Coaching by Jim Johnson 

​I’ll be meeting soon with someone who is interested in coaching.  I’ve not shared much about this, but I am available to meet with folks who want you improve at their job, work towards advancement, public speaking, and even personal health. I have great resources available to me through the John Maxwell team as well as my own materials. 

If this interests you or if you know someone who would benefit from this, contact me. We can do lunch or coffee and talk about the possibilities.  If you’re outside my hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana, we could also meet via Skype. You can reach out to me at the following email address:  jejohnson2006@gmail.com 

http://www.johncmaxwellgroup.com/jimjohnson/

You Need G.R.I.T. by Ron Lewis

Ron Lewis spoke with our Lead Team this morning.  He challenged us in many ways.  Here’s one of his points.  We all could use more G.R.I.T. in our lives!

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Connect with Ron on LinkedIn at:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/ron-lewis-a811a521

Learn more about Ron and his brother, Rodney, and their great work at The Lewis Influence.  Visit their site at:  http://www.lewflu.com/

 

Be the Right Person by Jim Johnson

It’s human nature to focus mostly on what comes easiest to do.  In a job, that means we focus on the tasks at hand.  Getting stuff done.  But if you ignore being the right person, then you will fail to really do the right things for the right reasons.  As many a philosopher has stated, being must come before doing.

What do I mean by “being the right person?”  To be the right person who is seeking to advance themselves, I believe you need to internalize and consistently demonstrate the following attributes (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Personal Responsibility
  • Respected Work Ethic
  • Life of Learning
  • Passionate Purpose
  • Trusted Resource
  • Professionalism & Maturity

You must be the right person, doing the right thing, at the right time.

 

Read more at:  https://www.amazon.com/Right-Jim-Johnson-ebook/dp/B006VEMDT0#nav-subnav

 

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Pickle Tour – a Lesson in Entrepreneurship

My leadership team and I are going to tour the Sechler pickle factory today.  Sechler’s is located just north of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and they make the best pickles. I’m a huge fan of their Hungarian Red Pepper relish. 

Max Troyer, owner, will be meeting us there today. We’re looking forward to a great time of seeing entrepreneurship and excellence in action.
Here’s a story Fox Business did on Sehler’s:

http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2014/11/07/0-year-old-pickle-companys-success-story.html

What will we learn from pickle picking leaders today?

Employers Find ‘Soft Skills’ Like Critical Thinking in Short Supply by Kate Davidson

The job market’s most sought-after skills can be tough to spot on a résumé.

Companies across the U.S. say it is becoming increasingly difficult to find applicants who can communicate clearly, take initiative, problem-solve and get along with co-workers.

Those traits, often called soft skills, can make the difference between a standout employee and one who just gets by.

While such skills have always appealed to employers, decades-long shifts in the economy have made them especially crucial now. Companies have automated or outsourced many routine tasks, and the jobs that remain often require workers to take on broader responsibilities that demand critical thinking, empathy or other abilities that computers can’t easily simulate.

As the labor market tightens, competition has heated up for workers with the right mix of soft skills, which vary by industry and across the pay spectrum—from making small talk with a customer at the checkout counter, to coordinating a project across several departments on a tight deadline.

In pursuit of the ideal employee, companies are investing more time and capital in teasing out job applicants’ personality quirks, sometimes hiring consultants to develop tests or other screening methods, and beefing up training programs to develop a pipeline of candidates.

“We’ve never spent more money in the history of our firm than we are now on recruiting,” said Keith Albritton, chief executive of Allen Investments, an 84-year-old wealth-management company in Lakeland, Fla.

In 2014, the firm hired an industrial psychologist who helped it identify the traits of its top-performing employees, and then developed a test for job candidates to determine how closely they fit the bill.

In the increasingly complex financial-services world, advisers often collaborate with accountants, attorneys and other planning professionals, Mr. Albritton said. That means the firm’s associates must be able to work in teams. “You can’t just be the general of your own army,” he said.

A recent LinkedIn survey of 291 hiring managers found 58% say the lack of soft skills among job candidates is limiting their company’s productivity.

Read the rest here:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/employers-find-soft-skills-like-critical-thinking-in-short-supply-1472549400