How to have a Good Day – The day after Labor Day


When you come across information that combines behavioral science and workplace issues, share it. Here’s the first of several installments on Caroline Webb’s new book, How to have a Good Day.

 

When you aim to stay focused on your attitude and then pay attention to your most important goals, your day brightens.

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Getting Back on the Podium


Phelps and BowmanNow that the Olympics are over, what do you remember? For me it was a how hard it is to repeat as the Gold medal winner in successive Olympics. We are sure to remember Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt, but what about Gabby Douglas and Missy Franklin?

That got me to wondering about what makes a difference? Certainly age and competition drive our ability to compete. But I think something that is rarely noticed is that after the Olympics, star performers go back to work with someone by their side, a coach. Coaches Bob Bowman and Glen Mills have already scheduled time with their pupils to go over what went well and what could be improved. They will next go over their student’s goals and start charting a plan to get them back to the top again.

How many of us have major successes followed by recognition then the slow fade? Perhaps it’s due to lack of having a coach or an accountability partner to go over our successes in a way that allows us to move to the next success. What I have found in researching successful businesses and their leaders is that the success breeds coaching first and not the other way around. Successful people always seek coaches, while less successful people think they can’t afford one.

So the next time you have a success, think of Usain Bolt. Picture: Usian running sprints pulling a tire under the careful eye of  Coach Mills. I can hear Bob Marley in the background singing, “The fastest Mon is 31, The Fastest Mon… he ain’t done!”Bolt and Mills 2

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Touch Matters


staying in touchThank you “Black Lives Matter,” for reminding me of the message of Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.”

Like Water ‘gate’ before it, their phrase has sparked a whole genre of __________ Matters. And while I disagree with the Black Lives premise, their phrase sparked me this morning to write about something that really does matter to me, Touches.

Touches are actions that define what or who is important to you. Physical touches, politically and legally incorrect in today’s EEOC environment, gently let people know you notice them. I often joke in my sexual harassment workshop that my dad would never survive one month in today’s environment because he was a notorious “toucher.”  My dad’s touch was endearing, as I found out from so many strangers at his funeral.

Touches, in a business sense, let your customers/vendors know you are thinking about them. I call some members of a chamber where I work just to say hello and see if we can do anything for them. Invariably, they have very few requests, and most literally tell me they are “touched” by my thoughtfulness. When business relationships die, an autopsy usually reveals a lack of staying “in touch” as a major contributing factor.

The same is true with friendships. My active friendships have a common thread, we both stay in touch. One way touches usually fade in my experience. I have been on both sides of this equation and must admit that my non-responses are to blame for some faded friendships. Mirror time again!

Touches are not big things: a note, a quick text, a phone call. Yet they are really are THE BIG THING.  In the end most of us will leave this earth with only one category of regret. We will miss the relationships we have built and the gentle touch of a loved one. So make sure each day includes building your relationships, one touch at a time. It WILL matter and your touches will all work for the good! 🙂

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Putting your brain in the fast lane!


Here’s a power tip on how to combine old technology with modern brain research and increase your productivity big time.

 

If you are like me, you probably hear Joe Walsh tearing it up in the background. Love that riff!

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Accountability and bucket lists


I just finished a triathlon with my son and his wife. For me, it was a bucket lister, given my 15 year retirement from such events; for Sam and Brittany is was a beginning.  Training for the Grandman an old lesson on accountability came to mind.

Power Tip 6-13 Accountability

So if you really want to achieve something hard, announce it to your circle of friends and choose one as your accountability partner. You’ll be off to the races.grndman

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To move up, listen up!


podcastWhat one skill is available to everyone and yet very few of us act like it?

Intentional listening

Most of us act like we have two mouths and one ear when it comes to communication. Here’s a recent vlog on why intentional listening is critical to your career and some tips on how to improve your listening.

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger” James 1:19.  Enough said.

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A vacation to do – A personal mission statement


Here’s something you can do while sitting by the pool, hiking, or whatever you do on your vacation:

If you complete the assignment, let me know at rick@pro356consulting.com

And if you did complete it, go ahead and start on your family mission statement.

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