A quick read on the current state of cyber attacks on U.S. businesses below
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When I first joined Smith Brothers I was caught in a torrent. I was excited for our future and aware we would be riding big, fun waves. With the help of several more mindful and balanced people, I began to see the need to find my flow as SBI is about building year over year growth and to be sustainable relevant – forever. Since joining Smith Brothers, I’ve become more mindful, patient and present. I’ve practiced yoga, dabble in mediation and become aware of the growth opportunities I have as a leader.
Learning and development is an important part of our culture and I am grateful for the opportunities to develop so I can be the best version of myself – for my family, my teammates and our clients.
We work towards sustainable relevance through three strategic priorities – being a Great Place To Work, providing an exceptional Client Experience, and creating Profitable Growth. We seek these three simultaneously as success in one, or two, only delays the inevitable decline.
Like all things in this world, it takes many different people, skills, perspectives, and a bit (okay, a lot) of love to make change happen. Marriage is change. Raising children is change. Developing a team is change.
People say change is hard. I say, it’s only hard if you tell yourself it is. Are you a positive contributor to change or are you letting it happen to you? I’ll leave you with two quotes on change that speak to me.
“Change is the only constant in life.”
– Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher
“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Last month I attended the What Drives Winning Conference in Boston, MA. Led by writer Brett Ledbetter, it was a series of conversations with championship coaches discussing how the character in people is the secret sauce that drives everything and, when you focus on developing the people you lead into stronger human beings, you create better results.
If you are leading a sports team or a workplace – it’s the same.
I hope you get a chance to check out a future What Drives Winning conference or Brett Ledbetter’s book, What Drives Winning, Building Character Gets Results – as the principles and learnings clearly transcend sports. Let me know what you think!
Joe B. Smith
President & CEO, Smith Brothers Insurance
I wanted to pass along a link Travelers shared with us that looks to highlight the top six auto risks businesses face today. Whether commercial (or personal) – there are negative trends emerging. Most startling – auto fatalities are on the rise – even with more advanced technology and safety options available. As you will see in the graphic, Travelers identifies the following six top auto risks business face today as:
Businesses retain many risks when their employees go on the road. At Smith Brothers, we can help you learn more about the risks and what they mean to you and your team.
As for distracted driving, while not a substitute for overall safety, there are several apps on the market today that may be an option for commercial and personal use.
Smith Brothers Insurance, LLC specifically disclaims any responsibility or liability relating to the use of the suggested products and recommendations and shall under no circumstances whatsoever, be liable for any special, incidental or consequential damages which may arise from such use.
At Smith Brothers, our core values form the foundation of how we go about our work, how we conduct ourselves and interact with each other. In our ever-changing and over-stimulated world, core values are constant. They are not descriptions of the work we do. Instead they are the practices we strive to use every day in everything we do (or should do). I constantly turn to them to guide my decisions as CEO especially when the world gets chaotic.
TRUST. RESPECT. CREATIVITY. FUN
These are Smith Brothers Core Values. I am dedicating the June 2017 edition of News & Views to TRUST.
Every interaction we have with someone builds or depletes trust. We use an analogy from another CEO who uses Trust Battery to easily communicate with team members on whether one is charging it or depleting it. The ability to give our trust to someone/something or to be trustworthy ourselves is the core of effectiveness and building solid relationships – in life and in business. “Trust” is used so much in slogans or tag lines – it often is left to sound hollow and doesn’t get the drill down it deserves based on how crucial being great at “trust” is in relationships. When I talk about trust within Smith Brothers, I like to give some concrete behavior examples we can relate to in our daily interactions.
If you can honestly answer yes to these questions, you are probably building a foundation of trust with your team members. You are charging the Trust Battery. If you couldn’t answer yes – let these questions serve as a guide to understanding how to build your brand of trust in an organization and become more effective and influential than you ever thought you could. With self-awareness comes possibilities. An environment filled with trust is not only more efficient – it is also filled with joy and fulfillment. Spend some time this week thinking about how you live the core value of TRUST – think of every interaction as “did I charge the trust battery with that interaction or did I deplete it”- it will be well worth your time!