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Is this Any of Your Business?

Posted by Doc Worley on June 11, 2014 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

  

You may not have considered yourself an entrepreneur because you work in a business setting, however you may be an indoor entrepreneur...well not exactly.  Yes, your company may benefit from an "intrepreneurs" and YOU may be one.  You may not even know all of your talents.

For more information, please give us a jiggling.  We hear you and are here to answer.  Meanwhile, our colleague has written a great, but brief article on intrapreneur.  Enjoy...and thanks Frederico!



The Myth of the Intrapreneur


It’s been approximately 25 years since the first edition of the “E-myth” (a book authored by Michael E. Gerber), was first released.

This book was an instant success and voted the best-selling book of its time, with over 5 million copies sold in 29 languages.

The ground-breaking ‘entrepreneurial’ methodology, developed by Michael himself, is now taught in 118 universities worldwide. ^1 The key objective of this book was to teach business owners the modern / entrepreneurial approach to business building, to help them build a thriving business and secure long term survival, as companies moved into the 21st century.

It is therefore no surprise that the word ‘entrepreneur’, and the relevance this has in the business world, is widely known and generally understood by the SME community.

The understanding and meaning of entrepreneurship can also be largely attributed to pioneers or ambassadors of entrepreneurship like Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, etc. I can therefore guesstimate that 99% of business owners in Australia can provide a fairly accurate definition and meaning to the word – ‘Entrepreneur’.

The Definition of Intrapreneurship:

What continues to surprise me is that the definition to the word ‘intrapreneur’ remains largely unknown to most Australians.

More alarmingly, SME business owners appear quite ignorant of the term intrapreneurship and the relevance this can have for their own business practice. Further still, they appear sceptic or even dubious of the integrity and value of how intrapreneurs can benefit their business, compared to the average (non-entrepreneurially minded) employee.

Again, I can again guesstimate that only 5% of business owners can accurately define the meaning of ‘intrapreneurship’, as well as say that they are pro-actively building an entrepreneurial culture within their own practice.

This fact is truly a sad reality, considering how important intrapreneurship within the workplace really is.

The History of Intrapreneurship:

It is worth noting two important facts.

Firstly, the word ‘intrapreneur’ has been in the dictionary since the 1990’s. The dictionary defines ‘intrapreneurship’ as follows:

“A person within a large corporation who takes direct responsibility for turning an idea into a profitable finished product through assertive risk-taking and innovation” ^2

I would like to personally define an intrapreneur simply as:

an entrepreneurial employee; someone who thinks and acts like an entrepreneur, but prefers to work within an organisation instead of having their own enterprise.”

The second point worth noting is that the intrapreneurial methodology has been widely acknowledged and endorsed by business leaders across the world for well over two decades, especially across America and the UK. They openly claim that it is one of the most important factors to the survival of any organisation, as well as a key contributor to future innovation and entrepreneurial leadership, especially in the 21st century.

For instance, Richard Branson was once quoted saying for ‘Entrepreneur’ magazine: “Virgin could never have grown into the more than 200 companies it is now, were it not for a steady stream of intrapreneurs who looked for and developed opportunities, often leading efforts that went against the grain”.

Further, intrapreneurship has been labelled the “secret weapon for success”. It has been used in high tech firms such as Google, Apple, 3M, Lockheed, Sony, Texas Instruments, Toyota, and other enterprising firms.

The conclusion is that without fostering an entrepreneurial spirit amongst staff, or an entrepreneurial culture across all levels of the organisation, it is likely that the firm will remain uncompetitive, stagnant, and unable to tackle the challenges that the 21st century presents.

A classic example is the need for commercial airlines to take into account environmental issues or factors that may prevent future growth, or jeopardise their reputation across the environmentally conscious community.

The intrapraneur will be the first to challenge the status quo, and likely to propose alternative, often outside the square, solutions to tackle such problems. They may even suggest a solar powered aeroplane even-though, at face value, it may appear a non-viable option to begin with !

However, there is more benefit than harm to suggest such an idea, as this will breed new ideas amongst the team, creating possible new opportunities

The Intrapreneurial Myth:

So, what is stopping intrapreneurship from proliferating further amongst Australian businesses, despite it being widely embraced and adopted by serial entrepreneurs around the world ?

Let’s explore the ‘Intrapreneurial Myth’ and uncover five possible reasons why business owners or leaders fail to willingly embrace intraprenership within the workplace:

1. The intrapreneur can be perceived as being only motivated by his or her own objectives and ambitions, rather than primarily supporting the organisation’s mission and vision.

2. The intrapreneur is prepared to often challenge the status quo and work outside of the standard operational guidelines, causing potential disruption and head-aches for the management team.

3. The intrapreneur is often seen as a risk taker, prepared to push the boundaries outside of conventional practices, causing potential financial or operational risks.

4. The intrapreneur is too focused on constant innovation, change, and pioneering of new concepts, without taking into account the financial viability of the product or service.

5. The intrapreneur may choose to exit the employment relationship to pursue their own goals and business pursuits, once they have acquired sufficient knowledge from within the company. This may cause a conflict of interest for the organisation.

The Truth about Intrapreneurs:

There is truth to the fact that entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs carry a different mindset or ‘code of conduct’ to the conventional employee.

Intrapreneurs are passionate individuals, with a strong desire for change, growth, innovation, and success. They may often push the boundaries too far, or fail to see why there are ‘protocols’ or ‘guidelines’ to follow within the organisation.

