Improvement Archives - Building Champions

The fourth quarter of 2018 is in full swing, and as the economic news is coming in, many mortgage professionals are starting to prepare for a long, cold winter.

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At critical points in our careers, we all face important questions and decisions:

  • What’s next in my business career?
  • Where do I go from here?
  • Is this all I can do?
  • Am I done?
  • Have I achieved all I can, or is there more I can do?

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What does it take to become an improved version of yourself? Perseverance, grit, and hard work towards an uncommon goal!

Is it that simple? Well, almost…

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When you think about business growth, what comes to mind? Growth is good, businesses either grow or die. Growth when properly managed is essential to every business. There is plenty of opportunity in any market for growth. Go for it, take advantage of it, and have a plan to do it. Stretch yourself. Take on big challenges and goals – BHAG’s – that will excite you and the rest of the team. These 7 ingredients for growth have worked well in all industries:

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As much as we try to create a winning morning routine, many of us check our email as soon as we wake up — and dive right into it. It’s the same for the president of the company as it is for the sales professional — we want to grow and improve, but unless we’re conscious of it, nothing changes.

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We’ve all been there. That moment when we are experiencing internal conflict. Something in us just doesn’t feel right. Our spirit is unsettled. The situation might be one that was self-created, or it could be something that we’ve been pulled into. Regardless of the circumstance, we are sure that things aren’t as they should be.

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Rarely is there ever one thing small-business leaders can do to succeed. But Michael Mazzeo, Paul Oyer, and Scott Schaefer, the authors of “Roadside MBA: Backroad Wisdom for Executives, Entrepreneurs, and Small Business Owners,” found that one of the best ways for small businesses to thrive is by excelling in activities that big businesses overlook. One of those areas is in knowing your customer, a skill that Chef Niki Nakayama has perfected.

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Small-business owners are the heart and soul of their enterprises. Their actions and outlook directly impact those of their employees and customers. An efficient, confident business owner leads to a more successful small business. When these leaders feel like they’ve done everything in their power to build up their companies and are ready to take their careers to the next level, it’s time to invest in a small-business coach.

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U.S. Founding Father Thomas Paine once said, “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”

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Many of us have a clear picture of our life’s purpose. We may have even established our vision and plan for how to get there. Even with that clarity it is not uncommon for us to be uncertain about how to “move the needle” from one day to the next.  (more…)

Time to Reflect

Growing up as a TV fan in the ‘80s, I was forced to get comfortable with waiting. When my favorite show ended on Tuesday at 9 p.m. (like this one or this one), we were forced to wait 7 long days to see what happened next to the characters we loved. In that forced hiatus,… Read More

Fighting a Fixed Mindset

Let’s be honest: 2020 has been a challenging year. That’s not to say there haven’t been moments of triumph and opportunity, but for many of us our mindsets and perspective have been tested like never before. We’ve been forced to re-think our rhythms, routines, priorities and schedules, all while dealing with a tsunami of change… Read More

The 7 Perspectives Video Series

Part I: Your Decisions & Influence In the first of a three-part video series, Daniel Harkavy explores how your decisions and influence affect everything from promotions to gaining and keeping the trust of your team and peers.  Read Video Transcript