How to be wildly successful

September 30, 2019

By  via  Article

How to Be Wildly Successful at Work (for Real)

“Here are 10 ideas to help young adults be wildly successful in their workplace.

1.) Know and lead yourself first. Develop great habits and routines out of the gate. Make sure that you know yourself well through personality tests, reading and reflecting.

2.) Remember to smile, make eye contact, and speak with enthusiasm, regardless of the job. These three elements showcase tremendous self-confidence and set you apart from your peers.

3.) Get with the people you want to be like. There are always those in the workplace with bad attitudes — you need to run away from them. Since you become a lot like the five people you spend the most time with, find the ones who have a positive attitude and love what they do.

4.) Remember that your first job is not your final job. Ambition and a drive to succeed are wonderful, but they don’t guarantee you a promotion in your first six months. Know that it takes time to grow and learn in your role. There is no rush to do something different.

5.) Serve those around you. Be humble and genuinely care for those around you. This kind of emotional intelligence is vital to successful leadership. Every person has a story. You should take the time to learn them.

6.) Work really, really hard. Have grit and perseverance when the job seems challenging. You learn more through adversity than success.

7.) Request feedback! Ask your leaders how you can do better in your role. Don’t become defensive when you aren’t doing something quite right, or quite the way your managers expected. No one is perfect, and you can learn how to make yourself a more valuable member of the team.

8.) Take initiative. Do not sit on the sidelines and wait for someone to tell you to do something. It’s better to be the person on the team who tried and failed than the person who didn’t try anything at all.

9.) Ask your boss how you can help him or her specifically with their role. Your job is to help deflect stress away from your boss or supervisor as much as possible — not add to it. If you see a problem, solve it.

10.) Write handwritten notes. Everyone is bombarded by emails, texts and phone calls. Take a couple of minutes and send a short note of encouragement or appreciation to someone in your workplace.”


37% of managers don’t give positive feedback

September 30, 2019

By Dan Rockwell via  Article

4 Principles That Enable Effective Feedback And High Performance

Gallup found that only 26% of employees strongly agree that the feedback they receive helps them do better work.

37% of managers don’t give positive feedback. (Zenger/Folkman)

Feedback principle #1. People prefer affirmation to criticism.

When options are available, you choose to hang with people who affirm you and avoid those who criticize you. (‘Negative Feedback Rarely Leads to Improvement,’ HBR Magazine Jan.-Feb. 2018)

Have you given abundant praise? Try this experiment. Make tomorrow Affirmation Day. No criticism allowed. No complaining. None! …

Reality check: I tried this exercise. I lasted 30 seconds. (How to Stop Complaining)

Positive communication elevates relationship. Use the 4:1 ratio as a daily gauge. Say four positive things for every negative. (I know, it seems outrageous.) Positive relationships provide the foundation for tough conversations.

Feedback principle #2. Know the strengths and aspirations of everyone on your team.

Feedback that speaks to aspiration energizes. Irrelevant feedback is irritating. Don’t give leadership feedback to people who don’t aspire to leadership. …

Feedback principle #3. Shift from judging after-the-fact to describing in-the-moment.

Effective feedback:

  1. Describes behaviors.
  2. Occurs when the behaviors happen or as close to the occurrence as possible.

Try saying, ‘I know you’re working to run effective meetings. I noticed you interrupted Betty when she shared her idea. Betty didn’t contribute for the rest of the meeting.’

Feedback principle #4. Follow feedback with coaching.

Coaches turn conversations toward future concerns.

  1. What might you try when you feel the urge to interrupt?
  2. What options do you have when someone talks too long in meetings?”

Watch The baton

September 30, 2019

By via  Article

Watch The Baton Not the Runners

“Lean as a way of thinking and acting in business operations has been around for over 40 years. At its very core, the goal of lean is to maximize customer value while minimizing waste. For me Lean is a thinking methodology for running your business.  The of goal of which is to grow the business by adding value to the customer, being efficient by eliminating waste, and engaging all employees in this process.  Lean is about learning to seeing opportunities and continually improving them.

