Are you feeling irreplaceable?

Have you ever felt that your business unit is the one and only that is helping the company to function and succeed? Have you ever felt that the other departments are not important at all and sometimes even useless? Have you ever looked at your colleagues and thought; hey you guys are screwed without me…!

Now think about the departments of your company for a moment, think about the work they conduct on a daily basis and now imagine if they wouldn’t be there anymore… Imagine if one of your colleagues would leave… who would do his/her job? How long would it take to find another person and to train the new person? How many mistakes would be done until the new person learns the new job?

Feels good to be important??? Now it is time to stop…. Right now! Being the wise man, knows everything, it gives you a feeling of high…. but at the same time gives you no joy…. Sometimes you feel that you just do not want to start your day, you are being down and miserable…. Your gut tells you that this is not right!

STOP NOW!

Pick a different question for yourself to thing about!

How can I stay motivated and passionate about my job but at the same time stay humble so that I’m not dragged by my ego in the thought of being irreplaceable?

Well, there is only one answer to this question: Generosity! Be Generous! And I guess now you’ll think Generous in the workplace? Where everybody is trying to get my position? Or where every day I have to fight so my voice can be heard?  Yes, besides all the daily struggles you might have or the misery you might be creating to yourself generosity in the workplace is what will make you be valued by your colleagues and eventually make you grow. When you look at your colleagues or other departments no matter what the issue that you are facing right now with generosity the struggles will end and new ideas to solve the issues will be found and implemented.

This approach is making you focus on the important and long term, you will not see all the benefits immediately, but on the long run… boy this makes a massive difference.

Let us think about a common problem that companies face; You are waiting for the answer from a colleague of another department so that you can go on and finish the project you are working and this answer is not coming or it arrived and you don’t think it’s good enough or worst you don’t agree with at all and you think the person is totally crazy and unprofessional… Your immediate reaction would be to just call the person and spill all your frustration, your thoughts go from “I could have done it better” to “this person is totally useless, let me speak with his/her boss” so you start thinking about sending an email to the person copying all the important people you know that are involved in the project, you are sitting there your fingers are burning you want somehow to ridicule this person so that it never ever happens again that such a mistake will be repeated…

STOP!!! Yes, don’t do it. Stop yourself and be generous. Re-check the documentation or whatever the job was, first of all, you have to ask your self if the information you sent to the person in the first place was good enough, don’t immediately assume that you are right and the person is wrong (we are not perfect), if you see that the work at your end is good than if you have the possibility and have this person just a few steps or offices from you stand up and go speak personally with the person and calmly show your point of view, let the person speak and explain his/her point of view, remember we have two years and only one mouth for a reason: we should listen more and speak less. After the person explained itself calmly find a solution and you will see that the target will be achieved.

If the person is not in the same building as you then call the person on the phone and have a chat the same way you would if the person would be in front of you as explained above…

Now, you might think; Hey, I have no time for this! I rather send an ugly email… I’ll copy this person’s bosses and they will take care of solving the problem… Ok, but hey if you were the person that made a mistake what kind of approach would you prefer the other person to take? Speak to you directly and solve the problem or throw you in the fire without even informing you of what’s going on?

Well…. It is your choice, you can be angry and miserable and do it again with someone else or even the same person tomorrow, or feel good and show generosity. I can assure you that the world around you will change, and even the people around your will change.

We are professional but we are humans and business must be done with humanity be generous with your colleagues and co-workers and help the chain to stay strong.

Business with Wisdom is the Key to Success!!!

Be Generous!

Enjoy the ride and deliver the benefits!

G

 

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Loyalty is a Lifestyle

What does loyalty mean in a company… and why people are not acting loyally?

I am sure you have heard or even said that I am loyal to my company and also heard the company must be loyal to me. On one side, I tend to agree with these statements on the other I disagree.

Being loyal to a company is to with your own personal values. You as an individual must live your life with certain standards,  some people have higher some lower some different. However, I have noticed in some cases that these standards do tend to change when you behave in a company.  We do not respect other people, we do not respect the assets and possessions of the company, we do not respect the money of the company…. But we should. A company is no different than a group of people getting together for a cause. In your mind it has to be the same when you get together with a group of friends and help someone on a project, moving houses or sort out a shed or something bigger. The company is a group of people working towards a goal. OK, there are structures and processes but think for a moment. When you go out with more than 3 people, someone must take the lead and set some rules up… correct?

So being loyal, must come from you as an individual and make sure you do the best every day…. Will come back to the “why” in a minute.

The loyalty of a company, there is no such thing. People often say the company should take care of this, the company should provide that… Yep, what is the phone number of the company so I can speak to him or her, I sometimes ask. Same true for functions, Engineering, Manufacturing…. They do not have email addresses and phone numbers either. People do. So loyalty to a company is a loyalty of an individual in a position to you as another human being.

Once you start to talk names, the conversation starts to become more real, more powerful and productive, often times painful initially. But definitely more rewarding.

So…. Why should we be loyal? Simply for happiness. All of us are in search for that. If you feel good in your job, you enjoy what you do, you live your life in a company to the values you follow with your family or friends… You will be happy. Not for me, not for the “company” but for you. It is your choice how you want to feel every day, miserable or happy…. I choose happiness!

Enjoy the ride and deliver the benefits!

