Thursday, 16 May 2013
6 Words that Guarantee Success
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I have the privilege of speaking to large corporations, businesses and associations while also serving individual clients in every profession all across America.  I work with everyone from the executive suite, small business owner, and homemaker to the rising sales person - and one of the most frequently asked questions at all of my seminars is, "How can I guarantee success?"

The answer I am going to share was learned the hard way, and I have a few battle scars to prove it.  I was not the first person to learn this secret as it was given to me by one of my mentors, and taught to him via the writings of the most inspired men of all time and through painful personal applications in his own life.  These 6 words are true for every company or person, and they will always make your Personal and Professional Brand' a foundation that never crumbles.  

One can't simply say these words and have success, nor can they think these words and have success, but rather, they need to be a part of you and the character of the company you work for or own. These words are what allow us to get up each day and grasp that we are not perfect; these are the words that help you to be at peace with failure.  These words are the words that make it so your memory can be shorter and you only need to recall the events of life as they really were and not as the spin doctors or political pundits would suggest. These words can save lives, and used properly, they can change the heart of your biggest enemy.  These words can change public opinion in a moment and turn a failing career full of personal or professional missteps into a success.  These are the words that we all need to know; they save marriages, relationships, romances and families, and are the beginning of living eternal.  These words come with a cost, they are not a magic eraser, but they do give you a chance to try again.  You may have to take on some losses, you may have to temporarily be separated from that which you love, you may even lose clients and friends, but you will never lose yourself and your company can survive.  

These words are the standard upon which all true character can begin to shine.  Are you ready? The 6 words that guarantee success are…


I WAS WRONG, PLEASE FORGIVE ME.

FOR MY CORPORATE CLIENTS AND EXECUTIVES…
WE WERE WRONG, PLEASE FORGIVE US.


Simple, right?!  Many times it is our pride that gets in the way and we just can't say what needs to be said.  Other times it is fear that we will be seen in a negative light.  Fear and pride - never a good combination.  Remember these six words and I promise that you will eventually reach the level of success that you were created to achieve. It is not important if the six words are answered with YES I WILL; it is only important that you admit you need to improve and that your mistakes have consequences and because of those consequences you are sorry someone else is hurt or suffered a loss. 

The next time your mind is racing and everyone is saying PUT A SPIN ON IT or think of the perfect excuse, step back and remember these 6 words and then share them with whoever needs to hear them.  The words will set you free!  How do I know?  I have often been wrong and have had to say PLEASE FORGIVE ME.

I hope this helps you as much as it has helped me.  Personal and Professional Brand' is more than how one looks or acts; it often reflects the position of the heart.  Pride comes before the fall and He who made the stars is looking for a humble and contrite heart and guess what? So are your friends, family and clients! Thank you for letting me share with you a personal lesson I have learned from making mistakes and having to say I WAS WRONG, PLEASE FORGIVE ME!

If MODA Image Consulting can help you define, distribute and deliver your Brand or your business's Brand, please contact us.  Success is waiting for those who grasp that Life can be ETERNAL and they can create a lasting legacy.

Warmest,
Mila Grigg
President, MODA Image Consulting

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Direct: (615) 218.6831 | Office: (615) 567.6969


Consultations are always complimentary!

 

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Posted on 05/16/2013 12:32 PM by Mila Grigg, President
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Monday, 13 May 2013
Ladies: Which Queen are You?
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Ladies: Which Queen Are You?

I do not know about you, but I love the idea of a prince, a dragon and a beautiful princess who becomes a queen after she is discovered by her prince.  The problems usually begin once a woman becomes the queen. There are two types of Queens and both of them are beautiful.  

We have all seen the good queen.  She is gracious, accommodating, independent and full of joy.  She is the queen where all the paths lead to her castle because she entertains everyone who has a need.  She looks in the mirror and produces an inner radiance that even makes the mirror smile. She never gets caught looking at herself, but rather reviewing how she looks so that she can look her best.  You know this queen, she is sweet and real. She cries when tears are needed, she is strong when the battles of life come and she is the best, best friend.  She is not the gossip and she never forgets where she came from.  She loves the peasant and the royalty of the court.  She is a hugger and doesn't mind getting dirty if she needs to get in the mud.  She values her time but never puts her VALUE over your time.  She is not powerful because she has all the gold and power; she is powerful because she inspires greatness and helps others reach their potential.  She sees herself for who she really is, just a woman who has been blessed by God, who loves others and she still loves a prince who will hold a door, slay a dragon or fix a meal while watching the kids when she is having a Queenly Night Out.

Then there is the other Queen. You know the one from Sleeping Beauty. She is gorgeous and everyone can say WOW, she is a LOOKER. Her fashion is perfect and her house is pristine, but her blood runs cold and her cold heart seems to absorb the light all around her.  She is no Mother Teresa but she can tell you who Mother Teresa is because she knows everything.  She defines herself by a job, a car and a particular economic advantage.  She rarely mixes with the peasants and she has forgotten where she came from.  She will tell you that her time is so precious and you must be flexible to her schedule.  She loves a prince, but only one that she can control, and as far as dragons go - the last one that captured her set her free because he could not stop her from talking.  Her wisdom is of the world and she wants silver more than she wants real friends.  She is beautiful to watch but her beauty quickly fades as the conversation continues.  When the meal is over, you know who she knows, you know where she lives, you know what she drives, and you know what she thinks - the problem is she does not remember who you are and she can't recall what you need.  When she sees you at the next event she will not look your way nor will she remember your face.

