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Are You A Problem Friend?

Posted on: September 5th, 2017 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

We talked in prior blogs about the fact that one of your friends might be a problem. Are you in turn being a good friend to your colleagues? Are you being what you should be or are you bringing your problems to others? There’s a slight difference between being a friend and asking for advice and reaching out to your friends and being a real burden and hindrance. Unfortunately, I think some people cross this line without knowing it. They start to think about their friends as having to fix all their problems or you’re not a good friend unless you fix it.
Friends are there to support you, to help you, to be part of your life, and to share experiences with you, but they’re not your servants. They don’t owe you any duty. They are there optionally as part of an ongoing relationship. So, yes friends should support you, friends should help you, but at the same time they’re not obligated to and they don’t have to help you. I want you to look very carefully at your relationships. Most of us are fine, but occasionally I see people who have abused the privilege or have expected their friends to do too much and this often puts a burden on the friends and it causes a frustration between them. I want you to think about the type of friend you’re being and I want you to think about how you’re managing your relationships, business or personal, to make sure that you’re making the most out of relationships and you’re not overtaxing the interaction with others.
What’s been your experience? Have you ever gone too far? Have you ever lost out for friends? Join us in the comments below and let us know about your experience.

 

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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 Lea Csontos.

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

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Let’s Not Have Problem Attitudes, Keep Communication Open for The Future

Posted on: September 4th, 2017 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

R. Shawn McBride recently spoke about dealing with problem attitudes in business.

Hey, everyone! Shawn here with you. I want to talk about getting ahead of problem attitudes. We see them in organizations. We see them crop up from time to time, and we need to get ahead of these. We need to cut out problem attitudes before they become big problems. So, it’s something we constantly want to be assessing because these are going to break down negotiations.

We’ve talked about negotiations and negotiations being controlled conversation, and having problem attitudes is terrible for conversation, so we want to keep the conversation open. And this is not just at any single level, this is organization-wide. We want to work with the entire team, and we’re looking for problems as they’re happening. If we’re seeing a problem attitude, if somebody’s not treating the customers the way the owner would, we want to step in front of it. We work very hard for those leads, and we’ve got to cut those problem attitudes out.

We also see it on the flip side. Sometimes vendors or customers give us problem attitudes, and if you see this as a repeated pattern, you probably want to get rid of that vendor or that customer. I know that’s difficult, particularly on a customer’s side, because you’re cutting off your own revenue stream. But think about the resources and time that problem attitude’s causing, not only the direct time that you’re dealing with that person but the psychic energy and the stuff that you can’t focus on your business.

A lot of professionals talk about the fact you have a certain power bank. You have an amount of energy you can put into decision-making, and if you save that energy for the important stuff, you’re going to do more, and if you’re wasting your time on a problem attitude vendor or customer, you’re losing that energy for other places of your business. So we want to nip these things in the bud. We want to work through them throughout the organization. We want to put training and knowledge in place and we want to have some checks and balances throughout the organization to make sure that these things aren’t leaking out of our organization. And then when they’re in the organization, we’re cutting them off at the pass.

So, if this is something that’s resonating with you, if you’re dealing with these types of management issues, reach out to me. We’d love to talk to you about it, see what’s going on there. The McBride for Business YouTube channel, subscribe to it. We’ve got a lot of great content for you. Same with the R. Shawn McBride public page on Facebook. Like it, join our community, be part of our team. Let’s talk about these issues. McBride for Business blog and McBride Attorneys blog. Both have great content on this.

Get your business evaluation checklist at McBride for Business, and do reach out to me. Let me know how I can help you, and it could be a variety of forms. It could be an informal video on a generic subject like this, I can come in and help your organization one-on-one, or we can get into something more custom, some coaching, training, maybe a keynote at your angle, a meeting. We’d love to expose these ideas to your organization. Let’s get things moving forward.

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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 Alvaro Prieto.

 

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

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Are You Being a Jerk, Even if You Aren’t a Jerk?

Posted on: September 4th, 2017 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

It’s interesting, the other day I was watching a thread of discussion in one of the groups I joined online. It’s a group of lawyers that write back and forth about various legal issues. Occasionally, someone gets upset about the volume of emails and the number of threads being written back and forth. I don’t know about you, but for me, it takes about one second to delete an email. I understand that sometimes, the discussion is not relevant to me, or it’s not what I want to focus on, but for some people, these emails appear to be a great inconvenience. They’ll occasionally get upset if the conversation evolves, gets a little off-topic, or goes on for a long time. They’ll send snarky emails about, “Please stop this thread,” or, “Please take this offline,” or, “I’m getting too many emails.”

What’s the net result of that? I think many people probably perceive those people as being jerks; they’re not being friendly to other. They’re not doing what they need to do, and they’re probably not thinking about how they are impacting others. They’re part of a community that they voluntarily joined, but they’re not happy when the community does what it’s supposed to do. At the end of the day, they’re probably being a jerk.

The question is, we’re all trying to be efficient. We’re all trying to do more in our business. But, are we doing the right things, or are we being a jerk? Think carefully about this, make sure you do things the right way. Make sure you’re thinking about your impact on others. Be a good citizen, don’t be a jerk.

What’s been your experience with this? Have you seen other people being jerks? What have you done to avoid being perceived this way yourself? Join us in the comments below and let us know about your experience.

 

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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 Andy Steel.

