Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Leadership and Communicating Effectively

In order to be a great leader, one must possess and cultivate certain characteristics and skills. One of the most important skills to perfect is effective communication. Most leaders spend much of their time engaging in some sort of interpersonal setting each day, and it is impossible to lead and inspire others without communicating in a concise, effective and genuine fashion. 

Of course, there is so much more to communicating that just articulation, grammar and proper speech. The key to effective communication is to develop an awareness beyond yourself. By reading the dynamics of the external situation, you will be able to adjust your delivery for the most effective and satisfactory experience for all who are involved. 

Here are some things to keep in mind when communicating with others.

1. Be genuine. Of course, people will be more likely to open up and receive information and direction from those they trust. Trust is best fostered by consistently aligning your actions with your words, being yourself and showing genuine interest in others.

2. Be open. Practice having an open mind and be open to suggestion. Having a stern, close minded approach is a surefire way to obstruct new possibilities. 

3. Be observant. Try to read the dynamics of the situation. Are people losing interest? Are they confused? Do they seem unhappy? A great leader can adjust their delivery to suit the needs of the situation and those involved.

4. Listen up! When communicating effectively, you’ve got to check your ego at the door. Think dialogue, not monologue. 

5. Focus on contribution. Instead of being concerned solely with receiving what you need from others, focus on transferring and aligning ideas and expectations. When everyone is on the same page, everything will fall into place. 

6. Be authentically you. Don’t try to conform to the stereotypical corporate speech and jargon. Use your own words and be who you are. Of course certain times will call for more professionalism, but never lose your own voice. That’s not to say that you should let grammar and proper speech go out the window, but focus on being real, not just being eloquent and proper.

7. Keep it simple. Find a way to make complex information more easy to swallow. With all the information being thrown at employees all day long, being concise and simple is key. Try to use simple, memorable words to ensure mutual understanding. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Exploring in London!

Our CEO, Eric Norregaard, just got back from a four day trip to London, where he was looking into some international expansion options. The trip consisted of networking with other entrepreneurs and, of course, exploring the incredible city of London! If all goes as planned, we are hoping to expand internationally by the year 2019! 

Check out some photos of this incredible city!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Success in Portland!

Our CEO recently visited the office in Portland, OR in June and it looks like things are going great! In fact, Eric happened to be there to see their best day of sales ever, which was Thursday, June 21st! Things are looking pretty good in Portland!
Here are some photos of the office!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Day of Smiles!

We will be participating in the third annual "Day of Smiles" tomorrow, June 6th along with other independent offices all across the country! All donations will go to Operation Smile, an international children's charity that provides surgeries and medical services for children with cleft palates and other facial deformities.

This fundraiser is being led by Barbara Majeski, who along with husband Jim Majeski was presented with the "The Founder's Circle Award" for their dedication and contribution to Operation Smile. Last year's Day of Smiles yielded over $150,000 in donations! The goal for this year's Day of Smiles is $500,000 which will be matched by Johnson and Johnson if met! That results in an incredible 1 million dollars in just one day! Let's do this!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Top Leader Weekend!

A few of our team members just got back from a trip to Dallas, Texas this past Monday. Eric Norregaard, Dan Fithian, Taylor Rybczyk and Tori Dalgaard all attended the Top Leader Weekend in Dallas! Here are some pictures from their trip.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Operation Poker Face Pictures!

This past weekend, we held a charity event for Operation Smile and many other marketing firms in the area joined in on the fun! Even though the power went out for most of the event, we still had a blast! We don't have a definite total for donations at this point, but we project that we raised roughly $2,500 which is enough for 10 surgeries! 

Check out some photos from the benefit!