Archive for the ‘Workplace Productivity’ Category

Choosing Joy can be Addictive… Here’s How You Can Get Yourself Hooked.

Sunday, June 14th, 2020

Woohoo, where’s the party? I’m all dressed up for New Year’s Eve. I’ve been trapped with the COVID capture for a long time, and I haven’t been out either. Yet it occurs to me that we can either be morose about the circumstances, or we can decide to be in a state of celebration. Why celebrate? Because we have air to breathe. We have good people we get to work with. We get to be of service to the world. We get to bring joy into everything that we do. It’s how we perceive the world and what we bring to it that really matters because joy is not something that needs great things in order to happen.

I don’t know about you, but I was not raised with a silver spoon in my mouth. I, in fact, grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, and there was hardly enough food growing up. And we just barely eked out a living. So my recollection of growing up is that we were happy. We were joyful. We loved each other. We had a lot of fun. We had fun with neighbors. We made the best of circumstances.

So during tough economic times, it isn’t the end of the world. It’s like winter, you put on a winter coat, but you still go out. But while you’re going out, why not have some fun? Keep the joy in your spirit, decide to make life a party because you can choose misery or you can choose joy. It’s your choice.

Linking the Chain: Team Accountability Starts With You

Sunday, June 7th, 2020

Are you the kind of person who needs to “have” in order to “do”? Well, what does that mean? Well, there are people who basically will tell you many times, “I couldn’t do that thing because I didn’t have what I needed from someone else.” Well, welcome to planet Earth. People will let you down. It’s not an excuse for you not to produce the result. At that point, are you being resourceful? Are you finding out how to get to that person to get what you need? Are you setting up camp at their doorstep? Are you working around them, because you ultimately gave your word to go get something else done?

In life, you don’t always have what you need in order to do what you need to do. After this COVID crisis, we know that we’ll probably not see customers walk in our doors the way that they used to in the past. If we have a “need to have in order to do” personality and mindset, that’s going to be a real hold up to our career, because the reality is now we get to figure out a way to go call on people, add massive value, which means we get to figure out how to do that. We get to figure out the skills in order to be good at it when we do it, and we get to, not have to, but get to, be resourceful in making it happen. Give up the habit, in order to do, don’t ever say to your supervisor, “I didn’t get it done because of somebody else.” If they let you down, step in, get it done, move it along. Be a person of resourcefulness.

“Plus One” It

Sunday, May 31st, 2020

Whatever you’re doing, what if you did it plus one? In other words, if you’re writing a report, what if you made it even better, put a summary at the beginning, brought some color in, and made it really interesting?

What if, when you’re talking to a customer, you went above and beyond? You walk them to the car, and you make sure that you get to know them, and later send them a handwritten thank you note?

What if, every time you’re in a meeting, not only do you take great notes and disseminate the information about whose going to do what afterwards, but you also step up and help manage the projects that were assigned? Wouldn’t that be interesting? I wonder what that would do to your career.

Having an attitude of plus one puts you in a place where you’re always promotable. More importantly, when you come from a place of plus one, you get the intrinsic reward. The feeling of: “I’m good at what I do. I say what I’m going to do. I go beyond. I feel good about me.”

What can be better than feeling good about ourselves?

Escape Overwhelm: Focus on Completions

Monday, April 20th, 2020

One of the best ways to create more success is to celebrate successes: those of your team and your own successes as well.

I don’t know about you, but I’m one of those crazy people who, when I’m working on something, I use a list to make sure I’m getting the things done that need to happen on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Sometimes, I step in and I do something extra that wasn’t on the list. In that case, I make a little box and I check it off.

Sounds crazy, I know. But when I talk about it with other people, they all say they do the same thing! Why do we do that? Because the brain needs to have the chemical “hit”  of completion. It creates confidence to get more data points of success

Whenever someone is in “overwhelm,” what they’re really telling you is: “I am not completing.”

When you have completions, that’s when you get energy! So, celebrate your completions! And, make sure that the completions you’re working toward are the ones that most matter.

The more you celebrate, the faster you get to your completions and the more successful you feel. Change your brain waves forever, build some new neural pathways in your brain, and decide to celebrate every success.

How to Get More of What You Want

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Zig Zigler, the author of “See You at the Top,” always said that the best way to get what you want is to help more people get what they want.

Boy, isn’t that the truth? What if you could help more people keep their marriages intact by teaching them how to talk through their money issues and create a system of separate accounts to give them the safety to be different, imagine the impact you could have on their happiness as a couple. What if you helped more people improve the community that you’re living in? And what if you helped the people around you be more successful in their jobs by stepping in, coaching them, automating some of the things that are being done, and building systems to make sure that they’re done the most efficient way? All those are examples of you helping more people get what they want.

By helping more people get what they want, you get more of what you want. In fact, the best way to go get the next promotion is to replace yourself and make it so you’re not necessary. Don’t be afraid to do it—in fact, it’s one of the best things you can do. Step in and help more people get more of what they want.