Do You Spend or Invest Time?

by blogadmin 18. August 2017 01:11

Time is a precious resource. However, unlike other resources, we only have the time allotted to us.

Therefore, it is important that we invest our time rather than spend it. I'd define investing as devoting time to an activity whose primary benefit won't be immediately realized. It is involving ourselves in things that have a return or impact on our teams and organizations at work and our family and friends at home. 

Personal Application:

 Are you spending time or investing your time? Is it bringing value and longevity to your activities and relationships? The answer may predict whether we are truly successful in all areas of our lives. 

 

Enlarge Your Perspective.

by blogadmin 10. August 2017 01:03

I conducted a survey of a group of leaders in the community about things they felt had helped them succeed. The following is a quote from one of the leaders:

"Have patience with differing viewpoints--in fact, seek them out. Ask the quiet person in the room what they think--it often changes the whole direction of the conversation and thought process of the group."

As you are working with your team and your to-do list, remember to welcome a different view point even if it slows you down. In the end, the results will be better and stronger. It is essential to stay open to new ideas and new ways of doing things in order to succeed in this fast-paced world.

I also encourage you to read a variety of authors. This will ensure that you are hearing different voices and gaining from a variety of backgrounds. You may disagree with what they present, but that may be just the spark you need to clarify your perspective.

Personal Challenge:

Today, identify one new person you can seek out to enlarge your perspective! 

 

Where Are You on the MOOD ELEVATOR?

by blogadmin 4. August 2017 04:49

David Novak of "Taking People With You" knows a positive environment goes a long way toward helping people to want to succeed, as opposed to just making it through the day. As a leader, people pay attention to your every move, and our moods effect how we see the world, how we relate to others, and how we are open to new ideas.

Senn Delaney uses a graphic model he calls the MOOD ELEVATOR (see below) and staying on top of it gives you the best chance of making good decisions for your team and your business. So, consider it an important part of your job.

Questions to Ask Yourself:

-Where would I place myself on the mood elevator at this moment?

-Where do I think others would place me?

-The last time I had a struggle with someone on my team, where do I think I was on the mood elevator? How might this have affected my interactions with him/her?

-What are some quick things I can do to raise my mood when I catch it sinking?

-What are some long-term things I need to think about or work on to improve my overall mood? 

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