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  • feedwordpress 19:26:09 on 2017/11/06 Permalink
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    7 Tips for Coming Down the Home Stretch 

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    Welcome to November—the 11th month of 2017! With just less than two months to go, how are you going to wrap them up? Are you going to fizzle out as the weeks pass or are you going out with a bang? Do you feel like you are running out of steam or taking one big, deep last breath to push through the next eight weeks?

    Many of you might be thinking, “Thank goodness this year is over. It was a horrible year; a stressful year; a depressing year.”  Yet look around and most of us are still standing. We dealt with the challenges that were presented to us. We might not have liked them but we handled them. Some people who lost their jobs actually ended up in better positions. Businesses have become stronger because they worked leaner and smarter. Communities like Las Vegas and San Antonio that have been struck by huge tragedies, are closer and prouder than ever before.

    Here are some ideas for the first week of November:

    1. Take inventory of your accomplishments and make sure you document them so you have them ready for your annual review or your success book!
    1. Mend broken relationships. It does no good to hold grudges. You can be the bigger person by taking the first step.
    1. Look at your calendar between now and year-end. Consider your commitments, schedules, things you need to do, holiday events, and block necessary time to reduce stress.
    1. Make a training wish list for next year and plan how you will persuade your executive to support you.
    1. Request a strategy meeting with your executive to discuss their goals for the next two months. What do they need to get accomplished and how can you help achieve those goals?
    1. Take advantage of any unused vacation or plan a personal day to organize your personal life before the holidays arrive.
    1. With the holidays coming, it is more important than ever that you exercise and get good rest. If you are going to finish 2017 with a bang, you must have mental and physical energy.

    If you can picture a horse race, many of the horses start out close together in the race but as they go around the track and increase their distance, only a few stretch out in front. Then as the race progresses, often two horses are running neck and neck but only one wins the race—and sometimes just by a nose.

    What’s the analogy to people? The majority of the population started out on equal ground in January, then as the race got more challenging, some people fell back, lost their wind and slowed down. As the year comes to end and we come down the home stretch, are you still ahead in the race?  Do you have the stamina to go the distance? I hope so as the next eight weeks should be filled with enthusiasm as we see the year come to an end and we eagerly greet 2018!

    Let’s do it!

    Joan Burge

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  • feedwordpress 16:25:06 on 2017/08/29 Permalink
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    12 Strategies To Help You Cope With Change 

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    As I’m sitting here on Friday afternoon catching my breath from a very busy week and working on my speeches for our Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence, I am reminded how change is more prevalent than ever in our lives. In the past week, I have personally been through lots of changes; my staff has gone through changes; family and good friends of mine are experiencing change; and the world is changing every day. I’m not saying they are necessarily bad changes. In fact, I have been experiencing some wonderful, good changes. The idea is . . . it’s still change.

    I have been speaking on Thriving on Change or Optimizing Change for 27 years. Most of what I have said about “change” has NOT changed. I still use all the strategies I am sharing with you today and they all have worked in good times and in really horrible times.

    Change is a part of life. If you do not learn to cope with it, you will be swallowed up by the wave of change. Below are specific strategies to help you cope. You may find that some strategies work better than others depending on the particular situation. Try them all. They are effective.

    Anticipate

    • Guess where things are going, if you can.
    • Keep your ears and eyes open. Know what is going on around you at work, in your community, with your family.
    • Pay attention to national events, trends and current news. These could affect your employer’s industry, your profession, and your job.

    Prepare

    • Gather relevant information. Stay Informed.
    • Make specific plans for the upcoming changes so you feel more in control. Be active, not passive.
    • Play out various scenarios on paper. “If this happens, I will do…”

    Assess

    • How do you feel about this change? Why do you think you feel that way?
    • What happens to you physically when you think about this change? Do you tense up or feel a burst of energy?
    • How this change, whether self-initiated or not, will impact the 5 BIG Life Pillars: career, family, financial, spiritual and wellness. (Or which of these Pillars might the change impact the most?)

    Visualize

    • Imagine yourself in the new situation. See yourself positively on the other side of the change.
    • With change comes both danger and opportunity. See both, but focus on the opportunity.

    Accept

    • Don’t fight change that is inevitable.
    • Be flexible.
    • Get on with your life; don’t procrastinate.
    • Do something that makes you feel good, something that gives you a sense of achievement.
    • Learn to adapt as quickly as you can.

    Get Support

    • Share your feelings with a trusted friend or family member; someone who will let you cry or laugh, and who will listen. People can’t always give you the answers, but if they really listen, sometimes that is help enough.
    • Look for someone who will encourage you, who can lift you up, inspire you and spur you on.
    • Read inspirational and motivational materials.
    • If people offer to run errands or help in some other way, be open to assistance.
    • Seek spiritual support.

