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September, 2015

Do You Inspire Others?

An important element in leadership is the ability to inspire others. Inspiring others should not be confused with motivation where someone is providing a motive for action. Inspiring others stimulates or arouses the mind, feelings toward a special activity or creativity. In other words, stimulating a special activity or creativity can cause an individual to reach unexpected heights of performance or achievement.

A recent 2015-commencement address by Lou Holtz, successful football coach and ESPN analyst, at Franciscan University Steubenville caught my attention as a great example of inspiring others. Lou Holtz spoke to a group of students who were about to embark into the world to seek their future. He did not talk about football, but described a simple plan to achieve their life objectives.

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Lou Holtz is best known for leading the University of Notre Dame’s 1986 football team to the NCAA national football championship. He also is notable as the only football coach to . . . read more.
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Feature Article

Effective relationship building is the foundation of successful business. However, what we say is often used by others as an indication of who we are. We strive to be taken seriously but we can complicate that objective by what we say. The following lists 10 of the 17 things that you may say that others will question your seriousness.

  1. “Don’t you think?”
  2. “I see.”
  3. “To be honest…”
  4. “I mean…”
  5. “Um….”
  6. "Out-of-the-box"
  7. "This is a dumb question, but..."
  8. “Again…”
  9. '*I've got your back'.
  10. Being overly familiar right after meeting someone

What do you avoid saying to create a positive impression?

Click here to read the complete list and associated explanation.

Note: Ask yourself the following questions.
  • Do you create a positive impression in others?
  • Do you rehearse introduction statements when meeting others for the first time?
  • Do you seek feedback to determine if you have made a positive impression?

If you are looking for guidance on how to make a positive impression contact Mike to learn about the Executive Coaching services available from Brice Consulting for you and your organization.

Leadership Resources

Leadership: Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father's wisdom.
John Wooden: The difference between winning and succeeding (17:36 min)

Leadership: Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has done it all at the college level including win four national championships, so why has this been possibly the most challenging year of his career? In this "On The Scene Presented by Cadillac,"
Coach K On Leadership (5:25 min)

Turnover: They say "people don'’t leave jobs, they leave managers," and a survey by B2B marketplace Approved Index confirms that this adage is true.
Bad Bosses At The Heart Of Employee Turnover

Decision Making: Age-related changes in decision making is a topic that is increasingly becoming an important consideration as we embrace working past traditional retirement age.
Is Decision Making Impaired With Aging?

Productive Teams: When senior executives take a hard look at their organizations they sometimes marvel at the teams that seem to do it all. Such teams meet the deadlines, conform to budgets, and best of all they work together really well. And they even seem to have fun doing it.
Intangible Leadership Produces Tangible Results

Organization Development: We've all seen companies that appear to have the world in the palm of their hand, and then they drop the ball.
Why Do Companies With Great Solutions And Salespeople Still Fail?

Attitude: All entrepreneurs should draw inspiration from the NBA MVP's approach on and off the basketball court.
What My Business Partner Stephen Curry Taught Me About Leadership

Careers: We all know that work-life balance matters, chronic work stress leads to burnout, and we should always look out for number one. And yet, we aggrandize the lives of CEOs, business leaders and successful professionals as if they make no sacrifices to get to the top of the heap.
Your Career is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Sales: We are creatures of habit. American families, on average, buy the same 150 products over and over again, which make up 85 percent of their household needs, according to research out of Harvard Business School. So how can you get people to take a chance on your new business and become loyal customers?
How to Sell a Product: 5 Ways to Sell Itself

SEO: For whatever reason, some people seem to think that SEO is dying or going out of style. Fortunately, for small business owners around the world, SEO is alive and well.
Build Backlinks: The One Thing Business Owners Must Do Better

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