Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Where Will We Find Tomorrow’s Leaders?



Yolanda Shields ~ Author Speaker Coach


Leadership development is taking on many different forms today.  In a global economy we have to be very flexible and able to utilize many different leadership styles.






In the article Harvard Business Review conversation with Linda Hill it shares that:

“Little things – taking the lead in a presentation, appearing to know more than you do – are still seen as markers of leadership potential, when in fact they may represent traits that are the opposite of what we need in a leader today”.

Sometimes it is about leading from behind not necessarily taking the lead and credit for the work that others have done.

To read the entire interview visit WHERE WILL WE FIND TOMORROW’S LEADERS?


I have learned over the years that when you prepare others to succeed they rise to the occasion.  

 Leadership Development is not just about you meeting your leadership goals and reaching the top, but it’s about the mission being accomplished in a collaborative way to get the best results for the company or organization. When this happens everyone succeeds.


The benefits of leading from behind from Nelson Mandela.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Join Author Yolanda Shields at Book Signing ~ Brentwood TN





Make sure you join Yolanda Shields for Book Signing on May 19th at The Well Coffee House in Brentwood TN. Starts at 5:30 P.M. Stop by after work.... 


"Entrepreneurship is a Mindset not a Storefront" 


"Applying the entrepreneurial mindset of goal setting can assist youth and adults in achieving their visions and overcoming obstacles on their path to success". Yolanda E. Shields 





Monday, March 28, 2016

LUNCH & LEARN ~ CLARITY IN FUNDRAISING STRATEGY ~ April 7, 2016

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

ENTREPRENEURS ARE YOU WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE?

Built to LAST




Stories of heroic struggle against odds, survival and eventual triumph have always inspired people, given them hope, courage to fight, and encouraged them to persevere. What will your story be?

Starting a business it tough, staying business is even tougher. The fact remains that about 33% of all new ventures close down within two years, and about 50% are out of business within five years, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. Only 1 out of four is still around 15 years after opening. However, studies also show that failed entrepreneurs are far more likely to be successful in their second go-around, provided they try again.


The price of being an entrepreneur is:

NOT SLEEPING PROPERLY
WORKING OTHER ODD JOBS TO MAKE IT
NOT BEING ABLE TO HIDE
NEVER PASSING THE BUCK
BEING THE LEAD SALESMAN
WAKE UP EARLY, EVERY DAY
WORK HARD, 7 DAYS A WEEK
LOSE YOUR PERSONAL SAVINGS
TIME AWAY FROM YOUR FAMILY
BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYROLL

ALWAYS TELLING THE TRUTH TO YOURSELF

The steel tycoon who grew up in a one-room weaver’s cottage: Andrew Carnegie 

This American industrialist, the founder of Carnegie Steel – a company that produced more steel than all of Great Britain at one point – was born to a poor handloom weaver in Scotland.  He grew up in poverty, living in a one-room house, often sleeping to “forget the misery of hunger”. To fight starvation, his family migrated to the US.  His first job was at age 13 as a bobbin boy, changing spools of thread in a cotton mill 12 hours a day, 6 days a week in a Pittsburgh cotton factory.



The retail giant who had to milk cows, deliver newspapers: Samuel Walton

This American entrepreneur, who built a small grocery store into the giant Walmart supermarket chain, amassing a fortune of over $23 billion, grew up during the Great Depression.  He had numerous chores to help make financial ends meet for his family as was common at the time. He milked the family cow, bottled the surplus, and drove it to customers. Afterwards, he would deliver Columbia Daily Tribune newspapers on a paper route. In addition, he also sold magazine subscriptions. During his college, he worked various odd jobs, including waiting tables in exchange for meals. After graduation, he joined the US Army during the World War II. After the war, he left the military and started managing a variety store at the age of 26.



The Queen of all media: Oprah Winfrey

Best known for her multi-award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show — the highest-rated program of its kind in history — Oprah Winfrey is dubbed as the ‘Queen of all media’ and ranked as the richest African-American of the 20th century.
She was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother. She was later raised in an inner-city Milwaukee neighborhood.   While in high school, she landed a job in radio and began co-anchoring the local evening news at the age of 19. She got transferred to the daytime-talk-show arena because of her emotional ad-lib delivery.

She became a millionaire at age 32 when her talk show went national. She is credited with creating a more intimate confessional form of media communication. Forbes’ international rich list has listed her as the world’s only black billionaire from 2004 to 2006 and as the first black woman billionaire in world history. As of 2014, she has a net worth in excess of 2.9 billion dollars and has overtaken former eBay CEO Meg Whitman as the richest self-made woman in America.


The poor Ukrainian immigrant who became a Silicon Valley mogul: Jan Koum
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When Facebook announced that it was buying mobile messaging startup WhatsApp for $19 billion in February 2014, that caused quite a stir. Jan Koum, the startup’s cofounder became the most talked about entrepreneur overnight. Media reported that the WhatsApp floored Mark Zuckerberg so much that the record offer was made so that the two could become “friends.”






