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What Spring Skiing Taught Me About Business

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In an Instant

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Life changes - in an instant. I was riding the Headwall lift at Squaw Valley last week. It was a gray snowy day, but all us locals were out playing in the storm. I noticed a gang of the local hotshots up on the Light Towers, a series of gnarly chutes off of the Slot - a famous Headwall run.

Phoenix Rising is EVOLVING!

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To all my readers! On Monday, April 12 Phoenix Rising will transform into Rebelations - my new blog focused on Life, Leadership and the Pursuit of Growth.    You'll see that my new website and the blog , as well as RebelationsTV are now all integrated into a single platform. Unfortunately, I've encountered some issues with FeedBurner and my current blog provider during the transition. 

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Phoenix Rising is EVOLVING!

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To all my subscribers! On Monday, April 12 Phoenix Rising will transform into Rebelations - my new blog focused on Life, Leadership and the Pursuit of Growth. The content focus won't change that much - only the formats - and you'll see my new website as well as part of the Rebelations page. We had some issues with Feedburner during the transition - the system seems to have lost my Phoenix Rising feed. 

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Leading for Success in a Changing World

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Our markets continuously change, driven by any number of dynamic events; buyer behaviors, fickle brand preferences, or economic pressures—just to name a few. Competitors and. partners are changing as well. New competitors emerge as. older ones fade—or become stronger. Once powerful partners fall as new ones appear on our horizon.    To thrive in this ever-changing horizon, we must be dynamic as well! When we listen to our markets, evolving our plan. becomes a natural endeavor. 

Leading for Success in a Changing World

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Our markets continuously change, driven by any number of dynamic events; buyer behaviors, fickle brand preferences, or economic pressures—just to name a few. Competitors and. partners are changing as well. New competitors emerge as. older ones fade—or become stronger. Once powerful partners fall as new ones appear on our horizon.    To thrive in this ever-changing horizon, we must be dynamic as well! When we listen to our markets, evolving our plan. becomes a natural endeavor. 

The Plan was a Success but the Business Died

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Whether it's in our personal or business lives, we often just plain need to change our plans to be successful. The question is, do we alter our course, or do we just keep going according to plan? I tended to stick to the plan -  no matter what. I was a typical goal-oriented, over-achiever for most of my younger life.    When I was first working as a sales rep for computing systems, I was over quota, always. Once I dug in, I wouldn't let go. 

The Plan was a Success but the Business Died

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Whether it's in our personal or business lives, we often just plain need to change our plans to be successful. The question is, do we alter our course, or do we just keep going according to plan? I tended to stick to the plan -  no matter what. I was a typical goal-oriented, over-achiever for most of my younger life.    When I was first working as a sales rep for computing systems, I was over quota, always. Once I dug in, I wouldn't let go. 

3 Leaders Who Follow the Signs

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Market leaders follow the signs. Leaders are always on the alert for Signs of shifting markets. When they sense a subtle shift in their audiences or their own value, they respond and keep moving forward. When there's a sign of a major shift, they throw their status quo beliefs to the wind, focus forward—and adapt. Many point to Apple and Google and Amazon as innovators who follow the signs. But there are so many more great companies out there.

3 Leaders Who Follow the Signs

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Market leaders follow the signs. Leaders are always on the alert for Signs of shifting markets. When they sense a subtle shift in their audiences or their own value, they respond and keep moving forward. When there's a sign of a major shift, they throw their status quo beliefs to the wind, focus forward—and adapt. Many point to Apple and Google and Amazon as innovators who follow the signs. But there are so many more great companies out there.

Signs

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  I wa s on the KT lift at Squaw Valley when a friend said "Wow! Look at that!"  "  Directly above us, was a perfect 'X Marks the Spot' vision. My buddy joked, "Its a sign!    We're in the right place" Funny thing is, I'd just been wondering if I was in the right place.    On this gorgeous spring morning, I was having a twinge of guilt. I was fretting that I should (there's that word) be back home working.

Signs

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  I wa s on the KT lift at Squaw Valley when a friend said "Wow! Look at that!"  "  Directly above us, was a perfect 'X Marks the Spot' vision. My buddy joked, "Its a sign!    We're in the right place" Funny thing is, I'd just been wondering if I was in the right place.    On this gorgeous spring morning, I was having a twinge of guilt. I was fretting that I should (there's that word) be back home working.

Is Yesterday's News Preventing Your Success?

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My good friend Bob Burg, and his co-author John David Mann, opened my eyes to the concept of receiving. Thanks to their wonderful series of Go-Giver books, I learned about my very own unconscious belief pattern that was blocking my receiving. Yes, I've always received enough to have a good life, but never better than good. While I was helping clients and their investors make fortunes, I didn't allow myself to receive more than 'just enough' everyone I know had a big hit.

Is Yesterday's News Preventing Your Success?

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My good friend Bob Burg, and his co-author John David Mann, opened my eyes to the concept of receiving. Thanks to their wonderful series of Go-Giver books, I learned about my very own unconscious belief pattern that was blocking my receiving. Yes, I've always received enough to have a good life, but never better than good. While I was helping clients and their investors make fortunes, I didn't allow myself to receive more than 'just enough' everyone I know had a big hit.

I'll Do It Tomorrow

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We assume we'll have tomorrow. In our personal lives, we put off things like laundry, paying the bills, cleaning out that nasty kitchen drawer - until tomorrow. I personally put off laundry for as long as I can…. We do the same in business when it comes to prioritizing actions. We choose the comfortable things, things we know how to do as our first choice. We’ll begin an exciting new endeavor as a first priority as well.

Where's Your Focus?

