Showing posts with label calendar. Show all posts
Showing posts with label calendar. Show all posts

Friday, January 1, 2016

We Are All Leaders of the New Year

We are all leaders. We choose to take lead of some, if not hopefully every, aspect of our lives. And although each of us is completely accountable for our individual actions, our actions ultimately serve the greater good. 

So this year, and every year . . . 

Make your interactions the most they can be. Instead of just meeting someone new or rekindling an existing relationship, find each and every way you can work together to make a difference. 

Read books, articles, & blogs that focus on innovation that matters. Not innovation that only serves to boost you, your brand, or even your industry, but rather innovation that makes a difference for human progress. 

Write. I know this is a tough one for some. Heck, it's tough for me. But you don't have to call yourself a writer to write. Just write, and I think you might be surprised by what comes out. 

By the end of this new year, we want look forward into the next, not backward, and realize that our choices matter. Because we only grow when each of us has recognized that leadership is a choice, not a fate.

How will you lead this year? What difference will you make? 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Delicate Art of Getting Things Done

Whether you're following your regular work calendar or having an impromptu meeting about the recent lack of ROI from your marketing team, today you will break up your schedule into the smallest units of time to get things done. You'll find yourself saying things like:

"I can have that to you by next week."
"Give me five minutes."
". . . just a second"

All of which you might be saying to others, yourself, or even your computer which is always slow to process whatever you're working on at the most inopportune moment. This process never ends as you map and plan out tomorrow's schedule.

And planning is, of course, a good thing.  In fact it's completely necessary - especially when it concerns our professional lives.  But when our professional lives become so dependent on time that we have to make time for family and friends, maybe it's time to stop and reevaluate how you spend your time. 

When reappropriating your time, consider:
  • Time for yourself:  topping the charts, this may or may not include time with family and friends, but it definitely excludes anything even remotely work related.  Stopping to smell the roses not only rejuvenates the body and mind, but it also allows you to reboot and take fresh perspectives for work, family, and personal activities.  This also includes mandatory physical exercise of the body and mind nourishment such as reading books and listening to music OUTSIDE OF YOUR CAR!
  • Time for your relationships:  from the family and friend side, this is ensures that you're not a negative topic that others roll their eyes at or hide your posts in facebook.  From the work perspective, your interpersonal relationships need to be nurtured to cultivate new ideas and conversation and not just talk about shared projects and upcoming meetings.  If you're going to play golf for example, play golf; but just play golf.
  • Time for work:  this has less to do with filling in your Google calendar and more to do with following your passion.  If you spend more time worrying about gaining or retaining clients and less time about the process of why your working with or for them, then you're wasting your time.  Work should always be pleasurable, and if it isn't, then it's definitely time to find work that you can feel passionate about.
Filling in a calendar can be easy enough, but realizing the delicate art of getting things done is more challenging and more rewarding.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Integrating Resolutions, Goals & Projections Into Your Business Plan


I set personal and business goals, however, I'm not one to make New Year's resolutions.  But I do love hearing and reading everyone else's grandiose ideas and the varying ways to make them happen.  There are always so many great thoughts and methods to accomplish them, that I always glean something I had not thought of before - even if I morph it into something else.  

I also enjoy reading all of the projections for business trends and technological changes.  Most of the projections seem fairly similar and generally supported by the same root sources with a few varying thoughts.  Ultimately, It's good to be reminded of what happened during the year and where we might be headed. 

As the calendar year draws to a close, many businesses wrap up fiscal years also.  This is a busy time for many businesses.  They're not only closing the books on one year, but also revamping their one and five year business plans.

With so much change to consider, why not combine your New Year’s resolutions and your goals with your yearly business plan revision to make the outcomes more realistic for both.  And, even with reasonable business planning and goal setting, there's always going to be the need for change as the year progresses.  

When addressing this concept on Twitter today, it was good to hear similar thoughts from a long time friend of mine:

@StirlingMorris - Yes, goals are VERY necessary! People should have them for sure. I think they should just do it more than once a year! :)

Your personal and business goals can be specific, but, with all of the constant change in our lives and professions even a general outline can be effective.