Monday, September 30, 2013

WHAT MAKES A LEADER TRUSTWORTHY?

This is an article BY RENA RASCH, RESEARCH MANAGER, KENEXA, AN IBM COMPANY
ARTICLE ORIGINALLY FEATURED IN TRAININGZONE 
http://www.kenexa.com/Portals/0/Downloads/What%20Makes%20a%20Leader%20Trustworthy.pdf

If you were compiling a list of the fundamental qualities you’d expect to see in any leader, surely it would include personal integrity. Who would want to work for a leader who is not honest, ethical or reliable? If  you did work for such a person, imagine how this would affect your level of engagement—and the impact it would have on the performance of the organization. 


Amazingly, our latest research shows that 28 percent of employees don’t trust their senior leaders. That’s more than one in four workers. The study also found that this lack of trust has a strikingly negative impact on employee well-being, staff retention and organizational performance. 


The impact on individuals is significant. Employees who distrust their leaders are nine times more likely to seriously consider leaving their organization. They’re also 15 times more likely to report unreasonable work stress and seven times more likely to feel mentally and physically unwell. Not only that, a lack of trust has organizational implications as it can shatter the brand and corporate reputation.


On the other hand, improving the level of trust could save you money on hiring new staff because who trust their leaders are more likely to stay with the organization. It may also reduce sickness and absence costs and bring about better employee relations and a more engaged workforce. Therefore there is a strong business case for building trust in any organization.


HOW TO BUILD TRUST
Every leader needs to understand what trust is and what makes employees trust them. Trust is about relying on and having confidence in the actions of another person with no guarantee that he or she will behave as desired in return. According to organizational scientists, we judge for ourselves whether or not we trust someone based on their integrity, benevolence and competence.

If you’re a leader, this means that your employees will be asking themselves three fundamental questions about you: are you honest (integrity), do you care about me (benevolence) and can you do your job (competence)? The answers to these questions will determine, to a large extent, whether or not they trust you.


In order to improve the level of trust in an organization, leaders need to demonstrate these three qualities. It is not enough; however, simply to be honest, benevolent and competent—you have to be seen to be so by those around you. Perception and communication are very important factors when it comes to trust. You may not be behaving dishonestly or unethically but unless you proactively manage the way you are seen you could still be branded as untrustworthy by some of your employees.


On an individual level, one of the easiest ways to cultivate employee trust is to start trusting the people around you. Listen to them, empathize with them, show your concern, be honest with them, be true to your word and treat them fairly. In other words, actively manage how you are perceived by others. Try to connect with people on a personal level—this could be as simple as shaking hands with them once in a while. To maximize trust, yes it’s important that you can do your job well, but it’s even more important for you to be seen as a kind and honest person. 


There are also steps that the organization can take to engender trust. For example, our research shows that employees are twice as likely to trust their senior leaders if the organization has published a mission statement, conducted an employee opinion survey, sponsored a quality improvement initiative, gathered customer satisfaction feedback, conducted yearly performance reviews, or cross-trained employees. The more of these best practices that the organization engages in, the greater the level of employee trust in the leadership.


Finally, knowing which employees are generally less trusting can help you to concentrate your attention on these specific people. Our research found no significant difference between men and women when analyzing whether certain groups of employees tend to trust their leaders more or less than others. However, we found that the percentage of people who trust their leaders seems to decline with age. Employees in their twenties are twice as likely to trust their leaders as employees in their forties or fifties. Upper and mid-level managers trust their leaders by 15 percentage points more than rank-and-file employees.


Trust is an essential quality for any leader. By understanding trust, by acting as a trustworthy role model and by advocating a business case for trust, you could help to improve employee well-being, staff retention and the performance of your organization
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The 4 Traits You Need to Be a Great Leader!


This Is an article written by 
Brian Moran Publisher, At Home with Century 21 Magazine.

I thought this was a great read and I hope you do as well.
Thank you, Scott Johnson

How do you become a great leader? Through successes and mistakes, and by staying true to your "four cornerstones."



John Quincy Adams once said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
His quote, along with tens of thousands of other great quotes on leadership, inspired me to find out more about what defines great leaders and to answer the age-old question of whether they are born or made. I have come to believe that the only innate elements of great leadership are passion and energy. Everything else can be taught. 
Great leadership doesn't happen overnight. There’s no 6-week course that will suddenly turn you into George Washington or Jack Welch. Great leadership is built brick by brick over many years with each decision and every mistake you make. Done correctly, great leadership stands on a rock solid foundation. 
Within that foundation are four cornerstones. These are the four words that best describe the type of leader you are today. They also represent the type of person and leader you aspire to become. Some cornerstone examples include: Integrity, Gratitude, Decency, Vision and Character. The words are the core of what you stand for as a person and a leader. 

