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This leadership trait will separate great leaders from good leaders in any company!

Several years ago, I was tasked with improving our quality at a small moving and storage company in Dallas, Texas due to low quality scores and continuous claims that was costing the company significant dollars coming straight from profits. In fact, the corporate office sent their quality team to meet with us and advised that we would be probation until the scores improved while I was enjoying my first week as the new operations leader. This was a day I will never forget. I immediately began thinking… “Did I make the right choice joining this company?”.  It was clear that the company lacked a training and development program and I needed to put a plan in motion… quickly.

The first thing I did was hire an operations leader that could help me train our team, as bruce_on truck original picturewell as hire, train, and motivate a staff to help us sustain a quality program for our customers and stakeholders. During the first week of hiring Hector, I knew that this wasn’t just any operations leader that could move the needle on our quality, this was someone that was going to move people.

So how did I know? He had passion…

When Hector arrived, we discussed implementing a training program for our moving crews. He immediately scheduled a training session. When I arrived at work the next day for training, I noticed he had chairs all lined up with the training materials… But there was something more that stood out. Hector also had purchased every moving crew member “A BROOM” to make sure crew members kept things clean. When they finish the moving job, they were expected to remove the trash for a clean home. When they leave the truck at the end of the day, they were to make sure it was left clean. When they walked into work each day, they were expected to be in uniform with a positive attitude. Hector wanted to make sure each employee understood the expectations, which was to have a “clean image” for excellence and to instill a sense of ownership in each team member.

When someone had passion, Hector knew it… and would do everything he could to develop that person for success! So, what is passion? It is simply caring about the job you are hired to do, as well as caring for the team members around you. It is taking ownership in everything you do. When you have passion, you are saying… I really care about this, so let’s make it the best we can for others to enjoy along the way.

I learned many things from Hector as a young leader including being a better leader myself from just being around him. His passion was infectious in business, and in his personal life. He taught me that when you have passion for something, you can move the needle in every situation, and most importantly, you can move the needle that will move peoples hearts…. simply because you care!

When you have positive passionate team members, you will experience excellent quality across all areas of your company! … but what about when you don’t have passionate team members? Well, then it will be time to do what Hector suggests… Get out the broom and start cleaning for success!

Call to Action: Do you have people with passion in your company. Find out what makes them go and then surround yourself, as well as your team members around them for success. It will fuel the fire for tremendous growth!

Quote of the week… “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” (Jim Rohn)  How passionate are you?

This has been A Relocation Minute on “passion makes the difference” with Bruce Book Cover Find Your Lane FRONTWaller, for more information, call 972-389-5673, or email bwaller@goarmstrong.com or check out my social media Facebook and Twitter page.

Also, check out www.BruceWaller.com for review my latest leadership book “Find Your Lane” on sale at Amazon, or Barnes and Noble. Available on Kindle edition too!

What’s Your Brand? Consider this strategy to position your brand for success…

Have you ever reached out to someone and not received a response? Have you ever been copied on an email only to wonder if the email received any follow up? How people respond is often how we view their brand.

Nike, Southwest Airlines, Google, McDonalds, and LinkedIn are some of the most well known employment brands in the world. When you see or hear about these companies, you immediately know what these brands represent.

…but what about your personal brand? Each company is made up of employees that have a personal brand that often reflects the employment brand or values of the company such as attitude, accountability, and relationships to name a few. How you communicate with others could position you as a leader of excellence which just might drive future opportunities for you in the organization. It could also reflect a negative perception even if you complete your daily tasks.

Have you ever thought about your personal brand? Your brand isn’t what YOU think it is, it’s what OTHERS think it is when THEY see you or hear your name.

What brand do you represent when you show up at work as the HR leader, or as a sales leader making a call, or as a volunteer in your community, or at your gym to workout, or in your community, or even at home with your family after work? How do you communicate with others? How about your approach to social media? Are you a learner, and a resource to share with others? … or a leader or influencer in your industry?

