Caryn Ross – The Aha Ignitor https://spectabridgesolutions.com Fri, 03 Jan 2020 16:59:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.5 https://spectabridgesolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/cropped-favicon-1.png Caryn Ross – The Aha Ignitor https://spectabridgesolutions.com 32 32 How to Advocate for Yourself with Emotional Intelligence in Your Career https://spectabridgesolutions.com/how-to-advocate-for-yourself-with-emotional-intelligence-in-your-career/ https://spectabridgesolutions.com/how-to-advocate-for-yourself-with-emotional-intelligence-in-your-career/#respond Fri, 03 Jan 2020 16:59:01 +0000 http://spectabridgesolutions.com/?p=2297 Are you feeling frustrated that you did not get that promotion, raise, asked to attend that conference, or business trip or be part of a new project?  We all know that we often do not get everything we want off our career wish list, but when is it time to step up and advocate for yourself instead of pushing it aside? Because, the more we push it aside, or accept that it is ok is when we begin to fall into patterns of maybe this isn’t the time, or develop excuses and then our self-doubt, lower value of ourselves and lower confidence levels set in.

What is the solution? Advocating for yourself. It is time to get brave and not fear the outcomes you may hear. It is better to try than never know. You cannot create change if you do not ask for it.

Keep these helpful tips in mind to advocate for what you would like while staying positive and focused toward the outcomes you are seeking:

  1.     Ask for a meeting with the person or people you need to help you create action to the goals you are seeking. This should be a separate meeting away from the daily grind conversations and well prepared for by you.
  1.     Prepare for the meeting with providing information needed for other parties to make decisions: These include:

-Recognize that what you are asking for, whether it is a promotion, attending a conference, or leading a team, how it will add value to the organization. For example, will it offer resolutions to fix an issue or create change, empower you into an employee that can create higher productivity and performance levels.  

-Develop solutions for how you can make it a reality. For example, maybe you are an accountant who wants to improve your leadership and management skills. Offer a solution of a conference where you can gain valuable leadership skills and learnings and additionally earn those CPE credits to maintain your CPA.  It is a win win.

  1.     Set your emotions aside. Advocating for yourself should not be a major component of how you feel. Your discussion should address results from what you are seeking, how it will help the organization reach their goals and be beneficial. Don’t go in saying, I want to attend this conference because I feel it will make me a better leader. Go in saying, this conference is a great avenue to improve my leadership skills to prepare me for the next management position and create better collaborations for my team. In addition, I can complete my needed CPE credits and network our organization at the conference.
  1.     Never undersell yourself when you are advocating for what you want. Do not be worried about being rejected or turned down and then dilute your requests. For example, don’t say, ok I know this conference is expensive, so maybe you are right and I should do something online. Instead, place a positive spin that the investment will be worthwhile and what results will come from it.
  1.     Be specific and create deadlines and accountability. It is important that all parties are effectively communicating what is expected, results with clear actionable deadlines to get there.  This will turn your goal into a plan and be easier to advocate to all parties involved.
  1.     Still take charge of you if you get rejected/denied. Do not close your mindset to I tried and failed so now what? Take actionable steps toward other solutions. For example, if you want to learn a new skill and the budget was not there when you asked, search for more affordable solutions, online courses or podcasts as alternatives. Ask to shadow someone who could mentor you in the meantime.

Remember, the only best advocate for you, is YOU.  While advocating for yourself, it often places you out of comfort zones and fear of rejection. Then we climb back into our comfort zones and do not advocate. Instead, place the mindset that it shows  the world that you are confident, brave and self-aware of your goals, visions and wanting to create the success you deserve. 

 

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Using Delegation to Create Higher Success https://spectabridgesolutions.com/using-delegation-to-create-higher-success/ Sat, 07 Dec 2019 04:55:01 +0000 http://spectabridgesolutions.com/?p=2280 Do you have days where you feel you have crossed nothing off your to-do list? Your day got lost? You start feeling stressed and then lower productivity sets in. Then you feel off-balance, that nothing is really getting done at the levels you want. You are trying to control everything, yet, you are actually losing control.

The importance of knowing when to delegate is a skill that when utilized is a fundamental key to creating that work-life balance.  When artfully employed,  the benefits include lower stress levels, higher productivity levels and creating an environment of trust and collaboration.

Once we learn how to relinquish the control and delegate effectively, it will create that work-life balance that we all desire. The greatest benefits of delegating are it gives you more time to do the things that are important to you.

You are also promoting a collaborative trust building atmosphere. It gives others opportunities to feel valued that they are contributing, provides development opportunities and allows yourself to open up to new ways of doing things.

Why Delegation is a Highly Valued Skill to Lead Your Career or Business

As you rise up the executive ladder or as your business grows, the importance of delegation is what will take you out of survival mode and into success mode. That shift from doing to leading can be daunting at first, especially if you are always the one to roll your sleeves up to get it done, or believe “no one can do it better than you” or “it will get done quicker if I just do it.”

Doing it all may work short term, but as the demands you face increase, this will eventually catch up to a point where everything is not getting done and productivity levels fall. Upper-level decisions may slide, your work-life balance may falter a little and your best work will not be accomplished.

As a result, your power will begin to diminish with everything while you continue to try and control and not relinquish tasks. Others may feel that their input is not valued since you diminish their ability to take upon a task you could delegate and empower them to grow.

So how do we stop this cycle and start to delegate to promote efficiencies and higher performance levels as we rise as leaders in our business, careers, and life?

First, it is embracing the mindset that it will take some upfront time to set up systems and structures to delegate and implement them. Remember, the short term time investment to do this will be a long term gain in better efficiencies and getting you back to the more important tasks to create higher productivity levels.

This can be a daunting task in itself to determine what to delegate. Below are tasks that when properly delegated will free up your time to focus more on higher level tasks. Try delegating these type of tasks:

Smaller Tasks – Utilize an assistant, intern to schedule meetings, book travel, business trips, schedule clients, cleaning up your email folders, organizing your computer files, your office, setting up small system processes for better efficiencies. Think about all the little things that distract your day, that could be delegated out.

 No thinking Tasks – These tasks require little thinking, think of them as auto pilot tasks – that once someone is trained there is little change to the task when performed and frees up your time to concentrate on other more important things.

Time Eating Tasks – Tasks that take a lot of time on a continual basis. Try breaking these tasks into smaller segments and delegating the segments out.

Teachable Tasks – What tasks do you have that once you train someone how to complete they can be removed from your to-do list? This also gives someone the opportunity to tackle a new skill and grow and feel they are contributing to your end goals. Good leaders teach and delegate and not just do.

Subject Matter Tasks –Be honest, and create a list of tasks that you do not have the time to become an expert at and delegate those tasks out.  Find those individuals who have skilled expertise. Maybe you are not a good social media content writer or blog post writer. Consider hiring outside help or an employee to take this over so you can concentrate on completing those tasks you are the expert on.

Deadline Tasks – Many projects have drop-dead deadlines. Delegate out tasks to assist in meeting these deadline dates to ensure the project is completed timely and reduce your own individual stress levels. Have a good project management system in place and processes to monitor due dates and tasks delegated out. Trust others to meet deadlines and check-in during the project to ensure everyone is staying on task and doing what they should be doing. Lead them along this path.

This is not my job tasks – Maybe you recently got promoted or expanded your business and hired new employees. Take an inventory of the tasks that are no longer under your job title and pass the baton. Set the boundaries that you are no longer responsible and accept you hired employees to do this for you now and relinquish the control.

Once you remove the mindset that you can do everything and trust the delegation process, this will free you up to concentrate on those things that matter to you to lead the productive work and life balance you desire.

 

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Overcoming Your Fear of Speaking in Public https://spectabridgesolutions.com/overcoming-your-fear-of-speaking-in-public/ Tue, 29 Oct 2019 19:50:21 +0000 http://spectabridgesolutions.com/?p=2270 Overcoming Your Fear of Speaking in Public

Do you know one of the top five fears is public speaking? It is also known as glossophobia. It is a real, true fear so do not feel you are alone experiencing this.

Mastering public speaking can take some effort, but the benefits are always worth it. Many good speakers started out with a need to overcome some fear of the very thing they now excel at.

