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Published September 23, 2014 by Mayrbear's Lair

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Breaching Communication Barriers Accelerated Learning

Published September 16, 2014 by Mayrbear's Lair

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In this title, Mayr’s graduate research work from Ashford University will help the listener understand the value of effective communication. She takes a closer look at why it is an important tool for leaders in organizational management and how it can also help establish more meaningful relationships in our personal lives.

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Mayr has worked with some of the most respected leaders in a variety of industries, including motivational author, Anthony Robbins,  legendary Music Producer and rock icon, Alan Parsons and Branson Missouri headliner Jim Stafford. To help illustrate some of these significant concepts, she has included in her research work examples from her own experiences working with some of these prestigious leaders, as well as offers a few insights from her corporate adventures as an insider and alumnus at Capitol-EMI Records where she was respected as a trusted staff member and worked directly with upper management including the company’s CEOs, Presidents, and divisional Vice Presidents. Mayr’s research work is focused on how important communication skills are for engaging in active listening and comprehending verbal and nonverbal communication tactics, while avoiding criticizing or offending others. These are a few of the important components this title touches on for anyone interested in achieving more successful outcomes in leadership roles.

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Published September 11, 2014 by Mayrbear's Lair

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Making Strategy

Published September 8, 2014 by Mayrbear's Lair

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It today’s global marketplace, people that are interested in performing at optimum levels must comprehend the strategic decisions companies make. Coulter (2010) explained that corporations implement strategic management to motivate top performances and achieve greater outcomes (Coulter, 2010). A statement like “making strategy, once an event, is now a continuous process,” illustrates the complexities involved in the process of strategic organizational management.

In my publication, TheValue of Strategic Management (2014), I disclosed that strategies were originally developed as military plans to attain victory against opponents. In this regard strategies were set up as objectives to out maneuver and defeat enemies, therefore, developing strategies were identified as planned events with focused goals (Berry, 2014). However, in today’s corporate climate strategies are developed, adopted, and incorporated on a more regular basis to keep up with evolving trends and market fluctuations in a highly competitive arena. In other words, in order for companies to survive today’s global economy, they must continue to observe, assess, and reshape their strategies to remain profitable and competitive.

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Google is a leader in the global market place because of the effective strategies they incorporate into the manufacturing and marketing of their products. Porter (2008) postulates that competition is a main component that can help determine whether a firm will achieve success or failure in its efforts. It helps determine the effectiveness of a company’s activities that contributes to such components like innovations, trends, a cohesive culture, or efficient implementation. Competitive strategy helps establish a company’s sustainability and profitability by maintaining strength in spite of the changes in the market (Porter, 2008). One strategy Google incorporates that has helped sustained its top position is their consistency in delivering superior products. In doing so, they force competitors to raise the bar to stay in the game. 

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The innovative product strategies the Google Corporation implements is clearly top rate, however, because of the ever changing market they continue to evolve their products and strategies to stay ahead of their competition. Porter (2011) suggests that companies like Google achieve operational effectiveness because they perform better in developing, producing, selling and delivering their products. This is a strategic component that gives them the competitive edge. However, to achieve effective strategic positioning their strengths lie in performing differently than their competitors by creating unique products which not only sets them aside but also raises the bar in their industry (Porter, 2011). However, Apple and Microsoft have introduced their own unique products and apps allowing consumers a wider range of innovative tools to choose from. In the meantime, as long as Google continues to evolve their strategies and keep up with the changing marketplace, they will continue to experience growth with successful outcomes.

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Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted. – Albert Einstein

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References:

Berry, M. A. (2014). The Value of Strategic Management. USA: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Coulter, M. (2010). Strategic management in action (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.

Porter, M. (2008). Competitive Advantage: Creating and sustaining superior performance. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.

Porter, M. (2011). HBR’s 10 must reads on strategy. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Review Press.

