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Lead the Way! | Extraordinary Leadership

Extraordinary Leadership What is leadership?  What makes a good leader?  What makes people want to get on board and own a cause or take some stance, against all odds?  Here are eleven characteristics we have seen in great leadership.

Looking at the various social media – Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc., we cannot help but see dozens and dozens, if not hundreds of quotes made by people that have been worthy of archiving and regurgitating over and over, again.  While many, if not most of the quotes have some immediate, perhaps motivational value, all of the quotes are part of the legacy these people left – an extraordinary legacy that is worth following.

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Challenge Everything | Extraordinary Business

There is a video game company called EA (Electronic Arts – http://www.ea.com/) that used to use the tagline “Challenge Everything.”  As one who, at times, must question the natural order of things, this tag immediately appealed to me.  Many of my clients often hear the question of, “Why?” when they propose ideas.  The goal isn’t to belittle the idea or thought, but rather, to make sure that the idea is completely thought out.

As business leaders, we nee to understand and question everything around our businesses.  As someone said to me, once, “You need to inspect what you expect.”  Even if we feel like we understand certain things, or that certain things appear to be part of the natural order, understanding “why” something is done will often serve to ensure that the product or service or idea does have merits and has been completely thought out. 

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Lower Your Standards! | Extraordinary Business

Aim low and you’ll never be disappointed.

Sleeping or Working?It was interesting – I was listening to a parenting professional on the radio this morning, who was saying something to the effect of not putting so much emphasis on re-enforcing the standards that our parents place on us, and going with whatever feels good.  While it may not have been her intention, I what I took from this was that, as parents, we shouldn’t push our children to be the best that they can be, we shouldn’t teach them our standards, that have probably been passed down several generations and the children will turn out to be just fine – balanced, happy, hard-working citizens that stand for truth, justice and the American way.
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Lower Your Standards! | Extraordinary Business

Aim low and you’ll never be disappointed.

Sleeping or Working?It was interesting – I was listening to a parenting professional on the radio this morning, who was saying something to the effect of not putting so much emphasis on re-enforcing the standards that our parents place on us, and going with whatever feels good.  While it may not have been her intention, I what I took from this was that, as parents, we shouldn’t push our children to be the best that they can be, we shouldn’t teach them our standards, that have probably been passed down several generations and the children will turn out to be just fine – balanced, happy, hard-working citizens that stand for truth, justice and the American way.

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Are you Denting Your Vision?? | Extraordinary Business

As a young manager, I remember telling an employee that I needed something specific from her, knew that I could count on her to do a good job, which was why I hired her and to go for it.  She was a bright woman with all sorts of potential.  I honestly believed that she could get the work done, so when she came to me with questions for clarification, I casually shooed her away, thinking that my work was much more important, much more “big picture” than I had time to worry about her.  As a leader, I was just concerned about results and moving the company closer to the vision.Taking a Backhoe to Your Company Vision

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Extraordinary Business | Refresh Your Vision

As business leaders, we are called upon by our stakeholders to start, run and grow a business.  Regardless of what business we are in, we must ensure that we are moving the company towards some vision that the people we affect can “buy into.”  In order to do so, we, as business leaders, need to believe the vision.  If your company has lost site of your company’s vision, it’s time to refresh it: get it off the shelf, review it, discuss it, get everyone on board with it and live it out.

Many mission and vision statements for companies are written, cheered about and put on the shelf, like so many trophies won by athletes.  It is something to be done as part of the course for running and growing a successful business.  As a result, the visionLeaders Drive Vision statement is forgotten and therefore, not part of the company culture.  As the organization grows and new levels of leadership begin to “take the reigns,” the company can find itself severely off course, especially since evaluation of the their belief systems has nothing to be measured against.

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Don’t Just Stand There! Open the Door! | Extraordinary Business

I was working with a client, over the weekend, at his office in Downtown Atlanta.  He mentioned to me, when we were walking in, that he had gotten a ticket parking in the same location that I did.  However, there was a 2 hr parking sign there, so I felt like I was safe.

As I was returning to the car, after the meeting, I noticed a Parking Nanny  (patrol officer assigned to writing parking tickets) standing at the corner of my street with two other guys.  They were talking about writing parking tickets and were debating on whether or not to have my truck towed.  As they continued their conversation, I walked down to the truck, got in and drove off.  As I drove by them, I saw them staring at me with their eyes bugged and their jaws on the floor.  They had missed an opportunity.

This is what happens with many business leaders and super villains.  They spend so much time evaluating and discussing their opportunity that them miss out altogether.  This is why it is so important to have a plan in place to evaluate and take advantage of opportunities, quickly.  This is why you’ve got to be of the mindset that you are always looking for opportunities.

For example:

  • Business mission and vision statements – How will this opportunity effect my company beliefs?
  • Job Descriptions – I’ve met someone who I think might be a good employee – I just don’t know what I am looking for or how to leverage their capabilities
  • Business modeling – We need to get more space and more vehicles.  Based on our current P&L;, how much can we afford?
  • Idea Champions – We have great ideas – but they just remain ideas.

