Last week while I was on vacation in NH. I had time for long conversations as life for me moved a bit slower, people listened a bit longer and it was a joy. Coming back to work on Monday, I noticed that I wasn’t so appreciative of the wonderful twists and turns and openings that occur in longer conversations. I wanted people to get to the point! This week’s Tip by Loren Ekroth has me wonder, during these days of 24/7, might a powerful communication strategy for you be to talk less?
When I first talk to people about coaching, I tell them we will be creating a vision, setting goals, taking action, measuring performance, modifying actions (as needed) and achieving results. This structure has a built in assessment process to determine whether to continue along a path or modify. This week’s tip, by Marsha Petrie Sue, shares a similar idea: don’t give up, know when to cut your losses and create new goals.
I burst out laughing when I read this article from Simon Tyler as the power had just come back to my home office after being out for 24 hours thanks to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene. I woke up on Monday morning thinking and planning about how I was going to get my work done with no electricity. On the way home after an hour at the library, I noticed the traffic lights were working again. I crossed my fingers – hoping, hoping, hoping that the power would be on when I got home and IT WAS! There was nothing I could do to bring the electricity back any faster. I had to allow things to work out in that department. And they did! Thank you NStar and anyone else who had a hand in bringing back my electricity!
Many of my clients have been reporting contentious conversation with coworkers and direct reports. Maybe it’s the heat of summer, although we’ve had beautiful weather this week here in MA. In the ’70s during the day! This week’s Tip from Angie and Courtney has you consider the other person’s perspective before jumping into defending your own position. Great advice on how to keep your cool!
Periodically, the most important action you can take to improve your results is to stop. Then assess, looking both forward and backward. This week’s Tip by Dr. Alan Zimmerman provides a simple exercise you can do whether you are sitting down with your first cup of coffee for the day or taking your first sip of wine watching the sunset. Grab your journal and pen and answer the questions below.
Don’t you, as the owner (or manager) of your business, love it when your employees demonstrate initiative? It makes it easier for you to focus on the aspects of your work that are most important. Unfortunately, we sometimes don’t realize initiative is what’s needed or don’t know how to communicate it. This week’s Tip by Dondi Scumaci provides talking points and guidelines for you to share with your employees to make both of you more effective.
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?