How Can You Be A More Visionary Business Leader?

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The  Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Advocacy estimates about 30.2 million small businesses in the US. These companies are constantly competing and looking for competitive advantages that give them an edge over their rivals. Visionary leadership can be your company’s most significant competitive advantage. Therefore, it would help to focus on honing your innovative leadership skills to contribute to your company’s success. Here are some of the ways to be a more visionary business leader.

  • Take reality-informed decisions with an eye on the future

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6 Key Differences Between Managers and Leaders

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 There’s this idea that if you’re a manager, you’re immediately a leader. The idea of getting promoted in a management position does sound as if you’re getting into the shoes of a leader, right? Well, yes and no. There are some very important distinctions between managing people and leading people.

 This is something that is often not taught in business school so the confusion between the two sticks around. Whether you’re a manager, wanting to become one, or even just wanting to improve in a leadership position, it’s important to learn the difference between the two. These are some of the biggest and most important differences between managers and leaders. 

5 Leadership Books To Read In December 2021

I hope everyone that celebrates Thanksgiving had a fantastic day remembering what they’re thankful for. Remember, we have a lot to be grateful for even if everything isn’t perfect in our lives.

It’s hard to believe December is right around the corner. It seems like we just started November.

pile of open books

With the coming new month, I want to share five leadership books to consider reading in December. These books will take your leadership to the next level.

5 Leadership Books To Read In December 2021

Halftime by Bob Buford:

Buford helps us realize that our most significant years are often not our early years. Our later years are where we’re able to put all of our learned skills, talents, and knowledge to work.

We can also take stock of our successes and accomplishments up until that point, redefine what significance means to you, identity new personal goals, and develop a mission for serving God.

5 Secrets To Personal Branding

In my book How People Become Famous, I analyze the recipes for success of twelve personalities – the “Geniuses of Self-Marketing” – from Albert Einstein, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Karl Lagerfeld, Andy Warhol, and Oprah Winfrey to Kim Kardashian. As different as these personalities are, they all instinctively understood the secrets of self-marketing.

How people become famous book cover.

Don’t forget to cluck if you lay an egg

Do what chickens do! Yes, you read that right. Because chickens cluck when they lay an egg – and without ever knowing it, follow a basic principle of self-marketing. If you want to transform yourself into a brand, you first have to abandon the sets of beliefs that prevent you from doing so. ‘Quality will always prevail on its own’ is one of these false beliefs. If the phrase were true, companies such as Daimler or Apple would have stopped advertising and doing PR long ago. “Modesty is a virtue,” “Don’t be a show-off,” and “Don’t blow your own trumpet” – we all heard phrases like these throughout our childhoods, but if we live by them, we will spend our lives looking on as others pass us by because they have understood better how to make themselves into a brand. This point is the most important – and the most frequently underestimated: as long as you do not overcome these barriers, these harmful beliefs that you have internalized in your subconscious, you can never become famous.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Ghostbusters: Afterlife

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife is a sequel to the original Ghostbusters movies. You know the movies starring Dan Aykroyd (as Dr. Raymond Stantz), Bill Murray (as Dr. Peter Venkman), and Harold Ramis (Dr. Egon Spengler). There was a fourth Ghostbuster that came along named Ernie Hudson (as Winston Zeddemore).

The new Ghostbusters movie picks up years after Ghostbusters 2. Dr. Spengler has passed away. His estranged daughter, Callie (Carrie Coon), has to settle his estate in the small town of Summerville, Oklahoma. She doesn’t want to do it, yet it comes as a blessing as she and her family are evicted from their current place of residence.

Kids from Ghostbusters: Afterlife standing in front of the Ecto-1 vehicle

After the family moves to Summerville, things get a little crazy. There are random earthquakes, daughter Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) discovers a PKE reader and mysterious things begin to happen, and they eventually find a ghost trap hidden within the floorboards of the old farmhouse.