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    Business Walks for Creativity - All Seasons.

    Business Walks for Creativity – All Seasons

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    Business Walks for Creativity – All Seasons. I watched a Ted Ex video the other day about chat walks. Taking your business meetings and making them outside meetings. Inspired by this talk, one has only to think about some of the following items:

    • decide on the location of the walk
    • the length of time available to walk
    • whom you will meet with
    • what you will discuss
    • and the weather of course.

    The amount of stress alone saved in taking a chat walk is worth its weight in gold. It also helps to cut your blood pressure down, beef up your cardio, raise those happy endorphin’s, and bring a level of wellness to your entire body. Many exclaimed that walking and creativity go hand and hand.

    Many exclaimed that walking and creativity go hand and hand.

    Save a back – your own! You have to get up away from that desk, put the mouse down, lace up a pair of tennis shoes, and head out the door. Find someplace, any place, where you can take your meetings to another level; one that risks going outside and breathing in fresh air, and feeling the warm sunshine on your skin. Walking has been proven to enhance your mental health as well as your physical health.

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    How to keep from falling behind, when you are already ahead - STOP

    How to keep from falling behind, when you are already ahead – STOP

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    How to keep from falling behind, when you are already ahead – Stop.  A lot of us live our lives like this. Meeting deadlines, negotiating deals, setting up operations or systems. Once you are caught up and on track, you still sense a little nagging thought in the back of your mind that says “I gotta keep going”. “I can’t relax”.  I’m all caught up, but why do I feel like I’m late?

    I’m all caught up, but why do I feel like I’m late?

    Just recently I finished a project that was eating up a lot of my time, and left me feeling on the edge of my seat. If I finished the project early, someone would think I didn’t have enough to do. If I finish late, some might think I’m not staying on task. You can’t win in this scenario. When you experience this phenomenon enough times, you’re body and mind learn that, business, work, and life, are all done in constant distraction mode.

    PUSH STOP!

    It’s one thing to work hard, it’s another to balance that hard work with a good measure of life balanced activities; including downtime. Many have been in distraction mode for so long, they don’t know how to de-escalate, and build in life balance measures for their lives.

    STOP THE STRESS

    The old saying that failure to plan on your part does not mean action on my part – that often sneaks into the equation when dealing with other distracted co-workers. As the cycle of the day runs its course, people will ride the working wave at different times, locations, levels, and mindsets. A lot of times the mindsets don’t equal each other. We all have our high and low points during the day.

    How is your stress today? Stressed much?

    Stress plays a big factor in your overall health, and I think we all know that. There are a lot of experts out there, which give us any number of remedies and cures for how to deal with stress. Finding which remedy works for you is a process. My hopes are that you have others around you who will act as a support team to help you find just the right remedy or process to gain and keep your health on track.

    Just the word stress, can be a trigger for some people

    Stress has a lot to do with our body’s vital organs and the health of those organs. It is important to tell your doctor about changes in your mood so that you can discuss treatment options best suited for you. Working on your own internal senses to build yourself up and maintain a healthy state of mind, is so important to the quality of your life. Did you know that the very act of caring creates resilience, and in turn helps the body to not overreact to stress?

    Talk Therapy is also a great way to talk through those situations that you might be holding onto unnecessarily. Talk Therapy is also great for creating new conversations and opening up doors to collaborations; about things you might have wanted to explore but were always afraid to try.

    How to keep from falling behind, when you are already ahead – STOP

    The fight or flight mechanism which is a built-in survival tool becomes unhealthy for our bodies when we are subject to it in a never-ending cycle. Taking control of our stress and making it your friend, gives you the upper hand, and helps you keep your body chemistries more in line with those of a healthy lifestyle.

    If you are stressed over past events or situations you had no control over, you have to learn to let go of that negativity. Holding onto that toxicity will only create an unhealthy outcome. For those who suffer from health issues, gaining the upper hand over your emotions and thoughts could extend your life. Even add years.

    I know that by just being kind when you have it in your power to do so, will give you strength in your personal life; that includes your health. The benefits are rewarding.

    Don’t let work rob you of your life. Put stress on notice, as well as any difficult co-worker. Be willing to speak up, out, and overcome the stress. Find that niche where you feel comfortable. Buy yourself a stop button and start using it.

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    Is Effective Leadership missing in the Equation?

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    Is Effective Leadership missing in the Equation?

    I was reading an article this morning from Harvard Business School called American Idle: Workers Spend Too Much Time Waiting for Something to Do. It was cute, to the point, but had one thing I thought that was missing. Effective leadership was missing from the equation.

    Effective leadership was missing from the equation

    This is the type of topic that authors write about. You find one disgruntled employee who had a manager or supervisor who turned out to be the devil him or herself, and you have a story. How that story is spun will determine the type of outcome you will have. I know the problem, I want the solution. Are you that type of leader? Are you tough enough to tell the old devil where to go?

