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Entrepreneurship

Published April 12, 2016 by Mayrbear's Lair

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When you hear the term entrepreneur, an image emerges of someone who organizes and operates a business which involves taking certain risks. One of the most successful examples of entrepreneurs in the modern age is Sir Richard Branson. As a charismatic visionary, he makes running a business seem effortless and fun. Furthermore, he displays a disciplined work ethic that is focus-driven, illustrates his adventurous spirit, and demonstrates his passion and devotion to the business process that is unwavering. Although he takes many risks that can fail, Sir Richard is recognized as one of the highest achievers in the world of entrepreneurs.

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To be a successful entrepreneur in today’s marketplace requires more than just luck and diligence. It requires an ability to create something of value in a demanding environment of high uncertainty and risk which necessitates flexibility and the capability of learning from failure. In addition, an entrepreneur brings to the arena a host of components that include resources, labor, and other various skills and materials. The most renowned entrepreneurs, like Sir Richard, Oprah Winfrey and Bill Gates, are driven by an internal force with an inherent need to make a difference in the world while escaping the confinements of bureaucracy (Ries, 2011).

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In his book, The Lean Startup, Eric Ries (2011) defines entrepreneurship as the process of creating something new of value by devoting time and effort in the venture.  Entrepreneurs pursue their business endeavors with passion and enthusiasm. This drives the engine that attracts success and monetary rewards. He outlines the following four behavioral characteristics that identify the entrepreneurial spirit: 1) creating a vision; 2) organizing and steering economic structures and social networks; 3) combining resources in innovative ways; and 4) accelerating with the acceptance of uncertainty, setbacks, and failure (Ries, 2011).

In our next post we conclude our discussion and take a close look at the successful formula Branson incorporates to reach his goals .

Until then … keep working on your leadership skills!

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A completely integrated person is one who has learned to meet everything as it comes along and makes the best of it!

Ernest Holmes, Science of the Mind

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Ries, E. (2011). The lean startup: How today’s entrepreneurs use continuous innovation to create radically successful businesses. New York, NY: Random House, Inc.

Building a Brand

Published April 5, 2016 by Mayrbear's Lair

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This week’s posts are centered on building a brand image. There are many components that define a corporate image to help it stand apart from a corporate brand name.  For example, in the past, many international travelers jokingly referred to the BA acronym of British Airways to mean Bloody Awful.  This was a reflection of the negative corporate image they developed due to the onslaught of consumer complaints that surfaced with respect to the incompetent manner in which the airlines operated and treated their customers. Our research provides a brief analysis on the topics of corporate images, their brand names, and the significant components that differentiate them.  In addition, our study will disclose how they are related and provide further examples to help illustrate these concepts.  The findings of our research concluded that even though brands names are assigned to goods or services, there are many components that make them stand apart from a corporate image and that ultimately, the unification of these two components, serve to effectively communicate what the company represents to help shape the attitude of their shareholders.

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Corporate Image

One of the most significant components of a corporate image is that it communicates the benefits of a company’s goods and services that appeal to consumer emotions.  Ross (2010) explains that a corporate image should represent the following three components: (a) the company’s story, (b) their core purpose, and (c) the promises they make to consumers.  In short, a corporate image reflects the organization’s reputation that will ultimately live on in the memories of consumers.  To put it another way, a corporate image is what consumers say about a company, not about what a company says about themselves.  In addition, a corporate image can help shape and influence the decisions consumers make and the actions they take (Ross, 2010).  For instance, when many individuals think of a company like Denny’s, images immediately flood their head including tasty food, a welcoming atmosphere, and heartwarming family gatherings.  These images reflect positive experiences with the restaurant chain.  Positive emotions translate to feelings of joy and comfort which in turn produces loyal consumers.  Successful companies like Denny’s, Honda, and Nike provide excellent illustrations of companies that have established strong corporate images.  In fact, they have experienced unprecedented success because they all incorporate a mission as part of their corporate image.  These identify what the company stands for and are usually revealed in the tag lines of their ads to support the company image or brand.

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Simply explained, a corporate image summarizes what the company stands for and the feelings they emote from their customers.  In addition, Vincent (2012) purports that equally important to a company’s image or brand, is that they keep the promises they make and deliver a powerful experience (Vincent, 2012).  For example, when people think of the Disney Company, many images and feelings are evoked depending on a person’s experience with the company or their family offshoots, like the Disney theme parks, or the many Disney movies that may have had a profound impact on them.  This is yet another example of how a memorable experience with an organization can influence consumer emotions in both positive and negative ways.  What an individual feels after their experience interacting with a company, whether happy, more confident, or embarrassment and defeat, are all components that help shape a company’s corporate image.  Companies that display consistent behavior, communicate clear messages, and keep their promises, can guide investments and grow substantially regardless of budget constraints or time crunches whether they are a startup, a nonprofit, or a big conglomerate like a Nike or Disney.

