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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Change Hearts & Minds

When trying to lead change, remember WIIFM.

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: You Decide!

Ben shares how he empowers his team to get results using four decision levels.

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Maximize Your Next Board Meeting

Ben shares 4 ways to help lead effective Board meetings from his experience sitting on both sides of the [Board] table.

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Show Up

Ben shares how you can be a better leader by showing up as yourself every day.

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Video Transcript Available Below:

My coach Michelle says that you show up as yourself every day whether you want to or not.

What that means to me as a leader is if I want to talk to the team about our culture, or about our values, I have to live those. If I don’t show up as myself, as those values, then my team won’t think those values are worth anything at all. You know, in life we all look for authenticity whether it’s in the person who we work for, the leader of our town, or the president of the United States.

Show up as yourself every day; think about what that is, and think about how you influence others.

Good luck. Work on your business.

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Secret Strategy

Ben shares why strategy shouldn’t be a secret and how to leverage it to lead your team.

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So one of the mistakes I see too often is that organizations keep their strategy a secret. They spend a lot of time and effort in developing a strategy and making decisions, but they keep that strategy in a pretty tight circle of senior leaders. While it’s interesting, it’s a lot more helpful if everybody on your team knows where you’re going and can all be helping to pull in the same direction.

Team members, every day, take actions to make things happen. If those actions are in line with the strategy, it’s great for the organization.

Think about it and if you’ve done strategy recently and not everybody knows, please let them know. Good luck. Work on your business. Stay in touch.

 

Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Pigs Can’t Fly

Ben shares the best way to focus your coaching efforts and empower your team.


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So here’s a phrase I learned from Jennie, “Don’t try to teach a pig to fly. It doesn’t work, and it annoys the pig.” What this means to me and how I employ it is when you’re a leader, a friend, or in a relationship, don’t try to get somebody to do something that they’re just not capable of doing.

Trying to coach me to run an eight-minute mile, that’s folly. Don’t try it. I think it’s better to focus on what people are good at and help them be better at those things.

Why don’t you let me know what you think? Good luck. Work on your business. Stay in touch.

Don’t teach a pig to fly.

Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Get Your Move On!

Collaboration can be simple. This week, Ben shares an investment-worthy tool that keeps his team running smoothly.


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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Magazines Have Issues

Ben shares why it’s best not to confuse problems with issues. Watch now:


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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: A Crystal Ball for Leadership (Almost!)

In this week’s tip, Ben shares one of his favorite tools for hiring and coaching. Learn more about how we overcome problems and improve team dynamics at The Markens Group.

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Leave a Name and Number

This week, Ben continues his rant on simple techniques to build strong connections no matter your industry or association.

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