, , DISTINGUISH YOURSELF FROM DEAD FISH

After executing goals with efficiency, building congenial relationships with customers both internal and external, a leader must be an innovator!

No matter where you go, you will always encounter problems.  Being a great innovator means you are a great problem solver. You use your creativity and innovative skills to solve old and new problems.

Most people spent more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them. 

-Henry Ford

 

An innovator challenges and changes the way followers lead, work, treat each other and pursue profits.

Here are 5 Key Principles that will Help You:

 

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  1. Don’t go with the flow

Only dead fish go with the flow. Don’t criticise, but challenge the conventional wisdom of political, business and social norms. Innovation is the change that will unlock new value.

You may be interested to know why Japanese fishing ships keep small sharks in their fish tanks? What the fishing companies found was that because they were having to go further and further from Japan to catch tuna, if they froze the fish, consumers didn’t like the taste.  When they put the tuna fish in the tank, they would become sluggish, which apparently also affected their taste. The shark, however, would keep the tuna darting around the entire return trip to avoid being eaten.  Always seek ways to stay fresh!

 

  1. Don’t patch up old worn out systems

 

Whatever works well today will someday wear out. Even my current iPhone 7, will need replacement. And when I do replace it, the new phone will likely be filled with new apps, new features, new ways to learn and communicate, not just patches on top of an old, worn-out system.

If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.

-Peter Drucker

  1. Don’t talk about change unless you have a spine of steel

 

Moderate change accomplishes nothing of substance. The actual change is hard; therefore, it is absolutely necessary to be radical.  It is more important to do what’s right for the company and customer than pleasing the boss or some other high-level executive who’s not willing to move forward!

 

  1. Don’t expect to change unless you are not willing to risk your comfort-zone

 

Radical approaches are seldom safe, or predictable. That is why so few embrace them – but we should! You cannot break out of a comfort zone unless you understand what needs changing, take action and keep it up!

 

 

  1. Don’t expect to invent the future by romanticising the past

 

A leader of innovation knows that he cannot reach the unknown until he let goes of what’s familiar and safe. Although a leader must honour the past, His goal is to invent the future.

The 21st century flows directly from innovation, not optimisation. It is not gained by perfecting the old or the known, but by imperfectly seizing the unknown.

-Kevin Kelly

 

Remember, only dead fish “go with the flow.”

 

Some of the greatest ideas were conceived by creatively challenging the status quo innovatively.

 

Be an Innovator!  


 

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, THE TOP 10 GIFTS JUST FOR HER

It’s time for giving, may I suggest we focus on giving the kind of gifts that will build your relationship? 

 

Here is a list of the TOP 10 GIFTS just the kind every wife wants from her husband, that she can’t really ask for: 

 

 

1.

Befriend Her

 

Be her friend…

Go on a date together. Do fun things together. Plan trips even if they will be short. These are the best moments to share your struggles and dreams. Most wives are very lonely and feel emotionally disconnected -so be that best friend to her.

After all, marriage is nothing without friendship!

 

2.

Appreciate Her

 

Recognise what she does… 

Pixie dust is not the reason the house is clean, the pantry is stocked and the kids are washed and tucked into bed.   Express gratitude for the little tasks she takes care of that you may usually take for granted.

Here is one great tip on how to show your appreciation; FLOWERS!  And make sure it’s her favorite. They say, wherever flowers bloom so does hope. So let the fragrance of hope fill your home! 

 

 

3.

Compliment Her

 

Let me let you in on a little secret…

 

Don’t just tell her she is beautiful, tell her why she is beautiful.  Say out loud with to yourself, “you are beautiful,”   Say it one more time, “you are beautiful.”  Great! Now try practicing it on your wife. 

Complement the dress that she is wearing, and whatever you do DON’T forget to mention her SHOES, how great her NEW hair color suits her complexion (even if it is not true!) 

Tell her she is a great mum. Through at her a woman’s all-time favorite compliment – “you look like you lost weight baby”, even if it is not factual, but hearing this from you, will make her day!

Tell her how smart she is, how talented and great at her work she is. Remember, a woman communicates with feelings, so she doesn’t hear words, she feels them. 

Remember that it’s incredibly important that you are incredibly sincere. A woman will always accept a compliment, but nothing builds her self-esteem when she hears it all the time from you. Your wife needs to be consistently affirmed, and the man for the job is you!

 

 

 

4.

Understand Her

 

The truth is, a woman will never be understood!

For instance, her fascination with shoes, saying the opposite of what she means. …sincere tact is required to console her when she’s had a rough day.

‘Listen’ to her soul -with your heart not with your logic. Say things like: “you are right”, “I’m sorry”, “It sounds like you had a rough day”, “I can’t believe your boss spoke to you that way.” The gift of understanding (connecting with her feelings), not her logic is healing in her soul!

 

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5.

Consider Her

 

If she is anything like my wife…

Most women don’t remember that the vehicle she drives needs, fuel, oil to operate. So be available to help, fill up her car, get it washed. Hold the baby, help carry the groceries from the car, do homework with the kids. 

Ask your wife if she needs anything, give her a break.  Apologise when you hurt her feelings. Be kind and considerate. You are going to mess things up, that’s what guys do, but make pretty sure, each time it happens that you -aptly apologize!

 

 

6.

Desire Her

 

Tell her that you love her…

Toys may preserve the boy in a man, but affection preserves the little girl in a woman.

Affectionately express how happy you are to be married to her. Surprise her in the mall by holding her around the waist -yes you read me correctly -soldier! Stroke her hair as you sit together waiting for dinner at the restaurant; tell her that you need her and that she makes you feel great!

Honestly, as a man,  I have to pinch myself often as a reminder to practice what I preach.

 

 

7.

Respect Her

She deserves it…

 

A husband can get so comfortable with his wife that he forgets to show her basic respect.

You show respect when you call her or message her when you’re running late.  Even if it’s just five or ten minutes later than the time that she was expecting you. Hold open doors for her. Greet her. Smile at her. Look at her when you are speaking. Value her opinion.

These are great gestures that I’m still working and grateful how they have already enhanced our marriage significantly.

 

 

8.

Accept Her

 

Accept her weaknesses…

Understand that she is not you. She will never be you, so she will say or do things that you don’t agree with.

This has been one of the greatest struggles earlier in our marriage. Remember your wife will often see things differently from you, thinks differently from you and handles things differently from you.

Learn to praise her for these strengths!

 

9.

Trust Her

 

Be real with her.

Share with her significant experiences in your life. Tell her about what’s happening at work or the incident last night with the boys.

Express when you are worried, angry, sad or happy. Don’t be proud and hard-hearted; nothing will destroy a great date night or special occasion more.

Don’t try to hide or deny your feelings before her.

God gave a man a wife, to be his hospital and doctor.  Trust her with your life, Is she is anything like my wife, she will never harm you!

 

10.

Laugh with Her

 

Maintain your sense of humor especially in times of stress…

 

Eliminate mockery and sarcasm. Laugh with each other but never at each other. Watch TV shows like ‘Friends or “The Pink Panther.”

 

 


 

So there you have it, the 10 Top Gifts To Give Your Wife This Christmas.

Our hope is that these gifts will create a rich and precious deposit into your relationship.

 

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