Seeing the brighter side

Life is short.

Life is too short to hold grudges. Life is too short to be pessimistic. Life is too short to be unhappy. Life is too short to settle for mediocre when you can be excellent.

Turn a negative into a positive. Turn an obstacle into an achievement. When you look on the brighter side of life, you will enjoy it more.

Life is hard. But it is astronomically more difficult when you have a negative attitude. So don’t handicap yourself from the beginning. Give yourself the best chance possible and see the brighter side of life!

Back to Basics: Encourage Your Team

Many of us get wrapped up in our own day to day challenges, that we sometimes fail to deliver where we are needed most as a leader. We fail to encourage our team members.

Your team members need you to be their biggest fans; their biggest cheerleaders.

Simply providing them a place of employment is no longer acceptable in the marketplace. The idea that your team members should be happy because they have a job is ancient thinking. You will never get someone’s best effort without encouraging them along the way.

You won’t believe how far a handshake, high five or a “Thank you for your great work!” will go. Your team members are like your children and are craving your approval. When you do this, you can possibly make their day, week or even month. Don’t you owe that to them?

I challenge you to catch your team members doing something right over the next week. Be honest and sincere when you talk to them and don’t forget to smile. If you have the opportunity, praise them in front of other team members or their family members.

If you praise them for a job well done in front of their colleagues, they will see that and pick up their performance because they want to be praised like that next time.

If you have the ability to praise them in front of their spouse, children, or parents, please take the time to do so. Our team members give us 40+ hours of work a week. If their family members hear that they are appreciated and respected at work, it makes the time away from home that much easier to bear.

If you take this challenge to heart, you will create a better work environment, more loyalty and a better culture. Who wouldn’t want that?

Thank you very much for reading. Like always please share your thoughts and ideas! What have you done to encourage your team members? Everyone is different so I would love to hear what you do! Thank you!

Servant Leadership

It’s easier to get outside yourself, when you’re thinking about someone else.

The greatest way to get ahead, is to serve others. This is the essence of servant leadership. As a leader, when you help others accomplish their tasks, you lift them up and make them better. That is the leader’s sole purpose.

When you make everyone around you better and you will better yourself along the way.

Praise your team!

Catch your team doing something RIGHT and praise them! Make it a habit and the productivity of your team will increase!

Everyone loves to be honestly praised for the work they do. Be genuine and sincere in your appreciation and your team members will enjoy your blessings.

Execute with Excellence

Stand Out Leaders execute with excellence on a daily basis.

From the time you wake up, until the time you go to sleep, do the little things right. The world needs people who are accountable and have integrity. When you hold yourself to these high standards, everyone will take notice.

It is important to execute with excellence off the job as well. As Zig Ziglar says, “What you do off the job, determines how far you go on the job”. These traits are transferable to your everyday life.

Take pride in your integrity. Take pride in your discipline.

When you execute with excellence on a daily basis, you will be able to do anything that you set your mind to. It’ll just be a matter of time!

Today’s Leadership Thought: Discipline!

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” – Jim Rohn

You can do anything you want to do and be anything you want to be! It’s just a matter of how bad do you want it?