Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Learn from the Past


The next time someone asks you to fix the past, let it go. Relax. You know that you can't fix the past. What you control is right now. What you do right now determines your present, and to some degree your future. Fix the here and now -- that's plenty of work for anyone!

-- doug smith


Monday, June 18, 2018

No Excuses

Any excuse will do, but none are true.

High performance leaders have no appetite for excuses. Front line supervisors are patient with their people and also need to stay persistent on their insistence for positive results.

We all make mistakes, but making excuses is a losing proposition. Own it, learn from it, and move on.

No excuses accepted.

-- doug smith


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Forgive Yourself


Forgiveness isn't free. It costs the loss of the sense of self-righteousness that sometimes feeds our feeble ego. We don't need that, but like candy, it feels like we do. Let it go.

That's harder to do when it is ourselves who we need to forgive. Then, it isn't self-righteousness that clings to the anger but something else. Something deeper, less secure, less righteous. Let that go, too.

Forgiveness isn't free. And self-forgiveness isn't easy. But my friend, forgiveness is necessary.

Let it go.

-- doug smith


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Book the two-day workshop: Supervising for Success

Give your front line supervisors two days of training that will pay off in improved performance, engagement, and motivation for years to come.


Agenda:

  1. Developing leadership capacity, strength, and flexibility
  2. Ten keys to leadership success
  3. Achieving your supervisory goals
  4. Communicating for results
  5. Building your team
  6. Motivating yourself and others
  7. Manage your time without driving yourself crazy
  8. Coaching to improve performance
  9. Facilitating highly productive meetings
  10. Solving team problems collaboratively

Supervisors are challenged in every direction. They usually don't get the training they need and end up with more problems and headaches than they'd ever imagined possible. It doesn't have to be that way.

The key tasks of a supervisor can be learned. Our time tested and field tested training methods get your supervisors to explore, discover, and practice the key skills that will make a positive difference in their performance, their teams, and their lives.

How to bring this workshop to your location:

We're located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and if you are, too you'll find this workshop surprisingly affordable for your organization. All you need is a conference or training room and five or more participants. 


For more information, contact us here:

doug@dougsmithtraining.com





Friday, June 8, 2018

Stay Positive


Every once in a while I will meet someone who is content to remain out of control. They refuse to believe that they can change anything because "the culture is so bad here" or because "my boss would never go for that" or because "that's all fine and good but it wouldn't work for me."

What can you say in response? "You're absolutely right. At least, as long as you think that." Then I try to avoid saying one of those favorite consultant answers, "how's that working for you?" because, clearly, it isn't.

Positive leaders believe in empowerment. Positive leaders believe that regardless of opposition or culture or challenges galore, the better route to achievement takes a positive approach. Do what we can. Challenge where we need to. Support each other all the way thru.

A positive leader builds a positive team - a team that collaborates, cooperates, and cares. Of course the work is hard -- that's why it's yours -- easier work is for someone else.

Stay positive - the results are better.

-- doug smith


Thursday, May 24, 2018