3 Important Pre-January Questions

December 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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January SnowmanDuring the holidays you might find some down time to think about next year. Most people create New Year’s resolutions and set personal goals in the first weeks of January. This could be a stressful time as people expect you to have something to strive for next year. Take some of the edge off this process with these three reflective questions.

Take out your 2014 goals then ask yourself these 3 questions;

“Is this goal still valid?” Sometimes we make goals based on specific conditions. Twelve months later those conditions may not exist. Try not to carry goals into the new year that are no longer relevant. As creator of your goals and the master of your destiny you have the freedom to leave the bad ones behind! Make room to add truly exciting goals to your 2015 list.

“Am I still excited about this goal?” The more passionate you are about your goals the greater chance you have of achieving them. Steer away from goals that are thrust upon you. They produce anxiety and are quickly abandoned when you’re stressed. Even well intended goals like losing weight or changing your diet because “the doctor said so” can be hard to achieve if you’re not passionate about them yourself. Add these goals after you have created the 2015 goals that you’re really excited about. This way you enter the New Year with renewed energy and great expectations.

“Where do I want to be in March and in June?” One of the easiest ways to procrastinate is to focus on the entire year. Here’s a typical procrastinator conversation…

“Twelve months is plenty of time to get things done. What’s the big deal if we waste 2?
 
“Ten months is still a lot of time to get things done. I’ll get energized in the Spring.”
 
“Ok, now I need to get moving! I have 7 months to reach my goals.”

 

You see where this is going. Before you know it you’re shopping for Thanksgiving Turkey! Set interim targets. It’ a great counter-strategy to procrastination.

Use these three questions when you begin working on your 2015 goals. I’m sure you will achieve more by using them.

4 Reasons to Abandon Your 2014 Goals

December 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Just Give UpAhhhh….it’s that time of year again. We are firmly into the holiday rush. How much can you possibly fit into these last few days of 2014? Um, probably not completing your goals. Listen, if you’re not close to finishing them off  already, you’re better off abandoning them until next year. Here’s why…

1.  Anything that’s not more than 95% done you won’t be able to finish. This is just simple math folks. We only have 2% of the year left. Face it…you’ve run out of time.

2.   Anxiety over achieving your goals will ruin the Christmas party. Don’t be the  poor loser sitting in the corner of the room lamenting what you haven’t completed for your boss while the office slacker is dancing on the table with mug full of eggnog. “…it’s fun to stay at the Y M C A….” Isn’t it funny that both these you guys will have a job in 2015? Take the hint. Enjoy yourself while the buffet is open and the free drinks are still flowing!

3.  Your performance review is already baked in your boss’ head. If you haven’t impressed him all year, attempting to do it now is like picking up a winning lottery ticket that someone accidentally dropped. Not gonna happen!

4.  Santa won’t be evaluating you on your goals. Shoot, he doesn’t even know what they are.

Here’s my advice. Enjoy the festivities, go to every party, dance with people you know and some you don’t. Eat, drink and be merry. Gorge yourself on the good times now because come January 1st you’re gonna be very busy!

Parents Need Goals!

December 2, 2014 by · 2 Comments
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I have always been a goals oriented person. I wouldn’t consider myself a high achiever but I’m definitely somebody who gets things done. Since my college years I’ve been this way. I entered Manhattanville College with a plan to earn my Bachelor’s degree in 4 years. Considering that roughly 59% of freshman complete their degree in 4 years , creating a goal to get out on time was a pretty good idea. I reached that goal, started my first job the summer of my graduation and it’s been goal after goal ever since.

Actively working towards goals became a habit.

Then my daughter was born. Now months go by without me even taking a glimpse at my list of goals. In the past I used to hit my targets like Kathiss Everdeen in the Hunger Games! Nowadays my bow and arrows sit leaning in the corner as I tend to the needs of my toddler. With the end of 2014 looming ahead of us – yes folks it’s December  already – I began cataloging just how much I did NOT get done this year. To my surprise there was good news. Back in February I committed to just 5 goals and today most are nearly 75% done! Considering all that’s on my plate, I’m ok with that progress. If I push myself I can complete 4 of the 5 by the end of January 2015. Not bad.

I can’t imagine where I would be today if, early on, I hadn’t set aside time to create 5 achievable goals for 2014. Having written them down months ago, today I can easily determine where to focus my energy. Yesterday I had anxiety. Today I’m totally energized.

