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Posts for for April, 2017

Get It Offline

Posted on: April 24th, 2017 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

We live in an age of email. Emails are challenging because often the tone may be wrong. Rarely does a week go by that I don’t get an email from somebody saying, “Sorry, you misunderstood the tone of that.” Or “That’s not what I meant.” This is just inherently part of the email or text message communication process. It’s hard to convey a tone. It can also lead to a lot of misunderstanding and miscommunication. So, when things start to become important, or they start to become critical, it’s a great idea to take things offline. Get into an in-person meeting, pick up the telephone or use video conference technology. All these options are available.

What you really want to do when you start to see miscommunications or problems going on around you is to stop and open communication. If you can sense and feel each other, even if it’s just hearing one another’s voice over the telephone, you’ll be able to auto correct and adjust. Emails are tempting. After all, they’re quick and they’re easy. They can be done in the middle of activities, but they don’t convey all the information needed. They can often be misread of misunderstood. If it really matters and if it’s important, get it offline and really communicate.

What’s been your experience? Have you had stories of emails that have been misunderstood? What went wrong? Join us in the comments below and let us know.

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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Freeimages.com/photographer simon stratford.

 

About the Author

R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment (www.rshawnmcbridelive.com/3laws), gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can reach R. Shawn McBride at info@mcbrideforbusiness.com or (214) 418-0258.

 

Check us out on the web at www.mcbrideforbusiness.com, www.rshawnmcbridelive.com/3laws

Get Shawn’s latest book: www.mcbridebook.com

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Taking Chances

Posted on: April 21st, 2017 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

R. Shawn McBride recently spoke with Miranda Zintgraff about taking big chances. Here is the transcript:

https://www.facebook.com/rshawnmcbridepublic/videos/1459949714036930/

R. Shawn McBride: Hey friends. R. Shawn McBride here with you live. I’ve got my friend Miranda Zintgraff here who has just taken huge chances. So, we’re talking about taking big chances, a thing I love to talk about in business and planning. She’s just jumped off into a whole new business world, so I love it. I love this kind of risk-taking. You want to tell us a little bit about what you’ve done and where things are going for you?

Miranda Z:  Sure, thank you. I’m excited. This is my first Facebook live and I’ve been wanting to do this for a while. So thank you for inviting me on.

Shawn McBride: Absolutely.

Miranda Z: Hello to everybody. I am a stay-at-home mom. I have three children. I am a single mom and I was with the same company for six-and-a-half years. I was with that company for a lot of different reasons. I really aligned with everything that they believed in, their core values, and it allowed me to be able to stay home with my kids. Now that I’m a single mom it is really important to me to be able to still have that time freedom, but I needed a little bit different income. I needed more out of my life and I realized that in order to do that I was going to have to make some changes and to take some big risks, as you’re saying.

Risk-taking can be very scary. But then you really sit down and think about life and just be still and let your inner guidance guide you. For me, I believe that that comes from God. I know everybody has different beliefs but when I really got still about what I was supposed to do I felt led to completely go in a different direction with another company. I just completely walked away from the company that I was with for six-and-a-half years and was very committed to. I took a huge leap of faith. It really feels like I kind of stepped off the edge of a cliff, to be honest. I’m just going for it. If you don’t take risks then how do you keep moving forward?

R. Shawn McBride: Right.

Miranda Z:  It looks like we have technology issues. I don’t know if I’m frozen but you’re frozen.

R. Shawn McBride: Making the . . .

Miranda Z: Computer glitz. You’re still frozen on my end. Now you’re back.

R. Shawn McBride: The joys of technology. Tell me about how you went about this process and how you decided to jump into this.

Miranda Z: I really feel like when I was ready for the change it just came to me. It wasn’t something that I was necessarily seeking out. I knew that I wanted a change but I think when you really, again, are in line with your core beliefs and values and what you really want out of life I think opportunities present themselves to you. That’s what happened in my case. I wasn’t looking for something different. I knew I needed the change and I knew what I wanted out of life and out of the opportunity I was looking for, but I wasn’t seeking anything out at the time. It literally just fell into my lap. So when it did it was a difficult decision but it was one that I knew that I had to make.

