Archive for the ‘Workplace Performance’ Category

Do you ever waste time?

Monday, June 12th, 2017

 

Do You Ever Waste Time? Yeah, I think we all do; but time is the great leveler. It’s the difference between the billionaire, and someone making a small fraction of what the billionaire is making.

It’s how we use our time, it’s about behavioral economics. Do we always keep ourselves in the highest and best use of our time? It’s easy for us to get caught up in the little things.

Here is one of the best ways to get yourself much more proactive in being productive to the few right things. Every week, at the end of the week, make a list for the following week of all the key, most important things to do. Not the to-do list, that’s different, you can keep that someplace else.

What’s the highest and best use of your time? and then do the A1, and then do the A2, prioritize yourself and tell yourself that “Based on priority is how I am going to spend my time.”

Be the person who always keeps yourself in your highest and best use of time, and I promise you — you will double, triple, quadruple your performance quickly compared to the people who are basically reacting to the fire in front of them at that moment.

Be the person that’s focused on the few right things.

How to become a superstar performer

Monday, April 10th, 2017

 

What if, tomorrow, you became a superstar performer? Well, I’m going to guarantee you one thing. You would not have much rework. You would get it done right the first time, every time. Now to do that, guess what? You need to make sure you understand the conditions of satisfaction for every project and every responsibility. There’s a common way of doing this where people say, “Well, I didn’t know how to do it and I was waiting for the boss to tell me.” Guess what? Don’t wait for the boss. They don’t read your mind very well. You need to let your boss know that you’re confused about something and get the conditions of satisfaction. They don’t want you wasting their time because here’s what happens.

If you don’t get it right the first time, guess who’s going to end up redoing the work? That’s you. The mantra might be that they might say to you is, “If I’m doing your job, I’m not so sure why you’re here.” So you want to make sure that you get those conditions of satisfaction every time and be the person who pleasantly asks for those in a way that says, “Help me understand how to do this. I need a little more information about that. I think it’s this and this and this. Do I have that correct?” Make sure you ask all the questions as close to hello as possible whenever you’re assigned the project, because by getting it right the first time, you will create effective results very quickly. Once we know what to do, now we can get it done fast.

Have you taken care of your team?

Monday, March 20th, 2017

 

What if, tomorrow, you got hit by a truck? No, I really hope that doesn’t happen to you. That’d be bad. But my question for you is, have you taken care of your team? You see, if you were gone tomorrow, could someone step in, see your daily checklist, your weekly checklist, your monthly checklist, your quarterly checklist, and see for each item on the checklist where exactly your procedure is? Is it right there on your desk, available for someone else to be able to replicate the results you get without going, “Gosh, they left us in a mess?”

You see, it’s your job to make sure that you always have the ability for someone else to step in, because you don’t have a job, you have responsibilities. If you’re on vacation or you catch the flu and you’re out for the day, well guess what? The party goes on. And your team needs that to be handled. So we all have lots of hats. Take one hat at a time and write it up. What’s your daily? What’s your weekly? What’s your quarterly checklist? And for each checklist item, what is it that are the procedures within it, and how do you define exactly where to look? Make it a connect-the-dot experience so that anybody can walk in and successfully do that job.

Don’t be that kind of person that says, “Then they wouldn’t need me.” I’ll guarantee you this. They don’t need you now if you think that way, because you’re thinking in scarcity. Think of abundance. By writing this up, you can advance yourself and be promotable. Be that kind of person who brings extreme value by making sure your team is taken care of. I promise you, you have a very, very bright future.

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.

Work Like Your Life Depends On It

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

When winners are studied—in sports, business, or any other area of life—they consistently display the same attitudes and practices. One of the most important is working or playing like their lives depend on it.

For a winner in sports, every practice, every game, and every action taken is intensely committed.

And what about the business world? A survey measuring efficiency in the workplace found that the average worker operates at about 50 percent capacity.

Worse yet, the average manager uses only 30 percent of his or her time in an effective manner.

Winners understand that every moment, every transaction, and every decision is an opportunity to score big, whether you’re on the football field, in the board room, or playing the game of life… play big!