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The negative feelings many people had about British Airlines, for instance, mentioned at the beginning of this post, presents another excellent case of the impact a tarnished corporate image can have on an organization as well as create new opportunities.  For example, this situational challenge in the airline industry was the catalyst that motivated The Virgin Company’s entrepreneurial giant, Richard Branson, to take action.  Out of frustration from his own travel experiences and banking on the stellar corporate image of the Virgin brand, Branson developed an offshoot company and launched Virgin Airlines.  He was able to recognize a problem that existed that many airlines did not want to address at the time: quality service.

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Driven by fierce determination to tackle these issues, Virgin Airlines went on to become a huge success in the aviation industry.  In the meantime, Hatch and Schultz (2008) explain that British Airways used the negative publicity as incentive to make changes and by the 1990s, BA’s conditions improved significantly.  With the strategic help of marketing experts they were able to change those negative perceptions to reposition BA and turn their reputation around.  One of the strategies incorporated to achieve this goal was the development of a new tagline that focused on positive concepts that professed the company had become “the world’s favorite airline.”  Emphasizing the word favorite helped them devise a new corporate image and created a symbol that attracted consumers which helped put BA back in a dominant position in their industry (Hatch & Schultz, 2008).  By developing a new strategy BA was effectively able to communicate a new attitude that won back trust from consumers.

That’s it for today’s discussion. On Thursday’s post we will take a closer look at building a brand name. Until then … keep enhancing your leadership skills!

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“Each one has to find his peace from within.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

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Hatch, M., & Schultz, M. (2008). Taking brand initiative. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishing.

Ross, M. (2010). Branding basics for small business: How to create an irresistible brand on any budget. Bedford, IN, USA: NorLightsPress.com.

Vincent, L. (2012). Brand real: How smart companies live the

Using E.Q. to Resolve Conflicts

Published March 31, 2016 by Mayrbear's Lair

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This week we began a discussion on how to resolve conflicts using our emotional intelligence. Today’s post continues that discussion by taking a closer look at the role that self-motivation and balance play in the development of our emotional intelligence.

In my eBook, Ethics in the Real World, my research work helped me comprehend that self-motivation is an important factor in defining emotional intelligence. It reveals strength and/or weaknesses of a person’s character in their ability to persist even after they fail. In fact, I realized that it is a key element which helps determine whether a person will succeed or fail in achieving their goals. There are many times, for example, when self-motivation plays a key role in the decision making process. Without the influence of a team, supervisor, or mentor to assist in the motivation process, reaching goals may be difficult to attain. Self-sufficient individuals, on the other hand, rely heavily on discipline techniques like time management and goal-setting strategies to keep on track. They incorporate activities that are inspiring and uplifting. This strategy helps energize new levels of enthusiasm and focus. They also serve to help strengthen an individual’s: (a) self-concept, (b) self-esteem, (c) self-efficacy, (d) self-monitoring, and (e) emotional intelligence. People with lesser degrees of E.Q. however, tend to lack focus, discipline, and have not incorporated self-management practices. As a result, they tend to experience reduced life coping skills, and may even have difficulty functioning effectively in social settings (Berry, 2013).

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My research work also revealed that leaders in the workplace that fail to identify the source and level of a conflict, are more than likely to experience productivity reduction and motivational issues which can further impede worker participation. Recognizing the level of conflict is a good starting place to begin at. For instance, when an organizational leader faces a situation where they feel everything around them is falling apart, it is imperative they acknowledge the critical and immediate need to address the outcomes of the firm’s failures. In other words, the driving force behind this leader’s actions would require an urgent short term response with focused attention on developing a plan that will address and resolve the failed outcome issues as well as come up with better long term solutions. Furthermore, conflict in a work arena can also prevent workers from experiencing job satisfaction.

In his book, Conflict Resolution, Daniel Dana (2003) purports that good decision-making helps prevent conflict (Dana 2003). In other words, leaders who can identify the source and level of a conflict, are in a better position to use this information to address problematic issues effectively and successfully to avoid consequences like employees who lack motivation, the slowing of productivity, and most important, damaging relationships which can ultimately lead to the dissolution of an organization.

