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Undisrupted: How highly-effective people deal with disruptions

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Wouldn’t it be great if you knew how to deal with any situation by looking at similar situations or people who have gone through similar things?

Today my guest is John Vespasian, who is the author of ten books about rational living. His books combine his passion for history, investing, and personal development. The purpose of his work is to draw practical lessons from history and learn from the wisdom accumulated over centuries of human experience. Today he joins us on the show to talk about his newest book, “Undisrupted: How highly-effective people deal with disruptions”.

He shares…..

  1. How John’s interests turned him into an author of more than 10 books
  2. Principals based on history that would work even now
  3. How thinking about the future has changed in the 21st century compared to thousands of years ago that puts us in more risk
  4. How to go through Disruptions with little risk
  5. How ‘Going All In’ can be a romantic fantasy that doesn’t work most of the time

and many more lessons……..

About The Guest

Author

John Vespasian is the author of ten books about rational living, including “When everything fails, try this” (2009), “Rationality is the way to happiness” (2009), “The philosophy of builders” (2010), “The 10 principles of rational living” (2012), “Rational living, rational working” (2013), “Consistency: The key to permanent stress relief” (2014), “On becoming unbreakable” (2015), “Thriving in difficult times” (2016), “Sequentiality: The amazing power of finding the right sequence of steps” (2017), and “Undisrupted: How highly-effective people deal with disruptions” (2019). Vespasian has lived in Germany, Italy, France, Spain and The Netherlands. His books combine his passion for history, investing, and personal development, reflecting his philosophy of rational living, productiveness, and respect for the individual. “The purpose of my work is to draw practical lessons from history,” he explains. “If you want to make good decisions, you have to look at the big picture, and learn from the wisdom accumulated in centuries of human experience.”

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How to Be Creative And Stand Out

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Do you know what is takes to become an award winning music artist?

Today my guest is Kristen Karma; a Pop music artists from Vancouver, Canada. Her music is fun and you can’t help but dance when you hear her music. She opened for one of the tours Grammy Award Winner Akon and 2 after parties for Lady Gaga, to name a few about her career. And today she shares the story about her journey…

She shares…..

  1. How Kristen got the gigs to work with artists like Akon and Lady Gaga
  2. How Kristen went from nothing about the music industry to writing and producing music
  3. The keys that would help you have a career that a lot of people are skeptical about
  4. How to pick the right team to have around you to push you forward
  5. How to believe in yourself more and make people fall in love with what you believe in
  6. Common mistake made by new artists who don’t understand how to get ahead
  7. What it takes to become a successful musician and what a lot of people take for granted
  8. How Kristen got to perform on Lady Gaga’s stage (a golden nugget)
  9. How to be creative and stand out in a crowded market
  10. How to succeed in the way that’s unique to you

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Award Winning Pop Music Artist

Kristen Karma’s music career has already blossomed in the pop/dance scene in her hometown of Vancouver. Now located in Toronto, Kristen Karma is no stranger to the ever growing music industry. Karma not only wields a certificate in Audio Engineering from Hot Sole Music, but has studied voice with Judith Rabinovitch, who has worked with the likes of Avril Lavigne and Sarah McLachlan.

Even though much of her formative years were devoted to a theoretical and exacting world of ballet lessons, Air Cadets, Military Marching Bands, and The Royal Conservatory of Music, some of the only evidence that remains of her past is the neon pink tulle that shoots out from under her black corset. It’s undeniable—Kristen Karma is a band nerd. But she is a band nerd who might punch you in the face for showing up late to practice.

Her current single “Party Heroes” has her hard pounding electronic dance sound that is sure to bring your to your feet. The clever constructed lyrics and catchy beats combined heavy powerful guitar solos will leave you wanting more. Already garnering rave reviews with the infectious sounds throughout, this sees Kristen moving into a new stage of her music career. Released in April 2019, the song reached the iTunes Canada Pop chart Top 20, peaking at #17.

In 2013, Kristen Karma was selected as one of two performers to play the Lady Gaga Born This Way Ball After-party and open for Tour DJ/Lady Gaga BFF Lady Starlight in Vancouver. With rave reviews from her performance, she then went on to work with lil’Jon on her single “Sirens.”

