GET what you want from life

zigziglar1-2x“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else .” Les Brown

Often we tend to ask our self is this what we want from life ? If the answer is NO, then its time to take action. We may need to make changes and also identify and change some of our behaviours.

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TALKING – so people listen to you

TalkingThe manner in which we talk to people has a big impact on whether they accept our feedback or close their minds to it. This applies to all walks of our life be it at work in our role as a manager, leader, or as a colleague. It also applies to our closer inner circle of family or friends.

Quite often you may feel that you are being ignored when you are saying something. At work you may be speaking to colleagues but they are not paying attention. You may try to put forward an idea but nothing happens – then someone else comes out with something and their ideas are noticed and accepted. Later you may confide in a friend that you were ignored although you may be feeling that your proposal had more weight in it.

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Be more successful : THE FUN WAY

happiness advantageWho does not want to be successful ? I am sure you do. We all do so in the different walks of our life, be it our education, jobs, physical fitness, personal lives etc. Not only that, we also link it to our level of happiness. But when we really sit down to assess how to go about it; we tend to back off, as it all seems to involve a lot of work.

However, some latest Harvard research shows us a fun way to do it. The researcher and author of the best seller ‘The happiness advantage’ Shawn Achor demonstrates that success does not bring happiness – but rather the reverse – it is happiness that breeds success. His research focused on those who were out of the norm – the outliers.  For example, why, when an entire sales force has low sales numbers there are a few with extraordinarily high numbers. Or, in a class where academic marks are below average, there are a couple of students with outstanding results.

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Motivating people to achieve

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A common myth is that in order to get results we need to motivate our employees. For Managers and Leaders it is an ongoing concern and most leaders are spending a major chunk of their time trying to motivate their team to achieve the goals set out for them. HR is constantly involved in developing tools and schemes to provide support to leaders in their quest for motivating their employees.

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Overworked & Overwhelmed

overworkedIn the corporate world of today with its pressures of constantly having to perform and deliver, we are all normally overworked and weighed down with the constant struggle of trying to stay on top of things. We tend to assign priorities to various tasks or things to be done trying our level best to deal with all pressures in an effective manner.

What does that result in ? We rarely have time for ourselves our personal relationships, social associations and the ability to involve ourselves and spend time with our kids. Taken together all this results in a perfect formula leading to feelings of overwhelm and unrest both at our workplace and in our lives, in general.

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SELF–ESTEEM : ITS IMPACT ON LIFE

self esteemSelf-esteem is often described as having confidence in our ability to think and cope with the daily challenges of life. It is also linked to being self assured and confident in ones abilities and having a belief in the fact that you can be successful in whatever you undertake to do.

When a person has a high level of self-esteem, they will trust their actions and their judgment and by doing so they will be in a better position to make good decisions and create a better life for themselves.

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COMPANY CULTURE : the hottest topic in the business world

company-cultureLatest research by Deloitte shows us that some of the biggest challenges facing leaders in the business world of today are related to company culture, employee engagement and retention. Not only that, over 50% of business leaders rated these matters as urgent to focus on.

What are the reasons behind these challenges? The answer is directly linked to the “ECONOMY” when the economy picks up the bargaining power of employees also rises. Not only that we need to thanks the social websites like LinkedIn and Glassdoor as well. There is so much public information available related to a company’s employment brand on the internet.

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Importance of first impressions

first-impression-3They say that it takes maybe only three seconds, for you to evaluate another person when you meet for the first time. During this short span of time, you form your opinion about the other based on many things which you are subconsciously evaluating, which may include – overall appearance, dressing, body language, behaviour, mannerisms, etc.

Sometimes it can be extremely difficult or in fact nearly impossible to reverse or undo these first impressions therefore making these first meetings extremely important, for it is this interaction which may set the tone for the relationship that follows in the future.

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