Vision is seeing the future you are creating. It doesn’t matter what your current reality is, at least not for this exercise. The truth is you will create whatever you envision. So, see something good!
Begin with this simple vision process:
A few things to remember:
See the future you are creating.
Today's message comes from Ryan McShane, of HRevolution, LLC. Enjoy!
When you vibe with someone, the relationship interactions have the characteristics of being natural, flowing and complimentary. When you’re not quite “vibing” with others the interactions are forced, uncomfortable and typically lead to more confusion. This brings us back to the article’s title, “How can you put more vibe in your tribe?”
Work can be one of the most fulfilling undertakings in life! When alignment of skill, passion and environment (culture) occur, one is most likely to be fully engaged. Fully engaged employees will apply every effort to obtain defined results, while unengaged employees will only provide as much effort as will enable them to be compliant and fly under the radar. Interestingly, active dis-engagement literally creates sabotage amongst the workforce. Actively disengaged employees must be identified and addressed immediately to avoid significant financial and relational harm across the workforce.
However, when we are vibing with our tribe, we operate as a synergistic team, whereby each individual makes a contribution to the whole and each contribution is complimentary to others within the team and to the designed purpose or overall objective. Simply put, the tribe that vibes, accomplishes more!
We can put more “vibe in our tribe” when we identify and address 3 engagement factors across our workforce: Focus, Motivation and Energy.
Put More Vibe in your Tribe with:
1. Focus: Create greater focus by ensuring all roles within the team or organization have a thorough understanding of how their respective duties and relational interactions impact the purpose and mission of the organization. Each position from bottom to top in the hierarchy needs to see the connection between their role and overall accomplishment of purpose. Otherwise, the role begins to lack meaning; resulting in a lack of focus on details and outcomes.
Note- the younger generations of talent are highly altruistic, seeking to work for organizations making a difference in the lives and wellbeing of others. Focused engagement of talent requires continuous alignment of function to organizational purpose. Where these are aligned and well understood, great focus and engagement typically exist!
2. Motivation: By identifying the extrinsic and intrinsic motivators of your workforce leaders are able to guide staff to operate productively, efficiently and aligned with organizational values and purpose. Some may be motivated by money, titles or perks, while others are motivated by autonomy, flexibility, alignment of passion to purpose and other “feeling” based or intrinsic motivators.
Leaders are charged with understanding how their employees are motivated and reach each single person, as well as motivate the whole workforce under their charge. While we know one size does not fit all when it comes to motivation, it remains necessary to identify just what does motivate each and ensure those elements are present for each. Relationships developed through 1-on-1 meetings between supervisor and subordinate are a great way to uncover motivations and values and begin using these personal motivators to leverage talent’s capabilities and impact to organizational purpose.
3. Energy: Staff will provide as much discretionary energy in equal relation to the amount of engagement felt individually and collectively across the organization. In other words, energy corresponds to engagement! The more engagement the more energy may be released conducive to contributing to achievement of individual and collective goals.
One of the single best ways to engage (and therefore focus energy on achievement) is to provide flexibility in how accomplishments are achieved. Providing a “say” in the “how”, enables employees to take ownership in the “what” of what is achieved.
When the tribe vibes, members are focused, motivated and energized to achieve their purpose.
A clear focus, understanding of motivations and attention to energy are 3 simple steps to avoid confusion, lack of commitment and most detrimental, lack of accomplishment.
Want to put more vibe in your tribe?
For support in team building, effective supervision, leadership, on-boarding, recruitment and selection, leadership development, career support and more contact your local HR small business resource, HRevolution, LLC at 410-688-5054 or RMcShane@HRevolutionllc.com.
Ryan McShane is the Principal & Founder of HRevolution, LLC, a resume-writing and human resource consulting firm. He has created and implemented various Human Resource Development programs such as Knowledge Management, Knowledge Management for Project Management, The Continuous Learning Committee (CLC), career coaching and many other organizational development initiatives.
