Are You Blunt of Bluff? Becoming an Assertive Leader Yet Approachable Leader

“Mean what you say, say what you mean, but don’t say it mean.” – Unknown from The Prospersous Leader [image source] In Chapter 3 of The Prosperous Leader, I discuss being an Assertive Leader: Are You Blunt or Bluff? There are many components to running a successful business, but listening to your employees, or creating a culture of “candor and openness”, can be on the most important and one of the most difficult. Creating a candid culture in the workplace is not only about asking and doing, but also listening. In Chapter 17 of The Prosperous Leader I bring up empathetic listening, which can be accomplished by following 3 simple steps: Give the person you are connecting with your full attenti

How to Discover Your Mission in Life

“Leave this world a better place than when you got here”. -Stephen R. Covey, 1932-2012 [image source] As Monique Valcour states in her article published by the Harvard Business Review, “the most important thing you can do each day is to help your team members experience progress at meaningful work”. One of the core ways to discover your meaningful work is by creating a mission statement. Whether it is a company mission statement or a life mission statement, it’s so very important to have that purpose and direction in your life. Valcour explains further, “regular communication around development — having coaching conversations — is essential. In fact, according to recent research, the single

Our Youth are also Our Future

“Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime; but teach a man to learn, you feed him for a lifetime and he doesn’t have to just eat fish.” —Tim Gallwey [image] Chapter 23 of The Prosperous Leader is devoted entirely to Mentoring the Next Generation, and rightly so. As Traci Donnelly explains in her article “A Better way to Bridge the Skills Gap”, the children are our future. “If you give our kids a chance by offering them meaningful internships and apprenticeships, we in the nonprofit sector can, in return, give these interns and apprentices the support they need to succeed. In effect, we can help to insure your investment in them,” she explain

What I Learned Writing a Book

“Thrilling, terrifying, altogether great. Nine months after publishing my first book, that’s my assessment of the author experience,” says Jonathan Berman in his most recent Harvard Business Review article “What Writing a Book Taught This Consultant”. And I totally agree. As Michael Gerber of E-Myth Fame put it, “write a real book”; that’s what I did. I embraced similar ideas that Berman lists in his article and made them my own: Tell a Story. Most of my examples are stories – things that have happened to my clients and things I’ve helped my clients with. They are the reason I was able to make my book so applicable to real life! Embrace Risk. As Berman puts it: A slam-dunk is not a meeting i

I Can't Do It! Yet.

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In those choices lie our growth and our happiness.” –Stephen R. Covey In her article “I can’t do it. Yet.”, Kathryn Britton starts out by giving examples of using the word “yet” to place a positive spin on an otherwise very negative sentence: I can’t do it! Based on her article, it seems as though she is a firm believer of a quote I mention in The Prosperous Leader, “Genetics make up about 50% of who we are; the rest is determined by various factors like culture, education (nurture), and our choices”. Most of the things we feel like we “can’t do” in life are simply things we have

5 Resources That Will Improve Your Leadership Habits

I cannot begin to express how important reading outside literature is for you as a leader. If you visit my Amazon Book Store, you’ll see that in The Prosperous Leader I mention a multitude of books; they’re about many different topics from varying decades and encompass all of the categories Kelsey Meyer from suggests we leaders should focus on in her article Want to Be a Good Manager? Pick up a Book. Niche and trade publications & Articles written by thought leaders. You’ve got to understand where your company is going to get there. In Chapter 15, I discuss The Business Coach, who can help you get where you need to be in business. “The world of business is getting more compe

1776 vs. Today: Great Leaders Are Still Great Leaders

[image link] A few weeks ago, Jeffrey Gedmin published an interesting article in the Harvard Business Review (HBR) entitled “What Made a Great Leader in 1776”. He spoke of the qualities of past leaders, specifically during the fight for American Independence. He references Joseph J. Ellis’s book: Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence, and uses the actions of some of the greatest men in early American history to describe what attributes a great leader should possess today. Success. It depends on a team that possesses the following: complementary skill sets, varying temperaments and differing work styles. Gedmin says, “if you are clear about your objectives, and focused on p

E-mail: Does it Actually Increase Productivity?

[image from] E-mail is a part of everyday life. It’s an essential part. We’re constantly waiting on a response from someone before completing a task, and telling ourselves we’ll respond as soon as possible to that pending message. Chapters 6 & 7 of The Prosperous Leader discuss and expand upon this exactly problem – time management and smartphones in the work place. Most people are familiar with time management, but time management is not only about being on time. It’s also about working to eliminate time wasters, the things on our to-do list that deceive us into believing that we’re being productive. We need to eliminate them completely in order to be more efficient. The more ou

E-mail Delegation

[image from HBR] One of the recent articles I loved from The Harvard Business Review was entitled “How To Delegate E-mails to Your Assistant”, and struck close to home. As a current user and advocate for Virtual Executive Assistants, or VEA’s, I enjoyed reading this article on e-mail delegation. The company I use for my VEA, eaHELP, heavily promotes the fact that there is simply not enough time in the day for a businessperson to get through all the tasks that are required of them. Having a VEA allows me the time to focus on what’s really important for my business, book, and personal life. Alexandra Samuel of the HBR mentions, “the biggest challenge in getting email support is making the men

A Welcome Message

Welcome to The Prosperous Leader online! We’re so excited you’ve found us. Chances are, you’ve heard about The Prosperous Leader by Jacob M. Engel (expected publishing date: September 2014). If you haven’t, please check out the rest of our website and contact Jacob’s team with any questions or comments. We’d love to hear from you! The Prosperous Leader is a book about many things, but mainly, Jacob is hoping to teach his readers how to create prosperity: in their work ethic, business & organizations, and even their personal lives. The purpose of this blog is for Jacob to share his favorite articles, advice, and to keep you, the reader, connected with the future events of The Prosperous Leade

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