"A Reflection in Process"
By Dan Lovekamp
"A Reflection in Process"Apr 10, 2023
An Interview with Teresa Pedigo with Pedigo & Associates
TA Pedigo & Associates:
Reasons why she would be a good fit for your professional development.
Expertise: she has extensive experience and knowledge in the small business world. She can offer valuable insights and strategies to help you understand your numbers. Customized solutions: She understands that each business is unique and requires customized solutions. She can work closely with small business owners to develop customized strategies that meet their specific needs. "You don't know what you don't know" Time savings: A small business owner's time is stretched thin and time prioritization is important. She can take on certain tasks and responsibilities, allowing business owners to focus on what they do best. Cost-Effective: Hiring a consultant may seem like an additional expense, but in the long run, it can save small businesses money. She can help businesses avoid costly mistakes and make better use of their resources. www.tapedigo.com
A Year in Review 2022 - Reflections!
"A new set of eyes" For those that know me, I say this with tongue in cheek. (LOL) But, seriously, if we choose to grow, one of the ways to do so is to understand that change is inevitable. We must embrace change to create a better version of ourselves. Make Today and every day a Masterpiece!
Leadership Series - Coach's Corner - Why Mentorship is Now More IMPORTANT then Ever!
Mentoring is not limited to one style, format or place. It can take place in a variety of spaces, such as the workplace or through academic institutions. Relationships can also be established through professional organizations. And some mentoring relationships occur informally amongst networks. Sometimes, mentorship is set up to support career growth and guidance. Sometimes, mentoring supports diversity and inclusion efforts. And sometimes, mentoring exposes young people to caring, involved role models.
But there’s no denying mentorship can make a powerful difference, providing important and honest feedback. It’s not only mentors and mentees who benefit from this collaborative knowledge-sharing relationship. Companies who initiate mentoring also see advantages when these relationships flourish. There’s a reason that a majority—71 percent—of Fortune 500 companies have mentorship programs.
Wisdom - The Best Teacher!
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Experience is the best teacher?” Some people will argue that there are certain things you can’t know unless you go through them. And so they encourage exploration, trying all kinds of things, and making mistakes. I think those things are valuable, but for every person who comes out of a challenging experience better than what they would have been otherwise, the Bible offers another option. That option is called wisdom.
Proverbs 4:10 says, “Hear, my son, and accept my words, that the years of your life may be many.” In the following verses, we see a father speak about wisdom to live and avoid stumbling and avoid evil, which ultimately lead to brighter days.
Leadership 101 : How Positive Leadership Can Propel Your Business!
Strong business leadership is a vital part of every successful company. A team with strong, skilled leadership is more likely to be productive than one without.
There is ample discussion about the best styles of authority and how to emulate them, but far less about the more nuanced attributes of excellent leadership… until now.
Depending on what books or articles you read, there are more than twenty different leadership styles. An autocratic leader, for example, is generally a unilateral decision-maker, while a democratic one encourages input before making decisions. A delegative style, meanwhile, assigns responsibility and decision-making to other managers. But, as with most things in life, style is not nearly as important as substance.
Learn to Lead Series - Helping Others Helps YOU!
We must never become too busy sawing to take time to sharpen the saw.”
–DR. STEPHEN R. COVEY
Sharpen the Saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have–you. It means having a balanced program for self-renewal in the four areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual.
Learn to Lead Series - Success Indicators!
A “ready” leader is self-aware. He knows what he/she values and why. Most importantly he/she understands the implications of those values and acts accordingly. Both his/her behavior, and decision-making, is values-based.
Learn to Lead - Don't Shoot the Messenger!
Do you hate delivering bad news to people at work because you are unsure how they will respond? Maybe you occasionally have knee jerk reactions to bad news? If you're shooting the messenger, you could be killing your company and career!
Learn to Lead Series - Forgiveness
Leadership requires a great deal of compassion. When you’re in a leadership role, you’re forced to look at others in a critical light, especially when you’re managing groups of people. You’re evaluating other people’s performance, contributions to team efforts, etc.
