Embrace your Curiosity

“At the heart of great leadership is a curious mind, heart, and spirit.”
~ Chip Conley

Embracing the unknown in life and in business can lead to unexpected new routes for growth and success. In the current work culture, we have developed a need to always be absolutely certain and cautious in everything we do. Without the important benefit of curiosity, tasks may become tired, dull, and without spirit and strength. Explore the curiosity that lies within your business or organization.

In our daily routines, we sometimes get too comfortable with knowing that each day will most likely play out the same as it did the day before. Instead of your dependable routine, embrace curiosity to boost work and personal life satisfaction. As an easy example, make new connections with people you don’t always speak to at work, hunt for new learning opportunities, and open your mind to new ideas and opinions from everyone around you.

As a business leader, it’s important to see curiosity as an attribute that should be encouraged within your work environment. While building your company culture, foster curiosity and encourage each colleague by asking open questions. Asking questions that help to advance new ideas and curiosity creates stronger relationships between coworkers and cultivates a more creative and constructive environment.

Embrace your curiosity professionally and personally.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
Vistage Florida
better leaders ● decisions ● results

Mental Energy

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

When it comes to increasing productivity in your business or organization, it’s crucial to maintain mental focus. Throughout the day, we sometimes lose focus and get off-task because of a lack of motivation or just simply because of a distraction. Understand how to accomplish more while keeping up your mental energy in the office.

During our busy daily lives, we all have messages, reminders, and appointments to keep up with in our minds. Instead of trying to remember everything, declutter your mind to increase your mental energy. Allow yourself to make notes either on a device or in a journal to free up your mind to enable you to live more in the present and avoid the clutter of unnecessary worry.

Your mental energy levels can also increase when you are thinking positively. Thinking negatively can cause your personal momentum to slow down and decrease our mental energy levels. In any situation you come across, remember to always think positively and avoid negative views to build up your mental energy and stamina.

Keeping focused on your mental energy allows you to avoid making mistakes and create individualized attention to each task you need to conquer. Stay focused and master productivity to increase your mental energy and be healthier and happier.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
Vistage Florida
better leaders ● decisions ● results

Disagree to Agree

“You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.”
~ Marianne Williamson, New York Times best-selling author

In the business world, understanding the right way to disagree can form positive ways of thinking and maintain open and healthy work relationships. Instead of simply agreeing to avoid conflict, encourage your team to debate ideas that offer up differing opinions.

Before jumping into a conversation to disagree with a colleague, first listen calmly and thoughtfully then communicate your thoughts with respect. Avoid words that could possibly be confrontational and avoid disapproval of alternate ideas. Never criticize the other person for a differing idea. Use facts and evidence to back up why you think you can offer up a different approach to foster a new solution.

When working through disagreements to come to an overall acceptable solution, make sure to always listen and never demean or antagonize others. Never exclude someone else’s opinions just because you have authority or have experiences that may apply to your perspective. Consider other people’s perspectives, goals, and influence so you can get a better understanding of all sides of the situation.

Having disagreements in the work place and in life is inevitable, it’s how you handle them that can make or break an organization. Learn how to work through disagreements and negotiate to promote a positive work culture.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
Vistage Florida
better leaders ● decisions ● results

Alone in the Crowd

“No one is alone, it’s one’s perception, someone can imagine as alone in a group or one can think as in group while he is alone”
~ Muhammad Ibraheem

Sometimes in the work place, we can feel the isolation of keeping our eyes and brains locked onto a screen in order to jump from completing one task to the next until the end of the work day. With the advancements in technology and the limitations put on companies to reduce the opportunity for human interaction and personal expression, it’s not a surprise that people may feel a sense of being alone in a crowd of their colleagues. Take the first step to start enjoying your career by engaging with your peers and incorporating it in your daily routine.

For many people, successful collaboration requires us to see and hear others we are communicating with. Emails, texting and video chatting have all taken away the need for basic face to face interaction. As a business owner encourage employees to build relationships that spark trust, solve a corporate problem and create a more personal and human company culture.

The differences between individuals within the workplace can be the single most important factor in erasing the line between work and social life. Differences can create opportunity as well as alternative perspectives that as a company, can be used as a focal point for new and innovative ideas.

Practice taking a bigger leap when it comes to incorporating personal connections into your work life. Relationships can foster inspiring moments that will only improve your overall happiness.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
Vistage Florida
better leaders ● decisions ● results

Building Resilience

“Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s ‘less good’ than the one you had before.”
~ Elizabeth Edwards

We have all experienced a time when a difficult situation has changed our lives. In the business world, resilience is an important personal strength to build on in order to bounce back from a negative life experience. Learn how to manage and build strong resilience to avoid letting a stressful situation get in the way of your view of your world.

When building your resilience, always remember that accepting change can help you move beyond a tough present situation to looking forward to a positive future. Establish a simple and attainable daily goal that you can accomplish by the end of the work day to help you move on.

Cultivating new relationships while keeping up with old connections will provide a strong support system to help keep your emotions positive. Surround yourself with a group of people within the office or your community that provide kind guidance when it comes to building up your resilience.

Mental resilience is just as important as physical resilience. Don’t forget to always keep a healthy lifestyle by resting your mind and body, eating right and exercising daily to keep stress levels low.

Life always comes with bumps in the road that can sometimes lead you off your track to success. Understand the importance of resilience in your personal life as well as work life to help you stay healthy and happy and continue on your journey.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
Vistage Florida
better leaders ● decisions ● results

Company Core Values

“Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

Having a carefully crafted company core value system is essential to the daily operations of a growing and successful business or organization. A company’s core values, mission statements, and future goals are all components that make up the culture and identity of a business. Without clear direction and core values, a company can lose motivation while failing to grow a business into a prosperous brand.

