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  • 16 Habits of Successful People You Can Adopt Today

    From reading every day to avoiding procrastination and never giving up, discover how you can make the choice to be successful.

    So do you have rich person habits or poor person habits?

    Hi, this is Bernie Heine. Today I want to talk to you about an interesting study about habits of rich people, and how those differ from habits of poor people.

    Be-Do-Have

    Thomas Corley did a lengthy study of hundreds of very wealthy people and hundreds of very poor people and found out that there is a very big difference in the habits of each group. Before I talk about habits, I want to mention a concept called “be-do-have.” So a lot of people will say “geez, if I only had a million dollars, then I could do the things millionaires do and I can finally be the person I really want to be.”

    Well in actual fact, the equation works the other way around. Being who you want to be is a decision, it’s not the outcome of your life. I can decide today that I’m a successful person. I decide today that I’m a good father. I can decide today that I’m a good husband. These are decisions I take about how I lead my life. And if I say I’m a successful person, then I just need to look around and say “well, what do other successful people do?” and do the things that they do. Then I will have the benefits that those people also have.

    So it’s “be, do, have.” Be the person you want to be, do the things that those types of people do, and you’ll have their success. So in the book “Rich Habits,” he identified what some of those “do’s” are. People often ask me “what should I do if I want to get ahead in life? “What can I do to be more successful?”

    16 Habits of Successful People

    So let me tell you what the list is:

    1.  Live within your means.
    2.  Don’t gamble.
    3.  Read every day - stuff that adds to your knowledge.
    4.  Limited TV and Internet time.
    5.  Control your emotions, especially fear.
    6.  Network and volunteer regularly.
    7.  Be a star at work and business. Give that extra that it takes.
    8.  Set goals, not wishes.
    9.  Avoid procrastination. Be proactive.
    10.  Talk less and listen more.
    11.  Avoid toxic people.
    12.  Don’t give up. Focus, persistence, and patience pay off big time.
    13.  Believe set aside those self-limiting beliefs.
    14.  Get a mentor or coach.
    15.  Eliminate bad luck from your inner dialogue.
    16.  Know and seek out your main purpose.

     

    What You Can Do Today

    So I encourage you to get started on this right away.Take a look at that list of 16 items. Pick a few of those that really resonate with you and put in a plan to implement them. Set yourself some goals and whatever you do, tell people about those goals. Involve your community in helping you get there. Who are the people near and dear to you? Close to you that you can tell “geez I’m really working on this fear thing. I think I’m too fearful” or “I really do talk too much and I need to listen more. Tell me when I’m talking too much.” So involve other people. Get a mentor, get a coach, or use your infrastructure to help you and begin letting these 16 habits and you’ll be amazed at the impact this will have on your life.

    Call us at PBC for a free consultation. Let us help you discover how you can make the choice to be successful.

     

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    This is one of the episodes of The Thinking CEO with Bernie Heine at BusinessTown.com.
     
     
     
  • 5 Principles For Building a Leadership Culture in Your Organization

    Everybody can be a leader! Bernie Heine explains how to foster leadership to boost your organization.

    I believe that today, one of the greatest challenges that our society faces overall is a big lack of leadership.

    Hi, my name is Bernie Heine and I'd like to talk a little bit about five leadership principles that can work together to build a leadership culture within your company.

    Anyone Can Be a Leader

    The first one I want to talk about is the fact that everybody can be a leader. We talk about leaders as being the heads of the company – it's the CEO's job to be the leader – but we can all be leaders – the most junior person, the intern that we hired last week – anyone can exhibit leadership properties. Being a leader means taking initiative, being positive, looking for the right answers, looking for solutions and not looking for the problems. Everyone has the ability to be a leader, and I think we've all experienced people like this in our lives, someone that wasn't necessarily the CEO who brought up a good idea to get people moving, to stop the argument that brought some other people together. These are all the things that we look towards in our leaders and everyone can have that position.

    Selfless Leadership

    The next important leadership culture to consider is to serve the team and not myself. Leaders think about serving the collective good – "what am I doing help the rest of the organization?" As opposed to focusing inward "what am I doing right now to make myself better in this situation?"

