Plan to Rock in 2016!

We’ve all done it. It’s a new year. We make a resolution to diet and lose weight. You go to the store, prep all your meals, and create a plan to go to the gym. By the time Monday morning rolls around, you are ready to start your week! You eat healthy all week, go to the gym, and get plenty of sleep. You jump on the scale and BOOM! Down three pounds! Success!

Now it’s the weekend, and time for a reward. You’re feeling good. One bad meal won’t hurt you. Then it becomes two bad meals. And then Sunday, you don’t feel like prepping meals or planning gym time for the next week. And guess what happens? You are off track and unmotivated.

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Keeping The Saw Sharp

One of my favorite quotes comes from Abe Lincoln.  He is cited as saying, “If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first four hours sharpening the axe.” Basically, he would spend two-thirds of his time improving the tools that make him effective at his work. Sounds easy, but how can a person remember to spend time sharpening instead of continuing to struggle through life’s daily challenges?

“If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first four hours sharpening the axe.” - Abraham Lincoln Click To Tweet
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Believe in Your People – Employee Appreciation Day

When you think about the success of your company or department, what comes to mind? To whom do you attribute your wins? Is it because your manager set clear deadlines? Is it because you rocked the proposal that you delivered? Or was it because of your people?

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Trust…From the Employee’s Perspective

One thing that makes employees unhappy is working for a company that doesn’t believe in them. From an employee perspective, we don’t want to be given the “easy” tasks. We want responsibility. We want trust. We want to know that you are comfortable giving things to us, even if you’re unsure of the outcome. We want to know that you are willing to let us go through our trial-and-error phase. Will we always knock it out of the ballpark the very first time? Probably not. But the fact that you’re willing to let us try – that’s worth the effort.

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What’s Your Play?

Do you have a case of the summertime blues? Do you spend your days doing adult things? Working. Managing your staff. Taking care of the kids. Keeping the house clean. Running errands. Are you so caught up in all the adult things you have to do that you’ve forgotten to make time for play? Here’s something that might make you think twice. Turns out, play is necessary!

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How Are You Doing On Your Goals?

Every year, usually at the beginning, we set goals. We make resolutions and commit to making changes. In both our personal lives and in business. What often happens, though, is that we set them, and don’t ever review how we did…not until the end of the year, anyway. By then, it’s way too late to make any changes or do anything about the goals that we never achieved. It’s also too late to celebrate our successes, and time to set new goals!

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Stuck in a Rut

Every now and then we all find ourselves in a mental funk or stuck in a rut. No one around you really knows this is what you’re feeling or thinking. You like your job. No one is really doing anything wrong…it’s just a funk! What do you do about it?

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3 Ways to Inspire

Inspirational Leadership…what does that mean? How do you inspire your team?  Or even inspire yourself?  When was the last time you were so engrossed in your work that you looked up and it was 5 o’clock?  You had no idea where the day went.  Has it been awhile since you have felt that way?  You may be not inspired.  If you’re not, chances are…neither is your team.

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Unleashing Possibilities – A Different Attitude

Have you hit a road block to your success with your team or your goals?  Is it time for you to break out of your rut and unleash possibilities?  Too often WE are the one who has gotten in the way.  In your own way, in the way of your team, or those around you.  We have approximately 60,000 thoughts per day – many repeated over and over.  Where are your thoughts taking you?

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Burnout at Work? Time to WAKE UP!

You are working 40-50 hours a week. On top of that, you’re taking certification classes for work that are hard to keep up with. You’ve got young children at home, so not only are you working and taking classes, you’re a full-time parent who has to cook, clean, do laundry, and attend soccer practices.

Even though you’re trying your best, you’re still struggling to make ends meet. It’s getting harder for you to wake up in the morning; your workload is getting heavier and your supervisor is requesting that you complete more projects in less time. It seems like you are constantly on the go, you have no time for yourself, and you don’t see an end in sight. You’re drowning in your own hectic life…We’ve all been there.

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