Articles From Josh Linkner View Profile

Share this Article
  • The Mindset of High Achievement

    Josh Linkner, The Mindset of High Achievement

    In an effort to get ahead in our careers, we test out new leadership tactics like we change our clothes. Whatever the current fad - from Lean Processes, to Management by Objective, to Agile Leadership - it's easy to get sucked into the next promise of get-successful-quick. 

    The truth is, one simple mindset has stood the test of time. It's the difference between those who achieve and those who stumble, those who rise up and those who get left behind. While it may not be some glitzy acronym or viral trend, this mindset endures as fads come and go.

    If you want to seize your full potential, think and act like an owner.

    The owner mindset, as opposed to an employee mindset, can be the difference in your quest for success. You don't have to own a company to embrace this mindset; from any position in the corporate org chart, you can rise through the ranks and enjoy significant rewards by internalizing these principles.

    If you want to achieve at world-class levels, adjust your mentality and follow these seven principles of owners:

    1. Forcibly get things done. Lock your sights on a desired outcome and then move heaven and earth to deliver results. This involves adapting in real time, putting in whatever effort is necessary and making real sacrifices in order to achieve.

    2. Accept personal responsibility for outcomes. A salaried employee gets paid for activity, while someone with an ownership mentality only gets to savor results. If you position yourself toward outcomes instead of activity, your energy and focus go toward what really matters.

    3. Never punch out. Those who are driven to succeed can't stomach unfinished work. Their desire to achieve is ever-present, not just 9 to 5. Sure, they enjoy family time and recreation, but the mission is always in mind, the target is always in sight.

    4. Find creative ways through obstacles. There will always be adversity. Those with the owner mentality refuse to accept excuses, and they double-down when things get tough. In contrast, those with an employee mindset are quick to rest on excuses, loopholes, and reasons things "can't be done."

    5. Take extra initiative. The owner mentality is never satisfied with delivering only the basic requirements. If you make it a rule to add just 5% more than what's expected, you'll quickly emerge as a top performer.

    6. Thirst for more. The owner has a burning urgency to do more, accomplish more, grow more, learn more. There's no such thing as being sated. They always want to reach the next level, and never pass on an opportunity because they're "too busy."

    7. Bend time. For an employee, taking longer means getting paid more for the same amount of work. For an owner, time is money, and more productivity yields more rewards.

    Whether you're a recent grad or have 25 years of experience, a small business owner or a Fortune 500 exec, embodying the ownership mindset will help you stand out and soar. Don't wait for a promotion or lucky break; embrace this framework and you'll create boundless opportunities.

More Articles From Josh Linkner » #CommunityLIVE flashback: 7 questions with Josh Linkner
» How to create the kind of customer loyalty you crave
» Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week January Dates Announced
» One way to succeed at work: Be remarkable
» Any corporation can act like a startup, MHI speaker says
» Add this chief to your team to better compete with start-ups
» 7 powerful lessons from ancient Japanese wisdom
» Don't let your organization fall into the The Linger Trap
» Tech.Co: Josh Linkner on What It Takes to Build Something Successful
» Detroit Free Press: 5 ways to obsess like an innovator and succeed in business
» Detroitt Free Press: Two danger traps to avoid when growing your business
» THE TWO BIG THINGS UNITED GOT WRONG THAT YOU CAN GET RIGHT
» Detroit Free Press: How a small creative twist can make all the difference
» What's your Say-do Ratio? Less doing than saying could be a problem
» Detroit Free Press: Captivate the crowd at any pitch, presentation or meeting
» Lincoln Journal Star: Tech entrepreneur highlights importance of innovation
» Detroit Free Press: What we can learn about problem solving from an American Ninja Warrior
» The Disruptive Innovation Behind Pokémon Go
» The Poison of Labeling
» Trend Hunting
» Seeding Your Future
» How Small Choices Help You Conquer Big Temptation
» The Past is Dead
» The 5 Myths of Creativity
» Your Fired!
» LEARNING AND UNLEARNING
» RISING FROM REJECTION
» REINVENTING THE WHEEL
» 4 Lessons from a 15 Year-Old Entreprenuer
» WHY THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD IS FOR ROAD KILL
» The Power of Smoke Detectors
» UNPACK YOUR CHALLENGES TO SOLVE THEM
» STOP APOLOGIZING: Everyone has flaws.
» How to Botch Your Career
Share this Article
X

