The founder of Travelocity, Terry Jones, discusses his book, “Disruption Off” with me in this video about how to inoculate your business from being disrupted in this day and age.
The most important thing a company can do is to take risk.
When companies grow, they stop taking risk because they got to make the quarter. Instead, companies need to experiment and take risk. They have to be willing to fail because 75% of startups fail. We need to get back to the steps of experimentation, failure and moving on. As a company gets bigger, it is a little bit like moving a battleship, rather than a little boat. You do not have to get everybody in alignment. It just takes a few people to make a change. To make the change, start with something small. For the small business owner, try something new. However, keep the system you have, but try this at the same time. As a business owner, your opinion doesn’t matter. It’s only your customers’ opinion that matters. So, you know, just take the risk and change, please.
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Fellow Transformational Leadership Council (TLC) member and friend, Roxanne Emmerich, discusses her upcoming book, “The Profit Growth Banking Blueprint”, with me in this video about how banking companies can create a workplace you and your customers love.
Roxanne has been trying to help the banking industry to get its act together. They have gone from having18,000 banks to 5000 banks, which tells you something is wrong. The problem is that when a local bank goes out of a small community, this causes the small businesses to go away too. According to Roxanne, the problem is that banking is set up to be transactional, not transformational. Banks are transactional and not about making sure people are winning. Banks are a cultural train wreck because their system is wrong. And it’s not just banking, it is all industries. The model we have right now in banking and most businesses is “Get your numbers, or you are fired”.
Her goal is to have others saying, “I feel so good about myself because I feel like I’m helping people”.
Her new book will help people purposely understanding how to perform. We raise the bar a little bit higher, so we’re building confidence in a way that is inspiring them. Roxanne will show through her upcoming book how you build confidence in systems so that we eventually tie everyone to profit in a way that creates a performance breakthrough because they understand they are being purposeful. The banks that Roxanne has worked with have doubled their profits in the first three years and almost all their employees report that their bank voted “The Best Place to Work”. Roxanne is a banking guru.
The Profit Growth Banking Blueprint
You may not be a banker, but her concepts will work with a lot of different industries too. The people that work with her absolutely love her. Roxanne has authored many different books which I highly recommend. In a previous video, I give my recommendation of Roxanne Emmerich’s book, “Thank God It’s Monday!”. When her new book comes out I will post the links on my social media.
Last week, I was back on Necker Island to celebrate “International Networking Week®” by “networking up” my circles of support with Richard Branson. I did a video a few years ago with Richard when we talked about a concept he had called, “the B Team”. It was brilliant and as a result of that conversation, we created the “Business Voices” initiative for the BNI Foundation. My wife, Beth, came up with that concept based on the conversation we had with Richard.
The B Team
Richard has an organization called “The Elders”, which is supporting some of the big issues in the world today: such as climate change and other things. He thought that maybe a business version of “The Elders” would be good too. They now have about 40 of the topmost respected business people in the world as part of “The B Team”. They are doing great things.
In his book, “Finding my Virginity”, Richard discusses his concept about circles of support. It perfectly aligns with my networking organization. Richard shares with me about circles of support in this video.
Circles of Support
According to Richard, when a new person joins Virgin, they will say, “Don’t try to solve all the problems of the world, just draw a circle around yourself first”. Start by drawing a circle around yourself to make sure everything inside that circle is working well. Ask yourself: Am I meeting my fitness goals? Have I got my alcohol intake right? Have I got my work-life balance in harmony? Once you feel that circle is fine, you widen the circle to include family and friends. Once all that is manageable, you can start thinking about bigger things and do everything you can to help others. If you have a small business, make a difference in your city. Support local programs that support health or education. Finally, you can draw a circle around your country and the last circle around the world.
I highly recommend the book, “Finding my Virginity”, by Richard Branson. The concept of managing your circles of support on page 354 works so well for BNI members. The network that I created is where you got a small circle of people and over time, taking that circle a step further by building relationships. If everybody who reads this blog creates a circle, the world will be a better place.
Fellow Transformational Leadership Council (TLC) member and friend, LuAnn Buechler “The Hug Lady”, discusses her book, ” ihug “: My Journey as a Hugger with me in this video about bringing people together and the scientific benefits of sharing a hug.
The scientific benefits you’ll find in the book, “ihug” will help to bring people together. Read delightful stories of LuAnn’s experience with the ihug movement and learn about her journey as a hugger. Discover the importance of hugging and how you can join the movement. This easy read will inspire you and bring you great joy. In the book, you also hear from other incredible transformational leaders about this powerful human connection we call hugs. Includes; Marci Shimoff, Jack Canfield, Robert MacPhee, Mabel Iam, Dr. Ivan Misner, Dr. Sue Morter, Kathleen Keating, Brian Hillard, Doreen Virtue…just to name a few.
This is a link to Purchase the Book off the ihug movement website.