I have found that every queen wants the same thing.  They want to be cherished for who they are when the outside is dimming, they want to be fought for when other princes try to steal them away, and they want loyalty over wealth and TRUE LOVE over privilege.  Why then does one queen turn dark and another blossom?  It all begins with the heart. Closed hearts get cold and darken and open hearts only expand as more love flows in than can ever flow out.

Have you asked yourself - Which Queen are you?  Does light radiate from you?  Do you build others up, or do you pull them down?  These are questions that we all should ask ourselves, because no matter what kind of Queen you are today, you can change tomorrow. That is the beauty of each new day.  Ladies: your kingdom lies before you as the sun rises, what kind of Queen will you be? 

Thank you for allowing me to share and I love helping women create change in their lives that makes them feel like the QUEEN God has made them to be.  I hope I can help you turn your Image into a statement that shows the world and perhaps your prince, that you are the GOOD QUEEN.

You already have a Personal Brand that is communicating WHO YOU ARE to the world.  What does yours say?  Is it confused?  Are you confused?  Does your Image speak who you are or hide who you are? 

We are here to help you!  Please contact us for a complimentary consultation.

Warmest,

Mila
President
Mila@modaimageconsulting.com

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Direct: (615) 218.6831 | Office: (615) 567.6969


Consultations are always complimentary!

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Posted on 05/13/2013 12:29 PM by Mila Grigg, President
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Monday, 13 May 2013
The Lost Brand in the Executive Suite
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I hope that the following information is a guide for every second level lieutenant or rising C-Suite employee who wants to impress the bosses without offending them when it comes to knowing, communicating and developing the company Corporate Brand.  

I have heard this time and time again: The bosses do not understand that our corporate brand is non-existent or fading away and we 'underlings' do not know how to stress its importance without losing our jobs.  PLEASE HELP US!! 

Incredibly, this situation is not as unusual as it may seem.  I have been hired by several companies who do not know their brand nor do they understand the concept of Brand or Brand Awareness, yet they are a success in the marketplace. One would think that everything is just fine, but then again everything looks good when we have on "rose colored glasses," and our competition is anemic. So how does a junior executive share the importance of CORPORATE BRAND? The answer is to be a great story teller.

The most read book in the world is full of stories, parables, truth and symbolism, all with the purpose of sharing 'Truth, Love, Justice, Grace, Mercy and Deliverance.'  The key is that I do not try to recreate the wheel, but rather adapt my system of sharing to a system that has worked for more than 4000 years.  I share a story.

There once was a little boy who loved candy bars and every day he would run down to the local general store and buy one.  The good news for the General Store was that they sold only one candy bar and it was the one the little boy liked.  So each day the little boy came to the general store and was satisfied by his candy bar, and the owner of the General Store was happy because he made a profit.  Soon little boys from all over the neighborhood noticed the little boy had a smile and chocolate all over his face and they too wanted a candy bar.  Everyone was happy, the boys were satisfied, and the General Store owner was making a profit.  Eventually, the General Store owner realized he was only making a profit off of one candy bar, and asked himself, "What would happen if I offered a greater selection of candy bars, would I get more customers and make more money?"  So he called all of the candy salesmen in the area, explained he was selling more candy than he could keep in stock and wanted him to show him new ideas about storing, selling and adding to his selection of candy bars.  Several companies competed for the business.  At first the boys were so excited with all of the choices, and everyone was making money. Eventually the boys began to grow tired of chocolate so they started to buy gum instead, and the number of candy bar sales declined and declined.  

In the end, the General Store owner was down to just three different types of candy bars by three different companies.  The other candy bar companies stopped sending out candy bars because they were losing money and the store owner couldn't afford to offer so many selections as he had when sales were hot, besides most of the boys had moved on to gum.  There was one loyal boy, the original boy, and he wanted to buy a candy bar every day, but he could not tell which one was the original candy bar and which were new. They all looked the same and there was nothing special about any of them.  When the general store owner asked the little boy which candy bar he should keep and which ones he should stop selling, the boy did not have an answer.  

He decided he would just pick one and that would be all they would sell.  He chose the only one that stood out in his mind - the one with great service, a salesman he remembered as being clean and neat, with very polite people skills, and an always helpful attitude when helping place the candy bars in the store displays.  He picked the candy bar company that he remembered for all the intrinsic Brand Values over and above the taste alone.  The store owner made a profit and the boy was happy, but that is not true for all the candy bar companies.  They all did great when demand was strong, but only one spent time developing its own brand, only one made certain everyone understood that they were more than just a candy bar company.  That is the one that remained while the other companies went out of business.

What is the moral of the story?  The store owner will always sell a product at a value that makes him and his customers happy.  The key is to be the product that he remembers when the competition gets tough and crowded, or tight and thinning out.  The winning company is the company with the BEST BRAND this goes far beyond products.  

 

Are you the company that communicates your Brand to the world AND to every single one of your employees?  Or are you simply riding the wave of success hoping it doesn't crash? 

Success never just happens, and a company Brand is always about more than its products. 

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Image | Brand | Fashion
Mila@modaimageconsulting.com | www.ModaImageConsulting.com
Direct: (615) 218.6831 | Office: (615) 567.6969


Consultations are always complimentary!

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Posted on 05/13/2013 12:20 PM by Mila Grigg, President
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