Envision, Evolve, Achieve
Happy New Year! I hope you had a joyous and restful
holiday season. With that said, I hope you are also
prepared and excited about what's to come in 2011. What are
your 3 biggest objectives to accomplish this year?
The focus that comes with writing down those 3 objectives and
communicating them with others that are in a position to help you
will propel you around and over any obstacles that may arise
the Olympic Hurdle Racer does not spend energy on the barriers, but is
intent on crossing the finishing line and winning the gold prize.
What is your gold prize for 2011?
Please, contact me to let me know how any can help you attain your prize in 2011.
throughout the year.
Wishing you Much Success!!!
Achieve Success LLC
Leadership Traits And Development Of Your Best People
hiring the talented performers that will set your company apart from
competitors, it is important to look for certain leadership traits that
can be developed in ways that can strengthen your organization and make
it a force to be reckoned with. (Seek potential
leaders who share your same goals for company development and mesh with
your organization.) Choose those that will become admired leaders that
the rest of your employees can look up to.
To begin, think of the etymology of the word, "leader". A
leader is one who inspires or guides others, so begin your search with
this thought in mind. It is not complicated. The leaders shine. They
have the potential to influence the path your organization takes down
the road to success. Their personnel files are the first places to look
for evidence of real leadership qualities.
to position leaders within the hierarchy of your organization in
positions that are high profile enough to make them more likely to win
the hearts and minds of their fellow employees. Don't isolate them in
offices behind closed doors. One-on-one interaction with their
subordinates is imperative. This is a proven method that can lead to the
kind of better efficiency that goes hand-in-hand with employee
happiness and satisfaction.
make the mistake of assuming your top company talent is flawless. There
is always room for improvement everywhere along the ladder of success,
even with your own position. Learn to identify the specific deficiencies
in the skill sets of your leaders, the ones that are preventing your
company from achieving the majority of its desired goals. Work
with them to overcome these obstacles. Offer continuing education
seminars throughout the year and provide rewards and incentives for
completing them. The true leader possesses an eagerness to do a job well
and will be conducive to picking up new tools with which to perform
their roles. People who possess real leadership traits will welcome
constructive criticism and utilize their newfound improvements to
further your company's development.
important of all, is to make certain that the key players in your
company or organization have clear-cut understandings of your company
goals and model. Their talent will not matter much if they are
unwittingly headed in the wrong direction. It can be a fatal error not
to openly share your plans for company development. After that, watch
them take the ball and run with it.
Take a couple of minutes and think about someone you feel is a great leader of a company.
Now ask yourself:
1. What are the top 3 characteristics or traits you admire most?
2. Do you (or your people) possess these characteristics?
3. What would happen to your company if everyone possessed some or all of these traits & characteristics?
4. Should you start developing these qualities within your staff... today?
We can assist you in identifying and developing leadership within your company. Contact us today!
~ Copyright protected worldwide. Written by our associate Gary Sorrell, Sorrell Associates, LLC
|Retirement And The Lost Workforce
year, a large number of the baby boomers will be turning 60, a ripe age
for retirement. This proves to be a challenge to organizations
everywhere because of the financial implications of providing retirement
benefits, losing experienced and highly trained employees and replacing
the lost workforce.
survey conducted by Challenger Gray & Christmas Inc. provides a
different perspective. In the said survey, human resource executives
were confident that companies will not need to worry about labor
shortage because baby boomers are predicted to put off retirement. This
is in conjunction with a Merrill Lynch retirement survey which found out
that about 76% of baby boomers do not seek traditional retirement. They
would rather take lessons and additional training so that they could
shift to a line of work different from their current one.
If the aging workforce is going to stay, how should executives adjust?
executives label the older segment of the workforce as more reliable
but also, more difficult. When changes need to be implemented, baby
boomers generally are more often than not resistant because they have
the prevailing idea that what worked then will also work in the future.
This is not true. Many businesses have to do restructuring and remolding
their mission, goals and strategies in order to keep up with the times.
The key to convincing them to change is to practice good communication.
Listen to them and get their feedback.
What can you do for them?
erase your assumptions. Do not just box older workers into the "aging"
group without seeing their abilities and experience. Second, do not
relegate them to the background. Treat them as your employees - with
fairness and respect. Third, be clear about directives. Be detailed
about plans and strategies because the older workers might be confused
with new terminologies and models in the business. Third, retrain them,
if their skills are lagging behind. Lastly, meet their needs. Older
people need motivation to maintain and improve performance. They also
need financial security. Make sure that they have medical insurance and
financial coverage. Make necessary adjustments if they need flexible
What can they do for you?
can share their experience. They can also share their wisdom. Let them
become mentors. Let them showcase what they have learned during their
years in the company to new employees. Together with the leaders of the
organization, they are the ones who truly know the values and the
culture of the company.
connotes experience and wisdom. As the aging workforce stay in the
company, make sure that the company is flexible enough to handle their
current needs and their needs once they indeed leave the company.
This information is not be construed as financial or legal advice.
Consult your advisors. Copyright protected worldwide. Author Gary Sorrell, Sorrell Associates, LLC. All rights reserved.
helps organizations and professionals make positive changes to achieve
their goals. Achieve Success offers customized solutions to your
business challenges including strategic planning, leadership development
and employee assessment tools to assist with hiring, promoting and
developing key skills to enhance success.
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10 Ways To Have Your Best Year Ever!
often think of New Year's as the time to start fresh and make those
famous resolutions. But anytime is the right time to take control
of our lives, to choose how we will live. Real success in life is
about balance, about choosing priorities, and then following a plan to
focus on the things that are most important to us. The following
suggestions can help.
time to decide what you really want this year. What would make it
a great year, a fantastic year for you? Dream and scheme, and
then dream bigger! And write it down, just for the fun of it.
one day each month, just for you. Use ink, not pencil, and
schedule an appointment with yourself for one full day each month.
Have fun and renew yourself, just for the joy of it.
more vacation than you had planned. Look at the calendar and
write in a couple extra weeks off! Do things you enjoy, but mostly
relax. Go camping, rent a cabin at the beach, and visit old
to a project you've dreamed of but haven't done. This is not a
"should" or a "have to", this is one of those, "I've always wanted to
but never did" projects.
four books you've always wanted to read, and schedule time for
them. Put it in your appointment calendar as "continuing
education" or "research", and enjoy!
6. Start a special savings account to prepare for something huge!
relationships with family and friends. Every week, send a note or
make a call, and re-connect with the people who have helped you along
day, tell someone you appreciate them, that you are grateful for their
help. Practice the attitude of gratitude!
your sites and increase your goals. Whatever you hope to
accomplish in the next year, double it and commit to making it
Be kind to yourself and those around you. Be gentle, practice
patience, expect the best and settle for nothing less.
~ Submitted by Dr. Philip E. Humbert Reprinted with permission