R. Shawn McBride: I just talked to a group recently about building a plan for your visions and where you want to go. It sounds like you’ve got that going on behind the scenes, right? You know what you want your life to look like, which makes it easier to make decisions. True?

Miranda Z:  It is true. I think about this a lot. I think a lot of times people kind of play it safe and are scared to take risks. I think that’s human nature because we’re born with our parents taking care of us, telling us what to do and where to be and when. We go to school it’s the same thing. You have to be there at a certain time, do certain things. Go to college, same thing and get a job. Largely, when you have a job that you go to, somebody else is telling you when to be there, when you can leave and what you’re supposed to be doing. I think a little bit differently.  I think most entrepreneurs do because we want a different life and we want to create something different for ourselves, which takes a really big vision and a really big belief.

Absolutely, I know what I want. I know what my goals are — income goals, lifestyle goals, goals of putting my children first and my friends and family first and all of that. Then, fitting in everything else around that because what’s most important in life are relationships.

We’re having technology issues again. You’re freezing again on my end. There you go. Well, you’re frozen.

R. Shawn McBride: This technology has not been amazing today.

Miranda Z: That’s okay. Life doesn’t always work amazing does it? But, you know what? That’s —

R. Shawn McBride: You’re going to have problems. You’re going to have hiccups along the way. That technology is giving us some to deal with.

Miranda Z: Exactly. I think the most successful people are the ones who can just push forward no matter what happens in life. I think everybody in life gets beat down and some people more than others. It’s all in the way that you handle things and how you move forward.

R. Shawn McBride: Yes. Early on there was a part of me that wanted everything to be perfect in life. I had this vision that you could have everything perfect. But I think the real world teaches us that’s not the case and nothing is perfect. You evolve, you know? It sounds like you hit a point of evolution. You were at the business that you loved. You were in a good spot but you needed to evolve to something bigger and different.

Miranda Z: Definitely. I think that in life if we’re not growing and learning and moving forward, or just even being complacent or comfortable, then you really start to go backwards.

R. Shawn McBride: Right.

Miranda Z:  We have to continually grow. I was in a place where I was comfortable but then it started to get a little more uncomfortable for different reasons. Mainly financial and just having the responsibility of three children and being on my own. I think that sometimes it takes people just getting really uncomfortable to really be able to create that change.

R. Shawn McBride: You found a bigger desire because you want your life to look a certain way, to jump out and do something new.

Miranda Z: Definitely. I think finding a mentor in these situations and somebody that you can really learn from is really important. Again, that just kind of fell in my lap and I carefully thought about it for quite a while, longer than maybe I should have. But that’s what happens with life and with risk-taking.

R. Shawn McBride: Sometimes you need to think about it a lot. Sometimes you know immediately. You’ve just got to go with your gut and you’ve got to develop the business as you go. Tell people a little bit about what you’re doing now and why you’ve jumped into this.

Miranda Z: Six-and-a-half years ago, I was in pretty bad health after having three children in four years. That’s when I really started getting onto this path of living a more natural and holistic life. Most recently what I’ve discovered are essential oils. I’d never tried them before. I didn’t know a lot about them. The first time I used them I put them on and I felt amazing. I already thought I felt good. I’d been working on my health and my nutrition for quite some time, but I started using these oils and just having absolutely amazing results and discovering the therapeutic qualities that they have. Sharing that is just such a gift. Sharing with other people and helping them to live a natural lifestyle is very important to me.

R. Shawn McBride: Where are you in the business? I know you’re developing. I know you’re looking for some people possibly to work with over time. Why don’t you share a little bit about that?

Miranda Z: I love to partner with fun, outgoing, motivated dreamers like me. There is nothing more fine, just like you and I connected. This bigger vision and purpose of reaching more people and helping more people to live a better life. I’m absolutely looking to partner with people. Empowering single parents like me to know there is a way that you can take care of your kids and live the life you want and have the income you want and have purpose in life.

R. Shawn McBride: Right, exactly. How do people get a hold of you if they want to talk a little more about what you’re doing, if they’re interested?

