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How Full Is Your Bucket?
January 19th, 2017
by Bill Boyajian

I don’t do this very often, but I’m going to recommend a good, short book for you to read this year.  It’s by Tom Rath, and the title is the title of this message.

How Full Is Your Bucket isn’t about filling your proverbial “Bucket List” with things to do before you die.  It’s about the power of positive comments in all relationships and how our negative comments play psychological warfare on people in the workplace and even in our homes.

I’ve given the book to members of my family and to a lot of my clients.  The damage we do to people through how we sometimes act and what we sometimes say pays a harsh penalty on our relationships, often to those closest to us in life.

I challenge you to read the book.  It will make a difference in how you think and how you treat people.  And I welcome your comments after you read it.



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Top of Mind: January 12, 2017
January 18th, 2017
by Bill Boyajian

The New Year, or Is It?

It’s interesting how our minds work when we start a new year.  We use this time as a means of committing to do new things (resolutions) that we could easily begin any other day, week, or month of the year.  It just seems logical to do it in January because that seems to be a fresh new time to start something that we know we should have been doing all year long.

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So it’s time to begin that exercise program, lose a few extra pounds, attack the stack of books you want to read, take more time with friends and family, become more mindful about business and life, or any number of other important things that we could surely begin any day of the year.  Every new month begins another 12-month year.  Even more importantly, every day is the first day in the rest of your life, so you can start something new whenever you want.

So the next time you know you need to make a change, start something new, or address an issue you’ve been putting off, don’t wait until January to do it.  We should never put off for next year what we know is important today.  Every new day is a gift, so let’s treat it that way in 2017.
      
Bill

 
Here are a few Business & Life Tips to think about….

Business Tips:

  • A leader’s role is to inspire people to do more, to be more, to want more, to achieve more, and to pass it on for others to follow.
  • It’s OK to pay people differently. Your top performers are often worth much more than the norm. It’s effectiveness that really counts.
  • When everyone knows that you start your meetings on time, they won’t be late more than once. If they are, you know what to do.

Life Tips:

  • New Year’s resolutions are a dime a dozen. Ask yourself this: What one thing needs to change in 2017? Then change it.
  • People who live in the past are most often tormented by it. The past is the past. Learn to look at the present and to the future.
  • When you see a problem at work that needs fixing, stop complaining, roll up your sleeves, and do something about it.


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The New Year, or Is It?
January 4th, 2017
by Bill Boyajian

It’s interesting how our minds work when we start a new year.  We use this time as a means of committing to do new things (resolutions) that we could easily begin any other day, week, or month of the year.  It just seems logical to do it in January because that seems to be a fresh new time to start something that we know we should have been doing all year long.

So it’s time to begin that exercise program, lose a few extra pounds, attack the stack of books you want to read, take more time with friends and family, become more mindful about business and life, or any number of other important things that we could surely begin any day of the year.  Every new month begins another 12-month year.  Even more importantly, every day is the first day in the rest of your life, so you can start something new whenever you want.

So the next time you know you need to make a change, start something new, or address an issue you’ve been putting off, don’t wait until January to do it.  We should never put off for next year what we know is important today.  Every new day is a gift, so let’s treat it that way in 2017.

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Top of Mind: December 29, 2016
December 29th, 2016
by Bill Boyajian

Why We Need Down Time

I’ve never been a video game player or a social media buff, but I like my sports and the time I take to escape from the hectic pace of business and life.  Some would say that near-mindless activities are a waste of time, but we all need a certain measure of “down time” to recoup and refresh.  It’s part of what makes us more effective when we have our “game face” on and need to get things done.

But down time doesn’t mean making a habit of wasting time or becoming excessive with it.  Life and business aren’t a sprint as much as they are a marathon.  There are seasons in business and life where focus, time, and attention are critical to success, but even then, a portion of time must be devoted to relaxation and recuperation.  And that’s where down time comes in.

So the next time you think that you (or others) are wasting life by enjoying some reasonable down time, remember that you and others need this time be all you can be when you really need to be.

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Here are a few Business & Life Tips to think about….

