Journal

Quote by Ronald Reagan

written by Michael Dauphinee on March 4th, 2015

“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” – Ronald Reagan

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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Quote by Vince Lombardi

written by Michael Dauphinee on February 27th, 2015

“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” – Vince Lombardi

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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Quote by John F. Kennedy

written by Michael Dauphinee on February 25th, 2015

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

 

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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Quote by Edith Wharton

written by Michael Dauphinee on February 20th, 2015

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” – Edith Wharton

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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