Weekly Ntentional Nsights
February 17, 2020
Each day you wake up is another chance to have a fresh
new start. An opportunity to do show more kindness, more love and grace to those who cross your path. It is a day God has given you to make a difference in the life of someone else. It is a chance to move forward in the dreams and goals God has given you that will allow you to walk in your destiny. So today make a commitment to do the following four things:
1) Give thanks for another sunrise.
2) Be intentional with your time, talent & treasures.
3) Be kind to yourself.
4) Spread love wherever you go.
This has been your Monday Ntentional Nsight Nspiration. Make it a Mountain Moving Monday!!
February 10, 2020
The life of the entrepreneur is a FAITH walk that requires you network, connect and market your product or service to businesses. What entrepreneurs fail to realize is the amount of rejection and nos you have to get used to receiving. I believe no is simply Next Opportunity and so I keep on going. It was a lesson I learned over the years. Entrepreneurs must not
only follow up but follow through when meeting new business prospects. I share the following statistics I found to encourage you to keep going, keep the faith and work on connecting and building solid relationships.
44% of sales people give up after one “no”
22% give up after two “nos”
14% give up after three “nos”
12% give up after four “nos”
This tells you that 92% of the sales people give up after four
"nos" and only 8% of sales people ask for the order the fifth time.
As an entrepreneur you are a sales person whether you like it or
not. Learn the art of moving pass the no and seeing it as your
next opportunity. Where are you in the no cycle? This has been
your Monday Ntentional Nsight Nspiration. Make it a Mountain
February 3, 2020
Practicing self-care requires being intentional. Most of us are very busy, have stressful jobs and are consumed with technology and we don’t stop to take ME time. ME time is needed to refuel, recharge and renew your mind, spirit and body. Self-care is a decision you must make and has to be purposeful and intentional. It is not optional when you determine that taking care of the temple of God is primary. When you practice self-care, you are able to be there for others. The following are a few of the things I do for self-care, consider adopting some of them or simply create your own.
- Learn how to say NO!
- Create a laughter journal. Reflect on things, situations, tv shows that make you laugh.
- Exercise…just get started!
- Have a “staycation” and relax at home. Don’t announce to everyone that you are there. This is time for you to renew you!
- Rest before you get tired. Go to bed and get the rest your body needs.
- Read your Bible and stay connected to God!
This has been your Monday Ntentional Nsight Nspiration. Make it a Mountain
January 27, 2020
Life is so fragile…determine to make each day count. We call it the present for a reason. So often, we plan to take that vacation, visit a friend, call that person we needed to apologize to and we simply get busy with the rigors of life and don’t do it. As I reflect on the passing of Kobe Bryant, I share ten insights to consider to apply to your life.
- Love hard.
- Commit to living a life of FAITH.
- Forgive quickly.
- Stay out of strife and mess.
- Keep your peace.
- Keep your joy.
- Laugh more.
- Set boundaries and know when to say NO.
- Quit procrastinating…tomorrow is not promised.
- Be spiritually grounded and anchored in God.
This has been your Monday Ntentional Nsight Nspiration. Make it a Mountain Moving Monday!!
January 20, 2020
It is vital that business professionals and entrepreneurs be mindful of things we do that could impact our integrity level with others. So often, we say things and commit to things without thinking of what it will take to deliver. Consider the following keys on ways to make sure your integrity level is not eroding with others. The world is very small and you never know who you will interact with on your professional business and career journey.
1. Honor your commitments. Do what you say you will do. This ranges from returning phone calls to emails from customers, colleagues and other businesses. Stop screening calls and simply be honest with people about what you need or do not need from them. Sending an email is always a way out; but not responding at all could impact your integrity especially when you said you would follow up. Treat people the way you would want someone to treat you in the same situation. Walk the walk and talk the talk.
2. Communicate honestly. Be open and transparent with others about your requests and needs. Don’t exaggerate or share things that are not true. Keep the communication lines open and be willing to receive feedback from others that will help you grow. Stop comparing yourself with others; you are on your own track. Communicate your authentic message when you talk to others. Be YOU and not a copy of someone else!
