Thoughts for the Day

Choices

This is purely personal and is down to you. Whatever you have chosen, you have gone through an acceptance or rejection process of looking at other options.

You have made your choice and now you must live with it.

Whatever you choose, give it as much energy, committment, passion and enthusiasm as you can. If you don’t feel that way then you have made the wrong choice.

Don’t spend your life in suspended animation because sooner or later someone will make that choice for you and you won’t like it.

Moving on

Know when to finish and take a bow. Leave a situation on your terms and make sure your exit is viewed as the end of an era, not the end of an error. Don’t overstay your welcome or repeat yourself.

Competition

Use and learn from competition – some of the best brains work for other people. Listen and learn what and why they do.

If you want to remain sharp you need to be in the company of smart individuals who will push you.

Quality

Spend as much as you can on quality, either for people who work for you, items of plant and machinery, pens/pencils, whatever. Do not allow standards to drop for the sake of a few pennies.

A quality environment influences:

a) the way you work
b) the way others perceive you and more importantly the standards that you require of them

Guidance

Show people where you want to go and let them decide how to get there. Don’t over guide and dictate, allow people the freedom to express themselves in ways you cannot imagine and be receptive to different ways of acheiving the same ends

Priorities

Multitasking is now mandatory. Prioritising your tasks will help you remain focussed on what is important.

Constantly consult your priority list and re-prioritise as necessary.

Cross off those items that don’t matter and tend to the most important whether you like them or not.

A lot of this is about time management. We all have the same number of hours in a day. It is a question of what task is most important in the allotted time we have available. Staying in bed is not an option!

Money

How you deal with money can influence the rest of your life.

Do you recognise these attitudes towards money?

    • Plan and save
    • Saving is impractical, buy it now
    • Spend elegantly and tastefully
    • Spend money after research on what to buy
    • Record what has been spent
    • Money doesn’t matter
    • Use money to care for others

You will have a natural approach to money, knowing your preferred approach will help you identify those weak areas and core motives. If you a natural spender, don’t be surprised you are continually overdrawn. Manage your attitude to money just as much as you manage the money.

Journey

You can travel far by being still

management qualities-psychologists views

high tolerance of frustration

encourage participation

continually self question

understand rules of engagement in each circumstance

tact

gracious in victory and defeat

set boundaries

empathy

goal setting

 

after Argyris -1953

Difficult people

Yep, we all come across them from time to time – here are some ideas:

Do nothing, wait until they are receptive to your thinking.

Change your perception – ask yourself why are they saying/doing what they are doing. Dismiss the notion that they are bonkers and try to see it their way.

Change the context – what is it that has triggered their dis-ease? Try reframing the context and see if their behaviour now makes sense.

Motivate them to change their behaviour. State the obvious – if you carry on like this, then X (bad) will happen; if you approach the matter differently the Y (good) will happen.

Above all, concentrate on the difficult behaviour, not the person. Try and understand why their behaviour is ‘difficult’.