Learn to Lead Series: Got to Have Faith!
I don't mean faith in the religious sense.
Leadership is about earning and retaining the faith of others.
It's not about being ego-driven and charismatic versus being selfless and soft-spoken. These are personal qualities that have little to do with leadership. It's not about being a taskmaster versus being a nurturing presence.
If you want to be a leader, your focus needs to be on earning the faith of people around you.
Learn to Lead Series: Life Lessons in Golf!
Golf teaches you that it's not your setbacks that define you — it's how you bounce back that matters. Learning to handle disappointments and hard moments off the course with grace helps you get ahead in life, too.
Learn to Lead Series : Participant
Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.. James 4:17 -- Being intentional in the lives of those you care about is so important right now. We need participants not spectators.
Learn to Lead Series - Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way!
Tell me, I’ll forget
Show me, I’ll remember
Involve me, I’ll understand
Learn to Lead Series - Managers vs Leaders
The main difference between leaders and managers is that leaders have people follow them while managers have people who work for them. A successful business owner needs to be both a strong leader and manager to get their team on board to follow them towards their vision of success. Which one are you?
Believe to Achieve
Life can be hard and there are times for us all when we feel beaten down and wonder, “why is this happening to me”. It is easy to fall into a pattern of self-doubt, woe is me or feeling like you just can’t catch a break. This comes out in statements such as; I have no luck, nothing good ever happens to me or why should I even bother to name a few. Bottom line, if we measure our lives through a lens of what isn’t working; we can accumulate a lot of evidence through our lives that support those statements. #timeforachange #IBelieveinYOU
Control - Myth or Reality
Even without a pandemic in the mix, life can be pretty complicated. Although most of us have plenty to manage in our day-to-day lives — jobs, relationships, family, exercise, sleep, wondering how “Baby Shark” has almost 6 billion views — there are only a few elements we can truly control. So, what can we really control?
Begin With a Clear Vision of Where You are Going!
Begin with the End in Mind means to begin each day, task, or project with a clear vision of your desired direction and destination, and then continue by flexing your proactive muscles to make things happen. Make Today and Everyday a Masterpiece!
Now think of the domino effect. If you’ve played with dominos before, then you know that a single push of one domino that’s part of a sequence of dominos is enough to knock them all down one after the other.
The amazing thing is that a single domino can actually knock down one that’s bigger than the first, up to 50% larger. So mathematically speaking, this is called geometric progression — even if your first domino is only 2” tall, it could later topple objects as high as a building, a mountain, and eventually, even the distance of the earth to the moon.
All because of that ONE push.
Time plays a significant role in our life. Time helps us make a good habit of structuring and organizing our daily activities. If you understand the value of time better, you can gain experience and develop skills over time. Time is the most valuable resource because you cannot take it back. What are you going to do with your 86400??
Focus on What's Important - Worry About What You Can Control!
Focus is so important because it is the gateway to all thinking: perception, memory, learning, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making. ... And if you can't think effectively, you definitely can't produce the quality of work necessary to be successful.
Don't Be a Grinch! Giving is Good!
Giving has been proven to decrease blood pressure and reduce stress. This reduction promotes longer life and better health. Giving promotes social connection. Studies show that when you give to others, your generosity is often continued down the line to someone else, or returned to you.
You Can Have Anything You Want As Long As You Help Enough Other People Get What They Want! Reciprocity Works!
Giver's Gain - Be Charitable
We give because we understand that in a community, what we do, others will do, and we all benefit. We give because we want to give back where we have profited before. We give because we enjoy it. Giver's Gain Works!
When you are intentional, you choose to make decisions and take action on what's important to you. Being intentional means getting clear upfront about what you want to achieve. You intentionally set an intention to achieve a specific outcome or result in the future that is important to you.
BNI Member Spotlight: JR Obrecht of Homestead Financial Mortgage
Meet our awesome sponsor and fellow BNI Member.