Escape the “Group Think,” mentality
the stifles creativity if you want to uncover better ideas and processes for
solving problems and discovering new paths to sales success.
Your education probably robbed you of
your individuality and forced you to confirm. Years ago, I read a study where I.Q.
tests were given to children ages 2 – 4 years. Amazingly 95% of the children
were found to be highly creative with curious, questioning minds and an ability
for abstract thinking.
When the same children were tested again at age 7, only 5% still demonstrated
high levels of creativity. In the ensuing years, they had learned to conform;
“If you want to get along, you had better go along,” is what they had
The Dangers of Conformity
They had learned to color between the lines, to sit in neat little rows, to do
and say what the other kids did and said, and to do as they were told. Over
time, they lost the wonderful fearless spontaneity of youth and learned to
suppress ideas and insights that were unusual or different. Perhaps it’s your
season to rock the boat.
A major flaw in advertising and
communication is using too many words and blasting people with a fire hose
instead of giving them a drink of water. Another flaw is the jargon jungle.
Using invented words to appear cute or cleaver. Your unnecessary words confuse
A powerful example to remember is the Pledge
of Allegiance. It is profound, yet it only takes 15 seconds to repeat the
pledge. Fifteen seconds, not a minute. Go ahead and check me on that. A short,
powerful statement delivered in 15 seconds.
to deliver a strong message and be brief about it. Less words equal more
impact. Writing a meaningful message requires rewriting—editing and more
you weed a garden, what do you pull out? What do you leave in? Editing a
message is the same process. Delete the clutter, pull out the weeds and throw
them away. Eliminate the cute and cleaver attempts. Leave the tasty bits to
glow in the sun.
One surefire way to drive
positive people away from you is to play the victim card. While it can feel gratifying in the
short term to blame others for your situation, if this is your ongoing attitude.
your business will likely fail. Positive people will leave your operation to
surround themselves with winners.
When you play the victim with
your time, everything around you suffers. You’re constantly on edge in your
interactions with others because you fear that they’ll pile yet one more thing
on your already heavy load.
Contrast that with the entrepreneur
that faces obstacles with a can-do attitude. Instead of blaming or complaining,
she rolls up her sleeves and seek positive resolution. Keep the victim card out
of your deck.
One of the most dramatic
changes you can make in attaining your most important goals is to change your
daily routine. Set your alarm, one hour earlier and establish your own power
hour. Some call it their golden hour.
you read the biographies and autobiographies of successful men and women, most
often you will find that they rapidly increased their success when they
established their power hour and a new routine.
of faith know how to begin their day with prayer. A power hour allows you adequate time to give
thanks, meditate and jumpstart your day. Inspired answers will come as you sit
calmly in your new private time. Even non-believers benefit from the power hour
by practicing positive thinking.
hour sets the tone for the day. It prepares your mind and sets you up to focus
on the most important tasks for the entire day.
anything that is truly worthwhile in life requires discipline. Establishing and
maintaining your power hour is a sacrifice. Moving outside your comfort zone is
when we look closely at super-successful people, we recognize that their extraordinary
accomplishments are the result of thousands of ordinary accomplishments that no
one recognizes or appreciates.
will hand you an award plaque for your discipline of a power hour. Nonetheless,
within three weeks of making this lifestyle change, an award plaque will seem
trivial amidst all the benefits realized from your daily power hour.
As a young boy, I enjoyed watching and helping my mom
during canning season. Mom would transform tomatoes and spices into ketchup and
then pour the mixture in small jars. We always had a jar of homemade ketchup in
As I grew older, I noticed that my friends had name brand
Heinz Ketchup with their meals, and I thought the bottle was far-more
sophisticated than my family’s homemade ketchup. I thought we were just being cheap,
and I’d even ask mom to buy the Heinz Ketchup.
What I learned was that my parents were being smart by
preserving their capital. In their economy, having lived through the Great
Depression and WWII, you didn’t waste money. My folks weren’t just saving money
on ketchup, they were leaving me and my brothers “Financial Footprints,” to
follow in life—SMART! And, by the way, I wish I could express how much better
mom’s Ketchup was than the commercial, chemical-laden, national brand.
