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Creativity Exercise

Do You Know How Powerful You Are?

It’s time for a creative writing exercise! You need to boost your creativity. Essentially, those of you who believe you are not creative this one’s for you.

“Technology, like art, is a soaring exercise of the human imagination.” – Daniel Bell

Boost your creative thoughts, ideas and opinions through writing. Remember when you were in elementary and maybe junior high school you had to use your creative mind to write a story about various things. Here’s your chance to challenge yourself and write about anything you want that is of interest to you. Most people don’t realize that when given the opportunity they can speak in public on a favorite topic they know about without experiencing anxious or nervous feelings. This is because they focus on what they are talking about.

This is the same thing where you get to choose your favorite creative topic and write what you want in a creative way. If you don’t want to write, painting or drawing might be more of your cup of tea. Either way, you need to challenge yourself as they world around you is becoming more and more on the creative, technologically innovative side of things. It’s not the way things used to be.

“A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.”
-Richard Branson

Rediscover Your Creative Self
Prepare yourself for more changes as the world spins faster with new things coming out in a blink of an eye. Be part of the creative changes taking place or you will be lost. Unleash your creative thoughts, ideas and opinions that you’ve held for so long. Give them an opportunity to expand and express who you are through them.

“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.”
-Albert von Szent-Gyorg

Start with Why
Since there is no litmus test for creativity, you have to start experimenting with ideas you combine and see how well they work together. If it works well, great. If it doesn’t work well, then it’s back to the old drawing board for finding the right combination. Look for related and unrelated things that just might work together. Ask thought-provoking questions to help you with going outside the status-quo.

“When all think alike, then no one is thinking.” – Walter Lippman

Work Your Strengths
Take a few minutes and think about what your true strengths are. Do they rely on the work you do currently, or do they yearn for something more exciting? Creativity can be the excitement you are looking for. If your thoughts go into overdrive and look toward creative ideas, maybe you need to take a look in that direction. If your current job seems boring as you work doing the same thing every day just to earn a paycheck, your brain is telling you to look elsewhere. It may not be creativity you may need to find something you can feel good about and to use more of your skills and talent.

“Creativity is just connecting things…” – Steve Jobs

Creativity plays a crucial role in achieving satisfaction and excellence in anything you do. Unlocking your real potential may actually go beyond what you do currently. Only you can figure out what you potential and passion really is. When you do, go for it.

“The first step is always the hardest… But you’ll never regret it!
– Author Unknown

Leaders Suffering From the Impostor Syndrome

“When you put on a costume, you may look like the real thing to others, but internally you know you are NOT actually that persona.” – Brigette A Cardenas, M.A., TAGT Leadership Conference 2016.

As an executive you typically don’t discuss your insecurities with others and you are supposed to demonstrate your great leadership traits. This is what you were appointed in this position for. The situation is that you feel you are an impostor for being in the leadership role you are given. You believe that somehow you’re not qualified to be a leader like your peers are. You think you are not deserving of the success you have and fear you will be “found out” for who you really are. This feeling is common for many first-time business leaders especially CEOs. You feel unprepared, untrained and not worthy to be in your position.

Have you ever felt like someone you’re not in the leadership position you are in? Accordingly, 70 percent of all successful people have experienced feelings of being an impostor at some point in their career. Understanding the impostor syndrome in leadership impacts the way you lead employees and the way you conduct business.

Leaders who have the impostor syndrome experience a lack of confidence, a feeling you are going to be found out that you are not as good as you portray yourself to be, feelings of self-doubt, comparing your leadership with others, believing you are not successful and any success you have is sheer luck, unable to accept successful accomplishments, feeling incompetent, convinced you are mediocre and unqualified to be a leader.

Surrounding yourself with statements such as “They’ll fire me”, “Everyone will laugh at me”, “I’ll be humiliated”, “They’ll think I’m a nothing”, “I should not have taken this job to begin with”, and “I’ll never work again”. These statements are others are probably swirling around in your head. They don’t need to be.

