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The Cost of Doing Nothing!

The Cost of Doing Nothing!

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If you have ever been involved with projects and assessing the options proposed, you will be well aware that there are usually 3 options:

Option a – is likely to be the most radical and biggest change, possibly quite scary
Option b – is usually a middle ground that will champion change but with less radical implications, so not so scary
Option c – this is usually ‘do nothing’, so just staying as things are ‘nicely’ in your comfort zone

When considering the implications to the organisation, if you are forward thinking, are looking to get ahead or keep pace with your competition or it is a technology project to change outdated and inefficient kit, then option c ‘do nothing‘ is clearly NOT an option, is it?

If the project is around behavioral change due to merger, acquisition or a realisation that current practices are outdated and inefficient and unproductive, then likewise option c do nothing is not an option either, is it?

Isn’t it interesting then how many employers are reluctant to invest in developing their teams, managers and executives? In many cases doing nothing has become the norm. So why is this so when doing nothing is clearly a retrograde step?

There is a view that suggests many employers no longer believe that they can get a return on investment for their people development as the life of a typical employee is likely to be only 2-3 years. Whilst this might be true, consider what the true cost of doing nothing might be?

Why?.. Quite simply because any employer not developing their people or teams will more than likely have employees who are not working to their full capabilities as they feel undervalued and therefore disengage and don’t work to anything like their maximum productivity. How much does this lack of productivity and disengagement cost you? The health of your organisation could be at risk! Your customer service may be OK but not be what it should be and you may be losing customers or clients who it can be easy to retain and equally win new ones, with a team who go the extra mile! So, what does doing nothing, in this respect, cost the organisation? A massive amount, I’m sure?

Let’s now look at your career. Are you happy doing what you are currently doing? Great if you are in which case doing nothing might be absolutely the right option for you. However, if you are happy, you are in the minority. So, if you are in the majority who are unhappy and unfulfilled, what is the cost of doing nothing for you? Frustration, anger, lethargy, negativity, demotivation, boredom, reduced performance, lack of focus, absenteeism from illness and health problems, impact on relationships etc! How will you feel if you are in the same position in a years’ time? More than likely, even more frustrated, with an even bigger negative impact on your work, health and relationships, I’m sure? Therefore, do you still want to do nothing and lead a life of compromise?

So, do yourself a favour when considering change in the workplace or in your career, if option a seems too radical then at least take option b, and start to address the problem now before it becomes too serious and all consuming, as option c, the cost of staying in your comfort zone and doing nothing could ultimately be too a serious price to pay!

life begins at the end of your comfort zone

life begins at the end of your comfort zone

Discomfort is a Positive Thing

Today we’d like to introduce our guest blogger, Gail Gibson: Coach, Trainer, Speaker and Author, who enables people and businesses to define themselves to become remarkable.  One of Gail’s passions is to challenge people to move into their ‘magic’ zone, so read on to discover how she makes this happen!

Do you realise that the only way to achieve anything great in life is to get uncomfortable?

Consider what you had to do to ‘win’ the best things in your life. Occasionally, some of your victories may have been easier than others, but for the most part, there’s no doubt you had to ‘stick your neck out’ and move away from being comfortable.

Are you someone who is filled with dread when asked to present to a room full of strangers? Public speaking is proven to be in the top 5 on the ‘list of terror’ for many people. Why? Because presenting to a group is a long way from their comfort zone. This zone of comfort is a place where you feel secure and safe, isn’t it? Somewhat like being snug inside a soft, warm duvet?
 
Staying within your ‘cocoon’ of comfort means less chance for you to overcome the things that you fear or desire to change.
So, step away from your comfort zone!

Do you enjoy the feeling of discomfort? Discomfort conjures up images of being hurt or in pain. Awful really. However, as a powerful tool to enable you to face your fears or improve yourself, you must choose to step into the zone of discomfort.

When you do so, you’ll soon realise that the sensation isn’t quite as ‘painful’ as you thought. In fact, you’ll recognise a positive change in yourself, because you have taken a leap of faith.

Begin to stretch your mind and stretch your thinking.

Think about what you need to do to stretch yourself to speak in public. Do you need to learn or relearn presentation skills? Do you need to eliminate self limiting beliefs about your own image and how you think others perceive you? Do you require training on how to design an impact speech? All of these opportunities will stretch you and your thinking; moving you away from your comfort zone.

