Monday, June 2nd, 2014

“Design Your Life…At Any Age”

Today, I am visiting the George Washington Young Adult Borough Center in New York for the second year in a row. And this time, I’m delivering my Design Your Life seminar to some 200 students. These are students that other school districts might have discarded – students who have had an uphill battle to stay in school or aspire to graduate. But this school is doing extraordinary things that will not only help them earn their diplomas but also will prepare them on a path toward a career. And that’s the perfect audience for my Design Your Life seminar!

I usually give this seminar to new franchise owners across our service brands at The Dwyer Group and new associates who join our company. I usually address a working crowd of business owners and salaried employees about setting goals to achieve their dreams. I usually urge them to start thinking about retirement, just as they are joining our company. And it’s one of the biggest rewards for me — encouraging people to set goals so they can do whatever they want in life.

But why do you have to wait to set those goals? There should be no age limit for people to make this journey. And the earlier you dare to dream, the better your chances for reaching those dreams. The students at George Washington YABC will be inspired to do so. Maybe they dream of traveling the world, or going fishing everyday, or having a ranch, or doing mission work in foreign countries. I’ve heard it all. And it all sounded unattainable at the time for the people who wanted those things. But those are all real examples of success stories from our Design Your Life classes. So, for the students who are younger, more energetic, and getting an even earlier start on the career path, there is no time like today to Design Your Life.

Best wishes to them all!

 

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Friday, May 30th, 2014

….communicating honestly and with purpose.

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ACTION STEP – It is important for your team to be on the same page with communication!

 

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Friday, May 30th, 2014

….communicating honestly and with purpose.

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ACTION STEP – In the workplace, we all have different styles of communication and we must understand that everyone is different when it comes to communicating.  With better communicating skills, we are a much more productive team!

 

 

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Thursday, May 15th, 2014

…communicating any potentially broken agreement at the first appropriate opportunity to all parties concerned.

I will not tell the other person how busy I am.

We live in a face paced world and at times we may over commit ourselves. When communicating a broken agreement people don’t want to hear how busy you are, they are busy too. Instead, sincerely apologize for having to break your commitment and strive to complete your agreement.

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Thursday, May 15th, 2014

…communicating any potentially broken agreements at the first appropriate opportunity to all parties concerned.

I will be adult and make personal contact.

In other words, I should not get some long-suffering assistant, or business associate, or spouse, to do what I need to do myself. Even if it was not me that made the double booking. I need to think of it as a demonstration of maturity and leadership. I need to think of whether I would like to get that message from the person I am waiting for or from an intermediary.

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Monday, May 12th, 2014

“National Small Business Week”

As we kick off National Small Business Week (May 12 – 16) in the U.S., there’s no better time to congratulate our 1,600+ franchisees across The Dwyer Group service brands around the world for being in business for themselves, but not by themselves. As small-business owners, our franchisees are empowered to be part of a dynamic group of service brands that deliver an incredible experience to residential and commercial customers every day of the year. Our brands would not be the household names they are today without the hard work and dedication of our franchisees and their service professionals at the grassroots level. Collectively, we are successful because small businesses persevere in cities around the country and around the world that display these brands with pride: Aire Serv Heating & Air Conditioning, Glass Doctor, Mr. Appliance, Mr. Electric, Mr. Rooter, The Grounds Guys and Rainbow International. To all the small businesses in our great franchise family at The Dwyer Group, I thank you. #SBW2014

 

 

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Thursday, May 8th, 2014

…communicating any potentially broken agreements at the first appropriate opportunity to all parties concerned.

The impacts of breaking (or keeping) our agreements

Have you ever been on the receiving end of a broken agreement? It can be not  only frustrating and disappointing, but also a drain of integrity, confidence  and trust. Depending on the severity and frequency, it can deteriorate the  relationship. On an individual level it can diminish one’s sense of self worth,  deplete one’s energy, increase self-doubt and create a state of inertia.

There are also negative business impacts in the form of inefficiencies, lack  of professionalism, a reduction in productivity, tarnished reputations, lawsuits  and an “us vs. them” culture.

Now, flip that upside down. When agreements are kept, trust, confidence and  integrity are built; relationships are enhanced; traction is realized;  efficiency is increased; and momentum builds.

Read more: http://djcoregon.com/news/2012/01/24/how-to-honor-your-agreements-and-keep-your-integrity/#ixzz318Q24gL2

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Thursday, May 8th, 2014

…communicating any potentially broken agreements at the first appropriate opportunity to all parties concerned.

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Friday, May 2nd, 2014

…making only agreements we are willing able and intend to keep.

Share any significant facts that will impact your ability to keep the agreement.  Share your feelings, specifically:

  • Anxiety, fear, nervousness
  • Irritation, anger, aggravation, resentment
  • Discouragement, sadness, resignation
  • Excitement, happiness, exhilaration.

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Friday, May 2nd, 2014

…making only agreements we are willing, able and intend to keep.

You can’t control how you feel but you can control how you express your feelings. It’s also not helpful to agree to do something or be somewhere, if you know that you have something else planned or aren’t going to be able to do it.

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