Both men and women alike struggle with the impostor syndrome. Men are more afraid to talk about it than women. Women with impostor syndrome tend to blame themselves. Men, on the other hand, accept more readily the fact that some things are beyond your control.
Suffering from the impostor syndrome you don’t see yourself the way other people see you. They think you’re on top of your game. They admire your knowledge, accomplishments and leadership qualities. Feeling you are fooling people in what you do you may think your abilities are not as good as other leaders. Having a fear of being exposed as a fraud, leaders sometimes are paralyzed with the fear of failure.

The specific behaviors common with having the impostor syndrome include:
Many people who feel like impostors grew up in families that placed a big emphasis on achievement.
• Difficulty accepting praise as being genuine (Denying praise and positive feedback as you feel people are “buttering you up”).
• Having high and unrealistic expectations of yourself
• Feeling that peers with the same responsibilities are somehow more qualified or better at their jobs
• Afraid of new responsibilities or challenges because they’re afraid of failure
• Impostor feelings are generally accompanied by anxiety and, often, depression.
• Feelings of inadequacy persist
• Reluctance to accept new responsibilities or challenges for fear of failure
• Self-criticizing constantly
• The impostor syndrome tends to be the domain of high achievers
• Many leaders who have the impostor syndrome are workaholics (You work longer and harder than others as compensation for not being found out).
“The biggest fear is being found to be incompetent… This fear diminishes their confidence and undermines relationships with other executives.”
-R. Jones, What CEOS are afraid of. HBR Feb 2015

“Those with Impostor Syndrome are “people who have a persistent belief in their lack of intelligence, skills or competence”– Valerie Young, Ed.D

Taking Actions to Lessen Your thoughts and Behaviors

“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes
– then learn how to do it later!
– Richard Branson

Identify Patterns
Start with a self-appraisal. Ask yourself what you are good at. Be fair and unbiased about your accomplishments. Recognize the patterns you pull yourself down into and think of what coping mechanisms you can use to reduce your thinking. Don’t hold yourself to impossible, unrealistic standards. Perfection does not exist.

Keep a Notebook or Journal
Write down your accomplishments, successes without any judging or criticizing how you achieved them.

When you start to think negative about yourself, re-frame the situation you are in to be more positive.

Stop the (Negative) Self-Talk
As soon as you question your work contributions, it’s time to stop any negative self-talk.

Constant reality checks are the best way to deal with unspoken imposter thoughts.
By constantly inserting your mind with a new coping reality you automatically defuse the ability of the Imposter Syndrome to create a false one. Having an Impostor Syndrome does not have to mean you are on edge for life. You can reduce these thoughts and feelings by not thinking much about what may take place and go with the flow of your workplace.

Getting Through the Second Half of 2017

“Optimism is the foundation of courage” – Nicholas Murray Butler

Where does the time go? We’re at the halfway mark in 2017. How has 2017 been for you and your business? Are you on track to where you should or need to be toward your year-end goals? Set priorities for the second half of the year. Do your employees know where the company is and what steps to take to get to the next goal post? Keeping your employees informed helps them get to the next level where you should or need to be.

The question is, are you pleased with where you are going this year? Are you achieving what you set out to do? If not, you still have another 6 months until the end of the year to accomplish your goals. Having the performance and insight can fully prepare you to finish the back half of the year strong.

Something about the New Year and new beginnings inspires so many people to make promises to succeed beyond the previous year. By evaluating yourself and what you want to do to get better in yourself and your work most people stretch the time you have to accomplish everything by the end of the next 12 months. The clock strikes midnight and bam! This is your year: the year of opportunity. For many you realize that 6 months have gone by and hope that the next 6 months don’t sneak up so fast like the first 6 did.

What have you accomplish on your new year’s resolution list?

Strengthened Your Business in the Second Half of the Year
Most people either don’t have a New Year’s resolution list or just don’t abide by what is on it. In any case, if you made a vow that you will do better this year than last, has that worked out for you? By day three 10% of the population have abandoned their promises. By the end of the first 30 days of each year most people give up on the promises for the New Year. Where do you fit?
Break your specific tasks down into small pieces. This helps to complete each task in shorter time periods. You can plan out where you want to focus each of the next 6 months and then work accordingly.

