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Inspire From Within

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008
by Sck

Author: Bill Nelson

Where do you draw inspiration from?  What is it that, when you see it or hear it, gets the adrenalin flowing?  What aspect of human endeavour causes you to be motivated?  What aspects of life cause your skin to tingle?  I want you to think about the answers to these questions and think about them carefully. It is important that you know the answers to these and other similar questions.  Why?  Because you will need to know the answers so that when the dark days come, you know where to go to get that little ray of sunshine that will get you taking that first step back on the road to positive resolution.  But as we have some time for you to think about the answers to those questions, if I may, let me ask you this:  Do you ever recognise that things that you have done also inspire, motivate and fire up others who witness them?  Chances are that the humility within you will stop you from being honest here; but I really think it is important that you see these aspects of self, that you sometimes look for from others.  As you have gone about doing these wonderful things and achieving these exciting outcomes, chances are you have not really had a reason to recognise the significance of what you have done.    Now this can happen for many reasons:
Time (or lack of it) Perspective (that’s just what I do) Necessity (why would I look at what I do?)   Now from my perspective, the two main reasons that you do not always recognise the significant achievements in your life are    (1) because they’re about you and perhaps you don’t see what you do or how you do it as anything special; and   (2) as a first time witness, you don’t usually get the exhilaration of seeing the finished product or end result.    Many times the motivation, exhilaration and inspiration that we draw from life comes about simply because we get to see the end result or just the important parts of the achievement. When you just see the day-to-day that goes into the development and attainment of aspects of life, you are, to a certain degree, still inspired — but probably not to the same degree as if you had seen it as a finished result.  Think about it. If you were to see the day-to-day training of an athlete it would, to some degree, be motivational; but when you see them get the gold medal, it is inspirational!  You stand there and watch your new house get built: brick by brick it comes together; it all looks nice as it takes form. There is a level of anticipation as each aspect begins to take shape: high spirits as the first internal wall is boarded, pleasure as the windows are put into position, delight as the lock up stage is reached.   And as exciting as all of this is it isn’t the same as if you turn up to see the end result: the finished product in all its glory. There it is, your new house, complete with landscaping, gardens, appliances, colour scheme, decor, and furnishings. When you see these for the first time it is a wonderfully exhilarating experience.  The same situation occurs when you are involved with the day-to-day aspects of your life. Although you probably do get motivated and inspired by both the process and outcome of life achievement, the enthusiasm will not be as great simply because you witness the ‘go forward’ as a piece by piece, day by day occurrence. And even though you realise what you do, that you do it very well and as you do you accomplish wonderful things, at the end of the day you view it as just ‘You’ and you probably don’t believe you should be motivated by what you do and how you do it.  Absolutely incorrect thinking on your part.  It is great that you can find aspects of life from which you draw inspiration motivation and purpose. But as you do, never discount the things you do and how you do them. Don’t ever miss the opportunity to be true to your standards and self, but at the same time never sell yourself short.  If it is OK for others to draw the inspiration and motivation from you, it is also OK for you to draw inspiration and motivation from the same source.  Now this is not about ego or being full of your own self-importance, or thinking you are better than you are.  It is about taking the time and, in the right way, recognising the things that you have done and how well you have done them.  Recognise the things that you have done and done well — the things that have made a difference to your life and no doubt a difference to the lives of those around you. As you do take that step back to recognise all things good that have your footprint on them, and as you do remember…  The Journey Continues.
© 2008 Total Performance Concepts Pty Ltd  For More Information www.totalperformance.com.au  Or Email us totalperformance@totalperformance.com.au.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/motivational-articles/inspire-from-within-544460.html

About the Author:
Bill Nelson is an elite international sporting coach who has turned his knowledge of developing peak team and individual performance into a world-class corporate consultancy, Total Performance Concepts Pty Ltd.

Bill’s wisdom on the science of motivation, performance coaching and team building has been utilised by business organisations, defence forces, the real estate and telecommunications industries, educational institutions, local government, numerous businesses and elite sporting programs throughout the world.

Whine and You Lose, But Ask and You Shall Receive

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008
by Sck

Author: Cookie Tuminello

“The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives.” - Anthony Robbins
“Speaking your feelings is definitely a good thing, but if you really want to make an impact, you have to take it to the next level.” - Cookie Tuminello

