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Lead By Example Leads to Bad Leadership

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Lead by example is not a choice. George & Mary-Lynn tell you why on The BIGG Success Show Podcast. Press Play (Duration 4:28)

“Lead by example” is bad advice which leads to bad leadership. It implies a choice which doesn’t exist.

Yet if there were such a thing as “The 10 Commandments for Leaders,” one of them would surely be “Lead by example.”

We say it. But we’ve realized we failed to make note of this problem…

It implies that you have a choice as a leader. You don’t.

You can’t choose whether or not you will lead by example. One way or another, you WILL lead by example – either a good one or a bad one.

Here’s why it’s important to realize that you don’t have a choice – your people will follow your lead. You can’t expect them to do otherwise.

If you default to a bad example, your people will do likewise. Let’s look at three ways this shows itself in the workplace.

What’s good for the leader is good for the led

If it’s good for you as the leader, it’s good for your people.

People are put off by people of privilege, people who act like there’s a different set of rules for them.

[George] I’ll never forget when I was in training for my first franchise. We learned about a store owner who went to the cash register every day, hit the “No Sale” button, grabbed some money and went to lunch.

He was surprised when one of his employees started doing the same thing!

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander!

“But I’m the owner! It’s my money. I’ve earned it.” This is what many entrepreneurs and business owners think.

Yes, you may be the owner, but there’s a way to take money out of your business and there’s a way not to. If you don’t want them to do it too, don’t do it yourself.

A leader who cares is a leader who’s cared for

If you don’t care about your people, don’t be surprised when your people don’t care.

This is when the ripples start turning to tidal waves.

They won’t care about you, so don’t expect any favors. Don’t expect them to put forth any extra effort. Don’t expect them to step up when you really need them.

But the ripple becomes a tidal wave – Don’t expect them to care for your customers any more than you care about them. Don’t expect them to look out for the company any more than you look out for them.

Can you see how serious this can get in an instant?

Can you see how costly it is to not understand that you can’t choose – you lead by example, for good or for bad?

The bottom line is a two-edged sword for leaders

If you’re all about money, your people will be about compensation.

The only loyalty they will have is to the person who pays them the most.

Think about the effect on your turnover. Think about the cost of recruiting and training new people:

  • People you have to pay while they climb up the learning curve.
  • People who are new to your team, so your whole team’s productivity suffers until they get to know each other and start working in sync.
  • People who don’t know your customers like the people you have now. They don’t know what your customers want or how they like to be treated. So you may potentially lose customers because your example made money the only issue.

So set a good example and your people will follow. It leads to BIGG success!

Do you think we’re on the right track here?

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3 Lessons to Make More Money, More Dependably

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If you’re a business owner, solopreneur, salesperson or other professional – you’re always thinking about finding customers so you create a steady stream of income.

What if you could generate income more predictably?

What if you didn’t have to work so hard to do it?

Sounds great, doesn’t it? Want to know the key? You just have to…

Think like a wild animal!

We say that because, as we were working over the weekend, we had Nat Geo Wild on in the background. We caught several of the Built for the Kill series. The shows we watched were all about Africa’s natural born killers.

It made us think about the hunt for customers. We hasten to add – we’re NOT suggesting that you look at customers as prey.

Unfortunately, plenty of people still do think like that. It’s the wrong attitude, especially today.

But we learned three lessons about putting food on the table, more dependably, with less effort by thinking like a wild animal:

Reduce risk by knowing where you rule.
Lions rule the land. Crocodiles rule the water. As long as they stick to their respective place, all is well.

But when a croc hunts on land or a lion chases prey into the water, they may quickly find themselves in immense danger. The scale quickly tips.

This serves as a reminder for all of us – stick to your niche unless you’re so hungry it’s worth the risk to stray outside of it.

Don’t be a cheetah. They work too hard.
Cheetahs are beautiful animals. We love seeing them run in slow motion. But slow they aren’t – they’re the fastest land mammal. But here’s something we didn’t know before:

Cheetahs expend so much energy chasing down their prey, they can’t even enjoy their dinner! They have to rest first.

And while they rest, they’re vulnerable. Other animals – like hyenas and lions – claim the cheetahs’ kill about 20% of the time.

So cheetahs often find themselves working to the point of exhaustion to put food on someone else’s table.

Yes, they have their niche. Yes, they do well. But they hunt alone. It costs them dearly.

The lesson for us? Don’t be a cheetah.

Go beyond collaboration. Form a team of teams.
Lions and hyenas are bitter rivals. We gained new respect for hyenas. Yes, they’re scavengers. We learned lions are too.

