Elevate Your Success With Gratitude

The Automated Insurer | Insurance Leadership

Lead by example and embody positivity, confidence, humility, and gratitude.

The New Year is the perfect time to take a moment to show gratitude and thank the people who contribute so much to our businesses – employees and clients alike. After all, they are two of the most important parts in making a business successful.

1. Employees

Our remarkable team works tirelessly day in and out; whether it be delivering solutions to customers or creating ground-breaking innovative solutions. With their dedication, entrepreneurial energy and commitment we are able to capitalize on opportunities that drive success all year round – making them an integral part of realizing any dream.

As business leaders, we owe a debt of thanks to our employees for their hard work and dedication in making our businesses successful.

2. Partners

Business success relies on developing positive partnerships with our clients. By listening to their needs and considering their perspectives, we show them that they are valued partners in the process – not just customers but collaborating partners.

This helps build strong relationships based on mutual trust and respect where all parties benefit from working together towards shared goals; something which often leads to friendship among employees and clients alike! While there may be challenges along the way, when you treat your clients like true partners it sets everyone up for greater opportunities down the road.

3. Perseverance

Succeeding in any goal requires a combination of both perseverance and luck. It’s not enough to just rely on chance; having the inner strength, motivation, and courage to bravely tackle whatever challenges stand between you and your goal is equally essential.

I’ve been fortunate (lucky) enough to have the right people come into my life at the right time, and their support has been instrumental in helping me reach my goals. I’m grateful for all the help and guidance I’ve received along the way, and I know that without it, I wouldn’t have achieved as much as I have.

There really is no “i” in team.

4. Leadership

Leadership is the ability to guide and direct others towards a common goal or vision. It involves inspiring and motivating team members, setting clear expectations, providing support and guidance, and making tough decisions when necessary.

It’s important for leaders to show appreciation and gratitude to their team members for their hard work and contributions. When team members feel valued and appreciated, they are more likely to be motivated and engaged in their work. This helps to foster a positive and collaborative work environment, and can lead to better outcomes for the team and organization.

Leadership will have a significant impact on the success of a team or organization. Showing gratitude and being open to feedback are key components of effective leadership that can help to inspire and motivate team members.

So What Does The Sailing Photo Have To Do With Gratitude?

That’s me on the bow of an Oyster yacht racing at Antigua race week. Sailing is one of my passions. Without success I’d likely not be able to to sail as much. For that and for all that have put their trust in me and helped along the way, I am truly grateful.

I hope this year brings all the growth and success you wish for.

Fair Winds and a Happy New Year !

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Mike de Waal

Mike de Waal is president and founder of Global IQX, an Ottawa-based software provider of AI-driven sales and service solutions to employee benefits insurers.  He has deep experience in both software development and business management skills. Early in his career, he worked as a computer programmer and then went on to become a financial planner and a benefits consultant with giant Manulife Financial before becoming a tech entrepreneur.  He can be reached at [email protected].

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