Monday, September 5, 2011

Monday Morning Coffee

Hello all,


Having Mark & Teri around is a luxury to us all in many ways. However I believe one of their best attributes is their ability to work with agents, or “Coach” them. Coaching is an interesting notion in our business, you go to a seminar, buy into the system then end up in coaching. Buffini, Proctor, Ferry… all good systems with proven success and coaching. What usually happens is you stay in the coaching for 6-8 months then drop it because you have the “system” figured out, so why pay the money. What you lose at this point is probably the most important part of coaching, “accountability”. Accountability can be a scary word, it forces us to commit to someone, open up to our plans, do the work then show that the work has been done. If you can get over the fear of having a coach/accountability partner your business will be certain to reach another level. In Mark & Teri we have two skilled technicians who having been coaching agents for many years and they cost, well, hmmm, Nothing for you! This is a benefit for us that other Brokerages simply do not have. I strongly encourage each of you to have a heart to heart with yourselves and make the commitment to work with them. Once a month, once a quarter, twice a year… make it part of your business plan to sit down with them so you can elevate your business.  

Enjoy the coffee,

Monday Morning Coffee


"The greatest pleasure I have known is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident."
- Charles Lamb (1775-1834)

Here's a "feel good" idea that pays big dividends to both giver and receiver: "Give something away every day!"
We all get caught up in our day-to-day routines and responsibilities. Between family and home, work and leisure, our daily schedules are usually packed with the things we do for ourselves. Managing to squeeze in a little time for others is often out of the question.
In the big picture, however, it is not what we do for ourselves but for others that really matters in life. We're not just talking about those who are "less fortunate" in this context. The world of "others" includes family members, associates, the elderly, those experiencing illness, those in our geographical, social, or church community, or the less fortunate.
So . . . what do you give away? Are we talking big money to charities or an endowment to the local university? Nope! What you give away is up to you. It might just be your time - something as simple as taking your grandchild for a walk, offering to take an aging neighbor grocery shopping, or donating a Saturday to Habitat for Humanity. On days when you lack ideas, just give away a smile, a compliment, or some encouragement.
Maybe you give away some of your material possessions. That might include a piece of furniture, an antique, a piece of family heirloom jewelry, or the like-new clothing in your closet that never fit right. Why not donate some of the kids' toys to a day-care center?
Whatever you decide to give away, do it quietly - and anonymously when possible. Make it a habit. It will bring you the special joy of knowing you've made a difference.

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