3. Take ownership for your actions. Ownership is taking responsibility for your actions and being okay with the consequences. If you messed up or misinterpreted information; be willing to confess and admit your mistake. Remember failure is simple a detour that rerouted you where you learned a lesson of what doesn’t work. Keep going and quit blaming others and making excuses about what didn’t get done and look for solutions to make it right. Let your actions cause others to be encouraged because of your humility. As the Bible states, he who humbles himself shall be exalted. This has been your Monday Ntentional Nsight Nspiration. Make it a Mountain Moving Monday!!
January 13, 2020
This year commit to doing everything in the spirit of excellence and be so good at what you do, they cannot forget you. Below are a seven things you can do to make yourself memorable:
- Do what you promise…integrity is everything.
- Remember everyone is important so treat everyone with dignity and respect no matter what their title or role.
- Be willing to be a resource for other people.
- Learn the art of Connecting and quit just exchanging business cards as an activity with no results.
- Stay in touch…Follow up.
- Find the issues or concerns your customers have and bring solutions.
- Follow through…this is where many people lose it. Follow through is beyond follow up. It is staying the course in reaching out to clients over a longer period of time. When you do this, you keep good notes of all the previous conversations and start from their when you reconnect. Also, send articles and things of interest to them throughout the year.
This has been your Monday morning Ntentional Nsight Nspiration. Make it a mighty Monday!!
January 9, 2020
The power of Being intentional is about making sure your words and actions are congruent. Do you have a habit of not returning phone calls when you have told others to reach out to you? Do you read the email that was sent by a person you connected with and don’t return? Being intentional is about honoring your word and doing what you say you will do. Life happens and we all get busy; one thing is certain, we return the calls and follow up with people that are a priority in our life. Sometimes, we simply need to not commit to things or tell people, I will get back with you and then after months you don’t do it. This week I challenge you to be intentional with the things you say you will do and just do it. You never know who you will have to reach out to in this game called life. This has been your Monday morning Ntentional Nsight Nspiration.
January 2, 2020
A new decade, a new year; let this be the year you determine to be a NEW YOU! Remember old things have passed away; behold all things have become new. Let go of things and relationships that do not help you grow and be your best YOU! Recognize that you are an eagle and eagles only hang with other eagles, not bluebirds, redbirds or robins. Love those in your life, but refuse to entertain toxic and negative conversations. Challenge people to focus on things they are thankful for and to simply count their blessings. Choose to be a first rate you and not a second rate someone else. Strive to run in the lane of excellence, the traffic in that lane is not as crowded. Refuse to remain the same this year. Determine that you will grow in your spiritual walk with God and continue to grow in other areas of your life as well. Let this be a year where your vision for your life gains clarity and perfection. This has been your Monday morning Ntentional Nsight Nspiration. Happy New Year!!
December 26, 2019
This week as we enter the last month of the year, I challenge you to finish strong. Be:
S-steadfast in your pursuit of excellence
T-trustworthy and honor your commitments
R-resilient and responsible for your actions
O-open your mind to the possibilities of what can be
N-nurture relationships because Relationships Rule!
G-grow in your relationship with GOD!!
This has been your morning Ntentional Nsight Nspiration. Make it an amazing week!
December 19, 2019
This week purpose in your heart you will be the answer to someone’s prayer. Commit to showing compassion, empathy and a random act of a kindness. Just so you know a random act of kindness is doing something for someone that had no idea they were going to be blessed. It is paying for the person’s grocery behind you or paying for the car behind you in quick service line. This week determine in your heart that you will be a giver; give of your time, talent and treasure to others who cross your path. This has been your Monday morning Ntentional Nsight Nspiration.
February 20, 2018
Positioning Yourself for Success
By Nancy J. Lewis
Positioning yourself for success is necessary in a competitive world where change is the only constant. Being in position is about being open to the importance of reinventing and retooling your skills to improve your marketability in your career and business. It is about knowing what your strengths are and how to leverage them in helping you achieve success. What position are preparing for as you move forward? What do you need to do to make sure you are ready for the position you desire? Consider the following strategies for positioning yourself for success.
