DO YOU OWN A STRESS-O-MATIC?

 

By Nancy Allen – President  – Leading With DiSC


STRESS-O-MATIC?  You might be wondering. What’s this?
Okay. this was a fun way to get your attention.  
And here’s the main point:
Most of us would NOT buy a Stress-O-Matic, even if it was a real item that you could purchase.
In fact, we often ask ourselves how we can Reduce our stress? Right?
So, I decided to take be creative and look at “Commuting to Work”-  as a form of Stress, to see how  each DiSC Style responds.

 

Take a look to see which Style seems more like you:

Check Your Driving Behavior

 

 DOMINANT STYLE– Tends to drive in the fast lane and leaves early to avoid traffic. They conduct business using blue tooth, etc. while on the go!

 INFLUENTIAL STYLE:  Tends to get ready putting on last minute accessories, while in the car. Plays Music/Sings while on the go! 
 STEADY STYLE:  Tends to leave the same time every day. May prepare coffee/tea to go!  And will regularly make a daily call to relative to discuss the day.
 CONSCIENTIOUS STYLE:  Tends to listen to news to avoid traffic delays and researches parking garages to find the best deal.

Would you like to learn how DiSC can influence greater productivity for you and your team?  Please reach out to Leading With DiSC  or contact Nancy Allen  770- 449-5350.

When Completing Tasks – What’s Your DiSC?

WHEN COMPLETING TASKS – WHAT’S YOUR DiSC STYLE ?As a DiSC Trainer and Coach for over 25 years, I’ve observed that different DiSC Styles tackle the challenge of completing tasks, very differently. So, have some fun and take a look below to see which DiSC Style fits you.


Dominant Style

This DiSC Style often picks the most urgent items first so they can move on to their next “must do” goal. What drives the Dominant DiSC Style is momentum, getting results and a sense of urgency!  In an effort to get results, this DiSC style may offer Bold or Daring ideas and look at the big picture, thus avoiding over analysis.  Is this you?

Influential Style
The Influential DiSC Style is driven by connection with others and collaboration. This Style enjoys getting recognized and if they feel “ well – liked “  and appreciated, they will be thrilled to complete tasks with a great deal of enthusiasm.  And when you acknowledge their feelings, and the importance of their relationship with you, they most likely will offer a creative, enthusiastic, spontaneous approach that can make “work” feel like “fun”! Is this you?

Conscientious Style
This DiSC Style specializes in accuracy.   In fact, this style may get bogged down in the details at times.  If you describe the tasks that need to get done with logic supported by facts, then this Style will deliver very accurate results, as long as they do not feel forced or pressured to do so.  And with this style, expect lots of questions that may start out this way: “Just to clarify……..”
Is this you?

Steady Style
Have you heard the expression, “STEADY, FREDDY”? Well, this expression describes this DiSC Style perfectly. When tasks need to get done, this Style is comfortable with a stable, consistent process.  Setting a timeline with expectations that fit everyone’s needs is a great way to be sure tasks are completed. When this style feels heard, and experiences genuine warmth, and care they will deliver results in a very steady, dependable way.  Is this you?

Please reach out and let us know your thoughts!

And if you would like more information about DiSC Programs take a look at our Train the Trainer Programs. Or call Nancy Allen @ 770 449-5350

Are Outstanding Leaders also Good Sales People?

 

 

When I think about the Leaders I’ve Coached and Mentored over the years,
I’ve noticed five distinctions that clearly separate
Good Leaders from Outstanding Leaders.  
And I noticed that Sales People share these five distinctions, as well. 
Persuasion –The ability to persuade or convince others about the benefits of moving forward with an idea, or action is a key sales skill.  A salesman tries to convince you of the value of what he’s promoting. A leader believes personally in the value of what he’s promoting and if he is effective, he will persuade you that it is in your best interest to value it,  too.
RapportEffective Salesmanshiprequires a mirroring of the team, group or decision maker in order to strengthen rapport which is the first step in building a strong relationship. Rapport is the glue that helps Company Teams and Employees feel good about their commitment to their Leaders in the same way a buyer feels good about his purchase from a Good Salesman.
Enthusiasm – In a nutshell, enthusiasm sells, convinces, persuades and often builds rapport.  A great example is Ray Kroc, whose sense of enthusiasm for McDonald’s was legendary. He became so excited about what he sold that he persuaded others to follow.  This example shows how you can build a huge enterprise on enthusiasm both as a Leader and a Sales Person!

