Wow...It is already almost the end of February. Do you remember just 2 months ago the New Year's Resolutions you may have made? How are they working for you?
I am doing this check in, since those resolutions made probably were linked tightly with your value system. Has time slipped away and day-to-day activities steered you away from things critical to your core? Did you make promises to improve your skills, take more time with family, eat better, exercise, etc.? Well, this is a nudge to blow the dust off those resolutions and come back to your core. Please be sure to put plans in place to honor your values and goals.
Remember, people don't plan to fail; they fail to plan.
Until next time,
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Jeffj2 060000A6C9 Tags:  plans values goals work_life_integration work_life_balance 7 Comments 1,458 Visits
The story begins with a story teller on a boat in the Middle East. The man told of a rich man, Ali Hafed, who sold his land and goods in order to go in a worldwide search of diamonds. The man who bought his land found diamonds in the back yard - the diamond-mine of Golconda, the most magnificent diamond-mine in all the history of mankind. The moral of the story being are you taking the time to look in your own backyard for riches (and taking the time to enjoy them)?
This weekend, I had immense pleasure as I literally sat in my backyard as my daughter splashed in a kiddy pool, and my wife and I made summer plans. This posting started to formulate as I saw the blessings of my backyard and the time to enjoy them. This will come as little surprise if you read my last blog entry and comments and see the high value that I place on family and the time to enjoy them.
As you seek to increase your skills, developerWorks has a vast respository of articles, tutorials, training materials, skill kits, etc. It is all there, in your own backyard, for free, for you. My developerWorks helps you connect and interact with your fellow developers. Both of these are free diamonds, for you.
So, how are you mining the diamonds that are in your backyard, and taking the time to enjoy them?
Thoughts/comments always appreciated. Until next time,
Jeffj2 060000A6C9 Tags:  management goals values satisfaction coaching motivation productivity 8 Comments 2,368 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,