My vision is to develop economic leaders throughout the country, and strengthen the business community.

When it comes to “advantages” in life we usually think of strength, knowledge, capital, tools, technology, people, and military prowess. Although we can’t personally deliver an advantage of military prowess in our training and coaching systems, we do deliver on the other areas of having a vision of forward thinking in business.

We leave the military strength to be developed by our soldiers who fight for our liberties and freedom that we enjoy. I am proud to support GO*VETS Foundation in training and educating our veterans in launching and growing their small business.

Call them advantages or call them benefits, here is we should expect from our mentors, coaches, and leaders:

Wisdom – The first thing we want to establish is becoming a Trusted Mentor. When you work with a coach in sports, and that coach has a vested interest in your success, you find that success if you follow their counsel. They should want to earn your trust.

Experience – The management team should have many years of combined business and leadership skills. Your business coach or mentor should have proven business experience and a mentoring mentality that has driven many businesses to incredible heights of success. More importantly, they should have already seen the good, the bad and the ugly of business, and their job is to pass on their experience to steer you through the maze of business.

Clarity – We all should be more interested in helping others achieve positive results in your business, even when it might not be what you want to hear. The mentors job is to help you succeed, and not win a popularity contest.

Seeking Out Opportunities – Together, we should be constantly on the look for opportunities that will benefit our colleagues and strategic partners. When you attend a seminar or workshop, it should be about the power of looking for opportunities to do business with others. The workshops should be full of proven ways to find incredible opportunities, and an excellent source for networking.

Strategic Alliances – Any company needs to have multiple alliances to help them succeed in business. The mentor should have a network of companies and corporate contacts, and want to introduce their clients and strategic partners to others. Basically, they should be all about networking and increasing theirs, and your reach through strategic partnerships, and pass these relationships on to the network.

Solid Communication – If we can’t clearly communicate what our corporate vision is, then how can we expect others to know what we do; or to buy from us. Communication has to start with telling the truth, even when it’s painful. Communication is the foundation in which we build from. A lack of communication; dishonest or sugar-coated communication with details conveniently left out creates cracks in that foundation, and cracks create weakness. Your empire must be strong and cannot afford any cracks in the foundation.

Integrity – If there is one key principle to remember in building a successful empire, it is in keep­ing agreements, which allows us to honor our commitments and maintain a high level of trust with our colleagues and associates.

Common Sense – All too often leaders take the path of least resistance, which in most cases leads to destruction. Common sense is hanging by a thread in so many companies today, and it usually comes down to self-interests promoted by individuals, instead of the good of the organization. We must bring common sense back into the order of running a successful enterprise.

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