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G-Ten Discuss the Science of Motivating Yourself

GLASGOW, UK, October 2015 – You make goals… but then you procrastinate. You write a to-do list… but then you don’t follow through. Why are we so good at thinking of what to do but so terrible at actually doing those things? The problem is you’re skipping an essential step. Here’s what it is…
We need to think to plan but we need to feel to act. How do you rile up those emotions and get things done? Here are three steps:

Get Positive
We procrastinate most when we’re in a bad mood. Research shows happiness increases productivity and makes you more successful. The best way to get optimistic if you’re not feeling it is to monitor the progress you’re making and celebrate it. Nothing is more motivating than progress. The progress principle: of all the positive events that influence inner work life, the single most powerful is progress in meaningful work; of all the negative events, the single most powerful is the opposite of progress—setbacks in the work.

Get Rewarded
Rewards feel good. Penalties feel bad. And that’s why they both can work well for motivating you. Rewards are responsible for three-quarters of why you do things so treat yourself whenever you complete something on your to-do list.

Get Peer Pressure
Research shows peer pressure helps kids more than it hurts them. Surround yourself with people you want to be and it’s far less taxing to do what you should be doing. When people join groups where change seems possible, the potential for that change to occur becomes more real. The Longevity Project, which studied over 1000 people from youth to death had this to say:
The groups you associate with often determine the type of person you become. For people who want improved health, association with other healthy people is usually the strongest and most direct path of change.
Over time, you develop the eating habits, health habits and even career aspirations of those around you. If you’re in a group of people who have really high goals for themselves you’ll take on that same sense of seriousness.

Think of yourself as a motivated, productive person. How people feel about themselves has a huge effect on success. For most, the first step toward improving job performance has nothing to do with the job itself but instead with improving how you feel about yourself.

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G-Ten: Rules To Live By For Incredible Success

GLASGOW, UK, August 2015 – No matter what industry you are in, if you have your sights focused on success then consider these rules to live by. 

Do it for the challenge. If you ask any successful person why they got started in the field they did, chances are they will not just say “to make money.” The true story behind most people’s success is that they wanted to accept the challenge of following their dreams and becoming successful on their own terms.

Never get too comfortable. There should never be a time in your journey to the top where you stop and think “Ok, I’ve done enough, I can stop working so hard.” If you’ve met your goal set another one. You should never be comfortable, you should always be working for more. 

Study and work harder than anyone. No matter how talented you are, you will never reach your full potential success unless you are willing to study and work harder than anyone else. This is the only way to truly achieve your goals.

Learn from failures and mistakes. You are going to make mistakes and you are going to fail. How you react to those failures is what makes you successful. If you fall, don’t get down on yourself, but look at why you failed, take it as a learning experience, brush it off and move on. 

Read every day. This rule cannot be emphasized enough -- you need to be reading all the time. Never stop reading and never stop finding new topics to read about. You need to keep aware of the cutting edge movements within your industry to stay ahead of the trends.

Keep your mind and body healthy. Exercise along with mental health breaks are all an important part of being the most successful version of yourself that you can be. Work out daily, eat right and always get plenty of sleep. 

Surround yourself with successful like-minded people.

Surrounding yourself with the wrong people can be a major drain on you. Make sure that you are around people who share your same goals and visions, who are motivated and are true peers that also want financial success. Being around these individuals will motivate you and help you stay focused. Avoid people who don’t care about work. People who spend all of their time partying are not good for your success.

Give to the less fortunate and take care of loved ones. We’ve talked about taking care of your mind and body, but it is also important to take care of your soul. Never lose sight of the world around you and those who are in need. Taking care of your loved ones is one of the best ways to enjoy your financial success.Give back to those in need. 

Be honest and transparent.

Lying and being deceitful will never get you as far as you think. You need to always be honest, straightforward and transparent with people. This is a truly important and undervalued practice that will help you earn the long-term professional success you have always wanted.

To succeed think long-term, not short term. So many people are focused only on their short-term success and have goals like “I want to make X amount of money in the next year.” Don’t focus on short-term goals, focus on the long-term big picture of where you want your life to be. These are the types of goals that will get you motivated to being truly self-sufficient and building actual wealth for you and your family. 