Miranda Z: The best way to get ahold of me right now is through Facebook. I am working on a new webpage and a new Facebook business page as well. Probably my personal page is the best way so I’m not putting my phone number out here on Facebook live.

R. Shawn McBride: All over the internet and Facebook live. Your phone starts ringing —

Miranda Z:  It’s not hard to find me if you Google me but probably right now Facebook is the best way.

R. Shawn McBride: Excellent. Let’s visit on this again at some point. Hopefully the technology will cooperate a little more with us next time and it will go a little smoother. I love what you’re doing. I’d love to get an update here soon about how things are going and see where things are and how we can get more people plugged in to living the life they want to live. That’s the theme of everything I do. Thank you for joining me. I hope your first Facebook live was okay.

Miranda Z: I loved it. I look forward to connecting again and to connecting with all of the people out there who also want to live this lifestyle that we live and just have a better life. Thanks so much.

R. Shawn McBride: We’ll talk soon. Everybody out there feel free to reach out to Miranda Zintgraff. I think she’s got some good stuff going on. See if you have a connection there. All right, talk to you soon.

Miranda Z: Talk to you soon. Bye.

 

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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Freeimages.com/photographer Nick Fletcher. 

 

About the Author

R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment (www.rshawnmcbridelive.com/3laws), gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can reach R. Shawn McBride at info@mcbrideforbusiness.com or (214) 418-0258.

 

Check us out on the web at www.mcbrideforbusiness.com, www.rshawnmcbridelive.com/3laws

Get Shawn’s latest book: www.mcbridebook.com

Add us on Twitter: @McBrideForBus #McbrideForBusiness #3LawsofEmpowerment

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Decorum Can Make All the Difference

Posted on: April 21st, 2017 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

We get faced with a lot of situations in business. There’s a lot of difficult things to deal with. It’s just natural that occasionally we’re going to have tension, that’s just part of the game. If you’re in business, you’re going to disagree with others, but there are ways to handle that. You can handle that disagreement by getting into a shouting match or a reply to all series of emails. Or you could be more civil; you could talk directly to the person. You could give it some time to sort out the tension air until you can work out your disagreements.

If you’re seeing tension between you and somebody else, obviously, there’s an underlying problem. There’s a miscommunication or a lack of alignment on values. In business, we don’t have to align with everybody in values. We should try to respect our fellow man and woman that we’re doing business with. We don’t have to agree on everything.

If you find yourself in a disagreement, sometimes the best course is to remove yourself from the situation. Exercise some discretion and show decorum. Show that you’re the bigger person. People will learn to admire that. It’s one of those subtle things you can do that if you repeat it again and again over time, it will pay huge dividends.

What’s been your experience with decorum, have you had arguments with others that have gone the wrong direction? How do you prevent yourself from being put in the bad light? Join us in the comments below and let us know what your experience is.

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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Freeimages.com/photographer Alfonso Lima.

 

About the Author

R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment (www.rshawnmcbridelive.com/3laws), gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can reach R. Shawn McBride at info@mcbrideforbusiness.com or (214) 418-0258.

 

Check us out on the web at www.mcbrideforbusiness.com, www.rshawnmcbridelive.com/3laws

Get Shawn’s latest book: www.mcbridebook.com

Add us on Twitter: @McBrideForBus #McbrideForBusiness #3LawsofEmpowerment

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Thinking About Your Core

Posted on: April 20th, 2017 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

How strong is your core?

No, I’m not starting an exercise blog. I’m asking about the core of your business.

In some of my blogs I talk about your captured power. That’s what you do well and what allows you to earn income and wealth. (http://www.mcbrideforbusiness.com/blog/built-to-last-will-your-company-stand-the-test-of-time)What is the core of your essence? But this time I’m asking about the core of your business. What is the center? I believe it’s important that we understand that we have a core or central ability or power from which all our business flows.

A well-organized and well-run business will have one nucleus of greatness; in rare instances it may have a couple. Everything emanates from the center to the other portions of your business. The strength of the core determines how your business runs in totality.