All of these are typical scenarios and responses are tools that you, as a business leader, need to use in order to take advantage of some opportunities.  Of course, this is the short list.  Yours will be a bit longer, and practical for your line of business.

When opportunity knocks, be ready to be extraordinary.  Don’t just stand there.  Open the door!

Aepiphanni Business Consulting: The Business Strategy People is a Strategy Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of small to medium sized business leaders and executives. We specialize in helping leaders create extraordinary businesses.  We welcome clients in the personal and professional services industries, including Creative and Design Services, Software & IT Services, Professional Services and Healthcare Services.  As always, we welcome your comments, thoughts, questions and suggestions.  If you are seeking a business assessment, or have further questions about creating your strategy or developing your vision, please give me, Rick Meekins, a call at 678-265-3908, or email us at [email protected].


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Don’t Just Stand There! Open the Door! | Extraordinary Business

I was working with a client, over the weekend, at his office in Downtown Atlanta.  He mentioned to me, when we were walking in, that he had gotten a ticket parking in the same location that I did.  However, there was a 2 hr parking sign there, so I felt like I was safe.

As I was returning to the car, after the meeting, I noticed a Parking Nanny  (patrol officer assigned to writing parking tickets) standing at the corner of my street with two other guys.  They were talking about writing parking tickets and were debating on whether or not to have my truck towed.  As they continued their conversation, I walked down to the truck, got in and drove off.  As I drove by them, I saw them staring at me with their eyes bugged and their jaws on the floor.  They had missed an opportunity.

This is what happens with many business leaders and super villains.  They spend so much time evaluating and discussing their opportunity that them miss out altogether.  This is why it is so important to have a plan in place to evaluate and take advantage of opportunities, quickly.  This is why you’ve got to be of the mindset that you are always looking for opportunities.

For example:

  • Business mission and vision statements – How will this opportunity effect my company beliefs?
  • Job Descriptions – I’ve met someone who I think might be a good employee – I just don’t know what I am looking for or how to leverage their capabilities
  • Business modeling – We need to get more space and more vehicles.  Based on our current P&L;, how much can we afford?
  • Idea Champions – We have great ideas – but they just remain ideas.

All of these are typical scenarios and responses are tools that you, as a business leader, need to use in order to take advantage of some opportunities.  Of course, this is the short list.  Yours will be a bit longer, and practical for your line of business.

When opportunity knocks, be ready to be extraordinary.  Don’t just stand there.  Open the door!

Aepiphanni Business Consulting: The Business Strategy People is a Strategy Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of small to medium sized business leaders and executives. We specialize in helping leaders create extraordinary businesses.  We welcome clients in the personal and professional services industries, including Creative and Design Services, Software & IT Services, Professional Services and Healthcare Services.  As always, we welcome your comments, thoughts, questions and suggestions.  If you are seeking a business assessment, or have further questions about creating your strategy or developing your vision, please give me, Rick Meekins, a call at 678-265-3908, or email us at [email protected].


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Chaos in the Marketplace | Extraordinary Business

I was speaking with marketing guru Joel Alpert of MarketPower at an event last week, discussing the idea of positioning and clarity of the marketing message. During our conversation, Joel was kind enough to give me some marketing pointers (I am a strategist, not a marketer, Joel!), one of which was the  importance of presenting your goods and services in a manner so that people can quickly ascertain what what your company offers and who it is targeting.
For example, Aepiphanni is a business strategy company.  We help business leaders create extraordinary businesses.  If we decided, suddenly, that we wanted to sell memberships to timeshares, potential buyers would begin to doubt us as a company because they couldn’t make the connection between business strategy and timeshares.
While, logically, maintaining consistency with your brand is a no-brainer, I cannot tell you how many business leaders I run into who are trying to sell so many things that they really have no identifiable brand or trademark expertise.  Their projects, products or services, while good, don’t ever reach the potential that they could because the business leader cannot devote enough time to a single focus in order to make it exactly what it needs to be.  People are hesitant to purchase from their companies because they don’t truly understand what it is they will be purchasing.
This is especially important in the professional services industry, since we are selling experience, education and Aepiphanni’s.  If we decide that our organizations need “multiple streams of income” and they have nothing to do with our core business, nor serve our core market (see your mission and vision statements!), something is going to suffer.
Keep in mind – the clearer and more aligned your business is, the easier it will be for your potential market to purchase from you.  The more scattered your sources of income, the more confused you and your business will appear.
Be extraordinary.  Avoid the chaos.
Aepiphanni Business Consulting: The Business Strategy People is a Strategy Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of small to medium sized business leaders and executives. We specialize in helping leaders create extraordinary businesses.  We welcome clients in the personal and professional services industries, including Creative and Design Services, Software & IT Services, Professional Services and Healthcare Services.  As always, we welcome your comments, thoughts, questions and suggestions.  If you are seeking a business assessment, or have further questions about creating your strategy or developing your vision, please give me, Rick Meekins, a call at 678-265-3908, or email us at [email protected].
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