Leadership Resources was pleased to present eight awards to clients at the 2010 Celebration of Success. To be eligible for an award, an individual or company must have utilized a Leadership Resources product or service in the past five years and have documented success in their personal or professional life. We had some excellent nominations this year and are pleased to announce the winners at this month’s event.
The 2010 winners include:
- Leadership Behavior Award – Brian Olson, Vice President, Operations, Pen-Link
- The Planner Award – Dustin Addison,Financial Planner, Wells Fargo Advisors
- Entrepreneur Award – Denise Mainquist, Owner, ITPAC Consulting
- Goal Planning Guru – Nathan Rink, Financial Advisor, Waddell & Reed
- Business Development Award – Mark Zmarzly, Vice President, Haberfeld Associates
- Balanced Lifestyle Award – Olivia Heidinger, Agent, Farm Bureau Financial Services
- President’s Award – John Oestreich, Managing Principal, Waddell & Reed
- Long-Term Growth Award – Plastic Companies Enterprises, Sam Featherston, President/CEO
View the photos of the award winners at the Leadership Resources Facebook Page.Read More
Dan Sedor led the breakout session “Goal Setting 2011” at Tuesday’s Celebration of Success. Participants were given the opportunity to brainstorm some goals for the upcoming year.
Dan challenged everyone to not hold back, to follow their gut, and not to evaluate the goals just yet. They shared their ideas with each other, were encouraged, borrowed goal ideas from each other, and generated some great ideas for the upcoming year.
After getting initial ideas down on paper, the group was asked to start prioritizing and categorizing their goals into one of the six areas of life:
Dan encouraged everyone to have a well rounded list of goals they were committed to accomplishing in 2011. Participants were then asked to identify the actions and behaviors they will do to accomplish their goals for 2011. Dan reminded everyone to focus on the attitudes that will drive their behavior to deliver success in 2011!
Participants spent the majority of their time working on two handouts:
- Brainstormed list of goals
- Purpose/Mission and the 6 goal areas
An additional file participants may find helpful is the goal planning sheet, which is formatted in Microsoft excel and easy to type into and sort by target date, etc.
Check out our Brainstorm List of Goals for 2011 and Purpose/Mission and 6 Goal Areas handouts!
This is a re-cap of the breakout session led by Paul Rieken, at the 2010 Celebration of Success.
This breakout session focused on customer service and how to “wow” your customers in 2011. We have all dealt with good and bad experiences in this area. The group was asked to think of a time when they (as customers) experienced bad customer service, and also a time when the customer service was great. People shared what impact these services had on them. Ironically, the bad times seemed to stick out the most! The discussion continued with the “Top Ten Customer Service Mistakes” and “How To Deliver Great Customer Service–Top 10 Tips.” (available through the downloads at the bottom of the page)
So why is customer service so important?
First, it maintains current and returning customers. (These people account for 80% of total business!) And of course, you can consider it free advertising when your customers give positive feedback about your company to others. Next, it “wows” the new customer. They want to come back, and in addition, they tell other people. Finally, customer service provides your organization with a competitive advantage. A lot of places do not have good customer service, so if you do that’s a huge advantage.
As Walt Disney once said, “Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends.”
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This is a re-cap of the breakout session led by Boyd Ober, at the 2010 Celebration of Success.
Who is tired of being surrounded by negative energy? Who can’t even bare to watch the evening news to avoid being bombarded by more depressing stories? The people at Leadership Resources are ready to focus on the good things in life right with you. In doing so, President Boyd Ober shared with our group how changing our attitude changes our success and leadership potential.
The session started with two questions:
- What is leadership?
- What is success?
The room became buzzing with different answers and meanings for each individual with some great answers being presented. A leader was seen as a person that creates vision, someone others follow, an individual who influences others to reach goals and a process, action and role.
After some group thought, the same examples that were listed was turned onto each attendee leading to new set of questions to see themselves in a leadership role:
- What am I creating that others will believe in?
- What have I done to demonstrate that I am someone who believes in others?
- What is my “extreme dream”?