    Establishing Long-Term Goals

    Another important aspect is that leaders look to the future and declare victory and then work backwards. So, I make a statement about 'this is what I'm going to accomplish, this is our vision, this is where we're going'. And this could be for the company overall if you're the CEO, but even if you're a more junior person in the organization, what is it that I'm accomplishing even with my department, even with my role within my department, and make a statement about 'this is what I want to accomplish' and then I set in the steps to get there.

    Be a Leader, Not a Victim

    The fourth really important principle is to never allow yourself to become a victim. What do victims do? The opposites of leaders, victims wallow in the 'woe is me', they blame everybody else around them, and never hold themselves accountable. Victims essentially give up their lives to other people around them – it's the economy, it's the weather, it's my boss, it's the clients – we all have lots of excuses as to why we are not successful. But what leaders do is say 'well, all those things might be happening but I'm able to choose the path of leadership, I'm able to have a choice, I don't have to react simply to what's going on, I can do things about it.' So leaders take action and make things happen. There is a great book called the Oz Principle, where he talked about just drawing a line on a page and then asking yourself the simple question am I above the line, meaning I'm the leader, or am I below the line, meaning am I being a victim. As human beings, we vacillate across this line all the time, and we have to recognize when we are above and when we are below.

    If It Ain't Broke, Break It Yourself

    The final leadership culture I'd like you to consider for your organizations is if it ain't broke just break it! We have to keep moving forward, we can't live with the status quo. Leaders have to be bold enough to say 'even though this has worked in the past, we need to break some stuff to move forward.' In the end, you can't make an omelet without breaking some eggs. So let's get out there and break some eggs and make a change.

     

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  • 7 Critical Realizations Every Business Owner Should Have

    Have you had your business epiphany yet? Learn about some revelations that have helped other entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

    Are you frustrated with working long hours? Are you struggling to grow your business?

    Hi, this is Bernie Heine, and today I want to talk about seven epiphany moments of business growth.

    So here are seven different ways that you can approach growing your business, and I encourage you to take some notes and think about which one of these really resonates with you and what can you do to help grow your business.

    Do You Have a Vision for Your Business?

    Do you have a vision for your business? Do you know why you’re in business? Do you know want your long-term goals are with having this business? Where do you want to be in 10 years?

    So many business owners that I meet can never really answer this type of questions. They never really thought about it. If that’s the case for you, here’s what I recommend.

    Take some time out with your staff or with yourself, if it’s just your own business. Get away from it all for a while. Think about the things that really make you want to be in this business. Why are you doing this in the first place? Where do you want to take this business in the next five years, 10 years, 20 years? Craft that long-term vision.

    Your Business Is a Reflection of You

    The epiphany moment number two is understanding that your business is a direct reflection of you. How you do things is how your business will look. So the more you invest in yourself, the more you improve your personal effectiveness, your leadership skills, your marketing skills, your sales skills, the stronger your business will be.

    So many people focus elsewhere but if you’re leading the organization, then the money you spent directly on you impacts the success of the company. Continuously plan to improve yourself. Think about what you might do right now to take the next step.

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    Passion and Enthusiasm Aren’t Enough: Skills Matter

    Don’t assume that enthusiasm and passion are enough. Sure, you’re very passionate about your business and you’re very enthusiastic, but do you have all the right skills?

    You need that level of energy as an entrepreneur, but when was the last time you worked on improving your skills? Are you still using some knowledge that you learned maybe back in college or maybe on your first job? When was the last time you read a new book on business or took a course or went to a training program or got another degree or additional certification? How much are you working on those things?

    Imagine a professional athlete, maybe someone in the NFL, and imagine that they’re still relying on the skills they learned when they were in high school or in college. They would not be very effective, would they? Yet, so many business people fall into that same trap. So think about what you can do to improve yourself, your personal effectiveness, and your knowledge to be a better leader.

    Understanding the Value of Connections

    Epiphany moment number four is understanding the value of connections. A lot of business owners focus their attention on their prospects and their customers. It’s all about closing the next sale, and that’s all great, but don’t forget about the other connections. Don’t forget to network.

