The Power of Positive Leadership

Many people think leaders who are overly positive are soft, or don’t have a competitive spirit, but in my experience, just the opposite is true.

Positive leaders want to win, they just do it by inspiring their team to work hard.

So here are a few tips to help make become a more positive leader:

First, love your team, but also keep them accountable. You want your team to truly know you care about them and their success, but not at the risk of losing productivity or getting away with things.

Be demanding without being demeaning - get people to WANT work hard without beating them over the head with it.

Spend time connecting with individuals on your team and finding out what drives them… and then unite all of those individuals into a team that works well together.

The best way to make sure your team is focused is to lead with clarity - be clear about exactly what the end goal should be, and your team will have a much easier time achieving it.

And finally, lead with vision and purpose. Through the hard times, and the good… rally your team with the shared vision you all decided on, and help them see the greater purpose of their work.

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Chris Schoenthal Shares His Secrets to Success

This week on Chasing Excellence, we have a very special guest - Chris Schoenthal, one of our rockstar mortgage loan originators here at Homebridge.

I asked Chris to join me because he has something you don't see very often in this, or any other business - constant positivity!

In particular, I have always admired Chris' willingness to share his success with others, and show people the way to their own success. That is certainly something to revered in this often cut-throat culture we live in.

This one is a little longer than the usual Chasing Excellence, but the message is there - Be positive, and help others chase their own excellence.

Thanks for watching!

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The Real Meaning of Chasing Excellence

This week we’re talking about a concept very near and dear to me — chasing excellence!

It’s not just the name of this video series, it’s an important thing to strive for every single day.

But how do you actually do it? One of my favorite authors, Jon Gordon, who we talk about a lot here, says the best way to chase excellence is to stop comparing yourself to others, and start comparing yourself to you.

The famous golfer, Jack Nicklaus says his secret to winning was to focus on playing the course, not playing the competition. What could he do at every single hole to make the best choices for that environment, and not worrying about what the other players were doing.

Comparing ourselves to others is a trap, Gordon says, and causes us to focus on everyone else’s gifts, talents and purpose, instead of our own.

So what is the challenge that lays ahead for you, and what gifts and talents do you have that can help you succeed?

Innovate around the things you or your company can do today to make your product the best it can be, rather than focusing on what your competition is doing.

What can you as a person do better today to make yourself healthier, happier or more successful? Don’t worry about what Frank in accounting is doing for himself today. Sorry, Frank.

When you truly chase excellence, rather than just trying to be better than the next guy, you’ll often find more success… and you wont waste so much mental energy worrying about what those around you are doing with their time.

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Resisting change in the workplace

Do you know what the most dangerous phrase in business is?

I say, it’s the phrase “we’ve always done it this way.”

Think about all of the companies who have said “we’ve always done it this way,” and have been so inflexible, that they didn’t see the future coming at them like a freight train.

Blockbuster video was so sure people would never abandon walking into a video store and renting a movie… Enter Netflix, and the whole operation unraveled.

Walmart, Target, Best Buy… All of them are now copying what Amazon’s doing with online stores, free shipping and better prices.

How does this apply to your business? What we learn from Blockbuster is - always be innovating. Always be looking at ways to make your business part of the future, rather than a relic of the past.

Is every change you make going to work? Probably not, but be light on your feet, and try  new things.

Figure out what success looks like in 3, 6 or 12 months, and if you’re not hitting those targets, re-think the plan.

Maybe it’s not all bad, maybe parts of it worked, and parts of it didn’t, so adjust on the fly.

And don’t be afraid to admit something isn’t working, both internally, and to your customers.

Blockbuster was a day late and a dollar short… and now, a company that was once worth over 8 billion dollars… has one store left in Oregon.

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