A metaphor we use to convey a key thinking mistake–and opportunity–is the sport of relay racing.

Consider a relay race. The racers are standing around waiting for the baton from their colleague. The accountant in the finance department, looking aghast at this terrible under-utilization ‘waste,’ would probably mandate a policy goal of ‘95% utilization of resources’ to ensure all the racers are busy and “productive.’ Maybe—he would suggest—the runners could run three races at the same time to increase ‘resource utilization,’ or they could run up a mountain while waiting for the baton.

Funny… But this kind of thinking lies behind much of traditional management and product development processes. In contrast, here is a central idea in lean thinking: Watch the baton, not the runners.

In business, the runners are your workforce, and the baton is the unique value you offer to your customers. Business flow describes how well the work — i.e., the baton — is moving through your business system. It’s not about effective resource utilization (how busy people are); it’s about how much value is actually being produced, and how often.

Does your organization measure ‘productivity’ or ‘efficiency’ in terms of how busy people are, or how much time is spent watching the runners? Or does it measure ‘productivity’ in terms of fast delivery of value to the real customer, thereby ‘watching the baton’? What is the value-to-waste ratio in your work? What are the impediments to the flow of value and how can people feel inspired to continuously strive to improve that flow? Lean thinking addresses these questions.

As an executive, watching the baton is your top priority. The baton is the value. This helps you stay focused on keeping the work moving, not on keeping the workers busy.”

Mistakes new managers make

September 30, 2019

By via  Article

Learn How to Avoid the Mistakes New Managers Make

“01. Feel Pressured to Prove They ‘Know It All’ …

02. Show Everyone They Are in Charge …

03. Change Everything Overnight …

04. Develop a Fear of Making Any Changes …

05 Don’t Take Time to Get to Know Their New Team Members …

06 Forget to Involve the Boss in Their Work …

07 Avoid Dealing With Problem Employees …

08 Are Afraid to Let Everyone See They Are Human …

09 Forget to Protect Their People …

10 Fail to Adhere to the ‘Coach’s Credo’

When things go great, it is because of the team. When they go wrong, it is because you failed. Live to this credo and your credibility with your team members will soar.”



Leadership is …

September 23, 2019

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

– Dwight D. Eisenhower



The last freedom

September 23, 2019

By Steve Keating via  Article

Attitude and Effort

“Many years ago I received some exceptional advice from a mentor that has stayed with me to this day. He told me to stop trying to control things I couldn’t control. His recommendation was that I focus 100% of my attention on the things within my control. He also said to ‘block out’ the uncontrollable things from my field of view because they were nothing more than distractions.

Through the years as I’ve considered his advice I’ve discovered there are far fewer controllable parts of my life than there are uncontrollable. I can influence what other people think of me but I can’t control their thoughts. I can try to influence their actions but people will eventually do whatever they think is best for them. The list of stuff I can’t control could go on forever.

But that’s okay because through the years I’ve also discovered that I can control, completely, two areas of my life which have the greatest impact on my success and happiness.

Those areas are attitude and effort.

In his timeless book ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ Viktor Frankl describes the ‘last of the human freedoms.’ He says that last freedom, a freedom that can be taken from no one, is the choice of one’s own attitude. Every human on earth is free, regardless of their circumstances, to choose their own attitude. No one and nothing can take that freedom away from you.

Before you say ‘well Viktor Frankl never worked where I work. He never experienced how tough my life is. He just doesn’t know,’ before you say any of that you should know that Viktor Frankl is a surviver of Nazi Concentration Camps. He knows.

He would tell you that his choice of a positive attitude was literally life saving.

I can only imagine, actually I can’t even imagine, how tough a fight it must have been each day for him to choose a positive attitude. But he fought the fight and won.

The choice of a positive attitude is a big fight for me even in my relatively cushy world. I lose that fight too often but this much I’m certain of: every single part of my life is better on the days I win that fight.

The question for you is will you consciously engage in that fight or will you allow other people and things to make the choice of your attitude for you? “

I can’t

September 23, 2019

“A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.”

– Jack Dempsey