New Year, New Mindset of Abundance Will Make the Difference!

Happy New Year!

Over the holidays, like you, I was engaged in a number of interesting conversations.

My wife, Anne, brought up a topic I never thought I’d hear out of her mouth.

It came to her while listening to one of the podcasts she’s been listening to as she walks to work these days.

The topic was the concept of “abundance vs. scarcity.”

We agreed that having an abundant mindset was the singular most important frame of reference one could have for life.

The opposite, scarcity mindset, came with a lot of stress, cynicism and skepticism.

What is the difference between a mindset of abundance and a mindset of scarcity?

There are some key differences.

People with an abundance mindset see:
•    Unlimited resources instead of scarce resources
•    Opportunities instead of threats
•    Collaboration instead of competition
•    Applicable similarities instead of irreconcilable differences
•    Possibilities for growth instead of fear of loss
•    The sum being of greater value than individual parts
•    Opportunity to build on others’ success instead of a zero-sum game
•    An internal locus of control vs. external controlling factors
•    Internal responsibility instead of external blame

When I was younger if someone I knew received an award or a bonus or secured a new client, I would resent it, and them.

The sad thing was I felt this way whether the individual was working with me in my company or on my team, or if they were a friend in an unrelated field or career.

How crazy is that?

I felt as if their success reflected negatively on me.

In reality, it was the level of results I was producing that determined the impression others had of me.

The only thing preventing me from getting similar accolades, awards, bonuses or a new client was my skills and ability.

I needed to take responsibility for that.

What about you?

What is your relationship with an abundance and scarcity mindset?

Make 2015 the year you shift to a 100% abundance mindset and it will be a great year!

All the best to you, your family and your company in 2015!

’til next time, make it a great week!

Best Regards,
skip weisman, transforming leadership and workplace communication to deliver champion level results

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Motivating the Un-Motivated In the Workplace

I was asked a question last week by a business colleague at a networking event I had never been asked before.

I had just delivered my new 20-second summary of what I do, which opens with a rhetorical question and goes like this:

“You know how some small business owners struggle with employees with negative attitudes, poor work ethics and those who do not take initiative or ownership of the job they’re paid to do?

“Well what I do is work with the business owner and their employees to break through the communication problems causing the problems to create a more positive, more productive and most importantly, a more profitable work environment.”

This woman replied, “wow, I bet you’re a busy guy, every business could use you!”

Then she said, “do you think there are some people who are just not motivated?”

I said “No! The problem is not a lack of motivation.”

I explained, “Everyone is motivated to do something. Even if that motivation is just to lay on a couch and stare at a wall.”

“What most people lack is not motivation but the two vital components that create motivation.”

She asked, “so, what’s that?”

“Aspiration and inspiration!”

Aspiration comes from inspiration.

When someone is inspired by something or someone, they create an aspiration to move in a similar direction. This drives the motivation to take action towards achieving the aspiration.

If people seem unmotivated the fact is they either have no aspirations powerful enough to take action towards them, or have not found the inspiration to aspire to some meaningful outcomes.

Small business owners can simply follow this formula to create a motivated team of employees.

The process includes creating an inspiring vision and purpose that employees will be aspired to contribute their talents towards helping achieve.

If you’d like to learn more and download a leadership assessment on this concept, visit www.EmployeeMotivationEquation.com .

Let me know what you think.

’til next time, Communicate With Power!

Best Regards,

skip weisman, transforming leadership and workplace communication to deliver champion level results

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The Power of “Acceptance” to Drive Positive, Proactive Movement to Address Workplace Change

It’s been 13 years since the world change on this date.

Most everyone old enough to experience the 9/11 tragedy remembers exactly where they were when they heard the news.

That day caused us to improvise and change the way we function in western culture in many ways, some more significantly than others. Initially the impact on our day-to-day lives.

Since then we settled back in to a more consistent way of life, got a little complacent and 2013′s Boston Marathon bombing reminded us it’s still vital we keep vigilant in fighting for our culture.

The way we do that is understanding the three ways to address the need for change in our lives, and in my work, in the workplace, around these 3 approaches:

  1. Ignorance
  2. Resistance
  3. Acceptance

It should be self-evident that “acceptance” is the only healthy and effective choice. Just in case let me explain why I believe that to be the truth.

Just like our response to 9/11, the only healthy response to accept that the world changed that day and how we live our lives will never be the same.

Acceptance allows us to develop strategies and adjust to the “new normal” (a phrase, I detest, by the way).

One of the most powerful books I’ve ever read, when I was just 26 years old, was “The Road Less Traveled” by Dr. Scott M. Peck.

The book’s first lines are epic and set a certain expectation for life.

It speaks to the power of “acceptance.”

The first line in “The Road Less Traveled” is:

“Life is difficult.”

Dr. Peck goes on to explain that once this fact of life is “accepted,” life no longer is difficult because we are no longer ignorant of the fact and we are no longer resistant to the reality.

Likewise, a rapid, constant changing and evolving workplace is reality in the 21st century, accepting that reality is the only healthy option, just like accepting the concept that “life is difficult.”

Acceptance allows us to create strategies for moving forward proactively to thrive in the reality we are facing in any situation.

Remember, as much as we try to influence and control the experiences of our lives, businesses and relationships with others, there is only so much we can do.

Acceptance allows us to move forward with less stress, more focus and greater energy because it allows us to see what’s in front of us.

One caveat: There is one very important situation where “acceptance” is not acceptable. More on that next time.

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‘til next time Communicate With Power!

 

skip weisman, transforming leadership and workplace communication to deliver champion level results

 

 

 

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