WE RECENTLY HAD our Canadian election, and although I don’t follow politics closely, I can see some clear messages for success in business, from our new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.As we usually see in a political campaign, most politicians beat down other parties and candidates. It is a sickening display of bullying, accusations, attacking, lack of integrity…all the reasons I don’t listen to politicians.
I have observed a very refreshing change with our new Prime Minister! Qualities I have never seen in politicians….qualities that are common with successful business owners.
I particularly love what I see in everyone that is close to Justin Trudeau….starting with his Mom….see video
I love Margaret’s words…they didn’t attack, they didn’t bully in the liberal campaign. Proof that being positive, and taking the higher road, and being of service, generous and full of gratitude pays off!
Didn’t attack, were not mean, and didn’t bully – Justin was the only one of the major 3 candidates that didn’t attack the other parties. He was not mean and didn’t bully. Qualities he and his wife teach their children….and our children learn from parents walking the walk. He stayed positive, and focused on what he is offering, rather than attempting to discredit the other parties. In his acceptance speech he said “We beat fear with hope. We beat cynicism with hard work. We beat negative, divisive politics with a positive vision that brings Canadians together,” Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said in his victory speech. Successful business owners understand you do not need to discredit other businesses….stand on the value you provide.
Kindness – I have observed so many wonderful expressions of his kindness over the last week. From going and shaking hands and meeting people at a subway station the morning after the election, to carrying a man in a wheelchair down an escalator when it stopped working – he is a man being of service to others. The easiest way to stand out in business, is being willing to go the extra mile and do what others are not.
Honest, Open, Transparent, & Authentic – His honesty shines through in all his interviews. He is someone you trust from the moment you meet him. He talks openly about political issues and does not attempt to dance around questions. He doesn’t attempt to hide things and is very candid in his interviews. You quickly gain a sense of his authenticity. These are all qualities that build trust.
Personable – Such a personable personality, he treats people with respect and interest.
Confident – He is confident but not cocky.
Approachable – He is extremely approachable and exudes this openness when he meets new people. Business owners must be approachable to build trust with their clients.
Good listener – You easily feel he is listening, and his wife mentions this is one of his strongest qualities. Listening to your client needs allows you to provide superior service. There are many clues in what our clients tell us.
Grateful – Gratitude is a powerful state of being, and a sign of goodness in a person. Justin’s gratitude is evident in everything he does. Being grateful for your clients business makes them feel appreciated.
Listen to hearts of supporters – This is obviously necessary in business, and politics is no different. Many politicians don’t understand this. Truly listening to what your customers want allows you to provide what they are asking for.
Took on campaign with passion & made his vision work – There were naysayers, including other parties, that attempted to discredit Justin because of his age (42), stating he was too young to take on this role. He ignored the naysayers and followed his passion and vision through. Something all successful entrepreneurs learn … to push through the naysayers and follow your vision.
Surround yourself with great people – In an interview with Justin’s wife, she mentioned he has surrounded himself with really great people. This is a key distinction all successful business owner’s understand.
While so many are quick to discredit millennials, Justin took a strong stand as a leader who listens to the needs of Canadians, which obviously appealed to millennials, who are looking to build their futures with new ideas and someone who will listen and act. Understanding your client base and listening to their needs, is important to provide what they are looking for.
These are the building blocks that successful entrepreneurs build their businesses on.
As I was writing this article, I came across this video showing how different Justin Trudeau is!
You can see he is humble, kind, sincere and appreciative….he isn’t standing on a podium making a speech to the people…he is out shaking hands and thanking them personally. I love his style, and his willingness to do things “differently” and can only say for the first time in my life, I actually want to meet this Prime Minister. Being willing to do things differently is another quality of visionary entrepreneurs.
I also came across this video of our new First Lady – Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau. Such an interesting interview to get to know the type of person she is and the values her and Justin live their lives by. A very refreshing attitude for a political family, and a sign of our changing times.
