Success Principles in an Ever Changing World

 

We are living in an exciting time, with technologies that launch immediate changes and communication on a global scale. However, with these CDR_20160314_1118_portrait with john Originalcomes the complementary concepts of the intensity of competition and challenges that are often constant, complex and causing results that can be unpredictable. The dichotomy of existence then borders on whether we can retain the same standards of success in business or must we transition into a new paradigm. We must alter our attitudes from simply looking at a product or solution as an offering and instead, appeal to a passion and a purpose for people to follow the dream.

The beauty in the simplicity of some of the basic core values is also extended to the fact that they have stood the test of time. Success principles are less about business and more closely aligned with human nature and behavior. There is more to being connected than just the circuitry, we have entered a time that requires an elevation to a different level of attraction. Technologies may be added and our ability to adopt and adapt may be challenged, but the ultimate concept is that we are still dealing with people, and maintaining those levels toward and how we deal with humanity is the key to success.

Business ethics: two words that encompass an entire relationship of attitude with self, co-workers, partners and clients. It is a concept of existence, the methodology that follows true to every response and reaction. It is truth as well as accountability, ego and honesty.  Everything that is said, done and accomplished in writing as well as behind closed doors, is surrounded by the criteria that is set forth in a company’s ethical standards.

Remaining open-minded is a success principle that stands on its own and yet is an important factor that must be exemplified in a top down attitude. Fresh ideas, new ways of viewing and thinking, keeps everyone from becoming stagnant and encourages the attitudes that will keep a business competitive. Additionally, it requires that we sometimes remain on the edge of that which no one else would consider, the fringe of potential and possibly even a touch of crazy.

Quality and trust remain the mainstay as a company baseline. We have all heard of businesses that have been lost in scandal or fell prey to offering a ‘vapor’ product. Those that have retained the quality of their offerings combined with the trust of all participants, will have the ability to focus on the variations and complexities of change. Trust is the key word that is the center of existence. Once you are trusted, people will offer you their honor and respect.

Keeping up on everything new: This translates into the individual business vertical and also in business practices. New technologies bring about new ways of doing things as well as alternate visions. Being successful includes the ability to embrace the change that is upon them and adapt as an overall strategy. The concept goes beyond just what is pertinent or what might be useful, but expands to every aspect of ‘newness’. It explores areas that were never thought of before and takes the mind into territories of the undiscovered.

Thinking as if the box doesn’t exist: This takes the tradition of ‘outside of the box’ to an entire new level. A box expresses boundaries that can retain and reduce.  A successful business philosophy can introduce ideas, face challenges and competition with the understanding that those barriers simply don’t exist. Many of the most successful companies such as Apple discarded the ‘box’ concept to open the doors to allow the imagination to roam.

A key success principle must also incorporate an environment of positive, imaginative and creative people. This is an imperative to jump-start any new project, accept change in direction and maintain the core concept of business ethics. Constructive instead of destructive is a concentric attitude of being that can lead a company down the path of success while acknowledging change and direction.

Each of the principles can be outright as well as subtle, but to achieve the best that all can be, they should be understood and accepted as part of the business whole. Success in today’s business technology driven market envelops new aspects and directions that extends beyond and opens doors to the next generations.

Contributed by Rakesh Malhotra, Founder of Five Global Values (www.fiveglobalvalues.com) and Author of “Adventures of Tornado Kid, Whirling Back Home Towards Timeless Values”.  Passionately determined to uncover the mystery of human behavior. His fascination with the influence of core values on human behavior stems from a career which has seen rise from an entry-level sales job to that of a seasoned CEO. Having worked, lived, or traveled to more than 40 countries, he has been able to study performance and human behavior across all cultures. Follow me @FiveValues -

Leadership Lessons That I Learned From My Mother

We make many transitions in life, from home to school and relationships and then into the business world.  Each layer brings concentric challenges and the choices that we make ultimately define who we are. When we are young we may not see the role that our mothers play, but in the test of time, in those moments of doubt, we hear her voice sing with reason.

What I am, you helped me to be

What I am, you helped me to be

My mother, as many, was one that both nurtured and taught; allowing life’s existence to be portrayed beyond words but in the actions of her very being. The skills that she gave us were validated in her life and we learned some were a momentous legacy, while others filed away for future use. As I have grown and moved through a career of success, the folders that are her lessons have been opened and shared and it is then that I realize the depth of her gifts and the truth of her life.

When we enter into a company, we are expected to adopt their values and behaviors. Success appears in many flavors and each one is a temptation to step beyond what we know is right. When faced with a questionable decision, I dig deep into my heart, to listen and remember and acknowledge all that I learned; allowing the leadership that was her life to be maintained in mine.

Resilience is to bend with the winds of life. My mother taught us that change is inevitable and will always bring a renewal of purpose. In business this allows progress and as a leader it keeps the doors open for new ideas and concepts.

An ultimate level of humanity must include compassion. My mother impressed that human existence is not ‘checked’ at the door of a business, but instead is an integral part of it. Compassion for and with co-workers, clients and situations brings a level of understanding that offers resolutions.

Being accountable and living with the responsibility of choice and actions is a lesson of being an adult.  This is not always the easy path in leadership, but it does set the precedence to keep from repeating mistakes and allows needed progress to move past on onward. Once exemplified, responsibility does not allow blaming, but instead allows change.

No matter how difficult her road, my mother always expressed an attitude of gratitude. Gratefulness is a gift you give yourself and those around you, to acknowledge the benefits and keep in the positive. Following this guidance in a company creates an environment that releases anxieties to allow efficient focus on the daily functions and encourages thoughtfulness.