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So what can leaders do to help staff members who seem to struggle with issues that prevent them from making effective decisions from a place of emotional intelligence? According to Holmes (2007) providing positive input is one strategy that can help. In fact, Holmes suggests that leaders can rely on the same methods and techniques they use in resolving their own conflicts. In other words, leaders are encouraged to use the same approach to help others as they do when they help themselves. For example, successful leaders will take positive action that will prove beneficial in their own lives and by doing so, they affirm their own self-worth. In other words, they acknowledge the positive effect that input or activity has in their life and affairs and recognize that when they in turn, extend positive energy to help others, they are affirming the same truth about that person. The same is true with respect to a group of people or specific situations (Holmes, 2007).

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In conclusion, an effective way for leaders to resolve conflicts is their ability to return to a place of harmony and balance. In other words, people who are able to resolve conflicts with intellectual strategies from a place of emotional intelligence will achieve the most successful outcomes. In his motivational programs, Deepak Chopra (2016) suggests that the ultimate goal is to achieve total balance in order to live a healthy life of abundance and fulfillment. He purports this cannot be achieved with struggle, worry, or fighting (Chopra, 2016). What this means, is that with mindful awareness, effort and discipline, conflict resolutions can be achieved more successfully when done so from a mental state of total balance.

Well that’s it for this week. Until next time … stay organized!

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“Making each moment count positively is all that life demands from you.” ― Edmond Mbiaka

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References:

Berry, M. A. (2013). Ethics in the Real World. USA: Kindle Direct Publishing.

Chopra, D. (2016, March 27). Total balance is natural balance. Retrieved March 27, 2016, from Shedding weight 21 day meditation challenge: https://chopracentermeditation.com/experience#_=_

Dana, D. (2003). Conflict resolution. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Holmes, E. (2007). 365 science of mind. New York: Penguin.

Resolving Conflicts with Emotional Intelligence

Published March 29, 2016 by Mayrbear's Lair

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We’re back from taking a little time off for some Spring cleaning and organization. Traditionally, Spring Break is that time of year when people plan activities to help break away from daily schedules. They look forward to enjoying some well earned rest and relaxation away from the long hours dedicated to careers and personal obligations. It is also a special time when friends and families gather to celebrate various springtime holidays like Easter, Passover, Pentecost, Beltane, and just schedule a little down time to recharge their inner batteries.

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However, in many places, spring break has been anything but a time of rest and relaxation. In fact, even the season of spring seems to have eluded many in parts of the country, while others face the conflict of devastation and destruction suffered by terrorist attacks. Then, there are those of us in America, who are faced with having to intellectually absorb and process the conflicts displayed by the front runners of the U.S. presidential campaigns that have plagued the transmissions of all media outlets.

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As a survivor of various conflicts, including domestic violence and abuse, my life situations have taught me that the best way to resolve any conflict requires engaging two significant components: I.Q. (intelligence) and E.Q (emotional intelligence – a person’s ability to adapt to change and environmental turbulence).

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My research work on Ethics at Ashford University, which was published in my eBook, Ethics in the Real World (2013) helped me understand that it is a person’s emotional intelligence that reflects their ability to detect and manage emotional cues and information. It can also play a significant role in helping an individual achieve successful outcomes.

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In his book, Organizational Behavior, Donald Bacck (2012) asserts that a person’s emotional intelligence helps predict their abilities as leaders. In addition, a person’s E.Q. can be a major asset or hindrance when working in jobs with high levels of social interaction.

Baack outlines five personality traits that define emotional intelligence:

  1. Self-awareness – being aware personal feelings and emotions.
  2. Self-management – the ability to manage personal emotions and impulses.
  3. Self motivation or persistence – the ability to continue giving effort even after setbacks or failures.
  4. Empathy – the ability to sense the feelings of others.
  5. Social skills – the ability to cope with the emotions of others.

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According to Baack, these five personality traits have implications for more general outcomes as well, such is life satisfaction. He further emphasizes that unexamined self-concept, poor self-esteem, low self efficacy, the lack of self-monitoring, and lesser degrees of emotional intelligence tend to reduce one’s life coping skills, or inhibit a person’s ability to function effectively in social situations. Because of this factor, the most successful leaders will spend additional time working with employees who exhibit an inability to resolve conflicts due to emotional intelligence issues. (Baack, 2012).

Well, that’s a wrap for today. On Thursday’s post, we will conclude our discussion on resolving conflicts with emotional intelligence.

