Thoughts for the Day

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

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.

Instinct

Do you trust your own instinct?
Have you ever tried to sell something to someone and thought that although they said the right things, this sale will backfire?
Have you ever met someone who seems OK but something is nagging you about their behaviour?
Have you ever gone along to a meeting and it has not turned out as you expected?

Don’t worry, these are all examples of you trying to make sense of the world.

Your instinct is a very powerful tool. It is a whole host of memories and analyses dragged up from the depths of your brain and based on the amount of time you have spent on this planet.
You may not be able to instantly recognise the problem, but your feeling of discomfort is driven by your subconscious mind telling you this is not right.

Learn to trust your instincts and don’t be persuaded otherwise. You may of course not be ‘right’, but most of the time you will be, as the definition of ‘right’ is purely your personal definition and hence driven by your instinct.
I would suggest there are some parts of your instinct that need curbing (that desire to throttle someone who is annoying you), but most of the time your instinct is trying to help you make sense of the world.

issue

don’t just raise the issue, true leaders take ownership of it.

It is no good complaining if you are not prepared to do something about it, otherwise you are just perpetuating a negative state. (in yourself)

Networking

Get known. We are highly socialble animals at heart. Meet as many people as you can at any one time and identify those like minded individuals that inspire you and radiate energy.

If you have a limited number of people in your world, your views are going to become inbred.

Increase your intellectual gene pool and meet new ideas and people as often as you can.

That way life will happen to you, not to other people.

Leadership 2

Lead by example and by experience.

Don’t ask anyone to do something you do not understand or would not be prepared to do yourself if you had the relevant expertise.

That way you will understand the outcome and more importantly you know whether the task has been performed efficiently or correctly.

Team Work

We all work in teams of varying shapes and sizes, here are a few lessons to help teams work better:

Do:

  • Negotiate and agree explict (written if necessary) rules of engagement.
  • Continually give feedback.
  • Have respect for other points of view and address team issues immediately without procrastination.

Don’t:

  • Treat team members as irrelevant.
  • Deny the importance of feedback.
  • Belittle contributions.
  • Break into subcommittees.
  • Cross talk.
  • Imagine you will all get along.

It is better also if you clearly define the Goals and Objectives of the team so that all members appreciate and understand their respective duties.

Process

Love what you are doing and apply your talents to love the process of doing. The more you enjoy the process, the easier the goals become. If you don’t enjoy the process and the Now, make a change and enjoy something else.

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.

Resilience

Bouncing back from personal criticism or misfortune is easier if you fundamentally believe you are correct. If this is not the case you have made a mistake and should admit it, best of all to yourself, then bounce back in a different direction.