Business Tips:

  • Every business owner needs “down time,” an occasional change of scenery, and a place to simply get away.
  • If we do a great job in our work, we need not worry about selling ourselves or our service. Ideally, our work should sell itself.
  • People don’t leave companies based on one bad episode. However, that experience can become the catalyst for a decision to move on.

 

Life Tips:

  • If you really want to relax, turn off your phone and pick up that book you’ve been wanting to read for such a long time.
  • The tearing down of other people is rarely about those being criticized, but is almost always about the power needs of the critic.
  • The gap between what you’ve got and what you want can only be settled by accepting what you’ve got or achieving what you want.


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Why We Need Down Time
December 16th, 2016
by Bill Boyajian

I’ve never been a video game player or a social media buff, but I like my sports and the time I take to escape from the hectic pace of business and life.  Some would say that near-mindless activities are a waste of time, but we all need a certain measure of “down time” to recoup and refresh.  It’s part of what makes us more effective when we have our “game face” on and need to get things done.

But down time doesn’t mean making a habit of wasting time or becoming excessive with it.  Life and business aren’t a sprint as much as they are a marathon.  There are seasons in business and life where focus, time, and attention are critical to success, but even then, a portion of time must be devoted to relaxation and recuperation.  And that’s where down time comes in.

So the next time you think that you (or others) are wasting life by enjoying some reasonable down time, remember that you and others need this time be all you can be when you really need to be.

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Top of Mind: December 1, 2016
December 1st, 2016
by Bill Boyajian

Life Comes First

Many of us get frustrated, even angry, when we can’t get instantaneous service for almost anything, be it on our smart phone, through a service provider, or even at a restaurant.  The issue, of course, is that we’ve become so accustomed to getting things quickly that we get very upset when we don’t.

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I wonder, then, if we are losing patience, or if we just have higher expectations of ourselves and others.  It seems to me that we could cut people some slack and not take ourselves so seriously.

Those who have a more relaxed pace of life seem happier because of it.  After all, we tend to cram so many things into our daily schedules, often to serve ourselves, our business, or our families, that we leave no room for margin.  And then we wonder why we have so much stress.

Find time for peace and relaxation in things that have meaning for you and others.  And stick with the motto, “life comes first.”

 

Here are a few Business & Life Tips to think about….

Business Tips:

  • Your commitments shape your direction in life and in business. They define what you’re dedicated to and what you really care about.
  • You can’t be an effective leader if you’re driven by resentment, even if it’s justified. To be free to lead, you have to let things go.
  • Small companies don’t need an employee handbook. Try these basics: work hard, do right, serve customers, and use good judgment.

 

Life Tips:

  • Most people want to do well, but need attention and good communication in order to excel. If you lead, give them what they need.
  • The best test of who you are is evidenced when no one is looking. How you handle adversity is a true measure of character.
  • Common sense is not so common. Use yours to make good choices. If something is not right, just don’t do it. It’s pretty simple.


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Life Comes First
December 1st, 2016
by Bill Boyajian

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Many of us get frustrated, even angry, when we can’t get instantaneous service for almost anything, be it on our smart phone, through a service provider, or even at a restaurant.  The issue, of course, is that we’ve become so accustomed to getting things quickly that we get very upset when we don’t.

I wonder, then, if we are losing patience, or if we just have higher expectations of ourselves and others.  It seems to me that we could cut people some slack and not take ourselves so seriously.

Those who have a more relaxed pace of life seem happier because of it.  After all, we tend to cram so many things into our daily schedules, often to serve ourselves, our business, or our families, that we leave no room for margin.  And then we wonder why we have so much stress.

Find time for peace and relaxation in things that have meaning for you and others.  And stick with the motto, “life comes first.”



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Top of Mind: November 17, 2016
November 17th, 2016
by Bill Boyajian

That Defining Moment

We’ve all had ups and downs in our lives.  Too often, a major obstacle or failure becomes a defining moment.  They say that you learn more from your failures than your successes. That’s only if you don’t let a major downer define your life and limit your dreams and aspirations.

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Instead, learn to overcome that one crucial mistake, that failed relationship or that devastating disappointment by using it as motivation to take your life or your business to the next level.  It isn’t easy to put the past in the past, but it is vital in order to rebuild self-confidence, restore relationships, or redefine your goals for the future.

