PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Video: The Importance of Knowing Your Natural Productivity Style

A lack of awareness of your natural productivity style may result in burnout, illness, stress, and disengagement. It’s key to your success and effectiveness long-term.

Your natural productivity style is unique and important to understand. It differs from your adaptive style because it’s based in your inherent personality traits, including your values, beliefs, thoughts and feelings about what works most naturally for you. Understanding, honoring and building upon your natural productivity style is key to success in your life and work. The main things to consider when discovering your natural productivity style are:

  • How you make decisions – are we a snap decision-maker or do we need to contemplate and analyze things before we take action?
  • How you interact socially – are you introverted or extraverted? Do people sap your energy or increase it?
  • Are you spontaneous or rigid in your pace for doing things – do you maintain consistent routines or function best with no plans?
  • Are you detailed and process-oriented or not – you may be very focused on the details or more comfortable thinking about the abstract, high-level perspective.

If you or those who work with you are not aware of the significance of each person’s natural productivity style, results may often include burnout, illness, stress and disengagement. What works for each person as identified in their natural productivity style is key to their success and ability to remain engaged and effective long-term. The ramifications for gaining awareness of it and the impacts of honoring it in the workplace are crucial to understand and address. To enter the process of discovering your natural productivity style, see productivity expert Cathy Sexton’s academy video article on this topic or contact her by email at cathy@TheProductivityExperts.com or visit her websitewww.TheProductivityExperts.com

Video: Why a Brain Dump Increases Productivity

Most business owners have the bad habit of holding too many thoughts in their mind even though we can only focus effectively on about five.

Most business owners fall into the bad habit of trying to hold too many thoughts in their mind even though we can only consciously succeed in doing so effectively and thoroughly with four to five thoughts at a time. We process at least 60,000-70,000 thoughts per day so it’s important to recognize that when these thoughts remain in our mind:

  • We can’t organize them
  • We can’t prioritize them
  • They likely cause us stress
  • They can overwhelm us
  • Their sheer volume makes us feel out of control

It’s all too common that many business owners are stressed out simply because they hold too many thoughts in their mind rather than taking time to sit down and write everything out in order gain clarity and take productive action. To engage in the process of an effective brain dump, see productivity expert Cathy Sexton’s academy video article on this topic or contact her by email at cathy@TheProductivityExperts.com or visit her website www.TheProductivityExperts.com

How Entrepreneurs Brains are Wired for Success

Are you willing to flex and stretch your perception of an entrepreneur? The “entrepreneurial spirit” is alive and well and may perhaps include you.

Entrepreneurs are a rare and perhaps undervalued group of people who dream, act upon their dreams, and sometimes succeed in achieving what are perceived as superhuman feats. Typically, we think of entrepreneurs as people who create new businesses with different and improved products and services.

Are you willing to flex and stretch your perception of what an entrepreneur is and does? My rationale is that the “entrepreneurial spirit” is alive and well in more people than we think, perhaps in you. Limiting our entrepreneurial gifts to creating business enterprises robs us of the potential for some really big and positive changes in other areas of our lives.

What characterizes an entrepreneur’s values, beliefs and behaviors? How are they wired for success? Why do some people succeed and others fail? The following sections provide two checklists for entrepreneurial success and failure. The lists are based on the author’s expertise in practical neuroscience and his experience working in both entrepreneurial and traditional environments. You will learn whether the entrepreneur’s pathway is right for you, and how well equipped you are to embark on this wild and wooly journey with great outcomes.

The Successful Entrepreneur’s Brain

How many of these characteristics do you possess? You may be further along the pathway to entrepreneurial success than you think. Imagine any three or more of these characteristics as your initial “stepping stones” to living the life of your dreams.

  • Strong desire to do things one is unable to do in traditional settings
  • Vivid and compelling future outcomes become your GPS
  • Willing to change, learn, adapt, and flex
  • “Can-do, will-do” attitude
  • Positive mental attitude
  • Attitude of gratitude
  • Balancing self-interests with best interests of others
  • Effective communication skills
  • Imagination plus practical thinking and action
  • Creates a small, diverse “dream team”
  • Practices cooperation and collaboration, rather than competition
  • Willing to live in an outer world of risk and uncertainty
  • Resilient in the face of obstacles, ridicule, and failure
  • Intuition and inner drive that can overpower logic and reason
  • Strong inner fortitude to ignore and bypass fear
  • Staying on-course, no matter what
  • Picking one’s self up after failure and moving forward
  • Continuous learning and improvement
  • Thrill of exploration, experimentation, and discovery
  • Chosen pathway is fun each and every day

Obstacles to Entrepreneurial Success

Combinations of three or more obstacles will likely limit or cripple your potential success as an entrepreneur or change agent. These “deal breakers” may be more important than the characteristics listed earlier as contributing to entrepreneurial success. Caution: Your desired outcomes may not be what you think if you resonate with these obstacles.