In 2017, she opened for Grammy Award Winner Akon in Guelph, Ontario on his Canadian Promo Tour. Hot off the heels of her performance, Kristen was then approached and selected to play the Lady Gaga – Joanne World Tour VIP After-party once again in Vancouver after Lady Gaga’s performance at Rogers Arena.

Karma continues to wow audiences with her energetic live performances, and she does it all with a neon pink microphone in hand.

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Fastest Route From An Idea to Business

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What would you give, to shortcut your path from an idea to a successful business?

Today my guest is Tammy Sorrento, founder of Fireball Approves, a private investigation agency. She has 20 years of investigative experience in the insurance field and she shares her story in how she went from an idea to having a business almost overnight.

Some of the points he shares include:

  1. How a personal event lead to creating a business in a blue ocean market
  2. How Tammy started a business almost overnight without any business experience
  3. The fastest way to go from an idea to business when you don’t have all the resources yourself
  4. How to use your own experiences to build a brand that would serve the public
  5. One thing that she did from day one in the business that saved her from making the common mistakes that other entrepreneurs make
  6. Hurdles that come with a business in a completely new market and how to overcome them
  7. The mindset shift you need to go through in creating a successful brand/business
  8. How your journey till now will come in handy in future big-hairy-audacious dreams
  9. How to look outside the box for new opportunities
  10. How to create partnerships that would give you a competitive edge
  11. How you need to trust your heart to take you on the right path at the right time
  12. One piece of advice that propelled Tammy forward in business that you need to hear

Resources

About The Guest

Private Investigator & Founder Of Fireball Approves

Tammy Sorrento has over 20 years of investigative experience in the insurance field. She has been a board member of the Jacksonville Claims Association for several years, serving as President and Treasurer. She created Fireball Approves Investigation Agency #A1800175 June of 2017. As a private investigator, her services are available nationally and she specializes in rental property verifications.

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How the Super Rich Manage Wealth

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Do you know the difference in how the super rich manage wealth compared to ordinary people?

Today my guest Will Rassman, a Wealth Adviser for the independent wealth advisory firm Centric Capital Advisors shares the strategies that they wealthy use to manage wealth that can be used by ordinary people. Because it’s not about how much you make, but how much you keep. And the super wealthy makes decisions different, strategize different and how they execute on those strategies is completely different to ordinary people.

Some of the points he shares include:

  1. The difference in how the super rich and ordinary people manage wealth
  2. How to craft your own wealth management plan based on the experience you want to have
  3. How the traditional portfolio management strategies don’t work in the information age
  4. Who is an Atlas Client & why you need to become one
  5. Why asking ‘why’ would get you rich
  6. How the experience is key to evolving any brand
  7. Impact a poor financial experience would have on your life
  8. Strategy diversification vs Asset diversification
  9. Importance in removing emotions from money
  10. Importance in taking a team approach to manage wealth

Resources

About The Guest

Certified Financial Planner™ and Vice President – Wealth Adviser for the independent wealth advisory firm Centric Capital Advisors

William Rassman is a Certified Financial Planner™ and Vice President – Wealth Adviser for the independent wealth advisory firm Centric Capital Advisors. The Minnesota native began his career in NYC at Smith Barney in 2008. A former collegiate athlete, Rassman now lives in Los Angeles, where he volunteers with his dog, Gopher, and enjoys playing hockey and golf.

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Tighten the Lug Nuts

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Want to know about the key Leadership Principles that would make you thrive in any environment?

Today my guest Rocky Romanella, Founder and CEO of 3SIXTY Management Services, an experienced CEO, who led one of the largest re-branding initiatives in franchising history; The UPS Store, revolutionizing the $9 billion retail shipping and business services market shares the key leadership principles that would make you thrive as a leader under any conditions.

