Goal Setting Will Surely Bring Success

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It is often easy to forget exactly how important goal setting is to self improvement. We can have lofty ambitions for changing or improving who we are, but if we don’t begin the journey with one step as Confucius once said and then break it down into smaller plans, the journey might begin to seem impossible.

The reason goal setting works as a means of self improvement is two-fold: the first part is obvious it allows us to break a really complex task down into small components that are easier to follow, more detailed, and less overwhelming. The second reason why goal setting is an effective means of self improvement is that it provides us with constant motivation. Whenever we accomplish that goal or objective on the way to the greater goal, we feel as if we have made progress, and it emboldens us to work towards the next goal in line.

Before anyone can begin goal setting for self improvement, he must determine what it is about himself that he would like to change and for what reason. For some people, the ultimate act of self improvement would involve quitting smoking cigarettes. For others, weight is a self improvement issue for which they are most concerned. For others, it might be something different, like being more assertive, more financially secure, or more charitable.

Of course, no one knows our faults better than we do. If we’re overweight, we usually know just horrible it makes us feel, even if no one around us even really notices it. If we drink beyond what could be considered careful moderation, we know how it makes us feel and what it has done to our relationships.

Now, once you have identified what it is that you would like to improve about yourself, you can begin the goal setting process. Start with the ultimate goal (i.e., to become a better speaker in front of a crowd). Next, depending on how large your ultimate goal is and how long it will reasonably take you to accomplish begin goal setting for objectives with timelines. For these smaller objectives, it is a good idea to tie them to actions, rather than results. If, for instance, your goal setting objective is research and read material that will help you overcome your fear of public speaking, or how to become a more persuasive speaker. Then you may want to look for public speaking classes online or in your city that offer classes that will help you overcome your public speaking anxiety.

You may find and read printed material to help you get rid of your public speaking anxiety ,but feel like you have only completed 30% of your goal setting objective  then you will want to accomplish another small goal setting plan would be to attend a public speaking class. Public speaking classes will give you the opportunity to get involved and practice what you will learn to give you more confidence. These small or part actions will serve as bit pieces to help you accomplish your goals of becoming better at public speaking. If you followed the goals you set out to accomplish for the time period : did I read the proper materials to help me with my public speaking fear, did I attend public speaking classes as to have been tutored and practice public speaking, and did I practice my art of presentation giving ? So, to reiterate, successful goal setting for self improvement consists of three things: creating long term goals, short term objectives, and re-evaluating the plan to make sure it is more realistic.

 

Time Management – How to Protect your Valuable Time

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Many people tend to take time management for granted and it is not hard to do at all. If we do not manage out time well though we will not accomplish our goals we originally set out to do. How many times to we set or plan to accomplish a list of goals just before the beginning of the week and then by Friday you may be lucky to have accomplished fifty percent of those goals, and this is always reoccurring week in and week out. The good news is that you can fix this issue with a few new rules and disciplines.

Identify Sources of Poor Time Management

You can approach the aforementioned to get a better handle on time by simply categorizing and prioritizing the things that you do to reach your goals. It just takes a simple discipline, organization and a little implementation. Probably the best tool to use are some simple time management techniques in which you would place your priorities and that is where many people get sidetracked and miss their goals. Below are the four main areas of priority and if you approach your goal setting with these in mind you can instantly increase your goal attainment.

Very Important Very Urgent – (ex. IRS Tax Deadlines) these are goals that require immediate attention and cannot be put off to the future. You would think that everybody would not have any issues with this category, but when other things can and do distract you therefore upsetting the goal. Below are some things that can upset your immediate goals.

Very Important – Not Urgent – There are goals that can be done within a certain period of time but are not immediate concerns. A good example of this type goal may be that you have to post monthly blogs on your web site, so have 30 days to get the post up.

Very Urgent – Not Important – This is where you can get sucked in by external distractions, interruptions. The most common interrupters are phone calls, emails, paper clutter and visitors. This is your opportunity to be able to say “no” to all distractions including helping someone else out when your priorities are at stake. We are able to help our fellow workers when we have completed our tasks.