Whether you’re employed in a position that requires you to speak in public, or you have the responsibility of presenting to a classroom or group, eliminating your fears of being center stage will help you immensely. First, it is important to identify what common trigger onsets this fear.

Typically, people afraid of speaking in public have a preconceived notion about “what could happen,” which becomes a deterrent for any public speaking endeavor. You might fear getting a negative response from the audience, or perhaps you fear embarrassment that may come from making blunders or you worry if you have the right expertise on the topic and people will question your knowledge.

Instead of manifesting negative thoughts, and ruminating every worse possible outcome, ask yourself “what if you got a positive response from the audience?” Feeling more confident that your public speaking will result in a good experience can help you overcome your fear. Envision your audience applauding and seeking you after to learn more about what you shared.

Try these techniques to help ensure a positive outcome to work through the fear:

1. Be prepared. The more prepared you are for your speech the smoother your presentation will come across. First, understand your audience and what they are expecting to achieve. Then, write out a script of your key points, but don’t read from the script word for word. This is just to be used as an organized guide.

2. Do thorough research. Knowing your content inside and out is a surefire way to eliminate many of your fears. In fact, once you’ve done thorough research, you can probably make the speech without looking at your notes. Have someone who is knowledgeable of the content review your presentation and get feedback. Prepare for your speech so well that you could answer any possible question thrown at you.

3. Practice. Being prepared through practice will lower the stress and fear of being in front of others. However, you mustn’t let that fear conquer you.

Instead:
• Set aside time each day to break your presentation into segments to practice. Stand in front of a mirror or tape yourself to self-evaluate for improvements.
• Keep your sentences short and to the point and repeat key points. A short pause in between points can add anticipation to what you are going to say next.
• Be aware of your body language. Do not finger point or overuse your hands to become a distraction for the audience.
• Try to identify sections and references in your speech that you’re able to freely speak about from your knowledge base. Not only does it show your prowess, but it also helps you relax while presenting.
• Tape yourself to make you aware of voice tone inflections, pauses and if you are repeating words or bad patterns.

4. Invite an audience for a private presentation. Requesting the help of family and friends can help quell any doubts you have about speaking in public. A good idea would be to invite a few of them over and make your presentation to them as your audience. Not only will they be able to give constructive feedback, but they’ll also help to calm your nerves.

5. Shift your mindset – if you were asked to present, this is because someone believes you have the confidence and subject matter expertise to share with others. Believe in yourself!

Spend time watching experts talk about public speaking and body language. Find a mentor or coach to help you work through your fears and limiting beliefs that may hinder your mindset of public speaking.

6. Join a local toastmaster’s group. This is a nonprofit organization that teaches presentation and leadership skills to help people be empowered when speaking in public. Find a local chapter or ask your organization if they sponsor one. Click here to find out more. https://www.toastmasters.org/about/all-about-toastmasters

As with anything else, the effort you put into perfecting the art of public speaking will undoubtedly contribute to dissolving any fears you may have. Show your audience what you’re made of by becoming a fearless master of speaking in public.

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Create Higher Levels of Productivity and Performance Just by Doing 3 Things https://spectabridgesolutions.com/create-higher-levels-of-productivity-and-performance-just-by-doing-3-things/ Mon, 28 Oct 2019 19:28:34 +0000 http://spectabridgesolutions.com/?p=2267 Don’t we all want to create those higher levels of productivity and performance daily to successfully implement all our goals and visions?

But, then we get stuck, fall off the path of productivity and lose our prioritization.

Try these 3 things to have continuous productivity to reach your desired outcomes:

  1. Stop the Octopus Syndrome: Stop trying to juggle many things at once. Understand you are not the jack of all trades. Don’t become a generalist trying to manage and do everything.

You may have a lot of great ideas, or changes you want to implement, but are you aligning them with your vision and goals? Prioritize what is the most important thing you should be focused on instead of having a hit list of many.

Say NO to those other tasks that do not align with those targeted goals. Stay focused on what is going to create productivity and profitability for your business.

Evaluate. In simple terms, is the task creating an opportunity or distraction?

Eliminate the distractions first. Then prioritize the opportunities that will realistically get you to your end goal.

  1. Understand the Process of Prioritization: Often we feel overwhelmed, which then leads us away from applying clear emotional intelligence to the prioritization of our tasks. We then move away and become distracted with other things that do not maintain those peak performance levels.

So how is this cycle broken?

Make a list of everything you want to accomplish. Ask yourself “If I can only do 3 of these things, what is most important to create the success?”  Place your emotions and fear aside, and simply consider those 3 things. If achieved, would they get you closer to your vision and goal?

  1. Delegate: Let go of trying to control every step and work hard to continuously delegate. Ask yourself, “If I had to push 70% of this work out to someone else and had no choice, what would I delegate out?”

Once you determine this, delegate and let it go. Trust the process and shift your mindset that the work may not be completed using your methods, but the same result still can be achieved.

To delegate effectively: Make sure you surround and hire people who are intelligent, energized employees who share your vision. Then empower them and provide consistent open communication and feedback on their successes as well as where they need to improve. This process is worth the investment because it will lead you to free up time to work on more important priorities.

These three shifts sound simple right?

Yes, if you commit yourself to practice this each day. Reevaluate your priorities every 2-3 months and revise accordingly.

As leaders, we are aware change is continuous, so it is necessary to refocus priorities as needed.  Sometimes fires need to be put out and we have to shift focus. Recognize this and be self-aware to be able to jump back into this process and to continue down a successful path of obtaining your goals.

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A Job Hunter’s Guide to Contacting and Connecting to Companies You Want to Work For https://spectabridgesolutions.com/a-job-hunters-guide-to-contacting-and-connecting-to-companies-you-want-to-work-for/ Fri, 25 Oct 2019 09:00:48 +0000 http://spectabridgesolutions.com/?p=2256 A Job Hunter’s Guide to Contacting and Connecting to Companies You Want to Work for

When we begin our job search process, we often begin searching on job search sites, networking ourselves or browse through current employment listings.

However, there is one other key opportunity that can open doors further. Do not eliminate looking within those companies you have a high interest in working for regardless of any current open positions.

Exploring these kinds of passive openings has advantages for you and your potential employer because you’re targeting opportunities where you would excel. Below outlines how you can identify organizations where you want to work, and some strategies to communicate with them to open up new opportunities.

Research Firms you want to work for

1. Browse online. Go to the company website. Often companies have a talent hub that will alert you when new positions open within the departments that interest you. Once you register, an email will be sent to you notifying you as positions open.Collect information from the company website and LinkedIn. Job postings may be listed straight off the website with a specific application process. Search LinkedIn for the key players in the department you are interested in and connect with them. Send a message in LinkedIn introducing yourself.
Introduce yourself on social media and strike up conversations. Check out Glass Door to find out what current and former employees have to say.

2. Read the news. Local press and industry publications can also be revealing. Maybe your potential employer sponsors community programs or may be launching a new product. . Or, the company may be expanding its business into a new geographic area which will create job opportunities.

3. Seek referrals. Ask around to see if you have contacts who know employees at the companies you’re researching. Personal introductions make it much easier to set up initial meetings. Look for a mentor in the field or industry you would like to pursue.

4. Attend events. Networking sessions and business conferences are an efficient way to access lots of information and individual perspectives. Attend conferences specific to your career path. For example, if you are an accountant and want to work in the pharmaceutical industry, attend a conference specific to Pharma for Financial Leaders.

5. Volunteer your services. Do you want an inside look at the kind of work you’re contemplating? Explore opportunities to intern or shadow someone.

6. Identify decision makers. Find out who you need to talk with. Research higher level positions such as directors, VPs, and C-suite level if you are seeking senior level positions. LinkedIn is a great tool to find this out. If the company is public, utilize the annual report. That will list their senior decision makers.

How to Communicate with a potential employer

1. Consider your contribution. Put the focus on what you can do for the company instead of talking about what you want. Talk about how you can add value to reach their goals and objectives. Be specific with your expertise, contributions and collaborative and leadership skills. Do not present a resume until requested.

2. Create a tagline/ elevator pitch. You may find yourself quickly at an event or phone call to pitch yourself and stand out. Have a tagline/elevator pitch prepared and practiced so you can capture their attention quickly once you make contact. Rehearse your pitch which should only be 15-20 seconds.