Failure Management

Published September 5, 2014 by Mayrbear's Lair

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One thing we are not prepared for in life, nor is this topic generally taught in most academic institutions, is how to deal with failure. Maxwell (2000) points out that people in school are trained for success and as a result, most of us have an unrealistic perception of what failure looks like, let alone how to deal with it. The truth is, we should also receive training for failure as this a far more common occurrence (Maxwell, 2000). In fact, taking into consideration that 1% of the population holds all the wealth, we can say that poverty is more prevalent than wealth and disappointment transpires far more often than not. Just ask all the teams that did not make it to the Super Bowl or any of the athletes that have ever competed at the Olympic Games who did not walk away with a medal. Given these statistics, it makes sense that the odds are in favor of our failing more often than not. When you think about it, that’s a pretty grim perspective. However, acknowledging this element can be helpful to leaders in a business arena. For instance, one survey from professionals that help companies in trouble, pointed out that components like inadequate leadership and poor planning are two of many reasons why some companies fail. This is valuable information that can help key decision makers create more effective strategies.

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To address the first reason for business failures – the inadequate leadership factor, key decision makers must first understand what the magical component is that makes one person stand out from others. In other words, to address poor leadership issues, one must first comprehend the components that differentiate an average person from a top performer. Coulter (2010) points out, for instance, that effective leaders develop strategies that will: (a) move the company forward, (b) maintain the company’s position in the marketplace, or (c) reverse an organization’s shortcomings to lead them to successful outcomes (Coulter, 2010).

But why are some leaders effective while others fall short? Celebrated soccer player Kyle Rote is quoted to have said that there are many roads to success, but that the path to failure is a person’s inability to look beyond those failures. In other words, the difference between an average performer and a top performer is how they perceive failure in addition to how they deal with it. For example, a person that has the ability to learn from their failures is more likely to achieve successful outcomes, than one who allows failure to deter them from moving forward or making another attempt.

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A leader that is a high achiever tends to view negative outcomes differently. This is the kind of leader that will approach a challenge as an opportunity to learn and grow rather than blame mistakes on someone or something else. A leader that blames others is missing an important opportunity to discover a new strategy and is more likely to repeat their mistakes. In addition, an inadequate leader most likely does not expect to fail again, once they resolve an issue. As a result, if and when it occurs again they are not prepared. Therefore, a strategy for company owners and shareholders would be to recruit top performers in leadership positions that possess some of following characteristics: (a) individuals that take responsibility for errors and shortcomings rather than blaming it elsewhere, (b) they learn from their mistakes, (c) they understand that failure is part of the process that leads to progress, (d) they challenge outdated assumptions, (e) they are not afraid of risks, and most important, (f) they persevere (Maxwell, 2000). These components can help key decision makers engage in better leadership choices to reduce chances of errors that can occur from inadequate leadership issues.

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Another reason why businesses fail is because of poor planning. However, upon closer examination, we will also discover that businesses do not only fail because of poor planning, failure also occurs because the plans were not executed to their fullest potential. Carroll and Mui (2008) revealed, for instance, that corporate America has spent hundreds of billions of dollars producing epic business failures. In fact, many executives in top management positions cringe at the word failure. As a result they rarely learn from failed outcomes and in most cases, focus the blame elsewhere. Take for example the mortgage and loan crisis of 2008 that repeated earlier financial crises. This is a strong indicator that business institutions continue to repeat the same or similar errors. The statistics are quite sobering in fact because they reveal that since 1981, 423 US companies with assets of more than $500 million filed for bankruptcy. In addition, their combined assets at the time totaled more than – are you ready for this – $1.5 trillion! Their combined annual revenue was almost $830 billion; and in fact, some of these corporations filed bankruptcy multiple times! This tells us that companies are not even learning from other companies’ mistakes (Carroll & Mui, 2008).

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So what is the reason for all these burnouts? Carroll and Mui suggest the culprit is poor execution of strategic plans. For instance, in a battlefield, most leaders reveal that a battle plan rarely survives first contact. This is because they can only engage in so much planning before just moving forward. Executives could stand to learn from this fact. Planning and execution are significant, but what is equally if not more important, is creating a plan with good strategic actions that will produce effective results.

