5 Simple Steps to Change your Life

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The basis for knowing where we want to go is knowing where we came from and where we are. It also knows how well we have done achieving things we have previously set our eyes on. This is the essence of evaluation and reflection. We need to understand how to look at what we have done and then use that as a platform for what we want to do next.

The process of evaluation is relatively simple, but can be varied a bit. The important point is having a process. Here is the basic process for evaluation and reflection:

1. Find a quiet place.
Reflection is best done away from distraction. It gives your mind space to think.

2. Take a regular time.
Whether it is once a week, every other week, once a month or quarter, be sure to set aside a regular time at regular intervals to evaluate and reflect.

3. Look at what you have accomplished and where you are.
Be specific. Be truthful. Be ruthlessly honest.

4. Write it down.
Keep a record. This gives you the chance at the next stage of evaluation to see exactly where you were last time and keeps it as objective as possible.

5. Look forward and set your next goal.  Stretch yourself according to what works for you.

That is the basic process of evaluation and reflection. If you have not done this before, then this will get you going. Be sure to follow the general idea and set aside time for your evaluation and reflection.

Now, the purpose of evaluation is twofold. First, it gives you an objective way to look at your accomplishments and your pursuit of the vision you have for your life. Second, it shows you where you are so you can determine where you need to go. In other words, it gives you a baseline from which to work.

We have all heard the quote that the unexamined life is not worth living. To evaluate and reflect brings us face to face with who we are and what we have become.2 More important, it allows us the time to dream and create a vision for what we want to become. Only when we take time out of our busy schedules can we get into the state of mind and quietness of heart we need in order to find that inner place where we see what we are and what we can become. Those who never take time to evaluate and reflect will blow to and fro through this life, living by the forces of culture, circumstances, societal pressures and, unfortunately, personal weaknesses. In contrast, those who take the time to evaluate will find they are like an oak tree in a storm: They have a firm foundation, know where they are going, how to get there and, ultimately, they will get there no matter what comes their way!

Reproduced with kind permission form Jim Rohn

The Importance of Building a Powerful Personal Brand

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Ask anyone in the C-suite league, and they’ll testify that personal branding is a fundamental part of getting to the top. Yes, most CEOs act on behalf of their companies, but it’s also critical to create a presence that’s independent of your bureau.

So why should personal branding be a top priority?

Exist beyond your brand

The C-suite can be all-consuming, and it’s all too easy for CEOs to become drowned by their organisations. This is why it’s critical to actively create a presence that exists beyond your corporate identity. Take Mark Zuckerberg for example. As well as co-founding Facebook, he’s also drawn attention for his “grey shirt” wardrobe strategy and nonchalant attitude to corporate ostentatiousness. And Silicon Valley laps it up.

Merging ego and enterprise

Personal branding works best when egos and enterprise goals exist in harmony. For example, building a personal brand that complements the ‘personality’ of your company will simultaneously strengthen both ventures. Those who can find the balance serve as advocates for their organisations, with the power to advance both themselves, and their company.

Establish yourself as a thought leader

Rather than hide behind your company, building a personal brand will help to establish you as a transformative though leader. While you may place more responsibility on your own shoulders, it’ll ensure that when your company shines bright, you also land in the spotlight. Ultimately, this will put you on the hit lists of the UK’s top headhunting firms.

Create opportunities

When you allow yourself to be defined by your company, you close off opportunities for career advancement. You could simply be dismissed as a leader whose success is intrinsically linked to one company in particular. A brand of your own will help set you apart from your company, and present you as a bright mind in your own right.

There’s no denying that the mutual relationship between career success and personal branding is ever present. Executives with an understanding of the unique dynamic empower themselves with the scope to launch their personal career to new heights, as well as elevate the standing of the company they represent in the process.

10 Habits of Ultra Likeable Leaders

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1. They form personal connections.
Even in a crowded room, likeable leaders make people feel like they’re having a one-on-one conversation, as if they’re the only person in the room that matters. And, for that moment, they are. Likeable leaders communicate on a very personal, emotional level. They never forget that there’s a flesh-and-blood human being standing in front of them.