Persistence – Many Leaders have defied the odds and built a powerful enterprise because of the power of persistence.  Persistence is another key success factor that top Sales Professionals have used to close business and thus deliver outstanding results in the same way that Persistent Leaders enroll employees in moving far beyond their comfort zone in order to achieve amazing results.

Leverage – Good Sales Professionals know their product isn’t for everyone so they use leverage to target and reach the people who can benefit the most from their products or services.  Leaders also use leverage by identifying the people who can do the most for their organization, including supervisors, teammates, and subordinates.

What Do You Think?
Are Outstanding Leaders Good Sales People?

LEADERSHIP and SALESMANSHIP

 

 

Are Outstanding Leaders also Good Sales People?
When I think about the Leaders I’ve Coached and Mentored over the years,
I’ve noticed five distinctions that clearly separate
Good Leaders from Outstanding Leaders. 
 
And I noticed that Sales People share these five distinctions, as well. 
Persuasion –The ability to persuade or convince others about the benefits of moving forward with an idea, or action is a key sales skill.  A salesman tries to convince you of the value of what he’s promoting. A leader believes personally in the value of what he’s promoting and if he is effective, he will persuade you that it is in your best interest to value it,  too.
RapportEffective Salesmanship requires a mirroring of the team, group or decision maker in order to strengthen rapport which is the first step in building a strong relationship. Rapport is the glue that helps Company Teams and Employees feel good about their commitment to their Leaders in the same way a buyer feels good about his purchase from a Good Salesman.

Enthusiasm – In a nutshell, enthusiasm sells, convinces, persuades and often builds rapport.  A great example is Ray Kroc, whose sense of enthusiasm for McDonald’s was legendary. He became so excited about what he sold that he persuaded others to follow.  This example shows how you can build a huge enterprise on enthusiasm both as a Leader and a Sales Person!

Persistence – Many Leaders have defied the odds and built a powerful enterprise because of the power of persistence.  Persistence is another key success factor that top Sales Professionals have used to close business and thus deliver outstanding results in the same way that Persistent Leaders enroll employees in moving far beyond their comfort zone in order to achieve amazing results.

Leverage – Good Sales Professionals know their product isn’t for everyone so they use leverage to target and reach the people who can benefit the most from their products or services.  Leaders also use leverage by identifying the people who can do the most for their organization, including supervisors, teammates, and subordinates.

What Do You Think?
Are Outstanding Leaders Good Sales People?

Leaders Who Influence Results


Leaders Who Influence Results  

by Nancy Allen

So how DO Leaders influence results?
As Tony Robbins explains in his outstanding Leadership programs, there are Fundamental Human Needs that influence the decisions we make and thus, the actions that we take.  And, if we know what these human needs are, we can influencechange and empower people to move forward.
I suggest that the only way leaders can INFLUENCE Positive Results is to know WHAT INFLUENCES the individuals they serve.  
And if you know the top 2 Top Human Needs of each person you encounter then you have the capacity to influence positive results, FAST!
  • Need for Certainty/Comfort – They need to feel stability about their basic necessities. For example, the ability to know that food, shelter and other material resources are available consistently is key for this Human Need.
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  • Need for Uncertainty/Variety Variety, surprise, new ideas, etc. is the spice of life for a person with this Human Need.  They generally enjoy all kinds of Entertainment, Change in Scenery, International Cuisine, Fresh New Ideas, etc.
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  • Need for Significance – We all like to feel special, important unique etc. and a person with this Human Need gets significance via recognition from others or from themselves.
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  • Need for Connection/Love – We all want to feel a connection with someone or something: an ideal, a habit, a sense of identity, a person, etc. This helps us form our identity.
Effective Communication and Quality Questions help Leaders determine the Top 2 Human Needs that drive the decisions of the people they serve. And, effective Communication is the catalyst that makes a Good leader into a GREAT LEADER.  

