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Let Them Eat P.I.E.!

PIE Harvey Coleman Empowering Yourself Intuitive Group

Everyone who wants to be successful would prefer to get there much faster rather than later.  While everyone’s success timeline is different, The Intuitive Group would like to share some insight on how to get there a little quicker and more efficiently with P.I.E.!

  • P- Performance: For people to start viewing you as a leader/business owner/etc. you must first prove you can perform at the highest level:
    • Be the top performer
    • Take the lead
    • Complete tasks before requested
    • Go the extra mile
  • I-Image: Your image is your first impression to everyone, and most often how you are perceived by those around you.  Keep in mind the following and remember image is not just about how you look:
    • Be well dressed (think CEO)
    • Have a great attitude
    • Show consistency
    • Have a sense of professionalism (but don’t forget to have fun)
  • E-Exposure: There is truth behind the statement “it pays to know people”, especially in business.  Exposure, or networking, allows you to build relationships and strong partnerships that help you and your team grow.  Your exposure also gives you the chance to learn from others failures and successes. The best way to increase your exposure is to take advantage of every networking opportunity:
    • Conferences
    • Meetings
    • 1 on 1s
    • Business Trips

pie-a-la-mode-matt-sileno-intuitive-groupAs you can see, P.I.E. has the elements necessary to be successful.  Each aspect is vital for the others to work.  Without good performance and work ethic, your image can be negatively affected.  Likewise if you have a poor image your exposure can cause you more harm than good; however, if put to use each element properly you have the ability to grow faster than you might have ever thought.

If you have any questions/comments or would like to expand your exposure, Intuitive Group President/CEO Matt Sileno is always available via email at mattsileno@theintuitivegroup-dc.com.

Sources from Harvey Coleman’s book “Empowering Yourself”

 

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Rejection. Scary or Just Harsh Reality?

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Matt Sileno takes the time to explain the benefits of rejection.

Rejection.  The art or process of rejecting, the state of being rejected, something that is rejected.  Ri-jek-shun. Rejection. Rejection. Rejection.

Now that it’s out there it does not seem so scary, right?

Well, It should not be!

You will face some form of rejection one way or another in your life. This unfortunately is the bitter reality, and is no stranger to those that are successful.

Particularly in business, dealing with rejection can be a daily norm. Clients shoot you down; customers will not like your product, some people will just say no just because they can.  All that negativity can really affect a person if they let it.  The secret- do not let it bother you.  Do not believe the negative they throw your way.  Do not let a couple hard no’s stop you from reaching your potential and your goals.  Know that you are no alone and there have been many millionaires and success stories that have come from a long history of rejection.  Case in point:

Stephen King’s first book Carrie was rejected 41 times (and thrown in the garbage once by himself) before it was published.  Today Stephen King has 159 successfully published books.

Thomas Edison failed 999 times trying to create the light bulb.  His response “each time it didn’t work I used to say I discovered a new way how NOT to invent the light bulb”.

The Beatles performed together as a band for 6 years and were rejected by 3 record labels, telling them “bands with guitars are on their way out” before they were signed.

Walt Disney was rejected 302 times, Colonel Sanders (KFC) was rejected 1009 times, and Stephen Spielberg was denied acceptance to the University of Southern California film school twice before deciding to attend Cal State and becoming the phenom he is today.

There are handfuls of stories like the ones above by the people we idolize. There is no reason a person cannot have the success they strive for.  The difference between the successful and the unsuccessful is simple: it’s a mindset!  If you start letting rejection and negative thoughts into your head, success will seem unfathomable; but if you take the rejections and negativity and do away with it and believe in what you are doing and what you want in life nothing will stop you from succeeding! Simply put rejection should not make sense to you if you believe in yourself. When you believe in yourself, work hard, and do all the right things you start opening the doors to your success day by day!

 

The Power Of In-Person [INFOGRAPHIC]

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References: columnfivemedia and cisco

Despite living in an age where technology rules and virtual communication is quick and easy, ‘The Power of In-Person’ infographic reveals some interesting information claiming that face-to-face conversations are more effective than electronically-aided ones.

Based on information garnered from a survey run by The Economist Intelligence Unit and Cisco, the majority of the 862 business leaders surveyed were almost unanimous in citing that in-person communication is the most successful method for conveying information and an invaluable component of a successful workplace.

