Archive for the ‘Workplace Performance’ Category

What to do When You Don’t Have Enough Time

Monday, March 30th, 2020

I’ll bet that you have all the time in the world. In fact, you have every piece of time that exists.

So, you have enough time to do that project, and you have enough time to do that thing that will move your career ahead.  You have enough time to write that book you’ve been thinking about writing.  You have enough time to get any project done that comes at you when you decide, up front, that you have enough time.

By deciding up front you have enough time, you will create the plan to get it done in exactly that amount of time. We fill time based upon how much we think we have available. The same project that could take you three weeks often can be done in an hour and a half, simply by taking the time to think through it in advance and decide that you have exactly the amount of time that you need.

Discipline or Regret?

Monday, March 16th, 2020

Jim Rohn was famous for a quote about pain, essentially saying that there are two types of pain: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The good news is you get to choose.

We can choose to eat healthy and as a result have good health. Or we can choose to make sure that we get exercise so we feel better. Or we can discipline ourselves to do the hard work or learn how to do our jobs better.

If we don’t do those things, we get a different pain—the pain of regret. The one where we don’t have our health, when we’re not performing at work. So, we always have the choice—choose wisely.

Selfless and Purposeful

Monday, February 17th, 2020

Phillip Brooks said: “Duty makes us do things well, but love makes us do them beautifully.”

High performers rarely complain about the duties they must perform to succeed. They put in the extra effort to support their team leads. Although it may take more work hours, they become selfless and purposeful when driven by love to create meaning and results.

Are you Making the Highest and Best Use of Time?

Monday, February 10th, 2020

Peter Drucker said, “Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient that which should not be done at all.”

How do you master what is your highest and best use of time? Alternatively, how do you get rid of those things that just aren’t worth your time?

For every one of us, there’s at least five to six times more productivity—five to six times more productivity—that’s available to us, regardless of where we’re at. This is available simply by choosing to figure out: What is the true purpose of my job? How do I tie to profit on a daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis? How do I get about doing those most important things in the best, most effective way?

Everything else is noise.

Take Yourself Lightly and Your Results Seriously

Monday, January 13th, 2020

Most people take themselves way too seriously but don’t take their outcomes seriously enough. Here’s a thought: What if you took yourself lightly and took your outcomes seriously?

I’m serious about that. Too many people are way too uptight in the workplace. They’re unwilling to laugh at themselves. If you’re unwilling to laugh at yourself, how are you ever going to get through all the challenges in the workplace?

I have a client CEO who said to me one time: “If something really awful hasn’t happened by Friday at four o’clock, I go home before it does.” Well, that’s how it is in the workplace—things go wrong, things are challenging, things can go badly.

So, if you take yourself too seriously, if you let those things get to you, work will be hard and joy will be minimal. But if instead, you decide “hmm, those things happened” and your  motto is “and then that happened, I’m getting on with it”—that’s taking yourself lightly. By simply letting go of the bad things that happened, after getting the lesson, you will reset faster and get much better results quickly. And, you’ll have a lot more joy…