Focusing on You

“Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another.”
~ Marquis De Condorcet, French Philosopher

Comparing yourself to someone else can cause an endless spiral of regret and jealously that destroys happiness and self-esteem. Be proud of your accomplishments personally and professionally and embrace the fact that you are unique and different from everyone around you.

When we compare ourselves to others, we are losing time each day by focusing on things that we could do better. Whether it’s comparing income levels, career success or worldly possessions instead enjoy and focus on your unique personal story.

Instead of comparing yourself to others, try to find inspiration in what others have done. Ask questions, set personal goals, and learn from what others have successfully accomplished without it negatively impacting your attitude or motivations.

With the impact of social media, a daily part of all our lives, it’s easy to fall into a trap of checking what others have accomplished and comparing it to our own successes and failures. Never allow social media to take over your time or mindset. Develop a habit of being appreciative and remind yourself of the roadblocks you have overcome and the unique memories you have made.

When you compare yourself to others personally or professionally, feelings of defeat and regret stand in the way of achieving more. Avoid comparing yourself to others and enjoy all the things you have worked hard for and successfully accomplished.

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

Reach Your Full Potential

“Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.”
~ Bill Bradley

The focus on reaching your highest potential within the business world can sometimes be lost when we have excessive deadlines and obligations to meet. At some point, we have all had extraordinary success which we are proud of but, how do we measure and attain what we are capable of?

To reach your highest potential always remember to set goals that are just a little out of reach. Having realistic and typical goals limits you to only work up to that point and not achieve more. Don’t make the mistake of limiting your reach to goals that you know you can achieve. Focus on higher achievements to keep yourself interested and challenged.

Building upon your personal brand is another key skill to utilize when striving to reach your highest potential. When new responsibilities are assigned to you, work diligently and don’t resent these opportunities seeing them as extra work. Every time we attempt something new, we are strengthening our abilities and skills to further our success in our careers. These new skills may well add value to your skill set and open new doors for career opportunities down the road.

 With persistence comes success. No matter the unexpected setbacks that happen throughout life, keep pushing and stay persistent to reach your highest potential.

Just like any athlete that trains with persistence, understand that reaching your highest potential professionally means training yourself each day.

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

Recovering from a Social Media setback

“Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master.”
~ Christian Lous Lange

With the immediate and very public features that are involved with social media, companies are becoming more aware of the possibility of errors. Social media implementation is essential for a business or organization to grow but can also be an easy outlet for errors and missteps to occur. Understand how to recover from a possible social media setback.

Sometimes it’s not always the initial social media post that is causing a negative frenzy but can be the reaction delivered in response. When a social media setback occurs, take a moment to let the hype slow down. Strategize an appropriate thoughtful response that shows careful professionalism in this type of situation.

It’s important to understand for your reputation to recover, you must accept the responsibility of the mistake. Acting like nothing happened without addressing the situation will only hurt your company’s reputation in the end.

In any crisis, it’s important to have a company wide crisis communication plan in place. Create a multi-step plan which lays out the foundation on how to respond to a social media setback that follows the company’s image and mission.

Not all social media mistakes can be solved quickly. With appropriate attention and care, most errors can be handled to minimize the damage and move on to a more positive future.

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

Live and Learn

“Change is the end result of all true learning.”
~ Leo Buscaglia, American Author

To increase the success of your business or organization it’s important to understand the need to learn something new every day. Keeping your mind active, just like you did while in school, helps to foster new and creative ideas that can take your business to the next level. Whether it’s simply reading a news article or taking an online course or continuing education, take advantage of learning on a daily basis.

Even though we sometimes find it difficult to make time in busy schedules, taking an hour each day to learn something new can drastically improve your personal and professional life. Take some time to focus on a few topics you are willing to invest your time in. It might be learning how to cook, speak another language, music production or graphic design.

With technology now a huge factor in all of our lives, make the time to research Apps, websites, and learning games that you can access easily on your smartphone. Learning doesn’t have to be complicated, time consuming or expensive.

Make learning a practice each day as an active part of your routine. Libraries are also a great way to start a new habit of daily learning if you prefer to stay away from technology. Pick up a book, attend a lecture or become part of a book club to open your mind to new ideas and a variety of people.

By learning something new each day you naturally educate yourself to become more in tune with the world and enrich yourself as well as your business with new ideas.

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

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