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Five Keys to Protecting Your Company’s Most Valuable Asset: Its People

Your company’s most precious cargo is its people. Each day that you walk into your office, establishment or organization, you are responsible for cultivating the culture. You are responsible for fostering a workplace culture that is one based on commitment and trust. As you nurture and grow the culture of your workplace, it is imperative you realize that your most valuable resource – your most precious cargo, as they say in the aviation business – is your people.

As you look to understand what you can do each and every day to impact your company culture, you need to look at the ways you can best take care of your teams. The foundation of taking care of your people is creating and cultivating a culture of trust. It is only when you cultivate cultures of trust and commitment that you can truly begin to support your company’s most valuable resource: the people within it.

A simple way you can create the professional environment you want is to implement a model, the C.A.R.G.O. model, designed to create and nurture the workplace ecosystem that thrives on commitment and trust.

When the right tools, training and resources are provided, people know they have all they need to succeed. Shown here is chain saw safety training led by Donny Coffey, CTSP, and funded by an Arborist Safety Training Institute (ASTI) grant. Photo by Max Babe.

C: Creativity to address challenges

As you look to take care of your people, it is essential that opportunities are provided that allow for creativity. This creativity is useful for many things – primarily in addressing the many challenges that present themselves constantly in the workplace. When you trust and empower your people to harness their creativity to address and solve problems, it accomplishes many things across the many levels of your organization. Freedom to be creative instills a sense of intrinsic trust and helps reinforce an employee’s innate abilities and talents. Creativity to address challenges strengthens the case as to why you hired them to work in your organization in the first place.

A: Access to tools and resources

When the right tools and resources are provided, people know they have all they need to succeed. Too often there is an expectation of the people in an organization that cannot be fulfilled due to a lack of resources or support. Effective leaders must be prepared to properly equip their teams with the right people in addition to the right tools and resources to set them up for success. Access to the appropriate tools and assets is imperative to creating and building a company culture that is rooted in trust.

R: Responsibilities

It is essential that team members are empowered to own their unique responsibilities in an organization. When team members truly own their piece of the daily duties, tasks and projects, it reinforces the reality that their work really matters. When your team members are aware of their value to the entire operation and that others are counting on them, just like a combat aircrew, they will step up and perform to their best abilities. Empowerment of staff , ensuring that the training and processes clearly define and delineate their responsibilities, will lead to an empowered organization. This empowered organization will be full of team members who know what they are responsible for and are ready to tackle the tasks at hand.

G: Goals and objectives

Goals and objectives of your team(s) and organization have to be plain and clear and articulated in a way the team members can understand and appreciate. The best leaders must share the goals and objectives with the team. Your team needs to know its leaders are fully invested. In turn, it’s necessary for members of your team to share their individual goals and objectives with each other and the leadership. This ensures that everyone holds each other accountable. Beyond holding one another accountable, knowing each other’s goals and objectives allows you to know that everyone is committed, in some shape, form and fashion, for the greater good of the organization and each other.

Goals and objectives of your team(s) and organization have to be plain and clear and articulated in a way the team members can understand and appreciate. The best leaders must share the goals and objectives with the team. Your team needs to know its leaders are fully invested. Photo courtesy of Chippers, inc.

O: Opportunities for success

As a leader, you must provide the opportunities for your people to succeed. These successes exist as large and small opportunities. When provided with incremental chances to succeed and win, team members will stay engaged and continue to be committed to the organization and the team. Consider opportunities for team members to succeed in the simplest ways, ways that lead to team wins, that lead to organizational wins. Everyone loves to win. Everyone loves to be on a winning team!

The most precious resource in your organization, the most precious cargo in your aircraft, are your people. As you conduct business each and every day, are you and the leadership team equipping your people to sustain themselves and your organization through the inevitable turbulence they will encounter en route to accomplish their mission? When you provide your people with the right C.A.R.G.O., you will create, promote and cultivate a workplace culture of trust that is bound for success!

Jason Harris is a motivational speaker, consultant, and certified character coach who values dedication, service and excellence. As a decorated combat veteran, Jason brings unique perspectives gained from his battlefield experience to your organization, empowering you to unleash the untapped potential of your employees. Using real-world examples, Jason sheds light on how the invaluable talent each person brings to your organization can positively impact your mission. He teaches you to Trust Your People Like Your Business Depends on it, because it does! To book Jason: https://bit.ly/3rcqRu9

It’s Never Too Late!