No one is perfect.  Everyone has failed.  But the difference between failure and success is a very fine line, often dictated by how you perceive it, and how you perceive yourself.  Failure can be success if we learn from it.  So take some time today to reflect on that defining moment in your life and use it for good.

 

Here are a few Business & Life Tips to think about….

Business Tips:

  • Complacency is a fear of high achievers, and it should be a fear for everyone. When we are no longer motivated, it’s over.
  • Successful companies take ideas and form strategy, take strategy and form structure, and take structure and form action plans.
  • Good or bad, the culture of a company is established and maintained by its leadership and manifests itself through its people.

 

Life Tips:

  • This is a good day to ask, “Where am I going, why am I going there, when will I get there, and what can I expect when I arrive?
  • To tackle a huge undertaking, break it down into smaller segments; reaching each mini- milestone helps to achieve the major goal.
  • Care and credibility are critical to all meaningful relationships, and meaningful relationships are key to life and business success.

Here a couple more articles written by Bill….

Do You Have a Plan?

Facing a Difficult Decision or Even a Crisis?



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That Defining Moment
November 10th, 2016
by Bill Boyajian

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We’ve all had ups and downs in our lives.  Too often, a major obstacle or failure becomes a defining moment.  They say that you learn more from your failures than your successes. That’s only if you don’t let a major downer define your life and limit your dreams and aspirations.

Instead, learn to overcome that one crucial mistake, that failed relationship or that devastating disappointment by using it as motivation to take your life or your business to the next level.  It isn’t easy to put the past in the past, but it is vital in order to rebuild self-confidence, restore relationships, or redefine your goals for the future.

No one is perfect.  Everyone has failed.  But the difference between failure and success is a very fine line, often dictated by how you perceive it, and how you perceive yourself.  Failure can be success if we learn from it.  So take some time today to reflect on that defining moment in your life and use it for good.



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Top of Mind: November 3, 2016
November 4th, 2016
by Bill Boyajian

Look for Clues

Our dog, Bailey, knows when my wife and I are about to leave the house. He’ll watch us get dressed and see what we’re wearing. Then he’ll find his comfort spot in the window seat in our living room where he has a direct view of the house and the garage to watch us leave, and ultimately see us when we come home. Bailey also knows when I’m about to take him for a walk. He knows what shoes I’m going to wear, and that I want my sunglasses and my phone with me, too. And then he goes crazy with excitement because he loves to go for walks. He also knows when he’s about to get a bath, and he’ll try to hide because he doesn’t like this hygienic necessity.

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Bailey looks for clues to know what to do next. Maybe many of us in business should learn to look for clues, too. Clues from employees getting ready to quit; clues from customers ready to drop us; clues from our financials that indicate a problem is arising. Too often, we miss clues that, if observed, would avert a crisis in business. So why do we miss these clues? We’re often too busy putting out fires to step back and look at our business through new eyes. It happens in life, too. Marriages don’t just end suddenly. They erode over time as we miss clues that would tell us that two people are growing apart.

So if Bailey is smart enough to observe clues that indicate what is going to happen next, it makes sense that we should, too. Take time to look for clues in business and life that indicate a change is about to take place. You’ll find it much easier to avert major problems if you do.

Bill

 

Here are a few Business & Life Tips to think about….

Business Tips:

  • Leaders spend far too much time working on their strategy, and far too little time working on the culture of their organization.
  • One of my clients recently drove 100 miles to deliver a piece of jewelry to his customer. She’ll be a customer for life.
  • I learn a lot when I coach people because I ask a lot of questions and listen carefully to the answers. Listening is vital to learning.

Life Tips:

  •  To be truly human is to build relationships, develop synergies, foster creativity, admire sensitivity, and appreciate diversity.
  • People who want to learn are a lot happier than those who think they know it all. A person with the right attitude is a much better bet.
  • For reasonable people, the root of most disagreements lies in differing assumptions and expectations of decisions, actions, and results.

 

Here are a couple other articles written by Bill…

Dealing with People                                                                                                                                  

Do You Have the Time?                                                                                                                                

 



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International Jewelers Block Insurance

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Levine Design Group