time management

The Value of Discipline

When you think of the word “discipline,” what comes to mind? Do you get a picture of correcting employee behavior? “Adam did something wrong and I need to discipline him.” Maybe you get a vision of a tedious, non-motivating, static environment opposed to change and to be avoided if given an option. “You can’t even breathe in that department. Anything you do that is outside of their discipline is a cause for a personnel action.”

Somehow along the way, discipline has become more closely aligned with punishment or oppression than the original definition (which was to teach or instruct). The fact is that discipline can be a good thing…

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Tired of Chasing Squirrels?

Have you ever watched a dog laying casually in the yard when suddenly, something catches his attention? A squirrel! He’s no longer interested in basking in the sunlight because he’s going to GET THAT SQUIRREL! He stops what he was doing and chases the squirrel. And most often he doesn’t catch it. Still, he stands at the bottom of the tree for a good amount of time, wondering (I’m guessing here) if he can climb the tree…or hoping the squirrel will magically slip off the branch and fall into his mouth.

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What do you do with your time?

One of the hardest things to do in a job is to get work done through other people. It’s even more difficult when you don’t have direct authority over the people assigned to complete a task. Without a system, you can find yourself becoming victim to interruptions, everyday work flow, and the priorities of others.

When we ask people why they are not as efficient as they could be, common answers are range from not having enough time, not being in control of assignments, having too many priorities, and having constant interruptions.

People say they don’t have enough time, yet they have all there is! No one is making more. The real question is this: What you do with the time you have?

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Meetings that Go Nowhere

Have you ever attended a meeting where nothing was accomplished? A meeting where only a few of the people who attended actually talked? A meeting without established timelines that seemed to drag on hours longer than needed?

At some point, it’s likely you will be asked to facilitate a meeting either at work or at an association outside of work. Will the meeting you facilitate be appreciated or dreaded? We can help you with that. There are five key points that everyone who runs a meeting should follow. Yes, they might sound basic, but each improves the process, outcome, and experience of the meeting. And those attending will appreciate it too!

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The Power of Focus

As summer gets into full swing, it’s certainly easy to become distracted from our goals. Personal vacations. Employee vacations. Holidays. And taking a few hours here and there to enjoy the warm weather. All of these are important in keeping our morale high, but all of these also affect our productivity.

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