How much of your tasks can you give to others? Your team can complete some of the tasks. Check on them from time-to-time without micro-managing to find out how much of the task was accomplished. If you complete tasks yourself or with a team, use a checklist as it will help you to know what you have left to accomplish. Hold yourself accountable.

“A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties”
– Harry Truman

Don’t think that because half the year is over that you can’t accomplish what you want. You have another 6 months to accomplish a lot of things. Think for a few minutes and write down all that you can do.

With the first half of 2017 officially gone, how are you going to accomplish what you expect to by the end of the year?
For some people six months is enough time to change course if necessary. Most likely you have so many things to work on that you think it will be impossible to complete them all by the end of the year. By focusing and concentrating on the positive of each task you will complete each impossible task that will be possible for you to complete. Duplicating last year’s results isn’t challenging enough for what you really want. Think about what you can do that is more effective and productive to actually surpass last year.

What will you create for yourself in the last six months of this year?

The next 6 months is a chance to step back, evaluate where you have been and where to go from here. Take action to get back on track if necessary. Make the second half of the year count! Be more positive toward achieving your year-end goal. Work on the easy tasks first and then work through the harder ones. One by one you will accomplish what you want.

Using a simple exercise: get out paper and a pen, and make two lists: those people that help and those that don’t.
What inspires you or what motivates you to move yourself forward to the next level of success? Give yourself a reward each time you complete a task, the incentive alone should make it worthwhile to get done what needs to be accomplished.
New Creative Ideas Will Need to Bubble to the Surface

“Don’t give up at halftime. Concentrate on winning the second half.” — Bear Bryant

Be open to creative thinking for grabbing the attention of new customers and clients. Your existing customers and clients want to see fresh novel products and services you present them with. Here is your opportunity to move in that direction. Once you start you need to create and product things every quarter to keep your customers and clients from leaving you and go to your competitor.
Ask your employees for ideas they have. Their ideas might be what grab the attention of your customers and clients
What can you do to make the latter part of 2017 even more successful for you?

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” -Theodore Roosevelt

Leaders Encouraging Creative Risks

Encouraging Smart Risks in the Workplace

“Research suggests that psychological safety and the willingness to take risks are potent antecedents to creative insight.”

– David Burkus

Many business leaders prefer to work using the same traditional ways to get things done. This helps you avoid or reduce risks and you know what results you achieve. In order to get higher performance, you need to take a bigger risk to thrive beyond where you have been. As a creative leader, you believe that in order to achieve greater breakthrough results, you need to take calculated risks.
Are you comfortable taking risks at work? Are your employees averse to taking risks to create the company’s products and services? Take into consideration that taking risks are important for creativity and innovation.

“Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

According to Salim Ismail “There are two main types of risk. There’s the classic “let’s just go for it” risk that entrepreneurs take to build a new business. Then there’s constant risk, where entrepreneurs make small process changes but don’t bet the company on it.”
Many employees just like most executives are risk-averse. Yet, in order to survival beyond survival mode you need to take some risk. Many businesses recently are on a downhill slide toward bankruptcy. They never expected to see this take place. They did not believe in taking any risk until it was too late.

“If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.”

― Neil Gaiman

When leaders allow their employees to generate ideas to solve problems, challenges and difficulties of situations and then create and produce the end result, this is a risk you are allowing to happen. In creative organizations, risk taking is encouraged by leaders because you trust your employees to use their creative potential to get work done.

Success won’t fall into your lap unless you pursue it. Taking risks may be a necessary step toward actively pursuing success. Just like asking someone for business or in trying to sell a product or service you are putting your reputation out to others. If the buyer likes what you sell, they in-turn will let other people know. That is a risk you take.

The term “risk” has a negative connotation attached to it. You need to look at taking a risk whenever you do anything. What most people don’t do is to take a calculated risk. This is where you have a back-up plan in case the first plan does not work the way you expect.