FIND A SPEAKER

TESTIMONIALS

Testimonials
  • Our bank has held an annual business and economic conference for the past 9 years.  We have worked with Executive Speakers every year and I have ...
    First Midwest Bank
  • "WOW, is all I have to say and thank you!  Our event was a huge success and you never steer me wrong, both David Cottrell and Ryan Estis were exc...
    ICMI
  • "Let me just say again, what a pleasure it is to work with you and ESB. You really make it harder for others to reach the bar."
    ASTD
  • "Thanks to you and Jo for all your efforts.  Connie Podesta and Roger Dow were great!"   
    National Apartment Association
  • "My entire team has enjoyed the experience of working with you and ESB more than words can express. Everything was handled in a professional and timel...
    Cregger Company
  • "I LOVE this list that you sent me! I emailed several different places on Tuesday an...
    CoreLogic
  • "My mind was very much at ease knowing that Jack Uldrich was so well prepped.  I will definitely use your agency again."  
    EAIE
  • "Your tenacity and persistence in staying in touch with us is a model example of good salesmanship and partnering.  I will be using you as an exa...
    Schneider Electric
  • The event was EASY Cake! and it went over very very well.  Thank you so much for the help and organization, it made my life very easy. 
    Boys & Girls Club
  • "I shared with Kaplan [Mobray] that I had never had this type of experience with ANY vendor I have worked with in the past. Your responsiveness to urg...
    Gates Corp.
  • As always, you deliver excellent service. Thanks!
    Camden National Bank
  • "The group that I work with to obtain all of my keynote speakers is Executive Speakers Bureau and I can tell you that I don’t like working with ...
    Indiana Youth Institute
  • “Thank you guys it was a pleasure working with you.... You made the whole process easy. Thanks again”
    CableNation
  • Thanks to Richard and Jo for all the coordination. Another homerun from Executive Speakers Bureau!  
    Wisconsin Hospital Association
  • Thanks to you, Jo and the rest of your team.  You are the BEST.  Knowing you are behind a speaker allows us the luxury of concentrating on o...
    Ohio Hospital Association
  • Thank you to both of you for everything surrounding Mr. Will as our special guest. I suspect, soon, I will be in touch regarding our next event. 
    Oxford Financial
  • "I appreciate your recommendations.  In addition, you are always a pleasure to work with and understand the pains of an over worked meeting plann...
    Milliman
  • I’ve used the services of a number of speakers bureaus in the past. However, my current experience working with the Executive Speakers Bureau ha...
    Intel
  • "We not only went 3 for 3 but I'd say they were all home runs! Thanks for your help on the speakers. It was a key and very positive component of our c...
    Chem-Dry
  • "This year’s speaker line-up at our Summer Meeting was the best yet. We knocked it out of the park. Thanks for all your help securing such excel...
    North Carolina Hospital Association
  • "OMG Richard! As always you make me look like a rock star. Every single speaker we selected hit it out of the park. Thank you again. Can't even say wh...
    Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Assn.
  • The Nebraska Hospital Association along with numerous other state hospital associations have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Executive Speak...
    The Nebraska Hospital Association
  • You ladies really are the BEST!  After this event I am going to be on the hunt for keynote speakers in May.  I really want to work with you ...
    ICMI
  • "It was a great pleasure to work with you in making this event a success. Your professionalism, attention to detail and response to all my questions a...
    Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • "We loved our speakers. Thanks to you and your team for your outstanding service and thank you for your patience!"

    National Association of the Blind
  • Everything went really well and we really enjoyed having Jack Uldrich as our speaker!  He was entertaining and funny and provided great examples....
    Novo Nordisk
  • "I wanted to share with you feedback of my experience in working with Executive Speakers Bureau.. Very responsive and detail oriented.  When I wa...
    Amdocs
  • "As I mentioned before, your engagement model was incredibly easy to work with, and I know we came to you on short notice!  I would highly recomm...
    Capitol One
  • We could not have done it without you.  Thank you for the outstanding suggestions.  The speakers were by far the best we have ever had.
    FedEx
  • "Thank you so much for all your help in putting this together on such short notice. I will definitely use your services again in the future."
    Applied Materials
  • "Let me tell you that the ESB team and Christine's responsiveness, follow up, proactivity, industry knowledge, and overall customer service was phenom...
    Clear Link
  • We truly appreciate the excellent support and attention to detail we have received from Executive Speakers Bureau.  They have provided us with so...
    IBM
  • "Everyone loved Bob and he was so nice on site. Thank you for all you did. The process was so easy and we will definitely work with you again next yea...
    NBC
  • Bridgeworks was awesome!!! Great feedback from all!! Thanks for all of your collaboration and positive we'll use you in the future.  
    Johnson & Johnson
  • "I want to thank you for helping with our Principals Day event. Marshall Goldsmith was excellent. Not only is Marshall the consummate professional, be...
    Burns & McDonnell
  • I want to thank you for all of your assistance you and Jenny were wonderful. If it had not been for you sending me suggestions I would not have found ...
    West Virginia Tourism
  • "You made my job so much easier! You are the only bureau I will use."     
    Sigma Systems
  • "Richard, Your ability to put me in front of just the right group again and again, is nothing short of amazing. You work your tail off, you sweat the ...
    Alan Hobson
  • "I will be sure that all involved know what a wonderful resource you have been. The universe smiled on me when I discovered Executive Speakers and you...
    Ocala Eye
Need Suggestions? Have Questions?

Need Suggestions? Have Questions?

Call us to discuss how we can help find the right speaker for your organization.

Get Ideas in 2 Hours or Less

Please fill in information below

Executive Speakers Bureau consistently receives praises about our speed and efficiency. From the beginning of your event planning, our extensive online speaker database and resourceful staff allow us to quickly equip you with the best speaker for your event.

Need a last minute speaker? No worries. Our speed and efficiency help us give you ideas for speakers in two hours or less.


Privacy by SafeSubscribeSM