Directly correlating with leadership, the key to success was a hot topic among the group. The definition of success varied for each attendee with a common goal; a feeling of setting and achieving goals. There are over 20,000 individual success moment for a person each day starting with the moment you wake up.
How does one reach such a high number? The key is a change in attitude and habit of thought. If you don’t like the results you are getting, change your culture, habit of thought or attitude. Each morning, start you day with two questions:
- How can I impact my priorities?
- How can I impact my attitude?
Soon you will be reaching or exceeding 20,000 successes a day. Each victory, whether it is minor or major, will directly impact your overall behavior, attitude, habit of thought, actions and results you achieve.
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Dan Sedor was chosen to facilitate a session titled, “Effective Project Meetings – Polishing Your Skills,” for the 2010 ACGA Conference.
The objectives of this session included:
- Review the importance of planning and executing effective meetings
- Cover the phases and important elements of effective meetings
- Discusses the role of human dynamics in the meeting
- Understanding the importance and role of meeting minutes and meeting recorder
- Review the future of meetings and the impact of new technologies.
- For more information about this particular session or to contact Leadership Resources about a session for your organization, please call 866-820-8410 or visit the contact us page.
On Friday, November 12, Boyd Ober facilitated the 3% Club luncheon on the topic of “Extreme Dreaming.” Leadership Resources was excited to host over 30 attendees at the event. The luncheon focused on the importance of dreaming big by getting out of the moment and being able to think beyond. The topic was inspired by the Orlando Magic’s Pat Williams’ book, Extreme Dreams.
How many people dream?
Everyone does! The group was asked to close their eyes and think about their own life as it was today. They proceeded by writing down all the words that came to mind. Next, everyone was asked to close their eyes and think about what describes their life in 30 years. Again, they wrote down those things that came to mind. Not surprisingly, most people’s description of their life today and their life 30 years down the road were not the same. Today, many people said they were busy, stressed and tired. But in 30 years, a majority of people dreamed of being relaxed, happy and successful.
The group narrowed it down even further and filled out 10-year projection worksheets. They brainstormed more specifically about how their occupation, personal responsibilities and family life might look in 10 years.
The discussion continued with the importance of planning when it comes to extreme dreaming. When you plan, you take the dream and break it down. Not only is it important to have a vision, but you also need a mission. How are you going to do it? Additionally, we all need resources, positioning, investments and some form of accountability. Know your dream–then chase your dream. The quality of your process will lead to the productivity of your outcome.
“By continuing to come to these meetings and taking LR classes, it helps to reinforce what you know you are supposed to be doing but helps you stay on track,” said Paul Vachal, VP Sales at Reliant Studios. “If you don’t set the plan of where you want to be five or ten years down the road, you’ll end up just staying where you are.”
“I am starting up a new company and strongly believe in the power of coaching, so I am exploring what Leadership Resources has to offer,” said Bryan Carlson, owner of Signia Marketing.
10 Year Projection – Download Available
For more information on upcoming 3% Club dates and how to signup, visit the news and events section of our website or fill out the form on the contact us page.Read More
On Friday, September 10th, Leadership Resources was excited to host a roomful of clients and guests for the monthly 3% club. At this particular session, we discussed tips for effective networking, online and offline. During this session, each group came up with 3 tips to DO when networking, and 3 tips NOT to do when networking.
All of the tips were posted to the wall for people to observe and discuss. They have also been compiled and pasted below for the world to sit up and take notice.
Thanks again for all who joined us and for making this a terrific session! Feel free to pass this link onto others.
Networking Do’s and Dont’s
- Share meaningful information.
- Build a relationship.
- Sell yourself and not your product.
- Be honest.
- Keep it professional.
- Share things of relevance.
- Network with a purpose.
- Be intentional…have a plan.
- Be an interesting person.
- Be genuine and network in things that you’re interested in.
- Ask permission to use someone’s name as a referral.
- After meeting someone and identifying a mutually beneficial
- relationship, connect on LinkedIn.
- Be selective.
- Follow up.
- Do have an elevator speech ready to market yourself.
