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A moment of Thanksgiving

A moment of Thanksgiving

At this time of year, JKL Associates would like to extend a warm heart felt Thank You to all of our readers, clients, colleagues, friends and supporters who have entrusted in us over the past year. It is all of these relationships which ultimately define our purpose.

May each of you enjoy some special time with loved ones this Thanksgiving holiday.

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OUR PURPOSE – TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS ROOTED IN “PURPOSE” SO AUTHENTIC CONTRIBUTIONS DELIVER “PROMISES”
A LIFE WHERE A “PROMISE” MEANS SOMETHING!
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You must be vulnerable to be authentic

You must be vulnerable to be authentic

Ever had the experience where you felt like you were totally and completely exposed without anything to give you cover?

It is not a place I wish upon anyone.

On the other hand, if we are not true to ourselves and allow ourselves to have some vulnerability then we will never understand or appreciate our true being. We cannot be genuinely authentic unless or until we recognize where we are vulnerable.

It is very challenging for many leaders to think in these terms because the outward expression of control, power, strength tends to cloud the inner depths of caring and concern. The emotional side of leadership is gaining more and more attention in the marketplace. You may have heard it referenced as “Emotional Intelligence.” The element of great leaders where they not just understand their emotional state and of others around them but also have a governed response to their emotional surrounding to better the situation.

It is in this inner place of emotional intelligence or emotional quotient that one can discover how they respond to a situation which shifts them at an emotional level.

Consider a situation where a team member drops the ball on completing a part of a project for a very important client. As the leader, you had outlined the expectations, and everyone agreed to the plan. Yet at the very moment of celebration the opposite event takes place when a letdown happens. How would you handle this? Would your response be that of a tirade of language and actions? Would you calmly address the immediate situation to prompt resolution? Would you fall somewhere in the middle of those opposite ends of the reaction meter?

The business environment and all of us inside of it are seeking a more balanced response to challenging situations. This is not to dismiss that the issue exists nor that proper action be taken for resolution but the approach to rectify will either enhance or disrupt the final outcome.

It is at these moments in time that we need to fully understand how vulnerable we are to sudden challenges and then based on how we respond will either validate our authenticity or completely flush it down the toilet.

This week should a challenging moment present itself, take notice of your emotional reaction. How did you respond and how did that help or hinder the final outcome? Be authentic with yourself when you give some thought to this inner understanding. Don’t focus on just the outcome but how you arrived there during a challenging situation. Did the outcome and everyone involved somehow be made whole? Did the challenge get resolved at the expense of someone or something? When looking back on the final outcome, how do you feel about how everyone involved was affected?

As you explore your Emotional Quotient, feel free to reach out to JKL Associates for some additional insights. Our toolbox includes some outstanding products and services to raise the level of understanding and appreciation for behavioral navigation in the workplace. Give us a call at (313) 527-7945 in Michigan or (407) 984-7246 in Florida.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS – EMAIL US AT PARTNERS@JKLASSOCIATES.COM OR CALL OUR OFFICES – MI AT (313) 527-7945 FL AT (407) 984-7246
OUR PURPOSE – TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS ROOTED IN “PURPOSE” SO AUTHENTIC CONTRIBUTIONS DELIVER “PROMISES”
A LIFE WHERE A “PROMISE” MEANS SOMETHING!
BECOME A FAN ON FACEBOOK ? WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/JKLASSOCIATES
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Begin Creating Trust

Begin Creating Trust

Trust in a relationship is not something that just automatically exists. You may have a sense that an individual is potentially worthy of being trusted but like respect it is earned through demonstrated behaviors. Trust is something that can take hours, days, weeks or even years to build but can be lost in an instant if just the right behavior is done or not done. Trust is as fragile as a piece of thin glass bowing and flexing as you carry it across a rocky terrain. It can also be as strong as a steel bridge connecting two individuals or organizations to one another.

As business leaders, each day your actions either back up your trust or place it at risk. I don’t suspect that you wake up in the morning and while drinking your morning beverage you even contemplate where your trust levels are with your team. If you do, congratulations, your time is well invested in your future success. If no then consider doing a quick evaluation of what has or is taking place in your relationships and see if you can determine the level of trust each one has and contributes to the future.