There are those of us who live and speak totally from their feelings. And then there are those of us who have a hard time accessing those feelings because we are so solution oriented. Guess which one I was before I started doing this work? It wasn’t that I didn’t have feelings - it’s just that I had a hard time expressing them. For me, it was about allowing myself to be vulnerable. I would skip over the feelings part and go straight to what was working and what was not working. I can still do that, but now I can access my feelings to connect my head and my heart so that they work in unison.
Here’s the short version of what I learned about stuffing your feelings. The more you try to stuff them, the more they will come up. Then one day something happens - someone says something to you and you go off on them. Or as Clarissa Pincola Estes says, ‘The words come spewing out of your mouth like poison toads’ and then everybody within a 50 mile radius catches it whether they were at fault or not.
Speaking your feelings is definitely a good thing, but if you really want to make an impact, you have to take it to the next level. What do I mean by that?
Let me give you an example. When we choose to speak up about something, it is usually because something is not working for us. Someone did or said something that upset us or made us feel less than whole. So, consequently we chose to tell them how we felt and usually not in a nice way.
Here’s the problem with that. Just speaking your feelings is like blowing in the wind - it’s not going to get you anywhere. And to top it off, it can come across as whining. This is why women get the bad rap of being Whiners. You whine and complain, but you don’t come right out and ask for what you want. Duh! This is a practice that diminishes your power and your dignity.
So, how to you step into your power and stand in your dignity in this situation?
First, get clear about what it was that upset you before you speak your feelings. Do you need to get clarity about what they said? Did they say something that upset you or made you feel less than or was it merely an observation on their part?
Second, decide what it is you want from the other person before you have the conversation. If you don’t get clear about what it is that you want, then you are liable to sabotage or second guess yourself.
Third, make the request for what you want clearly and concisely - no wishy washy maybe’s here. Say what you mean and mean what you say.
Fourth, always remember that whenever you make a request, there must be permission for the other party to say NO. This is a biggie because most people think that just because you ask someone for something they have to say YES. NOT!!
This week, take a look at whether or not your conversations are producing the results you want. And if not, maybe it’s time to ask yourself why you’re not getting what you desire.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/motivational-articles/whine-and-you-lose-but-ask-and-you-shall-receive-545513.html

About the Author:
Cookie Tuminello is founder of Success Source, LLC, creator of the 8 step People Pleaser No More™ System, published author and sought after keynote speaker. In her powerful program, women learn how to go from being overwhelmed and overpowered, to having more Power, Purpose, and Prosperity in their business and personal lives right NOW. To receive Cookie’s FREE Report “50 Ways To Take Back Your Power Right Now” and sign up for her FREE newsletter “Monday Morning Coffee With Cookie” visit  http://www.SuccessSource.biz.

Leadership Tips — Stand Up Meetings

Monday, September 1st, 2008
by Sck

Author: Tom O\’Dea
Do any of these statements apply to you?

  • My calendar is so filled with meetings I can’t find time to get real work done.
  • Meetings that I attend seem to expand to fill the allotted time; we could accomplish just as much in half the time.
  • I know we need the daily ops meeting (or the weekly project status meeting) but it’s becoming tedious.

Most of us can relate to at least one of these statements, many can relate to all three and probably add a few more bullets of their own.

The best thing you can do with a meeting that is not a good use of your time is to not attend.

But what about meetings that you know are needed? Information needs to be shared, action items need to be assigned. Email won’t work, because there’s too much of a chance for misunderstanding and you need face to face discussion.

Try the stand up meeting.

Its very name conveys a message that no one is going to come in and settle into a comfortable position for this meeting. Stand up meetings are perfect for regular status updates and efficient assignment of work activities.

Here are some considerations that will help you hold effective and efficient stand up meetings:

Location: Ideally, hold the meeting in an open area with no tables or chairs. Lobbies, vacant offices, an open corner are all good candidates. If you have to use a conference room, push the table and chairs against the wall and don’t let anyone sit down.

Chair Person: Think drill sergeant. This is not a role for the timid. You need someone who will start the meeting on time, even if no one is there! He or she needs to work the agenda rigidly, cut off discussion and send it offline when needed, clearly outline the action items and end on time.

Agenda: Keep it very crisp. Total agenda time should not exceed 15 minutes. Status updates should be limited to 5 minutes. Don’t be afraid to have 2 minute items if that’s all that’s needed. Cover the open items from last meeting. Are they closed? If not, carry them forward with clear owners.

Don’t provide coffee or heaven forbid, food. You can even go one step further and not allow people to bring their own. That will make everyone focus on getting done.

Now when you read all this it sounds harsh, but that’s nor the case. When you value other people’s time they will be appreciative. That is exactly what you are doing here.

Run a stand up meeting well, and people will know they can show up, get up to speed, be confident they know who is working on what, and get back to work.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/leadership-articles/leadership-tips-stand-up-meetings-542395.html

About the Author:
The organization that isn’t changing is dying. For more leadership ideas, along with strategies for managing change, visit www.thomasjodea.com.

Tom O’Dea has over 30 years of IT experience, with 20 years of senior leadership in IT and Professional Services with multibillion dollar corporations.

Tom O’Dea has over 30 years of IT experience, with 20 years of senior leadership in IT and Professional Services with multibillion dollar corporations.

Must know… Facts and figures of fathers’ day

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

Happy Father's Day

The idea of Father’s Day was conceived in Spokane, Washington by Sonora Dodd while she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909.

Dodd (now known as “the mother of Father’s Day”) wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm.

The following year, June 19, 1910 was chosen for the first Father’s Day celebration, proclaimed by Spokane’s mayor because it was the month of William Smart’s birth.

