How to get accolades and outcomes from your work

How to get accolades and outcomes from your work

Are you more concerned with accolades or outcomes?  You might say, “I want both.” Accolades are great, and everyone wants them. Some are willing to do anything to get noticed and promoted. A few intentional attitude shifts can help you get outcomes that naturally lead to personal rewards and possibly recognition. What it takes to get outcomes that lead to accolades.  Stop thinking about how you look to others. Think about the tasks, time, and people needed to get the job done for the team or organization. No one succeeds without a team. Most people operate quietly behind the scenes.You may not even know many of the people on your “team.” For example, someone is either turning the lights on or paying the bill. Who keeps the space you are working in clean? Who does the bookkeeping to ensure you get paid regularly? Be willing to do what others can’t or won’t. Most successful people find that with repetition of some task and grit, they become expert or proficient at something that eventually promotes them. See yourself as the guide, not the hero. Everyone wants to be a hero, and every hero has a guide (Yoda to Luke Skywalker, Kesuke Miyagi to Karate Kid, Mickey to Rocky, Donkey to Shrek). It does not work out when you jockey to be the hero. Let it happen. In the meantime, look for ways to help all the other heroes excel. This could be your team, boss, or a client. Do your best, but don’t kill yourself. It’s tough to find a balance because only you know what your best looks like....
Has Time Become Your Enemy?

Has Time Become Your Enemy?

As technology expanded, so did our obsession with time management (recently dubbed energy management). At the root is a desire to be happy. In our heart we hope that if the business succeeds, we’ll change the world and make a good living. The steps to getting what’s important done, and living a relatively happy life, have not changed since the beginning of civilization. You already know them, but let’s review. Live by percentages for longterm success. Everyone gets allotted the same 24/7.  Be honest about your responsibilities and needs, and how much time each takes daily. Create a balanced schedule that allots a percentage of time to your responsibilities and what’s important. Commit to it. The body is like an engine. It performs relative to how it is cared for, maintained. The hormones that get you through stressful times –adrenaline, cortisol, and norepinephrine –become enemies to the body if kept charged up too long. For many, the chronic headache, weight gain, depression, etc. can be eliminated with self-care. All humans need renewal every day (yes, seven days a week) that comes from adequate sleep, balanced meals, and intentional quite time (prayer, meditation). Exercise must be included in some form most days too. Relationships are not optional. Your parents, children, spouse, friends, family are a gift intended to make life rich and meaningful. If you don’t have people in your life that make you smile as well as challenge you to be your best, stop what you are doing and go seeking them. Good habits are hard to form but imperative to success. Jason Selk writes in Forbes that the 21-day habit...
Your Leadership Style Determines the Right Hire

Your Leadership Style Determines the Right Hire

Hiring people is time-consuming. Firing people is even more costly than hiring at times. Being honest about your own leadership style and company culture will save time, money, and potential heartache when it comes to hiring. Here are three common leadership styles and the types of people that will fit best with each style. The drill sergeant Life moves fast. You need people to follow orders efficiently and without the need for a lot of direction. If there’s a crisis and you want people putting rocks in boots, there won’t be time to explain why. A good employee for you will be the person focused on getting the job done according to the rules. They will often possess many interests outside of work. They want to do the job and collect a pay check. Avoid entrepreneurs and overly enthusiastic people. Look for people who’s references call them timely, neat, and attentive to details. The visionary You cast vision, see the big picture and often get your best ideas on the beach or a long drive. You need people who get your vision and can identify and implement the detail without much direction. You’ll have their back if needed but can’t be bothered with a lot of minutiae. Someone that is a bit entrepreneurial is a good fit. They too might have a dream. This person also has the discernment, stamina, and intelligence to get into the details without a lot of hand holding. Give them some accountability measures and a timeframe along with a few pats on the back, and let them go for it. The plant manager You are not afraid...

Business leadership and the three types of people

(image: www.workingsheepdog.co.uk) In the movie American Snipper, Ben Reed as Chris Kyle’s father, explains to his young sons that there are three kinds of people: sheep, wolves, and sheep dogs. While simple in concept, the analogies to human instinctual behavior make a good filter for choosing leaders in your company. Sheep are the followers and often those preyed upon by the assertive and sometimes aggressive types (wolves). Sheep dogs possess those same aggressive tendencies but through training and temperament follow a herding or protective instinct. You probably have all three types within the organization. Sheep and wolves will be much more common. The sheep make good internal production-oriented staff. Wolves are naturally great at sales, mergers, acquisitions, and even some management positions. But when it comes to key leadership positions, especially during times of transition or turbulence in an organization, look for the sheep dog. They will guide and motivate the sheep and moderate the wolves. Wolves only or a combination of wolves and sheep may drive revenue up for a season, but they will never create the atmosphere where creativity and the natural high resulting from team success will flourish. The best way to find sheep dogs is to watch existing people function in the work place or screen for them with questions to references. For example, you might ask a former teacher or employer: “How does Sally react when under pressure” or “When working in a team, what role does Sally gravitate toward.”  ...
UPDATE 2018 – Getting a grip on your passwords and protecting yourself from hackers

UPDATE 2018 – Getting a grip on your passwords and protecting yourself from hackers

This post came out a few years ago on passwords and protecting yourself. It’s more important than ever, today. As careful as I am, some scammer got me a year or so back and held my system hostage for Bitcoin. Fortunately, I use NeotechIT. He rescued my digital life! Jordan McKenna from www.cloudwards.net reached out to me with this post of their’s on single password solutions. I just set-up Dashlane. I’ll report back on pros and cons after I experiment for a while. Also, after the hostage taker situation, I got Lifelock. ____________________________________________ If you are still writing down passwords or allowing your browser to save them, you’ll appreciate these best practices for password generation and protection. We got on the phone with IT man extraordinaire John Glenn (not the astronaut) of Neotech Inc. as well as ventured out onto the “dark web” to bring you the best password advice. The bottom line is you probably need to go to a password manager such as LastPass or RoboForm. Life Hacker has a thorough comparison piece on the different managers available: see story here. They cover features, usability, support, and security. All password managers generate passwords, have auto form filling, secure password sharing, and secure notes. John Glenn compares the one password option to the lockbox on a house. However, if you still want to keep up with the password for your home Wi-Fi and Amazon account, here are the do’s and don’ts. How to create the best password  John Glenn says, “The best password is one you can remember.” But, he also says don’t do the following: Don’t go...