Ryan is passionate about maximizing human potential to meet career and business objectives. He especially accomplished in creating dynamic, systems-driven organizations that capture and share knowledge across hierarchal levels and generations to advance business outcomes.
The truth is, it’s impossible to focus.
You may have experienced this. You have a need or desire to think deeply on a subject, but interruptions from all sides keep your focus and attention at surface level. You may also find that it takes you a long time to reach that deep focus state and that you are disoriented if you come out of that deep focus from unnatural causes (like a phone ringing).
Focus is a precious gift and is hard to come by. Whether working from a home office, private office or in a busy workplace, interruptions are constant. We have trained our brains to operate on a surface-only level. In spite of overwhelming evidence, we continue to try to ‘multitask’, getting less and less done in longer amounts of time.
At the most recent National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) Conference, I attended a session by Certified Professional Organizer Debbie Rosemont entitled, “Multitasking Makes You Stupid”. Debbie led the group in an exercise where we wrote down the numbers 1-26 alternating with the letters of the alphabet.
I am really fast at writing. I thought I would “win” this contest, and in a way, I did. The time it took me to complete the task was shorter that most others in the group. But, then Debbie asked us to write down consecutively first the numbers 1-26 and then all the letters of the alphabet. When I FOCUSED and limited myself to one task at a time, I was able to write the sequence TWICE AS FAST! What!? I truly did not expect that result.
I wondered, where else am I splitting my attention in such a way that my efforts are significantly slower than if I simply focused? In sports, the difference between winning and losing is often a fraction of a second. We never even hear about the athletes that cannot focus. But what about in life? What are you missing out on? What race are you not even a part of because you are constantly training yourself to switch gears, making your efforts take twice as long? Even at your fastest you are still slow.
Research shows that the more we switch between tasks, the less we are able to focus such that we have to re-train our brains for focused work.
But, it can be done.
It starts by giving yourself time and boundaries to focus on one task at a time. That means turning off the phone, shutting off notifications, letting people know you are unavailable and giving yourself 20 minutes to get a task done.
Unfocused tasks take you twice as long OR MORE to complete. Do you really want to be working on that proposal for 3 hours? Or would you rather knock it out in 1 hour and still have time to follow up with 5 people?
The truth about staying focused is that it requires establishing intentional boundaries against distractions so that you can actually create more time in your day.
We could all use a bit more of that especially when it means we can rest and enjoy life more.
Today's blog post was written by my good friend, Jennifer Flynn, of The Business Maven. Enjoy!
What would it take to get more from your business?
For some business owners, this is a bit of a conundrum because they are often already feeling overworked and under-rewarded. Being an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart. People often assume that business owners have more freedom than those that are in an employee situation. More often, the truth is, you don’t clock out….EVER. Your business is always on your mind. If you aren’t hustling then business isn’t coming through the door and mouths don’t get fed and roofs aren’t over head, clothes aren’t on backs …you know the story. Perhaps more accurately, ‘the story that we tell”.
Is it true?
How do you know?
What if it doesn’t have to be this way?
What if you could get more out of your business so you could get more out of your life? It’s part strategy and part mindset. You have to have a clear plan of action and a clear belief that it is possible and be willing to tell the story of the outcome you want even if it goes against the grain and is the road less traveled.
What if you had a crystal clear personal vision that was in alignment with your core values and allowed for all your hopes and dreams? Your business is the vehicle by which these hopes and dreams come true. So often we get caught in the rat race of being a human ‘doing’ vs a human ‘being’ that we forget to really live. We get so bound by the work that we fail to enjoy its fruits…or even remember they exist.
I have a personal mission to help business owners get more out of each day in their business. Your day is simply your life in miniature. How do your days look? Are you counting the blessings and the joys of the accomplishments or looking at the to-do list and feeling like you fell short?
