7 Reasons Why People Will Always Choose Apple

Normally I don’t write on Technology, but today as Apple did it’s product launch, once again the nation became fascinated about what Apple had to offer. Here are my thoughts, also featured in LinkedIn Pulse Technology Channel Find it here and on Inc42.com Click here

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1. People trust Apple. When people trust your brand, they will continue to support it. Apple has extremely loyal customers. Even when people venture off to try other things, they eventually come right back to Apple, their first love. Sure, you may try an Andriod or Samsung device for a while as place fillers due to Apple’s immediate limitations but once Apple delivers, you’ll go back.
 
2. They show true leadership. What we experience when we buy an Apple product is the result of committed employees who believe in the Apple brand; employees who have pledged to achieve Apple’s mission. Apple users have had the benefit of experiencing a product created by committed employees who have worked hard to make the Apple product better. They have invested their time in trust to deliver a work of art; one we refer to as the iPhone. Apple has a following like no other. Even when others jump in the game to compete, Apple tends to consistently take the lead. I attribute this largely to its support system inclusive of its employees and customers.
 
3. It just keeps getting better. Every new product they offer creates a stir that no other electronic brand has been able to compete with. They not only meet the demand, they exceed expectations. Launching features such as the “Apple Pay” where you can make payments by holding your thumb down on your phone. They launched a new product – the Apple Watch – which is freakin’ beautiful by the way, (I must have the red one with the gold face). Even though you have to have the iPhone to use the Apple Watch, a sacrifice I am absolutely willing to make, it was never a real consideration for me, but now it is because Apple did it and I know it will be great. You see, Apple doesn’t just think about what people need now. They think about what people will need later and other industries help Apple to meet that need.
 
4. It’s pricing. Apple pricing is all about aspiration. Higher priced items are not attainable for everyone and that is what makes people desire Apple. Having an Apple brand product is a luxury. A luxury not many people can afford, but one that many people will sacrifice to get a piece of. There is incomparable value in an Apple product and people will always pay for what they consider to be of great value.
 
5. The Apple Experience. When using an Apple product, you experience a variety of things at your fingertips that you didn’t even think you needed but Apple thought of it first! They appeal to your subconscious, things in the back of your mind labeled under the maybe section now move to the forefront as must haves. If you want to be a part of the elite status of iPhone users, you have the option to get different styles, sizes and higher luxury add-ons with the product. Apple is magnificent in meeting the need you didn’t even know you had.
 
6. It’s simple. Anyone and everyone can understand how to use an Apple iPhone. The models are not so confusing that representatives have a hard time explaining the features to customers. The simplicity of the Apple phone is phenomenal.
 
7. Their product launch is KILLER! The transformative business moments they include in their performance. People rush to find out “what’s apple doing now” they want to be a part of something great. People just can’t take the suspense; they become consumed with “having to know”. The buzz alone makes you want to experience why everyone is so impressed. It’s genius!
Now granted, Apple is not perfect, but they are very close to meeting the majority of customer demands. They need to convince consumers they have improved their security, especially with new features such as the Apple Pay. But I have no doubt they will meet that demand too.
 
Apple may not always be first in line, but when they get there every one notices. Apple doesn’t just do it, they do it right. Resilience has always been in the bones of Apple and that’s why people want Apple to win.
 
At the end of the day everyone wants a piece of Apple pie.
 
What do you think about the new Apple launch? Write a comment to share your thoughts.

What Does Success Mean to You?

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” -Nelson Mandela

 

I’ve heard people define success in many ways. Some look at it as possession of luxurious cars, homes, clothes, etc. Some view success as hierarchy, social status among peers, positions of power or authority. It could be something simple as waking up early, being able to pay a bill, having a great first date, marriage, landing a job, having a child or finishing a degree. There are many ways people view success, some great, some small but there is one thing I’ve found that is consistent about success – it is defined by the achievers. Whatever it is that makes you feel that you have reached a goal, small or big……that’s your success.

