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LIFE Community Leadership

Now with the Mental Fitness Challenge, you can learn from some of the top leaders in North America. The LIFE business was created to serve the community and improve lives, one person at a time. Enjoy this article were Warren Bennis shares his six attributes of leaders.

God bless,

Dan Hawkins

Warren Bennis – Six Attributes of Leaders

Warren Bennis, noted leadership expert, writes on the six key attributes of leaders. The LIFE Founders exemplify these leadership attributes. Orrin WoodwardChris BradyTim MarksClaude HamiltonBill LewisGeorge GuzzardoDan Hawkins, and Rob Hallstrand are excellent leaders individually, but combined they are the best! With the recent release of theMental Fitness Challenge, the rest of the leadership field is learning of the world-class materials offered through the the LIFE Business. Here are the six leadership attributes:

Integrity

Integrity means alignment of words and actions with inner values.

It means sticking to these values even when an alternative path may be easier or more advantageous. A leader with integrity can be trusted and will be admired for sticking to strong values. They also act as a powerful model for people to copy, thus building an entire organization with powerful and effective cultural values.

Dedication

Dedication means spending whatever time and energy on a task is required to get the job done, rather than giving it whatever time you have available. The work of most leadership positions is not something to do ‘if time’. It means giving your whole self to the task, dedicating yourself to success and to leading others with you.

Magnanimity

A magnanimous person gives credit where it is due. It also means being gracious in defeat and allowing others who are defeated to retain their dignity. Magnanimity in leadership includes crediting the people with success and accepting personal responsibility for failures.

Humility

Humility is the opposite of arrogance and narcissism. It means recognizing that you are not inherently superior to others and consequently that they are not inferior to you. It does not mean diminishing yourself, nor does it mean exalting yourself. Humble leaders do not debase themselves, neither falsely nor due to low self-esteem. They simply recognize all people as equal in value and know that their position does not make them a god.

Openness

Openness means being able to listen to ideas that are outside one’s current mental models, being able to suspend judgement until after one has heard someone else’s ideas. An open leader listens to their people without trying to shut them down early, which at least demonstrates care and builds trust. Openness also treats other ideas as potentially better than one’s own ideas. In the uncertain world of new territory, being able to openly consider alternatives is an important skill.

Creativity

Creativity means thinking differently, being able to get outside the box and take a new and different viewpoint on things. For a leader to be able to see a new future towards which they will lead their followers, creativity provides the ability to think differently and see things that others have not seen, and thus giving reason for followers to follow.

The LIFE community has gone to a whole new level! With the launch of the Mental Fitness Challenge and the incentive trips more people than ever before are ready to get to work and move forward!

One of the most attractive things the LIFE Team offers is community. What is community? Here is the definition from Wikipedia:

The term community has two distinct meanings: 1) A group of interacting people, living in some proximity (i.e., in space, time, or relationship). Community usually refers to a social unit larger than a household that shares common values and has social cohesion. The term can also refer to the national community or international community, and, 2) in biology, a community is a group of interacting living organisms sharing a populated environment.  A community is a group or society, helping each other.

This is one of the biggest assest the LIFE community offers to its members, “a social unit larger than a household that shares common values and has social cohesion. A group helping each other out!”

I recently was able to attend and speak at a LIFE business launch with a few hundred LIFE members excited to learn and move their lives and businesses forward.

This video is just a small part of the LIFE members in Southern Wisconsin that have decided to come together and win in business and in life! There is something very powerful when a group of people learn to succeed as a team. LIFE has created a business that in its very operation begins to restore social capital (community) in a world that desperately needs it. Listen to what Robert D. Putnam has to say about the importance of social capital:

If community exists, both freedom and security may exist as well. The community then takes on a life of its own, as people become free enough to share and secure enough to get along. The sense of connectedness and formation of social networks comprise what has become known as social capital.[4]

Social capital is defined by Robert D. Putnam as “the collective value of all social networks and species (who people know) and the inclinations that arise from these works to do things for each other (norms of reciprocity).”[5] Social capital in action can be seen in all sorts of groups, including neighbors keeping an eye on each others’ homes. However, as Putnam notes in Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community (2000), social capital has been falling in the United States. Putnam found that over the past 25 years, attendance at club meetings has fallen 58 percent, family dinners are down 33 percent, and having friends visit has fallen 45 percent.[6]

