Have you ever had that boss or friend who you swear loves to talk. Talk about anything and everything. And when you try to get a word in they jump right in with another story or something about them? In Steven Covey’s book “How To Win Friends and Influence People” one thing you can do to win friends and influence people is listen. Not just listen but listen with a clear mind. Understand and remember what the person is talking about.
To become that great leader. That Level 5 leader that John Maxwell talks about in his books. That leader that everyone looks up to and respects at work. You will need to become a great listener. Become the best listener you know. It’s not hard. I have been told that I am a leader who cares about my people. That understands my people. That takes an interest in my people. That wants to help my people. I have been told this by colleagues, management, and my team members. I attribute this to becoming a great listener. When you listen and understand people something triggers. They can trust you more than most.
I have not always been a great listener… Just ask my mom. I had to learn to become a great listener. For me there are just 5 simple rules to becoming a great leader.
The 5 key strategies to becoming a better listener are:
Last week we reviewed what a SWOT Analysis is. This week we start to build a SWOT Analysis for you or your business. This is a very good exercise to perform 2 – 3 times a year and revisit the results each time.
Strengths are what drive us in hard times. Strengths are what brings us joy in our hobbies, family, and business. It’s important for us as individuals or businesses to understand our strengths. These are traits that make us strong, smarter, and wiser in our life and in our businesses.
When you plant a seed of assumption in the soil of ignorance you harvest a field of confusion. Don’t make assumptions, use knowledge to make your decisions in order to be productive.
One of the latest fads are exercise trackers. Apple Watch, FitBit, Polar, etc. People are buying these like crazy. I see people at the mall wearing them, people at work wearing them, and even my kids are wearing them. Why are they so popular? Simple… They WORK! Wearing a fitness trackers is
Two years ago I was 50lbs over weight. I was lazy, I exercised but not how I should have. I went through the motions, did my 30 – 60 minutes in the gym and left. 15 months ago I got an apple watch and focused on the health monitoring of the watch. It was pretty cool. The apple watch monitors three areas (Active Calories Burned, Exercise time, and Standing). It fills in a circle as you complete the goal. I thought it was fun and focused on getting these every day. Within 3 months I had lost over 30lbs and I have kept it off for over a year now. I contribute most of the weight loss to the method Apple uses.
A SWOT Analysis is one of the simplest tools to help take business and lives to the next level. A SWOT analysis is a simple tool that should be completed once or twice a year. A SWOT analysis will get you thinking about what areas you are good at and how you need to improve. A SWOT is a simple tool to highlight to you the areas you should be focusing on for opportunities and threats. A SWOT analysis can be done as a team or even with a group of advisors. If your looking to improve you can fill one out for yourself. You could also have other people fill one out for you. This will help you understand how others perceive you. A SWOT can be for individuals or a company / Team as a whole. People or businesses can have many SWOT’s.
Here are the simple steps to fill out your SWOT. Once you are done you can build goals or plan around any action items that are the result of doing a SWOT Analysis.
Strengths – Write down the strengths you or your organization have. These are strengths you will want to improve and keep building them stronger.
It’s getting close to the new year. You know what that means… Time for new years resolutions? We also know new years resolutions don’t work. Often they are last minute thoughts. Not something we put much thought or planning into. Or maybe we are just doing it because everyone else is doing it. I have never been much for new years resolutions but I have set annual goals every year. I have been setting goals for myself for over 30 years. I have found the best time to plan for annual goals (January – December) is in November of each year.
Each November I sit down and use a spreadsheet I have developed to plan out my annual goals. I am happy to say that I have been success most of the time at all these goals.
Setting Goals In November are 10 Times More Successful Than Those Set in January.
3 reasons I have found planning your next years goals in November are:
When I help others improve and grow in their career and life I grow and improve my career and life. When you serve others you grow as a leader and you accomplish more through what you learn.
We all have many aspects of our lives. Family, Work, Church, our extra curricular activities, friends, and so many different other areas that give us the chance to be somebody different in every given situation. I know people that are the cursing tyrant type of person at work and then come home and are a loving caring person with the family. I know people that treat the people at work better then they treat their own family. You have the person who is terrible at home, terrible at work, and then is a saint when attending church.
Why do people spend so much time living to please people in different ways? This adds stress and inconsistency that the person even becomes confused who they are. People can be different around certain people that even their own spouse or mother wouldn’t recognize them. Why do you think the phrase “Do you kiss your momma with that mouth?” is so popular. People will say things in one situation they would never say in another. They would say one thing to somebody they would never say to another. We won’t bring up email or text messages. That can bring on a different type of person all together.
I work in an industry where the environment and technology is changing all the time. The industry is changing at such a rapid pace that there is no dollar amount or free time available to keep up to date. I’m sure most of you reading this article can relate. A new computer system, a new process, a new service, etc. I’ve been turned down for a promotion or turned down by a client because I did not have the latest and greatest technology. Because of this I pursued the many options of training available to me.
We have been discussing the many services available on the internet
and use of modern technology devices to increase your education and knowledge. Youtube, Kindle, and this week we discuss podcasts.
What is a podcast? A Podcast is a multimedia computer file available on the internet for download. Another definition of a podcasts is an on demand radio or video that has been available on apple devices or apple iTunes. More recently you can now stream podcasts on android devices through services and applications such as pocket casts. Most producers have websites that have online streaming right from the website.
Many people get into blogging because they want to write about something they love. If people start blogging because they feel it will help them get ahead in their business or their industry and don’t love what they do or don’t love what they are blogging about then they might have a surprise coming. If you love your job and you love what you do then blogging is an excellent idea if not one of the best ways to get promoted (achievement and accomplishments are two of the best ways to get promoted). Even a high quality blog on an unrelated topic to your career could be beneficial. You just have to present it in such a way that it puts you over other candidates. A great blog can be one of the best references on a resume or cover letter. If you have a high quality blog and blog about what you love it can even be a conversation piece during an interview.
Here are some questions you can ask yourself before you start blogging.