Archives for November 2013

What Are You Hungry For Professionally?

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MMM 11-25-2013 from Hugh Blane on Vimeo.

Delighting Your Customers

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MMM 11-18-2013 from Hugh Blane on Vimeo.

Blank slates and clean slates. What do you have on slate for this week?

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Good morning everyone, this is the Monday Morning Minute and this week I want to talk with you about what is written on your slate.

Some people have a blank slate and have no concrete plans for the week. Others want this week to be a clean slate as last week was worth forgetting. And for many of you, you have a boss or manager writing on your slate for you.

If you want to have a more effective workweek, I suggest you use the word slate as a mnemonic for the type of week you want to have.

S stands for significance. Every week, you and I have the ability to live a life of significance; a life where we allow a friend, coworker, client or customer to breathe easier for having interacted with us. Where will you be a person of significance this week?

L stands for learning. Learning something new is no longer a nice to have. It is an imperative for all individuals and organizations to learn, grow and innovate. If you don’t, you simply cannot remain competitive. By learning something new this week you will be smarter this week than you were last week. And if you’re one percent smarter this week than you were last week the prospects for next week can be tremendously exciting.

A stands for adventure. Being adventurous has a component of boldness in it. Adventurous people are willing to steer away from the comfortable and known and venture into the unpredictable and unknown. This requires curiosity, courage and commitment. In what areas of your personal and professional life are you being called to an adventure?

T stands for transformation. My very best clients recognize that in order to have an organizational transformation there needs to be an individual transformation first. Where do you start? Start by transforming your thinking. This week look for new perspectives and or insights that leave you scratching your head and wondering “really?” Being able to see clearly a situation from a different perspective is transformational. Where do you need to be more comfortable with individual and or organizational transformations?

E stands for enjoyment. Monday through Friday should not be a slow slog through enemy territory on your belly with bullets flying over your head. What one thing can you look forward to experiencing this week that can be enjoyable? Do your employees have something compelling to look forward to? If not, find one area to infuse with enjoyment and watch your teams effectiveness jump.

If you choose to take accountability for what is written on your slate this week, as opposed to allowing someone else to scribble on you your slate for you, you will have a much more effective workweek.

That’s the Monday Morning Minute and I hope you have a fabulous week on slate for you and for your team.

In order to make the right decision you have to be willing to make the wrong decision

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In order to make the right decision you have to be willing to make the wrong decision from Hugh Blane on Vimeo.