7 Reasons Talented People Stay

Building a thriving business is more than having a great product or unique service. The great differentiator in today’s world is your people. So finding talented people is important but keeping talented people is crucial. Talented people will always have opportunities- so how do you get them to stay? Talented employees stay because they are: 1. Paid Well 2. Appreciated 3. Listened to 4. Promoted 5. Involved in decision making 6. Mentored 7. Challenged If you look at that list – the takeaway to me is that your leadership approach will ultimately determine whether your talented people stay or leave. Remember – Partnership is The New Leadership Save
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10 Great Skills Everyone Should Learn

On Sunday I had a discussion with some friends on what defines greatness. We talked about how we would define greatness and who we would describe as great based on our definition. The discussion led me to the conclusion that these 10 skills can be learned and will make you a better person. 10 Great Skills Everyone Should Learn 1. Learn to love without judgment 2. Learn to work hard 3. Learn to talk less & listen more 4. Learn to disagree without being disagreeable 5. Learn to give & not get 6. Learn to do what’s right even when no body is watching 7. Learn to empathize not sympathize 8. Learn to lead by example 9. Learn to prioritize people 10. Learn to be consistent What other skills would you add to the list? Save Save
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Learn to Communicate Assertively

Correct communication is key to success in any type of leadership.  But often, we run into individuals who miss the mark.   A passive communicator doesn’t speak up!  They don’t allow their voice to be heard and are often overlooked.  They leave the conversation with the mindset “You’re ok, I’m not.”   An aggressive communicator will dominate communication, using body language, loud speech and intimidation to steer a conversation to suit their needs. They leave the conversation with the mindset “I’m ok, you’re not.”   Assertive communication is what we are aiming for.  An assertive communicator makes sure their voice is heard, but also all the other voices around them. They set the tone of open communication, creating a relaxing environment where real work can be accomplished. They leave the conversation with the mindset “You’re ok, I’m ok.” What’s your communication style? Passive communication often leaves us feeling unheard &
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The Election Demonstrates Marketing Not Leadership

Over the last six months I have had numerous leaders ask me “If you believe partnership is the new leadership then how do you explain Trump’s leadership success?” I agree that Trump’s approach is not about partnership. He doesn’t focus on building relationships, investing in people or following nearly anything I teach to leaders in my books or speeches. The error is in the assumption that the election is a demonstration of leadership – it’s not. The Election demonstrates Marketing not Leadership. Love him or hate him – what Trump has been is a good marketer. So here is a quick three steps to marketing we can all learn from. He’s gained a lot of attention. That is the first thing you need to do to build a brand & stand out. The killer to a candidate or business for that matter is obscurity – remaining unknown. He’s differentiated himself
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4 Steps to Effective Networking

 Step 1. – Focus on the 1 you are talking to. Don’t look around the room or be distracted by your phone. Focus only on the 1 person in front of you. Step 2 – Follow the rule of 2. In an effort to make the conversation about them & not about you. Anytime they share something about themselves, ask 2 questions before you share anything about yourself.   Step 3 – Say their name 3 times. This will help you remember their name, so weave it into the conversation 3 times.   Step 4 – Do something 4 them. Find a way to connect them to someone, share an article or book they would enjoy – find a simple way to do something 4 them.
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