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Entrepreneurs and Corporations Both Need to Adapt

It’s been a year and a half now since I left my 6-Figure “Corporate Job”. It was the best (and last) job that I ever had – I truly loved the people I worked with, and the position was very rewarding on several levels.

I learned so much working as a Project Manager in the Healthcare Industry, much more than I had ever imagined.

Managing anywhere from $500K to 4 Million in Monthly Revenue and anywhere from 40-90 projects at a given time – I learned the importance of being organized, prioritization, discipline and most of all – having systems in place to be able to manage it all.

Burnout was not only unavoidable, but expected. I remember seeing the PM’s I had mentored come and go, it was a demanding position, and without the right mindset and systems you are doomed for failure.

There is a LOT of value in having “help”. I hired my own Virtual Assistant to help manage my day-to-day tasks that did not require my “Unique Abilities” as a Project Manager.

Adaptation & Flexibility in the Corporate World:

You hardly hear about this in the corporate world. There is so much red-tape, policies, procedures, and processes that do not allow them to adapt to the ever-changing climate of business.

You might have a Company Conference Call or “Re-Organization” Once a year, or maybe every 6 months – but those “Changes” get rolled out, over some period of time, and by the time they are implemented – the technology has become outdated, or the competition leaves them behind.

Systems and Processes in the Entrepreneurial World

On the other side of the coin, for a little over a year and a half – I’ve taken a deep-dive off the cliff into becoming an Entrepreneur.

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting to become an “Expert” in the Entrepreneurial world already – but I offered something severely lacking in this “Hustle” Economy – Order.

I’ve already been able to double my income from my past life as a Project Manager, a craft I spent 10 years developing in this new economy.

Why?

Because I offered valuable systems and processes seriously lacking in the world of “Hustlers”, that haven’t experienced the high-pressure corporate atmosphere and the responsibility / accountability you have no way to avoid when you work for a Fortunate 500 Global Brand.

I Took My Knowledge for Granted

I was always a “Small-Fry” at Philips, I was young, just turned 30 – By far the youngest of the Project Managers, and boy was I ambitious.

I took my 6 month pregnant wife and moved right outside Portland, Oregon to take on the role as Project Manager for Philips after being the Information Technology Coordinator for a School District in Northern California.

I’ve always been fortunate that every time I left a position it was because I was recruited for a “New Opportunity” with more responsibility (and of course more pay).

This Time Was Different

After almost Four Years at Philips, the role had become very challenging to my family and my relationships. My wife and I had grown apart, with all the turn-over in my region I was managing 5 States, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska. From time to time I was also thrown around to different states like Northern California or New Mexico to help save projects that were going south.

On top of that my Grandfather was 94 and literally on his deathbed in California. I had requested a transfer several times back to California (which they promised when I was first hired that it would happen within the first couple years when available).

It was not granted.

No Support

My wife and I also had a very rough time dealing with a miscarriage during a Project GO-LIVE. I couldn’t even be there for my wife, I had to fly to Alaska on a Project going sideways, and my mother-in-law had to use the “FMLA” (Family Medical Leave Act) to take time off her demanding job and fly up to care for her while I was in Alaska.

The only solace I had was one of my mentors and leaders at Philips Wally who brought my wife and I Thai food (my wife’s favorite) during all the disaster. My good friend and partner on the Clinical side Shannon was always there to listen, and comfort me.

Yet, we were still not with our families, trapped, secluded, vulnerable.

Reclassification: The Value Proposition (or lack there of)

To top things off, the final straw that made me decide to make the leap – February 29th… Leap Day 2016 was the “re-classification” to a salaried position.

There’s nothing more demoralizing than being told by someone that you’re getting a new “Title” – I was “Project Manager III” it included a 20% raise, a switch to a salary scale which meant no more time card (YAY! I thought?)

I had always been told if you really want to be successful in life you can’t trade time for money. You have to be rewarded for your efforts, and I finally felt like I was on the right track.

The Realization That I Was Valued LESS

Towards the end of my career at Philips, I was asked by some of the upper management a question, “How do we keep guys like you from burning out or leaving the organization”?

Knowing what I knew now, I could have given them a lot more feedback – I was not even contemplating leaving when that was asked of me.

That first paycheck of my new “Title” and raise.

It was life altering.

It was the realization that I was still expected to work the same amount, and get paid less.

You Get What You Pay For

I couldn’t bill for the hours traveling on the weekend to get things kicked off on early Mondays as our clients expected.

I couldn’t bill for the hours prepping on Sunday nights to make sure things were in order for the week.

I couldn’t bill for the countless hours in the evening when I got a call from an Engineer when a project went sideways and had to clean things up (even fly out personally to handle!).

It was a 20% raise, and at the end of the say a 25% decrease.

I Started to Value My Time

I knew that my skill set as a Project Manager was in demand, I had contemplated how long I could “survive” until I found something else, nearer to my Family.

I was willing to make a huge sacrifice to find something that was more rewarding, I just had to talk my wife into it.

Flexibility was VITAL

There was a moment when it boiled down to having a life, and the freedom to spend time on my terms.

I had accepted a few “consulting” jobs to help people get things straightened out, and realized that the skills I had developed managing virtual / remote teams was an opportunity companies didn’t even know about let alone understanding how easy it could be done.