1. Plan for success.
This requires sitting down and deciding what you want to achieve in your career and business. It is about setting specific goals with milestones along the way to make sure you are on track to have the success you desire. It is about speaking words that are creating the success you desire.
It requires doing a data dump of old scripts and information from your past and downloading new software in your mind that is filled with unlimited possibilities that are available to you with your new plan of action.
2. Create a circle of like-minded thinkers.
Positioning yourself for success requires evaluating your inner circle of people you spend time with now. It is important to create a group of like-minded thinkers that might also be called your mastermind group. These are individuals who will challenge you, encourage you, and inspire and ignite you to tap into your hidden potential. These are individuals who are positive thinkers and possibility thinkers who recognize and celebrate the greatness inside of you.
3. Learn the art of connecting in building relationships.
More than ever before, business and career opportunities happen because of relationships. It is vital that you become a savvy networker that knows the art of connecting and cultivating meaningful relationships. When meeting people at events spend time learning about them and what they do and establish a connection so there will be dialogue beyond that conversation. As you make the connection and follow up, that contact over time can lead to a contract. Take your time and find ways to add value as you nurture the relationship and watch it grow.
4. Ask for help. You don’t have to do everything yourself. So many times we feel as women, we can do it all. We have the superwoman complex. If that is you, stop and exhale and do something special just for you this month. You don’t have to be all things to all people all the time. Balance things out and get your family and friends involved to help you out. Learn the art of how to say NO graciously and be willing to ask for help. It is amazing when we learn to do this, the load we carry becomes lighter and our stress level decreases. It gives us the freedom and momentum to soar. This also is relevant for men too!
5. Have a strong spiritual foundation to keep you anchored.
It is essential to have a strong spiritual foundation to navigate through the constant and rapid change in our lives, careers, and businesses. You must know with all certainty that God is your source, strength and shield and that as you walk with Him all things are possible. Stay anchored in your faith walk, stay true to your purpose, and position yourself to be ready for the great things God has in store for you. A strong spiritual foundation equips and empowers you to win!
February 13, 2018
It’s All About Attitude: Do You Have An Attitude Worth Catching?
By Nancy J. Lewis, MS, SHRM-CP, PHR, RCC
In the complex world of change, chaos, and uncertainty, we must examine the attitude we embrace. One quick way to assess an attitude of another person is to ask yourself how you feel when they leave your presence? Do you feel inspired and charged up ready to take on the world or you do feel like the life has been zapped out of you? Ask yourself, how do people feel when they leave your presence? Each and everyday you must decide the attitude you will embrace. You maybe faced with challenges and difficult people, but it is still a personal decision as to how you allow the attitude of others to influence your attitude. Consider the following seven strategies for improving your attitude.
1. Surround yourself with positive people. Look at those people that are a part of your network and examine the weather (attitude) that they carry. If gloom and doom is all they bring to you consistently, give them a reality check and make them aware of what they are doing. So often people who are consistently negative are not aware of their negative energy. If they are non-responsive, you may have to minimize the time you interact with them. People who fail to change often become toxic and if you stick close to them that toxicity may rub off on you. Seek out those people who recognize the challenges of the day but continue to face them with a positive attitude. Strive to align yourself with people with energy, excitement for life and a positive outlook on the circumstances they face.
2. Read and listen to motivational and inspirational books and tapes. This is a great way to keep yourself inspired and focused on the possibilities of life. When you wake up in the morning, instead of turning on the television, spend those first minutes reading inspirational, biblical, or motivational books. If you drive to work, put in a CD or tape. If you ride the train or bus, read books or invest in a personal CD player and fill your mind with positive thoughts. You have no excuses because you can go to your local library and get books and tapes. Information on anything you want is on the Internet. You simply must have a desire to find ways to maintain a positive attitude.
