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Leadership Development Canada, Wisdom that Makes Stressful Challenges Powerful

Leadership Development Canada. Pearls of wisdom are organic leadership development

A few years ago, while spending the winter in Houston Texas with my family, I met a fellow Canadian couple.  Bernie was experienced in life, and imparted great pearls of living wisdom into my life.  One of those pearls concerned the story of how he started his current business.  Bernie is a Diesel Mechanic by trade and spent many years working in the oil industry in Alberta Canada.  He had grown up on a farm and learned “good horse sense” from his father. He spent time questioning everything that he saw and did, looking for the real or hidden problems and solutions. He discovered how to properly maintain diesel engines resulting in a decrease in repair bills.

It all Starts With the Dream of Starting Your Own Business

In the oil industry a diesel motor that runs a pumping station can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, so proper care and maintenance can save an oil company in repairs and replacement costs.  With that thought in mind, Bernie left his job 30 years ago and started a maintenance consulting company.  It looked like a great opportunity at the time and even to this day, he is one of only a few who work in this field.

The Faith Test in your Business Success

Shortly after he opened his business, the oil industry took a nosedive. His phone didn’t ring for over a year.  No matter what he did or who he contacted, every door was shut.  It was during that time he and his wife questioned if they had done the right thing, if there truly was a business in this field of work. During our conversation, I could tell that this was a difficult time for them just by the look on his face. Bernie never spoke about his financial worries at that time but I’m sure he had them.  I’m sure he questioned his move and even how long he should hold on for. His decision to step out and try something new was in many ways a test. Like Bernie, every time you plan to step out and take a leap of faith your faith will be tested.  How you respond to this faith test will determine your ultimate success.  You will find yourself questioning your decision, the timing of your actions and the people you are involved with.  The stress can mount and be overwhelming.

Testing Produces Strength of Character and Increases Your Leadership

Fortunately, about a year later the oil industry rebounded and they began to get some work.  It’s now 30 years later, and I can see that my friends have come out on top.  It wasn’t always easy being on the road for much of the year, working in remote locations, sacrificing time with family to make the business work. However, you can tell by talking to them that it ultimately brought them closer together.  All the trials and testing they went through produced great strength in character and leadership skills. When they speak it is with a gentle but powerful wisdom that got your attention.  I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if they had given up on their dream.

Plan for Success in Your Leadership Test

Everyday you and I get the opportunity to live our life how we choose.  Like Bernie, there are times that you need to get committed, go out on a limb and chase your dream.  Nothing great ever came from sitting on the sidelines of life.  It takes courage and boldness at the very time you step out and try something new.  Expect to be tested and know you’ll be stronger for it; it is part of your leadership growth. That way you will have the right mindset, the right people around you to support you through it, and the right plan to take bold steps through the test.  It’s a great opportunity to find out how powerful you really are deep inside.

Courage to Live “Your” Life

Live authentically and chase your dreams.  They’re yours and not someone else’s.  Like my friend Bernie, each of us needs to have the courage to live our lives no matter what comes our way, expecting the best. When we live in regret of the opportunities we didn’t take we lose part of our joy.  So the next time you step out of your comfort zone and boldly chase a dream expect that you will be tested; it’s part of the way it works.  This test will build your commitment for the long haul and develop leadership skills. Your reward is knowing that this will benefit you personally and your new business.

Live a courageous life…be your best!


How to Make Effective Sales Phone Calls – Sales Techniques

How to Make Effective Phone Calls – Sales Techniques

In order to make effective phone calls you need to prepare ahead of time. Your attitude, voice intonations and how you well you present the call will dictate your success.  If any one of these factors is “below par” it can mean the difference between losing  a potential client or gaining a new client.  So let’s take a look at some of the fundamentals of effective phone techniques including proper preparation and making a strong presentation. Read more

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Simple and Effective Small Business Planning – Coaching for Small Business

Rich Grof Proven Coaching for Small Business Tips for Success

Planning in for success and growth in your small business is important.  Just like any business you will want to plan in advance and review your progress regularly to see what changes you will need to make along the way.  Without adjusting your actions for the current conditions and new information your plan will be useless. That is why I encourage my small business coaching members to look at this simple system to plan for their success.  The simpler your plan is the more likely it is that you will follow it.  And remember, most people will over estimate what they can do in their business in one year and underestimate what they can achieve in 3-5 years. Read more

The Sure-Fired, Super Successful Business Plan

Getting What You Want Starts with a Business Plan

A new year, a new quarter, and even a new season can set people into all kinds of emotional turmoil.  Some of us are excited about the thoughts of great success and opportunities in our businesses, others are tired and worn out about having to do it all again, while others are not sure where to start.  Some will take the time to fill in a detailed business plan but then have it sit on the shelf for the rest of the year.  So why is it that after we have spent so much time deciding what we want to build, what actions need to happen and even planned out a timeline, that we close the cover never to make it happen?  That’s right…Business Plans don’t work!  Actually it’s not the plan that is not working, it’s us.  But even though we know what to do, we still can’t seem to get it done! Read more

5 Tips for Knowing when Change is About to Happen – Coaching for Small Business Owners

Coaching for Small Business:  Changing Seasons

While driving home from work one day I came across a beautiful sight. I usually took a series of back roads that lead me through the winding hills of the rural countryside near our home. This day was no different, as I came over a familiar hill that let me know I was almost home. As I viewed the landscape my eyes were drawn to a single tree that was in full autumn colors of bold reds and oranges. It was fantastic! I passed it in seconds; however that image became burned into my mind. As I continued my trek home I was keenly aware that no other trees were in full season such as the one I just saw. Seeing that one tree already displaying its fall colors got me to think about the upcoming seasonal change. So I began to make a mental list of all the things that would need to be done to prepare for the coming cold weather.  This type of trigger happens in your personal life and also in your small business.

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