    What about strategic alliances? Do you know some businesses that have the same customers as you have but sell different products? How often are you networking with those people or working with them? Think about all the connections and strategic alliances you can build. Go beyond the direct customer contacts that most people are so focused on.

    Don’t Be All Things to All People: Focus on a Niche

    Don’t try to be all things to all people. So many times I hear entrepreneurs say “well if I narrow my focus too much, I’m going to miss out on all these clients that are over here and over here. There’s all this business to be had.” In fact, the more you try to be all things to all people, the more you’re not really important to anybody, and that means that your profit margins are likely to be very low.

    The more you focus on a niche where you can have a targeted message on the benefits that you bring to a narrow focus of people, the more you can sell at higher prices.

    So think about who you really are targeting? What are you selling to those people and how can you increase your margins by being more of an expert in the field?

    Avoid Doing It All Yourself: Learn to Delegate

    Epiphany moment number six is avoiding the “it’s easier to do it myself” syndrome. How many times have you heard yourself saying that or maybe heard others say “well it’s just easier for myself” or “let me just take care of this.” Well, it might be easier to do it yourself right now, but it’s rarely more effective.

    Catch yourself when using that term and think “at this moment it might have been easier for me to handle this right now,” but think long-term. If you keep doing that, when will you have time to do bigger and better things? When will you have time to invest in the growth of the company as opposed to being focused on all these menial tasks? So, learn to delegate!

    Understanding the Benefits of Systematizing the Business

    So epiphany moment number seven is understanding the benefits of systematizing the business. So many small businesses don’t have systems that are laid out in a clear manual because they say “it’s not really important. We all know what we’re doing. Why do we need to write this down?”

    Well if you think about a franchise business, you often pay $100,000 essentially just to get the operating manual, the step-by-step recipe for how the business works.

    Now, why is that important? First of all, it helps in training. It documents how we do things, but also, it gives us an opportunity to go back and make corrections and edits. If we’re making up the processes every day, or if we just assume we’re following the same process but haven’t ever really documented it, how can we make improvements? How can we make process improvements? How can we get better? How can we learn?

    Take the time to systematize the business. Have an operating manual you can refer to when bringing on new people or expanding the business. It’s a lot easier when you’ve got documented set of processes to fall back on.

     

    So finally, let’s take some action here. Think about these seven epiphany moments we just talked about. Pick one or two that really resonate with you. Create an action plan and get going today!

    Call us at PBC for a free consultation and learn about some revelations that have helped other entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

     

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  • Building Better Relationships in the Workplace

    Bernie Heine talks about building better relationships in the workplace using the DiSC system.

     
    First, we will talk about: (1) How to discover your own style, (2) Understanding other people's styles, recognizing "what am i like vs. everybody else," then "how do I recognize other people are," and then really the clincher is (3) how to build better, more effective relationships now that I know how to recognize other people, and the activity at the end that we'll do is an Action Plan to pick one person you might wanna build a better relationship with and what are some ideas that I have that actually improve the relationship with that individual.
     

    How You See Yourself

    First of all, I'd like you to ask yourself these two very simple questions:

    1. (a) Do you see yourself as someone who is more fast-paced and outspoken (more of an extrovert)?

    OR

    (b) Do you see yourself as someone who is more cautious and reflective (more of an introvert)?

     
    1. (a) Do you see yourself as being more questioning and skeptical, more interested in the job that needs to be done and task that you are working on?

    OR

    (b) Do you see yourself as being more accepting, more people-focused, more interested in who I get to work with necessarily than what the job that hand this down working on right now?

    2 questions

     

    Upon answering these 2 simple sets of questions, you'll come up with the 4 DiSC styles:
    D - fast-paced & outspoken | questioning & skeptical
    i - fast-paced & outspoken | accepting & warm
    S - accepting & warm | cautious & reflective
    C - cautious & reflective | questioning & skeptical

     4 DiSC styles

     

    Answering these quesions is one simple way of identifying "What am i mostly like?," "What style am i like?" You can use this also to recognize other people's style.

