Saturday, June 14, 2008

Become A Specialist

Focus your energy on the activities where your personal contribution yields the highest value. Learn to do a few things well and leave the rest to other people. As a manager learning proper delegation and good communication are vital skills to refine. Build a team and bring in talented people to help you and the organization reach its goals. Don't worry about being the most knowledgeable in all areas; it is not your job. Become a specialist.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Confidence Builders

When you plan to set out to do something new, whether on a project or with an audacious new goal, break your plan into small increments with milestones and intermediate goals along the way. Strive for a couple of early wins to build your confidence. Look for low hanging fruit that is easy to reach while you climb for the top.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Putting Legs On Your Dreams

We all have hopes and dreams in our lives; things we aspire to, people we want to meet and places we want to see. They are often vague and distant. One of the most effective way to realize those dreams is to set goals, put down a timeline, identify the activities to get there. Do the first action right away and allow time for their completion in your calendar. Goals put legs on your dreams.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Commitment Vs. Compliance

Successful people are usually very determined and highly motivated. When we do what we choose to do, we are committed. When we do what we have to do, we are just compliant. As a leader it is important to encourage, motivate and enthuse your people to get them to choose to commit to their job. With this commitment comes ownership and with ownership comes responsibility. With responsibility comes determination and with determination comes success.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Steps Underlying Behavior

Most people are intelligent and behave rationally from their own perspective. Human behavior can be understood as a multiple step process of conscious thought preceding the action itself. It goes something like this; first I observe, then I select bits of data from what I see, then I add meaning, I draw conclusions and form opinions before I finally act. When you think of behavior this way you can readily see how easily we can misunderstand and misinterpret each other.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Become Excellent With People

We are judging others largely on the basis of their people skills. For example, we assume that our doctor knows medicine and evaluate his performance on the softer issues of our treatment, how he manages our relationship and so on. What does this have to do with how others judge you, do you think? It has everything to do with it! You see, the farther you get in your career the more your problems tend to become behavioral. A lack in people skill can be the one thing holding you back from getting even further.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Time To Relax

Sometimes the most important thing for you is to take a break and get some rest. For sustained performance we need a balanced lifestyle with balance between work and rest with time for reflection and play. It is said that God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh. I think this ratio is pretty good. It is good advice to allow 1/7:th of your time for rest on a daily and weekly basis.
About the Author

Urban Gavelin a native Swede with more than twenty five years of business experience. He has held positions as director of sales- marketing- and business development on Nordic, European and World Wide levels. Urban has lived and worked in Stockholm, London and New York, now works primarily with leadership development and sales training and is a credentialed coach. He has studied Executive Management at Lausanne Business School and Stockholm School of Economics.

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