The same patterns are also evident in many other western countries. Western cultures are thus said to be losing the spirit of community that once were found in institutionsincluding churches and community centers. Sociologist Ray Oldenburg states in The Great Good Place that people need three places: 1) the home, 2) the office, and, 3) the community hangout or gathering place.[7] With this philosophy in mind, many grassroots efforts such as The Project for Public Spaces are being started to create this “Third Place” in communities. They are taking form in independent bookstores, coffeehouses, local pubs, and through new and innovative means to create the social capital needed to foster the sense and spirit of community.[8]

I love that on at least a weekly basis the LIFE Community gathers to learn, share and expand the community! When people are evaluating your community they usually have at least three components:

1) What are the values this group stands for and believes in? The LIFE community is a group that understands that you need to believe in something or you will fall for anything! We share our values and beliefs through audio training, web cast, videos and,  live events where the top speakers in the LIFE community share with members and customers.

2) Who are the people that are part of the community and what are they like? LIFE has weekly opportunities to get around the people involved and get to know them. We have live events every other week where someone can come and associate with other like minded people and build strong relationship and social capital.

3) Can I add value and contribute to this community? LIFE has launched small groups on a bi-weekly based called challenge groups. This is a place where all members can learn great principles and then share how they have or will implement them in their lives. Everyone has something to share to help all of us get better!

In the book Grouped by Paul Adams he shares why we like to talk and share with others:

When researchers have studied why people share, they have consistently found that many do it to help others. This is an altruistic act with no expected reciprocity. For many, it is important to them to be perceived as helpful, and so they try to share content that they think other people will find valualbe. This is especially clear when we see people share information that may not reflect positively on themselves.

The LIFE Challenge groups give people a platform to share from personal experience and help others.

These are just a couple of thoughts on the power of community and what LIFE is doing to restore better ideas and social capital back into our local communities!

Orrin Woodward has published an incredible article on Compensated Communities that explains even further how the LIFE Community is restoring social capital!

God bless,

Dan Hawkins

Sometimes the best ideas are not earth shaking, but when applied properly can change everything! The Mental Fitness Challenge and LIFE materials are designed from people who have proven results in life and want to share the small secrets that make a big difference!

I love the following story because it makes the point, the right ideas applied make a big difference and the right information is worth paying for.

In the early 1900′s, management consultant Ivy Lee visited Charles Schwab, the president of the Bethlehem Steel company (it’s NOT the investments Charles Schwab that you’re probably thinking about :)

Ivy Lee asked Schwab what it would be worth to him if he could raise the productivity of his managers by at least 20%. Schwab said that he didn’t know the exact figure, but it would definitely be worth a substantial amount.

Lee then said that he would teach Schwab a simple time management technique in less than 10 minutes that would raise the productivity of his staff by at least 20%, if not more.

Lee insisted that he didn’t want to be paid up front. After a month of using the technique, Schwab could decide for himself how much it was worth and send him a check.

Schwab agreed without hesitation.

Lee then said, “First, write down all the tasks that you need to do. Then at the start of each day, select the six most important items you want to do that day and rank them in order of priority.

Start working on the first item and don’t stop until you are done or have gone as far as you can.

Then, reprioritize the remaining items based on the reality of the day and start working on the next highest item.

If something comes up during the day, only stop working on your current task if the new item is more important; otherwise just add it to your list.

If you don’t complete all the items on your list, don’t worry, just start again tomorrow in the same way.”

Schwab taught the technique to all his staff. After just one month, he was so impressed with the results that he sent Ivy Lee a check for $25,000, which is about $300,000 in today’s dollars… Not bad for a day’s work!

The-life-business.com was design by some of the top minds in leadership and success training today. The information in the Mental Fitness Challenge and LIFE subscriptions was built from decades of working with people and helping them improve in all categories of life.

Please read some of the testimonies that the LIFE materials are producing.

What area of life do you want to improve? What tools do you currently have to help you improve your thinking to get better results?

Mental fitness should be your top priority because it affects everything else in your life!

Take the Mental Fitness Challenge today and start living the life you’ve always wanted!

God bless,

Dan Hawkins

Will you take the challenge?

The 90 Day Mental Fitness Challenge is here!!! Watch this short video and then take the challenge, it just might lead to the life you’ve always wanted!

Available Monday April 30th! Click here to learn more about the Mental Fitness Challenge and start right away!

