Journal

How Smart People Act Smarter

written by Michael Dauphinee on March 5th, 2015

Smart people tend to act smarter by doing a few things:

  1. Smart People focus on the people around them. They listen to those that will help support their problem solving, and provide positive reinforcement. Smart people tend to see dividends from those affected by kindness and attention.
  2. Smart People assume they are not the smartest people in the room. That way, by asking questions, smart people are constantly learning from those smart subject matter experts.
  3. Smart People ask intuitive questions, always. Similar to number 2, it’s a consent pursuit of knowledge.
  4. Smart People pursue new areas, new subjects, or new things to focus attention to.
  5. Smart People see new knowledge as a bridge to just learning even more.
  6. Smart People, when looking at a new area, tend to focus on the origin (the beginning of the story).
  7. Smart People associate with those individuals that have power insight.

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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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Embrace Failure and Succeed!

written by Michael Dauphinee on February 26th, 2015

Everyone at some point in his or her life fails. The same is true of even the most successful individuals. But in order to achieve anything great, you need to choose to embrace failure instead of allowing it to hold you back. Lolly Daskal has come up with several reasons why it’s worth learning from our mistakes and moving forward.

  1. Failure is a reason to investigate
  2. Failure is a reason to learn
  3. Failure is a reason to overcome fear
  4. Failure is a reason to be accountable
  5. Failure is a reason to shift
  6. Failure is a reason to overcome adversity
  7. Failure is a reason for innovation

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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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7 Ways You Can Function in a Dysfunctional Workplace

written by Michael Dauphinee on February 17th, 2015

How many of us work in some dysfunction at work? It becomes difficult to succeed in a dysfunctional workplace. Lolly Daskal has come up with 7 ways you can function:

  1. Stay focused on your job and your performance
  2. Keep your distance from the games
  3. Enlist allies to keep each other accountable
  4. Tune out negativity and the craziness
  5. Look for triggers so you can avoid them
  6. Set an example by setting high standards
  7. Take your leave if you’ve tried everything

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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

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3 Ways to Become Super Productive

written by Michael Dauphinee on February 5th, 2015

Do you feel like you have so much to do but so little time? Even when you are out of the office you continue to think about the things that have been left unfinished? If you continue with a hyperpacked schedule, everything might get done, but not at 100% which will ultimately lead to subpar work. AJ Agrawal has come up with three ways to become productive. Ranking number one, it’s important to prioritize tasks, say no to other tasks or delegate tasks. Then, make sure you are making time for yourself whether through a day off, taking breaks during the workday, or spending time with family in order to recharge your discipline. Lastly, cancel meetings or phone calls that seem unnecessary or waste your time by turning them into emails instead.

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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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10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Reduce Your Stress

written by Michael Dauphinee on January 13th, 2015

Now that the holidays have come and gone, we are all back to our normal lives which for many of us means being stressed, anxious or overworked. Christina Desmarais has compiled 10 scientifically proven ways to reduce that stress! These include:

  1. Get up earlier than everyone else
  2. Exercise every day
  3. Check email less frequently
  4. Forget wishful thinking and try mental contrasting
  5. Consume more Omega-3 fatty acids such as fish, flaxseed or chia seeds
  6. Practice mindfulness
  7. Hug someone every day
  8. Make new friends
  9. Unplug
  10. Get more sleep

Although you’ve probably already heard exercise is a positive stress outlet, the most difficult for most people is to unplug especially in a technologically filled world. Our challenge to you today is this: before going to bed, don’t read articles off your phone and instead read a book! Take a weekend off at the spa or camping along or with family! Relieve your stress!

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