Why the Smartest Entrepreneurs Have Multiple Mentors

written by Michael Dauphinee on March 3rd, 2015

An Entrepreneur’s formula for a successful Mentor-Mentee relationship = Mentors of that represent each area of expertise of your company + Mentors who have shown a willingness to mentor + Mentors who mentor for free + Selective Mentees (not everyone needs to be your mentor) + Multiple Mentors that conflict with each other + Finite Time Commitment + “Stay In Touch”

In other words, an entrepreneur looking to get the most successful mentorship should have multiple mentorships. The mentee should be selective, but focused on those relationships that will bear fruit in the respective subject matter expertise, industry or community the entrepreneur resides. Any potential mentor requesting compensation is not a mentor at all. Lastly, it is up to the entrepreneur to set the expectations of the relationship with a finite time commitment from the mentor, and most always stay in touch… because what’s the point if you’re not in contact?

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The 12 Best Ways to Reward Employees on a Budget

written by Michael Dauphinee on February 24th, 2015

Scientists have found that the release of oxytocin in the brain causes people to be happier and more connected to their work. Maybe you’re on a tight budget. So what other options do you have? Rhett Power has figured out 12 ways to reward employees on a budget:

  1. Ask staff to post recognition notes to each other
  2. Give people time off
  3. Send a letter to the employee’s loved ones about the importance of the employee
  4. Do one of the employee’s least favorite tasks
  5. Give a coffee or carwash gift car
  6. Create a fun “traveling award”
  7. Allow people to work from home or give a “flexible day” certificate
  8. Give departments their own week
  9. Create opportunities
  10. Celebrate important events in their lives
  11. Establish a “Wall of Fame” of outstanding achievements
  12. Say “I’m glad you’re her” and “Thank you“

It is not how much we give, but what we put into giving.” – Mother Teresa

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5 Secrets of Powerful Speakers

written by Michael Dauphinee on February 19th, 2015

If you are a leader or an individual that is a speaker, Sims Wyeth has noticed five principles that seem to guide to best speakers.

  1.  Answer the question, “Why?” – Instead of using an attention grabber, gain your audience’s attention by posing this question: Why is it urgently important that we discuss this topic? In this, you become more credible and your topic automatically becomes meaningful.
  2. Find the passion – Ever find yourself intrigued by something someone is talking about, even if you’re not interested in the topic, simply because of his or her intense passion? Passion is contagious.
  3. Talk conversationally – When giving a talk, we tend to get stuck on lists, which may lose a lot of our listeners. Try to engage others by telling a story that causes the listener to relate through their own life experiences. Make sure your slides are clear and connecting.
  4. Find a sense of truth – Draw on your own experience to convince them in following your requests.
  5. Speak to people, not to people’s brains – Don’t try to use fancy words and instead use words that allow your audience to relate to you.

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Everything. Reflections on Kayla Mueller’s Letter to her Parents.

written by Michael Dauphinee on February 12th, 2015

I’ve been trying to write something since I read Kayla Mueller’s letter to her family from her ISIS Captivity. But every time I start, I get part way in and then delete it. One draft seems to cheapen her words by trying to draw out leadership lessons. Another take about her strength and hope seems insufficient given her death.

So I’m left with asking myself, why do I want to write at all? What is it about her words that move me? Reposting her letter online the other day I said that in her words I found courage, strength, and hope. And while I felt that I don’t think I knew why. It was just a feeling inside of me that admired her. I resonated with her. I know some of us dream of being that strong. But today I’m asking myself, was there something deeper in her words for me as a human being, a man and all the other frameworks that encompass my life? Yes, there is.

*”I have been shown darkness, light + have learned that even in prison, one can be free. I am grateful. I have come to see that there is good in every situation, sometimes we just have to look for it. I pray each day that if nothing else, you have felt a certain closeness + surrender to God as well + have formed a bond of love + support amongst one another…”*

”I have had many hours to think how only in your absence have I finally @ 25 years old come to realize your place in my life. The gift that is each one of you + the person I could + could not be if you were not a part of my life, my family, my support.”* READ FULL TEXT HERE.

I’m struck that in the tragedy of Kayla’s death, continues to impact us with wisdom of her life. Her words forged in pain reveal something that I wish we could understand in peace. When everything is stripped away, it is people and our connection to them that really matter. She figured this out while alive, but most of us won’t realize it until we’re dead.

