Brain. If you are more interested in achieving financial success, this report would be most beneficial to you. It serves as a worthy extension from The Millionaire's Brain plus I found it cool how it teaches you to draw out ideas from the creative side of your mind.

You also receive some audio guidance known as The Millionaire Mindset Suite. I was recommended to listen to the audios consistently for at least four weeks. I initially found it tough to commit to such a schedule due to work so I listened to each session individually daily, which has been working well so far.

This is a unique aspect when I got The Millionaire's Brain: Compared to most products today- you don't just get one wordy, measly book, you get the works! As I mentioned above, I had more options in my hand with a workbook, an audio guide and an additional report. I appreciate that Millionaire's Brain Book doesn't hold back, it gives the user a variety of stuff to work with!

I am very appreciative of what The Millionaire's Brain is doing. I feel that authors Winter and Alvin have put together a well thought out and informative book that can help just about the everyday Joe who want to financially prosper.

It certainly has helped in making me believe that you don't really have to work day and night to achieve wealth and prosperity in your life! And now that I'm taking control of my own destiny, the future has never looked better!

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Friday, 29 August 2014

The way we work is insane

There has to be a better way.

There’s a clever scene in the movie Con Air in which a psychopath talks fondly of famous murderers. Nicholas Cage eventually snaps, labelling them insane. The psychopath responds:

“What if I told you insane was working fifty hours a week in some office for fifty years at the end of which they tell you to piss off; ending up in some retirement village hoping to die before suffering the indignity of trying to make it to the toilet on time? Wouldn't you consider that to be insane?”

This post appeared on Brisbane Times.

So let’s consider it, then. Working excessive hours might be OK if it’s a job you love. But isn’t it a little insane many of us work in jobs that make us deeply unhappy? For example, a study conducted in 2013 by the Australian Psychological Society found wellbeing, job satisfaction, and work stress have “significantly” worsened in recent years. Those factors are even worse here than in Europe where the force of the GFC has been merciless.

Isn’t it a little insane the corporate attire we’re forced to wear is actually an inhibitor to performance? Research last year by a trio of institutions, including the University of Wollongong, concluded formal clothing makes employees feel less friendly, less creative, less productive and less comfortable. That last one, in particular, is perhaps responsible for the eyesore that is the horrid suits and sneakers look on public transport.

Speaking of transport, isn’t it a little insane that work schedules are such that a majority of people start and finish at the same time thereby creating congestion of a variety that, for some of us, induces thoughts of homicide? Peak hour traffic in Melbourne is now 23 km/h slower than a decade ago, and Sydney is the world’s seventh-most congested city, just behind Los Angeles. Even buses and trains are packed to such an extent they’re a breeding ground for frotteurism.

Isn’t it a little insane that people resort to shiftwork even though they’re cursed not only with unsociable hours but also a wide range of afflictions? A plethora of studies document the much higher rates of breast cancer, prostate cancer, heart attacks, and vehicle accidents among those who work nights. That research also verifies the unhealthy habits, such as bingeing on snacks and forgoing exercise, that afflict shift workers. Meanwhile, their productivity at work plummets.

Then again, even the nine-to-fivers continue working well into the evening by an anxiety called ‘nomophobia’, otherwise known as smartphone addiction. Isn’t it a little insane that people are so hooked on these devices that any positive effects are eroded by the negative impacts? Heaps of research shows 50 per cent of us check our phone in bed, 44 per cent check it daily while on holidays, and 60 per cent work an extra 25 hours a week because of it.

Isn’t it a little insane we work in environments where bullying is a standard part of the landscape? Safe Work Australia released a report in 2012, which calculated that 7 per cent of employees had been bullied in the previous six months. That compares alarmingly to other rates around the world, which vary between 1 per cent and 4 per cent. The same analysis found bullying costs the economy $693 million a year. As a nation, we do workplace bullying really well.

Granted, this article has been extremely one-sided. There are, of course, many wonderful things about the way we work, such as the greater disposable income we get, which enables us to engage enthusiastically with consumerism. (Or, hey, maybe that’s not a good thing after all.)

So, look, I don’t know. You tell me. Is there something a little insane about the way we’re working?

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Friday, 22 August 2014

3 things to remember when you feel like quitting

I don’t care who you are or what you do for a living – everyone feels like quitting at one point or another. It’s inevitable. But feeling like throwing in the towel doesn’t mean you’re a quitter – it means you’re human.

This post appeared on Linkedin Pulse.
When times get tough and doubt overshadows our optimism, it’s essential that we remind ourselves of a few important facts. Doing so could dissuade us from abandoning great ideas or projects before they catch fire.