Most people find lions appealing. Hyenas are ugly.

But they feed well! And the real secret we learned from these shows was from the hyenas.

For every five times a lion pride makes a kill, hyenas know about four of them. And they feed on it three of those five times!

We found that statistic staggering. What’s their secret?

They don’t hunt alone. They hunt together. But so do lions. And if you put a certain number of hyenas up against the same number of lions, the lions win every time.

Hyenas are smart. They call in reinforcement – packs of packs you might say. When they have the numbers, they take on the lions.

We can do the same in our businesses. Collaboration is critical today – don’t be an independent business, become an interdependent one.

But don’t stop there – form a team of teams:

  • So you’re not alone.
  • So you can call in reinforcements when you need them.
  • So you don’t have to work so hard to put food on your table.
  • So you can make more money, more dependably and live life on your own terms. That’s BIGG success!

Let’s talk more about teams. Tell us about you. You can leave a comment below or e-mail us at BiggInfo[at]BiggSuccess[dot]com.

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Reinvent yourself for BIGG Success

How To Reinvent Yourself in Today’s Fast Changing World

Reinvent yourself for BIGG Success

Listen to this post! Click play to hear George & Mary-Lynn on The BIGG Success Show (Duration 6:22)

We recently attended a party for a colleague who celebrated 35 years working for the same company. And during the event, even he said most people don’t experience work anniversaries like this anymore. And how many of us believe the work trends will take us back to that? Not many.

It used to be that you could settle on a career path, find a company you like, and work until retirement. But today, between the economy and disruptive technology, job security is a thing of the past. We have to be nimble, pay attention to industry trends, and be ready to shift.
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Sigining Time

How This Mom’s Mission Became a Booming Business

Sigining Time

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Imagine a playground full of kids playing. Now imagine your child standing all alone. No one will play with her, and she doesn’t understand why.

That’s exactly what happened to Rachel Coleman and she says she will never forget watching her daughter, Leah experience that. The reason the kids wouldn’t play with her wasn’t because they were being mean, it was because they didn’t know how to communicate with her. You see, Leah is deaf.

A mission was born for this mom: teach sign language to her community so that her daughter wouldn’t feel isolated. Rachel would go to churches and schools as often as she could to do that.

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Why Social Entrepreneurship is a Waste of Time

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Today we want to tackle a very controversial subject. More specifically, we want to take a position which may be controversial.

BIGG success is life on your own terms. So we pay a great deal of attention to terms.

The term we want to talk about today is “social entrepreneurship”.

It’s a popular term, a buzz word even. People say with pride, “I’m a social entrepreneur” or “I want to be a social entrepreneur.”

Wikipedia defines a “social entrepreneur” as “someone who recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a venture to make social change.”

Let’s deconstruct just one part of that definition – the term “social” as an adjective.

Among other definitions, Merriam-Webster defines “social” as “tending to form cooperative and interdependent relationships with others.”

The problem with social entrepreneurship

So here’s the problem – here’s why we say social entrepreneurship is a waste of time: It’s redundant.

  • ALL entrepreneurs are social entrepreneurs.
  • ALL entrepreneurs exist to serve society.
  • ALL entrepreneurs must recognize a social problem – a problem affecting the welfare of a group of human
    beings.
  • ALL entrepreneurs must use entrepreneurial principles to solve that problem.
  • ALL Entrepreneurs add value in the lives of others to create value for themselves.

All entrepreneurs need money

Now, some entrepreneurs have a profit motive while others don’t. But they all have to find funding somehow.

Some entrepreneurs raise capital to get a venture going and then repay it from profits. Other entrepreneurs rely on donations of time and/or money to get a venture going. But they must find a steady flow of cash from somewhere.

But to describe one activity as social and the other as not is a mislabeling.

ALL entrepreneurs are social because ALL entrepreneurs try to help a group of people.

Profit is not a dirty word

Entrepreneurs who forget this basic tenet of entrepreneurship are the ones who fail. Novices often go into ventures only thinking about how they will make money. You have to think about the people and their problem.

Of course, you have to think about the money too – whether you’re starting up a for-profit venture or not. And don’t ever forget:

Profit is not a dirty word. Every entrepreneur – for profit or non-profit – has to find a money trail to sustain their operation.

But focus on the problem first. Then figure out your funding and your cash flows.

Once you know how to create value for yourself by adding value for others, you’re ready for BIGG success!

Do you think “social entrepreneurship” is redundant?

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