Knowing where that core is allows you to concentrate your energy. In our business, McBride for Business LLC, the core is me: Shawn McBride’s knowledge about how to structure companies and make companies last. My experiences over the years have come together so that everything we do now — the speaking, the training, the custom one-on-one work with clients – flows from that core energy. We know where the core is and we know where the value is for our clients and us.

Once you understand your core, you are more focused when it’s time to decide how to spend your time and energy.

Where is your core? What is the center of your abilities? How are you building out from there? Join us in the comments below. Tell us about your core and how it allows you to better run your business.

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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Freeimages.com/photographer Miguel Fonseca.

 

About the Author

R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment (www.rshawnmcbridelive.com/3laws), gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can reach R. Shawn McBride at info@mcbrideforbusiness.com or (214) 418-0258.

 

Check us out on the web at www.mcbrideforbusiness.com, www.rshawnmcbridelive.com/3laws

Get Shawn’s latest book: www.mcbridebook.com

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Who’s Talking at the Negotiation Table?

Posted on: April 20th, 2017 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

“Money talks.”

Overused idiom or reality check?

The idea behind the phrase is that when you have money, you have more influence and more power. I believe that’s a valid assessment in negotiations. Money says you are serious. Money says you can close the transaction. Money says you can get the job done.

People talk, too. As business owners, we know a lot of times people want to talk about our products or services, but they may not be serious about buying them. Do we treat them differently? If someone tells me, “I’m serious,” or “I’m really thinking about doing business with you,” that’s an expression of one level of commitment. But if someone shows me the financial resources that are necessary to complete the deal, that is a totally different level of commitment and seriousness.

We don’t have to be tacky about this. In negotiations, you can up-level your standing by showing that you have the financial resources that give you the ability to commit.

What’s your experience? Have you had people who weren’t serious try to negotiate with you? How did you handle the transaction? Join us in the comments below, and let us know your thoughts and experiences.

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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Freeimages.com/photographer Bob Smith.

 

About the Author

R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment (www.rshawnmcbridelive.com/3laws), gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can reach R. Shawn McBride at info@mcbrideforbusiness.com or (214) 418-0258.

 

Check us out on the web at www.mcbrideforbusiness.com, www.rshawnmcbridelive.com/3laws

Get Shawn’s latest book: www.mcbridebook.com

Add us on Twitter: @McBrideForBus #McbrideForBusiness #3LawsofEmpowerment

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Reply to All and the Infamous Consequences

Posted on: April 20th, 2017 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

Email is everywhere. We all use it. It’s a necessary part of life. It’s become the primary means of business communication for almost all of us. Surpassing the telephone and certainly surpassing the written letter.

Emails can be sent very quickly. They can be sent everywhere. We often end up with chains of email with lots of people involved. There’s a temptation always to hit reply to all but the consequences being tremendous.

I think we’ve all been reminded to be selective about when to hit reply and when to hit reply to all. But I think it’s good to have a reminder. When you hit reply to all you’re cluttering a lot of email boxes which can cause frustration to others.

You’re also bringing your conversation in front of many people, and there are times that this is beneficial. Like, if you’re a team working on a project, replying to all may be perfect because you want to keep everybody up to date with any updates. But you want to keep the details light in reply to all email. If you’ve got fine details to workout it could go either way and be a better time for a one person to one person e-mail.

Sometimes its best to get out of e-mail.  Maybe even pick up the phone to get in touch with that person that you need to talk to, rather than talk to the entire community. Once you’ve called and got an answer, then you can communicate it to the community.

You also want to be civil generally when replying to all. Reply to all is not a place to air your grievances. If you have a grievance with a person, the reply button is generally the better option. Even better than e-mailing, talk directly to that person. Figure out what’s bothering each of you and work through it, rather than expose your argument or disagreement to the entire community.

Of course, there’s a problem with people that accidentally hit reply to all which is a different story that we will visit at a different time.

What’s been your experience, have you had trouble with a reply to all? Have you gotten yourself into situations you didn’t intend or have you seen others make a fool of themselves with a reply to all? Join us in the comments below and let us know what your experience has been.

 

Make sure you download our free checklist to assess your business:  www.mcbrideforbusiness.com/BlogGift

 

This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Freeimages.com/photographer Salman Rana.

