Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
- Set boundaries. Many Gen Y persons have had very little rules to conform to, therefore they are more likely to go ahead with a project without fully thinking out the implications.
- Be flexible. Gen Y want to be able to dictate what they do with their time and when. The classic working day means far less now than it used to.
- Creativity. Give your Gen Y people ongoing projects and assignments to work to keep them engaged with the companys mission.
- Develop Credibility. Gen Y want to know you trust them and that they can trust you in return. Don't assume respect - earn it, test it and develop it. If you lose your credibility - you will have to work extra hard to regain it.
- Cmmunicate. Gen Y are totally savvy with new technoogies and using them as a means to speak to each other. Tr using social media and electronic message boards as your primary method of communication.
There is also a great article here by Km Huggins (K HR Solutions).
Saturday, December 19, 2009
What can we learn from this? If we apply ourselves to a selfless mission and use our passion for good - we too can begin to change the world.
Ms Ruzicka was only 28 when she was killed doing what she loved. That is very sobering.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
- Compliance: (a) the act or process of complying to a desire, demand, proposal, or regimen to coercion, (b) conformity in fulfilling official requirements.
- Excellence: (a) the quality of being excellent, (b) an excellent or valuable quality.
- Teamwork: cooperative work done by a team (especially when it is effective).
These are the three key section headings for 2010. My aim now is to break down these headings into specific sections and goals that are SMART.
- Time measurable.
Watch this space for ongoing updates!
Check out this short interview with Pete Peterson, alternatively there is another great longer video over here.
Here's my take on what Mr Peterson covers -
- Longevity rules. Mr Peterson has a proven track record over time which equals credibility. When you get to Mr Peterson's age and have grand kids - you care more and you aren't afraid to tell people what you really think.
- Honesty is everything. Be honest at the time when honesty is most required - not a long time after.
- History counts. The longer you are around or are able understand the past - the more effective your management becomes as you are able to quickly react to new scenarios and situations.
- Do what you enjoy and what you are good at. There is no more full proof strategy than that.
- When you've made 'it' reinvest your fortunes into those that either haven't made 'it' or are on their way.
- Never stop thinking about tomorrow or how you can do things better.
Editors note - you may not always agree with someone and their views, but that doesn't mean you can't mine a wealth of knowledge from them.
Monday, December 14, 2009
- Imagine the future. Get wild! What does the future look like to you? How will you know when you have crossed your finish line?
- Think backwards. What steps were taken that created the end picture. How did you get to the end result and who did you need to get there. What money was required? Did you need venture capital? How many employees will you need along the way?
- Create practicable steps that you can implement today. Start with the smallest steps and then move on from there.
- Keep reflecting and keep updating the end picture and stay flexible enough to get there.
Creating a vision for people to work towards is one part of management. Working out what steps are required to get there separates the dreamer from the visionary.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
- What went well today?
- What didn't go so well?
- What could I have done differently?
- What will I do differently tomorrow?
- What do I need to accomplish tomorrow?
- What do I need to finish the number of days I have left this week?
By reflecting and improving on the little areas in life then you are well able to make adjustments that will work better into the future.
"If we don't change our direction we're likely to end up where we are headed". Chinese proverb.
"The self aware person is able to gain an accurate and appropriate perspective on events in their life, and instinctively brings simmering feelings into awareness. The self-aware person is a positive person, and recognizes that there are only ever 'positive people' or 'negative people' in life, business or sport" (Lead to succeed - Craig Lewis).
Thursday, December 10, 2009
- Called a crisis meeting. All the parties involved were called in. Not just the persons who may have appeared to have been at fault but a wider selection of people. Those persons who were also able to solve the situation.
- Focused on the issue at hand. Move away from finger pointing, blaming others or trying to apportion responsibility to a person. Rather focus on fixing the problem.
- Made action plans. Every person in the meeting left with a sense of direction about what would be done to solve the situation. Every person will also be held accountable for their assigned tasks to ensure they are completed correctly.
- Created procedures and protocols. Solving the problem faced once is not good enough. Creating levers and establishing communication links for the future is the ultimate outcome.
- Reflected. There were a whole bunch of people who - missed it. We all missed the error and didn't fully appreciate the outcomes of our decisions. Through reflection we are able to ensure (as well as we can) that we will not knowingly make the same mistakes again.
- Came clean. Our boss went and spoke to the CEO as soon as we knew what was happening and was able to - build credibility (integrity and honesty) and take some of the heat out of the situation.
Don't get me wrong. There was a crisis and there is some fallout as a result. However given the fact that we dealt with it - early, with everyone and can move forward - we all get to sleep better at night as a result.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
What I find really interesting about Ms Kopp is the fact that when she first finished her study she noticed a need in the community at the low income end and ended up starting a community and social responsibility company that seeks to help under privileged kids.
Here's the lesson - if you follow your heart, use your smarts and open to change then anything is possibe.
Here's another lesson - often times you won't change the system from within, but you can create and provide solutions from the outside in.
Here is a video of an interview done with Ms Kopp.
There is also another great interview with her written up by the NY Times over here.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
A company or person charged with - adapting to change, controlling change, and effecting change.
Qualities required -
- high levels of commitment,
- influence and
Have you got the goods?
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
- Read. Join your local library and borrow books. Readers lead and leaders read. Good libraries update their books often. If your library doesn't - ask! Your local librarian might just need some good ideas of what people want to read.
- Surf. Jump on the Internet and seek out teaching and lessons from the top leaders of our time. There are a lot of websites that exist with top content.
- iTunesU. Download the latest lessons from the worlds best Universities every week!
- Listen. Often times the language that is being used by the 'guru's' doesn't take long to permeate into everyday language.
If you are able to keep current with modern thinking and activities - you position yourself well for tomorrow.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
When you begin to measure something you are able to assess the impacts and success rates of what it is you are trying to achieve.
Aim, Analyse and Achieve.
Napolean Boneparte once said "An army marches on it's stomach". True.
A business and relationships are dependant upon something else - communication. We operate in a world where there are countless opportunities and technologies that we can use to communicate with others. However we need to reassess and discover if we are merely connecting or are we truly communicating?
(Note - I will use the word 'connect' to mean electronic methods of interaction).
Here's an example - to connect means someone picks up the phone or sees you have messaged them but there is no action, feedback or follow through by the other person.
Communication is where the other person answers the phone, listens to you and understands the intent and purpose of your message.
Many managers assume because they have made a connection (usually electronically) that the message they were trying to communicate has occurred. Wrong assumption.
How do you know the difference between a connection and a successful communication? Try these tips to figure it out -
- When sending email track the message - to make sure it gets opened.
- Get the receiver to repeat back to you the message you sent - in their own words.
- Follow up with the person to their progress within a realistic time frame (shorter rather than longer) to ensure progress is being made.
- Speak to people face to face. Body language and non-verbal communication styles account for 80% of a message given (and received!)
To succeed in life - communicate.
- Communicate often;
- Communicate clearly;
- Communicate effectively.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
- kaizen - the drive for constant improvement;
- fun - enjoying what you do;
- trust - knowing those around you.
It is a great read filled with stories of achievement and overcoming what others think are insurmountable odds - and doing it anyway!
This is a very humorous and candid story from an impartial observer of what Tiger Woods does, and even more importantly how he does it. There are a number of very potent observations that the writer makes that can teach the average person a lot about how to approach life and be a winner.
Excerpt "He walks slowly; nothing is rushed. He actually appears to relish the pressure of the moment".