In response to: Converging Facilities and IT for Effective Energy ManagementJim, Great to have you here as a blogger. I have heard your presentations in the past and look forward to hearing much more about what you have learned on your "green journey". Thanks for joining in.
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Jeffj2 060000A6C9 Tags:  goals management values coaching satisfaction motivation productivity 8 Comments 2,254 Visits
Values are the moral compass that guide our actions. They represent the things of greatest importance in our lives. They are different than goals in which we set out to accomplish a task and complete it. Values can be the blueprint in how we go about achieving our goals. A key premise is that when you work in concert with your values; you are more productive, satisfied and happy. Conversely, when you are not synchronized with your values; satisfaction and productivity levels can be lower.
Let's look at values. We have seen the IBM Values:
So, what are your personal values? Do you know what they are? Here are some examples of values:
Accomplishments, Achievement, Adventure, Appearance, Autonomy, Creative Expression, Challenge, Change, Commitment, Community, Competence, Collaboration, Connection, Decision-making, Emotional well-being, Elegance, Environment, Excellence, Excitement, Family, Fast Pace, Flexibility, Friendships, Freedom, Fun, Financial Independence, Health, Harmony, Honesty, Humor, Influence, Integrity, Innovation, Intimacy, Joy, Knowledge, Leisure, Leadership, Loyalty, Mental Stimulation, Nature, Orderliness, Personal Growth, Physical Activity, Power/Authority, Privacy, Responsibility, Recognition, Results, Rewards, Risk-taking, Self-expression, Service, Solitude, Spirituality, Trust, VarietyWhat would be your top 5? Know that your 5 may be unlike anyone else's. Any surprises?
As a manager, when you understand your people's values; you can predict how a message/directive/assignment, etc. will be perceived before you even give it. Getting to know what your people value, can help you ensure their satisfaction in their roles. For example: I have an extremely creative team that values their creativity and mental stimulation. One of the worse things I can do as a manager, is prescribe the actions they need to take. What I do instead is bring the problem to the team and let them come up with the creative solutions to address the needs. This allows for them to be creative, and we get a far better solution to the issue than if I were to prescribe the solution.
So, what do you value? How do you honor your values in how you live and work?
Comments/thoughts always appreciated.
Until next time,
Jeffj2 060000A6C9 Tags:  management success smarter_planet parenting emerson 8 Comments 2,375 Visits
One of the greatest driving forces in all of us is to know that we have made a difference. Is that last minute push for the publish, or code fix going to matter for our customers? Will showing up at the soccer match for my child help him/her know that I am interested in them? What is it that we are doing in our day-to-day activities that makes a difference? Conversely, what doesn't make a difference (and then you can often see how you may get frustrated with those activities).
Years ago when I was completing my New Manager school training, the trainer left us with this Ralph Waldo Emerson quote:
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch of a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success."To know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived; this is the meaning of success" served as my tagline in my Lotus Notes closing for years. It has served as one of my core values in how I approach my job and with everyone I have the privilege to interact.
Today, as I reread this quote that was created in the 1800s, I see that Ralph already knew what Smarter Planet is all about. This is also why I am thrilled to get behind the IBM Smarter Planet
So, question for you: How do you make a difference?
Comments/thoughts always appreciated.
Until next time,
Jeffj2 060000A6C9 Tags:  professionals coaching creativity leader it coactive management parenting 2,014 Visits
Another tenant in the Co-active Coaching model is that people are naturally creative, resourceful, and whole. Let's break this down.
"Naturally Creative"- IT Professionals are among the most creative in thinking and coming up with uncommon solutions for common problems.
"Resourceful" - A developer or IT professional understands the resources that they have on hand, and what they will need to complete a task or assignment.
"Whole" - The IT professional is not busted nor broken. They do not need to be fixed or rescued; but to be set free, encouraged, nurtured and released to their maximum potential.
I am fortunate to lead a team of outstanding people that are extraordinarily creative, resourceful and whole. As a manager, I love to bring situations to the team and allow for the brainstorming to begin on potential solutions. By utilizing this method, solutions that I could never have thought of on my own are germinated and tested. A side effect of allowing this method is that there is more instantaneous buy-in to the solution (since it was not dictated by the pointy haired boss).
As leaders, where have you allowed your team to come up with the solutions? What worked well? What didn't work well?
As parents, where have you allowed your kids to come up with the solutions. (I know at school, the teachers can tell the outfits Shannon's mom picks out, Shannon picks out, and I pick out. Guess who has the worse fashion sense?). We have one non-negotiable in our household.....safety. So, Shannon can pick out any outfit as long as it doesn't contain the plastic high heels that she keeps twisting her angle on (safety issue). The result, since Shannon picked out the outfit, she is bought into it.
So, how will you see your clients, customers, peers, managers, teams, and family as naturally creative, resourceful and whole?
Thanks for reading. Comments always welcome.