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How to Keep Employee's Part 2: Controlled Autonomy

Here is a term I have created that you are free to steal. CONTROLLED AUTONOMY Let’s break the two words down. Autonomy is defined as, ” freedom from external control or influence; independence.”  And Control is defined as, “the power to influence or direct people's behavior or the course of events.”  Seems like they are more like oil and water. So How can they help keep employees? In part 1, we talked about growth.  As people grow in a company they want and expect more and more freedom.  Think about when you first got your job. The boss or manager was on top of you all the time to make sure you were doing the job right.  But I’m sure after a while they back offed and allowed you to do what you do. If they didn’t you would be pissed and complain that they are micro managing you. I don’t know a single person who likes to be micro managed. People enjoy having the ability to make their own decisions at work.  As a matter of fact, there are more and more compani
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How to keep employees. Part 1

How to keep employees Part 1  I have had the blessing of being on both sides of coin. I have a business and hire, but I have also worked for many places and have been an employee.  Seeing things from both angles has really offered me a unique perspective. This is part 1 of a multi-part blog on how to keep people working for you. Today we will start with one of the most important ways to keep employees working for you. Here is a hint: It has NOTHING to do with money! GROWTH There is an old saying, “If you’re not growing, you’re dying”.  If you follow the work of Tony Robbins , this is one of the things he always talks about. We need growth in life in order to feel as though we are achieving.  Growth leads to happiness and a happy employee is a good employee. The following are examples of how to stimulate growth. Some I have used and some are experiences of friends. Team education  .  I have been fortunate in the last few years to have presented to some really gr

Are you brave enough for a COLD SHOWER?

Why I Take Cold Showers And You Should Too For the past three years I’ve taken a cold shower almost every single day. You might think I’m crazy and at first; trust me, at first I thought I was too. But hold your judgment, hear me out, give it a try and then you can thank me. What are the benefits of cold showers? 1.     Improve Mood A 2007 study looked at how cold showers affected people with depression. Here is what the authors of the study hypothesized: “Exposure to cold is known to activate the sympathetic nervous system and increase the blood level of beta-endorphin and noradrenaline and to increase synaptic release of noradrenaline in the brain as well. Additionally, due to the high density of cold receptors in the skin, a cold shower is expected to send an overwhelming amount of electrical impulses from peripheral nerve endings to the brain, which could result in an anti-depressive effect.” The study ended up finding that cold showers of 2-3 minutes helpe

Say goodbye to the "Bad Guy"

Say goodbye to the “Bad Guy”                 As I was reading “Necessary Endings” by Dr. Henry Cloud I came across a section that jumped out at me. It was about the beauty of Self –Selection.  Before I dive into what that means, let me explain why it’s so important to me and probably many small business owners out there.                 If you are like me you have a hard time firing people.  I actually have a hard time saying goodbye in general.  I am a people person and enjoy having as many people in my life as possible.  However, it is inevitable that as a business owner you will have to end some relationships.  I have always had a fear of being the a$$hole guy who let someone go. So when I discovered the concept of Self-Selection, I was super pumped.                 I am going to do my best to explain how it works but before I do I highly recommend you order the book and read the information for yourself.                 Self –selection rids you of makin

the REAL social media

The REAL Social Media Last night, we had a networking event for theFLOnetwork and during the event I had an eye opening experience. We had a great mixture of younger and older fitness professionals.  I noticed that the older fitness pros felt right at home in a social setting. They were relaxed and chatting with everyone who walked in, but there was something different with the younger professionals. The younger people there looked like kids in a candy store.  It was like a space in their life was finally filled. They were wide eyed and super excited to be chatting with REAL people.  A light bulb went off in my head: this upcoming generation of professionals has really only networked with their cohorts via social media. They read blogs, follow tweets, repost Instagram pics, etc. but they never really get REAL life interaction with people in their industry.  Coming up in the fitness industry, my best friend Denise Loustau taught me the importance of building a network.

STOP Thinking outside of the BOX

STOP THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX!!                 In “Linchpin” by Seth Godin he talked about thinking along the edges of the box. I’d like to expand on his thought and explain why you shouldn’t think too far out of the box.                 I like to visualize the box as a thought.  It’s a vibrating energy.  If you try to expand it too quickly it will reject the expansion and retract immediately to its original size.   If the thought is so far out of the box, people will reject it and call you crazy (which has happened to me plenty of times).                 Let’s say you decided to just walk along the edges of the box.  You can now lay a foundation for a new thought just outside of the existing thought, slowly expanding the box without its knowing.  If you can find a way to keep expanding the thought box, it will eventually expand big enough to house your original idea. Why do you event want to be in the box? I like to view the box as the masses.  It’s were all the peop

1% Better

   While reading "Linchpin" by Seth Godin, I stumbled upon a paragraph he had about perfection. In the book he talks about it being a asymptote, in the sense that you can come close to perfect but never really reach it. This is the same concept as that of the road to Mastery. It is a journey not a destination. You continue to strive for it knowing that it will always be out of reach. So why is this blog titled 1%? I have often heard fitness professionals talking about getting 1% better every day. And while this sounds attainable and catchy, is it REALLY possible? I believe it is, but only up to a certain point. I will give you an example by using my personal journey in the world of Movement by learning Animal Flow.  When I first started learning the Animal Flow program I was super excited. It was fun to learn the moves and put them together in a flow of constant movement. I was motivated and saw quick results. You can say I was getting 1% better everyday I pract