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  • feedwordpress 04:11:44 on 2018/06/16 Permalink
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    10 Ways You Can Make an Impressive Impact at Work 

    The world’s growing ever more competitive. Even if you already have a job, making sure you have access to the best opportunities means going beyond the usual. It’s not enough to stay on top of your to-do list or meet the expectations of your job description. If you want to make an impression, you have to differentiate yourself from others.

    There are three things people notice that can help or hinder you in setting yourself apart: your attitude, how you treat others, and how you act when you think no one is watching.

    Specifically, here are 10 ways to make a successful impression in the workplace:

    1. Become a trailblazer.

    One of the best ways to make an impact is by breaking ground with new ideas, spearheading new concepts, and originating new proposals. Be a trailblazer–don’t be afraid to make your own tracks. Work to always be the person who can offer a creative solution or a solid Plan B. Be resourceful enough to do a lot with a little.

    2. Keep people informed.

    No one likes chasing people or information. Do everyone a favor and update them often. People often think they should wait to communicate when a task is finished or they have specific information. When you let people know what’s happening–even if it means saying you don’t know–you’re saving them from speculation, distraction, and rumors. A simple status update can buy a lot of peace of mind.

    3. Be the go-to person.

    Become the person other people count on. Few things make a bigger impression. Don’t work to become a person of success but a person of value.

    4. Become a forecaster.

    Keep your thinking a step ahead of the rest. If everyone is worrying about today’s problems, think about tomorrow’s solutions. Don’t wait for things reactively; instead, be responsive to issues and trends before there’s a problem. It comes down to paying attention to the people and problems you’re dealing with and noticing patterns or potential pitfalls. We’ve all had moments when we know we could have done more. Long before you get to that moment, come up with a plan and set it in motion.

    5. Have confidence to speak up.

    Have you ever sat in a meeting where there were only two people doing all the talking? If you want to make an impact, be willing to speak up and speak out. Share what you know and let others know how you can be supportive and helpful. Leaders are never silent in meetings.

    6. Do things without being asked.

    Never ask, “Is there anything I can do?” Just look around and find something useful to do. Making an impact means seeing what needs to get done and taking the initiative to make sure it happens. Try to do something every day that no one asked you to do.

    7. Be a great listener.

    Most people think that making an impact is all about what you say and do. Often overlooked is another important way you can leave your mark–by becoming a great listener. Pay attention to what people say. Listen to understand and focus on the speaker instead of thinking ahead to your reply.

    8. Go the extra mile.

    Above all, you have to do your job and do it with excellence. But that’s where most people stop–and that means you can make an impact by going further and being more helpful, more supportive, more valuable. The extra mile is never crowded.

    9. Have a positive mindset.

    Whether you’re just starting out in your first job or are leading a team of your own, remember that people gravitate toward those who have a positive attitude. It’s the person who takes on every task–even the most tedious–with enthusiasm and joy who truly stands out. If you view everything through a negative lens then you’re likely to have a negative mindset, but if you cultivate a positive attitude it will take you far.

    10. Take the lead.

    Everyone has the choice to be a leader, to make an impact and leave their mark. Too many people back off from taking the lead in the mistaken belief that leadership and greatness are reserved for a select few. But in the many years I’ve served as an executive leadership coach, spending time with top leaders in virtually every field, I have witnessed that the only way people give away their power is by thinking they don’t have any. If you take it upon yourself to lead with the idea of serving others, you will not only stand out but will also leave a strong and lasting impression.

    If you’re the kind of person whose foundation is positivity, service, and guiding and supporting others while trying to solve problems and come up new solutions, you will soon find yourself standing out–and setting yourself up to become the kind of leader others respect and want to follow.

     


     

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    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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  • feedwordpress 13:06:13 on 2018/06/10 Permalink
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    10 Ways to Better Utilize Your Time After Work 

    Your time is incredibly valuable. Each hour, each moment is a resource that can never be recovered or replaced.

    Treating time with the respect it deserves is one of the best things you can learn in life. Think of it as investing time rather than spending it.

    Here are some good starting points:

    1.    Know your priorities. It seems like a simple thing, but it can be surprisingly difficult in practice: Focus your attention on what is truly important. Think of time as an investment, and make sure you’re getting the return you want. Don’t allow minor things to sidetrack you.

    2.     Learn the power of a schedule. A scheduling system that works for you gives you time that would otherwise be spent trying to remember when things are happening, backtracking, and making up missed dates and deadlines. At first it may seem restrictive to schedule your time outside of work, but it actually gives you freedom and control.

    3.     Give yourself a break. Even–especially–when days are hectic and too short, give yourself a break. Take some time every day to be present in the moment without having to think about your last meeting, your missed calls or how many e-mails you have to answer. A mental break improves your focus and attention.

    4.    Exercise to relieve stress. One significant but often overlooked reason to build exercise into your day: stress relief. Exercise can help dispel stress and relax your mind. As a result, you’ll sleep better and have more energy.

