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Wednesday Motivational Quotes: Be Willing to Expose Yourself for Success!

Wednesday Motivational Quotes: Be Willing to Expose Yourself for Success!


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When you make mistakes that are very public, it may sting and hurt.  However, you must be willing to make the mistakes so that you will learn from them and become a better person.  Think of these mistakes preparing you for something bigger and more exciting in the future.  That is what success is all about!

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Motivational Quotes: Success Means Inspiring Others

Motivational Quotes: Success Means Inspiring Others

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Motivation is the key ingredient for success in any organization.  You can have all the technical skills in the world; however, if you can’t motivate your team, you will not achieve success.  As a leader, a majority of your job is to motivate others to succeed so that everyone’s goals are accomplished.

The following are eight quick tips to motivate your team:

  1. Everyone Has Motivation – Your employees are motivated on some level.  It is your job to find the level of their motivation and move your employees to the next level.
  2. Listen to WIIFM – I wake up every morning listening to a very important radio station, WIIFM. I hope you do too.  WIIFM stands for What’s In It For Me?  To truly be a motivator, you must always be in tune to your employees’ WIIFM.  Find out why it is beneficial for your employees to do a task, etc.  Once you find out the employees’ motives, you find out how to motivate them.
  3. It’s about Pain or Pleasure – Motivate your employees toward pleasure or away from pain.  You motivate toward the pleasure by providing recognition, incentives, and rewards for doing a good job.  You motivate away from the pain of a corrective action, losing a position, or doing a poor job.  The key to this motivation is to be consistent with all your employees at all times.
  4. Give Me a Reason – Do it because I said so!  Well, with our educated workforce these days, that doesn’t work anymore.  Employees like to know why tasks are being requested of them so that they can feel involved and that the task has worth.  Let your employees know why doing the task is important to you, the organization, and for them. (Read the rest of the article at team rules)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Being the Perfect Employee!

Martin Luther King Jr. and Being the Perfect Employee!

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As we celebrate the life and values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we can apply his values to our own life and careers.  The following is a career article that will give you the tools to be the in-demand perfect employee while living the values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..  The Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes applies to point two.  Enjoy!

Career Advice:  Five Career Secrets to Becoming the Perfect Employee That Everyone Wants – Part One

With ever increasing deadlines, decreasing resources, and changing workplaces, sometimes it can be challenging to be a good employee, much less a perfect employee.  The employee who can rise above the everyday problems and embrace challenges will be the person that every employer wants.

The following are five career development secrets to being the perfect employee everyone wants:

  • Respect – Respect others with whom you work everyday.  What is respect?  Respect comes in many different forms. The following are just a few examples:

Respect fellow employees as individuals with unique ideas and thoughts that may be different from yours.  This diversity of ideas may seem a little different at first, but that is how we produce better solutions.  “Group think” often gets you nowhere fast.  Embrace diversity of thought so that you are open minded for better solutions.

Respect fellow employees by greeting them in the morning.  Many times I hear from employees who say that certain co-workers make it unpleasant in the office because they seldom say “Good Morning” or “Hello,” don’t smile, and are just plain nasty to fellow co-workers.  Take the time to give a pleasant greeting to your co-workers even when you may be having a difficult time.  You will be known as someone who is pleasant to work with, and guess what; more opportunities will come your way.  Also, you can break out of a bad mood and become more productive at work if you are pleasant to others.

Respect the work of others.  Appreciate the time and efforts of co-workers and let them know.  You may not agree on the final product, but you can respect the time and effort put into the project.

Respect others by practicing the Golden Rule…well sort of.  The Golden Rule states “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  Well, there are many people, because of their poor self-esteem, who like to be “dumped on” emotionally and physically.  If we follow the Golden Rule, does that mean that these same people should “dump on” their fellow co-workers?  Of course not!  Treat your co-workers with the utmost respect and appreciation they deserve.

  • Knowledge – Knowledge is the key.  The workplace is constantly changing.  Even the look of change is changing.  Also, change is happening faster and faster.  Just look around you in society, work, and technology.  The only way to master change is to gain the knowledge to be ahead of change.

Take the time to learn not only about your present job, but also about your future job opportunities.  This will make you a more valuable employee.  Also, take time to learn about the job that is one level above your present position.  When this position becomes available, you will be in a better position to receive a promotion.  (To read the complete article go to (Career Tips)

Season Greetings Wishes From The Sykes Group!

Season Greetings Wishes From The Sykes Group!

Season greetings to all of our friends from The Sykes Group.  We appreciate being a part of your businesses, your careers, and your life.

We hope as 2015 approaches that you to the following season greetings rings true for you:

  • Find your purpose in life
  • Have the inspiration to achieve your goals
  • Embrace the courage to go after your dreams
  • Find the motivation to work through barriers
  • Have the confidence to get back on your feet after being knocked down
  • Trust yourself during your most challenging moments
  • Find joy in your journey
  • Gain wisdom from your experience
  • Have he gratitude for all experiences put at your feet
  • Find laughter during the toughest moments
  • Have forgiveness for those who doubt you
  • Have unshakeable faith in your goals
  • Love what you do
  • Take time to enjoy family and friends
  • Embrace the beauty of the moment
  • Achieve the prosperity and success on your own terms

Again, season greetings and have a outstanding 2015!

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Manager Solutions: Japanese vs. American

Manager Solutions:  Japanese vs. American

Take the time to read the following manager meme from  Have you ever worked in a company like that? You can also find ways to be a better manager at best manager.  Enjoy!

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