You see, we all have a brand whether we think we do or not. People that have met you have a thought or opinion when they see you or hear your name. What are people saying about you? One of the ways we learn about our brand is to evaluate feedback which can help us decide if we should continue building on our current brand or if we should consider a strategy to reshape or re-purpose our brand for excellence.

So how do we know what our brand positioning is as a leader or future leader? Some of the well known brands above invest and position their brand to attract others. We should also invest in our brand to attract others to join our teams or partner with our organization. Engagement on social media posts can be a marker as we are now more social than ever. We can also learn from LinkedIn recommendations when people share comments about working with you? However, the best way is to simply ask some of your colleagues and business partners!

Here are two (2) questions to consider asking…

  1. What words would you use to describe my brand as an employee or business partner?
  2. What is the best thing you like about my brand for me to keep working on as a leader?

In my book, “Find Your Lane” I talk about the importance of “investing in your people zone” to help you steer toward the Lane of Fulfillment. Today, I challenge you to reach out to three (3) people and ask them the questions above.. It might provide you some insight to help calibrate your “career GPS” to drive your brand with purpose and make the most of your leadership journey!

So how would you describe my brand? I would enjoy seeing your response in comments below. It’s a great time to position our brands to help others drive leadership with purpose…

Quote of the week: “Feedback is a gift” (Shelley Zajic, Global Head of HR)

Call to Action: Have the courage this week to reach out to three (3) people close to you and ask about your brand and decide if you like the brand or if you should consider reshaping it for the future. Let me know how it goes. … or just start a conversation with someone you know. I am confident it will have impact on you as you continue driving your career with purpose.

This has been A Relocation Minute on “what’s your brand” with Bruce Waller, for more information, call 972-389-5673, or email bwaller@goarmstrong.com or check out my social media Facebook and Twitter page.

Also, check out http://www.BruceWaller.com for review my latest leadership book “Find Your Lane” on sale at Amazon, or Barnes and Noble. Available on Kindle edition too!

Consider these strategies to onboard your candidates… especially when they need to relocate!

In my book, “Find Your Lane”, I share an experience that my son and I had with Patty Farr, the wonderful rental car agent that went above and beyond to help us find a hotel for the Big 12 Championship game in Kansas City, Missouri. This was a memorable moment because it was not expected and outside the scope of our expectations during a stressful time since it was a last minute decision for us to make the trip. Memorable experiences are the best because they are embedded in our minds for life and triggered during reflection from time to time to share with others. This goes for both good and bad experiences.

Recently, I was reading the “Sapling Blog” about companies that invest in the experience to onboard their employees. Onboarding starts from the time the candidate says YES to the new job offer to help him/her assimilate into new role. Here are a few of the onboarding strategies that I found interesting on their blog to help elevate the experience for their candidates.

  1. Twitter: From YES to DESK! Before the employee sits down, they receive email address, t-shirt, and bottle of wine. Their desks are also strategically placed close to experienced employees for support. They also have breakfast with CEO and tour facility.
  2. LinkedIn: New hires start with ice breakers and then attend session called “Investing in you” which includes tour, and an orientation to learn more about the company.
  3. Zappos: This Company thrives on protecting the culture. After 30 days, if employees say they are not a good fit, they are offered $2000 to leave the company. Wow!

…BUT what about the employee that has to relocate for the new position. Many times the employee is already working and the spouse is left to coordinate the relocation. In fact, a recent survey showed one of the biggest challenges to hire talent was a family reluctance to relocate.

What are you doing to elevate the onboarding experience for your candidates relocating? Some ideas might include:

  • How about starting with an email introduction from you and the relocation team explaining process and expectations. Include pictures and maybe even a short welcome video.
  • What about including a welcome packet for the family including community info?
  • How about sending a video with information for the new area and providing an area orientation trip INCLUDING a PAID extended vacation for the family?

