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5 SIMPLE STRATEGIES TO CASH-IN ON SOCIAL MEDIA

There’s no turning back. The internet has transformed into the most instrumental frontier of human interaction ever, and it would be a mistake to ignore this fact as an entrepreneur. According to research conducted by The Nielsen Company, census data estimates that there are 7.6 Billion people on earth. 54 percent of this population, which is roughly more than half the world, are regular internet users. Out of this number, 2.7 Billion people actively use social media for a variety of reasons. Regardless of whether their reasons are personal or formal, if a person wants to carry out a given transaction, there’s a good chance it can be done online. From dating to education, from commerce to entertainment, all aspects of human life are increasingly facilitated by the internet.

These numbers mean so much more when you realize that all of these billions and billions of internet users actually represent a readily available market for products. Thanks especially to the wide reach of social media, it’s theoretically possible to convert hordes of internet users into loyal clients. All it takes is a willingness to be strategic about tapping into online networks with an alluring message. The right approach can allow anyone to harness social media’s potential and turn it into a valuable marketing asset. In fact, the majority of companies today integrate some form of social media outreach as a standard way to advertise and engage with consumers. There’s very little to lose, and everything to gain, from taking advantage of social media as a way to make money. Whether you’re running a quiet side-hustle, launching a small startup, or managing an established company, her! e are five ways to turn your social media posts into profit:

1. Take it Seriously:

There’s a reason why the 21st century is called the information age. People today are educated and inclined to appreciate sophisticated media content. If you’re going to delve into social media as a marketing tool, make an effort to present high-quality content with substance and style. Edit your videos and pay attention to your lighting. Double-check your writing to keep out typos and errors. The cleaner your message, the more attractive it is to consumers.

2. Be Original:

One of the easiest things to do when it comes to content production is to imitate, copy and paste. This is a disastrous approach considering that the only way to get people’s attention is to stand out. If you’re going to create content through social media, develop a format which makes you recognizable to the audience you intend to reach.

3. Create Some Synergy:

There are several social media platforms to choose from, and it’s not unusual to use them all simultaneously. If you decide to spread your message out through multiple channels, remember to establish a unifying theme with all of them. Use your different social media profiles to direct traffic through each other, and ultimately to your point of sale. Use a design scheme which projects coordination and professionalism to your following. These little details help build trust in your brand, and in your product.

4. Be Consistent:

If you’re going to get involved in social media, be prepared to commit for the long-haul. It takes time to build a large following. Not only that, once you do have a sizable following they expect new or compelling information on a regular basis. Rather than publishing content erratically, do it on a schedule so that you can prevent dissatisfaction or loss of interest in your outreach. Consistency also allows you to maintain control over your message without being reactionary.

5. Use Analystics:

Pay attention to the numbers. Analytics make it possible to modify your message in a way that appeals the most to your following. If numbers show a positive reaction to something you’ve published, explore more ways to capitalize on this trend. Analytics help to sculpt your messaging in a way that benefits your central goals.

At the end of the day, don’t forget to be authentic. Don’t get caught up in trying to manipulate the process so much that you forget to be organic about the way you communicate with your following. After all, social media works best when everyone involved is sociable. 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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4 SMART STRATEGIES TO PRACTICE RESOURCEFUL LEADERSHIP

In a perfect world, every leader would have ready access to all the tools necessary to achieve their objectives. However, we all know that dreaded feeling. That knot in your gut when the fact sets in that you don’t have enough to meet expectations. It happens in all areas of life, and business. For instance it can happen when you realize you don’t have enough capital to finance your plans; or when you have to run a department while critically understaffed; or even when you have surplus inventory to sell off, but trickling demand. Dilemmas like these constantly punctuate the experience of leadership, and can cause what seems like insurmountable stress.