 

About the Author

R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment (www.rshawnmcbridelive.com/3laws), gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can reach R. Shawn McBride at info@mcbrideforbusiness.com or (214) 418-0258.

 

Check us out on the web at www.mcbrideforbusiness.com, www.rshawnmcbridelive.com/3laws

Get Shawn’s latest book: www.mcbridebook.com

Add us on Twitter: @McBrideForBus #McbrideForBusiness #3LawsofEmpowerment

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mcbrideforbusiness/?fref=ts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where’s Your Focus?

Posted on: April 19th, 2017 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

The customer always comes first, right?

Wrong.

Often when we’re dealing with a business, we question its focus. It’s great advice to think of the customer first. But it might not be the best advice.

We talk about knowing what the customers want and providing them with what they need.  (http://www.mcbrideforbusiness.com/blog/dont-lose-your-greatness-in-the-day-to-day)You want to be customer-centric. But not always.

There are times in your business when it’s perfectly appropriate to focus on you.

Are you building your business to reflect you? Are you doing things in your business to take care of you? You don’t have to sacrifice simply because you own a business. At the end of the day, your business should serve you, your goals, and your objectives. Are you doing things in your business so you enjoy working and can be the best version of yourself? So that you can do more?

It’s a good exercise to stop periodically and ask yourself if your focus is where it should be.

Are you looking out for you and your business? What about the times you haven’t? What are you doing to live your dream? What’s your experience? Tell us in the comments below.

Make sure you download our free checklist to assess your business:  www.mcbrideforbusiness.com/BlogGift

 

This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Freeimages.com/photographer Kent Squires.

 

About the Author

R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment (www.rshawnmcbridelive.com/3laws), gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can reach R. Shawn McBride at info@mcbrideforbusiness.com or (214) 418-0258.

 

Check us out on the web at www.mcbrideforbusiness.com, www.rshawnmcbridelive.com/3laws

Get Shawn’s latest book: www.mcbridebook.com

Add us on Twitter: @McBrideForBus #McbrideForBusiness #3LawsofEmpowerment

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mcbrideforbusiness/?fref=ts

 

 

 

 

Be Yourself in Business

Posted on: April 19th, 2017 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

We’ve talked about finding your identity in business and how being true to yourself in your products and services can make such a difference http://www.mcbrideforbusiness.com/blog/dont-lose-your-greatness-in-the-day-to-day . It can cause people to really identify with you and seek you as their service provider or as their supplier. But you should be consistently true to yourself, stand in your shoes, even if you may be attacked. At the core, the business person you are and the products and services you provide need to align with your core values.

Are you providing things in a way that you are truly happy with? Are you taking care of your fellowmen? Are you doing the right things? Are you adding value to lives of those that you touch, your employees, your customers, and those in the community?

When you can say “yes” to the fact that you’re doing all those elements in the right way, then you’re being true to your core. You’ll be in rhythm, and then you can be passionate about your business and add that value so that the customers will find you. Customers love passion. They love businesses that know who they are. They struggle with businesses that lack an identity.

In fact, many businesses that are struggling to grow and struggling to have sales have an identity crisis. They’re not communicating who they are. Believe me, I know. I’ve been through that period of my business where I had vague ideas of what I offered. It wasn’t until I got more focused on what my true value added was and what I provided to my customers, that the business sang.

You need to be true to who you are, your core values and your business then communicate it regularly so that the business will grow. If you’re doing well and looking to grow your sales, this may be an opportunity to go back to fundamentals and capture an opportunity. Become more focused on who you are and what you do, and why, and the benefits will flow.

What’s been your experience? Have you had trouble with this in the past? Are you giving a clear message of who you are and what you do to all around you? Join us in the comments below and let us know.

Make sure you download our free checklist to assess your business:  www.mcbrideforbusiness.com/BlogGift

This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Freeimages.com/photographer iammi-z.

 

About the Author

R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment (www.rshawnmcbridelive.com/3laws), gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can reach R. Shawn McBride at info@mcbrideforbusiness.com or (214) 418-0258.