However, the benefits of hiring and managing entrepreneurial employees compared to standard employees, far outweighs the risks or problems it can potentially create.

I can boldly say that fostering an entrepreneurial culture and encouraging intrapreneurial practices amongst staff should be ranked number one priority.

The truth however is that Australian business owners and senior personnel continue to micro-manage their subordinates; often with a tight grip, and with a lack of trust. This can easily prevent or kill innovation and entrepreneurial leadership from manifesting, as well as jeopardise the long term commitment, dedication, and loyalty of passionate and driven staff.

The bottom line is that a dedicated business owner or leader cannot alone build a thriving enterprise. Instead a business requires the innovative thoughts, passion, leadership, pioneering skills and an entrepreneurial mindset of its people, for it to successfully compete in the current modern era.

(Authored by Federico Re and exclusively written for 'Think & Grow Rich' Magazine - June/July, 2014 Edition)

Pay Your Associates...More than No Mind!

Posted by Doc Worley on June 5, 2014 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Your customers are one of the most valuable assets that you can have in a business.  Of course, that is very obvious and if you have not realized that, your business day will not be sunny!  However, let us not forget the other great asset in your business...your employees, or who we call, associates.  Days in and days out, your associates work in the grinds of customer service and service enhancement opportunities and responsible accountability factors in marketing and sales support as well as assisting in new and improving areas of growth, while implementing, embracing and executing the mission and goals of the company...and more, in order to increase productivity, increase value  and the bottom line, which is...?   Therefore pay them!   A true visionary and leader understands that there is no need for a "minimum" wage law to establish the value of your associates. Try going at it alone and see how long you will be riding "Silver" as the Lone Ranger!  


There are several ways to compensate your associates  in  ways that will prove beneficial to all.  Whether compensation is through cash or non-cash, you can reduce the burden and increase the joy and appreciation.  Your associates deserve it!



Pick Your Payment Poison

There are a plethora of payment options business owners can offer--just make sure you know what you're taking on before you start paying folks in bitcoin, stock options, or offering up snazzy company cars as in-kind payments. However it is that you decide to pay your employees, especially anything outside of the conventional paycheck box, make sure you're informed on the tax laws and how it will pan out for you and your staff.
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Paying Employees in Property: What to Do About Employment Taxes?

By Barbara Weltman

Not every payment you make to employees must be in the form of cash. You may reward them with various fringe benefits, options or stock, or other property. While many small businesses use outside payroll companies to handle withholding on employee compensation, it’s up to you as the owner to understand the tax implications of your payments to workers.

Types of noncash wages

Paying employees other than in cash or a cash equivalent (e.g., check, direct deposit) is called an in-kind payment. It may be property or services provided by your company (e.g., a company laptop for personal or home use). The amount of the payment is determined by the fair market value of the property; special tax rules may come into play for specific items (e.g., stock options, company cars).

Payments of property (typically company stock) that have strings present special issues for the company and the employee receiving the property. If there is a substantial risk of forfeiture (called “restrictions”), the property is not immediately taxable to the employee; it becomes taxable when the risk ends. However, an employee can make a Sec. 83(b) election to report the value of the property upon receipt so that all future appreciation ultimately becomes capital gain. The employer obligation to withhold applies when the employee recognizes the income. So if the employee makes a Sec. 83(b) election, which must be done within 30 days of receiving the restricted property, the employer must withhold on the entire value at this time. If no election is made, withholding can only begin once the restrictions are lifted.

Withholding on in-kind payments

There are two issues for in-kind payments: how to value them and what to do about payroll taxes.

Value for tax purposes is the fair market value of the items or services at the time they’re furnished to employees. Essentially value is what a third party would have to pay for them (there are some exceptions to value when it comes to personal use of company vehicles).

You have choices when it comes to income tax withholding on noncash compensation:

  • You can add the value of the taxable fringe benefits to regular wages or salary and figure withholding on the total amount.
  • You can withhold a flat 25% of the value of the in-kind payment from regular wages or salary. (A 39.6% rate applies if the value exceeds $1 million, which usually won’t have application in a small business context.)

When it comes to personal use of a company vehicle, you can choose not to withhold income tax, although you must include this benefit on the employee’s Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. However, you must still withhold FICA taxes on the use of the vehicle.

Typically, having funds for withholding is not a problem because regular compensation is sufficient to cover taxes related to in-kind payments. But if regular wages from which to withhold taxes on in-kind payments are insufficient, you face a dilemma. If you cover the taxes, this amounts to additional compensation, and additional tax withholding. If you don’t cover the taxes, you must recoup cash from the employee for the taxes. One way or the other, taxes must be paid; if you fail to do so, you (not the employee) face penalties.

Some fringe benefits may be tax free to employees and exempt from income tax withholding. However, there may still be FICA and FUTA taxes on the benefits. Table 2-1 in IRS Publication 15B has a list of fringe benefits and the withholding rules for income taxes, FICA, and FUTA.

Wages in bitcoin

If you pay employees in digital (virtual) currency, the IRS treats it as a payment in property, not in currency (it’s considered an in-kind payment). According to the IRS, the medium in which remuneration for services is paid is immaterial to the determination of whether the remuneration constitutes wages for employment tax purposes. Thus, the fair market value of bitcoin paid as wages is subject to federal income tax withholding, including FICA and FUTA taxes. It must also be reported on an employee’ W-2.

