Leading with Audacity when Launching a New Initiative

Leading with Audacity when Launching a New Initiative

  “Audacity, Audacity, Always Audacity!” — Frederick the Great Throughout my years in the trenches of innovation and business development, I have found that there are a few key attributes that enable people to be successful while leading new initiatives. While the general principle of my book is Relationship Momentum, and it is expressed by a formula: Rm=E3Vs Relationship Momentum is (Brand, Value, and Ambassador Equity) Multiplied by (Strategic Velocity) …. in the beginning of the book I talked about creating movement in a consistent direction and combining it with a measure of audacity. The trouble with high audacity is that […]

5 Traits of the INTRApreneur

5 Traits of the INTRApreneur

Where is it written that Entrepreneurs are only sole proprietors, closely held business owners or people who start a new company?   Where is it written that the great innovators, ideators and creators always go the way of a Horatio Alger novel and start their own companies and blaze their own trails?  There is a misconception that those who are willing to step up to the table of market leadership with new ideas are not wanted by or interested in being in a large corporate environment.  A new day is dawning where the Entrepreneurial spirit is being embraced by more than […]

The Importance of Strategic Velocity for Leaders

The Importance of Strategic Velocity for Leaders

I had the privilege of doing a guest blog for Jesse Jacoby and Emergent Insights. Emergent Insights is a repository of articles containing practical methods, tools, and tips for driving change and implementing business strategies from a people and change perspective. It is published by Emergent, an independent consulting firm headquartered in Denver and serving Fortune 500 clients across North America talking about strategic velocity for leaders.   In physics, Velocity is known as an object’s rate of change with respect to its location. Velocity is not the same thing as speed. Speed is very important when it comes to the time-value of […]

The Secret to Hiring Great People – Expand Your Reach Through Ambassadors

The Secret to Hiring Great People - Expand Your Reach Through Ambassadors

I had the privilege to do a guest blog for HiringThing.com. It is recruitment management software company that helps companies post jobs online, manage applicants and hire great employees.   “An Ambassador is not simply an agent; he is also a spectacle.” — Walter Bagehot In 1815 the Congress of Vienna officially recognized Ambassadors as having extensive powers to control the flow of information, maintain diplomatic relations, and project the influence of their chief executives. The word Ambassador comes from the Latin root word ambassarre, which means to send. King Ferdinand of Spain was the first to employ these accredited […]

Creating Relational Movement in Your Life

I had the opportunity to do a guest podcast for Matt McWilliams. Matt blogs about business and family leadership, business strategy, and personal development. I spoke on the secret to creating Relational Movement in your life, ideas and business.                                                       Guest Podcast        : http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/interview-with-brian-church-author-of-relationship-momentum/  

Creating Relational Movement in Your Life

Creating Relational Movement in Your Life

  I had the opportunity to do a guest blog for Matt McWIlliams. Matt blogs about business and family leadership, business strategy, and personal development. I spoke on the secret to creating Relational Movement in your life, ideas and business. McWilliams Guest Blog      

Entrepreneur On Fire Podcast

Entrepreneur On Fire Podcast

  I had the privilege of doing a podcast with EntrepreneurOnFire.com. I discussed the art and science of Relationship Momentum for todays entrepreneurs. EOFire is all about Inspiring Millions. Their goal is to help you find the inspiration you’re looking for to launch into your own entrepreneurial journey. It is a daily business podcast which features interviews with entrepreneurs like Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk, Barbara Corcoran, Tim Ferriss and hundreds more. John Lee Dumas interviews today’s most inspiring & successful Entrepreneurs 7-days a week. The guests share their failures, “AHA” moments, & vision for the future inspiring millions to take their own […]

How To Balance Strategy & Creativity To Move Your Ideas Forward

How To Balance Strategy & Creativity To Move Your Ideas Forward

I had the privilege of doing a guest blog for Ron Edmondson. His blog specializes in organizational leadership. Ron asked me to talk about the balance of creativity and strategy in moving your ideas forward.     In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9 As a creative young businessman, I initiated many projects that eventually ran off the rails. Most of the derailment was due to a lack of planning or pause when a change was needed. I often did not understand the tactics I needed to employ or the force that […]

I wanted to share a recent guest blog I was honored to publish for Josh at  Quieted Waters.

Josh asked me to share my thoughts on the importance of finding a true north in any endeavor in your life.

Compass

“Don’t become a mere recorder of facts, but try to penetrate the mystery of their origin.”
 

— Ivan Pavlov

Whenever you embark on a journey, there are two things you need to determine. You need to figure out precisely where you are, and then its relevance to your final destination.

Navigators call it True North. Those two little pieces of data become the context of your entire adventure. When I talk about pinpointing your locations, I am speaking metaphorically. Where are you in the creative process? Whether you are starting a company, writing a song or launching a new product, one must plan for the journey. Without a place of origin and a clear picture of success, where you actually wind up is often a matter of random chance.

What Is True North For Your Initiative?

The main idea here is that you must acquire a True North or what you have determined to be the proverbial “promised land” for your initiative. An objective that is along the path to success should always be measured in its relation to the prize!

I could not imagine creating a plan or deriving a strategy without first knowing where I was. That requires an honest evaluation of the assets or liabilities I have at my disposal. Only then do I develop a plan for where I want to go. Everything else I do from that point onward should be in reference to that inventory and my picture of success. Elements of that inventory may change from decade to decade, year to year, or even quarter to quarter.

Although your business will grow and evolve, your destination rarely changes. Think about that picture often — so often that you are able to communicate and even illustrate it for others.

Just The Beginning

Ideas don’t stop with success. In fact, success enables you to be more creative than ever because the ideas are easier to fund. The important part of building upon proven ideas is that you do not allow your picture of success to change without serious contemplation and self-evaluation. Many successful people and products have lost their bearing and damage the picture by carelessly building on the foundation of previous success. New Coke anyone?

Ask yourself this question: How consistent is this new idea with the overall picture and general direction of my life and career? If it advances the direction and intensifies the picture, I then establish what I consider to be the milestones and timelines required for the journey. I then regularly reflect on my vision to make sure that I am moving in step with True North (my picture of success).

Paint Your Portrait

Many people experience only relative success as opposed to reaching their dreams because they never had a true picture of what they were after. They did not visualize it, right it down, and in turn, help others to see it as well.

Life will occasionally present a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. In the creative world, it is hard to know how many opportunities or flashes of brilliance will actually present themselves, but in those critical moments, you cannot afford to miscalculate by using the wrong set of metrics or by not knowing your definition of success, your True North.

A Value Renaissance

A Value Renaissance

“Try not to be a success, but rather to be of Value.” — Albert Einstein In today’s world of social media and immediate information, it has become increasingly hard to hide a lack of value for certain companies and products. There was a time that pomp and circumstance and the deafening sound of a Brand’s platform could make up for the actual magic…..well not being magic. That time has come and gone. With all of the talk of how social media has cheapened our relationships, perhaps we have overlooked one of the greatest attributes of immediate feedback and real time […]