 

Check us out on the web at www.mcbrideforbusiness.com, www.rshawnmcbridelive.com/3laws

Get Shawn’s latest book: www.mcbridebook.com

Add us on Twitter: @McBrideForBus #McbrideForBusiness #3LawsofEmpowerment

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Lessons from a Mechanic

Posted on: April 18th, 2017 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

A friend worked for years as a flat-rate mechanic. His job was to fix a car for a certain price. His shop didn’t bill by the hour. It billed by the battery installation or the transmission replacement or the tire change. What I learned from my friend is that a flat-rate mechanic will cut corners and compromise to get the job done, no matter what.

In a way, getting the work done quickly helps the mechanic because he gets more flat-rate jobs in a period. More brakes repaired in a day. More tires aligned in a day. At the same time, while the mechanic looks out for his economic interests, he may not necessarily do what’s best for the customer. Are corners cut to the customer’s detriment?

This is where economic incentives come into play. This is the lesson for business.

If you’re paying somebody a set fee for work, you must understand that you’re going to get what you pay for and it may be exactly what you wanted. But you may not get other things that could be beneficial. For example, when I provide legal services to my clients, I often notice other issues. I often help clients in areas that are tangential but not directly on point to the initial project. This benefits my client, often for little additional time and cost, with a high-impact outcome.

If I’m working for a flat rate like the mechanic, there’s no incentive for me to do more than I was hired to do. The important lesson is to think about the economic incentives you create for others. What are they economically pushed to do? Is that good? If not, you want to change the incentives so they work with you and help you do what is good for you and your business.

What is your experience? Have there been times when people haven’t done the right thing for you? Have you set the wrong economic incentives in the past? Tell us your thoughts and experiences.

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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Freeimages.com/photographer Kerem Yucel.

 

About the Author

R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment (www.rshawnmcbridelive.com/3laws), gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can reach R. Shawn McBride at info@mcbrideforbusiness.com or (214) 418-0258.

 

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You’re Going to Break Some Eggs

Posted on: April 18th, 2017 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

We talk a lot about success in our blogs. And we’ve talked about being yourself in business and how that can lead to more success (http://www.mcbrideforbusiness.com/blog/following-your-passion). But one thing that is inevitable, if you do the right things, is that you are going to be successful.

As you become stronger and stronger in your identity, people are going to be upset with you. Some people are going to be upset because they don’t like your identity. The stronger you are, the more you’re putting force into who you are. And every once in a while, that’s just not going to sit well with somebody for some reason.

Also, people may become jealous of your success; they may see that you’re doing well and that your business is taking off. If their business is struggling, it may cause them to feel an internal conflict and that they should drag you down and put you back at their level. So, they’ll reach out and attack you.

You need to stay above the noise. Stay true to yourself. You’re much better off having a loyal tribe of people that love you and believe in what you do and the service you provide, then to have a broad base of people that are lukewarm about you. Let’s be honest, the lukewarm people aren’t going to be your clients. They’re not going to go out of their way to hire you. They’re not going to pick you over your competition.

The ones that love you, that see your passion about what you believe in and the way you are helping the world will be your clients. Those are the ones that are going to reach out to you. Those are the ones that are going to believe in your business and build a relationship with you.

Businesses are relationships and they should be deep because we’re all going to have struggles in business. We’re going to have errors; we’re going to mess up. Things are going to evolve. You need those deep relationships. Build a tribe of people that love you. Be honest and true about your values, your beliefs, your convictions and know that some people along the way are going to try to attack you and drag you down. Upsetting a few people here and there is just part of the process; you can rise above it.

What’s been your experience? Have you had people attack you? How have you stayed above the fray?

Make sure you download our free checklist to assess your business:  www.mcbrideforbusiness.com/BlogGift

 

This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Freeimages.com/photographer Donna Adenine.

 

About the Author

R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment (www.rshawnmcbridelive.com/3laws), gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can reach R. Shawn McBride at info@mcbrideforbusiness.com or (214) 418-0258.

 

Check us out on the web at www.mcbrideforbusiness.com, www.rshawnmcbridelive.com/3laws

Get Shawn’s latest book: www.mcbridebook.com

Add us on Twitter: @McBrideForBus #McbrideForBusiness #3LawsofEmpowerment

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