My Four Cornerstones

To give you a better sense of how to select your leadership cornerstones, here are the four I chose for myself over 30 years ago when I was a teenager. I had parents who were also great mentors and showed me the importance of having these stones in place during the formidable years of my life. My four cornerstones are:
  • Character. The mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual. When you hear someone described as a “person of character,” you get a positive, leadership image.
  • Credibility. The capability of being trusted. As a small-business owner, credibility is a critical element to success. You will lead your company through sometimes murky waters while dealing with larger companies who may hesitate in doing business with a small company whose leader doesn't possess the utmost credibility. Remember these words: “I can’t do business with you if I can’t trust you.”
  • Integrity. Having strong moral principles. This goes hand in hand with credibility and character. There are times in our business lives when we've been offered opportunities that were less than honest. The result may be a leg up on the competition or an easier path. In essence, it’s nothing more than a cornerstone test. We've all seen the disgraced leaders in newspapers and on television who failed the cornerstone test. Remember their faces, tears and shame. It’s all a result of a poorly built foundation.
  • Vision. Seeing what others cannot see. I've always aspired to be a person who challenges himself to see what others cannot see. This cornerstone is critical in times of crisis when there is no clear path.

Filling in the Foundation

Once you've established your four cornerstones, it’s time to fill in the foundation. Select 15 to 20 more words that describe your personal and leadership skills (e.g., excellence, respect, humility and responsibility). Lay these words across your foundation, let them settle in and stay committed to them. 
Just as important as selecting the positive words that represent you as a person and leader are selecting the words you want to avoid, such as: dishonest, conceited, insincere and dictatorial. These words are red flags when they come up in discussion. You not only want to avoid them yourself, but you want to steer clear of other people who embody these words. They will quickly drag you down and keep you from achieving your objectives.

Testing Your Words 

If you want to become a great leader, it’s imperative to gauge how others view you. This is not a popularity contest, but rather a litmus test to see if you are being true to the words you've chosen for yourself. What do others say when describing you as a leader? Do their words match your cornerstone words? What about your foundation words? 
Ask your family, friends, colleagues and employees to select three to four words to describe you: a) as a person, and b) as a leader. Which were the most common words used to describe you? Were there any surprises? Are the differences big enough to make you change how you live and lead?

18 Quotes From Henry Ford On Business, Leadership And Life

These are in no particular order.
Thank you, Scott Johnson

  1. There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: make the best quality goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible.
  2. Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
  3. Don’t find fault, find a remedy.
  4. Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
  5. Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.
  6. Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.  Anyone who keeps learning stays young.
  7. Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.
  8. The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.
  9. If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.
  10. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars.
  11. Vision without execution is just hallucination.
  12. There is no man living who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.
  13. A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.
  14. I cannot discover that anyone knows enough to say what is and what is definitely not possible.
  15. A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits.  They will be embarrassingly large.
  16. You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader.
  17. Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.
  18. To do more for the world than the world does for you – that is success.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

This is an article by Orrin Woodward. I would encourage any and all to read it.
http://orrinwoodwardblog.com/2013/09/26/debasement-leads-to-inflation/

Debasement Leads to Inflation

Posted by Orrin Woodward on September 26, 2013
Yesterday, I shared what debasement of the money supply was. Today, I am going to share what it leads to – a secret tax called inflation. I know this can be complicated stuff and some of my readers may have to read it several times, but the readers liberty and justice is at stake, so I encourage all to keep slogging through. :) LIFE Leadership is creating a group of men and women who seek truth so they can act upon it. TheLeaderShift is coming!
Sincerely.

How does your digital finger print look?

This is another article that I had read on LIFE Member Steve Morgans page

http://steven-morgan.net/category/life-business-2/ I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Thank you, Scott Johnson


How does your digital finger print look?

Posted: May 15, 2013 in LIFE BusinessUncategorized
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In todays world of internet traffic and social media profiles, I often wonder if people know that they are leaving finger prints all over.  What I mean by that is, everything online is there forever.  It may seem funny in the moment but in 10 yrs will it still be funny?  Many times today if you want to figure out who someone really is, just visit their personal page online and read what they have been saying.  Even bold comments on media pages can never be taken away.  They will hang there forever.  You can either make a good fingerprint of yourself online or a bad one.  Its your choice.
Sometimes as I look back on my life I think that in the moment when I said something, it was funny, but years later I regret it.  We have never lived in a time where this much info per person is being documented, good and bad.  When I read certain peoples stuff I am reminded of the old song “True Colors.” Im not sure if that is the actual name of the song but it goes,  ” I see your true colors shining through.”  It always makes me laugh when I think of that song.   I hope that we don’t go too far and wish years down the road that we would have kept a little more for the imagination for people.  I also remember the old saying, “Better to be thought a fool than to speak up and prove them right.”
I heard a gentleman talk about a principle he called “memorialize.”  He went on to explain that it meant, anything that could come back and haunt you later on.  For example, an email, text, or photo.  I am careful that when I am speaking to tell people not to video record or voice record.  Technology is so good today that they could put pieces together and make it sound like you said something that you didn’t.
700-86706 © Boden/Ledingham Circuit Fingerprint with Binary CodeI hope this brings a little thought about what people are doing and saying online, it could come back to haunt you.
thanks for reading,
Steve Morgan

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Whats holding you back?

