Receive with Respect

“Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.”
~ Laurence Sterne

To continually build on business development and personal growth, effective feedback is usually necessary. When we hear negative feedback about a project or decision that we took great pains to complete effectively, the natural reaction is to take it personally and consider it negative criticism. While feedback can be painful to hear, it is often the pathway to corrective action that can be beneficial to moving forward.  It often takes great courage to receive criticism with respect and use it as a tool for betterment.

In many cases, our first instinct when responding to feedback is defensive. Train yourself to consider the true meaning of the comment and your reaction.  Feedback may help you improve yourself while refining skills and learning new methods and practices. Take a step back and truly understand the feedback so you can then analyze and plan your next step.

Personal growth often depends on face-to-face interactions with others even though this can be difficult. Instead of sitting back and allowing negative reviews to affect your progress, ask questions and clarify exactly what is expected and turn feedback into a constructive conversation. This will allow you and others critiquing you to feel more comfortable during this interaction.

Don’t let critical feedback set you back and make you feel hostile toward others. Know how to receive corrective action with respect in your professional setting.

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

Earn Respect in the Office

 

“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.”
~ Bryant H. McGill

Earning professional respect from both peers and employees is important for future success and overall personal fulfillment in your career field. Learn to stop the behaviors that might be holding you back from earning the respect you want and deserve in the office.

You might have already suspected that showing up late to the office or arriving late to a scheduled meeting is a big problem when you are trying to earn respect. Forcing a group of people to wait for you to arrive for a meeting will show that you don’t take your job seriously and more importantly, have no respect for their time. If you must be late, communicate with those you are meeting with. It’s easier than ever to take advantage of a call, text or tweet to inform your meeting partners of a necessary delay.

We have all attended a meeting with someone typing on their computer or using their cell phone. One of the most disrespectful behaviors you can exhibit is to focus on technology during a meeting instead of the speaker or the topic of the meeting. This behavior shows you have no interest in the meeting, the subject or the information being presented and sends a clear message of disrespect.

Of course, having loud conversations on the phone in your office or cubical is considered disrespectful to others around you. The office is a place that should be considered an environment with a professional atmosphere in order to make decisions, deadlines and think creatively without disruption.

Remember to reinforce your own positive habits when you’re trying to achieve a goal. Retraining yourself to avoid a few simple behaviors that might be causing you a loss of respect in the office will help build your career.

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

Change is Hard

“Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present
are certain to miss the future.”
~John F. Kennedy

Whether you’re a small startup or a large corporation, it is essential to embrace change in order for a business leader to inspire growth and performance among employees and to increase productivity rates. Change can be the most rewarding development for your business, yet one of the hardest for most of us to grasp. Most people fear change because of concern of loss or discomfort with the unknown. Learn to overcome your unease to open your mind and better yourself and your business.

As a business leader, the best way to navigate change is by sharing your plans with employees, getting them involved in the process while listening to their ideas and concerns. Understand that some of your employees may be looking at the change “what’s in it for them?” Make sure you show the positive aspects that this change will have upon the group, change can also be perceived as excitement instead of worry if promoted that way. This will make people feel more comfortable and on board with the change.

Instead of jumping right into the pool of change, take small steps in creating a bridge between your current situation and the change you want to make. This will serve as a map for your employees to follow to help them transition to the new change, allowing everyone to take the correct and necessary steps to create that change in the most rewarding and effective way to keep balance.

Don’t settle for the way things are, overcome your own fear of change to help your company or organization grow in the world of business. Allow for open conversations and a clear road map to where you want this change to lead your company.

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

New Year, New You

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“Ring out the false, ring in the true.”
~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

Whether your new year’s resolutions are to lose weight or build better relationships with friends, family or colleagues, most people tend to stray away from those resolutions well into the new year. One of the main reasons we don’t stick to our resolutions is because we are focusing on the wrong way to research those goals, instead of worrying about physical strength, focus on working on your mental strength first. The way we think and process daily interactions with others affects our overall performance in the office. Learn to build your mental strength instead of physical strength this new year.