Just Because You Are The Boss…

 

So the question remains:  Just because you are the Boss, does that mean you possess an effective leadership style?  And, by the way, how do YOU define an effective leadership style?
To answer this question I wanted to look at a just a few SYMPTOMS of ineffective leadership.
 
                                      people                                                                                                                                                      Lack Integrity:  If a leader lacks integrity or character, he/she will be responsible for his/her own undoing and ultimate failure.  This ssuggests that this type of leader may major in rationalizing unethical behavior and may minor in owning a problem -resolution style.
Poor Communication. Show me a leader with poor communication skills and I’ll show you someone who may influence confusing messages, frustrating meetings, low morale and reduced productivity. Top leaders with excellent communication skills can communicate across all mediums and environments. Like a radio dial, they can adapt by dialing up or down because they are Active Listeners and Flexible/Open Thinkers.
Lacking Vision:  The Movie, “The Secret” helped to underscore the importance of having a clear vision which influenced the right kind of actions that generated results. Tunnel Vision, Poor Vision or Lacking Vision is a good example of the Blind LEADING the Blind.  Thus, a Top Leader needs “Clear and Achievable Vision” in order to succeed!  In addition, he/she needs to communicate his/her vision with conviction and clarity!
No Edge: If a Leader is more concerned about Survival than Growth he/she has No EDGE.  An “Edge” is the essence or culture that sets one Company apart from another in the form of a fresh, forward thinking, dynamic and innovative initiatives.  And, Leaders whose stance is Survival– are doomed to failure because a static environment means – “Game Over”.

 

Are You Giving Up Too Soon?

I’ve noticed that there are 4 basic ways to deal with conflict.

  1. Give up
  2. Put up
  3. Status Quo – Go back to your normal way of reacting
  4. Thriving

So, would you like to invite Thriving into your Business and your Life?
Here are 3 INSPIRATIONAL Tools that might help:

 INSPIRATIONAL TOOL #1
There are no mistakes.
“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.Courtesy of Oscar Wilde
When we realize there are no mistakes, we can free ourselves from branding past experiences as negative or wasted. Use your mistakes as a powerful advantage.  Learn from them to gain perspective and then take actions that produce different results.
INSPIRATIONAL TOOL #2
You can re-frame your perspective

Focus on the positive in your life, for what you focus on increases.”
– Taro Gold
Think of your life as an academy award winning movie. You are the creator, writer, director, producer, editor and STAR of your life-movie. Become more empowered by watching, responding, rewriting and acting with words that will bring you an Oscar. –  Kay Packard
We can reflect on what we learned from our mistakes and turn every perceived botching of our past into a greater bonus for our future. And we can more easily forgive ourselves for our “mistakes” and see them as the inevitable steps toward the future we want to create.
INSPIRATIONAL TOOL #3
The outer reflects the inner. “Out there” is Really “in here.”
Your outer world is merely a reflection of your inner world. You are the root; your results are the fruits” – T Harv Eker
As you see your life differently and become freer from the self-defeating thoughts and labels that have kept you down, you’ll start to shed your old habits of seeing yourself in a negative light and you’ll begin to grow your strengths and talents in new ways. You’ll THRIVE!
I’d love to hear all about how you THRIVE in Business and Life.  Comments are welcome.

Reputation

I met a Doctor recently who was gifted, brilliant and very effective in helping patients heal. Yet, his reputation was tarnished by his arrogance and over exaggerated sense of self importance.

