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Would you Like to be a Guest Blogger?

November 27th, 2016 Posted by Business is ART, Engagement 0 thoughts on “Would you Like to be a Guest Blogger?”

ReadingWould you like to be a guest blogger?

I’ve been blogging for a couple of years now – 2 blogs in fact. One of them is a personal blog entitled “#Significance.” The other is a business blog entitled “Business is ART.” Both are close to my heart, but it is past the time to invite others in to share a few things close to their heart, while sticking within the general subject matter of either blog.

#Significance is about a focus on significance versus success. When you focus on success, it is about you. When you focus on significance it is about others. Significance is about focusing on the success of others, and when you do, your own success naturally comes.

Business is ART is really about any business relevant subject that may be helpful to anyone that has a business interest, be it a career minded individual, a business owner, someone thinking about going in to business, or just people who enjoy the topic. So much of the time I find that business concepts can be applied to life as well, so in my mind, Business is ART is really for anyone.

How We Learn

In forming my thoughts and/or doing research for blog posts, I have learned a lot and it is my hope that others do as well. After all, that is really the purpose of a blog.

But after a couple of years, there is just one problem – it’s all from my perspective. When all we do is talk it’s pretty hard to listen, and that is what can make a blog go stale. We have to listen to truly learn.

That’s why I say it is past time to actively seek guest bloggers to both #Significance and Business is ART. I would truly like to listen to what you have to say.

You Talk, I Listen

So here is your shot!

Please contact me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or through my Contacts page and let’s get your guest post up on either or both of my blogs.

I am looking forward to hearing from you and what you have to say.

Perseverance – How to Just Keep Going

May 9th, 2016 Posted by Behavior, Business is ART 0 thoughts on “Perseverance – How to Just Keep Going”

PerseverancePerseverance – Each week I will identify a different theme of the week and provide you with content, some original and some from external sources, around that theme.

This week’s theme is “perseverance” which is so vital to success in anything we do. With regard to business, the following quote form one of the articles in this week’s links is especially appropriate.

“A business fails when the entrepreneur quits.”

A Word on This Week’s Theme

I’m a member of BNI and, as such, strive to meet 1-to-1 with at least 1 fellow member per week. Last week, I met with one such member who happens to be in the banking industry. I was looking forward to the 1-to-1 in general but was particularly anxious to hear this person’s opinion on an idea I’ve been working on for the past 18 months.

Some ideas can just be launched almost as quickly as you come up with them. For example, the decision to write a book was nearly instantaneous and took a few months to write. The decision to produce a weekly podcast was followed up a week later with the first Business is ART podcast segment and we have now done over 30 of them for a growing audience. It’s easy to follow through when completion and payoff are quick.

But this particular idea is different. It requires a large investment of time and money over an extended period. So, naturally, there are points along the way that I ask myself, “Is it worth it?” I was at one such point last week.

This 1-to-1 was exactly what I needed and the person I met with said exactly what I needed to hear – not because she was being nice, but because she truly meant it. From time-to-time we need that validation and it is wise to conduct regular checks, even if it is just a gut-check, to make sure we aren’t throwing good money after bad. It’s so easy for us to have an idea and start blindly pursuing it.

Sometimes we need to seek the expertise of an unbiased person to tell us it isn’t such a great idea, confirm that it is, or guide us back on track if we get a little off. Sometimes we need to ignore the critics and circumstances and go for it any way. Sometimes we need to ignore our own self-doubt and remind ourselves that we can do it. Sometimes, we need to rise up from failure and push forward with renewed energy and urgency.

But always, we need to persevere.

In the immortal words of Dory from the animated feature film Finding Nemo, “Just keep swimming.”

This Week’s Links

Entrepreneur – What do you do when tragedy strikes? This Indianapolis restaurateur learned how to keep going. After reading her story, you can too.

Entrepreneur – We often talk about how failing is necessary to learning and that it’s not how you fail, but how you get up. In Business is ART I tell a simple story of literally falling in front of my then 12-year old son. An article related to the first one at Entrepreneur goes further and discusses why rising from the ashes is vital for disruption and innovation.  I love this quote from the article, “…we use disaster as a clean slate to say, ‘Screw it; I’ve lost everything. I’ve got nothing left to lose.'”

Entrepreneur – And as a piece that appeared in Entrepreneur in 2014 says, businesses fail when entrepreneurs quit. The title of this one caught my eye and is very fitting to this week’s theme – Persevere, Laugh at the Absurd and Let Nothing Get on Your Nerves.

