26. February 2015

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Overcoming Fear, Obstacles, and Failure by Dan Kuschell

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How do you overcome fear and failure?

FEAR is nothing more than an acronym False Evidence Appearing Real (credit to Zig Ziglar for teaching that principle)

Do you ever find that voice of doubt inside of you saying: “What if it doesn’t work?”

You can change the context of that voice… You can adapt, innovate, disrupt, and interrupt that message with “What if it DOES work?”

From what if it can’t work? to What if it could work?

Where you’ll be in 5 years will be determined by your ability to conquer or set aside the fear to look at it for what it is… it’s normal to have fears, insecurities, vulnerabilities… however you can turn those into STRENGTHS.

A lesson from my mentor: “Do what you fear most, and do it twice… do it again and again, and again.”

I put this practice in place and went from a shy, quiet, introvert to speaking to hundreds of thousands of people around the world…

When I was afraid of heights, I decided to jump out an airplane and what if you could set aside any fear and turn it into one of your greatest gifts? and let it go?

Here’s a hint: You can’t have fear and gratitude at the same time. You can’t have failure and gratitude at the same time.

Failure is not failure, it’s an opportunity to learn, grow, and advance. It’s an opportunity to go from one level to another. Failure is learning or as I’ve heard Dan Sullivan, co-founder, Strategic Coach, suggest: “It’s extreme market research…”

To transform from fear to confidence, from fear to clarity, from fear to capable is GRATITUDE.

Identify what you’re grateful for, what you’re happy about, and what you’ve done well, and in time you’ll realize your dreams can come true.

You deserve it. Now is your time. Do something BIG today!
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Dan Kuschell is a success driven business growth hacker, strategist and expert, a media contributor, and thought leader. He helps entrepreneurs, leaders, and business owners reduce complexity by integrating the flow of elegant ideas, execution, and team-culture for greater clarity, confidence, and direction. Dan has been recognized worldwide for creating results with his resources, books, and strategies.

Brian Tracy, founder of Brian Tracy International on Dan’s work: “…Full of time tested proven strategies you can use immediately to get better results… ”

Mark Victor Hansen, Co-Author, Chicken Soup for the Soul, MarkVictorHansen.com on Dan’s work: “…His ideas are shared in a simple, practical way that will have you believing in your dreams again and give you the steps to take action and produce massive results in your life…”

Meet Dan at http://www.DanKuschell.com

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23. February 2015

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5 Key Objectives for Maximum Productivity by Dan Kuschell

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In this episode and show, Dan Kuschell reveals a business growth strategy: 5 Key Objectives for Maximum Company Productivity

Have you ever found yourself where you were essentially confused or not really clear on what people were doing and how productive your team or staff is (really)?

Today, you will receive the one page blueprint and tool to manage your entire company, all departments on a weekly basis;

Whether you’re a small company or have a team of 1000’s, this simple blueprint will help you get greater clarity, confidence, and direction;

  • Discover the power of the annual, quarterly, monthly, and daily team huddle and meeting;
  • Drive up productivity by identifying your 5-Key Objectives;
  • Accelerate growth with your 5-Key Objectives by creating supporting key projects;
  • The simple formula for maximum productivity in a project: Who’s in charge, what is the project, when is it due, and status;

Check out the resources of the 7 Metrix for Maximum Profits here: http://youtu.be/gKDRytk5plk?list=UUam67oORdaxb5JY5E_2-fQA
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Dan Kuschell is a success driven business growth hacker, strategist and expert, a media contributor, and thought leader. He helps entrepreneurs, leaders, and business owners reduce complexity by integrating the flow of elegant ideas, execution, and team-culture for greater clarity, confidence, and direction. Dan has been recognized worldwide for creating results with his resources, books, and strategies.

Brian Tracy, founder of Brian Tracy International on Dan’s work: “…Full of time tested proven strategies you can use immediately to get better results… ”

Mark Victor Hansen, Co-Author, Chicken Soup for the Soul, MarkVictorHansen.com on Dan’s work: “…His ideas are shared in a simple, practical way that will have you believing in your dreams again and give you the steps to take action and produce massive results in your life…”

Meet Dan at http://www.DanKuschell.com

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17. February 2015

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Dan Kuschell | How to Build Company Culture and Communication Mastery in Your Team

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In this episode and show, Dan Kuschell reveals How to Build Company Culture and Communication Mastery in Your Team for greater business breakthroughs including:

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* How to create more continuity, communication, and recognition in your team to build independence and autonomy for greater results;
* The least common trait in business is ___________ sense;
* Create better common habits, common rituals, and common practices for bigger breakthroughs;
* A simple common practice you can put in place in less than 5 minutes to improve your family, business, and team;
* 3 Questions to create maximum momentum, self confidence, and elevate your team’s self-image; What am I ____________ right now? What am I ___________ about right now? and What have I done well today?

