Leadership

Leadership in business in essential whether you’re an individual entrepreneur or a corporation with a large number of employees. Developing your leadership skills will enable you to grow aswell as to grow the people you share your life with – and that includes everyone, not just work colleagues.

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To your enemy, forgiveness.

To an opponent, tolerance.

To a friend, your heart.

To a customer, service.

To all, charity.

To every child, a good example.

To yourself, respect.

Oren Arnold

In my work I coach many leaders, managers and small business owners and often come across what I see as the myth of the work life balance. In other words, we all say we believe in it – but rarely do we admit to doing it. It’s a myth.

Why? Because in many organisations if you insist on having a work life balance or are seen to be putting your family commitments first, it is often seen as a weakness.

Embedded in the culture of many organisations is the ‘be seen’ syndrome, where you are one of the last persons to leave the office, or the first to arrive. This shows you are conscientious and willing to go the other mile.

However, research has shown that long hours lead to burn out. Staying in the same four walls whilst not being stimulated lead to boredom and stress build up. How can you be creative and at your best when you feel like that? You can’t.

It’s far better to recognize that all aspects of your life are interconnected. You are fooling yourself if you think you can divide your work and personal life and keep them separated.

If you are hindering some areas of your life or sacrificing one area for another, or if some areas of your life are a mess, they will impact on the other areas too.

True success encompasses all areas of your life including those hours you spend at work or in business. Far better to bring passion, meaning and happiness to all the different roles you play; as a business leader, as a people manager, a lover, a friend, or a colleague. This way, all of your life is successful.

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Today I’m delighted to announce that;

Karen WilliamsKaren Williams is receiving her Honorary Business Angel Award

Go here for Karen’s wise words, tips and FREE Gifts  http://7businessangels.com/karen-williams 

Karen from Self Discovery Coaching is known for helping her clients to succeed by standing out from the crowd and has some amazing information and FREE Gifts to share with you …

You can join me all this week to receive ALL seven Business Angel gifts, wise words and great tips: www.7businessangels.com/awards

Time to Stop wishing, and start believing!

I’m inviting you to join me for a very special FREE virtual summit ‘Wiser, Worthier & Wealthier’ I’m co-hosting with Norma Reid. It’s taking place on Weds 15th January … which is TOMORROW!!!

PLUS … free gifts too!

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And … it’s all recorded (so you don’t miss anything – and you get immediate access to all the free gifts by signing in).

What a great start to a Wiser, Worthier & Wealthier 2014!

I’m absolutely delighted to be inviting you to join me for a very special FREE virtual summit ‘Wiser, Worthier & Wealthier’ I’m co-hosting with Norma Reid. It’s taking place on Weds 15th January … PLUS … free gifts too!

http://wiserworthierwealthier.com

And … it’s all recorded (so you don’t miss anything – and you get immediate access to all the free gifts by signing in).

What a great start to a Wiser, Worthier & Wealthier 2014!

Then I’m inviting you to join me for a very special FREE virtual summit ‘Wiser, Worthier & Wealthier’ taking place on Weds 15th January … PLUS … free gifts too!

And … it’s all recorded (so you don’t miss anything – and you get immediate access to all the free gifts by signing in).

http://wiserworthierwealthier.com

Here’s the fantastic line up of speakers and some of what you will discover:

Lucy Whittington … ‘Being a Business Celebrity – Find your thing and get famous for it’. Lucy will enlighten your world with her energy and passion for getting you to find your thing and how to monetize in your business … even if you are just starting out.

Tina Sibley … Motivational Speaker, Public Speaking Trainer & Coach. Tina will help you to get noticed and recognized as an expert in your field, and how to stand up and take the spotlight – which can be something of a challenge for women.

Wilma Allan … the Money Midwife … discover your money type which rules how you manage money … and how to gain a healthier, wealthier and worthier you!

Kimberley Lovell …a Spiritual Intuitive, Healer and Holistic Business Mentor … discover how to shift blocks and transform your consciousness on all levels.

Devorah Spilman … will help you to discover the timeless, proven and natural power of story telling … and how to use stories to enhance your career and your life …

Go and get your free gifts right away … and you will also receive recordings of all audios too:

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Slavika Bogdanov … will take you through the transformational journey from career to successful entrepreneur.

Sheila Paxton … discover why your personal relationships are the most difficult to live intentionally (on purpose) and why.

Norma Reid … the Queen or Relationship Kharma … attracting happiness … increasing worthiness and stop being a victim of circumstances …

Wendy Howard … will enlighten you with a short session on Business Angels … and making the connection to a wealthier and worthier you.