If you have difficult goals to meet as a leader, never forget that the power lies within you to overcome and succeed, regardless of the circumstances. In fact, every person in this world has a hidden instinct that specifically makes survival possible in the face of crisis. This instinct is called resourcefulness. If you learn to hone it, you will eventually grow capable of leveling any obstacle that stands in the way of your ambitions. Here are five essential traits of resourcefulness that can help any leader stand firm under the pressure of severe expectations:

1.       Embrace Knowledge and Stay Informed: There is an age-old proverb that says knowledge is power. This argument especially rings true when it comes to exercising resourcefulness. The more you know about the work you do, and the environment in which you function, the more strategically positioned you become to make valuable and efficient decisions. Take every opportunity you can to expand your knowledge whether casually, or through formal schooling.

2.       Nurture Relationships: Being a professional involves more than just practicing technical expertise. It’s about having an ability to work sustainably with other people, as well as having an ability to persuade consumers to trust the brand or product you sell. Both of these processes can only transpire desirably if you build, and nurture, meaningful relationships with others. In moments when you have no choice but to improvise and be resourceful, good connections are often the only way to escape being stranded.

3.       Be Open-Minded: Resourcefulness can be defined as having the ability to solve problems through creative improvisation. By its very definition, resourcefulness is a characteristic that demands ingenuity. It simply cannot be accomplished without a willingness to think outside the box. Turning away from convention can feel excruciating, however there are moments when this is unavoidable in order to solve problems. The more open your mind is to do the unexpected, the more possible it becomes for you to achieve the unexpected.

4.       Be Efficient: Tolerating wastefulness in business is tantamount to driving a vehicle that has a flat tire. The more you do to conserve available resources and prevent misuse, the more you stand to gain from making your assets last. If you can figure out how to think efficiently, work efficiently and consume efficiently, not only will you become able to endure scarcity, you will multiply profits to their highest possible levels as resources become more abundant.

Resourcefulness is a state of mind. It is a deep-seated desire to survive in the face of challenges or resistance. Often all it takes to practice effective resourcefulness is a dose of optimism, and a willingness to be tactical about thinking fast, and acting faster. No matter what trials you may be facing as a leader, don’t throw in the towel just because things are difficult. Search within yourself for the resourcefulness necessary to stand firm, and persevere. 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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10 EASY TIPS ON HOW TO CRUSH YOUR FEAR OF PUBLIC SPEAKING

We all experience it in our own unique ways. Some of us draw a complete – and total – blank. While others toss and turn endlessly in the middle of the night with dread. Some of us squirm with knots and butterflies in our stomachs. While others sweat profusely in gripping anxiety. Its symptoms might be different from one person to the next, but it stands as one of the most universally shared anxieties in the world. It is the ever so infamous, ever so imminent, ever so petrifying, fear of public speaking.

It’s not as Bad as you Think:

One of the most well-known statistics circulated about glossophobia is the allegation that most people fear public speaking more than death itself. As sensational and astounding as this statistic sounds, did you know that there has never been a single recorded incident of fatality directly caused by speaking in public? In fact, the vast majority of people survive and overcome the jitters that come with public speaking anxiety. Communication Theorist and Forbes Magazine contributor Nick Morgan estimates that only ten percent of people are legitimately paralyzed by fear of public speaking. The remaining ninety percent either relish it, or tolerate it despite being nervous.

Take Charge of Your Emotions:

It’s understandable that fear is an intimidating emotion to experience. However, fear is unique in that it is one of the few emotions that can actually be channeled into constructive behavior. This is because fear naturally activates the fight or flight instinct within us. Faced with these alternatives, always remember that it’s entirely within your power to choose fight. Instead of allowing yourself to be overwhelmed by fear of public speaking, draw from it. Use the agitation it causes to concentrate on the task at hand. Use the apprehension it triggers to be alert. Reset your attitude about your own inherent resilience, and it might surprise you just how capable you are of flourishing as a speaker. Here are ten tips to help you conquer your fear and perform well as a public speaker:

1.       Know your Audience:

Before you address a gathering of people, take some time to analyze exactly who they are, and why they have convened to listen to you. The more formal your speech is going to be, the more important it is to understand your audience and how best to relate to them as you speak.

2.       Practice, Practice, Practice:

The more fluidly you can recite or express the subject matter of your speech, the more effectively you will connect with the people listening to you. Never deliver a speech impromptu unless you have no choice. Practice your timing, practice your delivery, practice your posture and you will reduce the chances of getting frazzled.

