10 Ways To Help Others That Will Lead You To Success



Helping others should be a natural extension of every business leader’s responsibilities.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t come as easy as you would think. As leaders, we often get too caught up in operations or our own problems to give people the help they need. However, in the last year, I’ve realized that most of my best clients, partners and relationships have come from me helping someone. Here are 10 thoughts that can remind you to help others.

  1. Sharing knowledge
    One of the easiest ways to help others is to simply share your knowledge. You don’t have to be in front of a classroom to teach. Every day there is an opportunity to educate someone about your area of expertise. The key is to keep educating yourself so you can stay ahead of the curve.
  2. Finding out what’s valuable to them
    The number one rule of helping people should be to find out what’s actually valuable to someone. You may spend time and effort helping someone with something that they didn’t even want help with. Make an effort to ask them where they need help, and keep that in mind when you see an opportunity.
  3. Sharing your resources
    Think about the resources you’ve invested in and be mindful of whether they can help someone else. Maybe a developer on your team has some extra time and one of your contacts needed some help on a quick job. Or, maybe you have Cardinals season tickets and there’s a game that you won’t be able to attend. Keep those under- or unused resources in the back of your mind and try to connect them to people who can use them.
  4. Making them aware of an opportunity
    It’s important to keep an eye out for opportunities. It could be good press, a potential partner, or a general business opportunity. Once you see an opportunity, think about who could benefit from knowing about it. One of the ways I like to help my employees is to help their friends, relatives or significant others if they’re looking for a job. A lot of times I can use my business connections to find a potential good fit.
  5. Giving them transparent feedback
    Transparent feedback can be tough because some people don’t take constructive criticism well.  There is a difference between telling someone that they suck and giving them good examples of how they can improve.  Some people won’t take it well but, in the long run, you will help the people that you want to work with and improve the efficiency and success of your company as well.
  6. Being a brand advocate
    I was at a conference the other day and an American Airlines employee was going on and on about how she loved her Modify watch. She truly wanted to help the company because she loved the product and wanted to see them succeed. Think about the products and services that you love, and don’t be shy about letting people know about them.
  7. Giving introductions
    There’s a lot of big talk out there. Someone knows somebody who is a great contact or client, but they never actually make the introduction. Rather than making and breaking promises, make an effort to actually send out several intros each week. However, don’t let your credibility take a hit: make sure the people you’re advocating are legit.
  8. Volunteering your time
    Time is valuable and most people understand that.  When you take time out of your day to help a friend, they remember it. I try and do a guest webinar every couple of weeks for contacts so they know I’m willing to take time out of my day to share my experience with the community. Even if it’s not something as public as a webinar or podcast, set aside some time to help a contact. It could be as simple as helping them move to a new home.
  9. Recognizing them
    There are a variety of ways to give someone recognition. You can include them in an article that you’ve written or mention them in a speech or presentation. An easy way to recognize someone is to nominate them for an award. There are countless awards out there that could really help out your network. It will mean a lot to the nominee that you thought of them and wanted to recognize them. On a smaller scale, you can have internal recognition within your company. We have an award called “the belt” that looks like a WWF belt. Each week the current winner chooses the next winner. It’s an easy way to make an employee feel good about the solid work they’ve done for your company.
  10. Giving gifts
    Gifts can be tricky because you don’t want to “buy” peoples’ favor. You want to get them a gift that makes sense and will help them.  When Hurricane Sandy hit, we sent care packages with items that survivors could use as they recovered from the devastation. People tend to remember who helped them when they were in need, so it’s important to make an extra effort during these times.

Helping others isn’t always easy. It can sometimes derail your schedule and cost you time, money and other resources. It can even be interpreted the wrong way. However, keep these tips in mind for some easy ways to show your connections that they truly matter to you.


Source: John HallCEO of Influence & Co.

Top 10 South Beach Restaurants

As many of you already know, I am a big fan of South Beach in Florida.images (83)



Below is a list of My Top 10 Restaurants. If you can get down there try out a few.


10. Monty’s on Miami Beach Marina

Casual Marina Tiki Hut Restaurant. Friday nights draw a great crowd. Lunch is also a nice way to do this restaurant.

Monty's on the Marina

Monty’s on the Marina

9. Phillipe

Great Asian food at 1st and Ocean Drive.

8. Mr. Chow 

More Asian at the number 8 spot!! At the W hotel. Beautiful restaurant and a fun bar.

7. Red

A South of Fifth Steakhouse with a very good Wine List.

6. Gotham Steak

One of the best at the Fontainebleau Hotel on 44th Street.

