Category Archives: Monday Morning Wake-Up Call

Chris Ruisi-Feedback

Feedback: Every Leader Needs It

Most leaders “say” they want feedback. Yet, leaders today struggle with how to get others to provide it in an effective and constructive way.

Just in case you are wondering, no organization does the “feedback” thing perfectly. However, every company, including yours can do a better job at soliciting it and then deciding if and how to act on it.

Just because you’re in charge doesn’t mean you don’t want or need feedback from your team. If you are a trusted leader, they will willingly offer it in a professional and meaningful way. In fact, if you are a trusted leader, you are doing a good job of encouraging it. If you’re not sure how to ask, try this approach; ask periodically: Continue reading

Quiet Confidence

Creating A Competitive Edge

We create our own competitive edge – each day – in the “7 inches between our ears,” i.e., our minds. It’s also the same place where we can derail our path to success.  The mindset each of us brings to our work each day is a critical component of how our day goes.

One key aspect of our daily mindset is something I often refer to as “quiet confidence,”

Quiet confidence means that you believe in yourself 100% to the point where you know that success is the only option or outcome. In other words, you don’t talk about what you’re going to do, you let your actions and results speak for you. Individuals who possess quiet confidence know exactly what they have to do to achieve their goals.

It’s a fact that others are attracted to, want to be around, follow and buy from people who know “exactly what to do” to get the job done. Make no mistake, that’s a “competitive edge” for the person who possesses quiet confidence! Continue reading

Chris Ruisi Memorial Day

Freedom Requires Sacrifice

It’s Memorial Day! As a result of the current three-day weekend arrangement and activities associated with it, we can become easily distracted from the day’s original meaning and the traditions aligned with it. One such tradition, conceived by poet Morina Michael, was to wear red poppies on Memorial Day “in honor of those who died while serving the nation during war.” Continue reading

Chris Ruisi Quiet Confidence

Advice to Gain the Edge

Quiet confidence means that you believe in yourself 100% to the point where you know that success is the only option or outcome. In other words, you don’t talk about what you’re going to do, you let your actions and results speak for you. Individuals who possess quiet confidence know exactly what they must do to achieve their goals.

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Chris Ruisi Advice for the Graduate

Advice for The Graduate – To Get in the Game

You’re at a great time in your life and it’s time to “get in the game”. Here are several points to keep in mind:

  • Recognize that you alone are responsible for your life, career and future and that you can create situations where you are the master of your circumstances and not a victim.
  • You can have whatever you want but recognize that you must work for it and earn it. Vince Lombardi once said, “The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.”
  • Far too many make the voluntary choice to perform below their full capabilities because they think it may be too hard to do otherwise. Don’t be one of them.
  • Regularly question the “status quo” and be open to finding or creating new opportunities
  • See mistakes as an opportunity to learn something new so that you keep moving forward.
  • Don’t run from fear – confront it. Learn to take smart risks. Remember, a turtle moves forward by learning to stick out his neck.
  • Try to learn something every day – stay sharp and keep an open mind.

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Chris Ruisi Complaining

Stop Complaining

We’re challenged every day by distractions and issues so much so that we lose focus and allow ourselves to become the victim of our circumstances as opposed to the master of them.

When this happens, one of the easiest (and unfortunately most common) reactions is to complain about what is happening. When we allow complaining to be our “usual” response to problems, we start to lose sight of our ability to achieve our goals. If you make this a “habit,” you could find yourself in a downward spiral that you may not get out of.

You must work hard to gain back control and take charge of your destiny. But how? For starters, remember that we cannot control many of the outside forces or events that are impacting us – so focus on what you can control. Next, here are 5 simple actions you can take: Continue reading

Chris Ruisi Goals

Getting the Right Things Done

Over the course of a typical day, week or month we always have things to get done. We also have an equal amount of things that can best be described as “distractions”. You know, the “stuff” that gets in the away and pulls us in every which way other than the right way. Unfortunately, more times than not we get pulled into solving someone else’s problem or worse yet we get “seduced” (what a great word) by the “shiny object” syndrome: something that looks good but does no good.

There will always be distractions and “shiny objects”. Our challenge is in how we not only fight them off but how we condition ourselves not to be tempted in the first place. Here are the 5 simple steps you can take to condition yourself to stay focused and get the “right” things done: Continue reading

Chris Ruisi Leadership

If You Can’t Be The Best…Then Try Being The Worst

Every day you can find an article, blog or book on how to be the best leader you can be. To be the best (at anything), requires clarity, focus and self-discipline.

Let’s face it, it takes hard work to be the best. As such, it should come as no surprise that some make the choice not to accept the “be the best” challenge and end up at being the worst leader they can be. But we can learn something from those who are the “worst” leaders they can be. Here the top 7 worst I have observed over the years. Continue reading

Business Plan For Action

Are You Marketing or Wasting Time and Money with Nothing to Show for It?

The reality of today’s economy has one overriding message: “If you’re not telling your story correctly and directly to your customer, you are doomed to fail.”

Marketing is not the process of describing a topic, product or list of product features. It is not about how many videos or brochures you can produce. And, marketing is not demonstrating how much you know about your product or service.

Marketing is the process of emotionally engaging a potential customer by explaining what’s in it for them. Before people will buy from you, they must believe that there will be a measurable return for their money – that they can clearly see the “value” to them of your product or service. If they don’t see value, you’re not marketing, you’re just “describing.” Defining your value in such a way that your buyer sees their solution in your product is the number one thing you must do.

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