Redmon’s Rule #129 – Know the Benefits of Buying Local

Sourcing locally can provide huge benefits for your business and your bottom line. When it comes to professional services, buying local affords opportunities to improve the agility, responsiveness, transparency, and cost-effectiveness of service delivery. Native companies own the competitive advantage of serving the communities to which they belong. And they build unique values along the… Read more »

Redmon’s Rule #128 – Achieve More by doing Less

Hard work isn’t always the best work. Society tends to confuse working hard with being busy. So it only makes sense that being busy, overworked, and constantly climbing a monumental to-do list makes you a hard worker, right? Wrong. The best performers know that “less is more” and they don’t confuse checking out with cutting… Read more »

Redmon’s Rule #127 – Watch Your Language

In a crowd or one-on-one, employees look to leaders for direction and gain more from non-verbal cues than words. Make sure your body isn’t sending mixed messages. Pacifying gestures when you’re anxious or stressed – like touching your hand to your cheek or pursing your lips – can undermine an otherwise calm demeanor. While steepling… Read more »

Redmon’s Rule #126 – Make Your Own Luck

Behind every successful leader is a team of associates with one goal in mind – ensuring the others succeed. Whether you’re the CEO, manager, or junior associate, focus on the team members in your direct chain of command. You might make sure a hard-working subordinate gets the limelight they deserve, but do you focus on… Read more »

Redmon’s Rule #125 – Create Space for Negotiation

When specific, steadfast demands are brought to the table, negotiation exists in one dimension. One-dimensional challenges facilitate binary solutions. Will the answer be yes? Or no? A potential customer might be hesitant to close a deal because of quality assurance issues with previous suppliers. Is the customer’s primary concern the quality of your product, the… Read more »

Redmon’s Rule #124 – Practice an Attitude of Gratitude

Key leadership traits often include words like accountability, persistence, and agility. However, one of the most overlooked and underutilized characteristics is gratitude. Research has proven that people who are grateful not only seek out more success, they draw more success to their lives. Gratitude can foster a bond, promote loyalty, and encourage mutual support. Start… Read more »

Redmon’s Rule #123 – Know and Live Your Mission Statement

There are two very specific questions every organization must ask. Who are our customers and what is our core competency? Although these questions may seem very simple, their answers provide key insights to your business success. Create your mission statement by defining your customers’ needs and wants and what your business must do to satisfy… Read more »

Redmon’s Rule #122 – Invest in Your Greatest Asset. You!

As leaders and entrepreneurs, we find boundless energy to cultivate positivity and growth. We recognize potential and we invest our time. We take the initiative to go above and beyond – mentoring the next generation of leaders, halting our own tasks to provide guidance and solutions, and staying until the job is done. We refuse… Read more »

Redmon’s Rule #121 – Prime for Ethical Practices

The majority of unethical decisions don’t stem from intention, they grow from haste. What begins as a seemingly small, unimportant exception can easily become a habitual bending of the rules. Place ethics at the forefront of your business practices by priming your employees. Talk about ethics with your team. Set aside a small amount of… Read more »

Redmon’s Rule #120 – Press for Diversity in the Workplace

Workplace diversity matters. Data has proven that inclusion promotes an innovative, more intelligent, and dedicated staff, which leads to increased performance and revenue. As a leader, how do you get there? Viewing diversity as a set of policies, laws, or training isn’t enough. In practice, diversity is more than fulfilling requirements. Leaders must strive to… Read more »