Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Balancing Your Personal Leadership by "BOSS Influencer" Dr. Jacquie Hood Martin

Life is filled with strange encounters. In a moment and at times without notice, a situation arises that dumbfounds you. A place in your heart that is almost mended, a relationship that is just about repaired, or a wound that is nearly healed. Yet, out of the blue a trigger of how hurt you really were by it, causes you to realize you have not come as far as you think!
Living a life of balance is not just how well you handle your finances, manage your affairs, keep up with meals, children, and exercise. It is at times how you balance yourself within the engagements you have with other people. Family, friends, co-workers, bosses, church folk, neighbors, and sometimes casual acquaintances can throw you off balance when you engage in their hurts. These real-life encounters can set anyone (yes, even you) off balance and off-kilter. As you consider how well or not you are balancing your life encounters, consider and remember you are a leader of one; one single person: self. There are times when you must step back, step away, and stand clear of what you are doing in order to re-evaluate your true effectiveness. This is where hindsight and foresight meet. Everyday lends itself to new opportunities and challenges. As you face the day, allow yourself to take it all in. Don’t panic, shy away, or brush off too casually an encounter that may be God-sent.
Sometimes, the best way to learn new coping skills, new ways of viewing a situation, or even improve your avoidance tactics is to take it square on! Yet, other times, it’s a clear directive to steer clear. Either way, you can learn valuable lessons and enhance your ability to lead your own life. Today is the day you start to matter! Sure, you never really meant to doubt your ability, but things happened to shake your confidence. Well, it’s time to regain perspective and put you back in first place in your life. Balance is a state of mind. “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, but his heart is not with you. Proverbs 23:7
Whatever you do today, be sure your heart is in it. If it’s not, walk away and find a path that suits your heart. Pray this week to begin afresh with people who have a heart for what you do, and to be on one accord with you. If they can’t go the distance, take them as far as they can, then release them to find their ‘heart-path.’ And, consider you too may need to do the same.
Today take a moment to review who is in your space, rethink their place, and reassign value to them so that you are not physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, or spiritually off-balance by your interactions with them in your life.

Jacquie Hood Martin, PhD, CSSGB, is a full-time Master Coach Trainer, and CEO of J. Hood & Associates Life Management Firm, a professional development 501(c)3. Her company offers Coaching, Coaching Certifications, Leadership Training, Strategic Planning, and Professional Development services for individuals and companies. More on her website at jhoodandassociates.org. Twitter: @jhoodmartin

Wait! Don’t Quit, Yet By "BOSS Influencer" Yvette Gavin

How to write a resignation letter made Google’s top 10 most searched ‘how to’ questions earlier this month. Congratulations if you’re among the folks moving on to a promising new job. But, wait. Don’t resign your current position or jump the gun by making announcements on social media until you’ve made it through the background checks and the offer is official. Here are three things you should know before giving your resignation letter:

I have a friend who lost a job offer after a lemon poppy seed muffin caused her to fail a drug test. You may not eat muffins, but there are other reasons the offer could fall through. On that note, you can’t put yourself in any situation where your job offer may be compromised. In other words, if someone else in your presence is smoking illegal substances, you need to remove yourself from the situation.

Drug tests aren’t the only thing that can go wrong at this point. A gentleman I know lost an offer for his dream job when the company discovered he had a felony conviction. More than two decades had passed since he committed the offense, and he'd never had another
run-in with the law. Because it stopped showing up on background checks after all that time, he almost forgot about it. However, this company’s research was so thorough that they discovered the conviction and, as a consequence, withdrew the job offer. Unfortunately, this man had already resigned the position he’d held before the offer was made. The loss left him devastated, and what had promised to be a significant advancement for his career turned into the beginning of a long period of unemployment.

You may be breathing a sigh of relief because you don’t have a criminal record and you can pass a drug test and financial background check with flying colors. I advise you not to get too comfortable. Things happen, so don’t give your resignation until you’ve completely locked down the new job. By completely locked down I mean making sure you have passed all background checks before giving your current employer a letter of resignation.
Yvette Gavin has coached individuals into higher paying jobs, more rewarding careers, and personal spiritual growth. A dynamic organizational leader, Yvette has helped Fortune 100 companies and small businesses to improve the quality of their deliverables and to build stronger and highly productive teams. Yvette is the author of Recalibrate! Navigating the Job Market with Confidence. Visit www.YvetteGavin.com Twitter: @yvettegavin

3 Things You Should Never Do When You Present … And What to Do Instead by Bridgett McGowen

1.  Never say to the audience "Come on! You can do better than that!" You usually hear this after a presenter greets the audience and receives a less than enthusiastic greeting in return; oftentimes the presenter will insist - jokingly or otherwise - on telling the audience it can do a better job of returning his/her greeting.

a. You have not done anything to get people hyped ... unless you have rock star status. And you immediately make the audience feel inadequate or like it has to do something it really does not want to do.

b. Do not rely on the audience to get you excited. Never make the audience responsible for making you feel welcome and wanted. Get yourself pumped by thinking of the value you're about to bring that's going to rock the house! Think to yourself "Okay. You aren't excited now, but wait until you get a load of this presentation!"

c. Greet everyone, accept the greeting you get in response, then set out to totally wow the crowd. THEN you will see the audience excitement go through the roof!

2.  Never pose a question to the audience within the first few minutes of your presentation, then call on an individual to bravely answer it in front of everyone.

a. You may not have provided enough information for a person to have a fair chance at arriving at a correct answer.

b. Remember it feels safer to answer a question in a small group of listeners than it does to answer a question in front of a room full of people.

c. Your first question for your audience should be one where audience members can engage with each other, discussing possible answers to the question, then you can call on someone to share with the larger group.