Until then … keep working on your organizational management skills!

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“The road to health for everyone is through moderation, harmony, and a sound mind in a sound body.” ― Jostein Gaarder

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References:

Baack, D. (2012). Organizational Behavior. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

Berry, M. A. (2013). Ethics in the Real World. USA: Kindle Direct Publishing.

Knowledge in Business Law

Published March 8, 2016 by Mayrbear's Lair

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Business laws are the rules of behavior set forth by the government to help benefit society as a whole. One of the reasons many people believe studying the law is difficult is because of the vast amount of “factions” that constitute the legal system which are all operating simultaneously. For instance, there are State and Federal Laws, Statutory Laws, Administrative Laws, Local Laws, and so on and so forth.

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In a business arena, leaders who have knowledge of business laws are likely to function more successfully. The reason is because their life and the law, whether they like it or not, are intermingled. Therefore, having a basic understanding of the laws, their application, and their influences, will serve executives well, both in business as well as in their personal lives.

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In the meantime, large organizations have their own legal departments or access to large law firms, whereas small businesses typically operate with minimal awareness of the law and have nominal access to legal counsel. This makes having knowledge in law or better still, a legal background, even more valuable in the marketplace.

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In her book, Business Law for Managers, Gwen Seaquist (2012) postulates that any business will benefit greatly by hiring employees at all levels who have at least a basic understanding of the law. Seaquest contends that company staff members like these who come armed with a solid grasp of essential legal principles, can recognize potential legal problems and refer them to legal counsel before they turn into costly matters which can threaten the health of a business (Seaquist, 2012). Employees in a position to identify legal issues, often referred to as preventative law, are in a better position to save the firm money as well as prevent the hassle of a lawsuit, and stop conflicts from progressing into litigation. Plus, it helps maintain a lawful and ethical work arena.

Well that’s it for today. We are taking a short time off for Spring Break and will return after the break with new posts. Thanks for stopping by! Until then … keep working on your leadership skills!

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At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice, he is the worst.

Aristotle

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Seaquist, G. (2012). Business law for managers. San Diego: Bridgepoint Educations, Inc.

 

 

Two Distinguishing Features of Ethical Businesses

Published March 3, 2016 by Mayrbear's Lair

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On Tuesday, we began a discussion on the ethical desires of a leader. Today, we take a closer look at two distinguishing features of business ethic characters: (a) economic, and (b) environmental. In the book, Ethics and the Conduct of BusinessJohn Boatright (2009) postulates that the first feature of any business, is its economic character and that it consists of many components. For one thing, in the business world, people must interact with one another not as family, friends, or neighbors, but as consumers and sellers, employers and staff members. In addition, commerce is often accompanied with strategies of bargaining, where either or both sides can choose to conceal their full intentions or may engage in tactics of misinformation as a integral component. A skilled salesperson, for instance, well versed in the art of arousing consumer attention, will use a kind of “puffery” strategy to close a deal, in spite of the “ethics of trading” that prohibit the use of deceptive or false claims and trickery as marketing strategies.

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Employment is also recognized as a special relationship which includes its own standards of what is deemed right and wrong behavior. Employers, for instance, typically hire and promote staff members as they wish, while terminating other employees without taking consequences into consideration. That right, however, is continuously challenged by institutions who hold employers accountable, citing employers should only fire workers for just causes and must adhere to the rules of due process. Likewise, employees have rights to protect them from discrimination or other issues like exposure to hazardous conditions. To sum up, because the ethics of business consists in part to the ethics of an organization’s economic activity, which includes the conduct of their buyers, sellers, employers, and employees, leaders need to ask and then establish a set of ethical rules to govern their activities. Furthermore, they need to determine how these rules differ from those that are applied in other spheres of life.

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The other distinguishing feature of business ethics, according to John Boatright’s (2009) research, is that it typically occurs at the place of an organization. “A company,” Boatright contends, “according to organizational theory, is a hierarchical system of functionality with defined positions designed to achieve a set of goals. In addition, members of the business assume particular positions – like the Sales Representative, Research and Development Manager, Vice President of Advertising, or the CEO – and are committed to the obligations of the firm in pursuit of their goals” (Boatright, 2009). This means the marketing executives are not free to act solely on their own accord at the expense of sales for their company. Furthermore, the CEO rightfully cannot ignore the interests of shareholders or consider a merger without taking into consideration the impact on their employees or the community anymore than they can consider their own personal interests.

