Tuesday, June 13, 2017
If you have the responsibility of managing employees, you are well aware that their performance has a huge impact on your job satisfaction and on the success of your business or department. Good leadership and management requires a number of significant skills, but today I want to review one in particular: encouragement.
You may have completed years of college and training, and you may have learned many impressive skills in order to rise to the position you are in today, but sincere encouragement is one of the most powerful tools you can use to motivate people to work hard and develop loyalty.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
If you’re not experiencing the success you desire in your career, what moves do you need to make in order to advance? Like the game of chess, progress toward success requires focused attention, strategy and practice.
Evaluate where you are now… and why. Have you made good or bad choices to get where you are? Are you close to your goal, but not quite there yet or are you way behind?
Decide what is working and what’s not. Are you doing the best with what you have or are you sabotaging yourself with a negative attitude, poor life choices, fear, or a victim mindset? Answering these questions takes courage, but honest answers and a firm grasp of reality are empowering.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
I ran track in high school for awhile, and I loved high jumping. What excited and scared me most was knowing that I had to raise the bar if I wanted to win. For that to happen I must have cleared the previous height, but I knew the next level would be more difficult.
During a track meet the bar was set higher than I had cleared before. On my third attempt I gave it everything I had and cleared the bar but injured my ankle, forcing me to drop out of the meet.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Here are some more great thoughts from my friend and colleague, David Towne.
I’ve got a problem. Okay, I’ve got lots of issues as many of my friends and family know all too well. My singing hurts the ears of those too close to me in proximity. I don’t run anymore unless someone is chasing me. If I mistakenly eat a peanut, egg, carrot, any kind of fish, or watermelon (to name a few), my throat swells shut in seconds and I die.
Yet my most frustrating problem is how, in the past, I have attempted to tackle my life goals.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
I talk to people every day who tell me that they don’t know how to overcome their fear of failure. Because of their fear they often quit a project before finishing or they don’t even bother to start.
What if I told you that failure doesn’t exist? Would it make a difference in how you approach things in life?
Dr. Richard Varlinsky, in his article, Taming the “Fear of Failure” Monster, states that every time you put forth some form of action there are two possible outcomes:
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Do you ever feel like you’re just never going to get anywhere in your career? Or that real success always seems to be out of reach? Over time, it’s easy to fall into the trap of believing you don’t have what it takes to be a star performer, but you don’t have to stay stuck there. Here are some things you can do to move you from being an underperformer to a high achiever.
Examine what you believe about yourself. Negative self-perceptions or beliefs are often to blame for why we get “stuck” in a discouraging cycle of underperformance. We are often our own worst critics, and judge ourselves harshly. Experiencing failure is not the same as being a failure. Often the most successful people will admit they’ve failed many times on the road to high achievement. Every skill requires practice, including success. Practice by celebrating small successes. Resist the urge to downplay what went right. Instead of telling yourself what you did wrong, ask yourself what you will do differently next time in order to increase your success.
, Personal Growth
, Professional Development
, Work Performance
Saturday, April 18, 2015
People who come to me for coaching often have several things in common. They tend to be intelligent, growth-minded, and open to change. They’re usually genuine assets to their companies with great potential. This may make you wonder why they need coaching. But the other thing they have in common is that one or more bad habits stand in the way of greater success.
In my meetings with clients, I often share this narrative because it’s such an effective description of the power of habit:
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
A lot of people live life by default. They just take things as they come, often assuming they do not have any control over what happens anyway. Unfortunately, many of them will one day look back and regret some missed opportunities.
Ponder this for a minute: Whatever you choose in life, you are not only making decisions for yourself, but for the generations that follow you and the people you impact along the way. One of my favorite quotes is: An inheritance is what you leave for your loved ones. A legacy is what you leave in your loved ones.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
This is the third installment of a 3-part series on overcoming procrastination. I admit to feeling the pressure of finishing on time, considering the topic! So, here are the final three Strategies for Overcoming Procrastination.
Get it done early
You’ve probably heard, “If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would ever get done.” We see this played out every April 15th as cars line up at the post office so taxpayers can get their returns posted by midnight and in jam-packed retailers on December 24th. If you put things off to the last minute, you not only increase the stress associated with the looming deadline, but you add the stress of knowing that there is no margin for error. Think of how much more calmly you would be able to approach a project if you gave yourself an earlier “soft” deadline, worked consistently to meet it, and had confidence in one of two likely outcomes – either the satisfaction of being finished early or the comfort of knowing you have more time to work the bugs out. In Part 1 of this series we talked about training your brain, and reinforcing an earlier deadline for yourself can help you stay focused and on task, which prevents procrastination.
Get others onboard
One factor in breaking down your project into bite-sized pieces is to determine if any of those pieces should be done by someone else. Consider who has the information or resources you need and ask for their help as soon as possible. Remember, other people struggle with the tendency to procrastinate, too, and they’ll need adequate time to provide you what you need. Another factor in gaining cooperation from others involves those outside the sphere of your project. The real world includes people who need or
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Do you like everything about your life just the way it is? If so, you can stop reading now. If not, what is it you don’t like or are unhappy with? You see, if you can identify what you don’t like with your life you can do one of two very simple things to make it a better life – either add or subtract.
The Principle of Addition and Subtraction
This wisdom associated with the Principle of Addition and Subtraction is revealed in the following statement, “If you always do what you have always done you will always get what you have always got.” In other words, if there are things in your life that cause you pain you have to introduce something new or different in order to experience relief. If you are struggling with your children, marriage, finances, career, communication, health, friendships, etc., something must either be added to, or subtracted from your life in order to experience different, and ideally, desirable results.