2. They’re approachable.
You know those people who only have time for you if you can do something for them? Likeable leaders truly believe that everyone, regardless of rank or ability, is worth their time and attention. They make everyone feel valuable because they believe that everyone is valuable.

3. They’re humble.

Few things kill likeability as quickly as arrogance. Likeable leaders don’t act as though they’re better than you because they don’t think they’re better than you. Rather than being a source of prestige, they see their leadership position as additional accountability to serve those who follow them.

4. They’re positive.
Likeable leaders always maintain a positive outlook and this shows in how they describe things. They don’t have to give a presentation to the board of directors; they get to share their vision and ideas with the board. They don’t have to go on a plant tour; they get to meet and visit with the people who make their company’s products. They don’t even have to diet; they get to experience the benefits of eating healthfully. Even in undeniably negative situations, likeable leaders emanate an enthusiastic hope for the future, a confidence that they can help make tomorrow better than today.

5. They’re even-keeled.
When it comes to their own accomplishments and failures, likeable leaders take things in stride. They don’t toot their own horns, nor do they get rattled when they blow it. They savor success without letting it go to their heads and readily acknowledge failure without getting mired in it. They learn from both and move on.

6. They’re generous.
We’ve all worked for someone who constantly holds something back, whether it’s knowledge or resources. They act as if they’re afraid you’ll outshine them if they give you access to everything you need to do your job. Likeable leaders are unfailingly generous with whom they know, what they know and the resources they have. They want you to do well more than anything else because they understand this is their job as a leader and because they’re confident enough to never worry that your success might make them look bad. In fact, they believe that your success is their success.

7. They demonstrate integrity.
Likeable leaders inspire trust and admiration through their actions, not just their words. Many leaders say integrity is important to them, but likeable leaders walk their talk by demonstrating integrity every day. Even a leader who oozes charm won’t be likeable if that charm isn’t backed by a solid foundation of integrity.

8. They read people.
Likeable leaders know how to read people. They know unspoken communication is often more important than the words people say. They note facial expressions, body language and tone of voice in order to get what’s really going on with their people. In other words, they have high social awareness—a critical EQ skill.

9. They appreciate potential.
Robert Brault said, “Charisma is not so much getting people to like you as getting people to like themselves when you’re around.” Likeable leaders not only see the best in their people, but they also make sure everyone else sees it, too. They draw out people’s talents so everyone is bettering themselves and the work at hand.

10. They have substance.
Daniel Quinn said, “Charisma only wins people’s attention. Once you have their attention, you have to have something to tell them.” Likeable leaders understand their knowledge and expertise are critical to the success of everyone who follows them. Therefore, they regularly connect with people to share their substance (as opposed to superficial small talk). Likeable leaders don’t puff themselves up or pretend to be something they’re not, because they don’t have to. They have substance, and they share it with their people.

Likeability isn’t a birthright; it results from acquirable skills that are crucial to your professional success. And just like other professional skills, you can study the people who have them, copy what works, and adapt them to your own style. Try these 10 strategies and watch your likeability soar.

Reproduced with kind permission from Jim Rohn

Positively Contagious

emotions are contagiousThe Flu is not the only thing you catch at work. Turns out you are just as likely to catch someone’s bad mood and negative attitude. Yes, the latest research demonstrates what we’ve all known to be true, emotions are contagious. Researchers call them emotional contagions and they impact our work environments, productivity, teamwork, service and performance in significant and profound ways.

As we know all too well, one negative employee can pollute an entire team and create a toxic work environment. One negative leader can make work miserable for his/her team. An employee in a bad mood can scare away countless customers. Complaining can act like a cancer and spread throughout the entire organization and eventually destroy your vision and goals. And pervasive negative attitudes can sabotage the morale and performance of teams with great talent and potential.

That’s the bad news… but there’s also good news.