Take a Risk
Risks lead to empowered employees that lead to engaged employees that lead to profits for your company. To start, your employees need to know what exactly risk-taking means to you and in what situations you support it. Ask these questions: as employees need to know what the outcome is you are trying to achieve? Is the reward worth the risk? and Is there a small risk task they can take that would validate the idea for the solution they work to achieve?

“The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”

-Mark Zuckerberg

Sticking to the Status Quo
Keep up with what you can do to stay ahead of your competition by challenging the norm. When it comes to taking risks, many prefer the status quo over the intimidation and unsteadiness of the unknown. This is where you now see businesses closing or at least they lose business to their competitors who use creativity to stay above the fray.

Comfort Zone
Being afraid to step outside your comfort zone is a risk employee’s and leaders need to make in order to do things different from what you are used to doing. This is a challenge most people run up against especially as you do things opposite than what you did before.

Your Willingness to Take Risks
Your willingness to take a risk demonstrates your creative expression. Creative and innovative organizations have a greater chance to be more competitive over others. By embracing the willingness to take a risk won’t matter if a mistake is made just as long as you learn from it.

To put it another way: creativity yields innovation. If you want your organization to be more innovative – you need your people to be more creative. Everyone has the capacity to be creative; they just need the right environment.

So how can we make your organization more innovative? At your core, you need creativity. You need to allow your employees to generate novel and exciting ideas. Some people develop their creative skills early in life. Others need help cultivating it later on.
Being creative is risky. So if you want your organization to be creative, you need to take the creative risk that is calculated. This means that you have a back-up plan in case the first does not work out the way you expect.

Never Stop Experimenting
Experimentation is particularly hard for big organizations, since they tend to focus on execution rather than innovation. To effectively marry execution with innovation, business leaders need to set experimentation processes in place.

Being encouraged by your company leaders to take necessary risks in order to be creative for producing a breakthrough result is a lot to ask someone who is not used to conducting business this way. It is a risk you need to be comfortable with. Allowing employees to take risks requires trust from senior leaders and executives. The biggest risk is not taking any risk at all.

It’s All About Finding People Smarter than You

“It’s all about finding and hiring people smarter than you. Getting them to join your business. And giving them good work. Then getting out of their way. And trusting them. You have to get out of the way so YOU can focus on the bigger vision. That’s important. And here’s the main thing….you must make them see their work as a MISSION.”

-Richard Branson

As leader, you have a vision. Hiring people smarter than you to do the work is where you need to take your business. Telling your employees what your vision is and giving them the work to be done needs you to step back and leave your employees alone to generate creative solutions. This allows you to get back to focus on your vision.

Surrounding yourself with people smarter than you are is how business leaders stay on top and your success keeps going. In theory, the people who are smarter than you are genius. These individuals get things accomplished in big ways. The phrase, “hire someone smarter than yourself” means you are looking for someone with a higher degree of skill and/or talent in an area you are trying to staff.  Sometimes you may find an introvert or ambivert who is extremely intelligent yet does not tout it in their personality.

Hiring People Smarter than You

Hiring the right employees is such a critical process for all business. “All too often, inexperienced managers will avoid hiring people who are smarter than they are,” says Spencer Rascoff, the CEO of online real estate site Zillow.

Clever, skilled employees require less management, constantly teach you new things, and shore up your weaknesses. Rewire yourself to reap the benefits of a team of super-achievers without suffering self-esteem erosion.

Your creative employees can make decisions on their own to demonstrate the confidence and capability leaders trust them with. Creative employees bring ideas and solutions with them. These employees embrace company culture. One of the most important aspects of being a leader is hiring people smarter than you.

“If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood, sweat, and tears.”

-Simon Sinek

“Hire people who are better than you are, then leave them to get on with it. Look for people who will aim for the remarkable, who will not settle for the routine.”  -David Ogilvy

Know Your Strengths

“Sometimes, the most brilliant and intelligent minds do not shine on standardized tests because they do not have standardized minds.” – Diane Ravitch

You’re smart, very intelligent and you have great ideas. How to create and produce your ideas is the reason you hire smarter people than yourself. If you hired people just like you nothing much if at all would get done. Understand your own strengths, weaknesses and be willing to put your ego aside.

