Category Archives: Productivity

It’s not a perfect world, so deal with it!

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The world we live and work in is not perfect. We need to make the best decisions based on the information we have at that time. In this imperfect world, we have many opportunities to make decisions. And making no decision can be far worse. Learn the formula for success when it comes decisions and even mistakes.

 

 

 

 

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You Management-Chris Ruisi

Managing Yourself

Chapter 5:  From “The Go-To Person’s Guide To Success”

Thought I would share with you a key success concept from my latest book – The Go-To Person’s Guide To Success”.

There is an old African fable about knowing your purpose in life, which goes something like this:

Every morning, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning, a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or the gazelle: when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.

When you know your purpose and believe in yourself, like the gazelle or the lion, you are more likely to successfully meet any challenge. This is especially true if you choose to manage your boss and be a go-to person in your company. My son Andrew knew his purpose. He wanted to be seen as a go-to person and he put together a plan to become one. It’s that simple.

To stay the course and move closer toward your purpose, you need to have a clear focus. We’ve all been advised to concentrate on the things we can control. Yet, we often find ourselves spending (wasting) the majority of our time on things we have no control over.

To illustrate this better, take a look at the visual I use with my clients when coaching them on the important concept of “you management”.

The large square on the outside represents the things you cannot control. There are way more things in life that we have no control over than there are things we can control.

I’m not sure what causes us to gravitate toward the larger square. Maybe it’s because of the sheer volume and size of it. If we have a better understanding of the detrimental impact the activities in the largest square have on our lives, our focus, and our purpose, perhaps we would be less inclined to give into those no-value, time-wasting distractions (much like those smelly Skunks!). The result will be a more effective use of our time and a severely decreased level of aggravation.

The middle square represents the things in life that you can influence. To be an effective go-to person, you have to also know how to be a person of influence, which means you are able to get others to see things your way or find a middle ground for compromise. We have more influence over things than we realize, but most people don’t spend too much time trying to influence others. We get too caught up in trying to win or prove our own point instead of looking for mutual win-wins for both parties.

The smallest square at the center is everything in our lives and our careers that we can control. It stands to reason that we should spend the most time concentrating on the things that fall inside the small circle. That is where we’re going to get the highest results and the most benefit. When you work on the tasks and activities you can control, you have the opportunity to produce outcomes that have the greatest impact on you, your boss, your customers, and your company.

If you find yourself tempted to wander off outside of the square you can control, refer back to this diagram and get re-focused.

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Do You Try to Be Perfect? I Hope Not!

I can remember telling my sons, and later on, individuals who reported directly to me that I found perfection to be boring and frustrating. I urged them to pursue excellence, or, in other words, to do the very best they could with whatever they had at the time. You know, “play the hand you’re dealt” in the best way possible.

Individuals who pursue perfection – and many of us have met them (and some of you may be one of them) – are never satisfied. They are always looking for one more piece of information or data to help them make a decision or take action. Oddly, they never make that decision and end up frustrated and, in many cases, demoralized. They are, in fact, very unhappy people. I sometimes describe those seeking perfection as individuals who are “studying all of the sides of a circle.”

Unlike individuals who set stretch goals and who are resilient in order to effectively deal with setbacks, perfectionists aim high goals (and in some cases unrealistically) in order to demonstrate their value to others. Then, when they fall short they become brutally critical of themselves. This, in turn, leads them feeling that whatever they do is never enough. Perfectionism, left unchecked, can lead to serious mental health issues. I read recently that research suggests that being too hard on yourself can actually limit one’s ability to achieve success. Being perfect makes it harder to think clearly because of the stress that it causes.

Here are 5 simple actions you can take to offset any desires you might have to be perfect:

  1. Focus on the best outcome you can deliver versus harshly judging yourself.
  2. Focus on taking action to keep moving forward and learning as you go.
  3. See mistakes as normal and as learning opportunities, and not as a “failing grade” on the imaginary report card in your mind.
  4. Set realistic and achievable goals and celebrate small victories. Learn to give yourself a “high-5” at every opportunity that you can.
  5. When being threatened by overwhelm and frustration, stop where you are and identify one positive action you can take – big or small (small is preferred) – that will change the momentum in your favor.

Give it your best effort. It’s really OK not to be perfect.

 

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Are You Really Productive or Collecting “To-Do’s”?

Productive people get more done, achieve better results and earn far more than everyone else by devoting maximum time on being “focused” on their top priority.

Focus is a matter of deciding on what things you’re not going to do. Great results are achieved by how narrow you can make your focus. You need to be doing fewer things for a greater effect or impact, instead of doing more things that only results in side effects.

We all have a hard time finding that one thing because we’re committed to too many other things. We tell ourselves several lies: Continue reading

Success Habits: You Management

Do you think you need better “time management” skills? Or do you need better “YOU management” skills? Without clarity of goals, there’s no way you can ever manage your time. Learn what you need to do to better manage “you” in this video.

 

Focus: Can It Be This Simple?

My daily routine involves reading the Wall Street Journal while having my first cup of coffee. During my “read”, I always find my way to the daily “Pepper…And Salt” illustration (yup, it’s a cartoon). This past week addressed the concept of focus in a very powerful yet simple way.

While wearing “The Cone” may not be a fashionable approach, the message – being focused – is important for each of us. What do you do each day to establish and maintain your focus on getting the right things done?

For starters, stop doing things that don’t make any sense. Focus – discipline yourself – to start each day working on those tasks that have the highest reward/payoff. The fact is, you can only properly focus on only a few “key” tasks at one time.

Here are the 4 simple steps you can take to stay focused and get the “right” things done: Continue reading

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Want to Be a Success? Then Act Like You’re A Success.

Everyone wants to be a success. Yet very few realize the full measure of what it means to be a success. They end up settling for something less than what they originally set out to achieve. While success is personal to each of us, from my own observations there are common qualities and habits that the most successful people possess.

Look at this list of “10” ways successful people act and see how you measure up: 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