As a CEO or business leader, defining and articulating the basis of a core values system is an important factor in becoming a strong leader. When setting core values, always remember to incorporate your core values and fall back on them when you come across an obstacle on your route to success.

Designate the time and dedication to training your employees on your core values system and how it will be implemented each day. Having regular training seminars on the company core values will help employees get involved on a higher level to provide communication to individuals and imprint positive behaviors.

Incorporating your value message into your hiring practices will also be helpful when looking for new candidates to join your team. Always ask questions related to your core values to see how new hires will fit into your set work culture.

Always remember to focus on solid core values as much as possible to build your brand while keeping employees motivated and looking forward to future successes.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
Vistage Florida
better leaders ● decisions ● results

Summertime Slump

“Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do
doesn’t mean it’s useless.”
~ Thomas A. Edison

During the summer months, some businesses can face a summer time slump as an effect of a more relaxed attitude with time off from school and family vacations affecting everyone’s focus. Is your business losing profits and falling into a summertime slump? Investigate strategies that work against the summer time slump to ensure continuous success all year.

Along with more popular holidays during the year, don’t forget the summer season is a great time for your business to highlight the unique activities popular during the summer months. Create high appeal seasonal events to promote different products or services. Cookouts, fireworks, picnics at the beach and outdoor activities in general are great seasonal tools to incorporate into your marketing plan that everyone can look forward to.

Don’t forget to update your activity on social media during this time.  Summer is a great time for you to boost your social presence and reach new audiences. Use social media to post summer time images and blogs or engage customers with fun social media contests while using the opportunity to personalize your brand.

Summer is also a great time of year to introduce new products into the marketplace. Announcing a new product during the summer months gives your business an opportunity to try something new to a smaller audience and make adjustments for a bigger launch later.

Don’t let the hot summer months get in the way of new business ventures. Summer is a great season for your company to test new markets and improve impact for the upcoming busy fall season.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
Vistage Florida
better leaders ● decisions ● results

Authentic Leadership in Business

“When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.”
~ Roy E. Disney

When we think of leadership in the office, some skills may come instinctively others are learned over time through trial and error. While trying to grow your business or organization, practicing new leadership skills while staying true to your own ideals is key to overall success. Understand a few simple steps to increase authentic leadership skills in the office.

Personal as well as company development goals are always important to share with your employees. Share your personal overall goals to create an open conversation in which ideas and strategy can be shared and to inspire others. As a leader, making employees feel comfortable and gaining trust in your leadership skills will only help you further reach the goals you set.

Sometimes sharing how we approached a situation and admitting we were wrong can be one of the hardest things to do. Understand that we make mistakes and don’t always need to come across as a perfect leader. Create an open work culture and discuss the errors you have made and what you have learned from them. Encourage employees to have the strength to do the same. Recognizing missteps as a team and working through them will help to shine a light on your authentic leadership skills in the office.

To achieve overall growth and happiness within your business and organization, understand how to create authentic leadership skills in the office.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
Vistage Florida
better leaders ● decisions ● results

Trendy Business

“Figuring out what the next big trend is tells us what we should focus on.”
~ Mark Zuckerberg

No matter what type of business you’re in, creating a forward-thinking business brand is important when growing your company and to stand out. Trends in business can be promoted in many forms such as social media, merchandising and other forms of advertising and promotional tools. Keeping a focus on your target market, customers and even employees can help to maximize profits in your business or organization. Remember to keep your business trends up to date.

Trying to keep your business “trendy” means creating a brand that tells your story and what you want consumers to remember your business as and to focus on future marketing at the same time. Use social media to create daily updates on products and services to get the word out. Share similar posts and keep audiences following the brand you are trying to create.

Always look for constant improvements and innovations when creating your business brand. With millennials the top buying generation, their goals and wants should be your focus if your brand is targeting that market. It’s important to always be ready and open to change and innovation. From the selfie movement to fidget spinners, it’s important now more than ever to head the pack of popular trends.

Trends can be created and invented for any type of business or organization. Use social media to your advantage to get help your business become and remain cutting edge.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
Vistage Florida
better leaders ● decisions ● results

Habits that Destroy Happiness

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.”
~ Dale Carnegie

As a business owner, the success and growth of your business or organization often relies on your personal happiness. Sometimes we make choices that can become detrimental to our happiness and create a negative cycle that can take a toll on you and your business. Understand and correct a negative habit that can take over your ability to achieve balance and happiness in your work life.

In the business world, comparing your business to other businesses in an unrealistic way can be easy to do when you are trying to improve your brand. This can be self-defeating and create unnecessary stress. Always remember that we each have special talents that make us who we are: try to take in consideration your perceptions of yourself and others. Never allow yourself to lose happiness over something you can’t control or an unrealistic view of the competition.

We have all thought and feared something that happened in the past or something that is going to happen in the future. Live in the present instead of dwelling on the past, this can be a big factor in our level of happiness.

When it comes to working in an office environment, it’s important to understand the type of people you should surround yourself with. Toxic relationships can destroy a positive atmosphere and put you in a negative mindset. Make sure you are around people who you enjoy mutual respect with and care about you.

Happiness is important in overall success and fulfillment. Remember to be your own best advocate, learn from past missteps and surround yourself with diverse positive people.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
Vistage Florida
better leaders ● decisions ● results