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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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Leading an Empowered Creative Organization

Great Managers Empower Their Organizations to Innovate

As the leader of your organization, how much do you really know about each of your employees? Ask yourself how creative and innovative your employees are outside of the workplace. Then ask them. The reason to find this out is because you want your employees to solve more problems, challenges and difficulties.

In order to empower your employees to use creative approaches moves your organization into thrive mode. You don’t have to necessarily be a creative and/or innovative workplace. These … will put your leadership into a position of allowing your employees to generate greater ideas to work more effectively in accomplishing their common goals.

“It’s not the tools you have faith in – tools are just tools – they work or they don’t work. It’s the people you have faith in or not.” -Steve Jobs, Apple

Staying Ahead in Business

“The role of leaders is not to get other people to follow them but to empower others to lead.” 

-Bill George

Productive change depends on employees who are work creatively to develop new ideas. Leaders need to learn from a number of things that go wrong when you attempt to boost creativity the wrong way. First, just coming up with a laundry list of ideas won’t solve the real problems facing an organization. That’s not how innovation works. The Idea Project was the easy part. Following through toward a successful conclusion? Not so much.

By embracing uncertainty and finding creative solutions your organization will be well equipped to thrive in today’s business climate. This is where you need to shift gears to allow your employees to use their best skills and talent to move your organization forward. This is what keeps you ahead in the marketplace.

Empower Employees to Be More Productive

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”

-General George Smith Patton, Jr.

Empowered employees are good for business. By micromanaging people stifles their creative process and makes them less likely to give their best. Letting employees make decisions on how to solve what is in front of them shows a trust you have of them.

As leader, “you need to empower your team to generate and execute bold ideas” (Tim Brown CEO of IDEO).

Empower Your Employees to Innovate

Most people are stuck in “either-or” thinking. Their mindsets are win or lose. Shifting their mindset helps when each person thinks and reacts to new possibilities. Operating from a win-win perspective has your attitude shift toward positive possibilities that your idea will work.

“The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players.”

-Blaine Lee

Encourage In-The-Moment Feedback

Create an open communication where feedback does not have to mean giving negative judgment or criticism to other. Sometimes feedback can help you improve what you are working on or it is great praise for accomplishing the task you were given.

Working Collaboratively Instead of Competitively

By improving your own organizational effectiveness by for empowering your employees, they work on a collaboratively basis instead of a competitive one against each other. Employees get to know what strengths and weaknesses to pull from in each employee for the best they do.

“Empowerment is constantly challenging oneself with something difficult that tests his power of nerve, knack, skill, aptitude, attitude and wisdom to do things diligently, delightfully but differently.” – Anuj Somany

In conclusion

Leaders should empower employees for the success of your business. In doing so, you allow your employees to use their creative thinking skills and talent. This brings out the best in your employees and the best in the work they do.

“An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success.”

-Stephen Covey

Embrace Your Creativity

“If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.”

 -Katherine Hepburn

Creativity is prized in children until around the fourth grade. Then society says, you now have to conform with what it told to you. As years pass by and you become an adult, creativity is now prized by many organizations. The better you can solve problems, challenges and difficulties the more you are valued.

Creativity is simply a solution with a unique twist.

If you believe you are creative, how do you show it? Letting other people see what you create and innovate is better than not showing your ideas, thoughts or opinions to others. Don’t let fear stop you from being creative.

Too many people have great ideas that you’ll never see. These people are afraid of being judged or criticized for their thoughts, ideas and opinions. Those who criticize are not ready for different things or changes. Remember, change is different to accept. Many who criticize are actually giving ideas to improve for greater results.

“The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change.” —Bill Clinton

By opening up your mind and seeing things differently than before you are better able to accept and question things through your thoughts, ideas and opinions.

Your courage and confidence allows you to embrace ideas you generate. Producing your ideas allows you to embrace creativity as a genius for your own unique perspective. Improving an existing idea or you know how to break through the blocks that hold you back for creating an new product that take hold of what everyone buys. Your unique creative ideas are yours.

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” —Buckminster Fuller

Creativity is not just for children. It’s for everyone. Embracing creativity shows you are able to see things from different perspectives. Question your beliefs, assumptions and see how you can take the ordinary and turn it into an extraordinary innovation. Exercise your creativity muscles to show the best of who you are.

Go embrace the unknown. You never know what your ideas will result in. Sometimes what you expect or want turns out to be different and more distinctive than you thought.

“When in doubt, choose change.” —Lily Leung

Being an Inspired Leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

– John Quincy Adams

Leadership may not have a one-size-fits-all definition. Your leadership defines your own ways of leading.  Great leaders know the ingredients before they can create the best recipe for success.   Employees are most inspired when a leader takes the time to know them.