Glow Bar outside Gotham Steak

Bleau Bar outside Gotham Steak

Get there early so you can have a few cocktails at the Bleau Bar in the Lobby







5. The Forge

Newly remodeled and a hang out for a number of Celebs. Machine operated wines by the glass at the bar are a great way to do happy hour.

4. Prime 112

Prime 112

Prime 112

One of the best, but a little crazy at night. If you are in South Beach you must eat here!

Try lunch if you don’t want to wait at night.

3. Hakkasan

The best restaurant at the Fontainebleau serving great Asian! They also just opened in Las Vegas.

2. Smith and Wollensky

Smith and Wollensky's

Smith and Wollensky’s

Dine by the water for lunch or dinner. I would recommend Sunday afternoons to sip champagne and watch the cruise ships depart!

1. Prime Italian

Just across the street from sister restaurant Prime 112. Great Italian and Steak!

What more do you need? Try the deep fried Oreos for dessert.

You can’t go wrong with any of these great restaurants. Miami Beach has so many more to offer too!

The Most Successful People Take Small, Smart Steps Toward Their Goals

Is there anyone anywhere old enough to work who has not had an idea for a new company? Who has not said on at least one occasion  “someone could make a fortune if they’d just…”

So how come we have so few entrepreneurs?

Study the type of ideas on which highly successful growth companies were originally based, and you will have to conclude that the reason there aren’t more successful entrepreneurs is that there aren’t many people with the need or nerve to try out their ideas in the marketplace.

What you wantThe successful entrepreneur is the person who makes an idea happen, even if there are a lot of unexpected problems, and even if it’s not a very good idea in the first place.

But they don’t do it with one roll of the dice. The most successful entrepreneurs we know are extremely risk adverse.They don’t do it by taking large bets.  Instead they:

1. Start with desire. You find/think of something you want. You don’t need a lot of passion, you only need sufficient desire to get started. (“I really want to start a restaurant, but I haven’t a clue if I will ever be able to open one.”)

2. Take a smart step as quickly as possible toward their goal. What’s a smart step? ProcrastinationIt’s one where you act quickly with the means at hand. What you know, who you know, and anything else that’s available. (“I know a great chef, and if I beg all my family and friends to back me, I might have enough money to open a place.”) You make sure that step is never going to cost more than it would be acceptable to you to lose should things not work out. And you bring others along to acquire more resources, spread the risk and confirm the quality of your idea.

3. Reflect and build on what you have learned from taking that step. You need to do that because every time you act, reality changes. Sometimes the step you take gets you nearer to what you want (“I should be able to afford something just outside of downtown”); sometimes what you want changes (“It looks likes there are an awful lot of Italian restaurants nearby. We are going to have to rethink our menu.”) If you pay attention, you always learn something. So after you act, ask: Did those actions get you closer to your goal? (“Yes. It looks like I will be able to open a restaurant.”) Do you need additional resources to draw even closer? (“Yes. I’ll need to find another chef. The one I know can only do Italian.”) Do you still want to obtain your objective? (“Yes.”)

4. Repeat.

Act. Learn. Build. Repeat. This is what defeats uncertainity…providing that you actually start and try to make your idea a reality.images (6)




Source: Paul B. Brown is co-author of Just Start published by Harvard Business Review Press.


Your Potential is Limitless!

How many of you have had the opportunity to watch the movie Limitless? What a great movie starring Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro.limitless

The premise of the movie is that there is a drug that allows the average human who only uses 20% of his brain to access 100% of it!

I won’t give away the secrets of the movie but it is very well done and entertaining.

Obviously the pill doesn’t exit, but consider the fact that we all have so much unused potential and unlocking it should be a goal for every one of us.

The kinds of things that happen in the movie are possible if we choose to achieve them. Maybe not converting a few thousand dollars into a few million in a week or two but great things are out there for all of us.

So the question becomes, what do we need to do to unlock our true potential?

Here are 5 things that will provide some of that power:

Never be satisfied with “average” or status quo.

Just like young children always Ask Why. No one has all of the correct answers. Use your judgment and ask for more information.

Set goals that are higher than what you are comfortable with and manage those goals. This is key to all success. You cannot achieve what you have not envisioned.

Read as much as you can. Knowledge is Power.

Here are 10 great books to take a look at: http://bizownersunlimited.com/great-leaders-learn-every-day/

Join a group or organization that specializes in a topic that interests you. This will provide connections and information you need to get the job done.

Do these things and you will discover that your Potential is Limitless!

Watch the movie with this mindset. It will inspire you. You will succeed.