Positive emotions are just as contagious as negative emotions. One positive leader can rally a group of willing people to accomplish amazing things. One Chief Energy Officer who sits at the welcome desk can positively infect every person who walks in your business/school/workplace. One positive team member can slowly but surely improve the mood and morale of her team. And pervasive positive attitudes and emotions at work can fuel the productivity and performance of your organization.

Emotional contagions are the reason why when I speak to businesses, schools and sports teams I say that everyone in the organization contributes to the culture of it. You are not just a creation of your culture but rather you are creating it every day through your thoughts, beliefs and actions. What you think matters. How you feel matters. And the energy you share with others, whether it’s positive or negative, really matters.

You can be a germ and attack your organization’s immune system or you can act like a dose of Vitamin C and strengthen it.

So the next time you head into work with a bad mood you might want to stop before you walk in the door and consider what your leader would say if you had the Flu. She would tell you to stay home until you are healthy and not contagious. And in that moment, as you stand at the door you have choice: You can go home so you don’t infect anyone with your bad mood, or you can choose to get healthy right there, change your attitude, and decide to be positively contagious.

 Reproduced with kind permission from Jon Gordon

Come and work for us

Come and work for us, we are nice people:-) … Executive Search Consultant – Weybridge, Surrey

Do you want to distinguish a career for yourself, gain success in an exciting field and be fortunate enough to have the support of a structured learning and development programme?

 We are looking for Executive Search Consultants for our Weybridge office in Surrey!

 “If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree. You have the ability to totally transform every area in your life—and it all begins with your very own power of choice.” Jim Rohn

 We are always looking for bright and ambitious people at all levels to add to our growing team to work in our Weybridge, Surrey office.

You may be a graduate looking for your first career move or simply looking for a new career challenge.

We are looking for individuals that have the ability to build rapport with people at all levels, have confidence and someone that enjoys a challenge. With this role, no one day is the same which always keeps you on your toes…

We are not your average headhunting firm where everything is always taken so seriously, we like to make the workplace an enjoyable environment. People have described it as a ‘family’ like culture and very welcoming.

If you like what you see and have drive and a positive ‘Never give up’ attitude and would like to get into the exciting and rewarding world of Executive Search, with one of the UK’s most respected Insurance Headhunters, please give us a call for a completely confidential chat on 01932 837798 or send us an email toinfo@rightinternational.com.

 Key skills required:

  • Ability to build rapport from junior management to Senior CEO level
  • Good communicator
  • Hard work ethic
  • Confidence, not arrogance 
  • Time management & organisation
  • Ability to using your own initiative to get things done and as part of a team
  • Determination
  • Research capabilities/resourceful

 

Company Benefits:

  • Competitive salary with regular reviews
  • All training costs paid for by the company 
  • Opportunity for career advancement
  • Free ‘posh’ coffee 

 

As a firm of headhunters, we source the top achieving candidates who are generally not responding to job boards or LinkedIn.

We successfully fill roles at CEO/MD level and also enjoy significant success at the £60-100k level, where traditional agencies struggle and the big City headhunters are not interested.

For over 20 years our Executive Search team of Headhunters have worked with the most prestigious insurance companies both in the UK and Internationally to find them the very best candidates in a variety of sectors and disciplines.

Right International are specialist Head Hunters to the Insurance sector only; covering general insurance, broking & underwriting, London market, claims management and life/health protection.

 

Since our beginning back in 1994 we have been fortunate to have built great long lasting relationships with both clients and candidates. We set the bar high in terms of client relationships, delivery within timeframes, and constantly strive to exceed expectations.

 

Here is what some of our clients say about us….http://www.rightinternational.com/testimonials

 

We believe our success has been achieved due to the high priority we place on being open and honest and instilling this behaviour in all our employees.

Clients come to us when they have a need and candidates come to us when they need help in their careers. If we can help when offered an assignment we pull out all stops to bring a favourable result.

If however we believe we cannot help we let people know up front, this is fair and does not waste client or candidates time.

Take a look at our website to see for yourself…http://www.rightinternational.com/

 If you are interested in a future within the exciting world of executive search, please apply for our consultant positions using the link below. We look forward to hearing from you.

