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10 Steps to Make Each Day Better Than the Day Before

  1. You approach your role with an organized and focused “get it done now” sense of urgency.
  2. You focus on results, not just “to do’s”.
  3. You know how to evaluate risks that need to be taken and act only on the correct ones.
  4. You practice positive self-talk that encourages you to believe in your abilities and properly challenge yourself.
  5. You talk with others in a respectful but confident manner.
  6. You are organized and in control; you can’t even spell “overwhelm” let alone talk about it.
  7. You have no interest in blaming others or being overly critical of yourself (no self-guilt); you know that these activities (blame and guilt) wastes time and creates unnecessary emotional distractions.
  8. You ignore negative feedback based solely upon negative opinions lacking any constructive alternatives.
  9. You don’t worry about things you cannot control; you focus on what you can influence or direct.
  10. You work on executing the fundamentals as best as you can, keeping everything as simple as possible.

 

Entrepreneurial Mindset Success

Advice for the Graduates

Graduation “season” is well underway. So for the new graduate, let me offer the following:

As you begin your life’s journey, you will come across more things that you will not like before you find that one thing that “clicks.” That search is a good thing because you are learning a lot as you go.

You’re at a great time in your life and it’s time to “get in the game.” Here are several points to keep in mind: Continue reading

S.U.A.L

Of all the skills the best leaders possess, the most important one – in my opinion – is the ability to listen effectively.

When you listen effectively, you learn the right information. The right information is everything you, as the leader, need to properly assess a situation and in turn, make the right decision to get the right things done. Plus, listening effectively sends the message that “you care.”

Listening is a difficult skill to learn and master because it requires you to use your very best effort and focus to:

  • Sort through the clutter and emotion that often is associated with some conversations.
  • Ignore the distractions that are a part of all our days.
  • Eliminate all the unnecessary and unsolicited opinions of those involved.
  • Get the right facts.

There is an old expression “There are two sides to every story and then there’s the truth.” That sums up the challenges associated with being able to listen effectively. Continue reading

Chris Ruisi Watching You

They’re Watching You

Throughout my corporate career, I was always in a leadership position with my team depending on me to do the right thing to help them learn and grow to perform at their best level. Why? Well, simple really, because the single most important factor that will determine the success of your company is the quality of the team you assemble, develop and use. Or, in other words, lead.

Leaders succeed by getting the right results on a timely basis. You achieve those results from the work performed by your team – not you alone. If you accept that, then how you help your team find, develop and properly use their full capabilities to bring out their individual and collective greatness is a leader’s most important task.

As such, a leader can only be as good as the performance of their team. And, the team will only be as good as the limitations the leader places on their own performance. In other words, your team will mimic – repeat – your best work habits and your worst work habits.

So, the question to ask yourself is, “Are you setting the best leadership and example you can for your team?” Continue reading

ChrisvRuisi Get the Right Things Done

4 Steps to Get More of The Right Things Done

In today’s challenging business environment, everyone struggles with how to get more done, work harder and longer hours, multi-tasking (multi-dumb!), working faster along with a full range of tricks and shortcuts. Yet despite everyone’s best intentions, the struggle continues every day at desks all around the world.

So, the solution may just be something simpler but challenging for those so set in their ways that they are unwilling to fully embrace the degree of personal change required. Here are the 4 steps – habits – you should consider adopting: Continue reading

Chris Ruisi

What Other People Think About Me is None of My Business

Many of you go through life constantly worrying or obsessing over what others might think about you. You go out of your way to be liked; so much so you even compromise on your own values. You try way too hard to be part of who you perceive to be the “in” crowd. Most of these “crowds” really don’t care about you, so you end up being “alone” in a group. Why not be your own “in” crowd and attract the right people to be with? Stop looking for permission to act even though no one’s permission is needed. You are driven to want to be liked versus being respected. Stop sacrificing your own self-esteem and self-worth for others. Be the person who you respect first—the rest becomes easy after that.

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Chris Ruisi Clutter

If I Wanted Something Lost I Would Send it to You!

Each of us at some point or another deal with “Clutter” – mentally and more frequently in our office – specifically on our desks and work areas. Uncontrolled clutter can be devastating to you and your team, and it sends the wrong message to your customers.

Early in my career I suffered from “clutteritis” (not sure if that’s a word but it fits here). I was at USLIFE and serving as Senior Vice President of Human Resources when I had to admit to and “own” the fact that I was suffering from clutteritis. This revelation took place for me when my boss – the Chairman & CEO – walked into my office took one look around and said, “Chris, if I ever wanted anything lost, I would send it to you!” Then he turned around and left. Multiple files on my desk, more on the floor and yet even more debris on my windowsill. I was losing the clutter battle and didn’t realize it.

That day and those words have stuck with me over the years.

I use this story periodically with my clients. A close cousin to clutteritis and a symptom of it is multi-tasking (or as I call it “multi-dumb”). But being “multi-dumb” will be the subject of a future Wake-Up call. Continue reading

Chris Ruisi Distractions

Distractions

To achieve success, you have to know how to deal with distractions – and we all know that there can be a lot of them. Sometimes we allow them to get us off course. Distractions like moving from crisis to crisis, or being pulled in multiple directions take a serious toll on us mentally, physically and financially.

Here are several things that you can take action on to effectively manage distractions: Continue reading

Chris Ruisi Learn

Learn Something Every Day

It’s been said that a day without learning is a day without living. When you stop learning or close your mind to learning, you become stagnant and you die – first intellectually, then emotionally and then…well, you know. As Stephen Covey wrote in his “7 Habits…” piece – always sharpen the saw. Coach Wooden once said, “It’s what you learn after you think you know it all that counts.” Always ask yourself, “What can I do to improve?”

Once you have learned something, practice it until you are good at it. Real success comes from those who practice; in life, there is no room for “winging it”. Coach Lou Carnesca of St. John’s University said it best, “Nothing takes place on the court that doesn’t first take place in practice.”

Let me share with you some things that I have learned over the years… Continue reading

Chris Ruisi What I Know

Here’s What I Think

  1. We cannot control many of the outside forces or events that bombard us every day. Focus on what you can control.
  2. Get moving. Don’t stand there and think; get clear on your desired outcome and take the first step, then another. Consistent and focused action gets results; you stall…you lose.
  3. The one thing that we have absolute, complete and total control over is our mind and the thoughts we harbor in it. Stop focusing on just the negatives.
  4. It’s time to start focusing on possibilities, rather than on limits and obstacles. You need to set yourself free. This means you must give yourself permission to dream and to take risks.
  5. Real limits will not box you in because you can always find a way to deal with them. It is the false ones you are carrying around in your mind that become the self-imposed prison of your dreams and goals.
  6. Self-doubt is what does the most damage. Don’t give it any mental space.
  7. The best way to not give doubt any mental space is to fill your mind with dreams, goals and a vision, and act like success is your only option.
  8. I read once that if you give the world the best you have, the best will come back to you. John Wooden the legendary basketball coach at UCLA once said, “Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.”
  9. Now, I know we are dead for a long time; the fact is you only get one life, so why not get the most out of it? Make it a point to have fun. Taking life too seriously will kill you. You work hard so there should be no guilt associated with the pursuit of happiness and the enjoyment of your life.
  10. Make time every day to be grateful for all that you have; maybe the first thing in the morning or the last thing every evening. Many spend far too much time obsessing either over what others have or what is missing in their own life. If you want more, then pursue it.