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HOW TO STAY STANDING IN THE FACE OF LIFE’S CHALLENGES

In a perfect world, money would grow on trees. Companies would never face competition and profits would rise infinitely. Clients would never be in default and employees would perform with perfect efficiency. Technology would never fail, nor would recessions grind industry down to a halt. Unfortunately – we live in the real world. Where leaders simply can’t escape these, and the many other challenges that are routine to business. This is why problem-solving is one of the most essential abilities necessary for strong leadership. It is impossible for any organization to thrive if its leadership is inept at resolving problems on a consistent basis. Here a five principles essential to successful problem-solving:

1. Listening:

Ignorance is the single most substantial impediment to problem-solving. Problems inherently pose questions. They present conflicts that can only be resolved through investigation and application of practical knowledge. As such, listening is integral to problem-solving because it is the primary way to learn about the nature of a problem and how to address it. Be alert, be aware, and be observant. The more you listen to the stakeholders in a given problem the more you realize exactly how to approach its challenges.

2. Communication:

If knowledge is necessary to understand a problem, then exchanging knowledge is fundamental to solve said problem. Strong communication is thus a skill that contributes invaluably to problem-solving in that it enables a leader to foster interaction that neutralizes undesirable conditions. The only way to overcome a contentious situation with others is through dialogue. Exchanging perspectives in both a unifying and constructive way eliminates conflict and generates ideas to tackle prevailing issues.

3. Open Mindedness:

One of the most unfortunate instincts that people display when confronted by problems is defensiveness. The possibility of having to admit fault embarrasses some to the point of stubbornness that actually makes the situation worse. This is why no matter what the issue may be, having an open mind can mean the difference between success and failure. A lack of innovation and adaptability makes it difficult to react to changing or sensitive circumstances in a positive way.

4. Strategy:

All the information in the world is meaningless if it cannot be leveraged effectively. Leaders aren’t just expected to be all-knowing, they also need to be capable of discerning how to capitalize on knowledge in a tactical way. Problem-solving in itself denotes analyzing, planning and executing concepts that eliminate a set of difficult circumstances. Leaders should not only appreciate the short term implications of a given problem, they should also possess enough foresight to prepare for the long-term, especially when most are compelled to only regard the present.

5. Cooperation:

Some problems simply cannot be fixed unilaterally regardless of how capable a person may be as a leader. The more complex a problem is, the likelier it is that resolution can only be achieved with help from qualified partners. A strong ability to build relationships with others, whether friend or foe, is therefore indispensable when it comes to dealing with demanding problems.

At the very least, ignoring the importance of problem-solving skills as a leader is unwise. Whether you like it or not, the fact that problems happen to everyone, in every context imaginable, means that the more prepared you are to contend with problems, the more you will end up ensuring your own survival and the survival of those who depend on you. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on leadership, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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6 DOS AND DON’TS OF CRITICAL THINKING

Clickbait, post-truth, trolling, alternative facts, catfishing, fake news – the list goes on. Public discourse has become punctuated with buzzwords that signal a general erosion of the integrity with which people reason or communicate with one another. Gone are the days when individuals, or even institutions, could be trusted to convey information free of bias. If someone is talking, there’s a good chance they’re willing to lie just to grab your attention, which makes it all the more important to think critically in order to avoid the pitfalls of misinformation.

Critical thinking is an essential skill to have when it comes to leadership and decision-making. By definition, critical thinking is a fundamental ability to question. It is an inclination to constantly ask why, rather than accept new information at face value. Critical thinking enables leaders to distinguish between useful, and useless information, with the singular aim of developing conclusions that are based on factual investigation.

Those in leadership have a higher duty to embrace critical thinking given the fact that their choices impact numerous other people. Just by function alone, leaders juggle more responsibility than junior employees. They are expected to contemplate and resolve multiple problems simultaneously, a task which when contaminated by misinformation can produce disastrous results. Critical thinking lends itself to sober leadership. It fosters conscientious decision-making by suppressing impulse. Rather than being reactionary to events in the business environment, critical thinking empowers leaders to adapt to, or even leverage, unpredictability. Here are six basic Do’s and Don’ts of how to practice effective critical thinking.