    Leadership verbiage is probably way overused by many. Leadership has to deal with taking a lead role in a project or endeavor. Leadership is not teaching someone how to fill out routine reports or turn on a computer, that’s training or guidance. It’s not leading a meeting where all you do is discuss the same thing over and over again – that’s training. It’s not filling out the same forms or collecting samples, or even answering the phones. Leadership is working with a group of people to see a project or endeavor through to the goals end. You work with everyone.

    Leadership is working with a group of people to see a project or endeavor through to the goals end.

    While your manager/supervisor may know the job well, they may not have the people skills necessary to motivate their staff. They often get by with either a micro-managing style and/or have a laissez-faire attitude toward others. That is not leadership.

    To avoid ending up with a culture of micromanaging employees trying to scrape together work from the bottom of the barrel, keep your communications open and active. Be active, and help your employees develop their own work ethic – by modeling those same good ethics you want to see. Show them a leader they can work beside. Notice that I didn’t say follow – I said, work beside.

    Show them a leader they can work beside 

    Outcomes are what matters to the client or your future prospects. As long as you are meeting their goals, they’re happy. Are you also happy? What about your employees?

    Leadership, management, community outreach, research, training, they all mean very different things to different people.  What I know, is that you need to be able to show your work. In any working relationship, you should be able to reflect on your leadership skills and provide guidance in the direction you want your team to go. Some examples:

    1.    Show me your teamwork, and how you manage challenges together

    2.    Show me leadership that moves others into motion

    3.    Tell me how you perform community outreach

    4.    Show me how you motivate your employees to increase productivity

    5.   While doing research did you actively engage in experimentation that provided you and your team with factual data that could be useful to your organization or business? What was your teams feedback?

    6.   Training usually has some long-term benefit, plus you provide your team with material or backup data. Where do you store your assessment data? How does your team use that data?

    7. Do your employees enjoying engaging with you?

    Leaders know that we can’t all be managers or supervisors. You have to be able to delegate and let go of some of the controls in order for your vision to manifest itself. Nor can we thrive in a constant environment without some form of monetary benefit keeping us afloat. We need to learn to pace ourselves – and offer others the same pace. Different jobs/tasks require different paces.

    As stated above: Leadership has to deal with taking a lead role in a project or endeavor.

    Leadership is more about directing others and assuming a role of authority and taking responsibility for that position. When you do community outreach, that generally entails that you have many contacts and work through those contacts to form some sort of alliance that has a similar goal. It is a bringing together of large circles of people, employees, businesses, and community leaders for the common good or goal.

    You have a completely different ideology about what constitutes leadership skills. For instance,  I have an aversion to those who claim certain skill sets that are not unique to them. On-the-other-hand, I enjoy those professionals who are willing to discuss even the more basic skills they possess. Basically, unless I know you personally, the only thing I can pretty much assume is that you can type, talk, or maybe turn a wrench. I can probably glean a fair amount of information from your writings, but there has to be more. Details tend to matter, so those basic skills might just be the ticket.

    I am a professional who looks for those out of the ordinary individuals who just want to work. Individuals who want to be a part of the team. They feel good about accomplishing something, and being a part of something more.

    If you know the problem, focus instead on a solution. Lead by example.

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    Leadership Quiz Night

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    Leadership Quiz Night! Leadership, social media, community outreach, research, and training, they all mean very different things to different people.  What I have learned is that you need to be able to show your work. In a job interview, that can become a very interesting prospect to have thrown at you – unaware. It’s those little questions….

    1. Show your work
    2. Show me leadership.
    3. Tell me how you perform community outreach.
    4. How many hours a day do you work in social media?
    5. How many social media applications can you link?
    6. What is content marketing for social media?
    7. While doing research did you actively engage in experimentation that provided you with factual data that could be useful to your organization or business?
    8. Training usually has some long-term benefit, plus you provide your learners with material or backup data, where do you store your assessment data?

    Have we reached the end of sensibility? The honest answer is – maybe. Can we thrive in a constant environment without some form of monetary benefit keeping us afloat? Probably not. Our skills are our bread and butter. We need to be able to sell those skills and sell them well. Some people don’t even know they have certain skills. Testing yourself, and really examining what you do and don’t know can help you in your quest to be in that perfect position.

    Have we reached the end of sensibility? The honest answer is – maybe

    Back to my initial statement, leadership, social media, community outreach, research, and training, they all mean very different things to different people. Words DO matter. Depending on the words you use, they may ultimately define your role in the working environment. They may also generate feelings, good or bad. I have learned the meaning of stress, and words that I associate with that stress are called project management and strategic planning. I’m not saying they are bad positions, but anyone who has ever been in a position where a large chunk of your daily role was finding yourself buried under a deadline, client concerns, and underperforming managers – you’ll understand. They can be fun roles also; if you like the fast and furious pace that they often take. Yea…I lived for that crap!

    Yea…I lived for that crap!

