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Chris Ruisi Enemy is Us

We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Us

The phrase, “We have met the enemy and he is us,” found it’s origin during the War of 1812 in which Commodore Perry reported, “We have met the enemy and they are ours,” to William Henry Harrison after the Battle of Lake Erie.

Cartoonist Walt Kelly, modified Commodore Perry’s quote to, “We have met the enemy and he is us,” in a cartoon he created in 1970 celebrating the first Earth Day in 1970. The message being that man – from his treatment of the earth – is the planet’s enemy.

In business, many spend a great deal of time focusing on, and even obsessing over, what their competition – their perceived “enemy” – may be doing to steal customers and market share. They fear that the competition will enter their space, and provide service and products equal to or better than what they are providing. This fear consumes them and their every waking moment. Yet, there is very little, if anything, one can do to influence or control what the competition will or will not do. Continue reading

Consistency: A Building Block of Leadership

Chris Ruisi Driving Business Growth Podcast

It’s a known fact, that consistency builds trust, and trust is one of the key attributes that a leader must have. Leaders need to constantly demonstrate to their teams that they can be trusted. When people trust someone, they tend to listen to that person and are willing to follow them. Acting in a consistent manner on several fronts is one if the best ways a leader can earn this trust. Listen to Chris today as he reviews these critical leadership action steps.

 

 

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Chris Ruisi Bad Judgement

Bad Judgement

There is a tale out there of a young and inexperienced seeker of knowledge who one day climbed to the top of the mountain to question and learn from the wisest and most revered man in the village.

The young man asked – “Where does wisdom come from?”
The old man replied – “Good judgement”
Then he asked – “Where does good judgement come from?”
The old man stared intently at him and said – “Experience”
Not satisfied, the young man asked – “Where does experience come from?”
With a smile on his face the old man responded – “Bad judgement”

I’m sure that many of you have heard this story or one very similar to it. But what can we take from it? If it is wisdom and the best experience you seek, try starting with these 5 points:

  1. You can’t always be right; accept it, but learn to keep your mind open to the possibilities that are out there.
  2. 9999% of the mistakes you make won’t kill you or anyone else. Never fear making a mistake because they offer excellent learning opportunities. What you learn from them will enhance your life. When you make a mistake, make a glorious recovery. And, try not to make the same mistake twice.
  3. Learn to take smart risks – the road to success has “risk stops” along the way. Evaluate them and decide the right action. Don’t let the fear of risks derail you. As the story goes, the only way a turtle can move forward is to stick his neck out – be the turtle when appropriate.
  4. Stop focusing on the tasks; don’t let a sheet on a yellow pad with lines drawn through “make work” tasks define you. Focus on the right ones and look to create value, not activity.
  5. Trying to be perfect is not only impossible but boring and a waste of valuable time and energy. Strive to give 100% of your best effort 100% of the time.

 

Systems and Customer Care

Chris Ruisi Driving Business Growth Podcast

There is a simple yet critical business fact you must understand when discussing the importance of systems in your business. The fact is this: Systems run your business and your team works your systems. Systems, when developed, implemented and utilized properly create consistency in your business—and customers love consistency. Why? Because consistency builds trust, trust builds relationships and relationships build businesses. In today’s podcast, Chris will walk you through these important concepts.

 

 

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Who do you need to be?

Chris Ruisi Driving Business Growth Podcast

In line with the concept of “Driving Business Growth” I would urge you to listen to the kick-off episode of my new “Driving Business Growth” Podcast Series. This first one is a critical component of improving your productivity and, in turn, your success. It asks and answers the question, “Who Do You Need To Be” to achieve real, measurable and sustainable success? Let me know what you think of it.

 

 

 

A podcast series for business leaders, CEOs, entrepreneurs and business professionals designed to provide valuable knowledge and techniques on how to drive the growth of your business. Executive Coach, Motivational Business and Leadership Speaker, and Best Selling Author Chris Ruisi will cover important topics such as Enhanced Personal Productivity; Developing and Maintaining the Right Mindset; Building Effective Systems to Run Your Business; Leadership Skills for Success and How to Select and Retain the Right People.

 

 

 

Chris Ruisi Leadership Facts

10 Leadership and Success Facts

  1. The basic tenant of leading anybody is to understand people. Understand how to select the right people, empower those that you selected, and then let them get on with what they have to get done.
  2. Anyone can rise above and beyond their present level of performance. You need to re-energize yourself and commit to taking the right action.
  3. You can control your destiny. It all starts with making a choice, deciding what you want, and then taking the necessary steps to achieve your goal.
  4. Lead from the front and set an example. Don’t expect someone else to do it if you’re not willing to do it first.
  5. Get up every morning, look yourself in the mirror and ask: What can I do better today that I didn’t do yesterday? Continue to raise the bar and set your expectations higher.
  6. You need to have passion for what you’re doing and a plan to be successful. See clearly where you want to be in the future, and then formulate the steps it will take to get there.
  7. You don’t have to be the best, just be good, which leads to better, and then best.
  8. There are a lot of “bests” out there and it can be tough to compete. But, if you brand yourself properly and are bringing something to the table that hasn’t been done before, you’ll soon become the “best.”
  9. Invest in knowledge for yourself and your team, and then use it. It doesn’t matter how good your plan is, it’s all about how well you execute it. Your plan is only as good as the people, skills, attitude, and knowledge that you have in place at that time.
  10. Failure happens. When it happens to you, learn from it. And when you fail, fail fast and keep moving. I follow and subscribe to the following mantra when mistakes or failure happens: “Own it, Fix it, Learn from it and Move on.”

 

Chris Ruisi Step Up and Play Big

Step Up and Play Big

It’s “that time of year” when many still feel all charged up and are committing to do what needs to be done to be better. Yet, a fair number of those commitments and promises will fall by the wayside creating another average year.

So, let me make it simple for you to understand that it doesn’t require a lot of extra effort to “Step Up and Play Big.” But, it does require that you make a choice to do so and then commit yourself to do the work that follows.

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Driven to Failure Chris Ruisi

Are You Driven to Failure?

Often driven individuals like to “go it alone.” They see this as their defining characteristic. They brag about it and heap upon themselves unlimited amounts of self-praise. They boast how they don’t need help. While a healthy dose of self-esteem and self-confidence is needed to achieve success, these individuals are over-dosing on it.

These “driven ones” get so caught up in their “go it alone” mentality that they eventually lose sight of reality. Their obsession to go it alone becomes madness. When this happens, they become consumed by their reality until anxiety and overwhelm overcome them, and that usually ends up with a self-created crisis.

Rather than going deeper into their foxhole, alone, they need to stick their head up just enough to assess their new or changing reality and quickly determine what help they need to keep moving forward.

Here’s a fact: The business climate today is more complex than it was 5 years ago. Things like evolving technology, growing customers’ demands, increasing government regulations, availability of skilled and engaged employees are all having significant impact on all businesses and their leaders.

The leaders of today will only become the leaders of tomorrow when they abandon their “go it alone” mentality and surround themselves with the right advisors who share their vision of success. To do otherwise, given the challenges we all face, would be foolhardy.