Managing Improvements for the 2019 New Year!

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It’s an innate drive within us to seek expansion, growth and development. Spiritual gurus who frown at Western ways even seek advancements in their own pursuits. They seek to grow their inner power, just like us business managers seek to grow our money-earning power. Whatever your field of interest is, you need to grow our you fall behind and get depressed. This constantly seeking expansion is nothing to be ashamed of, unless, of course, you harm others in the process.

Well, this blog is all about helping others in the process by becoming a better leader and manager of people and time. For the New Year we hope you’re still seeking to grow, because we’re going to share some ideas that will make your team love you as a leader and perforce help your business grow. A cool thing to understand in this regard is that a professor in university can still be the students’ ultimate favorite while still being strict when it comes to grading. This is no different when leading a team in the business world. You can be strict yet still be the favorite boss your employers have ever had. Furthermore, the best military leaders of the world could not have earned their honor and respect without being strict.

But how do you be more strict while still have your employers praise you?

First, we should understand why you want to be strict. To sum it up in a nutshell, you should watch the movie Whiplash. It’s about a strict teacher who strives to make his students achieve greatness and it shows a great lesson in why leaders shouldn’t always be the nice guy. And just like the captain of a pirate ship, if you’re crew believes what you are telling them to do is in their best interest even though they don’t understand why, they will follow you anyways. In order to make big positive changes in your business, just saying what you want in a polite way won’t always cut it. Sometimes you can use the prospect of a future raise to motivate people into getting them to do what you want them to do, but you still need to be strict with them in order to make the change really fall through. Some leaders are blessed with an understanding team of smart people who don’t need these extra pushes, but most of us are not that lucky.

So how can you implement this knowledge in your leadership?

First you must know what you want to change in your business or team of any kind. If you run a sports team, I guarantee that if you think long enough you can come up with areas in which your team can improve. Sometimes this is just in connection between players and the way to fix it is to go out for pizza more often. Other times the issue is more serious like people coming into work late and leaving early. Being the nice guy will make change very difficult, so don’t be afraid of being strict so long as you keep in mind that you must do everything in your power to make sure you’re not that boss that everyone hates. Once people start talking behind your back, showing kindness to them will make them mock you even more. Therefore, you must make them respect you by outworking them and making themselves see what’s wrong with their behavior by forcing them to compare their own effectiveness with yours. If you have an employee or crew member that is working harder than you, it won’t be long before they’re working for someone else.

So over 2019 please keep note of everything mentioned here. Use your innate desire to grow to your advantage by disciplining your team to achieve greatness, and then greatness will come to you!

You got this!

Success Tips from a Tow Truck Winnipeg Company

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Sometimes we can draw inspiration from strange sources. Yesterday I had the pleasure of interviewing a tow truck driver who works for a towing company in Winnipeg and the success tips that he had to share were so great and meaningful that I just couldn’t go another day without sharing them to my lovely readers on this blog.

I was given 6 great tips for any company looking to start out in their local area, but before I list these six tips I just want to spend some time to talk about the amazing story this tow truck driver shared with me. There’s been many occasions where I come across a success story that is very impactful on my mind, but never have I quite come across a story like this. The tow truck driver I met had battled with divorce and cancer while he was just starting out and there was times when he even contemplated suicide. All it took was a year of putting his chin down and servicing his customers everyday and now he owns one of the major towing businesses in Winnipeg.

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Six secrets to finding success as a new company in your local area:

