Archive for the ‘Stay Focused’ Category

How do you get to Carnegie Hall?

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

You know the line…How do you get to Carnegie Hall? “Practice, Practice, Practice!”

Well, how do you get successful in your career?

Just three things: Hit your numbers. Hit your deadlines. And live the values of the organization.

Yes, there are a million things to do and you don’t have enough time. BUT the question is, how will you hit your numbers and deadlines regardless of those things, regardless of the lack of time?

True enough, the economy isn’t supportive and the competition is brutal, so there are many reasons you can’t hit your numbers. But what if you decided to anyway?
What would you have to change to make that happen?

A person of value is someone who consistently does the things others can’t or won’t do. They get results regardless of circumstances. They focus on the basics, and they get the job done, in part because it doesn’t occur to them that failure is an option.

It’s simply not on the list of possibilities.

Think about it this way—What if the person who handles payroll approached the job with an attitude of, “I’ll see if I can figure out how to get it done”?

That’s right. You got it now, didn’t you. What most people miss is that results are a non-negotiable in ALL jobs—not just in payroll.

Hit your numbers. Hit deadlines. Live values. That’s the way forward.

Conditions of Satisfaction

Monday, October 7th, 2013

When have you REALLY finished a project? When you KNOW the conditions of the project are completely satisfied. You see…all projects are like a sandwich and the conditions of satisfaction are the bread.

Before you EVEN start the project, get the conditions of satisfaction from your boss—as much detail as you possibly can on when it needs to be done, what the components are what things NEED to be included in the final project for it to be a success—deadline, components, best practices, likely obstacles, the works.

This is the first slice of bread. And it’s your job to get them. Your boss can’t mind read so she doesn’t know what you don’t know. As a receiver of the information, take charge to fully understand before moving ahead.

Next – is the meat. The actual project.

When you think you’re done, STOP! Be sure to put on that last piece of bread. Go to your boss and explain that you THINK you finished, but you want to be sure that every condition of the project was fulfilled.

Only then is the project closed, and it’s time to tee up the next one.

What’s on First? Get to It!

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

When’s the last time an email popped into your box asking about your progress on this or that project—and you found yourself saying, yet again, that you haven’t… quite… gotten to it yet.

What Smart People Do to Keep Their Job

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Afraid a pink slip could land on your desk? You’re not alone. According to a recent Associated Press poll, over half of U.S. workers are currently afraid their job is vulnerable. That’s twice as many as in 2008.