 

Abraham Lincoln: 10 Quotes To Help You Lead Today

After gathering and offering quotes from Shakespeare and the Buddha, I asked people for ideas – other well-known people whose quotes they’d like to see.  My daughter Rachel suggested Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln has intrigued me since I was a little kid, and my curiosity and respect have only increased with the years.  For anyone who hasn’t read Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals, I recommend it highly – it’s a wonderfully nuanced evocation of Lincoln as leader. His leadership was grounded in those qualities that we Americans have always aspired to as a nation, and that are also timeless leader qualities: self-determination; a fierce drive toward justice; an unwavering commitment to individual freedom.  Lincoln combined all of that with a deep insight into the human condition and a finely honed sense of the absurd:

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On power: “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a men’s character, give him power.”

On principles: “I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.”

On preparation: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

On taking action: “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

On courage: “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.”

On kindness: “I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.”

On change: “As our case is new, we must think and act anew.”

On commitment: “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.”

On assumptions: “If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.”

On empowerment: “You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.”

Gathering and selecting these quotes, and thinking about each one as I reviewed it, has enriched me. It reminds me that great leaders touch not only those with whom they interact directly, but that they also affect thousands of people down the years in an ever-widening circle. Lincoln also said, “I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday” – and with his own words, he helps us avoid that fate.

 

 

 

 

 

by:

Erika Andersen

Erika Andersen, Contributor

Read original Forbes article here

 

Intuitive Group Attends the Annual Leaders Conference in Baltimore

We had an amazing time at our annual Leaders Conference in Baltimore this weekend! Everyone got a lot out of the meeting and we are excited for what is to come! We have some very exciting news that we will be announcing very soon. . . — at Sheraton Baltimore. City Center Hotel.Intuitive Group Report Intuitive Group Report Intuitive Group Report Intuitive Group Report Intuitive Group Report Intuitive Group Report

Top Notch Performer at Intuitive Group Inc Receives Certificate of Achievement by Client

Intuitive Group Award

Congratulations to Fred for an outstanding job for our client! Your character is infectious and your performance is top notch! Everyone here at IG is proud of you! Keep up the great work!

Are you SelfISH or SelfLESS? The Intuitive Group Responds.

“It’s hard to get people to overcome the thought that they have to take care of themselves first. It’s hard to get players to give in to the group and become selfless as opposed to selfish. “-Isaiah Thomas

“To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.”   –Mike Krzyzewski

To become successful it is helpful to know what kind of leader you are, it is best to start with the question: “Are you a selfish leader or a selfless leader?”

In business it is important not to be selfish.  People are not attracted to the person who only worries about themselves and their needs to get to the top (and that person rarely makes it to the top anyway).

You have to remember everyone has goals and dreams they want to accomplish; people are not going to be intrigued to only work towards your goals . . . which inevitably leaves people unmotivated and resentful.

Also, ask yourself…would you want to work for someone who only cared about their success and did not care if you stayed in the same position or worse just as long as they were making it big? I can guarantee that you would not find that job enjoyable.  People want to trust that their leader/boss has their back and wants them to succeed as much as they want success for themselves.

Incorporating selfless acts into your business can help you in more ways than you may think.  For one you will create a positive team environment.  Your team will be naturally motivated to help you and others around them when they see that example directly from you!

Being a selfless leader also reflects in your customer base.  When you go to help a customer with true selflessness you will find it is much easier to close a sale. Often times we do not listen to a customers needs and wants because we are too busy thinking of what we are going to say next.  The selfless leader tailors solutions specifically for that customer and get’s the job done for them and NOT for their own pocket!

Remember whether it is the people on your team or the customers you work with…EVERYONE WANTS TO BE SUCCESSFUL!

Company President Matt Sileno suggests going about your day with the TRUE intent to simply help your team members and customers and you will quickly notice the positive growth surrounding your success.

Another take on selfishness and selflessness comes from a blogger The Intuitive Group follows, Seth Godin:

The sad irony of selfishness

More often than not, the selfish person is insecure, fearful and filled with doubt. The selfishness springs from his belief that this is his only good idea, his last dollar, his one and only chance to avoid failure. “I need this, not you,” he says, because he truly believes he’s got nothing else going on, no other chance, no hope.

The irony, of course, is that selflessness (not selfishness, its opposite) is precisely the posture that leads to more success. The person with the confidence to support others and to share is repaid by getting more in return than his selfish counterpart.

The connection economy multiplies the value of what is contributed to it. It’s based on abundance, not scarcity, and those that opt out, fall behind.

Sharing your money, your ideas, your insights, your confidence… all of these things return to you. Perhaps not in the way you expected, and certainly not with a guarantee, but again and again the miser falls behind.

(This is part of what Sasha’s experiment is about.)

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