News From LBD
February 2016 Volume 6 Issue 2
Characteristics Needed to be a Successful Business Leader
Are you running a business and want to understand what successful business leaders have in common? Successful business leaders have 9 characteristics in common. Everyone has the potential for greatness if they can train themselves to keep these things in mind as they go about their business day.
1. They don't blame. Instead of making excuses for bad outcomes, or reassigning responsibility to others, they take time to learn from their own mistakes.
2. They are decisive and have a vision. They take quick, decisive action aligned with that vision. They're action oriented, always pushing forward toward their goals.
3. They trust their intuition. If something seems like it's not quite right, they trust that instinct. If an opportunity excites them and sounds like a great idea, they go for it.
4. They are focused on their CORE business. Successful leaders may be inspired by ideas, but they always remain true to their vision. They focus on opportunities that are aligned with their business's purpose. All of their efforts, and FOCUS, help them move toward their main goals.

5. They are marketing focused. They understand the importance of building on their core business. They hire people with specialties in marketing. They work hard at building their email lists, gaining exposure, and are constantly looking for ways to reach a wider audience.
6. They understand the importance of continuing education. Successful business people are always learning and drawing from other people's experiences. They are constantly learning about new approaches and strategies, and thinking about how they can apply them to their own business.  
7. They are not afraid of making mistakes. Mistakes are building blocks for success and by making mistakes, you learn what works, and what doesn't. You don't have to get it right; you just have to get it going. We all make mistakes, and one of the most powerful things you can do is glean feedback from them. Feedback is a great way to learn from your customers and colleagues. See your mistakes as learning lessons.
8. They model their business for success. They constantly look for models of success in everyday life and think about how to incorporate these lessons into their own strategy. They even look at their competition for answers. Whatever niche you're in, subscribe to some industry newsletters, buy their products, and learn HOW they create success.
9. They build a team to rely on. No matter what stage you are in with your business, you've got to realize that you simply cannot do it all. You can't be an expert in everything. You want to create a great team of people. You have to have people that are cheering you on, encouraging your success.
These are some inherent characteristics of successful people. If you can keep these principles in mind, you've got the millionaire mindset. Thinking this way goes a long way toward your goals in finding success, gaining riches, and living the kind of life you want to live.


What Leaders Are Reading

The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything 
by Guy Kawasaki 

What does it take to turn ideas into action? What are the elements of a perfect pitch? How do you win the war for talent? How do you establish a brand without bucks? These are some of the issues everyone faces when starting or revitalizing any undertaking, and Guy Kawasaki, former marketing maven of Apple Computer, provides the answers. 

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Leadership Tip for the Month 

Heart & Health Tips for Valentine's Day
  From the American Heart Association
Rather than tempting your beloved with sweets , consider a gift that has more permanence. Search for a poem that describes your feelings and write it on beautiful paper for a handmade Valentine.
* Quality time is one of the most meaningful gifts . Bundle up and plan an active outing such as sledding, ice skating, etc.

* Prepare a romantic candlelit dinner at hom e using a heart healthy recipe.
* Give to one another by giving back.
Ask him/her to volunteer with you at a local organization. Giving back is a healthy habit that can boost your mood and help beat stress.
* Craving something sweet? Gift a beautiful fresh fruit basket to your loved one instead of giving sweets.
*   Sharing is caring - if you go out for a
order one entree to share. Many restaurant servings are enough for two - splitting will keep you from overdoing it.
*   Take a long, romantic walk with your beloved - and try to make it a regular habit.

Happy Valentines Day from LBD!

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John Branstad
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Quote of the Month
"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."
  Martin Luther king Jr.         
John Branstad