Archive for the ‘TGIM Workplace’ Category

Servant Leadership

Monday, December 9th, 2019

How could you be of more service?

I’ll bet that you probably have someone to whom you report who could use a little bit more help. In fact, I bet you could probably help him or her achieve higher and better use of their time. And I’ll bet that you could probably build some systems and make things easier in your department, which would make everyone on your team do better. How do you step in to make sure that your team supervisor gets all the help that he or she needs to make sure that your team is operating in the most efficient way?

Instead of going into that typical self-consumed thing we do every day where we just look at our own jobs, look around and see how you can support your team lead to make sure that your whole team is winning big.

Be “at Cause”

Monday, November 25th, 2019

John Lavelle said: “Ecstasy is a full deep involvement in life.”

What does that mean? Basically, what he’s saying is be “at cause.” Be the person who sees what needs to get done and then step in and make it happen.

Look at the person who supervises you. I bet they could use some help making things happen. Look at your customers. I bet they have other needs that aren’t being met. Look around everywhere around you. I bet you have coworkers who could really benefit by what you have to offer.

Be at cause so that you can experience the full deep involvement in life. You’re the one who steps in and makes great things happen.

Steve Jobs’ Formula for Success

Monday, November 18th, 2019

Steve Jobs said: “Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you use was made by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it. You can influence it. You can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”

I love that quote because it’s real.

We sometimes believe that somebody else is the smart one. Someone else is the gifted one. Someone else is the one called to do something. But if we simply look around and see needs and get into the creative space of overcoming those needs with a solution, we  get to have a life filled with meaning.

Ban “Busy”

Monday, November 11th, 2019

Being busy is a form of laziness—lazy thinking, and indiscriminate action. Being busy is often used as a guise for avoiding the few critically important but uncomfortable actions necessary for your next level of success.

Be careful of the words you use around other people when they ask you: “How are things going?” When you say the word “busy,” they automatically think: “Oh, you’re not doing the right things.” You have put yourself into a position of frenetic energy, as opposed to a position of powerful, result-oriented actions that make you feel good as you accomplish them.

So, ban the word “busy” from your vocabulary, and the next time somebody asks you how things are going, simply mention to them that you’re up to something big and you’re excited about the actions you are taking. It sounds so much more powerful, and it’s going to feel so much better to be the person who says those words.

Building renewal into the day

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Business author Tony Schwartz has spent fifteen years looking at the American workplace, so he knows that engagement is always a struggle. But the latest numbers even took him by surprise.

70% of workers say they lack time for creative or strategic thinking. Two-thirds say they can’t focus on more than one thing at a time. And nearly as many say they never have time for the things they enjoy most in their work. The urgent, he said, overwhelms the important on a daily basis.

The solution is to take control of your boundaries. There are no finish lines any more in American business. We are going all the time. But research shows that being relentlessly “on” diminishes productivity, creativity, and focus.

Turn off your devices and don’t reply to emails in the evening or on most weekends. Encourage others to do the same so it becomes the norm at your company.

If you have control over your break schedule, short breaks every 90 minutes DRAMATICALLY increase focus and productivity, much more than a single long lunch break.

Do what you can to work smarter, not harder, and the results will speak for themselves.