Motivational Quote: The Winning Attitude

This quote comes from the Legandary UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden.

“The people who turn out best are those who make the best of the way things turn out.”

Motivational Quote: Olympic Adversity

This quote is dedicated to the Canadian Men’s Olympic Hockey Team after losing 5-3 to USA.

Canada faces up hill battle after losing to USA

“You may not be the champion of the day, but how you deal with adversity can still make you a winner.” – Richard Elmes, The Sales Dating Guy

Why Dating is Like Software Sales

Here is another example of the Sales Dating Mindset in this blog post by Saumil Mehta
If you’ve ever worked in an enterprise software company at the same time as being single, maybe you’ve noticed the similarities between dating and software sales. Here’s how:
  • Putting on a match.com profile is like going to a trade show.
  • Always out and about on the prowl? It’s called lead generation, folks.
  • Meeting different girls? Going on many first dates?  How about calling it what it is: a sales pipeline?
  • Going on ten dates without a goodnight kiss – poor ROI.
  • Getting fixed up by a friend? Well, that sounds a lot like inside sales supporting corporate sales, doesn’t it?
  • Getting screwed out of a makeout session by the girl’s annoying prissy little twit of a roommate? We like to call it bureaucratic wrangling and internal politics.
  • And finally, the single man’s dating mantra, which aligns so well with the sales cliche: “Always be closing (ABC)”. Need I say more?

Depressing? Natch. Disgusting in its objectification of relationships? Of course. But funny trumps all, folks.

Here is his blog: http://bitbubble.wordpress.com/2007/06/03/why-dating-is-like-software-sales/

 

Motivational Quote: Losing

“One loss is good for the soul. Too many losses is not good for the coach.” – Knute Rockne, Notre Dame Football Legend

Motivational Quote: Others Opinion of You

“Someone’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality.” – Les Brown http://www.lesbrown.com

 

Should managers/leaders apologize?

The following question was posted on LinkedIn by Doyle  Slayton http://www.SalesBlogcast.com who is a trainer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Should managers/leaders apologize?

I’ve worked for bosses who hold polar opposite views on the issue of whether or not a manager should apologize. One believes that a manager should never apologize to their employees. The other makes it a practice to apologize regularly for wrongdoings.

During the last few months, I’ve begun to solidify my views on the subject. Before I share my opinion…

What do you think… should leaders/managers apologize?

Here is my response.

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Hi Doyle,

Everyone messes up at times. And because Managers often have to make decisions with incomplete information, the opportunity to mess up increases.

I believe that if a Manager doesn’t apologize and humble him/herself when this happens they will lose respect from their employees.

However, if the Manager does humble him/herself then they will gain respect in the eyes of their employees. They will be perceived as real. And their employees will work that much harder for them in the future.

So, if the situation warrents it, swallow that pride and apologize, because not only is it the right thing to do from a people perspective, but from a business perspective as well.

Great question.

Making a difference,

Richard Elmes CSP
“The Sales Dating Guy”
http://www.RichardElmes.com

Why you should always vote

My head hit the pillow but I still couldn’t sleep. My body was so exausted, but my mind was racing.

I had just logging 16 1/2 hours for Elections Canada, working as a Central Poll Supervisor (running 2 large polls and leading 7 others) for the Canadian Federal Election at the University of Guelph, but yet I was still juiced.

Now I am not one of those people who follow every move in politics, but I do stay abreast of most of the issues. Although I don’t endorse any one particular party, but I do love the idea that I of all people have a say in who will represent me and my riding in Parliment.

The cool thing about being stationed at the University was that many of the voters were exercising their privaledge to vote for the first time.

These students were excited to be able to have a say in how their country will move forward. 

Wouldn’t it be nice if more potential voters thought this way.

I remember a piece of advice that my Grade 7 History teacher (who was teaching us about politics) shared with us when he said,

“When every you have an opportunity to vote… vote.

Even if you don’t know what the issues are or even care about the issues at that time.

Vote anyway. (Even if you just spoil your ballat)

Because even if you don’t care about the issues then, someday you may care about some issue and you still want to have the privaledge to have your say.

Many countries around the world would love to have this privaledge. To have their voice heard. To be able to influence (even in a small way) the world they live in.

And if we don’t exercise that privaledge, we may find that one day that privaledge may be taken away from us. “

I have never forgotten that advice and I am proud to say that I have voted in every election that I have been eligable for.

And although this Canadian Election is over, there will be others (ie. United States Presidential Election and other Federal Provincial and Municipal Elections) and I hope many more young people exercise their privaledge to vote.