There’s More Than What Meets The Eye.

I have neglected my blog the past few weeks, mainly due to the overwhelming amount of work and/or activities that have been going on in my life…most of which have been good things. With that said, it is time to get back to doing something that I find enjoyable: writing.

I have recently started my summer internship at Belk of Conway and it has been quite the experience already. I have made a few observations that I would like to share that may put some things into perspective for my readers and reinforce some things that most may already know.  Continue reading

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Leaders Make Mistakes

Recently, in the town I go to school in, there has been some drama at one of the local elementary schools. Something unfortunate happened, and without going into the details of the events, a lot of people dropped the ball on the standard operating procedures. The community, who was once behind the school district leaders, have turned completely against them virtually overnight. It is truly a tragedy in all aspects.

This event has indirectly reinforced a few important lessons in life and in business. They are as follows: Continue reading

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Month in Review: April 2012

I was recently surfing Twitter and I saw that Chris LuCurto does a blog post at the beginning of every month that identifies the most popular posts, based on page views, for the month before. I thought this was a great idea and wanted to implement it myself as it will be a great way for my regular viewers to see what was popular abd for a first time visitor to view the most popular posts as a starting point to reading my blog. Continue reading

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Preparing for My Next Challenge

As I was writing my last post, 4 Categories of Challenges, I began to think about the challenges that I have coming up in my life that I am concerned about overcoming. Normally, if I see a challenge “coming down the pipeline” of my life, I intentionally attempt to develop a plan for overcoming it. However, with one of the many challenges I will be facing within this month, I am having a hard time developing a strategy. Let me explain: Continue reading

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4 Categories of Challenges.

Tonight I had my managerial finance class. This class has been a genuine struggle for me, but I am making it through and I have learned a lot. My professor is a wise man with lots of “real world” experience in both life and in business. Dr. Smith wanted to give us a few words of wisdom before we parted from his class and into the real world. One thing he said tonight has really gotten me analyzing my life and I wanted to share this with you. I encourage you to make your own analyzation. I think a lot can come from it and changes can be made according to where you need change.

He started by saying that every challenge you face in life falls into one of four categories:

(1) Physical, (2) Emotional, (3) Intellectual and (4) Spiritual.

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It’s More Than Money!!

Do you ever feel like you’re just the stepping stone for an employee with potential that is beyond your company or organization? Do you ever worry about losing an excellent employee or leader to your competitor? Do you ever feel like you cannot pay the ‘market rate’ for what your employee is worth, given their skills or qualifications?

Companies and organizations are not only competing for customers, but they are competing for employees too. How do you keep the good leaders from leaving? This is a concept that I rarely see discussed today, but I have a bit of insight on. Let me use an example: Continue reading

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Working For A Company That Works For You

As an upcoming MBA graduate, I have started to think about where I would like to apply for jobs to begin life “in the real world”. I have started looking on the commonly used career sites to see what is available, talked to the Career Development Center on campus and have thought about the companies that are near me. I have done my research on a few that stand out to me as possibilities and have eliminated some solely due to their corporate culture.

It is important to find an employer that feels you are a good fit for their company. This normally entails an employer finding candidates that have the skills and knowledge that the company needs or desires. However, I feel that it is even more important that the company they are interested in is a good fit of them. There is a lot to be said for working at a company that also works for you. Having employees who want to be at work and who want to do well because they like the company they work for eliminates the bulk of the turnover rate for employees.   Continue reading

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Missed Opportunity

The other day I was reading through my subscribed blogs, and I ran across a new post from Michael J. Brennan entitled, Lesson in Customer Service: Delta Airlines. I highly encourage you to take a minute and read through this post, and his others, as he has a really good blog that has a lot of useful information and stories. Continue reading

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The Truth About Aggressive Selling.

Why is it that people in sales (sales associates, car salesmen, etc.) feel the need to be aggressive in their tactics? Sometimes I feel as if they are all but reaching in my pocket, pulling out my cash and putting it in the register. I’m not sure how any logical person can justify this tactic.

I have had about six jobs in my life. All but one involved some sort of customer service and/or sales and I can honestly say, this has never been my tactic. I have been persistent, but I have never been pushy. Yes, there is a difference. I was taught from a very early age that being aggressive is not the way to make sales. It encourages short term success, not long lasting success. This was taught to me by my father, someone that has been in sales literally his entire life. My dad was the foundation for my personal selling tactics for sales. He owned and operated a Stanley Steemer franchise when I was little and due to his sales, he rose near the top of the company quickly. He then transferred into the car selling industry, an industry filled with pushy sales people, and he is the best car salesperson in his area, Western Kentucky. How did he get to where he is? By treating people the way he wants to be treated. Nothing makes him more mad than being pushed into a sale, therefore, he does not do that when he is selling. When I first watched him sell cars, you get the feeling that the customers trust him, something that is highly important when selling used vehicles. Continue reading

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Delegation: The Covey Way.

I am quickly becoming a Dave Ramsey fan. My girlfriend’s father is a huge Dave Ramsey fan, and he recommended and gave Dave’s book, EntreLeadership, to me as a Christmas gift this past year. I have started reading it and it is an excellent book. Reading this book led to me following him on Twitter and downloading his podcasts on iTunes. If you read much of Dave’s material or listen to any of his podcasts, you will be introduced to a list of excellent leaders such as Chris Locurto, Dr. Stephen Covey and Jon Acuff. All of these guys have excellent time-tested principles on leadership, entrepreneurship and financial planning.

I recently listened to a Dave Ramsey EntreLeadership podcast on iTunes entitled “Delegation with Stephen M. R. Covey” and it was awesome. As an aspiring leader, there were a few things that I took away from the podcast that I felt were worth sharing with my readers. Continue reading

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