When you put people together in your team, you’re bound by the laws of nature to come across situations where either personalities, goals, or approaches clash… and clash badly. These kind of dysfunctions within a team can kill productivity, profitability, and create a toxic work environment (even if it’s digital!) that can make running your business seem like driving a car with your handbrake on.

Fix Your Employee Woes

Usually it starts right from the beginning, at your hiring process. As an entrepreneur, you’re always learning as you’re going, so you hired a person one year because you thought you needed X, only to find the following year that you now need them for X + Y and this person can’t commit to achieving that for you.

Or you hired a person for X and a person for Y but now that you need X+Y in a greater quantity, both those people can’t coordinate together to make that happen for you and it’s causing personal conflict in your company.

Outsourcing is great, and it’s the first step to living the CEO lifestyle, but when your team is creating additional problems for you rather than solving them, you have to be able to recognize it quickly and make a change.

If you’re looking to avoid making these personnel mistakes and overcome these kind of dysfunctions in your team, here’s some food for thought:

1. It DOES start at the hiring process BUT… that doesn’t JUST mean getting the right person for the job. As an entrepreneur, getting a good hire means creating a great system for this new employee to follow that is proven and is guaranteed to increase profitability and THEN finding the perfect person to carry out that set of tasks. Too many entrepreneurs decide, “it’s time to find a VA” and they jump in and bring a VA into their team before they really have a complete plan mapped out for what that VA is going to accomplish and the effect that will have on their business.

2. About finding the “right” person: More often than not, the right person isn’t the one with the right skills, it’s the one with the right attitude! Skills can be developed, but a great work ethic and the drive to achieve is the result of a lifetime of experience. Some people have it and some just don’t… and no level of motivation or “pumping them up” will give it to them. Finding those “drivers”, those driving, hard working people with big initiative will make all the difference to your team.

3. When things DO go wrong: When all hell breaks loose, as the CEO YOU have to be ready to take responsibility. It’s easy to say “this employee has an attitude problem” or “this guy just can’t get his work done” but at the end of the day, the reason they’re working in this business is YOU. You have to be ready and able to quickly identify when a work relationship or situation has become toxic and make the decisions necessary to change it as quickly as possible. Don’t wait for it to just fix itself; Don’t keep putting it off hoping it will get better. Instead, know your goals, know if they’re being met, and if they’re not, act immediately to change it.

Toxic situations with employees can be among the most challenging things an entrepreneur has to handle but with practice they can be a tremendous vehicle for your own growth, both as a CEO and as an individual.

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Are CEO’s allowed to have a bad day?  You’d think that sounds reasonable, but when you actually consider the impact on your entire company, you may think otherwise.  How do you expect your team to behave if you are lying on the couch for three days?    Even with the “right team”, leadership is critical.  They may begin to question the vision, or be confused as to why you aren’t leading them and inspiring them anymore.  They may think the vision has changed, or died, or perhaps they no longer fit into the vision.  And surprisingly, these kind of emotions can flare up quickly.  It doesn’t take long before your team, and your clients, begin spiraling down the same path as you.  So therefore, bad moods, or temporarily “checking out”, is simple not smart.

Your “inner game” dictates your “outer game”, so learning how to overcome your bad days are critical.  I’ll give you some pointers here:

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Article written by Melanie Benson-Strick, your Million Dollar Lifestyle Business Coach.

So how do you find the right team to run your business?   Many business owners try and find inexpensive helpers, people that can do what they are told each day.  But how much time will that ultimately save you if you are still consumed with monitoring your employees?  If you cannot fully trust their abilities, and you don’t feel comfortable handing over some of your responsibilities, you may want to re-think your team strategy.

To truly be able to stay focused on what you do best (leading the company), you must give total ownership to someone who has the passion, strengths and competency to do it for you; someone that you completely trust to be an extension of you.  Those kind of employees are the kind that feel more like partners, and less like employees.  From my experience, you will end up attracting people who are a reflection of you, and your vision.

I talked about this at my recent CEO Factor retreat, take a look:

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Article written by Melanie Benson-Strick, your Million Dollar Lifestyle Business Coach.

This is MY business, so who will make things happen if I don’t?”  Most business owners find themselves asking that question at some point.  It’s usually about when you reach a plateau where you are doing everything humanly possible, and it suddenly isn’t enough.  You know (or may not know) that you are probably slowing things down, but you can’t figure out what to do about it.  After all, YOU are the core of the business, you close the deals, you handle customer concerns, you pay the bills.  But do you think that all of those wealthy successful business owners are still doing that?  Nope.  If you are still the “manager” of your own business, you might as well just go back to the daily grind and get a regular job.

Being a business owner, you need to be the “Chief Entrepreneurial Officer” (CEO), not the manager.  By keeping your hands in the middle of everything, you have become the bottleneck and are crippling your growth.

So what should you be doing?  What exactly is the “right role” for you as the CEO?  Here’s a short clip from my recent CEO Factor retreat, just take a look and you’ll see:

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Article written by Melanie Benson-Strick, your Million Dollar Lifestyle Business Coach.

Create your ideal lifestyle vision first. It’s hard to shove your ideal lifestyle into a busy business, but if you create that vision first, you can then build your business to support it.

Vision is the ability to create something wonderful in your imagination. There’s a spiritual connotation to the ability to have vision. It taps into our deepest wisdom and creativity. Having clarity about your life is the most essential element of being successful. If you know what you are creating, you’ll know what steps to take to make it real.