I now have a renewed interest in really following our Canadian politics, with these principles and values at the core. What a REFRESHING change in the Canadian political world. Looking forward to seeing what our new Prime Minister can accomplish.
As posted on: http://bizcatalyst360.com/entrepreneurial-success-principles-displayed-in-our-recent-canadian-election/
OUR DAUGHTER got married this past weekend. We had a lot to pull together during their 9 month engagement to pull it off, and I learned there are many lessons for success that apply to business as well.
Leadership – The first step was to listen openly to what our daughter and her fiance wanted for their wedding, and respect their wishes. As the mother of the bride, you need to take on a serious leadership role. Thankfully I have been involved in leadership development for the past 30 yrs, so this part was easy for me. This was their day, although I was going to be very involved in the planning and execution of it. I have been an entrepreneur for 30 years, so very accustomed to just taking action. I had daily conversations with my daughter to talk about ideas and decisions. I was careful not to step on her toes, but to implement what we discussed. There is a fine line between taking over and being of service. A leader does not need anyone to “tell” them what needs to be done. A leader takes the initiative and takes the appropriate actions necessary.
Execution – This requires taking massive action. There were so many details to take care of. We set up spread sheets for everything so we could list everything in every category that needed to be done, and keep a check list of what was done and what was still required. We used this from the start, right up to the last minute details. What a life saver it was to be this organized! Very often frustration sets in when we feel overwhelmed….which comes from a lack of organization. We cannot effectively execute any plan, unless we are highly organized. It also takes the pressure off having to remember everything, when you have a checklist you are going by. I can also see that project management was key in bringing this all together.
Engagement – There was a buck & doe (party for the bride & groom), 5 bridal showers we combined into 3, a bachelorette party, a bachelor party, a rehearsal dinner party, and then the wedding. We had SO much support from our family and friends throughout this whole experience. People were so involved and a reflection of the love they felt for our kids. This is a reminder that when people are committed to a cause, they are engaged. This is the result in the workplace when you feel a part of something meaningful.
Entrepreneurial Spirit – Putting on a wedding requires having an entrepreneurial spirit. An entrepreneur is solution oriented, visionary, and willing to do what it takes for as long as it takes. The hrs we put into this have been massive, but because it was something so meaningful for us and our daughter and son in law, it didn’t feel like work. We envisioned the outcome and then did everything in our power to make it happen. This is what successful entrepreneurs do….and because their business is something they are passionate about, it doesn’t feel like work.
Overcoming Adversity – No matter how organized and how much you feel like you have all the bases covered, there are always going to be things beyond your control. This applies to life and business. The weather didn’t co-operate at all on their wedding day, and this meant a pile of last minute changes. It is my experience from being an entrepreneur for the last 30 years and working diligently on my own mindset and leadership that I was able to do what was necessary, without letting emotion get in the way and see opportunity, where others were only seeing the challenge. Adversities are always simply part of the process towards anything worthwhile we work towards. We are either stopped by adversity, or we embrace and find the opportunity within it.
Successful People Surround Themselves With Other Successful People – I am very self reliant and very organized and although I thought I had everything covered, my daughter insisted on having a “day of co-ordinator”. I give her full credit for making this decision. Having our day of co-ordinator saved the day when the weather challenges came into play and we had to make many last minute changes. Although it’s important to be a self reliant visionary leader in business, or in a wedding, it’s equally as important to surround yourself with great people that can step up to the plate when necessary. Successful people are not threatened by surrounding themselves with other successful people….they realize it strengthens them.
Being Present – Often in life or in business, we are so focused on the outcome and the details, that we actually miss the journey. We spent the week before the wedding decorating the outdoor home of the groom’s parents. It was extensive! To some it would have seemed like too much work, but I can honestly say that I loved every single moment. As we decorated everything, I was having the time of my life. I learned new things I didn’t know, and got massive satisfaction from the finished job, and our daughter’s comment that it was “better than she ever imagined”. When we take on a massive project, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and stressed out, if you are not “smelling the roses” along the way. The journey is where we learn, grow, and make memories that serve us for a lifetime. The journey serves as a teacher along the way, IF, we are open to the messages.
