Do Behavior Styles Matter In Network Marketing?

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   You pick up all kinds of companions in network marketing, and it’s important to recognize their different behavior  styles or types if you want to have success as a team.  Recognizing behavior styles can empower your team members and make your organization more effective.

It is not your personal style that is important.  […]

Networkers Should Read Westerns

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Most entrepreneurs recognize the value of learning and practicing the skills required for success.    There are many good books about network marketing and MLM.  Some of the authors are shown here.  These books are typically written by successful leaders and some focus on marketing skills and techniques while others, applicable to any field, concentrate […]

Teams Should Share A Common Vision

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When team members or employees share a common vision it impacts the achievement of the team’s goals and the enterprise’s mission.  When the vision is shared by all participants and goals are understood, projects can be completed in an efficient manner leveraging the talents of everyone involved.

This short video of children at […]

The Risk Inside Your Credit Card

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Your credit card may not be as safe as you think it is!

The latest technology in credit and debit cards may be putting you at risk for fraud.  Called RFID (for Radio Frequency Identification Chip), it’s a tiny chip hidden in millions of credit cards.   About a third of all credit cards have RFID’s […]

What NFL Receivers Can Teach Us About the Importance of Focus

Drop ballFocus is critical to the accomplishment of any task we set our mind to.  The problem is that so few of us these days can seem to stay focused for long.  We can’t even watch a television show all the way through without surfing channels to see what else is on.  Our whole culture seems to be afflicted with ADD.  The problem exists in our businesses too.  We often hop from idea to idea and from product to product.

A longtime business friend of mine sends me a motivational or leadership book every Christmas.   This year the book was “EntreLeadership” by Dave Ramsey.  The sub-title of the book is “20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches”.  This is going to be a great read based upon the page I randomly opened the book to.  In that section of the book, Dave Ramsey was writing about the importance of focus.

He related how standing on the sidelines at an NFL rookie camp impressed upon him the speed and violence of the game and the “physical intelligence” of the players.   “Those men can do things with their bodies and a football in a nonosecond that blows your mind.”  He asked a veteran receiver “How is it that you get paid ten million dollars a year to do one thing, catch a football, and then sometimes you drop it?”

The player answered that if the ball is thrown correctly there is only one reason that the ball would not be caught: loss of focus.  He said that there are two main reasons receivers lose focus:  fear and greed.  Continue reading What NFL Receivers Can Teach Us About the Importance of Focus

I Escaped the Ratrace and Gave My Briefcase to the Cat

Cat sleeping in my briefcaseWhen I got my first management job, my wife gave me a briefcase.  It was the biggest one Samsonite made at the time, and I liked it because I could bring work home from the office every day.  That briefcase went along with me on business trips overseas, to corporate headquarters and other regional offices in the U.S. and to meetings with clients.  It was handy for popping into the overhead on the airplane, and I could retrieve it during the flight so I could work.

I was a workaholic, leaving for work early and returning late.  I even enjoyed going to the office on some weekends because I could get more done.  Not being paid for the extra work wasn’t an issue with me.  I was never a 9:00 – 5:00 guy.

The promotions kept coming, and I had less and less family time.  My unused paid vacation time began to mount up.

Gradually I came to to realize how my job had taken over my life.  I had money, but no time to enjoy it or to spend with my growing family.  The companies I worked for controlled my time and my income.  Sometimes I was knocking myself out while others in similar positions were paid exactly the same while putting in minimal effort.  Frequently, I wondered if my superiors even knew what I did, and I felt more like a number than an individual.  I began to be dissatisfied and my briefcase got heavier and heavier.

It seemed to me that I had stepped onto a conveyor belt when I graduated from high school, carrying me through college and into the rat race while the years flew by.  Worst of all, despite all of the heroic mission statements of the companies I worked for as Operations Manager, General Manager, Regional Manager, and Managing Director, I didn’t feel like my efforts had added any true value to others’ lives.  At heart, we had been profit-driven, not purpose-driven.  Continue reading I Escaped the Ratrace and Gave My Briefcase to the Cat

Up Time To Make Empowering Decisions

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Up is a positive word.  When it’s combined with other words, empowering phrases for success  and reminders of the importance of taking personal responsibility for your life are created.  Recall phrases like “step up”, “man up”, and “stand up”.

This short (1 minute and 51 second) “tough love” audio is my reading of a mantra […]

Ever Think About Who You Really Are?

Tweet At a seminar this week where the presenters included several well-known leaders such as Gen. Colin Powell, Rudolph Giuliani, and Steve Forbes, one of the speakers asked us to consider who we are.

Many of you may have been to an event where the host suggested that everyone turn to the person on their […]

How Important Is Customer Service?

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Customer service plays a big factor in our buying decisions.  We figure that savy customers feel the same way.  Good customer service actually adds value to items purchased.

Some people are price conscious ONLY.  Now, I said ONLY.  There’s nothing wrong with being price conscious as long as it’s not at the exclusion of […]

QR Codes – Let The Magic Begin!

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More and more businesses, organizations, and people are using QR codes to spread the word about themselves, their organizations, and their products.  

What are QR codes? 

QR or Quick Response Codes (also called QR tags) are black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background.  The information encoded may be text, […]