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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!

Who moved my “mobility” cheese?

As Hem saw his friend getting into his running gear, he said “you’re not really going out into the maze again, are you? Why don’t you wait here with me until they put the cheese back?” “ Because you just don’t get it”, Hem said. “I didn’t want to see it either, but now I realize they’re never going to put yesterday’s cheese back. It’s time to find New Cheese.”

I love the book “Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, M.D.. It’s a great story about an  amazing way to deal with change in the workplace and in your life. We are currently dealing with change today in many industries including the mobility industry with the new tax cuts and jobs act law implemented this year which is creating a lot of “buzz” around change and the process of relocating talent. Many companies are reviewing their program and discussing ideas and strategies with their partners for policy alignment with the new tax laws, and their business goals.

Here are a few questions I have been asked this month about new mobility tax laws that might help your team in 2018…

  1. Can a corporation still deduct moving expenses when relocating talent? Yes, employee relocation is still considered a business expense. However, corporations are now taxed on all relocation expenses and will need “gross up” the costs to make the employee whole on his/her W2 for tax purposes. Corporation tax has also been reduced from 35% to 21% providing $140,000 of windfall for every $1,000,000 taxable income to help offset costs.
  2. What relocation expenses are tax deductible? Most relocation expenses are now taxable income for employees except for members of military on active duty moving for military orders, as well as tax protected home sale programs (BVO and GBO) as long as they meet WorldwideERC 11 key elements under IRS Revenue Ruling 2005-74.
  3. Does the time and distance rules still impact relocation taxes? Since the moving deduction is no longer viable for household goods and storage for 30 days, you no longer need to include 50 mile / 39 week rule in your policy. However, many companies are revising their policy by taking out “IRS” and changing to “Company” to give them a guide for employees eligible for a corporate relocation.

Quote of the week: “There is always new cheese out there whether you recognize it or not. And you are rewarded with it when you go past your fear and enjoy the adventure.” (Haw)

Call to Action: What questions do you have about employee relocation? Reach out to your relocation partner to discuss and develop strategy for an effective program when onboarding talent needing to relocate their family. They will appreciate having new cheese, and so will you!

This has been A Relocation Minute on “who moved the mobility cheese” 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 to order or 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!

2018 Texas Relocation Network (TRN) Conference Takeaways

I recently attended TRN’s annual Texas Relocation Network Conference which was held in The Colony, Texas. More than 100 relocation professionals traveled to north Texas to hear about the latest trends in relocation, and to network with some of the best of the best in mobility. TRN did not disappoint as they provided a great keynote speaker to share perspective from a mortgage lens, corporate relocation panels, and speakers to inspire attendees during the conference. The theme this year was Partners in Progress: Collaboration, Motivation, and Innovation.

Here are a few of my takeaways to share with others:

Scott Eggen, EVP PrimeLending kicked off the conference sharing perspective on relocation in north Texas and surrounding states:

  • Current demand will carry new construction thru 2021
  • Lack of labor holding back new housing, and driving prices up.
  • Lumber is at its highest cost of all time.
  • Mortgage rates expected to increase up to 5% by 2020.

COLLABORATION
Corporate Panel led by Cartus, OEG, Aires, and Toyota discussed Group Moves:

  • Policy was created or modified for group move.
  • Bus tours can be very challenging due to delays.
  • Special needs children can be a challenge for family relocating.
  • Geographic area needs to be considered when helping family search for home.
  • Other factors include weather (Oklahoma) and property taxes (Houston)
  • Group move conversations should be started early with providers.

MOTIVATION
Bruce Waller, VP Armstrong Relocation and author of “Find Your Lane” presented “Find Your Lane: Change your GPS and Experience Success”

  • Maintain your vehicle by investing in yourself
  • Plan your road map through goal setting
  • Take the The Carpool Lane and expand your network

INNOVATION
Corporate Panel led by Acosta, Shell, and American Heart Association

  • Chabot’s, Machine Learning, & Artificial intelligence leading the way for talent acquisition
  • Employment Branding is critical (Social media aggregation)
  • Sourcing strategy should include texting recruits
  • Permanent Solutions for temporary assignments makes a difference for Shell in West Tx
  • Its more than housing: Safety and dangerous roads can be a factor in rural areas

Petey Parker closed the conference with an inspiring presentation to encourage everyone to “Write Your Story”!

THANK YOU to everyone involved for making this another great conference!

Until next time… Be Partners in Progress!

Call to Action: Check out Texas Relocation Network for more information. You can also check out other relocation education at North Texas Relocation Professionals or WorldwideERC. Let me know if you have any questions about these groups or how to get involved. Reach out and “Partner for Progress”!

Quote of the Week… “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” (Abraham Lincoln)

This has been A Relocation Minute on “TRN Conference 2018 Takeaways” with Bruce Waller, For more information, call 972-389-5673, or email bwaller@goarmstrong.com or check out our 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. Also available on Kindle!

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!

Mentors can absolutely change your game!

