Monday, December 19, 2011

Develop Positive Daily Practices and Rituals

Many leaders work at balancing their lives through what they call daily practices.  These can be tiny habits or big ones.  Usually they are sprinkled throughout the day as a way to rejuvenate yourself and reconnect, if only for a moment.

· Keep a checklist of replenishing activities (eg walk, stretch, nap, meditate, pray, etc.)
· When you read or hear a useful idea, write it down.
· In any encounter with a family member, search for what you can learn, enjoy and appreciate.
· Use your calendar to keep track of your daily abundances or gratitudes.
· Use Apps like “CheckLists” to help you remember positive rituals you are trying to practice.

I will be presenting a workshop on “The New Science of Goal Setting” on Tuesday, January 10.  Please look for a formal invitation forthcoming this week.  

Happy Holidays!
Coach Rob

Monday, December 12, 2011

Importance of Goal Setting in the New Year

Everywhere I go, I hear the same refrain:
  • We are working as hard as we can
  • We have so many things to do, it’s hard to keep our goals straight
What can you do?
    1. Rest over the holidays and let your employees rest
    2. Set clear goals for the new year
To help you set your goals, please attend a free Goal setting workshop on Monday, January 9.  I will be presenting a workshop on “The New Science of Goal Setting”.  The action step will be that everyone will leave the workshop with one goal in each of the following categories:
  1. Work
  2. Family
  3. Health
  4. Creativity and Generatively
  5. Community
I will also be following this workshop up with quarterly meetings to help participants stick with and achieve their goals.  A formal invitation will be sent to members of the CEO Connect community via Eventbrite.

Coach Rob

Monday, December 5, 2011

Window and the Mirror

In “Good to Great,” Jim Collins uses the concept of the window and mirror. When things go well, great leaders look out the window and give credit to their team and employees for the success. However,  when things don’t go so well, leaders look first in the mirror to accept responsibility. Ultimately the leader is the one that has to be accountable. 
I have used this technique many times in coaching, because it is so illuminating and the image so easy to grasp. Clients have reported dramatic changes when they start to incorporate this into their thinking. They set their egos aside and give credit where it is due. They retrain their minds so they don’t automatically blame others for failures or glitches.
· Consistently give credit for successes to your team.
· After a failure, scrutinize your own actions first.
· Just keep telling yourself it’s not all about you. 

For a great holiday gift for anyone who has ever loved and lost a pet, please consider my book Conversations With My Old Dog.