Mastermind Group? What is That?

As I pointed out in one of my mastermind invitations recently, we North American business people are still following the US Army slogan from the early 2000’s: “An Army of One”.

We’re very individualistic. We like to go it on our own. And us menfolk are especially prone: we’d love to declare that, “I am a self-made man!”

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Truth is, that might get you to the top. But once you get there you find out it’s pretty lonely.

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Why Build a Lifestyle Business?

Verlynda and I have been working hard over the last few weeks at starting our lifestyle business. I’d like to share a little of how we came to that decision with you.

As I see it, there are two primary considerations when starting a business. If you do not get very clear on both of these, you are unlikely to succeed. The first is what type of business you want to start. The second is who your target market is.

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A Change of Direction: the Future of CalebSG.com

Learning is a wonderful thing. One of the ways we often measure the significance of what we have just recently learned is through a comment that sounds something like, “Wow, I wish I had known that 5/10/15/20 years ago!”

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For me, the past couple months have been a season of new discoveries, often christened with this same phrase. Since this recent education in the school of life is going to be impacting the content and direction of this site, I’d like to share a little of it with you, albeit in a very summarized fashion.

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How to Build Credibility as a Leader: Three C’s

The right to lead is no longer about power.

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We live in the era of networking. The capabilities and resources of any organization can now be distributed anywhere in the world. People no longer need to find powerful leaders and ally themselves to that person in order to ensure success.

Power is Old School

No, alliances are no longer about power. They are about influence. And that influence is granted to those who are trustworthy, making trust the new linchpin of all leadership qualities. Are you trustworthy?

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Get Instant Relief From All Those Email Subscriptions!

One thing that never seems to amaze me is the overwhelming quantity of news and other emails that land in my inbox. For the most part the spam filter catches the junk I do not want. Nevertheless, there is an incredible amount of daily and weekly news emails, digests, industry updates, and marketing email that comes in as well.

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Today I want to give you a quick and easy way to get on top of that problem.

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Focused Productivity Sessions: 7 Steps to Getting More Done (in Less Time)

Work is broken.

Have you ever found yourself driving home, thinking about how little valuable work you actually accomplished at the office? Work just does not work if you cannot do work at work.

This is my complaint: getting work done at work should not be as difficult as it is.

Why do I feel the need to leave the office to get work done? Or come in on weekends in order to have my most productive time at the office?

We waste hours of our lives doing work where and when we should not be doing work in order to compensate for not getting it done where and when we should be! How crazy is that???

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Below I am going to give you seven simple steps to getting your work done at work.

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Netflix Corporate Culture: A Must-Read Manifesto

As a business leader, you are well aware of the myriad of issues competing for your attention. Yet, despite the busyness of it all, you know that one of the elements of success you must always be intentional about is the formation of corporate culture.

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Corporate culture is the elephant in the room. It is always there and everyone is aware of it but your team rarely will address it directly. One of the things that you need to do as a leader is make sure that you and your team give visibility and voice to the culture you are creating so that you can be intentional about shaping it.

In this post, I want to focus on how Netflix has done an outstanding example of this. With over a billion dollars in revenue, this is one company worth keeping an eye on. As the image above illustrates, Netflix’s focus on talent is a perfect case in point of how hiring is so critical to culture.

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Fundamental Attribution Error: Why You Are Such a Jerk

The Fundamental Attribution Error is about our tendency to attribute the flawed behaviors in others to their character rather than the environment they are in. Conversely, by virtue of the same error we attribute our own flawed behaviors to the environment rather than our character.

An example in a nutshell: if I miss my weekly blog post it is because I am incredibly busy (environment). If you miss yours, it is because you are inconsistent (character). The fundamental attribution error is about character versus environment.

That is a simple definition. If you really want to unpack it, Wikipedia has a great article. But let me turn to a case study to illustrate the point further before indicating how to leverage this error for organizational growth.

A Fundamental Attribution Error Case Study

You slam the phone on a Friday afternoon, stressed and disappointed. A second banker has refused to extend you credit to support the purchase of materials to manufacture your biggest order to date. All you need is a 90 day float!

Just then, your Executive Assistant walks in to ask if she can go home a couple hours early to get a head start on the weekend.

You snap at her: “Do whatever you want!”

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As she leaves, you ruminate on her irritating sense of entitlement and “work to live” philosophy that is so backwards (i.e., different from yours).

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