If you follow my blogs on a frequent basis, you probably know that I have a strong desire to include a ‘give-back’ program in my business. Giving back is, in my opinion, an important component of any business and their corporate social responsibility (CSR). Corporate social responsibility offers a business a wonderful opportunity to connect with their community. Employees and customers are becoming very discerning about which companies they align with. CSR is one area that I believe should be included in every business, no matter how big or small. [Read more…]
This video was shared on Twitter. I remember this event and was touched at the time. This video sends all of us two key messages.
Don’t Give Up! You don’t have to do it alone! You cannot succeed if you give up!
I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.
John Furlong recently spoke at the TEDx-SFU event in Vancouver. I hope you will enjoy his talk and gain some leadership insights.
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Last week I attended the SOHO SME Expo. This expo attracted small and medium business owners in a wide variety of sectors. I had the opportunity to connect with many attendees while assisting a colleague, Sue Clement, Success Coaching with her booth at the event. I had the opportunity to share my programs as I networked around the room. I was amazed at how many people had not heard about mastermind programs. This struck a chord and I knew I had to share more information about this tool for success.
For those of you who have been following my blog for the past month, you know that I have undertaken a huge change in my business and my branding. This change started about one year ago and required a lot of dedicated focus and decision making along the way as I visualized, clarified, implemented, tweaked things at every stage. Most importantly the process hasn’t ended!
The past month since I launched Ignite Leadership International has been an exciting one, making the hard work worthwhile. What I have found that forcing myself to re-position my business and stay focused on a few major goals has allowed me to also see so many new opportunities that align with my vision, mission and values. It has also allowed me to better communicate who I am, what I do and with whom. This has attracted the right people into my life. I have located joint venture partners, new clients, new business tools and programs to better support my clients and I am more content. [Read more…]
Have you ever been inspired by an interview on T.V. or the radio? I know I often gain great inspiration from different mediums, outside of the usual business events. This happened in mid-September when I was listening to an interview with Daryl Fox, National Director of The Terry Fox Foundation. Daryl is the younger brother of Terry Fox and accompanied his brother in the cross-Canada Marathon of Hope. Terry was an amputee due to cancer in his knee. In 1980 he decided he wanted to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. Unfortunately, Terry was forced to end his trek in Thunder Bay, Ontario – just under halfway of his intended journey. Later that year, Terry succumbed to a second bout of cancer.
During this interview, there were several points that resonated with me. Daryl described Terry as “an average person who had incredible vision.” He also commented on Terry’s unshakable integrity. Terry wanted to ensure that he ran every mile he set out to run. When they couldn’t find the marker from the previous night, Terry would go back to a point he knew he had covered and start there, often covering 2-3 miles he had previously travelled.
Terry was also very driven – enduring on-going pain during his daily marathons. Daryl shared that Terry always put his pain in perspective. He was in pain for about 12 hours per day and could then find some relief. Many cancer patients are unable to gain any relief from their battle. His focus was unselfish and focused outward on his vision and others. In addition to running, Terry ensured his vision was shared with others, by generously conducting interviews and doing presentations around his daily runs. [Read more…]
Michael Walsh, Kaizen Consulting Inc (www.kaizenconsulting.com) describes a business as a tool that assists us to achieve something, just like a car or a stapler. Although more complex, this analagy really resonnated with me. Michael states “…businesses serve many types of goals — both for the destination as well as the process for getting there.”
Each year, I set goals for myself personally and for my business. These goals are reviewed frequently – usually every quarter. I am always amazed by how many people do not set goals and for those who claim to set them do not write them down. If you do not set goals, how do you know where you are going and how will you know if you get there?
When I set my goals, I write them down in the form of a mind map — a pictoral and word format that helps me keep these goals in mind. As a visual person, this format works best for me. You may prefer a list — there is no wrong way to record your aspirations!
Once you write your goals down, share them — with your employees, your friends, family, mentors and supporters. I have learned that people are interested in my goals and more often than not are willing to help me along my path to attaining them. In turn, I help them too.
What happens when others don’t share your vision or goals? Sometimes they worry you may not be successful. Don’t be deterred if they don’t share your goals…keep an open mind, hear their concerns, ask questions to help you understand their perspective. If necessary, you can make some modifications, or maintain your course.
Sometimes, along the way, a goal not longer fits, or requires some tweeking. Was the original goal too short-sighted, too lofty, or has your direction changed? Sometimes external factors have an impact or you learn something new about yourself that warrants the shift. It’s ok to change goals but make sure the changes are not just “the easy way out”. Achieving goals takes time and effort, patience, perspective and perserverence.
Goals help you make the changes you want to make. They are a vital part of strategic planning and business development. They are not without risk but unless you are willing to stretch outside your own comfort zone you will be limited in what you can achieve. When you hit a hurdle, review, ask for help, refocus and keep on moving one foot in front of the other. Fear of failure will only hold you back. Make the decision to set your own goals for yourself or consider reviewing your business’s strategic plan and ensure it is relevant and allowing you to move forward to the future you desire.
“Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in an instant.” – Anthony Robbins
Do you have a dream? What have you done to achieve that dream? If you haven’t taken the steps necessary to put it into action, it won’t become a reality. Since re-launching my business in January, I have been re-evaluating my goals and dreams. I have always set goals and had dreams that I strive toward. I have been working through a business building program as part of this personal journey and speaking with other business owners and clients to obtain feedback to assist me in my quest to achieve this revived dream. What has become clear to me is that the many tips I am hearing are not new to me & many are common sense, but I am now in a place to hear the comments and ideas. As a result I am able to take action based on the suggestions with more understanding and a clearer vision. Some of the information I have heard is reminding me of things I need to do (or consider) to grow my business to be even more successful than it has been in the past.
Lester R. Bittel stated in The Nine Master Keys of Management, “Good plans shape good decisions. That’s why good planning helps to make elusive dreams come true”. Whether your dreams are personal or business-related, I encourage you to take the time to dream, make plans to achieve those dreams, and make the decisions necessary so they are no longer elusive! Keep it simple. Don’t strive for perfection first time around. Be willing to take things one step at a time. Be open to tips and ideas – when you are open to the information its amazing how much you can achieve!