There are so many ways we receive and send information.
Sometimes it can feel like information overload.
Like we talk “at” each other, not with.
I think we’re all guilty of that at times.
Like being on the phone, but still scrolling through the computer while you’re in the conversation.
Or allowing texts and calls that really aren’t important to interrupt a face-to-face conversation – virtual or in-person.
Or saying something without realizing that it could be received completely wrong and not because of what we said, but how we said it.
Each time distractions like that happen, they are communicating a message to the recipient. They are apparent to the other person and convey that you don’t care, no matter how much you really do.
So take a minute and think about how you’ve felt when that’s happened to you?
I know I don’t like it, and I’m guessing you don’t either.
So, check out today's briefing to learn three...
No matter if you're in the corporate world or running your own business, you're working with other people who have different skill sets from yours. The beauty in that is that's why you're working with them, or in some cases, hired them.
Or why someone hired you.
You bring a specific set of skills, talents, abilities, knowledge and gifts that only you could do. Just like each person you work with.
So when situations present themselves where you question what your expert says or does, remember why you hired them in the first place and seek to understand where they are coming from before jumping to any conclusions.
The saying about "knowing enough to be dangerous" is what's running through my mind because that can be a double edged sword. To know enough to be dangerous so that you can have a conversation and be wiling to say when you don't know and ask questions is great. Yet to know enough to be dangerous and not ask questions or assume you know more than you really do is setting...
This idea was inspired by a recognition approach from one of the organizations I was in back in the corporate world. We awarded baby playdough - you know the little ones you find in a party pack - to individuals who suggested creative, out of the box ideas to move our overall big picture vision forward. It didn't matter if the idea was implemented as much as it was rewarding the creativity and courage for sharing something different. We wanted to achieve something different and we knew the "same old, same old" type of thinking wouldn't help.
It's like Einstein said, "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
In addition to shaping and sharing new ideas and thinking out of the box, I saw the playdough with a couple of other reminders. One was to detach from the outcome and be willing to start over when needed. Sometimes we can get so attached to an idea or thing that we can't let it go in order to make room for something better. Maybe that...
I had a college professor who explained during a lecture that there wasn't just one way to get somewhere. He said there was "the" way like there were many paths you could take to reach your vision or end goal and there was "thuh" way - meaning that there was only one way that would work and all the others were subpar or would even fail to achieve the desired goal.
And as I reflected on that lecture, I realized that this could apply to many things. For instance, in math there are a few ways to get to 10. Such as 5+5, 2+8, and 1+9.
We would all love the direct route, but what typically happens is the curvy, zig-zag path. You might have one way that you think it ought to be handled, but if you're working with a team and not fully leveraging what they are individually and collectively bringing to the table, then the vision will not be as full and impactful as it could be. By allowing your team the opportunity to offer...
It’s another start of the work week, and you think things are going great….until… things aren’t.
You get a voice mail or face to face encounter from a customer, vendor, or co-worker that is most unpleasant. This unhappy camper is frustrated and rather than focusing on the problem or situation at hand, it feels like an attack on you.
In the moment, it can be very difficult not to take the conversation personally. It can also be challenging to turn the conversation around to something more productive, but if you are able to, it will be well worth it.
So when you are in the heat of the moment, try these three tips to help you constructively and productively move the conversation forward.
I wanted to take some time to talk about self-care and remind you to take time….
Oh wait, I mean make time to do things that fill your cup.
When you’re just going, going, going, and feel like your to-do list keeps getting bigger, you can start feeling like you need to do more. To push even harder.
I know I can certainly feel this way.
And that’s the exact time when you need to take a step back, chill, and do something for you.
It seems so counterintuitive to slow down to go fast, but if you’re running on empty, feeling stressed out or anxious, then whatever you're working on or whomever your working with will not get your best efforts. They are getting what’s left, especially those closest to you.
And you feel frustrated, tired, and just exhausted.
You deserve better for yourself, and those around you (family – pets included, friends, team, clients, customers) do. Your business does too.
As you lead your business or organization, it can get noisy and overwhelm can start to creep in.
Lots of information come in from different sources, and you must decipher which ones require your attention to move your vision forward.
Sometimes it can feel like there’s so much happening.
So much information you’re receiving that it’s hard to hear that still small voice inside that’s ultimately guiding you.
Sometimes the information is more noise and not helpful or necessary.
Other times, it’s needed for your business to succeed, but even in those cases, too much data can cause overwhelm.
This doesn’t mean you have to do everything yourself or at that very moment, but it does mean that you must decide if it’s important to do or not do and take action accordingly.
Simply stop, get quiet and get back to basics.
By stopping and taking a moment to calm your mind and block out all the...
What your gifts are – those things that really make you YOU – the more positive impact you can make for your team, organization or business.
And you may not be really clear what they are, but you look at your experiences, why people come to you and for what reason, what lights you up and what feels effortless and time goes so quickly, you’ll see breadcrumbs to help you identify them.
I remember being in the corporate world and working with my VP for a new recognition program. It needed to have a different approach and feel than anything done before. She gave me her vision in a few words, and I took that back and developed the concept, branding, process, and budget for it. When we regrouped, she said – you see the vision, and with a few parameters, create a viable product and deployment plan. That was one of my breadcrumbs.
As you are clear on your gifts and working from them, determine how you can take it a step further and enable your team or clients to do...
How do you know if you're diluting your vision?
he first step is to get clear on what your vision for yourself, your business or organization, your life is.
Whatever that is.
What do you want to feel, do, achieve, or be?
Where do you want your organization or business to be at the end of the year? In a year from now? In 5 years from now?
Not watering it down because it feels overwhelming.
Not downsizing or downplaying it because it’s so big it’s uncomfortable.
Not playing small because it’s easier than digging deeper to do the work necessary to move you forward to a new level of leadership and closer to your vision for your organization or business.
With that being said, here are four statements to ask yourself, and if you answer “Yes” to any of them, then you are diluting your vision.
Whether you are new to your position or have been there for some time, there’s one activity you can do each day to make sure you are ready for the next opportunity.
This activity is applicable if you are an individual contributor or in some level of management.
It's one that may seem easy to do.
In fact, it may seem logical, yet it can be difficult to do on a daily, genuine, consistent basis.
Do you know what that is?
It's doing the best you can with the job you currently have.
This means putting your best foot forward to the assignment at hand or making sure you are prepared for the meetings you need to attend.
It means you aren't asking your boss every chance you get when you will move to the next level, but you are open to taking on new projects and opportunities if they present themselves.
It means you’re learning all you can for the responsibilities you currently have, so that you are able to do your job to the best of your ability.
It means you’re supporting...
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