Thoughts for the Day

Do unto others etc.

If you have been brought up as Christian, you will be familiar with this principle. The usual interpretation of the phrase is to treat each other as you would like to be treated yourself.

However, consider this, the phrase goes beyond this slightly egocentric view. What it is actually saying is that you should treat other people as they would like to be treated; i.e in a way that pleases them. That way:
a) they will understand you better
b) they may even reciprocate this principle and you will understand them better

Don’t forget, not everyone has the same world view as yourself and therefore by seeing the world through other people’s eyes and having a flexible approach in treating people means you can get your message across much easier.

Victories

Reward your achievements and remind yourself that they symbolise your hard work and commitment. Celebrate, then push on to the next goal.

Chaos

For Chaos read ‘Unplanned Change’. Chaos will appear out of nowhere and without a structure and being able to work in many dimensions to achieve sense out of chaos is essential for sanity.

Complex chaotic situations do not necessarily mean complex solutions. Stick to your simple principles and values, apply them with equal measure and chaos will be managed – at least until the next chaotic situation comes along.

Be prepared!

If you cannot predict, prepare..

Pace

To ensure the rest of the world remains with you, stop doing things at the same pace you are starting others. Too many activities at once will confuse people and you will become frustrated. Remember the convoy analogy: you can only go as fast as the slowest (but vital) member of the team.

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.

Multitasking

It is a fine line between achievement and failure.

Multitasking is fine provided you do not spread yourself too thinly.

Having many tasks in progress and not completing any of them will lead to frustration.

Make sure you continually review what you are doing and that they are achievable within the time frame you have set yourself.

Conflict

We all come across this from time to time. Sometimes it is intentional, sometimes we are forced into it. We all have our preferred ways of dealing with it.

The best analysis I have found is the Thomas Kilman analysis. They establish 5 methods of dealing with Conflict as follows competing, getting what you want at all costs.

Collaborating, understanding both sides and reaching a mutually beneficial conclusion.

Compromising, applying a quick fix, but maybe leaving both sides in a lest preferred position.

Avoidance, working round the issue.

Accommodating, giving in for a quiet life.

One, or a mixture of the above, will work dependant on circumstances. Be prepared for conflict and be prepared to adopt or adapt accordingly.

Simplicity

If you can’t communicate in a simple, clear and concise manner then the message will be lost.

Confusion arises from incomprehensibility, that is, use plain language.

Sustainability

Manage the present but not at the expense of the future.

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.