Do be prepared to identify bad information:

Discerning leaders are always alert to if and when information they receive is inaccurate. A strong critical thinker is the type of person who can identify a problem immediately it becomes apparent. Within a business environment this is an invaluable skill when it comes to dealing with issues such as faulty accounting, false advertising, conflict resolution or contract negotiation just to name a few.

Don’t just listen to one side of an issue:

One of the easiest things to do when receiving information is to accept it without question. However critical thinking demands a willingness to explore every possible perspective of a given issue. It’s not just enough to identify bad information, leadership also requires the initiative to investigate and explore multiple arguments in order to develop the most relevant conclusion.

Do be logical about analyzing information:

Rationality is the bedrock of critical thinking. The only way to determine the legitimacy of a premise is to systematically and objectively evaluate its implications. Relying on assumptions more than facts to make final decisions increases the likelihood of employing bad judgement.

Don’t overthink the situation:

Thinking critically isn’t a mindset that should be used to get tangled in redundant questioning. Critical thinking has an aim, that is, to discover truth. Keeping sight of this objective is necessary to avoid becoming caught up in bullheadedness. Rather than debating over and over again about a problem or question, seek to solve it with finality.

Do embrace efficiency:

Critical thinking accomplishes the most good when it is guided by efficiency. Not only is it beneficial to avoid wasting time with endless questions, it’s also important to develop solutions that are easy and practical to apply. Remember that the shortest distance between two points is always a straight line. Embracing efficiency makes it possible to act on an issue with speed, and also to conserve resources in the process.

Don’t settle:

Being critical takes work. It often denotes going out of one’s way not just to question assumptions but to strive towards resolving any uncovered inconsistencies. This is an obligation that requires effort, as well as follow-through to fulfill any and all investigations to their logical conclusions. There’s no point to being critical if you don’t have the resolve to right any wrongs you may discover.

Critical thinking is vital to leadership because it is part and parcel of responsibility. Any leader who makes blind decisions without logically contemplating the validity of their assumptions is recklessly gambling with the public trust that has been placed upon them. Be the type of leader who looks before they leap. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on leadership, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how RISE Programs can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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QUICK GUIDE: WHAT IT TAKES TO GROW FROM LEADER TO LEGEND

A wise man once said that “a good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.” The only way to tell if a leader is a person of integrity is if the work of their hands ultimately bears good fruit. When people hear the word leader, they tend to envision superiority. They romanticize the idea of having authority while ignoring the fact that leaders cannot possibly exist without the people who follow them. Leadership is about more than exercising power. It’s about more than possessing prestige or high-standing. True leadership encompasses the instinct to always act responsibly, and to be accountable for one’s decisions as a leader.

What is Responsible Leadership?

Responsible leadership is the habit of exercising influence in a way that is utilitarian. This is to say that responsible leadership is an inclination to constantly strive for achieving the greatest possible good, for the greatest possible number of people. In order to attain this level of leadership, a person must embrace good ethics, practice forethought, be open to communication and be methodical about implementing policies that affect anyone within their purview.

What is Accountable Leadership?

Accountability itself is a social arrangement by which an individual agrees to subject themselves to impartial oversight by a third party. Accountable leadership therefore is the habit of being generally answerable for one’s decisions and actions as a leader. Accountability is central to strong leadership because it keeps people grounded. It keeps leaders aware of the fact that their choices have impactful consequences. Making instrumental decisions obliviously is not only insensitive, it could potentially cause widespread suffering depending on how much responsibility a leader has.

Why is it Worth It?

