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Impacting Change

Sloth had been sitting with the co-owner of his business and discussing some financial matters of the day. Each meeting they had his co-owner would list all the things they needed to do better and at the end he would celebrate one of the things they were doing correctly. This meeting his co-owner assured Sloth that for all the hard work they were doing and the sleepless nights…they were also making a difference in the lives of the people who bought their product. And this meant more to Sloth than any other thing he did as a leader. Knowing he could make a difference.

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Hearpreneur Post “Entrepreneurs Share Why They Endeavor Through the Trenches of Being a Leader

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Don’t Lie

It was simple. All his life Panda has been taught the basic principles of how to be a good person. His father had impressed upon him the valuable rule of never telling a lie. So when Panda started his own company it seemed like a pretty basic rule – don’t lie to customers or your employees. From day one of running the business, Panda made it clear that there was to be no lying. If his business made a mistake they would apologize and take responsibility for it. It a customer had questions about what his products were made of he would be absolutely up front about it. In the long run being truthful would save him a lot of trouble down the road.

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Hearpreneur Post “Four Entrepreneurs Explain What it Takes to Run an Ethical Business

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Creating a Platform

Elephant was interviewing some new employees before placing them on the schedule. He liked a lot of what they brought to the table and complimented each of them on their successes. One of the greatest joys of being the CEO of his company was the fact that he knew he could give these young workers a leg up when it came to their experience. Being able to create a platform that showed off their education and teachings would not only help his company, but it would also help their careers down the line. Elephant couldn’t think of a better way to use his authority than helping his workers.

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Hearpreneur Post “Entrepreneurs Share Why They Endeavor Through the Trenches of Being a Leader

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Ethical Corporate Culture

Cow had one priority for his company. Typing up a memo to everyone he made one declaration for how he wanted his business model to be and if people weren’t interested in it, they could leave. His most important rule was to build an ethical company culture. He wanted his business and himself to be at the front line of how a business should be run. There would be no backstabbing or ruthlessness as long as he was the CEO. His workers would represent his commitment to ethical business practices when they interacted with customers. Cow knew that by having an ethical business, customers would be a lot more trusting of his company.

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Hearpreneur Post “Four Entrepreneurs Explain What it Takes to Run an Ethical Business

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Think and Act with Optimism

Hedgehog was interviewing someone for a position at his company. Once the interview was over he was asked what the hardest thing about being a leader was in his opinion. Hedgehog thought for a few minutes and then replied, “The hardest part is staying optimistic when everything else is going wrong. You have issues with your products, your workers are agitated, and you don’t have enough time for everyone and yourself. It is easy to get upset and down but the hardest part is learning to stay optimistic because at the end of the day if a leader isn’t optimistic the company is going nowhere.”

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Rescue a CEO Post “5 Things Great Leaders Do and Failing Leaders Don’t

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A Mission Statement

Lion had built his business up to the point where he was satisfied with the plan and was ready to get things rolling. The only problem he could see was a main goal. All his other friends who had started their own businesses had what they called a mission statement for their business. It listed the values he had as a leader, where he wanted his business to go and what he expected of his employees. This way the company had a true guiding light to keep them on course.

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Rescue a CEO Post “What Are The Most Important Things You Needed When Starting A Business?

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Know and Have a Good Sense of One’s Self-worth

Turtle wanted to make a good impression on his new staff. He knew he was at the top of his game and that he had a lot more experience than most of the workers he led. Instead of tooting his own horn and acting as though he were the best in the industry, he took a much different approach. He went down and asked each of his workers what they thought their best quality was as an employee within his company. Turtle knew his value in the company. As a leader within the company he was there to make his workers shine at the end of the day. And because of there he didn’t have any reason at all to act as though he was much more important than he actually was.

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Rescue a CEO Post “5 Things Great Leaders Do and Failing Leaders Don’t

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A Great Name

Dog sat in his kitchen at the table with a sheet of paper and several random words written on the page. He knew that if he didn’t find the perfect word it would hurt him in the long run. The entire evening he had his laptop in hand looking over the dictionary. Finally he started to mash words together in order to find the best of two worlds. Eventually he hit upon a word that was perfect in his mind, though would also be a jumping off point for customers to ask where he got the name. To Dog, naming his business was one of the most important parts of getting it off the ground.

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Rescue a CEO Post “What Are The Most Important Things You Needed When Starting A Business?

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Read/Understand Own Emotions

Panther was new to the realm of leading a business. He’d been in leadership positions before, but he was never the true leader of any group. Now that he had the title he knew that he needed to brush up on how he behaved. Instead of sticking his head in the sand and letting other people take care of issues he learned that he needed to keep his hand in the pot. Most importantly he learned that he needed to understand and heed his own emotions. When he was tired he forced himself to sleep. When he was angry with something he would take a walk and cool down. Learning about himself in turn helped him be a better leader.

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Rescue a CEO Post “5 Things Great Leaders Do and Failing Leaders Don’t

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Having a Mentor

Camel had been working at dead end jobs for years now. His true passion was creating products instead of simply making them from some book. Suddenly one evening he realized that he needed to make a new start. One that didn’t involve him following by another set of rules someone else had laid out for him. He had the ideas, a plan he’d written for fun long ago but now he knew one more thing he needed before the business could be started – a mentor. Someone who knew the whole business realm and could prevent him from making a lot of mistakes he could avoid. Going online and to the local business center he met individuals which could act as mentors. Camel knew no business owner should be too proud to accept help from a mentor figure.

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Rescue a CEO Post “What Are The Most Important Things You Needed When Starting A Business?