Success is not defined by someone else, it is defined by each of us. Just as beauty or taste is determined, success is a matter of opinion, not a matter of fact.

The point is, you shouldn’t allow anyone to discourage you because you haven’t achieved what they believe you should be achieving. Their definition of success doesn’t have to be your definition of success. Often we allow society to tell us how to live our lives. How to make ourselves happy and secure. The truth is, we are all unique in our own right and our happiness , goals and feelings of success are defined by us, not anyone else.

So I’m asking you, what does success mean to you? What passions drive you to achieve your goals and what will it take for you to achieve them?

Try to create little successful moments each day and every day you will have succeeded in getting one step closer to the “big time”- whatever that may be.

Success is found in you. What you believe you are capable of doing and how much you are willing to sacrifice to get it done. Success is found in the process. Knowing how much you’ve fought to get to the point of reaching the finish line.

You can do it big or you can do it small. Whatever your pick – Just Do It.

There is Greatness in You!

world-greatnessEach one of us is equipped with something special, something that cannot be duplicated by another. I’ve found many people somehow overlook their uniqueness and fall into the pattern developed for the “normal” people. Robotic work, doing the same thing, over and over again. Giving the same results, over and over again. Now some people may be comfortable with that, but not you. You see, you are reading this post because you believe the title. You know you have something spectacular brewing inside and you are hoping this post will shed some light on that rough where the diamond lies. I will certainly try.

My mother was very strict. She taught me many things without saying one word. I watched her. How she remained silent when I felt she should speak up. How she just hummed when I knew she had a lot on her mind. How she continuously gave her last for people I felt had no appreciation for her generosity nor did they deserve it. When she passed away, it became clear. Her gift to the world was not simply being a great mother to children she didn’t birth, it was her heart. Her desire to make a difference and having the audacity to see it through. Somewhere along the way she grasped the importance of her uniqueness and how she could impact the world, even when it seemed there was no one else willing to do the same. You can too.

Naturally, there will be times when pursuing your goals can become overwhelming and uncertainty tends to seep in, giving rise to doubt and discouragement. Keep going. These are natural hurdles to face. Don’t let them get the best of you. You see, challenges are opportunities to show your strengths, not excuses to make it easier to give up.  Each one of us was born with a certain set of qualities and skill that cannot be duplicated by another. There is only one you. One heart like yours, one idea like yours, one strategy only you can think of. Just one.

Don’t let fear get in the way of reaching your full potential. It’s easy to find yourself pushed into a box, meeting the demands of others who understand their potential. And maybe that’s your purpose. But what if there’s something greater in you, being suppressed by doubt and fear? You know exactly what I mean. That itch. That desire to do greater things; to make your stamp on the world. Don’t let that sparkle dim. Never allow others to overshadow your uniqueness with their negativity. Remember, there is only one you. There is no competition, there is only opportunity for you to highlight your strengths, leading to enhanced visibility proving necessary to make your mark.

You don’t need a parade or a stadium of followers to believe in your dream. The truth is, some people won’t get it until you’ve done it. How can they when only you can think of such a thing? Purpose is designed to be measured through impact. Until you execute the vision inside you, you cannot impact the lives of others. The greatest creations began with just a thought. A thought someone had the nerve to make into a reality.

In the end, people won’t so much remember the jewels, luxuries and material treasures. They will remember you. The impression you made in their lives, what you taught them – maybe without even saying a word. You see, greatness is found in what you do, not in what you say. The crazy thing about greatness is, it’s only deserving of the title once it’s impacted the life of someone else. So what great wonder will you produce today? What will your legacy be?

I’ll leave you with these great words:

If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

See you at the top!

