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Thoughts for Dec 19th

BelieveTo accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
Anatole France

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.
Colin Powell

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Do You Want More From Your Team?

Team MtgAs the year winds down leaders and project managers review the performance and progress of their teams.  If you find that your team is falling short of where you would like or need them to be it’s time to take action to correct it.  By making those plans now you can set the stage for a more successful 2014.

What can you do to get things moving in the right direction?  Here are 4 steps you can take now to build a plan for success.

  1. Assess & analyze:  Where is the root cause of the underperformance?  Is it lack of ability?  Lack of capacity?   Lack of commitment?  Look at the team overall, including yourself and look at each individual.  You may find that some members lack the needed skills while other lacks a commitment to the project/team which is leading to an overall lack of capacity to get everything done.
  2. Develop:  Once you know the cause of the underperformance you can create development plans to address the gaps.  If a particular person doesn’t have the skills they need create a development plan to help them build those skills quickly.    Sometimes a team member needs to develop the ability to do more work by learning time management skills or working more efficiently.  Look at what can be developed in each person to benefit the team.
  3. Trim the deadwood:  After you look at each person you may find that there is someone on the team who just is not the right fit.  They may not have the aptitude for the work to be done or they may not be able to develop the needed skills.  Cut them from the team to make room for someone who can help the team achieve more. 
  4. Encourage:  It’s most likely the team knows they are not hitting their marks and that is very discouraging to people.  Help them see that they can reach the needed performance and that you believe in them.  Taking the first three steps will help them see your commitment to their success and will help them become committed to improving.  A positive outlook will create a positive environment where people want to do better.  Spell out the facts of the situation and build hope for a better tomorrow.

This will take some time to do well and yet it can yield amazing performance improvements that it’s worth the time.  Underperforming teams can be turned around with time and attention.  You need to figure out what can be done to meet your targets and how you can help the team get there.

While looking at the team’s performance you have to take a hard look at your performance relative to the team.  Are you being the leader they need to achieve the project or team goals?  Ask them how you can better support them and then listen to their feedback.  Some of it may be hard to hear so just absorb the information.  Take the time to reflect on what you are told and implement the changes that will help you grow and help your team succeed.  Your willingness to change will help set the stage for them to change as well.  If you want them to change their performance you need to go first, so model what you want from them.  They will like you for it and will respond well.

Learn to be a coach that helps their team achieve more and accomplish great things.  As you develop or refine your coaching skills you will grow as a leader and become capable of leading teams in any situation.  You can become a better coach by working with a coach to grow your skills and abilities.  Again, you will be modeling the behavior you want from your team and developing yourself at the same time.  Win-Win

To get more from your team you must be aware of the gaps and be willing to help close those gaps by developing the team’s skills or getting the right people on the team.  It’s up to you as a leader or project manager to make sure your team is set to deliver as required.

If you are curios on how a coach could help you click here for information on a special offer designed to help you get more out of your team in 2014.  We can help you do more personally and help you prepare your team for a fantastic year.

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Are You Moving Forward?

GoThis is a time of the year when many of us look back on what we accomplished during the year.  Did we achieve our New Year resolutions?  Did we move closer to our big life goals?  There are a wide variety of similar questions we ask ourselves whenever we reflect on our success.  It’s important to reflect on our achievements and understand what we accomplished.  However, it’s even more important to look at what our vision and mission really are and how do we get there.  This is a great time of the year to identify how we can move forward in our life.  We then set the stage for even greater achievement after the first of the year.

To achieve anything we have to first envision what it is we want.  These may come in the form of written goals, a clear vision and/or mission statement, a vision board or just a deep sense of what we are called to do.  Being clear on the desired endpoint is a critical step in reaching it.  How do you know what to do if you aren’t clear on where you are going?  This clarity takes time to develop; you must get in touch with your skills, your passion and who you want to be in the world.  Establishing that vision of your future world creates a mindset that allows you to start moving towards it with purpose and determination.

Once you know where you are going it’s time to get moving forward.  It can be hard to create a vision for the future but it’s even harder to take action to get there.  Dreaming is so much easier than getting down into the trenches and working hard to reach your goal.  Part of the reason taking action is so hard is because we of goals think in terms of grand accomplishments or big projects.  Instead take the time to identify the first simple steps you need to take to reach your goal.  This is about what can you do first, then what would come second, then what’s third.  Start with the first things to do and the steps required after that will become clear.