     

    How to Recognize Other People's Behavioral Style

    When we're reading other people, it's not because we're trying to label them. It's because we want to understand people. We profile other people so that we can better understand them, so that we can adapt our needs. By knowing that, we can understand them better, work with them better.

    All styles on the DiSC Map have their own strengths, have their own limitations. There is no good or bad styles. All of us in the end are really a blend of all four styles. Nobody is just one thing and nothing else. We all have at least a little bit of the others. Some people are very much of like one style and very little of the others. Some people are really close to the center and there are a total blend of all four styles. We are all different. No two alike. No two people have the same style.

    We read people by observing their actual behavior through body language, tone of voice and expression, and choice of words. All of these things are clues as to which one of these four styles we're looking at. We need to use all of our senses to really evaluate "What is this person's style?"

     
    The Golden Rule
    • Treat others as you want to be treated.
     
    The Platinum Rule  by Dr. Tony Alessandra
    • Treat others as they wish to be treated.
      This is a better approach to build better relationship with other people. As what we have learned from the DiSC styles, not everyone is like you. We all have our own style. So if I treat everybody like "I like to be treated," three quarters of the population is alienated, three quarters will not be happy with my approach.

    The more successful we are, the higher the level of our Emotional Intelligence, the more we can adapt to ourselves to be like the other styles when we're with them, and now we can communicate.

    Call us at PBC for a free consultation and learn about the Everything DiSC Workplace Profile that will help you better understand your DiSC style including your priorities, your motivators and stressors. You will also learn how your DiSC style reacts to other styles as well as strategies to increase your personal effectiveness and connect more effectively with others in organizational settings.

     

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    This was originally presented at "Marshfield Chamber's Building Better Relationships in the Workplace - using DiSC" event on February 4, 2020.
     
     
     
  • How To Be a Better Leader by Using Emotional Intelligence

    Bernie Heine tells you how to be a better leader by improving your credibility and emotional intelligence.

    I'm often asked "what does it take to be a good leader?"

    Hi my name is Bernie Heine, and I'd like to talk a little bit about emotional intelligence, and one of the keys to knowing yourself, knowing others, and really improving your leadership style.

    Develop Your Leadership Skills

    When I ask audiences "what does it mean to be a good leader?" and people say "well it's communication skills, it's having a vision, it's motivating people", all kinds of great stuff comes out. One of the key things that comes out over and over again is credibility. People want to know that their leader is a credible individual, so how do we improve that? What we do to improve our credibility? Well, a lot of it has to do with our level of emotional intelligence. We all have an IQ, which is a fixed thing about our intelligence that we can't really do much about – you either have a good one or you don't have a good one, and we can't really do much about the level of our intellectual quota, but our emotional intelligence is one that we can get better at all the time. It turns out that our emotional intelligence is the one that is most highly correlated with success in life, no matter how you measure success.

    Building Credibility and Emotional Intelligence

    There are four steps we can go through to build our credibility and our emotional intelligence. The first one is that I have to know myself. So I have to know what is it about me that makes me unique, versus where everybody else is. And then I have to be able to control myself. One of the things I learned in this process when I first started doing this kind of work was that I talk too much, and I have to recognize points in time when I have to slow down and listen to other people not be the one filling the room with words all the time. So, knowing myself then controlling myself. The next key step is that I have to know others. How can I look around the room or be in a one-on-one dialogue with an employee, with a prospect, with a client, size them up and then do the fourth part, which is meet their needs. So I have to know how to adjust my style so I can meet their needs.