* The simple Monday Focus Maximizer ™ Tool:

  • What are your 3 top focuses for the week?
  • What/How am I feeling?
  • What is my theme for the week?
  • What’s working?
  • What needs improvement?
  • What do I need from the team?
  • How do I rate my attitude (on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being greatest)
  • How do I rate my work ethic(on a scale of 1 to 10)?
  • How do I rate my productivity (on a scale of 1 to 10)?

* The Top Strategy Dale Carnegie revealed in How To Win Friends and Influence People that can transform your business: “…People work for a paycheck, they will die for recognition….”

* The top Complaint from staff “lack of recognition” – and what you can do to bridge the gap for greater confidence and personal power – and create a process to always provide a better environment than your competitors;

* The Friday Focus Multiplier Tool ™

  • What are your Top 3 Wins for the week?
  • What are your Top 3 Elegant Ideas for the week?
  • What are your top 3 focuses for next week?
  • What am I grateful for right now?
  • What am I happy about right now?
  • What have I done well today?
  • How do I rate my attitude (on a scale of 1 to 10)?
  • How do I rate my work ethic (on a scale of 1 to 10)?
  • How do I rate my productivity (on a scale of 1 to 10)?

* How to measure your progress in small chunks;
* Accelerated growth and momentum – put these 2 tools in place for just 13 weeks – and compare it to the previous quarter;
* and much, much, more…

What value would it be if you had a methodology to create greater continuity, communication, and recognition for your team?

Put the Monday Focus Maximizer ™ and the Friday Focus Multiplier ™ blueprint and checklist in place for greater clarity, confidence, and direction.

 

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9. February 2015

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Dan Kuschell | 7 Metrix for Maximum Profits

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In this episode and show, Dan Kuschell reveals the 7 Metrix for Maximum Profits and the strategies for greater business breakthroughs including:

  • What are KPI’s:  Key Performance Indicators, Dashboards, and Metrix
  • Why Standard Financial Reporting may set you up for failure (HINT:  it’s an indicator of ____ performance, not the _____ or ______)
  • The Power of Current Revenue/Sales Reporting;
  • Measuring Cancel Requests and Refunds give an indicator of client experience;
  • Client Requests by phone and email;
  • Lead Tracking by campaign;
  • Lead Tracking by the __________, ___________, and ___________.
  • Project Tracking;
  • BONUS:   The Power of a Marketing Calendar to Plan, Prepare, and Profit.

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29. January 2015

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Dan Kuschell | How to Hire Top Talent

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We are at one of the most exciting times in human history. Advancement in technology has opened up doors of opportunity for you (and I) to do things that just weren’t possible even 5 short years ago.

And what does this mean for you?

If you can dream it up, it can be done (if you know how to access the crowd of talent available to help you)

No longer are you limited by borders, education, or knowledge. No longer are we limited by our own personal talents and abilities. In many ways, it’s a whole new world… *if* you know how to access the capabilities, skills, and talents of others around the world.

One of my favorite books of all time is: “Think and Grow Rich” and there was a section in the book discussing Henry Ford.  Did you know that at one time, Henry Ford was on trial and questioned to be an unintelligent and ignorant man Did you know that his character was questioned as a result of not having all the answers about his company?

It’s true.

At one time, in the middle of trial, an ambitious attorney questioned him about financials, manufacturing, even operations in his company — and his response may shock you…

As he was pushed and pushed, he finally responded (and I’m summarizing):

“…look. I don’t have all the answers you’re asking about right now. I don’t feel I need to know the answers. I don’t feel I need to consume my mind with that type of information… And here’s why — I have a red button on my desk — and  if I need an answer to a financial question, I hit that  button on my desk and my top financial person can give  me the answer.   If I have a question about manufacturing needing an answer, I hit that button, and my head of manufacturing can get me that answer If I have a question about operations, I can hit the red button for that department and the head of operations can get me the answer.

I don’t feel I need to consume my mind with that information because I can get the answers I need from others who are the best in my company to provide them for me…. And I can spend my time doing the best thing for my  company…”

Was that an answer of an unintelligent and ignorant man or was this the answer of a genius?

