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HireMyVA Podcast 108- How to overcome overwhelm

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And when these types of changes happen so fast socially, it takes a while for our brains to really catch up and how to deal with it. So given all of that, one other thing before we get into this is we’ve got to really remember that overwhelm- It’s, you know, it’s not really a thing, it’s, it’s just a feeling that we have, because you can feel overwhelmed right now. You might feel overwhelmed, just hearing what we said, but then, you know, you go having a good night’s sleep and you’re not overwhelmed in the morning. So it’s, it’s really a feeling and there’s multiple definitions of it.

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HireMyVA Podcast 107 – What is the importance of gratitude

HireMyVA Podcast 107 What is the importance of gratitude woman holding her heart in appreciation

Have you ever worked with a leader who is always stressed out, always anxious? How has that worked out for you and the team? Not very well. Right. So if you could be more attractive to your team members, David, you’re saying the team members become more attractive, but also you become more attractive to your clients. Clients want to interact with them, right. And I just promise you it’s, it’s going to be a better work environment. Life is going to be a whole lot more fun.

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HireMyVA Podcast 106- What opportunities are we investing in and pursuing currently

HireMyVA Podcast 106 What opportunities are we investing in and pursuing currently 1

You know, we talked a little bit about what we were going to invest in, you know, a year ago or we’re going to what opportunities and stuff we’re going to do for 2021 as we’re approaching the end of 2021 now, as we’re looking at 2022 and another month, or so we need to talk about what opportunities are we investing in both us together and individually and what are we investing in and potentially pursuing as we approach 2022.

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HireMyVA Podcast 105- Expand Your Influence

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The point is that you get people attracted to you, pretend you are the honey pot. Right. You know, there’s a, there’s an adage out there that says they it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Right? And I kind of put another spin on that. I don’t think that’s necessarily the case. I don’t think it’s not who you know. I know a lot of people who knows you, who knows that you’re alive, who knows about your talents, who knows about your successes, who knows about the services that you’re offering. Right? So once you get people to know who you are and become very attractive, right? Then you become the honeypot. People are coming to you and that’s what this webinar teaches. It talks about, you know, how do you expand your influence? How do you attract attention to you and your business? How do you reach more clients? How do you find more investors? How do you build your personal brand? All those things are included in this.

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HireMyVA Podcast 104 – Bringing Out The Best In Others

HireMyVA Podcast 104 Bringing out the best in others Larry looking at conductor bringout great music out of a persons brain

Well, I think first of all, we need to ask tons of questions, right? Leaders have to do and ask more questions than delivering edicts. If all we’re doing is delivering edicts over and over again. We’re not learning, we’re not learning about our team members and Dave, you know that I’ve got this to-do list, right? That I carry with me everywhere. And at the bottom of it, for anyone, everyone who’s been through any of my programs or Dave programs, my programs, I’ve got a bunch of questions down here at the bottom that I ask my team members on a regular basis.

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HireMyVA Podcast 103 – How to conduct employee satisfaction survey

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This is episode 103, it’s part two. The first part was we talked about the why behind doing it, you know, the purpose. Right? And we talk about whenever you do anything, make sure you understand the why behind it. So you’re not wasting your time and it also makes sure that if you understand the why you’ve got better results that’ll happen after you’re doing the how. Right? So we talked about the why behind doing an employee satisfaction survey or confidential work climate survey, as you mentioned with your team members.

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HireMyVA Podcast 102- Importance of employee satisfaction survey

HireMyVA Podcast 102 Importance of employee satisfaction survey 1

Climate is more important in your culture, is more important than everything, than any — almost anything else right now. Given what’s going on. Right? With the great resignation and people. Just man, just recently the company that I’m very intimately with, the couple, like key members on their team just left and they spent time, so much time and energy recruiting them. Why did they leave? They don’t exactly know yet, which is an important thing. We can talk about in another episode. But you know, if you make your culture as great as possible and understand what people are really thinking through these surveys, you’ll have a lot better chance on keeping folks.

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HireMyVA Podcast 101- What is a good candidate?

HireMyVA Podcast 101 What is a good candidate

One of the big mistakes that folks make is that they just look at a resume and they pick all their candidates from a resume. Right? Resumes are very important for sure. Finding out what people’s experiences, what’s their training, all about, that’s the cognitive part of the brain and that’s very important but oftentimes, a resume does not measure some of those things that are really much more important than experience. And there’s three things that we look at and that we teach all of our coaching clients and mentees, is this, we really need to be hiring on motivation, integrity, and capacity first.

