Guest Blog: Lindsey Pollak via Levo 26 Nov 2014

4 Classic Management Books that are Still Relevant Today

 In writing my book Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders, I followed in the footsteps of many leadership and management thinkers and teachers. While some of their work has gone out of fashion or been rendered irrelevant by newer thinking, plenty remains relevant and useful today.

In Becoming the Boss, I include a list of classic management books that are still worth reading for today’s leaders. Here are four books from that list:

1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (1936)

How to Win Friends and Influence People was one of the very first self-help books, and it’s still amazingly relevant. Here are two of the book’s tips for making people like you. (FYI, the original edition also included tips for wives like “Don’t nag your husband,” but those were, thankfully, removed later.)

  • Be genuinely interested in other people.
  • Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves. A person’s favorite word is his or her own name.

2. The Effective Executive (1967) and The Essential Drucker (2008) by Peter F. Drucker

If Ogilvy is the father of advertising, Peter Drucker is the father of management. I chose The Effective Executive for this list because Drucker’s influence was particularly strong in the late 1960s (and rumor has it that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos requests that all of his top executives read it). But Drucker wrote dozens of important books on management, leadership, success, and business, which is why I also recommend The Essential Drucker, a greatest-hits collection of his sixty-plus (!) years of writings.

I guarantee you’ll hear someone quoting Peter Drucker in a meeting or presentation sometime soon (whether that person knows she’s quoting Drucker or not), so you must know his name. Here are two of his most well-known pieces of wisdom:

  • “What’s measured improves.”
  • “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”

3. The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson (1982)

When I reached out to dozens of colleagues to ask what their favorite business book was, The One Minute Manager received the most mentions. Consider this super-short book a “management for dummies” that’s really very smart. It basically boils down to this:

  • Set one-minute goals that you can write in 250 words or fewer. (If Twitter had been around in 1982, Blanchard and Johnson probably would’ve recommended 140-character goals.)
  • Give one-minute praise and one-minute reprimands for behavior to keep people on track toward their one-minute goals.

4. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey (1989).

I was a freshman in high school in 1989 and I remember how insanely popular The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was when it launched, even though most of my attention at the time was focused on boys. It’s probably the book I’ve seen on successful business people’s bookshelves more than any other and the book I recommend most to others. Here are two of my favorite habits:

  • “Begin with the end in mind.” Covey advises creating a mission statement for your life and making daily choices based on that statement. In other words, whenever you want to do anything, weigh the decision against your long-term goals.
  • “Put first things first.” Prioritize, plan, and execute your to-do list based on your life priorities (along with, when at work, your organization’s priorities), not just what seems urgent in the moment.

My new book Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders has my full list of classic management books that remain relevant today along with my own advice for young leaders moving into their first management roles.

This post originally appeared on LindseyPollak.com.

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Financial Independence Coach Show: Ep2 -Testing format and recording

Stepping into a new project can be daunting, especially when it is a completely new arena. Yes, I have been on YFM … but those three sessions was two over the phone and the one in the studio was not even 10min long. Taking these steps into talk radio is a challenging and existing adventure. After episode 1, we decided to record the full session, to be able to post it on our YouTube channel and start getting content follow there as well. For me, it is a way to measure my personal performance for myself.

When you speak to those who know me intimately, they will tell you that I am actually an introvert. Although I have learned … and mastered the skills to be an extrovert, to the extent that almost everyone I meet is convinced of the fact that I am an extrovert, I am an introvert by nature and nurture.

So much so, when I requested a few close friends, clients and family to review the following recording … one of my friends/clients told me that I am being a hypocrite… a hypocrite? … for preaching to him about being your natural self and here I am being … well an introvert, not my lively, bubbly, energetic and all most overbearing self.

Truth be told … sitting in the studio for me is like sitting in my “cave” enclosed in my research, my studies, my creative process and just following the flow of my natural thought process to come to solutions and resolutions. Admittedly, that is not what this show is all about and should we wish to achieve the aim of this show, I will have to change the structure and my presentation. Ultimately this show is for you, the listener, to assist you to move forward. TO enable you to naturally create your own freedom, meaning and wealth!

Michael, thank you for your honesty and brutal feedback. I promise I will adjust the content to reflect the other side of my personality as well…

Without further delay, here is episode 2 of our new show on BrandLive.co.za

With gratitude,

Yvonne E. Venter-Louw

 

Financial Independence Coach Show Ep1: Test Run …

A journey of a thousand miles starts with (the first step) one step … a Chinese proverb.

