Mar 242011

opportunity, opportunist, sales role in small business, small business owner, building relationships, growing small business

Do you consider yourself to be lucky?  I have a good friend Kevin, who always seems to be winning stuff. In particular, he wins stuff from a local radio station. He is always asking me if I want to go to this concert or that concert.  He is always winning free tickets or free meals to restaurants.

One day my business coach defined for me what it means to be “lucky”. Don’t get me wrong, I am a firm believer that there is something out there that is bigger than all of us. However, I am a business owner and I usually prefer a concrete explanation for the things in my life. That being said, I define lucky as “Opportunity meets preparedness”.

After I heard this explanation, I quickly thought of my friend Kevin. In the radio station example, Kevin would make a point to be prepared when opportunity struck. He would make sure to be listening to the radio station when they would announce the opportunity. An example would be the 8th caller wins a pair of free tickets to Tom Petty. I also noticed that he was prepared because he had the radio stations phone number in the speed dial section of his phone.

If you know someone who seems to always be lucky there is a good chance that person is well prepared. Do you consider yourself unlucky? How prepared are you in your life? In your business?

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 March 24, 2011  Posted by at 3:25 PM Time Tagged with: ,  2 Responses »
Mar 182011

leadership, clear expectations, trust, communication, Vision, Mission, Culture, role model, leader, coach, delegation, systems,

Have you ever asked yourself after you had a uncomfortable conversation…Was that person being Rude or Blunt?

When thinking of the difference between Blunt vs. Rude I first think of the intention that is implied. If the person you are talking to has the intention to be hurtful then they will speaking from a Rude position. Verse’s the person who has the intention to just quickly get their point across is most likely approaching the conversation from a Blunt position.

I then think about the judgement that is implied when using the word Rude. When you use this word  to describe someone’s behavior you are passing  judgement on someone. It’s kind of like grade school when the overweight kids were called “fat” or the slow readers were called “dumb”. Calling someone rude is just the adult version of name calling. Side note: you may also find these individuals are the ones that have a lot of “reasons” for their actions. “Reasons” are just the adult word for excuse.

This is why I encourage you to use the word Blunt when describing your behavior, or the behavior of someone you are interacting with. Eliminate the emotion from your dialect and lets all leave the name calling for the 8 year olds.

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 March 18, 2011  Posted by at 3:41 PM Leadership, Team Tagged with: ,  3 Responses »
Mar 082011

Personal Development, business coaching, happiness,personal choices 

 1. Accept the situation.

This first choice is the most common choice. Most people tend to just accept the situation that they are in. The example that I will use is the case of the business owner. Mr. business owner is not happy with the way that his business is going. The business isn’t growing very much. He is tired of the everyday grind. He is tired of chasing his tail. He is tired of his team and his employees. However, even though he is not happy he is not willing to do anything about it.  The business is paying his bills and the owner is stuck. Essentially the owner finds their resistance to change greater than the dissatisfaction of his current situation.

2. Remove yourself from the situation.

Option number two is to remove yourself from the situation. Now, if Mr. business owner’s dissatisfaction has increased he may choose to remove himself from the situation. If this is the option that he chooses he may choose to sell his business. This would ensure a complete separation from the unhappy situation. Another alternative would be to hire a manager, someone to run the business.

3. Change the situation.

The last choice you have is to change the situation. Continuing with the business owner scenario, an example of this would be the option to hire new employees, or e-building the team. Sometimes this is the best way to create real change in an organization. Re-building your team and putting the right people on the “bus” can move your business towards its goals in a hurry. Another catalyst for change can be creating a vision, mission, and culture. This is a document that an owner creates to clearly communicate his expectations on what kind of business  they are building. He communicates these expectations to his team members, partners, and customers. Helping to create the business that the owner desires.

These 3 choices remain the same for any situation that you find yourself in. It applies to life as much as it applies to business. Do you have ideas on how to help create change in an organization? Send them to me, I would love to hear them.

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 March 8, 2011  Posted by at 7:33 PM Happiness, Leadership Tagged with: , , , ,  2 Responses »