Not Important – Not Urgent – Sometimes we are either tempted to fill in on the golf course of serve as a companion on a long lunch break, but these long stints way from work will certainly not help you accomplish your goals.

In summary you will find that if you stick the a disciplined plan using this simple method of prioritizing your goals you will be able to increase the percentage of the goals you set to accomplish.

 

 

 

 

Time Management Training – An Investment Not a Cost for Your Company

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Many organizations see time management training as something they’ll spend their money on, only if they have to. Usually the first thing a company will do to satisfy their budget will be to cut back on or eliminate their training needs, but this is not something that they cannot a really afford to do and here’s why;

Companies or Corporations have the notion that training is a COST and not an investment. You will invest in a good stock that will pay decent dividends right?  Well this is similar to good training and if you choose the right time management training you will be able to see the dividends that will add to your company’s bottom line. It really doesn’t matter what we pay for an investment. What’s relevant is what we get in return. One of the best ways to jeopardize an organization’s future in today’s world and increase the probability of troubled times it to look at training as a cost and pay the price of not training or provide substandard training that operates only as a band-aid for the training requirements.

A person that is paid $50,000 per year who is wasting just one hour per day is costing the organization $6,250 per year. If through one of our Time Management Workshops that person can learn how to recapture just one hour per day, that translates into a payback to the organization of $6,250 per year! If there is a group of 25 people, the return to the organization is $156,250 per year! That doesn’t even include other benefits like profitability, reduced turnover, improved morale, enhanced teamwork, greater creativity etc.)

In only three years the payback is $468,750. Where else would your organization invest to achieve that return and payback?

Not too long ago, soft skills training was an option for most organizations. Today it is no longer an option. If any of us continue to do what we do the same way, within five years most of us will become obsolete. Why?, That is because our competitors are helping their people to become more effective through training programs.

If we look closely at companies who are doing well in the long run, they almost always have a well thought out training program in place with the understanding that they will recoup their investment many fold.

They realize the price for not training is the real expense of training’.

The most important training or knowledge enhancement you can offer to your employees is in the personal development area. Effective time management is a life skill which affects us all. Depending on how skilful we are at managing our time it can have a major impact on the whole of our life. Our skill levels in this area can greatly benefit us or cause us to be constantly stressed out.

Training is a life- long endeavor. It needs to be ongoing. Life changes constantly and so do our needs and those of our people, the number one asset in every business. Time Management training is crucial for it’s when we learn to use our time effectively that we get so much more done in our lives.

 

The Advantages of Outside Trainers for Companies to Consider

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Employee training is one of a business owner’s or manager’s top priorities and can pay some of the highest dividends in terms of productivity and profitability as well as leading to greater customer satisfaction. There are such companies that can  provide training services to other businesses, also known as outside training. While not a substitute for training by immediate supervisors, outside training has its own advantages and could have a place in your business’s training plan. The benefits of these training companies can outweigh the costs to provide a rewarding long lasting experience.

Outside Training companies

Leaders Speakers Presentation skills and team building training

Professional Trainers

Outside consultants and professional trainers often have the seasoned skills in teaching and training being that is their forte rather than the management and supervisors within the organization who do not practice as a profession. Training is their specialty, and outside trainers are up to speed on all of the newest techniques and the use of technology in training. An outside trainer may be more willing to use role-playing and team-building exercises with which a manager might not be familiar or less willing to use. The outside trainer specializes day in and day out facilitating training sessions for many companies.

From a time management standpoint, A department manager’s or business owner’s time is valuable, and he often finds himself stretched to the limit with day-to-day obligations. Even though the benefits may outweigh the time spent, managers may be unwilling to invest the necessary time to train employees because of other pressures. By delegating some of the more time-intensive training activities to an outside trainer, his employees and company still benefit from the training, and he is able to attend to other tasks so that there is a win/win all the way around.

