15 May Day Quotes

Spring Beauty

New Beginnings

It’s the first of May.  In some parts of the world, May Day is a traditional spring holiday and a day that signals rebirth and new beginnings.

So, if you’ve had a bad week, shake it off and enjoy a new start.

Here are some quotes to inspire you as the season begins:

 

“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.” –Laura Ingalls Wilder

 

“If we had no winter the spring would not be so pleasant.” –Anne Bradstreet

 

“Every flower must grow through dirt” –Laurie Jean Sennott

 

“…I hear the sounds of melting snow outside my window every night and with the first faint scent of spring, I remember life exists…”-John Geddes

 

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.” –Pablo Neruda

 

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” – Hal Borland

 

“That is one good thing about this world…there are always sure to be more springs.”-L.M. Montgomery

 

“Let go of yesterday. Let today be a new beginning and be the best that you can, and you’ll get to where God wants you to be.” –Joel Osteen

 

“Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes.” –Carl Friedrich Gauss

 

“It is so small a thing to have enjoyed the sun, to have lived light in the spring, to have loved, to have thought, to have done.” –Matthew Arnold

 

“Every new beginning comes from other beginning’s end.” –Seneca

 

“Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day.” –Elizabeth Bowen

 

“From the end spring new beginnings.” –Pliny the Elder

How Leaders Start Movements

3 Minute Lesson on Movements

In this 3 minute TedTalk, Derek Sivers analyzes how leaders start movements.

Leaders need to do something that sets them apart from everyone else, but the leader needs to recognize their first followers and the crucial role they play. By nurturing their first followers and treating them as equals, it becomes less about the leader and more about the movement.

 

“The first follower is what transforms a lone nut into a leader.” -Derek Sivers

 

Below are some of the lessons we learn from Derek about movements and leadership.

A leader:

  • Stands out
  • Risks ridicule
  • Embraces followers as equals
  • Demonstrates a willingness to be public

Derek shares that “the first follower is what transforms a lone nut into a leader.” In many ways, the first follower is also very much a leader.

Have the courage to stand up. Be willing to join in.

 

“A man is only a leader when a follower stands beside him.” –Mark Brouwer

 

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How to Avoid the Most Common Branding Mistakes

Brand Revitalization

6 Rules of Brand Revitalization

 

How do you keep a brand relevant?

 

If you are looking to develop a strong global brand, you will find two names consistently mentioned as “go-to” experts: Larry Light and Joan Kiddon. They have just released a second edition of their book on branding, Six Rules of Brand Revitalization.

If you need to revitalize a brand, or if you are looking to avoid the pitfalls others have made, this book is a blueprint to follow for building a brand.

 

“Without trust, there can be no brand loyalty.” -Light / Kiddon

 

I recently spoke with the authors about their new book and the rules of branding.

 

6 Rules of Brand Revitalization

 

1. Refocus the organization.

Where do most corporate leaders get it wrong?

They tend to believe that “refocus” can happen through tools and templates and HR seminars. Refocus is more than filling in the blanks and talking the talk. When there is a conflict between strategy and culture, culture wins. A commitment to change requires refocusing of the cultural mindset that emanates from the top down. Merely embarking on a training program to encourage a focus on new tools, templates, and techniques can distract from the need to accomplish both the behavioral and attitudinal modifications that foster culture change.

 

“Refocusing an organization around common goals is the first step for brand revitalization.” -Light / Kiddon

 

6 Rules of Brand Revitalization

Rule 1: Refocus the organization

Rule 2: Restore brand relevance

Rule 3: Reinvent the brand experience

Rule 4: Reinforce a results culture

Rule 5: Rebuild brand trust

Rule 6: Realize global alignment

 

What tip would you provide to a leadership team in the midst of this refocus?