God Bless

Dan Hawkins

I can hardly wait for the LIFE/Team convention! More incentives in the LIFE compensation plan are headed your way! Make sure you are at the convention with

 your entire team and even people considering joining your team to catch all of the details and excitement.

 

I have reposted a great article from Chris Brady about the compensation plan and the upcoming major, enjoy!

God bless,

Dan Hawkins

 

 

 

 

 

Life Compensation Plan

by Chris Brady

When the LIFE company was established, one of the primary goals of its founders was to accomplish something in the area of compensation that hadn’t been done before. The heart behind this was to offer financial rewards that would truly be based upon performance.  But there was more.  It was also desired to put a heavy emphasis on revenue sharing with the field – this is “corporate speak” for not letting the company keep most of the profits.  While many (but certainly not all!) pay plans appear to be at least somewhat fair in terms of how the money is split amongst participants in the field, what often is NOT fair is how much money finds it way back to the corporation. The result is a subtle but real conflict of interest between the company and its field operators.  Therefore, right off the bat, LIFE designed its financial plan in such a way that most of its profits flow to the people who are actually doing the work to make the revenue happen in the first place. Right out of the gate, the percentage of gross revenue paid back to the field in commissions was structured to be in the (estimated) 65+% range.  This, as far as we know, is an industry high. Then, after just two months in business, LIFE announced its One Time Cash Award program, which put even more money into the field. It is still too soon to know the exact figures (as some of the qualification periods for these rewards don’t end until the end of 2012), but we believe this will put the percentage at something approaching 70%.

How can this be done? How can a group of founders establish a company on such lean terms? The answer comes from the strong belief that the best leadership for this type of company can be provided by those who are actually doing what they are teaching and expecting others to do.  THIS, as far as we know, has never been done before: corporate founders who deliberately establish the financial incentives in such a way as to keep themselves in the game, out in the trenches, and thereby providing the means by which most of the profits flow to the field.

And now there’s more.  On April 27th, at the Spring Leadership Convention in Columbus, Ohio, LIFE will announce  an additional incentive program representing even more new money being put into the compensation program. This will be a reward package that will be attractive to new participants and attainable early in their experience with the business – in other words, something they can qualify for in the near-term, not “someday.”

All of this, in the LIFE compensation plan, is in addition to LIFE’s groundbreaking position between the four industries of Personal Development, Home-based Businesses, Life coaching, and Community building, and takes advantage of LIFE’s high-value position in the market of personal development materials, wherein its products are among the lowest priced in the marketplace (in some cases hundreds of percent cheaper than its competition).  And, don’t forget, all of LIFE’s products are backed with a 30 day money back guarantee.

When LIFE founder Orrin Woodward says, “We don’t promise easy, but we do promise worth it!” the LIFE founders have done their best to structure a compensation plan and reward system that shows his statement to be much more than mere rhetoric.

I hope this helps!

Sincerely,

Chris Brady

What does it mean to be a leader? Am I qualified, does leadership matter in my life? When I first was introduce to the-life-business.com and the-team.biz these questions ran around my head. Why would an auto mechanic and a day-care provider need leadership and life coaching in our lives?

Everyone is called upon to be a leader sometime during the course of their life. Listen to Chris Brady bring a dynamic talk on what a true leader really is! Leadership is about making a difference, small or large, in the moment, or in the future. Take initiative and become a true LEADER!!

Enjoy the video from leadership expert and founder of LIFE Chris Brady!

God bless, Dan Hawkins

Orrin Woodward Leadership

It is finally here!!! Orrin Woodward’s new book is out and already impacting so many. Within my leadership community I have received numerous texts and messages on how this book is impacting their lives. Orrin is not just a leadership author, sharing principles, but he is in the world leading. This gives Orrin leadership experiences everyday to learn from and then teach. This is the most comprehensive read on intentionally improving ones life, Resolved 13 Resolutions for LIFE is leadership in action.

I wanted to share the foreword from best selling author Chris Brady. Chris has had a front row seat to watch Orrin rise to the top of leadership.

God bless, Dan Hawkins

FOREWORD

It has been said that everyone wants to change the world but few feel the need to change themselves.  Even a basic study of history, however, demonstrates that those who first focus upon self-improvement usually end up doing the most good in the world.  Why should this be so? It may stem from the fact that excellence doesn’t occur by accident, but rather from intentional effort correctly applied over time.   Subsequently the example of excellence increases the ability of the bearer to influence others and the much touted “ripple effect” takes hold, change resonating outward in ever widening circles from the genesis of a lone individual who cared to change his or her own life first.

