Thoughts for the Day

Because

Toyota developed the 5 why’s and then you will get to the solution to any problem, why stop at 5?

If you have had children you know that they don’t.

To stop this happening to infinity, ask yourself the question before someone else does, because if you can’t figure out why for yourself the task/situation is best left alone.

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!

management qualities-economists views

judgement

initiative

integrity

foresight

energy

drive

human relations

skill

decisiveness

dependability

emotional stability

fairness

ambition

dedication

objectivity

cooperation

-Fortune magazine 1958

 

Reputation

No reputation is built on the basis of a single experience or the result of a solitary factor.

Reputation is a culmination of all the things you are good at done consistently well over an extended period of time. Once you have established what this is and what these things are then protect them and cherish them as valuable assets.

Crisis

If you come across this here are a few tips:

Firstly, try and plan for these. Put some scenarios in when you pretend that a crisis has happened. Ffamiliarity will mean that the crisis is not so critical.

Form a team of people who can help you manage the crisis and have better experience.

Adopt a crisis mentality. Sometimes democratic processes may not work. Adopting a strong leadership approach works best. Be careful about the choice of leader.

Protect and preserve your core values, these will see you through the crisis.

Be prepared to change. The reason you are in a crisis is that you did not see it coming and you therefore did not change in time.

Dont let the crisis dominate your life. Try to continue as normal as possible in other non-critical areas. Keep a sense of perspective.

Finally, the crisis will pass. Analyse the results and learn from your mistakes.

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.

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.

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.

Regulator

A regulator is that person who is able to tell you what you don’t want to hear. Having a regulator around is a reality check and a balanced look at the way you are behaving.

Recognise someone in your life who can fulfil this role and keep you on the straight and narrow.

Control

Yes we all like to be in Control, but be realistic. Control what you can, be the focus of everyone’s attention, but don’t be a control freak.

Think, feel and behave as if you are in control of yourself and other people/events and you will be.

Don’t blame luck, other people or external forces for your lack of control. Live in the moment and enjoy the sense of control this brings.

Dont lose control and drift, take responsibility for your actions and remain calm and controlled.

Whenever possible, remember, too much control stunts personal (and other people’s) development.