4 Levels of Commitment

I came across this concept several years ago.  I think this applies to our personal and professional lives in a powerful way.  Each of the four levels of commitment has applied to us at some point.

4 LEVELS OF COMMITMENT

 1.  COP-OUTS

  • People who have no goals and do not commit.

 

2.  HOLD-OUTS

  • People who don’t know if they can reach their goals, so they’re afraid to commit.

 

3.  DROP-OUTS

  • People who start toward a goal but quit when the going gets tough.

 

4.   ALL-OUTS

  • People who set goals, commit to them, and pay the price to reach them.

When is the last time you went ALL-OUT on something?  Think of the ways:

  • All-out in building your small business or reaching your sales goals.
  • All-out in mentoring others or developing leaders around you.
  • All-out in a project, class, or in a line of study.
  • All-out in building a relationship important to you.
  • All-out in losing weight or getting healthy.
  • All-out in promoting something you believe in.
  • Etc, etc, etc…

Thanks for reading!

Frank Haney

Rockford’s Insurance Coach

Stuff Leaders Say…

LeadershipRegardless of title or status within an organization, working with and serving other people is tough… REALLY TOUGH.  Why? Time and resource constraints, market realities, personality differences, office politics, existing culture, etc.

I came across the following leadership article from Inc:

9 Things Great Leaders Say Everyday.

Although the link provides more detail, I included the 9 statements as an overview:

This is the situation.

Here is the plan.

What do you need?

Tell me more.

Remember our values.

I trust you.

You can count on me.

We can do better.

Let’s celebrate!

Simple stuff I know. However, it is the things we know and forget to execute on that creates the most problems.

Leadership II

Here are some perspective-building quotes about leadership….

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” ~ Jack Welch

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ~ Winston Churchill

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” ~ Peter Drucker

“One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes… and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.” ~ Tony Blair

“We need leaders, who add value to the people and the organization they lead; who work for the benefit of others and not just for their own personal gain. Leaders who inspire and motivate, not intimidate and manipulate; who live with people to know their problems in order to solve them and who follow a moral compass that points in the right directions regardless of the trends.”  ~ Mary Kay Ash

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”  ~ Abraham Lincoln

“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”  ~ Norman Schwarzkopf

“Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.”  ~ Stephen Covey

“To add value to others, one must first value others.”  ~ John Maxwell

Thanks for reading!

Frank

 

 

Three Things You Must Have….

Instead of writing three pages or three paragraphs, I wanted to share just three words.

Three Things You Must Have To Be Successful At Home, At Work, And In Your Community… 

  1. Gratitude     

  2. Appreciation     

  3. Perspective

I understand the need for a healthy dose of skepticism.  However, I think it needs to be balanced with a healthy dose of gratitude, appreciation, and perspective.

Thanks for checking-in and reading my blog.

Frank

 

 

 

RVC Manufacturing and Credentialing Announcement

From RVC Public Relations Office……

Please join Rock Valley College for an important announcement regarding manufacturing education and credentialing. We look forward to sharing this news with the community.

WHEN:                  Wednesday, March 12, 2014

TIME:                    10:00 a.m.

WHERE:                Woodward Technology Center

  Rooms 141/142

  3301 N. Mulford Rd

  Rockford, IL 61114

Hope to see you there!

Airport and RVC Reveal Parternship Announcement

I am very excited about this announcement; both as a Rock Valley College Trustee and also as a life-long member of the community.  THIS IS BIG WIN FOR THE ROCKFORD REGION!
I want to personally invite those in my network to attend the 2/25 press conference.
The following press release was issued today….
GRAA and RVCC Press Conference to Reveal Partnership Announcement. 
WHAT: The Greater Rockford Airport Authority and Rock Valley College Board of Trustees will be holding a joint press conference to announce a new partnership agreement which will further propel the region as an aerospace industry leader. Interview opportunities to immediately follow.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Chicago Rockford International Airport Main Terminal Building Observation Court, 2 Airport Circle, Rockford, IL 61109

For more information, contact Kimberly Bruce – (815) 489-3945.

 

Three Perspectives

I came across the following perspectives at the Rockford Association for Minority Management (RAMM) event last evening.  These perspectives apply to us individually and collectively as a community…

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.  We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

There are two types of opportunities: 

1. Seized opportunities

2. Missed opportunities 

Three Ways To Overcome An Obstacle

    (you need all three)

1. Love your way through

2. Work your way through

3. Struggle your way though

Great event!  Great organization. Dr. Marc Lamont Hill was an outstanding guest speaker as well.  I would love to see him come back to Rockford and speak to our middle and high school students at some point.

10 Quotes I Wished I Said First

Do you ever hear someone say something and say to yourself, “I 100% agree?”

Or, “why didn’t I say that?”

Or, “why didn’t I think of that?”

