Tag: Execution

Get More By Taking Action, Applying and Doing

In life, you can stand on the sideline and watch or you can get in the game.  Yes, there’s a certain number of players who can be on the court at the same time, but don’t let that stop you.  Don’t let your hours of practice go to waste.  Make sure you get in the game and apply what you’ve learned.  You will get the most of the experience this way because learning has a lot to do with application.   When you’re actively involved, you increase your chances of learning and retaining information.  For example, you may read about a topic and think you understand it, but if you’re not able to speak about it and explain it to someone else, then chances are you don’t understand it as well as you think.

So if you’re looking to get the most of our situation and experiences, make it a point to get active, apply and do.

“Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn.” 

– Benjamin Franklin

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Wishing is not enough; we must do.”

– Johann Von Goethe

What do you do to get more?  How do you test how much you’ve learned from a situation?  Do you learn more passively or actively?

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7 Ways To Create A Noticeable Impact When Working With Others

From time-to-time we all have to work with others.  Even if you work for yourself, you’ll have to interact in a group setting as people and relationships are crucial components of business and the human experience in general.  So how can you make these interactions effective?  How can you set yourself apart and create an executive presence?  How can you create a lasting impression?

Here are some ways to help you create a noticeable impact when working with others:

Have a clear vision and maintain a big picture perspective.  First you need to know what your overall objective is and what goal you’re setting out the accomplish.  Once you know where you’re going, you can share that vision with others.  Despite having your eye on the focal point, be mindful of the moving parts.  Even if you’re working on one area, step out of the details and stay abreast of the progress of other areas.

Have a plan but be flexible.  Planning always makes your work easier.  The earlier you can tackle planning, the better your entire process will be.  You’ll know when things are to be done, who will perform each task and what you need to prepare for tomorrow.  However, don’t let tunnel vision get the best of you.  Recognize that things rarely fall into place perfectly as planned so be flexible.  Be willing to make changes along the way.  Be willing to tweak and revamp your plan.  Remember the fact that you can get from point A to B via different routes.

Build and energize others.  Be passionate and interested in the work at hand.  This passion will radiate from you and energize others.  People are motivated by and gravitate toward those who take a stance.  As you share your interest with others, make it a point to bring out the best in them.  That involves mentoring, teaching and challenging them so that they develop under your watch.  Always add an element of fun and find ways to lighten the situation.  Take breaks to do small things that go a long way.  It may be recognition or an outing but give credit where credit is due.

Be dependable and follow through on responsibilities.  At the end of the day, results matter.  If you have a deadline when deliverables are due, you’re expected to execute.  So do what it takes to be that person others can depend on.  When they are wondering who can get the job done, you want to be the one who comes to mind.  Under-promise and over-deliver.

Be innovative.  It is easy to go with the status quo and do things as they have been done for years.  But you can add value when you think outside the box.  Leverage your experience and knowledge to see things from a different perspective.  Find at least one way to do something differently that will have an impact and improve results.  Both quantitative and qualitative results are good.

Face challenges directly.  When dealing with others, you’re exposed to different personalities, work styles, sense of urgency, strengths etc.  Often, this causes issues.  Deal with these issues directly. Communicate timely and effectively as needed.  Take these opportunities to help others focus on takeaways that may help them improve.  But never react based on your emotions.  Think through the situation.  Become more stern if you need to.  Your stance should be clear and effective.

Be honest, open and confident.  Being consistently honest goes a long way and will help you gain trust.  When you convey honesty and openness in your communication, others return the same.  This flow of communication is crucial in working with others so do your part to foster it.  Confidence is essential for a leader and helps you command an executive presence.  People trust those who have confidence in their proven abilities.  Highlight the key qualities of your brand.

Do you have experience incorporating these approaches when working with others?  Do you have a different approach?  Do you have other tactics that are effective?


How To Create Your Own Growth and Opportunity

Learning. Growth. Opportunities. Challenges. Experience. 

These are all words that you will encounter on the road to success.  Takeaways and learning come with each opportunity; and with time, this leads with a plethora of experiences.  This, in turn, increases the likelihood of more opportunities which come with challenges during the process of applying what you know and quickly learning what you don’t know.  Ultimately, a mixture of these opportunities and experiences lead to growth and make you a better version of yourself.

So how do you make this all happen?  Will the opportunities come to you?  How do you know when you’re experiencing growth?

“People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.” – E. Nightingale

A very important starting point is knowing what you want.  Once you figure out whether you want to get to point B, C, or D then you can start plotting a route.  This has to be driven by you and what you want for yourself.  It can’t be what your parents visualize for you or how outsiders perceive you.  All influences aside, nobody knows your deepest aspirations better than you.

“Success always comes when preparation meets opportunity.” – Henry Hartmann

You have to be ready.  Being ready means taking the necessary steps ahead of time.  This means obtaining certain skills, experience, expertise, performance record, etc.  This also means being mentally prepared.  Again, this readiness has to come from within.  The exterior component will be the opportunities that come your way once you’re prepared.  The universe has a mysterious way of coordinating itself with you once you decide you’re ready for big things to happen.

“The two most important requirements for major success are: first, being in the right place at the right time, and second, doing something about it.” – Ray Kroc

Action is key.  And each action you take makes seemingly lofty goals come to life and make your goals more real.  So once you’ve plotted out your action plan and prepared, the next step is to put in the work.  Goals and aspirations do not manifest themselves without work and effort.  As you work hard and position yourself strategically, opportunities will come your way which you must then assess before you make moves.

When you add action to the equation, this process becomes more difficult as uncertainty and changes emerge.  However, there are practices that can be put in place to ease any transition and alleviate the fear of the unknown.

“Do one thing everyday that scares you.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

This gets you out of your comfort zone.  The more comfortable you are, the least likely you’ll be to embrace major changes.  But the more you implement this habit, the more you’ll realize that in retrospect, what was seemingly a mountain was only a molehill.

Be open to change

You never truly know or understand something until you’ve tried it.  So break out of your usual routine and try something different.  This could be taking a different route as you walk home or trying something exotic on a restaurant menu.  Small changes may accumulate and change your life so be open to spreading your wings a bit.

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

Stay active.  Pick up a new activity, read an article on a different subject matter, or step up to the plate for additional responsibilities.  Be fluid because if you’re not moving along, you’re being left behind.

Trust your gut

There is no better tool for feeling things out than your own innate ability.  You gut feeling will not steer you wrong.  If you find yourself needing to ask for reassurance after you’ve made up your mind and know what your gut feeling says, then you probably already know the answer.  Don’t fight it.

Take risks.  Take calculated risks.  Be spontaneous.

Being flexible and adaptable is essential for surviving in a world full of changes.  Think about how quickly thing happen in these times.  Information is shared in a matter of seconds, communication happens across borders instantly and technology has made our lives mobile.  If for no other reason, being spontaneous and taking risks has become a matter of survival.

With self-awareness, strategy, and action, growth and opportunity can be attracted and created.  Start with the big picture, map it out, and execute.  Simultaneously, put systems in place that make your major moves feel like ordinary exercises.

 Have you done anything to change your situation?  How have you created opportunities for yourself?  How do take ownership of your growth?

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