Conclusion

When compensating employees with in-kind payments, consider the payroll tax consequences to your actions. Discuss the matter with a tax advisor or your payroll company before proceeding, and make sure that employees are aware of the tax implications of fringe benefits.

So you wanna be fired...?

Posted by Doc Worley on May 30, 2014 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

 What is wrong with some people?.....you may ask.  It is something in the food, water or air?  Why are the stakes so high for disenfrancised , distraught or disengaged workers?  Why are the 3 "D"s raising their heads without shame?  Especially at work?  Is it lack of interest, curiosity, boredom or respect in your workplace?  Is is the dynamics or culture or leadership in the workplace?  You better find out before pinky comes by with a glass of pink lemonade without the "ade"!


The answers to these questions are many but the drawstring is few...or actually, just one.  It is the one string and comes with no other strings attached.  This string serves as the bridge that controls both sides of the coin, both sides of  the issue and both swings of morality.  That string is weak, but strong, smooth but rough, tettered but whole, near but far.  That string is ...WILL!   Your WILL.   Your WILL is always at work, even at play.  The WILL to be happy or sad, humble or arrogant, patient or impatience, resilient or comatose.


Even though in some circumstances, there can be other hinderances that have been imposed upon emotionally, physiologically, mentally or spiritually, I challenge you to allow the power of your WILL you engage in all that is constructive, not destructive, winning, not losing, growing, not dying.  Allow your WILL to Walk Into Life Lavishly!      WILL you?


13 Personality Traits of a Disengaged Employee

Let’s face it, we all have been around (or have been) someone in a workplace who just doesn’t want to be there.

You can see right off the bat what type of traitsdisengaged employees have just by talking to them in the office for a bit. Now, by definition disengaged employees are people who don’t care for their company and have no intention of helping it grow; so they can be quite harmful if they’re within your office.

If you’re looking for a couple of personality traits for these type of colleagues have, we narrowed it down to these:


13 Personality Traits of a Disengaged Employee [Infographic] image infographic disengaged employee

1. Constantly Complaining

Disengaged employees are constantly dissatisfied with their current situation.

They may not necessarily agree with some of the things going on, or there could be more of a deeper issue that is being masked.

It’s a bit tough to have this kind of employee within the office, but it’s up to management to come up with a solution to begin engaging them and see how they can better the environment.

2. Make Excuses

My biggest pet peeve is having people make excuses. I think anyone who had played sports or any competitive team activity will tell you that an excuse-maker can kill a team.

A disengaged employee that makes excuses could damage the team with their lack of enthusiasm to complete tasks or participating with the team.

The fact that they make excuses to delay tasks can seriously hurt a team. There’s nothing more demoralizing than a teammate who doesn’t hold their end of the bargain. The best thing to do is have a leader counsel them to be more productive and obtain a more positive outlook when it comes to completing tasks.

3. Lack Enthusiasm

When you aren’t necessarily happy about a situation, you tend to lack enthusiasm for it.

This same occurrence can happen within a workplace. For whatever reason an employee may become disengaged, he or she is likely to not care about some of the tasks that they have to complete.

If you have a lot of employees that lack enthusiasm, consider doing things that will better the company culture and make it a funner place to work at.

4. Doesn’t Help Others

Disengaged employees tend to be on their own, so when the time comes to offer help, more often than not, they’ll choose not to.

It’s not that they don’t like the people around them, it’s more that they don’t want to take the time to offer anyone help because they feel better off doing their own thing.

Try doing some team building activities at work that will encourage these disengaged employees to collaborate with their colleagues a bit more.

Here are some examples of team building activities to try at work.

Maybe a little bit of collaboration will be all the difference and actually cause a disengaged employee to be more involved.

5. Gossip

I personally hate gossip and the fact that it’s still people still do it in a workplace setting is kind of immature.

A disengaged employee will tend to gossip and spread bad vibes around the office. I think if this starts to happen, the best way to go about is to peacefully confront the person and let them know the their wrong.

6. Lying

For whatever reason disengaged employees find it easy to lie to get out of situations or avoid things.

The absolute worst is when they lie about getting an assignment done. A solid mix of lying and making excuses can easily destroy an office. And when you have multiple employees doing this kind of thing, it can be extremely bad for your office.

7. Know-it-all

There’s nothing worse than a person who is talented and tends to act like they’re above everybody.

Having a know-it-all attitude can seriously cause damage within a workplace. These personality types are the ones that ruffle feathers and upset people.

There’s a reason why some of the best leaders in the world are the strong, humble types.

8. Independent

Usually, we tend to praise companies for having autonomous employees that are able to succeed and do things on their own.

However, when it’s a disengaged employee trying to be independent and do their own thing it’s bad news for everybody – they’re probably not getting that much work done and spending their time loafing around.

In this situation, management should try asking for more results from the employee (even if they’re completing small tasks) in order to build some momentum to make the person get better.

9. Irresponsible

We all may have moments where we do some irresponsible things at work.

We’ve probably forgotten to call in sick, show up smelling like a fun party, come in late, etc.

When being irresponsible is constant it’s not a good thing. The best thing to do is probably make the person aware that their irresponsibility is bringing down the team and ask if they can improve their habits.

10. No Initiative

Disengaged employees have no initiative to take the reins on a project and be a leader within their office.

They are ok with blending in and oftentimes do not mind not having a voice.