At the end of the day, leadership which is responsible, and accountable, is integral to the survival of an organization. These values inspire a fundamental sense of empathy that inhibits the destructive characteristics of human nature. It’s that much harder to misappropriate funds if you are truly responsible and accountable. It’s that much harder to exploit workers if you are truly responsible and accountable. It’s that much harder to ignore the well-being of anyone who relies on you if you are truly responsible and accountable. Leading without this motivation is an inevitable path to scandal. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on leadership, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how RISE Programs can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

 

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ADD SOME MAGIC TO YOUR DIET WITH MARINATED TOMATOES

Tomatoes are one of the most versatile vegetables in the world… or fruit if you want to be picky about it. They look so delicious that they garnish a countless assortment of dishes. Not only do they look good, but they also blend well across a variety of culinary textures and flavors. For instance tomatoes can be sliced into sandwiches, diced into salads, stewed into soups, or even pureed into sauces. Whether you eat them as part of a hearty meal, or nibble on them as a quick snack, you can’t go wrong with this delectable little treat. Here’s a quick recipe for Marinated Tomatoes that anyone can prepare on-the-go:

Ingredients:

3 Large Tomatoes

1/3 Cup Olive Oil

¼ Cup Red Wine Vinegar

1 Teaspoon of Salt (Optional)

¼ Teaspoon of Pepper

½ a Garlic Clove (Minced)

2 Tablespoons of Chopped Onion

1 Tablespoon of Minced Fresh Parsley

1 Tablespoon of Minced Fresh Basil

• 10-Minute Preparation Time.

• Recipe Makes 8 Servings.

Instructions:

1. Cut the tomatoes into thick slices.

2. Arrange the tomato slices into a large shallow dish. The dish should be deep enough for them to be drenched.

3. In a separate container, combine and stir all the other ingredients until they’re mixed together.

4. Pour the oil mixture into the dish with the tomato slices and gently turn them to make sure they get immersed in the oil.

5. Cover the dish and refrigerate the tomatoes for at least two hours.

6. Serve when ready.

Tomatoes aren’t just delicious, they’re also packed with nutritious vitamins and minerals. For example: tomatoes stabilize blood pressure, prevent cardiovascular disease, contribute to bone health, contain insoluble fibers and provide numerous other health benefits. You can enjoy this Marinated Tomato recipe on its own as a snack, or use it to complement any other dish of your choice. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how RISE Programs can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

 

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5 EASY WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR EYES FROM STRAIN

We all know the feeling. It’s the end of the day and for some strange reason that pounding headache just won’t go away. You’ve tried everything to find relief but it still feels like a suitcase is weighing on your head. To make matters worse, someone may as well be shoveling sand into your eyes considering how much you need to rub them. These symptoms are all too familiar to many people these days, and unfortunately, they often have a root cause which easily goes unnoticed. That is, eye strain.

Eye strain is a series of symptoms which afflict people who exert their vision excessively. Symptoms of eye strain include: blurred vision, redness, headache, and irritation that feels like dryness. It’s easy for people to ignore eye strain because its indications are usually subtle. However, pushing through signs of physical discomfort is an unhealthy habit because when symptoms are left untreated, injuries can occur. Moreover because of how much we use screen-technology today, people are generally more susceptible to eye strain given that we expose our eyes repeatedly to electronic displays and rapid imagery. Here are five common-sense techniques to prevent and eliminate eye strain before it becomes problematic:

1. Visit an Optician:

If you ever happen to experience discomfort with your sight that causes any concern, your fist step should always be to consult professional medical help in order to treat the problem. Visiting an eye-doctor, especially when symptoms are still early, can prevent any unknown disorders from deteriorating into serious conditions.

2. Rest your Eyes:

The underlying cause of a majority of eye-strain cases is fatigue. Much like every other muscle system in our bodies, once eye-muscles become exhausted they need rest to heal and rejuvenate. Eye muscles are resilient, but they aren’t indestructible. A healthy dose of sleep is necessary to relax our eyes and the complex tissues that facilitate sight. Additionally, don’t use screen-technology for extended periods of time without taking breaks to look at natural objects in natural light.

