CEOs are overwhelmed with responsibilities. Needless to say, from managing the company, its resources, its manpower and markets … to ensuring optimal returns on investments made, CEOs have their hands full.

In order to be able to manage all these tasks with equal efficiency and ensure the best output from himself and his team, the CEO must cultivate and nurture some effective habits.

In the first part of this two-part article, I have listed below 7 habits of highly effective CEOs, recommended by experts:

1.Respect your customer

The Customer is King is an old adage. But it is still gold. If you do not talk with respect about your customer, you will not be best positioned to deliver the products or services to your customer’s satisfaction. Moreover, standing in the shoes of the customer will give you the buyer’s point of view toward your products and services. It will help you improve your products and services and price them correctly.

2.Never say anything negative

Remember, every thing that the CEO does or every word that he utters is watched with interest by the rest of the company. Even if you yourself may be disappointed with certain things, performances, people, clients or any other issue, refrain from voicing negative thoughts. The CEO’s role as the captain of the ship is to steer the ship toward the targeted destination. You must encourage your team to embrace the “positive” journey and play their roles with equal enthusiasm and confidence.

3.Pay the highest attention to customer service

Let’s face it, no matter what business you are in, it is highly competitive. One of the best ways to score over your competitors is by offering world class customer service. Everyone says they have great customer service, so saying it is not a differentiator. DOING IT is!! You must deliver a perfect customer experience every time. A delighted customer is a returning customer. If you can cause your customer to feel special and to deliver to them a customer experience that is remarkable, then you will win their loyalty and their references.

4.Cultivate the art of listening

A patient CEO with a good listening ear is a successful CEO. As a CEO, people tend to get carried away by the authority and power of the position and stop listening to others. This can be a very costly mistake. Good salesmen listen four times more that they talk. So do good CEOs. Listen carefully to your employees, your customers and your stakeholders. Find out what their needs are, and then fulfill them. It’s really that simple.

5.Under promise and over deliver

Most customers are sick and tired of their supplier or vendor not delivering on promises. Make “under promise and over deliver” part of your culture. If you become the company customers can count on, you’ll have customers for life. Remember, encouragement is not to be confused with building castles in the air. As a CEO your responsibilities lies in encouraging your team to over deliver and achieve the targeted goals. And it should not happen that you project an outlook that is uncertain or promise a result that is difficult to deliver. This will only lead to fear, frustration and distrust among your employees and customers.

6.Respond to the customer immediately

Don’t keep customers waiting for replies to their queries or waiting to be attended to. Research has shown that a severely unhappy customer will tell an average of 17 people. While a satisfied customer can generate more business for you, a dissatisfied or ignored customer can drive away business faster than you can imagine. Treat customers with respect and attend to their issues as your highest priority.

7.Aim for zero defect

* in Marketing

* in Manufacturing

* in Customer Service

… So that you can deliver a flawless product/service.

Cultivate the culture of producing zero defect products/services in your company. If you manufacture bug-free products or deliver zero-defect services, your marketing team too will have the confidence to push toward flawless presentations and marketing campaigns. Similarly, ensure that your customer service is without loopholes. All together when you have a foolproof product/service, supported by zero-defect marketing and customer service, you can be certain that you are on the right track.

A CEO has just as much to learn and improve upon as any other employee. Cultivating these effective habits is one such learning process. For people at the top, the most common problem they face is lack of honest and practical guidance. The best way to learn about how to identify the problem areas in your company and find solutions is by discussing and analyzing your problems with other CEOs.

Join a successful CEO Group where as a CEO you will get practical, tested ideas and solutions from people who have been in similar positions as you. In terms of CEO coaching, a CEO Group works best as it allows CEOs, presidents and general managers to put their heads together and find solutions to problems their fellow members are facing. Join a CEO Group in Atlanta or any other city that has a thriving CEO coaching culture.

In the 2nd part of this article, I will highlight some more highly effective habits of CEOs.

Winter is a time when you indulge in more eating habits to keep yourself warm and at comfort. It is also true that our body needs more energy during winters to keep itself warm. Therefore, the calories get burned faster and even metabolism rate is high during the winter months. Thereby, this can help to make us slim and reduce the belly fat.