This is an article I read on Steve Morgans  Web Page: 
http://steven-morgan.net/category/life-business-2/.
I liked it and I hope you enjoy it.

Thank you, Scott Johnson



Whats holding you back?

Posted: March 13, 2013 in Bill Lewis LIFE/TeamFreedomLIFE BusinessOrrin Woodward LIFE
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I think many people are alike, they have limiting beliefs.  I know that growing up I developed limited thinking.  The way that I overcame this personally was through the information in the LIFE business.  We have worked with Best selling authors Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady for a decade of our lives now.  It made all the difference.  They say that over the next 5 years you will be the same person except for the books you read and the people you meet.  I have asked people for years, “if we recorded you talking to yourself would you be embarrassed if we played it for others to hear?” They always say yes.  I can’t believe that we talk so negative to ourselves, but we do.  What I have found by reading the right books, is that you can do anything you put your mind to.
photoI put this picture of this horse on here to show a visual example of what most peoples obstacles look like.  Most of the time they have just learned to submit to them.  I say we break our limitations and run for the things we really want to accomplish.  Henry Ford said ” either you think you can or you think you can’t, but either way your right.”
One of the best books that I have ever read to help with this kind of thinking was The Magic of Thinking Big.  If you have never read this book I highly recommend it.
If you are tired of the same old results you should get involved in an audio education, listening to people that have had success in areas you want to win.  What you find is that you spent a lot of time comparing your weaknesses to their strengths and you hurt the way you see yourself.
My mentor Bill Lewis has one of the best stories that I have ever heard.  He grew up in a rough area in Saginaw Michigan and through getting different information and plugging into new association, is now hugely successful.  Not only is he successful in business but also in his personal life.  Thanks Bill for showing us all whats possible.  Another American success story. You could be the next.

Thanks for reading,

Steve Morgan

Monday, September 23, 2013

American Politics: The Buck Stops Over There

I just read this article by New York Times best selling author Orrin Woodward.

Hope You Enjoy, Scott Johnson 


American Politics: The Buck Stops Over There

Here is an article that Oliver DeMille and I wrote on the American Political scene. In contrast to the political method of passing the buck, LIFE Leadership teaches people to accept personal responsibility. For leadership is only possible when a person accepts responsibility. With few exceptions, the Republicans and Democrats are too focused on party, promotion and popularity to lead anyone anymore. This must change. Indeed, when a person chooses to be part of the solution, and not part of the problem, he is on his way to leading change.
Sincerely,
Orrin Woodward

The Buck Stops Over There 
by Orrin Woodward and Oliver DeMille

Harry Truman: The Buck Stops Here
Harry Truman: The Buck Stops Here
President Obama’s handling of the recent scandals reveals a lot about his leadership. One of the first principles of leadership is to take responsibility– something the President has proven loathe to do. Where Harry Truman is said to have put a small sign on his desk that read “The Buck Stops Here,” the current administration prefers to point fingers elsewhere.
Yet the number of scandals continues to increase. At first, Fast and Furious seemed to be an isolated scandal, a reminder that Washington bears watching and that free societies require the vigilance of the media and citizenry. As Fast and Furious heated up in the media and on Capitol Hill, the White House deflected questions to other agencies—as if these agencies don’t report directly to the Oval Office.
This became a pattern when the IRS and Benghazi scandals dominated the news for a week, with the President and his closest advisers firing a top official (who was slated to retire anyway and wasn't asked to leave for a couple of weeks) and casting blame on others. The agencies were at fault, the White House assured us, not the President. In fact, according to this narrative, the President was the great solution to these scandals.
Then came more scandals, and this leadership pattern deepened. Deflect blame. Act like the President is the solution, not part of the problem. Promise to clean house. Talk tough. Don’t apologize. Don’t take responsibility. Blame terrorism. Send out aides to argue technicalities. Point fingers at executive agencies, never at the Executive.
This was the Obama Administration’s response to the AP scandal, the military sex scandal, the PRISM scandal, and the revelation that the government is collecting and storing people’s emails and phone records.
The military sex scandal is particularly illuminating. The crux of the problem lies in the military’s policy of allowing direct commanders to determine how to handle allegations of sexual assault. This is a clear conflict of interest, since the commanders central mission is to win in battle. Charging soldiers with crimes removes them from their duties and weakens the commanders’ fighting force. As a result, many commanders prefer to sweep things under rug wherever possible.
The Administration seems to fancy the same approach. If an agency under its leadership abuses power, the White House is prone to make excuses, redirect blame, and act as if this was an isolated act by a rogue official. But the President and his top team are responsible for setting the tone and culture of the agencies.
Even Chris Matthews has been critical of the President’s refusal to take responsibility for executive agencies, and the The New York Times Editorial Board wrote that the President has lost all credibility on how he’s handled these scandals.
Other presidential administrations have behaved in a similar way, from missing WMDs to political targeting of state attorneys general under the Bush Administration. The executive branch must be closely watched in any free society, and administrations that pursue a policy of redirecting blame to lower agencies.
Ironically, the concern is even higher for an administration whose overall policy approach has been to increase America’s trust in government and desire for more government programs. The Five Laws of Decline are at play, and one of them, the Law of Diminishing Returns, has made it so no one person can oversee government anymore. For every scandal that gets exposed, there are others brewing.
If the President is right and the Oval Office can no longer keep tabs on the executive branch, this is a national emergency. On the current scale, it’s practically Watergate every month. If we elect a president to oversee the government, yet he protests he can’t, something is deeply, structurally wrong. If nobody can seem to find “The Buck,” Leviathan is looming.