G

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How to step up in life….Today, I choose to be a leader

All of us have a greater potential what we currently use / exhibit. It is already within us, no need for anything to be added it is there already. How much of this potential you will use today, it is entirely up to you. It is your decision.

You know very well from studies, that you only use so much percent of your brain capacity. You also know, that if you would work out your body could perform better, have more energy, lift more weight, run or walk faster etc.

Same true for work or much broader extent your life.

Once you know and visualize what you want to achieve, the how will be delivered by your mind. The thoughts and actions will follow.

So if you feel that it is time to take charge, be a leader in whatever field your are in, just make that decision that I will write my goals and outcomes down. You can take a baby step, and write it down for toady. What am I commiting myself to for today as an outcome?

If you have done that, you are already a leader of your life.

Do not be discouraged if you have not done all of them by end of the day. We as humans are not perfect. Celebrate the ones you did…. Give yourself a pad in the back (pretty good feeling although it looks awkward from outside), or think about what happened with the ones that did not materialize. Make sure you learn from your mistakes.

But…. Do it again the next day!

Enjoy the ride and deliver the results!

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How to stop fire-fighting once and for all

Every one of us had a job, where all day long you just did fire-fighting. Boy that is a tiring exercise. Not that it gives you a lot of pleasure, success feeling all day, when you are good at it. Maybe people love being fire-fighters and being important. However if you want to stop it for good, there is an excellent way to do that.

Whatever you do, you can almost always ask the question:

Based on what do I / my team prioritise what we do?

From the answer you can determine that you will ever stop fire-fighting or not.

  1. If the priority is determined on what is behind completion, behind finishing etc., meaning back end focus, you will never ever stop fire-fighting. You are praying all day long, in a collective effort if you have a team to have less late stuff to finish. Guess what, Murphy’s law will always fill you plate to the max.

 

  1. If your priority is determined to make sure that what you need to start and make sure it is kept on track and in focus…. Than you have a good chance to stop fire-fighting, if you address the causes making you run late or behind schedule or taking you off track.

 

So ask the question today…And think of a way for you and your team to change the priorities. In manufacturing, making sure things start on time and keep moving and understand the disruptions.

In projects, things must be started on time and kept on track regular basis.

In other words, if your focus is the end, you are not seeing woods from the tree!

… Stories, questions, please post it into comments. Glad to listen!

 

Enjoy the ride and deliver results!

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How to get more success instantly… Works…. Seriously

Success is a relative term. It is different for all of us. Some might think money, some might think position and title and for some a simple thank you is great success.

No matter what it is for you, there is only one thing blocking it for you…. Is you. I thought I share with you a thought that will work to make it easier.   It is a simple two stage process. First one is longer than the second, but if you are good and committed does not take more than 60 minutes altogether.

  1. You go and figure out what excites you, what motivates you, what is success for you. Sit down and list out events where you felt successful in the past. Does not have to be relevant to what you are doing now and want to be successful in, can be anything. Can be from your childhood when you drew something and everyone loved it, seriously anything. The next thing is you have to remember how you felt. Close your eyes, put yourself back to the event, indulge in the success for a minute as a memory and than open your eyes and write down Why you thought it was success and also write down the few words coming to your mind what words describe well how you felt. Repeat this a few times with different events if you can.
  2. This is the quick part, but you have to do frequently. Every morning, or before an important milestone you want to hit, close your eyes again for 1 minute, imagine yourself at the place what you consider as success in your current job / assignment and bring back those feelings from the past. Imagine that you are already there. Just for 1 minute.

Two things will happen, one you will feel great and the second is for some miracle reason, you will achieve more success than before. Why? I think it is to do with your karma, energy etc., you will bring in the success better as you believe it.

If you think you can spare one minute every day fro your better success, go ahead and try it. If you do not, I would love to hear why you think it will not work.

Enjoy the ride and deliver results!

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How to be in control of your day?

Have you ever felt that your day was just presented to you, all events just happened outside of your control. There is two ways to cope with it, accept it or do something about it.

You probably figured me out by now, and you are right, I am giving you a solution, so you can do something about it. The good news is that you need nothing to make it work, no training, no books, no nothing. Nothing but your mind.

All you have to do is plan… Plan you day. Visualize the things you will accomplish during the day. You can imagine in your mind how will it feel when you accomplished it, whatever you wanted to achieve. Take control, do something that is important in your work, you have not done before. Take control. There is an idea you always wanted to implement but never started. A person giving you trouble and you just let it go every day? Time to take control and plan your day, visualize how it will work out.

Do not underestimate the things around you, our life has many disturbance factors like meeting requests, emails, phone calls. Allow time for those, so only put in to your day what is possible to fit. It is a good start to plan 20% of your work time first and commit to the outcomes. If you are a had worker you put in 12 hours or so into your job, so all you need is 2 hours that is pushing you forward. Make 1 hour for your project, schedule a meeting with the people you need to talk to. Take charge, imagine the outcome and move yourself in action.

What is the difference between just scheduling the meeting because you have to make progress with your project?… Well, the outcome. As you played forward in your head the outcome, you will have a positive impact on the events during the day. Try it out and you will be amazed by what you can achieve.

If you have a good experience, please feel free to post it into the comments!

Enjoy the ride and deliver results!

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