Archive for the ‘Workplace Productivity’ Category

Want to be Really Happy?

Monday, January 20th, 2020

Albert Schweitzer said: “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.”

A beautiful statement…

When we lose ourselves in something because we’re “up to something big” to make a difference for someone else, that’s where true joy comes from. Alternatively, whenever we become very self-consumed—which, of course, is the norm for most of us on a daily basis—we begin to go into the “not enough” conversation. “No one’s appreciating me enough.” “No one’s loved me enough.” “No one’s given me enough instructions.” “No one’s supporting me enough.” “I’m not being congratulated enough.”

In that mind space, nothing great happens. Greatness happens when we realize  the true value that we offer. We are fed by the “intrinsic reward” of knowing that our work is purposeful and we’ve done something good for another human being. Impact on others is the ultimate reward and that’s where true joy comes from.

Abundance Consciousness

Monday, January 6th, 2020

Everywhere around us is abundance. There’s an abundance of sunshine. There’s an abundance of air. There’s also an abundance of time and money, but those are the two things where people choose a mindset of scarcity.  

I get it. I’ve been there. But, I no longer believe there is a scarcity of time or money anymore. We all have the same amount of time. Twenty-four hours in a day, seven days a week. It doesn’t matter where you live or what position you’re in, you still have exactly what every other person on this planet has.

So, to say the words “I don’t have enough time” is simply to reveal your mindset. What you’re saying is: “I live in scarcity and I will find other ways to be in scarcity.”

When instead you are constantly saying “I have exactly the right amount of time. I have exactly the right amount of information I need to accomplish,” and you get busy doing your work with that mindset, you’re coming from an abundance standpoint.

Choose an abundance viewpoint with every project you take on, and you will likely notice that you suddenly will have some more time and money.

Win and Celebrate

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

How do you create a culture of celebration and accomplishment?

Most people think, as I did, that appreciation comes only from managers and leaders, and that’s where the responsibility lies. But the research is fascinating: It actually shows that when we have a culture where people appreciate each other throughout the organization, that’s actually more important to the culture than having the leadership and the managers doing the appreciating.

So, how do you step into celebrating your teammates—making sure that you’re high-fiving them as you walk by and making sure that they have their confidence built every day? Step in to be a celebrator and step in to be an appreciator. 

You’ll feel even more celebrated and appreciated yourself, simply by engaging in that act of kindness.

The Four-Letter “C” Word

Monday, December 16th, 2019

Speak into what can be done, and don’t tell us what can’t be done. I refer to those words as the “n’t” words: “don’t, won’t, can’t.” Those are the words that basically hold us back.

Imagine for a second that someone says either “I can have those papers to you on Thursday” or “I can’t have those papers to you until Thursday.” You know which one sounds better, and you know which person you want to be around. And yet, it’s very unconscious for us to go into the “n’t” words. As soon as we do, the fur goes up on the back of people’s necks. They see you as not willing to be a team player.

Not only that, it’s a way that you can inspire yourself to greater results. Whenever you step into what you can do and use that language, you become more powerful in what you can make happen.

So, eradicate the “n’t” words, and start telling your team what you can do.

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.