In high school, my football coaches guided and inspired me to be my very best both on and off the field. In business, I have had the good fortune of having great mentors for the past 20 years. They have guided and encouraged me during challenging times, and to celebrate successes when times were going my way. Mentors can change the game for you as a mentee, as well as for a mentor giving back to others. I have been a mentor for others in our company as well as for college students and young professionals for guidance as a business leader, HR practitioner, or in the mobility space. When you give back some of the leadership lessons that others have poured into you during your career, life can be so much more fulfilling.

In 2018, I am teamed up with a college student studying Human Resources at Texas Women’s University. She is so passionate about HR and has a heart for continuous learning. We were recently discussing some of the value of our partnership and it reminded me of the similarities we have when we partner with others in our company and in our communities. For example, in relocation, a mentor can be a business partner that not only helps with a transaction, but provides resources and shares information to help your team develop AND transform your leadership which will result in a better program for your talent relocating. The value outcome is better relationships and better value for the recruiting teams. A mentor can help mentee’s drive positive outcomes and take their career to new levels.

Some of the value we discussed included:

  1. Networking: Mentors can help mentees or customers connect with the right people. As I am reminded, two are always better than one and three aren’t easily broken. There is a network of resourceful people waiting to help you connect.
  2. Review and Validation: Mentors can help mentees create or validate communication or decision points. Mentors have already been down the road and can provide wise counsel. The mentee or customer just needs to be vulnerable and ask for best approach methods. When we seek wise counsel, we are equipped for a more successful outcome.
  3. Trust worthy partnerships: Mentors respond quickly to the needs of their mentees and customers because they understand the importance of urgency and timing for the mentee or customer to have success. Partnerships change access points. It’s like always having a coach available (on call) to help you for the rest of your career.

What are you doing to add value for others on your team, or in your community? Consider mentoring high school, college students, or young professionals or even someone in your organization. If you are needing help as a mentee, now may be the time to reach out to a mentor or service provider for guidance and support. People really enjoy helping others when they know how they can help.

Quote of the day… “The purpose of life is to live a life of purpose.” (unknown)

Call to Action: You don’t have to do school, business, or life alone. Call someone today and ask for guidance as a mentor, mentee, or maybe you need a partner to support an area your are responsible for in your company. If you don’t know who to reach out to, call or send me an email and I will be glad to provide some guidance.

This has been A Relocation Minute on “Mentors can change the game” 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, Barnes and Noble or Kindle Version!

Use these 10 C’s when considering CHANGE in any organization!

Are you responsible for recruiting or mobility on your HR team? Do you feel like your on-boarding program continues to evolve when relocating talent or needs a refresh? If you say evolving, I say keep going! Unfortunately, the response I hear most often is… we really need a refresh. However, a refresh often requires an investment of time and energy during the assessment, then more time and energy “selling” to leadership. Sound familiar? This is why the majority of companies that need a refresh settle for the status quo.

This is similar to the time and energy it takes to recruit and develop talent in any organization as well… you just have to “C” (see) it from your (internal) customer lens. In other words, if you were relocating to a new city for a new role, are you doing everything you can to make it a great on-boarding experience for your team members or just using the “we’ve always done it that way” approach because you lack resources? Next time you sense a need to change or improve the experience for your teammates relocating, consider pulling in some of your stakeholders and use these 10 C’s below. Using a status quo approach could actually be costing you more “time and money” than you think.

  1. Be Committed to the development of the policy and partnership. This may take some time, but it is the heartbeat to any successful program.
  2. Be Consistent managing policy which may include “exceptions”. Tracking exceptions can be a game changer each year during the client review. Know whats driving these needs.
  3. Collaborate with all stakeholders this includes HR, Recruiters, Business Unit leaders, Vendors, Executives, etc… Be open to hearing other leadership perspectives.
  4. Continuously improve and evolve your program. Attend local relocation conferences as well as invest in WorldwideERC for an assortment of mobility resources.
  5. Have the Courage to BE BOLD and make adjustments during the process. Every relocation has different elements.
  6. Be an Champion of the program so other team members understand the on-boarding impact. Once you have established your program, meet with stakeholders to share success.
  7. Communication is key with all stakeholders even when you have bad news. Be proactive and push information rather than pulling.
  8. Change policy when needed. Sometimes there is no need to wait for an end of year review when a change is immediate.
  9. Challenge the status quo. Your employees and family relocating will appreciate this approach. Develop a passion for providing a great experience no matter the challenges.
  10. Have Compassion and empathy for family challenges along the way. All moves are not created equal. Family issues are one of the biggest reasons for a failing assignment.

…and most importantly, be Calm… Relocation can be stressful, especially when you are in reactive mode. However, it is minimized when you have a purposeful program. Everyone understands the process and is in alignment with expectations which leads to more positive outcomes for the team members and their family.

Call to Action: Schedule a client review and find out what other options are out there to elevate the experience for your team… or consider attending the next relocation meeting in your area. Visit WorldwideERC.org for mobility resources and for local chapter information. In Dallas, check out NorthTexasRelcoationProfessionals.org

Quote of the Week… “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” (Mahatma Gandhi)

This has been A Relocation Minute on “10 C’s to CHANGE” with Bruce Waller, For more information, call 972-389-5673, or email bwaller@goarmstrong.com or check out our 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!