Orri Woodward and L.I.F.E. Founders - (Living Intentionally For Excellence)!

Revolutionize Your Life!



Everyone will be called upon to lead at some point (and truly several points) in their lives, the only question is: Will they be ready?
The LIFE business launched with the purpose of providing world-class leadership materials to business executives, entrepreneurs, corporate climbers, pastors, church leaders, administrators, community service leaders, public servants, teachers, parents, and anybody who will find themselves in a position to lead.  When it gets right down to it, leadership is for everyone. Nobody will be able to make their way through life without needing to draw upon the toolbox of leadership.  Sadly, many people lack these tools and therefore get to live with the consequences of being ill-equipped. These consequences include missed opportunities, unfulfilled career aspirations, financial woes, and broken relationships.
Although leadership is for everyone, not everyone will equip themselves. Therefore, it may be helpful to consider a list of people for which the LIFE materials don't apply.  LIFE leadership training materials are NOT for those who:
  1. Refuse to take 100% personal responsibility for their results in life.
  2. Would rather fix blame than fix problems.
  3. Want an easy, comfortable life without having to earn it.
  4. Already know everything and are therefore unteachable.
  5. Have character issues they refuse to address.

LIFE is for those who earnestly seek a better life, are interested in the strenuous process of personal growth, are driven to succeed in significant ways, and are committed to a life of excellence for a higher purpose.
Our Point of View: You can live the life you've always wanted. We believe it requires correct information, applied with discipline, consistency, and purpose, over time, and with the support and encouragement of a community of people aligned in common purpose.
Our Purpose: LIFE seeks to provide the information, encouragement, opportunity, and community necessary to individuals who are hungry to live a life that counts!
We don't know what we don't know, we've forgotten some of what we did know, but we know what we didn't used to know, and we'll help you learn it too!
Mediocrity is for the many.
Leadership is for the few.

Everyone will be called upon to lead - few will be ready.

LIFE Founders
L.I.F.E. Founders

How to have Confidence and Power in Dealing with People

As different as we all are, people (ALL people) crave three things universally, the 3 A’s: 
·   Acceptance 
·   Approval 
·   Appreciation 
Success is simply a matter of giving them what they want! 
One of the biggest reasons so many people lack confidence in dealing with others is that they do not understand what they are dealing with. (Les Giblin in How to have Confidence and Power in Dealing with People).

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Chaos To Stability Through Leadership

In this dynamic speech, Chris Brady explains how you can change any circumstance you encounter in life for the better when you have a triumphant view, a winning spirit, and a never-give-up attitude. It's not the cards you are dealt in life that matter; it's how you play those cards! With the proper perspective and mindset, you can turn your life of calamity and chaos into one of stability and success!

Claude Hamilton, LIFE founder speaking on 'Attitude'

Claude Hamilton - Attitude

Claude Hamilton; L.I.F.E. Leadership

Claude Hamilton speaking about Mental Fitness Challenge

"Leaders Must be Hungry for Change" -- Orrin Woodward

One of the foundational qualities of leadership is hunger. A leader must be hungry for change and possess an eagerness to go against the current if they hope to make a difference. (Orrin Woodward).

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Leadership

In this blog I will put inserts from leadership books and CD's that I read and listen to on a daily basis. I will also share articles I have read from other leadership blogs and web-sites. I sincerely hope that everyone and anyone who stumbles upon my blog takes it seriously and apply all they can into their daily lives. This information truly will change your life for the better not just financially, but in all areas of your life.
Thank you,
Scott Johnson