I know that here in Massachusetts, personal and professional growth is important to individuals. When I open my computer inbox each morning, there are half a dozen offers from networking groups, training companies and well known authors sharing their upcoming seminar to help me become better at some aspect of myself. Some of these are very affordable while some come with a hefty price tag. This week’s tip by Chris Widener shares how you can use these offerings to motivate your employees.
One of my roles as a coach is to help simplify business and life for my clients. While Boston is known as a center for learning and higher education, I find that bringing easy, straightforward tools to my engagements is most beneficial. In this week’s Tip, I share one of my coach’s tools, WIMI.
I love, love, love reading. Going to the library and picking up a stack of new books is always the first step in getting ready for vacation! The trick is to read every day, vacation or not. This week’s Tip reminds us of the importance of continual learning and that you can do it in little sprints each day. Angie and Courtney share 5 suggestions to build reading time into your schedule.
Simple but true words in this week’s Tip by Stephen Covey – “We tend to get what we expect.” Opens up a lot of possibilities for you and your business, don’t you think?
When I am in the process of making a decision, I’m not always clear on what it is I want. Many times I get there by stating what I don’t want. This week’s Tip, by William Howatt, follows a similar process by providing behaviors that are not recommended for leaders. For those of you who are interested in what behaviors could guide you as a leader, I have provided in the Insights section below The Lone Ranger’s Creed.
“What, you want me to schedule one more meeting?” This might be the response you have when you start reading this week’s Tip, however, please pay attention. If you are not scheduling regular time for and with yourself for planning, thinking, and strategizing, you are missing out on the most important meeting on your schedule.
To the gym or hit the snooze button? Steve Straus’s Tip this week reminds us that the timing of a decision can greatly influence the outcome. Read on to see what you can do to make better decisions.
How can you build trust in a relationship? Listen. This week, Loren Ekroth shares two ideas on how to be a better listener. The first is about self-awareness and the second requires changing a behavior. They are both great reminders!
Dare I say it? I don’t naturally embrace change. I much prefer what I know, understand and can do. It’s more comfortable and easy, like an old pair of jeans that have been broken in. However, in the constantly changing world we live in, this doesn’t always serve me. Ralph Heath’s Tip this week gives suggestions on what you (and I) can do to create a system around us that embraces new ideas and thus change. What I especially like about this is that I don’t have to create the new ideas, I can provide the fertile space for others to generate ideas.
Whether you lead a business of thousands or are a solopreneur, are you the best that you can be? This week, Chris Widener delineates the characteristics of those who are the best at what they do. After reading the list, I noted a couple of areas where I needed to revise my outlook and way of being. How about you?