Genius.

What can you learn and apply from this?

Today, technology gives you and I the ability to have access to the ‘red button(s)’ on your desk to summon, attract, and acquire almost any skill or capability.

Platforms like freelancer.com, fiverr.com, elance.com, odesk, and many more open the door to having access to the right skills — and if you can dream it up – you can make it real, HOWEVER, you must know how to hire this talent — otherwise you spend your time turning through people, wasting countless time, energy, and even money on the search of finding the right match.

And I want to show you how to avoid the costly mistakes that most business owners make in Hiring. The short truth: It’s not as hard as you’ve been led to believe – when you have a process for it.  There are hundreds of ways to do it wrong and a couple ways to do it right.

Done right, it frees you up to spend your time doing more of the things you love to do… to spend more of your time doing the things you enjoy…

It gives you freedom, clarity, and growth.

Don’t risk making the common mistakes that most people make by not having a process like this in place.

Henry Ford was smart enough to realize that having access to skills and capabilities was the key to his personal and business success — and that his success wasn’t predicated on his own personal talents or abilities.  Henry Ford was smart enough to realize he didn’t have to be the smartest person about everything in his  industry or business… instead, he attracted, acquired, and hired that talent.

Where could you be in 3 months, 6 months, 12 months, 3 years, 5 years from today by surrounding yourself with your dream team of talent?

What would it do for you? How many new projects could you get done? What new business(es) could you build? How much time could you shift to really do the things you enjoy doing?

Take the first step now to get it right…

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19. January 2015

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Business Growth Hacks to Build a Better Business

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In this episode and show, Dan Kuschell is interviewed by John Bowen, the founder of CEG Worldwide and AESNation.com and reveals the strategies for greater business breakthroughs including:

  • Defining the business are you in;  And what business do you really want to be in?  Dan calls these the ‘game’ you’re playing…
  • Why putting the players on your team in the right positions can determine the difference between winning and mediocrity;
  • What role are you playing in your business and what role should you be playing?
  • The Great Growth Multiplier:  Hiring People better than You
  • The Power and Growth Potential with Direct Response Marketing;
  • Creating Ultimate Efficiency and Flow with the Right Structure in your company:   Visionary, Facilitator, Sales, Marketing, Operations, and Finance – and why staying on your side of the line is in your best interest;
  • The Ultimate Multiplier:  Speak to Large Groups of People at One time (using direct response marketing, social media, and more);
  • The Ultimate Lever:   Create a Model so you do the work one time and get paid over and over;
  • A New way of Selling:  Creating the Ultimate Buying Experience (like Starbucks and Amazon)  People love to buy, engage, refer, talk about it – people do not like be hard sold, but they love to buy things;
  • Become a trusted advisor;
  • Education Based Marketing creates a Buying Experience where potential candidates are prequalified, pre-motivated, pre-interested, pre-disposed and ready to do business with you at the point of the sale;
  • Today’s winning companies use Value Based Models and Education Based Marketing to win;
  • How to apply a simple technique to win your clients trust and business for life:  “Results in Advance”;
  • How to position yourself as the ultimate expert with a book, podcast, and radio show;
  • Why Simplicity, having a consistent way of attracting the right people,  and then delivering value to all stakeholders will transform your business;
  • The Formula for Maximum PerformanceExecution X Ideas X Confidence
  • And more…

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25. October 2014

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Bridging the Gap from Complexity to Simplicity | Dan Kuschell

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Dan Kuschell| Formula for Maximum Business Growth

Bridging the Gap from Complexity to Simplicity

Ever had a “major” wake up call? As I look back on the last 10 years, I realize now that God had been tapping me for a while and then hit me with a telephone pole…

Two weeks after my son was born in 2007 I ended up in the hospital with a heart issue that had me evaluate everything I thought was important and you know what I finally realized? The things that we think are so critical are not, and the things right in front of us that sometimes fade into a shadow or on the backburner really are…

Even though on paper I had built 5 companies that were in the top 1% in the world, was earning a great living, my QUALITY of life was terrible. For some reason, I had bought the belief that I could either sacrifice everything and commit 100% to building a business, OR I could have a great family life and sacrifice the impact of my businesses.

That health scare got me to really look in the mirror and ultimately made some tough decisions. The sad fact is that I was almost 70 lbs overweight, slept 2-4 hours per night, wasn’t fully present with my kids, family, or wife at the time – and I did this all in the name of what I ‘thought’ success had to be… so I have a question for you today…

What if what you thought about success… or about building a successful business was actually wrong?

