Thoughts for the Day

McConnells law

Once a team finds itself ahead of schedule it will try to get itself even more ahead of schedule- aka momentum

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Half a Glass

This is the old conundrum, is your glass half empty or half full? which is supposed to elicit whether you are  an optimist or pessimist.

The trouble with this question is that it is constrained by the fact that there is a container and by definition a boundary to your thinking.

What about a world in which there is no glass and so there are no limits to  optimism or pessimism? Mere physical boundaries should not exist when it comes down to personal characteristics as the world is what you make it.

A lot of Eastern Philosophy is going on in that last paragraph which makes the whole issue of what governs are thinking open to debate.

Many suceesful (and Western) business leaders have developed the ‘can do/think outside the box/paint the sky blue’ thinking which has it roots in this philosophy.

One thing is certain, if you believe there to be a boundary to your thinking there will be.

Journey

You can travel far by being still

Respect

Respect 1

Respect every person’s points of view, even if you don’t agree.

From this position you are much more likely to help someone if you respect them.

Arrogance will always undermine your thinking, so having a healthy respect for the other person’s point of view will ensure a balanced approach to decision making.

Respect 2

Respect underpins everything.

It is a lot easier to influence someone who respects you, and it is difficult to persuade others to do things if they don’t.

Don’t let the respect others have of you diminish, always behave according to your values and ethics.

Meetings

The shortest meetings (and probably the most productive) are the ones you have standing up; e.g. in the corridor, at the water cooler, in the queue at the canteen.

Always, always go to a meeting with an Agenda – simply don’t turn up and attend. If you are driving the Agenda, stick to it. If you don’t know what is going to be discussed then ask.

If the meeting is going off the Agenda say so. if it continues to go astray then seriously consider walking out.

Be prepared in terms of your own inputs.

Be prepared to be flexible when you are not getting your own way.

Have strict time limits, start on time and finish on time.

Success

Have an attitude that promotes action. Plan, control and continually review your actions. Don’t wait for success, drive towards it. Even a bad plan is better than no plan as it will get you moving towards a better plan. Planned action and preparation is the key to success.

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’.

Mission Statement

If your Personal or Corporate Mission statement is not something like “Increase the net worth of the entire universe”, then ask yourself why.

If it passes the test of “doing exactly what it says on the tin” then equally this is good.

Somewhere between the two is probably meaningless.

Enthusiasm

Never curb the enthusiasm of others. Always take their ideas and adapt or adopt accordingly.

Remember that good ideas and enthusiam are infectious. Learn to soak up and reflect on other peoples energy levels.

This will rub off on you.

Will to win

Develop a thick skin – after setbacks it takes considerable self discipline to get back in the ring.

Learn to be resilient and fundamentally stick with your principles.

If you believe you are right, you will keep that will to win.