Is Your Workplace Culture Attracting The Right People?

“We can change culture if we change behaviour” - Dr. Aubrey Daniels

Recently, my second eldest (Jake) left home to travel to the other side of the world (or in his mother’s words 12,656 kilometres away!!!) to join Menlo College to begin his dream as a student/athlete to play college basketball. Despite not knowing anyone prior to arriving at Menlo, Jakes’s loved the experience from Day 1 and by all reports has fitted in like a hand to a glove. My observation is culture is the single biggest reason why Jake found the transition so smooth.

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Failing To Implement A Good Plan Is Inexcusable

“Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.” - Guy Kawasaki

By coaching workers that range from junior employees through to the most senior executives, I get to see the broad spectrums that vary from those who struggle to perform through to those who are absolute high achievers. What I do know is age and experience have no correlation whatsoever to performance. The biggest difference comes down to how well ideas and plans are implemented.

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Why You Should Make Time To Delegate Effectively

“If you want to do a few small things right, do them yourself. If you want to do great things and make a big impact, learn to delegate.” – John C. Maxwell

You have too much work to do. The impact from this has you working long hours, yet you still seem to miss the occasional deadline because the volume of work is so monotonous. You have the option of delegating some of your work, but you don’t because you’re too busy to do so. Why don’t you leverage the power from delegating effectively?

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Proactive Workers Know How To Anticipate Needs

“A lot of times people don't know what they want until you show it to them” – Steve Jobs

Proactive employees are self-starters who are inquisitive problem solvers. While it might be aspirational to behave like this, the stark reality is a large percentage of employees find it difficult to do so in a technology-driven world. Instead, it’s easy to get caught up in a reactive loop responding to demands that impede the ability to be being proactive.

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Great Workplaces Have Cultures People Want To Be Part Of

“We have a culture where we are incredibly self critical, we don’t get comfortable with our success.” – Mark Parker, CEO, Nike

82 percent of respondents to a Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends survey consider culture to be a potential competitive advantage. Is your workplace culture something you rave to your friends about? If it’s not, then before blaming others, understand whether you are part of the problem or the solution.

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Results Matter: When You No Longer Can Fake It Until You Make It

“Faking it until you make it is also known as lying. Lying is usually an act reserved for CVs, kids and sociopaths.” — Adam Fletcher

Raise your hand if you’ve ever made things up, said you can do something you’ve never done before or had any idea how to do it whatsoever. If we’re honest then I guess we’re all guilty to some degree.  There’s nothing all that wrong with of faking it until we make it; that is unless we don’t achieve the results we said we would.

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Feeling Trapped in a Cluttered Mind?

“Get rid of clutter and you may just find that it was blocking the door you’ve been looking for”
– Katrina Mayer

Claustrophobia is described as having an irrational fear of confined spaces. Fortunately, claustrophobia is estimated to only affect 5-7% of the population. While workers might not suffer from claustrophobia, they can cause similar experiences when they have a cluttered mind. Do you feel trapped in a cluttered mind?

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How Do You Do Better Than The Minimum Standard?

“You can't have high standards without good discipline” – William Hague

As kids, we first learn about measurement and benchmarking at school. From a test or a school report, we find out whether we’ve passed or failed and what we either need to continue to do to maintain our marks or do differently to get a better grade. The minimum standard is a pass; however, our own expectations (and that of our parents!!!) could be somewhat higher. What’s your secret to doing better than the minimum standard?

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Embrace the Grind: Sometimes You Need to If You Want to Be Successful

“I hated every minute of training, but I said don't quit, suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion” – Muhammad Ali

Every now and then part of me wishes I was so talented I could just coast while achieving whatever I wanted to. However, I’m not and the perfectionist in me is never really satisfied with the standard I deliver with the things I’m reasonably good at and passionate about. This sees me caught with the challenge of trying to keep up and improve. I don’t consider this as a negative though. In fact, it’s something that’s essential to the makeup of me as a person that I’ve learned to use in a positive way.

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Sometimes You Need to be a Bit Selfish

“To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don't isolate.” – Michael Jordan

Selfishness is one of my pet hates, particularly when it’s combined with rudeness. Now that really gets my blood boiling!!! However, being selfish should be balanced with what needs to be done when striving for success as we’re sometimes required to be selfish on the way to being successful.

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How Badly Do Your Limiting Beliefs Hurt You?

“If you believe you can, or you believe you can’t, either way you are right” – Henry Ford

Confidence has such power. When we’re confident we can feel invincible and be simply awesome at whatever we’re doing. However, it’s quite the opposite when we’re lacking confidence and even worse if we don’t believe we can improve our situation. If we find ourselves in this situation then we need to be mindful how limiting beliefs influence our level of success.

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