You must develop a clear vision for different areas in your life. You have to know where you want to go before you plan your trip and start traveling. In the bigger picture, this step teaches you to live by design instead of by default. The clearer your vision, the more likely you are to create it.

A clear vision is the first step on the road to satisfaction and success. It provides the key components of progress:

Direction. You go where your attention is, and your vision is the roadmap of your journey. It shows you where everything is, where you are and where you want to go in your life. Most people float through life with no roadmap – not knowing where they are going or where they want to end up.

Focus. When you know where you’re going, it’s easy to stay on the road to get there. Distractions are like side roads that you can choose not to go down. You go where your attention goes.

Action. Vision causes you to be proactive. It puts you in the driver’s seat so you create your reality and not merely react to it.

Clarity. Imagine trying to drive through a thick fog. When you have a vision, it’s like the sun breaking through the clouds on the clear, open highway. You know what’s in front of you, and you know what to expect along the way.

Power. When you have a vision, setbacks and obstacles are seen as minor bumps along the way. When you’re committed to the destination, you have more power to keep moving forward.

Remember, whatever you can conceive and believe as possible, you can achieve. You don’t have to know how it will happen. This is how happy and wealthy people have done it for centuries. Hold onto your vision – it’s your North Star.

To learn more about the visioning process, check out http://www.ultimatesuccessgenerator.com.

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Now I’d like to continue on from where we left off yesterday. To read that post, go to http://tinyurl.com/acragp

Preparing Presentation Materials

Your presentation materials include:

  • Your script for your speech
  • Your handouts
  • Your PowerPoint slides
  • Other types of demo materials, raffle prizes, etc.

Continue reading How to Have a Successful Speaking Gig – Systemize Your Speaking Process (Part 2 of 2)

Do you want to read the previous post in this series? Just go to http://tinyurl.com/cmbaev.

Preparing to speak at an event is just as important as speaking at the event.

Over the years I’ve developed my own system for preparing for events, which includes checklists and process maps that my team uses to help us prepare for a speaking event. These materials have been shared with me by other mentors, experts and colleagues like Stephanie Frank, author of The Accidental Millionaire who received them from someone else. None have ever been copyrighted so I have no idea who to attribute the original checklists to.

Continue reading How to Have a Successful Speaking Gig – Systemize Your Speaking Process (Part 1 of 2)

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The idea of leveraging ALL of your opportunities means that when you speak you explore all the ways to invest a minimal amount of your time and energy wisely to achieve massive results. Rather than filling your calendar with every event that crosses your path, you select the “power opportunities” and maximize them. Speaking is a marketing strategy not a product in itself — unless you are Bill Clinton or Michael Jordan and get paid $25,000 per event.

Continue reading STEP 4: Leverage All Your Opportunities

Here’s part 3 to creating compelling presentations. Do you want to read the previous post in this series? Just go to http://tinyurl.com/anhwlt

If you don’t offer the audience an opportunity to buy your products or services then you are doing your audience a disservice. THEY NEED YOU! They may not know it yet, or they may have resistance to spending the money, but the bottom line is they need what you have to offer. That’s why they are there.

Continue reading STEP 3: Create Compelling Presentations That Sell (Part 3 of 3)

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As I have been discussing in my previous blog post, there is a system in hooking your audience’s attention and getting them at the peak of their interest into what you are presenting.

Continue reading STEP 3: Create Compelling Presentations That Sell (Part 2 of 3)

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Would you like to be able to wow your audience? I mean really wow them. Imagine that you are speaking to a group of people who don’t know you yet. This group has been at an event for 1 ½ days of a three day event. You are standing at the back of the room as you hear the event producer start your introduction. The audience is clapping for you as you walk up to the front of the room and start with a phenomenal statement that gets everyone in the room fully and completely engaged in every word you say.

Creating a compelling presentation is the most important aspect of a highpayoff event. If you have everything else in place but you don’t wow them, you will just be another interesting person who they learned one or two tidbits from.

Continue reading STEP 3: Create Compelling Presentations That Sell (Part 1 of 3)

Do you want to read the previous post in this series? Just go to http://tinyurl.com/bhobu7 .

If you spend ten hours preparing for a presentation, six hours at the event and one hour delivering the presentation, seven hours following up and walk away with only $2,000 in revenue (because the organization paid you that fee), is that a good use of your time?

What if you could spend ten hours preparing, six hours at the event, one hour delivering the presentation, two hours following up and walk away with $25,000? Which is the better return on investment?

Continue reading STEP TWO: Identify Your “Power Presentation Opportunities” Filter

Yesterday I talked about the importance of starting with the end in mind. Do you want to read the previous post in this series? Just go to http://tinyurl.com/d2epzs

Here are the four steps to make sure you end up exactly where you want to be.

Step 1. Get Clear About Your Intention

Getting clear about your intention is like creating that big “why?” Why should you do this? Knowing the why means you will be more motivated to make it happen. What do you really want to have happen? How do you want to feel? How do you want your audience to feel? How do you want the event producer to feel? What is the win-win outcome for everyone? How much money will you make?

Continue reading 4 Steps to Ensuring You Create Your Desired Outcome

Imagine yourself standing on stage. There you are, dressed in a fabulous suit with your power colors and feeling like a million bucks! Notice now how you feel as you have just been introduced, and everyone in the room stands up as you walked to the stage and gives you a thunderous round of applause. You are smiling from ear to ear, your heart is pounding just a little bit and you hear yourself give your opening line. You know that you have a powerful presentation to deliver and you jump right in.

Continue reading The Power of Public Speaking: STEP 1: Start With the End in Mind

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