We have all heard the saying “silence is golden” at one point but in our busy daily routines, silence can be the most beneficial. Letting yourself sit in silence for a few minutes each day relaxes your mind from the constant flow of information and ideas, allowing yourself to reflect on the day and what you could improve on for tomorrow.

Setting future goals for 2017 is essential for starting the new year with a fresh start. We all know what responsibilities we must accomplish each work day, learn to write down weekly goals to give yourself an advantage. Research has shown that we are much more likely to remember and stick to goals that are written down for us to see.

To get the most out of your metal strength each day, teach yourself to look at the good in your life. By recognizing a few good things each day like; a successful career, a healthy family and great friends, you can change the way you think by avoiding negative thoughts.

Simple ideas to grow your mental strength are easy to forget however, take the few steps each day to help yourself with your career. Self-discipline keeps us all in target and ready for the new challenges of a new year. 

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

‘Tis the Season for Holiday Madness

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This time of year, when the calendar rolls over into December life turns stressful for most everyone. With the rush of holiday party planning, present buying and spending time with family and friends, most businesses are trying to keep up with the demand from clients and customers while meeting end of year quotas and vacation time requests from employees. As a business owner, learning to maintain balance while actually enjoying yourself during the holiday madness is indeed an art form.

Before the holiday season kicks in, don’t forget to plan ahead to maximize productivity as much as possible. Think back on what challenges you had last year. What caused last year’s holiday season to become more demanding? What kept your customers happy? Trying to squeeze in as much as possible with only a few weeks till Christmas can take a drastic toll on your company and your health. Schedule and plan ahead before too many interruptions and events happen to get in the way of a productive and happy holiday season for your company.

Staying positive while having fun in the office will keep stress levels low and may actually increase productivity. As an example, Instead of looking at all the 5 o’clock deadlines, turn on the holiday music to boost spirits and morale and get those tasks completed.

With 2016 coming to a close and the holidays right around the corner, learn to manage your time and spirit and stay positive during this season of busy celebrations.

All of us at Vistage join in wishing you a happy Holiday season and a healthy and prosperous New Year!!!

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

What is Your Biggest Weakness?

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“Every weakness contains within itself a strength.” 
~ Shusaku Endo, Author

Whether you’re interviewing a potential employee or have been interviewed for a position, we have all come across the question “what is your greatest weakness.” Most responses are actually adjusted to show a weakness as a strength for example; “I’m too much of a perfectionist.” Much has been written about how as a job candidate to answer this question including answering with an honest shortcoming that is not essential to success in the position you are applying for. However, we may all gain some insight into our own strengths by examining our weaknesses and learn how to examine our answers to this question.

Identify an actual weakness that you are currently aware of and work on improving the skill.  Allow yourself to identify real weaknesses honestly and the ways and steps you can take to responsibly overcome this shortcoming.  

The real purpose of asking this question of a job candidate is to figure out if a certain weakness will make it hard for a candidate to fit into the culture of your workplace. We all want to add comfort and value while accomplishing the job for your business or organization. Interviews are meant to help filter through the impressions people leave with us and to narrow down the best of the best for consideration.

As an interviewer, it’s crucial to recognize a candidate that’s not insightful enough to clearly identify weaknesses as well as strengths. Working toward a positive outlook and culture in ourselves and hiring for that goal is important both as a leader and to an employee.  

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

Volunteering as a Corporate Team

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“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
~ Winston Churchhill

 

With the holiday season just around the corner, encouraging your employees to take part in a corporate volunteer program can be very beneficial to the office environment, the positive atmosphere among colleagues and to your brand. While donating items or funds to a local charity might be the easier route, helping your company standout in the community while engaging employee interactions has benefits that can add value to the lives of all involved.

