Having the right people in the right roles is critical for a team’s success.
Hiring even one wrong person can have a detrimental effect on the culture and performance of a team.
Advertising guru, David Ogilvy, sumed it up very well by saying, “If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. But if each of us hires people who are bigger than we are, we shall become a company of giants.”
There are a lot of factors to be taken into consideration when hiring a new team member.
Many years ago, I was introduced to the TED network, which offered presentations from different types of experts from all around the world.
I first searched for teachers and mentors I knew or had learned from. This presentation by Anthony Robbins was the very first TED presentation I watched and to this day, is still of the best presentations given on a TED stage.
This was the start I had to the TED and TEDx network, and it was quite amazing that a few years later, I had the opportunity to speak on a TEDx stage in India.
To view my presentation at TEDx Chennai, please click here.
Question: What were your key takeaways from this video?
In this short video, Marie Forleo explains why we don’t follow through on all our projects.
This happens all too often with creative people, who tend to get bored very easy after being all excited at the start of a project.
Knowing how to get through the middle stages of a project and reach completion is an important habit that we can all develop. Enjoy the video!
Question: What strategies can you now apply to stay focused and follow through on your projects?
One of the key competencies of a leader is to be an excellent negotiator.
Whether we manage a team or run our own business, the better our negotiation skills are, the higher the chances of us achieving the results we want. How well we negotiate directly affects our ability to influence others.
I’ve had both good and bad negotiation experiences over the years with leaders I’ve worked with and have learned some strategies that I think work well in negotiations. While the strategies I share are more relevant to a one-on-one negotiation, it can also be relevant in a group negotiation as well.
Generating new content is mandatory for anyone who has an information-based business or wants to be known as an expert in a particular field or topic.
There are many options available today to be able to create content from blog posts, podcasts, videos, webinars or hosting a live event, to name a few. Having many options also brings many challenges for experts to get noticed as there are a lot more distractions to take into account.
Unfortunately, many content creators make some fundamental mistakes when it comes to developing content. These mistakes inhibit their ability to reach the number of people they would like reach or have the type of impact they want.
One concept that has been taught, especially in the personal development industry, is the idea “do what you love and the money will follow.”
When I first started with personal development training programs and courses, my role models were people who seemingly were doing what they loved — leading personal development trainings and workshops. However they weren’t the best examples of people making a big difference while earning big money at the same time.
I then started learning from the likes of Anthony Robbins, the world-famous peak performance coach and business strategist, Bob Proctor, founder of LifeSuccess Productions, now known as the Proctor-Gallagher Institute, and Jack Canfield, CEO of the Canfield Training Group and co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® book series.
They were examples of people who were doing what they loved and making a big difference while earning big money at the same time. This had me intrigued especially when I saw many of my colleagues doing what they loved to do but weren’t earning the money they truly wanted to, which ultimately lead to frustration and struggle.
Over the past several years, I have attended many seminars, training programs and enrolled in numerous online training courses.
While the experience of attending live events were great, finding time to implement or apply the ideas I learned were always challenging. The same is true for online training programs as there can literally be tens, if not hundreds of hours worth of content to go through.
In recent times, I’ve gotten better at using my time more productively which has given me the opportunity to read more books and acquire new skills such as website creation skills, leadership and coaching skills and online marketing strategies.
I’ve invested thousands of hours improving my current skills and learning new things. With more and more information now being offered via online training programs, one of the challenges we all face is to find the time to actually complete those programs.
Having attended many team meetings, I’ve experienced both good and bad meetings.
It’s not hard to figure out what hasn’t worked if a team meeting doesn’t go the way it was intended.
Effective meetings are a very powerful way to bond a team, whereas poorly run meetings can demotivate a team and frustrate team members.