Inspiring and Motivating Leadership in Omaha

It takes a great leader to guide people — and therefore the business — to success.  Here are some inspiring quotes about leaders and leadership from famous figures and experts on the subject.

A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” –Rosalynn Carter

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. – Lao Tzu

“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” – Colin Powell

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” – Max DePree

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

“A leader…is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.” – Nelson Mandela

“He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.” -Aristotle

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates

“A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.” – John Maxwell

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” –Jack Welch

“Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” – Peter Drucker

“My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better.” – Steve Jobs
“The led must not be compelled. They must be able to choose their own leader.” – Albert Einstein

“To have long-term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way.” – Pat Riley

“If you think you are leading and turn around to see no one following, then you are just taking a walk.” – Benjamin Hooks

“To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.” – Vince Lombardi

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

 “Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar.” -Orrin Woodward

“Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob.” – Oscar Wilde

“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” – Sam Walton

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” – Albert Schweitzer

“I am reminded how hollow the label of leadership sometimes is and how heroic followership can be.” – Warren Bennis

“In this world a man must either be an anvil or hammer.” – Henry W. Longfellow

“It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself. (Absurdum est ut alios regat, qui seipsum regere nescit.)” – Latin Proverb

“The history of the world is but the biography of great men.” – Thomas Carlyle

“A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward.” – Ovid

“You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader” – Henry Ford

“Rely on your own strength of body and soul. Take for your star self-reliance, faith, honesty, and industry. Don’t take too much advice — keep at the helm and steer your own ship, and remember that the great art of commanding is to take a fair share of the work. Fire above the mark you intend to hit. Energy, invincible determination with the right motive, are the levers that move the world.” – Noah Porter

“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.” – Herbert Swope

“He who has learned how to obey will know how to command.” -Solon

“If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” – Maya Angelou

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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5 steps to Avoid Vacancy Loss

In this segment,  Dave talks about how to avoid vacancy loss and how to keep it under control.  Here are the five steps Dave covers in this installment of Landmark Group TV,

1)  Move outs

2)  Amount of time vacant vs. Amount of time ready

3)  Amount of time to get rented

4)  Number of vacancies

5)  Rents not collected.

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How to start a fire when camping

Many people do not know this but to easily start a fire when camping all you need is a battery, and fine steel wool. A 9v is best but even a removable cell phone battery will work. All you do is touch the battery to the metal and have some small kindeling to keep the fire going.

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Morning Preparation 

In this video, Dave elaborates on the importance of morning preparation.  Waking up early, will result in more productivity throughout the day.  The morning is when you’re brain is most alert and focused, so get you’re most important tasks done right away and save the emails for later in the day when you’re feeling less focused. Don’t take the time for granted because in the real world, you’re going to have to become friends with 8 a.m. again.


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Ideal Leasing Season

At Landmark, I often get asked the question, “when is the ideal leasing season?”  Most Americans move between May and September.  This is predictable, when you think about the fact that young people start or graduate from college, younger kids are out of school, and the weather is overall more accommodating to move from one location to another.

Because of this, there is more turnover in rental units during this time of the year as compared to most any other time of the year- which means you have a wider selection to choose from than any other time of the year.

The flip side is that there may also be greater demand from renters vying for those rental units during the summer than at other times of the year. This may mean that you have to act more quickly in making a decision about a rental so as not to lose it to another interested renter.

If you’ve got the flexibility, winter could be the best time of year for a move. Following the busy holiday season when most people are tuckered out (and their bank accounts are running low), fewer renters make a move. Because demand for apartments is lower, you may find a hot deal on rent during the cooler months.


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Pt. II: Scrapping and Sustainability

While you’re probably aware of the existence of a large-scale global scrap metal recycling industry, you might be surprised by it’s size and scope.  These days, a significant amount of the metal that ends up in finished products like appliances and structural steel is recycled or recovered.  Moreover, scrap recycling is booming, at $80 a ton.  This brave new world has some obvious and not-so-obvious benefits for the economy, the environment and the average consumer.

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Pt. I: Scrapping and Sustainability

Sustainability is becoming a priority for developers, and with many exciting innovations happening in the construction industry,  opting for recycled materials helps ensure that the materials collected in recycling programs will be used in again in the manufacture of new products.  Scrapping and Sustainability- one building at a time proves that reusing salvaged materials saves energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by minimizing the need to extract and process raw materials.

When people think of recycling, they tend to lean towards some of the chemical or mechanized processes, whereby a recycling plant takes old materials and turns it into something completely new for reuse and resale.  Recycling can be the process of melting scrap metals for resale, but it can also be put under the heading of what your average scrap dealer will do when he sells a piece of metal to someone else.  Recycling can be defined as reusing in any sense of the word, which is environmentally friendly for one key factor- the more scrap metal introduced into circulation, the less metal that has to be manufactured.




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Pt II: Micro-Apartments: Small Living in Omaha

Take the Anderson Building on 24th and Leavenworth for example, situated on the fringe of Downtown Omaha- the Anderson is currently being renovated into Micro-Living apartments.  The Anderson will offer individuals the chance to live in the city, where they have access to their community through biking and mass transportation, without having to pay the enormous rents.

In order to appeal to urban occupants, micro-apartments must be situated in vibrant areas with ample resources of amusement and distraction such as coffee houses, bars, nightclubs, and theaters.  Micro-apartments offer the Omaha community a chance for exciting and new opportunities to transform and re-use historic structures, while giving landlords and tenants the ability to create 21st century space that meets their needs

That said, let’s take a look at the flip side. A micro-apartment is inherently cozier, and many praise the benefits of having less stuff to worry about.  Remember that not all small spaces are created equal. Look beyond square footage to find a compact apartment that fits just right for you.

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Pt 1: Micro-Apartments: Small Living in Omaha

A Micro Apartment is exactly what it sounds like, with minimalism and environment-friendly movement becoming top buzzwords- it is no wonder that micro-apartments, or micro-spaces are becoming the top trend with city dwellers.

Though the cramped life isn’t for everyone, there is growing number of millennials who value smaller space knowing they have reduced their carbon foot print.  These individuals value their urban lifestyle and are perfectly content with moving their kitchen table to make room for their bed.  Micro apartments cater to individuals that desire the excitement of downtown urban living, without the sticker shock.

The emerging trend of Micro-apartments with more collaborative shared space allows formerly obsolete buildings to be re-designed into contemporary spaces.  In addition, the inherent positive environmental attributes of older buildings are appealing to both tenants and landlords who are learning the potential financial and health benefits these spaces offer.


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Benefits of Standing Desks: “Sitting is the new smoking”

In today’s digital world sitting for an extended period has become part of our modern lifestyle. The problem is our bodies are not designed to sit for hours. Our bodies are built for standing.  Over 90% of activities are done sitting down. We surf the web, we watch TV, we drive cars, we ride in cars, and we work for hours on end – all while sitting on our rear ends. Total it up and we spend nearly 80% of our waking hours sitting.

Due to research showing that the cumulative impact of sitting all day for years is associated with a range of health problems, from obesity to diabetes to cancer.  Because the average office employee spends five hours and 41 minutes sitting each day at his or her desk, some describe the problem with a pithy new phrase that is undeniably catchy, if somewhat exaggerated: “Sitting is the new smoking.”

There’s a reason there are so many standing desk benefits. In the modern world we live in, sitting for long hours is the norm. The time spent typing, surfing, tweeting, and consuming mass amounts of digital content is incredible. During a typical day, Americans spend as much as 95% of the day sitting. But our bodies aren’t designed to sit for hours on end. We are meant to be in motion.




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