Tag: Results

Quick Takeaway: Risk, Reward and Optimism


This morning involved getting up early for an appointment,  having a full breakfast, and a planning and strategy session about how to reinvest a recent reward.

In retrospect, the reward would not have happened without taking risks and being open to and ready for opportunities as they came along.

So what’s the takeaway?

There is no reward without risk.   Also, optimism accompanies risk because you have to trust that all your efforts will result in success and that your outcome will be favorable.

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

– Helen Keller

What is your takeaway for today?

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?


Why You Need Execution, Delivery and Results

So many of us crowded around a television last Sunday evening to watch the Super Bowl.  Or if you weren’t 100% into the game, you tuned in for the commercials or the half-time show. At the very least, you socialized, enjoyed camaraderie and digested enough to be part of Monday’s conversations about the game.

We saw the Packers take the lead early.  And we saw the Steelers score eventually to get close enough to make it look like a game was in order.  It added to the thrill, excitement, and competition that we all like.  How much fun would it be to see one team hold a huge lead from start to finish?

But despite the Steelers’ efforts, we saw how the game ended.  It ended with the Packers winning.

Does this make the Steelers a bad team?  Does this mean the players made bad plays?  Is this symbolic of bad coaching? There will forever be arguable reasons for the loss.  And whether or not they hold true, the fact of the matter is that the Steelers lost.  As much as we tend to applaud a valiant effort, the regard in which we hold execution, delivery and results is undeniable.

Execution. This is the process of carrying something out from start to finish.  It is one thing to have a plan, but do you take all the steps needed to see it through the end?  Do you stick at it even during the difficult times? When you have idea or say you will do something, do you work toward accomplishing it?

Delivery. This is the act of producing a final product.  And more importantly, how do you deliver?  Do you deliver quality? Do you deliver on time?  Do you deliver consistently? Do you deliver under pressure? Do you deliver despite constraints?

Results. This is the final product that comes about as a consequence of actions.  Results may be qualitative or quantitative; but ultimately, they are noteworthy for being measurable.  How well did you perform against a budget? Did your results lead to profitability and increased sales?  Did it surpass goals?  Did it indicate success?

Yes, there can certainly be victory along the way.  But at the end of the day, the action and results matter.  With that said, how would you rate your competence?  How do you perform in terms of execution, delivery and results?

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