Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Leadership Principles from Nehemiah for Entrepreneurs

Restoration for your Business or Idea

Evidence of this is seen in how Nehemiah reacted when he heard that the city walls had been torn down and that the gates had been burnt with fire. Nehemiah responded with mourning, fasting, and prayer (1:4). Even though the people living in Jerusalem had been allowed to return to their city and managed to rebuild a temple, they had now been there for 80 years and still had not rebuilt the walls around the city.  

Don’t get stuck with seeing your business or idea as too hard or challenging to achieve. Move forward even with the unknowns because that’s when you see progress

Prayer Strategy

Eleven different prayers are mentioned in the book of Nehemiah.  In these prayers Nehemiah shared his burden and responsibility with God, and God answered in the end. Therefore “these prayers are an encouragement to all readers to follow the example of Nehemiah, for prayer brings God’s power to bear on the difficult situations in life.

Start the year off with a prayer strategy.  We know when we have a plan or strategy that we are following we see things happen.  The prayer strategy and focus will do the same thing.

Communicate your vision as a solution to a problem that must be addressed immediately.

The idea of rebuilding the walls proposed by Nehemiah is a solution to a problem which the people have faced for the past 80 years since they first returned to Jerusalem from exile. Nehemiah shared a vision that was of God and was a solution to a problem.  

What problem or solution are you addressing with your business, ministry or group?  In order to determine what this may be you will need to write the vision down and identify why it is needed. 

Protect your organization’s core and culture with a thick wall built by people who not only want to save their own skin.

In the book of Nehemiah, the people were not trying to save their own skin. They were trying to rebuild their city and return to faithful worship of God.  

Build a core team that wants to see the business or ministry grow and impact others.  It is okay to want to be successful, but it is not good when it is at the level of hurting or stepping on other people to get there.  When the team works together everyone wins. That why TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves More

A leader need not do all the planning, yet he must assure that the planning gets done.

For years they knew that they needed to get the walls rebuilt around the city. Nehemiah arrived and displayed the extensiveness of effort that it took to rebuild the walls.  

When you empower your team they will get the work done. When you micro manage them they will not move forward with their creative innovative ideas because they are waiting on you.  Put the plan together and allow them to soar.  

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Leadership Lessons Learned from Steve Harvey’s Mistake

Be a Leader Who Can Admit Mistakes

Being a leader doesn’t mean that you’re always right or that you won’t make a mistake.

What being a leader does mean is admitting the reasons for why you did something and then making yourself accountable for the results—even if those you’re accountable to don’t directly work for you.

Go with the Flow

When mistakes happen go with the flow and don’t try to ignore or dodge the mistakes.  When we confront mistakes it is better than trying to blame others or hide from them. 

People are quick to Judge

When mistakes are made, be careful not to allow your response to be negative and critical. Provide support and encouragement to the person so that they can move forward. WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES! Some of us just happen to do it in the public eye. 

Having Courage

No amount of analysis can replace your confidence in yourself. When you've made a mistake, especially a visible one that impacts other people, it's natural to question your ability to perform next time. But you must get past your doubts. The best you can do is study the past, practice for the situations you expect, and get back in the game. Many other smart, capable well-meaning people have made similar mistakes to the one you made, and went on to many successes, in the future.

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new".  Albert Einstein 

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Author Yolanda Shields Releases NEW BOOK IN 2016

Entrepreneurship is a vital movement in all areas of our society. It's about empowering individuals to seek opportunities where others see defeat or crises, but also understanding that it takes an entrepreneurial mindset.

"Entrepreneurship is a Mindset not a Store Front" will show you how to: create a mindset that shapes your understanding of how to stay focused and what it takes to keep you moving and being innovative to create great ideas, seize new opportunities and facilitate change that makes breakthroughs for transformational long term sustainable business growth.

“It’s not
about ideas.
It’s about
making ideas

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Saturday, December 12, 2015


Take your ideas to the next step towards Innovation on January 9, 2016. Learn practical tools to enhance innovative and creative applications for your life, work and business.

