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    As we met over Zoom, my coaching client told me that his business was down 75% since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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    I could relate to his predicament; I too knew what it was like to lose a significant amount of business.  

    Anyone in this position would feel understandably insecure about the future of his or her business; what surprised me about this man was his steadfast demeanor.  

    “Your team and company has had so much success in the past, only to find the company in a state of decline with no end in sight. How is it that you are calm and speaking about a brighter future? What gives you that confidence?” I asked.

    “It gives me an opportunity to not simply rebuild what we had, but to reinvent it. How exciting is that?” he responded.

    This is just one example of how the best leaders don’t dwell on the past, but instead look towards creating a brighter future. 

    The future is made for leaders who don’t just rebuild but reinvent.

    Reject the Desire to Rebuild

    On September 11th, 2001, two airplanes were hijacked by terrorists and crashed into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center. Within an hour and 42 minutes, both 110 story towers collapsed, resulting in thousands of deaths and billions in damage. In the months and years after the attack, many ideas were floated as to what should be done with the site of the awful attack.  

    Instead of rebuilding the towers as they were, the developers and city planners charted a different path. One World Trade Center was built; the tallest building in the United States that paid tribute to the events that took place in 2001.  

    The word rebuild means “to build (something) again after it has been damaged or destroyed.” A conventional approach suggests that if something is destroyed, simply create it again; replace it with an identical replica. In the face of this pandemic, recreating an exact model of your business or team may be a good short-term fix. However, when considering long-term success, leaders need to focus on reinvention.  

    Reinvent the Future

    There are endless examples of leaders who reinvented themselves, their companies, or even their countries. Howard Shultz of Starbucks; Steve Jobs of Apple; Jeff Bezos of Amazon are names that come to mind and fit into this category.  

    Sam Walker wrote in his Wall Street Journal article Getting the Restart Right, “When the Great Restart begins, many leaders will fall back on an idea once espoused by Machiavelli, who wrote: ‘The great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they were realities.’ The people responsible for rebuilding will try to reduce the anxiety in the air by restoring familiar routines, procedures, and traditions. The problem is, business as we knew it cannot be recovered. It will need to be reinvented.”

    “The problem is that in business, as we knew it, cannot be recovered. It will need to be reinvented.” - Sam Walker

    The word reinvention is best defined as “to change (something) so much that it appears to be entirely new.” While this is scary for most people, it is essential to the future following the pandemic. It takes confidence, courage, skill, and an open mind, and it doesn’t happen without leaders striving for it. 

    Counterbalance Doubt

    When leaders begin throwing words out like reinvention, it will spur doubt. It’s a natural response to hearing radical change, and uncertainty is on the horizon. Since doubt is rooted in both our intellect and our hearts, leaders must speak to both in order to help their team members overcome it.  

    We have all heard the saying, “actions speak louder than words.” While it’s true, both actions and words are key parts of the formula for reaching the hearts and minds of team members in order to help overcome doubt. 

    Just take JC Penney for example. The company which filed for bankruptcy protection on May 15th, also gave out millions of dollars in bonuses to key executives just 5 days prior to the filing. Their CEO, Jill Soltau has surely been working tirelessly to reposition the company and reinvent them for a brighter future. However, the actions of taking millions of dollars out of the business to line your own pockets doesn’t inspire action or help employees overcome doubt.

    As I wrote in Building the Best, use the 3 C’s of successful communication. Be clear, concise, and conclusive then back it up with your actions on a daily basis. When you are doing this, don’t sugarcoat the current situation or the size of the challenge in front of the team. Define reality, provide hope, and challenge them to reinvent the future.

    Think Boldly But Be Patient

    As I began working on a new book over quarantine, I decided to write down a long list of all of my favorite life lessons. The first lesson I wrote down rolls off my tongue like I say it every day, “patience is a virtue.” When it comes to reinvention, patience is most definitely a virtue.  

