I LOVE all things fall and I hear so many of you say the same thing. Yet sometimes we get to the end of the fall season and we realize we never got around to doing the things we were so excited about. It leaves us saying "Next year I'll...(do that thing I wanted to do)."
This can show up in any area of your life.
Fall is a great time of year. It's post summer. People are back from summer vacations and kids are back in school. People are more focused in the fall. They're back to work so to speak. It's pre-holiday. We're not scattered and distracted by the holidays just yet.
This is the perfect time of year to start that project at work or make significant progress on one. It's the perfect time to have "that" conversation with a co-worker that you've been putting off. Maybe there's a class you want to register for that will help you in your work or home...
Are you afraid that if you take your eye off the ball at work to focus on your health and fitness or your relationships that you'll slip at work and perform at a lower level?
I was guilty of this for a very long time. Today's video is an open heart-to-heart talk about the cost of a 100% work-centric life.
Early in my career, I gave work 100% of my focus.
I worked late. I worked weekends. I worked holidays. When not at work I was reading books about how to better when I was at work.
It served me in some ways. It made me who I am today. It helped me get ahead. I got promotions. I got invited to work on cool projects. I met my financial goals.
It brought me a lot of joy and a few of life's pleasures like a beautiful home, nice cars, and shopping whenever I wanted (within reason). As nice as it was, my life was out of balance.
At the end of the day, my work-centric life came at a great cost to...
When there is a problem, a roadblock, a setback, a hurdle you have to jump...what is your usual response?
Do you put your head in the sand and ignore it? (Problems don't go away because you do this.)
Do you see it as a big inconvenience? (Followed by rolling your eyes.)
Do you do the Toyota jump for joy? (You have to be at least 45 years old to get that one.)
The word challenge stems from the word accusation or accuse. When a challenge arises it's like the universe is accusing you of not having the ability to deal with it. If it were easy - you wouldn't be calling it a challenge.
A challenge is just a test of your abilities.
When you successfully complete the challenge you then have the ability to deal with that challenge again. It becomes part of your toolbox.
What would happen if you got excited when problems arise? It's an opportunity to expand your abilities.
Regardless of it's current size, we all have a...
Have you ever witnessed this first hand? Maybe you've been guilty of it yourself in the past. We've all been angry at some point in our lives. Sometimes it's appropriate; sometimes it's not.
Anger isn't necessarily a bad emotion if you channel it. Anger can be a very useful emotion if it creates a shift in your thinking.
Anger is a great emotion if it spurs you to create new ideas, new solutions, higher standards, new goals, new ways of getting results, and you push yourself.
However, if you're using anger as your go-to emotion when things get tough there are better options.
In the aftermath it can leave you feeling guilty and disappointed in yourself. It...
If you’re not seen as a leader…you aren’t one.
Do you have a hard time getting your employees engaged and excited about their work?
It's a common problem many executives share.
I often hear clients say their employees are just sleep-walking through their day.
"Stacie, we put together programs but nothing seems to work."
"They're here. They do their work. They just aren't engaged at the level they could be."
Sometimes they aren't even meeting the basic requirements of the job. You think you've made the expectations of the job clear but for whatever reason ... things just aren't getting done on time, on budget, or whatever parameters you laid out.
Is this an issue for you?
Employees want to be engaged and excited to. It's a problem on their side too. Every time I have a manager/leader tell me they struggle with getting their employees engaged...I have 5 employees tell me they want to be passionate about their work.
Some people need an invitation to step up. So give them one!
Paint a picture for them...
"Check your emotions at the door" is advice I've heard many times. Sometimes that is appropriate advice. Other times, we would be better served to put our emotions front and center.
Let's distinguish between when we are best served between using our emotions and when to leave them out of the equation.
It is not the best time to use your emotions when you are in fact-gathering mode.
The first mandate of leadership is SEE THINGS AS THEY ARE, not better or worse than they are.
In this case, please check your emotions at the door. You are on a fact-gathering mission. You need a clear picture of where things stand. Your emotions can cloud your judgement.
Leave the drama of the situation at the door. Encourage others to leave their emotions at the door and be objective.
Once you have a clear goal in mind, bring your emotions to the forefront.
Think of your emotions as your superhero cape. You can don any cape in...
One of the biggest and most important attributes of leadership is influence.
However, you can't influence people if you're judging them. Believe me when I say they can feel it if you do. They will hear it in your voice, see it in your facial expressions and feel it in the way you come across. They know.
A key to becoming a great leader is to stop judging. Instead - get curious. Take a look at the person.
If you want to influence someone, you must first know what influences them.
Ask them questions. What motivates him/her? What drives him/her? What's important to him/her? What are their beliefs and values?
The only way to know is to spend some time with them and find out.
Once you know what influences them, then you can lead them because you can speak from their frame of reference. You can speak about things that are already important to them.
That's how leaders develop influence.
Have you seen my free training "5 Shifts to Advance Your...