Remote Teams are the FUTURE of Business

Virtual teams are the future. You heard it. There’s not a whole lot you can’t do remote anymore except for in-person executions. Even in the corporate world we had most everything virtual except for a few weeks (or less) to show up and plug things in.

Now I have my own team of 57 Virtual Assistants that work for myself and my clients.

This year I launched a program designed to show Entrepreneurs how to systematize their businesses and then build virtual teams to run them.

The concept, so easy in theory, as well as execution – but it’s still a new concept. I’ve proven it for myself starting now 3 businesses than run by themselves with virtual teams.

I’ve also helped HUNDREDS of Business Owners launch their own businesses into the stratosphere by removing themselves from their businesses they’ve become slaves to.

I’m NEVER Going Back

It has been a very long time since I’ve posted here on Linkedin because I wasn’t sure where the journey would lead.

I was always afraid I would have to come back the the “corporate world” and so I started my own “Entrepreneurial” re-birth on a completely new account not to confuse my “old-life” friends and colleagues with the mind-blowing, eye-popping stuff that I’ve seen happen in not even two years.

Since leaving Philips I’ve been featured on over 30 podcasts, 4 National & Local Radio Stations, even on CBS San Francisco for my expertise in both International Travel and Building Virtual Teams.

Since then, my books have garnished thousands of downloads, I’ve gained over 3500 customers, 200+ clients, and have launched 9 businesses.

I Get Recruited (Unsuccessfully) for Positions at Corporations

In the past year I’ve received 11 inquiries from companies to be the following positions: QTY-3 IT Project Manager, QTY-3-CMO, QTY-2 CTO, QTY-1 CIO, and 2 Proposals for Partnerships in some pretty awesome companies internationally from USA, UK, and even Australia.

Where they great opportunities? Absolutely.

Why am I here doing my own thing?

I’m done trading time for money.

I’ve set up the systems and the right people in my business to run without me.

When I work, it’s on my rules and my schedule. Like shown when I was honored to speak to a group of successful Entrepreneurs on how to systematize their businesses to run without them as well.

I live what I’ve called the 9010 Life.

The 9010 Life is about focusing on the 10% of your Life & Business that provide the largest possible result. Leveraging a team of virtual assistants to do the 90% of things that aren’t harnessing my “unique abilities” has changed my life – and the lives of 100’s of my clients over the past couple years.

What started as a fun hobby, has turned into an opportunity that I would have never expected.

What The Corporate World & Entrepreneurial World Can Learn From Each Other

  1. The corporate world needs to adapt, they can find plenty of great people willing to work for them from the comfort of their home, both at home and abroad. They need to learn to be flexible, and put in place ways to explore innovation and creativity faster (especially with remote teams). Entrepreneurs are quick, they seize opportunities, and that is lacking in the corporate world.
  2. Entrepreneurs need more structure. They need more systems, and they need procedures. I see so many people being burned out because they work all day and all night because they don’t have help, and they don’t have their businesses in order to delegate effectively. Corporations have plenty of systems, and their on-boarding is tight.

I’m humbled, honored, and blessed to be where I am today, and I thank God he showed me how valuable I am, by letting someone else tell me how valuable they thought I wasn’t.

Jeff J Hunter | Recovering Project Manager & IT Administrator | Fledgling Entrepreneur

You’ve Been Challenged! 14-Day Business Freedom Challenge

14-Day Business Freedom Challenge

Do you want to join over 300 people who have accepted the challenge to organize their businesses in 14 days?

Do you have your business systematized so that someone else can run it for you? Are you unable to delegate important tasks to a Virtual Assistant because you don’t have the processes in place? Maybe you just want to get more done, or focus on the parts of your business you ACTUALLY LOVE?

ACCEPT THIS CHALLENGE! This will start Tomorrow! Monday, August 21st! If you cannot take action and hold yourself accountable then don’t bother clicking.

If you “REALLY” want take action to organize your business sign up here: https://9010life.com/14-day-challenge

I’ll get you on board with the worksheet and challenge accountability group! There’s a Facebook group set up, with daily motivation, support and even guests to have fun, drop value and keep us going!

Losing Clients Online Because You Aren’t Organized?

Are you wasting valuable clients online? Have you ever lost a client because they slipped through the cracks? 

We all know how important it is to be organized ? in our business.

It’s hard to be on top of your game if you don’t have a streamlined process to streamline new sales while keeping your existing clients happy.

You might have said, “what should the process look like, where do I start?”

Learning the hard way or “figuring it out” requires so much time and energy…..

I’m very excited to announce that I’m adding something new and exciting coming to the 9010 Life Program for all 60+ existing pilot members:

In this 6-week 9010 Life Program you will:

➡️Week 1: Learn how to create a structure outlining the operations of your business.

Freedom Plan
Determine which tasks you need to handle and which would be better off outsourced.
Automated Sales Strategy
Time-Management Hacks

➡️Week 2: Creating Your Sales Pipeline

Over-The-Shoulder Sales Pipeline Building
Personalized Sales Automation
Mind-Blowing Customer Experience with integrated calendar

➡️Week 3: Getting Out of Your Own Way: Business Freedom

Priorities & Strategy Mindset
Create Freedom Recipes AKA “Standard Operating Procedures” (or just cheat and use/modify proven copy-paste ones)
Free Recipe Workshops: learn from others, and we work together to build out yours

➡️Week 4: Mastery of Delegation for the Virtual CEO

Benefits of Delegation
Mastery of Delegation Step I
Mastery of Delegation Step II
Levels & Styles of Delegation for Successful Remote Team Leadership.

