Identifying the need for change

Sep 21, 2018

Change is the one constant in all of our lives, whether we like it or not. How do you identify when change is needed?

Daily reflection is a technique that I recommend as this will help you to understand what is happening in your life and take the appropriate action.

Schedule 30 minutes towards the end of your day to write down what has happened, what was good, what was not so good, and what are you grateful for each day.

As you consider what went well, think about what worked and how you can replicate that in other tasks. With the things that didn't go quite so well, ask yourself what went wrong and how you can overcome that in the future.

At the end of the week you can summarize your daily reflections and look for patterns. Do the same at the end of the month with your weekly summaries and then after 3 months, 6 months, and annually.

The important thing is to schedule the time and make sure that you do it - things will not change for the better on their own!

Be a change agent

Sep 20, 2018

A topic that I would like to cover today is the main constant factor in everyone’s life, whether they want it or not, and that is change.

When I ask a group of people “Who wants change?” almost all of the hands go up. When I follow this question up with “Who wants to change?” almost all of the hands go down. So why is this?

I find that many people say that they want change but are not prepared to make the change in themselves to make this happen. There is an increasing sense of entitlement and a victim mentality in our society and this is one of the driving factors in creating my business to help people find themselves and grow.

What do you want your future to look like?

If you could design and create your ideal life, what would that look and feel like?

Now ask yourself, if I carry on with the actions and behaviors that I am living today, will I get this life that I dream about?

If the answer is yes, then I want to congratulate you as you are on the...

Weaknesses

Sep 19, 2018
"Narcissistic leaders deny their weaknesses. Humble leaders acknowledge their weaknesses. Great leaders strive to overcome their weaknesses." - Adam Grant

I believe that we all have weaknesses although I have a slightly different outlook on this as I believe that the way we overcome our weaknesses is to find other people to collaborate with who have these as their strengths.

There is only so much improvement that we can make in any area. If you imagine a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the maximum strength. It is only possible to improve 2-3 points on this scale and if you score below 4 in any area it is classed as a weakness. A strength is 8-10 and therefore the 5-7 range are your opportunities so these are the ones that can be worked on to turn them into potential strengths.

Be aware of where you need help and do not be afraid to ask for it.

 

What drives results?

Sep 18, 2018

When you want your employees to work harder what do you think they want? More money, better benefits, more vacation, or something else?

The truth is, research shows that the number one thing that employees are looking for is professional growth opportunities followed by flexible work schedules.

What process does your organization have in place that encourages professional growth? When I ask this question, common responses include:

  • We don’t have the time to allow non-essential training
  • We do not want to encourage our employees to leave

According to a 2012 Allied Workforce Mobility Survey, employers lose almost 25% of new-hires within a year of employment and another 33% do not reach their productivity targets. The reason cited for this is that most organizations have a non-existent, or underfunded on-boarding program with little or no ongoing training available.

What are you doing to intentionally doing to grow and develop yourself?

Be a cornerstone

Sep 17, 2018

What is a cornerstone?

This was originally used as a term for describing a stone representing the nominal starting place in the construction of a monumental building, usually carved with the date and laid with appropriate ceremonies.

In simple terms, it is something that is essential, indispensable, or basic. as someone who wants to develop their leadership and continue to be an influence to other people, you need to be seen as a cornerstone.

Are you seen as a cornerstone?

 

What makes a team great?

Sep 16, 2018

What makes a team great? Whether it is a team in a work environment or a sporting one there is one thing that is essential, and that is a team spirit.

So, what is a team spirit? This is when ALL members understand the purpose and but into achieving it. I have seen a number of teams that is full of talented individuals yet does not succeed. When I analyze why, it is normally because at east one of the members does not have this.

Another important aspect is to play to strengths. Each member has strengths and for a team to be successful these must be utilized. This seems obvious for a sports team and it is just as vital in a work environment. 

Are you using your strengths in your job?

Podcast

Sep 15, 2018

Adversity and learning

Sep 14, 2018

"Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and then become more extraordinary because of it" - Robertson Davies

How we handle adversity defines our character. Adversity causes pain and we have a choice as to how we deal with this. We can either let it take over us or we can learn from it and adapt for the future so that we are stronger.

Adversity should become your catalyst for learning as when it does, it will create advantages for you to use in the future. This does require a positive mindset and will be tough at times.

Adversity will teach you more than success and, let's face it,  you are almost guaranteed to will face adversity at some stage in your life, probably multiple times. As I said, this does require a deliberate intention to find the lesson in the loss and if we don't embrace these lessons we will end up with the scars and be none the wiser.

Encouraging feedback

Sep 13, 2018

Feedback is said to be a gift but how many of us actually feel that this is the case? When someone offers us positive feedback it is generally accepted as a gift but is this the same when the feedback is something that maybe we do not want to hear?

As someone who wants to continually grow it is essential to encourage others to speak into your life and provide honest and genuine feedback as this is truly the only way that we will learn and grow.

It can be hard to hear the truth and to remain teachable you need to surround yourself with people who are prepared to offer constructive feedback as and when required. You need to develop a strong relationship with your inner circle so that you can credibly ask them to speak in to your life.

Remember that, as Jim Rohn says, "you become the average of the five people that you spend most time with", so choose your inner circle wisely.