Any business or organization can benefit from highlighting a positive reputation in the community’s eye. A well promoted and successful volunteer program allows a company to demonstrate commitment to helping the people in the local community while spreading brand awareness and gaining trust and recognition.

 Larger events like sponsored marathons supporting a well-known cause can even give your company added recognition by being featured on the local news. Always remember to also utilize social media to market your brand through pictures and twitter hashtags.

Working together in the community increases employee interaction by implementing team building exercises outside of the office which can be positive, fun and a fulfilling way to help others. For larger businesses and organizations with employees in different departments, corporate volunteering programs help to foster new relationship while learning each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

Find out more about our Vistage Florida team as we volunteer at Feeding Northeast Florida during the month of November!

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

 

 

 

Teamwork Counts

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“The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.”
~ Margaret Carty, American Politician

Although working together can sometimes be challenging, effective teamwork is a necessary factor in your business or organization. Whether you’re running a small business with a few employees or, a multi-million dollar organization, teamwork allows the ideas and strengths of all employees to blend together creating future business successes.

Instead of individuals working in isolation, employee teamwork can provide different perspectives on projects or assignments at a much more productive rate and create a positive atmosphere of cooperation and excitement. We have all had one of those days where our heads just aren’t in the game and the time is ticking on an approaching deadline, with teamwork fellow coworkers can lend a helping hand to get things done efficiently and on time.

While figuring out a way to incorporate teamwork into your work environment, always remember that it requires the spirit of creativity. Encourage those working with you to think outside of the box and be as creative as possible. The more creative a job-related task can be, the more likely your co-workers will come up with more effective ways of getting tasks completed.

We all hopefully work with the same goals in mind: to expand ourselves professionally and forward the goals and brand of the company we work for. Adding teamwork to our work environment creates a more enjoyable and productive business environment.

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

Our Never Ending Business Culture

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“Culture is simply a shared way of doing something with a passion.”
~ Brian Chesky, CEO, Airbnb

When we think of a typical business culture within an organization, we usually think of the 9-5 schedule with daily phone calls, Emails correspondence and occasional meetings but, what happens when our business culture needs improvements? With technology and our fast paced lifestyle, it’s no wonder business leaders look at culture as both the cause and the cure.

We can see a positive culture as the preface or introduction to your business or organization, it gives other businesses and customers the feel or character that makes your business prominent in that industry. A clear and enriching business culture should have trusted employees who take pride in their work while giving praise and encouragement to fellow co-workers.

The most critical factor in understanding your unique business culture is to recognize that cultures evolve and grow as you do significant work as a leader. A business culture isn’t something you can track and fix on the spot, cultural change happens after you’ve introduced new ideas or processes into your work place like, redesigning an outdated business program or recruiting employees that care deeply about solving daily goals.

Your workplace and its business culture are more important to future accomplishments than ever before. Learn how to create a positive and inspiring business culture to conquer the corporate world.

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

Creating Life Balance

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“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

~ Albert Einstein

 Each day we are challenged to race against the clock to get all of our responsibilities managed by the time the sun goes down. Our careers can engulf our lives leaving little time for friends and family. Problems can come about when we neglect certain areas of our lives that negatively influence our ability to become successful. What if we could change the way we think to focus on balance rather than a single goal?

Changing our perspective on life is the most important factor in creating a balanced lifestyle. Focus on thinking about the life you want to live and the career that will fit into that life. Efficient time management, proper nutrition and exercise, and time with friends and family are all factors to practice in our daily lives.

Even though technology creates ways for us to make communication easy and simple, it can also make it difficult to escape the constant demands and interruptions from work calls and emails. Simple changes such as; scheduling daily workouts without your headphones to reduce stress and anxiety and avoiding checking emails before bed to allow your brain to relax and not worry about the next day’s activities.

Become more proactive in your life by changing your perspective while leaving technology at your desk to enjoy the balance of life and time with friends and family. In this way we may become happier, healthier and more effective in all aspects of life.

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