3.       Stand Tall:

Remember that public speaking is a simultaneously visual and cognitive experience for an audience. They’re not just there to listen to you, they’re there to see you as well. This makes it important to project confidence in your posture and demeanor, even if nerves have you feeling otherwise. Even if you have to fake it, stand tall.

4.       Focus on Your Topic:

One of the most common mistakes people make when giving speeches is thinking too much about audience-reactions. Dwelling on this aspect of the experience immediately triggers a fear of rejection. On the other hand, concentrating on the details of your topic allows you to tune out the gaze of the crowd and provide what’s important, an articulate message.

5.       Breath:

Be conversational as you address your crowd. People often become so mechanical when delivering speeches that they actually forget to pause between sentences. Don’t become so exasperated that you end up gasping for air during your speech. Forgetting to breath can actually make you faint in the pressure of the moment.

6.       Take your Time:

Public speaking is so excruciating that most people just want to get it over and done with. Regardless of whether or not you’ve practiced your timing, when the big moment comes, slow down and be eloquent. Even if you don’t feel like your speaking quickly, chances are that you’re rushing through it. There’s no harm in compensating for this tendency by taking your time in order to get a clear message across.

7.       Don’t Be Late:

If your speech is scheduled for a future date, don’t add to the stress of the moment by showing up late to your venue. Showing up early gives you time to present yourself with composure. The more relaxed you are, the more relaxed your audience will be.

8.       Be Interactive:

The easiest way to bore your audience to death is by depriving them the opportunity to actively engage in the speech you’re delivering. Strategically using Q&A sessions in your delivery encourages full participation from your listeners. It reminds them that you are there to connect, not lecture.

9.       Use Visual Aides:

Always remember that people internalize information in different ways. Some can easily grasp concepts purely by listening to raw facts. However most people need visual illustrations to understand new information easily. Including props or imagery in you speech can help break the monotony of the experience for your audience, while helping them comprehend the message you have to communicate.

10.   Take Some Classes:

You don’t have to go it alone when it comes to public speaking. There are countless resources available either to train or educate you on how to master this essential life-skill. For instance, RISE Programs offers specialized coaching both for novice and experienced public speakers. With the right instruction you’ll become unstoppable.

The first step towards overcoming fear is taking the initiative to confront it. When it comes to fear of public speaking, it all boils down to preparation and coordination. The more you practice and organize your speeches, the more you will eliminate the nerves that keep you terrified. 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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3 THINGS YOU NEED TO SUCCEED

Strength

There is immeasurable value in maintaining good health through physical fitness, but, there is also priceless value in maintaining your inward strength.

In the words of John Maxwell: “Outward strength will fade on you; as you grow older you lose some of that muscle. But inward strength, carefully taken care of, gets stronger.”

Balance

The word balance has come to mean “middle of the road”. Although this balance might sound nice it’s of no threat to the evil of the world, with little risk, and above all… it’s a cheap excuse that people use to keep up appearances and pretend that our squeaky-clean image is intact.

Balance can threaten your passion and potential to do amazing things.

Those with faith, passion and vision blaze a trail that threatens all of our comfort zones. True passion offends the stationary and what many call “balanced life”.

There’s something incredulous about what many call “balance” today – it is able to fulfill its own expectations. Living a “balanced” life is safe because it takes no risk and almost always gets what it expects…which isn’t much.

Make sure your “balanced” life is full of vision, passion, growth and contribution!

Flexibility

I’m sure you have noticed by now that you will never make a plan in your life that works perfectly 100% of the time. Life comes with unexpected changes and there is nothing you can do to stop it. Since life is full of changes, the only way you can survive imminent disappointments and frustrations is by learning to adapt to life’s moments and being prepared to accommodate change.

Flexibility not only allows you to face challenges that make you more successful, it reduces stress and gives you peace. Learn, and utilize, the power of flexibility.

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8 SUBTLE WAYS THE INTERNET CHANGED OUR LIVES FOREVER

The English dictionary defines faith as a state of complete trust or confidence in someone or something. It is a willingness to believe in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of an entity. Faith is often contemplated in philosophical terms, however, it would probably surprise you to discover just how much faith you happen to place in things that are far from supernatural. Life in the 21st century has become so convenient that we take for granted just how many resources revolutionized both the way we conduct our daily routines, and how we perceive the world around us. There’s no greater example of this than how widely, and openly, people have embraced technology like the internet.

