As a coach and writer, a major part of my focus is on building a “platform” – an audience for my work. I build my platform through this blog, my newsletter, having a social media presence, speaking, workshops, writing and coaching. Without a platform, I will not succeed.
Whatever your profession, you have a platform, too. In business, your platform is built by how you function in the work world and may look out on your managers, team, customers or professional network. They are your audience. Your success and effectiveness are reliant on how you interact with them.
It is worthwhile to take a look at and cultivate your platform. If others are watching and can impact your success and effectiveness, best to pay attention to them. How strong is your platform these days?
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Creating Open Space is often referenced in relation to creativity and innovation – where open space serves the purpose of letting your imagination flow. There’s another way to use open space – to get things done. This use of open space is more like a stop point – creating time to address things that are weighing on you. In coaching, we call these things that weigh on you, energy drains. Your energy drains may be a cluttered office, a file system that isn’t working for you, a call you have been putting off making or a project that isn’t getting done.
Energy drains, when not addressed, tug on you. Often, they are not priorities, but over time they can diminish your efficiency and pull you off center. By creating an open space, you can eliminate them. This type of open space could take the form of an interruption-free afternoon to clean up your office or making the time to get a project done.
By periodically creating some time and open space to get things done, you will maximize your productivity and effectiveness. Don’t put it off. Your work life will run more smoothly and you will thrive.
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Sometimes managers fall asleep in their everyday work life. They may get so focused on the details of their day they do not notice what is happening around them. They may also check out – because there is something they do not want to face or is too hard to face or they think they cannot change their circumstances and they surrender. In doing so, they fall asleep and do not see.
Do you maintain your awareness at work?
Maintaining your awareness has a lot to do with the present moment. Things are going on around you every minute and if you are not present, you miss them. Missing a few things is inevitable, but if you miss a lot, it matters. Why? Because to live without awareness, is to miss your life. At work, your day is filled with things to pay attention to: communications with others, subtle emotions or actions, signs that something that matters is going awry or your own internal signs of stress or emotion. When you miss these things, they only get bigger and, in the process, you lose some of your effectiveness as a manager.
Maintaining your awareness is about paying attention. If you want to assess and maintain your awareness in your work, try this: over the next week, at the end of each day, note five things you were aware of and paid attention to that day. Note too, when you check out at work and start to fall asleep. Why did you check out? As you strengthen and maintain your awareness, your effectiveness will increase and you will experience the benefits of living in the present moment.