If some foods are eaten during winters, they will further speed up the metabolism and help you to lose weight. These foods also help to keep you warm and prevent you from unhealthy binge eating habits. In this article, we have mentioned some best winter foods that keep you energetic during winters, giving you a feeling of comfort, thereby helping you lose weight.

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Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a spice that has been used for various medical purposes dating back to ancient Egyptians days. Surprisingly, cinnamon is associated with many weight loss benefits. For many years, cinnamon has been used to lower blood sugar. Taking as little as two teaspoons of cinnamon a day can drastically reduce insulin output and blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels are closely linked to obesity and weight gain. You should incorporate this spice in your tea, coffee and sweet snacks for a health boost and added flavour.

Honey

It is one of the best winter foods for weight loss and to keep yourself warm. It is rich in many nutrients and natural sugars that give you a rapid energy boost. Honey also kills many infections that invade during winters, as it has many antibacterial properties associated with it.

Garlic

Garlic is known for its many medical benefits that include helping the body to fight obesity. Garlic serves as the body’s thermogenic revving up the body’s heat-producing process. Also, garlic is associated with lowering blood sugar levels and enhancing fats burning process. Also, garlic contains allicin, a component that helps in the reduction of unhealthy fats in the body.

Chicken Soup

It will fill your tummy and you will feel satisfied. Chicken soup is also rich in good-quality proteins that keep you healthy and increase your metabolism. Hot chicken soup in winters can help you cope with cold weather and also help you lose many kilos of your weight.

Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits are very rich in vitamin C. In addition to fighting flu and cold, high level of vitamin c in blood is closely linked to lower body fat. According to several types of research done, it has been revealed that people whose blood is high in vitamin C have a smaller waistline compared to the people whose blood have low levels of vitamin C. Vitamin C is known to burn readily fat or oxidize body fat that is the theory behind slimmer waistlines and higher vitamin c levels. To effectively burn fat and beat winter sickness, ensure you consume foods rich in vitamin c such as grapefruits, oranges and lemons.

Starfruit

This season gives you many healthy fruits like star fruit which is rich in vitamin C and very low in calories. It is loaded with potassium and is also rich in antioxidants that boosts immunity. The rich beta-carotene helps to fight free radicals.

Coconut milk

The essential fatty acids present in coconut milk can help speed up your metabolism and even promote weight loss. Freshly extracted coconut milk is always safer and yummier than the packed ones.This is also very rich in fiber which makes you feel full for long time. Drink it plain or blend it with smoothies.

We try to make good health choices for ourselves. It is only natural that we want to share what we know with those who are closest to us. Teaching our families and children about good healthy habits can be a lifesaver and a life extender for those we love and take care of. Here are some suggestions for encouraging positive attitudes about food and weight for a lifetime of good habits:

Encourage your family to eat breakfast each day. Having meals together is a great way to interact and to strengthen your family bonds. When you have uninterrupted time you can talk and enjoy each other’s company. Make meal time one of those times. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It kick starts your metabolism and lets it know it is time to get moving. Having dinner as a family is a great way to end your day and discuss important things that may have happened during the day. Serving two vegetables at dinner will help expand family health and allow experimenting with good foods to find those that you like. The more you try, the better it is for your health. Teach your kids to eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables every day, and with every meal.

Encouraging smaller portions of foods helps the family to eat a good balance without over doing it. Many restaurant servings are 2-3 times the normal portion size. Educating you children early about portion sizes will help them stay healthy and fit.

Even with eating healthy it is difficult to get in all the needed nutrients into diet alone. Teach your kids to take a multi-vitamin every day. This ensures that they are able to have all the necessary nutrients to help their growth and development. Children need good oils, if they don’t like fish, soy and other foods high in good fats, encouraging fish oil supplementation could be a great asset to their health. Make sure you discuss all supplements with the pediatrician first.

Walking your children to school when possible can help get children moving and will also help you to increase your metabolism and burn some calories. If school isn’t within walking distance, try walking other places such as to a friend’s house, the library, grocery store, or park. Try to walk, hike, or play games three or more times a week as a family. Learning to ride a bike and taking family bike rides is another great way to spend time together and get that workout in.