It’s not all about who’s smarter in terms of IQ points. It’s a matter of hiring people who are creative and innovative. They are experienced in producing breakthrough results.

When surrounded by smart people, your first impulse may be to hide your ignorance. With this in mind, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask thought-provoking questions to allow your employees to take your idea and make it a great breakthrough. Foster your own strengths by sharpening them with smarter skills.

“It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.” – Steve Jobs

Reduction in Micromanagement

When you hire people smarter than you there is a significant decrease in managing them at all. These employees are given the task or assignment and you need to trust them to do what they do best. You hired them to do the job, let them do it. They do not need to be led to reach solutions to the problems, challenges and difficulties they are given. Smart employees learn quickly to what they need to do.

Let Go of Your Ego

Warren Buffet said it best when he said “It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.”

The old saying “You become the people you spend the most time with,” is an important principle to leverage in the workplace. With this in mind, does it make sense for you to surround yourself with smart people? Don’t Be Afraid to Hire People Smarter Than You

“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” – Rosalynn Carter

Unconventional Wisdom at Its Best

Most people usually think of Conventional wisdom at its best. The problem most people have with this is that conventional wisdom goes so far today then it stops working for what you need. Unconventional wisdom is what many rely on as creativity and innovation are not traditional.

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, & then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” –Harold Thurman Whitman

Traditional ways of doing things is where most people are at. You typically think this way and do things along these lines. Essentially, you rarely color outside the lines for any reason. You may still think differently but rarely do you express them outside of yourself.

When was the last time you inspired yourself by an idea outside the box you wanted to create? Were you afraid of telling other people of your idea because it was not traditional? Or did you not care about that as you are shifting your thinking toward being creative and innovative? More and more businesses need to become creative and innovative in order to thrive beyond survival mode.

“A certain darkness is needed to see the stars.” – Osho

Conventional wisdom wants you to do things that everyone else does. Yet if you think for a few minutes everything you knew before has changed to unconventional. For example, going from a typewriter to a computer, having a limit as to how far you can go at the end of a cord to talk on a phone to a wireless handheld device, so forth.

The world is changing and you may need to let go of your fears of creativity and work on yourself to overcome these issues and grab hold to gain creative confidence. The more and more we move forward in the 21st century, your career will depend on you being creative and innovative.

“People will always try to stop you from doing the right thing if it is unconventional.”

-Warren Buffett

You have the opportunity today to be more outstanding than ever before- Take advantage of it.

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Empathy as the New Luxury for Consumers

Is Empathy An Unexpected Element Of Luxury Today?

Your customers walk through your store looking for what they want to purchase. They find what they want but not the color they want. Your customer asks you about the item and asks you if you have it in blue and not the orange they show you. Instead of telling your customer “No” or having them do the work of driving to another store, your employees make the decision to call another store who has the item in blue. The employee tells the customer that someone can deliver it right to their home at no extra charge. When the customer receives the item they notice that a discount was placed on the item and is surprised about this. The store knows this is how customer loyalty is gained.

“Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes. Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it makes the world a better place.” -Daniel H. Pink

 “It’s not about price. It’s about creating this moment for the customers… where it’s personalized, it’s theirs, it’s comfortable, it’s home – it’s real.”

Empathy is a much misunderstood trait. Start by asking yourself if you even know what empathy is. In today’s business world, the word empathy is more along the lines of how products and services are designed for the consumer in mind. Asking consumers what you want is

More companies are embracing a human centered strategy to innovate their legacy products and services. In general, empathy is the ability to see the world around you through other people’s eyes. Essentially, you see what they see, feel what they feel, and experience things how they do. In designing a product or service for a customer you need to ask them what their experiences are and what difficulties they have with the product and or service. Improving these in what you can do for a customer gives them a better way to see you. This also helps with repeat business of other products and services you offer.

