Thursday, January 28, 2010

What is the Hedgehog Concept?

The hedgehog concept is explained in the book entitled, "Good to Great" written by Jim Collins. As you can see from the image, the hedgehog concept is found within the three circles. I'll briefly describe in more detail what these three circles represent.

What you can be the best in the world at. Just because you are good at something doesn't necessarily mean you can be the best in the world at it. Focus on that one thing that you can be the best in the world at!

What drives your economic engine. What brings you the most success? What brings in more profit for your business? Find that thing, and exploit it!

What are you deeply passionate about? Focus on what you are passionate about. The idea is not to stimulate passion, but figure out what makes you passionate!

Conclusion: The Hedgehog Concept is finding the intersection of these three circles. If you would like to view a video version of the hedgehog Concept - watch Jim Collins teach it!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Level 5 Leadership

Many of you have read the book entitled Good to Great written by Jim Collins. If you have, then you should be familiar with the term "Level 5 Leader". Jim Collins focuses on 12 companies that he refers to as "great" companies and picks apart how each one of them achieved this status. The first area that he discusses is leadership of the company.

What is a Level 5 Leader?
  • A level 5 leader never in a million years will stop trying to become qualified for the job
  • Channel their ego needs away from themselves and towards the success of the company
  • Modest and willful, humble yet fearless
  • Dedication and desire to make anything they touch the best it could possibly be
  • Ambition and concern first and foremost for the company, not for one's own riches
  • Sets up their successor for success
  • Don't talk about themselves
  • Fanatically driven to PRODUCE results
  • Look out the window to give credit when things are going well, and look in the mirror when things aren't going so well, never blaming bad luck when things go poorly

Now look at the Level 5 Leadership image above. Where do YOU fit in on the pyramid?

Level 5 Executive:
Builds enduring greatness through a paradoxical blend of personal humiity and professional blend of personal humility and professional will.

Effective Leader: Catalyzes commitment to and vigorous pursuit of a clear and compelling vision, stimulating higher performance standards.

Competent Manager: Organizes people and resources toward the effective and efficient pursuit of predetermined objectives.

Contributing Team Member: Contributes individual capabilities to the achievement of group objectives and works effectively with others in a group meeting.

Highly Capable Individual: Makes productive contributions through talent, knowledge, skills and good work habits.

No matter where you are on the pyramid, if you apply these characteristics of a Level 5 Leader you will progress upwards towards the end goal of becoming a Level 5 Leader.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Be Motivated to Be Credit Worthy

Today we would like to provide some information to help you towards a debt-free world. Below is a tip on what a credit inquiry is, and how to avoid negative effects that are associated with them.

What is the definition of an inquiry and what does it matter to the credit conscious consumer?

CREDIT INQUIRY - "An attempt to seek information concerning interest rates and the availability of funds without disclosing your identity, or specifying the need or purpose of the proposed borrowing, or the specifics concerning your creditworthiness."(

When you take into effect that a credit inquiry can effect up to 10% of your overall credit score you may want to start paying attention. A rule of thumb is to be careful with these inquiries not to accrue more than 4 every two years. If you need to shop for loans, as for a mortgage or some other large sum then try and have these inquiries occur within a 10-14 day period. After seeing thousands of credit reports our friends at Credit2Buy can tell you that usually those who take care of their inquiries usually take care of the other aspects of their credit report.

To make it as simple as possible let's illustrate it like this. Imagine you are playing a game similar to 20 Questions. In this game however it is more like 4 Questions or 4 Inquiries. Use them wisely which means probably avoid giving your full name to used car dealers. They seem to have an affection of running your credit to see what mid sized sedan they can squeeze you into.
A credit inquiry can effect up to 10% of your overall credit score.
Never accrue more than 4 inquiries over a 2 year span.
Don't give out your full name to used car dealerships.

For more information on the matter check out credit2buy's blog or email

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Making Progress Toward Your Goals

If you are tired of feeling like a little boy walking around a corn maze, lost, frustrated, no idea where to go next, then take heed to these principles and apply them as soon as possible.

TAKE ACTION: Joe Vitale says, “Do anything to keep the momentum going forward”. Don’t focus soley on ALL of the challenges that are ahead. By doing so only brings your forward momentum to a hault because you are stuck in the thought of how in the world am I going to accomplish all of this.

JUST TAKE THE NEXT STEP: You don’t have to be able to see your destination in order to reach it. When driving from California to New York, you can’t see your final destination, but by increments you eventually arrive.

Ask yourself, “What can I do today so the next five years are not the same as the last five?”

More often than not we spend our time on the little things. Take a second and figure out if this is a major thing or minor. If it’s major, then spend major time on major things. Don’t let the little minors interfere with you getting done what needs to be done! Once you see the major things getting checked off your to-do list, it will fuel more results.

George Lucas says, “You have to find something you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over the hurdles, and break through the brick walls that are always going to be placed in front of you. If you don’t have that kind of feeling for what it is you are doing, you’ll stop at the first giant hurdle.”

Here’s what Cynthia Kersey suggests: Make a realistic assessment of your current abilities. Now imagine your abilities have increased by 10 percent. What could yo be doing if you immediately possessed 10 percent more abilities, skills and talents? You could be doing those things today if you believed you could nad pushed yourself – even a little bit- outside your comfort zone.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Our Message Motivator Update

We would like to apologize for not posting as regularly as we should. It's been a crazy few months here at Message Motivator. We currently have over 400 subscribers to our motivational text service, and are so excited to start adding more! We have received lots of positive feedback and will be adding in new features in the near future.

Our latest addition has been Pinnacle Security out of Orem, Utah. Those are some great guys, and if you are interested in an incredible experience in sales, be sure to check them out here.

We would like to thank all of our other followers/subscribers and are open to any ideas on how we can better serve your motivational needs!