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HireMyVA Podcast Ep 100- We Celebrate Our 100th Episode!

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One of the first things though is you know, we have to congratulate ourselves in doing the discipline and getting this going and doing it for a hundred episodes. That’s pretty awesome, pat ourselves on the back. But of course, we couldn’t do it without our team, especially Daphne and Brian, but especially Daphne how much she’s edited and created some great graphics. And Daph, it would have just taken us so much out of our extra time to do this. So we really appreciate you. And we thank you for helping us out.

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HireMyVA Podcast 60- What are your favorite books in the area of Team Building?

HireMyVA Podcast 60 What are your favorite books in the area of Team Building

Strengths finder 2.0. This is one of my favorites. And we talk about this in our course in community and all the training we do. How critical, how important it is to understand yourself as well as your team. One of the things that I love about it is it really helps you and shows you how important it is to work towards spending as much time working on your strengths and having your team work on their strengths. Maximum success and productivity and happiness. And one of the great things that talk about the different characteristics, but one of the things I love is for each strength, it gives you if you’re a manager, some tips if you’re working with others who have futuristic as a strength.

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HireMyVA Podcast 59- What is your take on the “Zoom Fatigue” phenomenon?

HireMyVA Podcast 59 What is your take on the Zoom Fatigue phenomenon

Well, like anything new, I’m sure there are phenomenon’s that happen. And there are days, not just zoom, I think it’s any kind of video conferencing service. Because I believe that we are built for community and something happens when we have real physical interaction and you actually can feel people’s energy in one room. If you’re an extrovert, that charges you up. But if all day long, you’re looking at this two-dimensional monitor, I can see how it zaps you. I mean, there’s already been plenty of studies that have talked about the blue screen, blue light time. How it can really zap your energy? That’s why Dave got these fancy glasses on. But you know, there are a couple of things that I know from talking to some of our clients, Dave, is seeing themselves on the monitor all the time and that’s one of the things we need to consider.

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HireMyVA Podcast 58- How do I get my team to take more of an ownership role?

HireMyVA Podcast 58 How do I get my team to take more of an ownership role

There are a bunch of ways that we can handle this thing, but my sense is that’s really what they’re trying to figure out. How do they take more initiative? How do they take more responsibility, just to do stuff? Let me throw a few things out that just kind of roll off the tip of my tongue first and then we kind of dive in. I know you probably got some ideas here too. I think Dave, we need to set up an environment where we hold people accountable for results, not task necessarily. So if ownership is really more about initiative. Accountability is really more about follow through and getting things done. We need to build, if we want people to take more ownership, that really means that we need to set up an environment of trust. We trust that they’re gonna get things done and take initiative and they trust us that they’re not gonna get ground down by making a mistake.

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HireMyVA Podcast 57- How do we balance out our tasks with our team’s tasks?

HireMyVA Podcast 57 How do we balance out our tasks with our teams tasks

I got my own stuff to do. You should do your own stuff. Well, the truth of the matter is, as a leader, we’re also mentors. We’re also teachers, right? And so we have to have enough margin in our calendars, Dave, to walk the four corners of the business, as they say in the food and beverage industry that say, to touch tables. Which means, if you’ve been to a good restaurant, the manager comes around and they literally touch the table, which means they’re close enough, this was prior to COVID, close enough to actually have a conversation with you. As a leader, we should do that. Even if it is metaphorically, you do it through video calls and you check and say, how are you doing? What can I help you on? Are you, are you stuck on things? That way, you get moments to mentor. You get moments to teach. This question is particularly problematic when we have zero margins.

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HireMyVA Podcast 56- I’ve hired my first VA; when is the right time to hire a 2nd VA?

HireMyVA Podcast 56 Ive hired my first VA when is the right time to hire a 2nd VA

When you’ve hired your first VA, some people, when they hire somebody, they can just get lucky. That’s like, oh, a friend referred to this other person and they just get lucky. They didn’t ask them many questions or go through a really good rigorous process and they just come on board and they get lucky. You don’t wanna do that with your second one. Because you’re attempting fate. You wanna make sure that when you hire your first one, that you’ve got at least some type of a process down to where you feel like you’re gonna have some confidence that the second person you get, you’re not just throwing darts at the wall or spaghetti at the wall or whatever.

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HireMyVA Podcast 55- What are the top 3 characteristics I should have to lead my team well?