3. Send an email. Your first communication will usually be an email. Craft a subject line that will pique their interest. Highlight a specific challenge they may be facing and how you could contribute some resolutions. Research individuals who recently got promoted through LinkedIn or in the news and send a hand written note or message congratulating and how impressed you are with their achievements to open up conversation.

4. Ask to meet. Follow up with a request for a brief meeting. Pick up the phone and connect now on a human level. It’s often easier to connect with others if you call early in the morning or late in the day or mid-week. Leave a brief succinct message with your contact information.

5. Sell your qualifications. If you succeed at arranging a meeting, listen closely. It is not about talking about you, but what you can help solve for them. Then match your skills to fit their needs.

6. Stay in touch. Remember that you’re making progress even if your preferred company is unable to hire you immediately. Continue connecting with them and check in every few months because you never know what future opportunities may arise.

7. Be patient. Landing your dream job can take time. If one prospect fails to respond, move on to other options. Cultivate a strong support network that will encourage you and give you constructive feedback. Believe in yourself and think positively about your future.

Make contacting companies you want to work for a central strategy in your job hunting. Do not ignore it, or you may miss those hidden opportunities.

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A 7 Step Process to Overcome Fear and Self-Doubt https://spectabridgesolutions.com/a-7-step-process-to-overcome-fear-and-self-doubt/ Fri, 25 Oct 2019 09:00:09 +0000 http://spectabridgesolutions.com/?p=2252 A 7-Step Process to Overcome Fear and Self-Doubt

Two of the biggest obstacles that stagnate us from reaching our next level of success are fear and self-doubt. We all have moments in our lives that this overcomes us. Regardless of where you fall on the fear/self-doubt spectrum, there are many things you can do to rise above these emotions and unstick so you can get to those higher levels of peak performance, productivity and overall happiness.

Conquer your fear and self-doubt with this 7 step process:

1. Identify what you’re actually afraid of. What do you really fear? Most of us don’t have to worry about being eaten by tigers. Our lives are rarely in danger. Self-doubt starts when we fear making a fool out of one’s self or not feeling we are good enough.

● If you want to start a business, but can’t seem to get started, what is your real concern? You are not good enough? Your expertise? What will others think if you fail?

● You want to ask someone out on a date that you have known on a friendship basis, is your fear just rejection?

● You were offered an amazing job in a new city? Is your fear of uncertainty?

2. Find situations related to your fear that are mildly uncomfortable. Perhaps you have a fear of public speaking. What could you do that’s similar, but less terrifying to push through this? Suggestions:

● Give a speech to a group of friends
● Volunteer to lead a small group meeting
● Start conversations with strangers
● Visualize yourself giving a speech
● Join a group like toastmasters to practice your skills amongst others who share the same goal of becoming more effective public speakers.

3. Take action. Thinking creates and magnifies fear. Then we sit in a period of ruminating these fears through our thoughts which creates self-doubt and fear. One of the best ways to get over this is to immediately take action before you have a chance to talk yourself out of it.

• Remember, if action is not taken, your thoughts of self-doubt and fear will manifest without any resolutions. You must be willing to step out of your comfort zone.

• Most people are more successful, happier, and less afraid if they think less and did more. Stop overthinking the what ifs.

4. Visualize yourself being successful in what you are doubting or afraid of. Imagine you have a twin that’s similar to you. If you could build the perfect twin, what would they be like? What skills, beliefs, and attitudes would they have?

● Allow yourself to become that twin and create a clear visualization that you’re doing what you are doubting and fearing. So, if you are fearful of public speaking, visualize people applauding you after a keynote speech and telling you how inspiring you were.

5. Allow for the small successes. Set yourself up to win. Set goals that are attainable. Baby steps lead to greater wins and reduction of self-doubt. Make the game so easy that you can’t fail. As you gain confidence, up the stakes a little more. Get used to being successful in the situations that cause you to feel fear.

● If the thought of making 100 cold calls a day makes you break out in a cold sweat, give yourself the goal of making just five cold calls. The next day, you can eight.

● Believe in yourself and create the positive mindset that all will be ok. Affirm this to yourself.

6. Be realistic. What is the worst consequence you are likely to endure if the thing you fear comes true? It’s probably not anything you can’t handle and the best part is that you will learn and grow from the failure.

● What happens if the publisher rejects your book? What if your speech doesn’t go well? What’s actually going to happen to you? Will you still be safe? Will your family still love you?

7. Ask for help. Whether you need some assistance from a friend or a professional, there’s no shame in getting help. You’d get help if you had a broken leg. Ask others to help you move out of your doubts and fears. Often, when we internalize our doubts and fears they can become distorted and come out of alignment with reality.

• Saying these thoughts out loud can clear this distortion away and allow you to gain a different perspective.

Imagine what your life would be like if you could overcome all of your fears and self-doubt. What would be different and how many new opportunities would open up to you? Step out of those comfort zones. Challenge yourself so you can face your fears and doubts and live your life to reach all your desired outcomes.

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Why Difficult Conversations are Important to Have https://spectabridgesolutions.com/why-difficult-conversations-are-important-to-have/ Thu, 24 Oct 2019 00:48:39 +0000 http://spectabridgesolutions.com/?p=2250 Why difficult conversations are so important to have

One of the necessary skills to be an impactful leader is the ability to navigate through those difficult conversations with others. Without these conversations, productivity can stagnate, people will stop growing and feedback will become more a chore than a continuous avenue to learn, grow and improve.

To do this you have to be comfortable with disruption and tension in the conversation. The mindset has to switch to positive when disruption is  created and not an issue knowing the end result will create change of some sort to build productivity, learning and better performance levels.

However, this often is challenging for many. For instance,  when you are approached and someone asks why you did something a certain way, our human nature is to develop a response that fits the situation even if the response doesn’t make complete sense. These quick interpretations actually work against us in a neurological sense creating that narrow minded thinking.

To help people think differently, you have to disturb this natural way our thoughts process. As a leader this is best done by challenging the beliefs that created the frames and getting to the underlying fears, needs, and desires that are keeping someone having emotional intelligence to listen to the conversation. They will not actively explore, examine, and change their beliefs and behavior if the conversation continues to be difficult if they cannot see the conceptual framework outside of their fears and defense mechanisms coming into play.

This is where that awkward discomfort zone starts. Once behavior and actions are questioned they may burst into instant nervousness, laughter, sadness  before any insight begins as to why the conversation is taking place. If you act on this moment by helping to solidify the new awareness, their mindset will start to shift. If you do not facilitate this process when you see this starting, the ego will step in and justification of the behavior will begin.

 

This moment of uncertainty is when people are most open to learning. An emotional reaction occurs indicating a chance for the person to develop a new perspective, see a different solution to the problem, and potentially grow as a person. This is a quick moment of vulnerability where their minds will be open to listening and soliciting solutions to change.

The leader’s discomfort is secondary to the process, however. For true shifts in thinking and behavior to occur, you must be willing to challenge a person’s beliefs, interrupt his patterns, and reset logic even when it feels uncomfortable and not worry about your discomfort.

Realize there will be no one set reaction, but a range of possibilities. The realization could be minimal, with the person responding, “Oh, yeah, I hear what you are saying.” On the other end, a person could gasp with embarrassment and then ask for time to think about what occurred, especially if he or she did not recognize the impact until that moment. Many times people will laugh at themselves or may get angry when it is difficult for them to accept the truth.

Consider your own experiences. That sudden new solution to a problem probably didn’t come to you as you stood over your desk studying every detail or ruminating over previous conversations. That solution, reality hit, most likely came as a result of a disruptive question and deep reflection initiated by someone else.

 

This is how the mechanics of our thoughts and brain processing happens. Our brains try to protect us and will block self-imposed exploration. When someone challenges your reasoning and asks you the powerful question that breaks down your protective frame, your brain is forced to reorder. For a moment, it creates an awkward space. You might feel a pinch of anger or sadness. There must be an emotional stake for restructuring to occur.

At this point as a leader, you need to ensure there is a level of trust and safety so the person will not think you are being manipulative or trying to hurt their outcomes. This comes with having honest constructive feedback, and asking questions to spark activity in the brain causing changes in  their perception, self-image, and behavior. This is what will create the mindset shift to accept the feedback rather than placing defensive walls up to justify behaviors and actions.

Timing of these conversations is also key. If you find and individual complaining they are stuck, resisting change, complaining about a specific situation and see he or she needs to focus more on trying new solutions and getting out of comfort zones, this is an opportunity to have that difficult conversation to break the cycle. Start by presenting solutions, opportunities to unstick and focus on the results and how it will feel better than staying in the stagnate cycle they are experiencing. Listen to their concerns and take the approach of learning from them and something they may be happening you are not aware of  to create focus based solutions.

This means as leaders spending more time with their employees, helping them think through problems, see situations more strategically, and grow beyond their limitations.  When engaging in these conversations, perception of status should not get in the way. He or she must feel you are an equal partner in the journey and understand their contributions.   When you begin your conversation, there are necessary steps you must take to establish trust and positive intention so when you provoke discomfort, both short- and long-term results are constructive.

This comes with providing honest feedback, using reflective and informative statements, and asking insightful questions to break down barriers and create awareness. The skill development includes methods for observing your own processing of the conversation and reactions as well as hearing others. Listening is a key component in this process.

 

The more leaders are willing to have these conversations and provide constructive feedback, the greater the chance for innovation creativity and the continuous desire to grow. This results in more engagement and retention thus impacting the bottom-line results. A bonus is this will open up proactive conversations in which you and those you collaborate with will experience a courageous and productive workplace.

 

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How the Top 1% Think https://spectabridgesolutions.com/how-the-top-1-think/ Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:34:56 +0000 http://spectabridgesolutions.com/?p=2241 The top 1% aren’t just working harder than the bottom 99%. You can’t grunt your way to the top. High levels of success do require hard work, but the work must be smart, too.

So, what is the secret? Answer Business Mindset.  The focus here is vision, clarity and targeted ways to achieve and take action.

The top 1% aren’t smarter or more capable, but they do use their time wisely and manage themselves effectively with clear vision and direction and take those calculated risks.

Understand the differences between the top 1% and everyone else:

  1. Being the only one is better than being the best. One famous quote goes, “Competition is for losers.” While the average person that wants to aspire to great accomplishments is concerned with being the best, the ultra-successful look for ways to avoid competition. Create a new market or field. Be the only one. Continually transform and take risk.
  2. They attack the day early. They get a good start on the day. While the other 99% are trying to figure out what to do, the top 1% are already busy. They have enthusiasm in the morning and make the most of the early hours.
  3. Action trumps knowledge. The top 1% are knowledgeable, but they know a secret. A good plan that is followed aggressively and persistently always beats a great plan that’s implemented half-heartedly. They build teams to support this plan. Know what you need to know and then get busy making it happen. An unquenchable thirst for knowledge is often fear in disguise.

 

  1. Goals are achieved by systems. A system of eating nutritiously and exercising results in health and fitness. A system of saving and investing leads to wealth. The top 1% look for effective systems to implement. With the right systems in place, goals are attained automatically. They have systems for everything and understand the importance of them.
  2. They have priorities. Having too many priorities results in having none. You can’t be a world-class artist, dog trainer, yoga expert, and bowler. Be strong enough to whittle down your priorities to the few that truly matter the most to you. Having too many priorities is a path to mediocrity. These priorities are also aligned both professionally and personally.
  3. The top 1% make networking a priority. You can never have too many friends. Good networking skills can be learned by anyone. Having many long-term acquaintances and mentors can be powerful. You’ll have a constant supply of assistance and opportunities. Knowing the right people is an important part of becoming part of the top 1%.
  4. They make money a priority. They’re not just good at saving. They’re also good at investing their money wisely. They pay their bills on time, avoid unnecessary debt, and get professional help when necessary. Manage your money wisely and join them.
  5. They are aware of their weaknesses. The top 1% know what they can and can’t do. They avoid their weaknesses or find a way to deal with them. Play to your strengths and learn from your failures.
  6. They focus on the long term. Delaying gratification is key to becoming highly successful. Let the average people satisfy their short-term cravings. Keep your eye on the grand prize and grand vision.
  7. They emphasize finding solutions to their challenges. The key to making a lot of money or achieving challenging goals in resolving your challenges. Search for solutions and avoid getting too hung up on the issue itself. Find a possible solution and get to work with a clear action plan.

 

Anyone can become part of the top 1%, but it requires a change in mindset to implement. Set your priorities and stick to them. Understand the importance of collaborations and relationships and creating action plans to implement. Focus on developing the right systems to achieve your goals and emphasize action. Only action will bring the results you desire.

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What NOT To Do When Goal Setting https://spectabridgesolutions.com/what-not-to-do-when-goal-setting/ Tue, 15 Oct 2019 02:56:23 +0000 http://spectabridgesolutions.com/?p=2217 Do you find yourself struggling to achieve your goals? Perhaps your difficulties lie in the way you’re setting your goals in the first place. Rather than setting yourself up for success, you may be setting yourself up for failure.

There are four very common “goal-setting traps” that you may be falling into. These can make it very difficult for you to accomplish what you set out to achieve.

Find greater success with your goals by avoiding these goal-setting traps:

1. Your goals are too vague. If your goals contain uncertainties, you’ll have difficulty attaining them. Strive to create specific goals. Determine exactly what you want to achieve and attach terms to your goals that are certain and measurable.

  • Ensure that your goals are measurable and timely. There should be a specific point when you can tell that you’ve achieved your goal. “Lose weight” is not measurable, but “Lose 10 pounds” is. “Lose 10 lbs in 90 days” is ideal, because it’s clear, concise, measurable, and has a motivation-driving deadline.

2. Your goals aren’t personal enough. You’re much more likely to reach your goals if they’re your own goals, speaking to your own desires, rather than being inspired by others. While you can model your goals on the achievements of others, they should be goals that are meaningful to you in order to drive your success.

  • They should drive your passion and purpose both professionally and personally and be aligned.

3. Your goals are more difficult than you realized. Setting goals that are beyond your reach is simply inviting failure. Create your bigger vision and then set goals to get to that vision and purpose. Set goals that you know are attainable, and break them into smaller, bite-sized stepping stones to enhance your ability for achievement.

  • Follow the SMART strategy for goal setting. Create goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely in order to make it easier for you to achieve them. Your goals don’t have to be far off or hard to reach – you can simply set new goals to replace the old as you reach each smaller goal.
  • Goals that are too easy can also be detrimental. If you don’t feel motivated or challenged, you may think that the goal is not worth your time or effort. Choose goals and aspirations that drive you to achieve them.

4. You’re keeping your goals a secret. If you keep your goals hidden, you’re more likely to abandon them. Tell everyone you can about your goals and put them out there in the public eye so others can help motivate you to achieve what matters to you most.

  • Develop a support team of like-minded individuals to get the help and support you need. When you share your goals with others, they can build you up and help you find the drive that you need to fulfill all that you set out to do.

Although these are simple pitfalls, they can have an enormous impact on your ability to achieve what you want. When you avoid these four common traps to effective goal-setting, not only does it make it easier for you to attain your goals, but it also helps you overcome challenges along the way. If you stick to a clear goal-setting strategy with attainable actions, that is when you will see your vision become a reality.

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How to Discover the Career of Your Dreams https://spectabridgesolutions.com/how-to-discover-the-career-of-your-dreams/ Fri, 11 Oct 2019 23:56:57 +0000 http://spectabridgesolutions.com/?p=2208 Do you work in a career that doesn’t satisfy you? It’s easy to feel stuck because your job is providing you with security. It can be daunting to leave that security for the pursuit of your passion.

Good news!  There are steps you can take today to build the career you truly desire.

Confucius said, “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Heed his advice and you’ll be glad you left your old job behind!

Here are some strategies that can help you transition to your dream career or business:

Get focused. It’s important to have a plan in place. Write down the specific job you’d like to have and the steps you need to take in order to get there.

Assign a timeline. Be sure to give yourself a realistic timeline. As much as you’d like to start your dream job right away, allocate time to do the research and what you need to put in place to start it.

Consider the financial cost. If your dream career involves owning your own business, it’s important to figure out how much this is going to cost you. Research your options, such as how you can save up the money or obtain a small business loan. If your dream job involves relocation, make sure you understand the costs of moving.

Seek advice. Look to people who already have your dream career and discuss your options with them. Network. Go to a conference, or join a networking group in your area.   If this isn’t feasible, find websites or message boards online that pertain to the field. Consider hiring a career coach to work with you to help develop clear goals, strategies, and resources to help you with a clear transition.

Time Management. Your current job probably takes up a great deal of your time Budget time into your week to specifically focus on working on your goals to obtain that dream job. Be realistic and set accountable due dates for each step in the process.

During this process, recognize that transition takes planning, leaving comfort zones and willing to take some risk without fear. Focus on your end result, leading a career that you are passionate about.

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Learn to Finesse Behavioral Interview Questions https://spectabridgesolutions.com/learn-to-finesse-behavioral-interview-questions/ Tue, 01 Oct 2019 15:37:37 +0000 http://spectabridgesolutions.com/?p=2199 If you are in the career search process at any level,  be ready for the interview that poses those behavioral interview questions. These may seem tricky at first, but you can make a great impression by preparing for them in advance.

Here are some suggestions for understanding this interview technique and making it work to your advantage.

How to Prepare for Behavioral Interviewing

1.     Understand the underlying purpose. Behavioral-based interviewing uses a candidate’s past performance in similar situations to predict what they are likely to do in the future. The reason this method is so popular is that it usually yields more reliable information than hypothetical questions.

2.     Review your experience. Scrutinize your resume to extract the accomplishments that demonstrate why you’re the right candidate for the position you’re seeking. Think about other areas of your life like hobbies and volunteer work that have also equipped you with valuable experience.

3.     Study the job description. Read the job description or vacancy announcement carefully. The wording often provides important clues about what skills and traits your prospective employer will want to discuss.

Get familiar with common questions. You can find lists of typical behavioral interview questions in many job hunting books. The career services sections of university and college websites are another good place to look for these as well as searching behavioral questions on the internet.

Here are a few examples:

Tell me a time when you made a mistake and how you handled it.

Tell me about a time when you were in direct conflict with a peer and how you managed it.

Tell me how you have worked effectively under pressure.

Give an example of how you set goals.

Give an example of how you worked on a team.

4.     Rehearse your responses. Take a trial run by doing a mock interview with a friend. If you’re on your own, you can practice in front of a mirror.

Mastering the Three Key Points

1.     Describe the situation. Behavioral questions usually start out by asking you to give an example of a challenge you encountered. Give a succinct account of how you were faced with meeting a tight deadline or winning over a skeptical audience.

2.     Explain your actions. Next, talk about what you did. Walk your interviewer through the strategy you developed and the series of steps you took.

3.     Focus on outcomes. It’s all about getting the desired results. If possible, use quantitative terms to describe your achievements like how much money you saved or how many sales you completed.

Additional Suggestions

1.     Be specific. Providing the appropriate level of detail makes your qualifications more evident. Instead of saying that you improved a sales brochure, describe how you changed the format and text and how much sales volumes increased.

2.     Speak naturally. If you’re going on interviews for an extended period, you’ll probably be giving the same answers over and over. Ensure you sound enthusiastic and fresh every time.

3.     Accentuate the positive. Certain behavioral questions prompt a candidate to describe weaknesses and past disappointments. Use them to show how much you’ve learned and grown.

4.     Seek clarification. Stay on the right track by asking pertinent questions if you’re unclear about what your interviewer is asking. It will help both of you to make a better decision about whether you’re a good fit.

5.     Stay up to date. Many employers will prefer to evaluate candidates on the basis of their most recent experience. If you’re back in the job market for the first time in years, be prepared to discuss recent accomplishments.

6.     Make yourself memorable. One of the best things about behavioral interviewing is that it gives you a chance to tell your personal story so you can stand out in a crowded job market. A lot of candidates will have similar looking resumes but you can highlight experiences that make you unique.

Walk into your next interview feeling more confident about your ability to handle behavioral questions. With a little planning and practice, you’ll improve your chances of landing that dream career you are seeking.

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How to Lead with Courage https://spectabridgesolutions.com/how-to-lead-with-courage-2/ Tue, 01 Oct 2019 04:48:10 +0000 http://spectabridgesolutions.com/?p=2196 Let’s first define courage from the dictionary: “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc. without fear.”

When we think of leaders, we might be tempted to think of courageous and heroic figures. The leader is the person at the vanguard of the army, leading the charge and taking the brunt of any enemy attacks.

Of course, this is not the reality for most of us. Most people will be managers where there is very little gunfire or charging. But are we truly leading with the courage to create action or leading our own business with a visionary purpose?

Often, individuals get stuck understanding that leading takes courage, authenticity, and true visionary mindset. This courage will take a different form.

Leading Through Action

The best leaders are action-takers. When we lead through action, we set a positive example for our team and inspire them to similarly take action. In this way, we avoid one of the worst traits that any leader can possess: hypocrisy.

There are few things that will inspire dissent in your ranks as quickly as being seen to be hypocritical.

It is important to indicate that you are in the trenches with them. Nobody likes being asked to do things because they feel that their superior is simply unwilling or understanding of what is being asked. You are in charge and with that comes responsibility. Simply giving the worst jobs to your team and not taking part in them yourself is an abuse of your power.

Decisiveness

Leading through action also means being decisive. It means being able to quickly make a decision and be willing to commit to that action.

Many lesser leaders make the mistake of deferring or avoiding decision-making.

However, being indecisive is worse than making an unwise or incorrect decision. Being indecisive makes you seem weak. And while taking action can result in a negative outcome, delaying a decision will only ever have negative consequences. Being decisive is not always about getting it right, but the ability to make the call and take action on it. We live in a world of people who suffer from paralysis by analysis. Every successful leader has failed at one point, but they learn and keep trying.

Conversely, it’s nearly always inspiring to see someone who makes quick decisions and doesn’t doubt themselves. Decisiveness also builds confidence in your team members.

Responsibility

How is decisiveness a mark of courage?

Simply, it means that you’re willing to accept the responsibility that comes with the role of being a leader.  It’s taking bold risks that go against the grain of their organizations to lead that revolutionary transformation and sticking to it.

Being a leader means taking responsibility for the team. It means protecting them, so they can do their best work. Letting go of control and having faith in those you lead.

It means making decisions and being willing to deal with the consequences. It’s only when we don’t want to look bad that we avoid making decisions… and that is ultimately a mark of cowardice.

Stoicism

Finally, being a courageous leader means that you take your lumps when things do go sour. If you make a mistake, it’s important to not only own up to it, but also stay calm and collected when you’re reprimanded by your own superiors, or when the organization risks collapsing.

Likewise, it’s crucial to remain calm in a crisis. That means setting a good example when things seem to be going wrong for the team. Prevent your team from going into a panic. Lead with facts, not emotions.

There are so many people who struggle with decision making despite how smart they are because they are led with their emotions instead of facts. Take the emotional side out of the process and evaluate what is needed to get to the outcome desired to pull through unexpected outcomes, crisis or failure.

How to Be the Hero They Need

Where does all this courage and stoicism come from? How can you acquire it if you don’t possess it naturally?

Does it mean trying to act tough?

Not at all.

Being a truly great leader comes from having the right priorities. It means forgetting yourself and, instead, focussing on the goals of your organization and the happiness and comfort of your team. When you do that, it’s easy to be a courageous leader.

 

 

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10 Tips to Successfully Changing Careers https://spectabridgesolutions.com/10-tips-to-successfully-changing-careers/ Fri, 27 Sep 2019 01:10:51 +0000 http://spectabridgesolutions.com/?p=2188

Are you ready for a career change? Not sure where to start or maybe what you even want to do?

Try these tips to successfully make a career change and create the outcomes you desire.

1.   Don’t make yourself the biggest obstacle. Sometimes we allow our limiting beliefs stop us from making a change. Change your mindset that this is about creating new opportunities and finding you again professionally. Don’t fear it, embrace it.

2.   Make a list of what you do like and don’t like about your current position. What are things about your current company and position that you enjoy and would like to have in your next position? Then create a list of what isn’t working. It might be your company, the people, your position or your boss. Maybe you want to change professions and make a complete transition or be your own boss.

3.   Consider your values. Perhaps you are a people person, but you spend your days working from home surrounded by no one. A position helping others directly might be more to your liking. List your values and consider careers that dovetail with them. Make sure your core values align with what you truly want to do.

4.   Research your options. Evaluate several alternatives and options that interest you. Do a comparative analysis through googling various jobs online. Reach out to individuals in those fields and see if you can set up informational interviews to gain insight access.

5.   Learn. If you’re planning a significant change, you’ll probably need to learn a few new skills. You might even need to go back to school or take a course online to gain more expertise in a specific task. Do some research on what skills you need to acquire to make the transition.

6.   Set goals. Know what you want and put your vision to paper. Then create actionable goals to move toward your vision. Consider a coach who can help you create an actionable plan and preparation to obtain your vision.

7.   Network. Applying for an existing opening that is known to the public is like trying to win the lottery. Your best bet is to leverage the people you know. Attend conferences and networking events. Join online groups that share similar interests.

8.   Develop a timeline. Your current position probably takes up a great deal of your time. Budget time into your week to specifically focus on working on your goals to obtain that dream job. Be realistic and set accountable due dates for each step in the process.

9.   Be willing to take a step back. You might have to take a demotion or a pay cut in order to change careers. Sometimes, it’s necessary to take a small step back to eventually take a greater step forward.

10. Be patient. Finding your new path can be challenging. Changing out of your current field can be daunting at first. It will take some patience and persistence in the pursuit but the end result will be your dream job.

It’s worth the effort to find a job that you love. After all, you spend 40 plus hours each week doing it. Take the time to develop clarity in what you want and set the goals needed to achieve it.

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Feeling Overwhelmed? Yes, so now what? Take Back Control with this 7-Step Process https://spectabridgesolutions.com/feeling-overwhelmed-yes-so-now-what-take-back-control-with-this-7-step-process/ Thu, 19 Sep 2019 23:32:44 +0000 http://spectabridgesolutions.com/?p=2185 We all have moments where life and work can be stressful or we hit those rough patches. You were sailing along on calm seas when suddenly you hit rough waters and you are trying to find a way to navigate through.

Life shifts or balancing of work and life lead us to feel there is more on our plate than we can handle.. Yet still, we know we have to find a way to keep going and get back to those calm waters.

It’s great to recognize we need to navigate out, but it is also important not to it in a way that is sacrificing your needs and actually hurting you.  Coping mechanisms may help you stay above water, but after a while, you may end up sinking.

How do you get back to those calmer waters and avoid a total burnout mindset?

Try this process to respond to an especially challenging situation:

1.     Stop in your tracks. If you feel overwhelmed, it’s likely to get even worse if you keep doing what you are doing. Stop, assess and accept the situation for what it is.

  • Recognize what got you there. Can you identify the reasons behind your downfall? Make a note of them.

2.     Embrace your shortcomings. Do you have shortcomings or limiting beliefs that prevent you from staying on top of things? Be honest with yourself when trying to identify them.

  • Whatever you’ve identified as your shortcomings, accept and embrace them. Make a plan to overcome them. This could be delegating something out or simply eliminating what is not working through changing your processes. Often individuals stay stuck and ruminate rather than making the change to push through these limiting beliefs.

3.     Avoid excuses. Even though you feel overwhelmed, the last thing you want to do is blame it on something or somebody else. Avoid overlooking yourself as the main factor behind your current situation. The blame game will result in further stress.

  • It’s easy in stressful situations to refuse accountability. Review, rewire and face how you got there and what YOU need to do to change it.

4.     Open up to others. Share your feelings with someone you can confide in. Simply sharing can often help to ease some of the stress off your shoulders.

  • Tell the whole story so the person can understand and offer constructive feedback to help you.

5.     Organize an approach. Now that you’ve offloaded, you’ll have a clearer mind to organize an approach. You’ve stopped at this point for a reason. Now’s your chance to change direction and pull yourself out of this rut. Develop a new game plan so it does not reoccur.

6.     Surround yourself with positive people. It’s sometimes difficult to take on challenges on your own. Negative people who agree with you, will not help you move out of the stressful situation but will ruminate with you. Embrace those that offer positive constructive opinions and options to push forward.

  • Use the strengths of people to get you over what is stagnating you. It is ok to ask for help and clearly define roles. Handing over responsibility can be tough. Understand that it doesn’t take away from your own abilities but instead will enable you to free up and tackle other tasks.

7.     Take care of yourself. Recognize the stress triggers and try to get enough sleep, eat right, try and stay active and try meditating even if for five minutes a day.

Being in over your head and stressed isn’t a death sentence. In fact, it’s a perfect opportunity to be creative in your approach. Once you identify an effective approach, you can expect to handle situations more confidently.

Give yourself the chance to be in control. With positive strategies, you’ll be able to take matters into your own hands and turn them around in no time!

Do you want to discover the secret to your next Aha Moment? Learn how 20 minutes can shift you mindset. YES, I WANT TO UNLOCK MY FULLEST POTENTIAL!
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Four Common Self-Sabotaging Tactics to Avoid https://spectabridgesolutions.com/four-common-self-sabotaging-tactics-to-avoid-2/ Thu, 19 Sep 2019 18:23:19 +0000 http://spectabridgesolutions.com/?p=2173 Do you find yourself repeating behaviors that sabotage your success? Are you ready to put your limiting behavior to rest in favor of a better outlook and greater fulfillment?

The first step to the success you crave is being able to recognize the limiting beliefs that stand in the way of your success. Once you do, you can banish those beliefs in favor of more empowering ones.

Look for these self-sabotaging tactics in your life, so you can replace them with more productive thoughts that support your success:

1.   Settling. Settling for less than your best causes you to stop short of unleashing your fullest potential. Sometimes you settle for less because you’re scared of failure. Other times, you may settle simply because you lack awareness of your own strength. Or it could be as simple as it’s the easiest path with the least resistance.

Test your strength constantly by going out of your comfort zone. Face your fears, because more often than not, your fear is the only obstacle between you and ultimate success.

 

2.   Expecting too much from others. When you automatically expect help from others or anticipate that others will bail you out of a tough situation, you’re expecting too much. You are only responsible for yourself.

Even if your friends and family have helped you in the past, they may choose to let you fend for yourself this time around. Remember, you cannot control the actions of others at any given moment, but you can control your own actions and intrinsic motivators. Choose a more sensible path that considers that you may journey to your destination alone.

 

3.   You feel sorry for yourself. If your current situation causes you to feel like something’s missing, change your circumstances. Instead of dwelling on what could have been and focusing on the would have, should have, could have syndrome, seek to learn from every experience and focus on solutions, instead of problems.

Your success is your responsibility. Hold yourself accountable for your results and allow unforeseen circumstances to steer you toward success, instead of deterring you from achieving your dreams. By maintaining this mindset, even your worst trial will be far better than remaining on the sidelines of life. Life is taking some calculated risk and understanding the outcomes may not be what is expected, but the learnings will allow you to further grow.

 

4.   Lack of a second plan. If your initial plan gives less than desired results, your only chance at success is your ability to adapt and be resilient.  Everyone needs a Plan B. You may feel like a pessimist by planning for an unfortunate outcome, but this planning is actually proactive. It is a mindset that you are ready to get to those desired outcomes by thinking it through.

Ensure your financial security, mental health, and well-being by always planning for the worst while hoping for the best.

If you often find yourself doing any of these self-sabotaging behaviors that hinder your chances of success, decide that today is going to be a new day or replace negative thinking with a productive, solution-oriented focus that tells your mindset you deserve the success you seek. When you do, your success is inevitable.

The important thing is that you recognize the thought patterns and behaviors that limit you and head in a new direction that supports your success.

Do you want to discover the secret to your next Aha Moment? Learn how 20 minutes can shift you mindset. YES, I WANT TO UNLOCK MY FULLEST POTENTIAL!
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Are you Triggering Collaboration as a Leader? https://spectabridgesolutions.com/are-you-triggering-collaboration-as-a-leader/ Tue, 17 Sep 2019 02:51:22 +0000 http://spectabridgesolutions.com/?p=2182 Good leaders, motivate, great leaders, engage.

As an impactful leader in your business or organization, it is key to make collaboration a priority. This involves engaging your people to share and provide the necessary constructive feedback to thrive.

Key benefits include:

  • A clear focus on common goals
  • Creativity through ideas contributed
  • New founded clarity through hearing another viewpoint
  • Solutions appear quicker with more minds working

It is a leader’s role to ensure that collaboration is being triggered on a regular basis to reap these benefits.

As an impactful leader, self-reflect if you are triggering collaboration by asking yourself the following:

  • How do I go about giving everyone an equal opportunity to lead?
  • When is it time for me to take the lead in a team effort?
  • How often do team efforts result in the desired outcome?
  • Am I controlling everything or inspiring others to work as a team?
  • Do I focus on direct reports when communicating or the entire team?
  • Is risk-taking rewarded even if outcomes were not as expected?
  • Am I ensuring a steady stream of communication to pass through everyone to facilitate better decision making?
  • Do I encourage constructive feedback on a regular basis for growth?
  • Do I cultivate relationships everywhere and support active networking?

Do not be discouraged if some of these questions are no.  Building collaboration as a leader requires that willingness to relinquish control emotional intelligence and moving toward a mindset of collaborative processes. Through actively self-reflecting if this is occurring, you will continually take initiative and act in a manner that collaboratively contributes to achieving the overall vision you set out for your organization or business.

 

 

 

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13 Ways to Motivate Yourself https://spectabridgesolutions.com/13-ways-to-motivate-yourself/ Mon, 16 Sep 2019 21:37:08 +0000 http://spectabridgesolutions.com/?p=2179 Let’s face it, there are days where motivation is just not happening. Getting those wheels spinning and keeping the momentum almost becomes exhausting. The good news, the strategies shared below will get you motivated again and back to those peak performance levels.

Use these strategies to give yourself a boost of motivation whenever needed.

  1. Promise yourself a reward.

Give yourself something to look forward to! Make some small and big rewards to keep you going. It could be something as simple as a magazine or as elaborate as a trip to your favorite dream destination.

 

  1. Visualize success.

See yourself being successful and experience how great it feels. If you expect to feel good about completing something, you’ll be more likely to do it. Create a visualization journal or board and look at it every day.

  

  1. List the advantages.

What are the advantages of getting your task completed? What benefits do you receive? Try using logic to your advantage. Remind yourself of what you’re getting out of the deal. This will help you push through what may be procrastinating you toward completion.

 

  1. List the disadvantages.

Use pain to your advantage. What are the penalties of not getting your task done? How will you suffer? What are the negative consequences? You can gain a lot of motivation by recognizing the advantages and disadvantages of taking, or not taking, an action.

 

  1. Remind yourself of how successful you’ve been in the past.

If you’re lacking in motivation because you doubt yourself, remember how well you’ve done before. Give yourself a boost of confidence, and you’ll feel more motivated. Place a reminder note by your workspace and small accomplishments that were recently completed.

 

  1. Just get started, and the motivation will come.

Sometimes you need to get to work and then the motivation will show up. Get started and see what happens!

 

  1. Watch an inspiring video.

Avoid the temptation to waste too much time watching videos, but a short, inspirational video can help get you started. If you are struggling with something, go on YouTube for a few minutes for a little diversion. Put a timer on so you do not spend the whole day doing this

 

  1. Listen to an inspiring song.

Put on some music that inspires you to get things done! It has been shown that music opens the mind and helps with creativity.

 

  1. Read inspiring quotes or books.

Take five minutes and browse through an app of motivational quotes. There are so many apps to choose from. Or maybe a chapter of an inspirational book will be enough to light your fire.

  

  1. Declutter your work area.

It can be hard to feel motivated when you’re trying to work in a cluttered area. Spend a few minutes and organize and label your workspace.

 

  1. Focus on just a few tasks each day.

Shorten your to-do list and you’ll feel less overwhelmed. Overwhelm tends to decrease motivation. Place three on the top of the must to accomplish for the day. The next 4 for the week and next 4 for the month.

 

  1. Avoid worrying about the things that don’t matter.

Keep your mind on the things that matter and you’ll better preserve your motivation. Stay focused and in a positive direction. You cannot control what has not manifested yet. There aren’t that many things you need to do each day that are crucial and need your attention.

 

  1. Set very short-term goals.

Very short-term can mean a week or 10 minutes. Whatever works for you is acceptable. See how much you can get done in the next 15 minutes. If you do this enough time each day, you’ll be amazed at how much work you can get done. Set a timer, this often motivates you to move through the task before the alarm rings.

 

Understand that it is hard to stay in a high motivation vibe continuously. When you recognize you are swaying off the pay, auto-correct yourself. If you are continually off the path, this may be time to self-reflect and see what is causing this at a higher level. Maybe you just do not have the passion and purpose to motivate you. Motivation is temporary, that’s why it’s necessary to reestablish it on a regular basis. Recognizing it needs a boost and establishing clear strategies to continually employ it will lead to your greater successes.

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7 Daily Habits of Outstanding Leaders https://spectabridgesolutions.com/7-daily-habits-of-outstanding-leaders/ Thu, 12 Sep 2019 21:32:33 +0000 http://spectabridgesolutions.com/?p=2176 Would you like to become an outstanding leader in your business or organization?  Use this checklist as a reminder of the important leadership-building skills you can cultivate on your personal development journey.

This checklist involves personal and professional tasks to create that peak performance for success.  See if you can check off most of these.

1.         Make your bed

  •     Establish a morning routine that gets you ready for your day
  •     Establish a nightly routine to sleep soundly and prepare you for the next day

 

2.   Act according to your values

  •     Clarify your values and belief system
  •     Make decisions based on your values and belief system

 

3.   Be creative

  •     Write – daily journal – carry a notebook to jot ideas when they spark
  •     Learn something new outside your comfort zone
  •     Be flexible – let go of expectations and control and keep an open mind

 

4.   Practice mindfulness

  •   Practice mindfulness meditation – focus on your breath
  •   Make time for mindfulness activities, like coloring or nature walks
  •   Integrate mindfulness into your daily routines

 

5.   Trust others

  •    Delegate
  •    Empower your team
  •    Encourage innovation
  •    Give direction and allow others to take action without babysitting

6.   Be authentic

  •    Live according to your values
  •    Practice compassion – for yourself and others
  •    Communicate clearly: listen, pay attention to your body language, understand what you need to communicate

7.   Exercise

  •   Mental health: do exercises that lift your mood, try something new
  •   Physical health: find exercises that build your strength, fitness, and discipline and that you enjoy. Remember to change      it up so boredom does not set in
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Four Common Self-Sabotaging Tactics to Avoid https://spectabridgesolutions.com/four-common-self-sabotaging-tactics-to-avoid/ Mon, 02 Oct 2017 07:00:24 +0000 http://charvi.tanshcreative.com/?p=791 Do you find yourself repeating behaviors that sabotage your success? Are you ready to put your limiting behavior to rest in favor of a better outlook and greater fulfillment?

The first step to the success you crave is being able to recognize the limiting beliefs that stand in the way of your success. Once you do, you can banish those beliefs in favor of more empowering ones. 

Look for these self-sabotaging tactics in your life, so you can replace them with more productive thoughts that support your success:

  1. Settling. Settling for less than your best causes you to stop short of unleashing your fullest potential. Sometimes you settle for less because you’re scared of failure. Other times, you may settle simply because you lack awareness of your own strength. Or it could be as simple as it’s the easiest path with least resistance.
    • Test your strength constantly by going out of your comfort zone. Face your fears, because more often than not, your fear is the only obstacle between you and ultimate success. 
  1. Expecting too much from others. When you automatically expect help from others, or anticipate that others will bail you out of a tough situation, you’re expecting too much. You are only responsible for yourself.
    • Even if your friends and family have helped you in the past, they may choose to let you fend for yourself this time around. Remember, you cannot control the actions of others at any given moment, but you can control your own actions and intrinsic motivators. Choose a more sensible path that considers that you may journey to your destination alone.
  1. You feel sorry for yourself. If your current situation causes you to feel like something’s missing, change your circumstances. Instead of dwelling on what could have been and focusing on the would have, should have, could have syndrome, seek to learn from every experience and focus on solutions, instead of problems.
    • Your success is your responsibility. Hold yourself accountable for your results and allow unforeseen circumstances to steer you toward success, instead of deterring you from achieving your dreams. By maintaining this mindset, even your worst trial will be far better than remaining on the sidelines of life. Life is taking some calculated risk and understanding the outcomes may not be what is expected, but the learnings will allow you to further grow.
  1. Lack of a second plan. If your initial plan gives less than desired results, your only chance at success is your ability to adapt and be resilient. Everyone needs a Plan B. You may feel like a pessimist by planning for an unfortunate outcome, but this planning is actually proactive. It is a mindset that you are ready to get to those desired outcomes by thinking it through.
    • Ensure your financial security, mental health, and well-being by always planning for the worst while hoping for the best. 

If you often find yourself doing any of these self-sabotaging behaviors that hinder your chances of success, decide that today is going to be a new day  o replace negative thinking with a productive, solution-oriented focus that tells your mindset you deserve the success you seek. When you do, your success is inevitable.

The important thing is that you recognize the thought patterns and behaviors that limit you and head in a new direction that supports your success.

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Create a Vision Board and Reach Your Goals https://spectabridgesolutions.com/create-a-vision-board-and-reach-your-goals/ Mon, 02 Oct 2017 11:52:59 +0000 http://charvi.tanshcreative.com/?p=784 A vision board can be a wonderful tool for reminding yourself about your goals each day. It is a collage of words and pictures that represent your dreams and goals for your business and life, and if utilized correctly can bring those goals and visions to reality.

What makes a vision board work is the vision that you create with the board. This is where you will enable yourself to keep your goals right in front of you with clear visualization. 

Using a vision board also associates positive feelings with the achievement of your goals and creates powerful intentions toward those goals. 

Create a vision board that works for you:

There are so many ways to create one and no one rule applies. Google vision boards and you will find endless possibilities. While there are many visual board kits you can buy online, it is as simple as starting with poster board, cardboard, corkboard, dry erase board and tack it up on a wall. Even a clothes line and clips to get started. Creating a visual notebook is great, especially if you are looking to travel with it.

To start:

  1. Decide on your goals. This is often the most challenging part. For best effect, limit yourself to a few goals and add on as you progress with the visualizations.Ask these simple questions, what do you want? What do you need? What do you value? The vision board should integrate both professional and personal goals and be aligned.Some examples, a trip you want to take, a new home, a job change, a car, start a business, create a new product or service, or try something completely out of your comfort zone that will challenge you.
  2. Locate images that depict or symbolize the future you’d like to achieve. A picture is worth 1,000 words. There are plenty of sources for images: photographs, magazines, the internet, and more. If you see something, take a picture on your phone and print it.
    • Find pictures that best represent the goals you wish to achieve. If you’re striving for a new car, find the exact model and color. When you look at the photo, you should get the same feeling you get when you think about the goal. All your pictures should represent your desired feeling and not bring out any negative emotion. Create the vision!
  3. Choose the best words to go on your vision board. A suitable word might be “Porsche” or “Honolulu.”Find specific words that match your intentions. Keep the words focused and positive. Consider how you’ll feel when the goal is achieved: “Excited,” “Grateful,” “Proud.” What qualities will you need to achieve these goals? “Committed,” “Powerful,”  “Confident” or maybe “Optimistic.”
  4. Mount the words and photos on your vision board. Get out your scissors, glue, or tape. Arrange everything in a way that pleases you.The creation of a vision board is fun, simple, and easy. You might even enjoy the process.

 

Using your vision board is just as important as creating it:

 

  1. Keep your vision board where you’ll see it at least twice each day. This should be part of your daily routine to sustain that motivation. On the nightstand is a great location. You’ll see it in the morning and at night. If you’re comfortable doing so, you could mount it on the bathroom mirror.Take a picture of it on your phone so you have it with you.
  2. Spend a few minutes each morning using your vision board. This can set the tone for the rest of your day. Reminding yourself of your goals each morning will point your brain in the right direction. This is what will drive into your mind at a more subconscious level. It’s then your job to seize those opportunities.
    • Look at each word and picture on the board. Take your time and visualize having those things in your life.
    • Make a call to action list to achieve this. Don’t start big, but place steps in place to achieve that goal and vision. Ensure the call to actions are intrinsic to you. Remember, you cannot make others do things, but only control what you want to create within yourself.
  3. Using your vision board before bed is just as important. Your brain is highly active while you sleep. Part of your brain will spend all night trying to make your vision board a reality. This again will stimulate your brain and emotions to a more subconscious level.Your brain spends all night churning away, trying to find solutions to your requests. Give your brain the information it needs. Look at the items on your vision board and imagine possessing them. Experience how that feels.
  4. Self-Regulate. Often, limiting beliefs or roadblocks set in and we become discouraged. This is normal.Do monthly reviews of what is working and not working to get you there.Ensure that you adjust your plan of action to move through this at least once a month.

 

Give it a few months and see for yourself how well it works. This is not an overnight fix, and some goals may come quickly and others much longer, but the key is staying focused and self-aware of the adjustments needed to get there.

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How to Lead With Courage https://spectabridgesolutions.com/how-to-lead-with-courage/ Mon, 02 Oct 2017 06:18:12 +0000 http://charvi.tanshcreative.com/?p=781 Let’s first define courage from the dictionary: “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc. without fear.” 

When we think of leaders, we might be tempted to think of courageous and heroic figures. The leader is the person at the vanguard of the army, leading the charge and taking the brunt of any enemy attacks. 

Of course, this is not the reality for most of us. Most people will be managers where there is very little gunfire or charging. But are we truly leading with courage to create action or leading our own business with a visionary purpose? 

Often, individuals get stuck understanding that leading takes courage, authenticity and true visionary mindset. This courage will take a different form.

Leading Through Action

The best leaders are action-takers. When we lead through action, we set a positive example for our team and inspire them to similarly take action. In this way, we avoid one of the worst traits that any leader can possess: hypocrisy. 

There are few things that will inspire dissent in your ranks as quickly as being seen to be hypocritical. 

It is important to indicate that you are in the trenches with them. Nobody likes being asked to do things because they feel that their superior is simply unwilling or understanding of what is being asked. You are in charge and with that comes responsibility. Simply giving the worst jobs to your team and not taking part in them yourself is an abuse of your power.

Decisiveness

Leading through action also means being decisive. It means being able to quickly make a decision and be willing to commit to that action. 

Many lesser leaders make the mistake of deferring or avoiding decision-making. 

However, being indecisive is worse than making an unwise or incorrect decision. Being indecisive makes you seem weak. And while taking action can result in a negative outcome, delaying a decision will only ever have negative consequences. Being decisive is not always about getting it right, but the ability to make the call and take action on it. We live in a world of people who suffer from paralysis by analysis. Every successful leader has failed at one point, but they learn and keep trying.  

Conversely, it’s nearly always inspiring to see someone who makes quick decisions and doesn’t doubt themselves. Decisiveness also builds confidence in your team members. 

Responsibility

How is decisiveness a mark of courage? 

Simply, it means that you’re willing to accept the responsibility that comes with the role of being a leader.  It’s taking bold risks that go against the grain of their organizations to lead that revolutionary transformation and sticking to it. 

Being a leader means taking responsibility for the team. It means protecting them, so they can do their best work. Letting go of control and having faith in those you lead. 

It means making decisions and being willing to deal with the consequences. It’s only when we don’t want to look bad that we avoid making decisions… and that is ultimately a mark of cowardice.

Stoicism

Finally, being a courageous leader means that you take your lumps when things do go sour. If you make a mistake, it’s important to not only own up to it, but also stay calm and collected when you’re reprimanded by your own superiors, or when the organization risks collapsing.

Likewise, it’s crucial to remain calm in a crisis. That means setting a good example when things seem to be going wrong for the team. Prevent your team from going into a panic. Lead with facts not emotions. 

There are so many people who struggle with decision making despite how smart they are because they are led with their emotions instead of facts. Take the emotional side out of the process and evaluate what is needed to get to the outcome desired to pull through unexpected outcomes, crisis or failure. 

Then stay calm and address the issues in the best possible way based on facts not emotion.

 

How to Be the Hero They Need

Where does all this courage and stoicism come from? How can you acquire it if you don’t possess it naturally?

Does it mean trying to act tough?

Not at all.

Being a truly great leader comes from having the right priorities. It means forgetting yourself and, instead, focussing on the goals of your organization and the happiness and comfort of your team. When you do that, it’s easy to be a courageous leader.

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