Posted on October 13, 2016 by capcityspeakers
By Coach Jim Johnson
Are you picking the right people for your team?
When deciding on team members, how do you decide who is the best fit? Is it the best overall talent or are you looking for specific characteristics that will fit best into your current collection of individuals? Over the years, I have compiled some helpful tips on how to choose your team. Below are some of my favorite things to focus on when putting together your team of all-stars. Make sure you comment below on what I missed or tips you use. Enjoy.
- Great work ethic. Someone who has the drive to be the best is someone I want on my squad. This person will be able to develop into many different things with your guidance. Do they have what it takes? Do they have the intangibles?
- Being coachable means having the ability to adapt to what is being asked of you. This shows they are putting the team first and are willing to make sacrifices for the betterment of the group. Coach-ability is also one of the key factors of a growth mindset.
- Find people that care. This seems simple, but it is crucial that you are able to find people that will have the same core values as the group. Do they care about their own success or the success of the team? They also must have a tremendous amount of care for the other team members. Are you someone who cares about the group?
Life Tip# 85: Instead of competing with people, look to complete people
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Posted on October 6, 2016 by capcityspeakers
by Joe Calloway
“That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” – Steve Jobs
I love the words that Steve Jobs chose: “get your thinking clean to make it simple.” That’s no easy task. It’s much easier to have our thinking cluttered by a thousand questions and complications. It’s hard work to get focused and to simplify things. But, as Jobs said, it’s worth it, because when you make things simple, “you can move mountains.”
Steve Jobs is a good role model for the power of simplicity and focus.
In a business that most would say is, by its very nature, incredibly complicated, Steve Jobs was able to make Apple a dominant force in the marketplace. Bill Gates once said that Jobs’s ability to “focus on a few things that count” was amazing. Tim Cook, the current CEO of Apple, has said that Jobs could “cut out the noise” like no one he had ever seen. Jobs had the essential leadership skill of keeping everyone focused on what was most important.”
“Any darn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple.”
– Pete Seeger
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Posted on September 15, 2016 by capcityspeakers
by Don Yaeger
Mallory Weggemann competes in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)
One of America’s most inspiring athletes is about to compete for the gold in Rio and once again live up to the words her father would say to her when he tucked her in each night in her childhood. “You’re the best, you can make a difference, you can change the world.”
Of course, the Summer Olympics ended last month but the Paralympics kicked off last week, and American swimmer Mallory Weggemann is set to shine. Yet as remarkable as her abilities in the pool are, what makes Mallory truly special is her incredible story of determination. Her story is a challenge to each of us as we consider the ways that we handle disappointments and setbacks in our own lives.
Mallory was a stand-out varsity swimmer in high school but never set her sights on making a career of it. Instead she always imagined her future would look quite typical: a career, a family, a quiet life in suburbia. But on January 21, 2008, that future was forever changed when she walked into a clinic for a routine procedure… and she never walked out.
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Posted on September 1, 2016 by capcityspeakers
by Jim Carroll
Innovation is a mindset. Do you have what it takes?
“Don’t expect them to subscribe to the same old beliefs as to structure and rules, working hours, and corporate culture, or business models. You won’t survive in their future if you don’t take the time to understand what they are doing, talking about, and thinking.”
Here’s a few simple thoughts on how to get out of your innovation rut!
Reward failure, and tone down the “I told-you-so’s”
Too many people think when times are volatile, that it’s not a good time to focus on big ideas. Not true! Consider history: many people stuck their neck out in the 1990’s and tried out new ways of doing business, new technologies, and innovative methods of dealing with markets and customers. Yet many of those efforts collapsed in spectacular fashion due to the dot.com/technology meltdown, and a dangerous sense of complacency set in. Back then, innovators had to hang their head in shame, and the nervous nellies who dared not innovate reigned supreme! Yet those who took risk excelled — they invented Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Instagram…. When times are volatile and fear reigns, that’s the best time to make big bold moves.
We live in a time of unprecedented feedback and communication – and yet few organizations are prepared to listen! Customers are telling you, loudly, what they want. Young people are defining a future that is different from anything we’ve dealt with before. Competitive intelligence capabilities abound. And yet most or- ganizations ignore these signals, or don’t know how to listen – or even where to look. Organizations should reconsider the many effective ways of building effective digital feedback systems, in order that they can stay on top of fast-changing events, rediscover markets, and define opportunity – which will help them understand how and where they need to innovate.
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Posted on August 25, 2016 by capcityspeakers
by Chip Bell
The owner answered the phone. “Are you still open?” I asked him incredulously. “Oh no, we close at 6pm. But, I call forward the store phone to my cell in case of a customer
emergency.” I explained my attempt to repair my aging pipe and the part I needed. “Why don’t you meet me at the store,” he said. “I can be there in five minutes.” You know the rest of this story. I still smile when I drive by his store and recall his abundant service.
Abundance is a self-less gesture that changes the calculus of service from miserly subtraction to Midas-like addition. It signals to customers their preeminent importance. It telegraphs a true customer-centric operation. And, it elevates customer loyalty into the stratosphere. Such service is often the subject of stories we share for years, not just through next week.
The sports world was uplifted in the 2016 Rio Olympics 5000 meter heat when Abbey D’Agostino of the USA fell, causing her to trip up Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand, a fellow runner she did not know. D’Agostino could have regained her composure and continued toward the finish line. Instead she worked to help Hamblin to her feet. But, D’Agostino’s injured legs buckled in the attempt and Hamblin returned the favor, helping D’Agosion. Neither runner resumed the race until both could successfully run. Because neither was at fault for the fall, both were allowed to race in the finals. “It is a moment,” said Hamblin, “I will never, ever forget for the rest of my life.” The cheering fans that watched the abundant gesture are not likely to forget it either.
Give to your customers the very best that you have; their best will come back to you. The ROI will not just be in the form of retention, revenue and recognition; it will be a customer that works very hard to take care of your brand. A friend raves about her favorite restaurant. She admits she tides up the lavatory after using their bathroom so the next patron will be impressed. How can you serve with such abundance that your customers work as hard for you as you work for you?
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