Dignity and respect of others and of self is a mainstay in all areas of life. My mother taught me that these alone can carry us through the storms of indecision and doubt, and elevate to a realm of distinction that complements all other lessons. A leader must include these two factors to bring humanity and clarity as part of the direction.

One of my mother’s mantras was ‘honor is a lifestyle’, and I have carried this in my heart wherever I have gone. Its meaning may be personal to each of us, but it is also a feeling, an innate vision, and a knowing.  Honor is the bowing of my head to thank my mother for the incredible lessons and the ability to allow me to carry them on and see the fruit of her teachings in my success of life.

Contributed by Rakesh Malhotra, Founder of Five Global Values (www.fiveglobalvalues.com) and Author of “Adventures of Tornado Kid, Whirling Back Home Towards Timeless Values”.  Passionately determined to uncover the mystery of human behavior. His fascination with the influence of core values on human behavior stems from a career which has seen rise from an entry-level sales job to that of a seasoned CEO. Having worked, lived, or traveled to more than 40 countries, he has been able to study performance and human behavior across all cultures. Follow me @FiveValues

 

 

Thanksgiving should be a daily affair -Gratitude must be part of your Attitude

Thanksgiving should be a daily affair

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them – John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States.

Appreciating someone or feeling grateful to others can significantly improve your happiness in your daily life and transform your emotional outlook.  By showing gratitude, you embrace positive elements of determination, enthusiasm, energy, and attentiveness. An attitude of gratitude is one of the important contributors to a contented life and most powerful way to enhance satisfaction and inner happiness.

Be Gracious and Thankful

It is quite natural to be accepted and appreciated. Saying a little “thank you” to the people around you can give them an impression of recognition and acknowledgment. It makes them feel proud of their efforts. Attitude of gratitude is mostly about your ability to notice positive traits in others. You can build determination in others, improve their efficiency, encourage innovation, and promote positive relationships by emphasizing feelings of gratitude.

Gratitude can help in developing your sense of self-respect and self-esteem. It motivates you to appreciate all the amazing facets of life and create a steady balance of peace, harmony, and happiness. Adverse situations and difficulties in life present opportunities to grow and develop you as a strong person. You have immense potential to convert adversities to blessings by adopting a positive attitude and thankful behavior.  Gratitude maintains and strengthens your relationship with God and other fellow beings.

Appreciate what you have and Celebrate Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is an occasion when everyone gathers with their family, relatives, and friends to celebrate with joy and express their appreciation and thankfulness. It brings people together, close to each other, and creates strong bonds among them.

Much like any other festival, Thanksgiving also has a related history. It is celebrated to appreciate all that you have. However, it appears as if the only purpose of Thanksgiving is to eat turkey, avail bargains for Christmas shopping, and relax. Thanksgiving has much more to offer. When celebrating Thanksgiving, you should adopt an attitude of gratitude for every little blessing that you usually take for granted. It is an opportunity to appreciate your family, personal life, work, health, and other relations. This festival provides you a chance to acquire a contented and gratifying lifestyle.

In today’s world, pessimism overpowers optimism. Amidst the celebrations of festivals, you forget all your tensions and worries. Festivals give you a break from your pessimistic feelings and create an emotional balance. In order to enjoy a contented and satisfied life, you should visualize every single day as a festival. Do not wait for Thanksgiving to appreciate your blessings and people around you.

Express your Gratitude and be Grateful

Some people are inherently more positive, hopeful, and optimistic than others. Even the most cynical and pessimistic people can develop a positive and satisfied attitude with constant practice. If you feel that someone has done something nice for you, you should never hesitate to instantly thank him/her. When you show the attitude of gratitude, you actually share your joy with people around you. It does not only make you feel good, but also gives a certain level of confidence to others.

Make gratitude as part of your attitude: Developing the attitude of gratitude requires you to observe little things. When you are able to appreciate minor blessings, you can achieve great levels of happiness and satisfaction. It is never too difficult to be thankful for a little smile, small gift, or minor compliment.

Always say Thank you, it Matters: You easily ignore a majority of positive things in your life only because you are used to them. You are able to realize their significance only when you lose them. Do not falter to appreciate something before it is too late.

Count your blessings: A simple act of considering positive aspects of life can make a huge difference. For example, you are blessed with human life and grateful for waking up every morning, having caring spouse, wonderful parents, adorable kids, and have shelter to live comfortably etc. If you start counting things that you are grateful, you will be amazed to learn that it is very big. You easily ignore a majority of positive things in your life only because you are used to them. You are able to realize their significance only when you lose them. Do not falter to appreciate something before it is too late.  Being grateful instills positive thoughts in the mind and you can have an entirely different perspective of your life only if you learn to count your blessings, notice minute joys, and acknowledge everything that you have.  If you have an attitude of gratitude, you can treasure your life, family, profession, and relations. Don’t compare yourself with others instead content with what you have got and thankful to God. Comparing yourself with others can affect your contentment and self-esteem.

Wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving.

About the Author

Rakesh is Founder of Five Global Values www.fiveglobalvalues.com). Passionately determined to uncover the mystery of human behavior, Rakesh has created a peaceful world full of love and happiness through his work.
In his book “Adventures of the Tornado Kid”, Rakesh utilized his experiences and vast research on human behavior and values to create an intimate observation of the lives of two children with opposing upbringings. He shares crucial techniques to help all of us impart basic human values among today’s youth.

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