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?
This is a great Tip for sales people by the authors, Bob Burg and John Mann. How many times have you been “turned off” by sales people who wouldn’t keep their mouths shut? Bob and John offer an alternative to talking… listening.
As we are getting close to the half-way mark for 2011, I thought it was a good time to check in on your goal progress. Michael Neill’s article this week gives us permission to put aside the “loaded” goals on your list. You know those goals that you’ve given so much significance and meaning? Just put them aside for now. Read on to learn more.
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.
So often clients come to me because they feel (or have been told they are) deficient in certain areas. What if, instead, you were reminded of your strengths and focused on those areas? In this week’s Tip, Joelle Jay, recommends, maximizing your strengths and managing your weaknesses to truly be your best.
“What one thing would you have done differently when you started your business?” This question is often asked of me by new coaches interviewing me to be their mentor. I always respond – getting an automated contact management system. When I first started my business, I had my contacts on an Excel spreadsheet and it was very cumbersome. Then someone told me about ACT! It makes remembering to stay in touch effortless. In this week’s Tip, Tracey Lawton shares additional ideas on why you need to get organized to get clients.
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!