Some of the points he shares include:

  1. 2 pieces of advice that served Rocky throughout his long successful career
  2. Why you should follow through even when you’re not sure about your ability
  3. 3 key elements involved in balanced leadership
  4. How processes play a key role in having brand consistency
  5. How what you do when no ones is watching makes the biggest difference
  6. How most small business owners let their strengths become their weaknesses
  7. Things business leaders do that fail their own people and in return the brand
  8. How to make people to own solutions and feel like a part of something big
  9. How a giant like UPS change with the times to stay on top of the market
  10. Values vs Profits
  11. Symptoms of a business who doesn’t have a balanced leadership approach
  12. How Rocky gives Key Notes that wows to the audience without a doubt

Resources

About The Guest

Founder and CEO of 3SIXTY Management Services

With over 40 years of Leadership experience Rocky delivers results by developing and implementing his Balanced Leadership Model across enterprise operations. This includes a laser focus on customer needs, employee empowerment and the demands of shareholders.

Rocky is an experienced CEO who led one of the largest re-branding initiatives in franchising history; The UPS Store, revolutionizing the $9 billion retail shipping and business services market. While leading The UPS Store, the network increased retail units, same-store sales by 5.8%, outpacing the National Retail Federation results of 4.6% during a recession.
He also led the integration of more than 20 acquisitions that became UPS Supply Chain Solutions and lead its improved financial performance, capabilities and global network footprint.
Rocky has the rare ability to see a clear vision of the changing business landscape, the passion to develop strategies, tactics and metrics to drive desired results. He does this through, 3SIXTY Management Services, a management consulting firm specializing in Keynote Speaking, Leadership Development and Consulting Services.

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Having The Universe on Your Side

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Do you know what it takes to become an international award winning artist?

Today my guest Ed Roman, Award-winning singer/songwriter and performer from Ontario, Canada, shares how he creates great music by blurring the lines between pop, rock, folk, and country music genres. His songs have been played on over 600 stations worldwide and he’s won many awards (Indie Music Channel, 2018 Billboard Magazine Emerging Artist, 2017 Radio Music Award for Best Americana Artist, to name a few) for his work.

He speaks about;

  1. How being dyslexic was the start of his music career
  2. How to use a craft (such as music) as a spiritual experience of life
  3. How do cut through the background noise & negativity
  4. Leaving space to let the universe come through you, to create
  5. How to keep going even when the world doesn’t agree with you
  6. What it takes to master a craft that you’re passionate about
  7. How life experiences beyond a child’s world shape your creativity
  8. How the Universe put things in your way to help you get to your vision, that you didn’t even know was possible
  9. How to use your creativity for a goal bigger than yourself
  10. Shine more by committing yourself & believing in yourself
  11. How the people around you play a big part in your life to the better and the worse

Resources

Website – edroman.net

Follow on Facebook | Red Omen Video | Twitter

About The Guest

Singer, Songwriter and Performer

Ed Roman is an Award-winning singer/songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist from Shelburne, Ontario, Canada. Blurring the lines between pop, rock, folk, and country music genres, Ed’s uniquely crafted songs have received regular rotation on more than 100 terrestrial radio stations across North America and more than 600 stations, worldwide. Ed is a 2014 Artists Music Guild Award Nominee, a 2014 and 2018 International Music and Entertainment Association Award Winner, a two-time 2015 IMEA Award nominee, a 2015 and 2016 Josie Show Awards winner, an Akademia Awards Winner, and a two-time Indie Music Channel Award winner. Ed won a 2017 Radio Music Award for Best Americana Artist. He is a December 2018 Billboard Magazine Emerging Artist. The animated music video for the title track from his latest album, “Red Omen” has been shown at numerous film festivals around the globe. Ed is also a gentleman farmer, gardner and paranormal enthusiast.

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A Second Chance At Life – Hollywood, Acting & Mental Wellbeing

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Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a Hollywood star?