Now stretch your outcome.

Let go of your ‘duvet’ and look forward to achieving more from ‘becoming you’ in the discomfort zone. Challenge yourself to move closer to achieving great things in your life!

Winning Through – Your Route to a Brighter Future!

Winning is a powerful word whether you see, read or hear it. Winning conjures up a vision of success, of victory, of accomplishment. Winning is a word on a pedestal of its own, linked to feelings and emotions associated with the highest levels of personal achievement.

Winning delivers an end result.

You run in a race and you win. You experience a winning feeling. You achieve your desired result. However, in your endeavour to reach this pinnacle moment, what did you have to win through to actually achieve it?

Winning through is an altogether different concept.

To successfully win through anything in life, it is vital that you have a process or series of steps to follow or be guided by. Consider something you have achieved for yourself in your life, career or business. How did you achieve your successful end result? How did you get started? What happened along the way? What ‘mountains’ did you climb? How and when did you realise you had ‘arrived’?

Did you ‘see’ the process?

Regardless of whether you are an individual who believes that instinct and luck is all you need to win, these two beliefs inadvertently present you with a process you must follow before you can ‘win through’ any experience. Guided by instinct you will take a series of steps which lead toward your end goal, won’t you? The same goes for luck. Each ‘lucky’ achievement becomes another footprint and step to take toward you being luckier.

Much like a ‘navigation cycle’ leading to your success, don’t you think?

Picture the captain of a ship, on the bridge, his focus completely on a wild, stormy sea. As captain, it is his responsibility to navigate a safe route, to ‘win through’ the chaos. Using a process involving skills, technology and experience, the captain works out the best way to reach the destination; safely. In essence, he is guided by a process. Without it his ship may sink, all hands on deck lost. Not a winning through outcome.

So, will you arrive at your destination safe and sound or will you remain lost at sea?

In my experience, many people who face life or career changes such as redundancy and the fallout from restructuring, or separation and divorce, all too often remain ‘lost at sea’. Why? Because they feel the need to tread water, hoping that dry land will appear. Amid this time of uncertainty, the notion of winning through their current situation is usually so removed from their thinking. Have you experienced these feelings? Are you treading water?

Winning through can pave the way for clarity, focus, purpose and fulfilment.

Stop yourself from drowning by reaching out and taking hold of the life-ring. This will return you to dry land. Once you’re on the beach your task is to make a new set of footprints as you take one step at a time toward your new life or career journey. Make best use of a navigation cycle to enable yourself to clear your thoughts and gain a new perspective.

Now go forward with your newly discovered ‘winning through’ attitude!

 

 

Why Retire from Work? Simply Re-Tire your Life & Work Instead!

‘Does retirement make you ill?’ was the topic of conversation on a recent Jeremy Vine show on BBC Radio 2. During the lunchtime discussion, listeners were asked to share their thoughts about the impact retirement can have on your life.

Mark Littlewood from the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) commented on one of their latest studies, which suggests that ‘almost 1 million people in Britain are now working beyond the retirement age of 65’. There are several factors relating to the reasons why this is the case, one in particular being the changing world of work.

Will you choose to retire at 65 or before? If so, how harmful is retirement for your health?

From the study carried out by the IEA, Mr Littlewood explained that even though the act of retiring can deliver a short-term boost, in the long-term it may trigger a decline in health, with cases of clinical depression and a need for medication becoming more apparent. Expressing his thoughts Mark suggested that ‘people can overlook the benefits of work, such as travelling to and from, the routine of working, and the social network of friends, together with the fact that being in work will allow you to be more affluent, which can impact on your level of happiness. If working longer keeps you happier, can a shift in thinking about retirement, become the tool to defuse the pension time bomb?’

Here’s a thought: what if you decide to re-tire your working lifestyle instead of retiring from work?

As mentioned by Mr Littlewood, when you work you maintain a level of physical and mental activity. Your work creates a routine for your mind to think, to move, to communicate, to interact and to solve problems etc. To help you reframe the way you think about retirement, you can develop a plan including your choice of structure, to replicate your working environment. Or you can simply reframe your mindset completely and re-tire the thinking around what work means to you.

