Wednesday, 24 July 2013
Your Most Important Decisions are People Decisions

As I reflect on fifty years in business it is clear that the most important decisions I made were about the selection of the people around me.   If you associate with the right people and select the right people for your team you have the highest likelihood of success.  And, of course, the opposite is true – surround yourself with losers and you will likely not shine in life.

Let’s start close to home – your spouse. This is the most important decision you will ever make. Get it right.  Choose the best long term partner for you.  A failed marriage is disruptive to your life and your career. When your spouse is not only your lover but also your best friend and career confidant your likelihood of business success surges.

The same principle pertains to the choices you make about your friends and your staff. You will improve your skills most by associating with winners. You will enhance your chances of getting ahead by spending time with leaders who are willing to coach and mentor. And when it comes time to make decisions about promotion and hiring make it your number one priority. Select the best or as I like to say “surround yourself with stars and you can become a star.”

Posted on 07/24/2013 9:34 AM by Joe Scarlett
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
You are Always on Stage
I often coach business leaders by saying that “you are always on stage” no matter where you are and what you are doing. The same pertains to all of us all the time so let’s all put our best foot forward.  If you treat a waitress badly or act like a spoiled brat in a store it reflects on you and your organization.  Be professional all the time and that will reflect positively on you.

Whether with a friend or stranger, the first few seconds of any encounter sets the tone for what comes next so start with a smile.  A smile is positive and it puts others at ease. Now open the conversation on a pleasant note and what follows will likely go well.  There is much upside to being positive and pleasant and only downside to the reverse.

If you want to get ahead in life dress for the role you want, not the role you are in. Every person is a complete package.  The way you look, the way you conduct yourself and the content of your conversation all send a message to the world around.  You will be most successful in your career if you go through life understanding that “you are always on stage” and act accordingly.
Posted on 07/09/2013 9:32 AM by Joe Scarlett
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