➡️Week 5: Project Management for Successful Virtual Teams

Virtual Team Management Tools
Business Architecture
Solving Problems as a Team
Maximum Productivity & Accountability for Virtual Teams
Business Architecture

➡️Week 6: Building Your Virtual Team to Run it FOR

The “Perfect” Job Description
Building an eager team that want you to shine
Your First Virtual Team Hire
Your business on autopilot

It’s time to get your business organized, automated, and then delegated to run FOR YOU, so you’re not losing clients online.

That is the 9010 Life.

PS. Did I mention there will be WEEKLY workshops to get you through the 6-Weeks as quickly as possible to have REAL freedom in your business?

STOP Losing Clients Online.

Register for the FREE 9010 Life Webinar and Get Started Now!

https://9010LIFE.com

Clients Online Not Worth Losing 9010 Life

Goal Setting Template | SECRET BENEFITS of MICRO GOALS

To achieve some focus and clarity when setting goals, our SMART Goal Setting Template is there to assist you. Goals are achieved, by first possessing an idea of what it is you want to attain success at. Also, you must deduce the tasks necessary to achieve those goals. Thankfully the 90/10 Life is here to teach you how to successfully delegate 90% of the tasks. Yet, you need to insert that 10% in presenting clarity for your objectives to be accomplished.

What separates someone who achieves goals and who doesn’t? Discipline

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” -Pablo Picasso

Indeed it is impertinent to decide what is important to you. It is also important that you resolve to take the steps required to make these goals, your realities. Without clearly stated goals, you will have no sure guarantee that your efforts are worth the time you’ll invest. Needless to say, you need to set goals which serve to guide you onto that route to success.

If you’re passionate about living the 90/10 Life, you already know that you need to delegate so you can focus on that 10% which matters most. Consequently, you must provide guidelines, such as a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). Your virtual team will need your SOP to achieve the results which you deem achievable. Use of the SMART goal analysis can help you to formulate goals which are achievable.

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.” —Andrew Carnegie

What is the SMART Micro Goal Setting Template?

To ensure you remain on point while setting goals, utilize SMART goals.

SMART translates to Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Time-bound goals. When formulating a goal, apply the implications of these terms to the desired goals. Then ensure that something is done every day which helps to achieve these goals. The goal setting template guides you to formulating micro goals of your own.

You don’t attain long-term goals by waiting for something to happen. You work toward achieving them by setting several micro goals. The completion of all these micro-goals consequently result is the accomplishment of the goal in its entirety. Doing so might just leave you in a daze of satisfaction as you tick off all the tasks on your list of tasks to accomplish.

You have to set goals that are almost out of reach. If you set a goal that is attainable without much work or thought, you are stuck with something below your true talent and potential.” -Steve Garvey

The goal setting template is there to help you to organize your goals. That way, you can focus on accomplishing the main goal. This list of micro goals will spur your forward with every tick you insert next to the goals you accomplish. As a result, goals which were once seemingly out of reach come within grasp.

The Secret Benefits of Micro Goals

Each micro goal achieved brings you one step closer to achieving the major goal – clear visual evidence that you are moving forward. The secret of setting micro-goals refers to their benefits with regards to attaining your major goals. There are numerous benefits to setting micro-goals utilizing the micro goal setting template. The micro goal setting template allows you to focus on specific outcomes and helps you to formulate useful micro goals. The secret benefits of the micro goals you set would include:

Micro Goals Are Attainable

In comparison to major goals, micro goals appear easily attainable. For example, my goal was to post one thing on Facebook for thirty days. With each day which proceeded after I wrote that goal, I ensured that I found something noteworthy to post. I did this every day, for thirty days. Would you believe it – Facebook noticed and congratulated me for having posted something each day for 30 days. That felt great.

Micro Goals Serve As Fuel

Micro goals help to set the pace thus creating a healthy source of motivation. With each micro goal accomplished you get one step closer to achieving your major goal. Additionally, it is simply an energizing feeling to know that we all have the potential for attaining success at the major goals we set.

Micro Goals Serve As Nesting

Micro goals provide the nesting place necessary to support your major goals. Imagine an egg on a hard surface without the support of soft nesting. A strong gust could easily carry that egg off in any direction toward an uncertain end. Micro goals provide security and direction thus keeping your major goal within reach.

The 3 P’s of Goal Setting

Have you decided to write your goals and the micro goals which accompany them? After you decide to utilize the micro goal setting template you must also incorporate Tracy’s – The 3 Ps of Goal Setting. Ensure that:

  • Your Goals are written in the Present tense. You want to see actions to start on this goal from today. These goals should be written beginning with, I want to achieve this goal by a given time frame.
  • Your Goals are Personal. Although you may need others to accomplish various micro goals, they do so at your request. Such goals should be stating that I want to have such a person accomplish such a goal by a set date.
  • Your goals must be Positive. This simply means that your goal must be one which facilitates feelings of satisfaction and accomplishment.

