The Pillars to Grow A Business By

The Pillars to Grow A Business By


The pillars all pertain to the team that makes up a company including all as leaders.

1. Sincere
Ernest, being free of deceit, hypocrisy, or falseness. Poor unethical leaders say whatever is needed to manipulate their “resources” that is how they refer to their team. A True Leader doesn’t use the people in their charge, they develop them and grow their contributions.
One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.
Bryant H. McGill

A leader sincerely listens and communicates which builds trust and confidence demonstrating respect that builds rapport. Those who who are willing enough to be vulnerable by being sincere will become strong.

2. Kind
Willing to think be and do good for others. Not sympathetic but empathetic. It is not being indulgent at times being kind to a Leader is addressing the deficiencies in others but in a way that is respectful. Their kindness permeates their communication, affect, and interactions. It is a part of their decisions made without fear. Many in business think it a liability, it isn’t it is a strength.

Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. Blaise Pascal

Choosing kindness for kindness sake is a gift you give to others and yourself.

3. Capable

Being a subject matter expert is what every True Leader should aspire and work toward. Expertise lends credibility and sets up leadership. Unethical leaders often eliminate those who become more skilled and knowledgable then themselves not just because of insecurity but because they know leadership rests on the capable.

To be capable we have to expose ourselves to continual learning and development and motivate that in others.

4. Brave
True Leaders are brave without being reckless. Their bravery comes from their intellect the ability to calculate risk and commit to the act of trying without assigning blame but finding solutions and working side by side with those in their charge to achieve. Dreaming is easy, chasing dreams and acting on them takes courage.

True leaders elevate all by having a vision and the courage to attempt to create it.

5. Emotionally Maturity
The wisdom and maturity that comes with leadership over a period of time along with introspection and self development with deliberate desire to grow and mature will allow True Leaders to avoid Emotional Thinking Traps. Most Leaders allow their pride and other negative emotions to create distance and then animosity when what is needed is the inverse.

In a high-IQ job pool, soft skills like discipline, drive and empathy mark those who emerge as outstanding. Daniel Goleman

To be effective it takes intellect and a strong part of that intellect is emotional IQ. Being emotionally mature improves with age and experience but requires deliberate development. Once achieved its impact is a great asset to a team a culture a business.

6. Considerate

Being sincere and kind leads us to be considerate of others. Leaders who poses this qualities are secure in who they are and what they stand for. There are so many who have no character they have an entitlement mentality and it is reflected in their behavior and the culture of their business. Being considerate is not only respectful to others it is a reflection of the respect we have for ourself.

I feel strong as a leader when I’m at peace with myself. When I’m calm and confident which comes from being a good person and that it influenced by being considerate of others.

7. Rational
True Leaders are rational not just intelligent and knowledgable but emotionally mature. This state of rational being gives way to success as it allows for a consistent thoughtful approach to challenges and disappointments. In being aware of their own emotional patterns they are endowed with the flexibility to handle challenge and change, allowing them to resolve issues and find solutions to the barriers preventing achievement.

To achieve more requires investment in emotional, social, and rational thinking skills
To leave off one is likened to omitting gears out of a clock.

8. Approachable
True Leaders are motivated by the success of the team not just success for themselves. They are confident enough in who they are and sincere enough to care and that results in true and meaningful interactions. Many in business don’t want to be bothered by inferiors, they don’t want to have to meet with anyone not on their level and this approach is not sustainable to success and the barriers they build ultimately impact their effectiveness. Those who judge the worth of everyone and determine worthiness to meet or interact on perceived value, wall themselves up in a trap of their own making.

Skills that can separate effective leaders are ease of positive disposition, demonstrated by a smile and a positive sense of humor. A true leader makes everyone feel included and breaks barriers down by being approachable and open.
9. Transparent
People gravitate towards what is real. True Leaders are direct, honest and transparent. Unethical leaders scheme and approach every situation with the intent of getting over on others. It is obvious over time if we observe what is said and match it to what is actually done. Cowards make excuses, Leaders follow through. Lip service without the intent of action lies and misdirection are the tools of a coward.

A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity. Dalai Lama

10. Caring
Caring is the action that comes from being loving, kind and sincere. There is so much to be gained by allowing ourselves to truly care about others and move to help them. A True Leader is a servant Leader caring enough to act in the best interest of those they are responsible for.

Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community. Anthony J. D’Angelo

11. Fair

A True Leader knows the wisdom and conviction of being fair that is worth the difficulty it presents immediately but the reward it has for all if carried out consistently and judicially. The strength of leadership doesn’t diminish by being vulnerable kind or loving and especially by being fair. Unfair behaviors are the inconsistent wafflers who have no conviction to being just to all only on things being easy and that means taken the path of least resistance.

An unfair environment results in toxicity and toxic environments kill good companies. Be honest, ernest, since, hard working, dedicated and caring to build a culture people want to be identified with and part of.

12. Inspiring

Sustained motivation is needed and takes effort, a Leader is a mentor and coach and often needs to remind all of the relevance and importance of the team and the mission. Being dedicated to the developing of others and not fearful that they will leave you if you do. Inspiring, motivating and growing others is done because it is the right thing to do for those deserving it.