I have had the unique position of nearly two decades observation on a real life example of the above.  At age eighteen I made the acquaintance of a young man roughly my age as we entered into an engineering co-op program together with a handful of other equally bright-eyed but naïve students.  Orrin Woodward came from humble origins, a sometimes-stressful home life, extremely tight finances, and no connections whatsoever.  With nothing but hope and ambition he worked his way through college and into an engineering position, where he not only thrived but was also quickly recognized as a dedicated worker and creative problem solver.  He soon won several accolades and promotions, including four US patents and a national benchmarking award.  Then he decided to try his hand at being an entrepreneur, and this is where our paths once again crossed.  I had known of his corporate success and seen his achievements from a distance, but when he chose to invite me into his business endeavors I at once had a front row seat for what would become a true Horatio Alger story.

Very significantly, Orrin Woodward began his business journey by immediately going to work on himself.  A voracious reader, he devoured books on people skills, sales techniques, relationship building, success, leadership, and attitude.  Over time, his self-directed education went deeper, from the surface level genres of skills to the heart level categories of principles.  His education also broadened, taking in economics, history, theology, literature, philosophy, and even art.  As he applied his aggressive learning to his entrepreneurial activities, his business (eventually) thrived.  Today, Orrin Woodward is widely recognized as a top leader in several business categories, and is a sought after expert on leadership – having recently been named one of the World’s Top 10 Leadership Gurus.  Today his success (which, in addition to professional achievements includes a healthy and productive family life, a marriage of twenty years, a worshipful faith, and a worldwide network of friends and supporters) and lifestyle are diametrically opposite of where he began.  A larger contrast between origins and accomplishment would be hard to imagine.

Success of the kind obtained by Orrin Woodward is admirable and desirable, worthy of study and emulation.  It is for this reason I have been encouraging him to endure the hardships and hard work of crafting this book.  Although we’ve collaborated on a number of other books before, and Orrin already enjoys best-seller status, this project is different.  It is his answer to the question, “How did you do it?” It is therefore extremely personal (though he doesn’t wish it to be about himself) and therefore laborious.  It is full of historical research and illuminating examples, and inasmuch required much study and fact checking.  And, quite frankly, in the depth of its content and the width of its application, it is stunning.  Anyone who reads this book will be immediately struck by the scholarship of its author.  But it is so much more than a well-researched tome; it is a roadmap.  In a world full of formulas for success and quick fixes, Resolved: 13 Resolutions for LIFE goes all the way to the core.  It reaches into the heart, stimulates the mind, and motivates the will.

In my book Rascal: Making a Difference by Becoming an Original Character, I attempted to depict the type of person who musters the courage to go against the grain, and to boldly pursue a God-given direction, regardless of who followed or fought against such a move.  If indeed that book succeeded in showing how to step out from the crowd, this book shows what to do once having done so.  Through thirteen profound resolutions, readily applicable to daily life, Orrin Woodward gives us a window into the reasons undergirding his own monumental success, and a very specific ladder of success to climb for our own. More importantly, he shows us how we can maximize our own personal potential, and yes, perhaps even change the world, by first working to become the best we can be.  In these pages it becomes clear that success is no accident, and significance is ever more the result of strenuous intentionality.  I believe the overall effect of the book on the reader will be a life transformed, and that, I surmise, would be Orrin’s greatest wish.

I was recently reviewing some old articles leadership expert Orrin Woodward had in his blog archive. I began to read the top 10 habits and realized these are the very habits I have learned from the LIFE business and strive to apply everyday. By applying the 10 habits it has literally transformed my life in all areas.

I stopped into my old place of employment a week or so ago and talked with a few of my old co-works, it was like time stood still since I left over 4 years ago. You see when you chose not to  apply the 10 laws they actually act against you, leaving you stuck in your current situation or worse going backwards everyday. Just about everyone there was still having the same struggles in life, just now at an older age. My wife Lisa and I have decided to get better everyday, make this life count and become our best. I encourage you to review the 10 habits and make them apart of who you are, your best is waiting!

God bless, Dan Hawkins

Orrin Woodward’s top 10 habits

Many people are born leaders, yet the ability to lead is actually an art and an amazing collection of skills which can be learned and sharpened. The following top ten daily habits will help you and/or your clients grow as a leader personally, professionally, and spiritually.

