Entrepreneurial Pro Tip #9

Entrepreneurial Pro Tip #9

Make Yourself Accountable to Others

So you’ve thought through your entrepreneurial idea. Maybe you’ve even done the important work of creating a business and marketing plan; maybe your website is up, and you’re ready to go. Nice! But then those little voices crop up in your “self-talk” – the ones that say you’re not good enough, or it’s too expensive, or it’s too hard.

Entrepreneurial Pro Tip #8

Entrepreneurial Pro Tip #8

Form Your Team of Mentors

If you’ve yet to do so, identify your team of mentors. For this exercise, let’s define mentors as people with characteristics that you wish to emulate as you move toward your entrepreneur-related goals. Like me, maybe you only know of these people via the books they’ve written, the stories they’ve headlined, or some other part of their social persona. That’s okay. Read their books and biographies, research their backgrounds, and get to know about their priorities and causes.

Entrepreneurial Pro Tip #7

Entrepreneurial Pro Tip #7

It’s Vitally Important to Be Yourself

When I was in high school, the basketball players were the guys who got the most attention from the girls. I wanted to get the girls’ attention too, so I went out for the basketball team. The trouble was, I wasn’t very good. I worked hard to achieve my objective, but I wasn’t in alignment with myself. I was trying to be somebody that I wasn’t, and that is no way to be successful.

Entrepreneurial Pro Tip #6

Entrepreneurial Pro Tip #6

Influence vs. Control

Once you’ve thought through a particular situation and taken the most appropriate action, you have very little (if any) control over the outcome. Entrepreneurs embrace this ambiguity and adjust their behavior to operate from a place of influence, rather than trying to control what they cannot. On the other hand, they understand that if a situation isn't under their control, they exert what influence they have, and then detach themselves from the outcome.

Entrepreneurial Pro Tip #5

Entrepreneurial Pro Tip #5

Use Technology but Think Face-To-Face

Without a doubt, a larger and larger percentage of our communication is happening via technology, and that percentage is only going to increase as we continue to advance. As entrepreneurs, we want to embrace technology rather than resist it. I try to make friends with all the latest technology coming down the pipeline, whether it’s social media platforms or other technological tools that help me get my work done more efficiently.

Entrepreneurial Pro Tip #4

Entrepreneurial Pro Tip #4

Develop Verbal Flexibility

In the modern global workplace, we deal with a lot of different people from a variety of backgrounds on a day-to-day basis. Men and women; people of different races, cultures, and socio-economic backgrounds; introverts and extroverts; the list goes on. Verbal flexibility is the ability to adapt your communication style to the audience you're addressing while staying true to yourself and true to your values.

Entrepreneurial Pro Tip #2

Entrepreneurial Pro Tip #2

Clarify Your Dream to Make It a Goal

Whether you’re just starting your career or you're on the eve of retirement, the first step to pursuing your dream is to clarify it on paper. Dreams are a dime a dozen, and it's easy to come up with 1,000 excuses as to why they won’t work – someone else has already tried it, someone else can do it better, it will take too much time, it’s too hard. Writing down your dream using clear language gives it form. It becomes an idea – an idea that can become a goal. 

Entrepreneurial Pro Tip #1

Entrepreneurial Pro Tip #1

Take the Road Less Traveled

Here's a question for you: What would you do if you could not fail? I’ve found that just about everyone knows what they would do if they got the chance, but too often, taking that chance seems like a luxury we can't afford. I've worked with hundreds if not thousands of employees, and I would say only a small percentage of them are doing the work that they really want to do.

Your CDW (Culturally Dynamic Workplace)

Your CDW (Culturally Dynamic Workplace)

Race and Identity in the Workplace

While some companies already have “inclusion initiatives” in place, there are additional steps you can take to improve cross-cultural communication in your work environment. By following these five tips, you’ll not only improve your communication skills, but you’ll vastly improve your professional skills as well.