We sometimes like to our lack of certain opportunities or advantages growing up for the fact that we have not reached our full potential in life. But the reality is, any person from any beginning is capable of greatness.
Freddie Figgers’ story is proof of that. In 1989, he was abandoned in a Florida dumpster, just hours after he was born. He was eventually discovered by a random passerby who called the police, and was then taken to the hospital. He was eventually placed in the foster care system.
Sounds like a terrible beginning with all odds stacked against him, right? Well, yes. But that’s not how the rest of his story would go.
Have you claimed your FREE, traffic-driving
Google My Business page? According to Forbes, “56% of local businesses are missing out on one of the
biggest super moves to get seen on Google: claiming their Google My Business listing.”
If this is you, you need to stop everything and get
this done because it can help you be seen on the first page of Google for local
searches. And since the first page captures the majority of traffic and clicks, how
much money, customers, leads, etc., are you missing out on by not having your
Google My Business listing claimed and optimized? Below are the specific steps
I’d recommend every business take to ensure they are visible to their ideal and
1. Go to business.google.com, click “manage
now” and follow the prompts. It is
important to fill out every single section in its entirety to have a complete
business listing. Fill out as many categories that apply to your business.
Also, make sure to include the correct phone number and website. I cannot tell
you how many times we see the wrong phone number or URL in a Google
2. Fill out your business description. This is an opportunity to set your company apart from
others. Make sure to highlight your services that match the business categories
you’ve selected. I’d also suggest having a great “no-brainer” offer
that makes it easy for potential customers to decide to use your product or
service (e.g., “Try us for only $1”).
Upload photos, videos and/or a virtual tour. A virtual tour can be a great way to show potential
customers the experience they can expect from your business. However, you
should only do a tour if you have a storefront that you are proud to show
off to the world. Photos (make
sure they look good!) can show customers you and your team, action photos
of your product or service in action and, of course, more cat photos! (Joking
about the cat photos.) Also, video
testimonials can be uploaded to share previous customer experiences. This leads
me to my next point …
4. Get reviews. This is super important for both your Google My Business
ranking and your potential customers. How many times have you chosen to go to a
certain place due to the reviews? Make sure you are intentional about getting
objective reviews from your customers. Make this a focus for you and your
entire team to get a review from everyone that uses your services. Never stop
getting reviews. You can also respond to reviews from your Google My Business
dashboard to show engagement with your customers. A great way to ask for
reviews is to inform your customers that you are always looking for feedback
and ways to make their experience even better, so any comments would be greatly
It’s much easier to see as you mature, however, the reality is that most people stress needlessly as they overthink a decision. Learn to step back and pause—really pause. And, take a deep breath. Sometimes a five-minute walk outside is enough to destress. Then, with a simple and calm sense, make the decision or take the action you were pondering. Good or bad, right or wrong, making the decision alone will give you a boost. And, you can always change course. There is an awesome world of second chances swirling around you.
that creates trouble for your company is the kind that is caused by ill
intentions towards an individual or group. This type of gossip can be harmful
to productivity and tarnish the culture of the work environment. If left
ignored, this negative gossip can cause employee turnover, poor morale and
disruption of workflow.
leader, model the behavior you want to see in your people.
Understanding the role, you play in the creation of office
gossip is the first step towards eliminating its harmful effects. If you
regularly whisper secrets to your team, it’s likely others will act the same
way. Model behavior to others that makes it clear which behaviors are
acceptable and which are not.
its introduction in 2005, the video sharing/social media site YouTube has become an
indispensable advertising and marketing tool for businesses in every industry, of every size to promote their
products to prospects and customers. … 300 hours of video are uploaded every
facts to consider
Video marketing can fit just about any kind of
YouTube is the second most popular online search
Video is considered the most engaging form of
Keywords are less expensive to target customers vs.
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