Friday, March 27, 2015

Surprise Yourself!

What if the opposite of your solution is a better solution?

How innovative are you? Are you willing to take creative risks?

Taking the time to flip expectations can be invigorating. Looking at the opposite of your goal can be enlightening. Life is filled with possibilities, and sometimes we have to sneak up on them and let them surprise us.


-- Douglas Brent Smith

Front Range Leadership:  Training Supervisors for Success

Give Your Goals the Attention They Deserve

Do you have cool goals? Are they the kind of noble, life-changing goals that make you talk about them all the time?

Sometimes. And, sometimes not if you're like most people. It's so easy to let go of goals even when we've been careful to craft them to our liking.

Let's do this instead today -- let's pay attention to our goals. Let's make progress. Let's work toward achieving our goals instead of letting them slide into the background noise of a busy day.

Give your goals the attention they need and deserve.

Think about how cool it will be to achieve them.

-- Douglas Brent Smith

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Tell Someone Your Problem

Who else knows about your most pressing problem?

I'm not advocating that you tell everyone everything that bothers you. But, you know there's a problem causing you some discomfort, right? You know that there's an issue you could use some help with on your team, in your business, in your life.

Telling someone else your problem helps you understand what your problem really is.

They don't even have to help you. You might even start the conversation with "I'm not looking for help on this, but it will help me to talk it out."

Someone you trust. Someone you would do the same for. Someone soon.

What's on your mind?

-- Douglas Brent Smith

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Build Team Possibilities

Does your team collaborate every day?

How do your people work together? Would you say that they are optimized for effectiveness?

That's not a fair question, because how many teams truly are optimized? It's not a state so much as it's a process. Where is your team in that process?

It's the job of a high performance leader to create possibilities. As the leader of a team, that means creating more possibilities for the team AND for the individuals on the team.

Our greatest possibilities come about because of the help of other people.

Help your people help each other. Put them together. Create joint assignments. Generate ideas for exciting projects. Stretch each team member to the area of growth and watch them prosper.

It's a great way to build a team.

-- Douglas Brent Smith

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

It's Communicating Better Day

Are your communication skills better today than they were yesterday?

Lately, I've been thinking of Tuesdays as Communicating for Results days. It's become the focus of this blog on Tuesdays to work on creating deeper conversations, more productive meetings, and more powerful presentations. But, isn't communication important everyday?

So, whenever you're reading this (Tuesday or not!) the question is still the same: how are you improving your communication skills?

Maybe it's one or more of these ways that I've been working on it:

  • listening with curiosity (instead of by forming a response)
  • planning my meetings to take only as long as they need (not necessarily an hour)
  • reaching out to people I don't usually talk with to see how they feel
  • entertaining other people's ideas even when I've got a great idea of my own
  • stopping whatever I'm doing when someone wants to talk with me
  • keeping my mobile phone in my pocket instead of taking it out when there is an opportunity to interact with real people right now
What are you doing?

-- Douglas Brent Smith

It's just something that I've been trying, but in case you're interested I do invite you to check out each day's focus area on this blog:

Mondays: High performance, centered leadership
Tuesdays: Communication skills
Wednesdays: Building your team
Thursdays: Solving problems
Fridays: Achieving your goals
Saturdays: (just for fun) Shameless promotion Saturdays

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Make Every Day Count

Have you asked yourself what your major accomplishment for today will be?

I'm asking myself this question as much as anyone else. Days come and go and some are more memorable than others. We have our productive days and we have our wasted days. But what if we didn't waste any days? What if we truly made the best use of our time?

Set a goal for today. Figure out what will make this day memorable. What will make this a day well lived? Maybe it's helping another person. Maybe it's getting that shed painted. Maybe it's leading your team on launching an exciting new project. What will it be for you?

Have you asked yourself what do you want from this day?

It's up to you.

-- Douglas Brent Smith

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Look Beyond the Problem

How much do you think about your problems?

There are times in our lives when problems become the center of our existence, instead of letting the center of our existence navigate our problems. Wherever you are on your problem solving journey, I offer these humble thoughts on problem solving to you today.

  • Sometimes a problem can be a tick to a new life.
We aren't expecting it. We didn't ask for it. But, there you go. Another step in the trip.

  • Problems reveal our character.
How we respond says more about ourselves than about our problems. Are we centered? Do we create focus? Do we explore the new possibilities with curiosity?

  • Problems, puzzles, and predicaments -- do you now which you are stuck in?
When we are most centered in our approach to observing, accepting, and responding it almost doesn't matter what the nature of the problem is -- we can focus with our most noble and pure intentions.

When it works. Sometimes a problem knocks us down and laughs at our humble ego thinking we've got it all figured out. But not when we are fully centered. Not when those problems are just something to unravel.

What are you thinking about today?

-- Douglas Brent Smith

Here's some information about our one-day problem solving workshop: Solving Problems.