In the previous two articles, we covered how you, as a corporate manager, can choose to accelerate your career growth by learning how to deliver results through others.
An important choice to make is to let go of the mindset of an individual contributor, where you had to rely mostly on yourself to deliver your goals. Instead, seek to achieve results through others. Adopt a mindset of service, where you always focus on “What’s in it for them”, them being the people within your organization with whom you interact the most: Your direct reports, your peers from other departments and your boss.
Please watch this video for Tip #3: Find creative ways to determine “what’s in it for your peers.”
A recent study, referred to in this article, seems to validate this statement. Some of the benefits of remote working mentioned in the study were:
Improved work-life balance
More flexibility with child care
Other insights reported in the article indicate that:
Technology tools that enable communication and collaboration are motivating workers to pick up the phone and seek Facetime.
More millennials are demanding flexibility as an office perk.
My opinion, as stated in previous newsletters, is it takes two to tango. Managers should stay tuned-in to the individual flexibility preferences of their employees and discuss the best way to combine in-person and remote work approaches. Employees should voice their flexibility preferences to their bosses and, above all, meet or exceed their respective performance goals. Only then should this and other work “perks” be endorsed by their employers.
You have probably heard several times, and even memorized, The Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” However, you may be less familiar with The Platinum Rule: “Do unto others as they would have you do unto them.” Last month, during a training session on Everything DiSC® concepts, which cover preferences and tendencies in how people interact with others, I heard a simplified version of The Platinum Rule: “Treat others the way they want to be treated.” It made me realize how we may erroneously assume that others want to be treated the way we want to be treated. If you are not living this rule and would like to incorporate it into the way you relate to other people, here are a few suggestions:
Set this as a priority in your life: Post this rule in a visible place where you can be constantly reminded of it. It can be on your refrigerator or in your office, car, agenda or device.
Ask: The easiest way to find out how the other person wants to be treated may be to just ask.
Infer: Observe the other person’s behaviors and take an educated guess.
Decode: If you have access to more sophisticated assessments like DiSC, leverage them, especially for key professional relationships.
Count on me if you need help setting life priorities and running Everything DiSC® solutions at work. Percy M. Cannon www.cannon.consultingHave you tried LifePlan?
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Share a system to proactively allocate the bulk of your time to achieving your goals in your personal mission statement.
Do you often realize that most of the day has passed and all you’ve accomplished is busy work, with nothing meaningful or fulfilling to show for it? Turn that around with these two sets of morning routines:\r\n\r\n1. Allocate the first hour of the day to your personal priorities. As soon as you get up, consider the following alternatives:\r\n• Prayer and meditation: Why not start the day by giving thanks to God for the life you have and to reflect on the scriptures or another source of wisdom? This can take as little as five minutes.\r\n• Exercise: Whether you frequent a gym, jog or walk outdoors, or do some push-ups and sit-ups at home, allocating a few minutes to wake up your muscles can do wonders for your health.\r\n• Relationship building: Is there an important relationship in your life that requires your attention? It could be your spouse, a relative, an acquaintance, or someone who may be going through a difficult period. Use this time to talk in person, call or write them, or set up a reminder to connect with them later in the day.\r\n\r\n2. Allocate the first hour at work to your professional priorities. Start by blocking the first hour in your work agenda for a full week. No calls, no meetings, no emails, no internet are allowed (by you). Consider the following alternatives:\r\n• Plan your workday. What is the most important task you will undertake during the day? It could be a business-building opportunity, a professional relationship you need to build or fix, an employee relationship that requires attention, etc.\r\n• Get started. Do not wait until “you find the time” during the day to tackle this priority task. Start working on it right away. If the first hour of the day is all you have available, then schedule time for it during the balance of the workweek. Don’t leave it up to chance. Force yourself to allocate enough time for what you have defined to be important in your professional role.\r\n\r\nTry these two routines for seven days, and assess your performance at the end of the week. Build on the lessons learned for the following week. Adjust as necessary. If you persevere, you will soon realize these routines have improved your work-life balance, positively impacting your personal and professional life, and in the lives of others.
Enterprises typically review and report business results every quarter. The reporting activity can either be broad (for publicly traded companies) or restricted to a few internal people (for non-publicly traded entities). \r\n\r\nCan you leverage this business practice to review your personal results thus far? Are you on track to achieve your 2015 goals?\r\n\r\nWhether you formally planned your 2015 priorities and goals or not, the following three suggestions will help you assess how your life is performing after the first quarter and what adjustments may be needed for the rest of the year. \r\n\r\n1. Plan and hold an interim review. If you haven’t done so, block out 30 minutes in your agenda to perform this task. Gather all the data you have that could help you assess your performance to date. And if you have not set specific goals for 2015, I invite you to do so now. Paraphrasing a Chinese proverb, even if the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now.\r\n\r\n2. Look back, and assess your life performance. Answer the questions in the following three areas. Leverage any hard data you may have available and your own self-assessments:\r\na. Overall, what grade would you assign to your life? What stands out as positive and negative?\r\nb. What grade would you assign to your professional life? Is your career moving in the right direction? Are your business goals ahead of target? Are your work relationships getting stronger? Is there feedback from your boss, associates, or customers you can leverage? \r\nc. What grade would you assign to your personal life? Are your priority relationships moving in the right direction? Are you developing your physical, mental, and spiritual health? Are your finances in order?\r\n\r\n3. Look forward, and adjust where needed. Based on your answers in the previous section:\r\na. What is the one area that is working well in your life that you want to nurture and leverage during the rest of the year? It could be a strong relationship, a successful job, etc. \r\nb. Which is the one area that requires the most urgent intervention in the balance of the year? What will you commit to do differently to remedy the problem? The more precise and specific you can get, the higher the odds of success.\r\n\r\nI want to close this newsletter with a quote from the American author, salesman, and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar: “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” As you embark on this journey, count on me to help you succeed.\r\n