What makes you special: Rise Above the Clutter!
“You have to rise above the clutter.” There is not a marketing consultant out there that has not said this and it is true.
Chris Brown from Marketing Resources & Results of Hudson, Ohio talks about setting your business apart from the rest. As with many things, I was completing her thoughts before she was done talking. I was not following the adage, “listen to understand, not to reply.”
Chris tossed a bucket of cold water on me with her opening sentence; “What makes you so
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.”
-George Bernard Shaw
Well are you going to fast in some ideological unreasonable belief or are you going to see what is going on and adapt to it?
“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.” Voltaire
I chuckle every time I see a workshop purporting to teach you listening skills when they do not even approach the subject of how to ask a better question. I am not sure all the listening skills in the world will help when you have asked the wrong question, or worse, a disrespectful question.
Have you ever walked away from a conversation and said, “Man, can that person ever communicate!” In retrospect, they communicated very little; however, they asked outstanding
“If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.”
This quote by Thomas Watson tells a true story. Failure means you are alive, thinking, and doing things. Good mistakes are measured when you look inside yourself say – Oops! – laugh and try again.
When I was teaching combat tactics as a helicopter flight instructor in the Army, I would have students flying along looking for the landing zone in the make-believe battlefield. They would get confused – freeze – and just keep going, flying right over the make-believe enemy and
As a leader do you push credit down to your team, or do you keep it all?
As John Maxwell points out, when you try and keep others down, you go down with them. But, when you pull others up, you go up with them. This is a great example of pushing credit down. Leaders that get credit for work the team does but do not share it, or do not give credit when a team member has done something extra are missing the boat.
Years ago when I was a helicopter