Consequently, when you review those goals and work at them daily, you become a part of the top 1%. The time to act is now. Use the goal setting template to help you identify your SMART goals.

The goal setting template is here to assist you in delegating effectively.

Delegation is Key to the 90/10 Life

Remain mindful that, the key to benefiting from the 90/10 Life Principle is to systematize and delegate. You do not possess the skills which are necessary to accomplish ALL the micro goals which help make that great goal possible. Therefore it is to your benefit to consider utilizing the skills and talents of others to achieve your micro goals.

Also, remember that their actions must be in accordance with your vision. After all, the micro goals which you have written provide the road map to your success. For this reason, sound instructions are necessary to provide clarity to those who have been assigned the tasks. In such a case, a clear and concise SOP is the most valuable asset to your virtual assistant.

In the virtual world, visual learning is the predominant learning style for most virtual assistants. Therefore, you need to utilize software which can help you to convey your vision. A video is a vital element for rapid transfer while also providing the detail which written or audio media lack. There are several apps available which can assist this process.

Apps such as TinyTake and ScreenFlow can assist in video capture. Thus helping your virtual assistant to see your process. Also, if you wish to prepare a SOP document, screen shots are a tremendous help to visual learners. Consequently, it is important that you set clear directives for the micro goals which you virtual assistant is responsible for.

Sign-Up for the FREE 90/10 Life Workshop to learn more.

How to Be a Confident Leader vs A Know-it-All Boss

Being a confident leader is perceived based on who you are and not necessarily by what you do. If it is your goal to become a confident leader, you must first recognize this call to action. Sadly, who you are is determined by the habits which you choose to cultivate. Therefore, if you practice habits which help you to become a beacon of light and inspiration, then the people who spend time with you will see this. If you choose to develop counterproductive habits, then, people will rate your quality of leadership based on how they see you. They will judge and respond to your leadership based on your behavior, regardless what you say or do.

“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” –Douglas MacArthur

Are You  A Confident Leader?

 

Many individuals may think that being able to control or manage others equates great leadership. Quite the contrary, as, leadership is leadership. When you seek to lead, you must first invest 50% of your time in leading yourself. You need to develop your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, and conduct. Then you can consider Investing at least 20%, leading those with authority over you and 15% into leading your peers. Remain cognizant of the fact that effective leadership isn’t about lengthy speeches or being popular. Your leadership is defined by the results you achieve, not by the attributes which you possess.

 

Are You A Confident Leader or A Boss

In the working environment, a boss usually creates fear; is known to assign blame; knows it all and usually ensures that work is seen as pure drudgery. Whether you are in an office, or a virtual leader – aim not to be the boss, aspire instead to be the leader. As the leader you’ll be expected:

  • to inspire others with your confidence;
  • ask the questions which provide the answers to move forward;
  • be progressive and keep the tasks at hand interesting.

The group effort is of great interest to a confident leader, because he or she knows the help of others can help achieve the greatest good for all.

Remain A Confident Leader 

In Challenging Situations

The fact remains that unsure, uncomfortable and defensive situations do not have to be difficult. Once you approach these situations with the correct attitude you will be sure to see the difference. To do so, you must be equipped with immense self-confidence. This would simply reflect how well you think of your own talents and abilities. Therefore the more you like yourself, the more confident you will feel. That confidence will, in turn, ensure that you work more efficiently. Thus you would see the value of your contribution to the development of the whole. Also, others will feel inspired to work with you as they will see – a confident leader at the helm.

 

Sync With Inner Values

Living your life in accordance with your innermost values will ensure that you attain the success which is associated with your high self-esteem. You need to be clear about what is important. That way you can be respected for the manner in which you honor your values. The law of reversibility says that there is a direct link between feelings and actions. Simply put, you will behave according to how you feel. Consequently, how you feel will cause you to behave in a manner of your choosing. For example, if you view your time as valuable, this will, in turn, allow you to feel like a more valuable person.

 

Lead Courageously

As a leader, you also maintain your confidence by practicing courageous leadership. Throughout life, there are risks we all take. Whenever you take a particular course of action, the outcomes may be uncertain. Every day, you take a small risk when you walk to work or go to make purchases at the supermarket. You take a larger risk when you start a business or invest a large sum of money. Any venture into the unknown is a risk. However, to lead, you must be confident about the risks which you choose to take in pursuit of the right goals

 

“Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not ‘making friends and influencing people,’ that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” –Peter F. Drucker

 

Moving Forward With Confidence

Remember, leadership is not management nor is leadership, control. Leadership ensures that leaders are seen for their ability to lead others into action. They achieve this through their own displays of confidence while dealing with the duties they are responsible for.

Therefore, there is a need to cultivate good habits which will, in turn, demonstrate to others your exemplary leadership skills. Each step you take toward the accomplishment of your goals is a risk; its value determined by how much you stand to gain. Risk taking is a necessity, but weigh your options! Ensure that you take risks which will contribute positively to the achievement of your goals.

Furthermore, as a confident leader, you need to value the initiative of your group members. Their inefficiency may not necessarily be a reflection of their true potential. It may serve instead, as an indication that their talents are not properly utilized. Encourage their efforts in areas where their talents can thrive.  Their feelings of accomplishment will promote contentment and confidence, ensuring that work is no longer seen as drudgery. Want to know how to utilize the talents of your group efficiently?