    Readjusting the Golden Rule

    Most people are familiar with the golden rule, which is to treat people as you wish to be treated. The problem with the golden rule is, not everyone wants to be treated like me. And if I were to treat the rest of the world just as I’d like to be treated, I would alienate about three quarters of the population. So I aspire to the platinum rule, which is to treat others as they wish to be treated. So now you ask “how do I know how to do that?” One of the simple tools that we have, which is very effective for this process, is a DiSC analysis. This is where we divide people into four categories, and at this rudimentary level we can understand where people are, and then adjust our styles into their category. The basic way to understand that is we all recognize that some people are more extroverted and some people are more introverted; we have people who are more people-oriented, they care a lot about who they’re working with and who’s around them, and we have some people who are more task-oriented, who care more about the job they’re working on, and less so about the people they have to work with. So when we mix these two simple questions – am I introverted or extroverted?; am I more task-oriented or people-oriented? – I can divide into different categories and use this tool in understanding people at a very simple level. I can then know how to adjust my style in order to be more effective with them. Really effective leaders connect with their people. They’re connecting with them because they are using their emotional intelligence to know where they’re coming from, and then speaking in a language that they can receive. Work on your leadership skills, improve your emotional intelligence, and that’s really the key to success in life.


     

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  • How To Combat Self-Sabotage by Visualizing Business Success

    Bernie Heine explains how to combat self-sabotage,embrace positive thinking, and work toward success.

    "I can't do this."
    "I'm not cut out for this."
    "People like me don't work like this."

    Hi my name is Bernie Heine. How many times have you had heard people talk like that? Where they're really self-sabotaging themselves, or seeing things negatively about themselves, and they're reinforcing that in their minds all the time?

    Positive Thinking and Avoiding Self-Sabotage

    Many people, you could say most people, have moments in their lives where they're self-sabotaging themselves. They're doing things that are directly against what they really want to be doing. They set out goals – we want to be successful, we want to do these things – and then we have all this negative talk in our heads that tells us that we can't do that – we're not good enough for that, we haven't learned that yet, other people do that but that's not where I fit in, I don't believe that I'm part of the cultural scene that should be doing that, we're from a different place, that doesn't work here – all these negative thoughts really drag people down.

    Visualize Business Success

    When I'm working with my clients, I'm always asking them to put that stuff aside, think positively about what you can do, what you can learn. The human being is an amazing organism – we can do so much, and we use only a minute percentage of the capacity of our brains. In fact, if you learn one new thing a second it would take you 100 million years to fill up your brain. So people can always be learning new stuff. It's impossible for us to outstrip the capacity of what we can learn or how we can learn to do new things. That's the place where we need to focus our energies, not on the stuff we can't do and all the excuses – being the victim and working our way into a hole, giving up the responsibility for our lives and everything around us – but really stepping up to be the leader, seeing the ways out, learning the new things we need to learn to be successful, programming our brains, reframing our positioning to say "I can do these things. I am capable of that and I don't need to listen to people that are saying I can't do it. I can do this." One of the keywords that we can insert in this equation all the time is "I can't do that YET."

     

    For more on visualizing business success, you may consider to read our blog "Are You Focused on What Matters Most?." This is all about focusing on what's important, as the ‎ultimate strategy to succeed in any business.‎‎

    Read the blog - Are You Focused on What Matters Most?

     

     

     

    Call us at PBC for a free consultation and learn more about how to focus on the very basics of your business and make sure you excel at them every time and with every customer. We take this approach with all of our clients, using assessment tools like our Business Effectiveness Evaluation process and creating prioritized 90-day action plans.

    Business Effectiveness Evaluation Tool

     

     

     

     

     

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  • How To Elevate Communication: The Core Competencies of Coaching

    Bernie Heine explains what core communication skills are needed to be a great coach.

    More and more these days, businesses are embracing coaching principles.

    Hi, my name is Bernie Heine, and I’d like to talk to you today a little bit about how these coaching core competencies are becoming more and more important in business today. Whether you’re a leader or whether you’ve been assigned to be a mentor to someone in an organization or to coach someone within an organization, we all can learn a lot from using the core competencies of what coaching is all about. And I’ll explain a few of those right here.

    Bridge Communication Gaps

    The first one is creating awareness. Most people are unaware of where they stand in life, they don’t notice things about themselves. We have these blind spots, and everybody else seems to see it but we don’t see it. People like me talk a lot as an example, and I never used to notice how much I talk because when somebody else was quiet, I just assumed that they had nothing to say so I would just fill the space with my words, because I like to do that. Becoming more self-aware, I recognized the need to take breaks from speaking, so that everyone else has a chance to talk. I’m very conscious about this now, when I’m interacting with others, to make sure that I don’t overpower the situation. But I’m sure you all have met someone on both sides of those equations, either that talk too much or that don’t talk enough in an interactive environment. This is one of the things that a coach can really bring out in people, helping them become more self-aware of some of those things that might be holding them back in their careers.