    Each person’s willingness to adapt, their ability to learn, and to reinvent the future takes time. The best leaders not only understand this, but they start small and focus on looking at days and weeks instead of months and years. Start by asking a simple question (that may have a complicated answer):

    What is going to hold you back from moving forward? Here are a few categories to help you get started:

    • Do I have the right people to reinvent?
    • Are our products correct now and in the future?
    • Which clients will help us reinvent or hold us back?

    Since each of the answers could be complicated and without a clear path forward, don’t fret. Start small and be patient. 

    Closing

    The best part of crisis and struggle is that it requires great leadership to come through to the other side intact and even better. It requires leaders like my coaching client, me and you to rethink and reimagine a better future and others with them. So remember the old African proverb, “if you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together.”  

    Your leadership is needed more than ever. 

    Download the Leading Remote Teams Toolkit for Free Here.

    Sign Up for the Ultimate Leadership Academy Stop waiting on your company to help you lead more effectively during this difficult time Register today.

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    About the Author: John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft, a leadership development company making virtual training easy and effective. He was named one of LinkedIn's Top Voices in Management & Workplace. John is also the author of  Building the Best: 8 Proven Leadership Principles to Elevate Others to Success and host of the "Follow My Lead" Podcast, a show that transfers stories and best practices from today's leaders to the leaders of tomorrow. You follow him on Instagram @johngeades.

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    There are a lot of questions surrounding the legality of Trading Binary Options in the USA because of its varied standing in other parts of the world.

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    People from the USA can do trading binary options using brokers and companies that are subjected to strict rules and regulations. Depending on the state you are from, there are different regulations that should be met when you want to try this kind of trading. This is to ensure that its citizens are protected when they want to go into this venture. 

    What is Trade Binary Options

    Trade Binary Options can be best defined by breaking down its name. It is a form of trading wherein you gain all or nothing hence the term binary. It means that as a buyer, you will either receive a payout or completely lose the money you have invested. There is always a 50-50 chance and the outcome is based on a yes or no proposition. The binary options also have an expiration and you would need to have placed your call once the time is up. You will basically answer a question and you will earn a profit if by the time it ends, you are on the correct side. It sounds simple enough but there is actually a lot of risk and strategy anchored to it. It is something done globally with a lot of people constantly getting attracted to it. 

    USA Policies and Regulations

    Binary Options are overlooked by the Securities and Exchange Commission and other agencies tasked for regulating different kinds of trading. They are only allowed to trade in the US if only they are CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission) regulated in the United States exchange. Offshore binary trading is not included in their scope, thus, it is illegal to do binary options with foreign brokers and this is also considered as gambling. This is advantageous to its citizens because they can avoid scams and frauds that are very common in the market. To make sure that you are dealing with a regulated binary options broker in the US, you have to research for legitimacy by looking for their permits and licenses. 

    Looking for a Broker

    Looking for a broker is a crucial part of trading. They would either be your asset or they could lead you to loss especially if they are fraudulent and are only scams. It is recommended by the experts from Impact Investing Policy Collaborative, a web-based resource for binary options, that thorough research and background check is needed before committing yourself with a broker. There are plenty of ways in which this could be done. One of the surest ways you get a hold of a legit broker is from the recommendation of friends and avid traders in Binary Options. Another way is to do your research by going through online forums and reviews. There would be plenty of recommendations from people who are experienced in this kind of trade.

    How Does it Work

    Since Binary Options trading is a kind of investment where you have to mostly predict whether a particular question is yes or no and there is no space to make any in-betweens. There is a certain point established where you bet on whether the asset will go above or below this point within a given amount of time. The first step you need to do is to look for a broker that will allow you to join live tradings. Next is you have to choose a particular market and there are various options here including stocks and commodities. Choose something you are versed in. After choosing the market, you have to choose whether or not you are a short term trader or a long one. The expiry time should greatly compliment your trading style. After that, you have to decide the size of the investment and this will depend greatly on how much you can afford to risk so you have to learn an effective money management system. Lastly, you have to choose an option that should be informed and calculated. Once you are successful, you can just wait for the payout and use this as you please or trade back again. 