    Hang Tough

    Visualize yourself with your feet dug deep in the sand while waves of change come over you. They get stronger and the wind blows harder. Finally, the calm comes and you are still standing. You have survived the storm of change.

    • Be resilient.
    • Don’t play the “victim” card. Say, “I am a victor over my circumstances.”
    • As Robert Schuller says, “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” Tell yourself that you are strong and you will endure.

    Go Easy On Yourself

    • Don’t be too hard on yourself when you are feeling down or can’t adapt as quickly as you had hoped.
    • Catch yourself doing things well and reward yourself.
    • Take care of yourself. Enjoy outside interests and relationships.
    • Focus on what’s the best thing to do right now. Don’t think about everything that has to be done.

    Keep The Best Of The Old

    • Try not to make several changes at once. In other words, don’t change careers, move and get married (or divorced) all at once.
    • Cherish the good things or people in your life as you move through change.

    Keep a Gratitude Journal

    • Whether you are going through good or bad change, keep a gratitude journal on your nightstand. Each night before going to sleep, take two or three minutes and write about the things and people for which you are grateful. Even in the worst of times, you will find several things for which you are thankful.
    • Purchase all types of journals; make journaling fun.
    • Look At Change As An Opportunity To Grow
    • Tell yourself, “I am just stretching right now.”
    • Be confident that you will return to your old comfort zone or you will find a new one.
    • Tell yourself, “I have all the skills required to succeed.”

    Purposely Change

    • Make small changes occasionally to become more comfortable with change. Take a different route to work, change your seat at the dinner table, or sleep on the other side of the bed.
    • If you have children, create small changes with them so they will learn to cope with change more easily.

    How we respond to change is our choice. Sometimes at first, we respond with shock and immediate loss of hope. The important thing is to take comfort in that you can get grounded and actually make change work to your benefit.

    Wishing you a great week!

    Joan Burge

    “Change is not the enemy, but rather a constant force that occurs every day to shape the future and things to come.” – Peter R. Gerber

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  • feedwordpress 15:30:06 on 2017/06/19 Permalink
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    7 Ways to Get Control of Your Day (Part 2 of 4 Part Series) 

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    In case you did not read part 1, I am writing a 4-part series around the topics of managing your day and time. I promise to keep these short and to the point.

    #1: Early in the day, clarify your top 5 priorities for the day. Instead of thinking about the 10 things or more you have to do today, narrow your list to your top 5 priority items that you must get done today. This will help you feel like you have control vs. feeling like you are being controlled by everything that pops up. And at the end of the day, you will feel good about your accomplishments.

    #2: Focus on the task at hand. One way to get things done and off your plate is to stay focused. Stay in the “flow.” This is what makes the difference between those who make great strides in their work and those who just run in circles throughout the day.

    #3: Reducing information overload. I will give you tips on how to do this in next week’s Monday Motivator.

    #4: Ask others for specific deadlines. This helps you prioritize your workload.

    #5: Recognize the time of day you are most productive and tackle the projects that consume the most brain power. For me, I am most productive from 6:00 am – 2:00 pm. At work, if at all possible, I work on the items or projects that consume my greatest cognitive abilities. Then later in the day, I focus on smaller items that don’t consume as much of my brain power. By doing so, I am highly effective and move through my work much faster.

    #6: Establish some quiet time throughout the day. One way to gain control is to just stop. Pause for 5 minutes. Revisit your Inbox, to do stack or list and then begin.

    #7: Plan ahead. A great way to get a jump on your day is to plan the night before. In other words, before you leave the office, organize and prioritize your work for the next day. This way when you arrive at your office the next day, you can hit the road running.

    This blog was created from our Monday Motivators series. Monday Motivators is a weekly note offering practical ways to create a new mindset, change behaviors, develop positive relationships and thrive in the workplace with energy, effectiveness, and excellence.

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  • feedwordpress 16:00:03 on 2017/06/12 Permalink
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    Managing Your Time (Part 1 of a 4 Part Series) 

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    I have been in the business world for 47 years now and one thing that never changes is managing our workload and setting priorities. Everyone I talk to is trying to keep up with the accelerated pace of business and change. At Office Dynamics, we always seem to be in a flurry of activity throughout the year but certain seasons are busier than others. Plus we always have to be thinking 6 – 12 months out because of being in the training industry.