‘My life is magic. To me it’s all about having a positive mindset’, remarked one 82 year old listener.

This dear gentleman, who continues to work with his grandson, said he does not wish to retire as his work gives him such great happiness and it keeps him healthy. What incredible sentiments. His mindset and knowing why his work is one of the greatest benefits for him personally are proof of how you can successfully reframe your thinking

Ignoring the US spelling of the word ‘tire’, how can you re-tire rather than retire?

Consider how often you need to replace tyres on your car. After 20,000 miles or so. Now think about why you change the tyres. To overcome wear and tear, for safety reasons, or for improved driving control.

Imagine you are facing the prospect of retiring from your work. Change your mindset to see your new ‘re-tired’ working lifestyle. Hold that picture in your mind as you discover why you’ve decided to work for longer, doing what you enjoy doing, together with the added benefits of happiness, fulfilment and good health.

When you re-tire your life you can:

  • Achieve Better Grip on the Road – you control what you do.
  • Drive Efficiently – economise your lifestyle, be flexible, stay healthy & happy.
  • Enable Smoother Cornering – enjoy the curves of your new road ahead, it’s your new journey.
  • Explore your New Tread –  this is your New Life Path, where you can ‘drive’ (work) for longer on your new road of choice, the one less travelled, your open road…

‘Re-tire’ your ‘wheels’ and inject your life with a new sense of purpose, perspective and well-being!

Discover more about how you can ‘re-tire’ your career, work or lifestyle by visiting our Career and People Development website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discover your Favourite Blend of Portfolio Work and Lifestyle

How many times have you heard this cliché -‘work/life balance’? It seems that all manner of professionals use this term to describe what you can aspire to achieve in your life. However, in today’s fast-paced world, do you actually reach your goal, as you attempt to balance your work and lifestyle?

Do you struggle with the vision of what balance actually means?

When you picture a set of scales what do you see – balance or imbalance? As soon as you add the slightest weight to one side of the scales you upset the balance. One side will weigh down the other. In your mind, as you strive to bring about balance in your work and life, do your scales almost immediately become outweighed on one side?

Does the term ‘balance’ set the highest benchmark as being a state of perfection?

We all know that even with the best will and intention, achieving a perfect work/life balance is unlikely. Life happens. Work happens. Challenges, diversions and situations take place. That’s the real world. Are you expecting too much of yourself as you aim for the perfect balance, in other words, are you setting yourself an unrealistic and unattainable goal?

Wouldn’t you prefer to bring about a better sense of unity in your work and life? 

Or rather blend what you do. Consider the word blend. To blend evokes a new meaning; one where you can mix your work and lifestyle together. In one way, blending softens the idea of having to achieve a perfect balance, don’t you think? Blending negates the need for a defined edge or boundary. Instead it says to merge or combine.

Does blending encourage you to change your perspective about how your work and lifestyle can complement one another?

Together with living in a fast-paced world, the changing world of work is moving at a rapid pace as well. With growing numbers of people embracing portfolio careers and lifestyles, the concept of blending is becoming more and more apparent. A portfolio approach allows you to create a working lifestyle which clearly resonates with the term ‘blending’. A working portfolio lifestyle is a blend of work and living, where you can combine what you do with how you choose to live your life. Blend says together, combination, and where two separates become one.

Throw away the scales in your work and life. Change your perspective from balance to blendSet yourself a new challenge – to discover your favourite blend of portfolio work and lifestyle!

For more ways to develop your portfolio career and lifestyle please take a look at our Career and People Development website

 

 

Slideshare Your Way to Content Marketing Success

Did you know that Slideshare is predicted to be the fastest growing social network in 2013? Launched in 2006, originally as an online platform for teams to share documents within an organisation, Slideshare has seen rapid growth to become the world’s largest professional content sharing community. Recent figures indicate that Slideshare receives approximately 58 million unique visitors per month.

What portion of the Slideshare pie will you make yours?

Slideshare is all about sharing new and captivating business content, from Powerpoint , Keynote and Open Office presentations, to PDF’s, webinars and video. It’s a new way of promoting your message to a wider audience. It’s an additional technique you can integrate into your digital marketing strategy.  According to Joe Pulizzi, the founder of the Content Marketing Institute, Slideshare is ‘the most underutilised content distribution tool – and it’s not even close!’

