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Build A Culture Of Accountability

“What else can I do to rise above my circumstances and achieve the results I desire?”

Effective leaders, that is leaders who lead a winning team, operate on the premise that their people must focus on achieving results, and they build a culture of accountability into their team. This means that everything they personally do in that regard is to support and encourage the best outcome possible from each individual.

These sought-after leaders are able to lead their people beyond the boundaries of their ‘task’ and inspire them to pursue optimum results. They achieve this by creating an environment that motivates the individual to ask themselves, “What else can I do?”

This is a question that must be asked over and over until the desired results are achieved. “What else can I do to rise above my circumstances and achieve the results I desire?”
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7 Ways To Engage People

Looking for some tips on really getting people engaged with what we do, I came across this great article by leadership expert Kevin Eidenberry. It’s so pertinent to the Savvy Team philosophy of teamwork that I just had to share it.

As Eidenberry says, engagement is a very trendy word, and while it is powerful, people are making it harder to understand and think about than is necessary. So to ‘engage’ people, let’s get to the heart of the matter. Let’s talk about what people really want in their lives. Because when they have these they will automatically and effortlessly be engaged in happily and effectively doing the work that’s required.

The following list won’t really surprise you, because it includes many of the things you want too.

Keep in mind that your people are people, and as individuals we certainly all want more of these things in both our personal lives and our work environment.

Remember when (and if) you provide them, engagement automatically ensues – so as leaders it’s your job to make sure you engage your people by ensuring that all seven of these things are obvious – because generally we are all much happier, more effective and co-operative when we get clarity about them!

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Connecting With Millennials

A decade ago, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in business who thought 20 and 30-year-olds were prime candidates as serious business partners. That has changed. Millennials, an era that starts with those reaching young adulthood around the year 2000 (actually those born anywhere from 1980 to 1999), have access to technology, communications, and publishing that simply wasn’t available decades ago.

They also have the capacity to utilise it in ever expanding and creative ways. As a result, they have much to offer in the new social media boom. Experian Marketing Services reveals latest demographic trends about these Millennials, who they call ‘the most diverse, informed and connected generation in the Western world.’ Here’s a complimentary copy of their report, Millennials come of age.  Read More

Market Your Business On A ShoeString!

Mark Twain once said, “Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.”

While most advertising can be expensive, the best advertising and business promotions can be accomplished via low cost methods. In fact did you know that some of the best and most effective forms are actually FREE?

In a tight economy many small businesses cut their marketing budgets as the first expense to reduce, because of cash flow concerns. However when times are tough it’s even more important to keep your business brand front and centre. No matter which marketing methods (and we recommend you use a variety) you choose as a business owner, the key is to keep your promotional efforts going, and to never depend on one form of marketing if you want long term success. Read More