It is time for LNE Consulting’s monthly Q&A with President and CEO, Julie.
LNE Consulting: What challenges have you had in your time in business that turned out to be an opportunity to grow and become stronger?
Julie: This is a tough question, because every challenge is an opportunity in its own way. I call these the necessary evils. The bigger the goal, the bigger the challenge and the bigger the problems become that force you to change the way you are doing something to get a better result. If you think back to every challenge that you have withstood, it resulted in a gain somewhere based on the actions you took. This has taught me to remain calm when all the chaos occurs.
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LNE Consulting: What are some difficulties you have when making sure you have a solid team? What changes are you making to ensure strength?
Julie: It was fairly simple. I have surrounded myself with people that have the same desire to succeed as I do. I continue to set the pace and be a high performer. Those that share my vision, that are willing to push themselves to succeed and be in charge of their lives even if hard work stands in the way, are the ones that I surround myself with. We have created a bond by sharing this vision and we all hold ourselves accountable and stay focused.
After our meeting with Julie, we asked a for a few personal fun facts. What did we find out? Julie is a huge New Orleans Saints fan! Also, when she is not running a business, writing books, spending time with her family, and giving back to the community, she finds downtime to catch up on her favorite shows, The Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones, and True Blood.
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As a consultant, Julie is always getting asked for her advice and about her past experiences. LNE Consulting decided to do a Q & A with Julie to get some insight on leading a team of people and being so successful. Take a look.
LNE Consulting: What is the key to being able to successfully run a company and an organization?
Julie: I would say to surround yourself with solid, sharp, self-sufficient people who you can count on and trust on your team no matter what. Once you have these people, delegate to them as much as possible without overwhelming them so they can grow. This will help stretch their performance and help them to the next level in their position. Not only will they grow, they will feel appreciated and empowered and this will help them ultimately be leading their own team of people.
LNE Consulting: What is one area of personal development that managers looking to get to the next level should focus on?
Julie: I spend a lot of years trying to change others before realizing that I can’t. I used to get so frustrated when I would offer them advice or show them how to do a task and they would not follow through. However, I learned that what I can do is manage, change, motivate, and fix myself. This way, I would continue practicing what is the right thing myself. Once I finally let go of the notion of changing and fixing everyone and allowed others to develop without me, I started to see a lot more growth. Also, to gain respect, you must first give it. No one respects a person for their title, they respect others for their actions and the way they are treated. People may respect you for your past accomplishments, but the reset button happens when they meet you and you are able to offer them your great example, wisdom, guidance, and kind treatment moving forward.
LNE Consulting: You have accomplished a lot over the years. You have been in Cosmopolitan Magazine, written a book, and become an extremely successful business woman. Can you describe the instance when you knew or felt like you ‘made it’?
Julie: I don’t know if I will ever look at myself and be completely satisfied that I ‘made it’. I’m not sure exactly what that would mean. I constantly look to strive to improve myself and go further in business. A goal driven person will remain a goal driven person and I am just that. As the narrator in the movie Shawshank Redemption sums up: “Get busy living or get busy dying”.
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Vision boards exist to create a place for you to channel all of your goals. It allows you to take these goals from your brain and convert them into something more tangible and achievable. These goals can range from material to emotional- a big house or a family. The point here is that each vision board is unique to each person’s own hopes; no two vision boards should be the same. The board you create for yourself is a visualization tool to help you foresee your best life!
First step is to find the proper images to form your vision board. It is important to find images that elicit a physical reaction from you- excitement, happiness, curiosity, etc. These pictures should affect your heart, it is important to think outside of your head in order to gather the right photos to create your vision board. If you are like most people out there, you will gather an overflow of images for your board. That is why this next step is critical in forming a vision board that truly captures your goals in life. This is the time to leave your brain out of the equation and really focus on the images that your heart tells you are most important. Get rid of logical thinking that tells you this is right or wrong; go with your gut instinct when deciding on the proper pictures to use. Once you have these pictures it’s time to create your own vision board.
Part of what makes these vision boards so effective is they allow you to focus your brain on the things you want in a way that you can let go of them in the day to day sense. When you create this board you know there is a place that your goals sit organized and defined, you no longer need to pick apart what you want every day but rather focus your energy on the big picture of being successful. When you need a reminder of why you are working so hard, just take out that vision board and you will regain that stress free focus that we all strive for.
When you are organized in what you want to achieve, you gain the ability to see opportunities that may have been missed prior because you were scattered in focus or forcing things. Sometimes the hardest thing when working towards success is to let things occur naturally and organically. While being successful takes a lot of hard work and time, there is still something to be said for being aware enough to recognize opportunities that aren’t blatant to us and for allowing things to flow forward naturally as you continue to work hard. The vision board will give you this freedom!
Julie Edmonds, Manager of LNE Consulting, recently received a publishing contract to write a series of books on her experience in the Direct Sales industry.
Drawing from her years of successfully coaching individuals, teams, and entrepreneurs, her intent is to share with readers the lessons she’s learned as a leader in a challenging industry.
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