Parents more than anyone need to set realistic achievable goals. Without them our bows and arrows will sit in a corner collecting dust as the years go flying by.

It’s All About You

September 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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It's All About You

It’s All About You

Lately I’ve been watching this TV show called Undercover Boss. The premise is that a CEO in disguise visits the company’s business units to get a bird’s eye view of the operation. You can imagine that what they discover is often startling. Beyond the stories of people struggling financially or dealing with health issues or managing family matters there is also a persistent theme of general dissatisfaction with the company. After watching about a dozen episodes I’ve noticed that there are two types of people profiled; the “Disgruntled” employee and the “I’ll Make Things Work” employee.

Disgruntled employees don’t like their job, believe the company doesn’t care about them and equate customers to spoiled brats always looking to get something for free. With this attitude they jump right in and tell the “new guy” just how horrible things are. They explain; “I only stay in this wretched job because I have no other choice”. (Not such a good thing to be telling the CEO of the company.) Sometimes, this freedom of expression goes horribly wrong and people get fired by the end of the show. OUCH!

Those that try to make it work typically fare better with the disguised CEO. Their positive perspective gets them handsomely rewarded with wads of cash, bills paid, job promotions, scholarship money, family vacations…you name it. Happy endings all the way around. But even if they never made it to the Undercover Boss show, these employees tend to have better days at work than their angry counterparts. They make the best of work even in the worst conditions by holding on to two simple beliefs;

It’s Not Only About Me

These employees understand how much of their job they control and how much they don’t. They then make the conscious decision to do their best everyday at work. The company sets the rules and they simply play by those rules. It’s not that they don’t complain. They do…and they offer suggestions. In addition they don’t take corporate decisions personally. It’s just part of the job. This perspective goes a long way towards minimizing day-to-day frustration.

I Own My Attitude

The second belief is “I control my attitude”. These employees believe they can be happy today or any other day; at work or outside of it. No matter what the circumstance they realize that the one thing they control is how they respond to each situation they’re in. It’s not that they don’t get upset about poor working conditions, long hours and bad bosses. They just choose a positive response. This one simple choice helps them effectively manage petty frustrations found in any job.

 

So I ask you, which employee do you want to be?

Back To School…Back To Basics…Return To Your Goals

August 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Target

Goal Setting vs. Goal Achievement Seminar

September 10, 2014 — 6:00 – 8:00 PM

The IIDEA Center, NYC

The joy is not in setting goals but in ACHIEVING THEM! In this interactive seminar you will learn consistent methods to successfully achieve all types of goals. Whether short term or long term, small or large, personal or professional, you will receive simple easy to apply tools to help you achieve just about any goal you can think of.

REGISTER HERE!

During the session you will explore:

  • How to manage Tasks, Projects and Priorities.
  • External roadblocks and internal issues that have hindered your success in the past.
  • Why your daily ToDo list is not helping you achieve your goals.
  • The difference between People Pleasing and Task Management.
  • The #1 key to developing better SMART goals.
  • How to create “actionable” plans you can easily follow through on.
  • A web based tool that helps puts you back on track if you get derailed.

Read more

5 Strategies to Get You Closer to a Promotion

Job Promotion

At the beginning of 2014 many of you had your sights set on earning a job promotion. Hopefully throughout the year you actively pursued this goal and today you can say you are well on your way to achieving it. But if you are still on the journey here are 5 strategies to get you closer to the prize!

Prioritize Your Work

Don’t let work pressures derail you. Start your day with a manageable action list that takes into account your schedule and the goals you have set for yourself. On truly busy days create a smaller list. On your freer days create a more aggressive list. Put in the forefront tasks that your boss will think are important and be sure to clue him in when they are complete.

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Goal Setting vs. Goal Achievement…There’s a Difference!

TargetSEPTEMBER 10, 2014
6:00 – 8:00 PM
The IIDEA CENTER, NYC

The joy is not in setting goals but in ACHIEVING THEM! In this interactive seminar you will learn consistent methods to successfully achieve all types of goals. Whether short term or long term, small or large, personal or professional, you will receive simple easy to apply tools to help you achieve just about any goal you can think of.

Register HERE!

During the session you will explore:

  • How to manage Tasks, Projects and Priorities.
  • External roadblocks and internal issues that have hindered your success in the past.
  • Why your daily ToDo list is not helping you achieve your goals.
  • The difference between People Pleasing and Task Management.
  • The #1 key to developing better SMART goals.
  • How to create “actionable” plans you can easily follow through on.
  • A web based tool that helps puts you back on track if you get derailed.

