Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Is your ego in check?

I usually read pretty cool articles online about business and how to be more of a leader and so on and so forth. So yesterday that I was looking for an article to read I stumbled upon an article that, in my personal opinion should be read by all leaders. You know you're a great leader when people want to be like you, follow you, and reach the status you have. But what about those leaders that have too much confidence it's almost cockiness.

There's a huge difference between confidence and cocky.



"You need confidence to run a company--that's obvious. But without consciously evaluating your actions, conviction can quickly morph into arrogance. And this inflated ego will only shrink your company's success."

Read more: http://www.inc.com/john-hall/7-questions-that-will-give-your-ego-a-reality-check.html#ixzz3D1EnTfwS  Inc.com knows what it's doing!

The article gives us 7 questions that we should answer in order to figure out if we are being the right amount of both.

1. Do you ask for transparent feed back?
-We all like to "help" people with our constructive criticism but it's usually one sided. We tend to talk more than we listen, so sometimes it's better to stop talking and listen to what people have to say. It can actually help.

2. Do you know people on a personal level?
-I like to pride myself on this one, I actually like to take the time and get to know everyone around me. It's very important that you know your people on more than just work terms. Since I started at ACG I've taken time to get to know all the people that surround me. Even if it's for a few minutes, I like to know if my people are having a good day. ARE YOU HAVING A GOOD DAY?? :)

3. Do you know yourself?
-I know, is this a trick question? It's not. Really, do you know yourself? Is your integrity in check? Are your values the same day in and day out? Do you pride yourself on your character? These are all questions you should be asking yourself when your ego is getting the best of you.

4. Do you drink your own Kool-Aid?
-This should be self explanatory, right? Are you practicing what you preach on the reg? If you tell people around you to do something one way and you do it a different way....how was that practicing what you preach? I'm just saying.

5. Do you have a system of checks and balances in place?
-As the above, are you practicing what you preach? Like the article, I started reading more and trying
 to incorporate what I read into my daily routine. If my article is giving me advice on clean eating I'll start clean eating... As for how long that lasts it's a different story. BUT motivational articles are always inspiring and get me in such an inspiring mood.

6. Are you honest with where your competitors are compared to you?
-This goes without saying. In our office competition is EVERYTHING. I know if we are not at #1 we are working our tails off to get back up there. So make sure that you're always giving it all you have!!

7. Do you let your accomplishments speak for themselves?
- HUMBLE- most competitive people with high egos don't know what that means. A simple "thank you" goes a long way, because realistically speaking who wants to work with someone who is always bragging about themselves? Not me, for sure. So remember to stay humble and appreciative of those people around you!

That's all for now! I'll be talking about our Conference next week!!

-M

#ego #confidence #realitycheck #blog #austincommunicationgroup #acg #work #workhardplayhard #blogger

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

#OrgWeekend2014

#OrgWeekend2014

Yes, it happened. This weekend was probably one of the most exciting weekends I've had with the company, not that every weekend isn't fun! It was the DorfmanOrg/AuwaterOrg weekend in our beautiful city of Austin, TX. I'm pretty sure almost everyone was wearing cowboy boots (the greatest thing ever.)



Besides having some of my friends that have moved away come back to good ole Texas, y'all! I got the opportunity to mingle and get to know so many people in our business. Let me just say, that I networked with TOP mentors in our business.








I took this weekend as a growing experience and basically went in with a clear and open mind and ready to mingle. Now, most people know me to be the social butterfly, I could have a wall talk back to me if I wanted to.

#OrgWeekend2014 kicked off on Saturday night with a mixer at the Wyndham Hotel. Leaders, Asst. Managers, Owners, and Promoting Owners were there. Lots of important people that Little Ol Martha needed to chit chat with. There were about 150 people there ready to share their knowledge with us.

I talked to so many new people that I will absolutely be keeping in contact with because now they have become some of my mentors. There were two people in particular that stood out most to me.

One of the them is such a powerful woman. She stands strong and knows exactly what she wants from life. She came to speak to our office during our morning break out and just empowered our office moral so much more. This woman is definitely someone to look up to and I strive to work hard and be in her shoes one day.



The second person that stood out to me most was the mentor of all owners. This man pulls me aside to have a full blown conversation in Spanish, i.e. the greatest thing to ever happen! He picked my brain more than I did his. Which let me just say, thank you sir. That is definitely A-OK with me.

The weekend included break out sessions, lots of food, live music. We also got to go on a boat cruise on the Colorado River and it was the perfect way to mingle and get to know each other for 2 hours! After our boat cruise we were treated to good ole Texas BBQ! Green Mesquite is now one of our favorite places. Besides amazing food we listened to blue grass music and danced a little.







Our own Neha Graham had her first org weekend where all of her outside deals came into Austin to hang out. Neha took them out on a boat party and dinner to take advantage of having all of them together. Our admins, Dena and Doni, also had the opportunity to hang out with other admins that flew into town!

                               

To me, who's been in the business going on more than half a year, it's so rewarding seeing the unity that these people share. They've been friends for years and all they do is help each other out. Like, best friends for ever. That's the whole thing. I love it!!