     

    Binary Options are a great way to invest money since it is quite simple with only a limited option. It is advantageous to be fully informed about it before venturing into this kind of trading. As a US citizen, you have to take a lot of responsibility to know the regulations well and not risk losing a huge investment.

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    There are just so many different areas that you need to focus on and give a little TLC in order to help your business develop and to keep it moving in the right direction. Of course, this can make it hard to know where exactly you should focus at any given time. Sure, the right answer to this question will largely depend on your business and its unique and specific needs. But some of the areas highlighted below could be a good place to start!

    Web Design

    The days of traditional brick and mortar stores aren’t quite over, but it’s undeniable that nowadays we’re living in a technological world. Accordingly, increasing numbers of business owners are deciding to take their businesses into the realm of E-commerce. THis isn’t all too surprising. There are just so many benefits that come hand in hand with operating online. Customers can make purchases around the clock - day and night - maximising the number of sales you can make. Customers from around the world can also come across your website. All you have to do is add the option of international shipping and you could reach out to a whole new audience - and you could experience many sales and great success with them. But if you’re going to sell online, you’re going to have to put time and effort into ensuring you have the best quality web design possible. Here’s a little more information on this!

    The Importance of Web Design

    You really can’t brush off the importance of good web design for your business. Various studies have shown that the majority of people will decide whether they’re going to stay on your website or click the exit tab within a matter of seconds after arriving on the page. First impressions count and you want to keep users on your site for as long as possible in order to encourage them to browse as much stock as possible and to sell your brand and products to them.

    Creating a High Quality Website

    Generally speaking, it’s best to call in the professionals when it comes to creating an engaging, functional and impressive website. Sure, you may know a little basic CSS and HTML yourself. But these pros will know the ins and outs of the entire design process, what works and what doesn’t and how to bring your vision to the screen. Seek out both a web designer and a web developer. The first will focus on aesthetics. The second will make sure the whole thing actually works. You could also bring in a user experience - or “UX” - designer if you want to go all out. They’ll help to ensure the page gets people to click where you want them to click and end up where you want them to end up. You don’t have to take on permanent staff for this project. Instead, a few good freelancers will complete the job perfectly!

    Recruitment

    Employees are the backbone of every company. They’re the individuals who make sure routine tasks are completed - keeping your company afloat - and that more progressive tasks are tackled to move your business forward into the future too. Once you have money to invest into taking on employees, it’s important to dive straight into the recruitment process. Here are a couple of key stages!

    Advertising the Position

    First, you need to advertise the position you have on offer. Write up a job description detailing exactly what you’d like from someone within the role. You can include qualifications, experience, skills and more. Make sure to mention if the individual will need a driving licence. Generally speaking, the ebay place to advertise jobs is on online job boards like LinkedIn and Indeed.

    Choosing Potential Candidates

    You’ll receive plenty of resumes and CVs for the role. Make sure to read through them and to determine which are appropriate and tick the necessary boxes for the role. Contact these individuals and see whether they’d like to attend an interview.

    Interviewing

    It’s important to interview any candidates you’re considering. Not everyone writes their own CVs and some people can outright lie on them. It’s much harder to fake your way through a face to face interview. It’ll also help you to get a good idea of their character and whether they’re the right fit for your company.

    References

    If you think you’ve found an ideal candidate, you should request a reference or two. This will help you to feel certain that they are as good an employee as they’ve sold themselves to be in the interview process. Contact the references and wait for a response.

    Offering the Position

    If references are as desired, it’s time to make an offer. Congratulate the candidate and draw up the terms of their contract!