Have you ever wanted something, but thought it was too late…that you missed your chance?  Have you ever had an opportunity, but didn’t take advantage of it.  Have you ever felt you tried and failed so many times that you just can’t try again?never too late

I have felt all of those things at one time or another, but I have also learned that it is never too late to do what you should have done, have what you could have had, or be what you would have been.

You have to go beyond “if only” thinking if you want to live an exciting and fulfilling life.  You must give up your shoulda, woulda, coulda mentality.  The past is over.  We can’t do anything about it. We have right now and the future. Don’t let habitual thinking cause you to get in your own way of having a positive future.  You will probably have to step out of your comfort zone.  Experiencing some discomfort is necessary as change never seems to occur without it. Be spontaneous and take a risk.

Don’t sell yourself short.  Be willing to acknowledge that you may have some incorrect perceptions about yourself, your abilities, and the expectations of others.  You are your most valuable asset.  W. Clement Stone, American bestselling author and founder of Combined Insurance Company said, “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”  What do you believe?  Is it over or is there still time to achieve your dreams?  What dreams can you conceive?

In which direction do you want to put your energies…into your same old rut or taking a new path.  Break the destructive pattern of letting life pass you by.  Once you understand it’s never too late, you can reclaim the dreams of your past, breathe new life into dreams which have been “on hold,” or dream new dreams.

Judi Moreo is a sought-after keynote speaker, creativity coach, and the author of “You Are More Than Enough: Every Woman’s Guide to Purpose, Passion, and Power.”
From Judy Lawton, Founder and CEO, The Lawton Group:
“It is difficult to find a presenter as inspiring, thought provoking, and entertaining as Judi Moreo. I give her my highest recommendation!” Contact us today 888-766-3155 to hire her for your next event or click here: Book Judi Moreo

 

 

Communicating Your Guiding Principles

Are you communicating your guiding principles in your life and business?  Do you know what they are?

Recently I had the honor of meeting and learning from the world reknown leadership expert, best-selling author, and CEO Space faculty member, Hugh Ballou.

My biggest action item take-away from his presentation is: to be successful, we should run our businesses and lives on our own personal guiding principles.

Different from your mission statement, vision statement, business plan, your guiding principles are your values, clearly defined, that drive your work. Note the short definition from BusinessDictionary.com:

“Any principles or precepts that guide an organization throughout its life in all circumstances, irrespective of changes in its goals, strategies, type of work, or the top management.”

Hugh Ballou shared, when you have your guiding principles in place, it’s easy for your clients to interact with you at all levels and know what you are about.

Ballou shares his own guiding principles for his personal life, and for his business on his website.

“The bottom line: leading without guiding principles is like trying to sail a boat without a rudder.” ~ Hugh Ballou

Keeping that in mind, I took the challenge from Mr. Ballou, and after spending some in-depth thought and time I found these rose to the top:
Be Myself
Be Creative
Be Grateful
Be Compassionate
Have Fun

I challenge you to seek your guiding principles and then, like I am doing,  learn how to commuicate them to your clients, co-workers, and even your family.

Felicia J. Slattery, M.A., M.Ad.Ed., is a #1 best-selling author, an internationally award-winning speaker, and has happy clients and customers in 22 countries around the world. Featured in Success MagazineInc. Magazine, on the BBC, NBC, CBS, FOX, ABC, and CNN,
Felicia shares a powerful message on Communication, Leadership, and Speaking Skills. To hire her for your next event call us at 888-766-3155, or click here: Hire Speaker Felicia Slattery

Do You Need a Bow and Arrow Moment?

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This week-end something happened that has been a dream for many years! Something wanted and talked about for years!  Began my journey to being an Archer!  Where did that come from? Watching too many Robin Hood shows growing up? What good can it do? There is no desire to hunt, fish, or compete, which is what you normally do with a bow and arrow. The goal solely is to experience the thrill of one day being good enough to hit the target dead center! And be able to keep doing it!