The ihug Movement campaign is to inspire human connection and spread joy in the world during a time when the narrative that is running is one of polarization and disconnect due to political tensions. This is a non-partisan movement. We are modeling acceptance, setting an example for love to heal the world because hatred will never fix hatred. Hugs are a tangible representation of the common need for love and connection we all have. Enjoy #ihugmovement
Welcome to the 13th annual “International Networking Week®”. During this first week in February, we at BNI and other organizations around the world celebrate networking worldwide. “International Networking Week” is an initiative of BNI created 13 years ago. This year, we are asking you to help us to spread One Million Thank Yous all around the world. Therefore, please provide gratitude and appreciation for those who helped us to grow our businesses this week. I would appreciate sharing this video with your chapter members as the “Educational Moment” this week. Thank you.
With gratitude, I believe, comes stronger connections. Think about those who’ve helped you throughout your journey. Have you thanked them? Well during “International Networking Week”, we invite you to do so. We all have people who are in our story, people who have helped us in some way. This is the perfect time to reach out and tell them “thank you” for what they have contributed to your life and to your business.
Identify those people and give them “The Gift of Recognition”. You can even thank someone at your BNI meeting or at a networking event this week. Demonstrate your gratitude for the things that they have done for you. Therefore, you can also consider sending a letter or thanking them on social media using the hashtags #BNIthankyou and #INW2020 with your posts. The truth is that the goodwill that you demonstrate will draw others to you just like a magnet.
With gratitude, I want to begin this week by thanking “YOU”. With your passionate commitment to networking, BNI is continuing to impact and enhance lives all around the world and I appreciate you. Furthermore, feel free to share in the comments about someone that you appreciate and thank them here for something that they have done in your life.
One Million Thank Yous
In conclusion, I want to say thank you to the following BNI National Directors for writing guests blogs for International Networking Week about “gratitude” this week:
BNI’s 35th anniversary is this week! The official kick-off of the first BNI group was January 8th, 1985.
35 years ago, I put together about 20 people in a small coffee shop in Arcadia, California for the very first meeting of BNI® (Business Network International). Furthermore, the original organization, “The Network”, was run from a small bedroom that was converted into an office inside my house in La Verne, California. I recognized back then that I had struck a chord within the business community. We don’t teach networking in colleges and universities anywhere in the world, and business people are hungry for referrals. They simply had no viable way to generate them regularly back in 1985.
In light of BNI’s 35th anniversary, I share the story of BNI’s surprisingly accidental beginnings. Furthermore, I open up about my astonishment at just how successful BNI has become. Please watch my special 35th anniversary message video by clicking here.
A must-watch video for BNI members worldwide! Please encourage all your BNI members to watch this video by playing the video during your BNI meeting this week as the “Purpose and Overview of BNI” and by posting this video’s YouTube URL on your BNI National, Regional, and chapter Social media pages too.
It has been an incredible 35 years. I am humbled by what BNI has become. Its impact on the world of business and on individual lives continues to spread. I feel so proud of how the Givers Gain® philosophy has expanded around the world and I can never get enough of hearing about people’s experiences in the organization.
I look forward to many more years as part of BNI and hope to see most of you along the ride.
It’s almost the New Year! Since it will be 2020, I thought it would be perfect to talk about 2020 vision. Please watch this video.
There is an old phrase that hindsight has 2020 vision. While that may be true, but I also believe that foresight can have 2020 vision. The challenge is, you actually have to think about your future. Really spend time and think about it, even if it’s just a few hours. Give some thought to your future. When I talk about setting goals, I find that people are a little like Bobblehead Ivan here. Yea, yea, yea, I need to set goals. Yea, you need to set goals. Goals are just a vision of where you want to go.
Every year for the last 40+ years (yes, even before I started BNI), I have taken time during this period of the year to reflect. I start by looking at the past year and see how it played out according to my plan. Where it worked, I celebrated. Where it didn’t work, I analyzed why. More importantly, I contemplated how I could make it work.
Then, I did my real vision making. I thought about what I wanted to achieve during the next year and then three to five years out. Finally, I gave consideration to where I would be 10 years out. I started this process when I was in my early 20’s. In fact, I actually created a 40-year plan for myself back then. You can see that plan on the blog post listed below:
Truly, anything past five years is an educated guess. I get that. But it’s also something else. It’s a game plan. It’s a vision for where you want to go. Your one year plan should be really specific. Your 3-5 year plan should be strategic. And anything longer is highly strategic (which you’ll see if you read my 40-year plan). You can’t hit a target you don’t aim at. Create a target. That’s the vision. Take aim, that’s the action.
Here are three things I want you to do over the next couple of days to create your 2020 vision.
Dream big. Create your 2020 vision.
Have a Plan. How will you achieve your 2020 vision?
Take action. Actually do the things you create in your plan.
Do those three things this year and then do me a favor. Mark your calendar for the end of 2020 and post a message about how this changed your life. I’m going to be looking for it.
If anyone wants to comment now about your 2020 vision, I’d love to see it. I’m Ivan Misner and this is 2020.
The 2020 International Networking Week ® is an initiative of BNI®. It is an opportunity for business owners to show appreciation for their valued customers and contacts from networking.
This will be a week of global recognition and gratitude from February 2 through 8, 2020 to thank those business owners who have helped you to grow your business while networking. Furthermore, this year’s action item is to recognize and thank those people in your BNI chapter, chamber of commerce, and other networking organizations. Take a moment to say, “Thank You” in person, in your meeting, and on various social media platforms.
