3 Ways To Make This Quarter Stronger

3 Ways To Make This Quarter Stronger

1) Turn Off Distractions So You Can Be More Focused  a) Set your phone to Do Not Disturb Mode (you can allow favorites, so your family and even key clients or co-workers can still contact you) b) Use a plug in to make seeing your news feed inside Facebook impossible, while you get your work done on your business pages and in Facebook groups. (See our recent blog here for details.) 2) Get Clear On What Actions Are Creating Results a) Look at your metrics. What went well for last quarter and also the year? What did you improve? What did you learn? How does progress line up with your key targets for the year and the quarter? b) Whatever your key or only project focus was for the month and quarter, how did that go? How is it going? What went well this past month or months. And what can be improved? c) If you don’t have a definitive 1 thing you are focused on for the quarter or the month, what would it take to be more focused on making defined progress on 1 key business improvement? What steps can you take from today through the end of the quarter to bring about change? Remember to be honest with yourself about what you can really achieve. And also remember that you need to measure success. So how are you measuring improvement? How will you know if you succeeded? 3) Create A Plan To Achieve Your Targets For The Year And This Quarter a) What are 1-2 sub goals you can achieve each month? If you already have...
Shiny Object Syndrome + Facebook = Time Wasted, Until I Implemented This Free Tool

Shiny Object Syndrome + Facebook = Time Wasted, Until I Implemented This Free Tool

If you are like me, you go to jump onto Facebook to use the email feature, or to schedule a post, or interact with those on your page.. and then you get distracted. That little red circle with a number on it telling you what you are missing keeps calling. And you jump on “for just a minute” and 15 minutes later….. Or, you want to use Facebook as a Sales Tool, because you  keep some great pictures in albums there, but you are afraid that if you bring up your Facebook on your page, that you will have that 1 friend from High School posting something massively inappropriate.. and you might loose a sale… Well, there’s a way to block your Newsfeed when you need to. I used this one tool to do work on my Facebook Business pages, while never logging onto and being distracted by my Facebook Newsfeed even once in the past 3 days.  I’m not even kidding. 🙂  Yes it’s possible, even for a Facebook addict. There are Facebook Newsfeed blockers you can use that simply block your personal Facebook Newsfeed while enabling you to continue to work and view your Business Pages, and also your Groups. (As many of us use the Groups for business as well.) If you have Chrome here’s a popular plug in: Newsfeed Eradicator: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/news-feed-eradicator-for/fjcldmjmjhkklehbacihaiopjklihlgg If you have Safari, use: Newsfeed Blocker For Facebook (in the Ap Store) Both are free. Simple install on your computer, and then turn off or on with a click of a mouse. I found that after about a month of using this tool...
Before Setting Goals – Do These 2 Things

Before Setting Goals – Do These 2 Things

I made a video to share with you 2 of the things I do before setting goals that makes a big impact on my success for the year.  Try them out, and see how they work for you. Let me know in the comments if you have other questions about the goal setting process, or if you have found these tips helpful.    ...
Is It Really Enlightened To Think 1/2 The Country Is “Wrong” and “Unaware” of Their Hidden Racism/ Sexism/ Xenophobia?

Is It Really Enlightened To Think 1/2 The Country Is “Wrong” and “Unaware” of Their Hidden Racism/ Sexism/ Xenophobia?

A wise man once said “Seek First To Understand.” Have we, the seekers of the world, been doing a lot of that lately? This week I have seen many posts and email threads, all really judgement  masquerading as enlightenment. The overall thread is if you voted for Hillary Clinton you are enlightened and open minded, and if you voted for President Elect Trump you are simply too unenlightened and unaware of your inherent racist, xenophobic, sexist ways to even know better. And I find it fascinating that when Obama won, and HALF the Country was as upset as the other half is now- no one – and I mean No One bothered with any of this… For many on the “left” there has been actually no thought to people other than those “like” us. Most of those who voted for Hillary have NO idea 1/2 the Country felt their same pain in the past 8 years. They are shocked when I mention it as a possibility. And also fascinating that the assumption is that everyone who doesn’t hold our opinion is “Wrong” or “Racist”. The assumption of this line of thinking is that 1/2 of America – that’s over 59 Million People are Racist, Itolerant and just too unenlightened and ignorant to know better. For example, this from a school – a school’s letter to the parents of their children: “we now know for certain that racism is rife and often hidden in our very own choice of words, choice of stories, choice of places to go.” Meanwhile at our child’s school the only intolerance occurring isn’t even hidden. The kids...
Employee Motivation: Fostering Loyalty Through Shared Reward

Employee Motivation: Fostering Loyalty Through Shared Reward

I spend time here discussing ways to motivate employees. And so I thought I shared the story of two employees who needed a work vehicle. And what happened when the owner of a company gave a truck to one, and loaned (interested free) money to purchase a work truck to another. Not all of my clients are corporate clients, and so their motivation strategies are often a little different. (Although I believe everyone can learn something from this story – not just my contractor clients). Any guesses what happened 2 years after these two employees owned their work vehicles?  I would have guessed that the person who received a nice work truck would have been eternally grateful and happy. But that’s actually not what happened. And I believe it is specifically because he was given it – he didn’t work for it. And so that set the tone for him to think that it was all about him, not about the contribution he could make to the company. The exchange was off – and when that occurs it always trains the person to want to get even more for nothing. Which isn’t helpful to anyone.  And actually is dishonoring to all involved. Let me give some more detail. A few years ago I had a client who had 2 great employees. One was a very skilled worker who also occasionally managed things, and the other was more a tradesman still open to learning to increase his skills and abilities.  When the more skilled worker, who often went to two jobs sites during a day approach their employer about needing a...