3 Things To Remember When You Feel Like Quitting
1. You’ve come so far

Pouring yourself into your business plan? Struggling to stretch a razor thin marketing budget? Tearing your hair out trying to figure out how you’re going to make payroll? Having a hard time getting comfortable in a new role or work environment?
No matter what challenge you’re currently battling, never lose sight of how far you’ve come! Even though it may feel like you’ve made zero headway – or, worse, gone backwards – the fact is you wouldn’t be where you are today without hard work, dedication and, most importantly, progress.
One mental exercise I find effective is to go back and review my old notes and to-do lists. Even when I feel as if I’ve been treading water, seeing those crossed-off tasks and checked-off to-dos serves as a welcome reminder that I have, indeed, been taking care of business.
The key is to celebrate little wins as much, or more, than big ones. Focusing only on major achievements and milestones is a dangerous game, as it can blind you from the fact that you’ve accomplished a multitude of small, but important, tasks.
2. Your next win is right around the corner

Another benefit to celebrating little wins is the fact that they occur much more frequently than big wins. If you approach your trials with that in mind, you’ll remain confident knowing your next win is right around the corner.
And if you’re part of a team (which most of us are), be sure to recognize and celebrate the wins of your cohorts! Team wins promote collaboration and shared responsibility – win together; lose together. They also help fill the gap between personal wins.
Remember: small wins are as important as big wins!

3. You’re not alone

In the past, I frequently let pride deter me from asking questions and leaning on the experience of my peers. I ended up creating more work for myself and, in the process, missed countless chances to learn and benefit from the successes and failures of those around me.
I’ve since realized that the key to solving challenges swiftly and effectively is to be open to the help of others, and to build knowledgeable, experienced teams to tackle those challenges headfirst. Great employees will push themselves day-in and day-out to create solutions to their business’ complex issues. It’s the leader’s job to consistently recruit, inspire and motivate those employees in the face of adversity.
In addition to your professional network, the Web and social media make it insanely easy to solicit advice and feedback on the issues you’re currently facing. Forums, knowledge-based sites and social networks such as Wikipedia, Quora and Google+ are teeming with individuals who are willing and excited to share their trials and successes with you. Learn from them!
Any time you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed by the thought of taking on your most pressing challenges single-handedly, stay confident knowing that good help is just a conversation, call, email or Tweet away!

How do YOU power through the desire to quit?
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The Secret to Achieving Happiness in Just 59 Seconds [VIDEO]

This works.  I tried it.  You gotta watch this video.  You won't regret it.  It's worth a watch.

Would love to hear what you thought of this strategy.  Did it work for you?  Did it put a smile on your face?


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Monday, 18 August 2014

9 Things Successful People Won't Do

My last post, How Successful People Stay Calm, really struck a nerve (it's already approaching 1.5 million reads here on LinkedIn). The trick is that managing your emotions is as much about what you won’t do as it is about what you will do.

This post appeared on LinkedIn Today.
TalentSmart has tested more than a million people and found that the upper echelons of top performance are filled with people who are high in emotional intelligence (90% of top performers, to be exact). So, I went back to the data to uncover the kinds of things that emotionally intelligent people are careful to avoid in order to keep themselves calm, content, and in control. They consciously avoid these behaviors because they are tempting and easy to fall into if one isn’t careful.
While the list that follows isn’t exhaustive, it presents nine key things that you can avoid in order to increase your emotional intelligence and performance.
They Won’t Let Anyone Limit Their Joy
When your sense of pleasure and satisfaction are derived from comparing yourself to others, you are no longer the master of your own happiness. When emotionally intelligent people feel good about something that they’ve done, they won’t let anyone’s opinions or accomplishments take that away from them.
While it’s impossible to turn off your reactions to what others think of you, you don’t have to compare yourself to others, and you can always take people’s opinions with a grain of salt. That way, no matter what other people are thinking or doing, your self-worth comes from within. Regardless of what people think of you at any particular moment, one thing is certain—you’re never as good or bad as they say you are.
They Won’t Forget
Emotionally intelligent people are quick to forgive, but that doesn’t mean that they forget. Forgiveness requires letting go of what’s happened so that you can move on. It doesn’t mean you’ll give a wrongdoer another chance. Emotionally intelligent people are unwilling to be bogged down unnecessarily by others’ mistakes, so they let them go quickly and are assertive in protecting themselves from future harm.
They Won’t Die in the Fight
Emotionally intelligent people know how important it is to live to fight another day. In conflict, unchecked emotion makes you dig your heels in and fight the kind of battle that can leave you severely damaged. When you read and respond to your emotions, you’re able to choose your battles wisely and only stand your ground when the time is right.
They Won’t Prioritize Perfection
Emotionally intelligent people won’t set perfection as their target because they know it doesn’t exist. Human beings, by our very nature, are fallible. When perfection is your goal, you’re always left with a nagging sense of failure, and you end up spending your time lamenting what you failed to accomplish and what you should have done differently instead of enjoying what you were able to achieve.
They Won’t Live in the Past
Failure can erode your self-confidence and make it hard to believe you’ll achieve a better outcome in the future. Most of the time, failure results from taking risks and trying to achieve something that isn’t easy. Emotionally intelligent people know that success lies in their ability to rise in the face of failure, and they can’t do this when they’re living in the past. Anything worth achieving is going to require you to take some risks, and you can’t allow failure to stop you from believing in your ability to succeed. When you live in the past, that is exactly what happens, and your past becomes your present, preventing you from moving forward.
They Won’t Dwell on Problems
Where you focus your attention determines your emotional state. When you fixate on the problems that you’re facing, you create and prolong negative emotions and stress, which hinders performance. When you focus on actions to better yourself and your circumstances, you create a sense of personal efficacy that produces positive emotions and improves performance. Emotionally intelligent people won’t dwell on problems because they know they’re most effective when they focus on solutions.
They Won’t Hang Around Negative People
Complainers are bad news because they wallow in their problems and fail to focus on solutions. They want people to join their pity party so that they can feel better about themselves. People often feel pressure to listen to complainers because they don’t want to be seen as callous or rude, but there’s a fine line between lending a sympathetic ear and getting sucked into their negative emotional spiral. You can avoid getting drawn in only by setting limits and distancing yourself when necessary. Think of it this way: if a person were smoking, would you sit there all afternoon inhaling the second-hand smoke? You’d distance yourself, and you should do the same with complainers. A great way to set limits is to ask complainers how they intend to fix a problem. The complainer will then either quiet down or redirect the conversation in a productive direction.
They Won’t Hold Grudges
The negative emotions that come with holding onto a grudge are actually a stress response. Just thinking about the event involved sends your body into fight-or-flight mode. When a threat is imminent, this reaction is essential to your survival, but when a threat is ancient history, holding onto that stress wreaks havoc on your body and can have devastating health consequences over time. In fact, researchers at Emory University have shown that holding onto stress contributes to high blood pressure and heart disease. Holding onto a grudge means you’re holding onto stress, and emotionally intelligent people know to avoid this at all costs. Learning to let go of a grudge will not only make you feel better now but can also improve your health.
They Won’t Say Yes Unless They Really Want To
Research conducted at the University of California in San Francisco shows that the more difficulty that you have saying no, the more likely you are to experience stress, burnout, and even depression. Saying no is indeed a major challenge for most people. “No” is a powerful word that you should not be afraid to wield. When it’s time to say no, emotionally intelligent people avoid phrases like “I don’t think I can” or “I’m not certain.” Saying no to a new commitment honors your existing commitments and gives you the opportunity to successfully fulfill them.
Travis Bradberry, Ph.D.
Dr. Travis Bradberry is the award-winning co-author of the #1 bestselling book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and the cofounder of TalentSmart, the world's leading provider of emotional intelligence testsemotional intelligence training, and emotional intelligence certification, serving more than 75% of Fortune 500 companies. His bestselling books have been translated into 25 languages and are available in more than 150 countries. Dr. Bradberry has written for, or been covered by, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Harvard Business Review.
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Sunday, 17 August 2014

