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Your Inner Leader

Your “Inner Leader” by Robert Landau

Are you a leader in your life?

A leader envisions a task, and then goes about accomplishing that task in the best way they can.  Motivational leadership happens when others watch a leader facilitating a task and admire the way they go about it and the results they’ve gotten.

Each one of us has an “Inner Leader”.  It comes to the fore when we stand out of its way.  It has everything to do with confidence and positivity.  If you let your “Inner Leader” lead you in life, you will reach the finish line even before you realize that you’ve gotten there.  Leadership is a part of your heartbeat, it’s a part of your breath and it’s who and what you are.

Here are seven easy-to-follow steps to life leadership:

  1. Believe there is a leader within you.
  2. Map out how you will get from A to Z for any task that requires leadership
  3. Believe you can get there
  4. Feel what it’s like already accomplishing the task even though it hasn’t happened yet
  5. Repeat step 4 as often as possible until the results are achieved
  6. Stand out of the way and let it happen
  7. Don’t worry about WHEN your goal will be achieved, just KNOW it will happen when it is supposed to.

Leading is something you came here to do.  It’s your path, it’s your life, it’s your destiny.  All you have to do is stand out of the way!

Dianne Durkin offers personal coaching services and leadership programs to guide individuals to tune into their “Inner Leader”.  Contact Loyalty Factor today to schedule your coaching or training sessions.  603.334.3401

 

Source: RobertLandauMotivation.com, August 31, 2013

Employee Enrichment: The Balanced Wheel of Success

Think about how you handle employee development.  Nothing is more engaging than a person striving to achieve a future goal and knowing they have the confidence and support of management.

 

From mentoring and managing expectations to conducting performance reviews or reaching team objectives, coaching can take many forms.  Regardless of the form it takes, the objective is the same — to positively motivate and enrich employees.

 

Employee enrichment looks at the complete life of employees — not just their work lives. 

 

  • It takes a holistic approach that goes beyond work-life balance.
  • It is what I call the Balanced Wheel of Success.

 

Even for the most successful people, life can sometimes feel overwhelming.  Loyalty Factor’s Balanced Wheel of Success helps them take a deep breath and look at their lives from every perspective. 

 

The wheel centers around Vision and Values. The personal vision and values encourages employees to think about where they are going and what their own guiding principles are.

 

Just by having this discussion, employees know you care, and with that caring comes loyalty, creativity, innovation, responsibility, accountability and trust – all elements of engagement, empowerment and enrichment. 

When people are happy, feel cared for  and have a clear sense of their own vision, purpose and values, it is much easier for them to identify with and support the vision and similar values of the organization. 

 

 

Good leaders provide corporate guidance and individual guidance.

In doing so, they engage people in the corporations success,

and in their own success.

It’s a Win-Win situation!

 

 

Dianne Durkin is president and founder of Loyalty Factor, a specialized consulting and training company that enhances employee, customer and brand loyalty for some of the nation’s most prominent corporations and many smaller businesses. Dianne’s proven expertise lies in helping companies quickly get to the core issues and outlining their impact on the organization’s profits, productivity and people.  www.loyaltyfactor.com

Engage, Empower and Enrich Employees for Increased Earnings

With these types of results talked about in our last entry, with regards to the huge costs of a disengaged workforce, The importance of engagement cannot be understated.

 

How can you engage your people?

 

1. Ask & Listen.

Avoid the dynamic of sending down a solution from up high. When you ask and listen, you understand the current status of the situation, and you can engage employees in a process for improvement.

 

2. Develop the Focus and Strategy for Improvement

If you try to do everything, nothing will get done properly. It is all about laser focusing on key areas for improvement and developing a strategy to address them. The message is very clear: Clearly articulate your vision  and strategy, and help individuals understand how their work contributes to achieve it.

 

Simplicity for understanding is key.

 

3. Communicate the Plan to Address the Identified Major Business Improvements

In communicating to employees, make sure you are looking at the communication from their perspective. It is not enough to put the message out. People need to understand it.

 

4. Build a Team Infrastructure to Develop Business Solutions

Setting up cross functional teams of 6-8 individuals to solve a major business issue brings different skills to the table. The result? You have a better chance of addressing the issues more successfully.

 

5. Communicate the Improvements that Will be Implemented   

You cannot over communicate. With all the information overload in our lives, it takes a lot of communication for us to breakthrough to our employees. Tell them, tell them what you told them, and tell that to them again.

 

6. Implement for Improvements    

To announce plans and follow it with no action is a clear message that nothing is happening. It is one of those things that makes employees cynical because it happens so often.

 

7. Measure Results     

What gets measured, gets done. Measurement is commitment to look at what is working and what is not, and puts an organization on the track of continuous improvement.

 

Engaged and empowered employees are more productive and efficient in their efforts and provide innovative ideas to solve major business issues.

Contact the Loyalty Factor Team today to learn about how you can benefit from our Strategic Assessment and Alignment  process! We look forward to hearing from you.  

 

 

 

Dianne Durkin is president and founder of Loyalty Factor, a specialized consulting and training company that enhances employee, customer and brand loyalty for some of the nation’s most prominent corporations and many smaller businesses. Dianne’s proven expertise lies in helping companies quickly get to the core issues and outlining their impact on the organization’s profits, productivity and people.  www.loyaltyfactor.com

Info Exchange – Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life

Welcome to the Loyalty Factor Information Exchange, a bi-weekly service providing summaries of major publications and books on various management and customer relationship topics. 