    A Company Car

    If you’re going to have staff, you’re going to have to provide them with a means of getting from work to important meetings and other events where they’ll need to make a professional impression upon arrival. This will generally mean providing a company car that all necessary individuals will need to be insured on - for cheap policies see this website. It may seem like quite the commitment, but your business will almost definitely get its use out of it. It’s a good idea to look into models that will retain their value well too!

    Market Research

    Market research is something that every business should engage with. In short, if you’re selling something, you should have a good idea of how you’re intending to sell it to and how you can meet their needs and preferences to secure sales with them. Here are some market research basics to get you going!

    What Is Market Research?

    Put simply, market research is pretty much any research that you conduct into consumers and their behaviour. You can learn a whole lot through this process. You can determine whether a product could be viable and successful. You can find out what people would expect from it, what they are willing to pay for it and how you can stand apart from your competitors. Most market research is carried out by conducting surveys, getting people to complete questionnaires, holding focus groups and seminars, and conducting a whole host of other market research tasks.

    Carrying Out Market Research

    The easiest means of carrying out market research is to outsource the work to a market research agency. These agencies already have plenty of potential people to talk to signed up and they’ll be able to find the right people to match your demographic. They’ll have experience in getting truthful and detail filled answers and they’re generally reasonably priced. So, let them take the hard work off your hands. If you have a larger company and need market research to be conducted regularly, you could benefit from creating an in-house market research team. This could prove more cost effective in the long run.

    Sure, there are plenty more cogs that keep the wheels of your business turning. But these are some major areas that you really need to focus on, or at least take into consideration, when running your business. Hopefully, some of the above advice will prove to be both useful and profitable for you!

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    The death of a loved one in the family can be a traumatic experience, more so if they are a breadwinner.

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    When you buy term insurance online, you can also consider expanding your life insurance coverage by supplementing it with riders. Riders are add-on benefits that can be added to your insurance for a nominal amount.

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    When you are running a business, you will want to make sure that it is successful in order to make as much money as possible.

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    Of course, the best ways to do this is to come up with new strategies and put things in place to really improve how things work.

    In this article, we are going to look at some new strategies that you should implement in order to contribute to your business’ success. Use these to make a real difference this year.

    Market Research

    One of the ways that you can contribute to your business’s success is by making sure you carry out some market research. This is a good way to contribute to your businesses success because it will allow you to find out new information about the industry you are in as well as the latest business news. Use this news and the figures that you find to really improve how things operate within your business.

    New Products and Services

    The next way that you can contribute to your business’s success is by considering adding some new products and services. Each time you add a product line or a new service, your business will gain some attention. The more new ideas you bring forward to your business the more successful it can be as it will make you stand out from the competition and allow you to potentially bring in some more clients. Have a think about what you can introduce to increase your client list. You’ll want to make sure that any new products or services are right for your existing customers so you’ll need to do some further research on this.

    Employee Benefits

    If you want to contribute to your business success, you need to make sure that you have the right team on board. The team that you have is important as your team will be doing the work to take your business to where it needs to be. To thank your employees for all their hard work you should consider employee benefits. There are many options to choose from when it comes to employee benefits and some platforms that make it easier. Not only will this be good for your already existing employees but, it will also be good to find some new staff to bring to your team as applicants looking for a job will want to hear about the benefits. If you are looking to introduce benefits then head over and have a look at the options at zestbenefits.com

    Attending Networking Meetings          

    The next way that you can contribute to your business’s success is by making sure you take some time to attend networking meetings. When you attend network meetings, you will be able to meet new people from other businesses as well as learn new information that you can take on board for your business. At networking meetings, you will also be able to build a new client base and even meet new contacts that can make your business more successful. Who knows – you might even be able to create some partnerships!

    Use These Tips

    Overall, there are many different ways that you can contribute to your business’s success and, we have discussed some ideas for you to take on board. From market research to introducing new products and services as well as employee benefits, there are many ways you can make a difference. Make sure to use all of the tips that we have given you and your business will improve over time.

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