Remember, an office is a community of people so for someone to lack initiative and not want to contribute, that person will bring down the team.

There’s no real way of fixing a person’s psyche, however, you can try using motivational tactics to make the disengaged person a bit more excited about their job.

11. Lacks Curiosity

In a workplace environment curiosity is often an overlooked trait.

Having curiosity will allow you to question if the current way of doing things is really the best way.

A disengaged employee will just take things as is and do what they’re told.

12. No Growth

A disengaged employee has not motivation to grow within their company or make the most out of their position.

It’s up the the leaders of a company to come up with a good strategy to motivate employees and make sure that people are aware that they can grow as long as they bring in a good attitude.

13. Distracted

We all have distractions in life. It’s a little tough to focus at work at times.

A disengaged employee is more prone to get distracted and lose focus while they’re at work.

Making sure to preach the values of your company can be a way of letting them know that they’re there for a reason. They committed to the company in order to make it better.

There’s a little bit of a misconception around disengaged employees. People believe that they’re the ones to blame. However, most of the time the problem is lackluster leadership and, to be frank, a bad company culture.

The reason we’re animate about creating a great employee engagement platform is to make sure that high-level management can see what works for their office and what doesn’t; so all employees can have can enjoy their job.

How Can You Become a LUCKY Entrepreneur?

Posted by Doc Worley on May 27, 2014 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)



"WOW, she is so lucky!" Have you heard someone make a remark about a business owner being lucky? Have you looked at the life they live and felt they have so much and you could never achieve this level of success? What does LUCK have to do with success?

There are some very specific things you can commit to, that will accelerate your success:



- Be willing to step out of your comfort zone - This is not a new concept, yet most people in society only stay within their personal comfort zones. We are conditioned to believe that staying with what we know and what we are "comfortable" doing is "safe". In fact, this is one of the most dangerous things you can do, if you want to move forward and create more success. Successful people have learned to continually step outside of what is familiar, and what is comfortable because this is the only way you learn and grow. Understand, if you are not learning and growing, you are regressing, so it is imperative to step outside of your comfort zone and learn and test new things.

- Understand change is constant - There is nothing in life or in business that doesn't change. Nothing stays the same. Those that resist change will be left behind. Instead, embrace change, learn whatever is necessary to work within change and you will find opportunity that was always there, but was not revealed until you embraced the change with a new attitude.

- Be consistent & persistent - Successful people do not give up. Successful people do not take action for a short period of time, and then give up if they don't have the result within X number of months. Successful people understand the importance of being consistent and persisting with their decisions and actions until the goal is met.

- Take personal responsibility for everything in your life - If you walk your dog, pick up after they do their business. If you drop something in a store, own up to it with the shop keeper. If you give someone the wrong advice, tell them you made a mistake. If you made a wrong decision, make it right. When you commit to doing something, keep the commitment. Personal responsibility is one of the most powerful concepts to implement to bring about life and business improvements.

- Realize you have choice - There are two types of people - those that play the victim who doesn't have choice, and those that realize there is ALWAYS new and better choices they can make. No one has to be in a job or relationship they don't enjoy. There are choices, there are always solutions. The key is to understand you DO have choice and to make better ones.

- Not afraid to risk - I talked about this in a previous article ..... Society has been conditioned to believe that we shouldn't take risk. Risk can be re-framed to Responsibly Implementing Specialized Knowledge. Anyone who achieves success understands risk is not something to fear, but to embrace, to put yourself in a position that most will never experience because they are stuck in fear. Understanding and living this concept can put you in the top percentage in your field, because most people simply will not do it. And guess what, the bonus is - there is no competition there!

- It is vital to be a continual learner - No matter what field you are in, there is always something new, and things changing. They way to stay ahead is to commit to raising the bar in your own development and continue to learn and grow. There is no such thing as staying right where you are....if you are not learning and growing, you are dying.

- Face your fears - One thing I have personally learned is that if we don't face our fears, our fears control us. When we feel controlled, we feel frustrated, stressed and unhappy, but often do not realize why we feel that way. No one wants to be controlled. Fear is not real, it is our mind creating imaginary outcomes from the conditioned beliefs we have. There is nothing more exhilarating than doing something you were afraid of, and proving to yourself how capable you are, and how you were holding yourself back by buying into the fear. This will open the door to a whole new world of learning and living into your potential, and is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. It builds self esteem, confidence and certainty which are building blocks to success.

-Rest but don't quit - There will be times you are tired, burnt out, exhausted. This is the time to honor your body and your mind, and take a short rest to rejuvenate yourself. The key is rejuvenate - don't quit. Get back at it once you are rested, with a renewed enthusiasm, clearer focus and new ideas and give it everything you've got.

So, is it luck? I have found the harder I work on these things, the luckier I get.... If you are willing to commit to these things, you too can be a LUCKY entrepreneur.

Debbie Ruston has been an entrepreneur and trainer since 1986. She works with individuals, and groups interested in developing their entrepreneurial leadership mindset.


Thanks so much for your feedback Doc, I appreciate that! Feel free to share with anyone that may benefit...

Best regards
Debbie


...and that I will!  Leaders working together!

There is no silver bullet to success!