“We see our customers as invited guest to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.” – Jeff Bezos, Amazon

The shift has already begun in various products and services in the marketplace. The world in general is shifting more along these lines. As the beginning of this article started with some stores doing extra for customers and clients, these same stores flipped or inverted their leadership organizational chart upside down. In turn this provides for greater productivity and repeat business for you. (A future article will appear regarding Flipping or Inverting Your Leadership Organizational Charting).

“Customer service should not be a department. It should be the entire company.”

– Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos

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Connecting Your Leadership with Your Employees

Great workplaces are a utopia of productivity, collaboration, innovation, and success. The leaders of these workplaces inspire their employees and ignite their passion for greater breakthrough results.

What makes the difference between a leader who tells employees what to do, how to do things without recognition and one who actually shows value of your employee? How productive will your employees be when you connect well with your employees and respect their decisions in getting the work done through their creative thinking?

Today’s businesses are interconnected being fast-paced to the extent that many leaders cannot catch up with one trend before another pops up. Employee relations remain to be a leader in the workplace. It’s no secret that a company cannot operate successfully without productive employees.

“Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” – Tom Peters

Many leaders are unprepared for the challenges of today and tomorrow. Some take their lead from what they experienced previously. Employees crave connecting with their company leaders. In traditional leadership, most employees are either afraid to say anything to their leader. Employees prefer to avoid the leader as much as possible. Employee thoughts, ideas and opinions don’t mean anything.

Leaders who connect with their employees want to hear from employees. They want employees to voice their thoughts, ideas and opinions. These leaders value their employees.

“Engagement isn’t just defined by employees being engaged with the company’s leaders. Engagement is at its best when employees across all departments and teams work together and create a synergy that perpetuates the organization’s culture and values.” – Paul LaRue

When a leader interact with employees your leadership style impacts organizational culture.  In getting to know your employees, allow a team member the chance to be in the spotlight. Allowing an employee the opportunity to lead a team meeting gives the leader the chance to see how employees take action. It also gives leaders the opportunity to get to know your employees better.

A leader who is a connector is confident, courageous, and a risk taker knowing what it takes to create and produce the next breakthrough. Harnessing and maximizing differences in diversity of thought, ideas and solutions elicit ‘out of the box’ thinking that affects change and innovation.

Making connections enables leaders to lead and make decisions for employees with their input as feedback and other suggestions. Communicating openly with your employees improves their engagement and your company’s bottom line.

Brilliant Connector for Creativity

Great leaders don’t just manage employees, they make sure employees are motivated, engaged and inspired when coming to work. Recognize employees for good work, and give them room to grow. Allow them to express their thoughts, ideas and opinions. This in-turn empowers employees to make decisions instead of waiting for supervisors, managers or other leaders on the work that needs to get done immediately.

Ask Open Ended Questions to Create Dialogue

At times to instigate dialogue in order to get people to fully connected helps move your organization through the actions taken by employees. Every time you are in front of an employee you have an opportunity to increase that engagement through dialogue. Asking open-ended questions encourages employees to express their thoughts, ideas and opinions. Listening to this feedback and taking action on these statements shows leadership support. The interest leaders have impact employee productivity.

“Empathy is the connection- before the solution- that leads to solutions!” – Kate Nasser

Employees want to be able to connect with their leader—today more than ever before. Change the way leaders connect with employees significantly improves performance and productivity from the entire organization. Employees will take more pride in the work they do.


Leading with Courage and Confidence

“Creativity Takes Courage” -Henri Matisse

There are no precise ingredients that constitute great leadership. Leaders bring different backgrounds and experiences that represent the ingredients of each person’s leadership. For many leaders, your confidence and courage can hold you back from being effective. Then there are those leaders who know when to be confident and have the courage to make the decisions needed to move the company forward effectively.

 “Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control.” – Tom Landry

How many company leaders have you seen with courage and confidence to bull doze through problems, challenges and difficulties of their organization? Some leaders don’t have these skills and talent. Other leaders have them, yet don’t fully use them to your advantage. Then those who know how to use them well and don’t show off to others as you know when and how to use them for specific situations.