    5.    Silence social media. It’s easy to let Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media channels occupy us for hours. But if you really want to utilize your time, limit social media to specific times, then shut it all down so you can spend more time doing the things that are important to you.

    6.    Enjoy the people you love. Make time to spend in meaningful ways with your family, friends, and those who are important to you. Aside from creating the kind of memories that make life worthwhile, it’s good for you. Communication with a spouse, children, siblings, parents, or friends leads to the release of endorphins and helps lower stress. Even talking to a loved one on the phone is good for your health.

    7.    Be thorough in preparation. Do you often find yourself flying by the seat of your pants through meetings and projects? When you fail to adequately prepare for what’s in store, you let down yourself and your team–and you ultimately spend more time making up for it. Devote some time each day to preparing for the next day’s success.

    8.     Learn to say no. It’s rarely easy to say no. But remember that when you do, you’re really saying yes to your own commitments and priorities.

    9.     Create a growth environment. Surround yourself with people and things you can learn from, and an environment that nurtures you instead of distracts, and you’ll be more likely to grow.

    10.  Have some fun. More often than not, the things that are fun for you will also contribute to your learning and well-being. Recreation gives you the benefits of exercise; playing music builds your brain; travel and reading feed your spirit and intellect.

    For most of us, there’s a lot going on every day, and that’s not likely to change. But if we’re intentional about how we invest our time, we can get the most of every moment.

     


    N A T I O N A L   B E S T S E L L E R

    THE LEADERSHIP GAP

    What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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  • feedwordpress 08:00:05 on 2018/06/09 Permalink
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    7 Things Wealthy People Do Every Weekend 

    Weekends are a squandered resource, too often spent either doing more work or in a passive cycle of sleep, food, drink, and pointless activity that’s easy on the brain. But a good weekend should refuel your spirit and rejuvenate you for whatever the week ahead will bring.

    Here’s what the super successful people do on their weekends that resets and refreshes them. Read through and see what you can start incorporating into your own weekend.

    1. Plan an agenda. Even for a weekend, it’s important to have a plan. You don’t need a micromanaged, minute-by-minute schedule, but you should have a loose agenda so you can make the most of your time and prioritize the things that mean the most to you.

    2. Make time for important relationships. Good time with those you love is always time well spent. Whether it’s children, a spouse or partner, parents, friends, or pets, use part of the weekend to reconnect.

    3. Move your body. Exercise doesn’t just strengthen and relax your body but builds your mind as well. Of course, it’s not effective to exercise only on the weekends, but it’s nice to schedule a good workout or two when you’re not crunched to get to work.

    4. Pursue your interests. Truly successful people are interesting people with interesting pursuits. They know that hobbies and other activities outside work are a potent force for happiness (and may lead to a great business idea).

    5. Go someplace special. Even the most high-pressured Type A’s like to get away once in a while. A mini vacation is a great way to leave behind all your responsibilities and get into something new.

    6. Unplug. Designate a period of time as a “screen Sabbath” and turn off all your screens–phone, laptop, tablet, TV. The distance creates space for other things that are important in life and will remind you that you control your screens, not the other way around.

    7. Connect with the arts. When was the last time you took in a concert, a play, a music festival, or a museum exhibition? The arts stimulate imagination and renew energy.

    8. Engage in meditation. Meditation can lower high blood pressure, decrease tension, and improve productivity, creativity, and well-being. Setting some time aside for meditation or prayer helps you be the best you can be for the week ahead.

    9. Don’t overschedule. Keep your commitments to a minimum, limit your chores, and banish busywork. You want to start your week rejuvenated, not exhausted.

    10. Pick up a book. Whether you want to acquire information or escape to a different world, spend some time with a book. Visit a bookstore or public library to stock up.

    11. Take a (short) nap. Many of us go into the weekend with a sleep deficit. Long periods of daytime sleep will leave you groggy, but a short afternoon nap is enjoyable, physically beneficial, and good for maintaining energy and attention.

    12. Learn something new. Learning not only gives you new knowledge but it can also improve your confidence. Find a subject you’re interested in, a skill you want to develop, or an area you want to explore more deeply. From there, you can sign up for a weekend class or online study, put together an informal study group, or make your own learning plan.

    13. Review, reflect, renew. Take time to walk through the highs and lows of the past week, and reflect on your goals and areas where you’d like to improve.

    14. Keep a journal. Journaling is therapeutic, helps disentangle thoughts, and gives you a written record of your life. Whether your journal is personal or professional, getting thoughts down on paper is a great practice.

    15. Pay it forward. Find ways to share your knowledge and blessings by serving as a volunteer, mentor, or coach.

    16. Plan again. Take a few moments to plan and prepare for the upcoming week so you can hit Monday ready to go.

    Of course, you can’t do all of these every weekend, but find a few items that stick with you and give them a try.

    Time is a precious resource, and you’re sure to benefit from making good investments with your weekend time.

     


    N A T I O N A L   B E S T S E L L E R

    THE LEADERSHIP GAP

    What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

    buy now

     


    Additional Reading you might enjoy:

     

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    The post 7 Things Wealthy People Do Every Weekend appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
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