The 5 Key Strategies To Becoming A Better Listener

Listening is one of the greatest strategies to being a Great Leader

Have you ever had that boss or friend who you swear loves to talk. Talk about anything and everything.  And when you try to get a word in they jump right in with another story or something about them? In Steven Covey’s book “How To Win Friends and Influence People” one thing you can do to win friends and influence people is listen. Not just listen but listen with a clear mind.  Understand and remember what the person is talking about.

Be An Active Listener

To become that great leader. That Level 5 leader that John Maxwell talks about in his books. That leader that everyone looks up to and respects at work. You will need to become a great listener. Become the best listener you know. It’s not hard. I have been told that I am a leader who cares about my people. That understands my people. That takes an interest in my people. That wants to help my people. I have been told this by colleagues, management, and my team members. I attribute this to becoming a great listener. When you listen and understand people something triggers.   They can trust you more than most.

I have not always been a great listener… Just ask my mom. I had to learn to become a great listener. For me there are just 5 simple rules to becoming a great leader.

The 5 key strategies to becoming a better listener are:

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Constantly work on your ability, your integrity, your benevolence, and your impact to improve your leadership

Use your telescope to set your goals and then use your microscope to set the commitments to get that goal and the steps you are going to take to achieve success!

I don’t need easy… I just need worth it.  It’s worth the hard work for those things we feel are worth working for.

Peter Szpakowski

You Will Not Have Commitment Without Connection and You Will Not Have Connection Without Communication.

Don’t assume your team knows what you are thinking or what your expectations are of them.  Give them a target to shoot at.  Give them some direction.  This goes for your team, your family, your friends.

9 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Personal Trainer To Get In Better Shape

Part 4 of 6 Ways To Exercise More Each Week

I talk to so many people who think personal trainers are too expensive.  I have even felt that in the past.  Health problems that can follow are more devastating and way more expensive if you ask me.  I have a background in health and fitness.   My dad started having heart problems. I realized that I needed to get other peoples input to help me grow and increase my knowledge.  The cost of a personal trainer as great as it might seem is such a great return on investment.  I know some people that charge up to $250 per hour and I know now they are worth every penny.  No wait… I am worth every penny. The money I give to a personal trainer that is going to help me achieve my goals and increase my health is well worth it.

Did you know that even the smartest people in the world use coaches? The fittest people in the world use coaches or personal trainers. I have a background in bodybuilding and even the top bodybuilders in the world have coaches.  The greatest athletes in the world have coaches.  There is a reason why even the greatest and brightest people in the world use coaches.  They work!  But why do they work?  Here are 9 reasons why hiring a personal trainer is worth it.

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Do This Exercise to Build Your Strength Profile for a SWOT Analysis

A SWOT Analysis is an Excellent Tool To Grow as a Individual or a Business

Last week we reviewed what a SWOT Analysis is.  This week we start to build a SWOT Analysis for you or your business.  This is a very good exercise to perform 2 – 3 times a year and revisit the results each time.

Know your Strengths

Strengths are what drive us in hard times.  Strengths are what brings us joy in our hobbies, family, and business.  It’s important for us as individuals or businesses to understand our strengths.  These are traits that make us strong, smarter, and wiser in our life and in our businesses.

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When you plant a seed of assumption in the soil of ignorance you harvest a field of confusion.  Don’t make assumptions, use knowledge to make your decisions in order to be productive.

8 Reasons Why You Should Wear A Fitness Tracker Like a FitBit, Apple Watch, Polar, or Garmin

Part 3 of 6 Ways To Exercise More Each Week

One of the latest fads are exercise trackers.  Apple Watch, FitBit, Polar, etc.  People are buying these like crazy.  I see people at the mall wearing them, people at work wearing them, and even my kids are wearing them.  Why are they so popular?  Simple… They WORK!  Wearing a fitness trackers is

Couple looking at Fitness Tracker

Two years ago I was 50lbs over weight.  I was lazy, I exercised but not how I should have.  I went through the motions, did my 30 – 60 minutes in the gym and left.  15 months ago I got an apple watch and focused on the health monitoring of the watch.  It was pretty cool.  The apple watch monitors three areas (Active Calories Burned, Exercise time, and Standing).  It fills in a circle as you complete the goal.  I thought it was fun and focused on getting these every day. Within 3 months I had lost over 30lbs and I have kept it off for over a year now.  I contribute most of the weight loss to the method Apple uses.

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What is a SWOT Analysis? 3 Reasons Why You Should Complete One. A Downloadable Template Provided!

How to use a SWOT Analysis to improve you or your business

A SWOT Analysis is one of the simplest tools to help take business and lives to the next level.  A SWOT analysis is a simple tool that should be completed once or twice a year. A SWOT analysis will get you thinking about what areas you are good at and how you need to improve.  A SWOT is a  simple tool to highlight to you the areas you should be focusing on for opportunities and threats.  A SWOT analysis can be done as a team or even with a group of advisors.  If your looking to improve you can fill one out for yourself.  You could also have other people fill one out for you.  This will help you understand how others perceive you.  A SWOT can be for individuals or a company / Team as a whole.  People or businesses can have many SWOT’s.

SWOT Analysis Chart

Here are the simple steps to fill out your SWOT.  Once you are done you can build goals or plan around any action items that are the result of doing a SWOT Analysis.

Strengths – Write down the strengths you or your organization have.  These are strengths you will want to improve and keep building them stronger.

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