Leadership

The Right Way to Respond to Negative Feedback | Extraordinary Business

Have you ever had the experience when everything seemed to be going well and you felt you were doing a fantastic job, only to have that perception come to an abrupt halt when someone asks you, “Are you open to receiving some constructive feedback?”  That very question can often be a trigger that releases the “no so nice” aspects of our personality if we aren’t disciplined enough to remain objective and calmly listen to the feedback BEFORE reacting to it.
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Leadership: It’s Not About You | Extraordinary Business

Leadership development is a must within companies who truly desire to take their organizations and people to a higher level of success. As a Leadership Coach, I love working with individuals and teams to facilitate conversations which guide them to deeper self-awareness which positively affects how they interact with others and make decisions – even in the toughest of environments.
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Can You Be an Effective Leader When You’re Under a Lot of Stress? | Extraordinary Business

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Even the most successful individuals in the world of business experience stress – some would even argue they encounter more. Based on a survey presented by Online Recruitment Magazine, 67% of business leaders struggle with stress and emotional instability. Moreover, they also shared that 42% of managers are too focused on work causing them to be unable to consciously take control of their own thoughts and emotions.
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Why It Just Ain’t Working | Extraordinary Business

4 reasons business process management is critical to your company’s “leveling up.”

So, he got a new client. This one is a BIG one. He gets his team scrambling to get paperwork, initiate billing, schedule meetings and God knows what else as he thinks only about how to keep the client now that he’s finally hooked them!  He feels that it is up to only him to make it happen as quickly as possible!
If I had a dime for every time…
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Negotiate from a Position of Strength | Extraordinary Business

The influential role of leadership and its impact on the success of your organization

Young business leader: Negotiate from a position of strength
It was interesting last evening watching the fourth GOP Debate and listening to the individuals talk. Some of them looked and sounded like leaders. Some of them looked and sounded like politicians. Some of them looked like they might have been coerced into being there or had something better to do. All of them caused me to think about what I look for in a leader and by extension, what employees look for in leadership.
One of the comments that was made had to do with “negotiating from a position of strength,” with respect to negotiating with Russia. As a leader, you need to take the same position – negotiating from a position of strength. You are leading a company – a business, and thus, you are a business person, and the lead business person at your company. Therefore, by extension, the way that you do business is the way that those at your company should do business. So if you’ve got a soft-handed approach, or no approach at all, then you can expect the same from your Company. If you exude strength, however, you will find that your organization will follow.
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Negotiate from a Position of Strength | Extraordinary Business

The influential role of leadership and its impact on the success of your organization

Young business leader: Negotiate from a position of strength

It was interesting last evening watching the fourth GOP Debate and listening to the individuals talk. Some of them looked and sounded like leaders. Some of them looked and sounded like politicians. Some of them looked like they might have been coerced into being there or had something better to do. All of them caused me to think about what I look for in a leader and by extension, what employees look for in leadership.

One of the comments that was made had to do with “negotiating from a position of strength,” with respect to negotiating with Russia. As a leader, you need to take the same position – negotiating from a position of strength. You are leading a company – a business, and thus, you are a business person, and the lead business person at your company. Therefore, by extension, the way that you do business is the way that those at your company should do business. So if you’ve got a soft-handed approach, or no approach at all, then you can expect the same from your Company. If you exude strength, however, you will find that your organization will follow.

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Recruiting 101

Steps to Recruiting and Keeping the Best Employees for your Small Business

You have managed your business, whether it be a direct mail marketing practice or pet care business for the last few years. As a disciplined, independent entrepreneur, you have managed every detail; the semi-comedic introduction plays out like this:
“Are you the CEO?”
“CEO, secretary and janitor.”

However, as a well-studied businessperson, you also understand that the key success is intelligent growth, and the key to growth is hiring passionate, intelligent professionals to manage the aspects of the business which have distracted you and hence bit into your revenue. The question you need to ask yourself is, “I know I need the right office manager, general assistant or sales coordinator, but how to I get him or her to join my team?”
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Complex Decision-Making Model

Dartmouth’s recommendation on the process of decision-making

Problem solving is something that everyone has to do. Sometimes decisions are so simple that you don’t give much thought to it. At other times, decision-making can be very complex with a large number of possible outcomes. When business leaders face complex problems in their organizations, the outcome of their decisions can have ripple effects throughout the organization.

So the question deserves to be asked: how are these problems addressed.

Going with the first thing that pops into your head isn’t always going to be the best answer, nor the most complete answer. Sometimes, we decide to “jump off the bridge and build a parachute on the way down.”  However, it isn’t until after we have jumped off the bridge that we realize that we should have jumped a bit more to the left or to the right, then struggle, sometimes in vain, to attempt to compensate. Other times, perhaps, it is simply the wrong bridge. Or perhaps someone had already built an elevator.

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Complex Decision-Making Model | Extraordinary Business

Dartmouth’s recommendation on the process of decision-making

business man hand pointing at solution solving problem diagramProblem solving is something that everyone has to do. Sometimes decisions are so simple that you don’t give much thought to it. At other times, decision-making can be very complex with a large number of possible outcomes. When business leaders face complex problems in their organizations, the outcome of their decisions can have ripple effects throughout the organization.
So the question deserves to be asked: how are these problems addressed.
Going with the first thing that pops into your head isn’t always going to be the best answer, nor the most complete answer. Sometimes, we decide to “jump off the bridge and build a parachute on the way down.”  However, it isn’t until after we have jumped off the bridge that we realize that we should have jumped a bit more to the left or to the right, then struggle, sometimes in vain, to attempt to compensate. Other times, perhaps, it is simply the wrong bridge. Or perhaps someone had already built an elevator.
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