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