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7 Practical Tips to Achieve a Positive Mindset

How to prioritize your mental well-being by Larry Alton

positive mindsetThe “power of positive thinking” is a popular concept, and sometimes it can feel a little cliché. But the physical and mental benefits of positive thinking have been demonstrated by multiple scientific studies. Positive thinking can give you more confidence, improve your mood, and even reduce the likelihood of developing conditions such as hypertension, depression and other stress-related disorders.

All this sounds great, but what does the “power of positive thinking” really mean?

You can define positive thinking as positive imagery, positive self-talk or general optimism, but these are all still general, ambiguous concepts. If you want to be effective in thinking and being more positive, you’ll need concrete examples to help you through the process.

Here are seven:

1. Start the day with positive affirmation. 
How you start the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. Have you ever woken up late, panicked, and then felt like nothing good happened the rest of the day? This is likely because you started out the day with a negative emotion and a pessimistic view that carried into every other event you experienced. Instead of letting this dominate you, start your day with positive affirmations. Talk to yourself in the mirror, even if you feel silly, with statements like, “Today will be a good day” or “I’m going to be awesome today.” You’ll be amazed how much your day improves.

2. Focus on the good things, however small.
Almost invariably, you’re going to encounter obstacles throughout the day—there’s no such thing as a perfect day. When you encounter such a challenge, focus on the benefits, no matter how slight or unimportant they seem. For example, if you get stuck in traffic, think about how you now have time to listen to the rest of your favorite podcast. If the store is out of the food you want to prepare, think about the thrill of trying something new.

3. Find humor in bad situations. 
Allow yourself to experience humor in even the darkest or most trying situations. Remind yourself that this situation will probably make for a good story later and try to crack a joke about it. Say you’re laid off; imagine the most absurd way you could spend your last day, or the most ridiculous job you could pursue next—like kangaroo handler or bubblegum sculptor.

4. Turn failures into lessons. 
You aren’t perfect. You’re going to make mistakes and experience failure in multiple contexts, at multiple jobs and with multiple people. Instead of focusing on how you failed, think about what you’re going to do next time—turn your failure into a lesson. Conceptualize this in concrete rules. For example, you could come up with three new rules for managing projects as a result.

5. Transform negative self-talk into positive self-talk. 
Negative self-talk can creep up easily and is often hard to notice. You might think I’m so bad at this or I shouldn’t have tried that. But these thoughts turn into internalized feelings and might cement your conceptions of yourself. When you catch yourself doing this, stop and replace those negative messages with positive ones. For example, I’m so bad at this becomes Once I get more practice, I’ll be way better at this. I shouldn’t have tried becomes That didn’t work out as planned—maybe next time.

6. Focus on the present. 
I’m talking about the present—not today, not this hour, only this exact moment. You might be getting chewed out by your boss, but what in this exact moment is happening that’s so bad? Forget the comment he made five minutes ago. Forget what he might say five minutes from now. Focus on this one, individual moment. In most situations, you’ll find it’s not as bad as you imagine it to be. Most sources of negativity stem from a memory of a recent event or the exaggerated imagination of a potential future event. Stay in the present moment.

7. Find positive friends, mentors and co-workers. 
When you surround yourself with positive people, you’ll hear positive outlooks, positive stories and positive affirmations. Their positive words will sink in and affect your own line of thinking, which then affects your words and similarly contributes to the group. Finding positive people to fill up your life can be difficult, but you need to eliminate the negativity in your life before it consumes you. Do what you can to improve the positivity of others, and let their positivity affect you the same way.

Almost anybody in any situation can apply these lessons to their own lives and increase their positive attitude. As you might imagine, positive thinking offers compounding returns, so the more often you practice it, the greater benefits you’ll realize.

The Grass isn’t Greener

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We often think that the grass will be greener somewhere else.

We believe we’ll be happier and more successful anywhere but where we are.

And so we pursue happiness.

And chase success.

Thinking one day we will magically find them. But rarely will we find find happiness and success by seeking them.

