Think Daily for Businesspeople Messages

December 14, 2017

What to do if you make a mistake.

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

We need to train our team on what to do if they make a mistake.

Here’s what I tell my team –

1) Admit it quickly.

2) Genuinely apologize.

3) Fix it.

Should you talk about it at your next meeting?

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December 13, 2017

Ideas – Words in the ether

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

What are ideas? They are just words floating around in the invisible space in our heads. When we recall the right words and put them in the right combination, comparing them to what we already know and putting them up against our ambitions, they can become powerful ideas. Ideas are programs or combination codes to recognize and act on.

Ideas are powerful, and the right ideas for us are more valuable than most tangible things.

What important ideas can you discover or recognize today?

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December 12, 2017

The Inner and Outer Games

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

External results – everything you see around you, your relationships, your health, your finances, your experiences, and your situation is a result of what is going on internally.

Your outer game is a result of your inner game.  They are separate yet intertwined parts of your life. 

If you want to change the outer results, you must first change the source of those results – your thoughts and beliefs.

Can you see where your beliefs and internal dialogue has lead you to where you are today?

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December 11, 2017

Outer boundaries

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

Set a big long arc goal on the outer boundary of what you think is possible. Make a plan to achieve it. Break the long arc goal into step goals, and those into actionable micro goals. Get your team clear on the goals and the plan. Assign responsibilities and tasks and timelines. Check in with your team and give them what they need to execute.

Soon enough, the future is here – changed.

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December 8, 2017

The way you think about it…

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

The way you think about the world has a profound effect on what you do in it.

Schedule a few hours to think about your industry, your community or service area, the competition, your customers…rise above it all and get a perspective. Think about your place in it all and how what you and your organization is doing is working now. Do some research and comparisons.  

A little (or big) shift in your thinking can make all the difference for years to come.

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December 7, 2017

Great at Being Consistent

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

The best performers are not consistently great, but great at being consistent. Habits rule over time.

Show up every day, be present, and do the important work.

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December 6, 2017

"Superdriven"

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

Some people are “Superdriven.” Their mind goes all the time and their bodies follow. They are “on” most of the time and going as fast as they can.  

While this sounds great for goal achieving, it also makes them prone to burnout. If you are one of these people, recognize and get to know yourself. Stop and ask how you are feeling and what effect your pace and thinking is having on you. Throttle back before you “have to.” (Ask if there is something you are afraid of that is making you go like this. Is this fear valid?)

With maturity you will recognize that this strategy is admirable in some circumstances, but not necessary and maybe even not helpful in many others. Prioritize. It’s not about quantity of tasks completed. Results are from discerning what the right highest priority tasks are and completing those.

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December 5, 2017

Effective multi-tasking

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

There is no such thing. It’s only multi-switching your brain from one thing and back to the next. It does not make you more efficient or more effective and certainly does not help you do better quality work or enjoy your day more.

One thing at a time. Focus, be present with it (them), and do it well.

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December 4, 2017

For best performance on your project –

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

Put your phone away – out of sight. Focus and be present without interruption or the temptation on your part to be interrupted.  

It will be there when you are done. Put it where you can’t hear it, see it or feel it. (Airplane mode AND put it out of sight.)

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December 1, 2017

The right challenge to skill ratio

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

When we have too big of a challenge in front of us, we get overwhelmed and discouraged. When we have too little of a challenge, we get bored and disengage. When we have the right amount of challenge we are turned on and do our best work.

It’s the same for your employees. Too much and they are overwhelmed and give up. Too little and they get bored and stray. And each employee has different abilities in different areas. What overwhelms one is a good challenge for another. As leaders, we need to keep our people engaged by assigning the “goldilocks challenge” for them.  

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