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Kevin & Jackie Freiberg

Dream Quotient

What is your DQ?

We talk about IQ, EQ, SQ and their importance to our overall success. What about DQ—Dream Quotient?

John Eldridge, an author we both appreciate and respect for his wisdom and authenticity recently noted that “most Americans (80 percent) say they don’t have any dreams.” Isn’t this America, the land of Big Dreams? What’s happened? 

Routine, the routine of life and the pace of busy, eventually will suck the dreaming right out of us. Eldridge goes on to note that “16% of Americans say they do have dreams, but they don’t write them down. 4% have dreams and desires, and write them down, but less than 1% review and update them on a regular basis.”

When we stop dreaming we stop doing and then we find ourselves on auto pilot going through the motions and allowing the status quo to deeply root—Okay becomes okay. But the thing is, okay isn’t okay! Dreams inspire us to want more than the status quo and to seek more than okay…okay relationships, okay jobs and okay lives.

It’s good to dream! The people who allow themselves to dream, who own their dreams, who write them down and look at them periodically, they become the innovators, the change makers— the people whose life dreams are coming true.

Give yourself permission to dream big! Dream deep. Dream boldly. Because the thing about dreams is, dreams come true and when dreams come true the status quo and okay are disrupted for better…better relationships, better contributions, better jobs and better lives.

Create a Dream Board for your team. Our buddy, Phil Dean at Stanley Steemer, is brilliant at using Dream Boards to inspire the best in his teams. There is no better form of accountability than posting your dreams, then ask everyone to “Do Something” every day to make their dreams come true.

Cheers,

Kevin & Jackie
Speaking on Leadership, Innovation, & Global Trends…

Creating the BEST places where the BEST people can do
their BEST work to make the world BETTER.

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Inside Amazon

Work comes FIRST.

Customer is King.

Life… having one is questionable.

Balance is nonexistent.

So where is this perspective: work first, customer is king, life…questionable, and balance… nonexistent playing out? At Amazon, according to an article gone viral in the NY Times on Aug 15, 2015. Although Amazon eclipsed Walmart as the most valuable retailer in the country, with a market valuation of $250 billion, and Forbes deemed Mr. Bezos the fifth-wealthiest person on earth, after reading Inside Amazon one has to wonder how long a culture like this can sustain.

Amazon seems to be creating a culture of what we are calling innodustrial practices – innovating by going back to old school industrial approaches to management and productivity. Amazon’s leadership principles, in principle, are similar to the guidelines many very progressive and successful companies lean on. WHAT Amazon is doing and WHY they are doing it make great business sense, but HOW they deploy and execute these leadership principles appears brazen and verging on shameful. From the outside, being a customer is great, yet serving the customer appears to come at great expense to people on the inside. It will be interesting to see how Amazon’s brand and reputation as an employer of choice play out in the next few years.

If you haven’t read the Inside Amazon article, we suggest you do.

Cheers,

Kevin & Jackie
Speaking on Leadership, Innovation, & Global Trends…

Creating the BEST places where the BEST people can do
their BEST work to make the world BETTER.

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How to Build a #love Brand

Companies do not build brands, people do! Employee behaviors, actions and attitudes, as well as customer perceptions, experiences and responses will ultimately define your brand.

We’ve been working with a very successful Fortune 1000 insurance company that is committed to growing its brand through people, not slick and glossy campaigns. Michelle Jones, Marketing AVP for National Life Group offers some timeless principles on building a brand through people.

Cheers,

Kevin & Jackie
Speaking on Leadership, Innovation, & Global Trends…

Creating the BEST places where the BEST people can do
their BEST work to make the world BETTER.

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Gen M “Engaged”

Even as the authors of Nuts! (the first authorized book on Southwest Airlines and their leadership and culture) we continue to be in awe of how many things Southwest Airlines continues to DO RIGHT.

As a follow on to our Millennials feature last week here is a great example from Southwest on how to enable, engage and empower Millennials to innovate, add value and become die hard brand ambassadors who are willing to write a braggadicious story on LinkedIn.

Learn, borrow, say it forward and enjoy this Millennial’s LinkedIn Southwest story!

Cheers,
Kevin & Jackie
Speaking on Leadership, Innovation, & Global Trends…

Creating the BEST places where the BEST people can do
their BEST work to make the world BETTER.

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Engaging Millennials

As of March there are more Millennials in the American work force than Generation Xers or Baby Boomers, according to the Pew Research Center. The consulting firm Accenture estimates that Millennials will spend $1.4 trillion annually by 2020, and they are expected to inherit about $30 billion in the coming years.

Is your company equipped to engage these 80 million Millennials that are at work and making spending decisions now and in the future?

Millennials will engage when they feel like they are adding value. If you help Gen M understand their talents and how to use them at work, bingo, you will create a culture of engagement. Levo offers a free Thinking Talent App that builds a talent profile with suggestions on how to best use your talents, who it’s best to collaborate with and what to work on to add value.

Why not encourage Millennial professionals to take the Thinking Talent challenge using the free App and build a development plan, share, compare and grow. These days engaging talent and building a profile doesn’t have to cost money but it will require time and attention—mentoring and coaching.

And, for some recent research on how best to market to Gen M this NY Times article offers some interesting insights.

Cheers,
Kevin & Jackie
Speaking on Leadership, Innovation, & Global Trends…

Creating the BEST places where the BEST people can do
their BEST work to make the world BETTER.

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