With the right systems and structures in your business you can have more freedom, more fun AND more profit. That’s right I used ‘structure and systems’ and ‘FREEDOM’ all in the same sentence. Structure is what will provide you freedom. It is the systems that give you time and energy back so you have freedom to do more. More things that make an impact, more things that bring you joy, more things that give back to the world, more things that get you closer to your personal vision and the lifestyle you want to lead… MORE EVERYTHING!
It is always my sincerest hope that people are doing things they love to earn a living or grow a business around and that you get joy in your work days. The reality is it can’t all be work. Even for those of us who can’t tell the difference between working and playing because we love our work so much…we still need time unplugged to recharge and connect with friends and love ones.
“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.” —Lawrence Pearsall Jaacks
Everyone should enjoy that which he describes. It is my personal favorite quote.
Most often business owners simply lack the tools to get the most out of their bank of time and energy each day, week, month and year. Check out this FREE tool I created for you to master your time and productivity and harness the power of your business….so you can get more freedom to lead your life by design. If you want to take the implementation deeper, check out the free masterclass that comes with it.
I asked a lot of questions here…ponder them. Share in the comments below. What did you come up with? Where do you need the most support?
I know you are busy. You are probably looking at the calendar and wondering where the year has gone.
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Today's blog comes to us from from Amanda Hinman, of Hinman Holistic Health Institute. Enjoy!
Ah, the lazy days of summer!
Have you been looking forward to the relaxing mornings of summer? No morning routine of homework and rushing to get out the door for school, or maybe just knowing you get to leave the house in sandals and a tank top!
I’m in the same place and it feels good to think about having more time to relax and enjoy yourself.
But what happens when two weeks into the summer break you feel frustrated or overwhelmed? Maybe it’s because you’re tired of breaking up arguments between your kids or responding to complaints about being bored. Perhaps it’s because the chauffeuring around and unorganized routine doesn’t allow time for you to focus on your business.
I used to say to myself:
“Why is it that even when life is supposed to be easy, there’s always some issue? Is something wrong with me?
Until I figured out why I always had new problems popping up and how to eliminate them.
Years ago, I would find myself in exactly this place. I’d go to a BBQ and see a friend who’d seemed to be so content and at ease enjoying the summer with her family while also telling me about some new project she was excited about, and I’d feel…
Defeated. Frustrated. And yes…a bit envious.
I was spending my summer either chauffeuring around, breaking up arguments or feeling overwhelmed at work.
As much as I was glad to be free of the morning routine during the school year, I realized that having organization to our days was helpful in many ways too.
Have you experienced this too? It’s actually quite normal.
I share exactly why it is that they have experienced ease when perhaps you haven’t, even though life during summer is supposed to be easier.
It comes down to how you use your most precious resource: time
Even more specifically why the first 10 minutes of your morning routine sets the stage for the day ahead.
Each morning provides an opportunity to tune yourself for clarity, ease and appreciation in your day ahead. Creating a simple habit to connect with yourself and your priorities allows you to set your energy in a place that is beneficial for you and for anyone you interact with.
My favorite way to connect with myself in the morning is through journaling. For some people it happens during quiet pondering on a morning run or while enjoying a cup of coffee.
These three things provide focus on clarity for your day. Ask yourself:
After all, you can’t create different results by continuing to do the same things.
How will you choose to connect with yourself in the morning?
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I recently had the pleasure to sit down with Jolene Forrester, owner of JoRetro to talk about the changes in her business. The transcript is below:
Jolene: I'm Jolene Forrester; I'm the owner of JoRetro. It's a vintage shop in Havre De Grace, Maryland. And we specialize in items from the 50s through the 70s, useable things like housewares and clothing.
Nettie: Really fantastic stuff! You were a member of the Sappari Momentum Program. Tell us a little bit about what things were like when you signed up to participate?
Jolene: Well, I was in a much smaller shop at the time, and I had spent the last year working there full-time after being laid off from a full-time corporate job. And I felt like I was just not being productive, things were just sort of going along week after week and the same things were happening. But I felt like I wasn't growing the business, and I felt overwhelmed with some things and just I guess I was procrastinating on taking care of things.