This is why you need to be a part of the 90/10 Life! The 90/10 Life Programs will provide you with step by step instructions which will help you to lead with confidence. Learn how you can excel also as a virtual leader.

Account Based Marketing with a Virtual Sales Assistant

If you’re doing Account Based Marketing, then you know prospecting for clients is time consuming! That’s why you’ll notice that a lot of startups, coaches, and entrepreneurs are leveraging the power of a Virtual Sales Assistant.

The past 4 years I’ve been consulting businesses all over the world to build their virtual teams to use this exact same account based marketing method I’m about to show you.

And here’s why:

Because while an inside sales team is wasting time finding new prospects, a virtual assistant (or team of them) can literally do that for you. All you and/or sales team has to do is build relationships and close deals.

It’s pretty cool — see, Sunday nights are one my most productive times. Literally, my team is operating at full-speed which is Monday morning in the Philippines.

Heavy Lifting of Account Based Marketing Outsourced

The leg work of my Virtual Assistant business is done by my amazing virtual assistant team… all I have to do is build relationships with ALREADY qualified leads and close the deals. That’s it.

I’ve never had to sell this… it SELLS itself because there’s not a sales team in the world who thinks that their time is spent well finding contacts that is literally something a virtual sales assistant for 7-8 bucks an hour can do (oh yeah, and they hate doing it anyways).

GIVE THEM WHAT THEY WANT PEOPLE!

Here’s one of my LinkedIn growth hack strategies that we’re currently implementing (which is getting me dozens of leads daily — while I’m in Mexico with my wife and kids):

Create an Irresistible LinkedIn Profile

— this is pretty standard marketing advice but this all boils down to understanding your target market. But it goes without saying that it’s 100% true. For example, we’re targeting startups, SaaS companies, and software companies that are looking to scale but don’t have the capacity to grow/train their team.

So, with that in mind, I’ll use what I know about my target market — their pain points, the problems that their businesses face — and create my profile in a way that let’s them know I have a solution (because I do). 😉

Account Based Marketing Lead Generation on Autopilot

— here’s where your virtual assistant team comes to play. Big time. See, I used to waste all my time messaging leads. And when it came down to building relationships with the interested leads, I’d be so spent mentally that I couldn’t be there mentally 100% (or just didn’t have enough time left in the day to actually follow up).

This is where having a virtual sales force has changed my life dramatically. They identify, qualify and send connection requests to over 50 leads a day. (My virtual assistant Layenne (pronounced Lay-“n”) calls this “prospect fishing” lol!) They simply send a copy and paste message that addresses my target markets major pain points – and modify it with their names and/or other data points.

Couple this step with step #1 and you’ve got yourself one dangerous combination for total lead generation overkill on LinkedIn.

Here’s some of the connections and leads my virtual assistant was able to generate on Friday using this strategy:

Virtual Assistant Account Based Marketing

I had a total of 21 new connection requests accepted on Friday, I had 7 responses, and 4 of them requested a spot on my calendar after I come back from vacation – that’s right – even sent one a picture of me and my family from the beach.

Linkedin Lead Generation

Pretty cool, right?

This is just the tip of the iceberg of what we go over in my live training seminars (you didn’t seriously think I’d just give it all away to you right here, did’ya?).

Want to use this account based marketing strategy for yourself and not ready for a VA for some crazy reason? Learn how to leverage a virtual assistant team so you can close deals without ever having to prospect again at VirtualAssistantMarketing.com
Virtual Assistant Marketing Linkedin

PS. This proven strategy and 5-Video Training Series that we’ve used for over 4 years to farm hundreds of thousands of contact details of decision makers is INCLUDED as a BONUS in the 9010LIFE.COM Program

Check out the 9010 Life Webinar where I show you three secrets I’ve learned to build your own virtual team (the right way).

Virtual Leadership – How to Be a GREAT Virtual Leader

Virtual Leadership Styles

“The best leaders don’t know just one style of leadership—they’re skilled at several, and have the flexibility to switch between styles as the circumstances dictate.” Daniel Goleman

There are leadership styles which work and those which don’t achieve the results desired. Then there are purposeful mixtures of styles which produce amazing results. However, to be a great virtual leader, you must carefully select the style which works best for you. If none of them work, take a risk, and create a combination of your own. Once you are able to see the results of that choice or combination of styles, you know you are on the right track.

 

Here is a short list of leadership styles and the response achieved for each style.

LEADERSHIP STYLE RECEPTION OF STYLE BY TEAM MEMBERS
  • Directive
The directive leader is usually seen as the micromanager, who dominates and closely supervises everyone.
  • Authoritative
The authoritative leader is seen as the intuitive but firm manager who sets standards and provides clear directives.
  • Affiliative
The peacemaker, who is concerned with ensuring that harmony between staff and employees is ever present.
  • Participative
The politician who enforces that a democracy is always the deciding factor. Every vote counts.
  • Pacesetting
The overachiever who demands that all subscribe to a high standard of excellence. This leader has no tolerance for dead weight.
  • Coaching
The motivational and inspirational guru who encourages the development of the employees. The aim of such leaders, is to facilitate improvement in the performance of team members.

