Teetering On An Edge

ID-10054314Sometimes you can find yourself on the edge of something and feeling a bit unsteady. It can be an edge between two options, or decisions, an edge that you are starting to step off involuntarily or an edge of conflicting emotions. When you are teetering on an edge, gather your awareness; you don’t want to fall.

You can get yourself to an edge unconsciously and be surprised that you are there. Or, your actions can lead you there step-by-step. When you find yourself on an edge, best to regroup immediately, figure out what got you there and steady yourself. Then, you can take the action that is in your best interest.

Have you found yourself teetering on the edge recently? Did you get yourself back to solid ground?

 

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How Do You Prioritize?

ID-100288876I guess you can manage your team without prioritizing, but what a ride that is! How do you prioritize your work and make sure that you and your team meet your goals? Best to find a way that works for you, or your prioritizing will become a burden and ineffective. Here are some things to consider in finding the best way to prioritize your work.

• Have a realistic sense of the time available to you and what you can get done.

• Align your priorities with those of your organization and customers and, if conflicts arise, address them.

• Make the hard choices regarding what is most important. There are so many demands on our time, that these choices are inevitable.

• Be clear about priorities with your team – no mixed messages, unrealistic deadlines or conflicting priorities.

• Don’t slack off. Keep stated priorities front and center for you and your team. If priorities change, inform your team and set a new course.

• Develop a “system” for prioritizing work – a process for communicating priorities, revisiting them when necessary, receiving team feedback, keeping a record and tracking progress.

An effective way of prioritizing your work gives you a level of control, a way to create efficiency, a path to achieving your goals and a little peace of mind.

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Ten Manager Tolerations You Can Do Without

ID-10071537In a previous blog post I wrote about  the effects of tolerating negative people or situations. Here are ten examples of manager tolerations you are better off without.

1. A team member who is disrupting the flow of your team’s work.

2. A colleague who uses intimidation to get what he or she wants.

3. A messy, unorganized desk.

4. A culture that defines productivity as the number of hours you stay at the office, rather than the results of your work.

5. An unclear mission.

6. Too many unproductive meetings.

7. Compensation way below your contribution.

8. Sloppy performance reviews.

9. Disrespect.

10. Work that has no meaning for you.

 What are you tolerating now that you could do without?

 

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What Will You Accomplish In October?

calendarSometimes focus is a challenge. One way to create more focus is to name a short-term goal and get it done. Doing this sets your focus and, when you accomplish it, you create momentum that you can build on.

What short-term goal can you establish for October and set about to getting it done? Choose something that will move your and your team’s 2014 goals forward in a significant way. You’ll find your focus sharpening before you know it.

Ten Ways To Shine As A Leader

ID-1002063901. Be your authentic self. This means no “shoulds” and being true to your values.

2. Get enough rest, so you can be at your best.

3. Treat all with respect and fairness.

4. Continuously sharpen your skills and know that the growing and learning never stops.

5. Do your best to live fully in the present moment.

6. Enjoy your work and encourage others to do the same.

7. Develop a positive relationship with time (See my previous blog post)

8. Use technology to create efficiencies.

9. Go to 10,000 feet every once in awhile, in order to see the bigger picture.

10. Acknowledge your accomplishments and those of others.

 

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Changing Course

ID-10041533When I was training as a coach, I took a class on Balance. In the class, many of us were surprised to hear the advice that sometimes we have to reshape, and possibly let go of, our commitments. I, for one, had always honored my commitments and sometimes, to my detriment, made sure I fulfilled each one of them.

Your life will change course. Commitments or plans you have made may lose their importance or be in conflict with your new direction. What do you do? My suggestion is to reevaluate and give yourself permission to make new ones. This is not about carelessly throwing out previous commitments or plans. Rather, it is about being fully in the present moment and acting from there. Consider your best interests and make decisions about which commitments and plans make sense for your new course and which do not. Once those decisions are made, stay true to your values and make the changes that are warranted.

You cannot change course if you hang on to the past.

 

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Everyone Is Texting

ID-100225423Do you find yourself looking down a lot – at your phone? There have been many changes in our business communication styles. How are you adjusting to them? Do they serve or hinder you as a manager?

You do have choice in how and when you communicate – exercise it. Communications styles do not have to be dictated to you. Choose the style of communication that allows you to be fully present in the moment and to communicate effectively. You may not be able to use your chosen style of communication, every time. However, you may be surprised how often you can, when you exercise your choice.

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What Is Your Best Skill?

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It always is advisable to know yourself well – your strong and weak points, preferences and aversions, style and talents. What is your best skill? Are you capitalizing on it? Does your current work demand the use of that skill? Is your skill recognized by others?

Your best skill should be showcased. It’s in your interest that it is.

 

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No Time!

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Do you find yourself saying you have no time? Sometimes, saying you have no time makes it so. It can be a way of throwing up your hands, in lieu of sorting through the demands on your time, deciding on priorities and getting out of overwhelm. What’s the reality for you? Is saying you have no time a way for you to stay in overwhelm or to avoid certain things? Or, are you willing to create a positive relationship with time and get things done?

 

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Ten Ways To End 2014 On Top Of It All

ID-1002012821. Assess your year. What were your resolutions for 2014? How far along are you?

2. Acknowledge your accomplishments, so far, in 2014.

3. Identify your biggest learnings in 2014.

4. Determine what you must get done by the end of the year in order to feel good about 2014.

5. Focus yourself, now, on getting these things done.

6. Identify what you can let go of, that no longer serves you, and let it go.

7. Tell someone what you plan to do, or find another means of staying accountable.

8. Do something to bring more balance and fun into your life, between now and the end of the year.

9. Pick one thing you can do that will create a fabulous end to 2014 and do it.

10. See yourself at the end of 2014 celebrating what a great year it has been.

 

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