Being A Sidekick For Business Success With Daniel T. Rogers

TTL 874 | Being The Sidekick

Being A Sidekick For Business Success With Daniel T. Rogers

“In a world where everyone wants to be a superhero, the best strategy is to be the sidekick.” Daniel T. Rogers believes that as a sidekick, you get to work with a lot of people, compared to being a superhero. Learn how it’s Dan’s duty to help and teach business leaders how to grow and run a business. Dan is the CEO of Point to Point Transportation, a specialized shipping company, and his most recent venture, Sales Sidekick. Join your host, Dr. Diane Hamilton, and Dan discuss the shipping industry, being the sidekick, and how studying your customers is key. Plus, Dr. Hamilton also shares her insights on fueling innovation and creativity with curiosity. In a time of uncertainty, learn how to adapt to an ever-changing world. Find out why some crash and burn because they refuse to innovate and why the innovators bask in all the glory.

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TTL 857 | Workplace Efficiency

Encouraging Workplace Efficiency With The Right Tools And Driving Curiosity With Anthony Chiappetta

Workplace efficiency is a goal many companies wish to achieve, and with the proper tools and mindset, that goal can be reached. Join our host, Dr. Diane Hamilton, as she interviews the CEO of Advanced Microcomputing Concepts, Anthony Chiappetta. Tony discusses strategies on reaching peak workplace efficiency using the right tools and mindset and shares his insights on how less is more when it comes to workplace tools and systems. Dr. Hamilton also discusses curiosity and why the lack of it is seriously hampering people from reaching success. She then delves into the research into curiosity and what can be done to drive workplace curiosity and innovation.

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TTL 851 | Simplify Your Business

Simplify Your Business With Simon Severino And Learn How Curiosity Fuels Innovation With Dr. Diane Hamilton

Learn how to double your income by embracing your uniqueness and by streamlining your business with Simon Severino. Simon is the CEO of Strategy Sprints, which helps business owners run their companies more efficiently. Dr. Diane Hamilton brings Simon in to talk all about how to simplify your business for the better. Plus, learn how curiosity fuels innovation and creativity with your host, Dr. Diane Hamilton. The world is always turning, you have to adapt before it’s too late. Find out why some companies refuse to innovate and why the innovators find success.

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Perception and Motivation in Goal Achievement

It may be challenging for students to find motivation to reach set goals. People may be intrinsically or extrinsically motivated to succeed.  However, there are different theories about what motivates behavior.  Some people believe that reinforcement is necessary for people to truly feel motivated to change behaviors. Albert Bandura is a name often associated with discussions of motivation and learning.  Bandura is a Canadian psychologist responsible for social learning theory. Along with Skinner, Freud, and Piaget, Bandura is one of the most frequently cited psychologists. Bandura believed that reinforcement alone did not account for all learning or motivation.  He felt people could learn through observation, intrinsic reinforcement, and modeling the behaviors of others. Intrinsic reinforcement occurs when people receive an internal reward, such as pride, satisfaction, and a sense of accomplishment.

Part of wanting to achieve a goal is to have the expectancy of reward associated with that goal.  Self-efficacy is another important component that is developed as students feel confidence in performing well.  An article by explained the factors associated with motivation include:  Intrinsic goal orientation, extrinsic goal orientation, task value, control of learning beliefs, test anxiety, and self-efficacy for learning and performance.  The authors noted, “The self-efficacy construct postulated by Bandura in his social learning theory has guided extensive motivational research.”

Students must not only be motivated to achieve the goal, but be able to make the goal measurable.  The mnemonic “SMART” is often referred to in goal-setting. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.  In the article Set Specific Goals to Increase Success, the author suggests using the following formula in order to make goals measurable:  “I will (goal + performance measure) by (specific actions).” If a student wanted to receive an A as their goal, he or she would fill in the blanks with something like this:  I will receive an A in BUS101 by studying 2 hours a night Monday through Friday from 6-8 pm.”  Students often will state the goal without remembering to include the steps required to reach that goal.  By making the goal measurable, students can measure their progress toward attaining that goal.  This creates a roadmap to achieving the goal.


Reaching goals requires motivation. ZenHabits does a nice job of explaining motivation, as well as ways to achieve it and sustain it during times of struggle.  To find out more about motivation, check out the self-motivation quiz from Mindtools. After the quiz, there is a nice explanation of factors involved in self-motivation including:  self-confidence and efficacy, positive thinking, focus, and environment. The author from the article How Self-Motivated Are You noted, “Self-motivation doesn’t come naturally to everyone. And even those who are highly self-motivated need some extra help every now and then. Build your self-motivation by practicing goal-setting skills, and combining those with positive thinking, the creation of powerful visions of success, and the building of high levels of self-efficacy and self-confidence.”

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