Today my guest, Eric Morris, One of the most recognized acting instructors in the world (launched several Hollywood careers including Jonny Depp, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jack Nicholson) joins me to shares his expertise about what makes good actors become great. He shares stories about;

1. How he ended up helping launch careers of stars like Jonny Depp, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jack Nicholson.
2. How acting can help overcome challenges, negative experiences & trauma faced by all human beings
3. The difference between stars who makes it in Hollywood and who don’t
4. Other surprising famous professionals that uses acting techniques to stand-out from the competition. (this was a big ah ha for me)
5. Untold stories about the journey it’s taken big stars to make it in a profession with a lot of uncertainty and no guarantees
6. What it takes to be successful in any craft in the long-run
7. The one quality that made Eric to become one of the best Acting teachers in the world
8. A different way to look at actors and acting as a profession that is different to the common believes that makes good actors great
9. How to use acting techniques to help change your self-image, confidence and relationships.
10. The one thing that Eric has done over the past 6 decades that’s kept him growing and on top.

Resources

Website – ericmorris.com

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Book – A Second Chance At Life

About The Guest

Hollywood Acting Trainer, Author

One of the most recognized acting instructors in the world, Morris’ Career spans over sixty years with a series of eight books on the Eric Morris Acting System. As an actor, Morris has an accomplished portfolio of credits from stage, network television and major motion film. As a mentor, he has launched several Hollywood careers including Jonny Depp, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jack Nicholson.

Eric Morris has been teaching his unique acting system in Los Angeles, New York, and around the world for fifty-three years. His approach to acting is to teach actors “how not to act” but to become “professional experiencers.” While his techniques are solidly rooted in “the method” he has gone far beyond the original precepts of the Stanislavski system and so many of the practitioners of that approach. Eric has innovated a complete system that fulfills all the obligations of dramatic material. His system includes over three hundred exercises to liberate the actor to be “free to act.”

As an actor and instructor for almost sixty years, Eric has created hundreds of exercises and techniques designed to eliminate the obstacles, dependencies, traps, and habits that block the actor from functioning from an authentic, organic place. While developing his acting system, Morris discovered that his exercises can also benefit the participant’s mental health and well being.

In his 9th book “A Second Chance at Life Eric transforms his proprietary acting method into a therapeutic tool. By using the exercises in the book, readers can identify and repair their trauma, learn to express their emotions freely and enjoy a life of happiness and success.

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Building a Law Firm Out of Law School

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Do you wish you knew how to start a business straight out of university?

Today my guest is Branigan Robertson, an employment lawyer & entrepreneur. In an extremely competitive market, Branigan has built an online presence that generates thousands of potential clients each year, and he did all of this right out of Law school. He shares his advice, insights and fascinating stories about his clients in today episode. If you dare do things different to the norm, this is a must listen.

Some of the key points we cover are as follow;

1. How he built a Law firm straight out of Law School (which is unheard of!)
2. How being too smart sometimes can stop you from being excellent
3. How to think differently in a field that’s traditionally rigid
4. How to win in a competitive market where most can get the results clients desire
5. How to breakthrough the traditional industry rules and build a business/career that you love
6. How to build business assets that will pay back over and over again
7. How do you build a reputation from scratch when you don’t have experience
8. How to have the right systems working for you to achieve your goals
9. Difference in working on projects that you’re passionate about vs money makers
10. How to navigate through challenges in business that you don’t foresee coming

Resources

Website – brobertsonlaw.com | bardigitalmedia.com

Follow on Youtube | LinkedIn

Contact – Email

Other Resources Mentioned – Atomic Habits by James Clear | Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

About The Guest

Employment Lawyer & Entrepreneur

In an extremely competitive market, Branigan has built an online presence that generates thousands of potential clients each year. Mr. Robertson has built a business that fits into his lifestyle, rather than being a slave to his work. As a result, he gets to spend time with his family that most lawyers only dream about.

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Little Known Strategy to Increase Sales Without Working Harder

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How would you like to increase your impact without having to work more?

Today My guest is Josh Kelly, Co-Founder of RevuKangaroo, the world’s leading reputation management system, that has helped generate countless reviews for businesses. He shares his expertise in making a bigger impact with your business without having to spend any more time or effort. He shares;

1. How Josh took his local family business from $7 million in revenue to over $100 million
2. Steps to taking a simple idea and building a big brand
3. The link between online Reviews & ROI
4. How to increase business growth without ‘working’ more
5. How to create a high performing culture with customer reviews
6. How to turn negative reviews around and use it to your advantage
7. Do’s & Don’t in creating a successful brand
8. How to change the marketing approach for a Blue Ocean product
9. How to succeed with a new product when you haven’t built a reputation in the market
10. How to find the right mentors that would push you forward

Listen, subscribe and share now…….

