HIRE ARK BEFORE YOUR COMPETITION DOES!

When I first met Chris, he told me about some of his unbelievable sales numbers. Unbelievable, as in, I really did not believe him. They couldn’t be true. I was well aware of the industry standards, and I ‘knew’ that no company could produce numbers like those. Or at the very least, those numbers couldn’t be sustained in the long run.

HIRE ARK BEFORE YOUR COMPETITION DOES!

When I first met Chris, he told me about some of his unbelievable sales numbers. Unbelievable, as in, I really did not believe him. They couldn’t be true. I was well aware of the industry standards, and I ‘knew’ that no company could produce numbers like those. Or at the very least, those numbers couldn’t be sustained in the long run.

Chris then spent several years proving me wrong, by elevating the entire organization and its culture to otherworldly heights. His people performed better than they believed possible, and on top of that, they thoroughly enjoyed it! I had a front row seat to something very special, and I’m glad to see other people now have the opportunity to learn from him and his team at ARK.

I thought about calling his influence “invaluable,” but, you could analyze historical numbers to see exactly how valuable Chris has been. Over his entire career, I bet it’s nine figures. He’s the $100 Million Dollar Man. If you don’t believe me, ask him to give you my cell number.

Sales Manager CBRE

Jeff Riley
CBRE

A TRULY ENGAGING EXPERIENCE

As someone that has never enjoyed a traditional work ‘seminar’ or ‘training’, I have to say that the time we spent with Chris was worth every second. He didn’t spend hours talking about his own successes and in the last 15 minutes turn to an action list of ‘How You Can Too!’.

He was engaging and entertaining while using every chance he had as a teaching opportunity. He’s not afraid to be honest with everyone in the room about what it takes to become the best possible you. He truly does want to empower others to be better employees, leaders, and overall better, happier people.

A TRULY ENGAGING EXPERIENCE

As someone that has never enjoyed a traditional work ‘seminar’ or ‘training’, I have to say that the time we spent with Chris was worth every second. He didn’t spend hours talking about his own successes and in the last 15 minutes turn to an action list of ‘How You Can Too!’.

He was engaging and entertaining while using every chance he had as a teaching opportunity. He’s not afraid to be honest with everyone in the room about what it takes to become the best possible you. He truly does want to empower others to be better employees, leaders, and overall better, happier people.

I would absolutely attend any seminar he was involved with. Well done!

Paul Beauchamp
Carma Productions, Inc

It’s just business

We’ve all heard this catch phrase in the business world used when the decision has been reached to terminate an Associate. Its kindred phrase “I was just following orders” has justified many military atrocities in world history, arguably not remotely comparable to the business world, but the similarity holds true and both statements are ripe with lack of personal accountability. Would the business world implode if every person who manages more than themselves started substituting “It’s just someone’s life” for our tried (tired?) and true “It’s just business”? Let’s explore a few action items.

We’ve all heard this catch phrase in the business world used when the decision has been reached to terminate an Associate. Its kindred phrase “I was just following orders” has justified many military atrocities in world history, arguably not remotely comparable to the business world, but the similarity holds true and both statements are ripe with lack of personal accountability. Would the business world implode if every person who manages more than themselves started substituting “It’s just someone’s life” for our tried (tired?) and true “It’s just business”? Let’s explore a few action items.

I’ve often found the starting point for an Associates struggles is that most Managers and C level executives have a great deal of experience in their given industry, and have years of corrected mistakes and successes to draw solutions on a daily basis. We tend to be shocked when an Associate repeats our errors, assuming that our training department has failed or that the error we made is now so incredibly obvious that an associate couldn’t possibly make that same error.

Action item #1 is to assume errors will occur, even with the best mentoring and training programs. College and High School graduates across the country have a diploma, yet very few have a perfect 4.0. We should not assume that when they start with our company that they will then achieve perfection, but conversely look for intent as our lightning rod for the next steps to mentoring.

Mentoring should always be the main goal of each and every day, not falling into the trap that I personally fell into early in my career. I used to think that mentoring was simply being in proximity and showing my personal actions, or solving problems for an Associate and assuming they will learn as I solve. We must ask the right questions starting with the basic “What are your action items today? Let’s walk through your plan to achieve them.” This gives us the opportunity to relay our previous successes, while avoiding the mistakes we made and assigning action planning to the Associate.

Action item #2 is to allow your associates have a completely open relationship where they are not just looking for “Atta boy’s” from you, or conversely a thrashing if their plans don’t meet up to your experience. If we allow plans to be developed and executed that we must directly or indirectly coach our team reach, we will succeed by allowing them to grow and truly learn.

I have personally coached many executives who say they expect everyone to do their jobs and don’t have time to fix the struggling associate who can’t perform to the expected levels. I would challenge that thought and say that we need to make the time, and short term effort will lead to a tougher, faster, smarter, nimble and more loyal teams and will lead to sustainable high performance. This circles back to where we started this journey and many leaders giving up and terminating Associates on the assumption that the greener grass of a fresh start will gain success, but in actuality we are propagating an endless cycle of struggle and failure.

The last challenge that I extend through Action item #3 is to find your weakest team member and relentlessly lead them to success by walking them through your experience. Once the weakest team member is productive, your refined coaching tools will make leading your top performers even easier. In the absence of these simple action items above, the cycle of termination and resignations will continue, leading to hampered productivity and higher stress. Let’s break the “It’s just business” cycle and turn it into “It’s just someone’s life” and we will make a difference in that life.

Chris A. Ryan-Lawrence
CEO, Consultant and Speaker  ARKleadership.com
ARKleadership

SUCCESS IS ALL ABOUT ACCOUNTABILITY, AND IT STARTS WITH ME!

Inspiring. Thought-provoking. And might I add, entertaining! Your presentation showed me how changing my perspective by asking the right questions can impact an entire organization. Knowing I can make that big of a difference is powerful and I left feeling empowered! Thank you!

SUCCESS IS ALL ABOUT ACCOUNTABILITY, AND IT STARTS WITH ME!

Inspiring. Thought-provoking. And might I add, entertaining! Your presentation showed me how changing my perspective by asking the right questions can impact an entire organization. Knowing I can make that big of a difference is powerful and I left feeling empowered! Thank you!

Joey Parker
GBH

PASSION AND ENERGY!!

Chris was great!

He has a lot of passion and energy about what he does and it shows!

It was very informative and I would highly recommend his training and coaching!!

PASSION AND ENERGY!!

Chris was great!

He has a lot of passion and energy about what he does and it shows!

It was very informative and I would highly recommend his training and coaching!!

David Allen

David Allen
GBH

CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO!

“It was a pleasure listening to Chris Ryan-Lawrence present at a recent corporate event. He charged up the team to find smart ways to challenge the status quo daily, and this is what defines whether your company fits in or stands out in highly competitive industries. Thanks Chris for sharing your wealth of knowledge and experience!”

CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO!

“It was a pleasure listening to Chris Ryan-Lawrence present at a recent corporate event. He charged up the team to find smart ways to challenge the status quo daily, and this is what defines whether your company fits in or stands out in highly competitive industries. Thanks Chris for sharing your wealth of knowledge and experience!”

LISE ROZIER

Matrix Residential
Training Director, Matrix Residential

CHRIS IS AMAZING!

I just wanted to let you and everyone know that Chris Ryan-Lawrence is an amazing speaker! His Power of ONE seminar really made me open my eyes and see that I was the problem for my past and that I need to take control of my future……now! If everyone would just listen to Chris, I am sure we would have a better world to live in. His passion for what he preaches and believes in is extremely infectious and has helped me out in my first week after hearing him. I am proud to call Chris a friend as well as an advocate to lead me down this new journey!

CHRIS IS AMAZING!

I just wanted to let you and everyone know that Chris Ryan-Lawrence is an amazing speaker! His Power of ONE seminar really made me open my eyes and see that I was the problem for my past and that I need to take control of my future……now! If everyone would just listen to Chris, I am sure we would have a better world to live in. His passion for what he preaches and believes in is extremely infectious and has helped me out in my first week after hearing him. I am proud to call Chris a friend as well as an advocate to lead me down this new journey!

Brock Campbell
Gayborhood

TOP OF THE MORNING SIR

Your presentation far exceeded any expectations I might have had, moreover I was really quite fascinated as to how well you constructed the content of our teams engagement. From minute one you had everyone’s attention and kept it. I have had the privilege of being flown all over the US by different companies to watch and learn from poignant speakers and what you gave us was second to none. How is the team responding you ask? Mostly good with the 80/20 rule still there, but fret not; I recall nearly to the entirety every word you said, every glance and lift of the eyebrow…..Will they remember what they have learned in two weeks? You betcha because I’m the one to lead them and what you taught us was far too valuable to forget. Thank you Chris, you profoundly changed the way I used to know how to manage and lead a team. Thanks for the ARK that lit our fire!!

TOP OF THE MORNING SIR

Your presentation far exceeded any expectations I might have had, moreover I was really quite fascinated as to how well you constructed the content of our teams engagement. From minute one you had everyone’s attention and kept it. I have had the privilege of being flown all over the US by different companies to watch and learn from poignant speakers and what you gave us was second to none. How is the team responding you ask? Mostly good with the 80/20 rule still there, but fret not; I recall nearly to the entirety every word you said, every glance and lift of the eyebrow…..Will they remember what they have learned in two weeks? You betcha because I’m the one to lead them and what you taught us was far too valuable to forget. Thank you Chris, you profoundly changed the way I used to know how to manage and lead a team. Thanks for the ARK that lit our fire!!

Jens Gilbertson
WRH Realty

BEING IN THE MOMENT!

Chris Ryan-Lawrence truly lives by the Fish Philosophy. He has inspired me to live in the moment, regardless what struggles I embrace. This has instilled in me the ability to work hard in everything I do, and ensure that I’m having fun doing it. By doing so it changes the atmosphere and causes a positive energy that draws people in and causes a change in those around me. I’m very blessed to have known him!

BEING IN THE MOMENT!

Chris Ryan-Lawrence truly lives by the Fish Philosophy. He has inspired me to live in the moment, regardless what struggles I embrace. This has instilled in me the ability to work hard in everything I do, and ensure that I’m having fun doing it. By doing so it changes the atmosphere and causes a positive energy that draws people in and causes a change in those around me. I’m very blessed to have known him!

Kathie Rojas

EMPOWERMENT AT ITS BEST

Chris’ ability to inspire and motivate a team is unmatched! Your presentation really helped me evaluate myself and my management style. Thank you for commanding the room and changing the way I handle situations both personally and professionally.

EMPOWERMENT AT ITS BEST

Chris’ ability to inspire and motivate a team is unmatched! Your presentation really helped me evaluate myself and my management style. Thank you for commanding the room and changing the way I handle situations both personally and professionally.

Kat Wall

Kat Wall
GBH