Actions > Words

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We have all heard that actions speak louder than words. I recently heard it another way; “The way you treat people reflects who you are infinitely more than your bumper stickers and Facebook posts.” I think the actions that we take with our money paints a pretty clear picture of what’s important to us. So, if someone got a hold of your bank and credit card statements what kind of picture would they paint?

Self-absorbed, obsessive, spendthrift, wasteful, giving, balanced, focused, intentional, diligent – which adjective would be used to describe your money patterns? If your adjectives make you feel uncomfortable, remember I don’t care where you have been or how you have been acting. I simply want you to be aware so that you can change if you need to. Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  This is why how you spend and save your money is so important. Because where you send your money is where your heart goes and we must intensely guard our hearts!

To be clear, I am not just talking to the spendthrift here. In the last 10 years I have seen people become wealthy through diligently spending less than they make each year and saving money. Likewise, I have seen some of those same people get consumed by their savings accounts. The guy driving a Ferrari is no different from the guy that squanders money away in a saving account. 1 Timothy 6:7 reminds us that we brought nothing into this world and we will take nothing with us. I do not think leaving a handsome legacy should be our goal, nor do I believe that living on the edge and dying with a penny left should be the goal. My objective with this post is challenge you to take back your intentionality. Deciding how much money to spend, to give, and to keep for later should not be an easy decision to make! Stop, think, and pray before you make a decision that could ultimately change the condition of your soul!

Actions are important because ultimately, they paint a picture of who you are. Think about your actions with money – maybe it’s time to start painting a new picture.  Execution and accountability are key to any change. Let us know if we can help.

Knowledge is Power

Teaching people about 401(k)s has taught me many things, but above all it has taught me that education/training at work has to change!

For decades now onsite training has drifted into a check box or a CYA, pardon my acronymial language.  We have shifted from being concerned about outcomes and are now more concerned about staying in compliance.  Here are some interesting tips on how to engage your employees and deliver more impactful training.

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calebCaleb Bagwell/Employee Education Specialist
John Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach
Grinkmeyer Leonard Financial
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Motivated Monday {April 25, 2016}

#‎MotivatedMonday  Not sure who needs to hear this today but I hope you all can find your joy.   Remember joy is a side effect of gratitude. I know that can be difficult for some but my hope is that you start small if you struggle.

calebCaleb Bagwell/Employee Education Specialist
John Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach
Grinkmeyer Leonard Financial
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Motivated Monday – {April 11, 2016}

‎#MotivatedMonday‬ –  Murphy’s Law might happen, but you can always have confidence in Him.  Join me this week as we go over how to emotionally deal with losing momentum.

calebCaleb Bagwell/Employee Education Specialist
John Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach
Grinkmeyer Leonard Financial
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Motivated Monday {March 28, 2016}

Don’t get caught making a big decision based on spur-of-the-moment emotions.  Make big decisions way ahead of time.

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Motivated Monday – {March 6, 2016}

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How often do stop and think about what you say before you say it? Better yet, how often you stop and think about how you are about to say something before you say it? Communicate in ways that inspire and uplift not stifle and discourage.

Motivated Monday {February 29, 2016}

#‎MotivatedMonday‬ Instead of thinking so much about what bugs you, figure out the WHY! Get to the heart of the matter.

calebCaleb Bagwell/Employee Education Specialist
John Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach
Grinkmeyer Leonard Financial
Toll-Free: 866.695.5162 / Office: 205.970.9088
Birmingham: 1950 Stonegate Drive / Suite 275 / Birmingham, AL 35242


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10 Powerful Quotes to Inspire You to Empower Your Employees

10 Powerful Quotes to Inspire You to Empower Your Employees

calebCaleb Bagwell/Employee Education Specialist
John Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach
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Motivated Monday – {January 11, 2016}

Planning ahead enables you to take advantage of opportunities when they arrive. Practicing on Game Day is too late!  Attitude is everything.  Attitude is a choice you make!

calebCaleb Bagwell/Employee Education Specialist
John Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach
Grinkmeyer Leonard Financial
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Birmingham: 1950 Stonegate Drive / Suite 275 / Birmingham, AL 35242
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The Anatomy of a Happy Office {7 Secrets to Keep Your Employees Happy}

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7 Secrets to Keep Your Employees Happy

1. Recognize when employees are making progress. Pause and highlight milestones that people hit or challenges they have overcome. Ensure that people feel their contributions are rewarded by simply saying “thank you.”

2. Make employees feel like they belong. To be happy at work, it’s important to  feel like “you have a friend.” This gets challenging especially when the company gets busy. People need to feel like they know each other and so time like this yields positive results.

3. Take an interest in who employees actually are. One of the key questions that always gets asked in employee surveys is “Do you feel like your boss cares about you and is trying to give you the tools to succeed?” This will lead to employees that are much more engaged at work.

4. Make it fun. Organizations that feel “light” where people can joke around occasionally with each other have stronger cultures. When mistakes happen, people can see the funny side and are not just focused solely on the downside. These provide additional moments of connection as discussed in point No. 2.

5. Let your employees disengage sometimes. Many employees feel like they are always working because they have “a cubicle in their pocket” that they can never turn it off. This makes employees feel tremendously harassed and stressed. Encourage times when employees are completely disengaged so they can focus on their family and set their own personal priorities.

6. Encourage exercise and sleep. Enough of both of these does great things for employees’ focus, attention, creativity, energy and mood. In the long run, consistently doing “all nighters” are counterproductive.

7. Stop calculating everything. As a business owner, stop keeping score every time an action is taken. Don’t always be thinking, “If I did this for an employee, they should do that.” Do what is right and don’t calculate.

Source:  Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project

calebCaleb Bagwell/Employee Education Specialist
John Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach
Grinkmeyer Leonard Financial
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