CLEAR Goals The problem with SMART goals is that they just haven’t kept up with the faster, more-agile environment that most businesses find themselves in today. These new business environments require a new way of setting goals. This problem is why I developed the CLEAR goal-setting methodology. Whether in your business, career, or life, your goals … Continued
Take a moment to think about the following two questions: What happens when an organization defines itself by its products and results, instead of its underlying competencies and values? What happens when an organization defines itself by its core values and competencies?
Do you have a growth mindset or a fixed mindset? Are you geared towards learning, discovering, self-betterment, and continuously improving your craft? Or, do you strive to maintain the appearance of being highly skilled and focus on avoiding failure at all costs?
Are you taking care of your body? After winning his 5th Super Bowl, a reporter asked Tom Brady if he was now ready to wrap up his career at the ripe age of 39. Brady responded that he doesn’t feel 39; in fact, he feels better at 39 than he did at 25 when his body ached regularly. The … Continued
Do you have a positive journaling habit? A key habit that can help us sustain high productivity is a short, daily journal based upon the tenets of high-performance and positive psychology.
Do you set clear boundaries of deliverables for team members at the outset of a project? I call this practice ‘setting the box of action’. Define the box, clarify uncertainties, and then let your team members get to work. As long as the box is large, with plenty of room for flexibility, creativity and ownership … Continued
How do you deal with criticism? When criticised, do you take offence? Ignore? Defend? Where most of us dread or avoid criticism, a better option is to choose to welcome it. View it constructively, as if someone is offering you a gift – a gift that you can choose to accept or decline. Think of … Continued
When debriefing post success or failure, are you separating your feelings from facts? One of the biggest mistakes we can make while reflecting upon past events is to justify our feelings with emotional reasoning. Just because you feel something, does not make it true. Or, just because something is true, doesn’t mean that your feelings … Continued
Kaizen is the Japanese concept of continual improvement. There is always more work to do, because the work is not yet perfect. Can I increase the quality? Can I increase the speed of production? Can I decrease the cost? Toyota does it and they make great cars. You can do it and be a better … Continued
Providence can change your life. Here is a quick lesson on how it works: Dream up a big goal Tell key supporters about your big goal Be humble and let go of outcome Act boldly The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves, too. All sorts of things will occur to help one … Continued