Thursday, September 4, 2014

Our Week of Smiles is keeping us smiling!!

So we had our Week of Smiles last week and it had an outstanding reaction! The entire office got involved in all of our activities! The entire week we had different people from the office talk about something that was special to them and how to keep the resilience up in the office.

Aaron Becerra said, "I learned that there is so much to smile about in my life. I learned that smiling is more beneficial than being upset."

You know, it's so rewarding to know that our office is always so positive and always there to back each other up in the good times and bad. The encouragement we all have with each other is amazing.

Neha Graham said her favorite part about last week was "seeing everyone smile! Smiling is contagious and last week definitely proved that for our team...we gained momentum which let into a strong start for this week already!"

Sarah Stone said, "my favorite part about the week of smiles was when we all smiled together as a whole. The entire room was filled with positive energy and it felt great!"

During the week we learned different things to keep us smiling as well as learning from our Admin Doni that the only competition you should have in life is yourself. You don't get anywhere comparing yourself to others so why do it? If that helped any we would all be the same person, although being Oprah doesn't sound so bad to me...


Doni talking about the only person you should ever compare yourself to is: YOU!

Jamie learned that, "comparing yourself to others does nothing but bring you down, you should only compare yourself to what you were before and set new goals for yourself." Great thinking Jamie!

I can't thank Dena Shleifer, our Admin, for coming up with this wonderful idea to have a whole week dedicated to smiling and being positive! Our moral in the office has lifted to new heights and will continue to do so with all of us staying smiling!


Thanks Dena for all your hard work!! We appreciate you!!


Neha Graham showing off her Week of Smiles bracelets we gave out!


Alicia Olvera thought this was such a great idea! 


We had a poster board made to sign with the things that make us smile every day!


We enjoyed some games with our guys!


Ninja got a little intense lol


Austin Smith motivating us and keeping us positive! 


From our family to yours, LETS KEEP SMILING! 





Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Just the open road and Austin Communication Group

I've always said that if a job doesn't require you to travel it won't be fun. You get to explore new places on their dime...(oops I said it...) and all while still learning and growing! Now, if you think about it the way I do, it's really an investment for them, the employer, to have their employees make these trips.

For instance, you're, the employee, expanding your horizons all the while putting money in your pocket and the employers.

On my second week of starting at Austin Communication Group they sprung the idea of a business trip. Being it was my second week here I was obviously excited and thrilled they'd invite a new hire to travel. I actually was promoted on our trip to McAllen, TX. Which, was so much fun and a great learning experience for me!

Since I've been here, I've seen our team go to Dallas, Oklahoma, McAllen, San Antonio, and San Francisco, yes California and I've also seen offices from different parts of the country come visit our office to see what tricks we pull to be number one. NUMBER ONE. In the nation. Yeah... We're kind of a big deal...

Since moving to Austin on July 27th to now, I can say I've been to Los Angeles, CA for 3 days, San Antonio, TX for a week and just spent a week in McAllen, TX. That's 2 1/2 weeks of travel which I LOVE.

Having the opportunity to go on these trips is so rewarding! It's a great way to step up as a leader and have others promoted into leadership! That's why when a trip is sprung up I'm the first one to raise my hand and say "ME! I want to go! Pick me!" (Not really, I usually flash a look towards Neha's way and she knows)

Not to mention you're stuck in a room with 3 girls and you're bound to make forever friendships!

Which leads to happiness and happy employees= happy office. Right? The following week will be a business trip to Houston, H-Town! It'll be a great way for our leaders to step up and show us how to run a successful trip down there! (Wish I was going, love that city!)

I'll be staying back and enjoying our Week of Smiles!! I don't know about the rest of the office but I'm ready for my cheeks to hurt from so much smiling I'll be doing!


***excuse the cheesy selfies :)


Eating with my road trip family!



With Tiny Mike, awesome leader!!!


Jon and I jamming out to oldies! 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Operation: Help Kids Smile

Have I mentioned how much I love working with Austin Communication Group? Because if I haven't, I DO. A lot. One of my favorite things to do growing up was always volunteering in whatever charity group my parents could find me. You name it I volunteered. To me, helping others in their time of need is one of the most important values ever instilled in me. So when I found out that our company was an avid supporter of Operation Smile I was thrilled.

Operation Smile is an organization that helps children with cleft palettes that are not able to eat, talk or smile properly. The organization takes care of the surgery that is roughly about $240 US. Now, to us, that may not seem like a lot but to families in third world countries that's saving the life of their child.

A few months back our company as a whole did a fund raiser and sent a group of consultants to Mexico to be part of the surgeries to help kids smile. This just triggered us more back home to be a part of the helping hands that can brings smiles to kids around the world. Now we each organize events to help raise money in our office. I love the group effort and the camaraderie that it has with us to help these kiddos out!  Check this out: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IGLKh-59UFs

On Saturday, our team set out to once again help raise money on the "Day of Smiles". Basically they walked the streets asking for peoples kind donations. Now, when I say they, I'm talking about our entire office set off their Saturday with one mission. Help kids smile. Two of our top leaders, Paul Hunt and Trevor Hudnall were the ones who raised the most money on Saturday. "Saving the lives of the less fortunate kids who don't have the resources and opportunities that we have here in America. Operation Smile as an organization really sold itself to the people I talked to." Said Paul Hunt. The entire office did an amazing job because they raised a grand total of $1,918, enough to cover almost 10 surgeries, that's 10 new smiles we get to enjoy!

