Some things some other people said about business…

I always run across awesome quotes about business and success. Today I thought I would share some of the more influential quotes that have shaped me as a businessman, leader, and person. Maybe you will find one that will do the same for you!

Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching around for what it gets.  – Henry Ford

Disneyland is a work of love. We didn’t go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money. – Walt Disney

Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.
-Thomas A. Edison

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. – Colin Powell
The invisible hand of the market always moves faster and better than the heavy hand of government. – Mitt Romney
The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.
– Henry FordLeadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
– Dwight D. Eisenhower
The cardinal responsibility of leadership is to identify the dominant contradiction at each point of the historical process and to work out a central line to resolve it.
– Mao Tse-Tung
To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence. – Mark Twain
That’s it for now. I just thought I would throw some of the fun ones up there. I have a bunch more that I like but I’ll save those for later. Know any good ones that I missed?

Grow Your Own Optimism

I have to admit that I am not a naturally optimistic person. I’ve had my experiences with pessimistic outlooks on life and work and success. It has worn down my will to succeed at times and I have to constantly put my outlook in check and make sure that I am thinking in the right direction. Intentional activities and habits contribute a significant amount to our feelings of happiness. The expression of thankfulness and gratitude is a good way to boost happiness in yourself, and boost happiness and gratitude in others. It spreads!

Being an optimistic person is challenging for some and easy for others. Nobody said optimism is an easy thing to adopt and integrate into their lives. Then again not a whole lot of valuable things come easy. Having a pessimistic outlook might save you from letdowns but otherwise it is something that can work to drag you down and snuff out your happiness slowly. There is no need to pretend that we live in a perfect world so there is no use to ignoring the challenges that life throws at us, but hanging onto negative things that happened in the past, and worrying about the future are two unhelpful things that can impede your attempts at optimism. Being optimistic means expecting things will go our way. The chances of that happening are usually about as equal as them not going our way, so if you have to anticipate future events then why not be optimistic if you have a choice?

Hoping things will go your way is not the same as being optimistic. Hope is different and involves specific focus on goals and means to achieving specific goals or objectives. Hope is more of a feeling than a cognitive state of nature. Hope has value, but it is not optimism.

Being optimistic means reminding yourself that you do have strengths and you do have the will to succeed if you choose to. Come up with some goals in order to let your best self emerge. By doing that you can truly enhance your true purpose and let it emerge as an optimistic quality in yourself. If you help and encourage others there is an even better chance that you will see your effort succeed, which will drive you even more to be optimistic. Start expecting good things to happen and they will happen!

Partnerships: Benefits and Limitations

Partnerships can be highly beneficial, and extremely limiting. Depending on who you choose to partner with, the partnership might just end up becoming a serious problem in the long run. Of course if you choose a partner wisely a partnership can grow in to a constructive and beneficial relationship or business. If not, well… Things don’t work out as smoothly as predicted.

As a partner in a start-up media production company I fully understand the challenges that a this particular bond forms. Being able to challenge the processes, policies, and behaviors of your partner(s) in order to reach optimum performance is important. All involved partners must be able to take criticism constructively and be able to manage their emotions and the emotions of everyone in the organization. In order to build a culture of performance around a shared or collective vision, you must know the limits to your own authority as well as knowing how you react when your own power is challenged. Assuming responsibility and correcting problem situations is a key duty as a partner.

Partners must not turn on each other in any way. As soon as one partner decides that a  problem is not theirs and they placing blame or assigning responsibilities to the other partner due to lack of trust or communication, the jig is up. It just can’t work that way. Individualist behavior cannot be accepted and will not be beneficial to a partnership so instead, try to work toward a compromise.

The bottom line is that partnerships are built on trust, reasonable compromise, and challenges. If you can’t achieve a partnership and turn an individualist into an effective partner with beneficial behavior, your partnership will fail. If you can however build a responsible partnership then the benefits will expose themselves on their own without force.

Leader or Follower: How can you maximize your potential?

Effective followership extends beyond personality. The attitudes and behaviors adopted by followers are much more important in context to becoming the best follower you can be. As well, these characteristics will help leaders become the best leaders they can become. Since leadership is contextual, understanding and choosing your behaviors are the key to learning how to best influence your environment.