And what if I told you you could have it all… a great business and a great family life?

What if I told you, that you could create an environment that allowed you to strive and thrive being your best you… tapping into creativity, freedom, and doing something with Meaning? And what If there was a way to also empower your team, vendors, clients, and more to do the same?

We live in the greatest country in the world, that offers more opportunity and freedom than anyone in the world… and yet, do you know a few people who feel trapped, suffocating, and lacking freedom?

I’ve discovered there are a lot of lies, myths, and false beliefs about building a successful business and it’s much easier (although it’s not easy) than you’ve been led to believe.

Recently, John Bowen, the founder of AES Nation pinned me down to do an interview and reveal some of my most powerful discoveries to cross the line, bridge the gap, and realize you can have a thriving business and a great family life… Now is your time for more clarity, confidence, and capabilities…while you simplify. Check it out and leave your comments as you listen to this FREE provocative, controversial interview by going here now:

Dan Kuschell’s Strategic Business Growth Strategies are the source where truly ambitious, driven, doers and A-players with a sincere desire to build and grow their businesses (for a lifetime) gather to connect and share cutting edge, timely business growth services, resources, and real-world application. Real. Transparent. Genuine. Straight forward.

If you’re looking to transform your business with practical ideas that work, Dan is truly your ‘go to guy’ to help you grow your business, add new profit centers, as well as simplify, while eliminating the frustration and stress of being in the day to day of your business.

He’s an investor (in people and small businesses) with big growth potential, a philanthropist, and provides consulting (and a wealth of resources) for entrepreneurs and business owners all over the globe. You can learn more about him at dankuschell.com.

 

 

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2. September 2014

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Dan Kuschell | Let Mistakes and Failure Drive Your Success

Dan Kuschell | Mistakes and Failure Drive Success

Dan Kuschell | Mistakes and Failure Drive Success

Not too long ago, I was interviewed on a radio show. The host asked me: “Dan, what do you feel is your greatest factor for your success?”

First, it’s not easy to find one specific thing.

At the time, I shared what I believed to be one of my greatest strengths (and it also doubles as one of my greatest weaknesses):

My willingness to make mistakes.

In many ways, I feel like I have failed my way to success. In some cases I’ve failed so often, I’ve almost eliminated all options that wouldn’t work to leave the only remaining option that would work. Seriously. I’ve often felt like I’m a slow learner at some things—although wildly persistent.

The longer I’m in business, the more I realize that success is relative to each person and where they are in life. I realize that my approach may not be a fit for many. I’ve often been called a bull in a china shop because I’ve sometimes taken the approach: Fire! Get ready, then aim.

In many cases that approach has served me well, and admittedly it’s also caused some learning opportunities, aka mistakes, and some setbacks, too.
I’ve heard Dan Sullivan say that this is: “Extreme Market Research.”

Experience can be a great teacher, right?

But here’s the thing. In my career, I’ve had a chance to interview over 300 experts and industry leaders. I’ve also found that a common trait is the willingness of these experts and leaders to adapt, improve, and innovate in spite of any errors, mistakes, or what most may see as failures.

In fact, these leaders have an attitude that failure is not failure; rather, it’s an opportunity to learn, grow, and improve.

I was lucky in one respect, because I spent almost 20 years playing a sport I loved—baseball. And it’s a known fact that you’re considered successful when you fail 7 out of 10 times. That would give a player a .300 batting average. To put it in perspective, soon to be baseball “Hall of Famer” and New York Yankee, Derek Jeter has a .265 average this season—(well below his lifetime .310 average) and no one can consider him a failure!
And that’s the lesson for you today.

Be willing to embrace mistakes, learn, improve, adapt, and modify—but by all means, keep moving forward.

I’ve also even seen this approach work with Kira and Kyler (my two kids) who are 8 and 6. My wife and I had noticed that they seemed to carry judgment, embarrassment, or guilt around the mistakes they would make as it related to their schoolwork.

We chose to shift the approach, and instead of trying to get things ‘perfect’ we celebrated the things they did right, as well as their mistakes. Rather than pointing it out as a ‘mistake’ that is ‘wrong’ we have shifted the conversation to recognize that mistakes are simply opportunities to learn and get better.

They now open up even more with the things they’re learning and seem to enjoy it much more too…

If it can work for an 8 and a 6 year old, could it work for you?

Another way you can look at it is to take what Dan Sullivan calls the “80% approach.” You don’t have to get it exactly right.
Or as Jack Canfield says: “You don’t have to get it perfect. You simply have to get it going”.