The session introduces techniques for goal setting and goal achievement, while focusing on self knowledge and self management. We look at a component of SMART goals that most workshops and seminars don’t address. This missing link often means the difference between success and failure when it comes to accomplishing what you have set your mind to do.

Finally, we will introduce you to Priority & Impact. The two competing forces pulling on you whenever you try to achieve your goals. This session helps you to make these forces work for you instead of against you!

Session participants receive:

  1. Effective organizational tools and software to increase productivity.
  2. Simplified scheduling tools to ease the burden of managing multiple projects.
  3. Techniques that work for both personal and business goals.

   BONUS!

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PiVI Web App and Custom Dashboard free with your registration!
(REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED)

   For More Information Contact Brian Dunn
   P: (646) 203-1202
brian@itcanbedunn.com

 

4 Critical Second Quarter Review Questions

June 12, 2014 by · 1 Comment
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Q2 Review

In January you developed your goals using the SMART system as part of the Goals Development 6 Part Series. Since then you have been actively working on hitting your targets. Now it’s time to look back and complete a Second Quarter/Mid-Year Review. The first step in preparing for this important meeting is to print out your 2014 Goals so they can be easily reviewed.  Once printed, do a self evaluation of your performance to date. (If you have your goals in PiVI there’s a feature on the Goals List page that will export them to Excel.)

In each of the Fortune 500 companies that I’ve worked for there was a prescribed time set aside to look at employee performance for the first half of the year. Managers and their teams were encouraged use this time understand what everyone has been working on and to make any necessary course corrections. Your goal for this meeting with your manager is to get a glimpse of what your final performance rating might be. It’s a chance to make new agreements about exactly which targets and responsibilities you will be evaluated on. I have coached many people who were shocked after receiving a poor end year performance rating. But when we looked back on their mid-year review we found signs that things were not going well back then. If you want to avoid a fourth quarter shocker, here are 4 questions you want to be sure to address in your Second Quarter Review. Read more

5 ways to stay motivated at work

June 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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I hate my job!

Either our slowly recovering economy, lack of opportunity or just plain bad luck has kept stuck in jobs they hate. I’ve spoken to many professionals who complain that their job doesn’t tap into their skills, abilities, or interests and is just plain boring. If you feel this way too you’re probably not very motivated at work. But who doesn’t need their job right now; no matter how mundane it is? Though less than you desire, the job you’re currently in is all you have. So you may as well make the best of it.

And the lazy summer months ahead are no help. Who wouldn’t rather be outside enjoying a cool beverage in the sun instead of inside performing some mindless function? Don’t suffer through June, July and August. Try these 5 techniques to keep you motivated through your long work days.

1. Don’t Look For Another Job This Summer.

According to Career Sidekick June, July and August are the worst months to be looking for a new job. You’re better off enjoying the summer and picking up your job search in September. Read more

Goal Setting vs. Goal Achievement….There’s a difference!

May 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Bars in Sky

Experience satisfaction and peace of mind by crossing completed goals off your list one by one. Learn how to consistently and successfully attack short term or long term, small or large, personal or professional goals using simple and easy to apply tools to help get you to where you want to be. In this fun interactive workshop you will identify external roadblocks and internal issues that have hindered your success in the past.

Register HERE

During the session you will explore:

  • How to manage Tasks, Projects and Priorities.
  • Why your daily ToDo list is not helping you achieve your goals.
  • The difference between people pleasing and task management.
  • The 1 key to developing better SMART goals.
  • How to create “actionable” action plans that you can easily follow through on.
  • Strategies for getting back on track if you get derailed.

The session introduces techniques for goal setting and goal achievement, while focusing on self knowledge and self management. We look at a component of SMART goals that most workshops and seminars don’t address. This missing link often means the difference between success and failure when it comes to actually accomplishing what you have set your mind to do.

Finally, we will introduce you to Priority & Impact. The two competing forces pulling on you whenever you try to achieve your goals. This session helps you understand how these forces can work for or against you.

Session participants learn:

  1. How to use organizational tools and software to increase productivity.
  2. Simplified scheduling tools to ease the burden of managing multiple projects.
  3. Techniques that work for both personal and business goals.

BONUS!

PiVI Web App and Custom Dashboard free with your registration. Get details at the event.

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REGISTER HERE

REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED

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