So when I saw that you had put the video on about the group that you were starting, that just seemed interesting to me. And I thought that I could benefit from that. From years of having to write goals in the corporate world, then all of a sudden you're responsible and there's no one to be accountable for what you're doing.
Nettie: Absolutely. When you're the boss, right?
Nettie: There's no one above you that's saying, "Are you getting that done today?"
Nettie: Right now we're sitting in Jolene's new store. We're going to take a tour around in just a bit. But this wasn't really part of what you were imagining. What were you thinking you were working towards in the beginning?
Jolene: Well, it's kind of funny. I mean, ultimately my first item that I wanted to take care of was to renovate my home. And so I think if you start with what's the biggest issue in your life and then everything kind of goes from that point backwards to get to that goal. So my goal was I want to renovate my home but I have so much inventory, and why do I have so much inventory? And I'm just tired of lugging it back and forth to my small store.
My goal was to minimize the amount of storage that I had in my home, and to figure out a way to do that. Working with you I thought I should look for a new space. And at first started out with just a space for storage possibly near my existing shop, which solved part of my problem but not really all of it.
Nettie: Right, exactly. When you were really moving forward on that and you had a place picked out, you had measurements, we talked renegotiations.
Nettie: That was really going forward. And then things shifted, how did this happen? How did THIS become an option?
Jolene: Well, being in the program and everyday having you reach out in text message - what are you going to accomplish today, what are your goals today? It kept me focused on that goal. And as I investigated, "Okay, so this is an option, the space is available, it's reasonable rent, it's right near my space." And talking to you about how does that achieve the goal, the ultimate goal, and how does that benefit the business, I started to feel like it really was not ... It was a band-aid, it wasn't a real fix.
Nettie: Right, exactly.
Jolene: And I think a lot of times when you do something and it's not scary, it's probably not enough. You know what I mean?
Jolene: It was very comfortable, would've been easy, I had a floor plan, I knew what I needed to do to move in there. But it's still was going to take some work and some money. In the meantime the same property manager said, "I have another property I want you look at." And at first I kind of dismissed it, but I hadn't really investigated it. So you encouraged me to take a look and and just see.
Jolene: I mean, it does no harm to go look. And then that became more of a reality at that point.
Nettie: Nice, so something that wasn't even on the plate.
Nettie: And suddenly right here. You mentioned the daily check-ins, what did you find helpful about being in the Momentum Program?
Jolene: Well, we did do the goal setting, and bringing that back into a short-term goal instead of a year out, and focusing on small steps that makes it so it's not so scary. I think that that was really important.
Nettie: Good. I'm glad that was helpful to you. If there was something, if somebody's thinking about doing this, and maybe they're standing in front of that webpage that says, "Here's everything that might be possible for you." And they're just teetering on whether or not they should sign up, what would you say to them?
Jolene: I would say if you're afraid to make a drastic change in your life, and you think that nobody around you is really going to support you, this is the program for you. I mean, you know my husband was not supportive.
Jolene: And I even initially didn’t tell him I was moving. But ultimately I did and I might do get a buy in there. But I think sometimes your friends they're not maybe the best business associates. And actually whether you want to change something personal in your life or business-related I think having an outside person that can kind of guide you without that emotional feeling that a relative or a friend might have, who thinks, "I'm not sure if that's a safe thing to do."
Being part of the program you just refocus every day, and make a person accountable. Because you know you're going to get that text or you're going to get a phone call, and you're going to ask - what are you doing today to meet that goal? You're the one that sets the goal. You don't set the goal.
Nettie: No, I don't set the goal.
Nettie: I don't even have to know what you do.
Jolene: Right. But the encouragement on a daily basis is not something most people even get from a boss at a job.
Nettie: Right, that's true.