All team members should be chosen as the future possible replacement of the present leaders. When we select our business culture in this way, these pillars apply to all, as all are leaders and the attitude and approach of all grow and sustain a business/company.

Dr. Frank Layman AKA DFL


The Introspective True Leader & Entrepreneur

My goal is to help those who want to make a positive change. To do that I thought it would be encouraging to share an approach I have used many times before for myself. I reach out to successful entrepreneurs or people who are SMEs(subject matter experts) with thought provoking questions. Questions that reveal the successful perspectives that have helped them arrive and could possibly unlock the door for those still on the journey.
I took the initiative to employ this technique and document the responses for this BLOG. I chose a True Leader one who exemplifies character along with a strong business acumen. My hope is you will learn from an innovator and the information will propel you. These are his responses not his assistance they are not canned but thoughtful and sincere. He is an authentic success story but humble and approachable. He wants to reach out share with and develop others.
Phil Ventresca is a spirited entrepreneur and thought leader, He has leveraged his background in management, operations, executive coaching and strategic consulting to build AMS into a premier service provider. Phil has led the organization to recognize both strategic breakthroughs and successes for clients in a cross section of industry verticals, including, Aerospace, Insurance, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology and more. He has also founded, PTV Equity Management, WIT Group and AMS Aviation, all of which remain under his direction.
Phil has the credentials and know how to gain great insight from. I hope this process is helpful and if it is, you can employ it for yourself by using objective indicators to ensure you have selected someone worthy of learning from.
I asked Phil fifteen questions the responses are below. You don’t have to agree with him but you can learn from him. He has been where some of you are now, struggling with the desire to achieve. I found his responses intriguing and worthy of consideration and application to further my own ambitions to achieve and succeed. Phil was so impressed by the positive impact from reflection that came from answering these questions that he had his team do the same. He utilize the process as an exercise, as a way to provide development and growth to those in his charge. You may want to do the same, you may want to answer the questions for yourself. However you decided to engage my hope is always the same – that it serves to help expedite the passage for you on your way to arriving.
1. To what do you attribute your success as an Entrepreneur? Open mindedness, not being brought down by naysayers and surrounding myself with good people. Also persistence and adopting the “failure is not an option” mindset.

2. If you had only one word to describe yourself, what would it be? Why does it capture you? Integral . I have always believed that abiding by a good moral code is critical and that adhering to it during tough times is the true test. I feel I have and, desire to model that behavior for those I lead.

3. When have you failed? Describe what happened and what you learned from it and how you grew. Failure is part of all things in life, I have had business ventures fail, relationships and missed goals. At every juncture it is critical to assess the damage, control the collateral and set a new target, otherwise you become a victim yourself. You see, failure is real life, allowing it to define your future is accepting it. Refer to point #1 above.

4. What’s the one accomplishment you’re most proud of? Why? The culture at AMS. Some people would answer this with a singular point, a person or something that was a derivative of their life’s work. In my case, I believe it is a collection of events that I was able to realize as important and then capitalizing on them to create an environment others can prosper in. In my case, my greatest accomplishments are measured against the success that others have realized under my guidance. There is no luck, only opportunity crossing potential and the ability to see that moment.

5. What qualities are required for others who aspire to succeed as you have done? Integrity, conviction, willingness to sacrifice and compassion. Also understand that prosperity is; emotional, intellectual and financial. Don’t focus on the money if you do all of the other things well it will show up.

6. How do you take advantage of your strengths? How do you compensate for your weaknesses? I plan to execute where the most leverage and ROI can be gained. I seek to grow against my weaknesses and also seek partners and friends who can off set the gaps. This is done by managing the ego and promoting a humble presence in all you do.
9. What’s one thing you would like to do better? What’s your plan for improving? I would like to soften my natural rush to an opinion. At times when you have deep experience it blurs objectivity in the name of being expeditious. My goal is to be more contemplative and compassionate as I evaluate scenarios and people prior to rushing toward a conclusion.

10. What changes have you made in working with others to be more effective as a Leader? Well, certainly refer to #9 above. Beyond that I feel I have become more collaborative over the years and am open to a wider spectrum of input to build relationships and the team in general.

11. What do you think are the most important attributes of successful people? Honesty, compassion, contemplation, integrity, loyalty and passion. Also, behaving in all we do with Respect, Empathy, sincerity and trust.

12. What emotional thinking traps do you see recurring in those you mentor? How do you advise them so they can overcome and succeed? This is a wide question that is impacted by age, experience and environmental factors. If I had to generalize I would boil it down to confidence and recognizing self worth. Then having the courage to believe in yourself and maintain conviction to your standards and causes.

13. How do you make decisions? I am a critical thinker, I make decisions by leveraging logic, considering emotion and validating impulse. This approach renders a balanced outcome while embracing all aspects of the natural human condition.

14. How do you motivate yourself? I don’t believe in motivation, it is an empty and overused corporate cliche. I believe in “inspiration” because it embraces accountability and seeking out goals that are bigger than oneself. I inspire myself by focusing my energy on stewardship and service to my goals and the people who will be impacted by them.

15. What are ways you have found to increase your creativity? Diversity, collaboration, travel, experiences and being inquisitive with a desire to learn and a belief that there is always an alternative.


Thank you

Dr.FrankLayman #STLT