Involving your kids in planning and preparing meals will teach useful skills, but can also be a great teaching time to explain good nutrition. Meeting as a family to plan dinners for the week and making assignments for preparation, cooking, and clean up, helps foster independence and responsibility. If you feel limited in the types of meals you’re making, learning to cook together could be a fun experience and an opportunity to try new things. Sign up for a cooking club or register for a community cooking class. As you explore the world of food, it becomes easier and more fun to add variety to your family’s diet.

Remind kids that healthy and happy bodies come in all sizes. No one body shape or size is a healthy one or the right one for everybody. Just as flowers come in different shapes, sizes and colors, so do people. We need to be tolerant and kind to each other no matter what we look like. Teaching this tolerance to our children will make them better people and the world a better place for all of us!

Never put your kids on a diet without first consulting a doctor. Kids, just like adults, need to eat a variety of foods and get enough exercise. Cutting calories or restricting them too much in their food choices can cause rebellion and anger. Lead by example, if you don’t buy it they can’t eat it. To eat unhealthily and then be upset with your children for doing the same thing is counterproductive. While parents should be concerned about weight for health reasons, they should also be careful not to nag, pick on kids, or name call. This could permanently damage your relationship. Parents and kids should not only watch what they say about others, but what they say about themselves. Teaching your kids to like and accept themselves is one of the most important parental tasks.

If you can make healthy eating and activity a ‘matter of fact’ way of life instead of a big production or discussion, you and your family will be way ahead of the curve, and your children will be able to start life with a good foundation of health.

Teenagers fall mainly into two categories when it comes to school. Those who are focused and have a plan that includes good grades and college, and those who think it’s all a waste of time and are counting off the days until they’re free of classes for good.

If your teen is motivated that’s great, but if you’re feeling like it’s an uphill struggle getting your teenager out of bed and into class every day, there are a few things you can try to encourage them to have a better study ethic.

The first is to take a stand with their teachers. Talk to the teacher and see what work your child should be covering. If you know what it is, you have more idea about what they should be doing. The fact that you are “siding” with the teacher isn’t going to go down well at first, so be prepared for some confrontation issues, but once your teen realizes that this is going to be how it is, then you should see some sort of improvement in their study habits.

Talk to your teen about their school work. Is there anything that they need, or would like, that would make their study easier and/or more enjoyable? Do they have any problems with their schoolwork that makes study harder? Is there an issue with their teachers that you don’t know about? What about their peers?

Do you understand the principles being discussed in your teen’s coursework? If so, can you talk them through it? If not, then see if you can ask the teacher for some notes so you can get up to speed to help your child. Most teachers will welcome this as it will help pull up their overall student grades.

Discussion is a great way to make difficult principles clearer because you are able to bring it to a level that your child will understand. Often in a classroom environment, the teacher doesn’t have time to ensure that each student fully understands the work, and this leads to confusion when the student doesn’t understand and so is therefore unmotivated to do the work at home.

Consider motivation rewards/penalties. Some teens are motivated by the thought having privileges increased with the thought of getting a special item they’re wanting, or an increased curfew for a special night out, whilst others are more motivated by privileges such as computer/TV time being restricted until homework complete. You know your child best, but you may need to try both ways to see which works the fastest!

It may seem like you’re being tough on your teen making them do coursework that even you may find tedious and unnecessary, but unfortunately if you want your child to be able to compete for jobs with others their age when they graduate from school they have to jump through the educational hoops.

Hopefully if you can support them with their study habits at home, it will reflect in their class work. Who knows, with you taking a more active role in their homework, they may even find they enjoy it more!

Have you ever wondered how your favorite fast food restaurants make those delicious menu items you love so much? What is it that we just can’t get enough of? It’s no secret, Americans love fast food. Every day millions of people head to their favorite fast food restaurants to indulge in their favorite guilty pleasures. If you include traditional restaurants, the average American dines out more than 3 times per week. That’s a lot of money, and a lot of calories.

