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A Report About Teamwork As A Leadership Style


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A Report About Teamwork As A Leadership Style

  1. 1. Ben Neumann presents … “Business Strategy Roadmap” A Report About Teamwork As A Leadership StyleDisclaimer: you may reprint and re-distribute this report in this original, unedited form. No partof it may be reproduced in any format with Ben Neumanns written consent. All rights reserved® 2012. Copyright © Partner with Ben Neumann! Hes made over $150 million in Internet ventures. Learn more:
  2. 2. How To Find The Best In People To start this piece off, Id like to share a quick quote with you: "I never met a man I didnt like" -Will Rogers. In this quote, Mr. Rogers was actually referring to Leon Trotsky (revolutionary and founderand leader of the Red Army) and the rest of the quote is as follows: "I bet you if I had met him and had achat with him, I would have found him a very interesting and human fellow, for I never yet met a manthat I didnt like. When you meet people, no matter what opinion you may have formedabout them beforehand, … after you meet them and see their angle and their personality, … you can seea lot of good in all of them." You see, Rogers took the time to get to know people, what made them tick, what made them unique, and he found at least one admirable trait or characteristic in each of the people he met - although sometimes that took some effort. If you look at our "modern" society we have a very much of a “microwave mentality,” in which we make judgments and assumptions about people very quickly. If were wrong about them, we spend very little time thinking about what our assumptions and judgments have done to that person. Lets take our aesthetic judgments for example. You see somebody who isfat and you simply assume theyre greedy and eat too much because they enjoy it. But you rarely thinkabout what drives that person to eat that way - do they eat for comfort, for example? Does that man orwoman have a genetic predisposition to obesity? Heres another example. How about if you meet aperson who has really bad acne, even in their adult years. Do you assume that they just dont washthemselves properly, or that they eat a diet filled with fatty food? Without knowing their medical history,you can never know what is causing their skin problems. Keeping an open mind about the people you meet or work with each day is the key to findingtheir virtues and the things youll like most about them. Even if this person has disappointed you orcaused you problems in the past, every person deserves the benefit of the doubt, and for them to begiven an opportunity to show you how they can excel in specific areas of life and in work. Project-based work can really help you see where a persons strengths and weaknesses are. So,for example, the natural leaders tend to come to the fore, your creative people are there to give you1,000 ideas a minute, and the project manager type of people are happily adding structure to the wholething. Want a way to engage someone you may have a bad feeling about, but you know you have towork with? Its an unpleasant situation, but theres a way to flip it in your favor. Heres how. Have anoff-site team day, where you get to see how this person or these people behave outside of work. A lot ofpeople have a work "face" and a separate "face" or persona for their real lives and until you know bothsides to a person dont be too quick to judge them. A picnic is a safe call, but the bar could be evenbetter! Who said going out shouldnt be a way to socialize, even if its about work? Partner with Ben Neumann! Hes made over $150 million in Internet ventures. Learn more:
  3. 3. Why People Love Energetic Entrepreneurs They say that laughter is infectious, but if thats true, then other emotional traits must beinfectious too, right? After all, no one could prove that laughter is the only emotionally contagiousthing. This is something that all too many business people forget about when it comes to theworkplace, and how their own energy affects other people around them, and the business as a whole. You all know somebody in your workplace whose very presence around people is enough tocheer the office up, and rally the team to work harder. These people spread a positive message toeveryone they come in contact with. Then there is the person who is the "black cloud of despair" andpeople avoid them like the plague because their negative energy affects every single person they comein contact with - they make every working day feel longer and more difficult. So its worth remembering for entrepreneurs that when it comes to your business, youremployees are going to take all their emotional and physiological cues from you. For example, if youreslouching around the office with your shoulders slumped and mutter replies to people, it doesnt createthe right "energy" for the workplace. That doesnt meant you need to screech into work on rollerbladesand cartwheel to your desk (although that would look AWESOME, and probably go straight toYouTube). The point is this: your attitude and energy at work, every single day, will have a domino-effect on those people working with you. If you want a shining example of how your own personal energy can affect your entire businesshave a look at the Virgin brand and Richard Branson. Heres a guy who sold used records from amarket stall when he was a kid, then opened a chain of record stores (remember vinyl, folks?). Then,Branson opened his own airline and rail service, and now hell be the first entrepreneur to offer spacetourism via the Virgin Galactic brand. But this isnt some boring old "suit" that barks orders at people -this is a guy who skydives, travels the world in hot air balloons, and tries to break world records -putting his life in danger several times while making those attempts. Look at this crazy-ass boss! But what does that mean for his business? Well, if you ask people who work for Virgin, youllfind happy people who are treated well and who see their "boss" as somebody who cares and somebodywho loves life. The energy that Richard Branson creates by pursuing his life and his goals with passiondrives every single employee in his company forward in a way that other businesses can only glowgreen with envy over. Your own personal energy and your zest for life and for your work will "flow" downwards tothe other people that work with and report to you. What kind of energy do you think you should besending their way? Partner with Ben Neumann! Hes made over $150 million in Internet ventures. Learn more:
  4. 4. How To Add Fun To Any Internet Venture The Internet has added a whole new lease of life to business ventures all over the world, and notjust with the creation of online shopping and e-mail. The Internet also made it possible for smallcompanies to be created by individuals, or very small teams, that made a major impact on the world ofonline business. Need proof of that? Google, Ebay, Paypal, Hostgator - the list goes on and on, butthese were all small Internet ventures that became massive in the space of a few short years. The Internet also added the aspect of these companies being run by young people who wanted todo away with the idea of having a workplace that was dry, stuffy and boring. They didnt wantmahogany desks, cigars and boardrooms where they roared orders at people. Instead they wanted funenvironments where people were encouraged to be creative - because when people are having fun whenthey work, amazing things can happen. But how do you add fun to an Internet-based business? There is one simple rule to remember "Work made fun gets done". This is the core principle of abook called Fish! It is based on the very real business of the Pike Place market in Seattle. These guysfigured out a way to not only make working in a fish market fun (yes, despite the smell and the mess andthe cold), but they attracted audiences to watch them working each day. They enjoyed their jobs so muchthat other people came to watch them work and even join in! So how does Fish! work? There are 7 basic principles. Here are some of them: • Be There This simply means that when youre in work or working with another person, be emotionally present - listen to what people are really saying to you and focus on what youre doing. • Play In the same way that a childs perspective on the world can teach us huge life lessons, you also need an atmosphere in the workplace where fun and playing is not only acceptable but is encouraged. • Make Their DayContribute to your co-workers projects and to your customers businesses in a really meaningful way.Go that extra step that makes you exceptional. Vas Blagodarskiy, an entrepreneur from Maryland,recently asked a waiter at a restaurant, “How are you?” He smiled ear to ear, and said that he was thefirst one in a week to ask that. Little things make a huge difference. Every smile counts! • Choose Your Attitude When you work you can choose to be pissed off the whole time or you can choose to enjoywhat you do. You also need to be aware of how your attitude affects everyone else around you. You canchoose your attitude each day before you start work. Does Fish! work? All you need to check are the thousands of testimonials out there that swearto the effectiveness of these kinds of simple principles - when you actually put them to work, that is! Partner with Ben Neumann! Hes made over $150 million in Internet ventures. Learn more: