Phoenix

February 23, 2015 — Leave a comment

PHX

We are almost a couple of months in to the new year; you now have had a chance to see how some of your New Year’s Resolutions are playing out. Are any of them still alive? If it takes 21 days to build something as a habit, then there has been ample time to develop at least one or two good habits.

 

Let’s identify the traits of the successful vs the unsuccessful person. Regardless of how these resolutions are shaping up, I want to encourage you to develop at least a few of the habits shared by so many successful men and women. Identify the traits below that you most closely identify with in your life.

 

Successful People

  • Compliment
  • Always have a sense of gratitude
  • Read everyday
  • Continuously learn
  • Keep a To-Do Project List
  • Keep a To-Be List
  • Set Goals and develop a life plan
  • Accept responsibilities for your failures
  • Keep a journal
  • Talk about ideas
  • Want others to succeed
  • Give others credit for their victories
  • Operate from a transformational perspective
  • Embrace Change
  • Forgive others

 

Unsuccessful People

  • Criticize
  • Have a sense of entitlement
  • Take all the credit for their victories
  • Watch TV everyday
  • Fear change
  • Fly by the seat of their pants
  • Talk about people
  • Horde information and data
  • Exude anger
  • Never set goals
  • Don’t know what they want to be
  • Secretly hope others fail
  • Operate from a transactional perspective
  • Think they know it all
  • Say they keep a journal but really don’t
  • Blame others for their failures
  • Hold a grudge

 

Clearly nobody sets out on the path to have the latter set of traits but commonly life circumstances can begin to transform you. Bad habits, like many of the characteristics listed above, have a way to slowly and unknowingly weave their way into your days, attitude and psyche. Be intentional to recognize them and rid them from your world.

 

My hope is that this list will help to identify traits that have crept into your life. Then with a sense of purpose and determination work to transform your life into the one that you desire. Let’s work this year to establish more habits from the Successful Person’s list above.

 

My prayers are with you!

 

 

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A Creative Office

February 11, 2015 — Leave a comment

When you were a kid you would have likely gotten punished if you had written on the walls. Now as a creative adult or more importantly a leader in your office; I want to encourage you to write on the walls! Office dynamics can become stale and uninspiring. Ensure that your office fosters creativity. Creativity is evoked through all of the senses, so make sure that you are focusing on all areas.

 

Some of the best ideas are developed when people are allowed to be creative, but also when the ideas are teased out through collaboration sessions. Collaboration sessions are most effective when someone shares the concept, maps it out and a group of talented, inspired and fully engaged team are allowed to brainstorm and refine the idea. I believe that the magic happens when this session occurs well ahead of any deadlines. Allowing the idea to be tabled for a period of time and then revisited allows for additional creativity to influence the concept. So leave the sketches and brainstorming ideas up where people will see them, think on them and develop the idea until its Perfect!

 

So design your office with ample wall space that allows enough space for all of your teams projects. That takes a lot of wall space, but don’t overlook engaging all of the senses to promote its success.

 

Certainly a simple idea, but one that many offices miss.

 

Get out of the stale environment and allow the genius to come out of your team! 

 

What are some additional ideas that you see in successful offices?

 

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