Ignite Passion, Leadership / October 22, 2016

The Leadership Movement of Simon Sinek

Leaders are Responsible for their People

This article was scheduled to post on 10/22/2016, but due to something amazing brewing for me, it is being shared today, 10/19/2016.

Live your dream daily and inpire as Simon Sinek.

I recently discovered Simon Sinek, and I agree with his views on leadership, I have always thought they were weird the ideas in my head. Simon is creating a movement so both employees and employers will love the work they do and those who they do it with.

Being a leader is a thankless job. If you are in it, irrespective of your current rot, I have a feeling that you are not in it for the money or fame but for the service and love of people.

Why do some bosses hover over you and are sometimes almost anal, while others give you space and believe in what you bring to the table and that you can get better the more you fail. When did hovering ever get the job done? My weird belief is that anyone with a first degree or the experience equal; is smart enough and don’t need to be yakked upon to do their work by a boss. I believe that communication and respect will bring the best work out of them.

I’m fascinated with understanding the how and why of my behaviors and that of others.  Understanding how this affects us in our organizations, in our homes and daily interactions. As an Introverted; sensing, feeling and judging person I’m always thinking, no… I assume I can tell what people think (my super power or just paranoia).

I wondered how and why those changes impact me and all of us.  How do organizations work? How do their employees behave? Are they doing the right work? Are they utilizing all that the employee has to offer? If not can the employee’s position be changed to the one that fits their talent, that way we can get the best out of them?.

A lot of leaders get it wrong, they fail to realize that once a vision starts taking shape it gets diluted the more people you have, and you may end up alienating some people unintentionally and in a way that’s good because it shows growth. But once that happens, things change pretty fast and some of the people in the current community may feel left out.

A leader  needs to be constantly learning how to be a great leader by tuning in to their people’s need. Always remember these three things below as you build your business and work with clients, because no one can survive without them.

  1. Trust
  2. Communication
  3. Care

Simon believes in starting with “Why”; that “Together is Better” and that “Great Leaders Eat Last”, funny thing is these are all titles of books he’s written. He believes Leaders are responsible for their people, and not the job their people do. He understands that there are so many external issues that keep a good worker down and that adding to it in the form of a boss who does not care about you as a person or your life outside work is a recipe for failure.  That leaders are not responsible for results, you know the product… the people who work, under them are responsible for that. A leader’s job is responsibility for those that they directly supervise.

Conclusively; all people want a connection, to be part of a community, an environment where they can share their own value be it at home, work, school.  An environment of trust, clear communication and care. As an employee, they want to produce their best work for you (always remember that) and with you and they want to be excited about your vision as much as you are too. As a leader foster a common beliefs and values in your organization. A company with a mission and vision without all the above – will have employees that are just that “employees”, if they do not change the environment.  Like its counterpart “love”; “work”, thrives on endorphins and once the initial high wears off; leaders need to re-encourage and nurture that belief in their people again, that’s what “Leadership” is about.


Gloria Mopelola



Quotes – from some of Simon’s YouTube interviews

Efficiency and innovation do not go hand in hand.

Give me something to believe in.

The morale of all employees is caught from the top; leaders listen and anticipate their Peoples need, before it is needed.

Leaders are responsible for their people and not the results (i.e. numbers) they get from their people.

 ~ Simon Sinek




Simon O. Sinek, an author, speaker, and consultant who writes on leadership and management. He joined the RAND Corporation in 2010 as an adjunct staff member, where he advises on matters of military innovation and planning. He is known for popularizing the concepts of “the golden circle” and to “Start with Why”, described by TED as “a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?”‘.[4] Sinek’s first TEDx Talk on “How Great Leaders Inspire Action” is the 3rd most viewed video on TED.com.

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 – https://www.startwithwhy.com

Budget, Money Smarts / October 22, 2016

Find Money in Your Grocery Budget up to 20%

This article came out of a changed lifestyle of WATCHING each dollar when life changed.

Not all financial problems are a result of bad decisions. Some are due to life’s unplanned changes; like death, divorce, separation, moving, job loss or a retirement. But most is as a result of – having more expenses versus income coming in monthly and or even as a result of bad financial habits picked up over the years.

One of the ways people try to balance not having enough money is to get a second job, only to be back where they started, with no money left at the end of the month. There is no guarantee that pulling two jobs will increase your income. Sometimes you will live from paycheck to paycheck with one job, and still thrive. I believe that people should live on one income if they are married and less if single.

Getting a job is not even a choice for most people, they just learn to live with what they have. A parent may not be able to work any other job if they have other responsibility e.g. (a younger child, or a physically challenged family member or an older adult parent).

Now that you created a budget and it has worked for a few weeks let’s see if we can take money out and put it in some other budget category or use it to pay off a bill or debt.

Find Money in your Grocery Shopping Budget

Since this article is about finding money in your budget up to 20%, we will be starting with (1) identifying your shopping trip pattern so we can put that money in other spending categories. (2) review last month’s bank statement, to help decide your frequency at the grocery store. This actually ends up saving you money and time.

Change your Grocery Shopping Habits

How often will you go to the GROCERY store? One of the things you need to decide on is how often you will be going to the store (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly). More time is needed upfront to prep and plan if you are a monthly shopper than for someone who will be shopping on a weekly basis. This will help you plan your driving schedule and stop unplanned grocery trips. Take a minute or more and think, so what did you decide?

  • Weekly
  • Bi-weekly
  • Monthly

Now that you’ve changed your way of shopping, let’s go save money.


#1 – Shop from Page 1 ONLY

This is my favorite and easiest way to save, once you have your store circular you will be shopping from the first page only. I grant you permission to toss out the rest of the circular.

Your food will be purchased around that circular cover page; the first page, see Giant Food circular below, first page and only page. You will plan your menu and shopping trip around the items on the first page of the circular ONLY.

Why you may ask? There is a well-kept secret; the items listed on the first page are called “loss leaders” and are marketed to bring you into the store to lead you into buying all the other full priced items in the other pages of the circular while you are in the store.

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#2 – Use a store circular/flyer you save MONEY

When going with this option you can shop from any of the pages and are not limited to page one only. When you find 10 -15 or more minutes in your busy, and overloaded schedule and devote it to pre-planning your grocery store trip you can save up to $25 or more.

Pre-planning for grocery shopping is when you prepare your meal plan, grocery list and coupons before going to the store. For this you need the store circular/flyer to the store you will be shopping at, and of course a pen and paper.

Where can you get a Circular from?

  1. Saturday newspaper subscription.
  2. Your local grocery store, restocked at the beginning of every sales cycle and you will find they are normally placed in the front of the door as you walk in, or at the customer service desk.
  3. Electronically at your grocery store’s website.

#3 – Use COUPONS:

Coupons are like money, but really are codes that are in paper form and have an expiration date. You get them from your weekly paper, mostly with the weekend paper or sometimes with Saturday paper. From the manufacturer’s website and you may also find them online – facebook, instagram, twitter, pinterest or at fairs and store events and promotions.

Coupons are tendered mostly at times of purchase sometimes you can return within a few days to still get the discount. Once tendered it reduces the amount of cash you pay at the store. Coupons can range from as little as $.10 to as much as $20; it all depends on the manufacturer of the product and if it is a product that is new, so they are promoting it or well-known and just helping loyal customers out.



Change Watch: Let us know how this worked out.

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