leadership

A Commentary on the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

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In his beloved novel, John C. Maxwell brilliantly outlines the 21 irrefutable laws of leadership. While all of the laws are insightful, innovative, and important, here at 45 Inc. we definitely have our favorites.

  1. The Law of Influence

The True Measure of Leadership Is Influence- Nothing More, Nothing Less

Becoming a successful leader is not about percentages, team sizes, or income. The most powerful leaders have the ability to influence a single team member, an entire team, and the masses beyond. A leader who can push his brand and his team into the sphere of influence will be far more effective than one who works in a vacuum.

  1. The Law of Process

Leadership Develops Daily, Not in a Day

As with anything else in life, strong leadership is not fostered overnight. Effective leadership is a craft and should be practiced in such a way. A strong leader is not born within the first months of a company’s inception, but in the years that follow. Spend each day working and harnessing your sense of leadership, and let it form you- not the other way around.

  1. The Law of Magnetism

Who You Are Is Who You Attract

You are who you surround yourself with and you are who you attract. No more blaming the universe for bringing ineffective and toxic people into your world. If you promote strong leadership, unending positivity, and an intrinsic motivation to improve and expand, those are the team members you will find in your corner.

  1. The Law of the Inner Circle

A Leader’s Potential Is Determined By Those Closest to Him

This law holds hands with law 9, following the same basic principles. As a leader, you might expect yourself to have a stronger sense of motivation than your team, but that does not mean you are willing to work harder. All members of the team should be striving for greatness and working at the top of their ability, those who don’t will only lessen your potential as a company and as a leader.

  1. The Law of Reproduction

It Takes a Leader to Raise Up a Leader

If you have reached the point of exemplary leadership, then why keep it to yourself? Mentor and mentor often. Don’t assume that you can’t be replaced, instead, create your replacement. Build team members who can achieve greatness beyond you, and foster the same strength of leadership.

For a complete look at what it takes to be an effective leader, seek out Maxwell’s novel. His words influence our team here at 45 Inc. every single day.

The Value of Philanthropy

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Here at 45 Inc. Birmingham we see the value of philanthropy on a personal and corporate level, and that is why we have weaved volunteerism into the fabric of our company. In the past, our team has worked to improve our community and spread awareness through many organizations including Habitat4Humanity, Habitat Restore, and those promoting the research of Alzheimer’s disease. We value social corporate responsibility and work to achieve this each and every day.

Recently, our team began their humanitarian involvement within the Birmingham community. With the help of Hands On Birmingham, our team was given the opportunity to do some valuable volunteer work at Wenonah High School. Through their work on the beautification project, our team assisted with landscaping at the local high school. However, the invaluable gift came after the project was over- upon seeing the hard work of our team at 45 Inc., a local Birmingham company generously decided to sponsor the school moving forward.

Philanthropy provides personal, intrinsic benefits, as well as a great change for the community. The power of a business promoting philanthropy is something that cannot be ignored. When the sole goal of a business is to make money, it can be hard to find motivation and passion in the work. Here at 45 Inc., we have built our company on the foundation of philanthropy and community involvement, providing our team with the invaluable pride that accompanies such philanthropy. On a personal level, philanthropy provides a feeling of pride and accomplishment that is unmatched by simple office work. Immersing yourself in volunteer work is truly a “win-win” arrangement. Philanthropy and social responsibility serve obvious benefits including a heightened sense of community and unity, as well as a widened world view on a personal level.

The presence of philanthropy in the business sector forces companies to ask the question of “why?” We know what we do, who we do it for, but what is the motivation? What social purpose does your work service? Here at 45 Inc., we are passionate about community improvement and list that as a main mission for our team.

At 45 Inc. Birmingham, we simply cannot overstate the importance and value of philanthropy and volunteering. We are beyond proud of our team and our Birmingham community for fostering such a strong sense of social responsibility. We are grateful for the opportunity to continue bettering our global community and urge anyone curious about the value of philanthropy to give it a try. Create a new world, by improving the one we already have.

What can Happen in a Year?

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The answer is anything. In less than a year you can be married, bring a child in the world, start a business, find your dream job, or in the case of Je’Niah Jackson, move from an entry level sales position into a management position in the course of a year. Performing at an unprecedented rate in our company, Je’Niah has surpassed every expectation and shown everyone at 45 Inc Birmingham exactly what’s available when you put your mind towards what matters. We sat down with him to learn more about how he did it, why he did it, and what’s next to come for our man of the hour.

