Goal Setting

Where’s The White Space?

»Posted on Apr 30, 2014 in Engagement, Goal Setting, Newsletters | 0 comments

The work world is smaller and spinning faster than ever. Many of us keep up by moving faster, doing more work with fewer people and modifying processes to minimize cost. That is what makes profits grow. But it may not distinguish us from others. Imagine if you could stop time for an hour. Chances are most of us would use that hour to clean off our desks, reply to emails or perform other tasks that give us a false sense of accomplishment. Since information is coming faster than ever, you would gain little ground with that spent hour. An empty inbox and a cleared desk are neither urgent nor important, but they provide a false sense of completion. Triage is a medical term used to establish medical priority in order to increase the number of survivors. That empty...

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Decisions, Decisions

»Posted on Jun 26, 2013 in Goal Setting, Newsletters, Performance | 0 comments

One-half of the new employees hired leave their positions within one year, according the Dan Heath co-author of Decisive: How To Make Better Choices in Life and Work. This suggests employers are too quick to hire and the candidate may be too quick to accept. Heath offers these reasons for poor decisions; narrow framing such as “whether or not thinking;” confirmation bias; short-term emotions; and overconfidence. The acronym WRAP is used to combat these decision villains. Widen your options. Whenever you find yourself in the “whether or not” decision, stop. Allow that thinking to be an alarm. One technique is the “vanishing options test.” Take your first option off the table to produce more options. Another strategy is the “fall in love twice.” Keep...

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Too Focused To See

»Posted on Sep 27, 2012 in Civility, Goal Setting, Newsletters, Performance | 0 comments

People continue fill each day to its maximum. As the world appears to get smaller and move faster, lack of time to relax, think and plan may lead to poor choices, anxiety and incivility. There is a myth that the Indians didn’t see Columbus’ ships because they couldn’t relate to such a large object on the water. It’s believed the myth is based on Captain Cook traveling to Australia. The aborigines didn’t acknowledge the ship until men approached the shore by canoe. Was it that the aborigines couldn’t see the big ship? Social scientists exploring this phenomenon of perceptual blindness believe the aborigines simply had other priorities. They were not impressed by the grandness of the big ship. They only reacted when the men in canoes approached, then...

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A New Year

»Posted on Jan 1, 2010 in Goal Setting, Newsletters | 0 comments

Often at the end of the year, people review everything that was not accomplished. It’s similar to the feeling many get Sunday evening when they wonder what happened to the weekend, but on a grand scale. People resolve that the new year will be different. They resolve to make adjustments, to be happier, richer and wiser. Human resource professionals resolve to update the Employee Handbook, audit wages, make time to see every employee and get out of hosting the holiday party. Supervisors resolve to write honest, direct performance appraisals, give more atta-boys and work less hours. Unfortunately, by February most resolutions are lost to the day-to-day hustle. Time is the great equalizer. The term time management doesn’t make sense. We each have twenty-four...

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Follow Your Bliss

»Posted on Jan 1, 2007 in Goal Setting, Newsletters | 0 comments

A new year is often a time of reflection and a time when people resolve to make positive life changes. Joseph Campbell, writer, and orator, delivers a perfect example with his belief in “Follow Your Bliss” – find where it is and don’t be afraid to follow it. While inspiring, it is a huge undertaking, one that overwhelms many people. Goals and resolutions become manageable when they have boundaries. Boundaries are established through the selection of roles in your life or some see these as categories. It may be the role of spouse, parent, community member or boss. Categories include work, finance, family or health. Select a role or category that you believe can bring you more happiness. When setting a goal—think big. Do not judge, edit or allow a...

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