If you’ve ever been to a Salty Dog restaurant, then you are probably familiar with their slogan, “If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes.” While we may think the lead dog on a dogsled is always the strongest, fastest, and youngest dog in the pack, that’s rarely the case; just as leaders in the working world sometimes are not the smartest, bravest, most logical, people on the team. Sorry, if I hurt any feelings out there, folks, but I can tell you from my past that when I admitted these things, I became a much better leader. I hired better, developed more, and used the skills I had to lead. Today, I’d like to share some of those skills, tactics, and practices that can ensure you’re the lead dog, not only during difficult periods, but also during the good times:
1. Take Responsibility: Be responsible for outcomes. It’s an honorable quality that most successful leaders have. To do this, you have to be one to take action, while others are gathering data, asking questions, and consulting others. “Make it happen, while others are wishing and wanting things to happen.”
2. Just Go for It: Hesitation causes procrastination. Don’t over-think and over-analyze, as it will only…Read More
If you care about your health, most likely you see your physician for a check-up at least once a year. As your coach (well, at least through my writings), I’d like to complete a goal check-up with you today. If you are like most business owners, you set some sort of 2013 goals for your business, either in late 2012 or in January of 2013. Unfortunately, if you are like most, you also haven’t paid attention to those goals much. I don’t write this to insult you or to make you feel bad. I write this because I care about you and the health of your business. I also know that sometimes “stuff” gets in the way of progress. So here we are in the fourth quarter of 2013. There is still time to pull those goals out of the fire if you act now.
Ask yourself these questions:
1. Did you set too many and too lofty of goals?
Yes, it’s possible to set too many and too lofty goals for yourself! Some goals can take months and even years to achieve. If you have too many of these, you will probably stretch yourself too thin. Ideally, you should only…
8 Quick Reputation Building Tips – Part 2
This is the second part of last week’s article where we talked about the old cliché, “Under-Promise and Over-Deliver”. It might be cliché, but it is still relevant to having a good reputation.
Take, for example, the story of Daniel Ruettiger, better known as “Rudy”. You may have seen the movie Rudy about his life (and if you haven’t, you should). His story is about overcoming obstacles, making mistakes, and getting back up – time after time after time. Even when your reputation gets damaged because of mistakes made, you push on and overcome.
Today, there are many people desperately trying to grow their business through what I call desperate measures. They will put down the competitors, cut their price to the slimmest margins, and quite frankly, lie to prospective customers. If you stay clear of these mistakes and move forward with the techniques I’ve described today, you and your business will…Read More
8 Quick Reputation Building Tips
We have all heard the old cliché, “Under-Promise and Over-Deliver”. It’s easier said than done, isn’t it? Today, in these challenging economic times, many people tend to promise prospective customers more so they perceive the value as better than what a competitor can offer. Those same people also enjoy over-promising to make themselves feel more valued. Do they not think these actions will come back to haunt them? The overall point I’d like to make today is…Read More
Our second step is to prepare. While the details will be different from event to event, the basics of what we need to prepare are the same.
First, think about what you have in common with the others who will be there.
Knowing the common ground will provide the topic for you to start a conversation. Commonality builds rapport. It is the foundation to relationships.
Second, plan and practice a self-introduction.
You want to state your name, possibly what you have in common with others there and something interesting…