Posted by Doc Worley on May 26, 2014 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

There is nothing that takes to place of "blood and sweat" when it comes down to realizing your dreams.  There is no "pretty" gift wrapped box with all of the guidelines and instructions, though the Bible is always great and there are no keys in the many doors take will need to be opened on your journey on the road to success.  You will find no band-aids, ointments, creams or any other first aid remedies in the box or directions to the one ultimate seminar that will catapult you to your stardom,  However, I can tell you what you will find...if you look hard enough and deep enough.  You will find YOU...with all the reflections of your will, heart and soul.  That is where your answers will be found, through the many trials and snares.  That will be where you will find the one person can will make it happen, through God's blessings!... YOU!


5 Ways Millionaires Approach Their Career

5 Ways Millionaires Approach Their Career

In the majority of cases, it’s not luck that makes people money, nor is it who they know. Rather, the people who make the most money in their careers are the ones who display discipline, and who have a definitive sense of purpose and heavy duty resiliency.

The positive news is that even if you don’t possess these skills now, it is very possible to obtain them. The first step in doing so is to analyze how millionaires approach their careers and begin to alter your thought processes, practices and overall professional approach.

To get you started, here are five ways the highly successful approach their careers.

1. Maintain an Open Mind and Active Imagination – Effective job seekers and entrepreneurs understand that tolerance and maintaining an open mind are necessities for anyone seeking wealth and prosperity from their job. They are not afraid of new ideas and understand that closed minds do not inspire faith, courage or belief.

2. Effective Job Seekers Are Success-Conscious – One of the main weaknesses of the average employee is their familiarity with the word “impossible.” They know all the rules that will not work. They focus on the things that cannot be done.

Instead, superior job seekers think about possibilities and focus on solutions, not problems. Their thought process does not include the terms: lack, want, resentment, failure or capitulation.

3. Their Desire for Success Results in an Unmatched Determination – The most successful job seekers buy into the belief that desire is the starting point of all achievement. They aim to make their dreams a reality regardless of hurdles or current setbacks.

The success-oriented understand that they are the masters of their own fate. They have taught themselves to displace destructive thoughts with a viewpoint that is constructive, visionary and promotes movement rather than stagnation.

4. They Possess a Keen Ability to Influence Others – Successful individuals have an ability, whether inherent or learned, to influence and gain favor from others. They greet others with enthusiasm and show a sincere interest in those whom they work with. Their positive energy is contagious and allows for heightened productivity both in themselves and those around them. This belief system naturally combined with a deep knowledge of their business lends itself to others wanting to be around them.

5. They Remain Optimistic in the Face of Adversity – Highly paid individuals don’t quit in the face of adversity. They realize that everyone makes mistakes, that every leader stumbles and falls. When this happens, they regroup and get going again with a renewed speed, sense of purpose and confidence. The global business world will knock everyone off course from time to time. What makes millionaires so highly paid is their resolve and sense of purpose.

In the End

Simply knowing about the above five facets is not going to suddenly catapult you into the career stratosphere, which brings us to the unifying component of success. It isn’t enough to know that successful people keep an open mind, or focus on success itself, or have the skills to genuinely influence others.

You’ve got to be willing to put in the time and effort of forming these five new habits, not just 9-5 at the office, but throughout your whole life. These are baseline things that must be practiced consistently if you are to achieve your best level of success and fulfillment in your career.


The Difference Between Successful People and...

Posted by Doc Worley on May 21, 2014 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

 I always get asked the question, "What is the difference between successful people and unsuccessful people?"   The question, perhaps, seems to be a straightforward, geniune and legitimate one that grabs and tugs at an answer that is demanded out of a sense of impatience and urgency, yet of respect and dignity.  To me, it appears to a loaded question on two fronts.  On one hand, the question is asked in order that the person can perform checks and balances with his own definition(both genders included) or on the other hand, it can exemplify the weight on one's shoulders out of frustration, bitterness and resentment, developed out of the fear of expectations of perceived failure.


 In both hands, the need to know arises, even while each hand can travel in opposite directions,  each is attached its own and separate arm,  yet both are hanging onto one body, one soul and one spirit.   Therefore, a better question may be...how is your spirit?  Are you willing to diligently seek and prepare to do the things in life that will implement your goals and desires to perform the tasks neccesary?  Are you prepare to presever, endure and render tenacity with the right spiritual, mental and emotional attitude? Are you prepared to have, hold and maintain your (You) (S) Constitution with an article of no excuse making policy with a no victimization section and a no pity party clause?


Will you commit to the change that you would like to see?  Are you prepared to live in your dreams at all costs?  Well...are you.....?  Are you willing to define and adapt to what you believe successful means.  The definition of success is like our private intersection where backhips avenue and two leg street meets....everyone has one and is enthusiastic in unseating its opinion of what success means.   Please allow me to share a thought...how about remembering this:


Embrace change through ideas of creativity by setting goals, taking responsibity for them and complementing them with knowledge through reading and praying in order to elevate your game, sharing your gifts with others and giving credit to all that assisted and came to your rescue along the way on your journey  while helping others to succeed with joy and enthusiasm...you are on your way!.





The Strangest Secret: A video that will help you live the life you desire.




Doing the opposite will yield the opposite!     Your choice...your vision...


I report...you decide!



Photo: Let me tell you sumthin...The heck with that Geiko...I like Grady Everette Gustauffo



Let The Toes Have It!

