Sunday, June 12, 2016

Pay Attention To Your Goals

Are you paying attention to your goals today?

I'm sure you've written them done. And, maybe their even what I call ART goals -- with an action word, a result, and a time frame. Good job on that.

And they work best when you pay attention to them. From the first action at the beginning of your day until you stop working: goals provide focus, direction, and useful action.

If, like me and many other people I know you are sometimes tempted to waste your time doing things that may be fun but are not productive (not that you can't have fun, just not to the point of wasting too much time) pick up your top five goals and let them move you forward. Work your goals. Drive your tasks on competing your goals.

One of the keys to achieving your goals is relentlessly working your plan. How is that playact going today?

-- Doug Smith


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Make That First Call

Do you enjoy initiating phone calls?

The phone seems to have lost much of its importance in the office world, but it is still a key tool for communicating. When you know what results you want, sometimes the phone is the best way to interact.

Especially in sales. Extra-especially in prospecting. But also in conducting follow-up, in contracting, and getting things done.

It's something I must admit I will procrastinate on. I'm not proud of that, I'd prefer it be otherwise, but making that first call in the morning is tough.

But you know what?  When I make that first call the rest are easy. Even if my first call is to someone I know well and simply to chat -- not for any business at all. The next call is easier. And the next even easier. It's just a matter of getting started.

If it's the same for you, please allow me to encourage you for a moment: make that first call. You may turn into an action focused juggernaut of calling and getting things done.

Imagine how many goals you could achieve then.

Who's your next first call?

-- Doug Smith


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Find Answers That Work and Go!

Did you ever get stuck searching for all of the answers?

It happens to me sometimes. I feel so certain that I've got to come up with every best possible answer that the best answer hides behind a wall of searching.

Yes, we do need lots of answers. Yes, the first answer (or third) is seldom the best.

But we also reach a point of diminishing returns. We also reach a time when it's time to do something.

Are you there on your biggest problem?

Creative problem solvers realize that even the best answer will likely evolve during the solution. Our plans change, our situation complicates, and other people get involved. That's OK. That's no reason to freeze

Creative problem solvers don't need all the answers -- just the ones that work.

Have you found an answer that works today?

-- Doug Smith


Sunday, June 5, 2016

More Creativity, Less Judgment

Do you find it easy to judge?

We are taught in so many ways to judge things, to judge people, to judge circumstances...to judge.

From some imaginary position of perfection we assess others as if they were lacking some essential ingredient.

Or, in some cases, we let judgment of our own skills keep us from trying something new, from forging new ground, from creating.

That's a mistake. We need creativity. We need to try new things. We need to explore territory where we won't be instantly criticized, by ourselves or others.

High performance leaders value creativity so much that they suspend their sense of judgment often enough to allow creativity to flourish.

How about you? Can you allow creativity to flourish? To grow? To blossom?

We are more creative when we are less judgmental. Send your inner judge out for milk and cookies. It will make her happy and you'll be free.

-- Doug Smith