More and more I’m convinced that the only leadership that matters, is leadership that is people-centric. It has to be about serving, connecting, rescuing, improving…life. Products, business, service, art, politics, it must all serve the reality that there is value in our shared humanity. As a person with a Jesus centered worldview, though I often forget, I’m called to see life through a lens that all people matter. Generosity is the blood in the heart of life and that sacrifice for others is the greatest good. But that gets lost in a life of fake security, stability and inoculation by the rush of our stuff. Whatever your worldview, I believe that in the end, when faced with your mortality, the questions you ask will not be about who will inherit your money, it won’t be about what will be said about you when you’re gone. I believe in the end you’ll want people to know what they meant to you, to know how deeply they’re loved, and to feel that love in return.

So, what does that have to do with leadership? Everything.

7 Scientifically Proven Ways to Achieve Success in Life

written by Michael Dauphinee on February 12th, 2015

When people think of success, they often assume that it has been achieved solely through hard work. However, hard work is alone is not what leads you down the path of success. Christina Desmarais has compiled 7 scientifically proven ways to achieve that success in life.

  1. Increase your confidence by taking action even through failure
  2. Broaden your definition of authenticity by being the confident leader that people want/need even if you are feeling scared
  3. Improve your social skills
  4. Train yourself to delay gratification
  5. Demonstrate passion and perseverance for long-term goals
  6. Embrace a “growth mindset” and “see failure as a way to grow and therefore embrace challenges, persevere against setbacks, learn from criticism, and reach higher levels of achievement”
  7. Invest in your relationships

To read further details on each of these ways, click here.

8 Deadly Ways to Kill Employee Motivation

written by Michael Dauphinee on February 10th, 2015

Get rid of these motivation killers in your work environment!

  1. Toxic people – the individuals that spread negativity
  2. No professional development – not allowing your employees to learn and grow through conferences, mentoring, etc.
  3. Lack of vision
  4. Wasted time – calling meetings for no reason
  5. Inadequate communication
  6. Vertical management – ideas or input is not valued or heard
  7. Lack of appreciation
  8. Bad leadership

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The 10 Commandments of Leadership

written by Michael Dauphinee on February 3rd, 2015

The 10 Commandments of Leadership

  1. Thou shalt remain optimistic
  2. Thou shalt set a clear direction
  3. Thou shalt create a workable plan
  4. Thou shalt secure sufficient resources
  5. Thou shalt listen more than talk
  6. Thou shalt not hold meetings without agendas
  7. Thou shalt not criticize in public
  8. Thou shalt not ask an employee to do something that thou wouldst not do thyself
  9. Thou shalt not make of thyself a bottleneck
  10. Thou shalt give thy team the credit

To get more details on each one of the commandments, click here.

The 3 Traits of Amazing Team Members

written by Michael Dauphinee on January 29th, 2015

Although you can’t avoid hiring individuals that just don’t work out on your team, there are those that you just can’t let go of! It seems that the best team members possess some combination of the following traits: doing whatever needs to be done for the company, always looking to improve personally and professionally, and they are ridiculously consistent. Of the three traits, we found that doing whatever needs to be done for the company ranks number one. Being part of the team, you want to have members that are go-getters, make quick decisions, and get the whole team on board.

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7 Secrets of Servant Leadership That Will Lead You to Success

written by Michael Dauphinee on January 27th, 2015

Have you ever thought of a leader as being the servant to his employees? Servant leadership is the foundation for leading others effectively because it helps others be their best selves in all environments, says S. Chris Edmonds. These servant leaders share two fundamental beliefs: 1. Every person has value and deserves civility, trust and respect and 2. People can accomplish much when inspired by purpose beyond themselves. Servant leaders also engage in five practices that put these beliefs into actions: 1. Clarify and reinforce the need for service to others, 2. Listen intently and observe closely, 3. Act as selfless mentors, 4. Demonstrate persistence, and 5. Lovingly hold themselves and others accountable for their commitments.

If you are a leader, why not take the approach of becoming a servant leader? To read more on becoming a servant leader, click here.

10 Tips for Leadership When You’re Not the Boss

written by Michael Dauphinee on January 22nd, 2015

Wanting to move into leadership positions but currently in individual roles? You can exhibit leadership characteristics even if you’re not the boss. Suzanne Lucas has come up with 10 ideas on how to show off your leadership skills:

  1. Communicate clearly
  2. Learn flexibility
  3. Don’t be a doormat
  4. Help others
  5. Take responsibility for your mistake
  6. Listen to others’ ideas
  7. Take risks
  8. Remember to network
  9. Develop a thick skin
  10. Don’t ask for special treatment

With all these ideas, it’s no surprise that communication was at the top of the list. Don’t forget that it’s equally important to take risks, which will bring failure, and remember to network!

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