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December 19, 2013

The Importance of Risk-Taking [Video]

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In keeping with the racing theme this week, earlier this year I made it to a championship formula car race. It’s a hobby and I’m a rookie but I was fortunate enough to have ranked in second place going into the final race.

I knew that if I didn’t risk, there was no possible way I’d win. I’d safely take second. The risk was more important and I wanted to know I left everything on the track.

Are you taking risks in business and in life?

It’s important as a team leader, employee or business owner that you take risks. I’m not advocating bad decision making but growing in business requires smart risk-taking.

Don’t get to the end of your life and realize you haven’t taken any risks. They might freak you out a little bit. It’s well worth walking away knowing you’ve given it everything you got.

If you don’t risk anything, at the end of the day, that’s all you gain.

Question: What calculated risks have you taken? Did they pay off?

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December 12, 2013

Confrontation at Work [Video]

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Confrontation is a big issue on many teams. It’s a terrible feeling to go to work and know you have to deal with people that are rude or jerks or just suck.

Why do we have confrontation? We don’t understand our team members communication styles.

 

Start focusing on how someone acts and reacts. Spend time in the other persons personality profile and allow teams that are working together to go through each persons natural and adaptive DISC charts.

Instead of reacting to confrontation, you’ll start to diffuse confrontation when you lean into the direction of the other persons personality style.

If you’re team hasn’t been through my video lesson on Understanding Personality Styles, download it today! We’ve got several products in the store to help you dig deeper into DISC and Values testing.

Question: Have you started leaning into other peoples personality styles? How’s it going?

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September 26, 2013

Dinner with Crystal Paine – Q&A Series

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So many times as leaders, message bearers, or speakers, we’re so concerned about how we’re delivering our product, pitch, or speech that we lose sight of who it’s intended for – the audience! We tend to focus on what they’re thinking about us instead of how they’re receiving the information.

Crystal Paine is the genius entrepreneur, mother, and home economics multi-tasker behind MoneySavingMom.com. She’s also the author of The Money Saving Mom’s Budget. We had a great conversation about being message bearers and caring for our audiences (this could be your customer, your team, followers, etc.) and I’m sharing those thoughts with you in a new Q&A Series video.

Whether you’re giving a presentation to your team, or speaking to your tribe, keep these things in mind:

  • What is the audience hearing?
  • What is the most important information I can share at this time?
  • Am I taking care of my customer, team members, audience, etc.?

When we care about what people hear, the focus will be on them and the message.

Question: As leaders, team members, or message bearers, how do you communicate to your audience?

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September 12, 2013

Structuring a Partnership Without Partnering – Q&A Series

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I coach entrepreneurs and small business owners on how to structure their businesses every week. Todays question from Erick is one I get often:

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The 5 D’s are death, disaster, disability, divorce and disagreement but I’ve got a 6th. Don’t. Don’t do it. Don’t even think about it. Business partnerships don’t work and today’s Q&A Series video explains why.

 

Question: What are your creative ways of incentivizing non-partners?