    Regardless if this is your really busy season or not, I would like to offer you some of my greatest tips. I will do this in a 4 Part Series of Monday Motivators. Other topics I will address over the next 3 weeks are: Control Your Day and Get Things Done; Reducing Information Overload; Build Structure out of Chaos. I promise to keep these Motivators short and to the point since your time is precious.

    Managing your time is about . . .

    • Managing priorities and staying on the “A” priority before moving to B or C. Often people would rather do what is quick and easy. The truth is we need to stay focused on the “A” priority items of the day. We must not get pulled into the allure of what is quick and easy.
    • Being flexible throughout the day and quickly adapting to changes. While our To Do lists are great, as you know, flexibility is key. I always say that our To Do list must be fluid. It is just a guide but we can’t be married to it.
    • FOCUS!!! Hugely important in this age of non-stop distractions. Example: Can you even stay focused enough to read this entire Monday Motivator or are you watching what’s popping up in your Inbox? Or on your phone or listening to the conversation next to you?
    • Stopping throughout the day and assessing items to be done. I love to pause mid-afternoon and re-asses where I am with my work. I determine what I have accomplished thus far and what I must finish before the day ends. You can ask yourself these questions: 1) What must get done before day’s end? What is the negative impact if I do not get this done? 2) Am I currently focusing on the most important item in my leader’s eyes? 3) What is coming up in the next few days that I must take action on today? (be future-focused while being in the moment)
    • Using effective “tools.” We are so fortunate today to have so many tools and apps. While I love some of my old-fashioned methods, I would like to encourage you to talk to your peers and see what tools they use for greater efficiency.
    • Work smarter (not harder). I believe many of you who read my Monday Motivators work hard. Today it’s about working smarter; taking some time throughout your day to think, assess, decide and possibly delegate.

     

     

     

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  • feedwordpress 16:40:50 on 2017/05/04 Permalink
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    Tips To Keep Your Millennial Employees Committed and Engaged 

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    It’s important that companies take into account workforce demographics, so they can effectively manage and utilize their talents for future growth. By 2020, 46 percent of your employees will be millennials. This new generation of workers are similar to older generations, as they desire adequate compensation, growth opportunities and challenging work.

    However, there are other factors that Millennials take into consideration when committing to a new job, including:

    • Wanting to make a difference in the community
    • Attaining a proper work-life balance
    • Ensuring team building opportunities
    • Having a creative work environment

    Here’s a list of tips for how to keep your millennial employees engaged in their work and committed to your company:

    Making a Difference

    When making job-related decisions, millennials take into consideration how a company engages with the community and embraces civic and social responsibilities. These younger employees want to be proud of their company’s presence and altruistic aspirations. As such, your company should invest time and resources into local charities, where employees can see the results of the investment.

    It’s also beneficial if you set up volunteer opportunities — within the company or around the community — so employees can feel more involved. Whenever possible, make sure your company is undertaking socially- and environmentally-responsible practices — from the provision of health and wellness accommodations for employees to using sustainable, environmentally-friendly materials within the office.

    Work-Life Balance

    Today, more and more millennials demand a proper work-life balance. After all, most employees tend to be more productive — and create higher-quality work in a shorter amount of time — if they’re not putting in endless hours in the office. Make sure your employees have an adequate amount of vacation, and create policies to limit after-hours work and communication that can disrupt employees’ time away from the office.

    Your employees would also benefit from working remotely, either entirely or a few days a week. With effective management technology — like Aspect’s Workforce Management Software — you can give your millennial employees more mobility and flexibility within their work. This management software also helps supervisors communicate with employees and quickly transmit schedule information through its mobile app platform.

    Team Building

    Millennial employees will invest more in their company if they, too, feel a sense of investment. Bolster the effectiveness of your company’s collaborative efforts through team-building opportunities. And, make some intentional moves of setting up these activities outside of work. You can organize weekend activities that appeal to your employees, such as outdoor recreation, art classes, or local festivals or events.

    Expensing these activities is an investment that will increase your employees’ dedication to work and ability to work well with one another. If your company doesn’t have a large enough budget for these team-building activities, holding annual holiday parties is another one-off expense you could implement for increased workplace satisfaction.

    Work Environment

    Work environment is key when it comes to employee motivation and job satisfaction. Large tech companies — like Google, Facebook and Amazon — provide workspaces for their employees that are well-designed, include specialty accommodations, and encourage creative engagement. Steer away cubicles, drab furniture and neutral colors.

    Instead, enlist the help of an interior designer, who can help your office be a representation of your company’s brand and bolster the liveliness of the space. Make sure you provide an opportunity for employee input when designing the space, as that will enhance their work performance and dedication.

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