There was once a time when it didn’t make sense for anyone to own a computer for reasons that weren’t professional. Computers simply served no practical purpose beyond word-processing and data analysis. It was far cheaper, and far easier, for the average person to rely on libraries, dictionaries, directories or encyclopedias to retrieve basic information. Approximately 26 years ago, this entire paradigm would permanently change however. On August 6, 1991, Tim Berners-Lee launched the first ever web page on a NeXT computer at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Compared to the behemoth of a network it has grown into, the internet was a crude system at the time. For that matter, Berners-Lee’s page entitled World Wide Web, did nothing more than provide explanatory information about the nature of the internet to an exclusivel! y academic audience. Eventually however, applications for this technology began to expand as programmers learnt how to use web pages to share files. Once web browsers were made available to the public in 1993, limitless possibilities were introduced to anyone fortunate enough to gain access to this technology. For example:

1.       Sophisticated search engines would allow people to explore information with an efficiency that surpassed hardcopy sourcing.

2.       The introduction of commercialized web pages in 1995 would make it possible for financial transactions to occur on the internet.

3.       Hotmail’s web-based mail service propelled email to a staple of human interaction.

4.       As blogs began being published in 1997, the internet grew into a source for breaking news and discourse about current events.

5.       File-sharing through services such as Napster eventually made it popular to sell music and other multimedia files online.

6.       The birth of MySpace in 2003 would usher in the era of social media.

7.       Streaming video through platforms like YouTube transformed how video content is produced and consumed.

8.       Smartphones and other mobile devices turned the internet into a portable network accessible from any location at any time.

Slowly but surely, the internet has become an inextricable component of how we communicate, and how we make daily decisions. We trust this technology to give us accurate feedback whenever we type a query into a search engine. We trust that our vital and confidential messages will make it to their recipients the moment we click send. We trust that our transactions are secure whenever we proceed to checkout. We even trust that the GPS won’t send us to Timbuktu once we’ve punched in our coordinates. It’s amazing to imagine how much our lives have changed in the span of a few decades purely because of the internet. It’s even more mind-blowing to imagine what lies in store for us moving forward. 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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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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3 TRICKS TO STOP STRUGGLING WITH INFORMATION OVERLOAD

It comes as no surprise that people generally feel stressed these days. Between maintaining social relationships, pressure from work, fake news, real news, and the bottomless political drama unfolding by the minute, most of us probably can’t remember the last time we spent a day without a care in the world. The bad news is that stress happens to be an unavoidable part of life. The good news however is that stress is manageable. Habits such as balanced diet, exercise, hobbies, spiritual meditation and good rest, can help people cope tremendously. In spite of our best efforts to manage stress however, there happens to be one trigger that unfortunately goes neglected by many. That is, how much we filter the information we consume.

Living in the information age has empowered us with access to an unlimited supply of knowledge and raw data. Google alone seems to have the answers to every conceivable question. By the end of the day each one of us is certain to have read or watched at least one hour of media that isn’t entertainment. For all the benefits this knowledge delivers, there are actually negative emotional consequences associated with exposure to high volumes of information. Researchers define these negative emotional effects as information overload. Analyzing and internalizing excessive quantities of information actually induces anxiety and frustration which interferes with our decision-making process and general peace of mind. If you are conscientious enough to proactively manage stress in your life, being systematic about the information you receive, and how you ! process it, can help eliminate this hidden source of aggravation. Here are three simple tips to either prevent or gain control of information overload:

Accept that It Never Ends:

Human beings have a natural instinct to desire closure. Throughout life’s many experiences, we feel the most satisfaction when events comprise a distinct beginning, middle, and end. This characteristic within us creates an irony when it comes to consuming information because there will never be an end to the flow of data being transmitted in society. The news will never have a series finale. There will always be a new smart device, or app, or social network to adopt and figure out. There will always be new music to listen to, or new movies to watch, or new media that demands our concentration. Approaching infinite information with a desire for closure brings about a sense of drowning. It makes us feel overwhelmed at being unable to reconcile anything open-ended that we encounter. On the other hand, accepting that information is infinite conditions our minds not to lament over issues which ! have no resolution. Embracing such an attitude motivates optimism.