Posted by Doc Worley on May 16, 2014 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

There use to be a television commercial, when TVs were in, that said. "let your fingers to the walking through the yellow pages".  That commercial always appealed to me  because I was amazed how a commercial showing fingers pretending to walk in a phone book would gain my continuing interest.  Since when have you seen fingers walking anywhere.  I often felt sorry for the toes because that tended to get the 'shaft'!  They are on the feet and the catalysts of providing orchestrated and choreographic movements of the feet, which really walk.,,,but who would have their toes walking through the yellow pages?  


BUT now, in this segment, the toes have the floor and with ALL pun intended.  I have arranged a great calling for each toe, guiding the feet to a different step, walking towards a different and more meaningful life,...as I have been toed!   Toes....today is your day!  Take charge and start stepping! 

                                           

                                                   Toes....Attention!



“People are like sticks of dynamite…the power is on the inside, but nothing happens until the fuse gets lit.”
Mac Anderson

“Here is a simple but powerful rule—always give people more than what they expect to get.”
Nelson Boswell

“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
James Baldwin

“You get the best efforts from others not by lighting a fire beneath them, but by building a fire within.”
Bob Nelson

“You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things.”
Mother Teresa

“Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends.”
Walt Disney

“Leadership is action, not position.”
Donald H. McGannon

“Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching?”
Unknown

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little ‘extra.’”
Jimmy Johnson

“We cannot get what we’ve never had, unless we’re willing to do what we’ve never done.”
Brian Tracy

Please Don't Bore Me!

Posted by Doc Worley on May 12, 2014 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)


Everyone has an unique style in giving presentations.  It is part of the branding mechanism which is uniquely owned by each person.  Stimulating, exciting, fun, energetic, knowledgeable  and motivational can and should be attributes of interest, in balance, when delivering the presentation, however there is ONE thing that you cannot be...............BORING!


That is a killer!....the one burnt McDonals's french fry....the one rotten jellybeans....the one sour pickle in a sweet pickle jar.....you get the point.   If you are boring, I sincerely hope that you enjoy homemade tomato sauce from strangers and if you are really bad, you can get ketchup with those dried fries.


Below is a great article by Kathryn Dill with great advice on how to never give a boring presentation. In more ways than not, we as a team, are more radical to the cause, however these are indeed great starting tips.  Enjoy and thanks Kathryn!


Never Give A Boring Presentation Again

Never Give A Boring Presentation Again

Never Give A Boring Presentation Again

The experience of sitting through a truly terrible presentation is nearly universal. The dozens of identically-themed PowerPoint slides stacked with text, the useless handouts, the tense, miserable minutes of silence during the time allotted for Q&A–presentations rarely energize a team or allow the speaker to fully display the depth of their knowledge.

Most people have attended one of these monstrosities and, whether anyone would willingly admit it or not, quite a few of us have likely also given one of these anemic performances.

So why are smart, talented people routinely giving lackluster presentations?

“People in business are actually quite expert in their subject matter,” says Joey Asher, author of 15 Minutes Including Q & A. “The reason they give these long traditional presentations is because that’s the way they think they’re supposed to do it, that’s the way their boss does it.”

And however informed and charismatic the speaker may be, presentations are nerve-wracking. They’re also a central part of contemporary professional communications, but few of us have devoted the time necessary to mastering excellent delivery.

“We don’t take presentations as seriously as we should,” says Dan Roam, author of Show and Tell: How Everybody Can Make Extraordinary Presentations. ”It’s like a martial art. When someone is really good at it, it looks effortless, and you don’t see the practice that goes into making it look effortless.”

So how can you ensure you never find yourself flailing while packed room blinks back at you?

Focus On Your Audience – And Tell Them The Truth

Presence is the ultimate balancing act: Everyone wants to put on a good face for their audience, but beware of appearing like you’re pedaling as-seen-on-TV snake oil.

“The moment the audience senses there’s something false about us,” says Roam, “there’s going to withhold that trust, and it’s hard to win back.”

Asher recommends eye contact–the kind you’d give to someone in a one-on-one conversation–as a way to convey measured energy and attention throughout your presentation.

“Most people in business don’t make the kind of eye contact that they think they’re making, says Asher. “The kind of eye contact I’m talking about is the eye contact you make when you’re having dinner with a close friend and talking about something you care about.”

“Half As Long Is Twice As Good”

Brevity isn’t just “the soul of wit,” it’s what’s going ensure that your audience’s attention span makes it to the finish line at the same time your presentation wraps up–not before.

“Ask yourself, ‘If I can only remember three things, what must I remember?’” says Asher. “Boil it down to three six-word bumperstickers. Build the message around those three.”

Turn Your Anxiety Into An Advantage

Nervous about speaking in front of a group? That’s fine–so is everybody else.

“Everybody that I know has moments of anxiety before they get up on stage or take the microphone,” says Roam. “Anybody who says they don’t is George Clooney—or lying.”

Roam says that learning to harness our nerves can be the key to gauging how ready we are to give a presentation. A few butterflies are a natural reminder that we’re doing something stressful, whereas overwhelming fear and stress could be a red flag that we haven’t done enough to prepare.

The remedy, says Roam, is to practice, as much as possible, in an environment as similar to the one in which you’ll be speaking as is feasible.  And don’t worry if you don’t have a photographic memory–reciting your talk is a great way to appear stiff, and should you get derailed it makes recovery that much tougher.

“Memorizing is a mistake,” says Roam, “but familiarizing is essential.”

In pictures: Never Give A Boring Presentation Again

 Bring PowerPoint Into Present Day

Arduous presentation experiences frequently get pinned on PowerPoint but don’t be fooled–Asher and Roam agree the error almost always lies with the user.