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Take for example the famous incident that occurred at the Charge of the Light Brigade, the British Cavalry so named because they were optimized for fast mobility. The English troops were led by Lord Cardigan against Russian soldiers in October of 1854 during the Battle of Balaclava. According to reports, faulty intelligence affected the orders given to the cavalry that contributed to the disastrous decision to charge the Russians who were equipped with a considerable amount of artillery in the Crimean War. The British executed their strategy as planned, however, because the strategic move was based on false data, their campaign was ineffective. Once the charge was set in motion, there was no way to avoid the disaster they encountered and as Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote in his famous poem, the soldiers walked into the valley of death. In other words, their failure did not result from poor planning, it resulted because of incorrect information that was used to devise the plans. This is how inaccurate information can result in disastrous outcomes. In fact, in a business context, Carroll and Mui further postulate that 46% of company failures can be avoided if leaders are more aware of the pitfalls they may face. Other failures can also be avoided if companies are able to detect the warning signs.

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“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”  –  Paulo Coelho

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References:

Carroll, P., & Mui, C. (2008). Billion dollar lessons. New York, NY: Penguin Group.

Coulter, M. (2010). Strategic management in action (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.

Maxwell, J. (2000). Failing forward. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Media Magic Digital Publishing’s New Audiobook has Arrived!

Published September 4, 2014 by Mayrbear's Lair

If you are in the market for business management tools, Media Magic’s digital publications are excellent choices to help enhance leadership skills. They provide alternative solutions with valuable information and insights on organizational management. The audiobook versions are ideal for those with uber busy schedules who are unable find time to read a book.

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All our audiobooks, including  Ethics in the Real World and Breaching Communication Barriers, are currently available on amazon.com, audible.com and iTunes. Plus, as an added treat, they each include short mindful-practice bonus tracks at the end of each title. These five-minute bonus tracks were developed using the principals of positive thinking. They are meant to be used as strategic tools to help produce successful outcomes through means of productive communication and ethical behavior based on techniques that integrate the power of intention and the laws of attraction. They are meant to be used as short breaks to revitalize energy and focus the mind to help individuals operate from a more balanced state of mind at the work place or at home.

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Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” ― Lao Tzu

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Business Management Resources

Published September 2, 2014 by Mayrbear's Lair

Are you looking for resources to enhance your leadership skills? Media Magic Publishing has five business management ebooks that may be helpful:

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Happy Labor Day America

Published September 1, 2014 by Mayrbear's Lair

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The following information was provided from United States Department of Labor.

What Labor Day Means

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

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The Founder(s) of Labor Day

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

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The First Labor Day

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

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A Nationwide Holiday

The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television.

The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.

References:

Labor Day. (n.d.). Retrieved September 1, 2014, from US Deptarment of Labor: http://www.dol.gov/laborday/history.htm

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Vacation Week 2: Thursday’s Treat

Published August 28, 2014 by Mayrbear's Lair

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Feeling Love

According to the folks at the Chopra Meditation Center, love is our joyful spiritual center. We don’t need to go anywhere to find love. This is love that never fades. We never lose this love because it comes from inside. We are our own source of joyful love. If we look for love around us, we are assuming we lack love, and that we can find it in another person. But, love is our nature; it is who we are, and it is as near as our beating heart. Chopra and his team assert that mindful practices can help us reorient our feeling of love to our spiritual core so that we no longer look for love, but bring a full loving heart wherever we go (Chopra, 2014). 

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“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”  — Meister Eckhart

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References:

Chopra, D. (2014, August 11). Expanding Your Happiness. Retrieved August 24 , 2014, from Chopra Center Meditation: https://chopracentermeditation.com/experience

Vacation Week 2: Wednesday’s Treat

Published August 27, 2014 by Mayrbear's Lair

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Feeling Peace

As a pioneer in the field of positive psychology, Dr. Deepak Chopra (2014) suggests that mindful practices can connect us to an aspect of our joy that expresses itself as inner peace. He further asserts that this is not the ordinary peace of mind or peaceful interactions we typically experience with others. On the contrary, this is a kind of permanent feeling of peace that comes from the soul itself, and encompasses all the other varieties of peace within it. The Bible refers to it as “the peace of God which passes all understanding.”

This level of peace is the core of stillness within that gives us steadiness and quiet comfort when circumstances in our life may be confusing, as well as when times are happy and fulfilling. This spiritual peace is our calm center that keeps our life in balance (Chopra 2014).

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“Happiness consists not of having, but of being. It is a warm glow of the heart at peace with itself.” ― David O. McKay

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References:

Chopra, D. (2014, August 11). Expanding Your Happiness. Retrieved August 24 , 2014, from Chopra Center Meditation: https://chopracentermeditation.com/experience