Thoughts for the Day

Learning

Never stop learning, it prevents you from making mistakes.

If you are arrogant enough to think you know eveything then you probably don’t.

If you are complacent enough to not learn anymore you might as well roll over and die.

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.

First impressions

How happy are you about the way you introduce yourself to someone you have not met?

Don’t forget first impressions count and influence the way that person deals with you in the future.
First mpression are all about making an impact and having a lasting presence.

Polish up those personal traits, have flair and gravitas in equal measure and an attitude which says you are listening and respecting the other person. Above all smile as you enter the room or answer the telephone or send that email, you will be better remembered for it.

Treat each encounter as if it were the first time and go in with the attitude that you want to leave that person in a happier frame of mind for having met you. You are your own ‘brand’, so manage that instant composite image that will influence your future.

Consistency

The roots of this word are Greek meant ‘to stand’ and ‘together’.

Do your actions stand together with your words?

The single most pervasive cause of stress is within your control. Your deeds should match your values.

Why would you want to behave any differently from your core beliefs?

It is a matter of gathering all your energy and passion (see Passion) in a unified direction and focussing on to those goals in a consistent manner.

Inconsistency saps energy.

It is the one thing I have struggled with for most of my life. I am an extrovert personality who thinks out loud and I have to impose strict self discipline to see that my energies are properly directed.

Dual Standards exact a cost, consistent behaviour helps people understand you better.

Change

You are capable of changing. You change your underwear, hairstyle, partner, job because you want to.

When other people want you to change, review your capabilities to change. If you don’t want to go along with the change then remove yourself from that environment.

If you do accept the change then embrace it.

Resisting change because you don’t accept it is purely selfish and you should spend your time elsewhere and not block other people’s progress or willingness to change.

Resistance to change is a huge drain on your emotional and physical energies. Go somewhere where you are more comfortable and your energy is projected onto positive change rather than obstruction.

Reinvention

It is hard enough staying on the ladder of success, climbing it is even harder.

Get as much feedback as you can about your performance and make changes as appropriate. Useful insights into your own performance will give you the ability to move to the next rung.

Decision making

How do you decide?

Are you impulsive and make decisions based on intuitive thinking and reside at the emotional end of the spectrum, or are you hesitant, like to explore all possible angles and get everyone’s opinions and then try the decision out on a sample or trial basis?

Both types of decision making are fine. However, take both to their extremes and the first type behaviour may lead to inconsistent thinking as your emotions get the better of you. The latter may just lead to procrastination and indecision.

One thing is for sure, we live in a changing world. The middle ground on this is that; on the one hand there is no time to procrastinate; on the other hand, emotions do get the better of us.

The solution to decision making is to make them based on a clear understanding of what you are trying to acheive in the limited time available – make that decision and review it.

If it turns out to be a bad decision, make another decision and rectify the outcome.

The mindset on all this is that they are your decisions and you live with the consequences. Constant review and feedback from others are key to understanding the quality of the decision.

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

Environment

Whatever you do make the best of your environment. Go for the best (see Quality) and if you need to change it for the better, don’t hesitate. Be at one with the world and a good environment will make whatever you are doing better and more bearable

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.