 

Virtual Leadership Styles

 

Your Style of Virtual Leadership

Perhaps you already utilize a micromanagement approach to your team members. If you are, this method will serve only to frustrate you and have you and your team appear as inefficient. How can you accomplish your own goals as the leader if you are micromanaging your entire team?

The style of leadership you select to practice is also dependent on the type of people who you manage. Their personality traits and their purpose on your team are important factors to consider as well. Therefore, you need to give sufficient time to allow your team members to focus on what they are doing. Also, invest time in the unique abilities of the members of your team. Surely, you would get the results you’re looking for.

Consequently, to exhibit great virtual leadership, you need to respect the value of the time of your team members. You need to give sufficient time to allow them to focus on what they are doing. They need that time to focus on utilizing their talents, skills, and abilities to achieve the amazing results which you long for.

Additionally, you must acknowledge that people work best when they are engaged in tasks which they love to do or are very good at. How efficient can someone who writes excellent blogs be at web design? That person may be able to generate the content needed for the web page. However, he or she may not be as effective for producing the eye-catching graphics which can pull potential clients to your site.

Virtual Leadership & Real Life

Let’s apply this to having a virtual assistant paired with a sales representative. If you are in sales, you know that you need to be going out there and building relationships with clients and prospective clients alike. However, if you must spend time searching for the potential clients, this would be counterproductive.

This is where your virtual sales assistant becomes an asset. Your virtual sales assistant could do your prospecting and prepare you lists of the prospects which you are interested in seeing, within a particular area. That way, you can focus on sustaining and improving your relationship with your clients. You’ll also get to focus on the activities which encourage such.

Perhaps using a 90/10 angle might help you put this into perspective. For argument sake, let’s say you have a sales representative grossing US$100000. If this person spends 4 hours every day seeking out prospects, then how much sales is he actually getting done daily? For an 8 hour day, this person is overpaid for doing work which is way below his or her pay grade.

You could have easily hired a virtual assistant to do the research and pay at an hourly rate of US$7 instead. The virtual assistant, whose skills are being properly utilized can gather the requested data. Meanwhile, your Sales Rep can go out there and confidently carry out his task, equipped with his assistant’s research.

4 Tips to Be A Great Virtual Leader

Invest in the Team

Great Virtual Leaders Invest in their team members talents and abilities. Your team members can sense if you value their output. Consequently, if you want them to produce the best output they can, you must listen to and address their needs. It is your job, to practice proper virtual leadership by empowering your team members to do their jobs.

Once they see that you are willing to address their concerns and provide them with access to the right tools, you will see results. You need to harness the best skills and talents of all the members of your team and bring it together to function as a single unit.

Give Thanks to the Team

Great virtual leadership is rewarded further when you express thanks for the efforts of your team.  Expressions of thanks allow your team members to feel appreciated and valued. Thus they are motivated to use their talents toward the enhancement of the product you offer.

Have Timely & Efficient Meetings

To be a great virtual leader it’s wise to have your meetings when you have as many of your members present as possible. Ensure that you have an agenda for your meeting and that it is structured. Have clearly identified goals.

Furthermore, be proactive and ask your team members what it is they need to boost their productivity. Most importantly provide them with the tools to do so. Remember your team needs to feel empowered.

Utilize Productivity Tools

For the effective management of virtual teams, it is advised that you use screenshot monitoring or movement monitoring. Such productivity tools will ensure that you can monitor progress without actually interrupting the creative process of your team members. Instead of having to call to find out what they are working on, you can simply log into your productivity tool and see what the progress is.

 

Provide Great Virtual Leadership To Your Team

Subscribe to a virtual leadership style which will give you the result you wish to achieve. Avoid being the type of leader who is always in the way of progress with all these questions and meetings and such. However you can’t be the type of leader who simply allows everyone to do as they please – you’ll be trampled. Create your combination and you will be sure to generate positive results from your virtual team.

The 90/10 Life is not just about you! It’s about utilizing it to help those around you be a part of that movement. Harness these unique talents of your team members in the areas which they have the opportunity to produce stunning results. You don’t want your web designer to get caught up in the drudgery of data entry. He won’t be productive. Team members, who you lead need to feel passionate enough to wake up every morning. And that passion should be driven by a need to use their talents in areas where they can shine.

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The 3 Keys To Living Without Limits

The challenges we face do not define us – living without limits is withing reach. They don’t have such power because living without limits is a possibility. In order to successfully overcome our perceived challenges, we must adopt a positive winning attitude. Many times, the path to accomplishing the goals at hand are not clearly mapped for easy following. This is not a limitation but a window of opportunity. In moments of uncertainty, you are afforded an opportunity to think creatively as opposed to following a pre-designed model of progress. You would be surprised to discover your capabilities when you allow yourself to adopt these three keys to living without limits.

“… to keep moving up … , you have to abandon the security of that ledge and reach for another hold. Letting go of that sense of security.. is the challenge. … think of yourself as climbing a ladder. To move to the next rung, you must give up your grip and reach for the next one.” – Nick Vujicic

The 3 Keys to Living Without Limits:

1: Clarity

Clarity refers to the clearness or lucidity as to perception or understanding. Steve Maraboli says it best when he says:

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Thus, to attain clarity suggests that one has attained freedom from indistinctness or ambiguity. You need to know who you are, where you are going and what you want to achieve. The goals and aspirations of others can not be yours as well. As such, you may want to write down your own bucket list of goals you wish to accomplish.

