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Research has shown over and over that people involved with a quality mentor do better in their careers – and personal lives – than those who go it alone, and that applies to everyone from school-age children to top business executives. Bottom line: purposefully seeking out advice and knowledge from others is one of the characteristics of successful people.

The presence or absence of mentoring can also affect the successfulness of a business. A report from the Harvard Business Review recently revealed “that the lack of training opportunities and mentorship schemes in the workplace are the two biggest reasons why young workers leave.” On the flip-side, the report also shows “companies that provide mentoring opportunities are better equipped, and proven to deal more positively with talent acquisition, periods of intense, disruptive high growth, change management, C-suite succession planning, and board director development.” Read More→

Last week, Walter Bond challenged you to “Think.” This week he shares the next step – Execute.

According to Walter, this means “putting in a plan of action – and actually doing it.” He believes “everyone has great ideas, but in many cases people struggle with execution.”

In this episode of Peak Performer’s Life, Walter Bond discusses the importance of not only learning how to execute your ideas, but also how to do it under pressure. Drawing on examples from his professional basketball career and his successful motivational speaking career, Walter will share his insight on “execution” and how committing to putting your ideas into action can be a major game changer.

Peak Performers Life Podcast Episode 2 – Execute (Hosted by Walter Bond and Express Employment Professionals) from Walter Bond on Vimeo.

What are some instances when you were challenged to execute your plans? What was the roadblock? How did you get past it? Let us know in the comments section below.

Walter Bond and Peak Performer’s Life is brought to you by Express Employment Professionals. Don’t forget to check back each Wednesday for a new message from Walter Bond! If you missed an episode of Peak Performer’s Life, visit the archive to catch up. Read More→

Social media sites are used by one-third of the world’s population. More and more of our lives are being lived out and displayed online, a trend that will likely only become more prevalent in the years to come. So, what are the side effects of living in a society that’s always plugged in? Check out this quick video from AsapSCIENCE for some interesting insight into how social media is changing our brains. 

What side effects have you noticed or experienced as a result of our increasingly plugged in society? How does it affect your employees or their work ethic? Let us know in the comments section below. Read More→

In August, we asked readers how their education affected their career paths, and the results show mixed opinions about the influence education has on future success.

According to the results, 42% of respondents said they wouldn’t be where they are today without their degrees. However, 35% said their education hasn’t played a role in defining their career and 15% said it helped land their first job, but hasn’t been a factor since. So, the results are split on just how big of a role education plays on our future career paths.

Nearly 6% of survey respondents selected the “other” option and submitted their own thoughts on the topic, including:

  • Simply having a college degree had an influence on my career path, but my area of study did not
  • I’m doing what I wanted to do, but had to work longer and harder to get here without a degree
  • I need more education
  • Getting my masters inhibited my ability to get a job because I was seen as overqualified
  • My education has had an indirect effect – I’ve grown personally Read More→

According to former professional basketball player and motivational speaker Walter Bond, “We work so hard that we don’t have time to think. We don’t have time to use innovation and creativity. We don’t have time to think about our position and our roles. We’re so busy ‘doing’ that we don’t leave time to think.”

Does this sound familiar? Have you ever found yourself so busy in the day-to-day that you don’t take time to really think about what you’re doing, or more importantly, if you even enjoy it?

In the first of a yearlong series of motivational and educational messages, Walter Bond discusses the importance of making time to slow down and think once in a while to focus on where you are and where you want to be.

Peak Performers Life Podcast Episode 1 – Think (Hosted by Walter Bond and Express Employment Professionals) from Walter Bond on Vimeo.

How is being busy affecting your life? What do you think you could accomplish if you gave yourself some time to think each week? Let us know in the comments section below. Read More→

Seed of Leadership

Once upon a time, there was an elderly, benevolent king who had served and led his people well for many years.  As all good leaders do, the king was aware of his own mortality and was planning for the day he stepped down from the throne. As this king had no heir, the law of the land called for him to appoint the next king.

When he knew the time was right, he called all of the elders and servants of the castle to the throne room and told them, “One year from today, I will end my reign as your king, and on that day I will appoint the new ruler of our land.”

Gasps of surprise and murmurs of speculation could be heard throughout the throne room. The king waited until he had regained everyone’s attention and stated, “I am giving each of you one seed to plant and care for over the next year. One year from today, each of you will reconvene here in the throne room to show what harvest you have gleaned from the seed I am giving to you this day.”

Each of the elders, in turn, took a seed from the sack that the king held before him. Then the servants came forward, and each received their seed. Among the last of the servants to approach the throne was a young footman named Phillip. He bowed respectfully, took a seed from the bag held by his king, and rapidly left the throne room. Read More→

Coming soon to Refresh Leadership!

Walter Bond is a dynamic and entertaining speaker. We’re excited about this partnership and look forward to bringing you Bond’s motivational messages each week starting Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.

About Walter Bond
For nearly two decades, Walter Bond has been the premiere expert on peak performance. Walter’s mastery in two different global industries has made him an authority on peak performance. Walter has delivered his entertaining and dynamic message to companies and associations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Europe. Clients include Accenture, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, The Dwyer Group, Allianz, Amway, GNC, Hilton, Medtronic, UPS Store, Radio Shack, Red Robin, and many national associations. Read More→

Maintaining a highly productive and innovative team is imperative to the success of your business. And, the most effective team is one that is fully engaged in the organization’s overall goals. In fact, a Gallup study found that organizations with an average of 9.3 engaged employees for every actively disengaged worker posted 147% higher earnings per share than their counter parts.

For some leaders, the importance of employee engagement is old news. In fact, 90% of business leaders believe an employee engagement strategy would have a positive impact on their businesses’ success; however, only 25% of those leaders even have a strategy, according to a study by Accor Services. While developing a culture of engagement at companies is important, it should prompt every business leader to ask the question: is company culture affecting our employee engagement? Read More→

The summer months are winding down, kids are back in school, and before we know it, the holiday season will be upon us. Luckily, there’s still plenty of time left in 2014 to position your business for a strong finish. Here are five things you can do in the month of September to get an early start.

Start Planning for Seasonal Staffing
The holiday season is just around the corner and for many businesses that means it’s time to prepare for the seasonal surge. Companies across all industries are likely impacted by the holidays in one way or another – retailers, in particular, typically see 20-40% of their annual sales during this time. So, it’s important to start planning now for how your company will respond to fluctuations in business volume during the coming months. Staffing companies, like Express Employment Professionals, are a great resource for the extra help you need to maintain productivity and respond to seasonal upswings. Read More→

While we’re not quite in the holiday season, it’s close enough that many businesses are already starting to hire seasonal help. The retail sector in particular will be ramping up to prepare for the holiday shopping rush that has historically accounted for 20-40% of annual sales. Most businesses will be affected by the holiday season in one way or another, so we want to know how your company handles the extra workload. Let us know by voting in our poll.