Do You See Problems or Opportunities?

by blogadmin 13. July 2017 03:52

When we talk about problems, we have to identify whether or not we really have one says Dennis Mannering from "Attitudes Are Contagious: Are Yours Worth Catching". He goes on to say that a problem for one person may not be a problem for another. He's observed people in similar work situations only to find that one is vibrant and energized by the challenge of their work and the other is stressed out because of the perceived insurmountable problems that they have to deal with on a daily basis. The difference?

ATTITUDE!

Furthermore, Mannering explains that problems give you a chance to live, grow and improve. Every problem is an opportunity to grow and learn. That is the only way to look at problems. No one likes problems any more than the next person, but they happen. So why not take a positive approach to them? Think to yourself, every adversity contains the possibility of an equivalent or great opportunity and every problem contains the seeds of its own solution. You will never find that seed if you allow yourself to be overwhelmed by the circumstance.  Attempting to solve problems with a POSITIVE ATTITUDE will help you grow stronger and smarter than you are today!

Personal Application:

- With what situations, in what circumstances, or with what people do you view challenges as problems rather than opportunities? What practices can you put in place today to see adversity in a positive light and act accordingly? 

 

How Well Do Others Trust You?

by blogadmin 22. June 2017 03:59

Trust is an essential component of every relationship. As individuals or team members, we need to be aware of how we are increasing or decreasing the level of trust with others. Consider the quote below on how a strong reputation builds trust. Based on how others have acted in the past, makes it more likely to predict how trustworthy others are in the future. The following is a tool to help you assess where you need to strengthen trust levels of others.

TRUST MODEL:

This model, which was adapted from The Trust Equation by Charles Green (Trusted Advisor Associates LLC), lays out what makes a person a trusted individual. Take a look at the points below and consider how well you'd rate in each area on a daily basis.

Trust = C + R + 0 

   S 

Trust Builders...

Credible in Your Words 

-Do you tell the truth?

-When you don't know, do you say you don't know?

Reliable in Your Actions 

-Do you deliver on commitments?

-Do you commit only to things that you plan to follow through on?

Open to Other Points of View 

-Do you actively seek input from others?

-Do you show people how you've acted on their input?

Trust Destroyers... 

Self-Orientation 

-To what degree is the focus on you vs. others?  

PERSONAL APPLICATION:

-With whom or what team do you need to focus on strengthening trust? In what areas (C,R,O,S) do you need to work on? In what circumstances do you need to place focus? 

 

OWN THE RELATIONSHIP

by blogadmin 6. June 2017 04:25

In today's world, every business is a "relationship" business. In business, as in life, relationships play a key role in success or failure. The most accomplished leaders are those who are successful at building relationships. 

Consider this quote:

Says Howard Schultz, President and CEO of Starbucks, "The only thing we have is one another. The only competitive advantage we have is the culture and values of our company. Anyone can open up a coffee store. We have no technology, we have no patent. All we have is relationship around the values of the company and what we bring to the customer every day. And we all have to own it."

Application:

Consider how you or your team can work together to create a competitive advantage for your business or organization. How can you be so strong individually and as a team that it propels you towards excellence?

 

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