It makes me feel accomplished that I work with such selfless individuals who will take the time out of their day to do an act of kindness. I know because of their hard work there will be ten fewer kids that can smile for the first time in their life. AMAZING if you ask me!!!

Enjoy your smile! :)

-M


 
Look at all these smiles :) 


I have such a beautiful group of individuals as coworkers and family! 



Friday, August 1, 2014

From your new Leadership Pin Recipient to You!

One thing I love about the company I work for, is the people. I am constantly meeting new people and gaining new friends. This business has taught me that the more resources you have the more knowledge there is to gain! I had the opportunity to join some of my friends this passed weekend in Los Angeles for the Western Conference.

Austin Communication Group hopped on a plane to LAX... (See what I did there?) No? Ok, https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=M11SvDtPBhA come back when you get it. Any who, we did, and it was so much fun! I had already been to a conference before in Dallas, TX but nothing like this.

I had already been to a conference in Dallas, TX before, but nothing like this. There were approximately 1,000 attendees which included owners, org consultants, reps and admins. Let me just say, there was a lot of networking being done. I also got to see awards being handed out and an owner being promoted to organizational consultant. I'll start with the admins:

Dena Shleifer and Doni Kolachi are the best admins an office can have! We may not tell them everyday but THEY ARE. They are the best recruiters, ever! So when we heard they landed in LA and got the star treatment they weren't kidding! These girls were taken out and got their hair done and treated to fancy lunch. Typical girls day, I'd say. They definitely deserved it too! Girls, we appreciate you every single day! And we wouldn't be here without you, literally!

Our very own Austin Smith was nominated for Promoting Owner of the Year, and won the Campaign Pacesetters award. Congratulations to Austin Smith for the award!!

After the morning breakout session we went off to our lunch session, where Leadership Pins would be handed out. But before that we got to hear from Chris Auwater and Adam Dorfman who gave us tips about being in leadership. We also got to hear from new Owners like Neha Graham's own Edgar Maradiaga and Somak Chakraborty. Back to that leadership pin, Neha spoke a little about it and what it stands for. Receiving this pin is like an honor. She awards her to people who step up in the office as well as in the field, people with great attitudes and student mentalities and who she sees going places in this business. So when she awarded me with it, I'm not going to lie, little tears prickled at my eyes. It's nice to see the recognition this business does to those who work hard. Anyway I won't talk about me... :)

After the lunch session we were broken up into different categories, admins, reps that have been here for various time frames, Ect. There we got to learn more about some of the owners and they were able to give us insight into some of the questions that lingered in our minds. Very informative and definitely a boost in basically kicking it into high gear!

After all that fun stuff all the attendees got to doll up for a three course dinner and see more of an awards assembly. We also got to see Nina Winstead, who is part of the expansion team won the coveted award for Rookie Owner of the Year. Congrats to Nina on this huge achievement!

Now that we are back in Texas, it's time to rock n' roll and kick it into high gear and continue to be NUMBER 1 in the nation!!!

That's all for now,

-Martha


#leadership #family #team #winners #number1 #awards #conference #explodetheorg #losangeles









Thursday, July 24, 2014

Austin Communication Group brings back winners from Eastern Conference

When you work with people who know how to have fun, build friendships and know how to make money it's no wonder people are attracted to them. It’s always an added bonus when you know that your hard work is going to get recognized as well.
About 2 weeks ago our crew joined hundreds of different offices from the eastern conference in Orlando to learn tips and tricks from each other as well as exchange knowledge from top reps there. Our own office had winners who were there to learn and exchange what drives them.
Jesse Breidor, who is currently assistant manager for Neha Graham's office and number 1 power ranked rep said, "Winning the award in Orlando wasn't for me. It's for the team that continued to push me and never let me settle for 2nd best. It's for them."
It's drive like that that continues to push our teams every single day.
Along with Breidor, Jacob Mooney joined him in taking 5th top power ranked rep. "You have to consistently tell yourself you are number one. Up your standards, don't be average. The bare minimum is failure. Tell yourself you will succeed and you will succeed. Know what you want, tell yourself it is going to happen if you put in the work, and it will work." Said Mooney.
It's always thinking you can do it and it will be done, right?
But all these reps wouldn't be here if it weren't for our #6 ranked Admin who is the backbone to the company and always has a smile and some sort of encouraging words to give us. Congratulations to Dena Shleifer who says, "My motivation... I love working with my friends and want to help them hit their goals. I know that in order for anyone to get anywhere, I have to give it my all. I keep my friends and their goals in mind while I work."
Coming to work doesn't feel like a duty but something you look forward to everyday. Growing within this business I learn that you are actually working with your friends who have quickly become family.
Who doesn't want to hang out with their friends all day and make money while doing so? Thought so. #work #teambuilding #success #numberone #team #leadership #friends #winners #Orlando #conference