Posts tagged "personal plan"

10 Ways to Create Disengaged Employees

March 14th, 2018 Posted by Behavior, Blog Post, Engagement, Leadership 0 thoughts on “10 Ways to Create Disengaged Employees”

It’s easy to find advice on how to improve employee engagement, some good, some useless. Here are some ways to create DISENGAGED employees. Our advice? Don’t do the things listed here.

How Do I Stick to New Year’s Resolutions – We Object to The Question

January 2nd, 2018 Posted by Behavior, Blog Post 0 thoughts on “How Do I Stick to New Year’s Resolutions – We Object to The Question”

How do you stick to New Year’s Resolutions?

If you just heard a collective “Ugh” from the Plan Canvas team, it’s because that is an old, tired question that begins with an assumption that, every year, we have to make new resolutions because we just couldn’t stick to them the year before.

But, hey, all the cool kids are doing it, so let’s jump on the how-to-stick-to-new-years-resolutions bandwagon and offer up a few thoughts.

The feel-good stuff is important, but not everything

To be clear, we believe strongly in the feel-good, softer-side of things, like maintaining a positive attitude, doing for others, and pursuing value-based versus profit-driven goals. We believe in pursuing a purpose that is greater than ourselves.

There is a lot to be said for and a lot that can be accomplished through a focus on these things, but, we have to be a little more pragmatic than just thinking about feel-good, softer-sided stuff.

For example, an article at Inc. entitled Three Tips to Help You Follow Through On Your New Year’s Resolutions recommends the following:

  • Don’t be a harsh critic
  • Be a better motivator
  • Develop self-compassion

These are all excellent character points that make a lot of sense. But in summary, what the article is saying is, “be a better person and you’re more likely to follow through with resolutions.”

There is even some lab work to support this position, but, call us cautiously skeptical. Some of the most hateful people in history were also the most resolved. And how many really nice people do you know that never seem to be able to stick to resolutions?

Which leads us to say…

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We are sorry to say, it takes discipline

You can’t just snap your fingers and say, “I am now a better person. I am now more resolved to stick to resolutions than I was prior to the snapping of the fingers!”

Hey, we’d rather have lean muscle mass and a healthy heart without having to worry about nutrition and exercise, but, it doesn’t work that way. Unfortunately, like anything else worth having, resolve takes discipline.

Are there any magic steps?

Not really. But here are a few steps to follow:

Step One. Define what you want to accomplish. Just say it out loud. Then write it down.

Step Two. Make a proclamation – a mental snapping of the fingers as in to say, “I am going to do this.”

Step Three. This is followed closely by a proclamation that not only are you going to do this, but you’ve GOT this! A positive attitude will dramatically improve the likelihood of a successful outcome, so, you have to genuinely believe you can do it.

Step Four. Track and record your progress. If there is a magic step at all, it’s this one. As you record progress, you begin seeing advances – even if tiny advances. Your mind starts to truly believe, “Hey, I REALLY CAN do this.” You begin to protect that forward progress because you worked hard to achieve it. No one, not even you yourself, is going to steal it away from you.

Step Five. Keep doing Steps 1 thru 4. Make them a habit.

A great place to start

Plan Canvas includes a Personal Plan designed for any individual to use. It focuses on 4 major categories including:

  • Career
  • Current Job
  • Personal/Family
  • Spirituality

It asks you to document what you want to include in each of those categories – over the short term, mid-term, and long term. You can think of these as your resolutions (and you don’t need a new year to make them).

Most importantly, it then asks you to specify the actions you will take to accomplish those resolutions. Feel-good stuff is necessary but feeling good doesn’t get it done. You have to take action.

Get a coach!

Whatever tools you use, even if it’s just writing your resolutions on a napkin, ask someone to be your coach. It’s the best way to help you hold yourself accountable. The coach can help you keep track of progress, remind you that you are making progress, help you maintain a positive attitude, and be a sounding board for your ideas, no matter how “crazy” they are.

Click here to see our consultant/coach services. Whether it’s ours, someone else’s, paid, or unpaid – GET A COACH!

Here is to the year 2018. May it be a good one.

What is Your Leadership Style?

October 10th, 2017 Posted by Blog Post, Leadership 1 thought on “What is Your Leadership Style?”

According to the author of an article at SmallBizClub, entitled “Which Leadership Styles are Most Effective?”, there are 5 types of leadership styles, including:

  • Transactional Leadership
  • Charismatic Leadership
  • Democratic/Participative Leadership
  • Laissez-Faire Leadership
  • People-Oriented/Relations-Oriented Leadership

What is your leadership style?

This list (and accompanying descriptions) is as good as any. The question is, “What type of leader are you?”

Perhaps the greater questions are, “What type of leader do you want to be?” and “What type of leader does your team need?”

When people think of you, they will think of your having a particular leadership style, even though very effective leaders maneuver between these styles depending on the situation.

Become the team

In a recent Business is ART podcast on the subject of ghostwriting, the guest, Joshua Lisec, discussed how he needs to really become his client when ghostwriting on their behalf, much like an actor has to become the character in order to convincingly portray him or her.

The same is true of effective leadership. The empathetic leader puts him or her self in the shoes of the followers. What do they want? What do they need? What motivates them? Why do they do what they do?

The bigger the team, the tougher this can become because what works for one person may not work for the next. Everyone is motivated differently. This makes it nearly impossible to be the ideal leader for every single person on the team.

So don’t try to be.

You can’t be everyone’s favorite

Instead, think of what kind of leader the collective whole needs in general to accomplish whatever the mission may be. Depending on what that is and what you adopt as your style, some people will fall out, while the rest will fall in. Your job then becomes leading those who fall in.

Here are some suggestions for becoming both the leader you want to be and the leader your organization needs.

  1. Make sure you understand each leadership style. As you familiarize yourself with each, think of well-known leaders that generally fit each category, as well as the situations they have handled and for which they are best known.
  2. Think about what styles have best motivated you personally over the years.
  3. Solicit feedback from others – their perception of your leadership style may not be consistent with what you believe it to be.
  4. Ensure your team or organization has well defined goals and objectives – this will help identify the general style of leadership that is needed.
  5. Develop a risk mitigation strategy – this will help identify the style of leadership that is needed in special circumstances.
  6. Determine what type of leader you want to be – identify any gaps in your perceived style and that by which you want others to perceive you.
  7. Work to close those gaps – that may mean coaching, practice, training/education, and forming new habits.
  8. Be flexible enough to adapt to any style for any given situation, but be true enough that whatever style is generally needed and desired is the one on display the majority of the time – otherwise you will be perceived as a phony.

Develop a personal plan

You may need to have an individual plan that focuses on developing and nurturing your leadership style. The Plan Canvas software includes a personal plan that advises you to focus on foundational information about you, the individual, such as your personal definition of success, your blind spots, and your strengths.

It then encourages you to identify things you want to accomplish in the long, mid, and short-terms. Finally, it encourages you to identify the action steps you will take to achieve your goals and objectives.

Whether using Plan Canvas or something else, review your personal development plan with someone you consider a “coach” on a regular basis. Before long, people will start including your name in their list of the top leaders they have ever had the pleasure of serving with.

Plan Canvas is a community and a powerful software for improving your odds of business success and personal fulfillment.

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