Bring your notes, your business plan, your dreams to this event where we will provide insight in an atmosphere of creativity coupled with business savvy. Enjoy a working evening meal engaging with others in a targeted time to determine next steps for moving your idea forward. 

Also get ready to hear from Special Guest Successful Entrepreneurs sharing their expertise and best practices. 


Monday, December 7, 2015

10 of my Favorite Faithbased Leadership Books

I’m often asked for book recommendations on various subjects, I decided to put together an list of ten of my favorite Faithbased books on leadership. I have many more, but I have only listed 10. 

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants ~ Malcolm Gladwell

Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream ~ David Platt 

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You ~ John Maxwell

The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make ~ Hans Finzel


Lead Like Jesus: Lessons from the Greatest Leadership Role Model of All Time ~ Ken Blanchard  & Phil Hodges

Next Generation Leader: 5 Essentials for Those Who Will Shape the Future ~ Andy Stanley

The Mentor Leader: Secrets to Building People and Teams That Win Consistently ~ Tony Dungy

Spirit of Leadership ~ MUNROE MYLES

Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence for Every Believer ~ J. Oswald Sanders

The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears ~ Mark Batterson


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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

FREE WEBINAR - Is this Your Time for a Comeback? JOIN US Dec 10th


I am so pumped to be hosting this free webinar Dec.10 with Linda Fields, We will have a candid discussion of what it takes to press through to the next level of success. Let's face it, success does not come when we quit it comes by staying in the game.     

If you are reaching for the next level of success and ready to overcome the hurdles that stand in your way, then this is your time for a comeback plan. 

Register to get the free access code and start your comeback. We will unpack our personal lessons on 7 Ways to stay in the Game with Life - Work - Business.

Check out our videos to extend our personal invitation to you for this special time together.Check them out below... and register for your free access code.

Linda Fields, CEO and Founder7M-pactYolanda Shields, Entrepreneur & Business Strategist

OH...Just click the blue button at the bottom of this email to register for the free webinar Dec. 10th.  

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Monday, November 30, 2015


"Quit now, you'll never make it. If you disregard this advice, you'll be halfway there."

The fact Is 3 quarters are now history and the ONLY thing that matters now is your ability to finish the 4th quarter Strong.

Believe it or not, this year is already winding down and you are facing the fourth, and final, quarter of 2015. No matter how the first eleven months have gone, it’s vital that you make one last final push to close the year strong.



 1. Celebrate small accomplishments that you made this year. This is a great motivator to keep you and your team going.

 2. Ability to focus is accompanied by  instinct to simplify things by eliminating unnecessary activities or projects. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,”

3. Give more than you ever have before.  Go above and beyond with your year end projects and clients.

4. Be honest and observant.  Review your life and business plan.  Are there gaps that need to be closed up?  Looking at your business, are there systems that need to be improved, implemented or shelved?

5. Continue to grow your inner circle. These would be the close people that you could call anytime for help,

6. Continue to be a master in your field.  Expand your knowledge.  Shut the television off at 8pm and read for an hour or two.  Meet with people that are where you want to be and continue to feed your mind and gain knowledge continuously.

7. Be a servant. Serve your neighbor, your friends and your community.

"The person who wins may have been counted out several times, but didn't hear the referee."



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Monday, November 16, 2015

Called to Bring Order Out of Chaos ~ Septembre Lewis Interviews Yolanda Shields

Monday, November 9, 2015


There have been many people that have opened doors for me. I know many more will be opened for me. I feel honored when I am able to do the same. Who are you supposed to open a door for? It's not just about you making it, but about helping someone else do the same.

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open. ~ John Barrymore

Great leadership is not about being in charge of people, it’s about helping people go to the next. The way you make that happen is by opening doors for people when you can and should.  Sometimes people who had doors opened for them forget that they should reach back and help the next person.  Don’t forget LEADERSHIP is also about opening doors for others. 

“Be an opener of doors” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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