Resources

Website – revukangaroo.com

Follow on RevuKangaroo Facebook | Josh’s Facebook | LinkedIn

Contact – Email | +1 6024568832

About The Guest

Co-Founder, RevuKangaroo

Josh Kelly is the Co-Founder of RevuKangaroo, the world’s leading reputation management system, an automated SAAS business that has helped generate countless reviews for businesses on places like Google, Yelp, Facebook and more as well as growing actual revenue for clients, sometimes in the tens of millions of dollars.
Before devoting his work fulltime to RevuKangaroo, Josh had an extensive background in marketing, working at companies like Bonneville International, Parker and Sons, Dial America and eventually starting his own marketing firms- Diversified Marketing Group (DMG) Inc and Clover Marketing.
He helped his own family business, a local heating, cooling and plumbing company in Phoenix, grow from $7 million in revenue to over $100 million in just 14 years and he has been featured on stages with the Zig Zigler Foundation, Dave Yoho and EGIA as well as major platforms like CBS, Fox and NBC.
Josh currently lives in Phoenix but works around the world.

Music Credit

Music by: Senbei
Song: It Was All in Your Mind

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5 Steps to Building a Business that Will Grow Even While You Sleep

If you accidently came to this article thinking about ‘how to make money while you sleep’, you’re definitely in the wrong place. Hit exit right now.

 

This post is for business owners & consultant who dream of having a business that will not fall apart when they’re not working in the business. That will thrive even when you go on holidays. Building a business that will not burn into flames if you’re sick and can’t get out of bed and that will grow even when you feel like you’re not working so much.

 

Over the years, in many different shapes and forms, my job had been to help business owners/leadership teams to build high performing businesses, teams and help individuals become high performers. And while doing that I’ve identified 5 steps that’s crucial to have in place if you dream of having a business that you can really enjoy and not feel like you’d lose it all if you don’t work 100 hours a week.

  1. Client Centric Product Development

This is such a simple point that a lot of businesses and entrepreneurs get so wrong, just because they don’t understand the fundamentals in any successful business. Any business that had become a mammoth of legacy has one thing that was crucial to their success.

Found a problem that already exist in the world (that people are willing to pay money for) and they solved it. Period.

I see so many wannabe entrepreneurs getting so confused with marketing, advertising, the latest tips and tricks of the trade, but missing this point!

When you don’t have a product that solves an existing problem, of course you have to go above and beyond to figure how to sell it. But if you start with your clients (not customers! There’s a difference!) in mind, you don’t need to spend so much time “trying” to market, because it sells itself.

One of the top 5 reasons why businesses go out of business in the first 5 years in business is because there is no need for the product. But just because the founder had a solution that he/she thought, would be a good one to push down people’s throats, just because it was their ‘opinion’.

If you’re thinking ‘Well…I don’t know a problem I can solve!’…well then you have some ground work to do!

Go find a group of people you’re passionate about helping and ask them what their problems are and then solve it for them. If you don’t know how to solve it, well…… learn! Stop guessing, get out there and ask!

 

2. Stick to your Zone of Genius

This one, I’ve been guilty of myself as well. But, there’s no single human being on this earth who are born to do everything in this world 100% to it’s best. Even if you try, you’re going to find out the hard way that you’re really not as smart as you think you are.

It’s like you trying to be the goalkeeper, mid field, centre, and all other positions as well as be the coach in a football team. And expecting to win!

You can only be great at one thing at best. If you try to be everything, you’re going to get burnt out and 99% of the time you’d do a pretty average job at everything.

The earlier you admit the fact that you’re not really as smart as you think you’re, business will be easy.

Find out what your zone of genius is, and stick to it.

Find people who are smarter than you are in all other areas.