Now that might be memorable and an experience they share with other potential candidates to help build your culture when it comes to mobility. What do you do to help onboard the relocating family for best experience? Share your ideas and let’s collaborate and find ways to implement new strategies for us to include MOBILITY when we think about ONBOARDING a new hire! It will make a difference for the family and your organization!

“The customer experience will never exceed the employee experience.” Tony Bridwell

Call to Action: Reach out to your partner and discuss ideas to elevate the experience when onboarding your candidates relocating. Identify a strategy that works for your organization and drive mobility with purpose when hiring relocating talent.

This has been A Relocation Minute on “Onboard strategies for better experience when relocating talent” with Bruce Waller, for more information, call 972-389-5673, or email bwaller@goarmstrong.com or check out my social media Facebook and Twitter page.

Also, check out http://www.BruceWaller.com for review my latest leadership book “Find Your Lane” on sale at Amazon, or Barnes and Noble. Available on Kindle edition too!

Questions from the “lens” of your talent relocating.

I remember relocating from Oklahoma to Texas over 20 years ago. My wife and I had so many questions from the process of selling our home at origin to where we would live in the Dallas area. The best thing a company can do for their candidates relocating is develop a partnership with a company to help guide the candidate/family during the transition. There are so many questions needing to be answered and many times the spouse is left coordinating the move. …and change creates “fear of the unknown” especially with when relocating to a new city for a new opportunity.

One of the tasks a candidate thinks about when accepting a new job that requires relocation is the movement of the household goods. The key to any successful household goods move ALWAYS starts with the “pre-move survey” which is the first touch point following the introductory call. This is an area I enjoy about my role in relocation, because it allows me to learn first hand about what’s most important to the employee/spouse during their upcoming relocation. I hear questions from “how will my personal items will be packed?” to “how long it take to pick up and deliver for planning”? I will be sharing questions during peak season from the employee lens to help equip you and your employees with relocation resources. I hope you find it helpful!

This weeks question from the customer…

“I am wanting to move next Tuesday from Dallas to Houston. Can I have delivery on the following Saturday? If not on Saturday, then can you hold my household goods for 2 weeks because I start my first day on Monday then I’m traveling for 10 days before I can accept my shipment?”

Answer…

Interstate and intrastate move transit times are based on the weight of the shipment and miles to destination. In this scenario, the move delivery spread is generally 2-4 days to allow the van operator time to load additional shipments to maximize his trailer. This means the delivery would be scheduled for Friday or Saturday depending on van operator assignment. Many times with a “short distance” move, the preferred delivery day can be planned for a one day delivery which is what we were able to achieve for a great customer experience.

In some cases, we would need to place the household goods in storage, then plan the delivery once the employee returned from traveling unless her or she would be able to have a family member it friend accept delivery! The key is to listen, learn, and respond with best approach for the best customer experience on every relocation.

Quote of the week… “The first step in leadership is not action, it’s understanding.” (John W Gardner)

Call to Action:  Delivery guidelines change when peak season begins in May and run through September. Reach out to your preferred relocation partner to discuss strategies for best employee relocation experience. …or send me a note for questions. I’m always glad to help!

This has been A Relocation Minute on “questions from customer lens – delivery time” with  Bruce Waller, for more information, call 972-389-5673, or email bwaller@goarmstrong.com or check out my social media Facebook and Twitter page.

Also, check out www.BruceWaller.com for review my latest leadership book “Find Your Lane” on sale at Amazon, or Barnes and Noble. Available on Kindle edition too!

Would you be invited to “The Masters” in your profession?

In the words of Jim Nance, “The Masters is a tradition like no other”. This is a major golf championship tournament played each year on a legendary golf course where only the best of the best in golf are invited to play for this prestigious championship. It’s always fun watching the leaderboard on the final day as players move up and down chasing the title. These players are the best in the world which is why they are called “The Masters”.