1. Spend 30 minutes each morning looking for “cracks” in the major
areas of your life. 

Your depth of character is key to
determining your success as a leader. It is easy for us to say that we are “in
integrity,” but your actions are the real indicators of strength of character.


Spend 30 minutes each morning looking at the major areas of your life: career, marriage, family, community, and spirituality. Write down any instances where you see “cracks” (you have cut corners, something is inconsistent, you have not kept your word, you have been dishonest, etc.) Do all in your power to repair those cracks by apologizing and dealing with the consequences of your actions. After facing up to past actions, begin a plan that will rebuild you and prevent you from making further mistakes.

2. Show up and be ten minutes early for every appointment.

Great leaders show up for every appointment, and they are always on time. Each day, practice not only showing up but being ten minutes early for each and every appointment. “The early bird gets the worm” has never been so true than when it applies to becoming a great leader that others want to follow.

3. Be dedicated to a high level of learning.

Great leaders are highly competent, because they are dedicated to a high level of learning, growth, and improvement. Spend 15-30 minutes each day devoted to learning something new. Do not settle for knowing “how” to do something. Dig deeper by asking the question “why” and then, go find the answer. Search the internet, interview an expert, or take a day trip to find the answer to a question that is on your mind or the minds of those who follow you. 

4. Be simple and crystal clear in all communication.

As a leader, your communication should be simple, clean, and clear as a bell. Examine both written and verbal communication for simplicity and clarity. Use as few words as possible, and eliminate jargon and “big words” from your vocabulary. Express yourself in a way that your listeners can understand.

5. Surround yourself with great people.

One of the secrets of a great leader is great people. Hire the right staff, surround yourself with a strong inner circle, and spend time daily with people who have a variety of gifts. With the support of a strong circle of men, women and children, you will be ready for anything that comes your way.

6. Develop a sense of commitment and responsibility. 

People do not follow leaders who are not committed and responsible. Commitment and responsibility can be measured by the hours you spend and how you spend them, the money you spend and how you spend it, and by what you do for others. Spend 15 minutes each day analyzing your time, your checkbook, and your volunteer work. Look closely at how much time you spend with family and friends as compared to work, how you spend your money, and how you give back to the community. You may be very surprised at what you find.

7. Develop a positive attitude by altering your mind.

It is very possible to alter your attitude by altering your mind. Saturate yourself daily with motivational literature, positive people, and inspiring music/art. By conditioning your mind to be more positive on a daily basis, you will find that winning will be a daily reward of your life.

8. Accept responsibility.

Great leaders never play the role of a victim. They recognize that part of being a great leader is being ultimately responsible for all successes and failures. On a daily basis, analyze your current projects, and ask yourself “Have I done all that needs to be done? What have I not done that I should?” Once you have analyzed each project, if you find a weakness, go the extra mile by working extra hours, hiring an outside expert, or getting really creative to repair the weakness or to turn it into a success!

9. Make self-discipline a part of your lifestyle.

What do you need to develop self-discipline? Following a better diet or exercise routine? Getting up one hour earlier? Being rigorous with your spending? Learning something new every day? Eliminate excuse-making from your life, and begin to develop habits that will invite self-discipline to become the foundation of your life. Hire a coach to support you during the development of a routine of self-discipline, and remove rewards until the job is done!

10. Develop courage by facing fear.

By a show of courage, you will inspire others to follow and to walk in your footsteps. Spend 15-30 minutes each day doing something simply for the sake of developing courage: speak to an audience, make a difficult phone call, learn a new skill, write an article or a top ten, or visit someone you have always wanted to meet. As Eleanor Roosevelt acknowledged: “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

Well the much anticipated launch of Orrin Woodwards the-life-business is here. We are now down in Ohio getting ready to launch the company that will rewrite the networking industry. All of the details will be shared from the leaders of The-team.biz this weekend and 1000’s of people will leave here ready to create a better tomorrow for their families. I have the privilege of being one of the founders of LIFE, and all I can say is hang on it’s about to get crazy! There is a buzz in the air that cannot be explained, but very clearly felt!

Throughout the weekend I will be posting videos and posts from the live The-team.biz event! 

You cannot stop an idea who’s time has come! What happens when you combined Personal Development, Networking, Life Coaching, and Community Building……A better LIFE….. for you!

Thank you Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady for being men of character and finishing what you set out to do, 1 million people! Lets go!

God bless,

Dan Hawkins

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