Once you’ve written this list you must formulate plans to accomplish them. Remember that the 90/10 Rule must also remain applicable here as well. Set careful priorities and do something every day which makes your goals achievable. As you continue to attain the desired success you will experience greater self-confidence. By then you will clearly see that there are indeed no limits to what you can achieve.

2: Competence

How can competence be a key to living without limits? Competence is the shield you need to keep the neigh sayers at bay and prove that your success speaks volumes without uttering one word. Your competence demonstrates your skill, ability, proficiency, and capability. As Martin Van Buren said “it is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t”

The reality is, if you become very good in your chosen field and apply the 90/10 rule to everything, then you WILL achieve success! Recognize the fact that excellence is a continuously moving target, therefore, you must dedicate yourself to continuous learning as you grow.

3: Concentration

“The power to concentrate was the most important thing. Living without this power would be like opening one’s eyes without seeing anything.” ― Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami indeed summarized the importance of concentration quite aptly. How many times has this exact experience been your cry? Your eyes are wide open but you can’t seem to be able to find your way. This is why concentration is such a necessary skill.

When you concentrate, you actually force yourself to focus single-mindedly on one thing until (hopefully) it’s complete. Focus is a word which speaks it’s own meaning quite simply – “Follow One Course Until Successful! To be focused is to know exactly what you want and work tirelessly to achieve it. When you add the concentration to the mix, you become a force to reckon with.

With focused concentration, you are the only obstacle in your path. If you allow that concentration to remain resilient then you can accomplish the things that can make the real difference in your life. Therefore you need to dream big dreams and find ways to delegate the 90 percent of activities which waste too much of your time – I quit my 6-Figure Day Job to live the 9010 Life. Then focus your energies on doing those 10 percent tasks which actually make your dreams possible, rather than remaining as impossibilities.

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Living Without Limits

Challenges will continue to abound as long as there is a quest for improvement. There would be no room for improvement if the path ahead was without difficulty. However when you take the decision to:

  • Incorporate clarity
  • Demonstrate competence
  • Have focused concentration

Limits shall become a distant memory. Join the 90/10 Life today and let your life without limits, allow you to soar.

 

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What Is The 90/10 Rule? 9010 LIFE Explained

The 90/10 Rule is one of the most helpful concepts for life and time management. According to this principle: 10 percent of your activities will account for 90 percent of your results. This can change the way you set goals forever!

What Is The 90/10 Rule?

You might have heard of the “80/20 Rule” AKA the Pareto Principle named after it’s founder, the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto from 1895. Pareto noticed that people in society seemed to divide naturally into what he called the “vital few,” and the “trivial many”.

Based on my personal observations with clients over the years, I’ve concluded that It’s 10% or even LESS in some circumstances that contribute to ultimate success in your life and business.

This spawned from an activity I do with ALL of my clients over the years called the “Freedom Plan” in which I work with them to identify all the different tasks they do on a daily basis over a period of time. We work to determine which can ONLY be performed by them, that utilize their “Unique Abilities” – like clockwork, most EVERY Freedom Plan reveals that 10% or less of the activities are truly something they SHOULD be doing.

Therefore it is suitable to apply the 9010 LIFE rule to almost any situation. In particular, we can apply it to goal setting and productivity.

90/10 Rule In Action

If you have a list of ten items to accomplish, only one of those items will turn out to be worth more than the other nine items put together.

If you have a list of ten items to accomplish, one will be worth more than the other nine items put together.

The sad fact is that most people procrastinate on the top 10 percent of items. However, these are the most valuable and important – the “vital few”.  Instead, they busy themselves with the least important 90 percent, the “trivial many,” which contribute very little to their success.

Delegate, Automate, or Stop Doing it

How To Apply The 90/10 Rule

Here’s what you should do in order to effectively apply the 90/10 rule to goal setting and to your overall productivity.

First, take a piece of paper and write down ten goals. Then ask yourself: If you could only accomplish one of the goals on that list today, which one goal would have the greatest positive impact on your life?

After completing this exercise, your choice will determine the most important goal. Achieving this goal will help you much more than any of the other goals on your list combined.  Ensure that you continue to work at the goal which you’ve chosen as the most valuable all the time.

This does NOT mean the other 90% of your work goes away, but you must make three choices for the other 90%:

A) Delegate it
B) Automate it
C) Stop doing it

Accomplish The Biggest Task First

Often, you may see people who appear to be busy all day long but seem to accomplish very little. This is almost always the case as they are busy working on tasks that are of low value. On the other hand, they are procrastinating on the one activity that could make a real difference to their companies and to their careers.

The most valuable task you can do each day is often the hardest and most complex. The payoff and rewards will make completing them truly worth it.

Before you begin work, always ask yourself, “Is this task in the top 10 percent of my activities or in the bottom 90 percent?”

The rule to adhere to here is: resist the temptation to clear up small things first!

Choosing to start your day working on low-value tasks, will cause you to soon develop the habit of always starting and working on low-value tasks.