Even as an ‘underutilised’ tool, does Slideshare present the latest content marketing challenge for business owners?

For many business owners with limited marketing knowledge, the primary challenge they face is to create a bespoke marketing strategy, let alone consider the development of a digital content strategy. Therefore Slideshare, as a new realm of marketing, is one area that business owners need to focus on and start to utilise across a range of social media platforms.

How do you create interesting and exciting content to share?

Michael Arrington, TechCrunch founder and former co-editor calls Slideshare ‘The YouTube of Powerpoint presentation’. Focus on what You Tube says to you and then consider what content you can create to visually showcase your business, your unique offering, or ways to build your community, who can become your customers and clients.

One of the most successful ways to create content is to tell your story.

Think about your business – who are you, what is your background, what is your vision, what makes you stand out from the crowd? Use this simple four step approach to build your story:

  • Create/Plan – what is your strategy – test your ideas
  • Content/Write – share teasers to inspire interest
  • Campaign/Promote – make use of other social media platforms – spread the word
  • Collect/Profit – keep promoting and update content for success

To best make use of Slideshare your content should:

  • Be exciting – your story needs to have value, and spark interest and action
  • Solve problems – create How-to stories using your experience and expertise
  • Be concise – K.I.S.S – remember your competition is fierce however your message needs to be unique to the needs of your audience
  • Deliver a clear call to action – make it easy for people to connect with and contact you
  • Be innovative – how can you breathe new life into old content for a new generation of customers?

So, when will you share the hidden gems of your business story and grab a tasty slice of the Slideshare pie?

For more ways to develop your career or your business please take a look at our Career and People Development website

What Lies Beneath – Building your team to become a ‘remarkable’ organisation!

When you look at an iceberg what do you see? A massive chunk of ice seemingly suspended above the water line? What you are actually seeing is only the tip because at least 90% of the iceberg lies beneath the surface; it’s hidden from view.

Is your organisation yet to recognise and realise what actually lies beneath the surface?

Let’s take a look at the difference in meaning between above and below the water line, in relation to team development. Above the water line relates to team work. This is what happens to keep the engine or your organisation ticking over. Team work gets the job done, in other words your team is ‘OK’. Below the water line is where the greatest benefits lie. This is the place where team development happens; the place where the strengths and talents of your team lie. Team building will take your business forward, in other words it’s where you can become a ‘Remarkable’ organisation.

Why settle for ‘OK’ when you can achieve ‘Remarkable’?

Consider the team work that is taking place in your organisation. Is ticking over enough or is your engine completely out of tune and in desperate need of a full service? In order to maximise the full potential of your people, how will you move from team work to team building, and then back again? Having worked with a range of teams across Private, Public and Charity sectors, we have achieved many team building successes, often against very challenging agendas. One of the most significant outcomes of our team facilitation and team away days has been the opportunity for our clients’ teams to shift the focus of their thinking from the past to the future; to be able to look forward, together.

It’s about moving what’s hidden to become obvious

For your team to successfully progress from team work to excel in team building, you must answer these questions:

  • Where are we now?
  • How did we get here?
  • Where are we going?
  • Why are we going there?
  • How can we make it happen?
  • What are the obstacles?
  • When will we make it happen?
  • Who is responsible?

From here you will create a starting point from which your team can begin to develop and build together and manage change. Change is a key word that will impact on the level of success you can ultimately achieve. From your responses to the questions above, change will naturally occur. Why? Because as you explore potential opportunities, communicate more openly, discover and share common goals and values, the need to embrace change will become more and more apparent.

Gain a new perspective on ‘Who can do’ and ‘What can be done’

Team building is about exploring beneath the water line to extract the talents, skills and strengths of your team. This helps to shift the mindset from getting by or working as a team to who are we and what do we stand for. As your team builds you will discover that your shared values can be the blueprint for your success. Together you will realise and readdress opportunities and clarify what is most important for your organisation.

Showcase the best your team can be

Become more ‘obvious’ to your clients and competitors. Obvious equals raising your brand awareness and is a positive reputation builder. Obvious is what lies beneath that you can bring to the surface. Be remembered for being a remarkable organisation and stand out from the crowd!

If you want to know more about team development and team building check out our website for more information