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Because a business involves economic relations and transactions that take place in markets and also within organizations, ethical issues are raised that everyday life does not always prepare us for. Although the ethical rules about honesty, fairness, keeping promises that we are familiar with, are applied in business, it is necessary in many instances that people in leadership roles must rethink how they apply ethics in business situations. This is not saying that the ethics of business is different from the ethics in everyday life, only that businesses present new situations that require us to think through ethical issues.

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Ernest Holmes (2001) suggests that there is nothing harder than keeping our thoughts clear while maintaining composed behavior daily in a chaotic world, so that we don’t come undone. In fact, he urges individuals to find support and the means to seek help so that they can always control their intellect and emotions. This strategy may help prevent them from responding recklessly. Wouldn’t it be different world if we all waited until our intellect (the Mr. Spock side of ourselves) gives us a “green light” when it is safe to proceed and respond in an ethical manner. In fact, Holmes states that anyone capable of doing this, can help guide their own destiny (Holmes, 2001). Is that because they are backed by the immutable ethical power of positive thinking? As Mr. Spock would say, “Something to ponder, indeed.”

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Well that’s a wrap for this week. Until next time! Keep working on your organizational management skills, ethically … and live long and prosper!

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Change is the essential process of all existence.

–SPOCK, Star Trek: The Original Series, “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield”

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Reference:

Boatright, J. R. (2009). Ethics and the conduct of business. New Jersey: Pearson Education.

Holmes, E. (2001). 365 science of mind. New York: Penguin Group.

What Leaders Desire

Published March 1, 2016 by Mayrbear's Lair

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This week our posts take a closer look at how ethics can fuel a leader’s desires. In one of his online sessions, New York Times best selling author and alternative medicine practitioner, Deepak Chopra (2015) compares our deepest, most heartfelt desires to stars in a constellation. He asserts that these desires can be compared to brilliant, twinkling lights that help create pathways to our true destinies. He further suggests that it is our soul’s mission to connect with, relish, and achieve these desires so that we can live our lives to the fullest while offering our greatest contributions to the world. In fulfilling our heart-held dreams, Chopra purports that individuals can flourish as they serve others and themselves, especially if they do so from a place of happiness, generosity, and love (Chopra, 2015). However, many in today’s society face discordant conditions and get so fed up, they disconnect from their emotions to embrace an attitude of surrender, thinking, “Oh, what’s the point?”

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In my ebook, Ethics in the Real World (2013) my research work revealed that ethical issues come up in all levels of life, both personally and professionally, as individuals are forced to confront all kinds of situations in their relationships with colleagues, employees, clients, and members of society as a whole (Berry, 2013). Generally, ethical courses of actions are clear and most people and businesses engage in appropriate conduct. There are, however, exceptions that arise when uncertainty about ethical obligations occur in certain scenarios or when the consideration of ethics come into conflict with the practical demands of an organization. For instance, a sales rep may not be clear about how much data they are obligated to provide with respect to delayed orders. Likewise, a Director of Research may feel pressured to remove a staff member to complete a project that may lead to discrimination issues.

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In the book, Ethics and the Conduct of a Business, J.R. Boatright (2009) postulates that when deciding on ethical courses of action, many leaders rely on the rules of right conduct which are implemented in daily life. Concepts like deception is wrong, whether it is directed towards a friend or colleague. In addition, corporations are also obligated to avoid issues of discrimination or cause harm to their consumers. In the interim, organizational activity may have policies in place that limit the applicability of an individual’s ethical views. This is because in a business arena, staffers face circumstances that are abundantly different from those they face in daily life. In short, the roles of obligation placed on us at work are different than they are in our personal lives. A CEO, for instance, of a large corporation, has responsibilities to a wide variety of groups, including employees, stockholders and the communities as well.

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Ernest Holmes (2001) postulates in his book, 365 Science of Mind, that when a person has the feeling of giving up, that is the best time to take action (Holmes, 2001). In other words, the most successful leaders will recognize this as an opportunity for growth, and with a deep seeded desire to circumvent their fears, they will use this desire as the fuel to engage in positive action. In other words, rather than giving up and throwing in the towel, the most effective leaders have the ability to recognize something in that situation that is greater than the condition and use their power to seek solutions.

That’s it for today! On Thursday, we will continue this discussion as we examine two distinguishing features that help define business ethics. Until then … stay organized!

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Enlightened leadership is spiritual if we understand spirituality not as some kind of religious dogma or ideology but as the domain of awareness where we experience values like truth, goodness, beauty, love and compassion, and also intuition, creativity, insight and focused attention.