    Another one is active listening, so if I’m going to really understand someone better, I need to be listening carefully for what they’re saying, and not just listening so that I have the next comment to make in a conversation but really listening to where they are. This is also a great skill that every leader should have when they’re leading a group, an organization, a team meeting. Are we listening to each other, really paying attention to what the other person is feeling, thinking, where they’re coming from?

    Encourage Unique Thinking and Behavior

    As a coach one of the core coaching principles is to reframe the situation. People often get stuck in a particular pattern, and they don’t think “well what if I stepped aside from that right now and viewed this from a different angle” – a classic one in sales is you view it from what the customer is looking at or in marketing look at what the customer is looking at when they’re reading our materials. But in an organization, it’s also always there – put yourself in the role of the assistant who is taking the orders from you, what do you think is going on in their minds? Helping people reframe the situation often helps them move forward, because we want people to be in action. It’s about helping people take action moving forward, and also holding themselves accountable. A lot of times one of the biggest benefits of using coaching principles in your leadership is helping people stay accountable. Just the fact that people talk about what they’re going to do, the fact that they have shared with you some of their goals and some of their ideas or their desires, or what they want to do with their lives, just that sharing is already helping them stay on a track to improving what they’re doing. By involving other people, we often help ourselves to be more accountable. Having an accountability partner to go out for a run or playing in a basketball game, whatever it might be people often use the ability to help us stay on track and move forward.

    Be Positive with Employee Reviews

    Finally, one of the most important aspects that we look at when we’re using coaching principles, is focusing on people’s strengths. We hear all too often, especially at the time of year when companies are doing performance reviews, ‘well this person needs to get better, they’re really bad at this, we have to work on this,’ we focus on all these negatives that people have and how to make these negatives into a little bit better. So they go from mediocre to just okay in some level of their performance. As a coach, it’s not that we ignore those, but we also look at what’s good about somebody, what strengths do they have, what things can they leverage in their lives to go from being good to awesome to become world-class at something. And everybody has something about them that they’re really passionate about and that they’re really good at. And when we focus on those things, the overlap of our passions and our strengths is what we call the zone of leadership. When people are in the zone, they’re unstoppable – they do amazing things, they work all kinds of hours because they’re not working, they’re just having fun and really enjoying it. So when we’re coaching somebody, we want to look for those, we want to help them identify what are those strengths and passions that really turn those people on. And then as a leader we are in an amazing position often times to assign work to that person to help guide them in their careers, through the company, or even just the position they have on the team to make sure that that’s what they’re leveraging and they’ll do really awesome, amazing work and become fantastically happy people.

     

    For more on Coaching Core Competencies, you may consider the following PBC resources: 

    Read the blog - The 12 Coaching Core Competencies

     

    Download the white paper - Developing a Coaching Culture

     

    Call us at PBC for a free consultation and learn about these coaching core competencies that will increase your employee's ability to work together and significantly improve the performance of your company.

     

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  • How to Identify and Prioritize “Gain” Tasks

    Is your to-do list focused on tasks that will help you get the most from your life? Find out in this video.

    So is your to-do list filled with all the right things so that you can really get ahead in life?

    Hi, my name is Bernie Heine, and today I want to talk about the fact that wealth creation takes focus and determination.

    Steven McClatchey talks about the difference between activities that move towards gain and activities that you do to alleviate pain. And the difference in those two is very big in terms of its impact on your life. Ninety percent of our success in life is because we’re working on activities that add wealth, that move towards gaining something, and only 10 percent is the avoiding of pain.

    So when we’re working on gain tasks, these are things that you can’t delegate. These are things that are really important to you like getting an advanced degree. You can’t delegate to someone else to get your MBA for you. These are things we have to do ourselves. Pain tasks, the avoiding of pain tasks, are things like taking out the trash, cleaning your office. All of these things are only important if they don’t get done, and they often are associated with a high sense of urgency like “it’s trash day on Friday, so we better take the trash out in the morning.” That doesn’t get us very much in life, but if we don’t do it, we might end up with a smelly house, but it’s not going to move us forward. Going out and getting an advanced degree or working on that important project, those are the activities make all the difference in our lives.

