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What is Leverage?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

What is Leverage?

Leverage is explained by webster in 2 ways which is the following

Leverage (noun) 

 as 1 : the action of a lever or the mechanical advantage gained by it 2 : power , effectiveness <trying to gain more political leverage> 3 : the use of credit to enhance one’s speculative capacity

Leverage

Main Entry:
2leverage
Function:
transitive verb
Inflected Form(s):
leveraged; leverag·ing
Date:
1957

1: to provide (as a corporation) or supplement (as money) with leverage ; also : to enhance as if by supplying with financial leverage2: to use for gain : exploit <shamelessly leverage the system to their advantage — Alexander Wolff>

Realistically if you put it all together you combine any numerous amounts of techniques, tactics, to get what you want. Hunh?

Ok let me put another way for you by actually addding a short list of things of which you can leverage but not limited to following list:

True and Real Assets

Time

Money

Contacts

Mailing List

Products  (Ebooks, Audio Ebooks, Videos Either on DVD or Downloadable online, Software)

Services (In Exchange for something else of equal or more value)

Content

Knowledge and Skills

Marketing Ability

Salesmanship

Alright I think that give you some kind of idea of what leverage is and how you can maximize your ability to achieve what you want, if you cannot do something find someone willing to partner with you and leverage each others ability to get things done.

Now choose someone where he fills in your weaknesses and you are able to fill his, that way you both are able to correct each other’s weakness through leverage, this will allow for you both to be a better structured and successful partnership.

If you have a group whereby you all lack the same abilities, find someone to help eliminate that gap of that group and you will see that your group will become so powerful through the art of Leverage.

So many people miss out on the real efforts and strength of what leverage can do for you both personally and business and as well as financially, friendships, etc.

All of it can deliver so much value to you and your goals, missions, plans.

This will be touched upon a little bit later on and should not be thought of as not valuable, because it will show you that you are not really using your head. Why do I say that here?

Think about all of the successful people who has come before us and are currently popping up all over the place, do you think that success just falls into their lap, no it doesn’t and if you believe that they are lucky, yes they maybe but not completely.

They used a variety of connections to the above list and helped them Leverage their past failures and turned them into successful leveraged leaders. Remember no matter who you are and what you do, even if you do not believe me, you are using leverage.

Do you use a alarm clock in the morning, tooth brush and tooth paste, fork to eat your food, keys to lock your door at night, I do believe I have given you a few examples here.

That’s how powerful Leverage is and how it can help you really achieve success.

Start thinking of ways of using the above list to start t achieve your desired lifestyle and take it from me, you will be hearing about how I am applying this strategy to both my personal and business lifestyles as well.

I have always loved this word but never really took that massive action that helps this really come alive for me until last year and now I am taking massive action and will unleash the power of leverage.

All the best,

Julio R. Mattos

ONE-MAN POWER= Power Of One= Team of One

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

ONE-MAN POWER.

Every successful concern is the result of a One-Man Power. Cooperation, technically, is an iridescent dream things cooperate because the man makes them. He cements them by his will.

But find this Man, and get his confidence, and his weary eyes will look into yours and the cry of his heart shall echo in your ears. “O, for some one to help me bear this burden!”

Then he will tell you of his endless search for Ability, and of his continual disappointments and thwartings in trying to get some one to help himself by helping him.

Ability is the one crying need of the hour. The banks are bulging with money, and everywhere are men looking for work. The harvest is ripe. But the Ability to captain the unemployed and utilize the capital, is lacking sadly lacking. Your man of Ability has a place already. Yes, Ability is a rare article.

But there is something that is much scarcer, something finer far, something rarer than this quality of Ability.

It is the ability to recognize Ability.

The sternest comment that ever can be made against employers as a class, lies in the fact that men of Ability usually succeed in showing their worth in spite of their employer, and not with his assistance and encouragement.

If you know the lives of men of Ability, you know that they discovered their power, almost without exception, thru chance or accident. Had the accident not occurred that made the opportunity, the man would have remained unknown and practically lost to the world. The experience of Tom Potter, telegraph operator at an obscure little way station, is truth painted large. That fearful night, when most of the wires were down and a passenger train went through the bridge, gave Tom Potter the opportunity of discovering himself. He took charge of the dead, cared for the wounded, settled fifty claims drawing drafts on the company burned the last vestige of the wreck, sunk the waste iron in the river and repaired the bridge before the arrival of the Superintendent on the spot.

“Who gave you the authority to do all this?” demanded the Superintendent.

“Nobody,” replied Tom, “I assumed the authority.”

The next month Tom Potter’s salary was enhanced, and in three years he was making ten times this, simply because he could get other men to do things.

