Know Your Value

“Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.”
~ Anton Chekhov

With the season of giving and gratitude right around the corner, it’s important as a business leader to recognize and remember your values and goals both personally and professionally. Always remember your life choices and behaviors should be guided by strong core values. When times get tough and direction gets lost our values should remain strong. Establish and practice solid values that will impact your life and keep you on the path to success.

Without a sense of purpose and value in your personal and professional life, feelings of fulfillment and worth can get lost and may negatively affect your leadership skills. Build up your values by thinking about the inspirations in your life, why you wake up each morning, what you take pride in, what makes you happy and what are some future goals you want to achieve.

Once your values are set, prioritize your top values and combine similar ideas into one vision. With confidence and integrity, concentrate on three values that you are proud of having. While your list of values can be endless, it’s important to not overload your goals to a point where they feel too difficult to achieve.

Value-based choices are crucial for business leaders to ensure the best possible impact for future happiness and career development.

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

Criticism as a Tool for Growth

“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.”
~Norman Vincent Peale

As a business owner, it’s necessary to understand how to handle professional and personal criticism in the work place. Genuine reflection can use criticism as a basis for improvement and remember having professional success doesn’t always include only positive feedback. There will always be critics, and the way you handle the information will convey a lot about your character and courage as a leader.

Be open to listen to what others might think when you’re trying something new and always consider the motivations of the source. Business owners rarely have a successful business plan handed to them. Only through strategic planning and trial and error can we learn to create success.

We all know that criticism can be uncomfortable and make us become defensive. Instead of firing back a response, listen to understand what someone else has to say without resentment. Always be willing to take in new information without focusing on the criticism itself. This marks leadership as a process.

The response to criticism is to usually take it too personally. Take a step back and respond to criticism at a time where you feel confident in your strategy and accept criticism as a way of learning about how the public perceives you. Never let a simple comment get in the way of your business and success.

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

Doing Well by Doing Good.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
– Winston Churchill

Building a social bond with your community is an important factor for growing and maintaining a successful business. Customers want to see a business not only providing high quality goods and services but, also lending a hand to the community. As a business owner, take the initiative to create and put into action a social mission to help brand your company positively with the community.

Most businesses and organizations have mission and vision statements but, lack a social mission. Organize a strong social mission with your team by narrowing down a realistic game plan of goals that can be put into action within the next 6-8 months. It’s important to remember that you want your social goals to help the community but not cause serious interruptions of day to day functions for employees.

With the holiday season right around the corner, many charitable organizations are in need of volunteers or donations of different kinds. Whether it’s donating money, time, or food, make an effort to reach out to local community and offer assistance and keep your team involved.

Make your mark on the community by organizing a realistic social mission that can last year after year. A social mission encourages teamwork among coworkers while showing that your business values and supports the surrounding community and its people.

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