Tag: Innovation

Quick Takeaway: Take the Wheel and Steer Toward Your Goal

From time to time, your windshield gets foggy.  Instead of snow, rain or sleet, your view gets blocked by lack of focus, second-guessing yourselves or negativity from others.  It is normal for this to happen and it is fine to pull over on the shoulder to regain your composure.

The biggest challenge, however, is in snapping out of it and getting back on the road.  Take yourself out of the current situation and look at the big picture.  Remind yourself why you started the journey in the first place.  Envision what it will be like when you get there and why you want that feeling.  Imagine it being real.  Use that motivation as the push you need to keep going.

So what’s the takeaway?

Don’t let a few raindrops on the windshield blur your vision. You’re in the driver’s seat. Steer toward your goal! Keep dreaming big and don’t let anything get in your way along the road to success!

“There is a curb called Failure
A loop called Confusion
Speed bumps called Friends
Red lights called Enemies
Caution lights called Family
You will have flats called Jobs
 But, if you have a spare called Determination
An engine called Perseverance
Insurance called Faith
You will make it to a place called Success!”

– Unknown

Have you had a time when your view became foggy?  How did you get yourself back on track?  Share your experience below?

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Life is Fragile: Here’s How to Make the Most of it

I recently shared this on TheAfter5Edge’s Twitter handle and facebook page and received a lot of positive feedback.  For this reason, I wanted to take the opportunity to elaborate on what was a short but important reminder.  We’re often so caught up being “busy” that we forget what should take priority in our lives.  So I wanted to take a moment to stop and reflect.

Life is fragile.  We have the option of going through life quietly or living life boldly.  Either way, our time is limited.  It is ours now to treasure and we should make the most of it while we can.

Spend it wisely.  Despite our limited time, we have the option to live life with meaning, with purpose and by design.  Think of what you want to have in your life and create a plan accordingly.  Create a life that makes you feel whole and complete.  Do the things you want to do.

Do good deeds.  The world becomes a better place with each of our acts.  Reach out to an elderly neighbor.  Let someone go ahead of you in a line.  Give up your seat on the bus.  Donate your used clothing.  Give your old books to a local library or organization.  Buy lunch for a homeless person.  Your options for doing good deeds are endless.

Help and spend time with people.  Our best experiences in this world are created with the people in our lives.  Help others when you can and don’t underestimate your ability to provide value.  Take time to celebrate the achievements and special moments of others.

Enjoy each moment.  Take walks.  Eat outdoor in the summer time.  Take time to relax and meditate.  The destination is fulfilling but make sure to enjoy the journey.  Choose your battles.  Keep things in perspective and always remember that most things are not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things.

What takeaways do you have about life and how to make the most of it?  What rules do you live by to maximize your experiences?

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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?


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