Why wait for an accident to discover Tom Potter? Let us set traps for Tom Potter, and lie in wait for him. Perhaps Tom Potter is just around the corner, across the street, in the next room, or at our elbow. Myriads of embryonic Tom Potters await discovery and development if we but look for them.

I know a man who roamed the woods and fields for thirty years and never found an Indian arrow. One day he began to think “arrow,” and stepping out of his doorway he picked one up. Since then he has collected a bushel of them.

Suppose we cease wailing about incompetence, sleepy indifference and slipshod “help” that watches the clock. These things exist let us dispose of the subject by admitting it, and then emphasize the fact that freckled farmer boys come out of the West and East and often go to the front and do things in a masterly way. There is one name that stands out in history like a beacon light after all these twenty-five hundred years have passed, just because the man had the sublime genius of discovering Ability. That man is Pericles. Pericles made Athens.

And today the very dust of the streets of Athens is being sifted and searched for relics and remnants of the things made by people who were captained by men of Ability who were discovered by Pericles.

There is very little competition in this line of discovering Ability. We sit down and wail because Ability does not come our way. Let us think “Ability,” and possibly we can jostle Pericles there on his pedestal, where he has stood for over a score of centuries the man with a supreme genius for recognizing Ability.

By Julio Mattos
Taking Daily Action
http://www.MrJulio.com

Why Coaching is the Way to Go in Team Management

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

Why Coaching is the Way to Go in Team Management
When you hear the word “coach”, what comes first into your mind? Do you picture a basketball team with a man/woman shouting out directions? Or perhaps a football team with a man/woman pacing to and fro and calling out the names of the players?

Coaching is no longer reserved to sports teams; it is now one of the key concepts in leadership and management. Why is coaching popular?
 
Coaching levels the playing field.

Coaching is one of the six emotional leadership styles proposed by Daniel Goleman. Moreover, it is a behavior or role that leaders enforce in the context of situational leadership. As a leadership style, coaching is used when the members of a group or team are competent and motivated, but do not have an idea of the long-term goals of an organization. This involves two levels of coaching: team and individual. Team coaching makes members work together. In a group of individuals, not everyone may have nor share the same level of competence and commitment to a goal. A group may be a mix of highly competent and moderately competent members with varying levels of commitment. These differences can cause friction among the members. The coaching leader helps the members level their expectations. Also, the coaching leader manages differing perspectives so that the common goal succeeds over personal goals and interests. In a big organization, leaders need to align the staffs’ personal values and goals with that of the organization so that long-term directions can be pursued.

Coaching builds up confidence and competence.

Individual coaching is an example of situational leadership at work. It aims to mentor one-on-one building up the confidence of members by affirming good performance during regular feedbacks; and increase competence by helping the member assess his/her strengths and weaknesses towards career planning and professional development. Depending on the individual’s level of competence and commitment, a leader may exercise more coaching behavior for the less-experienced members. Usually, this happens in the case of new staffs. The direct supervisor gives more defined tasks and holds regular feedbacks for the new staff, and gradually lessens the amount of coaching, directing, and supporting roles to favor delegating as competence and confidence increase.

Coaching promotes individual and team excellence.

Excellence is a product of habitual good practice. The regularity of meetings and constructive feedback is important in establishing habits. Members catch the habit of constantly assessing themselves for their strengths and areas for improvement that they themselves perceive what knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to acquire to attain team goals. In the process, they attain individually excellence as well. An example is in the case of a musical orchestra: each member plays a different instrument. In order to achieve harmony of music from the different instrument, members will polish their part in the piece, aside from practicing as an ensemble. Consequently, they improve individually as an instrument player.

Coaching develops high commitment to common goals.

A coaching leader balances the attainment of immediate targets with long-term goals towards the vision of an organization. As mentioned earlier, with the alignment of personal goals with organizational or team goals, personal interests are kept in check. By constantly communicating the vision through formal and informal conversations, the members are inspired and motivated. Setting short-term team goals aligned with organizational goals; and making an action plan to attain these goals can help sustain the increased motivation and commitment to common goals of the members.

Coaching produces valuable leaders.

Leadership by example is important in coaching. A coaching leader loses credibility when he/she cannot practice what he/she preaches. This means that a coaching leader should be well organized, highly competent is his/her field, communicates openly and encourages feedback, and has a clear idea of the organization’s vision-mission-goals. By vicarious and purposive learning, members catch the same good practices and attitudes from the coaching leader, turning them into coaching leaders themselves. If a member experiences good coaching, he/she is most likely to do the same things when entrusted with formal leadership roles.

