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Ups and Downs
February 28th, 2017
by Bill Boyajian

Business has its ups and downs.  When business is good, we think it will always be that way.  And when business is bad, we can’t see it getting better.  That’s because we make excuses for our situation and blame outside forces or other people for our problems.

Business, like the economy, goes in cycles.  But we have much more control of our business than the economy as a whole, where we have absolutely no control.  Therein lies the difference.  We need to stop worrying about the things we can’t control and focus on the things we can control.

Most business problems lie with their leadership.  Leaders need to accept the fact that things don’t always go well and to take responsibility for their circumstances.  After taking responsibility, the only rational course is to accept the current situation – even embrace it — and to develop a plan to make things better.

All of this lies in the hands of the business owner or manager.   If the situation I describe sounds familiar, take some time to reflect on your current circumstances and to determine your best course of action.  Doing nothing is an unacceptable choice.  Commit to making things better, knowing that business always has its ups and downs.



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Top of Mind: February 23, 2017
February 23rd, 2017
by Bill Boyajian

Is Complaining Really Working for You?

Many things get us irked at work: an unappreciative boss, a dumb mistake by an associate, or a very difficult customer, to name a few.  Our frustration and disappointment levels can peak, and we often resort to complaining about the problem instead of doing something about it.  We waste enormous amounts of time moaning about things – often the amount of time it would take to remedy the problem.

So instead of complaining about things that go wrong, try turning the complaint into a constructive action that allows you to take responsibility for things that are well within your ability to address.  Complaining is a weak person’s way of letting off steam and pointing a finger at someone else.  So stop complaining and start doing.  You’ll find a renewed sense of confidence and some amazing results when you do.

 

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

Business Tips:

  • People leave companies because of untrustworthy leadership, poor management, or a lack of appreciation for work well done.
  • If you want to lead people, bring them together under a common cause, develop a plan to achieve it, and execute on your plan.
  • It’s not that money doesn’t matter, but what drives top performers is internal. It’s about the feeling they get from achieving success.

Life Tips:

  • “Emotional Intelligence” today tells us that being a successful performer is more about what you’re like than what you know.
  • Even if you do the right thing for the right reason, things won’t always work out. But you’ll find it rewarding to have done right.
  • Some people insist on being right about everything. It’s in their DNA. I ask them this question: Do you want to be right or successful?


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Is Complaining Really Working for You?
February 17th, 2017
by Bill Boyajian

Many things get us irked at work: an unappreciative boss, a dumb mistake by an associate, or a very difficult customer, to name a few.  Our frustration and disappointment levels can peak, and we often resort to complaining about the problem instead of doing something about it.  We waste enormous amounts of time moaning about things – often the amount of time it would take to remedy the problem.

So instead of complaining about things that go wrong, try turning the complaint into a constructive action that allows you to take responsibility for things that are well within your ability to address.  Complaining is a weak person’s way of letting off steam and pointing a finger at someone else.  So stop complaining and start doing.  You’ll find a renewed sense of confidence and some amazing results when you do.



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Top of Mind: February 9, 2017
February 10th, 2017
by Bill Boyajian

Eliminating Misery

The most miserable people I know create stress by over-doing life. They have so many balls in the air that they can’t cope with all the decisions they have to make.

Conversely, the happiest people I know have limited the excess in their life. They have a balance of physical, emotional, and spiritual involvement, but without the stress caused by taxing the brain to the extreme.

The psychological damage that is caused by excess stress over-complicates life and is both unhealthy and illogical. There is nothing logical about excess unless you want to blow up internal body parts. Then it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Take time to eliminate misery by removing the excess in your life.

 

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

Business Tips:

  • In my work coaching owners and leaders, I have noticed that their criticism of others says more about the critic than those criticized.
  • When morale is good, the needs of employees are being met, their enthusiasm is high, and their confidence in management is evident.
  • Great leaders understand the need to surround themselves with smart people. They are never threatened by intellect or experience.

 

Life Tips:

  • Our words can get us in so much trouble with our key relationships that one might wonder why we sometimes erupt the way we do.
  • People with great wealth or status are not necessarily more content. Contentment instead emanates simply from lacking needs.
  • Be grateful for what you have. Someone close to you is grateful with far less. Gratefulness is a key to lasting contentment.


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Eliminating Misery
February 7th, 2017
by Bill Boyajian

The most miserable people I know create stress by over-doing life.  They have so many balls in the air that they can’t cope with all the decisions they have to make.

Conversely, the happiest people I know have limited the excess in their life.  They have a balance of physical, emotional, and spiritual involvement, but without the stress caused by taxing the brain to the extreme.

The psychological damage that is caused by excess stress over-complicates life and is both unhealthy and illogical.  There is nothing logical about excess unless you want to blow up internal body parts.  Then it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Take time to eliminate misery by removing the excess in your life.



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Top of Mind: January 26, 2017
January 26th, 2017
by Bill Boyajian

How Full Is Your Bucket?

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.

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

Business Tips:

  • When leaders with complimentary skills support each other, it produces synergy. When they fight with one another, chaos reigns.
  • Submitting to authority is not a sign of weakness, but rather one of strength. It simply shows that you respect those around you.
  • A good interview should be more like a good conversation than an interrogation. You learn a lot more when the person relaxes.

 

Life Tips:

  • Do good where you are. Make a difference where you live. You don’t need an audience. Inspire people one person at a time.
  • Beware of people who are always looking for a fight. They think so little of themselves that they try to drag others down with them.
  • The lack of belonging is what drives children away from parents, employees away from employers, and members away from groups.

 

Here’s another article written by Bill…

Life Purpose



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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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–Howard Herzog
International Jewelers Block Insurance

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Levine Design Group