3. Count your blessings. Recognize that no matter how things maybe, see the blessing in the midst of the chaos and confusion. As you reflect on the blessing that will help you get things in perspective and help you see the glass half full versus half empty.
4. Smile. Be mindful of your countenance and body language. What messages do you send to people when they interact with you? A smile says to others that you are approachable and it costs nothing.
5. Take time to appreciate the simple things in life. Take a walk in the park and don’t just rush by the roses, instead take time to enjoy and smell them. Take time to watch a sunset and remember who to thank. Spend time with those less fortunate and seek opportunities to give words of encouragement to those who pass your way.
6. Believe in yourself. Recognize that you are special and unique. There is no one else quite like you. So let your positive attitude shine. Walk and talk with confidence and know that you have something special to contribute to the world.
7. Live each day to the fullest. Quit putting off some of the things you want to do in life and go for the gusto now. Learn to maximize the minutes of each day. Practice these strategies to help you maintain a winning attitude; an attitude others want to catch!
February 6, 2018
LITTLE THINGS MATTER
By Nancy J. Lewis
In the world of business and life, it is so important to strive to make sure our words and actions are congruent. So often, we commit and make promises that we fall short of fulfilling. Yes, the reality is life happens and we forget, get busy or simply forget what we committed to. But the person, you committed to is holding you to what you promised. You may say well things happen and I just forgot. That may be true, but the world is very, very small and broken promises can come back and haunt you. It is critical that we as professionals make sure our words and actions are in alignment. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what you say, people believe what you do. So here are a few questions and tips to help you the next time someone asks something of you.
- Stop and ask yourself is this something I can do based on the things going on in my life and on my calendar?
- Would someone else on my staff or network be able to help them with this?
- Is this busy work I am a committing to or is it something that is in line with my goals?
- If I commit to this, am I writing it down or putting it in my phone at the time of discussion? Determine who is charged with the responsibility of the follow up.
- Think carefully before you respond and commit as you cannot be all things to all people.
- Sometimes you simply have to say “NO.”
- When you drop the ball and forget, call, email or text and extend your apologies. This shows respect and that you value the person and is good business etiquette.
The bottom line is we need to remember an old phrase used many times in business, “Under promise and over deliver.” Little things really do matter when you are dealing with people…BEintentional with what you say and do!
January 30, 2018
THREE STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE YOUR PUBLIC SPEAKING
By Nancy J. Lewis
People have a great fear of public speaking because so many times they feel they are out of their comfort zone. In today’s world of work, being an effective communicator can often be the tipping point for that next job or career opportunity. It is essential to work on strategies that will help you with your next presentation whether presenting to one or hundreds of people. Below are three simple strategies to help you deliver your next message with more confidence.
- Prepare thoroughly. Spend time researching and getting more information than you will need so you can have reserve knowledge to share if needed. When you prepare adequately, it allows you to own the material and present it in a more conversational way.
- Start your presentation with a question relating to the topic at hand to get them involved. This can be done in a form of an ice breaker or small group exercise. The key is to get them involved.
- Share personal stories that are relevant to your message. It makes it real and relevant to what people are dealing with on a daily basis. Audiences love the authenticity of speakers sharing lessons they have learned that relate to the topic. It makes you real and opens up the door for honest and meaningful dialogue.
I will share more strategies in future Tuesday Tune Ups. In the meantime, practice these three strategies when presenting and have fun doing it.
January 23, 2018
NSIGHTS FROM A BOOMERLINNIAL™ (A BOOMER WITH AN EXPERTISE ON MILLENNIALS)
By Nancy J. Lewis
As I travel the country conducting workshops around leveraging generations in the workplace, there are definitely challenges in how the different co-hort groups work together. In some organizations, things are going okay and they are striving to work more effectively together. In other organizations, they are having major struggles and workplace interactions are strained. For organizations to gain greater profitability, productivity and performance, all generations in the workplace must learn to appreciate the strengths they bring to the company. As a Boomer who works with all generations and has a book on Millennials, I am providing three tips that will help younger generations work more effectively with Boomers.
