It’s a workday, the alarm rings. What do you do?
Shut it off, and immediately get up? Hit snooze once, twice, maybe more?
If you feel like hitting snooze, I can relate. This entry is prompted by a compelling desire I had this morning to hit the snooze. But I’m flying to Portland today to deliver a two-day seminar on “Habits of Highly Successful People.”
First, how ironic would it be if I hit snooze, given my topic?
Second, I promised myself a long time ago, I wouldn’t have the first act of a business day be procrastinating something (like getting up.)
Now let’s look into some surprising insights that hitting the snooze button may tell you about yourself.
1. Commitment phobic
You may have had grand visions for your morning. You’re going to get up early, go for a quick run, jot a card to a friend, or write down your goals. (more…)
As a leader, you’ve experienced unique demands on your time and resources.
Let’s take a closer look at the impact of people wasting time at work and what you can do about it.
If you like seeing how the numbers play out, keep reading. If you’d like to skip ahead to the solutions, including 5 quick tips for what you can do about that, click here for the checklist “When Time Is Tight”.
In highly competitive markets, your company cannot afford employees who waste a lot of time. And yet, over 62% of employees admit to wasting between one hour to OVER three hours every day.
Depending on how many employees on your team, and their salaries, your company could be wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars by paying for time that’s wasted!
It’s time to be more aware of what weak time management is costing.
Imagine what it would mean if you could redirect all of your employees’ wasted time into valuable projects.
What’s wasted time costing your team’? (more…)
How to Capture and Keep Your Attention
In the healthcare industry, expectations are going up at the same time resources are not.
It’s more important that ever for you and those you lead to be able to use your valuable resource of attention.
Great news, you can actually train yourself to harness your attention and stay on task.
Here are five ways you can get focused fast so more of the right things get done.Start to finish
- Start to finish
- Count down
- Time it right
- Break it up
- Schedule it
1. Start to finish.
It’s important that you break up your tasks into chunks that you can start and finish during the course of the day.
As you work, think, “start to finish.” You’re work on that task isn’t done until that small piece is done. Have a bias towards action, and completion.
One of the biggest reasons you leave work feeling stressed and unsatisfied with your work, in spite of the fact (more…)
Have you recently taken on more responsibility at work, gotten a new leadership job or a promotion to manager?
Has the self-doubt set in yet? Feeling as though any day, the people who believe in you will discover you’re not the leader they thought you were?
“Imposter Syndrome” is common among high achievers. You might find yourself experiencing it firsthand.
As a leader, you know how important it is to have a solid foundation of confidence, because if you don’t believe in you, you can’t expect your people to believe in you.
Let’s get your self-image where it needs to be.
It’s time to challenge everything you’ve ever heard about building confidence.
You know if you want what you’ve never had, you need to do what you’ve never done. Let’s take old ideas that don’t work, and leave them in the past where they belong.
Time to shake up assumptions, rethink your thinking and start developing confidence that lasts.
Crystal clear precap:
5 Wild ideas, wisely applied, to boost your confidence:
- Practice backwards thinking
- Get on the fast track to failure
- Lower your standards
- Think small
- Compare yourself to others
Crazy, right? These 5 ideas probably go against everything you’ve ever heard about success. Funny thing is, they work.
Let’s take a closer look at how you can gain confidence as a leader by taking these 5 ideas to heart.
1) Practice backward thinking. (more…)
Whether you’ve been a leader for a while, recently promoted to a new leadership role at your current job, or just accepted a position as leader in a new company, take a moment to check to see that you aren’t making these distressing blunders.
Crystal clear precap:
5 ½ Embarrassing Mistakes Leaders Make
- Focused solely on work, not connecting
- Misunderstanding the “Open Door Policy”
- Lack of following through
- Giving unclear instructions
- Not delegating
5 ½. Continuing to do old job
1. Focused solely on work, not connecting
It would seem at first glance that the smartest action a leader can take is to concentrate solely on how focused you are about setting and achieving goals.
Promoted to be a leader? Congratulations!
Now, make sure you’re off to a confident start, and feel as sure of yourself as the people who promoted you are!
While your team will assume that you know what you’re doing because, well, you’re the boss, it’s important that you internalize confidence so you can be a great leader.
It’s natural if you doubt your abilities, or think that it won’t be long before others “find out” that you’re not as smart as they think you are.
This feeling is so widespread, it’s even got a name: “Imposter Syndrome.”