    Gain Tasks Lack Urgency

    So there are three ways to identify those gain tasks. Number one, they have a significant lack of urgency. It’s not something that has to happen right now.

    Sense of Achievement

    Number two: there is a significant sense of achievement associated with getting them done.

    Deep Sense of Personal Satisfaction

    Number three is you gain a deep sense of personal satisfaction from having completed those.

    Make Gain Tasks a Higher Priority

    So knowing that, how can we implement this? So this is a simple three-step process. So step number one is to make these gain tasks/these wealth creating tasks a priority in your life. So once you’ve identified them, look over your to-do list. Are those the kinds of things that are even on your list? Or is your list filled with all of the “avoiding pain” kinds of tasks which feel really urgent because you’ve got to get them done today/you’ve got to make this happen/you’ve got to make that happen. We’ve got to do stuff/we should do stuff.

    I often say people shouldn’t “should” on themselves,you know? We shouldn’t use that language. We get to do stuff in our lives, and the gain tasks are things that we really like to do, but because they don’t have that sense of urgency, we often procrastinate on them and push out on our calendar. Bring those gain tasks and focus. Make those the top priority on your list

    Step number two is to take a look at all of those gain tasks and lay out a time plan. Begin with the end in mind. Where I want to go with this? What is the critical path that I need to be on to make sure I accomplish that?

    Step three is to protect those tasks.Think of it like the difference between a to-do list and a calendar. On a to-do list, we can just add and add and add more items. It’s very easy. if you’re already have 27 items, you add a 28th item to the bottom of the list, it’s very simple. It doesn’t feel painful to add more items to your to-do list, even though most people have to-do lists which could take months to complete. We just keep adding more and more on.

    Think of it with these priority items/gain tasks, think of them like calendar items. For instance, when somebody asks you for an appointment you just add it to your calendar, you first look at your calendar to see if you have 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning. So you’re moving things because it’s a fixed amount space on the calendar to put up with you just can’t keep accepting appointments for the same. So treat these gain tasks calendar tasks. They’re really important. You want block time out for them. They’re not just another thing added to a long list of to-dos. With that newfound list of priorities, focus on those and make yourself yourself a better life, and a better person and run a better company.

    Call us at PBC for a free consultation and learn how to focus your to-do list on tasks that will help you get the most from your life.

     

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  • Use Your Strength and Passion to Be a Great Leader

    Bernie Heine explains that the more we focus on our strengths and talents, the more we get out of our lives. Learn how to find your own "Zone of Leadership."

    So I was in a meeting with a group of clients the other day, and we were asked to point out one strength and one weakness. And wouldn’t you know, it’s very difficult for people to come up with those strengths and much easier to talk about their weaknesses.

    Hi, my name is Bernie Heine, and today I want to talk about strength-based leadership. Generally for people, it’s easier to talk about what’s wrong about themselves or what their weaknesses are rather than focusing on their strengths, but the truth is the more we focus on our strengths, the more we get out of our lives. It’s my easier to get growth, grow ourselves, grow our businesses when we focus on strengths then when we are totally consumed with improving our weaknesses.

    The Zone of Leadership

    So what I’ll often do with my clients is do a little exercise around identifying what we’re really good at. And this is talking about knowing yourself, knowing what really important to you, what you’re good at, and what you’re really passionate about. If we go through this exercise of listing out all the things that we’re passionate about, and then also a list of all the things that were really good at. What are our core strengths? There’s a lot of assessment you can take to get there, but just having these two lists, and if you put those in a venn diagram in two circles, where the circles overlap, that area in the middle is what we call the zone of leadership.

    Overlap of Passion and Talent

    So whatever activities you engage in that are in that overlap of the two circles: things that you’re really good at, your strengths, and things you’re really passionate about. If you focus your activities on things in that zone of leadership, you really never have to work in your life. These are the things that you’re just so happy to do that it never feels like work. So I challenge you all to take a look at what are the things that I know I’m really good at? What are the things that I’m passionate about? And what’s in that overlap?