Are you a leader who inspires your employees to greatness?  Inspiring greatness in others takes not just leadership, but knowing how to meet the needs of your employees. Having the confidence to meet the challenge goes beyond what most leaders want and expect from their employees. Inspired leaders when allowing your employees to solve problems, challenges and difficulties go beyond what most leaders want from their employees. Most leaders want and expect employees to conduct the assignment given to them with specific ways how to conduct the project.

“When you take risks and they work out, they lead to new capabilities you never saw before.” – Tom Soderstrom

Within your leadership you want employees to follow your lead. There is power in helping people get excited about what they do, and inspiring and motivating them to unleash their full potential.

Igniting Enthusiasm

Your enthusiasm can be contiguous to your employees when you allow them to generate ideas, create and produce those ideas for breakthrough results. In igniting your enthusiasm you cannot inspire unless you’re inspired yourself. This is the driver to employee engagement.

Navigating the Course of Action

Nothing extraordinary ever happens without a leader articulating a vision, a course of action. Beware of the uncertainty you lead your employees in. Set your goal to be achievable.

Inspired Employees Contribute

We all know that happy employees are more likely to stay with the company. Inspiration leads to more engaged employees. Encourage your employees to paint a picture of where they want to go and the result of their picture.  People are expected to generate ideas. Being able to stay motivated and creative gives you the focus of the work you have an interest in.

Opportunity is Always Within Reach

Most great leaders have someone who inspires or inspired them. Leading by example to empower others to be leaders of their own visions moves your employees to create and produce breakthrough results. More and more companies seek out and focus on developing their ability to drive inspiration and motivation. With this in mind, your business will thrive when you have the right employees in place.

There are a lot of factors that can be combined for inspired leaders to inspire your employees. These are just a few that you need to take into consideration when you do inspire your employees.

 “The more you inspire, the more people will inspire you.” – Simon Sinek

Seeing Things Differently

“Everyone has two eyes but no one has the same view.”

Seeing what everyone else see’s is one thing. Seeing things differently than others is something else. Sometimes the more creative you are, the more you view things differently. Seeing things different from others can produce innovative breakthrough results.

When you look at something, do you see the same thing every time you see it? Do you see the same thing everyone else sees? Do you look at every angle and see something different, or do you just agree that you see the same thing others see as to not deviant your thoughts?

“Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive.”

-Napoleon Hill

Some people are afraid to say they see the same thing others see differently. This fear of being judged or criticized from others has you hold back your real thoughts and feelings. As a creative, you don’t need to hold back or be afraid of what others say. It comes with the territory.

Understand that we all may view things differently. Seeing things differently is a big lesson to be learned that can be carried with you the rest of your life. Making it a part of your life helps you solve problems, challenges and difficulties you encounter.

“We can’t change anything until we get some fresh ideas, until we begin to see things differently.” – James Hillman

Defining Moments

“There are moments which mark your life. Moments when you realize nothing will ever be the same and time is divided into two parts, before this and after this.” – Unknown

Accepting the challenge of seeing things differently can be difficult. Define who you are by generating your own ideas and follow through with them. Present fresh and unique perspective to solving the problems, challenges and difficulties to others on your work team. Don’t be afraid to express your thoughts, ideas and opinions. This can show more of who you are to co-workers.

Asking “What If” Questions

Ask questions beyond your assumptions and beliefs What if you could break from the status quo? What if you could make the changes you know you need to make to improve things?

Encourage yourself to ask “what if” questions to see the possibilities of your ideas. The questions you ask has you asking more questions to express more of your thoughts and opinions in order to generate greater ideas.

An important question to ask yourself is “What would I do differently…?”

Extraordinary in the Ordinary

“Sometimes the most ordinary things could be made Extraordinary,

simply by doing them with the right people.” – Nicholas Sparks

Seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary essentially is that of people may appear ordinary yet create and produce extraordinary things. These individuals see themselves as ordinary.

Try this exercise. Look around for ordinary things. Whether it is a building, a toy, or an appliance for example, look at the item differently than you never did before. Experiment with ordinary things to spark inspired ideas. Even intricate little things can spark a lot more than you think. Go beyond your expectation and use your imagination.


Creative people manage to see the world from another perspective, and the things they do, the decision they make are just different than what the rest of the people would usually do. The different perspectives of the things around you can generate great ideas for you to create and produce as a breakthrough result. Try new things and let 2017 be the year to start seeing things differently.

“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”

Wayne Dyer