I’ve learned if you want success you can’t chase it.

Instead you must decide to make a difference where you are… and success will find you.

I’ve learned if you want to find happiness don’t seek it.

Instead decide to work with passion and purpose… and happiness will find you.

Happiness is a byproduct of feeling fulfilled.

The key to experiencing real success and true happiness is to be The Seed and plant yourself. When you plant yourself where you are with a passionate desire to make a difference you’ll grow into the influencer you were born to be.

When you serve in small ways you get more opportunity to serve in bigger ways.

Too many people want instant success and gratification right now! Too many athletes want to be traded because think they’ll be more successful on another team. Too many employees complain that their co-workers aren’t working hard enough and this affects their own performance. Too many sales people compare themselves to others and become frustrated and disengaged. Too many people worry about what everyone else is doing instead of focusing on what they are doing. Too many people run from challenges instead of developing stronger roots.

If you are like me, you’ve been one of these people. Most of us have at one time or another. It’s human nature after all.

That’s why I want to encourage you to remember that your job is not to worry about things you can’t control.

Your job is not to run away from where you are in the hope of finding greener pastures.

Your job is to plant yourself each day and be the best you can be and bring out the best in others.

Your job is to grow yourself and grow others.

When you do this and allow yourself to be used for a greater purpose, a greater purpose will move through you and bring greater opportunities, greater success and greater joy and happiness to you.

The greenest pasture is not somewhere else. It’s the place where you plant yourself and grow into the leader you were born to be. When you do, you’ll produce an abundant harvest filled with real success and true happiness.

Reproduced with kind permission from Jon Gordon, author of the Energy Bus and other fine books

Leadership Ideas from the Insurance Industries Elite – Final Part

What makes a successful leader and how do6 photo collage titles etc 2 large for ActiveC you continue to be successful when the inevitable challenges come along?

Gary asked a number of Senior Executives from different sectors of the Insurance market for their top tips and advice.

 

7) Favourite motivational/ leadership book?
Andy Fairchild – I like Malcolm Gladwell his stuff is firmly based in the real world.
Andrew Bennett – Managing to Survive – John Harvey Jones. Or Steven Covey – Seven Habits.
Greg Gladwell – The Magic of Thinking Big.
Steve Groves – Don’t like them. Read “The Corporation” if you must read a business book!
Karen Beales – To be honest – not really my thing!
Mike Srokowski – Differentiate or Die – Jack trout.

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8) Top tip on work/life balance?
Andy Fairchild – Make sure you’ve got some passions outside of work.
Andrew Bennett – Remember why you’re working hard – as one day if you don’t, you might turn around and find that reason has gone.
Greg Gladwell – Find some decent chill time and reward yourself when you have done well.
Steve Groves – Life has four variables, working hours, sleeping hours, family time and hobbies. It is unlikely you can prioritise more than two so work out which two really matter and align your schedule to them. Be prepared for them to change over time.
Karen Beales – Difficult one – we all preach to have a great balance but inevitably it can be difficult at time. I think be honest with your partner/family – if you need have to conclude something, then tell them – then at least when you are with them you can be wholly with them! There is no point trying to juggle both.

9) Any other comments/Tips?
Andy Fairchild – Faced with a choice on clever positioning or telling the truth, go with the truth option.
Andrew Bennett – Trust your people, if you can’t you need to change, or change your people.
Greg Gladwell – Find something that excites you and the people around you. For me it’s important to get up in the morning with full commitment to give.
Steve Groves – Yes, you spend a huge proportion of your working life in work as do your people. Enjoy it, be pleasant and remember that being a leader isn’t about having all the answers, it is about creating an environment in which the answer can emerge from wherever its hiding.
Karen Beales – Culture is probably the most important feature for any leader – remember you are leading a team of people to achieve a strategy which you have defined. You need to share with them openly what the strategy is and how they fit into the strategy, what difference can they make and regularly update them – and ideally verbally – avoid the use of email if poss! It is amazing how much people follow what you are doing or saying – always come out of your office with a smile – even if you don’t feel like it, otherwise staff will believe there is a problem!

