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5 Secrets to Being a Leader Worth Following




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Business is tricky. You’re taught young that business is business – Check your emotions at the door. But recent years have proven that business is more than an emotionally devoid institution run for profits. Business is about making an impact on the world, and if you want to make an impact on the world, you have to start with your team. Because if your team isn’t willing to follow you, why should anyone else?

The good news is you can become a leader worth following with these five simple practices. If you make these five attributes your guiding values, you’ll find your team working harder and being more productive than ever before.

1. Integrity

Integrity has become a buzzword over the past couple of years, but few people actually know what it means. This word has two definitions: Being honest and being whole or undivided. Leading with that definition, here are a couple ways you can go about implementing integrity into your daily action.

Leading with integrity starts with keeping your word. If something happens and you need to change your plans, be clear and direct with your team. Likewise, when you need to change directions, always make the shift a bigger win than the original plan. By making a change to something that’s advantageous to everyone, you maintain your team’s loyalty.

You should also build your company culture around teamwork and reward positive team interactions. A business that fosters emotional support and inclusivity is a business that incites creativity, innovation, and hard work. Whenever you create rewards for specific behaviors, you communicate to your team that those are the values you uphold, which are the same values that will help them move forward in the business.

2. Generosity

Two of the greatest values in today’s workforce are time and emotional intelligence. Employees are looking to work for companies and business owners who are not only having a positive impact in the world, but who are also generous with their time and praise. Your employees want to do an excellent job for you. The more generous you are with your time and praise, the more reasons they’ll give you to compliment them.

To implement generosity on a consistent basis, start scheduling in praise time. Take an hour or two per week to tell your team what they’re excelling at. The more individual attention you can give each person, the better. You can also institute internal awards your team members can earn. Think employee of the month, but better. These can be for anything that adds value to the business such as ideas, communication, teamwork, collaboration, or problem solving.

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” – John Holmes

3. Guidance

Teams need guidance. Period. There’s a balance between abandoning your team to do things on your own and micromanaging everything they do. The best way to make guidance an integral part of your business is to establish regular check-ins. This allows you to meet with members of your team and see how they’re doing.

They can ask questions, and you can see where they need more support. By implementing this strategy, you help team members to grow their skill set faster and get their emotional buy in. When employees feel supported and cared about, they choose to work harder, produce more, and commit to getting greater results for the company.

4. Openness

Ideas and different perspectives are what keeps a business going for generations. Businesses that become stagnant go the way of Blockbuster. By creating a culture of openness, where team members are encouraged to share their ideas, propose solutions, and try new things, you foster your team’s creativity, innovation, and problem solving skills. This makes communication easier, and helps your team stay on the leading edge of your industry.

If you want to promote openness in your company start by creating regular open office hours. Whether you schedule this weekly or monthly, this gives your team members the opportunity to come talk to you about things they’re working on, problems they’re facing, or ideas they have to strengthen the company. This gives structure to interacting with your team, while making you approachable and relatable.

You also need to find ways to be more inclusive. Do you have an employee with a gluten intolerance who always ends up watching everyone else eat cake during company birthday parties? Do you have a team member who doesn’t like to be touched, so hugs and handshakes make them uncomfortable?

By understanding what makes your team members different and honoring the diversity they bring to the company, you can create a culture of inclusivity that invokes loyalty. For example, if you buy Katey her favorite gluten free cupcakes at parties, and give Brian a nod with an award for an awesome thing he did, you’ve just made each of those team members feel seen, heard, and understood, without lessening the experiences of your other team members. This is leadership at its best.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

5. Collaboration

Businesses that last are not run alone. There’s you, the leader and there’s the team that supports you. All of you collaborate to bring your vision to the world. By valuing the collaborative process and getting your team to contribute their unique perspectives, ideas, and brilliance to the mix, you set the business up to scale quicker because there are more opportunities for success.

Teams that fear their leaders will often silence their ideas — ideas that could revolutionize the success of the business. Teams that understand and routinely participate in collaboration are more likely to be supportive, emotionally intelligent, and solve problems faster.

What do you think makes a great leader? Share your thoughts with us below!

Jolene Risch is a leading recruiter and retention consultant, working with and guiding value driven business owners, companies, and corporations to recruit the RIGHT top talent (ones that actually fit and stay), using the Profitable C.U.L.T.U.R.E. Method™. She uses her over 20 years of experience in communication, organizational psychology, leadership, and sociology, specializing in recruiting and retaining top talent for increased performance and profitability.

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not




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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch




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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance




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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show




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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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