Drive it 80% of the way, and then be willing to improve it as you go.

Now, granted, you don’t want to fly completely blind into projects or opportunities. Plan and identify:

• What’s most important to you?
• What would have to happen in order for you to have success?
• What’s the worst that could happen?
• What’s the best that could happen?

And then, lay out a few action steps and get started. You’ll learn more by doing than evaluating, analyzing, and being stuck on getting it perfect. Over-analysis creates paralysis.

Remember being in the sandbox as a kid? You had big dreams, big goals, and had fun. Open your mind to that childlike enthusiasm, without judgment, blame, or guilt. Now is your time!

Take action. Do your best, and ditch the rest.

Dan Kuschell’s Strategic Business Growth Strategies are the source where truly ambitious, driven, doers and A-players with a sincere desire to build and grow their businesses (for a lifetime) gather to connect and share cutting edge, timely business growth services, resources, and real-world application. Real. Transparent. Genuine. Straight forward.

If you’re looking to transform your business with practical ideas that work, Dan is truly your ‘go to guy’ to help you grow your business, add new profit centers, as well as simplify, while eliminating the frustration and stress of being in the day to day of your business.

He’s an investor (in people and small businesses) with big growth potential, a philanthropist, and provides consulting (and a wealth of resources) for entrepreneurs and business owners all over the globe. You can learn more about him at dankuschell.com.

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26. July 2014

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Business Growth Revelation: Be Good To Yourself | Dan Kuschell

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In less than 14 days, I will celebrate my 45th birthday. Just a few years ago, I wasn’t even sure I’d make it to 40. I was your prototype workaholic and at the time had interest, equity, or ownership in 6 companies, and although that was a rush on one end, I found myself working near 80-90 hours per week, I was stressed, consumed by the businesses, feeling alone and isolated, and now looking back, had broken relationships (in some ways) with most of those closest to me…

And then I had a wake up call.

The late Stephen Covey taught the concept: “Begin with the end in mind”. In 2007, I lay on a hospital table and the doctor told me I had a 1 in x chance of dying with the procedure. For me, in that moment, I got to look at my life with the possibility of the end being very real.

That certainly got my attention…

Combine that with the fact that my son Kyler was born just 2 weeks earlier and I have to admit the main thoughts that popped in my head was: “Is this all there is?” 

I had built a certain level or type of success I thought I ‘should’ have, felt I was making a difference, and in one fragile day in October, I lay in that isolated hospital room on my back, with tubes running everywhere, completely vulnerable, scared, and unsure what the outcome would be.

I hope you never go through an experience like that, so I’d like to share a few lessons from that experience.

First, you should know that what Anthony Robbins has taught for years… “The past does not equal the future.” You can improve – in an instant…

Or as my good friend Joe Polish has taught for years, “In order to have a Breakthrough, you need to be willing to break something.” 

With that, here are 5-things, I challenge you to reflect on and do today:

#1 Be Good to Yourself (today and everyday)… 

Next, get out a sheet of paper and put some real time into the following:

#2 What is the legacy I’m leaving? 
#3 What do I want? 
#4 Who am I? 
#5 What do I stand for? 

My answers shifted everything for me, and I can’t say that everything since then has gone perfect, however today I am fit (I let go of 60 pounds), I have a great relationship with my kids (I’m blessed to spend both quantity and quality of time with them), I enjoy a relationship with my best friend and wife Tee, and I get to help entrepreneurs all over the globe.

Admittedly, I could have never done this on my own and I am extremely grateful for amazing family to transform almost every aspect of my life including my wife and best friend Tee, my parents, my sister and her husband, my ex-wife, my kids, and then Joe PolishDean GraziosiJerry Brodeur, Phil Mutrie, Paul, Kevin, Josh, Dr. Cristy Lopez, Richard Rossi, Eunice Dinero Miller, Chris Attwood, Janet Bray Attwood, Dan Sullivan and many more (too many to list) to thank for their leadership, support, and friendship.

Let’s face it, I’m blessed to have friends (or a team) like this to lean on, and as I choose to look at my experiences as nothing more than “chapters”,

Today, I live knowing I have so many more chapters to write and am extremely excited about the future!

I’m grateful for waking up today, knowing that everything I will do will be a small part of the next chapters, will be my footprints in the sand, and the breadcrumb trail for my amazing kids to look at down the road.

Dare to be great. Dare to be different. And most importantly ‘choose’ to do it being good to yourself. All it takes is you making the ‘decision’ of what that will be for you!

