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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Lessons From My Dog

Ben shares 3 things he’s learned from having a dog. Stay tuned for Ben’s bonus tip at the end!

Video transcript available below:

Mac, our border collie, is one-year-old today, and I thought I’d do a tip about what I’ve learned from having a dog in our family. First of all, I didn’t have a dog [when I was young] and I didn’t know I was a dog person until I was in my thirties. Beth, our daughter, really begged to have a dog. For two years, she had an imaginary dog that we had to walk every day. We learned it was a lot easier to actually walk a real dog.

What I’ve learned from Mac and from his predecessors in our family is this thing that I wish I could be better at – unconditional acceptance. He is always happy to see me, and he has incredible patience. He can stare at a ball for hours, well, certainly for tens of minutes, and sort of try to levitate the ball into my hand so that I will throw it for him and play with him, and then he brings it back immediately.

Lastly, Mac just wants to be part of the team. Whatever we’re doing, he’d like to be part of the team and be part of the family. If you’re a dog person, you know that when you come home, whether you’ve had a great day or a bad day, your dog always makes you feel better.

Here’s a bonus tip from Mac and me. Mac and I were out on a walk the other day and this cat came over and the cat looked at Mac and said, “Well, you know, in ancient Egypt I was considered a God and they built statues of me and they worshiped me.” Mac thought for a minute, he looked at the cat and he said, “Well, you know, I’m a very good boy.” Good luck, work on your business. Happy birthday, Mac.

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: 3 Ways to Motivate Volunteers

Managing trade associations and professional organizations has taught us 3 keys to help motivate and engage volunteers.

Video transcript available below:

I was interested to read a blog that Tessa O’Sullivan, one of our Senior Account Managers, wrote. You can find it here.

Tessa’s blog describes 3 ways on how to help motivate volunteers. Tessa says to ignite their passion, respect their time, and communicate personally so that you’re talking to them and they’re talking to you. This applies to what we do, managing trade associations and professional organizations. But this also works very well anywhere you might be.

Let me know what you think. Good luck. Work on your business. Stay in touch.

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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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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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