Here are 10 quotes that invoked that reaction from me:

1. You don’t need more time, you just need to decide. – Seth Godin

Be Decisive

2. Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer grows you. – Quote Soup

3. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandella

4. Our prime purpose in life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. – Dalai Lama

5. Don’t try to teach a pig to sing.  It just irritates the pig.” – Hayden Shaw

6. Courage is being scared to death but saddling-up anyway. - John Wayne

7. Whatever you are, be a good one. – Abe Lincoln

8. Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers. – Mignon McLaughlin

9. Stay committed to your decisions but stay flexible in your approach. - Tony Robbins

10. The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it. - William James

Thanks for reading!

Frank Haney

“Rockford’s Insurance Coach”

Eckburg & Bates Insurance Agency

(815) 979-4045    Twitter: @FrankHaney_Biz     Email: Frank@FrankHaney.Biz

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. There is no legal advice being suggested or offered. The author assumes no responsibility or liability for the actions taken or not taken by the readers based upon the above-mentioned information.

 

 

7 MLK Quotes That Challenge And Inspire

MLK

I heard an interesting comment on the radio over the weekend. This discussion was about the legacy of MLK and the following comment was made by a woman who grew-up in the south during the Civil Rights Movement:

“My biggest concern is that, as time passes, young people will see MLK Day more as a day off of school than as an opportunity to learn more about the story.”

Here are 7 Martin Luther King Jr. quotes that I have read along the way.  Even today, they continue to challenge and inspire.

  1. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing to serve others?
  2. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.
  3. If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do you have got to keep moving forward.
  4. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent on things that matter.
  5. In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies but the silence of or friends.
  6. Darkness can not drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate can not drive out hate; only love can do that.
  7. The goal of education is to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.

Thanks for reading!

Frank Haney

“Rockford’s Insurance Coach”

Eckburg & Bates Insurance Agency

(815) 979-4045    Twitter: @FrankHaney_Biz     Email: Frank@FrankHaney.Biz

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. There is no legal advice being suggested or offered. The author assumes no responsibility or liability for the actions taken or not taken by the readers based upon the above-mentioned information.

 

Rock Valley College – My Perspective

Conversation

Much has been said about RVC recently. At first, I was concerned that this could leave a casual observer with some misperceptions. I now believe it was the start  of a conversation.  Game On!

Here is a link to the Next Rockford Blog on the RRStar:

Rock Valley College – My Perspective

From time to time, I share articles from other Blogs in the hopes that good information is shared and reaches more people.  In this case, I am sharing an article I wrote via another blog.  Special thanks to the Rock Register Star and Next Rockford for the on-going opportunity to share my thoughts on their platform.

Enjoy!

Frank Haney

Rock Valley Trustee, Proud Alumnus ’93

(815) 979-4045    Twitter: @FrankHaney_Biz     Email: Frank@FrankHaney.Biz

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. There is no legal advice being suggested or offered. The author assumes no responsibility or liability for the actions taken or not taken by the readers based upon the above-mentioned information.

 

 

 

 

 

10 Signs You Need An Insurance Check-up…..

Insurance Check-up

 

 

 

 

1.  You open your dusty insurance folder, the one with a Clinton/Gore or a Bush/Quayle sticker on it, and it has your policy information…. from 1992, 2000, and 2008.

Clinton Gore '92

Bush Quayle '92

 

 

 

 

2.  Everything in your life has changed but your insurance is EXACTLY the same.

3.  Your insurance company is the same one your mom and dad had when you got your license in the 1980′s.  Since then, your parent’s agent retired and 5 other agents have come and gone.  You are not Larry, Jane or Bob – you are “Policy #12-456189129027.”

4.  You have not reviewed your coverage, limits, deductibles in more than 5 years.

5.  Your agent is a legendary golfer in town.  Plays all the time.  I mean – allllll the time.

Golfer

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.  You have assets you didn’t used to have: equity in your home, 401K plan, and some other stuff!  You also have some additional liabilities you didn’t used to have:  teenage driver, a second home you rent out, a boat.  However, you have no idea if you have an umbrella policy or even what it actually covers.

Umbrella

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.  Your wife has a several thousand dollar wedding ring and you can’t remember if it is covered on your home policy or through a separate policy with your jeweler.  Or is it covered at all???

Wedding Ring

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.  You have no idea if your agent knows if you have one of more of the following:    home alarm system, teenage driver who is a good student, new furnace, new roof, or good credit (factors into your insurance score).

9.  Your home insurance has doubled the past 7 years and you have had no claims.

10.  You have not discussed life insurance in 10+ years.  Since then, your income has doubled, you have two more kids, a mortgage, still have a college loan to pay-off, and no college pay plan in place for your kids.  You have a modest permanent life policy; however, you haven’t discussed if you need some additional ‘term insurance’ to fill the gap between what your family would need if you passed and what you currently have in place.

Got Life Insurance

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for reading!

Frank Haney

“Rockford’s Insurance Coach”

Eckburg & Bates Insurance Agency

(815) 979-4045    Twitter: @FrankHaney_Biz     Email: Frank@FrankHaney.Biz

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. There is no legal advice being suggested or offered. The author assumes no responsibility or liability for the actions taken or not taken by the readers based upon the above-mentioned information.