These professionals didn’t become masters overnight. Many have been working on their craft since childhood putting in the work to one day be reassured for the championship. It’s a dream for the winner to be able to put on “the green jacket” to mark being a “masters” champion leaving their legacy in the history books.

As I watch these players on the final day, I observed many common threads these “masters” have in common that we can all learn from so we can work each day to be masters business leaders in our organizations.

So what are they?

Here are six traits to help you start a conversation about goals to work toward “the masters” in your profession!

  1. Focus. Before the day, each player plans a strategy on how they want to play the golf course and stay focused on execution of every shot! What strategies are you focused on each day to help you achieve year end results?
  2. Resilient. When a player has a bad hole, they understand how to regroup and continue their focus on making good shots through the round. Sometimes we have a bad day in HR with an unexpected outcome or a salesperson might lose a sell that he/she was counting on. We need to be resilient and keep working toward our desired outcomes.
  3. Commitment. It takes years of practice to become a master. Players hit shot after shot from sunrise to sunset. What do you practice each day as a daily discipline? Are you networking, working on an important presentation, or preparing for that next big meeting? There are some days when you may not feel like putting in the work… Do it anyway!
  4. Desire. To be “master” takes a burning desire to be the best! If you want to elevate your leadership, you need to have a strong anchor or “WHY” to drive each day with purpose. When Patrick Reed, 2018 Masters Champion was interviewed, he shared that he had a goals of winning in 2018 including a major. What are your goals? Write them down and review to make sure you have an anchor!
  5. Collaborative. Each player has a caddie to talk with during the round to discuss strategy and alignment with execution. Who are you talking with each day in your office. Do you have a mentor, business partner or group of leaders to meet with during the week? If you manage HR, are you collaborating with each of your stakeholders and business partners to achieve best results when on boarding, relocating, or developing talent?
  6. Continuous Improvement. One of the questions for the runner up was, “what can you learn from this tournament?” I love this question and listen closely to the response because this is where the power lies. Masters players always have something they want to work on to improve. They are always working on their grip, their swing, their putting and more everyday. They never accept “having arrived”. What is a skill or discipline that you can work on this week or this month to move you closer to mastery? The habit of continues improvement will move you closer to becoming “master” in your profession!

Oh… and they work really hard everyday!

Do you have any other traits that you add to this list? Please share in the comments.

Quote of the week: “We can issue you everything, but desire!” -Walter Causey

Call to Action: Do you have a mentor or someone to collaborate with? What are your goals? Ask them to help you identify a skill that will help you get closer to your goals. You might be closer to “The Masters” than you think! Find your lane and Drive with purpose!

This has been A Relocation Minute on “The Masters” with Bruce Waller, for more information, call 972-389-5673, or email bwaller@goarmstrong.com or check out my social media Facebook and Twitter page.

Also, check out http://www.BruceWaller.com for review my latest leadership book “Find Your Lane” on sale at Amazon, or Barnes and Noble. Available on Kindle edition too!

What is success to you?

In his new book, Million Dollar Habits, Brian Tracy defines success as follows:

“Success is the ability to live your life the way you want to love it, doing what you most enjoy, surrounded by people you admire and respect.”

I absolutely love this. It doesn’t say anything about money or fame… it’s about living life the way you want it. Yes, money gives you options and fame often gives you a platform to share your message, but at the end of the day… it’s about how you want to live your life. 

This is the essence of my book, Find Your Lane… the ability to navigate your career that gives you a chance to experience success as described above. It starts with you. I call it maintaining your vehicle, which is the importance of investing in yourself. If you want to experience success, then you must find a way to define what it means to you…

Here are 3 things that may help you on your journey…

  1. Perspective… Be intentional each day by creating time in the morning or evening to read and think about whats important to you. This will lead to fresh ideas and strategies to apply for acceleration in your career.
  2. Plan. Be purposeful and invest time to plan and set goals each week that will be most  meaningful. Invest 15 minutes to review expected outcomes at end of each day. It is like planning your road map on a trip. It will make the difference in your results.
  3. People. In my book, I call this “Investing in your people zone“. Be purposeful and open minded as you connect with people. Find common threads and look for ways to be open minded and transparent to help each other. Remember that “Your network will be your net worth”. Relationships really do matter!

