The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth

“How to be as weird as you want while providing a viable business structure to support it”

This is what Chris Brogan promises to those that read his latest book The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth.

Brogan continues “So, if you’re the kind of person who’s wanted to dig into entrepreneurship but hasn’t quite found the right way of hearing the story, this might be your book. It’s not about “the hustle” or “dominating” or “killing” anything. It’s about taking whatever makes you weird/different/unique/important to this universe, and helping you make a business interface that might help you do what you want to do a little better.”

So what is a freak, according to Brogan? Here’s is his definition:
• You don’t fit in without some serious effort.
• You are not a big fan of settling or compromising.
• You’re looking for ways to allow you weirdness to be an asset, and not as the deficit that people have tried to convince you it is.

If you fit that description, then you’ll want to join Chris Brogan and Soundview on March 3rd for a special Soundview Live webinar entitled, of course, The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth. You’ll have the opportunity to hear Chris talk about how freaks can be successful in business in their own unique way, and to ask your questions during the webinar.

If you think you may be a freak, the CEO of your own cubicle, or an employeepreneur, you won’t want to miss this live conversation with Chris. Register Today!

Motivating the Rest to Be Like the Best

What would it mean to you and your organization if everyone became as good as your star performers? Everyone would be aligned in working toward something important, a compelling collective purpose. Everyone would believe their teammates had the commitment and skills to achieve it. Organizations filled with this kind of energy are great places for their people and for the bottom line.

William Seidman and Richard Grbavac believe that this is possible and they point to Affirmative Leadership as the answer. Affirmative Leadership is a scientific, proven methodology for creating leadership programs that are based on each company’s own unique strengths and needs.

In The Star Factor, Seidman and Grbavac describe four phases to implement affirmative leadership in any company:

Phase 1: Discover – find out what your stars do that makes them successful.
Phase 2: Prepare – use what you learn from your stars to develop a training plan for everyone else.
Phase 3: Launch – start using this training program to instill the same passion that your stars possess in all employees.
Phase 4: Guided Practice – use the training for long-term internalization of these successful practices.

To learn more about affirmative leadership and how to make all of your employees stars, join us on February 26th, for our Soundview Live webinar with William Seidman and Richard Grbavac, Discover What Your Top Performers Do Differently. Perhaps you can invite your stars to the meeting to bring them in on the concept from the start.

The 31 Practices Revealed

As I began the research for this blog on The 31 Practices, I thought it would be helpful to list at least some of the 31 practices for you to consider. That’s when I realized that there was no such list. Because the practices are based on the values you consider to be most important, the list will be different for every company and person.

Once you choose the values you want to focus on, then you develop the 31 practices (one for each day of the month) based on those values. As authors Alan Williams and Alison Whybrow state it, “The 31Practices® method weaves together principles and practices from psychology, sociology, philosophy, neuroscience, leadership and business to significantly enhance customer and employee satisfaction and loyalty.”

But even though there is no definitive list, here are some of the possible values that can be chosen from to develop your 31 practices:

Accountability                Competitiveness                Decisiveness
Accuracy                       Consistency                       Democraticness
Achievement                 Contentment                      Dependability
Adventurousness          Continuous Improvement  Determination
Altruism                         Cooperation                       Devoutness
Ambition                        Correctness                       Diligence
Assertiveness               Courtesy                             Discipline
Balance                         Creativity                             Discretion
Being the best               Curiosity                              Diversity
Compassion                  Curiosity                              Dynamism

Well, you get the idea. There are a lot of values that can become the basis for running a business, or living a life. But to understand this concept better, we’ve invited Williams and Whybrow to our upcoming Soundview Live webinar.

In this webinar, Release the Power of Your Organization’s Values, Williams and Whybrow show how an organization’s values and brand can be translated into the daily practices and behavior of their employees, drawing a golden thread from the boardroom to the front line customer experience.

Please consider joining us on February 12th to learn more about how you can build your company based on the set of values you consider most important. And bring your questions to ask of the authors throughout the webinar.

Next Week – The Latest in Leadership

Next week, for Soundview Live webinars, we are privileged to have join us two teams of leadership experts. On February 3rd we’re hosting Scott Edinger and Laurie Sain, authors of The Hidden Leader, and on February 5th we’re hosting Bob and Gregg Vanourek, authors of Triple Crown Leadership.

Discovering and Developing Greatness
In this Soundview Live webinar, Scott Edinger and Laurie Sain cast a fresh eye on what it means to be a leader, with insights on how to locate and nurture the people who take initiative, act courageously, and get the job done right. These are hidden leaders whose everyday performances deliver the competitive advantage you need.

Triple Crown Leadership
In this Soundview Live webinar, Bob and Gregg Vanourek provide compelling leadership practices for building organizations that are excellent (achieve exceptional performance), ethical (do the right thing), and enduring (stand the test of time).

This is a great opportunity to bring together your leaders, and soon to be leaders, to hear the latest leadership principles. You will be able to ask your questions of the speakers during each session. These two webinars are sure to arouse some great questions about leadership and provide your staff with insight into their own potential.

As always, subscriber attend all Soundview Live webinars free as part of their subscription. But even if you’re not a subscriber, you’re welcome to attend for just $49 per session. For the price of two webinars you could also subscribe and get a full year of weekly webinars free.

How to Become an Expert Negotiator

You may be a high-ranking CEO or a first day salesman, a service provider or self-employed. If you face encounters with your partners, clients, suppliers or employees, in which you want them to think differently at the end of the meeting and actually do what you want – our next Soundview Live webinar is for YOU. The objective of this webinar, How to Become an Expert Negotiator with Daniel Weiser, is to improve your negotiation skills and to move you one step closer to closing your deal.

Here are 27 Negotiation Tips from Weiser’s book Become An Expert Negotiator:
#1: Ask about the other’s reference point at the beginning of the interaction.
#2: Find out if you’re both in the same “ballpark.”
#3: The status quo effect is the “mother” of many objections.
#4: Lower the perceived risk.
#5: State your purpose in order to lower the firewall.
#6: Don’t talk about a certain topic – before you know the other party is interested to listen about it.
#7: Don’t wait for an anticipated rejection – vaccinate against it.
#8: Adjust your communication style to that of your counterpart.
#9: Address what the term “partnership” means to your business partner.
#10: Pierce the firewall through Aikido.
#11: Don’t tell the other side what he will gain – ask him to speak about it.
#12: Establish that the deal is “fair” according to external objective criteria.
#13: Reframe the interpretation of the situation.
#14: Elicit statements that can later be used to support your position.
#15: Indicate others who made the same decision as the one requested in this negotiation.
#16: Use the rule of comparison often.
#17: It’s not about being nice – it’s about being similar.
#18: Be the first to give something.
#19: When you concede on an issue – request something in return.
#20: The foot in the door.
#21: Limit the time to respond to an offer.
#22: Present the upside potential, but also the downside of rejection.
#23: Feel successful and radiate it.
#24: Be specific about your references and success indicators.
#25: Talk about the fears of relevant others.
#26: Fulfill your negotiation partner’s needs and keep quiet about achieving yours.
#27: Sometimes, simply ask for help.

If you would like to hear more about these tips, join us on January 29th and bring your whole sales team. As we know, every little improvement in our negotiation skills could be the difference between getting the sale or not.