About the Author

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

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The Unexpected Benefits of Being Nice, or Nice Guys Sometimes Finish First

Posted on: September 2nd, 2017 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

One of my signature speaking programs talks about negotiation skills and conflict management.  One of the things we need to think about in negotiations or in business generally is just what happens when we’re nice. We can generally accomplish more. I often take the philosophy of being nice to people until I need to be mean. It comes back triple fold in results. People are more willing to talk to people that are nice. Even in negotiations, you don’t have to be mean to the other person. You can actually be friendly with them and you’ll learn a lot more information.

We’ve talked in prior blogs about how when negotiating, you really want to collect a lot of information and meet the other person’s needs. When you’re meeting the other person’s needs, they’re going to want to finish the deal with you. They’re going to want to get motivated, they’re going to get motivated to complete the negotiations. Actually, if we’re nice to other people, we’re likely to get even more out of our negotiation and more out of our discussions. We can accomplish more by being nice; we learn more information. People voluntarily give us stuff, and I’ve also found in some situations, like dealing with governmental offices, people or court clerks are often not treated well. When you treat these people nicely, they actually will bend over backward and go the extra mile for you, telling you more, giving you more detail, and perhaps even doing things that they may not normally do for other people. In negotiation situations, people that like you and trust you will typically do more for you.

Be nice out there. You’ll probably be surprised by the benefits. What’s been your experience? Have you been able to do more by being nice? What will you do in the future to make sure that you get all the benefits that you can out of negotiations or interactions with others? 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 Thais Rocha Gualberto.

About the Author
R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, 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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The Answer If You Are Bombarded with Opportunities and Don’t Know Which Way to Go

Posted on: September 1st, 2017 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

R. Shawn McBride recently spoke about having many opportunities in business.

Hey, folks, it’s Shawn. Talking today about what do you do when you’re bombarded with multiple opportunities and you don’t know which way to go. This is what happens when we have great plans working.

We talk about planning. We talk about building a life of your dreams, knowing your destination and where you’re going, and executing on plans and protecting yourself. That’s The 3 Laws of Empowerment – prepare, plan, protect. We’re constantly talking about that. And when you do this, great things start to happen. You build momentum and opportunities will come to you. And part of what we talk about in planning is being flexible and realizing that we don’t know exactly which turns we’re going to get, but we know the destination.

So what do we do when we’re bombarded with multiple opportunities and we don’t know which way to go? Well, we only really need one thing working for us in our lives and our businesses. We need one thing working really well. Many of your very successful companies out there are great at one thing and they execute on that one thing. They don’t do 20 things. They do one thing very well.

What’s your one thing? What is your “captured power” as I call it? What are you doing that’s beyond the marketplace? And what is consistent with your 10-year vision and dream? These are the things that are going to tell you where you should be building your time and energy.

So if you’re bombarded with opportunities, congratulations. You’re doing something right. People are recognizing it. And now you’ve got to think about what’s consistent with your 10-year plan and what’s consistent with your greatness? Where do you want to focus your time and your energy to do more? Build it from there. So keep things going forward, build that momentum.

And if you’re struggling with something specific, let us know. Reach out to the community. Let us know how we can help you. Now, if you like this video, check out the McBride for Business YouTube channel. Subscribe. Go to the R. Shawn McBride public page. Become a fan, like it. We would love to share this content with you and have you as part of our community. We have other like-minded individuals working together. Check out the McBride for Business blog, www.mcbrideforbusiness.com, and the McBride Attorneys blog, www.mcbrideattorneys.com. And if I can work with you one-on-one or do some training for your organization or a keynote, we’d love to chat about how we can bring all that together and have you and your teams doing more and taking advantage of those great opportunities you’re getting. Signing off for today. Looking forward to talking to you again. It’s Shawn. Talk to you all later.

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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 Piotr Bizior.

 

About the Author

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

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Searching for Efficiencies

Posted on: September 1st, 2017 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

As part of the standard process of business and as I get more experienced and have owned my business longer and longer and have been working with more and more other businesses, here’s what I find. Businesses become efficient over time. Most businesses don’t start out efficient. They have an idea. They think they know what the market needs, but they often don’t, and they have to change. What many people would refer to as a pivot. You make a change to your product and your offering. You also learn your customers and your message over time, so don’t expect to be efficient when you first start your business. Many experienced business owners may approach you as a newer business owner and talk about the fact that you’re not being efficient or you’re not doing things as well as you want, and that’s okay.

Your financials aren’t going to line up like experienced businesses. You’re not going to get the same margins and income levels as experienced businesses, but you’re building an asset, an intangible asset, but an asset nonetheless. You’re learning about your market and your customers. And what to offer and how to make excessive profits and if you stick in there long enough and keep learning, you’re going to learn how to adjust and tailor your offering and efficiency will come. Then we can continue to hone your efficiency and hone your efficiency over time. Efficiencies are important in business and I recommend you keep an eye on it. But if you’re a newer business or you’re a business that’s changing your product or offering, you may want to put efficiency on the side for a while and focus on learning and collecting information which will allow you to be more efficient in the future.
What’s been your experience? Have you had a period of inefficiency in your business? Was the beginning of your business inefficient? Join us in the comments below and let us know about your thoughts and experiences.

Make sure you download our free checklist to assess your business.

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 Hans-Gunther Dreyer.

About the Author

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

Check us out on the web.
Get Shawn’s latest book.
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