While there undoubtedly is a certain amount of challenge that comes with becoming a huge success, if you keep these rules in mind and learn from the success of those who have accomplished this goal in the past, then you will be armed with the insight you need to help make your goals a reality.

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G-Ten: Tips to Bring Out The Best In Your People

GLASGOW, UK, August 2015 – The most effective management is often the simplest and most basic.  All five of these management tips have a common cost: nothing.

“Tone at the top” – Lead in a way that makes it easy for others to want to follow.  Setting the right example by your own business behaviour – your own evenhandedness and ethics – makes it easy for your team to respect you.  Nobody wants to follow somebody they don’t respect, yet they’re eager to follow those they do.  It’s always surprised me how often management doesn’t play by the same rules they ask others to – when setting a fine example costs nothing and only breeds productivity.

Take a sincere interest in the course of their careers – Studies show that high-performing companies routinely motivate their people by emphasizing career development.  Any manager can too, easily.  It’s human nature and only makes sense.  People at all organizational levels are keenly interested in the course of their own careers.  Showing genuine interest in helping the team gain the skills they need to succeed is a solid way to build lasting loyalty.

Ambitious but not unrealistic expectations – Both in formal job objectives and informal day-today managerial expectations, you want to set targets that stretch your employees but are attainable.   Let them know you have high (but not unreasonable) standards, and at all times expect excellence.  Competence breeds confidence, and successfully achieving ambitious goals motivates them to do it again.

Provide honest insightful feedback on a regular basis – If your team aren’t receiving regular feedback, how will they know if they’re doing well or need to course-correct?  How can they give their best if it’s not completely clear what their best looks like?

Get to know who your people are - If you want to bring out the best in your team, you have to, at least to some extent, understand them.  Gain a basic understanding of what interests them, what bothers them, what they care about, what motivates them.  Is it money, respect, praise, a bigger office, or a chance to spend more time with the kids?   There are a multitude of possibilities.  The better you know your people, the better chance you’ll have to pull the right managerial levers.

The best managers are insightful and employee-centric.   They understand their employees, and know that bringing out the best in them – to ultimately drive positive business results – is the absolute best thing they can do as a manager.

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G-Ten On How To Increase Your Confidence 

GLASGOW, UK, August 2015 –

Confidence is a crucial building block in a successful career, and embracing it fully will take you places you never thought possible. With proper guidance and hard work, anyone can become more confident. Once you pass a certain point, you’ll feel it from the inside.

Here are eight bulletproof strategies to get you there.

1. Take an honest look at yourself.

In other words, confidence isearned through hard work, and confident people are self-aware. When your confidence exceeds your abilities, you’ve crossed the line into arrogance. You need to know the difference. True confidence is firmly planted in reality. To grow your confidence, it’s important to do an honest and accurate self-assessment of your abilities. If there are weaknesses in your skill set, make plans for strengthening these skills and find ways to minimize their negative impact. Ignoring your weaknesses or pretending they’re strengths won’t make them go away. Likewise, having a clear understanding of your strengths enables you to shake off some of the more groundless feedback and criticism you can get in a busy, competitive work environment—and that builds confidence. 

2. Say no.

Confident people know that saying no is healthy, and they have the self-esteem to make their nos clear. When it’s time to say no, confident people avoid phrases such as “I don’t think I can” or “I’m not certain.” They say no with confidence because they know that saying no to a new commitment honours their existing commitments and gives them the opportunity to successfully fulfil them.

3. Get right with your boss.

A troubled relationship with the boss can destroy even the most talented person’s confidence. It’s hard to be confident when your boss is constantly criticizing you or undermining your contributions. Try to identify where the relationship went wrong and decide whether there’s anything you can do to get things back on track. If the relationship is truly unsalvageable, it may be time to move on to something else. 

4. Seek out small victories.

Confident people tend to challenge themselves and compete, even when their efforts yield small victories. Small victories build new androgen receptors in the areas of the brain responsible for reward and motivation. When you have a series of small victories, the boost in your confidence can last for months.

5. Find a mentor.

Nothing builds confidence like a talented, experienced person showing you the way and patting you on the back for a job well done. A good mentor can act as a mirror, giving you the perspective you need to believe in yourself. Knowledge breeds confidence—knowing where you stand helps you focus your energy more effectively. Beyond that, a mentor can help educate you on some of the cultural inner workings of your organization. Knowing the unwritten rules of how to get things done in your workplace is a great confidence booster. 