Understanding that there is always a reason behind the way people behave, and why they choose to believe what they believe and do what they do is the first step toward improving followership and leadership. You can then adjust your leader strategy to encompass these behaviors and tailor how you lead to fit your organization. Improving the leader-follower relationship will improve the strength of the organization as a whole, and ultimately make you a better manager in the long run.

Discovering Opportunity

I consider myself a natural entrepreneur. I have yet to explore entrepreneurship and add it to my educational path, but I still feel that I have at least a natural knack for it. I am finding out quickly that there a lot of misnomers and myths about entrepreneurship.  How to become a successful entrepreneur is a broad and personal subject. This is one of the fields of study that you really need to find some proven evidence to support any claims regarding what works and what doesn’t.

From what I have learned so far, experience is one of the only actual credible sources that proves what successful entrepreneurship is. Following a certain person who does it well can benefit you and rather than copying their style, using their framework to build your own style can be a good way to start.

Being an open individual is important if you want to discover opportunities. If you believe you are the best, then you are the best. Unfortunately if you are an expert on anything you will walk around knowing it and this will harm your ability to discover and seize opportunities and knowledge. If you always keep a “beginners mind” you will never miss out on opportunities that may pass you by as an expert. If you teach an organization to do this then you build strength and diversity in not only yourself, but your entire organization as a whole.


The Art of Executive Leadership

Understanding the many elements of leadership is the only true way managers can truly find their optimum functionality.

1. Leaders must plan and calculate carefully. In doing this, one must take into account their current pathway toward their goal, their position in each celestial season, their location and surroundings, their style of leadership, and finally their type of management. By thinking, assessing and comparing these factors a manager can calculate their true chances of succeeding. Straying from these factors will ensure definite failure. Managing stress when striving to evaluate and accomplish goals must also be taken into consideration.

2. Challenge the norm. In order to do this it is important to know the current economic standings and relevant competition within the business realm. Limiting costs and reducing conflict with competing firms is a key task for managers and leaders.

3. Plan each strategy carefully. It is important to define your source of strength. Unity of a managers organization is much more important than size.

4. Understand your market position. Knowing where you stand in the market is key, and is an important factor that can help you shift your business to the optimum position to achieve safety and prosperity.

5. As a leader, know your own energy. How creative are you? Are you familiar with your own timing? Momentum? These are important details that you should be conscious of as you lead people toward success.

6. Know your weak points as well. What opportunities are exposed to your environment that can harm you or your organization?

7. Engage and Maneuver. Understand the dangers and conflict that can arise from running an organization and leading followers before you expect smooth sailing.

8. Variation in style. In order to be successful you have to be able to vary your style and type of management to fit your surroundings and situation. Flexibility is important and knowing how to judge responses from others is equally important. Shifting circumstances are no excuse for poor performance.

9. Moving your leadership to new grounds. Different situations will always arise and learning to move your leadership styles from one place to another will allow you to respond to any situation no matter how difficult or unfamiliar it may seem. Elevating intentions of others will help you gain ground.

10. Situational Position is paramount. What is your distance, danger, or barriers in relation to your goals and objectives? defining these will help you find your strengths.

11. Offensive position. Knowing when to stand your ground as a leader and management is one of the hardest things to do. There are so many ways that difficulty can arise from standing your ground. Knowing when to stand strong is important.

12. Finally, knowing when to use intelligence is crucial. Developing good information sources within the organization and outside it is so important. Doing so will solidify everything that has to do with you and your relationship to the organization.

Trust In Meaningful Relationships

Building close relationships is one of the most important things you can do with other people. Building trust once you have a close relationship with your employees is even more important. True trust between superiors and subordinates is the only way you can fully learn each others strengths and vulnerabilities, and is only state leaders can lead to the best of the whole organizations ability.

In order to form these truly trustful relationships a great leader must make their intentions clear and pure. As in my prior post, having a goal, purpose, or promise is important. Staying true to those promises is even more important as it is the key to proving your honesty and integrity. Becoming a trustworthy leader will give power not only to that leader, but to the organization as a whole. Since your business is the reason you have these relationships, supplying power, trust, and integrity to the organization is nearly the most important aspect of leadership. Good old-fashioned concern and care for an organization can go a long way when you first build a foundation of trust for it to stand on.