    ‎‎Let’s get in the zone. Think of yourself like that rock star that’s performing an encore at the end of a big concert. They don’t consider that to be work. In fact, they would probably continue to play all night if the venue would allow it. That’s witnessing somebody who’s in the zone. They’re thinking “wow! We just like to play because this is so much fun.” People in the work sense can be in the same place as long as you’re doing things you’re good at and things you’re passionate about.

    Call us at PBC for a free consultation and learn how to find your own "Zone of Leadership."

     

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  • Why Leadership Is a Choice Anybody Can Make

    You don't need to be a CEO to be a leader. Find out how you can become one by taking charge of your own life and making good choices."

    So I think one of the issues that we’re facing in our society today is a lack of leadership.

    Hi, this is Bernie Heine, and today I want to talk about leadership as a choice. Who do you think of when you think of a good leader? And what are the characteristics of that person? Take a moment to reflect on that. What are the things that you value when you see somebody, meet somebody, work with somebody, and you say “wow! that person’s a good leader?” What are the things that come to mind?

    Now think about some of those terms you might come up with. Maybe they’re outgoing or they’re very thoughtful. Maybe there’s a person that asks really good questions or the person that takes initiative/gets things done.

    You Can Be a Leader

    Now imagine for a second you can do all those things yourself, can’t you? Do you have to be the appointed CEO of the company? Do you have to be the manager of the department? Or can anyone exhibit those behaviors?

    The fact is, we can all be leaders.It’s a choice we make. We have the ability as human beings to choose the outcomes of our lives. We choose things that we we want to do. We don’t have to take things as they are, we can change them. We don’t have to conform always to what everybody is trying to tell us to do. We have our own minds think on our own to go in our own direction.

    The late Jim Rohn is an inspirational speaker, and one of the things he said once in his one of his talks was that his life changed when he realized it even rains on rich people. What he meant by that was happens to us tends to happen to all of us equally. If the economy goes up or the economy goes down, or there’s new innovations from other companies these effects happen to all of us equally. What we can do is how we react to those things. What we do about those things is what makes a difference for us.

    And successful people recognize that they need to take charge of their own lives and be responsible for the things they want to change in their lives. So we think about leadership and all those positive things you were thinking of before, so what’s the opposite of that? These are people who blame the rest of the world on what’s going wrong in their lives. They can come up with hundreds of reasons why they’re not successful: well it’s the economy, well it’s my neighbor, well it’s my family, well it’s my upbringing. Or maybe it’s my boss or countless other things. These people point fingers at everyone else as to why they are not a successful individual.

    The Oz Principle-Roger Connors, Tom Smith, and Craig Hickman

    Well it turns out they’re just displaying more victim behavior than leadership behavior. In the book The Oz Principle, the authors point out a very simple graphic, and it’s a straight line across the page. They propose the question that we should all think about every minute of every day: am I above this line or am I below this line?

    ‎‎That line above the line means leadership behavior, and below the line is victim behavior, and all of us go through the process of going above and below the line all the time. When something bad happens generally our human nature is to react negatively and think “why did that happen?” and “what are they trying to do to me?” We need to quickly recognize in those moments that we have to pull ourselves up above the line and think and get above the situation and say “what can I do to make this better?” “what I make happen?” “what decisions can I take?” “what actions can I take to make the situation better?” rather than wallowing in the victim side, which is “oh well, all these bad things have happened n. that this is bad that’s bad these people are against me, and those don’t like me and my boss is always giving me all this work.”

    Think about what is that I can do to pull myself  above? So am I above the line or below? Above the line is making the choice to be a leader and below the line is making the choice to be a victim, and these are clear choices that we make all the time to be a better leader. You take the challenge on to take the choice of choosing leadership, and these are clear choices that we make all the time to be a better leader. You take the challenge on to take the choice of choosing leadership.

    Call us at PBC for a free consultation and find out how you can become a leader by taking charge of your own life and making good choices.

     

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