3. Never call on someone to answer a question to which the answer serves as a basis for understanding an integral part of your presentation without you providing the answer/definition, too.

a. Let that person offer an answer.

b. Thank him/her regardless of whether the audience member's answer was correct.

c. Ensure you provide the definition you need everyone to have.

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How To Establish Your Business Identity and Claim It Boldly by April D. Byrd

It’s important to establish your business on purpose, before thinking about money. Understanding what our divine purpose gives us better direction in going forward with what we do and why we do it.

Divine purpose is the guide that gives us direction. We find it in prayer, meditation, and taking the time to be one with ourselves. Communicating with the source of the very reason we were created. We have to truly look deep into who we are to find out what exactly it is that we have to offer the world, with excellence!

The first step to establishing a business identity is to look into personal divine purpose. Whatever we do, no matter how menial the job seems will play off this and provide peace in doing it. Even the perceived “hard” things.

I believe when we understand the purpose behind what we do, we can boldly share it with others without hesitation, no matter what the situation.
Recently I was in the car with a new friend that I meant at church, when she asked: “What do you do?” I found myself overwhelmed by the simple question. I doubted she wanted to hear: “I do everything!” Sometimes it needs to be something simple like: “I write” or “I work a Burger King” not the whole works, full of menial details. I found something simple to say and can’t remember exactly what it was that I said.

I later regretted not fully taking pride in the fact that. . . I’m a BOSS! Yep, I said it a BOSS! If we’re not able to take full ownership of the 27 plus hats that we wear as professionals and especially as entrepreneurs then there’s really no reason to even do it. The fact that the question rattled me made me go deep and get back to the purpose of it all.

What I should have said is: “I own a media company where I help people get the word out about their business.” and so the next time someone asks that’s what it will be. I read somewhere that when you introduce yourself at networking events you should share the WHY of what you do, along with what it is that you do. People are enlightened by it and more encouraged to assist.

I’m a firm believer that our business identity should be wrapped up in our purpose. At the end of the day God is in full control of ALL of our affairs anyway, “the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.”

It’s up to us to be on the right side of purpose when our time comes.

April D. Byrd is a Writer, Producer, creator of BOLDJournal, and Founder of Oasis Media Group. She believes that positive, uplifting media has the power to inspire hope and courage in people to excel. She uses her voice for good and helps others express their creative vision.

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The 5 Cs you need to Achieve Your Life Goals by Tammy P. Moore

One of my mantras is K.I.S.S (Keep it Simple Sisters)! Many times, in life we over complicate things.  In the words of Lauren Hill “It could all be so simple, but you’d rather make it hard!”  If you are struggling to achieve your goals or you keep making detours on this road called life.  I have outlined the five Cs you need that will get you right back on track.  Remember goals don’t work unless you do!
For those of you that have created a vision board and stuck it in a corner somewhere I want you to pull it out and look it, so you can remember what your goals are.  Write the vision make it plain. The year is not over yet, there is still time to get your blessings.  All our goals are different, but I think these 5 tips will help you reach them!

1.  Credit/Capital
If you have good credit and a solid business plan you can get money! You need credit for everything, whether you're buying a car, a home, starting a business or even looking for a job.  It’s you on paper so what does it say about you? We miss the mark when it comes to credit education and I’m on a mission to do just that! Educate, educate, educate! You can’t repair what you won’t review!  Stay on top of your credit, it’s one of the keys to success,

2.  Confidence
You need to be confident in your abilities, in your gifts and that they will make room for you.  Don’t get confident and conceited confused.  Because people often do.  If you are well versed and an expert in your field, you must exude confidence.  No one will put someone on a major stage if they’re unsure of themselves.  Study your craft and watch the doors fly open or create your own opportunities!

3.  Character/Integrity
Knowledge will give you power, but Character will give you respect.  In the end, all you have is your good name.  I’ve often heard character is what you do when no one is watching.  Always take the road less traveled, you will find your success there.  You will learn some things along the way that give you knowledge and fortitude to reach your goals. One of my favorite poems is myself by Edgar Allen Guest to quote a verse “I have to live with myself and so I want to fit for myself to know.  I want to be able as days go by always to look myself straight in the eye.  I don’t want to stand with the setting sun and hate myself for the things I’ve done!  I can never hide myself from me, I see what others may never see, I know what others may never know.  I never can fool myself and so.  Whatever happens, I want to be self-respecting and conscious free! Always do what’s right and right will surely follow you.

4. Connections/Networking
It’s not what you know it’s who you know. To increase your net worth, you must network!   I don’t care how smart or talented you are you cannot make it in this world alone. Surround yourself with good people who are going somewhere.  Connect with organizations Like the BOSS network.  My territory has been enlarged with the connections I have made through them!  Be sure to evaluate who’s on your front row, it will tell you a lot about your future.  If you’re around 4 people that don’t want anything out of life, you’re bound to become the 5th.  But if you surround yourself with 4 go-getters that never give up and encourage each other you will all win!

5.  Commitment
Reaching your goals will not be easy. That’s where commitment comes into play. You must stay the course when things aren’t going so well.  Everyone can proclaim to be successful when you’re on the top of the mountain but what about the valley experiences. Can you still stand tall when you face adversity? When the mortgage crisis came in 2007 people were changing careers, but I knew this is what God had called me to do. I remained committed to my purpose and my passion even in the troubled times.
Once you’ve mastered the 5 C’s to success there no limit to what you can achieve!  It is my hope that we all see our visions become a reality.  Because when one of us wins…we all win!  Here’s to you!

Tammy Moore is Division President at Diamond Residential Mortgage and owner of Tammy P. Moore & Associates. She is a motivational speaker and Credit and Financial Coach. In her spare time, she is the Budget Conscious Fashionista, where she teaches Style $ense: How to style your outfits on a budget without breaking the bank!

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