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Elevating your leadership | “I don’t care that they stole my idea…I care that they don’t have any of their own.” – Nikola Tesla

There’s always another deal to be made


No matter what you are buying or selling in life, it is essential to learn how to negotiate well. Negotiation takes time and experience, so start practicing, begin small and work your way up to larger value items.

Also, always remain cool, calm and collected during the process as otherwise you lose the leverage. 😉

Always learn from the best


Always learn from the best, whenever possible, that is. Do whatever you can to surround yourself with people who are leaders of their businesses and industries where you can listen, learn and ask questions. Be intentional about your personal growth, education and advancement, take charge and act proactively towards unlocking new learning opportunities.

Remember, this is YOUR life, ACT like it! Good luck!

The difference between motivation and habits


The difference between motivation and habits is subtle for many, but of great importance and value for us all.

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Rohn

Don’t steal content, be original


Ddidn’t our parents and grandparents teach us that stealing is bad? Then why do so many continue to steal the work of other people and pass it off as their own?

While most ideas aren’t original any longer and anyone can speak about a particular concept or a topic, it is important to stick to what we know and what we have experienced ourselves. That way, integrity, authority and sincerity shouldn’t come into question, ever.

Why do you care what people think?


Why does it matter what people say? Why does it matter so much to so many of us that we will stop pursuing our goals, passions and what makes us happy?

Why do we empower and enable others to have control over how we live our own lives; why is it that we will rather fly under the radar and settle for mediocrity over a few negative comments as you pursue what you are meant to do?

There are NO SHORTCUTS


Everything that matters and is truly valuable in life, takes time. There are no shortcuts in relationships, career, business, education, health…there is no shortcut to greatness. Once you understand that, you will spend more time on making progress and a lot less looking around at what others have done or may be doing.

How to improve your presentation skills


Preparation, experience and confidence…those are some of the things that matter when preparing for your presentation and subsequently, while presenting it. In particular, focus on your slides (if you are using them), make them visual and whatever you do, DON’T READ your slides. Furthermore, engage your audience in a relaxed, casual conversation, invite people to comment and even interrupt as needed, make it natural and easy flowing. As a presenter, you are there to lead the conversation and incentivize open exchange of ideas and experiences, not to monopolize space and time.

    Once again…

  1. Make your slides visual, less text
  2. Don’t read your slides
  3. Engage your audience

How to find your purpose in life?

Are you doing what you are mean to do? Are you sure? How do you know?
Passion is important, but alone, is it enough? When one finds passion and pairs with with quality and adds market demand, then you have something special, something you should go all in on. Then, you may have a purpose.

How to retain best talent?


Talent matters, a lot. When it comes to attracting and retaining top level performers (those who play nice with others), I believe that we could all do more. This pertains to people who are great team players, leaders, collaborators, communicators and have enviable functional skills. While money helps, it is not the primary motivator for all people which is why some of the others things could be considered.