    Leadership verbiage is probably way over-used by many. Leadership has to deal with taking a lead role in a project or endeavor. Leadership is not teaching someone how to turn on a computer or find information, that’s training or guidance. It’s not leading a meeting where all you do is discuss the same thing over and over again – that’s training.

    Leadership is more about directing others and assuming a role of authority and taking responsibility for that position. When you do community outreach, that generally entails that you have many contacts and work through those contacts to form some sort of alliance that has a similar goal. It is a bringing together of large circles of people, businesses, and community leaders for the common good.

    When you do community outreach, that generally entails that you have many contacts and work through those contacts to form some sort of alliance that has a similar goal. It is bringing together large circles of people, businesses, and community leaders for the common good

    Some people may have a completely different ideology about what constitutes certain skill sets. I have an aversion to those who claim certain skill sets that are not unique to them. On-the-other-hand, I enjoy those professionals who put Customer Service or Volunteer on their list of skills.

    Basically, unless I know you personally, the only thing I can pretty much assume is that you can type. I can probably glean a fair amount of information from your writings, but there has to be more. Details tend to matter. I want to know you. I don’t want memorized words, I want you to know what you are good at.

    Leadership Quiz Night!

    Here are some fun little tools to test your skills. It’s all hypothetical of course, it won’t determine your life work. You might be a master of your craft, and end up with a weak score. It’s a reality check, but a fun one. What are you really good at? Are you too good? Can you laugh at yourself and with others when you look at your own scores? It puts you on an equal playing field with all those who work around you. A little bit of humility goes a long way in building true character.

    Have fun with these freebie tests 

    Have fun learning what you are good at. Take a good hard look at your resume. If you have done the skills, and actually understand the meaning of the skill, leave it on there. If you have tinkered with a skill, be very cautious about misrepresenting who you are and what you do. Lastly. Don’t dummy down your skills for no one.

    Don’t dummy down your skills for no one

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    Disclosure – Vulnerable or Vindictive

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    Disclosure – Vulnerable or Vindictive. Focus on the chart above for a minute. Take in what it is asking you to do. Based on what you see in this decision process – which way do you anticipate you will decide to go?

    • Will you say something or not?
    • Is the disclosure (or non-disclosure)- vulnerable or vindictive?

    Now ask yourself one more question. Did you arrive at a pre-conceived conclusion that the answer to this diagram, based only on what you see, indicates you should choose to move to the left in your decision process? Maybe the red terminator button that is partially hidden on the right suggested to you that you should decide to go left on the diagram and say “Yes”.

    Now let’s look at the full diagram.

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    The Gossip BOX

    Well, now you KNOW.

    It is the second decision box that describes the situation you must face based on your first decision, which by now you know was only an incorrect assumption.

    Undoubtedly, I probably will have misguided a number of people to go the wrong way – deliberately. This doesn’t make you a bad person or a good person. The chances that you would decide to go in the other direction (right) would be about 1%. Another 1 or 2% may still be sitting on the fence, but the majority went left.

    Often we are suspectable to this type of misinterpretation in our everyday lives. People come at us from all directions, and many times we only see a sliver of an issue or an underlining problem. Yet people want answers – and they want them in a hurry. But if we only have a partial bit of information available to us, our decision processes can become a crapshoot real fast.

    Real life scenario’s push us to our limits at times. Having the time to attend to issues and give them our full attention can sometimes be stressful. Take for instance the following scenarios. What might you do to remedy one or two of them? Do you have enough information? What do you already know?

    • Scenario 1: Meeting with a group of professionals regarding a project that will have lasting benefits for the company. It is discovered that key individuals are not likely to work well together. Therefore information is not being shared.
    • Scenario 2: In a private meeting it is mentioned that someone may not have the necessary skills to accomplish a task. This according to one person only.
    • Scenario 3: I’m confronted by an individual that is worried that no one likes them and their key group of workers. States that it is common knowledge within the corporation.
    • Scenario 4: After complaining that a process is backed up and in serious jeopardy, a presenter demands that a system be implemented to help deal with their departments load. In good faith, people are hustling to find remedies and develop a strategy that will help fix the backup issues and restore confidence in the system. The original presenter then makes the comment that they wash their hands of the project and dump the load on the nearest worker.

    We have to remember that when we are presented with scenario’s like the ones above, that there is a lot more information that isn’t yet visible. As bad as I dislike meetings, they are a necessary evil to get to the core of many issues. You have to get all the players on the same sides again and determine What went right!

    What went right?

    We all should strive for a high moral within our working environments. Kick the guilt shaming, nitpicking, and arrogant players to the curb. Sometimes you have to roll up your sleeves and do the dirty work of correcting the problem(s) yourself. You have to look at the entire picture and make sure the pieces are in the correct place. Lay a foundation of respect with those you work with and make sure that each person has a piece of that respect. If they lose your respect it should only be for something that was cruel, malicious, and negligent toward corporate values. You have to look at the whole flow chart.

    You have to look at the whole flowchart

    When you look at the whole flowchart, then you can better determine if Disclosure is Vulnerable or Vindictive.

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