Congratulations to the AMA’s Top 30 Leaders in Business

AMA's Top 30 Leaders Badge

The American Management Association recently announced the inaugural edition of their Top 30 Leaders in Business list. Congratulations to the 30 authors, thought leaders, professors, business experts and many more who were honored on their list.

I especially want to congratulate my business partner, our own Bob Burg. He is so humble and I know that he cringed at the thought of me writing this post. He does not consider Leadership one of his core areas. However, I beg to differ with him. His speaking and writings in the area of influence and success principles are powerful and insightful. And, they are at the core of great leadership. He also leads by setting such an excellent example.

I would also like to congratulate Adam Grant and Dan Rockwell who are on the list as well. Adam for his bestselling book Give and Take and for being one of the top business professors in the world. Dan for his inspiring writings on his Leadership Freak blog which is one of the most socially-shared leadership blogs in the world. We so appreciate the contribution Adam and Dan make to our Go-Giver Community and the world.

Here’s the announcement post on the AMA’s blog:

The results are in. Over the past two months, AMA asked for your help in determining the top 30 leaders in business of 2014. After the voting concluded, we calculated scores based on your voices, social media followings, and publication citations. Over 200 candidates were nominated, and after extensive research, careful deliberation, and your help, we are excited to announce who made the inaugural edition of this list. The list of top 30 leaders in business for 2014 includes thought leaders, authors, professors, management experts, and many more. The breadth of candidates from across the business world was tremendous, and AMA thanks everyone who participated for their input.

AMA's Top 30 Leaders in Business Badge

To read the full article and view the first ever list of AMA’s Top 30 Leaders in Business for 2014, click here.

Again, congratulations to all the influential individuals who made the list and who are positively impacting the world! We look forward to continuing to learn and grow thanks to your insights and wisdom.

Creating a Culture of Excellence

The Go Giver

What is the culture of an organization? How do we create a culture of excellence within our own company or organization?

First, let’s define our terms. Merriam-Webster defines Culture as:

A way of thinking, behaving, or working that exists in a place or organization (such as a business). The set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization.

In Bob Burg and John David Mann’s special report, The Go-Giver Way: Five Principles for Creating a Culture of Excellence they share that:

…an organization’s genuine culture is created not by mission statements, slogans or overarching policies, but by the quality of the actual person-to-person interaction taking place within the group…. in other words, [it] arises from the quality of the relationships within the orgnanization. YOU create the culture.

It is very freeing and empowering to realize that we create the culture. Of course, with that freedom comes responsibility. We either create (or re-create) the culture consciously or we unconsciously accept and follow the way things have always been done.

In their book, The Go-Giver, the authors codified the essential elements of a culture of excellence in their Five Laws of Stratospheric Success.

By using the Five Laws together, they form the foundation for a very successful company. It sets the tone of the relationships both within the organization and externally as well. It is our way of being. It is on that foundation that we overlay our vision, mission and values — our why and what — and create our own unique business.

Glenn Beck recently interviewed Bob Burg on his radio program. They discussed the Five Laws and how Mr. Beck is reshaping his company culture:

If you really want to be part of the solution and not part of the problem and you just want a new way of looking at business, I can’t recommend highly enough The Go-Giver. It’s how I’m building my company and resetting things. I bought 300 copies and gave it to every employee at Christmas.

As entrepreneurs and business owners we have the opportunity to create businesses that are powerful, positive influences in the world and on the lives of everyone we touch. We call it living… The Go-Giver Way!

We would love to hear how you are creating your culture of excellence. Please feel free to share below in the comments section.

Crossing The Bridge To Value

Crossing the Bridge to Value - Doug Wagner

In this guest post by Certified Go-Giver Coach and Business Growth Authority Doug Wagner, you’ll learn how to move the selling process from non-productive to very productive…through a simple crossing of the bridge of value. Powerful!! Enjoy Doug’s wisdom! – Bob Burg   I was conducting some sales training over a period of 3 days [...]

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You Can Lead A Horse To Water, But You Can’t…Push A Rope

Cannot Push A Rope

In this guest post by my great friend, Jeff West, he shares the wisdom of Granny West and some very powerful influence and leadership wisdom of his own. Not only was Jeff himself a very successful salesperson; for many years he led a top-producing sales team, bringing exceptional value to the lives of many. And, [...]

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