Persuasion is all about motivation. Great leaders motivate others to do something worthwhile that they wouldn’t otherwise do for themselves without that initial “push.” Often, it takes our own experiences with persuasion to bring us to a place where we have the ability to effectively and positively persuade others. In what areas of your life have you been persuaded for good?
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Sunday, May 26, 2019
Seth Godin is electric in this speech on why our current social system is designed to make you under-achieve.
Thursday, May 23, 2019
"You cannot fail.
You can only produce results."
-- Wayne Dyer
How interesting is that? No more failure. No more possibility of failure. No such thing as failure anymore. There is only some kind of result.
Of course, looking at it this way would apply equally to success. No more success. No such thing as success. No more possibility of success. There is only some kind of result.
This has always been true. Yet, over the years, decades, centuries, we have developed judgment of results, and then we were so creative that we labeled them, as we have labeled every other thing.
So, feel free to change it back. Make your own decision. You have always had the power to label things, and you have the power to unlabel them too. Change it to suit your fancy. Change it to soothe your psyche.
It is often our resistance that leads when I think we are better led by our release. And one way to unlabel things is to pay more attention to how we are feeling and act on that by either being satisfied with how it feels, loving it, or finding a better feeling with a different thought. Release is a different thought. It is a more soothing thought, and it creates a more soothing feeling.
Monday, May 20, 2019
Seth Godin gave me the advice that changed my life. The "soft skills" have always been the most important and ironically, unlike most other business related "skills" that can be taught are not inherent. I'm working on getting better in this area but admittedly it takes work. I like what author Brené Brown said: “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” Here's a little video of me trying to put this into practice: Fair warning, I share some personal stuff.
Friday, May 17, 2019
"The ability to innovate is at the heart of creativity--
a vital component in success. University of Houston
professor Jack Matson recognized that fact and
developed a course that his students came to call
"Failure 101." In it, Matson assigns students to build
mock-ups of products that no one would ever buy.
His goal is to get students to equate failure
with innovation instead of defeat."
-- John C Maxwell,
From his book, Failing Forward
Innovation and the concept of being the best we can be is at the heart of my there's-no-such-thing-as-competition philosophy. Who has time to look around at what others are doing when you're so busy doing yourself?
And innovation is always looking at things in different ways, backward, forward, inside out, upside down, up close and off in the distance. Consider this quote by R. Buckminster Fuller about innovation: "Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value." I think that is a fascinating thought.
I love that quote by Mr. Fuller because it is like a Mike Rowe's Dirty Jobs way of looking at innovation: people love doing the strangest, but most necessary things that most of us choose to never think about. Pollution is certainly one of those things, and learning to love pollution is a way to find a solution that creates value from something previously with a minus value. Innovation will never occur by ignoring the problem, but looking at it completely differently.
The worst thing to hear is some version of, "that's the way we've always done it." There are lots of versions on that theme. Innovation requires two things: one, a letting go of previously held truths, and two, an opening of the mind to perhaps radically different ideas. Of course, the ideas need not necessarily be radically different in order to be innovative, but many certainly will be, such as the case with pollution becoming of value.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
We all have a platform. As leaders, people often look to us—waiting for us to say or do something. Make sure that whatever it is you do or say while standing atop your platform, it’s positive—and it adds value to others.
Saturday, May 11, 2019
"I never really had the classic struggle.
I had faith."
-- Denzel Washington
This quote causes me to ask questions. First, if there is sufficient faith, is struggling even still a possibility? If one is absolutely and unshakeable in their confidence in the outcome, is a failure even a possibility? It seems to me that struggle indicates insufficient faith, otherwise, it wouldn't be struggling because struggle indicates fighting against, or overcoming something that is hindering us. And, it seems to me that failure is not an option, or rather not even a possibility when there is unshakeable confidence. Unshakeable confidence is success.
It reminds me of a famous bible verse from Mark 11:24, "therefore I say unto you, all things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." The key is not asking, it is believing you already have them. If you already have them, that would be success. Therefore, there is no struggle or failure either.
And, don't you know it, just as I do, that the believing part is the part we struggle with if there is to be any struggle. It is not the struggle of the task, the project, growing the business, or doing anything mentally or physically. It is the struggle of our willingness or our strong desire to believe that what we ask for, or desire is truly ours for the asking. We then stick all kinds of rationalizations, reasons why and all sorts of explanations that keep us from the simplicity of just choosing to believe.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
From Principle #5, Believe In Yourself, in The Success Principles book by Jack Canfield, I've summarized some key points quoted from this great chapter.
"You have to believe in yourself. Whether you call it self-esteem, self-confidence, or self-assurance, it is a deep-seated belief that you have what it takes--the abilities, inner resources, talents, and skills to create your desired results."
There is not much to discuss that is greater than how believing in ourselves is key to what we can achieve. It doesn't matter what field, or what endeavor we may choose to act out or act upon. It has been said that "persistence is omnipotent." And, I agree with that, and persistence is fueled by our belief in our ability and power to accomplish as we will.
"If you are going to be successful, you need to give up the phrase "I can't" and all of its cousins, such as "I wish I were able to." The words I can't actually disempower you. They actually make you weaker when you say them.
Your brain is designed to solve any problem and reach any goal that you give it. The words you think and say actually affect your body."
What we say aloud, and what we say in our own self-talk has far more power than we may realize. Once aware, we can then choose to think and speak empowering words that will help us build our self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-assurance.
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Every single person on the planet has times when they feel down – that’s human nature. The thing is, those who are able to take control of their psychological and emotional state are better able to live a fulfilling life. It’s tempting to think that our mood and mindset is outside of our control, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. You can reset your mind in an instant, if you know how to. To change your mood, you need to turn to movement. When you’re feeling down or stressed, what is your body doing? Chances are, you’re slumped over with bad posture, unable to make eye contact with the people around you or fidgeting. Change your body and your mind will follow. When you feel a bad mood coming on, try sitting up straight. Put your shoulders back. Make eye contact with the people around you, and try smiling, even if you don’t feel like it. Once your body feels that it’s being put into a happier state, your mind and emotions will follow. Then, you know how to change your mood when you feel a negative emotion coming on. Again, it’s normal to experience ups and downs, but if you’re able to establish true emotional control and can turn your state around more quickly, you’ll find a greater sense of joy and fulfillment in life.
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Here is a great little talk about exceptional customer service.
Boccuzzi Jr. discusses why customer service, as opposed to traditional marketing strategies, has the potential to be the greatest form of marketing for a brand. John Boccuzzi Jr. has more than 20 years’ experience as a sales, marketing, and customer experience executive, with a proven track record of strategic thought leadership in both private and public companies. John most recently served as Vice President of Sales & Edible for Business for Edible Arrangements, LLC where he led a team of 5 Senior Directors and Directors and total personnel of over 100 across several key departments including Business Gifting, Business Development & Brand Partnerships, Franchisee Support, Customer Care and Training & Development.