What Scares You?

ID-10021606It’s Halloween, a time of year that focuses on fear and the supernatural. Is there anything that scares or spooks you as a manager? Don’t let fear get the better of you. Best to confront any fears you have and let them go. That scary ghost may only be a kid in a sheet. Fear never serves you and can grow in your imagination way beyond reality. Wishing you treats rather than tricks.

 

 

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The Dangers Of Comparing Yourselves With Others

ID-10011733It’s a natural impulse to compare yourself with other managers and co-workers. It is also dangerous and seldom brings good results. Why? Because each person has unique skills, personality, values and intentions that do not support direct comparison. If you compare yourself with someone in a different circumstance than you are in, where does that get you? By comparing, you are creating a benchmark that may not represent where you want to be. For example, if you compare yourself to another manager who has had success in the organization, what if they used methods that do not honor your values? Or, what if they are aiming in another direction then you are?

What does work is to observe others, picking and choosing what you want to adopt or emulate because it fits your style, values and intentions and you think it will work for you. That way, you are CEO of your career and are not simply mimicking others who are succeeding.

 

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10 Things To Do When Overwhelm Takes Hold

ID-100224534Life is moving at the speed of light these days. It is easy to find yourself in overwhelm. Here are some strategies for getting out of overwhelm.

1. Walk away. It may seem impossible, but even if  just for a few minutes, it will help you restore your center.

2. Laugh. Shift the energy of the moment.

3. Organize. Look at what needs to be done, prioritize and plan.

4. Adjust your expectations to the reality of the present moment.

5. Examine where the urgency is coming from.

6. Ask yourself, is this stress worth it?

7. Take note of how your body is reacting to your overwhelm.

8. Identify the core source of your overwhelm.

9. Debrief when it’s over, to avoid it in the future.

10. Make balance a priority.

 

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The Unknown As Adventure

ID-100280272Acceptance of the unknown is central to our ability to risk, to move forward and to master new skills and experiences. To succeed in work and life, we must face the fear we have of the unknown. It is not an easy task to let fear go completely, but we must face it and not let our fear of the unknown control how we work and live our lives.

One way to begin to release our fear is to start looking at the unknown as the adventure it truly is. We can create small unknowns such as taking a day off, making no plans and seeing what shows up. Or, leading your team in a time of uncertainty, by directly identifying the presence of the unknown and finding ways to navigate it and see it as an adventure The definition of adventure is: an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity. Note the use of the word hazardous in the definition. That speaks volumes about our society’s view of the unknown. We can prepare for hazards, yes but also put our focus on the exciting and unusual.

The unknown can lead to innovation, unexpected successes, new experiences and exciting discoveries. The next time you encounter the unknown, approach it as an adventure and see what happens.

 

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An Anatomy of Trying

ID-100272868Sometimes people look at a challenging situation and say to themselves “I am trying so hard.” Or, justify disappointment by saying their team “tried”. Let’s look at this word try. Its definition is to make an attempt or effort to do something. An attempt or effort is not completion. How often do you stop your analysis of a failure (to meet a deadline, for example) at “we tried”? It doesn’t stop there. To move forward, best to look at what you did do, what went awry, what you may have done in hindsight and what you can do about it now. That keeps the situation in motion, hopefully to a satisfactory conclusion and informs you for the future.

The next time you say “I tried”, take a look at what’s behind that statement.

 

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Rating Your Employer

ID-100288031I recently came across a job site,  Glass Door, that offers employee reviews of companies. I was curious about low ratings and found reviews such as: high stress and long hours, great people, poor operations, required to handle responsibilities that may fall outside the scope of job description, very schizophrenic priorities and initiatives, decisions not well delegated, targets move and speed takes precedence over quality.

What are your top three criteria for a good working environment? Are they met in your current position? What are three non-negotiables that you cannot have in your working environment? Are any of them present in your current position?

 

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At Your Best

ID-100281002What does it mean for you to be at your best? Is your answer influenced by others’ views of what a good manager is or your own view? Being at your best asks that you manage in a way that allows you to excel. It asks that you continually improve your skills, honor your values and stay true to yourself.

Be aware of people or situations that hamper your ability to be at your best.

Being at your best is your gift to the world and to yourself. When you put your focus on being at your best, it is a win-win all around.

 

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Getting Real

ID-100135697Every once in a while, it’s good to “get real” with yourself. Crisis and opportunity are times when a realistic appraisal of what is happening serves you best. Getting real involves being honest, getting back to the present moment, taking off any rose-color glasses and a bit of courage, as well.

If you were to “get real” with yourself today, what would you focus on? Is there something asking for your attention or something that is getting out of control? If so, go for it. By getting real, you move your life forward in the best possible way.

 

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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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