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Joseph Seiler MCC / Success Catalyst
A Coach is a particular breed of trusted advisor. For starters the Coach does not 'advise'. No telling me what to do but rather helping me to see what it is that would be best for me to do. So, how is that of any help? We, all human beings, only see a part of ourselves fully. There is a kind of blind side that we don't see and it is from that side of us that choices that do not serve us are born. There are some things we both know about me, some that only you know and some that only I know. Then, we have some that neither of us know about the true complete me. The way to open that side is to share more of what I know about me with you. And, to invite you to tell me more of what you see about me that I don't seem to realize. Doing those two things expands what I know about me and thus shrinks that part that is not much seen. The Coach is trained to hear between the lines and to challenge what I say about myself and about situations around me in order to open that part of me that I do not see well. It can, as an example, be as simple as my use of 'lingo' in my language. I speak with people and use all these acronyms and short forms and colloquialisms and... Many people do not understand and misunderstand and that undermines my ability to interact with people, clients, colleagues, everyone. If I could see what I am doing and come to choose to act/speak differently, I could become a lot more successful. Ok, so you don't speak like the example. On the other hand, do you, or do you act in other ways that chip away at your ability to be successful. How do you know it may be time to reach out to a Coach? There is usually a feeling of 'not quite satisfied' that sits in the gut or the back of the head or somewhere in the inner thoughts. Remember we are looking to open up and welcome the rest of you, the part you may not be fully aware of. Feeling a bit of disquiet? Most Coaches will gladly provide a short conversation, and you'll probably know within minutes if this could work for you. Why not?
Jason Horwitz / Business Sales Advisor
Online. Search and contact. Check off the list as you go. See whom you get a meaningful conversation out of. It will quickly become apparent to you who the good are and who the not so good are.
Joseph Seiler MCC / Success Catalyst
Gallup polled millions of business people in order to help them design a set of 12 questions, that if asked of employees, the answers reliably provide a measure of 'employee engagement'. They then used their questions, called the Q12, to poll millions of employees in a huge number of companies. They learned that • Only 30 % are engaged (actively add to the bottom line in many ways) • 55% are not fully engaged (get by, not often actively adding, withholding some, coasting, rarely stretch themselves) • 15% are actively disengaged (actively depleting the bottom line) Wow. The answers are on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 equal to an extreme yes, 4 a simple yes, 2 is simple no and 1 is an extreme no. That leaves a score of 3 to guess about. Is this employee neutral or too scared to tell their truth, for example. Yeah, and the above is what they found, again and again. You can google the Gallup Q12 to see all the questions and a ton of support material. I find question #3 very intriguing. Q #3 is, "at work, do you have the opportunity to do what you do best, everyday?" Have fun (I have posted an article on AskAnExpert about this topic and would be glad to chat with you about the Q12))
Joseph Seiler MCC / Success Catalyst
I am certain there are many fine recommendations one could offer. However, the one that I have heard, read about and received most often is "to engage in moderate daily exercise". The other wisdom I have encountered is to recall that the mind tells the body what to do, so feed the mind with wholesome, helpful thoughts and the body will follow. We have all met a person who speaks in toxic ways towards themselves and often towards others. They are not at all happy, most often Recall how that person looks. Healthy life over there? Not likely. How can one lead a healthier life? Moderate daily exercise and a healthy mindset will take you a long ways.
Regina M. Noriega / Award Winning Entrepreneur &. Brand Strategist
The quickest way to boost your business or see social proof that your marketing is working is to invest time in creating an online profile on the social media platforms best suited for your business. You and your business will have a 1000% reach to a wide variety of demographics not only in the US but throughout the world. The best part about this is that it's free and only costs your time.
Joseph Seiler MCC / Success Catalyst
A simple business plan means memorable without losing potency and that can engage the troops. I like the two part plan that includes just two elements. 1. What is the target/goal/outcome/result? 2. What is the deadline? Now that is truly simple. Is it too simple? Ask yourself if you know where you would be going if given a clear target? Ask yourself if you would have the initial information needed to formulate a strategy to hit that target if given the deadline? In my experience, a business plan that states the Target and the Deadline is easy to remember, clear on what is needed and provides guidelines about approaches to achieve that target. If we are looking for the memorable business plan, this is it. The entire organization will have it memorized the first time they hear it. The idea flow about how to realize the plan will be huge and from every person in the organization, regardless of rank or background. Simple enough to rally the entire staff. Appropriate urgency is easy to impart. That is powerful. Yes, there can be objections to such a simplistic approach, but when it comes to engagement, clarity and unity of purpose, fast, this does it admirably. Thus, we have the two part business plan. If looking for a more detailed business plan check out the Article entitled How might I write a dynamite Business Plan?, also here on askanexpert.com
Joseph Seiler MCC / Success Catalyst
Let us evaporate the idea that anything written is poured in concrete, never to be adjusted in any way. You wrote it, so you get to change it. Let us also make this so simple, and, fun, yes fun, that you will work on it and use it almost everyday. Yes, everyday. I like the following guidelines. Answer these four questions in no more than 20 minutes. But answer all four 1. What do I/we sell? (I mean really sell, as in Rolls Royce do not sell cars) 2. Who buys? Lots of data available if we answer #1 3. Why from us? Why not from our competitors? 4. How do we make money? What is the profit model? Are we like Uber or Amazon or like us, the way we are at the size we are, producing out product, etc. How do we propose do it? Write that down Now toss the paper into a drawer. Next day, do it all again, without referring back to the prior paper And the next day again, for a total of five days with no peeking back Take them all out and read them on the sixth day Rest on day seven Write your 'current version' of your business plan on day eight Done. You are so familiar with this eighth day form it is already memorized. You can think about any part of your plan at any time, even while in an elevator or while waiting at a traffic light. You know what you are doing in a way you didn't before know. Further, you are used to changing, adjusting your plan everyday. Wow. Go!
Joseph Seiler MCC / Success Catalyst
It is well proven that humor is a tremendous aphrodisiac for human beings of all kinds. We all respond positively to appropriate humor. The key word is 'appropriate'. The older colleague responds to a question of age with a smile saying, "but 68 is only 20 degrees Celsius". The room chuckles and moves on. Used in an ad, the reader does the same but from a happier mindset. Now you can spin benefits etc all from a maturity angle. The tenure of the company, the track record of the product and a host of angles on longevity all work better built upon the humorous start. My answer is 'yes humor can work very well in Industrial Marketing'. Just pay attention to the appropriateness of it.
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