Decades later, the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.

Father’s Day by the Numbers

This is a big day for the 66.3 million fathers in America.Happy Father's Day

Nearly 95 million Father’s Day cards were given last year in the United States, making Father’s Day the fourth-largest card-sending occasion.

Sons and daughters send 50 percent of the Father’s Day card to their dads. Nearly 20 percent of Father’s Day cards are purchased by wives for their husbands. That leaves 30 percent of the cards which go to grandfathers, sons, brothers, uncles and “someone special.”

While not everyone in America is a fan of Father’s Day, 72 percent of Americans plan to celebrate or acknowledge Father’s Day.

Gifts for Father’s DayWorld's Best DAD

Neckties are an old standby and lead the list of Father’s Day gifts. A good place to buy dad a tie or a shirt might be one of 9,189 men’s clothing stores around the country.

Other items high on the list of Father’s Day gifts include those items you may find in dad’s toolbox such as hammers, wrenches and screwdrivers. You could buy some of these items for dad at one of the nation’s 14,864 hardware stores or 5,795 home centers.

Other traditional gifts for dad such as fishing rods and golf clubs make for a happy Father’s Day for the 22,410 sporting goods stores in America.

More than 68 million Americans participated at a barbecue in the last year — it’s probably safe to assume many of these barbecues took place on Father’s Day.

Mr. Mom

Mr. Mom is becoming a more common sight at parks across America with 147,000 estimated “stay-at-home” dads. These married fathers with children under 15 years oldBest DAD have remained out of the labor force for more than one year primarily so they can care for the family while their wives work outside the home. These fathers cared for 268,000 children under 15.

The dads seem to stay home more with younger children. Preschoolers claim 20 percent of fathers with employed wives who were the primary caregiver for their preschooler. In contrast, only 6 percent of fathers provided the most hours of care for their grade-school-aged child.

Many families split the responsibility of child care. Many Dads’ (32%) with full time jobs regularly worked evening or night shifts and were the primary source of care for their preschoolers during their children’s mother’s working hours.

World's Best DAD

Get fired? Read this to avoid stress…

Friday, May 30th, 2008
by Ann

Blues of getting fired

With almost every day news reports of companies laying off workers, or filing for bankruptcy, or going out of business altogether, losing your job suddenly doesn’t sound all that unlikely. Here are some strategies either to avoid being laid-off, or to cushion the blow if it comes.

1. Stay up to date on the latest news about your company and in your field. Read the business sections in the newspaper. Look at trade journals. Read your company’s annual report. Pay particular attention to stories that might indicate the market for widgets (or whatever your company does) is going south.

2. Keep your resume current. If you haven’t looked at your resume in over a year, drag it out and review it. Make sure you’ve included your latest work accomplishments and that it adequately represents who you are. Whether or not you are looking for a new job, you should update your resume every time you get an award, finish a big project, or get a promotion.

3. Get to know people in different departments in your company. The sales and service staffs always know before anyone else how the company is doing. Learn to read the handwriting on the wall.

4. If you think the company might be considering layoffs, get busy finding yourself a new job and then volunteer to leave. If you’re the first one out the door, you can probably negotiate yourself a substantial severance package. Later people won’t be so lucky.

5. Cultivate work relationships. If you’re the kind of person who thinks company golf outings, picnics, birthday parties and other team get-togethers are a waste of time, or if you routinely berate co-workers, steal ideas or lose your temper, you’ll be packing up your desk while good ol’ mediocre Jim in the next cubicle is comparing golf scores. People want to be around people who make them feel comfortable. If it’s a close call on who to keep and who to let go, you and your anti-team-mentality are going to lose.

6. Stay current in your field. Take a seminar. Write an article for a trade journal or an online article directory. Get certified on a new piece of software, or learn some new applications for one you already use.

7. Toot your own horn. Make sure your boss knows just how much you contribute to the bottom line. Get in there and get some face-time. Volunteer to take on extra projects. Bring in new customers or find ways to cut costs. It doesn’t matter how great a job you do, if no one realizes you do it.

8. If you have a lot of personal information on your work computer, get rid of it. Keep copies of performance evaluations, certifications, letters of appreciation, etc, at home. Maintain a current list of networking contacts, personal e-mail addresses and other useful information (including your current resume) on your home computer. If you are laid off, chances are you won’t be allowed to even log into your computer, let alone be allowed to download anything. You probably won’t be able to walk out the door with a briefcase full of papers, either, so plan ahead. I’m not talking about proprietary information – you can go to jail for doing that — but you have a perfect right to the names and contact information of people with whom you’ve developed a positive working relationship. There’s nothing to prevent you from calling them to say you’ve left the XYZ Company and to ask them to keep you in mind for any job openings they might hear about.

Losing your job doesn’t have to be the end of the world. You can’t prepare for every eventuality, but you can cultivate a positive outlook and make sure you’re ready to move ahead if the ax falls on you.

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