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Women Managers – The Business Revolution Is Pink

Men have been in command of companies for many years, because to create value and to earn money one needed strength. You were a warrior, a farmer or a merchant, you had to be strong, aggressive and competitive. Unless you possessed these features your survival as an individual was in danger, or it would at least be difficult to get into a position of command. Today the competition has shifted to other human areas. From a competitive environment based on force, we have turned into a company whose dynamics are based on ideas and alliances. Even the internal dynamics of the company have changed: it has gone from an aggressive and competitive scene to one that rewards collaboration and the ability to motivate and generate enthusiasm. Let’s look at the evidence. Research done by Ernest & Young shows that companies with at least one woman on the board will make greater profits than those where women are absent. According to another study, conducted by McKinsey, companies with equal representation on the board enjoy higher profits (by 56%!) compared to other companies.   Society is undergoing a feminization of values. What are feminine values? Care, love, affection, the ability to develop interpersonal relationships.   To continue to generate value it is therefore necessary to grasp the changes in society. If we think about it for a moment, we realize that the symbols of power have changed. What a few years ago was seen as a symbol of social success, is no longer considered so today. The car, for example, is no longer a symbol of power, not as much as it once was.  ...

The 10 spiritual laws of business

I believe there are 10 principles that, in particular, help generate value for a company, its employees, and the greater economic fabric. These are 10 intangible tips for personal well-being, obviously combined with traditional business actions (management, marketing, incentive plans…), which help an individual to grow and prosper. I believe in Karma. Or, at least, I believe in my own concept of Karma. The idea that the world is ruled by justice. That the world is a just place. Each situation either creates a debt or credit with the universe. 0) Coincidences are never coincidences when you are close to greatness. When two or three coincidences occur, it means you are close to greatness, meaning an individual with a great energy. There are 10 “spiritual” laws that guide business: 1) You are a creator. Always: Even when you are simply thinking you are creating an image or scenario in your mind, you are creating something. If you find something that helps you think about a better future, then you are creating a better future. Your thoughts sow the seeds of your future. Even unconsciously. 2) Time does not exist: Time is a perception that is greatly influenced by your mood. It expands and contracts depending on how you feel at any given moment. If you have problems finding enough time, then you probably don’t have enough projects of your own to do. You’re simply letting yourself be influenced by someone else. You are pursuing the values of others, you are doing something you don’t believe in. Parkinson’s law teaches that “work expands so as to fill the time available...

7 Actions That You Can Put Into Practice Right Now To Grow Your Company

No matter how messed up your business or your life may be, there is still a path for you to recover and get back in shape. Even if at this moment it’s difficult for you to see it. There are many entrepreneurs who are wisely looking for solutions, instead of being overcome by pessimism. These are some of the actions that they all have in common:   1) LOOK FOR INTERNAL CAUSES In the face of less suboptimal corporate results “Looking for external causes” means blaming these results on the crisis, on the economic trend. These days for an entrepreneur it’s very easy to find the “external causes”, to justify the less than fantastic progress in his company. Just turn on the TV or read any newspaper and there they are, in plain sight, dozens of excuses to explain away the suboptimal performance of our businesses. Watching the INTERNAL causes, however, compels each of us to look for and fix what does not work within our companies. These internal factors, rather than the crisis or customer difficulties or the market, are what determine the unsatisfactory results of our companies.   2) GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE What is the “comfort zone”? It’s a cozy place, where you’re good, where you would love to stay forever. And what is out of the “comfort zone”? Hard work, commitment, fatigue, disappointment, stress, difficult choices… Now, why would anyone ever want to leave the comfort zone knowing that all of this is out there waiting for them? Leaving the “comfort zone” can seem impossible, but it’ s out of this area that...

Adversity: How to overcome difficult moments

Recently, I spent two whole days at our local Mind Business School discussing how entrepreneurs can deal with adversity and difficult moments. It is impossible for a two-dimensional blog post to convey the emotions, the painful blows, and the love that guide the choices of entrepreneurs, but it can still be very valuable to list the winning actions that have worked for them. Listening to the stories of entrepreneurs who have overcome great adversity has lead me to a certain understanding: Those adversities may have seemed deadly and irreparable at the time, but in many cases within a couple of years – sometimes even sooner – they pass and life returns to normal. When it feels like everything is doomed, know there is still hope. Unless you make a terrible mistake, things can still turn out for the best. Those who have survived similar situations found the following actions to be helpful: 1) Have a strong business partner who can keep your spirits up, or find someone in the company to conspire with 2) Have good legal support. Trust the best professionals with legal, accounting, and job counseling plans. It is very likely that you ended up in this situation precisely because the professionals you trusted weren’t actually the right ones. Never underestimate what’s going on around you. Find the best, and trust them. 3) Do not retreat or run away. Each of us, when struck by a scandal or a catastrophic event, instinctively feels the need to run and hide. When we are ashamed, we hide. Don’t do it though. Confront things and deal with them, and as...