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References:

Berry, M. A. (2013). Ethics in the Real World. USA: Kindle Direct Publishing.

Boatright, J. R. (2009). Ethics and the conduct of business. New Jersey: Pearson Education.

Chopra, D. D. (2015). Who am I. Retrieved February 27, 2016, from chopracentermeditation.com: https://chopracentermeditation.com/experience/index/5

Holmes, E. (2001). 365 science of mind. New York: Penguin Group.

Holiday Winter Break

Published December 11, 2015 by Mayrbear's Lair

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“One person with a belief is equal to ninety-nine who have only interests.” ― John Stuart Mill

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Holiday Winter Break

Published December 7, 2015 by Mayrbear's Lair

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Happy Hanukkah to everyone celebrating this week!

We are on a winter holiday break. Our posts during this time will be focused on some of the things that inspire joy and happiness during this time of reflection. In the meantime, we will return next year with all new adventures!

Until then … Happy Holidays! Enjoy the joyfulness of the season!

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“The road to self-discovery often calls for the clearing away of the underbrush of ignorance, fear, superstition, and a sense of isolation that has made us feel that we are unworthy, unholy, and lost. In the divine providence of good, salvation is unnecessary but self discovery is essential. We do not save that which was lost; we merely discover that which needs to be found.” –  Ernest Holmes

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Leadership and The Happiness Advantage (Conclusion)

Published December 4, 2015 by Mayrbear's Lair

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Today we conclude our discussion on how the happiness component can affect our decisions as leaders. During the Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership podcast, hosted by Ken Coleman, Shawn Achor, the author of The Happiness Advantage (2010) also revealed that another significant component which contributes to a person’s state of happiness, is their level of social connection. For instance, as the recent terrorist attacks in Paris unfolded, it was clear that what held them together was their strong sense of community. In fact, Achor’s research work revealed that during catastrophic events like that which occurred in Paris, a level of depth and meaning in their country’s social relationship is so strong, that as the rest of the world witnessed, even in the midst of chaos and the threat of death, the citizens of Paris showed they were still able to find significance and joy in their lives. In fact, scientists now acknowledge that the social connection factor is not only one of the greatest predictors of long-term happiness, but like obesity, high blood pressure, or smoking, it is also a predictor of the length of an individual’s life.

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Additionally, Achor’s research revealed that people who implement positive habits in their lives were also more prone to building social connections; and people who are more socially connected with others, are in a better position to decrease negative patterns in their lives. This is why the most successful leaders will surround themselves with positive people. This is a proven strategy that once implemented, can help transmute pessimistic employees with negative attitudes into a team of optimistic staff members with positive attitudes that are motivated to work forming a cohesive unit to achieve productive outcomes. In short, leaders that choose happiness as a strategy are more likely to inspire others, including colleagues, potential clients, family members, and friends, to become more positive with a joyful willingness to engage in the world around them.

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What is so promising about this research work is that it means that anyone placed in a position of leadership, has the potential to achieve more successful outcomes simply by implementing positive psychology strategies which include happiness and joy as the driving forces. In fact, based on this research, even companies like Google are now focused on training staff members to understand that better sales does not lead to happiness, but instead, joy and happiness are the keys that can lead to better sales.

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So, if you find yourself struggling in a world of gloom and doom, where negative attitudes prevail, the good news is you have within you the power to rewire your brain beginning with a quick two minute positive input intervention! That’s right! Experts in the field of positive psychology have developed and recommend the following exercise to help rewire a pessimistic brain to develop more optimism with positive habits. Beware however! It does require a bit of discipline and a commitment from the individual to invest at least two minutes of their time, first thing in the morning on a daily basis.

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Two Minute Positive Input Intervention

The practice begins by asking the individual to focus on three positive things they are thankful for. Next, the individual is asked to spread that positive energy to another individual by sending an email or connecting via social media like Facebook, expressing their gratitude and appreciation to someone different each day.

Experts recommend practicing this exercise daily for around 21 to 28 days until it becomes a habit. Then let the magic unfold while your network of positive people grows and you feel the joy of an empowered participant who is actively building their world from a foundation of positive habits. Remember, we can’t change what we don’t acknowledge and the science is out … positive leaders can dramatically improve a company’s bottom line. In other words, happiness does have its advantages!

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“With faith you let go. You trust. Whereas with belief you cling.” ― Yann Martel

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References:

Achor, S. (2015, November 15). The happiness advantage. (E. Podcast, Interviewer)

Ramsey, D. (2015, November 15). The EntreLeadership.