Can Your Business Live Without You?

Can Your Business Live Without You?

Can you take a vacation without a laptop or tablet? If you answered no to this question then you might be facing one or two of the following scenarios:
This post appeared on Entrepreneur.
You believe that your role is to make all the important decisions and solve the all significant problems. And you don’t have the right team in place to keep the business on course in your absence. 
The more important longer-term issue (aside from preparing your team for your absence) is recognizing the need for a succession plan. Business owners should not delay and push off this decision. Down the road, potential purchasers of the company will look for a strong management team to be in place. 
When my husband and I were managing our consulting business in the 1990s, we worried each time we took a vacation about what we'd come back to. We didn’t have the luxury while traveling of tapping into the high-speed Internet and wireless connections that exist today. If we did, we would have been forever checking our email and never turning off our phones. Instead we never truly relaxed.
Meanwhile any business owner experiencing any signs of a situation like this should start by making it a strategic goal to attract and retain top talent, so that the company becomes an employer of choice and job candidates are lining up to join the company. Then take the following five steps to set things in motion for the company's leadership over the long term.

1. Assess yourself as a leader.

One of the main roles of a leader is to develop the talents of those around him or her and prepare them for the future of the business. How are you building your team’s talent? What tasks are you currently handling that you need to delegate but have not?
Are you developing yourself as a leader? Your employees look to you first and it's vital that you model the very behavior that you expect staff members to deliver.

2. Fully evaluate the management team.

Which people on your team can you fully count on to make decisions and solve problems in your absence? Use an assessment tool to evaluate the skills and behaviors of managers. This will help you as the business owner or president to identify any gaps on your management team.
No leadership team is perfect. As a business owner you need to identify any shortcomings. What skills or are missing or need improvement before you have the confidence that you can check out for more than a couple of days?
What are you doing that you can start delegating? And what can’t you delegate or don’t want to delegate?
3. Decide on a plan for improvement.
Which members of your staff can be developed to meet the current and future leadership needs of the organization? Who has the potential to step in your stead should you become ill, disabled or die in an accident? What do members of your team need to learn before you can trust that all things will run smoothly in such circumstances and will continue along a path according to your vision?

4. Make needed changes.

One of the biggest challenges that entrepreneurs and small business owners might face is letting go of any managers who've stuck it out with them over the years. This might include employees who joined the company early on and who've been by their side through the good, the bad and the ugly.
The problem is that these people might be loyal but they may have become ineffective for some reason and the company has outgrown them. Be courageous and make that difficult decision.

5. Conduct assessments of the entire organization. 

It isn’t enough to fine-tune the management team. Be sure that employees at all levels can be evaluated by providing managers with the appropriate training and tools to effectively assess them. 
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