Leaders are different from commanders. Commanders manage by telling people what to do. They create acceptors. Leaders create believers. Acceptors go through the motions complying with the new processes and behaviors. Believers have true commitment that this refocus is a better path to a successful future. Acceptors are not the same as adherents. The leader must be the one to set the tone and drive the change for all to see and emulate. Leaders must demonstrate commitment if they expect people to become believers in the new world.

 

“The leader must set the tone and drive change.” -Light / Kiddon

 

  

2. Restore brand relevance.

What are the best ways to stay on top of changing customer expectations?

Stay up-to-date with all available information. Read a variety of sources, not just in your business’ field but also across many disciplines. Include regular market research reports. But also include what is happening in the world around us. Be observant. Be informed. Be open to new ideas.

In this world of access to “big data’” there is now a focus on data analytics. Analysis can tell us about what is happening today. Analysis is about the decomposition of data. But real insight does not come from analysis. It comes from creative synthesis. Analysis is about taking data apart. Synthesis is about putting together disparate sources of information in original ways. Synthesis is about detecting patterns that others fail to see. Keeping a brand relevant will involve both analysis and synthesis. Make sure that the organization is open and conducive to creative synthesis.

 

3. Reinvent the brand experience.

How do you define a brand experience?

The total brand experience includes consideration, shopping, purchase, use, service, online, offline, brand communications, handling of customer complaints, and so on. Every touch point with the customer is a part of the total brand experience. It includes every aspect of the brand promise: functional benefits, emotional and social rewards, solutions to problems, and so forth.

 

“Every touch point with the customer is a part of the total brand experience.” -Light / Kiddon

 

How fast can a brand innovate and reinvent?

6 Entrepreneurial Lessons from Evan Carmichael

Leadership Lessons from Entrepreneurs

Evan Carmichael is passionate about helping entrepreneurs. He built and sold a biotech software company at 19. He raised millions as a venture capitalist at 22. And then, he started EvanCarmichael.com as a website to help entrepreneurs. He is, by his own admission, “obsessed” with this passion.

His YouTube channel has millions of views and is the leading channel for entrepreneurs. You may have seen during one of his numerous media interviews or his many keynote speeches.

Recently, I caught up with Evan in Madrid, Spain. Having followed his career online, I wanted to learn more about the entrepreneurial mindset.

Even if we don’t own a business, what can we all learn from entrepreneurs? Here are a few lessons from Evan that inspired me. Since I am all about encouragement and empowerment, I wanted to share some of his most inspiring words.

 

6 Lessons from Entrepreneurs

All of us should:

  1. Embrace the entrepreneurial mindset.

This is a mindset of dissatisfaction with the status quo, of solutions, of challenge, and of driving to a more sustainable, successful place.

 

“Entrepreneurs have a dissatisfaction of the world around us.” –Evan Carmichael

 

“Entrepreneurs are the crazy ones who see a better future.” –Evan Carmichael

 

“Entrepreneurs are the solution providers who want to make the world a better place.” –Evan Carmichael

 

“Most of our global problems could be solved by entrepreneurs.” –Evan Carmichael

 

  1. Adopt a mindset of empowerment.

We should aim for a feeling of empowerment. It’s not about a title or a position. It’s about how we think. Finding a way to make a difference and to drive change is key to success.

 

“You don’t need permission to have an impact.” –Evan Carmichael

 

“Leaders of organizations empower teams to take risks.” –Evan Carmichael

 

  1. Assess and take appropriate risks.

Some entrepreneurs bet everything, but you can be pragmatic. You can take measured bets. Evan’s take on risk was eye opening. He thinks it’s “crazy risky” to assume you will have your job for 25 years and that your company will still be around. “Why not bet on you?” is a challenge we should all learn from.

 

“Betting on yourself is one of the best bets you can make.” –Evan Carmichael

 

  1. Embrace failure.

Failure is a subject I love to study because it is a component of all success. Evan adopts failure as part of the process, as something to embrace and encourage.

 

“Failure is feedback.” –Evan Carmichael

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”

John Maxwell