  • Fear of failure, economic risk and ruin, ridicule
  • Flying solo rather than having diverse co-pilots
  • Resistant to changing self, but wanting others to change
  • Attempts to manipulate and control people and situations
  • Values competition over cooperation and collaboration
  • Poor communication skills
  • Dominating self-interests
  • Needing to be perfect and right
  • Low tolerance for errors and mistakes
  • Waiting for the right time and place
  • Procrastination
  • Negative mental attitude
  • Desiring extrinsic rewards more than intrinsic benefits
  • Living in the past, which limits imagination
  • Obsessive use of data and facts
  • Absence of self-confidence
  • Belief that you are not ready and the time is not right
  • Low trust in your brainpower and caring nature to create
  • Abiding by other people’s opinions and decisions
  • Believing that “Fun” is something you experience after you succeed

In summary, expand your thinking about entrepreneurism to include what you can positively change in your home and work to improve the quality of life for all. Leverage your positive entrepreneurial brain characteristics in nearly everything, not just in building business enterprises; any one characteristic will serve you and others in positive, life fulfilling ways.

I challenge you to make one difference in one area of your life; you will multiply the effect and reduce the time needed for success, when you enlist someone like you to join with you. “Don’t Fly Alone.” The power of your brain, combined with your caring nature, is the greatest power in the world. You can do it!

Stephen F. Hager is a co-founder of The HADRON Group, Inc, along with Deanna S. Phelps. Hadron is the world’s leading developer of practical neuroscience solutions for entrepreneurial, career, personal, and educational success. Stephen is a lifelong learner, author, public speaker and seminar facilitator. He has dedicated his life to educate and help leaders, teams and organizations live better and less stressful lives through practical neuroscience. You can reach Stephen at Stephen@neuidentity.com; the consolidated web site for The Hadron Group iswww.neuidentity.com

The Power of Passion in Succeeding in Marketing and PR

It’s not just about a diploma hanging on the wall. Want to have success in marketing? Be passionate, push boundaries, and most importantly, make mistakes.

You have invested in your education and have a degree? Whether you have or not, your success depends on something more: Passion

So, you have a degree in marketing, communications or public relations. What does that mean for entering the work force? The harsh reality is that in many employers’ minds, it may not mean much, as a large number of people with college degrees have no practical experience and/or meaningful internships.

Of the resumes we receive at KolbeCo, roughly 20% have meaningful experience. In addition, they are not students of the media, meaning they don't watch the news, read the paper or are active in building a professional brand for themselves on social media.

As I look back at previous generations, many professionals of years past did not have the educational experience, but they had practical experience. They learned on the job. They were always passionate students of their trade.

Allow me to share my grandfather’s story, a man who faced a challenging childhood, managed to get a high school education, and started his career selling irons door-to-door during the Great Depression. But the man who began as an iron salesman had a passion for engineering. He was self-taught, never stopped learning, and went to work for Douglas Aircraft in California, which later merged and became McDonnell-Douglas.

During his time there, he became the chief engineer on the AV8 Harrier project and worked in a lead role on the Apollo project. Yet he only had a high school diploma. Why was he successful leading a team of 2200 engineers? Because he was a student of engineering – even in retirement!

He loved designing aircraft, and it was a big part of his identity. He remembered many of the internal debates within the walls of McDonnell Douglas – now Boeing. These were passionate debates on how to address problems and make designs better. Believe it or not, I have met people on his team who remember debates with my grandfather from 30 or 40 years ago! That is what I call passion.

I believe there are lessons to be learned from my grandfather’s story – lessons that translate to the marketing and PR industry. The story teaches us that it’s not just about a diploma hanging on the wall. Want to have success in marketing? Be passionate, push boundaries, and most importantly, make mistakes. Want to be a great PR person? Have a true, authentic appreciation for the media. Become a consumer of media – read a journalist’s articles, watch the news, follow them on social media, learn the audience. You will soon understand what a journalist or a producer likes. You don't need to ask them and shouldn't have to. As you learn this you become a resource as a PR person and not a pest.

But being a great professional is also about finding your personal passion, and gaining life experience. Looking to enter the marketing field and not sure how to get started? Volunteer at a nonprofit. Explore the world. The more depth you have as a marketing person the more creative you can become. While some of this comes from experience, there are numerous creative people who are young and always thinking of new ways to push the boundaries. As a new graduate, look to push the more senior experienced people to their limits as well. They will appreciate it if they too are passionate people.

