3 Attributes Of A Great Leader

3 Attributes of a Great Leader

As I think about what makes a great leader, these three come to the top in my mind. Love the People you Lead This is by far the most important one because it is the foundation of all attributes.  Love is felt by all you lead.  It creates a mutual relationship of loyalty and respect. If you truly love these people you will care about them and their family.  Get to know them, listen to them, acknowledge them when they do well.  Learn what motivates them and what their interests are.  If you have interests or a background similar to theirs, let them know.  Bonding takes time, but will never truly happen without something common between the two of you and that can lead to this love and caring. Listen to them, really listen.  Remember that God gave us two ears and only one mouth.  That should indicate to us to listen twice as much as we talk.  Some people are great at this while others have to learn this skill.   Machiavelli, an Italian philosopher, penned the book, “The Prince”.  In this book he asked whether or not it is better to be feared or loved as a leader.…

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UVU HONORS KEN BRAILSFORD WITH OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARD

UVU HONORS KEN BRAILSFORD WITH OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARD

Ken Brailsford to receive Utah Valley University (UVU) 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award.  The university recently announced the list of awards recipients and Ken is among seven individuals being honored by the UVU Alumni Association.  The award ceremony will be held on September 23, 2015 (which happens to be Ken's birthday) in Orem, Utah.  Below is the article that appeared in the university's official magazine: Zija Founder Ken Brailsford was recently awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award from Utah Valley University, where he was once a student. Now he watches with enthusiasm as buildings are added and enrollment numbers increase. Below is the article that was published in the university's official magazine: "Lead, follow, or get out of the way." This motto has guided Ken Brailsford throughout his extraordinary journey as a student, commissioned Army officer, and entrepreneur. “I don’t mind following, and I don’t mind leading,” says Brailsford, who is this year’s recipient of Utah Valley University’s Outstanding Alumni Award. “I can do either-I just want to be moving forward.” And moving forward is what Brailsford has done his entire life. After earning a degree in economics from Brigham Young University, getting married, and serving a stint in the Army during…

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Why Legacy Matters

Why Legacy Matters

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” - Winston Churchill A legacy is defined as something received from an ancestor.  Many people focus on building a legacy once they near retirement age.  I don’t ever plan on slowing down or retiring but I am at an age that many people retire by.  Now my focus is not only building but extending my legacy by passing it along.  One way that I’m doing this is writing my memoirs for not only my children and grandchildren but to publish as a book.  I’ve been talking about this in the past few weeks via this blog as the “Invisible Hand of God” leading me on this incredible journey.  I want to share my experiences that built my faith as well as other life lessons that I’ve learned. What legacy was left for me?  I’ve enjoyed researching my family tree to see where my roots lie.  It’s fascinating to see what countries my forefathers came from and when they came to America to settle and build their legacies here.  I believe that those who came before me helped shape me and that not only…

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Always On The Go

Always on the Go

“He who rests, rots.”  Arthur Fiedler In my home I have a treadmill desk where I can be active while working.  I’ve always been a man on the go. The evidence is piling up that too much sitting can take a serious toll on your health.  A 2014 study (http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2091327) found sitting for prolonged periods raised the risk of cardiovascular disease by 14 percent, cancer by 13 percent, and diabetes by a whopping 91 percent.  The impact was even more pronounced in people who did not exercise regularly. Studies say the average person spends more than half their waking hours sedentary, doing such things as working at a computer, watching TV or sitting in traffic. Even if you exercise for 30 minutes a day, that 30 minutes does not counteract the sitting.  There are simple ways that people can counteract these negative effects. Below are some things you and I can do to be healthy: Move Just because you are in a corporate or home office doesn’t mean you can’t move. You need to stand up at least once an hour and move. Walk Park your car at the furthest edge of the parking lot and don’t take the elevator…

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My Journey (Part 5 And Beyond)

My Journey (Part 5 and beyond)

Over the past few weeks, I've shared some glimpses of the journey my life has taken.  While I'm continuing to write about my journey, I won't be sharing it on my blog.  The rest of my story, including many of the events, experiences and people that shaped my life will be in my upcoming book.  I'm excited to share this with you!  I'll continue to share blog posts regularly and even give some 'sneak peeks' of what will be in the book, so keep coming back.

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My Journey (Part 4) Be Quick To Forgive

My Journey (Part 4) Be Quick to Forgive

Learning and experience came quickly for me as President and CEO of Nature's Sunshine Products.  Within a year, our MLM business was larger and growing faster than our health food store business.  Pressure was mounting from the distributor force for us to stop selling to that market.  They didn't want competition.  A decision had to be made.  The decision to discontinue the health food store business was one of my worst decisions I could have made. We soon had other competitors enter into the health food space and nothing was gained by our distributors by that move.  In fact it was worse.  I have often thought that had we remained supplying that market we could have controlled the product mix and pricing and kept it better for us and our distributors.  Nevertheless, we moved forward, dropping that segment of business and continued to grow every month. Soon I learned that you can't please all of your distributors all of the time.  A giant decision had to be made.  Two of our top female distributors each had an opposing viewpoint.  Whatever the outcome, one would not be happy.  After much deliberation and prayer, I made up my mind.  The leader whose…

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