Despite his multiple degrees, academic accomplishments and ability to help patients heal rapidly, his business was just limping along.  
Building a good reputation is a long term investment that delivers multiple rewards, personally and professionally.
And we only ever have influence over our reputation—never control—as is the case with all things external to us. And a good reputation remains one of our most precious assets (far more important than any career, home, car, or possession)

In addition, a reputation is a fragile thing. It requires constant feeding. Consistency is crucial. For example, if you live up to your reputation 99% of the time but fail to do so 1% of the time, you risk disproportionate reputation damage especially if the person you let down is a highly influential connection in your network.
A good reputation is a natural outgrowth of you. This is an on-going journey of self-development and self- awareness.

THE BENEFITS OF A GOOD REPUTATION

  1. You can’t stop others from maligning you, but a good reputation can come to your rescue when other members of your network rise to your defense without you even knowing it.
  2. A good reputation provides you a target at which to keep aiming. Let your good reputation serve as motivation for you to try to improve yourself.
  3. A good reputation represents a great marketing strategy. When I find a service provider of any kind whose performance outshines their competition, I become their most enthusiastic free sales person because I recommend them enthusiastically to others, and I’m happy to pay them what they’re worth.
  4. A good reputation inspires others. We all need positive role models, even the best and brightest among us.

What kind of Reputation do you have?

Yesterday’s Competitor Can Be Today’s Collaborator

As youngsters most of us have all been told to work in pairs for the greater good – but when we enter the business world that mindset often goes away. Working in business can be cut throat and the competition, like you, wants to win. Many businesses have resorted to clever and bold tactics to get ahead, while others find themselves in a 24/7 survival mode, barely making it.

As we have seen, since 2008, the economical and competitive landscape has changed dramatically and this is actually good news because it gives us an opportunity to change too!

In a world where the economy is not at its best, working with another business can open up a world of opportunities. A business that may not have survived on its own before may flourish today when collaborating with another.

When a team is at a crossroads wrestling with a problem they cannot fix then collaboration may be the best choice. Having more people in the same company with different skills and new perspectives brings about more ideas and insight into problems that in the past may have been difficult to solve. Even issues that seem to have no rhyme or reason can be helped when more teams collaborate together.

 

Collaboration means having more resources to help find solutions, opening you up for business growth and new potential partners. The benefits of collaboration are huge and can possibly save a company.
How have you Collaborated with other Teams and other Companies this year?

Are You A Pessimistic Leader?

Optimism has a great power on one’s mindset and abilities as a leader. For optimum business growth, a leader who empowers his team with uplifting thoughts and words is highly valued.

Thinking positively will affect the work ethic of one’s peers and direct reports and ultimately create an energy or foundation where great relationships and results abound.

An optimistic leader will see the upside to most situations, and will work to solve problems instead of letting problems be a source of decreasing self-esteem. And yet, pessimistic leaders can be quite prevalent in the work place.

Pessimists generally view everything negatively and expect to fail at everything they do. The expectation of failure will inevitably deliver failure. Most pessimists expect bad things to happen, and find their expectations validated when these bad things do happen.

There are several ways to spot pessimism in a leader. The easiest way is to analyze their perspective on things:

If a leader of a specific group outlines a project with the expectation of failure, instead of empowering his peers with the thoughts of success, then the leader is most likely a pessimist.

If things do not go as planned and the leader does not use it as an opportunity to learn, but instead behaves as if the failure was to be expected, then you most likely have a pessimist.

Working with a pessimist will most likely decrease overall moral. To get over this, it is best to follow the pessimists leadership, but NOT the pessimists overall attitude or perspective toward life.

Insights into the leadership style as it relates to communication is a key bridge to empowering effective change and transformation, particularly with the Pessimistic Leader! This is where awareness + adaptation can take your leaders over the pessimistic fence and into the arena of meaningful change, enhanced loyalty and greater productivity!

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