1. When working with Boomers, lean towards formally. Instead of calling them by their first name, add Ms. Lewis or Ms. Nancy. They will let you know if you can call them by their first name. This is simply showing respect for their wisdom and age.
2. When entering a room and you are going to work with them, speak first before you start to ask them what you need. It can be as simple as hello and then proceed with your inquiry. When you walk in and begin to speak and don’t show good manners, this will impact the relationship and how they work with you. Manners are still essential in 2018.
3. When Millennials are leading Boomers as their manager, value their knowledge, insight and experience they have gained over the years. Seek their input and ask them for their suggestions, you are still the leader but they know things that could help you on your journey in that role. Remember, you cannot Bing, Yahoo or Google experience; you have to walk
it out as they have done. These are 3 simple things when used can positively improve relationships with Boomers in the workplace. The choice is yours to practice them or not. If you do, you will see improved and more effective interactions with
January 16, 2018
AUTHENTICITY… BEING TRUE TO YOURSELF!
By Nancy J. Lewis
Authenticity has been defined by The American Heritage College Dictionary as the quality or condition of being authentic, trustworthy or genuine. So let’s look at the word authentic and one of the definitions I loved was not being counterfeit or copied. It is about being true to your authentic self. A Nancyism I often quote is, “Do you because everyone else is taken.”
So here are three simple ways to maintain authenticity:
1) Be willing to speak out for what you know is right. It may not be the popular thing and you may find yourself walking to a music by yourself. It is about your moral compass, your values and principles that guide how you live your life; the willingness not to compromise because of what you believe. It can be a lonely walk with consequences that can impact your
career and business. I am convinced when you do the right thing God is always on your side and you can look in the mirror and be at peace with yourself. Remember policies may change, but principles you believe in do not.
2) Create and develop your own style. You may admire others and what they do; but don’t desire to copy them. Each one of us has been given unique gifts and talents by God and we need to seek ways to develop them and let them shine. Learn to tap into your inner greatness so you can walk in your authentic self.
3) Your behavior and actions are consistent with what you say when you interact with others. This simply means that whether in the grocery store or business setting; your message is congruent with your words and actions. Remember actions speak louder than words and it doesn’t matter what you say; people believe what they see. Choose today to commit to living a life where people don’t have to wonder who will show up when they come in contact with you. Enough said!
January 9, 2018
RELATIONSHIPS STILL RULE IN 2018
By Nancy J. Lewis
As a former Dale Carnegie Instructor, the ability to win friends and influence people is still a key factor to building strong relationships. People are looking to engage and work with people who are authentic in their behavior, intentional with their
actions and have a sincere desire to learn more about others. As the year kicks off, most individuals are back in the routine of attending events, marketing and networking…while a better skill to develop this year is the art of connecting.
Consider the following strategies in this week's tune up Tuesday to help you navigate the business world when networking and connecting with others in 2018.
1. Focus on the other person and give them all your attention. Be engaging and ask questions and then practice the skill of active listening. Listening to others is a gift and will separate you from most individuals who hear but don't listen. Be interested in them and what they have to say while you are talking to them. Tip…Make them feel like they are the only person in the room.
2. Be authentic. Stay true to who you are when you attend events by being real with your words and actions. One of my Nancyisms is, do you because everyone else is taken.
3. Learn the art of connecting and not just networking and passing out cards which most people do nothing with. It is not about how many cards you get; it is about the art of truly connecting with 2-3 people that you will have dialogue with beyond
4. Follow up and follow through with those individuals you connected with. Simply doing this will put you ahead of so many others because most people don’t do this well.
5. Do your homework before you attend an event to make sure it is the best use of your time. Fact…every event does not require your attendance.
6. Be able to share what you do succinctly and clearly with others. Consider the following statement…I help ________ to _________. It is a simple framework that allows you to share with them what you do and the value you bring and opens
the door for more conversation.
7. Smile and be approachable. Enough said!