Category : Life Skills

For A Bigger Impact, Do The Little Things

Setting goals and standards. Implementing actions. Measuring results and making improvements. These are some of the major benchmarks of success in business and in life. But those who reach the highest peaks of personal and professional development consistently do countless little things each day, too. Here are some seemingly small ideas with big potential to bring more rewarding relationships and achievements your way. When you don’t know something, admit it and ask for more information….

Have A Productive Day! You’ll Get More Done With These Take-Charge Tips.

Your plate’s full and the demands on your time show no signs of dwindling. Setting priorities is a good start, but sometimes you need to make additional adjustments in the uphill fight to do what needs to be done. Here are seven tips that can keep you moving productively forward with less stress and more efficiency. Limit Access. Block off parts of your day or week as do not disturb zones where colleagues are told…

A Rallying Cry For The New Year: Ready, Set, GOALS! By Steve Fales

Successful people have goals. There is virtually no exception. What’s more, they write their goals, keep them top of mind, and use them as a compass for life. Here is what some truly high achievers said about goals: “Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” – Bo Jackson, sports legend “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Anthony Robbins, world-class motivational speaker “Unless you…

Three Little Words For Time Management Success By Steve Fales

Some of the best time management tactics come in bite-size portions – all the better to save valuable time. This series of three-word phrases cuts to the chase with tips you can quickly apply. Let’s get down to business. Make A Plan. Don’t just live life haphazardly or reactively. Know what you want to accomplish for the day or the hour. Use A List. Master Lists and To Do Lists keep people organized. Write It…

The No-Misfire Hire: Staffing To Fit Your Organizational Culture

Many businesses think that if they simply hire “good people,” those staff members can later be converted to the organization’s philosophy, code of conduct and work ethic. This chancy hit-or-miss approach will often result in frustration for both management and employee. Instead, a company must have its intentional organizational culture – its Companality® – in mind throughout the recruiting process. Those who interview job candidates must vividly describe the firm, giving examples of the attitudes…

Resolutions That Mean Business: Giving Customers More Of What They Want In 2014

With the New Year at hand, many people are busy prioritizing their resolutions – those personal pledges made with the best of intentions. Lose weight, quit smoking, exercise, volunteer, pay off debt, get organized. But what about New Year’s goals for your business? As 2014 launches us all on a fast track of new challenges and opportunities, one business reality is blazingly clear: Companies who wish to have a competitive edge must build on past…

Mastering E-Mail

E-mail.  It’s a tremendous tool at the center of most professionals’ lives.  It can also consume our entire day, leaving us feeling drained and defeated come 5:00pm.  If we’re going to be productive, we’ve got to learn to tame this beast.  Here are a few tips that may help. Have A System – Being intentional about how we handle e-mail is a huge first step.  If you’re familiar with phrases like “The Two Minute Rule”…

‘Tis The Season … To Set Goals

  It’s that time of year when people start thinking about what they want to accomplish over the next twelve months.  And as all the research shows, actually recording those desires as written goals gives us a much better chance of accomplishing them. The format in which a goal is written is more important than it might seem.  To illustrate, you might enjoy seeing the text of an actual e-mail I received from a young…

Effective Criticism Requires Skill, Not Knee-Jerk Reaction

Everyone needs feedback, but giving it effectively can be tricky, especially when the message is negative. Offering criticism properly can be immensely helpful, and providing it poorly can be counterproductive. Here are 12 guidelines to remember the next time you have to tell someone that he or she has done something wrong:

The Positive Pain Of Growth

Most people have heard the phrase “growing pains.” It’s an interesting concept. Just about everyone wants to grow – professionally, health-related, in relationships, and in other ways. But pain… that’s not so attractive. The truth is that if we are going to grow in any area of life, we will experience pain. It’s a simple fact. There are many types of pain. Of course physical pain can be part of growth – just ask a…

Living In The Margin

The word “margin” has many definitions, including one that can dramatically improve our lives. Margin allows us to function effectively without continually maxing out important personal resources such as time, energy, money, patience, capacity, etc. A person who lives with little or no margin is constantly operating with a tank that’s nearly empty in one or more category. A person with sufficient margin has portions of those resources left over even after being highly productive…

The Third Question

Taking an interest in other people is a lost art. Our society teaches us (in many ways that are outside the scope of this document) to focus on “me.” We need to learn how to think outside ourselves. One extremely important lesson in that direction is what I call “The Third Question”. Briefly, here’s how it works. When speaking with someone, consciously try to get to at least three questions. Most people usually ask one…