Monday, January 12, 2009

Thought of the Week - 1/12/09

“Learning is an active process. We learn by doing. Only knowledge that is used sticks in your mind.” -- Dale Carnegie

When is the last time you “got out on the floor” and worked side by side with your employees?

Do you evaluate your employees from your comfortable chair in the head office, or do you have the hands on knowledge to evaluate them for the work they are actually doing?

Do you ever hear yourself saying, “When I did your job we use to …”? IF so, how long ago was it that you did “their job”? Is it still the same job? Is it still done in the same way? Is it still the same product? Are they still the same clients/customers?

If you really want to know and understand your company, you need to get out of the office from time to time and do the job others are doing and learn what it is really like to do their job!!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Thought of the Week - 1/05/09

“Part of the issue of achievement is to be able to set realistic goals, but that's one of the hardest things to do because you don't always know exactly where you're going, and you shouldn't.” -- George Lucas

Writing down your Goals is an important first step towards achieving them. First, because by writing them down it forces you visualize your Goals. And second, because the act of writing them down creates a commitment on your part.

Only about 5% of the population actually takes the time to write down their Goals. Maybe that is why so few people actually are living the life that they would like to be living.

Writing down your Goals creates the roadmap to your success. Although just the act of writing them down can set the process in motion, it is also extremely important to review your Goals frequently. Remember, the more focused you are on your Goals the more likely you are to accomplish them.

When was the last time you wrote down your personal and professional goals?

When was the last time you reviewed your personal and professional goals?

Every time you make a decision during the day, ask yourself this question, "Does it take me closer to, or further from my goal?" If the answer is "closer to," then you've made the right decision. If the answer is "further from," well, you know what to do!!