There are several cons to eating out frequently. The first is the costs. Eating out 3 to 5 times per week is expensive whether its fast food or a restaurant. It may not seem like much at the time, but it adds up. If you eat out just 3 times per week, it will likely cost you over $1000 dollars per year, minimum. Then to add insult to injury, you have the high fat and carb content. Restaurant foods, especially fast food, is often very fatty and contains a lot of bad oils and simple carbohydrates. This leads to a bigger belt size among other health problems. Restaurant food also contains very high levels of sodium, which is a leading cause of high blood pressure. These are all great reasons to cut back on fast food and restaurant food in general.

But what if you can’t resist? It’s hard to avoid our favorite fast food and restaurant dishes. Whether it be burgers, tacos, or pizza, we love eating out. So what can you do in this situation? One simple solution is to cook your favorite fast food recipes at home. It may sound strange, but you can actually make all your favorite restaurant dishes at home for a fraction of the price. Not only that, but you can use low fat alternative ingredients to make the dishes healthier without compromising flavor. It’s an excellent alternative to eating greasy, salty fast food, and you don’t have to give up your favorite dishes.

Here are some simple tips to reduce the fat and calories of your favorite fast food recipes:
1. Cook in low fat oil rather than deep frying
2. Use low fat mayonnaise, sour cream, and other dressings
3. Use lean ground beef instead of normal ground beef

There are many other ways to tweak your favorite restaurant dishes to make them taste delicious and while still being healthy. Not only that, but you can save a fortune. To make these dishes, all you need are recipes and some common household ingredients in many cases. Copycat recipes for many of America’s most popular dishes are available to you, all you need is a kitchen. Their surprisingly easy to make, and taste just like the originals! It’s a great balance between taste and health.

So save yourself a few belt sizes and a few dollars by cooking your favorite fast food and restaurant recipes at home. It’s fast, fun, and really simple. You’ll be glad you did.

Being overweight or obese can leave people vulnerable to a variety of health risks including serious diseases, some of which can be fatal. The number of obese adults and children is growing worldwide.

What is obesity?

Obesity is typically characterized by an in-balance between the number of calories you eat and calories that are burnt. If the excess calories are not burnt through various physical activities, they will be stored as excess fats in the body.

How to measure obesity?

Obesity is most commonly measured using (BMI), or Body Mass Index. A large proportion of doctors will use it to calculate the obesity levels of their patients and then make an informed decision accordingly.

Body mass index (BMI) is calculated by dividing mass in kilograms with height in meters squared. If the BMI is greater than 30 kg/m2, the patient will undoubtedly be diagnosed to be obese. When the BMI is:

  • Less than 18.5, then a person is underweight
  • Between 18.5-25, then a person is the ideal body weight
  • Between 25-30, then a person is overweight
  • Between 30-40, then a person is obese and very obese if BMI exceeds 40

What are the diseases associated with obesity?

The most common health risks associated with obesity is type 2 diabetes, cancer, coronary heart disease, hypertension, and liver disease. In obese people, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes is around 20 times greater.

Statistics show that about 10 percent of all cancer deaths among non-smokers are due to obesity- related diseases. Hypertension is another issue, mainly caused by obesity. Obese people will have a fatty layer around the liver that may lead to cirrhosis.

Tips to reduce some extra fats from the body

The foremost tip to reduce body fat is to increase the level of physical exercise on a daily basis and a healthy diet. The amount of junk food consumed should be reduced.

Be selective with your food habits. Wholesome food is considered good and healthy, so you can replace junk food with it. It can complement your weight loss efforts. You will achieve more desired results of weight loss if you modify your sedentary lifestyle as well as dietary habits.

If you have already become obese, then you should do a consultation with a doctor who can suggest right physical exercises as well as dietary foods for your weight loss program. In addition, the doctor can also recommend the most suitable weight loss drug.

What are the do’s and don’ts for attaining weight loss?

Some studies have found family influences as major contributors to obesity. If some people in a household are following unhealthy behavior, then it affects other members of the family as well in particular children.

Environmental factors will also contribute to the spread of obesity. Cheap, fast food and a competitive market has resulted in more processed foods, generally high in fat content, sugar content and salt.

The increase in the use of cars as primary transport, have also played an integral part in the rise of obesity.

People should take initiatives in order to increase their level of physical activity. Walking or cycling are good forms of exercise along with a variety of enjoyable sports. The governments in respective nations are also liable to play a part in a bid to reduce the level of obesity.