Joe McCreight, a long-time Florida native, now residing in Switzerland, joins his old Air Force colleague, host Steve Olds, for episode 45. Joe served as an intelligence officer for 4 years, then worked in the financial industry as a sales professional. For the past 17 years, he has applied his sales expertise with a company on the Pharmaceutical industry.
Joe attended the University of Maryland and ultimately earned a Masters degree in international relations. Then, he pursued a completed a Doctorate in international Business. Joe says his military background served him well in the business world. He talks about how living overseas has been an experience of many trade-offs and expansion of perspectives. His collaborative team is composed of individuals from many nations.
Joe has observed bias from the international team he works with - in the way they tend to see Americans. He says they tend to view Americans generally as drivers and great public speakers. This is one of the fascinating stereotypes that Joe has observed as an American working overseas. You’ll find this episode and Joe’s international perspective on Americans and their view of American business at large.
There's a sense in America, that right now, we CAN focus on activities that can truly improve our economy. Social Security Administration stats indicate that 50% of American's earn less than $30,000 per year.
We need a spirit of improvement, each of us, as individual Americans. But what is one of the key factors and activities needed to transform, improve and rebuild our nation? Mentoring.
May times, when facing challenges in our careers or even in our lives, in the heat of battle, when self-doubt sets in, we forget that seeking a mentor can help.
Steve shares a story - a serious challenge he faced en route to a combat mission during desert storm during a mission critical refuling operation.
The real lesson came after the mission encounter on the deck. Steve's mentor asked Steve what was really goin on in his mind. Through a serious of questions and multiple iterative discussions, his mentor helped him solve problem by drilling down: "What was the real problem?"
Steve learned many things from this experience. At the top of the list, he learned how to open his mind and heart to be able to take feedback and input. Resistence can be a real challenge when it comes to growth.
In our country, today, we hear so much blame in the rhetoric. Pointing fingers. Excuses. Distractions. Tangential’s. This behavior runs up against solving any problems or challenges. It runs up against truly understanding the root cause of any problem - that which can be so effectively solved though the process of mentorship.
When it comes to mentoring, really look at the scope of the task at hand for the mentoree. Set boundaries and clarity around expectations. Establish them clearly. Be sure to put clear definition and direction around goals of the mentoring mission. And be sure to measure the results as you go, and grow.
Inspiration begins with you. People in America are begging for leadership...now. They are open to many suggestions, but so many of the facts are simply not rooted in factual capabilities that would lead to success.
Feedback (the proverbial breakfast of champions) is essential to becoming a success. And, performing at the top requires that you THINK DIFFERENTLY. How many Americans really believe their vote will make a difference? Do we really understand what the intentions of the forefathers of our nation truly were?
When you look at your life - are you choosing the easy road, or choosing a meaningful, thoughtful road - questioning and really drilling down into how to Make America Strong again? Look carefully at the impact of the work you do? Are you satisfied? Or can you do better? Are you looking in the mirror? Are you stepping up your game?
How do you rise to become a true champion? Are you willing to do the work? If so - where do you start? Surround yourself with champions and you will begin the process to discover, to truly understand what being a champion looks like. And for America - what does it mean to operate like a Champion? It's starts with a decision.
Education. If you want to up your game, get stronger, get smarter and achieve success in your life, it all starts with a thought, a commitment, a decision.
In this episode, Steve Olds offers insights on how to focus, build a successful life and top performing business by approaching everything you do with a thirst for pursuing knowledge capital as a lifetime learner.
There are a number of ways to define success.
Getting honest feedback and getting an objective view of your own progress and activities is essential to getting better in everything you do. It's essential to constantly improving.
You must apply the lessons learned in everything you do. You want to get stronger by creating a continuous cycle of success.
If you are committed to being a top performer, you will naturally attract top performers around you. A strong team working together, can be a major driver to operating at the highest level possible.
Make a decision and commitment today to be a world class operator in everything you do!
Here's to your success.