I have read this proverb about a million times and every single time I decided to go head-over-heels into something this proverb rings true in my mind.

Who knew when I went to the coffee meeting to discuss education and coaching, I would walk out with a radio show…  In fact, I was even only informed afterwards, who it was that I went to see…

Thank you Samm and BrandLive for this absolutely brilliant opportunity!

The beginning to bigger and greater things … here we go!

A snippet of the first episode of the Financial Independence Show via BrandLive.co.za

Join me every Monday after the show recording at 27Boxes in Melville for a networking/group coaching session from 12:00 at Awesome Cronuts (across the walkway from the studio)

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  • All our Episodes are available through the membership page via our YouTube channel
  • Find more information of Networking events, workshops, seminars and webinars via our schedule page

With Gratitude from the Financial Independence Coach,

Yvonne E. Venter – Louw

A New Year

Written by Yvonne E. Venter – Louw –  2017/01/09

In the fresh hold of a new year, we always find ourselves setting ‘New Year’s Resolutions’, dreaming of the big things or small changes we are going to make during the coming year. The things we want to do, see, experience and achieve – but very few of these actually come to fulfilment. Many of us never quite understand why it is not possible to get to the goal we set out for; some of us have even went as to try a multitude of methodologies and very expensive tools and course, in the hope to reap the rewards… but alas, we still find ourselves a few months done the line still sitting at the starting point and wondering why do we even bother.

If you feel that you are not one of the ‘us’ as mentioned above – then I would not recommend that you follow this series of blogs; for in this series I’ll reveal the secrets I have accumulated over the past 20 years. All the pieces of the BIGGER PICTURE, all the little-untold secrets and unconventional tools; which I have now been able to finally put all together and provide myself (and those who are willing to learn) the natural flow and growth to success.

Ready? Well then – let’s get this journey started…

There are a plethora of resources and books out there, but most of them only inform us of one side of the diagram. Which diagram is this you might ask? It is this one ….

Many might believe that it is formed old cult legends or some mythical order, it might even have been ‘The Secret’ written on the Green Emerald Tablets… All I know for certain is that I have found answers to this diagram.

However, it might be – if you do not understand the where to start with this diagram or you do implement this, but in the wrong order … it ain’t going to work!

So where do we start?

Read moreA New Year

Thursdays In Black

The first day I heard of “Thursdays In Black“, I almost started crying…

Not because of the way the presentation was done by Lyn van Rooyen or even the stats that was mentioned … It was the fact that deep inside to me that little voice screamed “Hallelujah” 

Finally, there is some manner to show support to all those who are currently suffering, to protest and to proudly announce that what is happing/had happened is not the end.

16 Days of Activism should be every day!

I am more than just a survivor … yes, I was abused for 9 years of my childhood and suffered in my first marriage – Emotional Abuse, Physical Abuse and Sexual Abuse… the hands of those who we were supposed to be trusted, who are supposed to care for us and nurture us.

And yes, it has been an extremely long and hard journey, to move past the physical scars, work through the psychological impact to come to an understanding of those actions and ultimately getting to a point of forgiveness towards those individuals.

There are no reasons why anybody should suffer and go through this…

BUT when I felt so isolated and alone, I wish those who I did inform and ask to help did actually speak up, to make a difference not just in my life but in the lives of other abused individuals; I wish they would have taken action …

In hindsight today I have perfect 20/20 vision and I can let go of the pain, let go of that which does not serve me. I can move forward in life knowing that I have made it this far and my entire future is still waiting for me.

But the GRANDEST GIFT OF ALL … I can tell my story, through my experience and the resulting quest to find the answers, I am able to help those who are feeling the same way I did so long ago.

We do not have to continue to suffer from the impact of the psychological scars nor do we have to accept this. We can be emotionally free, we can function independently … we can continue with a life filled with success…

All we have to do is to make the right choices moving forward!

For more information visit ThursdaysInBlack or email Lyn van Rooyen 

With Gratitude,

Yvonne E. Venter – Louw

 

 

Guest Blog: Solopreneur – don’t do it alone

Small Business Expo Blog

The word solopreneur implies you work alone. You prefer to run a business alone, without intention to hire. Everyone else in business wants to recruit and manage teams.

“Don’t work alone. Though you can run it alone.”

Do not hire people, but you can work with them. One of the best attributes about solopreneurs is that they prefer to do the work.

Project management taught me how to assemble a team to do what needs to be done to meet the brief. Each person has a key role to play and they focus on doing what they do best.

