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
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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
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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
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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
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“Ready” to Retire?

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
~ Soren Kierkegaard

Knowing when and how to end your career and transition into the next chapter of life in retirement may seem like a simple goal to accomplish. The confidence needed to go from a life of work to a new leisurely life of golf, sailing or other hobbies or spending your days with friends and family should take time and patient planning.  Are you financially, socially and emotionally ready to change your life? Retirement can be anything you are ready for.

The financial considerations are, of course, the most important factor for most people to consider. The typical, steady cash flow of traditional income changes to other forms of income and spending habits. Retirement is in some ways what your whole career has been planning for. Utilizing savings, investments and having a solid plan to help you live a comfortable life for hopefully at least the next 20 years should be the goal.

One major objective that should be considered is paying off debts. Do you have any loans, credit lines, mortgages or any other long term debt connected to your finances that would be best paid off or best left alone?  At the best case, attempt to utilize your retirement funds for life costs instead of worrying about making large payments during your retirement years.

Healthcare is, of course, a serious consideration in this changing world. Other plans should include investigating long term care facilities and nursing home care in your area. Have a plan and of course be proactive in taking care of your health now more than ever.

Retirement can be an exciting time for you and your family. It can open up many doors to a new life of exploring the world while enjoying much needed time rediscovering yourself with friends and family. Learn how to best evaluate your time, money and resources to live a long and healthy life.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
Vistage Florida
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Internship Programs

“Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.”
~ Keri Russell

Internship programs can be a very effective recruitment strategy for businesses of all sizes. Hiring interns can be an exciting experience for both the company and the intern and breathe new life into a stale atmosphere while aiding in a possible career path for a college student. Understand how to start an internship program in your office to grow your company or organization.

Introducing new ideas, skills and innovations are all possible when hiring interns. When planning for interns, make sure you review your needs as a business. Basic items like work space, time allotted to train and supervision should all be discussed to plan the best experience for all involved. This will help your team determine the best places to seek interns, the hours you will need and the background that will produce the best fit along with the proper office resources to support another employee.

Another factor to consider is the understanding that paid internships are, of course, more attractive to most students but unpaid internships are also possible. Creating an hourly rate that your business can justify while being reflective of what talents you are looking for and the help you are offering is the first step in deciding the compensation.

One big benefit of internship programs is that most young college students tend to be technology oriented which can be a benefit in your organization and can help you stay innovative and fresh in your approach no matter what market or industry your business operates. Job fairs at local universities and their career services are great places to start your search.

Taking this step in innovation in your business will help you grow and give back to the community.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
Vistage Florida
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Give Yourself a Boost

“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.”
~ George S. Patton

No matter what type of profession or field you are in, we all can benefit from a boost to push ourselves to reach the finish line. Giving yourself incentives for the completion of tasks can motivate you in some cases however, often obstacles can be frustrating and become road blocks to success. Take a step back and understand specific strategies to improve your inner drive.

Creating a daily reminder to have a positive attitude and to strive towards future success can be a great motivational tool. Create a notebook or vision board on your personal social media accounts to keep track of what you want your future success to look like. Ideas such as a picture of a dream vacation, more time with family and friends or a promotion or higher degree of education may be your idea.

Strong support systems, whether it’s in the office or at home, will create a path for you to seek guidance when your motivation is down. Surround yourself with like-minded people who will motivate you and keep you focused on the road to your goals.

Balancing a work and personal life may be overwhelming at times and can take a toll on your motivation. Getting enough rest, and taking care of your health will support higher energy levels and mind focus.

Take time out of your day and focus on how to give yourself a boost to create opportunities to grow.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
Vistage Florida
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Making Meaningful Connections

“Nonsense and beauty have close connections.”
~ E.M. Forster

Making connections among fellow coworkers is important for creating a more exciting and enjoyable place to come to each day. Striking up a conversation with someone new can sometimes feel uncomfortable but, as with most things, practice makes perfect.

Whether you are interviewing a new employee or having a casual conversation, train yourself to ask and answer with authentic dialogue so you can get to know someone on a personal level.

Developing a meaningful, well thought out conversational style allows us to have in-depth conversations that are beneficial in many ways. No matter what kind of business or personal situation you are in, form questions that open people’s minds to creativity and honesty.

For example, asking more probing questions such as: What was your biggest fear as a child?  What are you most proud of? What is the failure that you learned the most from? can often open up a round of in-depth discussions.

Don’t fall into the trap of losing someone’s interest by asking weak or typical questions. Learn to ask interesting questions in any situation to make the most meaningful connections and to get the most interesting answers.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
Vistage Florida
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Emotional Intelligent Business Leaders

 

“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”
~ Albert Einstein

Intelligence is a quality easily claimed but, it’s important to also include emotional intelligence in your communication within the business world. Being a strong leader requires intelligence in all aspects of the business world and while having responsibility for hundreds of people, emotional intelligence is often forgotten. The capacity to be aware of and control ones’ emotions and to handle relationships with discipline, empathy and an open mind is often not natural and is a learned and practiced skill.

Take a few simple steps to become an emotionally intelligent business leader to improve productivity, alliances and performance in your organization.

Being self-aware of certain emotions and knowing the ways to handle those emotions will help grow your emotional intelligence. Instead of reacting to a situation in the heat of an argument, emotional intelligent leaders process their thoughts and take time to respond with respect and without negativity.

Emotional intelligent business leaders develop an empathetic side to their reactions to create a stronger workplace. Paying attention, listening and reacting in a positive way can be the simplest and greatest key to success.

To thrive in the workplace as a strong emotionally intelligent leader requires you to be self-aware of your emotions while learning to connect with others on a personal level. Evaluate your reactions and your consideration level and learn to become an emotionally intelligent business leader.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
Vistage Florida
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Working with Others

“We cannot accomplish all that we need to do without working together.”
~ Bill Richardson

Whether you sit behind a desk and have daily meetings or interactions with many different people, we have all come across someone we find difficult to work with. Communicating with difficult people can be a tough task to handle on your own. When a problem is noticeable to a group of people a compromise is much easier to identify and implement. Learning to diplomatically deal with difficult people with professional courage can make your office a happier place.

Learning to work with different kinds of people is a key to success in the ever-changing business world. We might not all agree on the same issues or ideas but problem solving, compromising and listening to other peoples’ opinions with an open mind can help us all.

Always take a step back and take a look at your reactions, think about your facial responses or verbal and written communications that might have put a wedge between you and this difficult person. Try to narrow down the issue and learn what triggers you to react the way you do. We can all learn lessons from examining our own behaviors. What we can’t do is control others.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
Vistage Florida
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