20140717-133139-48699513.jpgMary V. Davids is Principal Consultant at D&M Consulting Services, LLC., and creator of the Honest Model™. Mary has over a decade of experience in cultivating employee engagement, enhancing workplace performance, career coaching, leadership coaching and training & development. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management. To connect with Mary, you can follow her on twitter @MVDavids or you can email her at maryd@dm-professional.com

Good Leaders Have the Guts to Make Hard Decisions

“Trust instinct to the end, even though you can give no reason.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

FEAR is the reason most people don’t act using their gut instincts. They wrestle internally with themselves because they are afraid of what others may think. Afraid of rejection. Afraid of embarrassment. Afraid of success. Ultimately, success is what you are sacrificing when you do not act on your instinct to make tough decisions. You see, we all have a uniqueness about ourselves. Our uniqueness allows us to differentiate ourselves from others, giving us an advantage in every situation.

“When you’re living by instinct, then you will naturally enhance everything and everyone around you. In other words, success will come naturally! When both your intellect and instincts are aligned, then producing the fruits of your labors brings satisfaction beyond measure.” ― T.D. Jakes, Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn DrivePUSH THE BUTTON

If you are driven by a genuine desire for growth you must make decisions based on the greater good. You cannot be influenced by other people who try to project their fears onto you.

Now don’t misunderstand me here. I do believe making serious decisions requires one to strategically lay out the pros and cons; however, good leaders are not afraid to push the button and they are not afraid to take the blame if it all goes wrong. Because a good leader appreciates the process either way. There is no failure. There is winning and then there is learning. Which circumstance will you face today?

Why Power Does not Equal Leadership

In the famous words of Dwight D. Eisenhower, “You do not lead by hitting people over the head — that’s assault, not leadership.”Superman

We all have power on some level or another. How we use that power is very different depending on circumstance and motive. Our use of power varies depending on our understanding of it and our decision to either use it for the good of others or use it to benefit ourselves.

I’ve found it’s often assumed that someone with power is automatically considered to be a person of leadership. Now I agree there may be instances where the two characteristics meet, but both shouldn’t be assumed if only one of these exists.

For example, are all celebrities leaders? Or are they arguably talented and/or unique individuals simply more visible to the public eye? Should we mix these descriptions by placing leadership expectations on such a group of people? Even when they do not possess leadership characteristics? Hmmm, that’s something to think about.

Power vs. Leadership

What is Power?

By definition, power is the ability to do or act; one having the capability of doing or accomplishing something by way of force and strength. Now this is not to be mistaken with having a leadership skill. For instance, there is no doubt the President has authority and power to start a war. Now whether he has the leadership skill to execute a war successfully is something that must be proved.

What is Leadership?

Unlike power, leadership is defined as guiding or directing a group with authoritativeness, influence, command, effectiveness, sway or clout.

Not everyone with power is skilled enough to get others to willingly act on their behalf. Having power and authority isn’t everything. People may work for you because they fear your wrath, but be sure to know they absolutely will not give you their best work under those conditions. You see, the only way workers produce at their very best level is when the goal to achieve becomes their personal desire, not the desire of someone else.

According to Forbes online contributor Kevin Kruse, “Leadership stems from social influence, not authority or power”. I totally agree!

While a manager or boss may use their power to push one into a direction by way of force, leaders use their influence to guide others towards the direction they personally desire to go.

Sure, you can use power to do many things, but getting people to believe in a vision influencing them to deliver great work, create new things and produce innovative ideas is not done through power. These awesome acts are done through leadership.

MDD-160Mary V. Davids is Principal Consultant at D&M Consulting Services, LLC., and creator of the Honest Model™. Mary has over a decade of experience in cultivating employee engagement, enhancing workplace performance, career coaching, leadership coaching and training & development. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management. To connect with Mary, you can follow her on twitter @MVDavids or you can email her at maryd@honestleadership.org

4 Easy Steps to Writing a Professional Bio

Here’s how answering four simple questions can help you create a short-bio in a matter of minutes!

Professional Bio’s are your chance to share all your achievements and notable career accomplishments with your audience in a small paragraph or summary format.

  • Bio’s can be as short as one paragraph or as long as a whole page.
  • Bio’s are used for social media profiles, signatures for written blogs or articles, websites or scholarship applications.
  • Having a professional bio helps you stand out from the competition. It tells the audience what you want them to know about who you are vs. them assuming they know who you are by piecing information together found on the internet.