Jolene: Because you have some ultimate schedule of things that you take care of during week's time frame, and you may have this long-term goal for a quarter or the year. And I know I wanted to look long-term, but you have to step back and make those small steps or you never get to the long-term because it feels it's too overwhelming.
Nettie: It is. It's a big thing too. Even if you're setting out 90-day goals, 6-month goals you get in front of what you're specifically doing right now to achieve that and it can still be overwhelming.
Jolene: And I think some people might say, "Well, I can't afford to do it." But I honestly think that you probably can't afford not to.
Nettie: Yeah, be responsible.
Jolene: If you're stuck, if you really feel like - I'm not accomplishing things. Because all the little things that you're not doing are costing you money, I mean, in a lot of ways I wish I had moved sooner but I probably was ready, so the timing was right. And even when I did move I debated it - should I take both spaces or just one? And I mean, honestly it was like, "Well, I've already come this far. Let's just go outside my comfort zone a little bit more and just take both." And it made all the difference.
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Mentors, Coaches, Accountability Partners, Master Minds are all great ways to help ensure that you will succeed in the goals you set. Having someone to be accountable to means that you do not carry all the pressure of getting your goals done. You have someone checking in to ask, “Hey! Did you do that thing you said you would do?” Most people want to honor their relationships and to impress the person they are accountable to, and so they will work to complete the set task on time.
Specifically, accountability partners have a cooperative relationship with each other. In a partnership that works well, each person is giving equally to the relationship over time even if it is not the same amount on a daily basis.
Having an accountability partner can truly launch you towards your goals, as you are no longer isolated with your mind and your schedule, plodding along. But being a partner is equally rewarding. Paired well, you will find someone that challenges you in all the right ways, holds you to your goals and provides feedback and insights by asking good questions. It’s worth the time investment.
I have been in an accountability partnership about 10 times. Some were great; others, not so much. Here are the key ingredients:
I provide that support daily to my Momentum Program participants. If you would like to learn more, let’s set up a time to talk.
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Today's post was written by Jen Hickle, owner of Never Alone Business Services. I hope you enjoy!
I dropped the ball.
I dropped ALL the balls, honestly.
It's hard to juggle everything: parenting, work, marriage, the landscaping, the homework, the staff, the dishes, the laundry, the mail, the bills, the emails, the everything.
And the other day, everything came crashing down. I had overscheduled the whole family. We were running around like maniacs. We were fighting about who had to use the vehicles. Emails got forgotten, meals were eaten on the road, laundry piled up.
With my head in my hands, I chastised myself. I knew better than this. I knew I should have said "no" to that opportunity and that extra project, and I shouldn't have tried to do everything all at once.
But it happens, doesn't it? Especially at this time of year. End of the year programs and projects, open houses, birthday parties, new summer schedules. It all piles up and the calendar gets filled, whether or not we want it to. And then there's all the stuff that must get done no matter what: the laundry and the dishes and the emails. Everything is screaming "I'm important! No, I'm important!" and no matter how strong you are, it can just overrun you and leave you feeling helpless.
So what do we do?
Sometimes, we break down and just cry.
Sometimes we mute the phone and the email and let things fall down. Yes, we fail. Then, we go back to what works.
Monday is for marketing.
Tuesday is the staff phone call.
On Thursday, the house gets cleaned.
On Saturday, we do laundry.
On Sunday night, we order groceries.
These systems are my sanity. And when they are running, they keep me sane. And when I'm tired? I fall back on them.
When I ask myself, "what am I supposed to be doing right now?" my systems answer. I go to www.Todoist.com and I check what I should be doing today. What is overdue? What can I delegate. I survey my paper calendar and the digital family calendar. What's coming up? What do I need to prepare for? I check in with my staff. I center myself. I make a fresh To Do list on a small Post-it note. What is my focus? I know I can't do everything so what can I do right now?