Manage Your Time:

One of the most common downfalls of trying to deal with information overload is poor allocation of time. This sounds like a technical issue, but we’ve all been there. We all know what it feels like deciding to watch one episode on Netflix only to end up streaming an entire season instead. We all know what it feels like to look up at the clock and suddenly realize we’ve been on Facebook for more than an hour. If you’ve ever lost track of time when involving yourself in a source of information, that’s a sign that you aren’t fully aware of how you distribute time towards activities. Instead of blindly taking on the day hoping to accomplish an unknown number of goals, learn to schedule how and when you access information with a timer – especially when accessing information recreationally. Using timers eliminates distraction that eats into overall productivity unnecessarily.

Prioritize:

All information isn’t created equal. A lot of what people become absorbed in on a daily basis is actually trivial and gratuitous. Do we really need live updates on Hollywood divorces for instance? Should reading up on Which “Friends” Character you are, Based on Your Sign feature at the top of your to-do list? To make matters worse, we habitually sacrifice time that could have been spent being productive, preoccupied with unnecessary information. If you’ve ever found yourself procrastinating, chances are this is exactly what you were doing with your time. Replacing or postponing something important, with irrelevant consuming activity. Actively develop the discipline to identify information that doesn’t add value to your life. This is vital to overcoming information overload. If you’ve already heard about a news story in the morning, it! makes no sense to check up on it a hundred times over. If you know you have an important deadline to meet, stop putting it off with endless “breaks” on social media. Putting first things first is the only way to avoid losing track of your responsibilities.

Ultimately, it all comes down to effort. If you aren’t trying to continuously address the problem, it will end up boiling over into an insurmountable obstacle. Considering the fact that stress has the capacity to impact health, any opportunity to manage it should never be ignored. 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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3 WAYS TO FOCUS YOUR ETHICAL COMPASS AS A LEADER

Corporate culture functions in an atmosphere of rivalry. Every line worker competes to become a manager, every manager competes to become an executive, and every executive competes to dominate their industry. Cash is king in this vicious cycle of survival, and it stands as an unspoken rule that the only sacred virtue in business is the bottom line. In the face of these conditions, it should surprise no one that leaders are often susceptible to unethical business practices in the workplace. Ruthless corporate culture has an ironic way of financially rewarding productivity even when it happens at the expense of virtue.

It’s Never Worth It

It doesn’t matter what the context or the stakes are, violating ethics for the sake of business is always accompanied by one universal risk – injury to others. This injury could be emotional, it could be financial, or it could even be physical. Nonetheless, if a decision to pursue a specific course of action intentionally compromises the health and well-being of another person, no amount of profit can possibly justify it. This is why ethical leadership matters. Humanity’s duty to do right by one another is defined and illustrated by leaders. Furthermore this duty supersedes any possible justification for financial gain from corruption. To quote Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “The time is always right, to do what is right.” And doing what is right, especially as a leader, should be instinctive, not selective. Here are three central concepts of ethical leadership.

 

1.       Walk the Walk

Ethical leaders understand one fundamental truth; that is, actions speak louder than words. Ethical leadership begins with sincere intent and ends with deliberate follow-through. Because leaders are expected to set an example for others, when a leader is seen and understood to be ethical, the example said leader sets for their followers is that of Integrity. Don’t be the type of leader who just says what is right. Be the type of leader who does what is right.

 

2.       Practice Accountability

When a leader is only answerable to themselves, there is nothing to stop them from crossing ethical lines aside from fleeting personal scruples. The more responsibility a leader has, the more imperative it becomes for them to have checks and balances against their capacity to make influential decisions. Being accountable means being able to justify judgment as a leader if, and when, the need should arise. Ethical leaders should always exercise legitimate transparency with the people whom they serve.