- Don’t post inappropriate material/information.
- Don’t abuse the system.
- Don’t hog the newsfeed.
- Don’t talk about yourself all the time.
- Don’t use bad language, negativity.
- Don’t overuse or underuse.
- Don’t allow everyone – don’t accept every request.
- Don’t share too much personal information with people you don’t know.
- Don’t be negative with information you share.
- Don’t falsely embellish your profile.
- Don’t be one-dimensional (only focused on one thing).
- Don’t be afraid to do something new.
- Don’t do the “hand-a-card and run” when you meet someone.
- Don’t bring up sensitive issues on first impressions.
- Don’t post inappropriate information on Facebook.
If we discovered a magic formula for success, there would be no need for self-help books or get rich quick seminars.
What we HAVE discovered through the launch of our new radio show called “Pursuit of Success”, is a variety of defining factors that have contributed to others’ levels of success.
On a weekly basis, we’re sitting down with regional entrepreneurs, business and community leaders, interviewing them and talking with them to share key ideas of success, designed to help you become more successful while making an impact in your company and community. Hosted by Boyd Ober, President of Leadership Resources, and John Oestreich, the show airs at 6:00 pm Wednesdays on 1240 AM KFOR. This show will provide you with ideas on how to motivate your team, track progress, lead courageously, and capitalize on key opportunities.
- Nick Bock, CEO of Five Nines Technology Group
- Jay Wilkinson, CEO of Firespring
- Steve Hilton, General Manager of Lincoln Embassy Suites
- Aaron Davis, President of Aaron Davis Presentations
- Mike Murman, Chairman and Founder of Pen-Link Ltd. and
- Glacial Till Vineyard and Winery
- Sara Boatman, Ph.D. Nebraska Wesleyan University
- Paul Arhendt, entrepreneur and Owner of Total Tool
- Joe Hampton, leader of Hampton Enterprises
- Hank Orme, President of Lincoln Industries
- Lyn Wineman, WIneman Communications
Visit the Pursuit of Success website and listen to podcasts and learn about these leaders and their journey of success!Read More
Leadership Resources facilitator Patty Marmie led the 3% Club luncheon Friday, July 9 on the topic of “10 Ways to Get More Done in a Day.” The luncheon focused on how to invest time wisely instead of wasting it on trivial tasks throughout the day.
Everyone knows the cliché how-to tips on learning to manage time. Time management skills are preached in every industry and type of business, yet the phrase is actually impossible to carry out. No one can physically manage time, because there are always going to be only 24 hours in a day. Stop looking at your schedule from this perspective and you will take ownership of your own time.
A more effective way to frame the issue is to think of it as investing in your own time. When you make a personal investment with the tasks you have before you, you’ll be more productive and…to read the full story, download the article below.Read More
The Lincoln American Marketing Association named Ali Schwanke Marketer of the Year at the organization’s annual Prism Awards. The Marketer of the Year award is given to an individual that embraces and practices marketing excellence, and supports the marketing field.
Schwanke is the Marketing Manager for Leadership Resources. In 2009, she led the efforts to establish a comprehensive marketing program on a restricted budget to further Leadership Resources’ branding and communication within the communities they serve. Her efforts were particularly significant in the creation of the Natural Selling Process development program and the implementation and strategy for a new customer relationship management (CRM) system.
Schwanke is also active in the community, serving on the executive council for Lincoln’s Young Professionals Group, programming committee for New Covenant Community Church, and the planning team for the first Ignite Lincoln event. In addition, Schwanke was recently elected to the 2010 Lincoln AMA Board of Directors.
Ober said Schwanke also makes it a priority to continuously educate herself on the emerging technologies and innovative strategies to remain current in her marketing approach.
Leadership Resources is committed to delivering results through organizational development and accountability. Using a variety of leadership tools and materials, coupled with on-going support and coaching, they help executives, frontline leaders, individual contributors, and entrepreneurs achieve higher levels of success related to personal and organizational goals. To learn more, visit www.LRsuccess.comor call (402) 423-5152.Read More
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