 Loyalty Factor has been instrumental in helping companies:

  • Increase Customer Satisfaction by 20 – 33%
  • Increase Revenues by 50% in 18 months
  • Increase Manufacturing Production by 200% in 18 months
  • Simplifying mergers and acquisitions

Our information exchange this week highlights the book, “Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life” by Margaret Moore.

Is your head spinning? You’re not alone. According to Margaret Moore – co-author of Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life – work, family, and worries about the world at large keep many of us in a state of constant disorder. Margaret Moore says, “Stop the chaos with these simple steps:”

  1. Tame the Frenzy: Think about what has enabled you to be productive, creative, energized, calm and organized in the past. Maybe it’s going for a run, building downtime into your day, talking to a friend – incorporate these back into your life.
     
  2. Sustain Attention: Imagine there’s a spotlight in the middle of your forehead, kind of like a third eye. That’s your attention, and you shine it on things. Strive to focus on one activity at a time, not only at work but in other areas of your life as well.
     
  3. Mold Information: Your brain has the ability to hold a bunch of thoughts in its short-term, or ‘working,’ memory. You can improve your ability to harness your working memory by exercising, getting a good night’s sleep, writing things down, and listening to divergent points of view. These things go hand in hand.
     
  4. Apply the Brakes: You need to be able to focus wholly and maintain that focus. But you also need to know when to stop. Doing so creates space for ideas to emerge. Make time for this to happen in your life.
     
  5. Shift Sets: Distractions aren’t inherently evil. The problem with them is that they tend to grab hold of you without you even knowing it. Rather than mindlessly following distractions, think about the pros and cons of changing your focus and make a decision to do it or not. If you switch gears, let go entirely of what you were doing and move your full attention to a different task.
     
  6. Connect the Dots: Set aside some time to think. Ask yourself, ‘What is the state of mind I need to create in order to move through this frenzy?’ It’s different for everyone. Picture what you need to be resilient, productive, and creative in turbulent times. You can apply this mindset of productivity and focus to anything. When you really use all of your brain it does beautiful things.

As you organize your life and focus on your organization, contact Loyalty Factor for a strategic assessment, feedback on how to drive employees to new levels of profitability, and coaching programs for others that may need guidance and direction!

 

The Seven Practices of Exemplary Leadership

Leadership is the critical factor that determines the success of any business, department or organization.  The ability to select, manage, motivate, and guide employees to achieve results is the true measure of any leader’s success.

The Seven Practices of Exemplary Leadership:

There have been more than 3000 studies conducted over the years aimed at identifying the qualities of successful leaders.  More than 50 qualities have been identified that are important to leadership.  And, there are seven qualities that seem to stand out as being more important than the others. The good news is that each of these qualities can be learned, and they must be learned by practice and repetition:

 

1. Vision: The most important single quality of leadership.

 

2. Courage: The second quality that leaders have in common.

 

3. Integrity: the most respected and admired.

 

4. Humility: Leaders have the security and self-confidence to recognize the value of others.

 

5. Foresight: Leaders have the ability to look into the future and anticipate what might occur.

 

6. Focus: The ability to focus personal and corporate energies and resources in the most important areas.

 

7. Cooperation: The ability to work well with others is essential for effective leadership. Your ability to get everyone working and pulling together is essential to your success.

 

Loyalty Factor is known for its Leadership Development Programs.
With over 35 modules, customized to meet our clients specific needs,
there is something for everyone.


Call us today and improve the performance and profitability of YOUR
business with Exceptional Leadership.

www.loyaltyfactor.com

 

Dianne Durkin is president and founder of Loyalty Factor, a specialized consulting and training company that enhances employee, customer and brand loyalty for some of the nation’s most prominent corporations and many smaller businesses. Dianne’s proven expertise lies in helping companies quickly get to the core issues and outlining their impact on the organization’s profits, productivity and people.  www.loyaltyfactor.com

Authentic Leadership: Knowing Your Authentic Self

Continuing with our topic from our last blog about authentic leadership, we will explore more about the center item on the True North compass, how to know your Authentic Self.

 

The journey to Authentic Leadership consists of Self Awareness, Values and Principles, Motivation, Integrated Life – and now, knowing your Authentic Self.

 

Authentic Leadership is:

  • Being aligned with who you are (being the real you)
  • Finding coherence between your life story and your leadership
  • Bringing people together around a shared purpose
  • Empowering people to step up  and create value

 

Knowing Yourself:

  • Finds passion that motivates you
  • Finds the purpose of your leadership
  • Feel comfortable in your own skin
  • Know your strengths and weaknesses and fill the skill gaps with colleagues that complement you
  • See yourself as others see you

 

Protecting & Practicing Your Values & Principles:

  • Understand the values and principles that guide your leadership
  • Decide what is most important to your life
  • Set clear limits as to what you will do under pressure

In summary, Authentic Leaders are grounded in who they are and what they stand for, and operate  with honest, integrity and congruency.

 

Dianne Durkin is president and founder of Loyalty Factor, a specialized consulting and training company that enhances employee, customer and brand loyalty for some of the nation’s most prominent corporations and many smaller businesses. Dianne’s proven expertise lies in helping companies quickly get to the core issues and outlining their impact on the organization’s profits, productivity and people.  www.loyaltyfactor.com