Keep your audience alert with clean slides that bear no more than one “headline” idea, one piece of text in support (or none at all) and one image. Typing the entire transcript of your remarks into slides is the fastest way to lose your listeners.

Say It With Pictures

Roam says bolstering a presentation with dynamic, appropriate imagery is a must to keep your audience thinking.

“If I’m continually providing your eye with something interesting to look at, and if I can keep it moving, I can keep your mind occupied for hours.”

To maximize that interest, vary your images among photographs that speak to your ideas; diagrams, maps, or charts that support factual information; and, if you feel capable, hand drawings.

Don’t Condemn Q & A To Ten Minutes At The End

Question and answer has long languished at the end of lengthy presentations, where it’s all but guaranteed to get little-to-no-attention while weary listeners eye the exits and the presenter sways nervously.

Asher says the era of the one-sided presentation is over–that’s just not how people are used to interacting anymore, and trying to force them into that format is a great way to kill the energy in a room.

“People should build their presentations around Q&A,” says Asher. “Rather than talking for 20 minutes and having your last slide say, ‘Any questions?‘ you should invite people to jump in and ask questions at any time. It should be a conversation back and forth.”

By keeping your presentation short and devoting equal time to questions, says Asher, you can “really connect with what the audience’s true needs are.”



You are NOT the Boss of Me!

Posted by Doc Worley on May 2, 2014 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)


  We all have shortcomings, insecurities and inadequacies and I am sure that a needed boost is in order in times of discontent and discouragement. To realize that you are the captain of your ship and the master of your soul, through the gift of God, helps one to understand that each of us has a purpose and that purpose cannot be achieve by fulfilling someone else's purpose, dreams or goals.

This article reminds me of an old PSA that came on our public television channel years ago. In this commercial, a fictional character named Smokey the Bear would always hold a shovel and waterhose in either hand after battling a fire in the forest. In the background, there would be an image of burned trees in a completely destroyed forest. With a tear in one eye and in a strong baritone voice, Smokey would sadly say, "only you can prevent forest fires" realizing that the culprit was a lit cigarette tossed by a human,

Other people can toss you all of their fears, doubts, anxieties, negative words and phrases, however you have to decide, whether or not, if you will allow their lit cigarette to start forest fires on your purpose, dreams and goals. You have to be the one who is decisive and determined enough to listen to you...not them. Only YOU can prevent forest fires!

Below are 18 nuggets that may really drive home in your mind, the importance of trusting and believing in YOU!

 