The focus of International Networking Week is to bring together representatives of government, businesses and community leaders from around the world to network and to recognize the power of networking. Speakers will offer advice and information on how businesses can grow and succeed through good networking practices.
The 13th Annual 2020 International Networking Week is just around the corner. Therefore, it’s time to build your powerful personal network now. Invite various business owners who have helped you to grow your business to your BNI chapter or to your networking mixer. Invite them to network and to recognize the power of networking from February 2 through 8, 2020. Check out the promo video for the 13th Annual 2020 International Networking Week. Please use the hashtag with your photos and posts: #INW2020
The 2020 International Networking Week theme is “One Million Thank Yous”
Expressing gratitude completes the feeling of connection. Many people in your life have helped you in one way or another. Therefore, have you thanked them? Consider sending a letter to someone telling them what their actions meant to you, even if—especially if—it happened long ago. It costs little or nothing. Furthermore, it almost always follows suit that they will demonstrate their gratitude for what you do.
When you show an interest in others by noticing the good things they’ve done; they will be drawn to you like a magnet. Therefore, it will accelerate the relationship-building process and enhance their overall impression of you.”
In conclusion, the goal of International Networking Week is to celebrate the key role that networking plays in the development and success of businesses across the world. Networking events are being held globally to celebrate International Networking Week. For more information about these international events during the first week of February or to promote your local networking event on our 2020 International Networking Week website please see: internationalnetworkingweek.com
Today is Thanksgiving in the United States. There is no time like the present to pause and acknowledge the people that we are grateful for. Please click here to watch my personal video message about Thanksgiving then take a moment today to show appreciation for and to return gratitude to others.
Giving thanks every day, not just on Thanksgiving.
I really appreciate you taking the time to watch this video and if it gets you thinking about what you’re thankful for. Therefore, I would really love for you to share your thoughts in the comment below. Gratefulness can be contagious so don’t be shy–share what you’re appreciative of no matter how big or small it may be. Thanks! 🙂
The proven principles you’ll find in this book will help you lay the groundwork for a thriving, competitive enterprise. When love is part of your organization’s framework and operationalized in its culture, employees and customers feel genuinely valued. Employees who are passionate about the work that they do are more loyal, innovative, creative, and inspired, and that translates to great customer experience. They don’t serve others out of obligation, but because of a genuine desire to improve people’s lives. And when customers reciprocate by loving your products, your services, and your people, that’s when something great happens. That’s when you get loyalty. That’s when you get raving fans. It’s a refreshingly human way of doing business.
In addition to Farber’s field-tested strategies, you’ll find inspiring case studies from a wide range of industries and leaders, revealing self-assessment quizzes, and practical pointers on how to build a corporate culture based on love, the ultimate competitive advantage. At the end of the day, it’s just damn good business.
Sam is a personal friend and I absolutely love this book. Full of inspirational insights and advice, lifehacks, and real-world examples, “Someday is Not a Day in the Week” will help readers get what they want in life today rather than “someday.”
Are you planning to do what makes you happy someday when you have more time, money, or freedom?
What if someday never happens? As the Buddha said, “The thing is, we think we have time.” Sam Horn is a woman on a mission about not waiting for SOMEDAY … and this is her manifesto. Her dad’s dream was to visit all the National Parks when he retired. He worked six to seven days a week for decades. A week into his long-delayed dream, he had a stroke. Sam doesn’t want that to happen to you. She took her business on the road for a Year by the Water. During her travels, she asked people, “Do you like your life? Your job? If so, why? If not, why not?”
The surprising insights about what makes people happy or unhappy, what they’re doing about it (or not), and why…will inspire you to carve out time for what truly matters now, not later.
Life is much too precious to postpone. It’s time to put yourself in your own story. The good news is, there are “hacks” you can do right now to make your life more of what you want it to be. And you don’t have to be selfish, quit your job, or win the lottery to do them. Sam Horn offers actionable, practical advice in short, snappy chapters to show you how to get started on your best life ― now.
Ken Honda is a personal friend and I absolutely love this book. What Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up did for your living space, Ken Honda’s Happy Money will do for your wallet. This book isn’t here to fix you, because as Ken Honda says, you’re already okay!
Ken Honda—Japan’s #1 bestselling personal development guru—knows that getting rich quick is no way to achieve happiness. Too often, money is a source of fear, stress, and anger, sometimes breaking apart relationships and even ruining lives. We like to think money is just a number or a piece of paper, but it is so much more than that. Money has the ability to smile; its energy changes when it is given with a certain feeling, and this energy impacts not only ourselves but others as well. Although Ken Honda is often called a “money guru,” his real job over the past decade has been to help others discover the tools they already possess to heal their own lives and relationships with money. In Happy Money the “Zen millionaire” explains, in practical and accessible language, how to achieve peace of mind when it comes to money.
Learn how to treat money as a welcome guest, allowing it to come and go with respect and without resentment; understand and improve your Money EQ; unpack the myth of scarcity; and embrace the process of giving money, not just receiving it.