It’s time to “write the chapters of your life”. 

Be willing to break something today, and get the breakthrough you deserve!

Seize the day!

Dan Kuschell

 

Dan Kuschell’s Strategic Business Growth Strategies are the source where truly ambitious, driven, doers and A-players with a sincere desire to build and grow their businesses (for a lifetime) gather to connect and share cutting edge, timely business growth services, resources, and real-world application. Real. Transparent. Genuine. Straight forward.

If you’re looking to transform your business with practical ideas that work, Dan is truly your ‘go to guy’ to help you grow your business, add new profit centers, as well as simplify, while eliminating the frustration and stress of being in the day to day of your business.

He’s an investor (in people and small businesses) with big growth potential, a philanthropist, and provides consulting (and a wealth of resources) for entrepreneurs and business owners all over the globe. You can learn more about him at dankuschell.com.

 

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5. July 2014

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Dan Kuschell | 5 Critical Traits and Abilities of Great Leaders

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Today we’re at one of the most exciting times in history. In the mix with all the advancements in technology, one of the key factors to stay ahead of your competition is to be a great leader and then develop those on your team with strong leadership capabilities. While technical skills are important they take a back seat to some of the most important skills as a leader.

Of course, communication and influence are essential and it helps to have the ability for you (and your team) to convey ‘the story’ of your particular company, product, and service. As important are the “5 Critical Traits and Abilities of Great Leaders”:

1 – Predict – Experience may be the best teacher, however a strong gut, street smarts, intuition and the ability to forecast are all important to navigate in today’s business culture. Great leaders have a built in ‘compass’ evaluating: What’s the best result of this decision? What’s the worse that can happen? What needs to happen in order for this to meet/exceed our expectations? What is the cost of doing it this way?

2 – Simplify – Visionary and driver type leaders are invaluable. The greatest skill or ability a visionary type leader can develop is taking broad ideas and being able to make it easier to understand. Some of the best leaders become great storytellers to share their ideas, concepts, and strategies. Some of the best storytellers are great leaders simplifying complex ideas.

Oliver Wendell Holmes said it best:
“I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity”.

3 – Delegate – The ability to delegate effectively seems to be a lost ‘art’. Unfortunately, through traditional education, we’ve been trained how to NOT do this well. With limiting beliefs around ideas like: “If you want something done right, do it yourself”, it’s difficult for developing leaders to entrust others to carry out a task on their behalf.

Here’s a simple strategy you can use to get even better at delegating:

A. Define the item you want to delegate.
B. Name the potential fear, risk, or worse case scenario by delegating the item.
C. Identify what will happen if you don’t delegate it.
D. Identify the risk of what will happen for the list you identify in B.
E. Identify what has to happen for your dilute, dissolve or eliminate the risk.

Follow and practice the process above and you’ll get great at delegating in no time.

“If you don’t know what to do with many of the papers piled on your desk, stick a dozen colleagues initials on them and pass them along. When in doubt, route.” - Malcolm S. Forbes

4 – Systemize – Great leaders typically have created organized structures and processes in their heads for what they and their businesses do. Getting it out of their heads and into a simple blueprint and framework is one of the critical steps for advanced business growth.

“If you can’t describe what you’re doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.” – W. Edwards Demming

5 – Availability – One of the often overlooked abilities of great leaders is that of avail(ability). Being present, ready, and having the power and energy to move forward despite the challenges and obstacles you face is critical. You can tell the size of the person by the challenges or obstacles it takes to knock them off track. The great one’s find a way to get through, over, under, and around their biggest challenges and inherently have developed a practice, habit, and ritual of being a problem solver and being ‘available’.

Show me a leader that scores high and then attracts, builds, and creates a culture centered around the traits and abilities to Predict, Simplify, Delegate, Systemize, and demonstrate Availability consistently, and I’ll show you a company staging for massive business growth, outperforming the competition.

Take steps today to hone your leadership skills and work to create a culture developing these traits and abilities.

Dan Kuschell’s Strategic Business Growth Strategies are the source where truly ambitious, driven, doers and A-players with a sincere desire to build and grow their businesses (for a lifetime) gather to connect and share cutting edge, timely business growth services, resources, and real-world application. Real. Transparent. Genuine. Straight forward.

If you’re looking to transform your business with practical ideas that work, Dan is truly your ‘go to guy’ to help you grow your business, add new profit centers, as well as simplify, while eliminating the frustration and stress of being in the day to day of your business.

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