Peyton Manning’s priorities

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When asked after his Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50, if this was his last game, Peyton Manning said that his former coach,  Tony Dungy told him, not to make an emotional decision. He also added that his immediate priorities are to:

  1. Kiss his wife
  2. Hug his kids
  3. Celebrate with his teammates
  4. Thank the man upstairs (GOD)
  5. Drink a lot of Budweiser

How to get employees to care about your company

This excellent post was written by Karin Hurt, CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders

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Great commercials, strong PR, a brilliant social media strategy all warrant effort when building your company’s reputation. But there’s no better PR than an army of loyal employees living and breathing your brand. You know the type–folks with enthusiasm bursting from their veins–talking up your products and services with their friends at every bar, baptism and bat mitzvah they attend.

“No, I’m telling you this works, I’ve seen it from the inside! This product has changed my life! Let me show you.”

Or  “I’m so sorry you had that experience, it’s not usually like that.”

Yes. Define your image. Yes, yes, advertise it. But don’t overlook the power of your employees to tell your story.

7 Way To Turn Your Employees into Advocates

Your best employees want to be part of the inner circle. If you want them to act like owners, treat them that way. Here’s how.

1. Acknowledge Reality

Don’t blow smoke. They know the truth better than anyone and how it’s been received. Don’t sugarcoat the issues. Share your concerns and get them involved to fix them.

2. Listen to What They Hear

Don’t discount their feedback as “noise” really listen to what they’re hearing from customers. Nothing is more disconcerting that watching employees share relentless feedback in focus groups and having execs finally pay attention when the consultant comes in and says the same thing.

3. Give Them Context

Share the bigger picture and dynamics of the parameters you’re up against. Creativity comes best when the constraints are clear.

4. Treat Them with Deep Respect

“PR or HR or Staff or the VP knows best” never really plays well at the front line. Respect their perspective, and they’ll respect yours.

To read the final 3 ways to turn your employees into advocates click here.

And I will add an eighth way:

8. Show them how they personally win

Employees make decisions based on how they win in any given situation. By showing them how the companies success can help them achieve their own personal goals, you make it an easy decision to care about the companies success. When the company wins, they win.

Motivational Quote: Self-Determination

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“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.” – Archie Griffin, 2-time Heisman Trophy Winner (for the best College Football Player in the US)

How to ethically tip the scales in your favor: Science of Persuasion

Looking for ethical ways to tip the scales in your favor. Whether you are selling a product, presenting an idea, or asking for a date, these six principles can help. It is definitely worth watching.

This animated video describes the six universal Principles of Persuasion that have been scientifically proven to make you most effective based on the research in Dr. Cialdini’s groundbreaking book, Influence. This video is narrated by Dr. Robert Cialdini and Steve Martin, CMCT.

Motivational Quote: Judging Character

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“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” – Johann Wofgang von Goethe, Novelist, Playwright, scientist and philosopher

Motivational Quote: World Series Champions 2010

Congratulations to the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants.

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Here are a few quotes on how they won it.

“Persistance, work ethic,  team effort and everyone made a huge contribution this year. “ -Brian Wilson, Closing Relief Pitcher, San Francisco Giants

“Keep working, stay in shape and good things are bound to happen.” – Edgar Renteria, Shortstop, San Francisco Giants & World Series MVP

“It goes to show you what a team can do when they play with heart & effort.” – Bruce Bochy, Manager, San Francisco Giants

But the best quote of the night, in my opinion came from the manager of the Texas Rangers, Ron Washington, when he said, “It’s not the best team that wins, its the team that plays the best. “