Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Quick Tip - Setting GOALS

Setting GOALS
Mid-year is a wonderful time to assess where you have been, and set goals for the rest of the year. If you decide to set GOALS, please consider the following for getting to where you want to go:

G - Gather
O - Objectives
A - Actions
L - Look
S - Self-assessment

Gather ideas, insight, information and perspective on what you can do and what you want to do. Set an Objective based on your assessment, your results, your time, and your expectations...and then share the objectives with others to get buy-in and support. Take Actions to include what you will do, the reason(s) you'll do it, how you will get the action completed, and with whom the action will take place. Look for purpose and inspiration, look back on history, and ahead to the future, and then look in the mirror for a realistic view of yourself, your capabilities, what you can do (and not simply what you can't) and your accountability. Finally, your Self-assessment is about tracking successes, assessing misses, being raw/vulnerable, and celebrating wins and mourning losses.

When you gather, assess objectives, take actions, look at the situation and results, and self-assess, you will not only set GOALS, you will attain them!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Creating Collaboration

"Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, 
wonderful things can be achieved." 
~ Mattie Stephanek
Matthew Joseph Thaddeus Stepanek, known as Mattie J.T. Stepanek, was an American poet who published five best-selling books of poetry. Before his death he had become known as a peace advocate and speaker.
(1990 - 2004)
Collaboration is empowerment. Collaboration is not giving up something. Collaboration is a way to move forward, move ahead, and move beyond challenges with input and insight. To get to a collaborative state, to create collaboration, please remember these 10 things:

10. Think collaboration, not compromise. Instead of thinking you want to lose less than the other person/people lose, start with collaboration in mind, and in your words and actions. 
9.   Use "Yes, and" as well as "Please share more" instead of "No" or "But". These will keep the collaborative conversation going.
8.   Avoid "Why?" questions. Why questions evoke defense, while "What?" and "How?" questions create conversation. Resist "Why?" or "Why not?", and watch the what and how drive collaboration.
7.   Be sensitive to cultural differences/diversity...and yet watch your sensitivity to people and things said. Come from a place of learning, and not judging. Want to know. Ask. Ensure the purpose is known, so the answers are given, and received in the right context.
6.   Be respectful of other people's time. Learn what others prefer, when is best for them, and then stick with times and boundaries set.
5.   Be aware of tone, body language. It's not what you say, rather how you say it, right? If your attitude is such that you don't want to collaborate, check it, and move to the value of the results.
4.   Be inclusive vs. exclusive. Allow people to participate. Let people in. Include those who could add value...even if they may have opposing views. Let people skip the process if their time (see number 6) could be best served elsewhere.
3.   Be open-minded. Be approachable. Be agile. By being interested and engaged in change, it is less about a willingness, and more about a winning-nest!
2.   Be a communicator who listens to learn. Watch the act of waiting for other's mouths to shut for yours to open. Instead, hear, listen, process, and communicate through questions and responses to enhance the engagement.
1.   Treat others how they want to be treated. Abandon the "golden rule" of treating others the way you want to be treated, and make it a diamond standard to treat others the way they want to be treated - it'll be even more powerful and effective, as it will be about others versus you!
Working together in a collaborative way can be one of the most productive and worthwhile things you ever do because there is a win in the connection and a win in the results...without any need for creating another approach!