18 Reasons to Give Up Trying to Live Up to Everyone’s Expectations


  1. First and foremost, you are not obligated to live up to everyone’s expectations. – Life is under no obligation to give us what we expect.  And you are under no obligation to give others what they expect.  Period.  Do things because you care.  Do things because you know it’s right.  Don’t just do things because everyone else expects you to.
  2. Expectations just get in the way of great life experiences. – Don’t let expectations (especially other people’s expectations) get in your way.  Truth be told, the unexpected is often better than the expected.  Our entire lives can be described in one sentence: It didn’t go as planned, and that’s OK.
  3. You don’t need others to hold your hand every step of the way. – Be willing to go alone sometimes.  You don’t need permission to grow.  Not everyone who started with you will finish with you.  And that’s OK.  
  4. You get to learn from your mistakes without unnecessary third-party pressure. – You’re going to mess up sometimes.  But the good news is, as long as you’re listening to your intuition, you get to decide how you’re going to mess up.  Which means you get to decide how you’re going to live and what you’re going to learn along the way.
  5. No one knows you better than you know yourself. – How you seem to others and how you actually are, rarely match.  Even if they get the basic gist of who you are, they’re still missing a big piece of the puzzle.  What other people think of you will rarely contain the whole truth, which is fine.  So if someone forms an opinion of you based on superficialities, then it’s up to them, not you, to reform those opinions.  Leave it to them to worry about.  You know who you are and what’s best for you.
  6. Only YOU can define what’s possible for you and your life. – Some people will kill you over time if you let them; and how they’ll kill you is with tiny, harmless phrases like, “Be realistic.”  When this happens, close your ears and listen to your inner voice instead.  Remember that real success in life isn’t what others see, but how you feel.  It’s living your truth and doing what makes you feel alive.
  7. In the end, happiness is simply living your life your own way. – There comes a time when your back is up against the wall and you realize all you can do is say, “Screw it, I’m doing things my way!”  That’s the earth-shattering moment you stop planning for someone else’s expectations, and start making progress on what’s truly important to YOU.  That’s when you begin to live life according to your own morals and values.  That’s when you can finally be at your happiest.
  8. You can best serve yourself and others by giving yourself what YOU need. – Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive, and pursue it at all costs.  That’s what this world needs – people like YOU who come alive.  Which means your needs matter; so don’t ignore them.  Sometimes you have to do what’s best for you and your life, not just what seems best on the surface for everyone else.
  9. Rather than being confined by opinions, you get to create your own reality. – If J.K. Rowling stopped after being rejected by multiple publishers for years, there would be no Harry Potter.  If Howard Schultz gave up after being turned down by banks 200+ times, there would be no Starbucks.  If Walt Disney quit too soon after his theme park concept was trashed by 300+ investors, there would be no Disney World.  One thing is for sure: If you give too much power to the opinions of others, you will become their prisoner.  So never let someone’s opinion define your reality..  
  10. You allow yourself the freedom to speak your truth. – Yes, speak your truth even if your voice shakes.  Be cordial and reasonable, of course, but don’t tread carefully on every word you say.  Push your concerns of what others might think aside.  Let the consequences of doing so unravel naturally.  What you’ll find is that most of the time no one will be offended or irritated at all.  And if they do get upset, it’s likely only because you’ve started behaving in a way that makes them feel they have less power over you.  Think about it.  Why lie?
  11. The wrong people won’t be able to tamper with your standards. – Remember, failed relationships aren’t designed to encourage you to lower your standards, but to raise them and keep them up.  So while you’re out there making decisions instead of excuses, learning new things, and getting closer and closer to your goals, know that there are others out there, like me, who admire your efforts and are striving for greatness too.   Bottom line: Don’t let the wrong people bring you down.
  12. The haters will have less of an effect on you. – Don’t worry about the haters, ever.  Don’t let them get to you.  They’re just upset because the truth you know contradicts the lies they live.  Period.
  13. Your individuality can be openly celebrated and enjoyed. - Constantly seeking approval means you’re perpetually worried that others are forming negative judgments of you.  This steals the fun, ingenuity, and spontaneity from your life.  Flip the switch on this habit.  If you’re lucky enough to have something that makes you different from everybody else, don’t be ashamed and don’t change.  Uniqueness is priceless.  In this crazy world that’s trying to make you like everyone else, find the courage to keep being your remarkable self.  It takes a lot of courage to stand alone, but it’s worth it.  Being unapologetically YOU is worth it!
  14. There will be less drama to deal with. – Forgo the drama.  Ignore the negativity around you.  Just be sincere and kind, and promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate.
  15. You will have more time to socialize with the right people.When you’re feeling insecure, you typically don’t notice the hundreds of people around you who accept you just the way you are.  All you notice are the few who don’t.  Don’t ever forget your worth.  Spend time with those who value you.  No matter how good you are to people, there will always be negative minds out there who criticize you.  Smile, ignore them, and carry on.  You might feel unwanted and unworthy to one person, but you are priceless to another.
  16. Great relationships are not governed by one-sided expectations. – When it comes to your relationships, don’t keep everything you need to say to yourself.  Let it out.  Express your point of view.  Communication is not just an important part of a relationship, communication is the relationship.  Communicate even when it’s uncomfortable and uneasy.  One of the best ways to heal and grow a relationship is simply getting everything on the inside out in the open.  Compromise.  That’s how good people make great things happen together.
  17. You get to be YOUR best, without competing with everyone else. – When you are happy to simply do your best and not compare or compete, everyone worth your while will respect you.  Here’s some healthy food for thought:  Always… Be strong, but not rude.  Be kind, but not weak.  Be humble, but not timid.  Be proud, but not arrogant.  Be bold, but not a bully.  
  18. You are not obligated to anyone more so than you are to yourself. – Your relationship with yourself is the closest and most important relationship you will ever have.  So don’t forget about YOU out there, and don’t be too hard on yourself either.  There are plenty of others willing to do both for you.  And remember, if you don’t take good care of yourself, then you can’t take good care of others either; which is why taking care of yourself is the best selfish thing you can do.



From Marc and Angel Hack Life Blog

Practical Tips For Productive Living

post written by: Marc Chernoff


The Fruitful Revelation

Posted by Doc Worley on April 30, 2014 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

 Many times, we do not succeed in solving problems because we fail to seek the answer from a different perspective.  We are so busy trying to answer the call before picking up the phone or in these times, pushing a button.  We fail because we do not get out of our own way.   We tend to approach the problems in our own unique way of thinking....come closer...I DOESN'T WORK!  The key to solving our biggest problems is not by using the same approach to thinking.  Be creative and come up three solutions...good, better and much better.  After you achieve this goal, then drop all three and come up with the best solution.


                                    Have your fruitful revelation!



A wise and tireless farmer lived on a farm in the Carolina mountains with his young grandson. Each morning Grandpa, as he was called, was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading The Holy Bible. His grandson wanted to be just like him and tried to imitate him in every way he could.

One day the grandson asked, “Grandpa! I try to read The Holy Bible just like you but I don’t understand it, so what do I do? As soon as I close it, I forget what I just read..  What good does reading The Holy Bible do?” The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and replied, “take this coal basket down to the river and bring me back a basket of water.” The boy did as he was told, but all the water leaked out before he got back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, “You’ll have to move a little faster next time,” and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again. This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was impossible to carry water in a basket, and he went to get a bucket instead.

The old man said, “I don’t want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You’re just not trying hard enough,” and he went out the door to watch the boy try again. At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got back to the house. The boy again dipped the basket into river as if he were baptizing it and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he said, “See Grandpa, it’s useless!” “So you think it is useless?” The old man said, “Look at the basket.”

The boy looked at the basket and for the first time after the renewing of his mind, he realized that the basket was different. It had been transformed from a dirty old coal basket and was now clean, inside and out.

::: MORAL ::: 

“That’s What Happens When You Read The Holy Bible. You Might Not Understand Or Remember Everything, But When You Read It, You Will Be Changed, Inside and Out and freed from sin. That Is The Work Of The Almighty In Our Lives.”



Therefore you need not worry for anything!  Do what you are destined to do!


Doc Worley

inspired by Sohail


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