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5 Ways Great Leaders Give Rise to Great Ideas

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It is often hindering when you hear a variant of ‘that is not how it’s done here’ in your workplace. This usually happens when employees voice their concerns or new ideas for a project, and it is confusing when a project leader dismisses or overlooks such interesting input. Even indirect dismissal in the form of ‘OK, is there anything else?’ may inadvertently build a workplace atmosphere that is not conducive to genuinely effective brainstorming. Why may this happen? And how do great leaders give rise to great ideas? Read on to find out.

Lead by example and be proactive

The keyword here is ‘inadvertently’. If you have been chosen to lead a new project or supervise an existing team, you want to make sure to work towards creating a safe space for giving rise to great new ideas. Of course, most organizations and team leaders know this, but we are explicitly referring to giving feedback that will encourage creative thinking and good work dynamic above all. So, offhand remarks and disinterest should be ousted from your team’s rhetoric from the get-go since one of the primary roles of a great leader is to set a good example to your employees or other members of your team.

1. Give the spotlight to every employee in the company

Most organizations that frequently face challenges of different kinds know very well that they need all the brainpower they can get to adapt, grow, and prosper. Nobody would ever say that they do not allow great ideas to be suggested in reports, roundup sessions, and meetings. 

But this is sometimes not true in a different sense, especially in companies with a large, hierarchical division of labor. In such environments, the usual line of thinking is that the creative team takes care of the creative aspects of work, the executive team of executive decisions, other employees take care of administrative or manual labor, etc. Once employees are used to a certain kind of working dynamic, they automatically delegate work like this. 

But great ideas can be created from the cooperation of different departments and different experts or workers. If a single employer or executive director puts forward a good idea, it can easily be tweaked and improved with an additional suggestion to become a great idea. Similarly, it is not the case that only creative directors create groundbreaking ideas. An innovative idea can just as easily come from ‘the lower ranks’ in the hierarchy if only you allow such a free flow of ideas.

Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. – Jack Welch

2. Make sure to openly promote suggestions and ideas

As we have briefly mentioned, team-leaders must make it transparently clear that just because the team is used to working in a certain way, does not mean that trying out new ideas is not equally as important as sticking to the established routine. Once you get your employees used to this regiment, so to speak, you will see significant improvement in collaborative tasks, general communication and cooperation between different areas of expertise. 

And crucially – give a lot of opportunities. Sometimes your employees may not even be aware of their potential unless they are ‘given the push’. This is entirely natural, and it should be your duty to present your workers with these kinds of opportunities. The ‘I can’t’ attitude is easy to amend, but sometimes it takes you believing in your workers more than they may believe in themselves. 

3. Give spotlight to those ‘crazy ideas’ no matter who the author is

It is a common misconception that only the likes of great minds like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are able to come up with truly innovative ideas. This stems from the fact that they are the most well-known innovators – innovators who are so great it seems as if their companies will never find better ones. 

However, it is quite frequently the case that a multimillion-dollar idea comes from a production line supervisor or employee. For example, they may think of a way to use scraps from your main production lines to create a budget-friendly product that simultaneously recycles old materials and requires no additional investments in the form of machinery or personnel.  

4. Resist the status quo

Humans are creatures of habit. People working in the same industry for ages learn to adhere to a particular procedural outline of when, why, and how they do things. They may be reluctant to question whether there is room for improvement in a system that already works sufficiently well. This line of thinking is, in a way, a trap for leaders who aspire to achieve greatness but are more or less content with how things work as it is. 

Introducing changes to an established model of working can even provoke discontent, confusion, and resistance. What you need to remember is that, as a leader, it is your duty to explain why the company should strive to innovate, to examine reasons for reluctance to change rather than forcibly make people change their approach to work from the ground up, and, last but not least, to be patient and persistent for the good of the company.

Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. – Peter Drucker

5. Trust in your vision

Finally, do not forget to be equal amounts self-critical and self-confident. People sometimes forget that they are humans as well as leaders, and they tend to ascribe every single failure to their own misgivings and misjudgments. But do not allow this constricting way of thinking get the better of you – the road to success is paved with mini-defeats that make our steps firmer and stronger the more we overcome hurdles that come our way!

Michael works as a PR consultant for small and medium-sized companies, mostly in the creative industries and marketing. His main area of expertise is the organization of the workforce and division of labor. He is also interested in office work dynamics in the face of office relocations, often contributing to SOS Moving Los Angeles and other publications.

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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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