Be SMART When Setting Personal Goals

Increasing productivity means surpassing your previous best. It happens only when you adopt new goals that build upon past performances. Adopt and nurture the “Let’s beat our best” attitude with team members on a one-on-one basis. Earn behind-the-scenes agreement and commitment from key group members before presenting new, challenging goals to the entire team. Lay…

Examine What Shapes Your Attitudes

Anything that shapes one’s thinking or behavior is a conditioning influence. A conditioning influence may originate either internally or externally. The three most common conditioning influences are the family, the social environment and personal attitudes toward mistakes and failure. Family We sometimes overlook the fact that we are most often conditioned by influence rather than…

Dealing with Old Attitudes

Dealing with Old Attitudes  As you grow in personal leadership, the excitement you experience in achieving new goals is so fulfilling that you will never want to give up the rewards of this way of life. The gratification you receive from exercising personal leadership makes it hard to believe that it would be possible to…

Become a Developer of Successful People

The specific method or process for developing skilled team members varies with what is to be taught, the learning abilities of the people involved, and their prior experience. This basic approach can be followed as a general outline for instruction on any type of development: ◆ Explain what is to be done and why. Tell team…

Defining Dreams and Direction Clearly

A dilemma you may encounter in the process of using affirmation as a tool for developing personal leadership is the difficulty experienced in accepting an affirmation as a statement of reality when you know that it is not – as of yet – true. At this point, the art of visualization enables you to move…

Setting Priorities for All Areas of Life

Successful people set goals, and they make certain all their actions and activities contribute to the achievement of their goals. They take action in a logical, reasonable, and organized manner to attain the results they have identified as important to them. Successful people increase their productivity through controlling their priorities. Setting Priorities in All Areas…

Motivate Team to Reach Potential

Motivate Team to Reach Potential     The organizational climate has a direct impact on your people. In an atmosphere designed to reinforce productivity, tension and fear are at a minimum and people feel free to use their full potential for creativity and achievement. As a leader, you bear the primary responsibility for establishing the…

Empower Others to Achieve Success

What is the force that makes teamwork effective? Empowering your team members. An empowered team is significantly more productive than a group of individuals working under strict guidelines. As the people in your work group become aware that you are willing to empower them, they are more committed to the tasks you delegate. Effective delegation…

Evaluate Your Processes for Efficiency

The strength of efficient procedures lies in the fact that, once established, they become automatic. Well-planned procedures for paper flow, for processing orders, and for other routine matters save time and increase the productivity of everyone. Ongoing evaluation and adjustment of procedures is the responsibility of the entire work group. Whether in a group or…