You really don’t need a plan of action that details every single thing you must do to reach your goal.  In fact, if you spend time creating that detailed of a plan you are closing the door on flexibility and new opportunities.  As well, you set yourself up for failure.  If you have a highly detailed plan and a detour comes up that is the right thing for you to do it creates a conflict – do I go with my plan or the detour?  Many then get stuck or start second guessing their decision.  This stops them from moving forward and they end up not reaching their goals.

So look at your goals and ask yourself these questions to get moving forward today:

  • What can I do today to move towards my goal?
  • How can I take advantage of the resources I have at hand to help reach my goal?
  • Who could help me move forward today?
  • Where can I learn a needed skill or gain a resource I need today?
  • Why am I procrastinating on working towards my goals?
  • If I take no action today when will I take that next step?

Moving forward towards your dreams and your goals is a series of small steps that ultimately get you where you want to go.  You just have to take the first one to start moving forward.   As you move forward your goals will get closer to you and you will find the next steps to take in front of you.

What step will you take today?

If you are stuck and would like help figuring out how to start moving forward contact me for a Jump-Start Coaching Session.

carol@delta-group-llc.com

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Quote for Dec 3rd

When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.
W. Clement Stone

Have you identified what you want to do with your life?  As 2013 draws to a close it is the time to be looking ahead to what you will accomplish in 2014.  Determine what you want to do over the next year and start creating an action plan to make it happen.  Now is the ideal time to get the ball rolling so that as the calendar turns to 2014 you will already be moving forward in the direction you have chosen.

If you, or someone you know, would like help in developing a clear mission and a strategy to achieve it, contact me at carol@delta-group-llc.com.

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Growth

Growing KnowledgeWithout continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.
Benjamin Franklin

All of us have a great capacity for growth and improvement.  We get the choice of doing something with that capacity or not.  Life is a journey and each day represents a new opportunity to move forward towards are dreams.   Success is a result of action and great success is a result of determined and focused action.  Keep moving forward no matter what happens.  An obstacle only stops progress if you let it, find a way around it to reach your goals.

What are you doing today to grow your skills and abilities?  

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Do You Get Lost along the Extra Mile?

Montain summerWe regularly hear that going the extra mile will make you stand out in the crowd.  It’s a valuable way of getting noticed by the decision makers in your organization.  Customers and bosses appreciate people who are willing to step up and tackle additional assignments.  It can be very tempting to say yes to every request you get.  Take care before you jump into something that is above and beyond your normal duties.  If you bite off more than you can chew you will actually do damage to your reputation and career.

So when is it a good idea to take on something extra?  Ask yourself these questions before you jump in:

  • Can I handle this in addition to everything else?
  • Will it help me get needed experience?
  • Who else is going to be involved? (Will there be people I would like to get to know involved?)
  • What additional visibility will it give me in my organization?
  • Why am I being asked to get involved? (Is this being dumped on me or will it help me?)

If you can answer these questions in a positive way, then by all means get involved.  It will do your career a lot of good to get new experiences and be seen by others throughout your organization.  Having a chance to meet new people and learn about other parts of the organization is very valuable.

When you look at questions above and if the answers are negative, decline to get involved in a respectful and professional manner.  If your current workload is too high to handle an extra assignment make sure you explain that you want to give your best all you do so you have to focus on what you already have to do.  There will be times when you have to take on the extra work even though you are overloaded and overwhelmed.

In the event that you are going above and beyond your normal duties and things are slipping address the problems immediately.  You may need to do one of the following items:

  1. Request an extension on a due date that you will be hard pressed to make.
  2. Get help with some of the tasks you have to complete.
  3. Work longer hours or work on the weekend to get it all done.
  4. See if the priority of an item can be lowered to make sure you have time for other tasks.

Getting in over your head is tough and can be very discouraging.  How you handle it will make a big difference in how your boss views your abilities.  Stepping up to fix the situation will help them see you as a problem solver.  When things are starting to slip go to your boss with a calm, professional assessment of the situation and bring some ideas of how you can get it resolved.  Have them help you figure out the best approach.  They may be able to push something back or get you help.  Asking in a professional manner will do more for you than whining about what is asked of you.

Going the extra mile is great for your career.  Make sure you don’t get lost on that road and lose sight of what needs to be done.  Taking on extra work only helps you if you keep up with your normal duties.

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Thought for Today

Growing Knowledge

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.
Benjamin Franklin

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Quote for May 30th

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.

Henry David Thoreau 

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Quote for May 21st

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
Helen Keller 

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Quote for Apr 4th

Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.

Theodore Isaac Rubin 

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