  • Don’t let your culture’s customs define who and what you are! “When I first started out as a tow truck driver, all my old friends and family started making fun of me saying that I could do better. They said this because they believe a tow truck driver has no chance of being a success so to speak. They must think all tow truck drivers are rednecks or something but I quickly proved them wrong by starting a business that defined new limits. I know I’m just a tow truck driver in Winnipeg, but that doesn’t mean I attach all the other cultural meanings of a tow truck driver onto my identity. I see myself as a serious businessman and that’s more important.”
  • Keep your head up and your feet down! “When you make a decision, stick to it no matter what. When adversity strikes at your heart, do not falter. Face your fears with courage and your fears will turn around to take a hike. There’s no limit to what you can do because the only limits are the ones you make yourself. Stay strong and you’ll do better. Stay better and you’ll be the best!”
  • Know when it’s time to take a break. “Being an entrepreneur is more than just about working your face off. It’s about making wise decisions and sometimes taking a break can be the best decision you could ever make. When you’re stressed and things aren’t going your way, it’s much better to take a seat in a relaxing chair and let your subconscious think of solutions than it is to put yourself in the driver’s seat when you’re angry and watch yourself botch whatever it is you’re working toward. Trust me, being stressed is not a good time to make important decisions. Take a break and you’ll actually do better in the long run.”
  • Show love to your competition! “Some people do the opposite of this and they suffer from it down the road. As a tow truck driver I know all too well what can happen down the road. When you show love to the people competing with you, it’s like having good sportsmanship in a hockey game. If you’re a hockey player who’s always rude and doesn’t play well without cheating, you won’t get invited to the next game. It’s that simple. If you want to stay in the game and keep winning for many years to come, earn the respect of your competition. Don’t piss them off and you may find that they’ll even become your allies and there’ll be more money to be made as a result.”
  • Always have a spare tire! “That’s my tow truck driver way of saying always have a plan B. Sometimes after one year of being in business you realize you have to change the way you do things. if you refuse to change, adapt and put in a plan B, then you better hope that your first plan works or else, guess what, you won’t be in business for much longer. There’s no shame in rethinking things over and starting afresh. Listen to your environment and you’ll find a way.”
  • Turn on the auto pilot mode as much as possible! “Every big major success will know what you mean by ‘a groove’ or a ‘the zone’. There’s a kind of auto pilot that you can turn on once you get into a good state of things. There’s times when precise thinking is needed, but if you can stay in that zone or whatever you want to call it, you can get into that place where everything is coming together almost by itself and it’s so magical you become afraid to stop. That’s a very good thing, a very good place to be. STAY THERE!”

Thank you sir for sharing those amazing six tips with us! They sure mean a lot to me and I hope my blog readers learned something. Winnipeg Towing is a remarkable phenomenon that all entrepreneurs should study. These six rules above can work for any business, not just a towing company and I’ll definitely be making a note to apply these in my life.

Thank you for coming back and reading. It’s that special time of year so before you go I just want to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. I hope 2019 is more successful for you than all your previous years combined.

Much love, Sarah

 

 

How to Lead a Team the Right Way (Not Dispirit Them)

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Context may call for different strategies of getting a team to do what you want them to do. In war you could remind them of the beauty of the nation they’re fighting to protect. In construction you can promise beer and pizza after a long day. In sports you can remind the team of the big winner’s trophy. Here, however, we’ll be talking more specifically about a team working toward business success.

Bad leaders are quick to anger, and the way they lash out at people for making mistakes only makes things worse by dispiriting them. A good leader knows everyone makes mistakes, and they’ll calmly talk about better ways to do things, which reassures the mistake-maker and keeps their spirits high. Anger should never be used to lead a team. Keeping composure and staying calm during difficulty will reflect in the attitude of the people you’re leading. They’ll look to you as an example, so if you get cross over small matters, they might start to do so, too.

If you have a team and you’re working toward a goal, make sure you’ve clearly defined what that goal is to them. You might want to get them to relay exactly what that goal is in their own words just to make sure they really understand what you’re striving for. For example, your goal could be to make a million dollars by the end of the year so that you can open a new location next year. So your goal is actually opening a new location, but some members of your team might simply say, “The boss just wants to make a bunch of money.” You want to make sure they can see the new location in their minds. Don’t keep your true goal a secret from them unless you want to have a more difficult time of getting their. If you can’t trust your team to know your intentions, then perhaps you have the wrong team. Either that or they have the wrong leader.

A bad mistake to make when trying to inspire a team is to think that everyone gets inspired the same way. It’s important to get to know each member personally so you can know how they get inspired. Some people look forward to a long career as they’re trying to impress their family. Others simply look forward to a raise every year. Find out what your members want, and give it to them in pieces to keep them inspired. To deny what one member wants by giving to everyone what another member wants will only inspire one member, not all of them.

There is more advice for good leadership out there on the internet; this was just a broad start. If you want to learn more, think of picking up a book on leadership. Read Caesar’s campaign against the Gauls and learn from the champions. If you’ve had enough reading for now, here’s a helpful video. Thanks for reading! Come back soon!

 

 

Welcome to my Journey: What to Expect in the Near Future

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What can you expect here on my blog?

You can expect:

  1. Advice on how to manage other people
  2. Tips on building a successful, hardworking team
  3. Talks on the importance of hiring the right people
  4. Occasional funny stories and news

If there’s one thing you should know about me that isn’t on my About Me page, it’s that I love to use nature, specifically flowers and trees, as analogies for explaining management skills. For example I believe every new company can be compared to a baby sunflower. A flower can’t just grow anywhere. It needs proper sunlight and nutrition. Likewise a new company or organization needs the right components to flourish, and once everything is in place your left with something spectacular and beautiful to show the world, and the best part of that is you’ll also get fruit, in this case sunflower seeds, to pick and eat metaphorically!

So welcome and stay tuned!

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