FIRST THOUGHT: Mastering Productivity
When I came across an article about how you don’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn to be successful, I was intrigued. You mean I don’t need to fit in a quick 5K before my very healthy breakfast, meditation time and other things I can’t seem to force myself to do? Fantastic! According to the writer of that piece, we all have peak hours, that time frame during which we feel invigorated and eager. To figure out your peak productive time, rate your energy, motivation and focus on a scale from 1 to 10 every hour for a week or more. Discovering what works for you can turn you into a master of your schedule.
WOMEN IN NUMBERS: Nearly 50 Percent
You know those battle-of-the-sexes games in which you ask men and women the same question and laugh at how different their responses are? The same kind of stuff happens in real life, except that actual gender disparities are no laughing matter. One recent Women in the Workplace study discovered that almost 50 percent of men questioned said women are well-represented in leadership roles at companies where only one out of 10 top leaders is a woman. It’s time to change that misguided perception and propel more women into key leadership roles!
WOMAN TO WATCH: Sabrina Lloyd, President and CEO of Lloyd Agencies
Speaking of ladies leading, today’s Woman to Watch, Sabrina Lloyd, has taken every opportunity possible to employ her ambition to grow her flourishing career, and now she’s using her insight and talent to help others reach the pinnacle of success, too.
Sabrina has always been a leader, even as a student at the University of Toronto, where she excelled at her studies and longed to move on to medical school so she could help others as a doctor. But her life took an unexpected yet favorable turn when Sabrina was recruited by American Income Life, an international life-insurance company focused on protecting working families.
In her nearly 10 years with the company, Sabrina shined, working her way up the corporate ladder before launching her own enterprise and making a name for herself as a motivational businesswoman and the president and CEO of Lloyd Agencies, a member of the American Income Life brand. It wasn’t long before Lloyd Agencies started racking up business accolades, including landing on the Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplace list four years in a row. Sabrina has even been able to successfully double the size of her company every single year.
Now that Sabrina has years of experience in this industry, she has plenty of insight to share. One key bit of advice has to do with sales. Of course, there are oodles of sales methods out there, from going door to door like in the old days to more indirect models like employing channel sales. Regardless of a salesperson’s approach, Sabrina believes that key to success is being able to handle rejection, something she notes takes time, repetition and a whole lot of effort to achieve.
One reason Sabrina’s company has been able to continually excel involves company culture and Sabrina’s insistence on providing pathways and proven systems to help her employees succeed. Sabrina boasts about how her agents and management team are able to learn from her mistakes, allowing them to advance in their careers faster. As Sabrina says, it’s all about helping her employees live at the highest level of their lives and reach their peak of greatness, in essence, leaving a legacy of their dreams.
As the president and CEO of Lloyd Agencies, Sabrina Lloyd knows a thing or two about rising above and beyond to take the reigns as a leader. Click here or visit OnTheDotWoman.com to learn more about what she says about leading by example.
QUITE THE QUOTE
Whatever your industry or career goals or life ambitions, success starts by making the choice to pursue your dreams. As our Woman to Watch, Sabrina Lloyd, said:
“Choice is the most powerful tool we are given. It literally makes us who we are.”
This is Melinda Garvey signing off until next time. Remember, ladies, empowered women empower other women. Share On the Dot so more women can have a voice. Thanks for getting ready with us.