The first step in creating trust in a relationship is to identify what the parties to the relationship expect. It is going to be different for each relationship and what is the basis of the relationship. For example, when you hire an employee a certain level of trust exists that they will honor and show up for work on time and do their daily work duties. You trust they will do these. In turn they trust your part of the engagement and they will be compensated fairly for the work they contribute. This trust demonstrates one level between employee and leader. If that same person is managing the financials of your business, the trust that they will not steal or hide money from the business is a greater level of trust. You don’t expect either person to take from the business, but one has a higher element of trust do to the aspects of their role.

As mentioned, trust is earned based on behaviors and delivered actions. Taking our finance person, you may originally trust them with certain aspects of handling specific financial transactions. Over time as they demonstrate their trustworthiness, you expand their role duties, and the trust relationship expands. As you expand their duties and the level of trust on their actions, they in turn expand trust back to you and the business by not just doing their role but making sure everything is in its best order. Trust is not only created it expands which both parties in the relationship benefit from together.

This week take some time to look at the various relationships you have in life and business. What level of trust exists? What level should exist? Is the trust level growing or shrinking? What actions on each party’s part are contributing to the growth or decline? You cannot take trust for granted. It is a critical part of what each human being needs to feel complete and whole. Do your part to contribute to each trust relationship.

At JKL Associates not only do we believe that trust is key for all of our relationships, but each day we make a conscious effort to contribute to each relationship to expand the trust level. Desire a culture where trust is a live and actively present? Give us a call at (313) 527-7945 in Michigan or (407) 984-7246 in Florida.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS – EMAIL US AT PARTNERS@JKLASSOCIATES.COM OR CALL OUR OFFICES – MI AT (313) 527-7945 FL AT (407) 984-7246
OUR PURPOSE – TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS ROOTED IN “PURPOSE” SO AUTHENTIC CONTRIBUTIONS DELIVER “PROMISES”
A LIFE WHERE A “PROMISE” MEANS SOMETHING!
BECOME A FAN ON FACEBOOK ? WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/JKLASSOCIATES
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Promise Guide Compass

Promise Guide Compass

Last week we explored the ECO Challenge and a number of things which we as leaders could directly apply to our business future success. We referenced the tool of the compass and how it has been successfully used for centuries to help guide people along their journeys in life. It was also pointed out that a compass has a true north indicator so you can mark your directional change from that baseline direction. These are not just good to know but critical to the future results as you find and use your business compass for achieving your final destination.

Today we share with you our Promise Guide Compass. The tool we use with all of our clients to help navigate to a more complete and direct path and outcome. Built on the framework of our Promise Culture methodology, (www.promiseculture.com) our Promise Guides use our compass to assist our clients in their navigation of the journey they are on. We do this first by using it ourselves on the path to build relationships rooted in “Purpose” so authentic contributions deliver “Promises.”

Please use our Promise Guide Compass to help navigate your life and business as you pursue your Big Journey, Big Dream, Big Idea. To start – find your True North. Your Purpose, Core Values and Principles which you will not violate under any circumstances. Solidify and hold true – Promise – to these key Guidance System elements.

From there move about with your compass doing exploration, taking action, collecting navigational feedback. You will need to discover the various roadblocks, fears and challenges which are holding you back from the next level of success. You will need to make adjustments, design new plans, seek new environments and take actionable steps to move forward.

As you journey, keep track of your progress, your direction, your results so that course correction, if needed, can be worked into your plan and adjust your map accordingly. Your journey will take you into places you are yet to discover and yet to fully understand the obstacles to overcome. The good news is that you are prepared with your compass to guide you along your best path.

JKL Associates is here to help you navigate with you and your business to accomplish great things. Give us a call at (313) 527-7945 in Michigan or (407) 984-7246 in Florida. You are not on the journey alone when you have a Promise Guide and Compass along with you.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS – EMAIL US AT PARTNERS@JKLASSOCIATES.COM OR CALL OUR OFFICES – MI AT (313) 527-7945 FL AT (407) 984-7246
OUR PURPOSE – TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS ROOTED IN “PURPOSE” SO AUTHENTIC CONTRIBUTIONS DELIVER “PROMISES”
A LIFE WHERE A “PROMISE” MEANS SOMETHING!
BECOME A FAN ON FACEBOOK ? WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/JKLASSOCIATES
LINK UP ON LINKEDIN ? WWW.LINKEDIN.COM/IN/JKLASSOCIATES
FOLLOW US ON TWITTER ? WWW.TWITTER.COM/@JKLASSOCIATES

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