This series of interviews have been amazingly well received and appreciated. Based on this encouraging response, I will be conducting more similar interviews with some of the leading figures in the Insurance market.

Keep an eye out in the weeks ahead.

The Major Key to Your Best Future

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The magic that makes things better is inside of you, and personal growth makes this magic work for you.

Of all the things that can affect your future, personal growth is most important. In other words, the major key to your better future is you. Now, there are many things that will help your future, personally and professionally.

If you belong to a strong, dynamic, progressive company with good leadership, that would help. If the company has good products and services you are proud of, that also helps. If there is a good training program that, too, would help. If it doesn’t storm, if your car doesn’t break down, if the kids don’t get sick, if the neighbors stay halfway civil, if your relatives don’t bug you, if it isn’t too cold, if it isn’t too hot… all of these things, too, would help your future.

We could go on and on with the list, but remember this: The things I’ve just listed, and many more—all put together—play only a minor role in your best future.

Because the major key to a better future is you. Lock your mind on this.

When asked, “How do you develop an above-average income?” my friend responds, “Simple. Become an above-average person.” Work on you.

“Develop an above-average handshake. A lot of people want to be successful, and they don’t even work on their handshake. As easy as that would be to start, they let it slide. They don’t understand,” he says. “Develop an above-average smile. Develop an above-average excitement. Develop an above-average dedication. Develop an above-average interest in other people. To have more, become more.”

Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.

Strangely enough, with two different people in the same company, one might earn $100 or even $1,000 more a month. What could possibly be the difference? If the products were the same, if the training was the same, if they both had the same literature, the same tools, the same teacher, the same compensation plan, if they both attended the same meetings… why would one person earn more? Remember the difference is personal—inside, not outside.

Someone once said, “The magic is not in the products. The magic is not in the literature. The magic is not in the film…. The magic that makes things better is inside of you, and personal growth makes this magic work for you.”

Reproduced with kind permission from Jim Rohn

Leadership Ideas from the Insurance Industries Elite Part 3

Top Tips on Leadership

PART 3

6 photo collage titles etc 2 large for ActiveCWhat makes a successful leader and how do you continue to be successful when the  inevitable challenges come along?

Gary asked a number of Senior Executives from different sectors of the Insurance market for their top tips and advice.

 

5) Have you had a coach/mentor?
Andy Fairchild – Yes, Des Gould (as a coach) and Peter Hubbard (as a mentor) they both taught me about the emotions of leadership.
Andrew Bennett – Yes an actuary called Kevin Wenzel, a very clear thinker and definitely a worthwhile experience. Big companies do it well, small to mediums ones in my experience miss this opportunity altogether.
Greg Gladwell – Yes, 20 years ago an enlightened boss sourced Hilary Wilson for me who I still use today. Highly recommended.
Steve Groves – Yes, briefly but it was of real help.
Karen Beales –Yes – interestingly not someone who works in the insurance sector either – I would definitely recommend a mentor. BUT make sure you use their expertise and knowledge to guide you – talk to them!
Mike Srokowski – I have never had the benefit of a dedicated business coach, although I can see how a fresh, unbiased pair of eyes could help. I find my chairman, Paul Hewitt, is a good mentor.

 

6) What’s your definition of success?
Andy Fairchild – When I die people saying that I played a part in them being successful and Peterborough United in the Premiership (one year just one!).
Andrew Bennett – Succeeding in what you strife to achieve within the time frame you set yourself.
Greg Gladwell – Taking a business to its predefined endpoint within laid down timeframes in a way that keeps clients, staff and owners happy.
Steve Groves – Achieving 80%+ of what you think is possible in a way that excites and motivates your staff and does something good for your customers.
Karen Beales – Achieving my goals which I have set myself.
Mike Srokowski – In business it’s about achieving goals; establishing a truly unique market solution has been very satisfying. Personally, it’s about seeing my children develop confidently into adults with a sense of purpose.

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LOOK OUT FOR FINAL PART SOON……….