Another advantage of the outside trainer is that they will have non –biased and insights and  therefore can be advantageous because of the “clean slate” approach to the personnel that needs to be assessed in a non- judgmental way. In the instance or concern that outside trainers may not be familiar with some of the companies practices, trainers will spend some time prior to the training to be brought up to speed on the companies culture and expectations that they have for the prospective training expedition. The trainers are then familiar with the company’s culture as well as their management styles and procedures.

Outside trainers may provide training through seminars or conferences that are held off-site from the business. Off-site training often can provide a more distraction-free environment for employees, who may be pulled back into work when the training is provided at their main place of employment. Seminar or conference training may also allow the employee to interact with others in similar businesses and to gain knowledge and ideas from them. Different venues serve as a refreshing retreat from the overly familiar environment and can encourage fresh ideas.

Companies can truly benefit from outside training companies in the training and development of employees . Outside trainers can help you achieve your desired results in personnel enrichment refresh team when  communication cooperation have gotten out of sync for many reasons.

 

How to Interview Well and Minimize Bad Hires

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It’s interesting that some candidates come off Impressive in the interview process then 90 days down the road their performance does not jibe with how they came off in the interview? Many individuals are very skilled at interviewing but turn out to be bad performers and visa/ versa.  I have been interviewing  candidates for sales positions recently  and have found some helpful tips to help vet the right candidates. The key here is to to sharpen your interviewing skills with the right interviewing preparation.The following are some of questions that can help you in your interview process.interview

  1. What did you initially find interesting about this job?

This question will help you determine if the the potential employee really cares about your company and understands the job. If the answer is detailed and reveals he has done research on your company and the role, you may have a good fit. If instead a candidate gives a generic answer that shows no comprehension of what your company does or what the position entails, he may just be desperate to find any job–and you don’t want to hire him.

2. Have you visited our website? What intrigued you about it?

Pay close attention to how detailed a candidate is when answering this question. If he seems caught off guard or stumbles through his responses without giving specifics about the website, chances are he probably didn’t do his research. If a candidate couldn’t bother to pull up your website once before the interview, chances are he’s not truly interested, detail oriented, or well prepared.

3. What salary do you need?

You’re not inviting a salary negotiation. You just want to know what salary the employee needs to cover his bills, what it takes to make salary the least of his concerns. This helps you take the focus away from money and lets him know that salary is not what’s important about what you have to offer–it’s the actual job that matters. Learn what the employee wants, and then direct the conversation back to the job itself.

4. How much money would you leave us for?

Present the candidate a hypothetical situation: He gets the job, with the exact salary he asked for, and loves everything about the company and position. Then, he gets a job offer from another company. How much money would he need to be offered–on top of the salary he requested–to take the other interview? This is hugely important, because a great candidate will say a job he loves is truly worth more than money (as long as it covers his expenses). A mediocre candidate will say double or triple the salary, and a bad candidate will say a dollar amount that’s less than double. You want to hire someone who doesn’t work just for money, someone for whom money isn’t a top priority if you take it off the table.

5. Has there ever been a time when your workday was over but your tasks weren’t finished? What did you do?

This question, will reveal if your candidate is truly a dedicated employee. A bad prospect will say he left the tasks until the next day; a great candidate will say the day isn’t done until the work is. You want someone who cares about helping your company, not someone who loses focus and skirts off at the very first opportunity.

6. How do you pick up the slack if a co-worker doesn’t finish a task?

Set up a scenario: Suppose the candidate is working on a project at 10 p.m. on a Friday and gets a call from an angry customer because someone on your team missed an important deadline. A great employee would take ownership of the task and do it himself. A mediocre one would write down the details and refer it to the co-worker, to be handled later. It’s important that an employee be able to take initiative–even if it means picking up the slack–for the good of the company.

  1. Can you solve this problem?

Set up a scenario: Suppose the candidate is working on a project at 10 p.m. on a Friday and gets a call from a customer who’s angry because someone on your team missed an important deadline. A great employee would take ownership of the task and do it himself. A mediocre one would write down the details and refer it to the co-worker, to be handled later. It’s important that an employee be able to take initiative–even if it means picking up the slack–for the good of the company.

Taking the time and thoughtful approach to interviewing your candidates will help you find the right personnel.

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