How You Spend Your Extra Hour Matters

Clocks are moving back today for Daylight Savings and we get something we’ve asked for:  an extra hour in the day!

I am fascinated by how people use their extra hour.

  • Many will go to bed at the same time, wake up at the same time, and get an extra hour of sleep.
  • Some will sleep the same number of hours, but wake up early to a day with one more hour.
  • Others will stay up later working on something special.

How will you use your extra hour?

Do more research?  Write a blog post? Spend extra time with family?

Or, just watch more TV?

What you choose to do with your hour makes a statement.

8pm Warriors will use it.  Others will lose it.

Have a useful night,

Aaron@Biebert

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Four Steps to Unleash the Power of Confidence

Great leaders find a way to build confident teams.  It’s one of the most overlooked facets of amazing leadership:

How do you get your team to believe in themselves?

Do you send them to watch “motivational” speakers?  Do you make them read the latest “inspirational” book?  Do you lie to them?  Fake it?

There is only one way. It must be earned.

I believe that teams, just like people, develop authentic confidence when they actually experience success and can attribute that success to the work they’ve done.  Some people don’t believe in themselves because they don’t feel they’ve done anything remarkable. Teams can be the same way.

As a leader, you must find a way to get your team believing they can achieve great things. Here are four steps towards the power of confidence:

1. Hire talented people
2. Expect great achievements
3. Celebrate success
4. Remind them of what they are capable of.

Then, push them further.

There is something special about those who have authentic confidence.  For them, anything they chase is within reach. It’s not magic, sorcery, or luck.

It’s the power of believing in yourself.

Have a great night,

Aaron@Biebert

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Never Give Up!

I recently watched “Nature’s Most Amazing Events” and found inspiration in the segment about the annual Pacific Salmon run.

The story serves as a great reminder to all who feel stuck on a path to something great.

Salmon are drawn by instinct to swim against the current, jump huge waterfalls, and avoid massive bears to achieve their mission.  Out of every 1000 salmon that are born, only 4 make the round trip from their birth place to the ocean and back again.

It’s the challenge of a lifetime!

However, as if that wasn’t hard enough, sometimes the water levels are too low for the salmon to meet the bears, waterfalls, or heavy currents they’re destined to face. They get stuck before the real battle even begins.

It’s heartbreaking to watch and reminds me of so many brilliant, passionate 8pm Warriors who are stuck.

Then the rain comes.

Just as many of the fish are starting to lose energy and hope, the rainy season begins and allows the fish to resume their epic struggle against all odds to achieve their ultimate life goal.  They can finally begin the fight they were designed for.

Sound familiar?

Many of my fellow 8pm Warriors are on their way to following their dreams.  We all signed up for the challenges of developing new products or services, avoiding competitors, and challenging the status quo.  We’re okay with swimming against the current.

What we didn’t sign up for was the lack of water.

This economy has dried up many options and left many 8pm Warriors wondering, hurting, and weak.

Tonight I urge you to hold on.  Just like those salmon, do not turn back.  Do not forfeit your goal or your path.  Never give up.

The rain is coming!

The challenges we seek will be here soon enough and the days of funding issues and weak demand will be replaced with the challenges of finding the right people, products, and strategies again.

The pain of failure is much easier to take than the regret of quitting early on something great.

Push through.

Have a perseverant night,

Aaron@Biebert

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What Do You Make?

The things we make…make us.

That’s what Jeep declared last summer when they unveiled their newest creation.  I thought it was brilliant.


 

It just begs the question:   What do you make?

“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business”

– Unknown

I must make money to reach my life goal, but I decided to make something great along the way. You know what?

It “makes” me feel great.

  • When I make a difference, I feel different.
  • When I make someone happy, I am happy.
  • When I make magic happen, I feel magical.

Finally, when I make that last payment towards my life goal, I’m going to feel like a billion bucks.

You and your team must commit to making something special.  It’s a battle sometimes (especially in this economy), but it’s a battle worth fighting.

Fight it.  It’ll make you special.

Have a great night,

Aaron@Biebert

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Train as You’ll Fight!

Great coaches and military leaders know their teams must train the same way they plan to fight.

Sloppy training? Sloppy behaviors.
Slow practice? Slow execution when it matters.

It always matters!

For those 8pm Warriors aspiring to run a department, division, or business someday, I offer this challenge:

Start acting like it now.

Like it or not, but you’re always training. You’re either training for something special or training yourself to be just like everyone else. What you do today affects who you become tomorrow.

Don’t wait until your best is needed.  It’s needed now.

Years before it counted, some of the greatest people I know were leading themselves, pushing their limits, asking, listening, and learning. Some say that success happens when luck meets preparation.

Prepare today.

Even when it doesn’t seem like anyone’s watching, be great.

Your day will come.

Have a preparation night,

Aaron@Biebert

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Lay Down with the Dogs, Wake Up with the Fleas

Environment matters.

If you’re working, living, or growing in an unhealthy place, you are becoming unhealthy.  It’s only natural.

Humans adapt to their environments and our lives are a reflection of the soil we’re planted in.  Trees planted in gravel don’t produce fruit.  Flowers surrounded by weeds rarely bloom. People who spend significant time with quitters or those with eternal negativity rarely maximize their potential.

For those who like to win, there will always be fertile fields and positive people to connect with.

If you’re laying with the dogs, wake up and run.  Your future depends on it.

Have a great night,

Aaron@Biebert

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Leadership: Motivation Is the Easy Part

This won’t apply to everyone.  If you have trouble staying motivated, my blog isn’t for you.  Try the thousands of CD’s, DVD’s, or books out there designed to motivate you.  (Or try a motivational speaker instead)

For 8pm Warriors, motivation is the easy part.

By nature, we’re motivated people. We have goals.  We have bright visions.  We have big dreams.

Assuming that we also have brains, some level of success is a foregone conclusion.

Unless we get demotivated.

When you find and lead motivated people, remember that the key to success isn’t motivation.  It’s avoiding demotivation.

  • Eliminate distractions
  • Be sensitive to their needs
  • Act respectfully
  • Operate in an open and honest manner
  • Share information
  • Maintain stability

Chances are you already know these suggestions.  Now it’s time to focus on them.

Have a focused night,

Aaron@Biebert

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Why is half your team unhappy? Why are 25% leaving?

It’s always someone else, some other company, some other leader.

The fact remains that most American workers are unhappy with their position.  25% don’t plan on staying at your company.

Since most companies have laid off everyone possible, the reality is that members of your core team may be dissatisfied.

Why?

Do we ask for more each year and give less in return?

As a whole, we’ve laid off middle management and cut support.

  • We’ve cut budgets
  • We’ve cut benefits
  • We ask for more
  • We pay less

Have we laid off the joy?  Have we forgotten about people?

What’s the cost of that?

Only you can answer that for your organization.

I know I’ve got work to do…

Have a great night,

Aaron@Biebert

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