I’ve always thought of myself as being polite. I say my please and thank you’s. I hold the door open for others as often is possible. And sometimes annoyingly to the group I’m with, as they are waiting for me to finish door duty. I don’t curse in mixed company and never first when meetingContinue reading “Politeness : A touch more civility goes a long way”
Improve your skill at listening. Most people feel that listening is important. It’s just that they feel that they are good enough already. Yet, only about 25% of our message is being understood. There is so much noise out there, it’s time to bridge the gap, and improve our ability to listen. Only then can we hope to live in a more connected world.
When you see your plan through to the finish line, and are able to inspire others to keep going to the end, then you will join a very, very small club of leaders who can execute.
Are you regularly hurting other people’s feelings? Struggling to get others to accept your feedback? Frustrated that you aren’t getting what you want? Don’t have the influence that you want? You are right, why won’t anyone listen? If any of this sounds like you, you may need to build your skill at tact and diplomacy.Continue reading “Building Credibility and Professionalism through Mastering Tact and Diplomacy”
There’s a six-word formula for success. Think things through, then follow through. Eddie Rickenbacker Words are meaningless without intent and follow through. Without follow through there is no action. You are breaking a commitment with yourself and others. This leads to erosion of dependability and trust. Watch the commitments. It’s so easy to want toContinue reading “Follow Through : Be Someone Who Gets Things Done”
It is common to bemoan the coming week. So many of us survive our Monday-Friday and live for our Saturday and Sunday’s. The math doesn’t add up and still we sacrifice five days so we can do what we want on those two days. Misery loves company and I hate Monday’s is a common refrainContinue reading “MMM: Make Monday’s Matter”
The biggest barrier to delegation is you. You heard that right. It isn’t your people. It isn’t their skills. Or motivation. It’s you. Do you find yourself not delegating because 1) You don’t want to overburden your team 2) You think you can do it better or faster yourself 3) you are a control freakContinue reading “Get Over Yourself Already, and Delegate”
To improve efficiency, you have to be organized. You can lose a lot of time due to disorganization. The longer it takes to find what you need ends up wasting your most valuable resource – Time. The more stuff that you have the more work it takes to find stuff. Without organization you work onContinue reading “The Road to Efficiency is Paved by the Organized”
We need one another. Almost no one in the modern world can survive completely on their own. There is almost nothing around us that isn’t there, in part, because of another person. We are connected and interconnected. All of that connectivity requires relationships and at the heart of all relationships is trust. In building trustContinue reading “Building Trust : Making Deposits Not Withdrawals”
Do you regularly turn the other cheek in conversations? Do you like to be nice and not rock the boat? Do you find yourself regularly sacrificing what you want for others? Or maybe you find yourself on the other side of the coin? Are you dominant in your conversations? Do you make sure and getContinue reading “Assertiveness : Stand Up For Yourself Without Stepping on Anyone”