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In love and nature, we tend to believe that opposites attract. When it comes to core values and goal setting, however, like attracts like. It’s one of the principles by which many of us choose to live. If we want to be surrounded by people who are in big business, we must have that goal for ourselves and our business. So think big. To be surrounded by people who are socially responsible in business, we must look at our own business and see what changes must be made to be more socially responsible. And likewise, to attract friends and teammates who are loyal and honest, we must display those traits first. Okay, so here’s the question and we end every flashpoint with a question for your reflection. Here it is. What and whom are you attracting through your character traits? So, people that are listening to this podcast, they’re interested in building a team or they have a team and they wanna build their team up more and more. So given that, that’s the question. What are the top three characteristics I should have to lead my team well?

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HireMyVA Podcast 54- What if my VA wants to change their hours? How do I handle this?

HireMyVA Podcast 54 What if my VA wants to change their hours How do I handle this 1

Well, this question came up in our last community call. And so I’m glad that we’re addressing this, maybe in a little bit more compact format, which is just a great reminder. Folks, one of the most valuable parts of this program is the community and the community calls that we do twice a month, I think we’re doing them right now, where you can come out and ask your questions. Our goal here is to help you get more freedom. I will just remind you, wherever you’re listening to or watching this podcast, it would help us out if you put comments in there, it helps the algorithm, and people find it easier. And frankly, it gets a little bit more banter and communication between everybody. So the question is, what if my VA wants to change their hours? It’s gonna happen.

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HireMyVA Podcast 53- Is it necessary to take the “Top 5 CliftonStrengths” and Kolbe A Index?

HireMyVA Podcast 53 Is it necessary to take the Top 5 CliftonStrengths and Kolbe A Index 1

You don’t even need to do this program. Is it the wise thing to do? Yes, it’s the wise thing to do. Dave, let me take just a quick stab and I’m gonna hand it over to you. So why do we do it? You know, they’re a saying “Know Thyself”, and so yes, I’m a believer that we have to step out of our own mess sometimes and do a little bit of self-analysis. You know, they used to say like, stare at the Naval a little bit, but you got the cognitive brain, you got the conative brain, there are different types of the brain. What I love about combining the Cliftonstrengths, it used to be called Strengthsfinder 2.0 and it’s morphed over the years. And Kolbe is that it measures different parts of the brain. The conative brain I’m fascinated with. The conative brain is what early Stoics used to talk about, Aristotle used to talk about the conative brain.

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HireMyVA Podcast 52- Interview with Navin Kulshreshtha

HireMyVA Podcast 52 Interview with Navin Kulshreshtha 1

It’s hard to do that until you get a thousand subscribers, but yes. But we gotta start somewhere, right? I loved this conversation for a bunch of reasons. He was just dropping some value bombs like out of the gate, you know, like things, like focus on results. You know, when you’re bringing team members on board, particularly VAs. The other thing is that I loved and some of this is just, Hey, TFTR, thanks for the reminder. When you start looking at people who have had success in business, you can start connecting the dots. And another thing that he said is to hire people who are better than you. One of the things that you and I talk about all the time is to hire people who are bolder and better than you. Bolder and brighter than you are. Another thing I thought that was gold is when you’re talking about integrity. You said it’s easier to find people who are competent than least to find people with integrity.

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HireMyVA Podcast 51- Do you really pick the team, or does the team pick you?

HireMyVA Podcast 51 Do you really pick the team or does the team pick you

Most states in this country are at-will employment and they could walk any day of the week, without giving you any kind of notice. And so we have to be respectful of them. I do know that there have been times in my career when I’ve been really clear on the vision of the organization, I was really clear on what type of team I wanted to build. And more than the position I was trying to fill, I was saline, here is where we’re going as an organization. And so I do a casting call, basically looking for rock stars to fill a particular position like senior leadership positions.

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HireMyVA Podcast 50- How often should I do a performance review and give raises?

HireMyVA Podcast 50 How often should I do a performance review and give raises 1

You step in, in a positive manner, just like good coaches do, and correct them not in front of anybody. You don’t critique people. You don’t criticize people publicly. You certainly don’t do it in front of a guest, unless you’re really savvy enough to know how to turn things around a guest or client, whatever you call them in your organization. So let me start with that. You should always be doing performance appraisals. But let me back up. I know what we’re talking about here. You know, most organizations don’t do any kind of performance appraisals.

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