 

3.       Stay Grounded

One of the easiest things to do in professional environments is lose sight of the fact that business is fundamentally about people. Just think about how many euphemisms are used to refer to people in this context. Business habitually labels people as: Clients, Consumers, Users, Employees, Customers, Buyers, Staff, Personnel, Workers, Recruits, Interns, Laborers, Patrons, Shoppers, and the list goes on. Allowing the formality of business to dehumanize those you interact with makes it easier to make decisions that either work against their interests or directly cause them harm. A leader who never forgets the humanity of their colleagues or subordinates is a leader who is more likely to treat others ethically.

Ethical leadership is all about exercising will. It demands fully embracing a continuous initiative to achieve the greatest possible good for the greatest number of people. Ethical leaders understand that their judgement should be of benefit to those they serve not just substantially, but in the long-term as well. 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 ca! ll 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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HOW TO USE APPROACHABILITY TO STAND OUT AS A LEADER

One of the most important components of leadership is inspiration. Leaders have a responsibility to galvanize their followers and motivate them into consistent, energized action – especially in situations of pressure. Most people assume that leadership is predominantly about decision-making and delegation. However, the human component of being in charge of people means that the more approachable a leader is, the easier it becomes to persuade and inspire devotion from followers. This is because people instinctively relax about obeying someone with whom they clearly share history, interests, perspective or worldview. Approachability helps establish common ground that not only unites leaders and followers, but also enhances the reputation of a leader beyond the boundaries of professional performance. If practicing approachability happens to be a challenge for you, here are a few pointers to guide you towards connecting with others in an accessible way:

 

1. Have an Open-Door Policy

Approachability starts with the basic initiative to make oneself available to others. When it comes to management, this can be achieved successfully by establishing an open-door policy. It may sound cliché, but simply making it known that the leadership of a company is prepared to listen to employees without any restrictions creates an atmosphere of transparency that endears leaders to their followers. An open door policy isn’t just about literally listening to employees speak however. It’s also about responding efficiently and comprehensively to all forms of communication whether in real-time or not. Every memo, email, text message, voicemail, fax, phone call, video conference, letter and so on should be treated as a priority that deserves attentive feedback. It takes effort and commitment, but it is worth it to emphasize the message ! that reaching out to you won’t result in rejection or indifference.

 

2. Give Praise Generously

Professional environments place a lot of expectations on employees. Everyone has deadlines, quotas and targets to satisfy, not to mention the fact that all of this happens under foreboding supervision. Experiencing such conditions constantly in the absence of any validation is enough to waver any reasonable person’s confidence. This is especially why proactive acknowledgment of good employee performance is crucial, not just for approachable leadership, but for effective leadership in general. The more praise a leader gives to employees who deserve it, the more excited and encouraged employees become to give their best efforts. Positive reinforcement yields gratification in people that directly amplifies their productivity which is a why any good leader should never hesitate to congratulate someone for a job-well-done.

 

3. Project Optimism

In a perfect world, life would never present any problems. The reality is however that everyone, and by extension every organization, goes through ups and downs over time. In the face of unpredictability, people naturally look to leadership to provide a sense of stability and direction. One of the most meaningful ways to fulfill this expectation is to offer reassurance to others when things are either difficult or going wrong. Making an effort to be optimistic is uplifting. It is encouraging. Done the right way, it enables people to step out of their self-absorbed paranoia and refocus their energy on success rather than failure. When optimism is expressed by a leader, it translates into compassion that draws adoration from followers.

 

4. Socialize

The burden of responsibility often compels leaders to distance themselves from followers in order to maintain formality. Whereas some detachment is prudent, having zero casual interaction with the people being led only corners leaders into a position of alienation. It serves well for leaders to humanize themselves with a measure of personal disclosure. Finding a way to engage with employees that isn’t hinged on professionalism creates the opportunity to form social bonds that make it easier for employees to dedicate sincere loyalty to their leadership.

Even the smallest effort to be approachable is like planting a seed. It may seem small and insignificant in the present, but following through with it stands to produce flourishing benefits that bear good fruit in the long run. Even if leading others is difficult, just being able to do so in a context of openness and transparency eliminates countless variables of hostility that would otherwise make conflict much likelier. 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 u! s 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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