The trick is getting these systems set up. And then following them! (That's the hardest part, isn't it?) And yes, we all need flexibility. Last week, when we had multiple open houses to attend, family coming into town, and birthday parties to prepare for, thing fell between the cracks. Stuff got forgotten. But today? Today I'm going back to the trusted systems. They keep me afloat during the busiest times. They keep me going. They run my world, even when I'm tired. Especially when I'm tired.
Weary warriors, hang in there.
You'll make it. You will. I believe in you.
Have you heard of the Strengths Finders assessment? The tool, discussed in the book of the same name by Don Clifton, which provides you with your top 5 strengths. These are qualities that positively define the work that you do. It’s actually very handy. I have asked clients to use this tool as it quickly gives insights on what they are great out and how that affects the work they are (or are not doing). The strengths fall into four categories: strategic thinking, relationship, executing and influencing. It is my guess that if you call yourself an achiever (one of the words on the Strengths Finders assessment), you have one or more strengths in the executing category. You are a ‘get things done’ kind of a person.
You get things done no matter what. It is in your nature. It’s why people turn to you and why they know they can rely on you when the project is important.
My Strengths Finders words are Input, Harmony, Analytical, Discipline and Learner. To boil that down, I like to gather information, make plans, get things done and ensure others are happy about the plan. I can relate to you going and doing all the time. If you are at all like me, you may not know HOW to pause and relax.
Recently, I met with a very powerful group of women, led by Victoria Whitfield. We come together live (virtually) twice a month. The discussion this month centered around the energy that we take on from other people and refreshing our own energy. I was not alone in feeling that this topic really hit home. After a very difficult month of May, personally, I realized that I have not yet let go of or refreshed my energy. In other words, I have not taken a break.
After the meeting, I spoke to another attendee, an entrepreneur. Both of us were feeling emotional and needed to talk through the experience. Even though our reasons were different, our response to the stress we were experiencing was the same:
Is this you, too? Are you part of the ‘Get It Done’ Tribe??
If so, I want you to give YOURSELF permission to take a break. Listen to your body, listen to your mind, listen to your spirit.
If you have a tendency to put others’ needs first as well, then this permission slip is especially important.
Here are your next steps:
1 - Read the permission slip (print it if need be and post it on your wall)
2 - Schedule a time to take inaction :-)
Here are a few ideas of things probably not on your to-do list that will not help you pay the bills (they will but that is another post!) Bath, journal, long walk in the woods, sappy movie with popcorn & wine, cry, nap, talk on the phone to a friend, massage, yoga, run, dance (naked in the rain for bonus points!), belly dancing, read a beach novel.
3 - Add breaks to your schedule. Saturday morning, ‘me’ time or whatever works best for you. Put it on the calendar. Non-negotiable.
You cannot go and get things done all the time. You cannot be stuck in ‘on’ position. But sometimes what we are stuck on is ‘not feeling’. Allow yourself permission to relax, let the emotions flow and get back to your ‘to-do’ list after.
You can also check out The Balance Maven® for more tips on how to carve out time to care for yourself. My friend, Jennifer Flynn, is a pro at teaching busy entrepreneurs how to balance work and play. She is a business and lifestyle strategist who specializes in helping overwhelmed entrepreneurs and small business owners end the war between work and play.
As the owner of The Balance Maven® and creator of its signature program Balance YOUniversity™ she supports clients with both her Balance Maven Business™ and Balance Maven Life™ platforms. It is her mission to show you that you CAN have both personal and professional fulfillment. From tangible processes to achieve what you want, to creating superior time and money saving business strategies; she helps you build effective systems to streamline for efficiency and end overwhelm, one step at a time. In maximizing productivity you will create more free time with profitable results leading to a healthier business and a happier you. You were born to have your cake and eat it too!
Visit her website and take her Balance IQ quiz to see how well YOU protect your "me" time.
Having a fulfilling career and a happy, well-supported family life, while feeling energetic and focused IS possible.
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Hi! I'm Nettie Owens, Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization and Productivity Consultant.