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EntreLeadership is not just a theory. Thousands of business owners and leaders are using Dave’s principles every day to take their companies and team members to heights they never imagined. In the EntreLeadership Spotlight series, we’ll be highlighting some of these great leaders and learning about their dreams, motivation and secrets to success.
What I Do
I’m an asset manager at Jacobs Realty, Inc. Property Management in Columbia, Missouri.
A Characteristic Every Leader Should Possess
You have to be flexible—go with the flow and change direction at a moment’s notice, and then get back to the task at hand quickly after dealing with the momentary detour.
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Fighting the Tough Times
FOCUS! Use a prioritized to-do list and don't just stab at things. Tell your time what it's going to do for you instead of letting time tell you what to do. Set weekly, daily and even hourly goals. Break goals into increments, so they are not as overwhelming, and then implement a strategy to meet them.
Jim Yankee is my mentor. He is a local business owner who started with one employee in 2005. He now has more than 50 employees, and his company made the Small Business Fortune 500 list. Jim is a sounding board for me when I need someone outside my industry to bounce ideas off of. He is a cheerleader for my business and wants me to succeed.
My Best Leadership Advice
Leaders are readers, so read daily. A leader should always be looking to learn and better themselves by reading personal and professional development books.
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My Biggest Takeaway From EntreLeadership Master Series
Focused Intensity Over Time Multiplied by God Equals Momentum! I have worked personally to have as much focused intensity as possible in the last 60 days, and I'm amazed at what my team and I have accomplished.
How to Beat the Competition
I believe the best way to keep your competitive edge is to know what you do better than anyone else and to let people know. It’s not to say that you need to be vain, but you are in business for a reason. People should know why they should be your customers.
If I Knew Then …
I would have gotten involved in networking groups and leadership positions sooner. Nothing promotes your business like being an active part of a local board, chamber of commerce or volunteer organization. Getting into positions of leadership within those organizations will help promote your company to a vast audience. These are also great places to find new talent for your company when you are hiring.
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