We knew in our hearts that this model could help not only teams and coaching staffs, but it could also help people understand themselves and their own nature better. They just had to be willing to set aside their fears and give it, give us, a chance to explain.
Having a positive attitude isn’t something you just tack on to your old personality. That positiveness isn’t external like a new suit. It comes from deep within you. It has to or it would get wiped out with the first sign of a countervailing negative force. Positiveness is built on having your own positive life philosophy, on knowing what strengths you have, and on surrounding yourself with other sources of positiveness.
In business circles and leadership development programs, the word “vulnerability” has been used a lot lately. It is casually used to describe how those who need to connect with others must first show their human-ness. That is why it is not unusual these days to hear leaders talking about being vulnerable. We all understand, theoretically, that we are supposed to be vulnerable. However, it is rare to actually see leaders openly sharing in those moments when they actually feel vulnerable.
Conflict is something that we all approach differently. We all have a vast array of different experiences, and this sometimes dictates how we cope. Still, it is critical to know how to respond in conflict situations, by keeping your composure.
An executive with Carreker Corporation, Robert Hall, wrote something in 2002 that has stuck we me all these years: “Every time a major company creates distrust through its actions with customers, it erodes the level of trust that customers have with all of their providers.”
Have you ever thought about traveling the country — or the world — while running your business remotely? You can! Not all digital nomads are freelancers stringing together independent gigs to make ends meet. Many of them are successful business owners, complete with employees, payrolls, and the whole nine yards. These entrepreneurs run their companies from RVs, campers, remote Airbnb rentals, or coffeehouses, often via their smartphones.
Disruption can come from any direction. In John’s case, a significant change in personnel presented a challenge. Other disruptions could be a change in management at any level, or a significant change in overall company direction – such as after a corporate merger, or the launch of a new business line.