Education is a great start, but where you go from there is up to you.

For marketing, branding and public relations assistance visitwww.kolbeco.net.

Video: The Effects of Dietary Stress on the Body

Dr. Dan Fazio provides an in-depth presentation providing information on:

  • Our inflammatory response in the body and how food choices can cause it escalate and harm our bodies
  • Understanding the importance of maintaining a stable glycemic load for balanced blood sugar
  • The effects of simple carbohydrate loading on our blood sugar levels and the body’s response of quickly storing fat, often in unlimited capacity
  • How to eat to best utilize our food intake so our body’s metabolism functions in a resourceful and safe way
  • The differences between the types of foods and their possible unique combinations of carbohydrates, fat and proteins

Dr. Fazio ends this presentation providing dietary tips that help viewers make healthy food choices and combinations of foods that allow your body to process energy from it effectively. He reminds viewers that the food we eat is the single biggest thing we can control and the greatest contributor impacting our health. To contact Dr. Dan Fazio, email or call him (danielfaziodc@gmail.com or 636-227-4442)

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Video: Where Does My Time Go – Boosting Productivity Levels?

When it comes to being a multi hat person you can't wear them all at the same time. For your business to grow and thrive, you must use your time wisely and make the concerted effort and ask yourself, "Which hat am I wearing?", "Which hat is most important for me to wear?", "Which ones am I capable of doing or learning to do?" and an even more important question is "Is this the best use of my time?"

• Using the 80/20 rule = being 16 X more effective
• Time Vs. Results
• Analyzing where their time is spent and quick way to understand what to delegate
• How using a powerful tool like Evernote can boost productivity

In a memorable, simple and practical way Cathy Sexton helps viewers understand the best way to boost productivity is by doing more of the vital few.

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The Journey of Life

We all have the same amount of time every day. We choose to invest it, or waste it.

“Everything in our lives, all of our pursuits, should be founded upon our answer to the question why—why we exist, followed by why we do what we do.” – Todd Gongwer- Lead…..For God’s Sake

Why do we go on vacations?  I would go on vacations to enjoy life for a while, to relax, create memories and, be with my family.  It was important for Holly and I to create memories of family vacations we had as children. We would then decide for the time and money we had, where could we go. We would determine the must see sights. We always wanted to get the most out of vacation. When our vacation was over, we did not want to regret not seeing or doing something. We wanted to get the most out of our one-week together.

Our life is like our vacations in several ways. I would like to share two. The first is when it’s over will you have regrets for something you wished you would’ve done?  The second is, sometimes vacations don’t go as they are planned and sometimes our lives do not go as we planned.

What does the Bible say about your life not going as you planned?

Trials and Temptations-James 1:2-8

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

As stated above we should pray with all of our heart for wisdom or we should not expect to receive it.

I like the Serenity Prayer.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

We all have the same amount of time every day.  We choose to invest it, or waste it.

lm 90:12 - Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom. Until I prioritized what’s important to me- I felt stressed, not blessed. Pray for wisdom to understand why we exist, and why we do what we do. Wisdom allows you to make the most of your time and be at peace when your life doesn’t always go as you planned.

Succeeding in a Rapidly Changing Workplace

“Change is the only constant”- Heractitus

Change brings out the need to know our being, as well as our doing.  An organization’s greatest investment is in its employees.  Employees are human beings who do the heart of the work.  The first customer is the company’s employee and the second customer is the external customer.

There are many changes, issues, situations, and opportunities that present themselves every day, and they impact the way we do business. When we recognize some of these issues, we can identify our role in moving our organizations forward.

The first issue is understanding how change really impacts us

The human experience consists of matching our capabilities against the challenges we are faced.  A sense of balance, or status quo, is maintained in our lives when our capabilities equal the challenge before us.

A second issue is change and control

At the heart of understanding how people react to change is the issue of control.  Humans have evolved into being the most control-oriented animals on the planet.  People are most comfortable when they can influence what happens to them.

A third issue is the fear of losing control

People often choose to stay in negative situations that are familiar and thus more predictable rather than face the ambiguity generated when they are confronted with the unknown.

A fourth issue is defining the speed of change

Each of us travel through life at a unique pace that allows us to assimilate the major changes we face. This is referred to as our speed of change.  People who demonstrate exceptionally high performance during periods of major change are usually operating near their optimum speed of change, and when they are functioning at their optimum speed of change, they are absorbing significant disruption with minimal dysfunction.

A fifth issue is resilience

Resilience, the ability to absorb high levels of disruptive change while displaying minimal dysfunctional behavior, is the single most important factor necessary to increase an individual’s or organization’s speed of change.