Tyler Perry  wrote to his fan base. “Do you know how many times I tried to be successful at doing plays before it finally worked? From 1992 until 1998, every show I put on flopped. No one showed up, and I lost all my money.

I wanted to give up. I thought I had failed, but the truth is, I never failed. Each and every time the show didn’t work, I learned something new. I learned what not to do and what I could do better,” wrote Perry, whose first staged play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed” was considered a financial failure when it first debuted in 1992 before he revamped it and found success taking it on the road and touring from 1998 to 2000.

“You have to understand that what you may perceive to be a failure may very well be an opportunity to learn, grow, get better, and prepare for the next level. If you find the lessons in what you perceive to be failures, then you won’t ever fail at anything,” said Perry. 

Are you willing to pay the price?



In every success story, you will find someone who has made a courageous decision. -- Peter F. Drucker






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Friday, February 26, 2016

Author Yolanda E Shields Releases New Book




"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; build transformational long term sustainable businesses and a dynamic vibrant entrepreneurial atmosphere within your business.

 






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Sunday, February 7, 2016

WHAT CAN YOU DO WHEN DEFEAT COMES?

Yolanda Shields
February 7, 2016


"DEFEAT SHOULD MOTIVATE YOU"


No one likes to fail. Whether it’s at work, in sports, or in another area of your life, failure is painful – and it can also be costly in terms of time, money, or both.


Failure is a normal part of life. If you never, ever suffer a failure, then you’re probably not pushing yourself to your full potential. Often, it’s only through failure that we eventually meet with success.




DON'T GIVE UP
There are many individuals throughout history who have pushed through rejection, failures, discouragement and seemingly impossible odds.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”– Michael Jordan

Don't give up. You'll never know what could have been if you stop trying.
TAKE RESPONSIBILITY
One of the most important skills we must learn if we want to be happy is how to take responsibility for our choices and recalculate. Otherwise we usually repeat the same mistakes again and again wondering why this is happening to us, often blaming others,

To take responsibility for our own actions does not necessarily mean we take full blame for something. Perhaps a more helpful way of thinking about taking responsibility is to call it ownership.

The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart. Robert Green Ingersoll


STOP BEATING YOURSELF UP
Owning your mistakes is not the same thing as beating yourself up for them. Taking responsibility helps you grow and learn. Beating yourself up just makes you feel guilty and ashamed.



“ There may be people that have more talent than you, bu there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do – Derek Jeter


RECOGNIZE YOU HAVE BLIND SPOTS
People have blind spots too. Once you recognize what yours are, you can be more careful and not take stupid risks.  Understand that many people have been defeated but didn’t give up. 

Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat. Napoleon Hill


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Saturday, January 30, 2016

FINISH STRONG IN 2016 ~ STAY FOCUSED



Many have a clear idea where they want to go in 2016, but not many have a plan or know what completion or success looks like.  When we don’t see the fruit of our labor quickly we give up and move on to something new.  What you are doing is missing out on the opportunity to do something GREAT!  Have you identified what success or completion will look like?  Don’t move on to another assignment or task without completing the one you started.  We are all guilty of this. Sometimes it is because it gets hard, progress is slow, boredom, lack of focus, and distractions from DREAM THIEVES. Dream Thieves talk you out of focusing on your goals and dreams because they don’t believe in them or they want them for themselves.  Be careful who you allow to be in your circle. 

A few tips to focus on in order to see 

FRUIT and PROGRESS


1.         Seize the moment to act on your goals. Given how busy most of us are, and the many goals we are juggling, it’s not surprising that we miss opportunities to act on a goal.  This is due to failing to notice them. Did you really have no time to work on your dream today? Achieving your goal means grabbing hold of all opportunities before they pass you by. 





2.         Know exactly how far you have left to go. Achieving any goal also requires honest and regular monitoring of your progress. Have a time weekly to review how far you have to go. This is based on your outcome. This could be the amount of money you want to make (financial goal), number of writing assignments completed, or increased customer base. You determine what that outcome is.  



3.         Have grit. Grit is a willingness to commit to long-term goals, and to persist in the face of difficulty.  When it gets hard you don’t give up and start another project. PUSH THROUGH WHEN IT’S HARD!


4.         Commit to a process, not a goal.  Choosing a goal puts a huge burden on your shoulders. Can you imagine if I had made it my goal to write 5 books this year? Just writing that sentence stresses me out.  We place unnecessary stress on ourselves especially during the New Year. Make sure you have realistic goals and expectation based on your skills, abilities, and resources.  



5.         Get a Coach or support system.  Everyone needs a coach or support system to cheer him or her on.  Don’t be a Lone-Ranger because you will just frustrate yourself and have a difficult time being successful.  Talk to any successful businessperson, athlete, student, and entertainer and they will give you a list of people that helped them.  


If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Frederick Douglass




Stay Focused on your project or business so that you can see the fruit of your labor! Yolanda Conley Shields 




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