Some words of caution though: coaching is just one of the styles of leadership. It can be done in combination with the other five emotional leadership styles depending on the profile of the emerging team. Moreover, coaching as a leadership style requires that you are physically, emotionally, and mentally fit most of the time since it involves two levels of coaching: individual and team. Your members expect you to be the last one to give up or bail out in any situation especially during times of crises. A coaching leader must be conscious that coaching entails investing time on each individual, and on the whole team. Moreover, that the responsibilities are greater since while you are coaching members, you are also developing future coaches as well.

By Mr. Julio Mattos

Getting Up and Taking Action

http://www.mrjulio.com

Discover How You Can Learn To Fish and Teach Your Team To Do The Same!

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Discover How You Can Learn To Fish and Teach Your Team To Do The Same!

I am very sure you remember the old quote as follows:

“Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, but teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.”

This quote has so many hidden ideas and plans and meanings behind it, but it’s simply put into just that meaning.

If I simply gave you $10 you can only eat for today, but if I taught you how to make $10 over and over again, then you will eat for the rest of your life.

This is more aimed towards your team Building side of your business or simply put you can implement this the way you would like to implement it.

Creating a team is a very useful way for your business to really to take off, please think carefully what I am saying here, because this is the reason why so many businesses out there fail.

They believe that they are only one can do their job better then anyone else, sometimes this is really true, but delegating work will play a key role in the Longevity of your business.

Business is truly a team sport, not to say you that you have to hire tons of employees, but to say if you are a start up and if you feel that some of the work, that you do not like to do and rather not do because you feel your time can be better, spent on producing more profits for the business, then by all means outsource the work.

Even though your budget maybe small think about the fact of you putting your time towards, more productive things as selling more, creating JV’s (Joint Ventures), or setting up a Autoresponder (Automatically will send info To your email list, tips or newsletter for your company) for you, to be able to stay in contact with your clients, either daily, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or however many times you feel comfortable, with your list.

So the Quote I would like to say is this below another way of saying it for Team Building as follows:

“Give your team a bucket of fish and they will eat for a day, but teach your team how to Fish and they will Eat for a Lifetime.”
-By Mr. Julio Mattos or by Mr. Mattos Julio

Or Maybe I should say it another way, which will make it more suitable for this article as follows:

“Give your team a sale and they will profit for today, but teach your team to sell and they will sell for a lifetime.”
-By Mr. Mattos Julio or By Mr. Julio Mattos

Ah you know the name thing, in so many countries the name more thoroughly said by the last name in the first greetings and then the first name there after, so if your name Julio Mattos, it would be more pleasant to say, Mattos Julio, a friend from Poland just so happen to tell me this, I knew about this.

But he recently returned from Japan and a few other Asian countries and told me about this, even it’s more of First Name and then last name here in America, other places, I have had many mixed reviews on this but hey if you think may know about out it, please by all means write comment or email us, we will glad here any and all feedback here at Mrjulio.com

Ok back to reasoning behind this article, I have prolonged it a for a while when I was younger trying, to do all of the work myself in a few ventures and trying to have a life at the same time.

If have ever worked on any project, job, or business venture, then you will know exactly what I mean, this is the reasoning for all new companies or we should call them start up fail in the first year, you try to shave off expenses because you are on a set start up budget and sometimes you have no money for the start up and so you have to everything yourself.

But you know maybe there are some people out there where you make a trade for their services or products, something you maybe good at, for example accounting, bookkeeping, computers maybe IT, you can offer to trade services, with someone that has the experience in something you really need, perhaps you need content and a writer or copywriter whose up and coming will be willing to trade with you, maybe you know a lot about website design and he doesn’t know anything or would perhaps be more happier to not know and he’s on a budget awesome, work out a deal.

Being Strategic and very resourceful for what you have and don’t have or know, you can and have to improvise also you must come up with solutions to the problems you currently have on your plate, and you have clear the plate with solutions, before the plate can be cleaned.

Think about setting up a team, join a master mind group or something like that, work with local small businesses and see if you work with them and you guys can set something up, you never know who you may meet and ask your friends if they know someone.

Wow, I just gave a bunch more tips then I actually intended to do here, ah I writing is the life for me.

Think about this when you are actually starting a internet business, or a offline business, think of ways to saving yourself the time and stress and money, as well as the return on investment (ROI, that can be made.

Let me know what you think about this and feel free to contact me, in the future we will be looking to be more resource for you and us, by recommending links to sites that we believe to be very useful for us here at MrJulio,com

Have a very pleasant day.

By Mr. Julio Mattos
Getting up and Taking Action.
http://www.MrJulio.com