Chris Ruisi on Happiness

The Pursuit of Happiness

Our founding fathers said it best when they wrote:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all
Men are created equal, that they are endowed
By their Creator with certain unalienable rights
that among these are Life, Liberty
and the pursuit of happiness.

While the Declaration of Independence does not guarantee happiness, it makes it very clear that it is our job to pursue our happiness. Only we can make ourselves happy, and only we can see our dream and only we can live it.

But how does one “pursue happiness?” Consider the following: Continue reading

Leader Team Chris Ruisi

Stop Trying to Destroy Your Team

The single most important factor that will determine the success of your company is the quality of your team. Specifically, how you select, develop, utilize and measure them. To me, these four functions represent one of a leader’s key strategic responsibilities. Yet, many business leaders/entrepreneurs seem to go out of their way to self-sabotage their people efforts. How do they do this? Well, consider the following: Continue reading

Stephen and Jonah Ruisi

27 Outs: Lessons in Life by Guest Blogger, Stephen Ruisi

This week, I extended an invitation to my son, Stephen Ruisi to be my “guest blogger” and share with us an excerpt from a book he is writing about one of the most challenging experiences in his life. In this piece – written for his son – he uses the “27 Outs” in a baseball game to help his son build a path for a successful and meaningful life. Read on, enjoy and learn.

27 Outs

I last played organized baseball when I was slightly older than my son Jonah. I was 13 and in the 8th grade and it was in the local Babe Ruth league.  In the span of a year, I went from playing on a little league field to a major league field.  My growth spurt would not happen for some time whereas most of my teammates had grown exponentially in size and strength. Needless to say, I encountered a lot of difficulty and frustration.

Despite being in “retirement” from baseball for nearly 30 years, baseball remains one of the great loves of my life.  I love everything about it – the way the bat feels when you hit the ball hard on the sweet spot, the sound the dirt makes when you slide under a tag, the popping of a catcher’s glove from a hard fastball.  Baseball appeals to my intellectual curiosity as I love the strategy of game management. As a father and little league coach – the look of my children’s face when they get a hit or make a great catch.  And recently – watching Olivia, the only girl in our league, throw heat and strike out the side (as a side note, I enjoyed the look of shock and bewilderment on the face of the boys she struck out).

One of my favorite elements is the fact that unlike other sports, baseball games are not governed by the arbitrary nature of a clock.  To win a major league game, one team needs to get 27 outs.  And, even though a team may be down to the last strike of the last out, the game is not over until the last out is recorded.  So, in turn, that means that until the game is over, anything and everything is possible.

But more significantly, baseball permits a last strike, a last out comeback, particularly when it looks like the prospect for victory is all but extinct.

Given how baseball facilitates the comeback, one might assume this is the reason why I choose to write about baseball instead of something else (say track, a sport in which I competed for over 10 years). While that’s a big part of the reason, there is more to it that this one-dimensional view. Continue reading

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

What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate

Chris Ruisi Driving Business Growth Podcast

 

This classic line from Cool Hand Luke has often been used to address communication issues in personal and professional lives. Chris discusses how good communication breaks down friction and keeps everything moving forward and as smooth as possible.

 

 

 

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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.

You have “quiet confidence” when: Continue reading

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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