Inc. – Of course in honor of Mother’s Day we have to give a shout out to Moms. They are the symbol of perseverance.  Inc. saluted moms everywhere with these 101 mom quotes. Spoiler alert, #101 is “A good mother loves fiercely but ultimately brings up her children to thrive without her.” And that’s exactly what perseverance in business should result in – a business that can thrive after we depart from it.

Inc. – We are fascinated with Steve Jobs and are likely to be talking about him 100 years from now, just as we still talk about the likes of Henry Ford. This article discuses why the legend of Steve Jobs perseveres – and the Jobs philosophy is a key, “You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.”

Lifehacker – What is the importance of perseverance on your health, life and work? I’m sure you know it is huge. Here, Lifehacker gives a more detailed answer.

TED – The byline for this TED Talk says it all – What are your dreams? Better yet, what are your broken dreams? Dan Pallotta dreams of a time when we are as excited, curious and scientific about the development of our humanity as we are about the development of our technology. “What we fear most is that we will be denied the opportunity to fulfill our true potential.”

What to Do When the Plan Fails

April 8th, 2016 Posted by Behavior, Business Plan, Engagement, Inspiration, Leadership 0 thoughts on “What to Do When the Plan Fails”
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This post originally appeared on February 20, 2015 at the former Business is ART Blog site and was one of the more popular posts at the time.  

That site itself is an example of a failed plan as it did not generate the traffic I had hoped. Hence a relaunch here at the Business Is ART website.

The plan WILL fail

Failure to plan is planning to fail. But what happens when the plan fails? The first clue is this: the plan will probably fail.

No matter how well you have planned in advanced, you will have missed something. You can’t predict the future. The ball won’t bounce your way. Something will happen, and that something usually comes in multiples.

Remain Calm

The best thing you can do for yourself, your team and your organization is to identify potential risks and how to mitigate against them upfront (you won’t identify all of them), anticipate the need for adjustments (even if you have no idea what they might be), remain calm when it is apparent they are needed, set ego aside and be prepared to make some very tough choices.

When the failures come:

  1. Avoid the temptation of playing the blame game. If you find yourself asking whose butt you are going to have to kick…stop. Said butt kicking might relieve a moment of tension, but will not create a solution (and may result in a law suit, depending on the recipient’s willingness to accept said butt kicking as an effective means of management and condition of employment).
  2. Set a tone of excellence, but do so in a way in which it is understood that when stuff happens. Create an atmosphere in which they know you will, first, seek to find and repair the problem, second, determine what caused it in the first place, and, third, put in procedures to avoid its re-occurrence.
  3. The key is to learn from failure, celebrate the fix, accept the new direction, and save that butt kicking for another day…for something important…like who forgot to bring in donuts on casual Friday.

Leadership Legacy

January 10th, 2016 Posted by Behavior, Business is ART, CEO, Engagement, Entrepreneur, Inspiration, Leadership, Owner, Relationships, Significance 0 thoughts on “Leadership Legacy”
Leadership Legacy

Leaders Have Vision

This week in my personal blog – #Significance – I discuss three local men who did very well in life, but still made it a priority to give back to their community, each one leaving a legacy for generations to come.

EMBA Assignment

It reminds me of a passage from Business is ART in which I discuss an assignment we received as part of our Executive MBA course curriculum. This particular assignment was for each of the 50 members of our cohort to stand up in front of the others and give a 5-minute presentation entitled “My Leadership Legacy.”

The presentations ran from very funny to deeply moving, but in every case, we came to understand each other on a much greater level than we had the rest of the entire time we were in the program together.

Applying What We Learned

It was such a powerful experience that I brought the exercise back to my business and asked each of the approximately 40 leaders that reported to me to complete the same assignment.

When all was said and done, the same results experienced in the EMBA program occurred – each leader left feeling more connected to one another than before.

But this time, as each leader stood up and presented the leadership legacy statement to the rest of us, I took notes. Later, I went back through the notes and noticed distinct trends, so consolidated them into a series of 11 leadership legacy statements. These statements were subsequently presented back to the team. We then printed and farmed the statements and hung them on the office walls to remind ourselves that this is who we are.

Here are the 11 statements we developed from our exercise, but I highly recommend you come up with your own, whether it’s just you or your collective team that does it. You’ll get to know yourself and others like you never have before.

Be open. Be honest. Have fun! 

Our Leadership Legacy Statements

  1. As a leader, it is my responsibility to own and communicate a vision
  2. As a leader, my actions speak louder than my words
  3. As a leader, I am empathetic to others
  4. As a leader, I instill trust
  5. As a leader, I teach others
  6. As a leader, I am flexible
  7. As a leader, I never stop learning
  8. As a leader, I contribute to the growth of others
  9. As a leader, I recognize the strengths of others
  10. As a leader, I create and promote teamwork
  11. As a leader, I celebrate our success

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