• Integrity: Doing the Right Thing Matters!

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    Lewis says, “Integrity is doing the right thing. Even when no one is watching”. An analogous quote by Oprah Winfrey states, “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” In other words, the way I see it – integrity is where our beliefs, words and actions intersect. It is not something that can be faked or disingenuously exhibited in pursuit of accolades or praise from others.

    The most succinct way I can describe integrity is that it is equivalent to breathing life into our morals and values. What I know for sure is the act of exemplifying integrity in our lives on a daily basis is a choice. I often say, the choices people make, good or bad, can impact the entire trajectory of their life. Having integrity does not mean a person is perfect by any means. It just shows that some people are more conscientious in making morally sound decisions than others. How wonderful it would be if more people would exercise more selfless choices.

    Doing the Right Thing

    Over the majority of my career, I have worked in two areas that have the greatest influence on the success or failure of a business, i.e., financial and human resources. Consequently, during my tenure, I have arbitrated numerous cases in which integrity had come into question. While presiding over each case, I always kept the words of wisdom at the forefront of my mind which an esteemed colleague said to me years ago while teaching a workshop on the principles of ethics and integrity. He said, “When it comes to integrity in the workplace, there is no such thing as a bad person. There are only good people who are put in bad situations”.

    Depending on your belief system, I guess there could be some truth in that statement. However, I would be hard pressed to agree with this sentiment in its entirety given my belief system about integrity which is, ‘doing the right thing even when no one is watching’. In this statement, there is no judgment of good or bad about the individual. I simply believe a person of integrity who is put in a bad situation will in all likelihood choose to do the right thing. Of course, having integrity does not mean there is no room for error or that a person of integrity is always picture-perfect in every word, thought or deed. However, whether it is at work or play, a person of integrity will most certainly hold true to this value regardless of the situation.

    In my profession, my goal is to always be very intentional in leading others by example. When training my staff, I teach them to take pride in their work and to execute their duties as if their every move and decision is subject to audit. This strategy is not intended to intimidate. As a matter of fact, I truly believe that an effective leader leads through motivation, not through intimidation. So, as a leader, I utilize my experience and values to motivate others to do the right thing at all times even if no one is watching. This goes a long way in your career as well as your personal life.

  • Problems Creates an Innovative Culture

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    Yet, deliberately creating problems is counterintuitive. We’re wired to avoid problems, even before we try to solve them. Culturally we’re trained to get rid of problems. Businesses are structured to reward managers for their problem-solving skills. At the same time, the keys to the executive suite are not available to managers who only solve problems. Does your organization have structures in place to reward people who create problems? What could happen when you don’t have those structures?

    More than a century ago, Henry Ford built an innovative company to solve a problem he created: make it possible for every American household to own an affordable automobile. He solved the problem by creating the assembly line. The people of Ford Motor Company changed the world. Except, the company didn’t look ahead, didn’t pose new problems, didn’t continue innovating. When GM introduced style and color in its cars, Ford lost market share to this new innovator.

    In 1979, Sony brilliantly created the personal audio market with the Walkman. The company created a problem: how to develop a device that will allow individuals to privately listen to music anywhere, anytime. Today, however, Apple dominates the digital personal audio market with 78 percent market share in the U.S.

    Signs that Your Company is Lacking an Innovative Culture

    How can you tell if your company is lacking an innovative culture?

    Your CEO spends more than 10% of his/her time solving problems.
    Your company is content with the status quo. Being content leaves you vulnerable to competitors who can disrupt your business model. Without risk, innovation becomes happenstance.
    Your company’s top line is growing while your bottom line is shrinking. Your products or services have become a commodity. There is nothing to differentiate you from your competitors. This is an ideal time to create a problem for your organization.
    Employees are afraid of failure. A learning and innovative culture embraces failure; a project that fails can still be valuable to the company’s larger goals. Employees should be encouraged to create problems themselves.
    Management is disconnected from the employees in terms of innovative ideas that move the company forward. Oftentimes, companies make the mistake of going it alone – relying on management and/or research and development in a silo to come up with innovative and creative ideas as opposed to engaging the brainpower of employees throughout the organization.
    Your company is successful.

  • Are You Really Making Passive Income From Home

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    You just have to follow the rules, act smart and take action accordingly to create your own passive income generators online. Here you will explore more about making a passive online income like the expert internet marketers! The steps are easy and simple; but you have to find the right way to use the methods. Once you’ve started using things in the right way, you will soon start making money like a pro!

    Are you really making passive income online?: Just ask yourself!

    If you are spending hours to maintain your business online, you’re definitely not running a passive business model. However, you can easily convert your business model and make it a passive income stream. You just need a complete strategy to deal with the business model and optimize that accordingly. Here you will explore why and how you should convert your business architecture and convert that into a REAL passive income stream:

    #1 passive earning streams can set you financially FREE

    A passive business can help you enjoy the ultimate financial freedom. Even if you’re engaged in a day to day job, a passive business can help you save more money and enjoy more time on the vacations. You can secure your future and stay away from the adverse effects of the economic recessions. More importantly, you can think about being creative, making experiments and new moves in your life! A passive business can make your life more exciting than ever before!

    #2 once you can convert your business model, you can focus on other business

    Running a passive business is fun; you can think about launching another business venture. You can think about playing with your ideas and make experiments with different methods. At the same time you can rinse and repeat the same thing to maximize your earnings. If you can take action like a pro, you can double, triple or make even more money using the same method and strategy!

    #3 recruit people and divide the responsibilities to create a successful passive business model

    Finally, you can think about increasing your productivity and share the revenues with some recruits. You can hire some people and divide your responsibilities. Thus you can convert your regular business into a passive business model. This won’t be so easy as you will need to find the right strategy, best recruits and a long term line up for maintaining the business – but this can help your business optimize properly and you can setup your passive business model successfully this way!

  • Five Tips to Help You Lighten Up

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    Almost all of us want to constantly adjust our weight. A handful of us are happy with our weight, others need to gain a few pounds. The rest of us “battle the bulge” almost constantly. No matter what your weight goals are, here I provide some important weight loss tips and tricks to help you achieve your ideal weight more faster.

    Eating more calories than your body needs to perform it’s daily functions, means that the extra calories will be stored as fat. If you do not eat sufficient calories to satisfy your bodies energy needs then your body will make make up the difference by taking what it needs from the stored fat in your system.

    Understand that every 3500 calories of unused energy stored by your body, is stored in the form of fat. So in order to lose one pound of fat you would have to create an energy deficit of 3500 calories by either reducing your intake or increasing your exercise level to burn up the 3500 calories. Keep in mind that it is not safe to lose more than 2 pounds per week.

    It can be refreshing to know that walking an extra mile every day will burn up 100 extra calories per day. Walking one mile uses up approximately 100grams of energy (the exact amount depends on your body weight)

    People who are overweight spend more energy in moving about than those who are at their ideal weight. It stands to reason that the heavier you are determines the amount of energy required to move. If you use calorific charts, always check to see what body weight is being referred to.

    Sometimes breaking things down into simple day-to-day terms can make all the difference; Any food or drink that contains about 100 calories, a soft drink or an extra slice of bread per day will add up to 10 extra pounds in one year if your exercise level is not increased.

    One thing is certain. Most people do not get enough exercise in their ordinary daily routines. If you are already over your ideal body weight get a check up before starting a diet or exercise routine.