Yes, even when you don’t have money! Especially when you don’t have money, because that’s when you need people around you to tell you what you don’t know.

If you look at some of the most successful sports teams you’d notice cases where either the coach, the manager or the players in the team has taken a pay cut in order to afford another best player for a position they are not good at. Because in the long run, it’s going to pay off. Business is a team sport. Treat it as such and you will win.

You only know what you know and you don’t know what you don’t know. Which takes me to my next point.

 

3. Build a Team That Would Shift Mountains

This is a point that gets on a lot of smart people’s nerves. Especially people who come from very successful corporate backgrounds where they you’re rewarded to be the best and be all to everyone. Unfortunately, if you do this in the business world, the chances the business would fail is high.

The faster you admit that you’re not the smartest and the best in everything, you’ll enjoy the process more

and you can build a team who is smarter than you are, in doing the things that you’re not great at.

One part of this comes down to letting go of wanting to micro manage or be in control, just because you feel insecure about not knowing the ins and and outs of something. If you do want to know everything, keep tabs on everything,  know what everyone is doing at every given second, I’ve got some news for you! Business doesn’t suit you. Please go back to a job where you can micro manage every bit of detail. Because that’s a difficult way to build a business.

A lot of business owners who have a hard time letting go pieces to people who are truly talented would only grow to a limited extent. The only thing it’s going to do is drive great people away. Because no one wants to be micromanaged.

So stop being pedantic, hire the best, keep the best and let go when it’s no longer a mutually beneficial relationship. And when you have your A team around you, you will grow leaps and bounds compared to how slow you grow on your own. If your concern is that you don’t have money to hire the best, well, find the money or be creative in engaging the right talent.

 

4. Build a Culture that people would do anything to work for you

If you have a high turnover, it’s a good indicator about the culture you’ve built. Whether you’ve built one on purpose or not, you’re still building one. This ties back to the point about keeping the best.

Hiring the best is easy, but keeping them is hard. If people leadership is not your strong suit, hire one who’s great at. People join companies because they believe in the vision, but they leave people because you’ve made it difficult for them to thrive.

You don’t even need big manifestos to build a great culture. Just build you A team and ask them what they want their culture to be. Let them build a place that they love waking up everyday to come to work for. Stop guessing what they want and ask them.

Let them become the champions of their own culture.

Something that a lot of businesses do not understand is the difference between building a high performing creative team and high performing non-creative team. If you try to measure success and manage talent in non-creative fields the same way as you’d measure and lead creative teams, I will guarantee you, it will fail.

They use different cognitive functions in their brain to do the work and you understanding this difference can be the determining factor in having a high performing, driven, passionate team that will be your competitive edge and losing great talent and being miserable having to do all the work yourself.

Build a culture where everyone has the autonomy to be their best and you’d have a much fun time building the business.

 

5. Build the framework for people to thrive

‘My team doesn’t operate when I’m not there…..’

‘She didn’t do what I expected…’

‘He’s not delivered as much as I’d like..’

 

These are phrases that I’ve heard time and time again from business owners.

The reason why your team doesn’t deliver what you wanted them to is because of two reasons.

 

  • You have poor or no communication

 

I cannot even remember the number of times that I’ve had to deliver the tough news that the reason why your team is not performing is because of ‘you’!

“The meaning of your communication is the response you get.” - Gregory Bateson

It’s not your team’s responsibility to go above and beyond to understand what you’re saying or read your mind. It’s your responsibility to be clear about your intentions.

 

  • You haven’t put the right system in place for them to deliver

If you have performance related issues, that’s simply because you have either got no systems in place or you haven’t got the right system in place for your team to thrive. When you have the right system in place, sooner rather than later, people who cannot keep up with you will leave. And that’s not a loss. That’s merely a relationship that’s not meant to be.

But when you don’t have the right systems in place, you would have low performing employees and you wouldn’t even know about it. All you would see are the symptoms of the problem like working longer hours, missing deadlines, always putting out fires, etc.

 

While I can write a book about these topics, I will leave it at this leave, as this gives a good start for you to start the diagnosis of problems you face and start asking the right questions.

V.