Welcome to Clear Thoughts from Uncommon Clarity
|People Thoughts - Keep It Simple
What behaviors are important to your
Can you list several pretty quickly?
You will find these behaviors closely related to
Now think of people in your organization who are
exhibiting these behaviors. Are they
positive reinforcement to encourage more of the
A behavior met with no encouragement is in
danger of extinction.
It is fast, easy and cheap to acknowledge
behaviors and show appreciation for
accomplishments. But it is not often
Try it! You might be amazed at the benefits
individual who feels more motivated and more
confident, to the organization through improving
morale, and to yourself as you earn smiles,
and better performance.
Organizations spend lots of time and money
value statements and developing big roll-out
but all is wasted if you can't handle the basics:
Keep it simple!
- What behaviors do you want?
- Where do you need to encourage desired
- Where do you need to discourage undesired
|Process Thoughts - A Method in the Madness
Most of us have an area of focus in our jobs.
things we were hired to do. Trained to do.
responsibilities. The things we are supposed
good at, or getting better at. But, do you
as if this core of your job gets the least of
Tasks that are
can eat up enormous amounts of time and cause
tremendous dissatisfaction for you, the
the customer. Not only do they eat up time,
tend to become urgent at the worst possible
- outside your main expertise,
- outside your area of interest,
- outside your main responsibilities, or
- done so infrequently that you never
skills or methods to execute effectively and
These "other" tasks tend to be ill-defined
one has ever given them much attention.
they are outside the main focus and seemingly
unimportant. You may not even realize they are
really there. And without clarity of method and
responsibilities, they are guaranteed to be
You or others may reinvent the wheel every time
these tasks are performed. And if the tasks
badly, they delay other processes and require
The inefficiency of peripheral tasks applies
to individual employees, but also to the
company as a
whole. Companies often focus almost
their "reason for being," their core
their competitive edge. Why not? Isn't it
to focus on the highest priorities?
Not if those "unimportant" tasks are the
If you want to make significant improvements
productivity, you need to bring order and
to those "other" things. Find the method in the
madness - the crazy, out-of-control parts of
job - and you will gain peace of mind and
for the "important" things.
|Parting Thoughts - One View of Education
You are educated when you have the ability to
to almost anything without losing your temper
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