Here are four simple questions to help you create a short bio for your professional branding needs.

  1. What do you do now? (Where you work, your title and leadership position)
  2. Length of time in your field
  3. Describe your specialties in your field
  4. Your educational background and certifications

Need help with your LinkedIn profile or bio? Hire a professional today!

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Mary V. Davids is Principal Consultant at D&M Consulting Services, LLC., and creator of the Honest Model™. Mary has over a decade of experience in cultivating employee engagement, enhancing workplace performance, career coaching, leadership coaching and training & development. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management. Mary also serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the South Florida Chapter of the National Association of African American’s in Human Resources. To connect with Mary, you can follow her on twitter @MVDavids or you can email her at maryd@honestleadership.org

Why Honesty in Business Equals Success Part 3

Honesty requires courage.The road less traveled

Have the courage to say No. Have the courage to face the Truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity. ~ W. Clement Stone

No one is void of error. So you would think it would be more acceptable when we make mistakes right? I bet you can turn on the television this very second and find one political party bashing the other for what they consider to be a mistake in judgment or policy. Imagine how difficult it is for someone being publicly condemned for making a mistake to come out, admit the mistake and be truthful about their fault. It takes a heck of a lot of courage to do such a thing, yet there are those who stand up and face the fury anyway.

An honest person does not allow circumstance to compromise integrity. Those who remain truthful regardless of the outcome are often viewed as our greatest leaders, recognized as hero’s and admired for their good work.

Take a look at American leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Abraham Lincoln (“Honest Abe”). These leaders adopted honesty as a way of life. While serving, they courageously remained consistent in their beliefs of integrity and righteousness. Even through many tough times, they never backed down or compromised their integrity to please others. There was simply no question about who these men were and what they stood for. Today we hold their legacy’s in high regard, many of us hoping to impact the lives of others just as they have impacted ours. I believe this is still possible; even in the today’s society. (See the Honest Model)

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Honesty requires a bravery only possessed by great leaders. Not everyone is up for the challenge, nor are they equipped with the wisdom, discernment and compassion it takes to deliver such a service.

Like dishonesty, honesty is a risk; however there is clear distinction between the two. While an honest person will take control of a situation; mentally preparing themselves for a reaction, be it good or bad, a dishonest person will leave a reaction to truth up to chance. Instead they choose to be unprepared to face the havoc likely forthcoming when they least expect it. Now I wouldn’t call that a guaranteed success strategy, would you?

Having experience and knowledge doesn’t make a great leader; these qualities make a great worker. A great leader is courageous; consistently displaying good character, morals and a genuine heart. Knowing the difference can make or break your legacy.

“If you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” –Abraham Lincoln

Have you read part 1 and part 2? 

Why Honesty in Business Equals Success Part 1

Why Honesty in Business Equals Success Part 2

MDD-160Mary V. Davids is Principal Consultant at D&M Consulting Services, LLC., and creator of the Honest Model™. Mary has over a decade of experience in cultivating employee engagement, enhancing workplace performance, career coaching, leadership coaching and training & development. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management. Mary also serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the South Florida Chapter of the National Association of African American’s in Human Resources. To connect with Mary, you can follow her on twitter @MVDavids or you can email her at maryd@honestleadership.org

June Book Pick!

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the-people-factor-VAN-MOODY-2This month we picked Van Moody’s The People Factor. Here’s what Van Moody helps the reader to discover:

  • How to have healthy relationships
    with unhealthy people
  • How to positively engage at work and
    advance your career
  • How to identify and thrive in a “toxic”
    relationship
  • How to know when helping someone
    is actually hurting you
  • How to set compassionate
    relationship boundaries
  • How to end relationships in a healthy
    and respectful way

“To build and maintain deep, substantive relationships, people must know themselves, be honest about themselves, and share their true selves with others.” – Van Moody

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**If you have a book you would like to recommend for next month, send an email to info@dm-professional.com for consideration. 