3. Stretch your Eye Muscles:

Busy schedules may not always allow for a good-night’s sleep, but that doesn’t mean that people are powerless to find ways of relaxing eye-muscles. Stretching for instance is an effective way to relieve strain by loosening muscle-tension. At regular intervals of the day, make sure to take a brief moment and gently stretch your eye muscles specifically so as to eliminate rigidity that would otherwise turn into fatigue.

4. Don’t Sleep With Makeup or Contact Lenses On:

People who wear cosmetics or contact lenses routinely have foreign bodies in direct contact with their eyeballs. In the short-term this contact has no significant effect. However if such interaction is allowed to happen over a long period of time, it can end up irritating or even perforating the surface of an eyeball. This is why it’s important to always make sure that your eyes are clean if you either wear makeup or use contact lenses. Never fall asleep with contact lenses on.

5. Take your Vitamins:

Rest and relaxation are the most effective behavioral ways to remedy eye strain. Beyond changing our activities, healthy nutrition is also a good approach towards preventing or treating strain. Eating foods rich in vitamins and minerals supplies our eye muscles with nutrients that are essential for healing and metabolism. A wholesome diet keeps eyes lubricated and strong.

Learn to always listen to your body whenever symptoms of strain or pain manifest. Even when discomfort is slight, taking some time to investigate if it has a root cause reduces the odds of experiencing injury or infection in future. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on healthy living, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post.

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HOW TO MAKE USE OF TEAM’S ADVANTAGES

Self-awareness is one of the most essential instincts necessary to achieve success in business. For instance, before a company can secure financing from investors, it has to demonstrate self-awareness by way of preparing a business plan. Even at the individual level, before landing a job, every employee of every company in the world has to demonstrate self-awareness through introductory protocol such as resumes, cover letters and interviews. This principle applies particularly to the responsibility of supervision. Before a manager can coordinate a team or department, they have to understand the personalities and skills of team members. Managers also have to speculate how each member’s individual characteristics could potentially affect cohesion. Virtually no idea in business can be seen through to its logical conclusion without a comprehensive understanding of the stakeholders or multiple ! external factors that influence general performance.

Don’t Just Guess, Make a Plan:

Understanding how to achieve self-awareness methodically is an invaluable skill which facilitates effective decision-making. Gaining self-awareness isn’t just a process of random assumption. Rather it should involve fact-based, honest examination of cause and effect. It is extremely important for leaders not just to identify the capabilities of their subordinates, but also to leverage any discovered talents advantageously towards a tangible purpose. Methodical self-awareness can be achieved through a variety of techniques. One of the most popular approaches is a method known as SWOT Analysis.

How SWOT Analysis Works:

SWOT is an acronym for the terms Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. When faced with an ambitious situation or event, evaluating each of these factors enables decision-makers to compose realistic objectives and position themselves to practically accomplish set objectives. Measuring Strengths involves defining any assets or resources which firmly establish strategic advantage. Measuring Weaknesses involves defining any obstacles which stand to hinder performance. Measuring Opportunities involves identifying external factors within a business environment which can! be capitalized on to accomplish goals quickly. Lastly, measuring Threats involves analyzing any external factors in a business environment which can impede the overall functioning of a team.

Whether or not a manager has had the luxury of assembling a team from scratch, conducting a SWOT analysis before taking on a project is a conducive way to assign responsibilities while drawing out the best possible effort from employees. Here are four steps to identify and take advantage of a team’s abilities:

1.       Develop Your Questions: Write down a series of questions that relate to each component of SWOT. The more questions generated, the more information can be collected. Be careful not to get caught up in gathering data however. Sometimes all it takes is a few responses to figure out the most important issues.

2.       Create Charts and Surveys: With a clear idea of what to investigate, print out charts and surveys that can be distributed to team members in order to document their answers. Charts and surveys are an organized way to categorize desired information according to the specific topics of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.

