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Strategic Initiative: First Quarter 2017

Posted on November 30, 2016
Strategic Initiative: First Quarter 2017

Are you on track for sustained, profitable growth in 2017?  Try this exercise:

 

List up to three initiatives linked to the 2017 goals that you would like to focus on in the first quarter of 2017.  Under each initiative, list five reasons why each is important to you and your success.

 

Suggestion:  Several times each day review your initiatives and your reasons they are important to you.  These are your “intentions.”  Your “attention” is in your daily schedule!  

 

 


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How To Talk To Me

Posted on November 1, 2016
How To Talk To Me

 

 

I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but what you heard is not what I meant.”

 

 

Eric was perplexed.  He thought he’d considered every suggestion Janet had made with regard to the Arnold project. Yet, in the project review meeting with her one morning, she seemed irritated.  She insisted that he wasn’t being cooperative, wasn’t paying attention to her recommendations, and was causing the project to fall behind schedule.  When Eric tried to explain the decisions he’d made and the actions he’d taken, Janet folded her arms, glared, and informed him that she’d already told him exactly what to do for the project and as far as she was concerned, Eric had ignored all of her instructions.

It was growing increasingly apparent that their work was suffering because of the differences in communication styles. What Eric perceived as mere suggestions, Janet considered non-negotiable directives. Without a clear understanding of these differences, their working relationship-along with their work-would continue to suffer.

Whether personally or professionally, discovering and understanding the best way to meet the communication needs of others is critical for effective interactions. Breakdowns occur when communication styles clash and needs go unmet.

Understanding your own communication style and needs is often the first step in bridging the communication gap with others. 

Take a moment to consider the following:

 

  1. How do you prefer to be talked to?

 

  1. What style of communication from others makes you uncomfortable?

 

  1. What style of communication from others brings out the best in you?

After sharing your responses, don’t be afraid to ask others for their responses to these three questions. After all, effective communication begins with understanding.

 

 

 

 


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How To Work With Me

Posted on September 30, 2016
How To Work With Me

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

-Henry Ford

 

On John's very first day on the job at a large organization, he found several files waiting for him on his desk, no explanation, no instructions.  He sat for hours going through them trying to figure out what he was supposed to do.  The very brief visit by his new boss later that day was no help at all.

“Take care of the projects outlined in the files,” his new employer said, then added casually, “And I need them completed by the end of the week.”

John spent days working on the files, desperately trying to make sense of them.  He tried approaching his manager many times for answers but was repeatedly waved away and told to “figure it out.” Being a diligent worker, and used to performing well and producing great results, John couldn’t help but be discouraged by the situation.  In fact, after only a few weeks, John decided to quit his job.

His manager was shocked.  The man disliked structure of any kind and thrived on deadlines.  He couldn’t relate to John’s need for context and organization. The two parted ways, both realizing too late that their working relationship had been a bad fit from the start.     

When there is a failure to learn how to work with one another, problems inevitably arise.  Sometimes issues take a while to surface; sometimes the impact is immediate.  Either way, the result is not only wasted time and energy, but frustration. 

The ability to work effectively with others is critical to the success of any organization.  It’s also extremely important to an individual’s success.

Are you performing at your best?  Are you able to perform at your best?

Consider the following:

1.     What is your communication style?

2.     What incentivizes you?  What motivates you?

3.     What are the biggest mistakes others can make with you?

 

Nothing will have a more significant impact on your ability to do well in the workplace than a greater understanding of your own needs and the needs of others.

 

 

 


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The Best You

Posted on August 31, 2016
The Best You

When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.”

-Helen Keller 

 

Josh stepped back and gazed at the vase he had created. It was beautiful. But more than that, it had been a truly satisfying experience.  He had conceived the idea and crafted it with his own hands.  The finished product was not only a work of art, it was a work of the heart.

But his pottery was a personal pursuit; something he did by night after work.  By day, he worked in an office at a job that felt slightly too confining and structured for him.  Josh was quickly coming to the understanding that his hobby was an extremely rewarding process that energized and inspired him, while his job stifled his creativity and limited his potential.  In essence, his job was making him miserable. 

Unfortunately, as Josh can attest, consistently operating out of alignment with your uniqueness, deprives you of the opportunity to be and do your best.  It’s like being a fish out of water trying to do something other than swim. 

If you’ve found yourself in a similar situation, or if you’d simply like to make sure you’re on the right track, try these exercises:

1. Determine your Lifestyle goals.

• Ask yourself:  What’s important to me? (Family, friends, spiritual matters, intellectual pursuits, wealth, etc., or a combination of several).  How do I want to spend my time? What do I love to do?  What makes me feel like me?

• Create goals based on the answers to these questions.  (Ex. Fitness Goals, Thinking Goals, Relationship Goals, Financial Goals, etc.)

2. Appreciate your uniqueness.

• Create two columns.

• Label the first column Things I do extremely well and list those things you believe you do very well. Consider both professional and personal activities. 

• Label the second column Why I am passionate about this and answer according to the first column.

• Create a “Unique Me” statement, based on your list.

Understanding that you are unique, with unique ideas, abilities, and passions, is the first step in becoming the most authentic you . . . and an authentic you will lead to the best you.  

 

 

 

 


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