Mary V. DaviMDD-160ds is Principal Consultant at D&M Consulting Services, LLC. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management. Mary has over a decade of experience in cultivating employee engagement, enhancing employee motivation and workplace performance, leadership coaching and training & development. She also serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the South Florida Chapter of the National Association of African American’s in Human Resources. Book Mary to speak at your next event or hire Mary for leadership & professional development consultation today. Follow Mary on twitter @MVDavids.

Keep Moving Forward

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Mary V. DaviMDD-160ds is Principal Consultant at D&M Consulting Services, LLC. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management. Mary has over a decade of experience in cultivating employee engagement, enhancing employee motivation and workplace performance, leadership coaching and training & development. She also serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the South Florida Chapter of the National Association of African American’s in Human Resources. Book Mary to speak at your next event or hire Mary for leadership & professional development consultation today. Follow Mary on twitter @MVDavids.

Love – Lift – Lead

As featured in Realizing Leadership Magazine. Find it hereLOVE LIFT LEADA grand mistake often made in business is separating leadership from love. Ah yes, the great divide of emotion from the workplace. Here’s the real deal: True leadership starts from a loving place with roots grounded in lifting others up when they fall and showing them the way to greater journeys ahead. Without possessing a genuine love and desire to help others succeed, there is no true leadership. Instead there is aimless guidance disguised as leadership in hopes to gain blind followers; sometimes referred to as “management”.
Leadership is a three-step process. It starts with a genuine love; secondly a desire to help others grow; and lastly establishing and maintaining an influential relationship with others.
So how can one achieve this ultimate leadership experience? It starts with who you are and what you desire to accomplish. Leading without love is selfish and having a self-fulfilling goal is the opposite of a good leader.
Leadership requires genuine love
Often employees are held to unreasonable expectations to perform without having the proper resources available to do so. Although we may not call it “love” in the workplace, a good leaders’ actions mirror what’s in their heart. Love is shown through what you offer an employee. Being considerate of child-care needs; health benefits, making healthy foods available, encouraging exercising or offering flexible work arrangements; these are gestures of love in leadership. Giving employees the resources and tools to be the best performers are how we show our employees we genuinely care about their success.
Desire to help others grow
Intentions often get lost during delivery. While it may appear people want the best for others and have a desire to see them grow; often they end up indirectly (or directly) preventing them from doing so. Managers require timely production and adherence to deadlines – leaders focus on the developmental steps necessary to reach the goal. Cracking the whip is not an example of good leadership. Yes, accountability is a necessary role in progression, but it should not mean damaging the spirit of others in the process. Good leaders encourage employee input, making them feel valued and appreciated. This acceptance helps employees to become more engaged, therefore more productive and knowledgeable.
Establishing an influential connection
When you’ve developed trust with your employees, they begin to value your relationship and trust your judgment. They become loyal and committed to the vision of the organization. This connection creates an influential bond, making it easier to implement change and take on new opportunities. Be transparent, yet kind in your approach when speaking with employees. Pour back into them in areas where they need improvement. Be a support, an encouragement and a reality-check when needed. Not only must we create a welcoming environment, we must display empathy and give undivided attention to those who need it most. Good leaders strive to lift others up, not tear them down. Having influential relationships with employees allows leaders to focus on the future without facing resistance from employees.
Not everyone having a leadership position, is meant to lead. Leadership is much more than skill and knowledge. It requires integrity, honesty, willingness to do good unto others and having an expectation of others to do the same.

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Mary V. Davids is Principal Consultant at D&M Consulting Services, LLC. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management. Mary has over a decade of experience in cultivating employee engagement, enhancing employee motivation and workplace performance, leadership coaching and training & development. She also serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the South Florida Chapter of the National Association of African American’s in Human Resources. Book Mary to speak at your next event or hire Mary for leadership & professional development consultation today. Follow Mary on twitter @MVDavids.