Isn’t that what our lives and businesses are all about?
-Having a desire and passion
-Letting yourself and others know about it
-Planning how it can happen
-Getting the right tools to work with
-Making the choice and time to do it
-Keep on going and not quitting

Today is it time for your “bow and arrow” moment?  The challenge is: will you do it?

Sue Falcone
Founder and CEO of Simply Sue Speaks Global Booking Agency

“Get What You Pay For?”

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How many times have you heard: “you get what you pay for?”  I can remember my Grandmother saying that over and over again.

We are not sure where the quote actually came from, but I am finding more and more people want value, a positive experience, and service. Isn’t that what everyone in business promises to provide and deliver in a cost effective, excellent and timely manner?

I encounter this at times: “Sue, I love your company and the speakers you represent, but we can’t afford you!”  Ever heard that, or said it to a someone else, maybe even me? When I hear it, I have to first think, “what are they really saying” before I respond. I have found in my many years of sales and marketing that usually it is not about the money at all!

People and companies can always find the money when their deepest desires are met! However, when hearing that statement how many of us will take the time to ask, “tell me more about why you feel that way?” to see if we have even uncovered their deepest desire, or addressed it clearly enough? Or do we just smile, feel rejected or even say: “you get what you pay for” and walk away?

Building a business is all about relationships, knowing your target markets, and being willing and confident enough to do the best you can, overcome objections, and handle rejections well so you can move on no matter the choice of others!

Challenge for you: how do you handle objections and the feeling of rejection? It’s key to your success!

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Sue Falcone
Owner: Simply Sue Speaks Global Booking Agency

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly #WOWfactor- Go for the Dream

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Many people I meet share their dreams; but few are actually living them out! What is it that makes us afraid to pursue what we know we are meant to be and do? There are two deciding factors that come into play at this point!  The biggest is the lack of belief in ourselves, and the other is surrounding ourselves with those who don’t believe in us either!

To address the first one it takes making a choice on keeping your  mindset and attitude focused on being positive and living in your strengths and not your weaknesses. Sounds simple for me to state, but not so easy to do, is it?  Some things to review quickly are: what do you read, how much time do you spend watching TV, how many times a day do you say “I can’t”, how healthy are you,  and how many times a day do you laugh? Renewing our minds daily is very important and key to making sure we are valuing ourselves and following our dream. It also helps us to face and view the hard times, decisions and choices as learning experiences instead of giving in and quitting!

Handling the second factor will certainly help! Jim Rohn said it best: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”  Take a look at who you spend the most time with. Do you have 5? Do you know who they are? Do they know it? Need to make some changes? Relationships are so valuable in how we live out our purpose and the pursuing of our dreams. Take a look at your five: are they uplifting, positive people? Are they living their dream? Do you need to make some changes?

In America we are so blessed and able to pursue our dreams. Are you ready to Go for it? What will your world look like a year from now?  I believe in you! I know you can Go for Your Dream! The question is: do you?

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How is Your New “YOU” Year Going?

new youHow is Your New “You” Year going? The end of the 1st quarter is fast approaching, and where are you in taking the challenge?  Have you gotten so busy doing life as usual that you just haven’t gotten around to it?

An awesome business owner and friend to many, Tracy Myers shared this and asked us to put it somewhere to view daily: 

“I know that every day is not a perfect day. In fact, some days can’t even be classified as “good.” Those are usually the days where you just want to throw in the towel and give up. But you can’t quit…especially on yourself.  You’ve gotta dig deep, kick it into another gear and barrel through any obstacles that may be in your way.  Yes, life can take its toll and drag you down but only if you let it. YOU are in control of your proverbial cup of life being half empty or half full so stop placing blame on everything/everyone else. It’s time to pony up and take responsibility. You can do this. It’s what you were born to do.” Tracy E. Myers, CMD

Is your wheel of life, (which includes these areas-Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Family, Social, Career, Financial), running smoothly, or are you a little shaky and feeling overwhelmed and out of control?

Today to get back on the right track think about these three positive things as you begin your new week:

  • Do you know who you are and where you are going= purpose
  • Do you have priorities and goals in place to get you where you want to go = plan
  • Do you have a daily schedule in place that matches your purpose and  plan= practice

Life is exciting and ready to be lived. Are you prepared to complete your part?

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