Quote of the week: “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” -Maya Angelou

Call to Action: What is your definition of success? Write it down and share with others… I would really enjoy hearing your perspective! Send me an email bwaller@goarmstrong.com

This has been A Relocation Minute on “what is success ” with Bruce Waller, For more information, call 972-389-5673, or email bwaller@goarmstrong.com or check out my social media Facebook and Twitter page.

Also, check out http://www.BruceWaller.com for review my latest leadership book “Find Your Lane” on sale at Amazon, or Barnes and Noble. Available on Kindle edition too!

3 strategies to help you accelerate in 2018!

Last weekend I particpated a 5K Run for the second time ever. In 2017, I set a goal to run in a 5K and finish in 30 minutes. I achieved running the 5K, but fell short of my time goal by about two minutes. One of the things I was hoping to achieve was to run the race without stopping. Unfortunately I had to stop at about two miles to rest and then again at two and a half miles. Once I stopped it was hard to get in the flow again.

In 2018, I set a goal to run once again. I thought about trying the 10K, but felt like I needed to conquer the 5K before moving on. This time I set a goal the same goal to complete the run in 30 minutes and finish the 3.1 mile run without stopping. When I finished the race, I realized that my time was about the same as previous year, but I was able to run the entire distance.  The key was setting my own pace, and not focus on what others were doing. Even though it was still challenging, it gave me confidence knowing that I could achieve the goal, and continue to improve my performance for the next run.

As I was running, I noticed several leadership takeaways that might help anyone in the workplace or when trying to achieve a goal including these three strategies below:

  1. Find Your Lane… and focus on being consistent. Like the tortoise and the hare, I noticed a guy running with me for the first two mile’s. He started really fast, then tiring out and walked until I caught up, then running ahead, then tiring and walking and finally walking on mike 3 to the finish line. Many times we don’t plan for the day or week and find ourselves in reactive or catch up mode. Establish a routine each week for purposeful actions.
  2. Surround yourself with encourager’s… One of the things I enjoyed this year was to run the race with my son in law. Having someone to share the moment with is always more enjoyable. Also, after each mile there was a group of smiling people clapping and shouting positive affirmations to encourage runners to keep going. “You can do it. You got this.’ When I walk into the office each day, my boss and other coworkers are often smile and say “how is everything going?”, “Is there anything I can do to help?”, “You got this!”, “Keep, going!”. Surround yourself with the right people to encourage you when times get tough.
  3. Writing down a goal is a critical… Did you know that people that write down goals have a better chance to achieve success than those that don’t. In fact, only about 10% of the people that set a New Year Resolution achieve success. The first step toward achievement is to set a goal and write it down. . More importantly, share with others you know to help you with strategy and to help you stay focused on achieving success.

Do you have a goal? Is it in writing? Are you surrounded by encouragers for success? Please share… I would enjoy hearing about how things are going for you in 2018!

Quote of the week: “I just felt like… running.” (Forest Gump)

Call to Action: What’s a goal that you would like to achieve in 2018? HR Certification, Run a marathon, increase your sales? Write it down and use these strategies for success!

This has been A Relocation Minute on “3 strategies to help you accelerate in 2018 ” with Bruce Waller, For more information, call 972-389-5673, or email bwaller@goarmstrong.com or check out my social media Facebook and Twitter page.

Also, check out http://www.BruceWaller.com for review my latest leadership book “Find Your Lane” on sale at Amazon, or Barnes and Noble. Available on Kindle edition too!