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?
As I mentioned last week, many of my clients are receiving and delivering performance reviews. This can be a stressful time where people might be on the defensive about what they are saying or hearing. What if you entered the review with an open manner, used Steve Straus’s question and really meant it?
While celebrating my birthday on Sunday, I had a surprise visit from my son, James. He and I were on the phone catching up and sharing our plans for the day. When I asked him where he was, he turned the corner into my bedroom with a big grin on his face and said, “Right here, Mom!” You have to love these kids! As I was thinking about my message to begin this week’s Tip, I looked out the window to see, once again, the snow falling. Taking Loren Ekroth’s words to heart to start with “News and Goods”, I chose to share my birthday surprise rather than lament about the weather. And to remind all of us here in the Northern Hemisphere that there are only six weeks until Spring!
Are you ready to make 2011 your best year ever? Art Sobczak’s questions prompt you to look at your business and life and COMMIT to actions that will make a difference for you.
How’s your attitude these days? This question is a great reminder for me and I’m thinking you, too. As we get closer to year end and the pressure is on, are you forcing compliance as a leader in your organization or are you leading with optimism, hope, and enthusiasm? This week’s Tip by Kevin Eikenberry reminds us of the power of sharing enthusiasm and positive messages.
My clients often ask, “How do I get from where I am to where I want to be? How do I accomplish what I want to accomplish in this life? Where do I start?” This week’s Tip by Chris Widener outlines 7 steps for achieving your dreams. First, you dream!
I belong to a networking group, WBN, that meets once a month. Long standing member, Linda Tatten of Travel by Tatten, exemplifies the skill of making yourself memorable. She always starts her 15 second introduction with, ” Imagine…” and then shares a beautiful image from a trip she is planning. It’s perfect! This week, Loren Ekroth shares 5 ways to stand out and be remembered.
Today’s Coaching Tip is applicable to business owners and the people they manage. If you want a stronger organization, have your managers fight for their ideas. It makes them stronger, more thoughtful and more valuable. If you are a manager pitching your boss, know that “no” is part of your test for growth. Sheds a whole new light on the situation.
When I first work with a prospect, I always ask them, “How do you define success for yourself at this stage of your life?”. Most people answer with criteria that tap into their values: balanced life, healthy, happy, wonderful relationship, time for friends, making a difference in the world. You see what I mean. Sometimes, these same people forget this when we finish our conversation. Today’s Tip by Chris Widener provides an opportunity for each of you to consider how you define and measure success for yourself.
Are you the type of person who gives up too soon? In a conversation last week with Michael Katz, who consults on E-Newsletters for Professional Service Companies (www.BluePenguinDevelopment.com), he talked about “playing to the whistle” – not stopping until you have to. In this week’s Tip, David Cottrell provides the same message – keep moving – through a quick, inspirational story.