3.       Analyze Gathered Information: Once all responses to the questions have been documented, analyze and prioritize them according to relevance. For instance, information about strengths should be used to assign responsibility to people who indicate strong aptitude.

4.       Formulate and Apply a Strategy: With a clear idea of the team’s capabilities and limitations, develop an approach to your intended project which is considerate of information discovered from your analysis. Use your findings to pair up people in complementary ways.

A scientific process is the best way for any manager to discover the capabilities of a team. Instead of making blind assumptions, be investigative and detailed about assessing strengths and weaknesses. Even without a formal SWOT analysis, such an approach serves as a strong guide for how best to allocate resources and assign responsibilities. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on leadership, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how RISE Programs can help you break pas! t your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WHY YOU EXIST

If you asked anyone knowledgeable how many people currently inhabit our planet, they would easily approximate a figure of around 7.4 billion people. If you went ahead and asked those very same experts why these 7.4 billion people inhabit this planet… you would probably get an overwhelmed chuckle. Answering the question of why we’re here, why we exist, can spawn an endless stream of theories and conjecture. Truth be told, the answer isn’t necessarily all that complicated. Out of everything humanity could possibly strive for, when all is said and done, we exist to do achieve one prime ideal – that is, to love.

There isn’t a person on this planet who can live without love. No doubt we can certainly function without it. We can exist without love. But a lifetime spent without sharing and receiving love is the hollowest reality a person can endure. Love enriches our relationships. It inspires kindness and compassion. It compels us to think beyond our individual interests and commune with one another as a society. A world without love wouldn’t just translate into conflict, it would be a world devoid of the aspiration and progress that makes life worth living.

Simply defined, love is a feeling of fondness and affection which generates endearment, attachment and intimacy. In daily practice, our instinctive characterization of love tends to be narrow. Mention the word love and people likely conjure up images of relationships with family, spouses or romantic partners. However, love as an emotion reaches farther, and is more complex, than what we immediately assume. Ancient Greek philosophy classified love into four prominent forms:

Agape (Divine/Unconditional Love): This is a universal, transcendent type of love that is unselfish. It is love drawn from the soul and motivates spiritual connection. Agape love is distinct because of its unselfish nature. It encourages people to care for someone, or something, without expecting any reward.

Storge (Familial Love): This is a natural type of love that hinges on the relationship between parents and children. It is love drawn from the instinctual connection between people who share lineage. Familial love forms an extraordinary bond because of how interdependent family members usually are on one another.

Philia (Friendship): This is a social type of love that hinges on goodwill. It is love motivated by loyalty and mutual interests. Unlike other more intimate forms of love, friendship is founded on a meeting of the minds. Friends develop love for one another when their values and lifestyles correspond.

Eros (Romantic Love): This is a passionate type of love that is romantic in nature. Eros is motivated by physical attraction and sensual desire. Eros focuses on physical beauty and the general appeal of a person’s personality.

In some way or another, love in all its forms is the force behind every good thing that humanity is capable of. Without agape love we would never know what it means to exercise faith. We would have no appetite for creativity or talent. No capacity to love just for the sake of loving. Without familial love we wouldn’t know what it means to care about anyone unconditionally. We would only ever engage with each other for personal gain. Without friendship we wouldn’t know what it means to have society. We would be confined to routines of loneliness and withdrawal. Without romance, there would be no sex or marriage. Families would never form, nor would humanity procreate.

Love feeds every dimension of our lives. Whether it’s love for God, love for people, love for the work we do, love for our hobbies, love for the food we eat, love for the clothes we wear, and so on. Everyone needs – and deserves – the joy and sense of fulfillment that springs from love. If you are fortunate enough to experience love in all its forms without any limitations, learn to appreciate that privilege. If it is in your power to give love to others in any of its forms, don’t hesitate. The more love we put out into the world as individuals, the more it radiates across society and encourages others to share it in kind. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on healthy living, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post. If you like what you just re! ad from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how RISE Programs can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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