New Opportunity – We never know when opportunity is going to present itself. Many people go through life and never identify or ACT on opportunity. As we started planning the wedding, we were focused on just the wedding. However, as we met with vendors and recognized everything it takes to put a large event like this on, we also realized a need. And this presented an opportunity. After making all the wedding decor ourselves we realized we now have everything needed to do this again. Many people suggested we should be in the wedding planning business. We embraced the opportunity and decided to launch a side business in DIY wedding decor rentals. We certainly didn’t start out the wedding planning to start another business, but have embraced the opportunity since we already have all the decor. Opportunity often knocks when you least expect it. Entrepreneurs are able to identify and then act when opportunity presents itself.
I have said before, everything and everyone is our teacher….the key is to be open to the messages in all aspects of life, and be willing to learn, grow and recognize that everything is a stepping stone. Everything we learn in life can support us in business, and everything in business we learn can support us in life. There is no difference…..it is a constant overflowing of knowledge that assists us in building all parts of our lives……
As posted on: http://bizcatalyst360.com/entrepreneurial-lessons-from-our-daughters-wedding/
WE HAVE ALL BEEN that consumer that is “just looking” but not really serious. We don’t expect, and usually don’t want the representative to spend time with us, because we are not serious about making a purchase. If a rep is all over us and we are just curious, it puts us off and we feel pressured. In business it is important that we identify the serious from the curious and we don’t waste our valuable time with people that are just curious.Curious is fine, it could lead to a sale later. Curious means people are exploring, gathering information, and filing it away for later. You can certainly let the curious know you are there if they need anything answered, but to spend a great deal of time with the curious is a poor judgement call. You can be pleasant with people that are curious, and offer to answer any questions they have, but do not need to give them your valuable time that could be spent helping those that are truly serious.
Regardless of the type of business you have, you are selling something…either a product or a service. Spend your time with those that are truly interested, and stop attempting to “sell” people that are not serious.
People want to buy, but they don’t want to be sold. Don’t be so hungry for the sale, you lose sight of the value you provide. Educate, share information, answer questions, provide value. When you have a truly serious client and you cover these things, it builds trust & credibility and they naturally want to buyhere to edit.
As published on: http://bizcatalyst360.com/entrepreneurs-spend-your-time-wisely/
VERY OFTEN PEOPLE who are self employed have huge visions and goals. Sometimes, you can get off track because you are not recognizing the progress you are making towards those goals.
Being a big thinker and wanting results yesterday is part of what inspires and pushes us as entrepreneurs. However, it can have a negative effect if you don’t understand this concept.
Our mindsets are the most powerful tool we have as Entrepreneurs. It is vital to keep yourself in the right frame of mind and not get discouraged or lose sight of your vision.
There will be times that you need to “course correct”….that’s ok, it’s part of the process. Sometimes we “think” we are going to accomplish something in a specific way, but a change of some sort happens, and we have to rethink our plan of action. The successful entrepreneur understands this and does not give up on their goal simply because something has changed. It requires getting creative and finding opportunity within challenges that may arise.
A powerful way to stay on track and in the right frame of mind, is to count your wins, however small each day. Even the smallest of wins, when written down will help you recognize the progress you are making. Very often it is the smallest of wins that are the stepping stones that lead you towards something amazing. If your mind is not in the right place, and you are stressed because you haven’t hit the “big goal” yet, or because something has gone wrong or changed, you can totally miss the opportunities that can be found in the small wins.
Combine this with gratitude. Keep a gratitude journal of all the things you are grateful for each day. This keeps your mind in a positive state, and the more we are grateful for, the more we will have to be grateful for.
Protect and work as hard on your mindset as you do on your business….it is the “jet fuel” that will propel your business in the direction you want it to go.
As published on: http://bizcatalyst360.com/entrepreneurs-count-the-wins-towards-your-goals/
Debbie Ruston - Entrepreneur - International Trainer, Visionary Leader