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2010: The Year of the Positive We move so gradually to the dark side that we don't realize we're expecting the negative. Do you notice how many people around us are grumbling - sometimes even in expectation of something yet to come? Negative is the enemy of success. Negative attitudes spread through an organization like a virus.    The grousing and groaning become part of the company's culture. The next thing you know there's an excuse for every slip or stumble.

A Day Without Social Media

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Yesterday I decided to take a 'day off' from social media.    I wanted to see what would happen.    Would I show signs of withdrawal, be unable to focus as I frantically wondered what was happening out in the Twitterverse?    Would I miss out on a fact of earthshaking importance from @LeadToday? In reality - I didn't take a day off.    I started my day as always with a few Tweets and updated my FB status.

Changing Focus

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Change is a natural state. Seasons change, weather changes, our bodies change.    We change with age, with education,with experiences and with exercise, or lack thereof.    Relationships change, people change, everything about our lives change.    Our markets and customers change continuously as well - just like everything else in our world. So why does 'business focus' translate to a static response?

Top 10 Drama Queens I've Known

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I've been talking about sensationalism in the place of positive leadership this week. Thanks so much for ALL of your comments and thoughts! Today I wanted to have a bit of fun, Letterman style, and share the Top 10 Types of Drama Queen, sensationalist leaders or gurus I've known. I hope you giggle! Rebel's Disclaimers: All Drama Queens depicted in this video are based on fictional characters.    Any resemblance to anyone we know is purely coincidence.

8 Signs of a Positive Leader

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Yesterday I added my two cents on sensationalism across so many aspects of our lives.    Today - I want to share my perspectives on the signs of a great leader. Not the sensationalism oriented gurus that seem to be popular today. Those approaches may not be the best to follow. As Dale Carnegie said, " Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain -- and most fools do." " So how do we know when we're following a true leader?

Sensationalism is not Expertise!

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Scott McKain wrote a post on Friday that got me going, I ntellectual Dishonesty. It's an eloquent rant concerning the growing negativity and sensationalism created by supposed industry 'gurus', all for the sake of ratings and followers. IN the end that behavior all boils down to MONEY and EGO. As I said in my comment to Scott's post - once you sell out your integrity for money - we all know what you are. Now the only question is, "What's your price?"

All I Ask.

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Yesterday I wrote a post about my dilemma with a few vendors of late - wondering if I was expecting too much from my vendors as their customer. Your responses told me resoundingly that I was not expecting too much - that we all have some basic expectations when it comes to customer service.    Many of the folks who responded were even more outraged than I expected by the treatment I'd endured at the hands of these vendors.

Do I Expect Too Much?

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I was raised with some pretty specific rules about behavior. Say please and thank you, treat people as you would want to be treated, be courteous and polite. Then there was the 'be on time' dictate. My mom taught me that being late for a meeting with another meant my time was more important than theirs - so always be on time.    There were lots of other rules - but you get the drift. 

If it Looks like a Duck.

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The freedom to share has increased our debates. I used to think some people took a contrarian point of view just to feel important.    We all know those types. But thanks to social media  that behavior has expanded to include all of us. That's one of the powers of our connected world - we can all voice an opinion, share our perspective, debate an issue. Whether it's on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or the host of other social media sites.

New Tricks

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Let's say your business is making some pretty major changes. Do you assume you can train our favorite employees - about new markets, new skills, new roles?    Even as you are operating a changing business?    Think about that. Sometimes we can retrain skills – especially when our change in course is minor.    Employees can learn on the job without risking too much forward momentum in that case. But what about when we take a major change in course?

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Convenient Commitments

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Remember when our word was our bond, and a handshake sealed a deal? We made a commitment, kept it and expected others to do the same. Even when it was inconvenient, we kept our commitments, in business and in our personal lives.    So much has changed. I have a knack for committing to verbal agreements with people who later only remember what was in their best interest. It happened to me again this last week with my ski lease.

Assumptions Anyone?

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There's an old saying about assumptions.    Remember? Have you ever found yourself disagreeing with someone - wondering how in the heck they could see the situation in their way? Only to find that your perspectives were based on dramatically different assumptions than your own? Now think about the impact of those assumptions on the task at hand. Social media gives power to our assumptions. Social media enables all of us to make our assumptions known.

It's the Relationship!

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It’s not about you; it’s about them. ~ Go Givers Sell More. Truer words have never been spoken.    Whether in business or our personal lives, relationships are all  about adding value to other peoples' lives.      That universal  law is quite simple. We just have a hard time remembering it, much less following it. We can thank our social training for that.

3 Steps to Customer Intuition

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Wanna be a market leader?    Apply your intuition. You know what I mean, that feeling that tells us a product idea has legs, a story is going to sell, a customer segment is going to love our new idea.    You just know when you're on the right track. If you think like your customers. Custom intuition makes or breaks our business. When we're in sync with our customers - we soar. Just look at Apple. When we lose our gut feel for our audience, we spiral downward.

Turn the Tables!

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We all know when the big bad chain moves into town - small businesses lose. How many of us would panic if some big, larger than life competitor moved in next door to our business? Would we focus on promoting ourselves with more extensive advertising, discounting our own product to meet their prices or pick up and move to a new location? Perhaps we'd become deer in the headlights and do nothing, waiting for the inevitable?

But That's the Way We've Always Done It

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I am the lightening rod for people's response to impending change.    T here's nothing like a strategic consultant showing up to stir the pot and bring all the tough 'stuff' to the surface. P eople don't usually respond well to change. Anything but. Especially in tough economic or financial situations – when the company environment is already tense and constricted. When things get tense, people tend to hang on to what they know.