Thoughts for the Day

Passion

Get passionate, do everything to the max, otherwise you will kick yourself if you fail because you didn’t give it 100%.

Live each day as your last because one day it will be.

Work beyond the call of duty, get other people excited about your projects and set goals with your heart, not just your intellect.

Guidance

Show people where you want to go and let them decide how to get there. Don’t over guide and dictate, allow people the freedom to express themselves in ways you cannot imagine and be receptive to different ways of acheiving the same ends

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.

Improvisation

This is another word for reaction to change. If you understand your own values and have an ethical framework for thinking, then improvisation will flow from within and the moves you make will reflect your inner beliefs. A lot of improvisation is instinctive and therefore your own common sense view of situations. Continual exposure to new ideas and experiences will sharpen your ability to improvise.

Change 2

One type of change does not fit all situations.

Change can either be massive, traumatic, radical and instantaneous.

Or

Change can be little and often

The trick is to know which works best in the particular circumstances.

Zeitgeist

Good German word which involves developing an awareness of what other people are doing. It resonates with Emotional Intelligence and you should always have a regard for the prevailing ‘world view’ or zeitgeist when making decisions as quite often they are more successful when you consider other people’s views and the prevailing mentality.

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.

Principles and rules

Principles have the casting vote over rules

Virtue

The ability to recognise and act in accordance with the spirit  not the letter of the law.

You need to know the greater good, do the good and deliver the goods.

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.