Je’Niah – wow! You have accomplished so much in your time at 45 Inc Birmingham. How did you do it?

Easy; I gave myself time to be good. I didn’t start with the company with the idea that I would be successful overnight or get everything the first time or have the answers immediately at my fingertips. I knew everything would take time and I respected that. I also, 1) realized that every relationship didn’t have to be permanent to be meaningful, 2) sought to understand before being understood, and 3) put my faith in God first.

Who influences you inside and outside of the office?

My parents are my biggest influencers professionally, along with my brother. For business, my mentors are 45 Inc’s CEO, Wrinardo, and my fraternity brother and work colleague, Bryant. Between those 5 people, I feel every day that I’m a better person because of their influence. I trust Wrinardo to coach me into the best manager, and I trust Bryant to always infect me with his positive energy; that man is the happiest person I’ve ever met.

What are you going to accomplish in 2018 and 2019?

In the rest of 2018, I plan on helping our client expand into Florida and growing their customer base. I see our team expanding to include even more ambitious, competitive grads and business professionals, and us helping our client expand YET AGAIN in 2019.

What 3 tips do you have for someone looking to be in a management role?!

1. Be likable. People will enjoy working with you more if you’re a joy to be around.

2. Be educated in what you’re doing. You can’t run a business if you don’t know every role through and through.

3. Have a great track record of doing the right things. People will follow those who have results.

What motivates you and how do you recommend others find their motivation?

My faith motivates me, as well as not failing. I HATE losing and quitting, so I’m inspired to give my best every day. I’m intentional with my actions because I know the work I do today will provide the life I want for my current and future family. If you don’t have a “why” that pushes you, find it and make sure your actions align with the “big picture” you have for your life. Lastly, I’m motivated by people. I’m so focused on helping the team at 45 Inc Birmingham, that I wake up every day ready to see them one step closer to their goals.

Je’Niah, you are an inspiration to many. Even after you help our client expand outside of Birmingham, you will be a legacy in our office. Thank you for a year of service and dedication.

The Four Agreements

Literature brings us wisdom, and here at 45 Inc., we believe you should never stop learning. “The Four Agreements” is a book written by Don Miguel Ruiz and a personal favorite of the 45 Inc. team. In case you’re not a big reader, we didn’t want you to suffer without the important messages in this novel. To help you out, we present you with the four agreements, and what they mean to use.

1. Be impeccable with your word.

Your thoughts are your own, and your words are for the world- so choose them wisely. You should never use your precious words to harm others or harm yourself. Speak with intention and say what you mean. Apologies are easy, but words can never truly be taken back.

2. Don’t take anything personally.

You are the only thing in your control, so why should you dictate your life on the whims of others. Why be bruised by the words of others when they speak nothing about you, and volumes about them. It is easier said than done but accepting that the way people treat you reflects themselves, will provide a release like no other. When people throw stones at others, it is because they feel weighed down themselves. Never has a truly happy and confident person worked to put another person down. Never take anything personally, because it is almost never about you.

3. Don’t make assumptions.

“When you assume, you make an ass out of u and me.” Cheesy, yet true. As humans, we are experts at creating mental monsters much larger and much scarier than the reality. Never assume, always ask. Moreover, never assume that you know a person or what they are thinking. People are dynamic, and they change. Without communication, you cannot assume to understand a person’s beliefs, dreams, fears, desires, or interests, because they are always changing. It is normal to change; the issue arises when people are surprised by change. Don’t be surprised by the change, don’t assume anything about anyone. Don’t assume things about yourself, you are open to change as well, no matter where you are in life.

4. Always do your best.

Comparison is a tricky a game, a game you can never win. As long as you are playing the game of comparisons, you will never truly feel success. The only way to find success within yourself is to do your best every time. Hey, your best may be someone else’s’ mediocre, but who cares. Don’t be fooled into thinking your best is stagnant. Let yourself grow, and constantly strive for your next best.

This truly is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Ruiz’s book. We have provided you with the four agreements, but we strongly urge you to give the book a read for yourself. You will thank us. From all of us here at 45 Inc., we wish you happy reading and a happier life.

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