Friday, July 31, 2015

Confirm Your Credibility

How do you confirm your credibility?

How do you build the confidence from others that you need to act relentlessly on your plan and achieve your goals?

With courage.

Courage to stick to your goals when others tempt you to leave them behind. Courage to operate within your values and not cross any ethical lines (even for a moment, even a little). Courage to say what you mean and follow through.

Courage confirms your credibility.

And with credibility comes collaboration and cooperation, key ingredients in building your team.

How's your courage today?

-- Doug Smith

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Never Doubt

Is your world filled with things designed to create doubt and uncertainty?

I get them all the time. I don't ask for them, they just show up. Snide comments from a disgruntled participant. Clients asking for the impossible. Relationships too busy to ask how things are going.

We all get that stuff and yet we must all go on. Doubts are our own personal business and our own task to control. They don't help. Doubts simply slow us down.

It's fine to proceed with caution and responsible care - that's not the same as doubts. What we don't need are those nagging little thoughts of insecurity and suspicion that slow us down and even stop us. I've had my share, and I'd like to be done with doubt. How about you?

Never doubt - it will only get in your way.

Are you ready to drop doubt from your plan?

-- Doug Smith

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Get Answers Quickly

Are you waiting for perfect answers?

I do that sometimes. The data has to be just right. I like as much certainty as possible before moving forward. But, when I'm not careful (or maybe it's TOO careful) the forward motion stops while waiting for perfection.

Get those answers quickly. Maybe they're right, maybe they're wrong, but all they are is a start anyway. The data will change. The direction requires some flexibility. Get moving.

The answers to your questions need not be perfect to achieve your goal.

They just need to get you moving.

Are you ready to act relentlessly on that plan to achieve your goal?

-- Douglas Brent Smith

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Get Tough On Yourself

How tough are you on yourself?

I'm tough, but I'm working on getting tougher. Not abusive - not a bully or negative about it, simply disciplined. Hard working, insistent, persistent, and disciplined. No one can give us self-discipline - it's up to each of us.

The discipline to work when we might feel like letting up. The discipline to solve the tough problems. The stamina to stay true to our goals when others wear us out with unrelated requests. It's not easy, but if you are the toughest coach you've ever had you will likely accomplish far more.

If you're not the toughest boss on yourself that you've ever had then you need to get tougher.

How do you feel about that?

-- Doug Smith

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Take Feedback from Those Who Share Responsibility

How much do you insist that people who work with you share responsibility for success?

I think it's one of the key agreements for centered, high performance leaders. How willingly our teams share responsibility for success determines our workload, our balance, our goal achievement, and even our happiness.

As leaders we should be open to feedback. We work best when we allow perspectives to inform us how we're doing, how our team is doing, and how our organization is doing. But not all feedback is equal. Some is valuable. Some is useful. And some is simply of no use at all. Knowing how to differentiate is how strong leaders can make the most of their feedback.

I care mostly about feedback from people who are willing to share responsibility for success.

They collaborate. They cooperate. They work with me on solving problems and achieving goals. They don't complain or attack without constructive suggestions. They share responsibility for success.

How do you decide what feedback to use?

-- Doug Smith

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Pay Attention To Stress

Is the stress in your life trying to tell you something?

Do you know what that is? Maybe it's that you're working too hard. Maybe it's that you are working on the wrong things. Maybe it's simply that you need to find time for more laughter and fun.

It's worth paying attention to stress, mainly because it seldom goes away on its own. It begs for intervention. It asks for decisive action. What you do is up to you.

Stress compels us to do something productive.

Something productive like finding a better way to get through the tough work faster. Finding a way to balance our workload and our workflow. Finding a way to make work fun. And, most importantly - working on what we love.

Sure, it's easier said than done - but if stress is pushing you around, don't you think it's time to push back?

-- Doug Smith

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Focus On The Goal

Want to solve that big problem?

Focus on the goal you want to achieve instead of the pain your problem presents. 

Work to create your ideal situation.

When we focus positively on the goal that we want to achieve, rather than the symptoms of a problem we perceive, our energy and focus helps us get where we really want to go.

Try it. Convert that problem statement to a goal statement. Then, get busy. I think you'll like the results.

What's your biggest goal today?

-- Doug Smith

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