Word-Of-the-Week #763: Talent

March 21, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Talent possessing an innate ability, aptitude, or faculty for accomplishment.

How adept are you at finding a better or easier way to accomplish tasks at work? Are you receptive to new ideas from someone much younger than you?

This week’s WOW comes from long time friend Joe who had this to say about working with younger generations.

“What I have enjoyed most about younger workers I have dealt with over the years is that they are very adept at finding better and easier ways to accomplish tasks in the workplace. 

Their grasp of the potential of technology in the workplace has helped save time, energy and money.  

As much as they want to progress in their careers, they have a realization that it is just a job and it does not define them. Also, they realize that this is not going to be the only job they work in their lives, so if things don’t work out they will go someplace else. 

Now, that does not please a lot of old school employers who expect conformity in every aspect of the job. Younger workers like flexibility so that they can give their best in the time they are in the office. 

The young people I have worked with, in a number of cases 18 to 20 years younger than I, still had a respect for the knowledge and experience I brought to the table and they were not afraid to ask questions.  

Employers have to realize that they can’t be demanding in the workplace or they will continue to lose good, young talent. 

And it is the good, young talent that invigorates workplaces and keeps them competitive for the future.”

This week’s focus is on talent. Do you fully grasp the potential of technology in your workplace? Have you lost good workers because management was too demanding? How flexible is the company you work for?

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Word-Of-the-Week #762: Blame Game

March 15, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Blame Gameaccusations exchanged among people who refuse to accept sole responsibility for some undesirable event.

Do you know anyone who plays the “Blame Game?” Are you in denial when it comes to accepting responsibility if something goes wrong?

This week long time friend Bill Marvin, The Restaurant Doctor, shares his thoughts.

“For the past few days I’ve wanted to write about the danger of playing The Blame Game. I envisioned a more polished article, but retired life isn’t the perpetual vacation many imagine and time got away from me.

So to get it off my chest, I’ll give you the rough draft version and let you take what you will from it. If you work for someone whose behavior fits the picture I paint, my heart goes out to you. (If that person is you, I’ll try to be gentle … but pay attention.)

You could be that person…

  • … if it’s never your fault when things don’t work out the way you imagined them.
  • … if you always place the blame somewhere else.
  • … if you always imagine yourself as the smartest person in the room.
  • … if you never admit an error or cancel a plan when it’s obviously not working.
  • … if you blame disappointing sales on the economy … or the weather … or road construction … or the competition.
  • .. if you feel the sub-par performance of your staff is because this new generation has no work ethic, or because they don’t take the job seriously, or because their parents did a lousy job of instilling values in them.
  • … if you always take credit for the good news but deny any responsibility for the bad news.

The list could go on, but you get the idea.

You probably think of yourself as infallible, but to the outside world you come across as a pathetic egotist. As a result, you live your life as a perpetual victim, hopelessly tossed about on the angry seas of happenstance. It’s no way to lead … and a lousy way to live.

STOP IT!

There’s a big difference between going with the flow and having your body washed up on the beach. Things rarely work out exactly the way we thought they would, but if you take ownership of your results, whatever they are, you’ll be more likely to adjust on the fly and will usually get most of what you wanted.

I can promise you will never have the life — or the business — you want until you accept personal responsibility for whatever obstacles life presents. Only then will you will finally be in a position to overcome them.

When it comes to the Blame Game, the only winning move is not to play.”

This week’s focus is on not playing the Blame Game. Do you take ownership of your results? Do you accept personal responsibility for whatever obstacles life presents? Are you willing to admit an error or cancel a plan when it’s not working?

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Word-Of-the-Week #761: Respectful

March 7, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Respectfulshowing appreciation and admiration for another person. 

How often do you show appreciation or admiration for another person? Do you treat people with the same dignity and respect that you’d like for yourself?

This week is the second half of Tips for being happy (even when you’re not) at work and elsewhere,” by Phil Blair. To recap he wrote: I’d much rather be around positive, upbeat people, those who see the glass of life at least half-filled instead of running on empty. No matter what’s going on in their personal or professional lives, their outward demeanor is friendly, warm, welcoming.

The people I prefer to be around are dependably friendly and enthusiastic. They avoid saying negative things about others. They’re capable and confident, but they’re able to laugh at themselves. They don’t take themselves too seriously. They’re able to mask a bad day, or that morning’s silly squabble with a spouse, or that lousy job they can’t wait to leave.

How is that possible, you ask? Take a few sips from this half-filled glass:

  • Be gracious. Simply show appreciation for those around you and treat them with the respect and dignity you’d like for yourself – even if you’re not treated that way.

  • Don’t be messy. You know the well-worn adage, “A messy desk is a sign of a genius at work.” Don’t believe it. Unless you’re a certified genius, I’d advise you to keep your desk free from clutter. An organized desk is an organized mind.
  • Avoid negative people. If possible, seek out friends and co-workers whom you like to be around. Make a concerted effort to fend off office gossips and those who dispense toxic talk. How can you tell those negative types? Hint: They sigh and moan, a lot.
  • Be generous. With compliments, for starters. Be the first to praise a job well-done, whether it’s for a co-worker or your boss. Because you know that if you were the boss, you’d love hearing a kind word or two.
  • Seek a deeper meaning. This can be a challenge. We all have our own religious or spiritual beliefs and ways of finding deeper meaning in our lives – or not. If that deeper meaning isn’t within your life’s work, then find some enriching connection to a force greater than yourself. Think family, friends, faith.
  •  Smile more. I mean it. Go ahead and smile, right now. Bet you feel better already. We all look and feel better when we’re smiling.