How we succeed in a changing workplace can be influenced by our paradigms.  Our personal paradigms have a powerful impact on how we feel, think, behave, approach a situation, and succeed in a changing workplace.  What are “your” paradigms about today, the future, and your feelings about change?  What are the barriers that exist today that prevent you from succeeding in a changing workplace and how do you overcome them?  Can your resilience to change be raised by learning concepts and applying techniques to reinforce the five key characteristics of resilient people?

To learn the answers to these questions and more regarding succeeding in a changing workplace go to following address and contact us:

http://www.alliancetechnologiesllc.com/contact-us

Video: The Practical Neuroscience of Productivity

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How many of these experiences can you relate to?

Overwhelm, strained relationships, not enough time, not being understood, health concerns? These are all symptoms that you are out-of-touch with how your brain is wired for a successful life.

When you are working with the way your brain is wired for success, rather than against it, you will experience:

  • Getting the right things done in less time
  • Reduced stress
  • More free time
  • Cooperation and collaboration vs. competition

Alignment of your brain strengths, mood state, skills and competencies will yield higher productivity and a higher quality-of-life.

Alignment = Productivity + Quality-of-Life

Practical neuroscience is your unrecognized solution to being the very best you can be.

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Video: What and Why Alignment

First we are beings and must listen for greatness. What stirs our heads and hearts? Our whole being? Alignment allows us to succeed through anything.

This video on alignment is an excerpt of Judy Ryan's presentation at the Experts 4 Entrepreneurs 2012 seminar. Judy talked about the what and the why of personal and professional alignment. The entire presentation is available to members of the Experts 4 Entrepreneurs academy.Learn More about the e4e Academy.

Three Steps to Become the Captain of Your Life

How did you feel when you first heard or read the expression, “you are the captain of your soul?”

It struck fear in my heart, when I heard this in church as a young child. I had no benchmarks for what it meant to “be the captain of your soul” except for religious personalities, famous humanitarians and potential suffering. This was not my map for life as an inquisitive and sensitive 11 year old. I did think it was important, but didn’t know how to deal with it.

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In Every Challenge Seek Opportunity

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

 Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)

I was raised by two hardworking and loving parents who taught me I could be anything I wanted. In 1974, fate led me to the love of my life, Holly. For the next 10 years, everything was picture-perfect. We began a family in 1977, built our dream home in 1978, and by 1985, our family consisted of four boys and a girl. I owned and operated three family restaurants and five muffler shops with my brother. All of my hard work had paid off, and I was living the American dream.

On August 13, 1985, we lost our infant son, which was very difficult, especially for my wife. In 1990, my brother and I had gone our separate ways in the business By 1993, our oldest son began to struggle with drug addiction. The year 1995, our city began a 19-month road project that resulted in our business dropping in half. December 17, 1997, our son Landon was killed in a car accident. In 1998, our oldest son was faced with eight years of prison due to his continued struggle with addiction. In 2000, my father passed before his time, falling victim to surgical mistakes.

"Our American dream was becoming our American nightmare. Why was this happening?"

For years, I struggled not understanding why all the turmoil. My belief I could be anything I wanted and I had control over my life was shattered. I had no control over what was happening. Our American dream had become our American nightmare. Why was this happening?

After a year of struggling with our second son’s death, a friend of mine wrote, “Larry, if Landon could talk to you now, what would he say? He would say,” Dad get your head out of your butt, take care of Mom, my brothers and my sister, and I’ll see you someday.” At that point I had a choice. My faith would either grow or it would go to hell. Luckily for me and my family, my faith grew.

Fast-forward to May 28, 2010—the day I suffered a stroke that paralyzed my left side. I laid in bed thinking, “Why me? What Now?” Through this stroke, I have been blessed with an understanding of patience and persistence. I walk carefully, and currently type with one hand. However, I am working full time, and life is good! I have been blessed to share my story with others, and this is what I believe:

Proverbs 16:9. “We make our plans, but the Lord guides our steps.” With each of these life challenges, I have been given an opportunity. I have been blessed with a wonderful family and love of my wife of 38 years. My three amazing children have all been blessed with their soul mates, and I have 5 wonderful grandchildren.

Life’s challenges have blessed me with an understanding of the importance of faith, family and friends. It is through faith we receive the gift of hope. It’s by faith our challenges can become opportunities. I would add to Dr. King’s quote to say, “The bigger the challenge the bigger the opportunity.”

Help! I Dread Going to Work and I’m the Owner!

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character power.

- Abraham Lincoln

What do you need and want in order to enjoy a successful, thriving business? Most of all, you need employees who are proactive, creative and personally responsible regardless of who’s observing. You need people of character, who use their power in service. So…how do you accomplish this when 71% of the American workforce is predominately disengaged?

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