6. Schedule exercise.

A study conducted at the Eastern Ontario Research Institute found that people who exercised twice a week for 10 weeks felt more competent socially, academically, and athletically. They also rated their body image and self-esteem higher. Schedule your exercise to make certain it happens, and your confidence will stay up.

7. Dress for success.

Like it or not, how we dress has a huge effect on how people see us. Things like the colour, cut, and style of the clothes we wear—and even our accessories—communicate loudly. But the way we dress also affects how we see ourselves. Studies have shown that people speak differently when they’re dressed up compared to when they’re dressed casually. To boost your confidence, dress well. Choose clothing that reflects who you are and the image you want to project, even if that means spending more time at the mall and more time getting ready in the morning. 

8. Be assertive, not aggressive.

Aggressiveness isn’t confidence; it’s bullying. And when you’re insecure, it’s easy to slip into aggressiveness without intending to. Practice asserting yourself without getting aggressive (and trampling over someone else in the process. You won’t be able to achieve this until you learn how to keep your insecurities at bay, and this will increase your confidence.

Bringing it all together

Your confidence is your own to develop or undermine. Confidence is based on reality. It’s the steadfast knowledge that goes beyond simply “hoping for the best.” It ensures that you’ll get the done—that’s the power of true confidence. 

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G-Ten On The Behaviours of Real Leaders

GLASGOW, UK, September 2015 – Leadership is not so much a thought process as it is instinctive behaviour. It’s evolutionary. Here are some of the sort of behaviours we consistently value in our most cherished leaders.    

They teach. Apple CEO Tim Cook credits the company’s success in no small part to Steve Jobs’s role as a teacher. The way Apple’s unique culture continues to flourish and scale, even as the company grows to enormous size and valuation, is a testament to the way Jobs taught his team what matters most, so they could teach their teams, and so on.

If they hear you, they will listen. Whether it’s politics, business, or non-profit, there are great demands on leaders’ time. That comes with the territory. So there are physical, organizational, and mental barriers they put up to block out the noise. Nevertheless, their success depends on being open to new and different perspectives. So, if they hear you, they will listen.

They challenge themselves. Great leaders are never satisfied with the status quo and that goes for their own status quo, as well. They may recognize the success of the team, especially after a long hard effort, but you’ll rarely see them patting themselves on the back. Their own accomplishments don’t excite them; the next challenge does.

They don’t follow. All leaders learn from experience and mentors. All leaders serve their stakeholders. But learning and serving are not the same as following. Real leaders serve and learn from others, but they still carve their own path. They have their own unique ways of doing things. And, when it comes to key decisions, they trust only their own judgment and their own gut.

They solve big problems. Real leaders don’t play small ball. Whether it’s a customer problem, a constituent problem, or a societal problem, they live to come up with innovative solutions to big, tough problems. Real leaders are great trouble-shooters.

Their vision inspires others to act. I’ll never understand the endless debates over what leadership is and isn’t. It’s simple, really. Leaders are those who others follow. And leadership behaviour causes others to act. Whether they have a vision for a product, an organization, a people, or a future, that’s what inspires them to lead and their followers to action.

They don’t whine. Most great leaders grew up with adversity, so they learned at an early age that complaining gets them nowhere. Instead, they set out to prove something to themselves and others – that they’re special, unique, worthy, capable – and that’s often a self-fulfilling prophecy.

They don’t overindulge their egos.

Even if it’s not self-evident, most successful leaders have healthy egos – a strong sense of self. There are exceptions, but they’re rare. In any case, when our egos write checks that reality can’t cash, that’s self-limiting behaviour. Some leaders learn from those mistakes and gain wisdom and humility. Others don’t, and that’s unfortunate.

They do only what matters.

Leaders are by definition people of consequence. They’re driven by their vision, their obsession, a problem they must solve, whatever, but they’re usually driven by one thing and that’s what matters to them. They move heaven and earth to make it happen and ignore pretty much everything else, although there’s usually an exception or two.

The important thing to keep in mind is that leaders are defined by their behaviour. What they do and don’t do. How they act and don’t act. They come in all shapes and sizes. They are extraverts and introverts. They’re morning people and night owls. They’re healthy and completely out of shape. They have neat desks and workspaces that look like a tornado ripped through it.

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