Your thoughts, happy or not, are always welcome.”

When I read Be Gracious what came up for me was respectful and the phrase “Behind every great/successful man stands a woman.” I want to say my husband Chris has fully supported and allowed me to become a great/successful woman. He is so respectful and always my champion. He is one of the very few men that I have ever met who truly treats women as an equal!

This week’s focus is on being respectful. How generous are you when it comes to giving compliments? How often do you tell your family, friends, co-workers and customers that you appreciate them? How would it feel to make a commitment of following the Golden Rule every day?

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Word-Of-the-Week #760: Happy

February 28, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Happy feeling or showing pleasure, joy, or contentment.

How would you rate yourself when it comes to being happy? Is your glass overflowing (or at least half full)? Is your outward demeanor friendly, warm, welcoming?

Another good articleTips for being happy (even when you’re not) at work and elsewhere,” by Phil Blair, co-founder of Manpower San Diego and author of “Job Won.” He writes, “I enjoy going to events where I’m likely to meet new people. And more often than not, I look for that person who’s standing alone, miserable because they don’t know anyone.

Maybe it’s a holdover from my teen-age years when my father took our family to South America and Africa and I was always the “new kid” in school. I know how it feels to be the “outsider.”

Conversely, when I’m at business functions or social events where I know almost everyone, I make it a point to introduce myself to the few people I don’t know. I’ll share some pleasantries and find out an interesting tidbit or two and then introduce them to others.

Believe me, the relief on their faces is palpable. All of a sudden, they’re more relaxed because they now “know” someone – me – who’s taken an interest in who they are, however short our conversation.

When I do meet someone I haven’t met before, it usually takes less than a minute to decide whether they’re happy in their lives or not. Truth is, I’m not that interested in meeting someone who, despite my best efforts at introducing myself with a smile, remains outwardly unhappy.

In Loving Memory of Our Dixie Doodle!

I’d much rather be around positive, upbeat people, those who see the glass of life at least half-filled instead of running on empty. No matter what’s going on in their personal or professional lives, their outward demeanor is friendly, warm, welcoming.

The people I prefer to be around – and offer career advice to, if sought – are dependably friendly and enthusiastic. They avoid saying negative things about others. They’re capable and confident, but they’re able to laugh at themselves. They don’t take themselves too seriously. They’re able to mask a bad day, or that morning’s silly squabble with a spouse, or that lousy job they can’t wait to leave.

How is that possible, you ask? Take a few sips from this half-filled glass

  • Make an effort to be happy. You might think I’m being overly Pollyanna, but I truly believe that happiness is largely a life choice. Same with being unhappy.
  • Smile more. Believe it or not, one of the natural effects of smiling is that you will feel happier. Turns out that the very act of smiling stimulates the flow of neural “messages” known as neuropeptides that ward off the ill effects of stress. Try it.
  • Stop complaining. Unless you’re able to offer real solutions to real problems, no one wants to hear your complaints. No whining.
  • Be friendly. Just as no one likes being around a complainer, no one likes co-workers who are prone to being grumpy or downright rude. No matter if they’re geniuses or not.

This week’s focus is on being happy. How often do you smile? Would your friends, family, and co-workers say that you are positive and upbeat? Can you laugh at yourself and not take things too seriously?

Stay Tuned! More on this next week…

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Word-Of-the-Week #759: Venturesome

February 21, 2019 by · Comments Off on Word-Of-the-Week #759: Venturesome 

Venturesomehaving a disposition to undertake ventures; adventurous. 

How often do you get out of your comfort zone? When was the last time you felt adventurous? Are you able to recognize opportunities and take them?

This is my birthday month and it’s a BIG ONE! So when my thirteen-year-old grandson asked if I would pick him up from school and have a sleep over I thought to myself, “What would be FUN for us to do?” And the answer was, “Go to iFLY!”

I had parachuted in 1981 and wanted to do a tandem free fall. But I never did so this was the next best thing. It simulates the feeling of free falling by floating on air. We had a blast and I have a return ticket so I can do the same thing with his seven-year-old sister at another time!

I found this post “Invoking the spirit of adventure” by Psychologies and am including excerpts. “Do you find yourself hesitating to take chances? Does fear prevent you from achieving your dreams? Writer Juliet Davey discovered how travelling has deepened her self-knowledge and awareness and here, she shares tips for living an adventurous life – and you don’t even have to leave the country. It’s all about pushing those boundaries…

“Adventure is not outside man; it is within” ― George Eliot

The responsibilities of modern living do not always permit us to travel, but we can still cultivate our adventurous spirit. The opportunity for adventure is available to us daily. Here are four handy tips to access the essence of this spirit: 

  • Do not let your fears rule you – the adventurous spirit is never certain of the outcome but is open to new experiences regardless. We all feel fear but the adventure-seeker takes action despite that fear.
  • Embrace the unfamiliar – travel takes you to unknown places and requires you to live in the present. But you can expand your horizons every day no matter where you are. By embracing places and people that are different from our norm, we can heighten our awareness and learn something new. Doing something out of the ordinary can also increase confidence.
  • Follow your heart – adventure comes to those who seek it. I love the Anais Nin quote: “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” So if you have always wanted to take a cooking class, skydive or learn to sing, now is the time. Stand inside your truth. Follow your heart.
  • Seize opportunities – recognize opportunities and take them. This is your chance.

This week’s focus is on being venturesome. How open are you to new experiences? When was the last time you did something out of the ordinary? Do you follow your head or do you follow your heart?

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