Always Work Towards Your Main Goal

Always Work Towards Your Main Goal

Finally, let’s discuss this study that has just been done about the attitudes of rich people versus poor people in regard to goal setting. The study found that 85% of rich people have one big goal that they work on all the time.

Therefore, if you want to be wealthy, perhaps you should do what wealthy people do. Pick one big goal and work on it all the time. If you do, it will change your life.

Before we wrap up, I’d like to leave you with a thought to share with your friends and followers:

Your income right now is a result of your standards, it is not the industry, it is not the economy.”Tony Robbins

Those are my strategies for applying the 90/10 Rule to goal setting.

My questions today are: “Have you used the 90/10 Rule for goal setting? If you have, what changes have you noticed in your life?”

How To Use 9010 Lifestyle To Achieve Success

Dreaming big dreams has always been the starting point of great success. Nothing works faster than for you to cast off your own limitations. Begin dreaming and fantasizing about the wonderful things that you can become, have, and do. Nothing is more important, and nothing works faster.

William Shakespeare wrote, “Do not be like the cat who wanted a fish but was afraid to get his paws wet.” You must be willing to take the necessary steps to achieve your goals. When you make attempts and attain the success within reach, your levels of self-esteem and self-confidence will go up immediately. You will feel empowered about yourself and your ability to deal with what happens to you. The reason why so many people accomplish so little is because they never allow themselves to take action and achieve the kind of life that is possible for them.

Theory Of Constraints

As outlined by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox in their  “Theory of Constraints” –  is a set of tools to achieve positive change agents which can be used to manage constraints, thereby increasing profits. Thus making it possible to use this powerful principle to dream big dreams and live without limits. This is one of the greatest breakthroughs in modern thinking.

Goldratt found that in every process when seeking to accomplish any goal, there is a bottleneck or choke cord that serves as a constraint on the process. This constraint seeks to set the speed at which you achieve any particular goal. If you concentrate all of your creative energies and attention on alleviating the constraint, you can speed up the process faster than by doing any other single thing.

Allow me to illustrate using an example. Well, this is actually a true story. Imagine this! I was a very successful Project Manager for an AMAZING company. I was working 10-12 hours a day average. I was SLAVING my butt off for years and years. And I wasn’t seeing the progress of my hard work and dedication as I was doing everything in my business myself.

After working 10 – 12 hours a day for the years which ran by, I’d be exhausted. Needless to say, I was also watching my family fall apart. My stress levels were off the charts but I felt trapped. I needed my job to provide for the needs and well-being of my family but the time I was spending at my job made the home situation worse. I wanted to give up!

BUT THANK GOODNESS I DIDN’T GIVE UP!!!

My utilization of the 90/10 lifestyle has afforded me with the drive to dream big and succeed. I quit my job at that amazing company and went into business for myself. I knew that I had a great skill and was certain that after so many years of polishing my craft that I could competently handle my own business.

Since mastering what I’ve shown you on the webinar I have:

  • Created a self-running business powered by a virtual team
  • Successfully grew a six figure business while having a FULL-TIME Job
  • Taught hundreds of others to get MORE work done by doing LESS themselves.

On the 9010 Life webinar, I show you HOW you can walk in my success footsteps. By outsourcing work you hate you make more money, have better relationships and most importantly you’re happier! I will teach you how to live the 9010 Life.

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The 90/10 Rule In Action

My “Virtual Assistants” do over 90% of my work for me. No crap! No BS! No making stuff up! I literally figured out how to delegate 90% of what I did to virtual assistants and freelancers around the world. Don’t think for a minute that achieving this was an overnight achievement. There were many times I fell along the way. I went through hell out there, to get to where I am today!

I successfully launched my own business SOLELY POWERED by a 100% virtual team.

This is not an attempt at self-praise nor conceit. I’ve been humbled by the journey it took to get me here and I feel somewhat scornful when people treat me like a hero when I go to conferences now. I’m just a normal person who created a foolproof system to delegate effectively, and build an incredible virtual team!

What Are Your Constraints?

Constraints refer to the things, whether real or imagined which prevent you from achieving your goals. Therefore it is important that you identify the factors holding you back? Is it your level of education or skill? Is it your current occupation or job? Is it your current environment or level of health? Is it the situations that you are in today? What sets the pace for you achieving your goal?

Bearing in mind that learning should never stop, you can unlearn the things which debilitate your progress. It is possible to get yourself out of the situations which you have gotten yourself into, but you must be willing to identify the constraints which prevent you from seeing the silver-lining which accompany the clouds.  

Living the 9010 Life

To truly harness the power of the 9010 Life you must first identify the most valuable activities you do in your life. There is a proven method to determine this, along with your own time value within the 9010 Life Program. I also unleash the power of delegation and automation through systematization – this could sound challenging, but I’ve developed a STEP-BY-STEP process to follow that can free you from the 90% of your activities keeping you from the 10% that’s bringing you the most valuable.

Sign up for the FREE 9010 Life Webinar and learn these three secrets:

1) By outsourcing work you hate… you make more money, have better relationships… and you’re happier!

2) Reliable and Skilled Virtual Assistants are EASY to find and train to do work for your business

3) Having A Team Of Virtual Assistants [or just a Virtual Assistant] is LITERALLY the fastest path to your FREEDOM

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