Confidence Requires Courage

True courage and confidence reside in leaders who can solve their organization’s problems, challenges and difficulties. How you complete this task is determined by your courage and confidence. Unlike confidence though, which requires absolute belief in your abilities, courage only requires one thing: that you act. To be courageous is to do things you’re afraid to do.

Without Confidence, There is No Leadership

“Leadership requires the courage to make decisions that will benefit the next generation.”

-Alan Autry

Leaders need to be courageous and confident in order to make tough calls and to take risks. Courage is the constant willingness to go beyond your comfort zone. Push yourself out of your comfort zone so that you can take your leadership to the next level. Without stepping outside of your comfort zone, your effectiveness as well as courage and confidence will not help you. Confidence is the primary basis in which leadership will grow.

Having a Confidently Courageous Mindset

Being a leader with the courage and confidence to be effective in your position is a mindset. Knowing how to manage tensions and to leading in tough times has a lot to do with being confident and having the courage to take actions on the things that matter most.

Self-confidence is the fundamental basis from which your leadership grows. Courage is a choice that requires action. A courageous leader will face problems head on. You may not know the outcome yet you need to still stand up to problems wherever they arise. A courageous leader is confident enough to admit that they don’t have all the answers. Just as creativity is considered as a muscle, some say courage is like a muscle—the more you use it the stronger it becomes.  This means taking a risk with your values, your beliefs, and your vision.

 “Unlike confidence, which requires absolute belief in your abilities, courage only requires one thing: that you act. To be courageous is to do things you’re afraid to do.”

 -Written by Ashford University Staff

As the saying goes “use it or lose it”, you know what got you in the position of being a leader, now demonstrate not just your skills, your talent includes having the courage to be confident in taking action on the decisions you want implemented. Your leadership is an opportunity to show your courage and gain confidence. Confidence is the outcome of your thoughts and the actions you take. It is based on your belief in your ability to succeed.

You have the opportunity today to be more outstanding than ever before- Take advantage of it.

Build Jumpstarting Innovation into Your Business

Too many businesses continue staying with their same old ways of doing business and getting the same old results. With this in mind, you may not realize that you actually lose market share of clients who can use your products and services. The big difference is that you need to shift gears slightly into the realm of being more creative.

Business stagnation left unchecked leads to lower employee productivity, decreased consumer interest and smaller profit margins. Maybe it’s time you start to innovate your business for optimal effectiveness.

Listen to All Ideas

Allow your employees to give feedback and ideas. Remember, your employees are the people who create and produce the ideas they work with. Take time to really listen to all ideas. Let your employees “brainstorm” ideas and how to get things done themselves after you give them the task to complete.

Start Asking Better Questions

If you are fresh out of ideas start asking your employees and customer’s questions. Ask questions that are thought-provoking in order to get new ideas to solve the problems, challenges and difficulties you have in front of you. Ask and think about “What if…?” These types of questions need you to go beyond the basics to the possibilities.

Break Out of Your Fixed Mindset

You company needs to shift from working on a traditional basis to an unconventional basis. This means you and your employees need to be growth oriented and be open to different thoughts and ideas and learn from mistakes and failures. Allow these things to take place as you experiment with trial and error in combining ideas that solve what’s in front of you. Go beyond the basics. Start viewing things from a different perspective than what you have been used to seeing.

Pull People Out of their Comfort Zone to Generate Better Ideas

Stop holding yourself back from not getting out of your comfort zone. By stagnating, you achieve the same work that feels comfortable for you. You end up with the same results. Stepping out of your comfort zone even on a gradual basis allows you to see your progress in your personal life and in your work. By expanding yourself your thoughts, ideas and opinions may surprise you and your co-workers. Your results will be better than you expect. The more you feel comfortable in taking a gradual step outside of your comfort you will not miss the opportunities that have been passing you by.

Transform your creative thoughts, ideas and opinions into breakthrough results that will boost your business to the next level of your success. Is your business ready to move into the 21st Century for explosive growth?

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