It's Mindset Over Matter.

by blogadmin 3. December 2018 06:58

  

  Rhoda Kreuzer | Leadership Edition | December 3, 2018

Not only are there more valuable questions to ask, there are mindsets that are powerful. The lens you use to view life and your work has a lot to do with the outcome. For example, if your mindset is one that is seeking opportunities to grow and succeed, you will have a different response to challenges.

One example of this was the last recession that occurred in 2008. It was a difficult time economically and many felt overwhelmed by those challenges. There were any number of businesses that closed during that time stating that the loss of business was just too great. Some businesses laid off workers and cut costs just hoping to keep their doors open.

To be sure, there are times when those strategies may be appropriate. But, notice the difference of those who decided to sell their way through the recession. Instead of having focus only on cutting expenses or giving up, they instead looked for other opportunities to gain market share during the down turn. They collaborated with staff to generate creative solutions so no one had to lose their job.

The path of least resistance is often to give up and close doors. However, the path to success is full of opportunities for us to seize new ideas, new solutions and move forward if our mindset is open and seeking new ideas. What mindset will you choose for yourself and your team? Join the many others in seeing the positive opportunities around us! 

Stay In The Right Lane

by blogadmin 18. June 2018 03:09

Rhoda Kreuzer  |  Team Building Edition  | June 18, 2018

While driving down a winding road, I quickly came upon a sharp curve in the road. As I started braking, I had that sinking feeling - you know the one where an adrenaline rush follows? I had an overwhelming fear of going into the ditch. Well, I was able to keep control, applying the brakes well enough to make it through the turn and keep on going. After driving awhile, I realized indeed that there were guardrails; a preventative measure set in place to help keep people in their lane, on the road and safe from harm.

In life, teams seem to work at such a fast speed that when there are turns, twists, and changes ahead, they struggle or without much thought must make the needed adjustment. It is taxing and stressful to operate this way. 

Are you picking the right team members? (What happened when Steve Jobs did.) Do you have guardrails for your team? Are there boundaries that prevent them from moving outside their "lane"? How do you coach them (here's one good approach) so that they keep aligned, focused, and in their "lane" heading for the right destination without obstacles? By setting expectations, boundaries, and building in accountability for their work, you create a sound environment for them to make solid decisions.

Your team will enjoy the journey, arrive at their destination safely, on time, and ready to "hit the road" again!

Personal Challenge:

Where does your team seem to face obstacles and get held up the most? What guardrails and boundaries will help them stay on track and in the right "lane"? How can you change your approach in leadership to include more coaching, accountability, and recognition? Start today and enjoy the ride!

 

Before You Check Out...

by blogadmin 8. June 2018 01:31

John Karle | Sales Edition | June 11

Do your feet hit the floor each morning without a plan? Do you begin your days reacting rather than proactively accomplishing a set plan?

Planning allows you to focus on the most important items for the day. Before you check out for the weekend (and daily), sit down and review what you have accomplished. 

You have a couple of choices:

1.  Congratulate yourself on your achievements

2.  Have a frank conversation with yourself as to why the week (or day) didn't go as you had hoped

Then, ask yourself what are the 5 most important items I need to accomplish? Next, prioritize each item for each day. For example, maybe on Monday, you were only able to work on one of the items. Take a moment to ask yourself:

1. Why are these things a priority?"

2. What will it take to complete the remaining items?

Repeat your planning each day before you check out, working only on the most important items. At the end of the week, look back. How'd you do?

Additional tips that keep you checked in:

1. Make a one-hour appointment with yourself to work on the number one priority for the day

2. Shut off your devices for one hour as it greatly increases your focus 

Personal Challenge:

Before you check out, CHECK IN!

All the Best,

John 

 

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