Your team works with you and not for you. You don’t need them to be part of the business, even though they work with you.

3 pointers for solopreneurs

  • Grow your network.

Understand what each person in your network does and let them know what you do. Also, understand if the people you meet are solopreneurs with the intention to stay that way or they intend to hire staff, and becoming entrepreneurs.

  • Know your business

Don’t wing it. A business exists when there are customers paying for a service. Understand your brand and the way your business works, so you can stay in business. A freelancer “pursues a passion without any commitment to any employer

  • Get the right tools to manage your lifestyle

Admin will never go away. If you don’t hire an admin person, then find the right tools to handle the admin.

About the author

Marang Marekimane is the founder and CEO of Business Process Mechanics.  You have a specialty, and she’s a specialist at finding tools to automate the business processes. Your vision and her expertise – there are opportunities to increase access to markets, reduce unemployment and scale businesses.

www.bizprocessmechanics.co.za

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With Gratitude,

Yvonne E. Venter – Louw

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workshop: Basic to Financial Independence – Shared Space, Roodepoort (2017-12-06)

Are you one of the 97% of South Africans living in debt?

Do you want to become part of the 3% who are financially independent?

Then this workshop is meant for you! In this workshop you will be provided with:
– Why is conforming to social norms bad for your back-pockets,
– Learn to understand the psychological drivers behind your spending habits,
– Learn the correct budgeting structure to your natural-self…

Read moreWorkshop: Basic to Financial Independence – Shared Space, Roodepoort (2017-12-06)

Guest Blog: How to start a business with what you have

Published: NSBC – 31 may 2017

Have you ever looked at famous entrepreneurs and wondered how they got to where they are?

Where did they start?

Many successful entrepreneurs have started from humble beginnings and with what they have. You may think you cannot start a business with what you have, but it takes fewer resources than you might think. Combined with passion and tenacity, you could be well on your way to becoming the next great entrepreneur. Here are some aspects to consider:

Read moreGuest Blog: How to start a business with what you have

Meaning – How to effectively change the Relationships with Community, Spirituality, Religion and Self

Meaning?

Living a life of Meaning?

What is a truly meaningful life?

As most of us, I spent the biggest part of my life thus far trying to find out more about creating the meaning of my life that has been and what is to be. Looking everywhere, in relationships, in my studies, in my work … even in the lives of my three ‘miracle-babies’ … and yet, I have failed at finding it for such a long time.

Read moreMeaning – How to effectively change the Relationships with Community, Spirituality, Religion and Self

Guest Post: Five Rules when starting your own business

Published: NSBC 15 November 2016 By Werner van Rooyen

Many people dream of starting their own business. There are many people who actually go out and start their own businesses and then fail dismally. There are horrific statistics of how many start-up businesses fail within the first two years. Some say as many as 80% of all start-ups fail within the first two years, and of the remaining 20%, another 80% fail in the following three years. The four businesses that survive the first five years will most probably be successful and exist for some time.

The question is, why do so many businesses fail? There is no straightforward answer. What we need to focus on is what to do to make your business sustainable. You want to ensure your business survives the first two years in order for you to build a reputation as reliable and sustainable, enabling you to respond to that large tender that will provide you with financial independence.

There are many factors that one needs to consider when starting your own business and here are five rules that you need to adhere to when doing so:

  1. Location, Location, Location:

If you are going to sell goods, then you need to be at the best location. You can have the best product or services on offer but if people do not know of your existence, you are going to fail. Find the best place to put up shop so that as many customers as possible see the goods that you have on offer.

  1. Ensure you have sufficient funding:

There are not many businesses that you can start without money. Even the smallest of businesses will need some king of cash injection to get the ball rolling. There are many ways to get funds to start a business but the tricks is to have access to funds to sustain the business when times are tough. Always save money for tough times.

  1. Be committed:

The main reason you start you own business is because you want to be independent. The problem is that once you have the freedom, you lack commitment. When you work for yourself you need to be 110% committed, otherwise you are going to fail. The rule is to apply the same work ethic and commitments that you would have applied should you have been working for a boss.

  1. Advertise:

There is an old tale about the business owner who did not believe in advertising. Eventually his business failed and the first advertisement he had to place was advertising the liquidation of the business. The lesson is: advertise as much as possible.

  1. Be willing to grow:

There are not many businesses that start out as multi-million dollar operation. Ninety-nine (99%) percent of the time, small businesses grow into large businesses. The rule is to start out small and affordable, and then grow your business over time.

Learn today, earn tomorrow.

Thank you for sharing – NSBC 

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