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Networking 101: Knowing The Competition

by CL Reed

Haters! How often have you heard this term? I believe people that use this term spend more time worrying about what people think and who’s following and watching them then they are investing that time in moving their ball up field.

You Can’t Go Forward Looking In The Rear View Mirror

Runners never look back over their shoulder when running. Why? Because it will cost them precious seconds and may very well cost them the race if they do. Take a page out of their book. Don’t take a second thought to consider what your competition is doing; that is unless of course you are keeping your finger on the pulse of your industry and trying to stay two steps ahead. In which case, then yes, keep an eye on the competition. Don’t reinvent the wheel. Take what they do and do it better. Make an alliance with your competition. In the immortal words from the movie the Godfather, “Keep your friends close but keep your enemies closer.”

Turn a Hater Into A Collaborator

Imagine being the number one florist in town on Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day. Business is so great on those holidays that you run out of inventory. Now imagine that there is a smaller, boutique florist in your community that is not doing so well because everyone is coming down the street to you and his delivery truck broke down. Had you previously nurtured a collaboration with the lesser known florist, you both would be sitting pretty right about now. Your delivery driver could be delivering flowers for both of you and the competition’s flowers could be making mothers and lovers smile and both stores lots of money.

The next time you want to waste your time and energy focusing on the paranoid notion of Haters; refocus that energy into creating alliances, allegiances…collaborations.

Is There Any Value?

5 Ways To Determine if it is Even Worth The Time and Effort?

by CL Reed

On any given weekend, there are numerous conventions, gatherings, conferences, networking events, presentations or parties. How do you decide if what is being offered is of value to your personal or professional growth? Are any of the main deciding factors finances, scheduling or lack of interest?

Without having attended that particular event before, it’s difficult to determine the ROI of your time or cost of ticket, travel, accommodation and gas. There are several factors involved when rolling the dice of event attendance. It’s truly not a crap shoot (pun intended) …

  1. Who is the Host? Is their name in good standing in the community and are they a person of integrity? Note, I didn’t say, “are they popular?”
  2. Location of the Event – This should not be a large consideration in your decision making as to whether to attend the event. Trust that your host made every effort to ensure that the location, parking and facilities was adequate to accommodate the planned event. With that said, there is always something we can find to complain about.
  3. Event Presenter(s)/Speaker(s) – Although you want to be sure that you are going to hear from good, sound, educated in their professed forum, entertaining and engaging, quality individuals, don’t be star struck and cliquish. Keep in mind that there is a lot of “local” talent that can “bring it”!
  4. Support Your Fellow Being – Event Hosts work long and hard to bring you a quality product. Honor their desire to serve up the best possible, quality event by actively engaging, inviting, sharing, attending and purchasing your and your cohorts’ ticket(s) in quantity and early! Late ticket purchase and lack of information sharing (promotion) causes events to be less successful or even canceled because deposits, deadlines and vendors cannot be satisfied.
  5. YOU…NEED…TO…BE…THERE! Go to give…not to get!

So, the next time you are weighing your ROI to attend an event, make this your year of “YES”. Go into every event opportunity with a positive attitude and openness and you will be extremely surprised on the return you receive.

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A Slow Dime Beats A Fast Nickel!

Nurture What You Want To Grow

MENTORING MONDAY:

What and how you nurture isn’t just about parenting or a mother to child relationship.  Being a Mentor is also an avenue and opportunity to nurture.  Fatherless young men, motherless young women, an up and coming employee all afford a situation where you should spend time, talent and even finances to help someone grow and learn in a seasoned and protected environment versus going through the school of hard knocks for every situation.

 

Nurture vs. Nature

We all bring our sum total experiences to the table when we interact with each other. Some people have not quite mastered the ability to interact in a positive format or in a positive setting. These same individuals are the individuals that are ripe for Mentoring. Catching them early would be ideal. Bringing them along side now is what you may have to work with.

 

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Undigested Knowledge

FRUITION FRIDAY

What Do You Do With the Knowledge You Obtain?

In his book on language, British diplomat Lancelot Oliphant (1881–1965) observed that many students give correct answers on tests but fail to put those lessons into practice. “Such undigested knowledge is of little use,” declared Oliphant.

 

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Leadership From The Bottom

TEACHABLE TUESDAY:

Where Did You Learn Your Leadership Style?

Leading individuals is not hard when things are going well, or in your mind, the way you want them to go. The true test of your leadership ability, your knowledge, rallying the troops, motivating the masses and getting goals, missions and objectives accomplished is when you bring the underdog to the top dog position (ie, Lee Iacocca). It’s when your valor and character are pushed to the wall and you go over the wall.

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Great Leaders Are Not Born

Everyone is born with a gift, talent or ability to accomplish. They are  not born with that ability perfected. It must be developed, massaged and honed over time, sometimes years or decades. During this time of refinement, many poor decisions and failures will be had – but the true leader will learn from those decisions and failures and continue to strive toward what they internally know is a greater objective; not just for accolades and self-enrichment but to impact the well-being of many. When this realization has dawned within the individual, is when the Leader is created.

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Welcome Change

Many desire to be leaders but disdain being mentored (Mentoring Monday), teachable (Teachable Tuesday), wise (Wisdom Wednesday) not just in business endeavors but specifically in the policing of their own moral compass and personal day-to-day interactions and in seeing the vision (Thought Provoking Thursday). They want to come out of the gate leading the charge but have spent no time in the trenches. Leadership may be innate but must be intentional, sacrificing and cultivated.

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Do You Possess Leader Qualities?

FRUITION FRIDAY:

Leaders Are Made

Great leaders are not born, they are made. How are they made?  A great leader is created by first being pliable, a repository, a student of a master teacher and possessing a willingness to embrace the characteristics of a servant. If you are handed a leadership position (as in familial succession situations), you are not necessarily the best candidate for the role. Although you may have been groomed and trained in how to rule, you have absolutely no reference on how to manage, interact with and get the best results from those you are leading.

Leader of The Ranks

Coming up through the ranks and learning an environment from beginning to end and developing empathy for the entity that you will be leading is not mandatory but it is critical if you desire to be the best possible leader that you can be. Notice the shift in leadership style and priorities once the “Undercover Boss” rolls up their sleeves and truly understands what is at stake in tweaking, growing, improving and advancing their business endeavors further.

Can You Lead The Team To The Next Level?

Many people want to immediately jump into a lead position whether it’s running a business or speaking to the masses (Fruition Friday 1-29-16) but are not willing to go through some personal challenges and character strengthening/building episodes to get there.  As a current or potential leader, take the time to not only mentor (Mentoring Monday) but be mentored and continuously teachable (Teachable Tuesday). Then and only then will you be invaluable to your Community and can see the fruits of your labor of being the change you want to see in your Community.  Take time to learn from the simplest moments, actions and endeavors. Mimic the good you see in others and that others do – this is #TRUE leadership! Leading by example.

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