And more … (sign in and get your free gifts right now to and you’ll be guaranteed recordings too … ) so don’t miss out).

Just add your name and primary email address … and get off to wiser, worthier and wealthier 2014!

Do you ever question why it is that some people seem to achieve so much, take leaps and bounds in all areas of their lives and business, while many others plod along achieving not very much?

Here’s why…

It was recently said in a group of successful business people, all self-made millionaires that there’s one thing that makes the difference, setting them apart. And it’s this; every Monday morning at the start of the week they spend 15% of their time thinking and planning what they are going to focus on that week. They do nothing else apart from plan their time and what they will focus on most effectively during their working time. Then they commit to achieving that plan.

Sounds simple doesn’t it? But how many of you actually do it?

The problem is many of us, myself included are prone to either not focussing on the one thing that will achieve the most results while blotting out those distractions. So here’s the challenge: for the next month, use this weekly planner download the PDF here and see what a difference it makes to your life and business.

While you use the weekly planner ask the following questions:

What is it I want to achieve? For instance, think about the short-term efforts if cash flow is a problem and what you can do this week to overcome that. Think about the increase in clients you want and what actions you can take this week towards that.

What areas of my business do I need to concentrate on to achieve this? Is it client work that gets you paid? Time spent finding clients/work? Administration & accounts? Marketing? Creating products? How you allocate your time to each area is significant in your outcome. If you need income, concentrate your maximum amount of time on those areas that will attract income.

What action/s will have most effect on achieving this/these things? Is it by making follow up phone calls? Social media contacts? Writing marketing emails? Other?

How will I deal with distractions? Will I switch off the phone? Put on the answer-phone?

Set not available on Skype? Not access the internet during writing? Check emails before or after I’ve completed the task in hand?

When is my best time to work? Am I better in the morning, afternoon or evening? How long do I prefer to work for maximum results i.e. two or three hours, then take a break?

What can I chunk up to save time? All those little mundane but essential tasks, can I batch them up into a time slot and do all at once? Schedule this in.

What can I chunk down? Those big tasks, how can I break them down into manageable chunks and set time slots to work on one of those chunks?

How committed am I to achieving what I’ve set out to do this week? If you are NOT a 10 out of 10 to achieving this, how can you prioritise tasks so that you CAN commit to achieving 100%?

By taking just 15% of your total working week as thinking and planning time, you will achieve greater results and have more time to play … are you up for the challenge?

I do hope so. Drop me an email and let me know how this is working for you, or if you have any further tips you want to add. Remember to download your weekly planner, print it off and place it where you can see it every day. A simple but very effective tool.

Slow? I want to make quick sales don’t I? Well yes, but it doesn’t happen quite like that because …

The higher the price of the product or service, the slower the sales cycle is likely to be. Plus … the larger the sale, the more money needs to go into marketing it.

However, the cost of getting a new customer is 5 times higher than that or retaining them and selling something else to existing customers.

What does this tell us?

In short, there is a time frame to sales depending on the value of your product or service and there is a nurturing time frame to educate your customer in the value of your product or service.

Nurturing and looking after your prospect once they’ve shown an interest in your product or service and educating them as to the reasons to buy by demonstrating how it will help them … is all time well spent.

You will reap the rewards in the longer term.

It makes sense every so often to do a survey to your list asking them what they want BEFORE you start on social media, or posting blog content.

Find out which social media channel they prefer to use. Is it Twitter, Facebook, You Tube, Linked In or Pintrest?

If you don’t know, ask which they would prefer to communicate via.

All it takes is a couple of quick questions posted via email or a platform like Survey Monkey. This will help you decided which social media platform to focus on.

Pintrest is great if you have a visual component to your business such as Jewellery, clothing, physical products.

Focus your time and be consistent. If you sign up for all the social media sites presented to you, you will run yourself ragged and end up doing nothing. Choose carefully and be consistent with the ones you and your customers prefer.

What do you do when there’s something difficult to say and there’s a threat it might be taken personally?

Bring in the elephant.

The elephant stands for the biggest problem or issue that needs addressing. Using the analogy of the elephant takes away the personal element, making it less confrontational or threatening.

If there is a team problem, make it a game by placing a large paper cut out of an elephant and place it in the centre of the table. Start by identifying what the real problem is and write this down on the paper elephant.

Get your team working on possible solutions and writing these down too.

Discuss and draw up agreements and any solutions, with clear commitments and responsibilities.

This is a great way to overcome problems, difficult issues and get people working together, as well as having fun!