The Satisfaction Of Being An Entrepreneur

I think that we speak too little of the great satisfaction inherent in being an entrepreneur. Most speeches about the economy and the workplace concern topics such as “the falling purchasing power, the crisis of the fourth week, the fate of the precarious”, etc. Mind you, these are all important issues and should be discussed.   But why don’t we stop talking just about “how to limit the misery” and start talking about how to REALLY CREATE WEALTH AND PROSPERITY? If you want to really create wealth, the one and only answer is: You need to be an entrepreneur.   Being an entrepreneur is a challenge, it takes courage, concentration, passion for the products or services, intelligent management. At first, you’re missing many of these things and all you feel is fear, then gradually you develop these things or you better understand how to do them. Then the fear disappears, and all you have left is excitement.   Being an entrepreneur allows you to stop complaining about things that don’t go well, being underpaid, of not being valued, that your boss doesn’t understand you, etc. and allows you to do something about it: open your company and show how it’s done.   Being an entrepreneur, if you’re a good one, meaning if you really have PASSION for what you do, allows you to have the economic rewards that you would never have even dreamed possible (especially true in these months of the year when you need to pay dividends…).   Being an entrepreneur gives you the satisfaction of seeing your employees grow, buying a house, maturing as a person,...

Motivate Employees – Talk To The Soul

Why is it necessary to speak to the soul of people within your company?   Because if you don’t communicate with emotion, the message will only be partially understood, or maybe not reach the other person at all.   People aren’t always receptive, they make mistakes and don’t operate optimally. The reason for this ineffectiveness is fear. People are afraid to make bad choices.   The fact is that to feel good you have to be courageous and dangerous. Dangerous in the good sense of the word. Dangerous because we are worthy of the name, because our decisions can really change things.   But how does this help me speak to the soul of someone? How is it possible to speak to an immaterial entity that does not physically exist? The soul understands only the language of souls. We must not communicate with others through the language of “check lists” or “turnover”. To really communicate with others we must speak to the soul by using its own language.   1) Elevate the importance of the message: according to Plato the soul is by nature a symbol of purity and spirituality, as akin to ideas. You must speak with purity, courage and love and sincere concern for others. You must have faith, that you understood how to believe in what is not seen.   For example, if we want to reduce costs, you cannot simply say “we need to reduce costs.” If instead you say “Let’s save resources in a way that will make a difference for other people” you’re talking about the soul.   Saying “we need to make more new customers”...

A True Leader’s Secret To Success

“In life you can have whatever you want if you just help enough other people get what they want” -Zig Ziglar   Your success is determined by the success of the people around you. This is the hallmark of every leader. This is the hallmark of every great man who has ever lived on this planet.   If you’re paying attention, there is a noticeable effect each time you help someone else win. Every time you help others to develop their skills and become winners, their skills become part of you. The more people you help, the stronger you become.   Don’t believe me? Look at Gandhi. Or Mother Teresa, the greatest example of leadership in the twentieth century. Perhaps she had no material value, but she did manage and control enormous wealth, leading an army of thousands of employees without even meaning to. All simply because she had helped others. Using this rule, from nothing, from a band of poor and dying, she created perhaps the biggest congregation that the Catholic Church has ever been able to create over the past centuries.   WHENEVER YOU HELP SOMEONE ELSE, YOU BECOME STRONGER YOURSELF.   The phrase above is certainly true, because the person you have helped now will become part of your network of alliances and as such “conspire” with you to help you succeed. However this is just one side of it.   There is also a psychological effect. Think about the last time you’ve really helped someone. How did you feel afterwards? Energized, happy, inspired. In fact, when you help someone to succeed in a business, a...

Modern Day Heroes

Heroes still exist in the modern world, and they are the entrepreneurs of small and medium-sized companies. While everyone else is complaining about the worldwide financial crisis, these heroes instead choose to spend their time investing, innovating, promoting, marketing, and bringing home results.   Not many people recognize their true value. Shortsighted people and ignorant politicians define them as tax evaders, profiteers, rule breakers, people who get rich at the expense of others, but the truth is that if our country is growing and has wealth it is thanks to the investments and the efforts of these people and certainly not thanks to the financial maneuvers of this or that government.   No one ever thanks them, but most of the jobs that are created do not dependent on the latest government employment decree or act (which in fact often just complicate things), but by the efforts and investments of these individuals.   With rare exceptions, they receive no protection from associations as the latter prefer to support big business, but instead face everything alone. Indeed for them this is normal, because they have always had to rely solely on their own efforts.   The news and the media rarely speak of them unless they’ve been involved in something shady or dramatic. They are a silent majority who prefer to stay out of the lime light. Rather than finding themselves in a television studio, they prefer to be at the laboratory, attending a business fair, or in their store. Though 80% of the jobs in your city are very likely created by them, you rarely see them in a...

Have You Turned Your Employees Into A Jukebox

Some years ago the AARP (the organization that assists American retirees), asked several lawyers if they were willing to offer their services to retirees in difficulty at a special rate, about $ 30 per hour. None of the lawyers consulted accepted. At that point, the legal manager of the AARP had a brilliant idea: he asked the lawyers if they were willing to offer their services free of charge to retirees in need. In almost all cases the answer was yes.   What was going on? How was $0 more attractive than $30? The answer is that when money was mentioned, the lawyers measured the offer according to economic standards and thus determined that the offer was too low compared to market rates. When there was no mention of money however, they measured the offer according to their standards of social ethics, and were therefore willing to provide pro bono services for a good cause.   According to research by Dr. Dan Airely each individual lives in the middle of two universes that often end up colliding. One is “the Social Universe“, where we cultivate relationships with others and which is governed by social/ethical standards (“I need to help him because he’s a friend of mine”; “I’ll do it because it’s the right thing to do”; “This is an important service for the community, so I should do it even if there’s no personal gain … “). The other is “the Market Universe” which is characterized by the typical rules of economy (“my time is worth $50 an hour”, or “if I have to work on Saturday, I want to be...