The Seeds of Sustainable Success

by blogadmin 22. April 2019 02:26

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant." ~Robert Stevenson

Our tendency is to look at the bank account or sales figures each day to determine if we are successful. You may be working hard on long-term projects that will not show results in the short-term. The real question is not whether you are seeing sales today, but rather what you are doing that will produce the greatest results long-term.

While leaders must balance the need for short-term sales with the long-term goals; the short-term gains will not predict sustainable success. If we are investing in the most important things; the things that will make a difference a year or more from now, then we will achieve success. Begin focusing your time and resources on those critical factors and achieve true success.

 

Get Off The Hamster Wheel

by blogadmin 28. December 2018 01:41

 

  

Carol Helsel | HR & Recruiting Edition | December 28, 2018

With the New Year just around the corner, many people are working on goal setting. Personally, we set New Year's resolutions for self-improvement. Professionally, we make sure goals tie into vision or larger strategy, they're in the right format, and they represent an accomplishment we can be rewarded for.

With all of the talk on goal setting, I wonder how much time people spend on talking about failure to reach goals. According to the University of Scranton, a whopping 92% of people who set New Year's goals never actually achieve them. That leaves 8% of us in a very elite category of goal-achievers. We can easily come up with a list of reasons we didn't reach our goals, but have we ever considered the process of setting goals to be flawed from the beginning?

Adam Alter, A New York Times Best Seller who also teaches at New York University Stern School of Business defines a goal as being similar to a sign post. We set it, look at it from afar, and then move towards it. While we're moving towards it, we're in a period of being unsuccessful until we hit the goal. If we don't hit it, we're just simply unsuccessful.

View Adam's short video on reframing your thinking for greater success and a greater chance of living in the category of GOAL ACHIEVER.

VIDEO: GOAL SETTING IS A HAMSTER WHEEL. LEARN TO SET SYSTEMS INSTEAD. 

It's Mindset Over Matter.

by blogadmin 3. December 2018 06:58

  

  Rhoda Kreuzer | Leadership Edition | December 3, 2018

Not only are there more valuable questions to ask, there are mindsets that are powerful. The lens you use to view life and your work has a lot to do with the outcome. For example, if your mindset is one that is seeking opportunities to grow and succeed, you will have a different response to challenges.

One example of this was the last recession that occurred in 2008. It was a difficult time economically and many felt overwhelmed by those challenges. There were any number of businesses that closed during that time stating that the loss of business was just too great. Some businesses laid off workers and cut costs just hoping to keep their doors open.

To be sure, there are times when those strategies may be appropriate. But, notice the difference of those who decided to sell their way through the recession. Instead of having focus only on cutting expenses or giving up, they instead looked for other opportunities to gain market share during the down turn. They collaborated with staff to generate creative solutions so no one had to lose their job.

The path of least resistance is often to give up and close doors. However, the path to success is full of opportunities for us to seize new ideas, new solutions and move forward if our mindset is open and seeking new ideas. What mindset will you choose for yourself and your team? Join the many others in seeing the positive opportunities around us! 

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